Building a next-generation on-premises infrastructure

As much as the cloud is having a significant impact on how IT is deployed, on-premises infrastructure is here to stay. Over the last few years the industry has made huge progress with regard to Storage Performance, Systems Availability and Operational Simplicity – let’s take a look at some of our solutions that enable you to take advantage of these and build a next-generation infrastructure: Hyper-Converged Infrastructure We have several options available that: Combine compute and storage into a single scale-out solution Enable simplified provisioning, management and upgrading HCI solutions are taking over from separate compute and storage as they promise to deliver the simplicity of the cloud. Continuous Availability We have several options available that: Automate disaster recovery fail-over Achieve zero downtime even Continue reading

A summary of all things NetApp at SNS

This page will help you to keep up to date with all the latest news from NetApp – it is regularly updated and includes all of our key NetApp related Blog Posts, Videos and Seminar details. About NetApp Over the last few years NetApp has transformed their core storage platform to deliver scale-out capabilities and fully non-disruptive operations. When combined with their ability to provide an integrated backup solution, and truly unified block and NAS they have an offering that is difficult to beat. Recent Blog Posts Unified Storage – FAS Series NetApp All-Flash FAS support renewals now include free controllers Cost-effective Metro Storage Cluster solution now available from NetApp All-Flash and Hybrid Array bundles with integrated data protection now Continue reading

A summary of all things EMC at SNS

This page will help you to keep up to date with all the latest news from EMC – it is regularly updated and includes all of our key EMC related Blog Posts, Videos and Seminar details. About EMC EMC brings to market a portfolio of storage products that is un-matched within the industry, from All-Flash arrays to Software-Defined Storage, EMC has a leading offering to address any requirement. Traditionally known for their high-end solutions many of their enterprise-class technologies are now within the reach of most mid-market organisations. Recent Blog Posts Hyper-Converged Infrastructure EVO:RAIL is dead long live VxRail Cloud Move inactive data to the cloud with EMC CloudArray Protect SaaS applications from data loss with EMC Spanning Storage Platforms Continue reading

A summary of all things VMware at SNS

This page will help you to keep up to date with all the latest news from VMware – it is regularly updated and includes all of our key VMware related Blog Posts, Videos and Technical Seminar details. About VMware VMware has been at the heart of transforming the way IT is delivered by replacing dedicated physical servers with virtual machines. VMware continues to be the most trusted virtualisation player enabling organisations to virtualise even their most critical applications, deliver desktops to any device and build a truly Software-Defined Data Centre. Recent Blog Posts The Software-Defined Data Centre EVO:RAIL is dead long live VxRail VMware Virtual SAN is now ready for mainstream adoption VMworld 2015 key announcements summary Are VMware VSAN, VVOLs and Continue reading

Our Free Seminars

IT is moving at such a pace that it is often hard to keep up with all the changes so, in conjunction with our vendor partners, we help to address this challenge by providing seminars that enable attendees to keep up to date with many of the latest industry trends – currently we have the following available: Get Ready for VMware vSphere 6 and the Software-Defined Data Centre Over the past 10 years VMware has transformed the way IT is delivered and managed by leveraging the performance of commodity x86 servers, and we are now on the verge of another revolution as VMware has turned its expertise to storage, networking and cloud computing. This event is a key enabler in understanding Continue reading

A summary of all things HDS at SNS

This page will help you to keep up to date with all the latest news from HDS – it is regularly updated and includes all of our key HDS related Blog Posts, Videos and Seminar details. Hitachi Data Systems HDS’s heritage is the mainframe market so they have supplied storage solutions to the most demanding of enterprise customers and over the last few years have begun to make their high-end technologies affordable to the mid-market. As the demands for more storage and 24×7 operations become the norm HDS’s superior storage platforms are well equipped to meet the ever demanding needs of any organisation. Recent Blog Posts Overview HDS Portfolio Overview Block Storage What makes the HDS VSP and HUS VM Continue reading

Comparing NetApp MetroCluster with EMC VPLEX Metro Continuous Availability solutions

MetroCluster was the last major feature of 7-Mode to be ported over to Clustered Data ONTAP (it is included in the recently announced 8.3 version). Metro cluster solutions enable zero RPO and near zero RTO and they are typically a requirement for building a VMware Stretched Cluster (to enable vMotion, HA, DRS and FT over distance). Let’s take a look at how MetroCluster compares with EMC’s flagship continuous availability solution – VPLEX Metro: MetroCluster is standard feature of ONTAP, rather than a separate product, and requires: A 2-node cluster at each of the two sites – all nodes in a MetroCluster need to be identical (FAS2500 series not supported) 2 x FC switches per site and 4 x FC ports per controller – Continue reading

Our Free Assessments

Gaining a detailed understanding of how your current infrastructure is performing and identifying inefficiencies allows you to more cost-effectively address your IT needs. With this in mind the SNS Tech Team can provide the following assessment services to help assist you: vSphere Optimisation Assessment – Gain Visibility and Control of your VMware vSphere environment As most organisations are now running far more Virtual Machines than physical servers it is essential that they gain complete visibility and control of their virtual infrastructure. Critical applications need to be monitored to make sure they are not starved of resources as this will seriously impact the users. Waste is also a huge issue as it is common place to configure Virtual Machines with the same Continue reading

Our Partner Portfolio

SNS partner with a broad range of leading vendors, but our real value is being able to select from a range of products, match them optimally to a customers requirements and deploy the solution in a timely and efficient manner. To build the best possible solution for a customer we need to select the most appropriate technologies from a number of vendors – maybe VMware for the hypervisor, Dell, HP or Supermicro for servers, EMC, HDS or NetApp for storage, Riverbed for WAN optimisation, Overland for a tape library, CommVault or Veeam for backup and VMware or Citrix for remote application delivery. Read on to learn more about our key technology partners. VMware VMware has been at the heart of transforming the way Continue reading

Our Services Portfolio

Our Technical Team is at the heart of everything we do at SNS, not only are they responsible for the delivery of the solutions, but they are also heavily involved in the design and sizing phases – read on to learn more about our key services offerings. Solution Design and Delivery Delivering an IT solution on time and to budget is much easier said than done and we have all had experience of projects that included some if not all of the following: Poor solution design that did not meet the requirements Deployment by engineers not involved in the original design Continuity issues caused by using different engineers for each phase The use of contractors with no real understanding of the end Continue reading