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 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

VMware Software-Defined Data Center Introduction Video now available on YouTube

VMware may well be about to change the world again, with the final pieces of the Software-Defined Data Centre falling into place. Until recently – SDDC looked like vapourware, however – with the release of Virtual SAN, EVO:RAIL, Flash Read Cache and the much anticipated arrival of NSX networking, it is finally a reality. To get you up to speed, we’ve provided a short introductory video on VMware SDDC – It’s less than 10 mins and should allow you to get a good idea of what this latest development offers your organisation. Of course – if you want more information on any of the subjects covered – then give us a call, drop us an email to, or drill Continue reading

Lock-in, choice, competition, innovation, commoditisation and the Software-Defined Data Centre

I have recently been involved in an ongoing debate about VMware VSAN and lock-in over at, and it inspired me to explore my thoughts on the subject further. It seems clear to me that the organisations are on a trajectory to the Software-Defined Data Centre – the Cloud, the Google/Amazon DC architectures and many other economic factors will result in the inevitable decline in hardware appliances. The 21st century has seen a commoditisation of hardware, with most appliance vendors supplying standard off-the-shelf solutions that are almost certainly not manufactured by them. Take a company like NetApp, are they a hardware or a software company and where is their value? They sell both hardware and software, but the hardware is fundamentally no 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

An introduction to VMware NSX Software-Defined Networking technology

Over the past decade VMware has changed the way IT is provisioned through the use of Virtual Machines, but if we want a truly Software-Defined Data Centre we also need to virtualise the storage and the network. For storage virtualisation VMware has introduced Virtual SAN and Virtual Volumes (expected to be available in 2015), and for network virtualisation NSX. In this, the third of a three part series, we will take a look at NSX. The problem with networks today is that they are just too complex, if a Virtual Machine has a particular networking requirement then this would typically require that a change request goes to another team, who then have to make changes at the network hardware level – this is not 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