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Mosaic Partners with HP

Mosaic Technology is pleased to announce their recent partnership with HP. Mosaic has recognized HP for a long time as a very large install base as well as customer base, and feel that it is a great fit for their current as well as future customers.

Mosaic’s most recent product line is HP’s Renew Program which offers an approved and vender supported cost effective alternative to buying new equipment. However, unlike other Renew Programs, HP’s comes with the same warranty and support that the new systems come with.

In the time of reduced capital expenditures and budgets, the HP Renew Program gives customers an alternative to buying brand new current generation equipment.

Mosaic’s partnership with HP is completely customer driven. In today’s IT environment, 80 percent of IT budgets are consumed by legacy and last generation Systems. Mosaic is constantly working with their customers to support these growing needs and solutions.

HP Renew products are factory sealed from HP, carry up to a 3-year HP warranty, and come in like new condition. Additionally, Mosaic is able to create end-to-end solutions for its customers that integrate best-of-breed technology from partners like HP to meet today’s real world challenges.

Mosaic offers the custom configuration, presale support, as well as a worldwide distribution channel to distribute the product. It is a best of both worlds situation – with the HP Renew Program you are receiving the same products from HP at a reduced rate, along with an exceptional level of support from Mosaic.

Want to learn more about how you can save money for your company, while maintaining your legacy environments? Contact a Mosaic representative today.

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Transitioning to the Cloud to Accelerate Your Business

Most people think of virtualization and the cloud as two separate things, however, what you may not realize is that when you virtualize – you’re moving to the cloud already.

Transitioning to the cloud begins with the creation of a private cloud. When you’re hosting your own cloud environment, you no longer have physical attachments to those servers anymore, but a grouping of resources in your environment instead.

As things in the virtual world evolve, you are now able to take those stand alone operations and build virtual machines in a way that adheres to cloud standards, but keep them internally in your private cloud. This allows you to take the next step in completely moving to the cloud.

Small to medium businesses are now able to simply move those virtual machines from their own private cloud into a public cloud. This gives the ability to be even more dynamic than to simply virtualize.

This is a great asset for mobile workforces because if they are unable to virtualize, they can still put a lot of their services out into the cloud. Information is made available by a secure weblink, which in turn gives you the ability to reach out to mobile workers, a non-traditional practice, because these services are available from anywhere.

VMware is one company that is really taking advantage of this service by utilizing the View Client for the iPad. The View Client allows iPad users to connect to a virtual desktop, which could reside in a private cloud in the corporate datacenter or a public cloud from a Service Provider.  This allows their iPad to serve as a portable work station, granting mobile users access to corporate resources while on the road, but without having to carry a computer.  Additionally, those assets reside within the datacenter, so there is no risk of a security breach if the iPad is lost or stolen.

A combination of virtualizing and moving to a private cloud can be augmented by moving to a public cloud – allowing for more points of access and more ways to connect.

At Mosaic Technology, we believe that this is the best way to go about moving to the cloud. Want to learn more? Contact a Mosaic representative today.

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Virtualization: Are you on board yet?

Its official: virtualization has hit the mainstream. Three or four years ago, IT professionals and customers were leery about virtualization, or maybe some just hadn’t gotten around to it. Today, however, it is no longer new technology – but established. It is now just one of the additional tools that will be used inside the data center. The risks involved with virtualization are minimized as well – with more adoption comes less apprehension. Virtualization out of the gate is becoming an accepted practice; it is now almost second nature for new startup companies to virtualize. That being said, there are still companies who have not yet adopted virtualization, and reasons for that may vary.

Certain mainframe servers cannot be virtualized on VMWare because it would not fit their infrastructure. Manufacturing, data entry and large banking institutions are known for using Sun or Unix servers that do not support virtualization. If they are running normally and are stable, these companies are likely to continue buying more sun servers rather than completely changing their infrastructure. Not only would they have to change their product, but their whole platform as well.

Another reason is that certain companies may not be educated on virtualization, and therefore don’t know about the significant savings and advantages that come with it. For a company whose data center has 15-20 servers, IT systems people are busy all day long keeping everything running – and don’t have enough resources to internally investigate virtualization.

The benefits of virtualization are non-debatable, however. By virtualizing the data center, you also greatly decrease the workload on the IT staff because you have fewer moving pieces. With virtualization, there are only three or four servers and fewer hardware resources to manage. Traditionally, there are a lot of physical moving parts, as well as more hardware resources that need to be managed. Virtualization allows for an increase in the ability to manage all servers and a decrease in maintenance costs.

In a virtualized world, templates can be built of servers so that copies can be made – this ensures that the operating systems are all the same. It also provides you with the confidence that every single server is backed up and saved. Also, when it comes time to build a new virtual machine, you don’t have to order and rebuild all new servers. With VDI, bringing new servers online can now take five minutes verses a matter of weeks it would take for professionals to deploy the applications in the previous world.

When deploying virtualization, professionals can manage up to five times more servers than normal. The benefits are undeniable; VDI is the only way to go. Ready to make the switch? Continue this conversation with a Mosaic professional today by clicking here.


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Enterprise Security and the Importance of VDI

As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This is especially true when it comes to enterprise security. Fortunately, Mosaic Technology has the cure – and it comes in the form of virtual desktop infrastructure.

It is no secret that there are a lot of concerns surrounding enterprise security – malware infections and data leaks to only name a few. With the emergence of tablets and smartphones, PCs and laptops are becoming a thing of the past – and this creates a whole new set of problems for security and risk professionals to tackle. In such a hectic environment, it can be tough to maintain employee innovation as well as flexibility.  

By deploying VDI, many of these concerns are laid to rest. The information is stored in the data center and not the end-user device. This way, if the computer is lost or stolen, your business data is not. Also with VDI, you are able to take back control of who can access your company’s information. IT organizations are able to set controls on what information can be downloaded, copied to an external hard drive and what can be shared. It’s too bad the US government didn’t use VDI – Wikileaks could have been prevented all together.

A virtual desktop infrastructure also allows you to control how the user works with their device. Accessibility of social media plug-ins and third-party application downloads are yours to control. VDI allows you to add an extra layer of security with the “hypervisor layer” – the intelligence that monitors and prevents hackers and other security risks. In the event that a virus does occur, you can launch virus removal and protection tools from the data center that immediately updates the security measures on all users’ desktops. Without VDI, it would take hours to physically install the virus updates on everyone’s device individually.

VDI is also able to protect employees from identity theft. With advanced security protection in the datacenter, you can monitor and prevent malware that tracks keystrokes or steals information unknown to the user.

For all solutions for your tablets, laptops and PCs, choose Mosaic Technology – they keep your business moving with connectivity anywhere business happens. Interested in learning more about how VDI can keep your business safe and secure? Click here to continue the conversation with a Mosaic expert today.

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Fluid Operations VMFS Driver Makes Virtual Backups Easier

As reported late February by Rich Brambley and Scott Lowe, a new startup called Fluid Operations has developed an open source driver for the VMFS file system.

At the time, I read their entries and thought it was a really cool project, allowing for more free access in the virtualization arena. I knew that this would have value moving forward, but initially did not grasp the implications of introducing this new technology.However, as I was discussing backup strategies between Dell|EqualLogic storage and VMware, I discovered where this could have significant impact.

When we host VMFS iSCSI volumes on the EQL SAN, we can leverage the Auto Snapshot Manager for VMware to create application-aware snapshots of quiesced Virtual Machines. To date, these storage snapshots have only been for DR or volume-level recovery purposes. We still needed to rely on VCB or third party applications to backup the Virtual Machine files.

With the evolution of this VMFS driver, we will now be able to use that ASM quiesced snapshot to streamline Virtual Machine backups. First, we mount the snapshot to our backup server. Using the open source VMFS driver, we will now be able to browse that snapshot volume and see all of the files within. Backups of this volume can happen directly, without the need to use an intermediary such as VCB or a third party application. Direct backups are faster and less complex, and therefore… easier to manage. And as all SysAdmins know, easier to manage is always better

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View3 from VMware – Good Opportunity for Savings

VMware View3 – the new name for VDI – can give cost savings on several fronts. Simply by switching from standalone PCs on the desktop to a thin client and VMware View3 you can save around 45% on hardware and power costs. When you factor in the decreased management overhead from standardizing the infrastructure on a single base image and application virtualization and deployment with the ThinApp features, it increases the margin by decreasing problem calls to the HelpDesk.

However, this sort of infrastructure rollout isn’t for everyone. VMware is suggesting a target audience of companies that have over 200 managed desktops. Less than that, and the cost and management savings aren’t as dramatic.

Central management of the desktop image, ThinApp deployment, linked clones through the View Composer feature to decrease backend storage requirements, and the offline desktop client allow for a large range of features to manage the enterprise desktop. This is even more dramatic if the customer has an existing VMware installation, as there will be minimal training overhead to roll out the solution within their own infrastructure design.

Check out this Desktop Virtualization white paper — decent overview from a VMware perspective.

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Tim Antonowicz
Tim Antonowicz
Senior Sales Engineer

Tim has over 15 years of experience in Enterprise storage and backup, Virtualization, Disaster Recovery, Messaging, and cross-platform integration.

Tim is nationally recognized in the fields of Virtualization, Disaster Recovery, and Security, frequently speaking at national conferences such as VMWorld, HP Technology Forum, EduCause, Gartner MES and FinSEC.

He is also a charter member of VMWare's SMB Customer Advisory Panel and sits on the New England VMWare User Group's Steering Committee.

Tim has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute and holds various industry certifications including the VMware Certified Professional, Microsoft Exchange 2003, and has been a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer since 1998.

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