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SmartStack Solution to Optimize Desktop Virtualization for Remote and Branch Offices Announced by Nimble Storage

BlueCoffee Networks flash storage solutions partner, Nimble Storage, have introduced SmartStack™ for ROBO Desktop Virtualization in conjunction with Cisco and VMware. The new converged infrastructure solution brings the power of Cisco UCS Mini and VMware Horizon® 6 to companies with remote offices, small IT environments or many retail locations to support the business and users at these sites with secure, easy-to-manage virtual desktops.

SmartStack for ROBO Desktop Virtualization helps businesses with remote or branch offices deliver better responsiveness to their smaller IT environments. Management complexities, the size of a data center’s footprint, application performance and the potential hefty investment of a storage environment are common pain-points that need to be considered when it comes to managing the desktops of employees who work at remote or branch offices. Part of the SmartStack family, SmartStack for ROBO Desktop Virtualization is a converged infrastructure solution based on Nimble Storage’s CS-Series arrays, the newly introduced Cisco UCS Mini, and VMware Horizon 6. The UCS Mini embeds the unified server and networking capabilities of the top-of-rack UCS Fabric Interconnect directly into the UCS Mini chassis, enabling the new SmartStack solution to deliver compute, storage and networking in a single, easy-to-manage, compact solution. By deploying an optimized desktop virtualization solution on-site at remote or branch offices rather than a central data center, IT organizations can deliver a predictable end-user experience by eliminating network dependent performance issues between sites.

Nimble’s SmartStack pre-validated reference architectures eliminate the challenges associated with deploying application, server, hypervisor, networking, and storage components. The new ROBO Desktop Virtualization reference architecture is ideally suited for single site implementations with up to 500 seats and enables organizations to confidently deploy desktop virtualization that is right-sized for their environment, with the ability to scale in alignment with changing requirements.

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About Nimble Storage
Nimble Storage (NYSE: NMBL) is redefining the storage market with its Adaptive Flash platform. Nimble’s flash storage solutions enable the consolidation of all workloads and eliminate storage silos by providing enterprises with significant improvements in application performance and storage capacity. At the same time, Nimble delivers superior data protection, while simplifying business operations and lowering costs. At the core of the Adaptive Flash platform is the patented Cache Accelerated Sequential Layout (CASL) architecture and InfoSight, an automated cloud-based management and support system that maintains storage system peak health. More than 3,000 enterprises, governments, and service providers have deployed Nimble’s flash storage solutions across 37 countries. For more information about Nimble Storage, visit www.nimblestorage.com

About BlueCoffee Networks

BlueCoffee Networks is a total IT Networking support services and solutions company covering Cheshire, Manchester, Stockport and throughout the UK. We are trusted systems integrators, offering an extremely responsive and personalised service that is always looking to protect your investment in partnership.

Our key focus areas are cloud solutions, virtualization, storage, disaster recovery planning, business continuity, connectivity,  IT & Networking consultancy and IT support services with strategic alliances with many of the big known and trusted manufactures such as Nimble Storage  Veeam, VMware, Microsoft, Citrix, HP, Cisco, Dell, and many more.

The FSB brands UK broadband “not fit for purpose”

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) says UK broadband is not fit for purpose and a major government rethink is needed.

It also states that, compared to other nations, the UK’s broadband target is simply not ambitious enough.

It is calling on the government to commit to delivering a minimum of 10Mbps (megabits per second) for all homes and businesses by 2018/19.

It would like to see this rise to 100Mbps by 2030.

“If small businesses are to thrive and prosper and contribute to a growing economy, they need universal access to what is now considered the fourth utility,” concludes an FSB report on the current state of broadband.

However, the government and BT have said that the FSB’s findings do not match reality.

Slow speeds
The report indicated that:

• 94% of small business owners consider a reliable internet connection to be critical to the success of their business

• 45,000 UK small businesses are still on dial-up speeds

• Only 15% of firms say they are very satisfied with their broadband provision.

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If you have any queries about your internet connectivity, please call us on 0845 095 7000.

Gartner Position Veeam in the “Visionaries” Quadrant of the Magic Quadrant

BlueCoffee Neworks’ backup & replication partner, Veeam® Software have announced that Gartner have positioned the company in the “Visionaries” quadrant of the June 16, 2014, Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Backup Software and Integrated Appliances.

“We consider our positioning in the “Visionaries” quadrant by Gartner confirmation of our ability to provide data center availability solutions that enable customers to access data 24/7 from anywhere,” said Ratmir Timashev, president and CEO of Veeam. “With the upcoming launch of the Veeam Availability Suite™ v8 later this year, IT organizations will be able deploy a new enabling technology that transforms the Always-On Business™ from a capability reserved for only a few operations at the world’s largest organizations into a reality for everyone.”

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About Veeam Software

Veeam® enables the Always-On Business™ by providing solutions that deliver Availability for the Modern Data Center™,which provides recovery time and point objectives (RTPO™) of less than 15 minutes for all applications and data. Veeam recognizes the challenges in keeping a business up and running at all times and addresses them with solutions that provide high-speed recovery, data loss avoidance, verified protection, risk mitigation and complete visibility. 

About BlueCoffee Networks

BlueCoffee Networks is a dynamic, fresh thinking, independent IT solutions provider covering Manchester, Stockport, Cheshire and the UK. Our key focus areas are virtualisation, storage, disaster recovery, business continuity,consultancy and support services. BlueCoffee Networks have strategic alliances with many of the big known and trusted manufactures such as VMware, Microsoft, Citrix, HP, Cisco, Hitachi and many more.

Wilmslow Squash reach top of the league!

BlueCoffee Networks are continuously looking to support the local community and one of the ways we give back is by sponsoring the “Wilmslow Squash” team since 2010.

Back then, the team were struggling but have gone from strength to strength and we are now very proud that they are top of the North West Counties Squash League!

 

VMware to Acquire AirWatch – the leading provider of enterprise mobile management and security solutions

BlueCoffee Networks’ virtualization and cloud infratructure Partner, VMware and AirWatch have announced that they have signed a definitive agreement under which VMware will acquire AirWatch.

The deal is worth $1.175B in cash and approximately $365M of installment payments and assumed unvested equity. The AirWatch team will continue to report to founder and chief executive officer John Marshall as part of VMware’s End-User Computing group, led by Sanjay Poonen, EVP and GM. Alan Dabbiere, AirWatch’s co-founder and chairman, will be overseeing a new AirWatch operating board which will report to Pat Gelsinger, VMware chief executive officer.

“AirWatch provides best-in-class, secure, enterprise-mobile management to thousands of businesses around the world,” said Pat Gelsinger, chief executive officer, VMware. “With this acquisition VMware will add a foundational element to our end-user computing portfolio that will enable our customers to turbo-charge their mobile workforce without compromising security.”

“When we started AirWatch, we set out to help businesses succeed in the mobile explosion that was set to come. Now there are more than 2 billion smart phones and tablets in the world and more than half of those devices touch an enterprise,” said Alan Dabbiere, co-founder and chairman, AirWatch. “By joining a proven innovator like VMware, we now have an opportunity to bring our leading-edge solutions to an even broader set of customers and partners to help them optimize for the mobile-cloud world.” Read more

About VMware
VMware is the leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions that enable businesses to thrive in the Cloud Era. Customers rely on VMware to help them transform the way they build, deliver and consume Information Technology resources in a manner that is evolutionary and based on their specific needs. With 2012 revenues of $4.61 billion, VMware has more than 500,000 customers and 55,000 partners. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world and can be found online at www.vmware.com.

About AirWatch
AirWatch is the leading mobile security and enterprise mobility management provider with more than 1,600 employees across nine global offices. More than 10,000 organizations in 150 countries leverage the AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Management Platform, which includes industry-leading mobile device, email, application, content, laptop and browser management solutions. Organizations can implement these solutions stand-alone for unique bring your own device requirements, in AirWatch Workspace containerized solution, or a comprehensive, highly scalable, enterprise-grade mobility platform. With the largest research and development team in the industry, AirWatch enables the broadest mobile platform support, develops innovative solutions like AirWatch Secure Content Locker, and integrates with the leading device manufacturers and technology solutions providers in the mobile ecosystem.

About BlueCoffee Networks
BlueCoffee Networks is a dynamic, fresh thinking, independent IT solutions provider covering Manchester, Stockport, Cheshire and the UK. Our key focus areas are virtualisation, storage, disaster recovery, business continuity,consultancy and support services. BlueCoffee Networks have strategic alliances with many of the big known and trusted manufactures such as VMwareMicrosoftCitrixHPCisco, Hitachi and many more.

Do you know how secure your network really is? Take the test to find out….

IT Network threats lurk everywhere, and it’s difficult for you to be in all those places at once.

BlueCoffee Networks’ security partner, Sophos, has developed a developed a quick test to help you assess your security risk.

You have to answer 10 questions, and then you’ll get a scorecard rating at the end, including recommendations on how you can improve your security.

The test is free and you don’t have to part with any information in order to access it. To find out more about how BlueCoffee Networks and Sophos can help with your network security, call us on 0845 095 7000 or email info@bcn.co.uk.

About Sophos
From network to endpoint to server security, Sophos‘ products are designed to eliminate complexity. Simplified products  make for simplified workflows. Users spend less time haggling with your admins. IT managers spend less time troubleshooting problems.

About BlueCoffee Networks
BlueCoffee Networks is a dynamic, fresh thinking, independent solutions provider covering Manchester, Stockport, Cheshire and the UK. Our key focus areas are virtualisation, storage, disaster recovery, business continuity,consultancy and support services. BlueCoffee Networks have strategic alliances with many of the big known and trusted manufactures such as VMware, Microsoft, Citrix, HP, Cisco, Hitachi and many more.

VMware appoints Enterprise Industry Veterans & Chief Technology Officer to strengthen End-User Computing Business

BlueCoffee Networks’ virtualization and cloud infrastructure partner, VMware, have announced the addition of three enterprise industry veterans to the End-User Computing leadership team.

Bob Schultz has been appointed chief strategy lead, and will assist with the overall business, product and alliance strategy for the group. Sumit Dhawan has been appointed head of the desktop business, and will lead product development, product management, strategy and delivery for enterprise and personal desktop products. Longtime VMware veteran Kit Colbert has been appointed chief technology officer (CTO) of End-User Computing, and will help drive product and technology strategy for its product portfolio.

“As we accelerate VMware’s End-User Computing strategy and business, Bob, Sumit and Kit are seasoned executives who bring valuable experience and tremendous leadership to our existing team of talented individuals,” said Sanjay Poonen, executive vice president and general manager, End-User Computing, VMware. “VMware’s customer-focused innovation has led to a dynamic End-User Computing product portfolio. These three individuals will join the core leadership team to enable customers to get the best products on the market and innovation for years to come.” Read more

Vmware has also announced the appointment of Ben Fathi to the role of chief technology officer. Fathi most recently served as senior vice president, R&D, at VMware and has been with the company since 2012. Fathi brings experience managing large global teams and delivering innovation, with a focus on customer needs and product quality. Read more

About VMware
VMware is the leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions that enable businesses to thrive in the Cloud Era. Customers rely on VMware to help them transform the way they build, deliver and consume Information Technology resources in a manner that is evolutionary and based on their specific needs. With 2012 revenues of $4.61 billion, VMware has more than 500,000 customers and 55,000 partners.  The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world and can be found online at www.vmware.com.

About BlueCoffee Networks
BlueCoffee Networks is a dynamic, fresh thinking, independent solutions provider covering Manchester, Stockport, Cheshire and the UK. Our key focus areas are virtualisation, storage, disaster recovery, business continuity, consultancy and support services. BlueCoffee Networks have strategic alliances with many of the big known and trusted manufactures such as VMware, Microsoft, Citrix, HP, Cisco, Hitachi and many more.

BlueCoffee Networks Host Nimble Storage Seminars

 

Demands for better storage performance, scalability, data protection, and simplicity continue to grow in today’s datacenter. The rapid adoption of virtualization and server consolidation has further compounded the need for network storage that can keep up with these demands.

BlueCoffee Networks’ premium partner, Nimble Storage makes it possible for IT to tackle them all head on. Nimble Storage designed its Cache Accelerated Sequential Layout (CASL TM) architecture to help large and small IT organizations address their storage challenges. As the industry’s first flash-optimized storage architecture designed from the ground up, CASL effectively combines the performance of flash for reads with a unique data layout optimized for writes. The result is high-performance, efficient storage. To download the datasheet click here.

We are hosting seminars to demonstrate how these storage solutions could benefit your business. To book your place on one of the below seminars, please call us on 0845 095 7000 or email sales@bcn.co.uk.

Forthcoming Seminar Dates 2014
Thursday 23rd January
Thursday 20th March

Seminar Times
10.00 am – 12.00 noon (followed by lunch)

Seminar Location
BlueCoffee Networks Limited
No. 6, Unit L3
Oak Green Business Park
Earl Road
Cheadle Hulme
Cheshire
SK8 6QL

The Golden Triangle Networking Group Sees Record Attendance

The Golden Triangle Networking Group saw attendance of over 40 local business people this morning, proving just how popular the group has become since it’s creation in 2010.

The group was set up by one of our directors, Simon Kelf, to promote our IT Solutions and to meet and build relationships with other local businesses within the Cheshire area. The group meets fortnightly at a cafe on Wilmslow high street.

If you are interested in joining, please contact the group on Linkedin here.