Comparison of 10Gb Cabling Options for Your Data Center

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Dan Troup [fa icon="calendar'] May 11, 2016 [fa icon="tags'] Data Storage, Networking

So you've selected the server, storage and networking technologies to setup your data center. Now how do you connect it all together? There's a little more to the answer than just “with cables.”

Let's look at the most common methods of connecting servers and storage to switches using 10Gb Ethernet capable network adapters and cables.

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VMware 2016 Launch Recap: Feature Changes & Product Updates

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Mike Garner [fa icon="calendar'] February 15, 2016 [fa icon="tags'] Virtualization, VMware, Data Storage, Networking, Cloud Computing, Managed Infrastructure & Helpdesk, VMware vSphere, VMware vCenter

As a VMware solutions provider, last week was an important week for announcements of changes to the VMware product line. In a series of launch events titled The IT Agenda for 2016: Enabling the Digital Enterprise, the VMware team from Palo Alto outlined a number of feature changes, major product revisions and improvements to licensing options. If you missed the launches, here's a recap of the highlights and changes you need to know about.

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Using Ping on a Mac

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Brian Olsen [fa icon="calendar'] September 30, 2015 [fa icon="tags'] Apple, Microsoft Windows, Networking

Being a long time Microsoft Windows user, I was surprised to find out a fun feature of Apple Mac's terminal command--ping.

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4 Easy Steps to Create a Network Diagram

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Lewan Solutions [fa icon="calendar'] August 19, 2015 [fa icon="tags'] How To Guide, Networking

1. Draw a Mock-up

Just like any other document, a preliminary draft can be a huge time saver and allow you to "brain dump" information easily. Draw a network diagram on a whiteboard or on your touchscreen device during a planning session for later reference. You can then use the drawing to supply a prototype for your final diagram.

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Choosing a VMware NIC: Should you replace your E1000 with the VMXNET3?

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Doug Oakes [fa icon="calendar'] August 12, 2015 [fa icon="tags'] Virtualization, VMware, Linux, Microsoft Windows, Networking, Disk Performance

Is your default VMware E1000 network interface (NIC) installed in a virtual machine causing problems with performance?

The best practice from VMware is to use the VMXNET3 Virtual NIC unless there is a specific driver or compatibility reason where it cannot be used. In many cases, however, the E1000 has been installed, since it is the default.

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Tracking Down and Restricting High-Bandwidth Hosts on a Cisco Network

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Dave Lincoln [fa icon="calendar'] August 10, 2015 [fa icon="tags'] Cisco, Networking

Assume that you have a branch office reporting connectivity issues/slowness but your organization does not have realtime monitoring tools (such as SolarWinds NetFlow Analyzer) which can help you quickly narrow down the culprit. We will discuss how to identify which hosts are moving the most traffic and go over how (if desired) to locate a host on your network and disable or limit its connection.

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Lewan receives Customer Satisfaction Excellence distinction from Cisco

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Allie Perry [fa icon="calendar'] August 4, 2015 [fa icon="tags'] Virtualization, Data Storage, Lewan Awards & Certifications, Cisco, Networking, Unified Communication & Collaboration, Data Security

Lewan is pleased to announce we have again achieved the Cisco Channel Customer Satisfaction Excellence award, the highest distinction a partner can achieve within the Cisco Channel Partner Program.

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How to Fix Invalid/Greyed Out Virtual Machines in VMware vSphere Client

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Lewan Solutions [fa icon="calendar'] December 23, 2009 [fa icon="tags'] Virtualization, VMware, Data Storage, How To Guide, Networking, Disk Performance, VMware vSphere, VMware vCenter

If there are disk array or networking issues in VMware ESX 3.x or vSphere, some virtual machines (VMs) may appear in the vSphere Client as being Invalid and are greyed out. The following steps will fix this issue.

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