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Data Center Modernization

While our engineers have many years of experience with different hardware vendors allowing us to work with any current IT configuration, we exclusively offer Cisco UCS for our compute platform.  Cisco is the leader in blade server technology and has numerous advantages over their competitors.  With ease of management and focus on density, Cisco is the partner we trust for all jobs big and small.

Cisco’s B- and C- class servers are purpose-built to handle the demands of the modern data center.  The performance, scalability and control is unrivaled, and the ease of administration and management make it an ideal replacement of legacy systems.

Network - 5S enjoys a relationship with two key vendors in the networking space, Cisco and Brocade.

Cisco is the long-standing leader in network and telecommunications hardware, delivering smart, resilient solutions that can outperform many of their vendor’s solutions.  UCS is an extension of the Nexus platform and our engineers are well versed in the implementation of both Nexus and Catalyst-based solutions.

Brocade has a focus on the "Software-Defined Data Center", or SDDC. They have the ability to sell virtual products that do not affect the typical "price per port".  Their more hardware-dependent brethren are tasked with not only keeping up with hardware technologies, they must also keep pace with the open-based technologies other vendors are adopting to manage costs and ease of administration in a modernized datacenter.

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Virtualization

No matter which hypervisor your business has chosen, 5S can help you support and enhance your virtualized infrastructure.  With experience in all the major vendors, we can assist with the planning, implementation, and operations of your virtualized environment.

5S also specializes in VDI deployments, working with technologies from Citrix, VMWare and Microsoft to name a few.

So whether you are expanding your server footprint, consolidating legacy systems, or deploying a new virtual desktop solution, 5S has the experience and knowledge to assist your organization

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Storage

Storage – Storage is an area of growth for most IT organizations that we talk to.  Managing an ever-increasing storage footprint, and determining performance versus scalability in a changing physical architecture (spinning disk or solid-state) are just a couple of the key challenges.  The concentration on ease of management brings to focus our strategic partnership with vendors like Tintri, Tegile, and Data Gravity.  These solutions provide enhanced performance and functionality that sets them apart from the common competitors, focused on virtualization, analytics, and more focused approaches to customer needs.

Tintri specializes in virtualized environments, to include VDI.  Their “Flash Forward” architecture, their achievement in “VM-proportional” queueing, and performance by vm or vdisk gives them an upper hand against any traditional storage and many of their newer competitors.

Tegile specializes in consolidation of current platforms.  They are a multi-protocol solution so making that transition to a more cost-effective, standardized solution is easier with Tegile.  Tegile also offers many performance adjustments to accommodate for many different uses, including database and application hosting.

DataGravity specializes in security and data identification.  Using the secondary controller in the appliance, DataGravity creates a metabase of information about the data, such as permissions to the file, access to the file and any changes, sensitive or pertinent information within the file, etc. allowing for data classification, proper permissions assignments, and overall, more successful security and control audits.

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Data Protection

Data Protection - Managing the day-to-day environment can be hard enough, add to that managing a backup environment and it becomes twice the work!

5S looks to minimize the overhead of typical data protection solutions by working with technology from Veeam and Barracuda.  Although similar in their simplistic administration, they are distinctive solutions that fit unique needs.

Veeam is exclusive to the virtual world, being a major competitor to the larger brands when protecting a virtual environment.  Having tie-ins to SRM and CBT, Veeam lets you take full advantage of your existing vendor's capabilities and takes it a step further to provide even greater value.

Barracuda's solutions are versatile, allowing for a completely self-managing environment, to a completely hosted solution (and every model in-between!)  Supporting a mix of both virtual and physical systems, Barracuda is great for the organization making strides in virtualization as well as considering hosted or multiple-site protection.

Need to back up to tape? No problem.  Need it to be off-site? No problem.  Need it to be cloud-based, multiple-site, fully redundant and have a 15 minute SLA?  We’ve got you covered.

 

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