They Say it Takes a Village, Sometimes it Takes a Nation

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They Say it Takes a Village, Sometimes it Takes a Nation

As many of us have our eyes on the news, our hearts break for the devastation that we see as Hurricane Harvey wreaks havoc through Houston and the surrounding area. In our ever increasingly fast paced world, that moment of heartache can be met with the distraction of a calendar meeting reminder, a call coming through, or a coworker's voice calling your name. When a tragic event seems so far away, yet so close to home, I'm grateful to live an age of technology that allows me to reach out from right where I'm at.  

Below are some options on how you can provide relief to the families in Houston from your desk today, or from your dinner table with your family tonight. These are only two of many options to make an impact, so if you have time, do a little bit of research to see which global or local charity may make the most heartfelt contribution to you!

Salvation Army

As Hurricane Harvey causes widespread damage across Texas, The Salvation Army is ready to provide physical and emotional care to survivors and relief workers. Salvation Army disaster teams from across the country are mobilizing and, even after disaster response efforts are over, The Salvation Army will remain in communities impacted by this terrible storm, supporting long-term disaster recovery efforts and providing ongoing assistance to those in need.  Click here

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross is helping the people affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and all across the Gulf coast. Shelters are open, truck loads of supplies are being distributed and volunteers in place.  Click here

Thank you to all the first responders and individuals who have their hands full in Houston, and to all those that are helping equip them with the resources and care that those affected by Hurricane Harvey need the most!

 

Nicole White, Marketing & CRM Lead

@nicole_d_white

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Accelerate Container Deployment Testing with Azure Container Instances

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Accelerate Container Deployment Testing with Azure Container Instances

Microsoft recently announced a new service called Azure Container Instances. This is an amazing offering that is now part of the Microsoft Azure lineup.  Azure Container instances provides Azure consumers with a simple and fast way to deploy containers for testing and development of applications.  There is no longer a need to learn complex programing modules to configure containers.  MS Azure Containers also allows the bursting and scaling of container instances as well as flexible billing such as per second billing.

In this blog post, I am going to show you how easy it is to get your first test container operational using Azure Container Instances. First thing’s first, we need to launch our MS Azure Portal with our assigned credentials:

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ROVE Achieves Advanced Security Architecture Specialization from Cisco

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ROVE Achieves Advanced Security Architecture Specialization from Cisco

ROVE a Security Integrator, announced today that it has achieved the Advanced Security Architecture Specialization from Cisco. This specialization recognizes ROVE for fulfilling the requirements to sell, design and deploy comprehensive Cisco® Security Architecture solutions.

Certification indicates that ROVE has invested in the training required to deliver differentiated business value through the integrated, open foundation of the security architecture. Cisco Advanced Security Architecture Specialized Partners work with new and existing technologies to align components of this architecture with their customers’ strategic goals, helping transform business processes, boost organizational efficiency and accelerate the time to market.

To see how ROVE can provide these services to your organization, contact info@withrove.com.

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Are you ready? Cisco Live 2017!

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Are you ready? Cisco Live 2017!

Hey everyone!   The dynamic Cisco Champion duo of Paul Campbell (@paulmc3) and Robert Hawley (@writeerase) are heading out to Cisco Live again this year representing ROVE!

Did you catch our recap from 2016?  If not, click here! This year we're going to switch it up a little bit and post a daily blog update highlighting the news of the day as best we can!

Now, down to business! Last year was my first Cisco Live and I learned a lot.  I'd like to provide 5 top tips for Cisco Live from my perspective.

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Netapp! Welcome to the HCI Party!

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Netapp! Welcome to the HCI Party!

As if the hyper converged market wasn’t already crowded enough with offerings from EMC, Cisco, Nutanix, and Simplivity, NetApp has finally thrown their hat into the ring today with a SolidFire based solution.  In my opinion SolidFire is an awesome product and I am happy to see NetApp finally doing more with it post-acquisition.  Based on the messaging and configuration options it is apparent they are targeting enterprise-scale workloads instead of edge use cases. 

Let’s dig in.

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Integrate Fortinet Firewalls to enhance Cisco ACI security

Welcome to a quick blog about enhancing your Cisco ACI security by integrating Fortinet Firewalls through L4-L7 service insertion.  

First, let's take a look at the topology we want to setup (pictured below, who doesn't like pictures?).  Underneath a single tenant and single VRF, we have two separate bridge domains called LAB_DATA and FortiTest.  LAB_DATA has three EPGs, and FortiTest has only one.  Underneath LAB_DATA's bridge domain we have two subnets configured.

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Physical Server Protection with Rubrik

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Physical Server Protection with Rubrik

Rubrik within a VMware environment has always been an easy sell. The product demos well and customers respond positively to how easy it is to set up and manage.  As with many other Virtualization focused data protection products however, protecting physical servers that still exist has been an issue.  As a result, many organizations use a secondary set of backup tools to handle the physical servers or an overly complex solution that does both physical and virtual.  As IT organizations search for simplicity and a better way to protect their data, Rubrik is definitely delivering.  As a former backup administrator, I always had to choose the backup product that stunk less and was never really impressed with any of the options that I had. I’m not sure it’s possible to make data protection sexy, but Rubrik gets REALLY close.

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Cisco CloudCenter Summary

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Cisco CloudCenter Summary

had the opportunity to attend a 4 day partner Cisco Cloudcenter (formerly known as CliQr) class. For those not familiar with CloudCenter, it is an Application-Defined Cloud Management Platform that allows users to easily deploy and manage any application on any supported cloud, (private, AWS, Azure, Google, etc.)

CloudCenter has a simple architecture that consists of 2 primary components:

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Goodbye VGA & HDMI Cable! Wireless DESKTOP Sharing is now available with Cisco Spark!

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Goodbye VGA & HDMI Cable! Wireless DESKTOP Sharing is now available with Cisco Spark!

We’ve been able to use Cisco’s Wireless Proximity feature for quite some time on Telepresence room systems registered to on-premise infrastructure (Unified Communications Manager or VCS) to share content (desktop screen, power point presentations, etc.), but this has been a much-requested feature for those of us who have taken the plunge into the world of Cisco’s cloud-based telephony platform called Spark.  Removing clutter from the conference room table top has been a goal of all our customers who are fed up with VGA and HDMI cables strewn all over the place.  A cable for sharing content has been required with room endpoints registered to the Spark service … until now!

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Plan, Execute, THEN Drink the Beer!

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Plan, Execute, THEN Drink the Beer!

Everyone's favorite thing to hate: planning.  I don't have all the answers, but I want to try to provide some guidance to someone specific.  Yes, you, the dude who recognizes the need for planning when nobody else around does. The dudette who is tired of having projects go awry every... single… time. Beers are great to celebrate a project victory, but a lot of us can often find ourselves using them throughout the project cycle to help numb the pain. I get it; I've been there.  

There are a lot of things that this post is not.  It is not a crash course in project management.  I don't talk about cool buzzwords like agile or scrum, and I'm not going to talk about change management processes.  It is simply a collection of my observations around the businesses I've worked in or with, and the multitude of projects I've seen succeed and fail. But read on, I think you'll still find it useful.

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