Nimble Storage Named a Leader in Magic Quadrant

Published: October 21, 2015
Stanley Zaffos, Roger W. Cox, Valdis Filks, Santhosh Rao

Gartner has named Nimble Storage a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for General-Purpose Disk Arrays, after two years as a Visionary.

Leaders are selected for their completeness of vision and ability to execute, coupled with market share, credibility, and the sales and marketing capabilities required to drive the broad acceptance of new technologies.


Nimble shipped its first storage array five years ago and today has more than 6,200 customers in 50 countries around the world. We believe that our elevation to the Leaders quadrant is reflective of the depth of our commitment to innovation and customer satisfaction and thank Gartner and our customers and partners for making this milestone possible.

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Office 2016 is out today!!

Office 2016 – Available Sept. 22

Business as usual is a good thing
Get more done with the world’s most successful suite of solutions: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher and Access. New sharing and collaboration features make Office 2016 a worthy upgrade, and its support for tablets and phones make it the premiere office suite for mobile devices.

Users will appreciate the powerful new features designed to increase productivity on whatever device they’re using:
• Tell Me saves you the time of looking for a specific function in the ribbon—just type what you want to do
• Pick up where you left off no matter which device or application you’re using when you have Office 365
• Natural input using touch gestures, and digital ink so you can jot notes or use annotations
• New themes give Office applications a fresh look or provide an experience that’s easier on the eyes


Five steps to improve your network’s health – by GFI

On April 7, 2014, just when some people were beginning to feel more confident
that their approach to network security was resulting in strong protection, an
encryption vulnerability in OpenSSL known as “Heartbleed” hit – and it hit hard.
Companies and customers worldwide scrambled to assess if and how the bug
affected them – and, where necessary, take the required steps to recover.


Intel Compute Sticks are here – $159 ** includes Win 8.1

Atom based Quad-Core Thumb Drive PC

Main Specifications

Product Description Intel Compute Stick STCK1A32WFC – Atom Z3735F 1.33 GHz – 2 GB – 32 GB
Type Personal computer – stick
Processor 1 x Intel Atom Z3735F / 1.33 GHz ( 1.83 GHz ) ( Quad-Core )
Processor Main Features Intel Virtualization Technology
Cache Memory 2 MB
Cache Per Processor 2 MB
Hard Drive 1 x flash 32 GB – eMMC
Card Reader Yes
Graphics Controller Intel HD Graphics
Networking 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0
OS Provided Windows 8.1 with Bing 32-bit Edition
Dimensions (WxDxH) 1.5 in x 4.1 in x 0.5 in
Weight 1.9 oz
Environmental Standards ENERGY STAR Qualified
Manufacturer Warranty 1 year warranty

Type Personal computer
Product Form Factor Stick
Color Black
Processor / Chipset
CPU Intel Atom Z3735F / 1.33 GHz
Max Turbo Speed 1.83 GHz
Number of Cores Quad-Core
CPU Qty 1
Max CPU Qty 1
CPU Upgradability Not upgradable
Processor Main Features Intel Virtualization Technology
Cache Memory
Installed Size 2 MB
Cache Per Processor 2 MB
Installed Size 2 GB
Technology DDR3L SDRAM
Memory Speed 1333 MHz
Configuration Features Provided memory is soldered
Hard Drive
Type Flash
Capacity 1 x 32 GB
Card Reader
Type Card reader
Supported Flash Memory Cards microSD, microSDXC UHS-I Memory Card
Monitor Type None.
Graphics Controller
Type Integrated
Graphics Processor Intel HD Graphics
Video Interfaces HDMI
Audio Output
Compliant Standards High Definition Audio
Wireless LAN Supported Yes
Wireless NIC AzureWave AW-NB177NF
Data Link Protocol IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0
Compliant Standards IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0
Expansion / Connectivity
Interfaces 1 x USB 2.0
1 x HDMI
Quantity of Items per Pack 10
Cables Included HDMI extension cable
Compliant Standards ACPI
Device Type Power adapter
Operating System / Software
OS Provided Windows 8.1 with Bing 32-bit Edition
Software McAfee AntiVirus Plus
Environmental Standards
ENERGY STAR Qualified Yes
ENERGY STAR Version 6.0
Manufacturer Warranty
Service & Support 1 year warranty
Service & Support Details Limited warranty – 1 year
Dimensions & Weight
Width 1.5 in
Depth 4.1 in
Height 0.5 in
Weight 1.9 oz
Environmental Parameters
Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
Max Operating Temperature 95 °F

7 Server Solutions llc is now a Carbonite Partner

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    The simple, secure hybrid data solution that’s just right for business. On-site data recovery, automatic cloud integration, and bare metal restore for an unlimited number of servers helps you preserve “business as usual.”

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7SS now a Monitors in Motion Partner

If you haven’t had a chance to check out Monitors in Motion’s gas assisted chamber technology enhanced mounts, PLEASE do so. These mounts are fantastic and as they state “silky smooth” to move around.








Precise, silky smooth movement with finger tip control.

The Mantis line is a true testament to our commitment in providing customers with a solution to frequent monitor movement. Two aluminum cylinders work together housing an adjustable brake and a gas assisted chamber. The Mantis will allow users to make adjustments in tension that range from easy movement to a more stationary setting.
Double Mantis 20

Our unique high precision gas assisted monitor arm, manufactured from anodized aluminum, stainless steel and brass internal components gives this arm a precise silky smooth movement with fingertip control. The gas assistance built into the Mantis provides easy, fluid movement of the display without the need for additional locking mechanisms. The variable tension and adjustable head gives you the ability to angle the monitor, or iMac computer, to the correct viewing angle for your specific application.

Max Reach: 424mm (16.7in).
Max Capacity: 2-8kg (4.4-17.6lbs)
Comes with a 75/75 & 100/100mm Vesa interface plate. Optional MacHead available.

Mantis 20

– starting at $229

Mantis 20 (Dual Arm)

– Starting at $398


Samsung Next Gen Zero Client – NC241-TS ** $479.99


Streamline your business IT environment with Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) / Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS). Samsung’s NC241-TS NC Series Zero Client Display is an ideal way to migrate seamlessly to a stateless environment. Featuring a thin, clutter-free design for a clean aesthetic, this 23.6″ PColP® LCD display achieves higher performance with greater efficiency, and helps to secure endpoints with desktop intelligence.
  • Seamlessly Migrate to VDI / DaaS
  • Simplify and Secure the Desktop
  • Achieve Higher Performance with Greater Efficiency
  • Thin, Clutter-Free Design


Full Specifications – part #LF24NEBHBNU


  • Processor
    Teradici Tera2321
  • OS
    Tera FW 4.0.1
  • Memory
  • RAM
    256M bit (32M Byte)
  • System Memory
    256M bit (32M Byte)
  • Ethernet
    10 / 100 / 1G Ethernet (RJ45)


  • Host Environment
    VMware Horizon View, VMware Horizon DaaS, Amazon Workspaces (AWS)


  • LCD Size
  • Panel Type
    a-Si TFT active matrix
  • Aspect Ratio
  • Resolution
    1920 x 1080 (Dual Screen 1920 x 1200)
  • Pixel Pitch (H x V)
    0.2715 x 0.2715 mm
  • Brightness (Typical)
    300 cd/m2
  • Contrast Ratio (Typical)
  • Viewing Angle (Horizontal/Vertical)
    170° / 160° (CR?10)
  • Response Time
    5 ms
  • Colors Supported
    16.7 million
  • Ergonomics
    Height Adjustable 130mm
  • Frequency (Horizontal / Vertical)
    31~80 kHz / 56~75 Hz


  • Typical
  • Maximum
  • Stand-by
    Less than 1.0 W


  • Color

OSD Language

  • Korean / Japanese / Chinese / English / German / Spanish / French / Italian / Swedish / Russian / Portuguese / Turkish / Hungarian / Polish

Accessory (Optional)

  • Accessory
    User Manual, Power Cord, Quick Setup Guide, Warranty Card (included)


  • 1W x 2

Wall Mount

  • VESA 100 x 100


  • Product Dimensions With Stand
    21.8″ (W) x 15.0″ (H) x 8.8″ (D)
  • Product Dimensions Without Stand
    21.8” (W) x 13.0″ (H) x 2.4″ (D)
  • Shipping Dimensions (W x H x D)
    24.6″ (W) x 15.7″ (H) x 7.7″ (D)


  • Product Weight
    13.4 lb.
  • Shipping Weight (lb.)
    16.8 lb.


  • Display Output
    DVI-I Out
  • VGA
    VGA-IN (15 pin D-SUB In)
  • Mic
    MIC In
  • Headphone
    Headphone Out
  • USB
    6 USB (0.5A x 4, 1.0A x 2)
  • RJ45
    LAN (RJ45, Giga)
  • Audio
    Audio In
  • Serial Port
    RS 232C (9 pin D-Sub)


  • 36 Months Parts and Labor

Why is there Bluetooth on the Meraki MR32?

Technologies: Bluetooth Low Energy

  • Universal support, enabling real world applications
  • Dedicated, efficient hardware with simple management
  • Putting beacons to work
Meraki MR32 and MR72 access points include high performance 802.11ac WiFi, a dedicated security radio, and something extra: Both APs incorporate a dedicated Bluetooth radio and antenna, extending the power of location awareness and returning meaningful value to customers.bluetooth-low-energy

Universal support, enabling real world applications

Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) was incorporated into the Bluetooth 4.0 specification in 2010 and experienced rapid uptake, including all the major operating systems, many of the smartphones and tablets we use today, plus a new breed of devices like fitness bands and simple RF tags. BLE excels at sharing small packets of data, referred to as attributes, over a low energy link, and is frequently used for health monitoring, proximity detection, asset tracking, and in-store navigation.

Dedicated, efficient hardware with simple management

The MR32 and MR72 access points contain an integral Bluetooth radio and dedicated antenna, providing superior coverage and convenience to support these applications. In other words, no other hardware is required, it’s all built-in.

BLE, as its name suggests, is designed to sip power, enabling some dedicated beacons to run for years on a single battery, opening up new practical applications at low cost. Bluetooth is also an efficient standard when it comes to radio interference. Operating in the 2.4 GHz ISM band, it uses frequency hopping technology to circumvent interference problems often seen in this band. Cell sizes can be tuned to the application requirement, with potential range comparable to 2.4 GHz WiFi, even taking into account the low power requirements of the standard.

Everything is managed through the Meraki dashboard, with a monitor view for identifying Bluetooth devices, their connectivity history, and tagging for simple organization and search.

Putting Beacons to work

The MR32 and MR72 APs enable customers to begin developing practical applications for BLE devices. These can be broadly categorized into ‘push’ applications, where the AP informs an aware device that it is in a certain location, or ‘pull’ applications, where the AP listens for beacons and uses this information to assist with asset tracking and control through the dashboard. Location analytics based on BLE generally work on an opt-in basis, with the consumer enticed via an app which leverages location for mutual benefit.

Fortinet is the leader in UTM

Unified Threat Management (UTM)

Connect and Secure Your Distributed Enterprise

Securing your Distributed Enterprise is challenging and complex. With applications moving to the cloud and more devices accessing the network, Distributed Enterprise offices are more vulnerable to emerging threats than ever before. Fortinet’s Unified Threat Management solution — delivered by FortiGate and FortiWiFi appliances — combines advanced security features along with switching and wireless controller functionality into a single platform. This reduces complexity, delivers outstanding performance, and is very easy to manage.

Consolidated Security and Access

Distributed locations such as those found in retail, healthcare and education require advanced security and connectivity for a wide variety of IT functions, including wireless LAN, switching and WAN access. This diverse range of requirements needs multiple appliances and it is expensive and complex to manage. Fortinet’s UTM solution consolidates all of them in one single device which lowers the TCO and helps protecting against the latest cyberthreats.

Single Pane of Glass Management

Given the widely distributed nature of many enterprise environments, the ability to quickly provision, scale and control your security management is critical. Together, FortiManager and FortiAnalyzer provide a unified administrative console to oversee your distributed security architecture.


  • Leader in Gartner’s UTM Magic Quadrant since 2008
  • #1 in UTM unit market share, according to IDC
  • Best Price/Performance in UTM
  • Industry leading threat protection provided by FortiGuard
  • High switch port density with PoE capability
  • Integrated wireless LAN control and optional 3G/4G connectivity
  • Easy-to-use management, scalable to thousands of distributed locations

Secured by FortiGuard – The Driving Power behind Fortinet’s Robust Security

FortiGuard Labs delivers global, real-time synergistic protection 24×365 against new and emerging threats. Woven into the full range of Fortinet products, these proactive updates keeps your security solution one step ahead.

Virtualization and Cooling a Higher Density Server Room



Virtualization can result in increased rack density, but it also introduces issues that go beyond high density alone and which must be considered in power and cooling systems supporting a virtualized environment
virtualization video
Struxureware for Data Centers Solutions for the Microsoft


What’s different now?

According to a recent IDC study among IT enterprise data center managers, “Virtualization continues its move into enterprise datacenters. Only a small percentage of respondents signaled they have no plans to deploy virtualization.” Virtualization is bringing higher and higher processor utilization to the data center, increasing the business importance and criticality of each physical server, which makes effective power and cooling even more vital in safeguarding availability. The need for capacity management is greatest when there is change; changing server populations, varying power density, load migration both over time and in physical location – and the steady advance of new technologies and increasing pressure to conserve energy. The abrupt, sometimes extreme, reduction in IT load that accompanies virtualization presents an opportunity for cost reduction in power and cooling systems that is often missed.

The Schneider Electric Solution

Effective deployment of virtualization emphasizes the need for an integrated capacity management solution with real-time visibility to the power, cooling and physical space capacities at the rack and server level, to ensure efficient use of resources and to warn of scarce or unusable ones. Schneider Electric’s Operations Capacity provides automated intelligence and modeling of the physical infrastructure capacities, suggests the best place for adding equipment, as well as simulates the effect of proposed changes and recognizes conditions in time for corrective action to be taken. With this intelligence, virtualization can fulfill its potential for efficiency and business value.