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Networking

 

 HPEnterprise

 

HP Enterprise

HP Enterprise creates simple network solutions by using open standards, software-defined networking, automation and more to help get the edge on the competition. From switches to routers to controllers, HP Enterprise has everything a business needs to build a better network that is faster, stronger, and more secure.

Our Experience

QPC engineers are HP FlexNet certified with 16 years of experience on the Comware NOS. QPC also supports Provision NOS. QPC maintains support relationships with HP engineers in order to evaluate new models of switches in order to avoid unexpected problems for clients where possible. This is crucial because it is not always possible to tell from manufacturer documentation what the exact behavior of a functionality will be.

Our Insight

QPC regularly constructs high performing networks built with reliable HP networking equipment including networks that use technologies like IRF. Link aggregation (802.3ad) is a crucial strategy in even modest environments with 15 or more users. The network demands of standard computer users have increased such that one cannot rely upon 1 Gbps throughput shared between the server and all of the users at a site. QPC standardly configures servers with 8 Gbps throughput and tests the configuration for quality control. What we noticed, was that the HP 1950 series switches are completely different from 1920 series switches, and QPC does NOT recommend the 1950 line. While the HPE documentation for the switch states that it can do 802.3ad, the diagnostic functionality for that standard has been removed from the 1950 switches. Therefore, one cannot rely upon the documentation for the switch.

 

 WatchGuard

 

WatchGuard

Being a threat detection company, Watchguard specializes in the unmet need for security solutions for small businesses to enterprises. Their hardware products include scalability with hardware advances with processors from the likes of Intel and Freesscale, enabling industry leading third-party scanning engines and Watchguard's very own Fireware operating system. These tactics let Watchguard provide security at every price point to meet the maximum flexibility in the threat landscape.

Our Experience

QPC's team includes two WatchGuard certified engineers, with one of them holding 8 WatchGuard certifications, 10 years of experience with the appliances, and is considered by industry experts to be in the top three WatchGuard security architects in the Midwest.

Our Insight

WatchGuard perimeter security appliances are also properly used as the core router of a network. Most SMB networks of up to 500 endpoints can easily be accomodated with high throughput on a single, properly sized Firebox. QPC regularly implementes fireboxes using link aggregation and VLAN strategies in order to achive the best of all networking options: high throughput, high security, granular segmentation.

 

 HyperV

 

Hyper-V

Microsoft's Hyper-V is a virtualization technology that produces virtual machines. The benefits of virtual machines includes having a virtual IT environment with any operating system one may want without having another computer. This is useful when trying out new products or working with risky software as if anything ever does go wrong, just wipe the virtual machine and create a new one in minutes.

Our Experience

QPC's engineers have architected, implemented, and managed complex HyperV infrastructures for the last 10 years. The typical HyperV host server will house nine or more VMs when properly sized. This means that an organization can have a single large server that will host all of the organization's needs. While some organizations may feel that this is too many eggs in one basket, the majority of risks that would lead to an outage can be adequately mitigated and a single server approach is much more cost effective than buying two smaller servers.

Our Insight

Given the advanced nature of HyperV's capabilities in 2012R2 and 2016 server, the vast majority of organizations have no need for VMWare anymore. While organizations may choose to stay on their VMWare infrastructure if they are entrenched in it, it would be wise to consider a migration path as they consider server infrastructure replacements.