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Onboarding to #CREST APIs for new #CSP Partners #O365 #Azure

August 13, 2015 Comments off

Onboarding to #CREST APIs for new #CSP Partners #O365 #Azure

YouTubeNew CSP partner? Need to connect with the CREST APIs? This 18 minute tutorial walks through all the details end to end. Starting with a newly…

SPLA Reseller Roadshow Training #SPLA #Hosters #ServiceProviders #Cloud

August 20, 2013 Comments off

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The Microsoft Services Provider License Agreement (SPLA) is designed for organizations that want to offer hosted software and services to end customers, such as Web hosting, hosted applications, messaging, collaboration, and platform infrastructure. SPLA partners have the ability to deliver a customized service with a flexible cost structure, no start-up costs, no monthly sales minimums or required term of commitment.

Microsoft now has over 22,000 service providers enrolled in the SPLA Program who have driven double-digit growth YoY for the past 3 years and in FY13 the global SPLA business surpassed the $1bn revenue mark.

Course Description:
This level 300 SPLA Reseller readiness training is specifically targeted at SPLA Resellers who want to have a detailed understanding of SPLA licensing. This training session consists of a series of short presentations followed by case work. Complex scenarios are covered such as Windows Server virtualization and SQL Server licensing.

Date & Time
4th September 2013
09:00 GMT – 16:00 GMT

Microsoft Ireland (Sales, Marketing and Services Group)
Building 3, Training room 5.42
Carmanhall Road
Sandyford Industrial Estate
Dublin 18

vMotion over Distance and Stretched VLAN across L3 WAN – Cisco OTV is your Answer @stretchcloud

March 24, 2013 1 comment

Not a new article, but this topic came up in debate for a current project working on but illustrated the point nicely of when you dont have L2 across sites and must use routed networks.

Below courtesy @stretchcloud. Read the article here:

…I will talk about how do you stretch the VLAN onto a different DC.

Yes, I am talking about Cisco OTV. Cisco’s OTV provides a mechanism to transport native Layer-2 Ethernet frames to a remote site. With a standard Layer-3 WAN, there is no way to bridge layer-2 VLANs, and as a result, communication between two sites must be routed. Because of the routing aspect, it is not possible to define the same VLAN in two locations and have them both be actively transmitting data simultaneously.

Because OTV can operate over any WAN that can forward IP traffic, it can be used with a multitude of different underlying technologies. It provides mechanisms to control broadcasts at the edge of each site, just as with a standard Layer-3 WAN, but also gives you the ability to allow certain broadcasts to cross the islands. OTV only needs to be deployed at certain edge devices, and is only configured at those points, making it simple to implement and manage. It also supports many features to optimize bandwidth utilization, provide resiliency and scalability.

Let’s look at how OTV operates. Here we have two sites separate by a standard Layer-3 WAN connection. OTV is deployed across the WAN by configuring it on an edge switch at both sites. Each end of the OTV “tunnel” is assigned an IP address. Both OTV switches maintain a MAC-to-Next Hop IP table so that they know where to forward frames in a multi-site configuration.

When a host at one site sends a frame to a host at the other site, it can determine the MAC address of the other host, since it is on the same VLAN/network. The host sends the Ethernet frame, which is accepted by the OTV switch and then encapsulated in an IP packet, sent across the WAN, and subsequently decapsulatedby the remote OTV switch. From here, the Ethernet frame is delivered to the destination as if it had been sent locally.

Concept in Practice: Workload Relocation Across Sites

In the event that there is a planned event that will impact a significant number of resources, services must be moved to an alternate location. Unfortunately, because the networks are disjointed, there is no way to seamlessly migrate virtual servers from one location to another without changing IP addresses. As a result, Site Recovery Manager is used to provide an offline migration to the second site, and update DNS records to reflect the new IP addresses for the affected servers. Once the event is complete, another offline migration is performed to restore services to the primary site.

Concept in Practice: vMotion over Distance with OTV & Stretched VLANs

By using OTV in this situation, instead of having to use SRM to emulate a disaster situation, vMotion can be used to migrate the VMs from one site to the other. While this migration is still an offline event, it does provide a much simpler solution to implement and manage by allowing the VM to maintain it’s network identity in either location.

In addition to addressing the initial challenge, OTV provides additional benefits. By having two functional sites with the same network attributes, it is possible to split workloads for services, providing fault tolerance and redundancy. So, if the primary site does have a planned event, failing resources over to the second site may not even be necessary. It also allows the infrastructure to scale by having added ESXi servers operational at the second location to distribute the load.

Cloud Channel Trends – The channel “it is a-changin’” Forester Report #Cloud #SaaS #VAR #MSP #CSP #Dist

March 11, 2013 Comments off

Read the Full Arcticle: Forester Cloud Channel Trends 2013-14

…A lot of traditional reseller channel partner companies are now utilizing cloud computing advances to add to or remake their businesses — as hosters, integrators, syndicators, and service providers. Gone are the days when tech vendors can view the channel with a siloed eye. “Hybrid” is the new norm, as it applies to channel partners’ business models — and tech vendors and channel partners are going through a lot of relationship re-engineering, both with each other and with their mutual customers….

For VARs transmogrifying to cloud solutions providers. They are on a path to success, because they can give customers what they want: options regarding technology solution deployment/consumption models. The keys for them will be to: a) bolster their technical skills with financial modeling skills, and b) get savvy on hybrid cloud integration.

For VARs refusing to embrace cloud — R.I.P. (rest in peace). Without some stake in cloud solutions, their businesses are going to decline and lose value. Hardware resellers are particularly vulnerable.

For SIs. They will prosper by filling the void left by VARs that are not making net new investments in cloud-oriented professional services.

For MSPs/CSPs. Many are proving, from the other end of the spectrum (services versus resell), that hybrid is the new norm, by adding traditional resell to their business models. They will also be aggressive on the investment front in adding new services to their portfolios, as the number of MSPs/CSPs continues to increase.

For distributors. Some are searching for the right formula that will make them as successful as service provider enablers as they have been reseller enablers. But they face a new slew of competitors in the form of the telcos and service-provider technology platform enablers (Level Platforms, Kaseya, Parallels IP Holdings, SaaSMAX, Verecloud, etc.).

For SaaS vendors. Software-as-a-service (SaaS) vendors in particular need to realize that there now exists a willing and increasingly capable channel for cloud solutions and that many customers are going to prefer to continue to source from their trusted advisors (i.e., channel partners). For those that haven’t done, the time is right for an amalgamated direct/channel go-to-market model.

HP CloudSystem and Partners: Which cloud management tool to use? #Matrix #HPCloudSystem #MOE

January 16, 2013 Comments off

HP ASE Converged Infrastructure Architect Official Exam Certification Guide #Matrix HPCloudSystem #MOE #HPExpertOne

January 16, 2013 Comments off

This HP ExpertOne book will help you prepare for the Architecting the HP Matrix Operating Environment (HP0-D20) exam. You will learn key technologies and the HP Converged Infrastructure solutions as you prepare for the HP ASE – Converged Infrastructure Architect V1 certification. Acquiring this certification validates your ability to transform data centers bringing together server, storage, and networking functions into an integrated and managed pool of IT resources. This guide will continue to serve as a useful reference to analyze customer requirements and recommend the correct HP Converged Infrastructure solution.

Hosting Exchange 2013 Webinar Nov28th #Parallels #ServiceProviders #Hosters #HostedExchange2013 #HSP #MSP #HMC-RIP

November 27, 2012 Comments off

Description: Microsoft recently launched Exchange 2013 and its hosted version. Join us to learn how to offer hosted Exchange 2013 so your custo mers can have the latest applications and services.
During this webinar, you will learn the new features of Exchange 2013 and how you can take advantage of these features with the next version of the Exchange Hosting module for Parallels Automation.

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