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Arista Unveils Industry’s First Leaf Switch With 100GbE Uplinks 
 
EOS Smart Systems Upgrade Offers Hitless Network Upgrade
 
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- July 15, 2014 -- Arista Networks (NYSE: ANET) today announced the 7280E Series fixed leaf switches, along with monitoring and automation enhancements to Arista EOS®, continuing the evolution of software driven cloud networking. This new family of switches with its ultra-deep packet buffers and 100GbE uplinks enhance application performance, while providing resiliency, programmability and visibility into the network.
 
EOS Smart System Upgrade (SSU), now available for both Spine and Leaf switches, allows enterprises to perform hitless software upgrade across the entire network. Automation via EOS eliminates planned downtime and allows for 24x7x365, cloud-like uptime for in-house applications.
 
Optimal for Storage and Big Data
 
The 7280E Series extends the Arista leaf switch portfolio with a 1000x increase in packet memory, compared to typical switches in top-of-rack applications. This ability to handle network congestion results in a low loss network for critical workloads such as IP Storage, Big Data and streaming video. The same EOS binary image runs across all Arista products and includes support for VXLAN, LANZ, DANZ and Arista Tracers on these new platforms, lowering the certification and overall Opex for enterprises.
 
“The eBay storage environment is network intensive and requires switches that are architected for these unique requirements,” said Russ McElroy, Senior Manager of eBay Marketplaces and PayPal. “The Arista 7280E 10/40/100GbE systems have ultra-deep buffers and are optimized for intensive workloads such as storage.”
 
TAP Aggregation and Visibility
 
Arista Data Analyzer (DANZ) feature set that provides real-time monitoring capabilities, is now available on the 7500E modular spine switches, providing visibility at 10/40/100GbE speeds at terabit capacity. New features in EOS include a Tap Aggregation Manager, Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) and advanced traffic steering that allows network operators to precisely select the flows that need monitoring.
 
Additionally, the addition of OpenFlow 1.3 support for the 7500E enables research centers and universities to deploy 100GbE networks interconnecting to Internet2 for bulk data transfers.
 
Universal Optics reduce fiber need by 75%
 
Other announcements include a standards compliant universal optic that enables 40GbE over a single pair of either multi-mode or single-mode fiber, enabling seamless and cost-effective migration from 10 to 40GbE. The Universal QSFP optics have a reach of 150m over multi-mode fiber and 500m over single mode fiber, and can also interoperate with IEEE LR4 based devices.
 
Availability
 
The Arista 7280E switches are in customer trials now with general availability in August 2014. The Universal 40GbE transceiver is orderable now. SSU feature set for 7050X leaf switches is available in beta releases now and generally available by late 2014.
 

The need for storage is growing at an exponential rate.  Storage touches many parts of your business from disaster recovery strategies and data backups to virtualization initiatives and replication.  AmeriNet can help determine the needs of your business and suggest methods of reducing the burden of ever expanding storage.  From many small storage systems to giant arrays of networked disks, AmeriNet can help you keep your data safe and available.

Backups getting unwieldy? The cost of doing backups is also a growing concern for businesses.  Let us talk with you about how the industry is dealing with this problem by virtualizing storage, and allowing the use of less expensive storage for less critical data, while still allowing optimal business performance.

Look to AmeriNet for centralized storage solutions for file sharing and storage consolidation.  We work with Dell to customize a data storage solution to fit the needs of your business.

 

Our client, First State Bank, has implemented Exinda to assure the performance of its critical financial applications and improve both the employee and customer experience at its 13 locations in Macomb County. With Exinda, First State has seen a more than 40 percent performance improvement for critical applications across its network. Please read the case study & contact us today for more details.

Infoblox recently released a new security product called the Infoblox DNS Firewall.  Possibly the first true DNS security product, DNS Firewall targets Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) Malware. It not only prevents devices from being infected by not resolving DNS links to malicious sites but also disrupts the flow of DNS-based commands and data to and from botnet master controllers. Infected devices can be tracked down to physical location using our integrated IP Address Management system.  A 60 day trial, including the malware data feed, is available.

Here’s how the solution works:

1. When new malware is detected in the wild, the Infoblox Malware Data Feed immediately sends updated information to subscribed customers
2. Either directly or by leveraging the Infoblox Grid, the updated data is sent to all Infoblox recursive DNS appliances in near real time.
3. If an end user clicks on a malicious link or attempts to go to a known malware website, the attempt will be blocked at the DNS level.
4. The session will be redirected to a landing page / walled garden site defined by the company administrator.
5. For clients that are infected already, very typically user-owned devices, the infected client will attempt to use DNS commands to communicate with the botnet master controller. The Infoblox DNS Firewall will disallow these communications, effectively crippling the botnet.
6. All activities are written to industry-standard Syslog format so that the IT team can either investigate the source of the malware links or cleanse the infected client. Data is also fed to the Infoblox Trinzic Reporting for analysis and reporting.

The DNS Firewall runs on Infoblox’s award winning DNS appliances. Download the Infoblox DNS Firewall datasheet.

There is also a great article in Security Week about the need for better DNS Security.

Please contact us if you are interested in setting up a product overview / demo.  Thank you.

The CEO of JSA Health and the VP of Clinical Operations discuss how LifeSize has helped JSA reach out to more patients. Telemedicine pioneers JSA Health choose LifeSize® HD video to expand business and allow doctors and patients to connect seamlessly for meaningful communication. The LifeSize® Express™ HD video system helped JSA significantly grow their business, with over 5000 patient encounters in its first year of operation. Roughly 125 hours per week are now spent using video. Contact us today for a demo!

We can help keep your data safe and teach you simple ways to reduce your expenses in the data center. Currently, there are some great specials running on our facilites in Southfield and Grand Rapids, MI.

Data Center Facility Details:
• Over 8,000sq. ft. of Data Center space
• Single active path for power source from DTE
• Climate-controlled (15 A/C units)
• 480V 3-Phase 1200Amp power feed
• 750kVA Cummings Diesel Generator
• 300kVA UPS Uninterrupted Power
• 1200 AMP -48 DC Power Plant
• Dual Fiber Entrance (ring protected)
• 24x7 Secure Card Access and Video Surveillance
• Crash carts and Remote Hands
• Conference Room/802.11 Wi-fi Access
• Connected to Data Center located at 24700 via two leased fiber strands in ring topology with diverse path, diverse entrance

Network:
Fiber Network
Our two Metro SONET rings and long haul optical fiber network spans 750 route miles and over 34 nodes throughout Michigan.

Internet Connectivity:
The IP network is connected to multiple global transit carriers; 10G circuit to Level (3), 2.5G to Savvis, and a 1G connection to Global Crossings.   Having multiple Internet uplinks allows us to provide stable connectivity throughout the network and maximize uptime.
The secure web portal features IP bandwidth usage graphs. These graphs allow customers to view daily, weekly and monthly usage.

Work with us today on your data center needs.

Upcoming Events

Please check out our upcoming events to see if any spark your interest. We will update as we add events to our calendar so please check back often.

Please join us for our IT March Madness Extravaganza on Thursday, March 19th at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor. This year we will have presentations from Extreme Networks, Gigamon, Palo Alto Networks and Silver Peak. Lifesize will have a demo during lunch and in the afternoon.

This event includes technical presentations in the morning and a tour of the Crisler Center and the University of Michigan's Big House in the afternoon. When in the Big House you will be able to walk down the famous tunnel leading out onto the field where you can throw some footballs around.

As always you are more than welcome to bring another person from your IT team to attend. We are also inviting you to have your family members join us for the tour. Let us know who will be joining us and have them arrive at 12:45pm.

Technical Presentations:

Demo during lunch and in the afternoon:

For details on each presentation please see the bottom of this invitation.

To register go to the bottom of this page.


Event Details:

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Location: Crisler Center | Junge Family Champion Center
333 E. Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Times: 9am to 4pm

Outline of Event:
Technical Presentations
One on one discussions with engineers
March Madness basketball games
on the flat screens
Tour of the Crisler Center
Tour of the Michigan Stadium
 

Please register at the bottom of this page.


Details on each presentation:

Extreme:

Gartner, IDC and Forrester all agree that top of mind for CEO, CIO and CDD are data analytics, security and mobility. Extreme Networks offers solutions to that help companies address all these areas in a way that can reduce network management time, create meaningful reports on application and bandwidth utilization and offer employees access from a myriad of devices. During this segment Extreme will discuss our Mobility, Data Analytics and Management solutions that empower organizations to do more with less.
 

Gigamon:

Billions of dollars are spent to secure IT networks, but attackers only need one weak link. Enterprises deploy a multi-tiered security environment and yet, it's not enough. The current security model is BROKEN and the publicity about a breach can impact customer confidence far longer than it takes to detect and mitigate the breach itself.

Here are some recent exploits that were in the news:

• 40 million – credit cards stolen from Target’s initial breach.
• 233 million – eBay customers contact and login information compromised.
• Sony’s hack attack that has resulted in the leak of employees’ personal information and internal business documents is unprecedented in nature.
• Home Depot, Michaels, Heart-bleed, Malware-as-Service….. The list goes on and on….

The traditional security model does not provide an appropriate means for dealing with the Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) of today. Did you know that according to the Trustwave 2014 global security report, the average lifespan of a zero-day before it is discovered or disclosed is 100 days? You can't secure what you can't see, and an enterprise security strategy requires visibility into all types of traffic.

You will learn how Gigamon can provide a multi-tiered security architecture that 70% of the F100 have already implemented.
 

Palo Alto Networks:

You will learn how Palo Alto Networks is leading the Advanced Endpoint Protection industry with their Traps solution.

As the frequency of APT incidents increases, security threats created by vulnerabilities to the endpoints are becoming an all-too-familiar scenario. Current day solutions are unable to provide the desired level of protection, focusing their efforts on detection and remediation, instead of prevention.

The challenge enterprises face today is how to prevent Zero-Day attacks exploiting software vulnerabilities. For the known attacks, hackers take the time to learn and reverse engineer the system. As for the unknown, you can’t identify something you don’t know about. Attacks based on new exploits or mutations of known exploits with unknown behaviors, continue to cause billions of dollars in damages to thousands of organizations with unpatched computers each year.

Palo Alto Networks will discuss the following capabilities unique to their Advanced Endpoint Solution, Traps:

• Safely Enable Applications.
• Leverage our Enterprise Security Platform.
• Enable the Prevention of Known and Unknown Threats.

Silver Peak:

The Software-Defined WAN and WAN Optimization: Networking’s Dynamic Duo

Silver Peak invites you to discover how a new intelligent WAN fabric can integrate your existing network with cloud services to extend your business to the cloud while keeping you in control.

Join us and learn how you can extend your traditional network capabilities to the cloud with:

• Monitoring – See all network traffic, including data traveling to and from SaaS applications and IaaS infrastructures.
• Control – Prioritize business critical applications and integrate your current WAN security with cloud services with network-wide end-to-end encryption.
• Optimization – Give your users performance consistency across the network, from SaaS to internal apps.


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Upcoming Trainings

Our current trainings are posted here. If you need a specific training and don't see it listed here, please let us know and we'll work on adding it to our calendar.

PAN-EDU-201
Essentials 1 (PAN-OS-6.1) 3 Day Course
$3,000 per student

Course Objectives:
Students attending this instructor lead, introductory-level class will gain in-depth knowledge of how to install, configure, and manage their firewall, as well as configuration steps for the security, networking, threat prevention, logging, and reporting features of the Palo Alto Networks Operating System (PAN-OS).

Topics Include:

• Platforms and Architecture
• Initial Configuration
• Interface Configuration
• Security and NAT Policies
• App-ID
• Content-ID
• Decryption
• User-ID
• Site-to-Site VPN
• Management & Reporting
• Active/Passive High Availability

Successful completion of this three-day, instructor-led course will enable the student to install, configure, and manage the entire line of Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation firewalls.

Current Schedule for 2015:

Ann Arbor, MI:

April 27th - 29th
June 15th - 17th

9am - 5pm Eastern, each day

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Palo Alto Networks
PAN-EDU-205
Essentials 2 (PAN-OS 6.1) 2 Day Course
$2,000 per student

Extended Firewall Management is the next-level follow-on course to Palo Alto Networks Installation, Configuration, and Management (PAN-EDU-201). Extended Firewall Management expands on 201 course topics, while introducing many new features and functions of the Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation firewalls. 

Course Objective:
Successful completion of this two-day, instructor-led course will enhance the student’s understanding of how to install, configure, manage, and perform basic troubleshooting on the entire line of Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation firewalls.

Additionally, students will be instructed on the basics of implementing and managing GlobalProtect and Active/Active High Availability. Students will gain an in-depth knowledge of how to optimize their visibility and control over applications, users, and content.

Topics Include:
• Advanced Interface Configuration
• App-ID: Custom Apps
• Advanced Content-ID
• Advanced User-ID
• QoS
• Monitoring and Reporting
• GlobalProtect™
• Mobile Security Manager (MSM)
• Active/Passive High Availability

Prerequisites:
Completion of Firewall Installation, Configuration, and Management (201) or equivalent experience is highly recommended. Students must have a basic familiarity with networking concepts including routing, switching, IP addressing, and basic port-based security concepts.

Current Schedule for 2015:

Ann Arbor, MI:
April 30th - May 1st
June 18th - 19th 

Time: 9am to 5pm Eastern, each day

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Palo Alto Networks
PAN-EDU-311 6.1
Advanced Firewall Troubleshooting - 3 Day Course
$3,000 per student

Advanced Firewall Troubleshooting is the next-level follow-on course to Essentials 1: Installation, Configuration, and Management (PAN-EDU-201) and Essentials 2: Extended Firewall Management (PAN-EDU-205). 

Course Format: Combines lecture (20 percent), instructor-facilitated, and hands-on labs in a workshop format.

Course Objective: Successful completion of this three-day, instructor-facilitated course will enhance the student's understanding of how to troubleshoot the full line of Palo Alto Networks Next Generation firewalls.

Students will receive hands-on experience troubleshooting the security, networking, threat prevention, logging, and reporting features of the Palo Alto Networks Operating System (PAN-OS).

Upon completion of this class, students will have an in-depth knowledge of how to troubleshoot visibility and control over applications, users, and content.

Topics Include:
• Platform Overview
• Troubleshooting Methodology
• Tools
• Management Plane and Data Plane Troubleshooting
• Administration Troubleshooting
• Network Troubleshooting
• Policy Troubleshooting
• High Availability Troubleshooting
• GlobalProtect™ Troubleshooting
• Break/ Fix Labs

Prerequisites:
Completion of Essentials 1: Firewall Installation, Configuration, and Management and Essentials 2: Extended Firewall Management or equivalent experience.

Students must have a basic familiarity with networking concepts including routing, switching, IP addressing, and basic port-based security concepts and the PAN-OS CLI.

Current Schedule 2015:

Ann Arbor, MI:
May 18th - 20th

9am - 5pm Eastern, each day

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