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Velocity Tech Solutions Partners with DataCore to Deliver Hyper-converged and Software-Defined Storage Solutions

World-Class Provider of Custom Servers joins DataCore as new Value-Added Reseller

ROSEVILLE, Minn. and FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. December 1, 2015 – DataCore Software, a leader in Software-Defined Storage and Hyper-converged Virtual SAN solutions, today announced that it has signed Velocity Tech Solutions as a new value-added reseller (VAR) serving the United States. Velocity Tech Solutions primarily resells server and storage hardware offerings from HP and Dell, including EqualLogic.

“We uncovered DataCore as part of a market research initiative we were conducting, and were drawn to the fact that DataCore is hardware-agnostic,” stated Kay Winchell, president, Velocity Tech Solutions. “It does not matter to DataCore what hardware is running, and what is even better – the hardware does not have to be brand new. DataCore helps to position our firm in the storage space, which was exactly what we wanted in becoming a DataCore VAR.”

Velocity owns thousands of servers which enable the firm to customize and deliver an order exactly the way that customer wants it and when they need it. Now, Velocity Tech Solutions’ engineers will be able to combine the benefits of Hyper-converged storage with central SAN functionality – supporting any storage, hypervisor, server, and topology.

The Answer to the Customer’s Storage Problem is DataCore

“Because DataCore offers a software-based approach to storage virtualization, the software lives beyond devices that ‘come and go’ – thereby extending the useful life of storage investments,” explained Devi Madhavan, vice president of sales channel enablement at DataCore Software. “DataCore enables customers to reduce storage costs by up to 75% in large part due to reducing operating expenses via market purchasing power and by removing disk vendor lock-in. This fact really resonated with Velocity Tech Solutions who valued that DataCore enables the user to only pay once for intelligent software and run it on the hardware of their choice.”

Customers use DataCore’s SANsymphony-V Software-Defined Storage solution to transform disparate storage resources into a unified and efficient infrastructure that is flexible, fast, reliable and scalable. The solution virtualizes and manages the capacity, performance and data protection capabilities of multiple instances of the same or different storage devices. DataCore Software also enables virtual disks or pooled storage resources to serve as a shared storage infrastructure for physical or virtual host systems.

The key benefits that prompted Velocity Tech Solutions to resell DataCore all concern the “empowerment’ DataCore gives to its users, including:

  • Substantially reducing capital and operating expenses associated with storage
  • Avoiding costly hardware lock-in and opening doors to more attractive alternatives from competing suppliers
  • Extending the life of storage investments and enabling users to skip expensive refresh cycles (no more software throw-away)

No More Storage Vendor Lock-in

“Before, when we heard customers say things like ‘our maintenance support is running out on our storage platform,’ we did not have an answer to that,” stated Anne Tarantino, vice president of sales at Velocity Tech Solutions. “By not having a storage ‘answer’ – we could not do the whole project for our customers. Now, because DataCore gives users true empowerment, customers do not need to ‘rip-and-replace’ perfectly good equipment.”

Velocity Tech Solutions can now sell customers an entirely virtualized solution, whereas before their expertise stopped at server virtualization.

Added Tarantino, “It is great to be able to tell our customers that with DataCore they can scale to add-on whatever storage is needed. The added beauty of the DataCore solution is that once customers buy it, they own the solution.”

About Velocity Tech Solutions

Velocity Tech Solutions is a leader in delivering high quality, off-lease servers and solutions, customized to meet each business objective. VTS specializes in solutions that empower the customer to make decisions based on need and choices that fit the project’s budget. The company’s core values are: Excellence, Integrity, and Professionalism. We are customer-focused and our culture is second-to-none. VTS has the passion to build a total IT Solution and to help remove the pain associated with any IT project. The team lives by the mantra, “We Listen, We Support, and We Deliver!” For more, go to:

http://www.velocitytechsolutions.com/.

About DataCore

DataCore is the leading provider of Software-Defined Storage and Adaptive Parallel I/O Software – harnessing today’s powerful and cost-efficient server platforms to solve the IT industry’s biggest storage problem, the I/O bottleneck. The company’s comprehensive and flexible storage virtualization and hyper-converged virtual SAN solutions free users from the pain of labor-intensive storage management and provide customers true independence from storage solution vendors that cannot offer a hardware agnostic architecture. DataCore’s Software-Defined Storage platforms revolutionize storage infrastructure and serve as the cornerstone of the next-generation, software-defined data center – delivering greater value, performance, availability, and simplicity. Visit http://www.datacore.com or call (877) 780-5111 for more information.

Differences between Dell 11th Generation Servers

Differences between Dell 11th Generation Servers By Jane Shallow- Velocity Tech Solutions

So, you want to purchase a Dell server and suddenly you are confronted with a bewildering variety of Dell Server models. What processors do the various servers run, how many dimm slots does each have, how many drive bays? Never fear, here is a handy chart of the 11th generation servers that explains the differences, so you can choose exactly what you need.

First, some terminology. An R in front of a Dell server model means it is rack mounted. A T in front of the model means it is a tower. So, an R710 is a rack mounted 710 model and a T710 is a tower 710 model. Towers are almost always more expensive than racks in the same model, so if you can get away with running a rack mounted server, even if you don’t have a rack, you will generally save money. Some of our customers just put a rack mount server on a small table instead of buying a tower and then pocket the savings.

Dell rack mounted servers have a height determination standard call a U. So a model R610 is a 1U server, which means it is approximately 1.5” high. A 2U server is about 3 inches high. A standard rack is often 42U and network engineers use the U height determination to figure out how many servers they can place in a rack. In general, (there are always exceptions to everything), there are 1U, 2U and 4U Dell servers. 1U and 2U are very common and numerous, and 4U are less so because they often take 4 processors and are for very large applications.

The typical differences between servers, other than the ones discussed above, are: how many processors, speed of processor, how many hard drives, how many dimm slots, and redundant or non-redundant power supply capability. To confuse things further, a number of the server models were manufactured with both redundant and non-redundant power supplies, especially the R310s and R410s.

The two models mentioned above were manufactured as well with hot swap hard drive capability and cabled hard drive capability. So it is possible to purchase an R410 in one of 4 ways: Hot Swap/Redundant, Non-Hot Swap/Redundant and Hot Swap/Non-Redundant and Non-hot Swap/Non-Redundant. Too, some were manufactured in both 2.5” and 3.5” hard drive bays, which again multiplies the configurations possible with the same model of server. All this information is not meant to confuse you, rather, take it as cautionary advice to always compare configurations that are exactly the same when price shopping.

A couple of tips: Redundant power supplies are always preferable to non-redundant. That way, if one of the power supplies fails, the server can get along on the one remaining power supply until you can replace the one that failed. Imagine your downtime if you have a server with a non-redundant power supply that fails. In the best case scenario, you have a spare power supply on the shelf and the server is only down for the period of time it takes to change the power supply and reboot the server. In the worst case scenario, your server is down for more than one whole day while the replacement power supply is purchased and shipped overnight to you.

When you are reviewing server specifications for possible purchase, often the server will be advertised as redundant power supply. This does not mean you are being offered two power supplies. The server is capable of running on one redundant power supply and more than one vendor will offer only one redundant power supply in the configuration and then lower the price a bit to try to attract your attention.

Too, hot swap drive capability is infinitely preferable to cabled hard drives. With hot-swap drives you can pull a failing drive on-the-fly and put in a replacement without dropping your server. Look at our website, http://www.velocitytechsolutions.com; there is very good information to assist you with your Dell server.  Continue reading

Hyper Converged Storage

Velocity Tech Solutions is pleased to have a partnership with Datacore. Datacore is the leader in Software Defined Storage (SDS) and optimizes existing investments and storage infrastructure in environments with diverse hardware.

What sets Datacore apart from other Virtual San Solutions:

  • Simplified management and uniformity to your storage infrastructure
  • Reduced Op Ex and Cap Ex
  • Increased Asset Utilization
  • Increased performance and flexibility
  • Greater freedom of choice.

I’d like to share this informative Webinar on Hyper Converged Storage:

http://datacore.com/resources/webcasts.aspx?commid=149559

Contact me for a free test of Datacore VSan Symphony software.  Whether you have one location or have storage in several locations, the ability to manage all of your storage in one seemless place will make life easier.

We have HP Elitebooks, and they’re very cool!

Product Specifications and Review for: HP Elitebook 8530w Mobile Workstation

Author: Dan Atchley, Velocity Tech Solutions – Technician

Specifications:

There are variations on how these can come configured, but the devices we tested and reviewed were configured as follows.

Basics:            15.4”(16:10)WUXGA+ Anti-Glare Screen, 4 USB, HDMI, eSATA, RJ-45+ RJ-11, VGA, 1394, RICOH Smart Card Reader, Bio-metric Fingerprint Reader, Keyboard Light, TouchStyk, Webcam, 1.1″ x 14.0″ x 10.4″ form-factor.
Processor:      Intel Core 2 Extreme Q9300 @4×2.53GHz/2x6M(2×12-Way(24))/1066FSB
Memory:        4GB DDR2, 2x 2GB PC2-6400(400MHz, 666-18 Timing)
Graphics:       NVIDIA Quadro FX770M – PCI-Express x16, GDDR3 512MB Memory, 128 Bit. 500MHz Core Clock, 800MHz Memory Clock, 1250MHz Shader Clock, w/ OpenCL and CUDA Support Drives:            2.5” Seagate Momentus –  120GB, 7200RPM, 16MB Cache, SATA II (3-GBPS), DVD/CD-RW w/ LightScribe

Initial Thoughts:

This HP Elitebook is just that, elite.  Debuting in 2008 and running a TDP of <130W, delivering a big punch (without punching your bank account), making it one of the best laptops on the market.  Originally sold anywhere between $1400-$2800 based on configuration, it featured a range of Intel Core2 Processors and a dedicated Mobile GPU, putting it ahead of its time and ready to meet the demands of the new decade.

Today, it still stands as a solid piece of modern computing. With minor optimization it can hold even with Dell Latitudes running i5’s, and surpassing others.  Keeping the 8530W ahead of the curve is mostly due to its dedicated Quadro GPU, giving you prioritized 3D computing power that many APU’s promise but don’t deliver. The sophisticated GPU allows this laptop, which is designed as a mobile workstation, to run many current high demand applications such as Netflix, YouTube, and even aspects of the gaming world.  Although it may struggle with fresh releases such as Assassin’s Creed: Unity and Shadow of Mordor, for the common user or casual gamer it will run everything from Skype and Netflix to the surge of MOBA games, all with a crystal clear image at great frame rates.

 Testing and Benchmarks:

When we received our first one, I cracked the lid and was delighted to see a C2Extreme Label and a NVidia Quadro with CUDA Support.  A clean layout, easy access to RAM DIMMs, HP’s DriveGuard Caddy for our HDD, touch interface for quick-launch buttons, volume control and WIFI on/off are all things to be excited about.  Removal of the keyboard panel yielded even more; dedicated heatsinks for both CPU and GPU, the GPU’s heatsink was bigger than the CPU’s!

We started with a base optimization of these by pulling the heatsink and fan apparatus and giving it a good solid dusting, general cleaning, and removal and reapplication of thermal paste.  Surprise of the day: the Intel Core2Extreme Q9300 is actually two DI smashed together into one standard form-factor and socket for a laptop, giving you a true quad-core, and 24-way (YES, 24!) 2x6MB L2 Cache.  The CPU and GPU shared a common rail made of solid copper, with dedicated aluminum base heatsinks for each, and a third heat sink for our bridge functionality to keep everything nice and crispy as we push this laptop to it’s namesake, extremes.

OS Installation was a breeze, moving relatively fast for a 7200RPM HDD, taking about 15-20 min to do a fresh optical disc install of Windows 7 Pro x64.  The WIFI and LAN port keep up with modern data rates, patching 500MB+ of Windows Updates within 15-20 min, and the installation of said updates in less than 10. Complete with restarts and human interaction, total time for installation and deployment took under an hour.

Initial running yielded standard laptop temps, between 40C-50C for both CPU and GPU.  Running Prime95 for our CPU stress-test took the CPU’s Cores to a max of 80-85CC, with temps cooling and stabilizing quickly upon test completion to a quiet 45C-50C.  All of us here at VTS were happy to see such amazing performance by not one, but realistically two proc’s working in conjunction in such a small space.

Running Furmark for our GPU stress-test, at 1280×720, full screen, with 4x anti-aliasing yielded great results as well, giving us a max FPS of between 5-7 and great thermals, hovering stable at just about 80C sharp, and cooling to under 60C within minutes.  You’d be hard pressed to pull any new laptop from the shelf and get the same performance.

 Final Word:

Looking for a used laptop that gives modern day performance without costing an arm and a leg (and your savings)? Then look no further. Comparable modern laptops with true quad cores (not hyperthreaded i5’s) and dedicated GPU’s can cost $1500+, and they may not even hit the same baselines that this finely aged beauty can reach.  More modernization can be obtained by replacing the HDD with a SSD, giving you lightning fast boot times with the L2 Cache and quick FSB, real time functionality from within the OS, and great multitasking due to allocation of resources with 4 true cores and a beastly GPU.  Other upgrades can be done by increasing the total memory to 8GB with 4GB DIMM’s, and for the advanced user, bringing the memory clocks up through some overclocking, and a clean and optimized OS installation and maintenance.

Even in its current configuration, the 8530 Elitebook delivers a great every-day use experience and is up to almost any task you could send its way. HP sets the standard for long-term market share with clean design and smart engineering with this laptop; And the one thing I am NOT surprised about is that these laptops are still in circulation today.

For Velocity Tech Solutions,
Dan Atchley

Technician and Gaming Enthusiast

 

Why Us?

Why Us?

Buying servers and parts has often felt like a lawless wasteland, populated with the vaguest of guarantees and products. No longer.

Velocity Tech Solutions will answer when you call. We stock a large supply of parts and will ship you the exact manufacturer part number you request.

We often get calls saying:

“Tech support told us to call you” or “I have no idea what is wrong with my server; please do something!”

We have you covered:

  • 6 Month Warranty included with parts purchase; 1 Year on Servers. 
  • We only sell Genuine OEM parts. 
  • Parts and Servers are tested as they come in, and before they ship out.
  • We have an Emergency Line and 24/7 ordering availability.
  • We provide pre-sales support.
  • Our in-house techs are fully certified.
  • When you call, a live person answers. No robot employees. Yet. 

Manufacturers send you to us because we are transparent in our process, provide good customer service, and follow up after the sale; Our certified technicians test every part before it is shipped. And when issues do occur, you have our 6-Month Velocity Tech Warranty to rely on. There’s no need to read the fine print. In fact, THIS is our fine print.

When we promise a part will ship overnight, it does. You’ll get tracking info by end of day to confirm.

When we see you order a part online and think you accidentally ordered the wrong part, or ordered something more expensive than you need, we could twirl our moustaches and laugh; however, we prefer to call you and make sure you get the parts you need when you need them.

Our technicians are certified professionals. So, having a Computer Science degree to run your business isn’t mandatory; just highly suggested.

Buying parts for your server doesn’t need to be a guessing game. We thought about creating our own part numbers with secret codes that we found hilarious… but decided to use the manufacturer part numbers and give you clear descriptions of parts so you know what you’re getting. Also, we fully support our customers, giving advice on installation of hardware and diagnosing issues even before you place your order. Depending on whom you reach here, we can also help with your fantasy football team.

Our emergency line is open 24/7 and we will actually answer it. We enjoy customer service just that much.

We don’t care how big or small your business is. We’re glad you found us and survived the server part wasteland.

Welcome home.

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Product Overview Dell PowerEdge R910

By Brett Middleton – Velocity Tech Solutions

In the following post we are going to take a closer look at the Dell R910 using an approach that Joe Friday would have liked had he changed fields, “Just the specs, mam“. For those of you who like to hear a more editorialized summary you can skip to the bottom, but follow along section by section for a complete view.

Memory

This is a strong point of the server, using memory risers to allow for far more memory than a standard server layout like the R710. With 64 DIMM slots when fully loaded and support for filling it up with 32GB Quad rank DIMMs for a total of 2TB of ram it brings memory quantity to a whole other level when compared to the rest of the 11th generation of servers.

Raid? Get the cache.

The R910 can come equipped with two different types of raid controllers, the h200 and the h700. The lower end h200 comes without cache and only supports raid levels 0, 1 and 10 and would only be recommended if onboard storage needs are not high and you’re using SAN’s and NAS’s for the majority of data usage. The h700 is the higher end controller and offers support for raid 0, 1, 5, 6 and 10 along with coming with battery backed cache in either 512MB or 1GB options. For hard drives you have a number of selections as far as how many you can put within the server, it comes standard with a 4x 2.5” backplane which can be expanded to a 16x 2.5” backplane.

What about Networking?

For network ports you have an extremely large selection as the networking ports are not built into the board itself, it instead uses a riser which can be swapped out to utilize different networking mediums. On top of that the pci slot layout leaves lots of room for expansion.

The standard configuration is seven PCIe gen2 slots with a layout of two x4 slots, four x8 slots and one x16 slot with slot5 on the board being a 4x PCIe gen 1 slot. The nonstandard layout is 10 PCIe gen2 slots with six x4 slots and four x8 slots.

The R910 comes standard with an idrac6 express and can be expanded to an idrac enterprise which makes things like remote viewing and usage possible through the idrac hardware.

Hot Swap

It comes with support for up to four hot swappable 750W or 1100W power supplies.

Conclusion

The PowerEdge R910 is the highest level server in the dell 11th generation of servers. It features support for up to four, six or eight core processors with hyper threading providing support for up to 64 threads giving amazing performance for heavily threaded applications. The mainboard utilizes the intel 7500 chipset. The R910 gives you a large variety of customization and upgrade options and should offer long-term relevancy.

Velocity Tech Solutions Now Recognized As Google Trusted Store

Google Trusted Store - Velocity Tech SolutionsVelocity Tech Solutions was recently selected to join the Google Trusted Stores program. To help shoppers identify online merchants that offer a great shopping experience, the Google Trusted Store badge is awarded to eCommerce sites that demonstrate a track record of on-time shipping and excellent customer service.

When visiting www.velocitytechsolutions.com, shoppers can hover over the Google Trusted Store badge and see metrics on the store’s shipping and customer service performance. Velocity Tech Solutions has a Superior rating for excellent service and on-time shipping.

As an added benefit, when a shopper makes a purchase at a Google Trusted Store, they have the option to select free purchase protection from Google. Then in the unlikely event of an issue with their purchase, they can request Google’s help, and Google will work with Velocity Tech Solutions and you, the customer, to address the issue. As part of this, Google offers up to $1,000 lifetime purchase protection for eligible purchases.

Google Trusted Stores is entirely free, both for shoppers and for online stores. The program helps online stores like www.velocitytechsolutions.com attract new customers, increase sales and differentiate themselves by showing off their excellent service via the badge on their websites.

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