In this post, we look at how Congruity360 manages to establish themselves as a new company in the enterprise IT landscape by leveraging an impressive legacy of managed service offerings.
Congruity360 takes reusing legacy infrastructure very serious, building their new Fall River, MA data center from a historical cotton mill in the city. The granite structure provided an ideal place to build their state of the art facility. We were treated to a tour of the facility at its grand opening, and spoke to the mayor of Fall River, Jasiel Correia II, about what it means to the city.
In our first post, I gave an overview of Congruity360’s corporate history and portfolio. The company has an impressive suite of managed services for organizations to leverage, providing vital business needs with a minimum of IT hassle. At Storage Field Day last week, the company zeroed in on one particular offering, one that’s increasingly relevant to modern enterprises: data migration.
Russ White considers the challenges of using GPU clusters in high performance computing. Aside from possibly lacking software to take advantage of it, the other challenge lies in the connection network. Ethernet is the default standard for this, but requires additional overhead. Russ sees using PCI Express as a much more efficient solution. He considers a PCIe switch from Liqid to dynamically compose infrastructure.
At Commvault GO 2017, Stephen Foskett sat down with Congruity360 COO Mark Shirman. They discuss how the company’s engineering talent allows them differentiate in their emerging services around infrastructure business. This builds on their legacy storage reseller business, but has expanded to providing services across the data center. This is all provided by their brand new 200,000 sq ft data center located in Fall River, MA.
If the name Congruity360 isn’t immediately familiar, don’t worry, you haven’t fallen out of the IT loop. The company was established in 2017 after a merger with Congruity and KNJ. Congruity itself was only established in 2016 after a prior merger between Rockland IT and MSDI. All this adds up to a company with a long legacy in data management, but without a lot of name recognition.
Tom Hollingsworth takes a look at how First American Title deployed Viptela SD-WAN to their branch offices and how it impacted their WAN resiliency. He discusses the ability of the solution to fail over between circuits and how circuit reliability is easy to track with Viptela’s dashboard.
When we look at DR strategies, while necessary, no organization run’s out to say YES!!!, let’s spend a ton of money on infrastructure, licensing, and operating cost on an environment that we’ll never use! Instead, DR environments become a sunk cost, where old gear may be recycled into additional use, or even worse where org’s just say nope, we don’t need to spend money there (trust me, I’ve worked at one of those).
Luckily, when looking to leverage the Rubrik platform for recovery, Rubirk offers the capability to recover existing workloads to a public cloud endpoint.
I longingly remember being a Systems Administrator configuring all my infrastructure through a variety of consoles. Those days are far behind me now since I spend much of my time helping customers navigate the new cloud world where infrastructure is managed through automation. It can be difficult to orchestrate pieces of the infrastructure into your server provisioning lifecycle but some vendors are embracing the new provisioning methods. Rubrik is one infrastructure company that has built a platform to thrive in this new automated world.
By this point in a cloud journey, most are using services like Microsoft Office 365 or Google Apps to help offload typical messaging and productivity overhead from an organization. Along with these SaaS-based offerings, many have also implemented a public cloud object storage offering. Object storage is a great first step into public cloud services, it’s easy to understand, cheap the experiment with, and secure if you follow your provider’s documentation guidelines. In my previous post, we covered how you can use object storage for the archival needs of a data management platform like Rubrik. These initial steps into the public cloud arena allow teams to familiarize themselves with cloud resources. Moving forward, momentum typically gathers for the enablement of other cloud resources.