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Cloud Managed Networks (Cisco Meraki)

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Cloud Managed Networks powered by Cisco Meraki

Meraki is Cisco’s network-as-a-service solution, comprising hardware, software and cloud services. The Cisco Meraki product set has been designed from the ground up to provide an intuitive interface to a Cloud managed network.

A scalable solution for LAN, wireless LAN and secure connectivity within and/or between site(s), Meraki’s standard architecture supports integrated end-to-end network visibility. This detail combined with fine control of applications, users and client devices simplifies mobile device management, application control and security.

The features of Meraki can be used, for example, to implement bring your own device (BYOD) policies in the workplace. Meraki enables the network administrator to view a detailed breakdown of web usage per client, whether the clients are using iOS, Android, Mac or Windows devices.

 

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Single Management Dashboard

Single Management Dashboard

The dashboard is centrally and securely managed via the web. It provides an integrated view and enables configuration and real-time reporting of the network. Network deployment and operations are therefore simplified for busy IT staff.

Reduced Cost of Ownership

Reduced Cost of Ownership

The intuitive Meraki dashboard provides simple built-in visibility and control of the network, when compared with the cost and complexity associated with a traditional network infrastructure –both during setup and on an ongoing basis.
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Subscription Cost Model

Subscription Cost Model

The hardware, software and single management licence with 24/7 enterprise technical support also includes over-the-web upgrades. This cost-effective operational expenditure simplifies the network budget.

Feature Rich & Integrated

Feature-Rich and Integrated

The following section provides an overview of the integration of features available via a Meraki Cloud managed network.

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Enterprise-class features, including RF optimisation, PoE, audio and video support.

  • BYOD policies
  • Application traffic shaping
  • Guest access
  • Enterprise security
  • WIDS and WIPS
  • Location analytics

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Enterprise-class performance and reliability, including non-blocking gigabit performance and 10-gigabit Ethernet uplinks.

  • Voice and video QoS
  • Layer 7 application visibility
  • Virtual stacking
  • PoE / PoE+ on all ports
  • Remote packet capture and cable testing

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Scalable appliance range, from small office to data centre.

  • Zero-touch site-to-site VPN
  • WAN optimisation
  • Next-generation firewall
  • Content filtering
  • WAN link bonding
  • Intrusion detection

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No on-site appliances or software; works with any vendor’s network, and controls iOS, Android, Mac and Windows devices.

  • Centralised application deployment
  • Device security
  • Rapid provisioning
  • Backpack™ file sharing
  • Asset management

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Out-of-the-box security, management and capacity for BYOD-ready deployments.

  • Device-aware firewall and access-control antivirus scan
  • LAN isolation
  • Bonjour Gateway
  • Content and security filtering

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APSU is a long-standing Cisco Premier Partner with Advanced specialisations in Security and Wireless. With APSU’s infrastructure and MSP focus, it was a logical step for APSU to become a Meraki partner. APSU is well placed to offer consultancy to design, implement and support Cloud managed networking.[/tab][/tabs][/gn_column]

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Virtual Server Recovery for i

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Budgeting, quality audits, business insurance reviews and those meetings to explain where it all went wrong, can make a busy calendar unmanageable.

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Introducing VSRi from APSU, a fully managed cloud high-availability service that not only safeguards your business from a disaster or system downtime but also affords you more time to manage your calendar. Developed for an IBM iSeries or Power i, VSRi is fully approved by IBM, and is even delivered on behalf of the IT giant for major clients in all industry sectors.
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Dedicated to driving your costs down and reducing your admin
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Enquire about our disaster recovery options

Budget-friendly by design and more effective than conventional tape recovery, VSRi is hosted and managed on IBM Power systems in our secure data centres. No longer do you need to have expensive on-site systems. You also cut out the need to have specialist staff for support and visits for maintenance and recovery. The administrative overhead is all provided for.
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With no upfront payment, VSRi is incredibly affordable from the outset. Other ongoing costs can to be eliminated, since there’s no need for a second site and no need for off-­site tape storage.
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It also ticks the box with your Business Insurance; your disaster recovery tests are annual and completed for you. Driving down insurance premiums and meeting compliancy targets.
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Heavily focused on availability
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With expert 24/7 management all year round, downtime is kept to a minimum. We provide processing power on demand, eliminating the risk of data loss. You’re assured of dedicated DASD for your back-up data.
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You have access to a 24‐hour 365‐day service desk. Our operations team is supported by HA Solution Architects and Power i experts.
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A replacement for cold start or enhancement to your existing high availability service
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Our VSRi service can replace a cold start solution or can be extended to support your existing environment or improve a current configuration.
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Say no to unmanageable calendars because of a system failure. VSRi, a fully managed end-to-end service, enabling you to concentrate on production and business as usual.
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You don’t have to lose control
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Signing up to an APSU managed High Availability Service for IBM i means that you don’t lose control or visibility. We install Vision Solutions Portal (VSP) to provide with at-a-glance monitoring and service reporting from any device with a browser. Providing you with all the benefits of a cloud service, but with as much control as you need.
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You don't have to lose control

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ABP Beef

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Recognising that the iSeries and ERP platform were critical to the business function, ABP Beef investigated all the traditional methods of delivering High Availability to protect the business against the worst.[br][br]
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An Evening with Dr Frank Soltis

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An Evening with Dr Frank Soltis

Wednesday 22nd May 2013 at 7:00pm, Hogarths Hotel, Solihull

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You have been invited to attend An Evening with Dr Frank Soltis in Solihull on Wednesday, 22 May at 7.00pm.
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Join us as we celebrate IBM i at 25. Through the collaborative efforts of IBM's clients, Business Partners and ISVs, IBM i has helped to create a new wave on innovation that continues today.
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APSU invites you to a dinner debate, following a drinks reception at Hogarths Hotel and Restaurant in Solihull. The evening will bring together IT Directors, CIOs and Board Directors from IBM i companies to promote discussion about the platform from a variety of perspectives.
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Dr Frank Soltis is an American computer scientist and IBM's AS/400 Chief Architect. Dr Frank is better known as 'the father of the System i' and today's Power Systems. Soltis' views on system architecture and his unique approach to protecting business software assets led to the most successful commercial computer platform in history.
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IBM i at 25 Years: It started as a simple idea
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An emPOWERed Forum sponsored Event bringing together strategic leaders who use IBM Power platforms to facilitate dialogue and improve networking at board level. Membership is exclusive and by invitation only.
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Wednesday 22nd May 2013

16.00 - 17:30[br]
Arrival and Check-in

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18.00 - 18:30[br]
Welcome Reception

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19.00 - 20:30[br]
Dinner

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20:30[br]
After Dinner Debate & Refreshments
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Thursday 23rd May 2013

Invitation to APSU emPOWERed Strategic Marketing Event Morning Session Presentations
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07:00 - 08:15[br]
Breakfast

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08:30 - 09:00[br]
Registration

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09:00 - 09:55[br]
APSU Solution Presentations

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09:55 - 10:30[br]
IBM i 25th Anniversary and IBM i Futures - A Presentation by Dr Frank Soltis

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Hogarths Hotel, Solihull

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Hogarth's is a privately owned country house hotel, situated in over 30 acres of stunning parkland. With its sweeping drive and very own woods and historic moat. Reached in just minutes from the M42/M6 network, Birmingham International Airport and NEC. The hotel has 49 bedrooms, beautifully decorated to reflect the changing seasons of the year.
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Four Ashes Road[br]
Dorridge[br]
West Midlands[br]
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Sat Nav Postcode: B93 8NB[br]
Telephone: +44 (0) 1564 77 99 88
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emPOWERed: Strategic Marketing Directive Registration

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emPOWERed: Strategic Marketing Directive

23rd & 24th May 2013, Hogarths Hotel, Solihull

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APSUYou have been invited to attend APSU's emPOWERed Strategic Marketing Directive in Solihull on Thursday, 23 May and Friday, 24 May.
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This event is aimed at strategic innovators, so we can work together to develop coordinated co-marketing campaigns. This will ensure that marketing funds build on past successes, and we will produce a strategic 12-month plan that will meet both partners' and APSU's objectives. We at APSU believe that marketing is vital to our joint success, and this event will allow you to impart your market and business knowledge to help us meet our mutual objectives as we strive to create a collective impact to promote our joint solutions.
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The marketing briefings will provide an overview of APSU IBM, Cisco, Google and Vision's current and future routes to market. The briefing will bring together IBM business line managers and directors, vendor director and marketing professionals from Vision Solutions, Infor, Interoute, Meraki and Google, and distribution representatives from Avnet, ISI and Arrow ECS. During this event, you will be able to influence and help create a strategic marketing roadmap that will build brand awareness and drive significant market penetration.
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Thursday 23rd May 2013

The sessions will run 09:30 - 17:00 with lunch, dinner and refreshments provided.

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09.30 - 09:45[br]
Outline of Two-Day Event and Deliverables

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09.45 - 10.05[br]
APSU Presentation to Attendees[br]
- Overview of VSRi Solution

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10:05 - 10.30[br]
APSU Presentation to Attendees[br]
- Overview of Cloud Compute & DRaaS Solutions

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10:30 - 11.05[br]
IBM i 25th Anniversary & IBM Futures with Dr Frank Soltis

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11:05 - 11.20[br]
Coffee & Refreshments[br]
Creation of Groups for Breakout Sessions

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11:20 - 11:45[br]
Individual Group Presentations

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11.45 - 13.00[br]
Workshops[br]
- Infrastructure[br]
- Cloud Compute & DRaaS[br]
- IGS Maintenance[br]
- MSP / ISV

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13.00 - 14.00[br]
Lunch

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14.00 - 14:30[br]
Presentation to Attendees

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14:30 - 15.35[br]
Individual Workshops

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15:35- 15:50[br]
Coffee & Refreshments

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15:50 - 16.50[br]
Overview of Marketing Initiatives

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16:50 - 17.00[br]
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19:00 - 21.00[br]
Evening Meal

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21.00 - 00:00[br]
Evening Entertainment - Blackjack & Poker
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Friday 24th May 2013

The sessions will run 09:30 - 16:55 with lunch and refreshments provided.

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09.30 - 09.45[br]
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09.45 - 10:20[br]
APSU Presentation to Attendees[br]
- Overview of GARS[br]
- Overview of Cisco Meraki - Cloud Managed Networking

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10:20 - 10:35[br]
Creation of Groups for Breakout Sessions

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10:35 - 11.00[br]
Presentation to Groups[br]
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- Mobility[br]
- GARS[br]
- Tealeaf

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11.00 - 11.15[br]
Coffee & Refreshments

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11.15 - 13.00[br]
Individual Workshops

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13.00 - 14.00[br]
Lunch

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14.00 - 15:30[br]
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15.30 - 15.45[br]
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15.50 - 16.45[br]
Overview of Marketing Initiatives

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Hogarths Hotel, Solihull

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Four Ashes Road[br]
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Telephone: +44 (0) 1564 77 99 88
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IBM’s End of Service Announcement



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IBM i V5R4: END OF SERVICE COUNTDOWN

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V5R4: End of Service Countdown

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IBM's end of service announcement

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On the 30th September 2013, IBM will withdraw software support of the IBM i V5R4 operating system. V5R4 has been available since 2006, and with its End of Service scheduled for 2013, it will have been supported longer than any prior release.[br][br]

IBM i is the integrated operating environment for IBM Power Systems™, which has been used by hundreds of thousands of businesses around the world for over 20 years since the introduction of the AS/400® and its successor System i® server. The latest generation of Power7+ servers represent the most powerful and scalable mid-range servers that IBM has ever made. With attractive x86 equivalent pricing on entry systems and the benefits of migrating to POWER7 and IBM i 7.1 to deliver reduced costs, the value proposition of IBM i has never been stronger.[br][br]

IBM’s commitment to clients and ISVs is solid and unchanged. With a clearly-defined processor and software roadmap, IBM is making substantial investments in the future of IBM i, which it views as an important, strategic element in the IBM systems portfolio.[br][br]

APSU can assist you with this technology change, helping you to reduce IT spend with predictable budgetary expenditure in the long term. We strongly believe that working in partnership with your team is the best way to create the IT infrastructure that is right for you. Whether this is an IBM i upgrade to 6.1 or 7.1 or migration to the latest POWER7+ platform, you can be assured it will be the correct choice for your business.[br][br]

Speak to our Power consultants on +44 (0)1285 862100 or by completing the form on the right, to find out how APSU can help you choose the right option to manage withdrawal of V5R4 support before time really does run out.

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What are your options?

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Upgrade

Upgrade


Use APSU professional services to assist your upgrade from V5R4 to IBM i 6.1 or 7.1, take advantage of IBM i’s latest features and continue with vendor support.
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Test

Test

Fully test your application’s compatibility with IBM i 6.1 or 7.1 by upgrading on an APSU development system. Simply supply your tapes and sign in remotely to our secure ISO 27001 recovery centre.
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Migrate

Migrate

Transition to the latest IBM i OS and Power7 hardware and get increased performance with reduced energy costs compared to your existing systems.
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Alternatively, why not sign up to APSU’s Power cloud service for an OPEX solution that finally moves you off the technology treadmill? APSU can also provide competitive IBM finance to maximise cash flow and help you accelerate your move to IBM’s latest technology platform.

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Do Nothing

Do Nothing

An unsupported IBM i release introduces business risk and can affect your audit compliance. Doing nothing is not an option. Although IBM can offer extended support for a limited period, this will not be cheap.
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Now is the time to ensure your extremely robust, dependable IBM i environment is not costing you more than it should. Let APSU help you upgrade and plan for the future.
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