CLL Systems 2020 Payment Relief Program

Payment Relief Program: Defer over 90% of the cost until 2021

Acquire the IT your business needs today with reduced payment for the remainder of 2020. Lower payment terms for the first eight (8) months will help you navigate temporary cash flow challenges caused by unexpected business disruption.
• Lower payment to get you into next year.
• Pay 1% of the solution value monthly for the first 8 months of your contract.
• Beginning in 2021, each monthly payments would equal approx. 3.3% of total
contract value.
• Full portfolio of HPE Servers & Systems, Networking and Data Storage hardware (apply to non-HPE brand)
• Up to 20% select non-hardware items (e.g. software, software appliances, services,
and installation) may be bundled.
• Qualifying transactions start at a minimum of $5,000 USD.
• Subject to credit approval. Other restrictions may apply

ADAPTABLE USE MODELS –Extended Deployment

Acquire the IT your business needs today with reduced payment for the remainder of 2020. Lower payment terms for the first eight (8) months will help you navigate temporary cash flow challenges caused by unexpected business disruption.
• Lower payment to get you into next year.
• Pay 1% of the solution value monthly for the first 8 months of your contract.
• Beginning in 2021, each monthly payments would equal approx. 3.3% of total contract value.
• Full portfolio of HPE Servers & Systems, Networking and Data Storage hardware.
• Up to 20% select non-hardware items (e.g. software, software appliances, services, and installation) may be bundled.
• Qualifying transactions start at a minimum of $5,000 USD.
• Subject to credit approval. Other restrictions may apply


We can help you build an IT investment solution that supports transformation and the ability to deliver on your business goals.

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Industry-Leading AirEngine Wi-Fi 6: A New Engine for Enterprise Digital Transformation

Huawei recently released ten new AirEngine Wi-Fi 6 products designed to help enterprises step into the fully-wireless campus era. These new products enable enterprises to build fully connected, fully wireless campus networks with unprecedentedly high levels of experience for offices, production lines, and services, effectively accelerating digital transformation.

Wi-Fi 6: A game changer for enterprise campus networks

Throughout its history of over 20 years, Wi-Fi’s development has been driven by the pursuit for ever-higher bandwidth. There have been major upgrades to Wi-Fi about every four to five years, with bandwidth increasing each time. The latest standard — Wi-Fi 6 — is a game changer for enterprises. By introducing new technologies — such as uplink/downlink (UL/DL) 8 x 8 Multi-User Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MU-MIMO), Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access (OFDMA), and 1024-state Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (1024-QAM) — Wi-Fi 6 delivers a four-fold increase in throughput and user access capacity, while reducing latency by half compared with Wi-Fi 5. With these vastly improved capabilities, Wi-Fi 6 opens up opportunities for enterprises to replace wired networks with wireless ones. Going wireless frees employees from the constraints of cables, allowing them to work and communicate anytime, anywhere. All-wireless also accelerates the sharing of innovative ideas, improves production and operational efficiency, and strengthens overall competitiveness.

However, pursuing a fully wireless campus in the Wi-Fi 6 era requires more than just high bandwidth and large capacity. There is also a need for stable, continuous signal coverage, low-latency service assurance, and lossless roaming to deliver fiber-like speeds and performance that is on a par with wired networks.

Huawei AirEngine Wi-Fi 6 is a viable solution that meets all the Wi-Fi network expectations of enterprises. So, what differentiates Huawei AirEngine Wi-Fi 6 from other Wi-Fi 6 products?

16 spatial streams, 10.75 Gbit/s speeds, twice the industry average throughput

Throughput is the biggest difference between Wi-Fi 6 and previous Wi-Fi generations, but not all Wi-Fi 6 products can deliver ultra-high throughput. The number of spatial streams and the effective operating frequency bandwidth are the key factors that determine throughput. Huawei AirEngine Wi-Fi 6 has the industry’s largest number of spatial streams —16 — and supports the industry’s widest 160 MHz channels on 5 GHz, delivering air-interface throughput of up to 10.75 Gbit/s, twice that of the industry standard Wi-Fi 6. For standard 2*2 Wi-Fi 6 terminals that support 160 MHz, it’s easy to reach 1.4 Gbit/s+ performance.

Built-in Smart Antennas at dual bands ensure stable network coverage without blind spots

The Wi-Fi 6 standard delivers a higher link setup speed than previous Wi-Fi generations. While all Wi-Fi products cannot work without radios and antennas, these technologies are irrelevant to the Wi-Fi standard. However, the design and implementation of radios and antennas are both key indicators of a vendor’s technical expertise and product performance.

With 30 years of technical experience in the wireless field, Huawei’s innovations lead the industry. AirEngine Wi-Fi 6 APs feature 16 smart antennas — the highest figure in the industry — and a unique dual-band dual-polarized co-planar antenna design, with Artificial Magnetic Conductor (AMC) antenna materials. Additionally, Smart Antennas are supported on both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz without any increase in the physical size of the AP necessary. Performance is further enhanced by Huawei’s unique four-element electronic switchgear and dynamic coverage direction adjustment algorithms, as well as beamforming technology. With all these features, AirEngine Wi-Fi 6 APs enable signals to move with users, double signal strength at the same location, and increase coverage distance by 20%.

Unique SmartRadio lossless roaming technology ensures stable roaming with zero packet loss

Roaming on a Wi-Fi network is different from roaming on a cellular mobile network, because roaming is initiated by a terminal (sometimes referred to as a Station or STA). Specifically, the terminal usually triggers roaming by detecting an idle channel and the signal quality based on a carrier sense technology called Clear Channel Assessment (CCA). As a result, Wi-Fi terminals always scan for an idle channel before roaming, which takes up more than 80% of the handover time. A long roaming handover time causes an increase in the packet loss rate, which, in turn, adversely impacts services sensitive to in-roaming packet loss, such as voice and production network instruction delivery.

Huawei AirEngine Wi-Fi 6 can be tailored to customers’ service requirements and uses roaming processing algorithms and the practices of cellular mobile networks. Specifically, AirEngine Wi-Fi 6 APs identify and notify terminals of available idle channels before roaming. In this way, terminals do not need to scan all channels during roaming, greatly reducing the roaming handover time. When Huawei devices (running EMUI 10.0 or later) are used, the roaming handover time is reduced to as low as 10 ms, ensuring no interruptions for mobile voice calls. In addition, Huawei has set up a “connectivity” alliance with partners, where multiple types of mobile terminals deliver optimal mobile experiences with low roaming handover latency and uninterrupted services.

When it comes to Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) terminals used in industrial production, Huawei AirEngine Wi-Fi 6 uses a device-pipe synergy mechanism to proactively steer AGV roaming and back-up service data during roaming handovers. The data is then sent back to the AGVs after successful roaming handovers, eliminating packet loss. Such a design ensures the stable running of AGVs without interruption, improving efficiency by more than 40%.

Unique SmartRadio Dynamic Turbo technology delivers 10 ms ultra-low latency for application experience assurance, improving stability for applications

Wi-Fi 6 uses OFDMA technology to concurrently transmit the different services of different users over more subcarriers. This approach greatly reduces transmission latency, for a vastly superior experience. However, there are no technical specifications for the classification of different services, and subcarrier allocation is random. Consequently, some key users and latency-sensitive services still encounter delayed data transmission issues, caused by untimely scheduling or insufficient subcarrier allocation, affecting the service experience. For example, high latency may cause users to feel dizzy after prolonged use of real-time interactive services such as wireless Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR).

To resolve this issue, Huawei AirEngine Wi-Fi 6 looks beyond OFDMA technology. For example, a hardware-based multi-queue mechanism efficiently groups users, while air-interface slicing technology slices wireless air interface resources based on service requirements. With these innovations, Hierarchical QoS (HQoS) assurance for data forwarding and scheduling as well as air-interface resource scheduling is achieved, slashing the latency for key services to as low as 10 ms — 50% lower than that of the Wi-Fi 6 standard.

Wi-Fi 6 has arrived, and Huawei AirEngine Wi-Fi 6 is an ideal choice to help build a next-generation Wi-Fi network.

AirEngine Wi-Fi 6 transforms enterprise offices, improves collaboration and communication efficiency, and accelerates enterprise innovations

AirEngine Wi-Fi 6 uses industry-leading Smart Antenna technology to enable wireless signals to move with users. At the edge of a Wi-Fi network, AirEngine Wi-Fi 6 automatically enhances signals and suppresses interference based on user locations, improving user experience.

In dense environments, AirEngine Wi-Fi 6 flexibly adjusts the coverage direction, based on the number of access terminals, to ensure consistent signal quality for users. Unique to Huawei, AirEngine Wi-Fi 6 is the first solution in the industry to provide Continuous Self-Organizing Network (CSON) capabilities, which ensures 100 Mbit/s network performance everywhere, even in high-value cases (such as roaming and at the network edge). As such, applications on wireless networks are as stable as those on wired networks, and benefit from speeds comparable to optical fiber networks. In this way, enterprises can move a step closer to realizing all-wireless campus networks.

AirEngine Wi-Fi 6 has the power to transform how enterprises work. Traditional office cubicles that rely on phones and emails for communication can be transformed, with new ways to communicate and collaborate coming to the fore, including real-time mobile HD videos and wireless multi-screen interactions in meetings, improving work efficiency and driving innovation.

AirEngine Wi-Fi 6 transforms the teaching experience and improves students’ interest and learning outcomes.

According to joint research from Stanford University and a Danish university, students’ learning outcomes are improved by 76% when wireless VR and AR are introduced to the curriculum. And through the ability to create virtual anatomy labs, wireless VR and AR is revolutionizing the medical teaching field. For instance, training for medical professionals is often hindered by the limited number of donated bodies, which cannot be reused. Additionally, the traditional methods of teaching anatomy — based on 2D content, where students have to rely on their imagination for graphs and organ structures — have become dated. None of these problems exist in virtual anatomy labs.

AirEngine Wi-Fi 6 delivers a wireless throughput of over 10 Gbit/s, fully meeting the requirements for various bandwidth-hungry services. By introducing one-of-a-kind Software-Defined Radio (SDR) technology, AirEngine Wi-Fi 6 allows 50% more concurrent users without compromising bandwidth per terminal. On top of that, unique SmartRadio Dynamic Turbo technology reduces the latency for the wireless AR and VR services of multiple users to as low as 10 ms — just half the industry average — so users do not feel dizzy, even after prolonged use. By deploying VR and AR in classrooms, students can have a more immersive learning experience, enriching teacher-student interactions, and inspiring greater engagement in learning.

AirEngine Wi-Fi 6 transforms production and manufacturing for higher operational efficiency

Continuous and stable running of the production line is paramount in production and manufacturing scenarios. AirEngine Wi-Fi 6 uses industry-unique SmartRadio lossless roaming technology to ensure production services are uninterrupted. For example, AGVs operate consistently, 24/7, even in large-scale high-speed scenarios such as material feeding in logistics and production lines.

With a throughput of over 10 Gbit/s, AirEngine Wi-Fi 6 enables employees to cost-effectively participate in simulation training sessions, online and in real-time, through VR. Elsewhere, technicians can make repairs at any time through AR, calling on remote experts to provide guidance in real-time when needed, making repairs faster, more accurate, and more efficient. With the help of AirEngine Wi-Fi 6, production components can be detected by using ultra-HD cameras in real-time, improving efficiency and accuracy rates by dozens of times.

With all these capabilities, industrial production is becoming less labor-intensive as automation increases. Meanwhile, the production process is transforming from one characterized by rigidity, to one with flexibility and resilience. These changes greatly reduce production costs, while doubling efficiency and enhancing competitiveness.

Act today for a more productive tomorrow

Wi-Fi 6 is bringing substantial changes to the ongoing digital transformation of enterprises. Unlike previous Wi-Fi generations, Wi-Fi 6 delivers unprecedented levels of throughput and capacity, delivering an optimal user experience and superb service stability.

Huawei is a widely recognized leader in, and contributor to, the standardization of Wi-Fi 6. Because of its dedication to Wi-Fi 6 throughout 2019, Huawei has maintained a leading position in the global Wi-Fi 6 market.

By integrating Huawei’s unique 5G technologies into Wi-Fi 6 products, AirEngine Wi-Fi 6 APs are truly first-of-their-kind, supporting 16 spatial streams and delivering 10.75 Gbit/s throughput. Additionally, industry-leading Smart Antennas, algorithms, application acceleration, lossless roaming, and continuous networking technologies make Wi-Fi network coverage, experience, and roaming more stable than ever before, achieving a 100 Mbit/s experience for every user, regardless of their location, and paving the way for enterprises to build fully wireless campus networks.

High-quality fully wireless campus networks built using Wi-Fi 6 can truly help enterprises accelerate digital transformation in their offices, production lines, and services, bringing improved efficiency and experience. In the future, Huawei will continue to carry out joint innovations with customers and capitalize on Wi-Fi 6 upgrade opportunities, to build fully connected, intent-driven campus networks with AirEngine Wi-Fi 6. With this network, enterprises can reduce operating costs, improve competitiveness, and enter the fully wireless campus era.

For more information, please refer to Huawei

New Capabilities In Nutanix’s HCI Software and AHV Hypervisor

Nutanix, a leader in enterprise cloud computing, announced several new capabilities in its hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) software and AHV hypervisor to protect business-critical applications and maintain continuous business operations in the face of a possible disaster.

New capabilities include advanced automation for recovering applications and data, support for seamless multi-site disaster recovery (DR), synchronous replication for workloads running on AHV, and a near-zero data loss with “near sync” replication for recovery point objective (RPO) times of approximately 20 seconds.

At a time when business continuity is more important than ever, ensuring businesses have strong recovery policies and procedures is no longer a “nice to have.”

However, customers looking to implement strong DR plans for critical applications, such as those supporting emergency services, had little choice but to deploy complex, often disparate technologies that demand specialized, on-going administration.

The new capabilities in Nutanix HCI and AHV help enable customers to confidently deliver mission-critical applications with significantly less complexity and lower management overhead.

“Maintaining continuous business operations is a high priority for all types of companies and organizations,” said Greg Smith, VP of Product Marketing at Nutanix.

“However, most businesses rely on custom, handcrafted DR implementations to guard against system-wide IT failures. Nutanix now natively delivers automated, easy-to-deploy disaster recovery solutions built to deliver applications that must always be available.”

1.Multi-site disaster recovery

Nutanix now supports multi-site DR designs, helping enable enterprises to quickly recover from the simultaneous failure of two or more data centers while keeping applications and data available to users.

Particularly valuable in regulated industries like financial services, healthcare, and emergency services where organizations need to deliver uninterrupted service, Nutanix DR leverages advanced automation technology to eliminate the complexity of DR installation and ongoing orchestration.

Application teams can quickly recover from unplanned outages or data corruption and set configurations to adhere to many stringent compliance requirements.

2.Unmatched near sync disaster recovery

Nutanix now supports near sync replication with an RPO of only about 20 seconds, a 3x improvement from its already industry-leading technology. Nutanix is the only leading HCI vendor to offer a 20-second RPO.

3.Synchronous data replication for Nutanix AHV

Synchronous replication, or the nearly instantaneous replication of data between multiple locations, is now natively supported on the Nutanix AHV hypervisor. AHV can be used by customers to deliver a highly available service for their most important workloads, such as virtual desktop infrastructure, databases, and general server virtualization.

4.DR orchestration with runbooks

The latest release gives customers more flexibility and control over the end-to-end recovery process, with more granular control to focus DR resources toward targeted applications.

“Our business users expect a zero recovery point objective, which guarantees no data loss when a failover occurs following a datacenter outage,” said Delfim Da Costa, System and Infrastructure Manager at Infomil, an IT spin-off of a large European retailer and a Nutanix customer since 2015.

“We are delighted to now use Nutanix’s AHV virtualization and to maintain the highest possible SLA for our production workloads.”

These new DR capabilities are included in the Nutanix HCI software and are generally available.

Run an application on-prem or in the cloud? 10 questions to help you decide.

For fast-growing small and midsize businesses, it’s never too early to consider the right mix of venues for key apps and data.

While larger companies are taking a highly strategic approach to where they host applications these days – whether on-premises, in the cloud, or (more often) a mix of both – that’s not always the case with small and midsize businesses. Fast-growing organizations simply may not have had time to give it much thought. An older company may have started out with a big investment in on-prem infrastructure and kept to that path. A newer business might have jumped straight to cloud from the start-up stage.

But as companies add new applications and their data accumulates, decisions about where to host workloads become more complex and more pressing for SMB IT. The on-prem-leaning company starts to look around to see what workloads it can consolidate and how much it might save by sending those to the cloud. The cloud-native business starts to wonder if it can get better performance, lower latency and more control from privately owned infrastructure.

The right mix of on- and off-prem will be different for every company. There are no universal right answers, but it’s helpful to ask the right questions. Here are the ten considerations that I think are most pertinent for SMBs:

1. Will the app be accessed by multiple users from multiple locations? If the answer is yes, your app may lend itself well to a cloud implementation. You would likely be able to deploy new services across your different geos quickly, without having to stand up a new piece of hardware in every location.

2. Are you in a highly regulated industry? Some sectors have rigorous data privacy rules that tend to make on-premises infrastructure the preferred choice. Many healthcare providers are in this category, of course, with their need to ensure compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), for example. Financial services providers are another group that tends towards private infrastructure in their mix. But whatever industry you’re in, it’s worth bearing in mind that new regulatory demands are constantly emerging, as we saw with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, adopted in 2016.

3. Do you need to be able to scale up or down on demand? If so, this may be an easy cloud play. If you’re looking for cloud-like scalability for your on-prem infrastructure, you might want to investigate consumption-based IT solutions such as HPE GreenLake. This IT as-a-service solution sets up a buffer of capacity at your location in a pay-as-you-go model. You can easily and quickly add or reduce capacity as your needs change.

4. What are your performance requirements for the app? SMBs, just like larger enterprises, are often drawn to private infrastructure for their business-critical workloads and heavy-duty databases where reliably high performance is crucial. The on-prem choice enables you to bypass the potential latency issues with cloud.

5. Can you afford for your app to be down if your Internet connection fails? Software assets in the public cloud are heavily dependent on connectivity, which varies a lot in smaller organizations. I’ve worked with companies that had three or four backbones straight to the ISP. Not every business can call on that kind of access, however, and most get by with much less. What happens if your Internet connection to the cloud is down? Basically, all you can do is wait for it to go up again.

On-prem infrastructure can fail too, of course, and most small and midsize companies have experienced unplanned downtime when a server goes down. But they may not have given much thought to the potential effects of a network problem on their day-to-day operations in a cloud model.

6.. How will the deployment model impact your financials? Placing workloads in the cloud may relieve some of the pressure on capital expenditures by shifting IT costs to the operational side. That’s the kind of move that could make you very popular with the finance side of the house.

7. Do you know all the touch-points that the app has to other systems in your organization? If you’re considering migrating an app from an on-prem environment to the cloud, or vice versa, it’s important to understand where all of the data dependencies are. Data may be coming in from other apps, or from people who you didn’t even know were using it. If you’re not sure where all the hooks are, it might be better to keep the app where it is. You don’t want to break something along the way!

8. How will you manage the deployment? Cloud initiatives can greatly streamline IT operations, and that could be a good reason to go this route if simplifying IT is a priority for your organization.

It’s important to remember, though, that cloud deployments still need to be monitored and managed. With on-prem infrastructure, companies are becoming more aware of the wastefulness of “zombie servers” – compute resources that were spun up for a particular project, and then long after the project ended they’re still out there chugging away and consuming power resources. It might be easy to assume that the public cloud eliminates that issue. But in reality companies often find themselves with cloud-based “zombie virtual machines” on their hands, resources that they’re not using but still paying for.

With cloud, as with on-prem, the challenge is to make sure you have a plan to manage your valuable IT assets.

9. What’s your cost reduction model?  Cost savings are always an important goal for SMBs, and cloud has a lot to offer in this area. You should have a clear vision of success for your cost-focused cloud initiative. What’s your initial savings goal versus on-premises – 8 percent? 10 percent? Consider also the total cost of ownership of your cloud solution.

Something to bear in mind is that, because of the flexibility and ease of access that comes with cloud, a deployment that begins small but scales over time can generate a high bill very quickly. Be aware and monitor your costs, and always have a plan in case you need to bring the app back on-premises.

10. Should you deploy your app in both worlds? The best answer to the on-prem vs. cloud question may be to do both. For example, an email service is usually a good candidate for the cloud, but it’s also crucial to a company’s ability to do business. So you might decide to have your mail server on premises and also have a concurrently running VM in the cloud for failover. If one goes down, the other keeps going.

Keeping your mix right

Finding your right mix of on- and off-prem infrastructure is not a once-and-done deal. It’s iterative, something you might want to revisit periodically as your company grows and your business goals evolve. The public cloud is constantly evolving, too. Prices and deals change as the major providers jockey for position in their market. What worked for you one year may not be optimal the next.

Events that trigger a hardware refresh are often a great occasion to review your mix. For example, In January 2020, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 reached end-of life, and many SMBs will be thinking about how that impacts their infrastructure strategies.

Whatever answer you choose to the cloud/on-prem question, we has the right solution for you. 

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