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Cortavo Revolutionizes Virtual Private Server Performance With a Data Center Refresh

Cortavo | September 14, 2021

Cortavo™, a leading IT managed services provider (MSP), has undertaken a full-scale infrastructure refresh spanning May to July of 2021. Cortavo's Engineering Leads Peter Miles and Paul Coad partnered with Tom Lasswell, their Vice President of IT Operations for the project. This internal team completely upgraded the Cortavo data center hardware supporting their VPS cloud service and all their hosted customers. Normally, hardware and software refreshes represent a standard routine of continuous system hygiene required of all data centers, yet this refresh was far from the routine.

The overhaul included new cabinets, robust servers, the latest Intel® CPUs, more RAM, better cabling and generous storage hardware. The refresh also consisted of a host software upgrade to the latest version of VMware and vCloud Director, widening their storage capacity to operate faster with plenty of extra capacity for growth and upgrading their internet connectivity. Cortavo's technology refresh marks the debut of Cortavo Cloud®, its VPS cloud hosting service offered to small and medium-sized businesses. This refresh fortifies system capacity to shoulder the demands of Cortavo's new suite of cloud services, stepping up user experience through several key benefits, including:
  • Processing Speeds: the overhaul replaced the previous processors with the latest generation of Intel 3.1 GHz processers, thereby raising the clock speed for better user performance and experience.
  • SD-WAN: new hardware appliances allow for redundant internet connection through a vast peering network with other major data centers spanning a secure tunnel. This tunnel connects through a powerful backbone beginning with a major local hub, producing a short communications pathway with increased speed, resulting in a better browsing and phone experience with no latency. Cortavo Cloud's new hosting offers a full, redundant internet connection leveraging two channels and two different carriers for enhanced speed by prioritizing channels of least resistance.
  • Enhanced Storage: accompanying a recent enlargement of storage, all primary workloads run on solid-state drives while nearline storage for archive and retention resides on advanced Seagate® hard drive storage.
  • vCloud Director: allows for multi-tenancy in a VMware® environment. This environment grants console entry to view the machine's admin panel as a typical administrator, thus offering an access level currently unavailable with other major cloud providers. System security scales with usage and multi-tenancy, and NSX-TTM Data Center adds a virtualization layer to the network providing another layer of software protection.

"As many project participants have realized, this is not simply a routine refresh, but also an upgrade," Tom Lasswell stated. "With this new infrastructure in place, our Cortavo Cloud VPS customers and users should experience lightning-fast interactions, proceed with the confidence of heightened security and enjoy console access seldom granted with big cloud providers. This is a huge leap forward for our clients and they're going to feel the difference as they use our services."

About Cortavo
Cortavo is an all-inclusive MSP solution created by Aventis Systems. Based in Atlanta, GA, Cortavo provides all the hardware, software and cloud services necessary to address small businesses' technology needs and challenges at a predictable monthly cost. Cortavo manages technology expansion and supports thousands of small business employees throughout the Southeastern United States.

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise | December 08, 2022

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Expanded partner ecosystem momentum that now includes HPE GreenLake for Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, and the recently announced HPE GreenLake for VMware. Enhancement to consumption analytics delivers improved usage and cost analytics of applications for the three hyperscaler public cloud vendors. HPE GreenLake for Data Fabric and HPE Ezmeral Unified Analytics are now available through new HPE Ezmeral early access program. “HPE GreenLake for Private Cloud Enterprise is a ready, out-of-the-box private cloud with a completely modern experience, delivering optimized performance, open choice and low and predictable TCO, which is resonating with organizations across every industry,” said Vishal Lall, senior vice president and general manager, HPE GreenLake Cloud Services Solutions. “Customers recognize the importance of a hybrid cloud operating model for their digital transformation, and HPE GreenLake for Private Cloud Enterprise is the only solution that brings the best hybrid cloud capabilities from edge to core and across multiple clouds, delivered as a cloud service.” Deploy and manage workloads across the hybrid cloud with HPE GreenLake for Private Cloud Enterprise HPE GreenLake for Private Cloud Enterprise reimagines the modern private cloud experience by providing an automated, flexible, scalable, and fully managed enterprise-grade private cloud. 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Penguin Solutions | November 17, 2022

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Wind River | January 10, 2023

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