As the CEO of Zunesis, I am fond of saying “get beyond talking and PowerPoint slides and find some way to take action”. Everyone can talk a good game, but far fewer can actual design and implement successful IT solutions on-time and within budget. I feel like customers are tired of watching our lips flap and instead want IT Solution Providers to show them actual tangible value. It seems that all customers are from Missouri these days “the show me state”.
In 2015, Zunesis made the decision to invest heavily in a Technology Lab so we could show our clients and prospects actual infrastructure solutions, software solutions and management platforms. The ability to show technology working, instead of just talking about it, has been a big benefit to our clients. Building out a professional technology lab has been expensive, but the rewards stretch beyond just show and tell. The Lab has also proven beneficial to our Solution Architects who constantly use the Zunesis Lab to hone their skills on newer technology and test specific upgrade paths for software. The IT world is always changing and we want to make sure that we have tested specific technology and integration paths before we recommend them and before we go on site for an implementation.
Zunesis has been a Platinum Partner with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) for 13+ years. As a result, most of the technology in our lab is HPE. Today we have 3 different 3Par Storage Arrays, a Nimble Array, a C7000 Chassis that includes a variety of HPE Servers (Generation 7, 8 and 9) and OneView for overall systems management. The Lab has several Brocade Fibre Channel Switches and Moonshot servers. Within the Lab, we run VMware and Veeam software and have connections to the Microsoft Cloud – Azure. In the coming months, we will be installing new technology in the Lab including:
- Simplivity 2 node
- HPE Gen10 servers
- Aruba switches top of rack
- Extreme network top of rack switches
In the not too distant future, we will replace the C7000 Chassis with an HPE Synergy frame.
Our plans are to continue to invest in our Lab so we can show clients and prospects the actual technology, instead of just talking about it. Furthermore, the Lab is another way we can invest in the on-going technical training and proficiency of our Solution Architects at Zunesis. If you would ever like to stop by for a technology demonstration or just to talk about what you are trying to accomplish in your business, Contact us and would be happy to have you come by for a visit.