CloudForms 4.5 – Now with Ansible Automation!

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Two of the hottest products in the Cloud & Automation space, Red Hat CloudForms and Red Hat Ansible, are now officially working together with the release of CloudForms 4.5, which includes Ansible Automation inside, right out of the box.

Ansible Automation allows CloudForms to use Ansible Playbooks, which are written in the Ansible language.

For CloudForms, this means:

1. Services – Allow an Ansible Playbook to back a CloudForms service catalog item
2. Control Actions – CloudForms policies can execute Ansible Playbooks as actions based on events from providers.
3. Control Alerts – set a Ansible playbook to launch prompted by a Cloudforms Alert.

CloudForms 4.5 with Ansible Automation is not a replacement or substitute for Ansible Tower however – Each product addresses different use cases and customer needs, and are generally sold to different customers within the IT Organization.

You can learn more about the integration at Red Hat’s official CloudForms Blog.

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Why use Ansible for Automation?

 

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Why use Ansible for Automation?

As you know, today’s market leaders (regardless of industry), are leading their industries by thinking of technology first (and essentially becoming technology companies). Anything they can do to move faster, pivot quicker, and cut costs, will give them a significant competitive advantage over their competition.

Companies are turning to automation products, such as Red Hat’s Ansible Tower, as one of the fundamental drivers for optimizing their IT Infrastructure. When looking at Config Management Solutions, more and more customers are turning to Ansible to meet their needs.

Some of the advantages Ansible offers are:

1. It’s a simple, powerful, and agentless automation engine
2. Can automate and orchestrate the complex IT process, systems, and networks
3. It’s a command-line tool that relies on SSH and WinRM to connect to and manage remote instances
4. Is back by over 1000 modules that enable it to manage all aspect of IT environments
5. It’s often adopted from the bottom-up: IT Administrators and developers typically leads to widescale adoption by entire IT enterprises

You can learn more about Ansible here: https://www.ansible.com/

Hospital System Troubleshoots Wireless Network in Seconds with NETSCOUT’s AirCheck G2

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For Houston Methodist Hospital, providing reliable wireless networks is crucial. With over 6 million square feet including 6 remote sites, troubleshooting Wi-Fi problems is a top priority. Wireless Engineers and Architects use the AirCheck G2 as one of their first response tools to validate wireless signal coverage, Wi-Fi strength, client devices, and to help locate rogue access points.

Watch this short video to see how this handheld tool gives a suite of key information, quickly and efficiently for the Houston Methodist Hospital’s IT team.

Watch the full case study here: NETSCOUT’s AirCheck G2

 

Red Hat CloudForms

Complete Lifecycle, Operational and Financial Management

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Red Hat CloudForms offers unified management for hybrid environments, providing a consistent experience and functionality across container based infrastructures, virtualization, private and public cloud platforms. Red Hat CloudForms enables enterprises to accelerate service delivery by providing self service, including complete operational and lifecycle management of the deployed services. It provides greater operational visibility through continuous discovery, monitoring and deep inspection of managed resources. And it ensures compliance and governance via automated policy enforcement and remediation. All the while, CloudForms is reducing operational costs, reducing or eliminating the manual processes that burden IT staff.

Click here for more information.

Upgrade Your Scanner Software to ABBYY FineReader 12 Professional

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If  you own a scanner, you are likely already using ABBYY FineReader Sprint or other lite-version document imaging software. However, Sprint is a basic version of FineReader and doesn’t include many of the productivity-enhancing features needed to thrive in the workplace.

These 5 features compel businesses, government agencies, and academic institutions globally to upgrade to ABBYY FineReader12 Professional:

  1. The essential text recognition and image editing features, including auto-correcting, extended settings for automatic image processing, in-depth cropping tools, and popular output image/text formats like PDF, JPG, PNG, BMP, DOCX, CSV, XLS, and more!
  2. 190 translation languages.
  3. Multi-core Processing Optimization – the ability to efficiently utilize powerful processors to read and capture multiple documents at once.
  4. Customizable quick-tasks help you save time by automating the organization of your converted files.
  5. Simple, direct export to cloud-based storage services like Google Drive, Dropbox, SkyDrive, and Microsoft Office 365.

Because of its ability to transform any scanned document or image into a variety of editable formats, PC Magazine named ABBYY FineReader 12 Professional the Editor’s choice for Best OCR Software. Learn more and request a free trial by visiting http://www.gmpsales.com/abbyy-finereader/.

Live a clean, healthy lifestyle while growing your own farm!

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Create healthier offices, schools and homes with the OPCOM Farm Grow Box, Grow Wall and Cube.

Designed for the do-it-yourselfer, OPCOM Farm products are self-contained, easy to assemble, hydroponic farming systems. Each kit includes everything the user needs to get started, even the seeds. All units incorporate a patented air-water filtration system and power-saving, cost-efficient LED lights that are height adjustable. The GrowWall Farm and Garden as well as the Cube can be daisy-chained to create an indoor farm, garden or forest. Using the central control panel, users simply set their Grower to AUTO run and monitor it with OPCOM’s Link Cloud Farm application.

With OPCOM Farm products, even novice farmers can produce organic produce or gardens for home or sale in local markets. Children can learn and study plant growth in the classroom.

In addition to producing healthier food for the table, OPCOM Farm products also purify the air for safer school and work environments. WHO estimated air pollution kills up to seven million people annually. GrowWalls efficiently reduce PM2.5, CO2, Formaldehyde, Benzene and other indoor pollutants. Fully grown, one GrowWall becomes a mini indoor forest, comparable to 10 air purifiers and 2 oxygen generators.

Learn more at http://www.gmpsales.com/opcom-farm/

Rain Design Ergonomic Mstands Enhance Productivity, Health and Focus

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Ergonomics plays a key role in the general well-being and productivity of people at work, in school or at home. Rain Design’s ergonomic support solutions for notebooks, tablets and smartphones improve posture and support dynamic work styles. Their  bestselling mStand transforms a notebook into a stylish, comfortable and stable workstation and now, a new generation of mStands offers additional flexibility and support for other smart devices as well.

The new mStand 360 for notebooks incorporates a swivel base that accommodates easier sharing and collaboration  with colleagues. It allows the user to safety turn the laptop without the pressure of weight. The mStand mobile and mStand tablet series help alleviate hand fatigue and neck pain by allowing users comfortable viewing and hands-free usage- making touching, swiping or writing with a stylus easier. And since there is not one universal position comfortable for everyone, the mStand tablet pro and mStand tablet plus are designed with adjustable hinges so the users can adjust the height and angle for the most optimal ergonomic usage.

Rain Design award-winning products are endorsed by top editors and industry professionals and come highly recommended by satisfied customers.

For more information, visit:  www.raindesigninc.com