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January 21, 2020

Orange Sky Case Study Video


“Orange Sky,” a captivating case study video, highlights how Cisco Designed for SMB configured a Meraki network and Webex to connect staff and volunteers at Orange Sky in real time, transforming their business and preparing them for the digital economy. For more information on Cisco Designed for SMB solutions, contact us today.

January 21, 2020

Under Used, Under Threat: Five critical technology challenges small businesses need to overcome now…

The white paper titled “Under Used, Under Threat” discusses how SMBs view IT investments and the 5 key challenges they must address to be equipped for business in the digital economy. For more information on Cisco Designed for SMB solutions, contact us today.

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January 21, 2020

Can Machine Learning Prevent Application Downtime?

This informative white paper entitled “Can Machine Learning Prevent Application Downtime?” explains why the app-data gap is so critical to data center operational performance and how AI and machine learning can identify potential issues and abnormal behavior, recommend steps to return an environment to peak health, and continually improve performance. For more information on HPE InfoSight™ intelligent storage solutions, contact us today.

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January 21, 2020

Machine Learning Boosts Application Uptime

This informative infographic on “Machine Learning in the Cloud” focuses on the app-data gap and provides compelling data to demonstrate that most application downtime is not caused by storage issues involving hardware and software, but rather by configuration, interoperability, and other issues. It also shows the key capabilities to analyze when making an investment in a predictive-analytics, intelligent storage solution like HPE. Contact us today to learn more about HPE Intelligent Storage solutions.

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January 01, 2020

Happy New Year!

Thank you to all our customers, partners and friends for your continued support.  The Consiliant Team wishes you a Happy New Year and looks for to engaging with each of you in 2020.

Dave Cerniglia, CEO

October 03, 2019

Productive Day with Hitachi Vantara & Arrow

Great day calling our customers and discussing how to unlock the maximum value from their data. Thanks for hosting the Consiliant Team!

October 03, 2018

Consiliant Technologies receives “Excellence in IoT” award at Hitachi Vantara’s NEXT 2018 Conference

Irvine, CA – September 25 – Consiliant Technologies has been selected to receive the “Excellence in IoT” award at Hitachi Vantara’s NEXT 2018 Conference at the Hilton Bayfront in San Diego. This award recognizes Consiliant Technologies for our commitment to building a public safety and smart spaces practice and partnering with Hitachi to develop our team and practice around our Big Data Insights and IoT competency.  Together we have achieved great successes. Driving delivery and self-sufficiency across portfolios, along with building active technology partnerships in the areas of Data Engineering, Data Analytics and Data Science fill gaps in a space that is new for both of our companies.  Consiliant is very proud and honored to partner with Hitachi Vantara in unleashing the power of the Internet of Things (IoT), big data, analytics and video intelligence to fuel innovation, solve local challenges and improve smart cities.

January 24, 2018

Consiliant Technologies continues growth within IoT and “Smart” initiatives, promotes Jon Garcia to the role of Director, Public Safety & Smart Spaces.

January 24, 2018  Consiliant Technologies is proud to announce that Jon Garcia will assume the role of Director, Public Safety & Smart Spaces. Jon brings 10+ years of successful sales, technical and business experience to this position. Jon graduated from Loyola Marymount University, and has built strong relationships in the State and Local Government sector. Over the past year, he has spearheaded Consiliant’s Public Safety and Smart Cities initiatives and grown our partner ecosystem. Jon will focus on building a strong strategic practice to deliver a wide range of operational use cases for public safety, government and commercial entities interested in leveraging robust technical infrastructure to improve quality of customer experience. Key technologies Jon has harnessed to differentiate Consiliant’s approach to IoT and “Smart” initiatives include the new Hitachi Video Management Platform (VMP) for video surveillance storage and compute, the Hitachi Visualization Suite to serve as a true aggregation and geospatial interface for edge devices (IP Cameras, IoT Sensors, CAD/RMS Data, Gunshot Detection, Air Quality, etc.), and a cohesive data analytics, processing and reporting engine built on Pentaho. Jon is excited to continue delivering results in this space for his dedicated clientele and bringing new customer relationships into the Consiliant fold. More information on Consiliant’s smart city projects and contact information can be found at www.consiliant.com.

September 14, 2017

Consiliant Expands Geography and Sales Momentum With Expansion To Central U.S., Promotes Jim Jenkins To New Role As Central Region Sales Director

September 15, 2017 CONSILIANT EXPANDS GEOGRAPHY AND SALES MOMENTUM WITH EXPANSION TO CENTRAL U.S., PROMOTES JIM JENKINS TO NEW ROLE AS CENTRAL REGION SALES DIRECTOR Jim Jenkins has accepted a promotion to Central Region Sales Director to manage Consiliant Technologies’ rapidly growing business into the central U.S. Jim brings 30+ years of successful sales, technical and business experience to his new role. Jim graduated in engineering from the University of Utah and has focused his career on challenging sales roles within young companies and organizations, including Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Overland Storage and SimpliVity. He has also successfully started and grown four of his own technology businesses. As part of taking on this new challenge, Jim and his wife Barbara will be relocating to Santa Fe, New Mexico.   New Address: 316 Pawprint Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87506

November 06, 2015

Energy Efficiency Project Shows Off Power Of Networking

by Joseph F. Kovar on November 6, 2015, 1:14 pm EST

You might not readily associate networking with energy sustainability, but last month in Southern California, a sophisticated Wi-Fi network – built and operated by a local solution provider – proved to play a critical role in The U.S. Department of Energy’s biannual Solar Decathlon.

The event, held in Irvine, Calif., brought together 14 teams from universities from around the country and the world to show off their designs for homes of the future.

The homes were designed and built with several goals, particularly energy efficiency, and had to meet such criteria as the ability to produce at least as much electricity as they consume and find new ways to recycle water. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), part of the energy department, managed the event.

The responsibility for building and running the Wi-Fi network – which also helped students and mentors stay online while they were away from home – was given to Consiliant Technologies, an Irvine, Calif.-based solution provider, which took CRN for a behind-the-scenes tour of the temporary project.

To look at what it takes to build a huge Wi-Fi project, and for a peek at what the home of the future might look like,

The 14 homes were, in the end, designed to be real homes with fully-working kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms, bedrooms, and everything else a family would expect. Indeed, “Home Life” was one of the judging criteria.

While the homes were livable, the students were required to live in hotels, and were not allowed to stay on-site at night.

Because the homes were designed to be habitable, a reliable Wi-Fi solution was a must. And that’s where Consiliant Technologies came in.

Jon Garcia (pictured), senior account executive at Consiliant, told ITBestofBreed.com that his company has a long-term partnership with the City of Irvine, Calif. Consiliant had recently helped the city move its entire network from Cisco to Brocade gear, a connection that helped Consiliant land the networking contract for the Solar Decathlon, Garcia said.

Networking for the decathlon was a complex project, Garcia said. Requirements included providing isolated wireless technology for each team so that an array of sensors in each home could provide metrics to judge their sustainability. Each team also required wireless connectivity for its members. And Wi-Fi was also provided free to visitors.

Consiliant relied heavily on networking gear from its vendor partners, including switches and routers from Brocade, based in San Jose, Calif. and wireless equipment from Aerohive Networks, of Sunnyvale, Calif.

The Solar Decathlon opened to the public Oct. 8. That’s also when judging of the homes began. However, Garcia said, the timeline for installing the networking infrastructure began Sept. 21, which is when Schneider Electric, one of the sponsors of the event, started powering the site.

Consiliant engineers were allowed on-site starting Sept. 24, and the student teams began four days later. “We opted for a wired and wireless network,” he said. “We weren’t sure how many people would be there, but we needed to support them all.”

The organizers said that past events saw up to 10,000 visitors a day, Garcia said. “We were thinking (that) everybody has a smartphone or tablet,” he said “We had to be ready. So we ran fibre combined with dense wireless.”

Part of building a sustainable home requires constant monitoring of power and cooling. For that, some homes used equipment (pictured) from Nest Labs, which Google acquired in early 2014.

All these devices had to be connected to the Consiliant-built network before the judging began.

The City of Irvine provided the primary network feed via a microwave relay from a building across the road from this trailer. In keeping with the sustainability theme of the event, this trailer and a couple others like it took advantage of the Southern California sun to run on solar power, with propane tanks as backup.

The trailers were also handy for Consiliant, which mounted wireless antennas on the mast, such as the Aerohive antenna sitting between the panel and the microwave dish, as part of its networking project.

“The City of Irvine handled the microwave lines,” Garcia said. “From there, it was all us.”

Inside the Consiliant command center, located in a trailer parked at the back of the site, Consiliant ran its own management software along with the Brocade Network Advisor application on one of its own Cisco UCS servers, said Sean Balas, solutions architect for Consiliant.

The two servers on the left in this photo were provided by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, with one serving as the primary server and the other as a backup using software from Veeam. “There was no budget for off-site replication,” Balas said.

Sitting on top of Consiliant’s UCS server is one of three Brocade ICX6610 switches that were used as core switches for the Solar Decathlon, Balas said.

The Brocade and Aerohive gear were provided free by the vendors as part of a 30-day evaluation program, and had to be returned after the event.

Consiliant ran fibre networking cables from the command center to Brocade 6450c12 switches, each in its own box. There were 11 such switches deployed for the event and were used to set up 16 different wireless networks separated by VLANs, including a separate network for each of the 14 home-building teams, Balas said.

Those 16 networks provided for the wireless needs of the entire Solar Decathlon. This included collecting data from sensors in the homes to be logged by the NREL. “Logging of data from the homes had top priority,” he said. “If more bandwidth was needed for logging, it happened automatically.”

The boxes were tight, Balas said. “It was a challenge to make everything fit,” he said.

Heat was an especially difficult problem at the Solar Decathlon, but Consiliant used a decidedly low-tech solution – cardboard – to beat the heat and help ensure smooth operations.

In addition to keeping the interior of the command center to a livable temperature, cardboard was also on hand for other potential issues, Balas said.

The outside temperature reached about 105 degrees Fahrenheit on one day, and 10 of the 11 Brocade 6450c12 approached critical heat. “We had no problems,” he said. “But we were ready to use cardboard to shade them.”

The switches sustained heat of up to 168.8 degrees for a few hours at one point, Garcia’s said. “It was a testimony to the quality of the Brocade switches,” he said.

Consiliant provided both wired and wireless network connectivity to the 14 home-building teams, and traffic was divided pretty evenly between the two technologies, Balas said.

While Consiliant provided the networking infrastructure, each team managed its own network, he said.

As part of its contract, Consiliant built a permanent wireless networking solution for the site, which is in the heart of the Orange County Great Park, a huge combination of public park and private development based on the grounds of what used to be the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in Irvine.

This former hanger-turned-conference hall sports some powerful networking gear. On the left corner are a couple of microwave antennas, one of which points to the Irvine train station in the distance. The other points to the trailer from slide 6. These were deployed and are managed by the City of Irvine.

The hanger also sports a number of Aerohive antennas both inside and outside, including the one in the center of the photo, deployed by Consiliant.

The microwave network provides a total bandwidth of 1 Gbit per second, of which Consiliant was able to access 300 Mbps for use in the Solar Decathlon project, Balas said.