Research and Innovation Hubs overview

Realize your vision for technology modernization

Technology is constantly evolving. On the one hand, this is thrilling. It means that invention is always possible, pioneers always welcome. On the other hand, this can feel like quicksand. Wherever you stand now may dissolve out of fashion in a hurry. Seek refuge, dream big, and rapidly put your future in motion with us at our Research & Innovation Hubs and Insight's Advanced Integration Labs.

Validate new technologies and streamline the development of advanced solutions.

Test-drive cutting-edge solution designs in a simulated, risk-free environment. And, accelerate implementation and onboarding with pre-deployment staging and imaging.

  • Access GPU-accelerated systems from multiple vendors to test and validate artificial intelligence (AI), high-performance computing (HPC), and other deep-learning projects.
  • Experience AI-ready platforms using NVIDIA, Cisco, Dell EMC, HPE, Pure, and NetApp architectures that feature supercomputers powered by NVIDIA GPUs.
  • Test machine learning models with your own data sets, evaluate the ability of specific GPU configurations and infrastructures to support specific workloads, and determine the optimal technology stack to meet your needs.

Our Research & Innovation Hubs occupy three physical locations, with many resources accessible virtually.



Research & Innovation Hubs overview

We continually identify, build out, and test innovative solutions to help you understand what they can do for your business. We prove how new technology can impact your organization before you implement and invest so you can launch faster with less risk.

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A modernized IT environment may be the ultimate endpoint. However, this is usually accomplished via a series of activities, each one incrementally driving transformation. Leverage the Hubs for: 

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Cross-vendor solution testing and validation
Do something even the manufacturers are unable to do: integrate, monitor, and measure multivendor solutions.
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Vendor-neutral technology demo
View solution-focused demos to evaluate products and make well-informed decisions.
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Solution proof-of-concepts
Develop proficiency and confidence in selected technologies through simple and complex simulated environments.
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Support scenario testing
Test fixes prior to live environment implementation to insure desired outcomes.
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Public cloud provider testing
Test hybrid and multi-cloud environments from providers like Microsoft, Amazon, and Google.
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Client and staff training and workshops
Get up to speed quickly and maintain product or solution proficiency through updates and new technology introductions. 
Additionally, our Hubs serve as centers of excellence for manufacturers and our skilled technologists and engineers. Each location offers: skills development and certification readiness; early access to new equipment, software, and technologies; and resources for vetting new products, so we can ensure consistent performance in live environments.

Cloud + Data Center Transformation can connect you with sophisticated partner facilities.

From staging to imaging, configuration and beyond, Insight's Advanced Integration Lab is a secure, ISO 900:2015-certified environment that helps position your organization for a successful deployment. 

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While anything is possible, not everything is practical. Our lab-like environments are the sandboxes you need to future-proof your business. With the expert support of Hubs technologists and engineers at your disposal, you can explore viable solutions using a wide range of established and emerging offerings. 

  • Cisco solutions
    • UCS with converged infrastructure including FlexPod (NetApp), FlashStack (Pure Storage), and UCP (Hitachi Vantara)
    • HyperFlex
    • Advanced data center networking including ACI
    • Security suite including AMP and FirePOWER
    • Enterprise Cloud Suite (Prime Service Catalog, UCS Director, CloudCenter)
    • NVIDIA DGX-2, the world’s most powerful AI system
    • NVIDIA-powered NetApp ONTAP AI, Cisco, Dell EMC Isilon, HPE, and Pure AIRI ready compute platforms
  • Hybrid Cloud with Cisco, Microsoft Azure Stack, VMware, HPE, and others
  • Complete Hitachi Vantara suite (VSP, G-Series, UCP Pro, Command Suite)
  • The latest NetApp technology (FlexPod, HCI, NetApp, AFF, Cloud Volumes, MetroCluster, WebScale, and others)
  • HPE solutions: Gen10 compute, Primera, Nimble, SimpliVity, Aruba switching, and composable infrastructures with HPE Synergy
  • Veritas NetBackup, NetBackup appliances, Enterprise Vault, and more
  • VMware vRealize suite, Cloud solutions vRA, and NSX
  • Hyperconverged solutions:
    • Nutanix
    • HyperFlex
    • VMware VSAN
  • Innovative all-flash solutions with Pure Storage
  • Innovative data protection solutions with Rubrik, Cohesity, Commvault, and Veeam
  • Modern security solutions with Palo Alto Networks
  • Hybrid cloud environments in AWS, Azure, and GCP
  • Orchestration and automation management with VMware vRealize Automation, Cisco UCS-D, Ansible, Chef, Puppet, and others
  • Modern containerized solutions including Kubernetes, Docker, and supporting ecosystems
IT transformation isn’t just a technology decision — it’s a strategic move for modern businesses. We’re here to help.