As part of Cisco’s commitment to securing access for the network perimeter, late last year it added Duo Security to the Cisco family. Duo is a leading provider of unified access security and multi-factor authentication delivered through the cloud.
Clearpath Solutions Group announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Clearpath to its 2019 Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list in the Elite 150 category. This annual list recognizes North American solution providers with innovative approaches to managed services. These services help customers improve operational efficiencies, maximize return on IT investments, and continuously help them navigate the complexities of IT solutions.
Clearpath Solutions Group’s Managed Services Practice continues to expand. Our core Clearpath custom IaaS, DRaaS, and Hybrid Cloud offerings have seen increased demand as many organizations are looking to move from on-premises to public and hybrid cloud infrastructure but need operational support for day to day IT management. Clearpath’s portfolio of managed services offerings has expanded to include Monitoring as a Service, Communications as a Service, Security as a Service and Cisco Meraki Managed Services.
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We live in a digital age, where consumers order products, apply for business loans, and book vacations at the click of a button. But as these digital experiences have got simpler for us, for the companies behind these experiences it’s getting more complex to stay ahead of customer expectations.
The rise of connected devices, distributed architectures, and multi-clouds have increased the complexity of application environments. Companies need insight into the health of every application and every transaction in order to keep up with the pace of change. Cisco, through its acquisition of AppDynamics, may be the answer to these challenges.
What is AppDynamics?
AppDynamics is a single application and business monitoring platform that empowers the world’s largest enterprises, including Barclays Bank, United Airlines, Salesforce, AT&T, and others to build and run the applications they need to thrive.
With AppDynamics, enterprises can watch every line of code and understand its impact on user experience and application performance, while providing real-time insight into the digital business. It strips complexity and drives insights since teams have a single source of truth to focus on end-to-end performance in the context of the customer experience, instead of monitoring individual services.
In a bid to improve productivity, drive efficiencies, accelerate business initiatives, and learn more from big data, organizations are putting more thought into their digital business strategy. Of course, your network is at the heart of this unstoppable evolution, powering communication to and between the applications driving the digital economy.
The increased sophistication of malware attacks, the rapid expansion of IoT, and the growing use of mobile devices to access enterprise and guest Wi-Fi networks is leaving even the best-equipped security teams struggling to keep up.
Part of the struggle is that existing security solutions are siloed and don’t integrate or share intelligence in a programmatic way. Security teams are also understaffed. The 2018 Cisco Annual Cybersecurity Report found that a lack of security personnel prevents many organizations from implementing new cyber capabilities – this can limit the ability to deploy, manage, and scale security solutions to combat the growing threat.
Consider one of the most exploited vulnerabilities in many networks – DNS blind spots. Currently, 97% of malware use DNS as part of the attack. However, most security teams (75%) don’t filter DNS traffic for malicious internet connections, hence the blind spot.
Good news! A new integration addresses this security vulnerability and solves the challenges of deployment and support – making your security team’s jobs a lot easier.
If you’re like most organizations, you’re looking to leverage the cloud—but in way that makes sense for your business. Sometimes that includes building a private cloud—or running workloads in a public cloud. The challenge can be uniting both worlds in a way that makes sense—and works with the direction you’ve already taken with your data center strategy.
Whether starting from scratch from bare metal or looking to leverage your existing infrastructure investments—there’s just a lot of guess work involved with creating your cloud strategy, especially since most organizations want a hybrid cloud approach. But what if there were ways to remove most of that guesswork and achieve some really remarkable results by using an integrated solution that’s already solved most of your challenges?
In fact, VMware has created such an integrated solution, VMware Cloud Foundation, that can help you:
- Accelerate your time to market up to 15x faster time by eliminating complex processes around system design, testing, bring-up, configuration, and provisioning
- De-risk your cloud deployment with quick, repeatable, secure deployments
- Lower TCO of private cloud deployments by up to 30-40%*
- Future proof infrastructure by running any app, both traditional and cloud-native in containers
Remember those childhood games of “hide and seek”? All the neighborhood children would get together in breathless anticipation of both finding the best hiding spots and the thrill of being discovered. But the last thing you want when you are thinking about your network security is to play a game of hide and seek with malicious threats like hackers or ransomware.
Sure—your first line of defense is your firewall. But it’s not, if some threat gets inside, but when threats get inside. What is your response? Does finding out what’s happening turn into a game of hide and seek? Or worse—is your approach strictly a forensic one? Wouldn’t it be better to stop the threats as they are happening rather than simply reporting on what happened?
If you’re thinking about moving to a virtual desktop infrastructure—you’re not alone. Most people who either have moved to or are considering VDI wan, do so to improve the economics and efficiency in their desktop delivery, ease maintenance and management of their end user computing environment and improve desktop security. VDI certainly can do all this—but despite it being a virtual solution, you also have to think about the hardware behind the scenes.
After all, a key objective of a successful VDI deployment is the end user experience. In many way, it’s the one objective that probably matters the most—since the experience has to match or exceed its physical counterpart. So how can you assure that you’re getting the best experience for your end-users? You don’t want to be the “slow-poke” when it comes to your VDI experience for them. When it comes to delivering a high-performance, low-latency virtual desktop environment, you need to think about both the virtual and the physical infrastructure behind it.
There’s little doubt the Internet of Things (IoT) will transform how we interact with others— from how we monitor and receive healthcare, to how we transact business, and even to how we connect with family and friends. It’s really the dawn of a new frontier when it comes to IoT, but like all things that evolve—there’s both promise and peril in the chaos of it.
Planning for the future means endless possibilities. Where should our data be stored? How do today’s infrastructure decisions impact our end-state goal? Where are our workloads going to be run? What are our future capacity needs? As an IT professional these questions are constantly at the forefront of your mind. According to research firm IDC, hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is leading the fastest growing segment of storage solutions, making it the hot topic in every discussion.
Today’s IT executives have been keeping a watchful eye on the improvements in HCI since it has been around for several years but has only recently seen rapid adoption. New generations of HCI solutions provide faster deployment, lower cost of operations, and increased ROI—making the modern enterprise more flexible and agile. As businesses of all sizes see the benefits of adopting HCI, the adoption rates continue to compound.