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Clearpath Update - January 2016

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Fri, Jan 29, 2016 @ 11:26 AM

Upcoming Events, Hosted or Sponsored by Clearpath

February 12, 2016 – Clearpath Movie Event: Deadpool – Columbia, MD
Join Clearpath and VMware on February 12th for a private viewing of Deadpool. We'll start the day with breakfast and deliver a short presentation discussing VMware NSX and the software-defined data center. Following the presentation and short break for questions, we'll view Deadpool. Reserve your spot today!

February 12, 2016 – Clearpath Movie Event: Deadpool – Tysons Corner, VA
Join Clearpath and Zerto on February 12th for a private viewing of Deadpool. We'll start the day with breakfast and deliver a short presentation discussing Zerto Virtual Replication. Following the presentation and short break for questions, we'll view Deadpool. Reserve your spot today!

March 24, 2016 – VMUG User Conference – Arlington, VA
Created by VMware Users for VMware Users, VMUG UserCons bring together a community, both locally and globally, where users can learn from VMware employees, a broad base of VMware partners, and most importantly, each other. VMUG UserCon is your direct connection to the VMUG support system that helps you improve your skills and advance your career. Learn more and register today.

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Fortinet Security Vulnerability

Posted by Eric Stuhl on Wed, Jan 27, 2016 @ 01:19 PM

It’s been a rough time for security hardware recently. In the past several months, there have been major issues with a number of different vendor's products. Juniper had a backdoor in its products due to the use of a known compromised RNG, which allowed attackers to decrypt VPN and other encrypted traffic. This is fairly serious but required access to both the traffic and the original firewall to be at risk.

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Tags: Security

vSphere Bug Can Cause Corrupt Backups

Posted by Nate Reynolds on Wed, Dec 02, 2015 @ 09:30 AM

Yesterday, several of our vendors notified us of a bug in vSphere 6 Change Block Tracking (CBT) – where the API is returning incorrect data on incremental VM backups. Most modern backup technologies use this to shorten backup windows and reduce I/O on VMware machines.

The impact of this bug is that you may have corrupt or inconsistent virtual machine backups.

Resolution: VMware has released ESXi 6.0 Patch ESXi600-201511001 to resolve this issue.

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Clearpath Update - November 2015

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Mon, Nov 30, 2015 @ 03:48 PM

Upcoming Events, Hosted or Sponsored by Clearpath

December 1, 2015 - IT Roadmap - Washington, DC
Join Clearpath at this special one-day event featuring breakout sessions and interactive discussions covering the best advice on mobility, security, infrastructure and network management, apps, data analytics and much more is here.Learn more.

December 2, 2015 - Cisco On the Road: Networkers Tech Day – Washington, DC
Cisco On The Road is the largest Cisco national roadshow. Each regional event is highly anticipated and regarded, with exceptional attendance by Cisco technical customers. Learn more.

December 18, 2015 - Clearpath Movie Event: Star Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens  - Various Locations
Join Clearpath and participating partners on December 18th for a private viewing of the most anticipated movie of the year, Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens. The day will start out with breakfast and a brief and informative presentation discussing a trending IT industry topic. Following the presentation and a break for audience questions, we’ll be viewing Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens.

Event Details:
Date: Friday, December 18
Time: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Boston, MA Showing
Topic: Cloud-Managed Networking
Location:
Showcase Cinemas
670 Legacy Place, Dedham, MA 02026

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Washington, DC Showing
Topic: High Availability Solutions for Next Generation Data Centers
Location: Regal Cinemas Gallery Place
701 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Columbia, MD Showing
Topic: VDI Best Practices
Location: Regal Cinemas Snowden Square
9161 Commerce Center Dr., Columbia, MD 21046

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Reston, VA Showing
Topic: Adaptive Flash Storage for Virtualized Environments
Location: Bow Tie Cinemas Reston Town Center
11940 Market St., Reston, VA 20190

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Clearpath Update - October 2015

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Fri, Oct 30, 2015 @ 01:52 PM

Upcoming Events, Hosted or Sponsored by Clearpath

November 6, 2015 - See it First: Spectre - Tyson's Corner, VA
Join Clearpath & Cisco Meraki for a special private viewing of Spectre, the New James Bond movie, on Friday, November 6, 2015. We'll start the day with breakfast and deliver a short presentation discussing cloud-managed networking. Following the presentation and a short break for audience questions, we'll view Spectre. Register today!

Cisco On the Road: Networkers Tech Day – Various Locations
Cisco On The Road is the largest Cisco national roadshow. Each regional event is highly anticipated and regarded, with exceptional attendance by Cisco technical customers. Learn more.

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AWS re:Invent 2015 Recap – Security, Redundancy, Resiliency and Disaster Recovery, Part 2

Posted by Mike O'Brien on Wed, Oct 21, 2015 @ 12:11 PM

I last wrote about this topic following a widely publicized AWS outage. This time, I am writing following the biggest cloud computing event of the year, AWS re:Invent 2015. Clearpath Solutions Group was proud to again sponsor this exciting and growing event which had over 18,000 people in attendance. There were several big themes to re:Invent this year including the Internet of Things (IoT), DevOps, Big Data and Business Intelligence. Check out the full list of new services and features here. It’s a lot to absorb and the pace of innovation never ceases to amaze me. Despite all the big news, these are my two big takeaways:

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Tags: Best Practices, AWS re:Invent, AWS

Update from our President, Dell-EMC Acquisition

Posted by Gary Vaughan on Tue, Oct 13, 2015 @ 01:48 PM

By now, everyone has heard the news of Dell acquiring EMC. Many of our clients are asking “what does this mean for me?” so I want to be proactive and provide a perspective from inside of Clearpath. Dell has announced in a letter to its partners that the transaction will close between August and October of 2016. As a strategic partner with EMC, we anticipate insight and peripheral involvement during internal planning and strategy sessions between Dell and EMC executives regarding their Fall of 2016 debut as a single entity and we will share those insights with our valued clients along the way, but from an immediate near-term, Clearpath anticipates business as usual.

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AWS: Surviving an Outage - Redundancy, Resiliency and Disaster Recovery, Part 1

Posted by Mike O'Brien on Thu, Oct 01, 2015 @ 11:07 AM

Recently, Amazon Web Services (AWS) suffered another highly publicized outage. AWS’s explanation is very much worth reading, but at a high level, the DynamoDB (AWS’s NoSQL database) service experienced timeout issues due to problems with how the database handles metadata. This had a cascading effect on other widely used AWS services (those that depend on DynamoDB) such as EC2 autoscaling, Cloudwatch and Simple Queue Service (SQS). Many popular internet facing websites and applications were affected, as were countless enterprises running their critical workloads on AWS. However some websites like Netflix, who is perhaps AWS largest and most noteworthy tenant, weathered the outage with no noticeable issues. Netflix, like all savvy AWS users, understands how to build incredibly resilient, fault tolerant systems on AWS. In fact, they design and build in failure into everything they do. Enterprises of all sizes can learn valuable lessons from Netflix.

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Tags: Best Practices, AWS

Clearpath Update - September 2015

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Tue, Sep 29, 2015 @ 02:30 PM

Upcoming Events, Hosted or Sponsored by Clearpath

awsreinventOctober 6th - 9th, 2015 - AWS re:Invent 2015 - Las Vegas, NV
Join us for AWS re:Invent 2015 – the largest gathering of developers and technical leaders from the AWS community. Take advantage of 175+ sessions, training bootcamps, hands-on labs, and Hackathon to gain deeper skills and knowledge of the AWS Cloud. Bring your technical team and walk away with everything you need to thrive in the AWS Cloud. Learn more. 

October 22, 2015 - VMware vForum - Washington, DC
VMware vForum is a free, one-day event aimed at IT professionals who want to simplify and transform their IT. It's for anyone who wants to see improvements and innovation in their IT infrastructure, data center, desktop computing, business continuity, and cloud computing strategy. Learn more.

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Clearpath Update - July 2015

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Wed, Jul 29, 2015 @ 02:10 PM

Upcoming Events, Hosted or Sponsored by Clearpath

August 7, 2015 - See It First: Fantastic 4 Movie Event - Dedham, MA
Take a break from the office on Friday, August 7th to attend a private premiere of Fantastic 4, courtesy of Rubrik, Nutanix, and Clearpath. Before the movie, we'll provide a joint overview of data

center solutions. Sign-up today.

August 30 - September 3, 2015 - ILTACON 2015 - Las Vegas, NV
Join Clearpath at Booth #619 at ILTACON 2015 hosted by the International Legal Technology Association. ILTACON 2015 is a four-day educational conference that draws on the personal and collective strengths of professionals working in technology within law firms and legal departments. Learn more about this event.

September 15, 2015 - VMware vForum - Boston, MA
VMware vForum is a free, one-day event aimed at IT professionals who want to simplify and transform their IT. VMware vForum offers a unique setting to engage with IT experts and find the latest information on VMware. Whether your interest lies in cloud, virtualization or mobility, or all of the above, VMware vForum 2015 will help you navigate your cloud journey. Learn more and register today. 


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