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Clearpath Update - February 2016

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Fri, Feb 26, 2016 @ 02:27 PM

Upcoming Events, Hosted or Sponsored by Clearpath

March 24, 2016 - Potomac Regional VMUG UserCon - 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.

March 24, 2016  - Clearpath Movie Event: Batman vs. Superman  - Boston, MA batman-superman-movie-poster
Join us on March 24th for a private viewing of Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice in Boston, MA. The day will start out with breakfast and a brief and informative presentation on flash storage and BC/DR technologies. Following the presentation and a short break for audience questions, we’ll be viewing Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Reserve your spot today!

March 25, 2016  - Clearpath Movie Event: Batman vs. Superman  - Reston, VA
Join us on March 25th for a private viewing of Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice in Reston, VA. The day will start out with breakfast and a brief and informative presentation on EMC’s new hyper-converged appliance, VxRail. Following the presentation and a short break for audience questions, we’ll be viewing Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Reserve your spot today!

March 25, 2016  - Clearpath Movie Event: Batman vs. Superman  - Columbia, MD
Join us on March 25th for a private viewing of Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice in Columbia, MD. The day will start out with breakfast and a brief and informative presentation on hyperconverged infrastructure. Following the presentation and a short break for audience questions, we’ll be viewing Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Reserve your spot today!


Clearpath News & Blogs

Fortinet Security Vulnerability
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. Read more.

vSphere Bug Can Cause Corrupt Backups
Earlier this month, 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. Read more.

Clearpath Solutions Group Named CRN Triple Crown Award Winner
For the second year running, Clearpath Solutions Group announced that it has been honored by The Channel Company with the prestigious CRN Triple Crown Award. Fewer than 60 North American solution providers had the necessary revenue, growth and technical expertise to be recognized on three of CRN’s pre-eminent solution provider lists, earning them the Triple Crown Award this year. Read more.


Technology Updates

Meraki Updates Four Product Lines
Meraki has been embracing the agile development of both hardware and software for a full decade. In November Meraki launched a new family of stackable switches and a powerful branch security appliance. 2016 is shaping up to be another exciting year as they continue to build out both the features and the hardware required to build simple, reliable networks of any size. Read more.

4th Generation VMware VSAN is Out
Earlier this month, VMware announced the launch of VMware Virtual SAN 6.2. Virtual SAN is the software-defined storage component in our Hyper-Converged Software (VMware HCS) stack—a single software stack for HCI that includes vSphere, vCenter Server and Virtual SAN. Read more.

Verizon to Close Two Public Cloud Services
Customers must move to another virtual cloud service by April 12 or lose all of their data. Verizon is shutting down two public cloud services and telling users to move their workloads by April 12, 2016. Read more.

EMC/VMware Launch VxRail
VxRail is the only fully integrated, preconfigured, and pre-tested VMware hyper-converged infrastructure appliance family on the market. Based on VMware’s vSphere and Virtual SAN, and EMC software, VxRail delivers an all-in-one IT infrastructure transformation by leveraging a known and proven building block for the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC). Read more.

Cisco Beefing Up Red-Hot Security Portfolio with High-Performance Hardware, Software and Services
Coming off an 11 percent surge in its security business for its second fiscal quarter, Cisco is ramping up the security heat by launching a slew of new integrated solutions aimed at arming channel partners with more firepower and differentiation to drive sales. Read more.

Introducing VMware vCloud Suite 7 and vRealize Suite 7
VMware has unveiled the new VMware vCloud Suite 7 and vRealize Suite 7. They have revamped the entire Cloud Management Platform (CMP) line up in the past couple of months, and there are a lot of exciting updates in this launch. Read more.


News from Around the Web

IRS Website Attack Nets E-filing Credentials for 101,000 Taxpayers
The US Internal Revenue Service was the target of a malware attack that netted electronic tax-return credentials for 101,000 social security numbers, the agency disclosed Tuesday. Identity thieves made the haul by using taxpayers' personal data that was stolen from a source outside the IRS, according to a statement. Read more.

Obama Releases Cybersecurity Educational Fund
Earlier this month, the Obama administration released the president's Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP), a set of executive actions and budget requests that seeks to fix federal agencies' information security woes. Read more.

Hackers Publish 20,000 FBI Employees Info
Hackers, making good on a threat, published contact information for 20,000 FBI employees Monday afternoon, just one day after posting similar data on almost 10,000 Department of Homeland Security employees. Read more.

The Biggest Change To HDD Tech You've Never Heard Of, Yet
The bloom is on solid state drives that are faster and more reliable, use less energy and are quieter than their geriatric brethren -- hard disk drives. But it's way too soon to say goodbye to HDDs. Read more. 


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Upcoming Webcasts

March Cisco Customer Education Series
Join us for a weekly CCE customer briefing and learn the what, how and why of Cisco technologies to help you evaluate whether Cisco can help you in your business. Register Today.

  • March 2 - Hackers, Botnets and Malware: Battle Threats with Cisco Next-Gen Security

  • March 9 - Cisco Spark - Voice, Video, Meetings and Messaging in the Cloud

  • March 16 - Cisco Data Center Solutions

  • March 23 - Network Security Protection with Cisco and OpenDNS

  • March 30 - Streamline Your Data Center with Cisco Integrated Infrastructure

March 1, 2016  - Webcast: Cloud Managed WiFi: The Next Step in Wireless Evolution
Organizations with limited IT resources, yet with an enterprise’s needs - scalability, security, and reliability - often struggle to deliver a robust wireless experience. In this live webinar, we will show how cloud computing brings simplicity and effectiveness to wireless networks. Register today.

March 2, 2016  - Webcast: Introducing the Next Generation of Ethernet Switching
Join us for a tour of this new class of switches that brings cloud-based visibility and control over the entire edge network. From seeing combined views of thousands of ports to using diagnostic tools that improve daily operations, learn how cloud-managed networks simplify IT. Register today.

 

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