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Clearpath Update - January 2016

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.

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

How Microsoft Plans to Beat Cloud Rivals with Azure Stack
The Azure Stack was introduced back in May 2015 and will be a major hybrid cloud play for the company as it looks to expand from being just a public cloud provider to one that brings in business from private deployments, in addition to appealing to the on-premise software market. Read more.

Cisco_logo_300x170Cisco’s New Monitoring Tool Sniffs Out Shadow Cloud Use
Cisco today announced a new monitoring tool named Cloud Consumption as a Service that collects network traffic information and presents IT officials with a peek into any use of public-cloud based services within a company. The service is meant in part to help sniff out the use of “shadow cloud” services – those that are not authorized by IT. Read more.

AWS Announces Cloudwatch Events to Monitor and Rapidly React to Changes in your AWS Resources 
Amazon CloudWatch now provides a stream of events describing changes to your AWS resources, such as an Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instance coming into service or failing a system health check, the Auto Scaling service adding instances to a deployment, or suspicious API call patterns being logged in AWS CloudTrail. Read more.

VMware Announces General Availability of New Cloud Management Platform Solutions
VMware announced the general availability of VMware vRealize Automation 7 and VMware vRealize Business Standard 7 to further empower IT teams to drive digital business transformation within their organizations. Read more.

amazon_web_servicesAWS Announces AWS EC2 Scheduled Reserved Instances for Recurring Workloads
You can now purchase Amazon EC2 Scheduled Reserved Instances for applications that run on a part-time basis. Reserved Instances provide a capacity reservation so that you can have confidence in your ability to launch the number of instances you have reserved when you need them. Read more.

News from Around the Web

Power Plant Hacked in Ukraine
In the run-up to holidays last month, two power distribution companies in Ukraine said that hackers had hijacked their systems to cut power to more than 80,000 people. The intruders also sabotaged operator workstations on their way out the digital door to make it harder to restore electricity to customers. Read more.

Cisco Annual Security Report Reveals a Decline in Defender Confidence and the Increased Impact of Industrialized Attackers
The Cisco 2016 Annual Security Report released earlier this month, which examines threat intelligence and cybersecurity trends, reveals that only 45 percent of organizations worldwide are confident in their security posture as today’s attackers launch more sophisticated, bold and resilient campaigns. Read more.

Linux Bug Imperils Tens of Millions of PCs, Servers, and Android Phones
For almost three years, millions of servers and smaller devices running Linux have been vulnerable to attacks that allow an unprivileged app or user to gain nearly unfettered root access. Major Linux distributors are expected to fix the privilege escalation bug this week, but the difficulty of releasing updates for Android handsets and embedded devices means many people may remain susceptible for months or years. Read more.

Current Promotions

Clearpath Referral ProgramRefer a colleague and receive a MacBook Pro or Microsoft Surface Pro!
If you have a colleague who might be interested in working with Clearpath Solutions Group, please let us know. We’ll give you a gift card for the introduction and if they become a new customer, we’ll give you a MacBook Pro or Surface Book – your choice! Learn more and refer a friend today.

Request a Free Network Assessment
Our network assessment services will help you identify problems before they impact your users and applications. Our methodology uses five primary phases and includes the following:

  1. Current State Evaluation
  2. Gap Analysis
  3. Configuration Audit
  4. Capacity Planning
  5. Roadmap and Recommendations

Click here for more information or to schedule a free network assessment today.

Upcoming Webcasts

cisco-merakiFebruary 2, 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.

February 3, 2016 - Webcast: You’ve Already Been Hacked. Now What?
Cisco offers industry-leading technologies designed to help our customers get the most out of their technology investments. 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.

February 10, 2016 – Webcast: Introducing the Next Generation in Networking, Security, and Applications Firewall
Join us for a tour of this new class of cloud managed security appliance that integrates a next-generation firewall, internet gateway services, site to site VPN, and application traffic shaping, all with the power and simplicity of web-based centralized management. 
Register Today.

February 11, 2016 - Webcast: Introduction to Cloud-Based Mobile Device Management
Join us for a tour of Meraki's cloud-based mobile device management platform that provides over-the-air centralized management, diagnostics, and monitoring for mobile devices. Register today.



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