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Clearpath Update - March 2016

Upcoming Events, Hosted or Sponsored by Clearpath

AFF_logo-blk-loresMarch 31 - April 3 - Annapolis Film Festival with Nimble and Clearpath - Annapolis, MD
Clearpath is a major sponsor of this year's Annapolis Film Festival and we'd like to invite you to join us for this special event. Tickets must be reserved in advance. We're also offering a limited number of VIP tickets which include access to special receptions, after parties, panel discussions and more. If you're interested in attending, please provide us with your information here and a Clearpath representative will be in touch with you. Learn more and reserve your ticket.

April 14, 2016 - HMG CIO Strategy Event - Washington, DC
The CIO Executive Leadership Summit delivers world class thought leadership in a club-like setting where attendees will receive unique insights into best practices and will hear success stories involving leadership, management, technology and career development. Learn more and register today!

May 6, 2016 - Clearpath Movie Event: Captain America: Civil War - Reston, VA
Join us on May 6th for a private viewing of Captain America: Civil War in Reston, VA. The day will start out with breakfast and a brief and informative presentation on leveraging an active line of defense against cyber threats. Following the presentation and a short break for audience questions, we’ll be viewing Captain America: Civil War. Reserve your spot today!

May 10, 2016 - VMUG User Conference - King of Prussia, PA
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.

May 12, 2016 - DataConnectors Event - Baltimore, MD
The Baltimore Tech-Security Conference features 40-60 vendor exhibits and 8-12 educational speaker sessions discussing current tech-security issues such as cloud security, email and social media security, VoIP, LAN security, wireless security, USB drives security & more. Learn more and register today!

May 19, 2016 - IT Roadmap - Boston, MA
IT Roadmap 2016 is your opportunity to explore the technologies, trends and solutions that are shaping the next-generation enterprise. Energize your IT strategy — in one day and one convenient place. Learn more about this event and what's in store for this year's agenda. Register to attend today!

May 23 - 25th, 2016 - ZertoCon - Boston, MA
ZertoCON is not just another conference - it's the industry’s premier business continuity and disaster recovery conference, focusing on the most critical assets in your data center – applications and data. Join us for deep-dive IT sessions, free technical certifications, cloud strategy, real DR use cases and exclusive Zerto roadmap sessions. Learn more.

Clearpath News & Blogs

1000px-Vmware.svgVMware Releases Horizon View 7 and AppVolumes 3.0
Earlier this week, VMware released Horizon View 7 and AppVolumes 3.0 to general availability. Over the next few days I’m upgrading Clearpath’s lab environment and running both updates through the ringer. I’ll update this blog with any obstacles I encounter; below are some highlights of the updates that I’ve noted so far. As an FYI, AppVolumes 3.0 requires repackaging all applications just to get started. Read more.

Cisco Launches Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Offering HyperFlex
Cisco announced their new Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) offering earlier this month. It is based on their tried and proven UCS compute platform combined with their HX Data Platform software (an evolution of the Springpath relationship). While one might think that there are enough HCI vendors in this space, Cisco is the first to bundle compute, storage, and networking in an easy to consume and predictable package. Read more.

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.

Technology Updates

Cisco Unveils New Data Center Innovations to Accelerate Hybrid Cloud Deployments
Cisco announced data center technology innovations in three key areas: networking, hyperconverged infrastructure, and hybrid cloud orchestration which will enable application-centric hybrid cloud deployments. Cisco continues to lead data center innovation with SDN-ready Nexus switches that deliver cloud scale 10/25/40/50/100Gpbs, with up to 10 times performance improvement at industry leading price points. Read more.

RSA_logoNew RSA Via Solution Innovations Strengthen Identity Assurance and Governance
RSA, the Security Division of EMC, announced new innovative identity assurance and identity governance capabilities in RSA Via. These new capabilities are designed to help organizations effectively balance security and user convenience as they assure identities and better govern and manage privileged access. Read more.

EMC Announces DSSD D5 – Rack Scale Flash
Imagine what you could accomplish if you could do things 10X faster. If athletes could increase their performance by 10 times, they wouldn’t be concerned with finishing their workouts faster, they would be concerned about how many Olympic medals they could fit around their neck! What if you could apply that same performance to challenging problems today? You could realize the vision of improving people’s healthcare through faster life sciences analysis. Read more.

Cisco Snapping Up CliQr For $260 Million To Better Manage Hybrid Clouds
Cisco Tuesday disclosed plans to acquire cloud management startup CliQr for $260 million in a move it says will accelerate hybrid cloud adoption and bolster its own software-defined networking strategy. Read more.

amazon_web_servicesAWS Announces Support for Security Group References in a Peered VPC
You can now reference security groups in a peered Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) in both inbound and outbound rules. This functionality is supported cross-account so the two VPCs can be in different accounts. Support for security group references in a peered VPC simplifies configuration by controlling peering traffic via security group membership instead of CIDR ranges. Read more. 

News from Around the Web

Ransomware Attack Hits MedStar Health, Network Offline
MedStar Health, which calls itself the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and Washington, D.C., was forced to disable their network on Monday after an alleged Ransomware attack infected several systems. According to a statement from MedStar, early Monday morning, their network was "affected by a virus" preventing certain users from logging-in to their systems. Read more.

Google_fiber_logoGoogle Fiber Makes Phone Service Official, Starts at $10 a Month
Google Fiber's phone service is official. Secret invitations to the phone service leaked back in January, but today Google announced the addition of optional phone service for Google Fiber residential customers. The addition of phone service allows Google Fiber to finally compete with "Triple Play" home offerings, which bundle Internet, TV, and phone service from a single company. Read more.

Mobile, Cloud Security Are Top IT Leadership Concerns
Greater awareness of data security among business leaders isn't yet matched by budgetary respect or business commitment, according to recent study findings. Business and IT decision-makers may not be sleeping well these days. They're likely being kept awake worrying about security threats, according to a survey conducted by Dell Data Security. Read more.

Cloud Security Policy Brings Risk Out of the Shadows
Business leaders want to use the cloud, period. For years now, security professionals have raged against the machine, looking for possible ways to dissuade leadership within their respective organizations that cloud computing is a losing proposition from a security standpoint. However, the cloud offers distinct advantages over what we can often build in-house, business leaders know it, and that means we've essentially lost the battle when it comes to cloud policy. 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.

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Upcoming Webcasts

March 31, 2016 - Webcast: Introduction to Cloud Networking
Join us for an introduction to Meraki and our cloud managed networking products, including wireless access points, security appliances, and switches. You'll learn how cloud networking offers greater reliability, easier management, and a lower TCO - and we'll show you a live demo of the exciting features in the Meraki dashboard. Register today.

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
  • April 6 - Modernize Your Business with Cisco Collaboration
  • April 13 - You've Already Been Hacked. Now What? Cisco Next-Gen Security
  • April 20 - Implement a Mobile Device Strategy with Cisco
  • April 27 - Hyperconverged Computing from Cisco

April 5, 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.

April 6, 2016 - Webcast: Designing and Deploying High Performance Wireless
This webinar provides useful information, advice, and real world examples of designing a high performance Meraki wireless network. It will also cover the deployment of such networks with live demonstrations of the tools and features Meraki wireless offers, accompanied by tips on how to configure and use them. Register today.

April 13, 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.


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