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Clearpath Update - May 2016

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June 8 -10, 2016 - ILTA LegalSEC Summit & SharePoint, Office 365 Symposium - Baltimore, MD
Join Clearpath at this year’s 4th annual ILTA LegalSEC Summit and Sharepoint | Office 365 Symposium hosted in Baltimore from June 8th – 10th. Stop by table #7 to meet our security practice lead and discuss your objectives and concerns with other legal IT experts.  Learn more about this event and register today.

June 17, 2016 - Boston VMUG User Conference
Join Clearpath at the Boston VMUG User Conference on Friday, June 17th. 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. Learn more. 

June 24, 2016 - See it First! Independence Day: Resurgence – Reston, VA
Join us on June 24th for a private viewing of Independence Day: Resurgence in Reston, VA. 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 Independence Day: Resurgence. Register today.

Clearpath News & Blogs

NSX Manager Host Preparation Fails When Port 80 on vCenter Already in Use
We recently implemented NSX in an existing vCenter/vSphere environment and ran across an interesting issue when attempting to prepare the hosts. SQL Server Reporting Services was co-installed with vCenter, so to prevent a conflict on TCP/80 the customer specified a custom HTTP port during vCenter installation. At this point we should have been conflict free on TCP/80 but as we soon found out, that was not the case. Read

Cisco & Meraki: A Multi-Gigabit Buyer’s Guide
On May 17th, Meraki introduced both a Multi-Gigabit Ethernet Wireless Access Point (Meraki MR53) and Access Layer Switch (Meraki MS350-24X) providing clients the ability to recognize the benefits of both Multi-Gigabit and 802.11AC v2. Why does Multi-Gigabit Ethernet matter? Read more.

VMware 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. 

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EMC World: David Goulden Lays Out EMC's Private, Public, Hybrid Cloud Strategy
IT departments need to modernize quickly to meet the demands of modern business or risk being left behind as their business managers take over the decision-making process. That's the word from David Goulden, CEO of EMC Information Infrastructure, to a packed audience of channel partners and customers at EMC World, held earlier this month in Las Vegas. Read more.

Pivotal and VMware Team Up to Accelerate Deployment of Cloud-Native Applications With Advanced Enterprise Cloud Solution
Pivotal and VMware, Inc. introduced an enterprise cloud-native stack featuring Pivotal Cloud Foundry and VMware Photon Platform, combining Pivotal's continuous innovation cloud platform and VMware's cloud-native infrastructure into a single solution to speed application creation and deployment with built-in application and infrastructure management. The two companies originally previewed their joint solution at VMworld 2015 U.S. Read more.logo_hi_res_black_wgreen.png

Veeam Expands Storage Integration in Veeam Availability Suite Version 9.5, Enabling Enterprises to Successfully Meet Modern SLAs
Veeam Software, the innovative provider of solutions that deliver Availability for the Always-On Enterprise, announced that the company will expand existing storage integration to include Nimble Storage as part of the new Veeam Availability Suite version 9.5, to be released later this year. Read more.

Amazon's Cloud Business Booms In Ecommerce Giant's Most Profitable Quarter Ever
Amazon reported the most profitable quarter in its 21-year history in April, and its cloud business Amazon Web Services was the star of the show. AWS generated revenue of nearly $2.6 billion during its fiscal fourth quarter ended March 31, up 64 percent year-over-year. Operating income was $604 million, compared to $195 million in the year-ago quarter. The cloud unit's operating margin was 23.5 percent during the quarter, compared to 16.9 percent a year ago. Read more.

News from Around the Web

Flaws in the Samsung's 'Smart' Home Let Hackers Unlock Doors and Set off Fire Alarms
A smoke detector that sends you a text alert when your house is on fire seems like a good idea. An internet-connected door lock with a PIN that can be programmed from your smartphone sounds convenient, too. But when a piece of malware can trigger that fire alarm at four in the morning or unlock your front door for a stranger, your “smart home” suddenly seems pretty dumb. Read more.featured_google.jpg

Google’s Paris Office Raided by Police in Tax Probe
Google’s Paris offices have been raided by hundreds of French investigators—the search giant is suspected of avoiding tax in the country to the tune of €1.6 billion (~$1.78 billion, £1.22 billion). The French financial prosecutor’s office (Le parquet national financier, PNF) which carried out the raid in the early hours of Tuesday morning, confirmed that the searches were the result of a preliminary investigation opened in June last year into possible “aggravated tax fraud and organised money laundering.” Read more.

New Surveillance System May Let Cops Use All of the Cameras
The 30 million or so surveillance cameras peering into nearly every corner of American life might freak you out a bit, but you could always tell yourself that no one can access them all. Until now. Computer scientists have created a way of letting law enforcement tap any camera that isn’t password protected so they can determine where to send help or how to respond to a crime. Read more.

hacked-phone.jpgBeware of Keystroke Loggers Disguised as USB Phone Chargers, FBI warns
FBI officials are warning private industry partners to be on the lookout for highly stealthy keystroke loggers that surreptitiously sniff passwords and other input typed into wireless keyboards. The FBI's Private Industry Notification is dated April 29, more than 15 months after whitehat hacker Samy Kamkar released a KeySweeper, a proof-of-concept attack platform that covertly logged and decrypted keystrokes from many Microsoft-branded wireless keyboards and transmitted the data over cellular networks. Read more.

Public Cloud Users Not Doing Enough to Track Cloud Allocation, Usage: Report
One-third of companies using cloud computing are doing nothing to track costs and consumption, despite recognizing how important it is, according to a new report by Cloud Cruiser and Dimension Research. The report compiles results of a survey of nearly 200 professionals who attended the Amazon Web Services Global Summit held last month in Chicago. Of those attendees 92 percent currently use a public cloud. Read more.

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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

  • June 1 - How to Detect and Defend against today's Security Threats
  • June 8 - Mobile, Social, Visual, Virtual: Cisco Collaboration For Every Customer
  • June 15 - Cisco Security Starts in the Network with Catalyst and Lancope Stealthwatch
  • June 22 - Get Your Head in the Cloud with Cisco Meraki Cloud Networking
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May 31, 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.

June 14, 2016 - Veeam and Nimble: Expanded Storage Snapshot Integration
Join this webinar to discover how Veeam and Nimble are providing Availability for the Always-On Enterprise, despite ever-shrinking backup windows and the demand for constant access to data. Register today.


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