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Clearpath Update - November 2015

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Thu, Nov 19, 2015 @ 03:30 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

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


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


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


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


Clearpath News & Blogs

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.

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

Update from Clearpath on the Dell-EMC Acquisition
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. Read more.

AWS: Surviving an Outage - Redundancy, Resiliency and Disaster Recovery, Part 1
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). Read more.

Technology Updates

Cisco_logo_300x170Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire Acano
Cisco announced its intent to acquire Acano Limited, a privately held company based in London that provides collaboration infrastructure and conferencing software. Acano’s hardware and software includes gateways, and video and audio bridging technology that allows customers to connect video systems from multiple vendors across both cloud and hybrid environments. Read more.

Wave of New EMC Offerings Deliver Cloud Integration Across the Data Center
EMC Corporation announced the immediate availability of a broad range of products and solutions designed to seamlessly connect primary storage and data protection systems to private and public clouds. Read more.

Nimble Storage Upgraded to Leaders Quadrant in Latest Gartner Magic Quadrant
Nimble has announced that Gartner has promoted the company to Leaders Quadrant in the latest Gartner Magic Quadrant. Leaders are selected for their completeness of vision and ability to execute, coupled with market share, credibility, and the sales and marketing capabilities required to drive the broad acceptance of new technologies. Read more.

News from Around the Web

Georgia Sent out CDs of Data from 6M Voters Containing SSNs, Birth Dates
This week, two Georgia residents filed a class action complaint against Secretary of State Brian P. Kemp for allegedly sending CDs containing personal data belonging to 6 million voters to 12 media organizations, political parties, and other groups, including Georgia GunOwner Magazine. Read more.

Amazon Explains its Secret Weapon in the Cloud Wars
One of Amazon Web Services' most potent weapons in the cloud-computing wars with Microsoft and Google is also one of its least understood. About a year ago, Amazon introduced Lambda, which it describes as "a compute service that runs your code in response to events and automatically manages the underlying compute resources for you." Read more.

dell-logoDell Laptops Vulnerable to Backdoor Attack
A second root certificate has been found in new Dell laptops days after the first backdoor was revealed. The DSDTestProvider certificate was first discovered by Laptopmag. It is installed through Dell System Detect into the Trusted Root Certificate Store on new Windows laptops along with the private key. Carnegie Mellon University CERT says it allows attackers to create trusted certificates and impersonate sites, launch man-in-the-middle attacks, and passive decryption. Read More

7 Insights And Predictions From IDG's 2015 Enterprise Cloud Computing Survey
These and many other insights are from 2015 IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing Study, published earlier this week. The goals of this year’s study are to measure cloud computing trends among technology decision-makers including usage and plans across various cloud service and deployment models, investments, business drivers and impact on business strategies and plans. Read More.

Data Breach at Biz that Manages Cisco, F5 Certs Plus Many Others
Technology certification management provider Pearson VUE has copped to a computer security breach after malware compromised its Credential Manager System. The Pearson Credential Manager (PCM) system supports a number of companies' certification tracking programmes, including network hardware outfits Cisco and F5. Read more.

EU Safe Harbor Agreement Ruled Invalid
Europe’s highest court on has struck down an international agreement that allowed companies to move digital information like people’s web search histories and social media updates between the European Union and the United States. The decision left the international operations of companies like Google and Facebook in a sort of legal limbo even as their services continued working as usual. The decision is expected to be reversed, but companies are scrambling to understand potential liabilities and impact. Read more.

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3d-screw-driver-and-wrench-tools-icon-psd-11Complimentary Network Assessment
The normal process of business causes your network to constantly transform. Do you have a clear assessment of this impact? Do you understand the resultant changes on your network from technologies such as virtualization, proliferation of mobile devices, increased volumes of data to manage and backup, voice, video and other bandwidth hungry technologies? If you're able to answer "yes” to any of these questions, you may benefit from Clearpath's Network Assessment Services. Request a call to receive a free network assessment today.

Complimentary Desktop Virtualization Assessment
Are you thinking about implementing a virtual desktop solution for your organization and trying to determine which virtual desktop technologies are the best fit for your environment? Clearpath can make your desktop virtualization evaluation simple and straightforward. We work with clients that manage and build VDI environments as well as cloud-based virtual desktop services from VMware and AWS. Request a complimentary VDI assessment from our expert consultants. Click here to find out more.

Clearpath's New Partnership with Alert Logic
Clearpath is pleased to announce that we’ve partnered with Alert Logic to deliver security-as-a-service for both private infrastructure and public cloud. The Alert Logic service provides realtime threat analysis with live US based security engineering teams advising you on steps to mitigate an attack in real-time. Read more.

Upcoming Webcasts

December 1, 2015 - 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.

December 2, 2015 - Webcast: Cisco Customer Education Series - Free Your Mind and Get Jacked in with Cisco Wireless Solutions
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.

December 2, 2015 - Webcast: Introducing the Next Generation in Networking, Security, and Application Firewalls
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.

December 3, 2015 - 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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