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VMware: Understanding VMware AppDefense: A Tom Corn Perspective

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:20:14 +0000

(image) VMware AppDefense is a new security solution that allows organizations to create least privilege environments around their applications running in virtualized or cloud systems, a key feature according to VMware’s senior vice president for security products, Tom Corn. Watch VMware’s Tom Corn illustrate how VMware AppDefense significantly enhances application security when working across clouds in […]



Citrix: Syncing Zones to Resource Locations

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:30:22 +0000

(image) Citrix has introduced a feature for cloud deployments which causes zones in a XenDesktop site to be automatically synchronized with the Cloud Resource Locations associated with the site. Zones are used to arrange the site resources (catalogs, hypervisor connections, application and user home zones, etc.) so users connecting to the site from one location get access […]



How to import virtual machines into AWS and Amazon Machine Image (AMI) by using the AWS CLI?”

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:20:41 +0000

(image) Filipe, an AWS Cloud Support Engineer, shows you how to import your virtual machine into an Amazon Machine Image by using the AWS CLI. Find more details in the AWS Knowledge Center: https://aws.amazon.com/premiumsupport/knowledge-center/import-server-ec2-ami/ This video is from the fine folks at Amazon Web Services (AWS).



VMware VMworld and Microsoft ignite coming up, meet my blog sponsors on the exhibition floor –

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:00:08 +0000

(image) VMware VMworld is around the corner and soon after Microsoft Ignite will open its doors. My blog sponsors, the companies that have an advertisement on my blog, will be there as well. some of them on both conferences and some on a specific one. I want to make sure you know they are at the […]



Citrix: The only virtualization solution for Skype Meetings just got even better!

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:59:36 +0000

(image) Over a year and a half after Citrix and Microsoft introduced our jointly developed solution for delivering Skype for Business in virtualized environments — whether on-premises or in the cloud — the HDX RealTime Optimization Pack remains the only virtualization solution for Skype Meetings and audio-video conference calls. And now our solution is even better, with significant […]



Running Remote Desktop Manager On Linux

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:02:28 +0000

(image) First and foremost, we would like to thank all of you for your interest in Remote Desktop Manager on all platforms, including Linux. While we do not have an official Linux port of RDM, there is a workaround to run it on Linux: using Remote Desktop Manager for Android. Lately, there are more and more […]



Microsoft Azure NC Virtual Machines Availability – GPU Compute

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:47:00 +0000

(image) Azure NC-based instances are powered by NVIDIA Tesla® K80 GPUs and provide the compute power required to accelerate the most demanding high-performance computing (HPC) and AI workloads. Customers can now use these instances to run deep learning training jobs, HPC simulations, rendering, real-time data analytics, DNA sequencing, and many more CUDA® accelerated tasks. Additionally, customers […]



Securing your enterprise from cyber attacks – Webinar Series Part 1

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:59:24 +0000

(image) ManageEngine’s two-part webinar series deals with tools and techniques that help secure your organization against cyber threats. This video is from the fine folks at ManageEngine



Citrix SCOM Management Packs – Ready, Steady, GO!

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:40:31 +0000

(image) SCOM Management Packs have been a part of the Citrix product family since the acquisition of Comtrade Management Packs back in January 2016. Since then, SCOM Management Packs have been released along with the Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop Current Releases (CR) each quarter. What does it mean for Citrix SCOM Management Packs to be released with XenApp […]



New from Citrix: Citrix Receiver 4.9 LTSR is Born on Windows!

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:30:07 +0000

(image) Citrix started the long-term service release (LTSR) for Citrix Receiver for Windows back in December 2015, when we announced the 4.4 release as the LTSR. Since then we have been doing cumulative updates with bug fixes every few months on the 4.4 release, with the latest one 4.4.5000. In parallel, there were current releases happening […]



Six reasons why snapshots can’t replace virtual machine backups

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:23:02 +0000

(image) What is a snapshot? A snapshot captures the active configuration, memory, and storage system of a virtual machine. Any change made to VMs after a snapshot is created is written on the snapshot while the actual VM hard disk remains unaltered. Although snapshots might look like an adequate method for VM backups, they have a few major drawbacks. This blog will explain […]



Announcing the New Release of Docker Enterprise Edition

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:04:33 +0000

(image) We are excited to share the new release of Docker Enterprise Edition. By supporting IBM Z and Windows Server 2016, this release puts us further in the lead with the first Containers-as-a-Service (CaaS) solution in the market for the modernization of all applications without disruption to you and your IT environment. Docker Enterprise Edition (EE) 17.06 embraces […]



4 Big Business Benefits of a Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) Solution

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:50:33 +0000

(image) For its recent study, “Unified Endpoint Management: Simplifying the Security and Support of PC and Mobile Devices,” Enterprise Management Associates® (EMA™) surveyed more than 100 IT directors. The results of that survey identify multiple benefits of unified endpoint management (UEM), for IT, for users, and for the enterprise. UEM Tames Endpoint Complexity EMA found that “the average business […]



Microsoft Reference Architecture for a High Availability SharePoint Server 2016 Farm in Azure

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:30:34 +0000

(image) The Azure CAT Patterns & Practices team has published a new reference architecture for deploying and running a high availability SharePoint Server 2016 farm in Azure. It provides prescriptive guidance including the following topics: Architecture resources necessary for the deployment, including resources. Scalability considerations. Availability considerations. Manageability considerations. Security considerations. Like all reference architectures that […]



Microsoft Introduces Azure Event Grid – an event service for modern applications

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:09:25 +0000

(image) Most modern applications are built using events – whether it is reacting to changes coming from IoT devices, responding to user clicks on mobile apps, or initiating business processes from customer requests. With the growth of event-based programming, there is an increased focus on serverless platforms, like Azure Functions, a serverless compute engine, and Azure […]



The Ball is in Your Court: Evaluating Your Hybrid IT Options

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:45:02 +0000

(image) No one knows what the future holds. Yet, we can make some educated guesses based on what we know today. Many in IT are in this position – the ball is in your court, and you must decide how to move forward in terms of your IT strategy. As I talk with customers and look […]



Microsoft Announces Just-In-Time VM Access Public Preview

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:35:27 +0000

(image) Attackers commonly target cloud environments with Brute Force or Port Scanning attacks, typically against management ports like RDP and SSH that are left open to enable administrators access. In addition to detecting and alerting you to these attacks, Azure Security Center just released a new Just-In-Time (JIT) VM Access mechanism. JIT VM Access, now in […]



Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) Platform Diversity Leads to Strength in Numbers

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:17:38 +0000

(image) When all you have in your toolkit is a single type of hammer, it’s little wonder that every workload starts to look like the same proverbial nail. That’s the case with vendors that give IT organizations the choice of only one hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) platform. They may have integrated compute and data storage onto a […]



Context awareness for your devices – deviceTRUST Product Data Sheet

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:50:19 +0000

(image) More than ever, people are connected. Users expect the freedom to access their corporate environment from anywhere on any device. IT, on the other hand, needs to make sure that corporate data is secure while enabling users to stay productive! deviceTRUST provides the context information you need to apply conditional access to your corporate resources which meets […]



Citrix: The Servant Leader

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:29:54 +0000

(image) As we make the transition to the future of work, many long-held assumptions are being questioned. Does the relationship between work and life really need to be a zero-sum balance, where one comes at the expense of the other? Does geography still matter when it comes to forming teams or joining organizations? I addressed these […]



IT Software Services Veteran Gwendolyn Smith Joins Ivanti to Lead Customer Success Team

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:04:57 +0000

(image) Ivanti Reinforces Commitment to World-Class Professional Services Ivanti today announced it has hired Gwendolyn Smith, a specialist in leading customer services for hyper-growth software businesses, as Executive Vice President, Customer Success & Professional Services.  With a more than 20-year management track record in custom development, training and support, Smith will play a key role in […]



Cisco: Three Musts for 21st Century Services

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:40:16 +0000

(image) Remember the lonely Maytag repairman, just sitting around waiting for something to break? Those days of break-fix service models are over. Today, technical and professional services have become central to every aspect of most companies’ operations. That’s because businesses today rely more and more on complex technologies that power digital transformation through every aspect of […]



Edge Services Critical AWS Infrastructure Component Notes – #AWS Online Tech Talks Videos

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:03:16 +0000

(image) Core cloud infrastructure services are expanding into the edge, and leading organizations don’t necessarily understand these trends. Figuring out how to incorporate edge based services into your architecture requires time, and can be overwhelming. In this tech talk, you’ll learn about edge use cases, and how to implement key AWS services together, in order to […]



New at AWS – Encryption of Data at Rest for Amazon Elastic File System (EFS)

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:01:11 +0000

(image) We launched Amazon Elastic File System in production form a little over a year ago (see Amazon Elastic File System – Production Ready in Three Regions for more information). Later in the year we added On-Premises access via Direct Connect and made EFS available in the US East (Ohio) Region, following up this year with […]



Distributed Stack Tracing and Monitoring for Serverless Applications – #AWS Online Tech Talks Video

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:30:18 +0000

(image) When you’re running a large, multi-faceted serverless application with AWS Lambda, how can you effectively diagnose issues in your application’s performance? In this session, we’ll show you how to peek under the hood of your function executions so you can determine where performance issues are occurring in your serverless application. We’ll demonstrate a live demo […]



Google Cloud: Get on the same page: new Google Docs features power team collaboration

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:10:04 +0000

(image) Getting people on the same page for a project can be tough. It requires managing a ton of opinions and suggestions. The last thing you should have to worry about is making sure your team is literally working on the same document. That’s why we built our powerful real-time editing tools to help with this—Google […]



Automating Security in Cloud Workloads with DevSecOps – #AWS Video

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:20:10 +0000

(image) This session is designed to teach security engineers, developers, solutions architects, and other technical security practitioners how to use a DevSecOps approach to design and build robust security controls at cloud-scale. This session walks through the design considerations of operating high-assurance workloads on top of the AWS platform and provides examples of how to automate […]



Citrix: Accelerating to the Cloud at Your Pace

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:34:52 +0000

(image) I am excited to announced the trade-up to Citrix Cloud promotions through the rest of 2017! Existing XenApp, XenDesktop, and XenMobile customers can trade-up their existing licenses for up to 40 percent off! Hybrid Rights At Citrix, we understand that a cloud transformation takes time — because we have undertaken the journey ourselves. So, for customers […]



You’re Invited to Our EUC Showcase at VMworld Europe – Video

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:23:46 +0000

(image) Why should you attend VMworld Europe? Check out our EUC demo showcase and party with VMware, says Dor Zakai, director of global EUC SISO business development for VMware. Register now to be part of the industry’s must-attend IT event of the year: https://www.vmworld.com/en/europe/index.html. This video is from the fine folks at VMware EUC.



EUC Essentials at Partner Exchange @ VMworld Europe – Video

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:14:45 +0000

(image) Partner Exchange @ VMworld Europe will feature over a dozen EUC breakout sessions. James Dunn, partner marketing manager for VMware EUC EMEA, shares essential sessions for partners. Register now to be part of the industry’s must-attend IT event of the year: https://www.vmworld.com/en/europe/index.html. This video is from the fine folks at VMware EUC.



EUC at VMworld Europe: Stay Ahead of the Competition – Video

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:02:42 +0000

(image) VMworld Europe will feature top EUC speakers, hands-on labs and innovations—just to enable you to stay ahead. Hear what to expect from Anis Mansouri and Fredrik Nyman, account executives of mobility for VMware EMEA, and Patrick Heeg, regional manager of mobility for VMware SEMEA. Register now to be part of the industry’s must-attend IT event […]



Hyperscale Cloud Vendors Challenge Communication Service Providers: What’s Your Next Move?

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:40:39 +0000

(image) Communication Service Providers (CSPs) – whether Internet, carriers, cableco, satellite, or managed service – are playing a critical role in the next era of growth and innovation. They are enabling the next generation of user/customer/digital experiences that are in such great demand. However, they are now challenged to move beyond their core connectivity business and […]



VMware vExpert NSX 2017 Award Winners

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:12:41 +0000

(image) Thank you to everyone who applied for vExpert NSX. I’m pleased to announce the list of 2017 vExperts who received the NSX award. Each of these vExperts have demonstrated significant contributions to the community and a willingness to share their expertise with others. Contributing is not always blogging or Twitter as there are many public […]



VMware vExpert 2017 VSAN Award Winners

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:07:35 +0000

(image) Thank you to everyone who applied for vExpert VSAN. Myself and VMware Storage Business Unit are pleased to announce the list of 2017 vExperts who received the VSAN award. This elite group includes bloggers, book authors, VMUG leaders, speakers, tool builders, community leaders and general enthusiasts. This group of individuals have passion and enthusiasm for […]



VMware vExpert 2017 Second Half Award Winners!

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:23:35 +0000

(image) Thank you to everyone who applied for vExpert. I’m pleased to announce the list of 2017 Second Half vExperts. Each of these vExperts have demonstrated significant contributions to the community and a willingness to share their expertise with others. Contributing is not always blogging or Twitter as there are many public speakers, book authors, script […]



All ‘things’ connected, the ‘I’ in the IoT – a closer look. Part three!

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:15:36 +0000

(image) Throughout parts one and two I discussed the concepts of IoT and (I)IoT, (big) data analytics, data placement, the triggering of workflows and I had a more detailed look at the LPWAN and LTE (cellular) type networks. I also included a cheat sheet where I highlighted 6 of the most common (and upcoming) (I)IoT networks […]



Great News for Sysadminotaur Fans!

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:59:37 +0000

(image) I have some exciting news for all you Sysadminotaur fans: Patrick Désilets, the fantastic artist behind your favorite IT comic, is now working full time at Devolutions! Soon, I’ll be interviewing Patrick for our blog. In the meantime, you can get to know Patrick by visiting his website. What’s Sysadminotaur? If you’ve been stuck in […]



Context aware application masking with deviceTRUST and FSLogix – On-Demand Webinar

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:22:03 +0000

(image) Please join Dr. Benny Tritsch (drtritsch.com), Kevin Goodman (CEO FSLogix) and Sascha Goeckel (CEO deviceTRUST) for this webinar session on how deviceTRUST and FSLogix work together to ensure license compliance and context-aware access to applications across all endpoint devices. For more information, visit http://devicetrust.de This video is from the fine folks at deviceTRUST.



Citrix XenApp Migration Survival Guide

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:01:38 +0000

(image) Whilst more and more organizations have made the jump from XenApp 6.5 to 7.x, it seems many more are still hanging around on 6.5 or even earlier versions. While I don’t agree with doing that, I can understand it. With all of the work and revs that went into 6.5, it was a very stable […]



VMware Announces Keynote Speakers for VMworld 2017

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:30:36 +0000

(image) VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, today unveiled the General Session Keynote speakers and sponsorship list for VMworld® U.S. 2017. VMworld U.S. 2017 begins on Aug. 27, 2017 in Las Vegas and will feature more than 500 unique breakout sessions from VMware and its community of partners and customers. With more than 23,000 expected attendees, this year’s conference […]



Datrium 3.0 Features Overview (Beyond Marketing) – Part 2

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:04:37 +0000

(image) Last month Datrium announced the first part of the DVX 3.0 payload and I blogged here; and today we are announcing the second part. In the first announcement, Datrium took us where no HCI vendor has been before, offering not only a multi-hypervisor platform (VMware vSphere, RedHat Virtualization and Open-source KVM on CentOS hosts), but […]



‘The Citrix Administrator’s Guide to Citrix ICA/HDX’ White Paper

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:50:44 +0000

(image) A Technical Guide: Understanding and Troubleshooting Citrix ICA/HDX Introducing the new Citrix ICA/HDX technical guide, which provides a comprehensive understanding of ICA/HDX, the components that it’s built on, how it works, how it can be impacted by network conditions, and how to troubleshoot it. Armed with this information, we hope that you will be better equipped […]



VMware vSAN 6.6.1 Upgrade Guide

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:45:31 +0000

(image) With the release of vSAN 6.6.1 or vSphere 6.5 U1 we have put together a new upgrade document to assist you with upgrading to vSAN 6.6.1 from previous releases. The guide  provides prescriptive guidance and clarity on vSAN upgrade steps. it also includes step by step guide for new vSAN and vSphere Update Manager integrations.Main […]



Citrix: XenApp & XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:30:00 +0000

(image) Virtualization-goers everywhere will be talking about it. Over two decades in the making. More than twelve million lines of field-proven source code. Featuring the latest star capabilities around security, flexibility and user experience. This is the one you’ve been waiting for. XenApp and XenDesktop 7.15 Long Term Service Release (LTSR) – the industry’s most comprehensive, […]



Microsoft Azure Cloud Shell Introduction Video

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:03:02 +0000

(image) A look at Cloud Shell. A new way for managing resources in the cloud. See how, within the browser, you can use BASH or PowerShell to troubleshoot and automate your most common management tasks. And manage on-the-go, by keeping your favorite scripts in the cloud so you can trigger them for Cloud Shell from any […]



Why snapshots alone are not backups

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:50:27 +0000

(image) Having a clear picture of what VM snapshots and backups can do for you is critical when your data is at stake. To dispel any doubts, snapshots are NOT backups. They are two different processes designed to address different needs. Today, I’m going to explain the discrepancy between VM snapshots and backups and provide you […]



VMware: NVIDIA GRID & VMware Horizon Cloud with Hosted Infrastructure

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:46:08 +0000

(image) Nina Seth is a senior product marketing manager at VMware, where she helps drive product marketing for their hybrid desktop and app virtualization solution. Nina holds an MBA from San Jose State University and a BA in Political Science from the University of California at Davis. Today countless enterprise customers, including Seventy Seven Energy, leverage […]



VMware NSX-Powered Credit Union Shifts Focus to Speed and Innovation

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:30:53 +0000

(image) Personal banking sure isn’t what it used to be. Thankfully. When is the last time you went to a bank? My trips are so infrequent that I actually enjoy the experience as a change of pace. That’s because normally, I get to transfer money or deposit a check not only online, but from my phone. […]



Microsoft Video: Brad Anderson’s Lunch Break / s6 e5 / Jacob Morgan, Author, Futurist

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:17:51 +0000

(image) Today Brad hits the road with best-selling author, futurist, and frequent keynote speaker – Jacob Morgan. Brad and Jacob talk about what he discovered while writing his new book: Why more emphasis than ever is being put on employee engagement/moral, but employees are still more unhappy than ever before. Jacob also shares a particularly interesting […]



New VMware KB articles published for week ending 12th August 2017

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:06:48 +0000

(image) VMware App Volumes AppVolumes and Multi Domains and Trusts Date Published: 2017/08/06 AppVolumes Assignment using Domain Local Groups and Multi-Domain Date Published: 2017/08/06 VMware ESXi ScratchConfig.CurrentScratchLocation is set to /scratch after upgrading to ESXi 6.x Date Published:2017/08/08 Error “Unexpected error checking compliance: module ‘string’ has no attribute ‘atoi’” during Host Profile compliance check Date Published:2017/08/09 […]



Lenovo and DataCore – Software-Defined Storage Explained

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:54:35 +0000

(image) Carlos Carrerras, senior vice president of Worldwide Business Development at DataCore, along with Lenovo’s Don Frame, Data Center Group brand director, and Patrick Oliveri, North America storage product manager, Data Center Group, recently sat down with Doug Brown of DABCC to discuss the DataCore/Lenovo partnership and the companies’ joint offering, the Lenovo DX8200D Software-Defined Storage […]



Microsoft: A Configuration Manager favorite, now in Intune

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:40:04 +0000

(image) Role Based Access Control (RBAC) has been a favorite feature of the System Center Configuration Manager community since its introduction, and now it’s available in Intune. RBAC in Intune enables you to easily define who can perform various Intune tasks within your organization, and who those tasks apply to. RBAC gives you greater flexibility and […]



The Godfathers of Virtualization Returning to VMWorld

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:22:57 +0000

(image) Ian Pratt and Simon Crosby sold XenSource to Citrix in 2007. After working at Citrix, they decided to once again spin off and focus on cybersecurity. They are available to meet during VMWorld if you’d like to talk virtualization and security. We think of them as The Godfathers of Virtualization. They work they did with […]



Single sign-on (SSO) for the cloud

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:04:00 +0000

(image) Nearly every organization has some cloud-based application. Of course the common cloud apps include Microsoft Azure, Office 365, G Suite, those from Zoho and Salesforce, and more. As administrators, we want to make our jobs more efficient and we also want to reduce the load on our users whenever possible. Now with ADSelfService Plus, you […]



The 6 Myths About Servers That Almost Everyone Believes

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:50:34 +0000

(image) “How long do we use our servers?”, “Until they die.” That was a real conversation I had with another system admin during my first week at a new job in 1998. Google “how long should you go before refreshing servers” and you will find that the topic is still debated. But, why? When you buy something […]



VMware: Don’t Miss the Showcase Keynotes at VMworld 2017 US

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:36:58 +0000

(image) VMworld 2017 U.S. is less than two weeks away, and this year’s event boasts some exciting changes and developments. The much-anticipated Day 1 and Day 2 general sessions promise to kick off the conference with a vibrant energy to inspire all in attendance (and are likely to include a few surprises, too). There is also […]



Microsoft Acquires Cycle Computing to accelerate Big Computing in the cloud

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:10:22 +0000

(image) From finding a cure for cancer to making vehicles safer to fulfilling the promises of artificial intelligence, today’s complex problems require the ability to harness massive amounts of computing power. For too long, Big Computing has been accessible only to the most well-funded organizations. At Microsoft, we believe that access to Big Computing capabilities in […]



Gartner Says Worldwide Information Security Spending Will Grow 7 Percent to Reach $86.4 Billion in 2017

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:57:37 +0000

(image) Business Impact of Security Incidents and Evolving Regulations Driving Market Growth Worldwide spending on information security products and services will reach $86.4 billion in 2017, an increase of 7 percent over 2016, with spending expected to grow to $93 billion in 2018, according to the latest forecast from Gartner, Inc. Within the infrastructure protection segment, Gartner forecasts […]



Save 90% on Your Containerized Workloads – #AWS Online Tech Talks Video

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:45:03 +0000

(image) Containers lend themselves to flexible and portable application deployments, and when used with the Amazon EC2 Container Service (or other schedulers), provide a simple and effective way to manage fleets of instances and containers at scale. Amazon EC2 Spot instances allow you to utilize spare Amazon EC2 computing capacity for a fraction of the cost. […]



What Multi-Cloud Means for Managed Services 

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:04:13 +0000

(image) Multi-cloud environments have quickly become the new normal, and hybrid cloud is now an inevitability for many enterprises. RightScale reports that cloud users are running their applications in an average of 1.8 public clouds and 2.3 private ones. It’s not hard to see why; the market has evolved to offer robust cloud offerings, including object […]



Investing in an IT Consumption Model to Suit Your Business Needs

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:30:36 +0000

(image) For a flexible IT environment that combines public cloud scalability with on-premises control over security and compliance, turn to HPE Flexible Capacity. From all the hype, it seems as though all workloads and applications are destined to one day be in the cloud. But can your business achieve flexibility and scalability in the cloud while […]



Industry views on data protection with Veeam

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:02:56 +0000

(image) Barry Coombs recently interviewed George Kenny, Veeam SE about what Veeam are currently working towards in their new release in particular Backup for Office 365, Physical and cloud workloads and Continuous Data Protection (CDP). This video is from the fine folks at ComputerWorld Group.



VMware Stretched Cluster

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:51:37 +0000

(image) We wanted to share Vladan SEGET‘s article about VMware stretched Clusters. You can find Vladan‘s article and all comments here and please scroll down for some more information. How To Configure VMware High Availability (HA) Cluster. Stretched Cluster is something different as stretched cluster adds an another dimension to the traditional HA cluster – a […]



Cisco and IBM collaborate to increase security effectiveness

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:19:45 +0000

(image) On May 30, 2017, Cisco and IBM Security announced a key relationship to address the rising tide of security threats and the need to respond rapidly. Cisco and IBM Security will work together to offer specific product integrations, a managed security service provider (MSSP) roadmap, and threat intelligence collaboration programs. The relationship focuses on making […]



Dell EMC Recognized by Microsoft as Its #1 Deployment Partner for Windows 10

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:59:43 +0000

(image) Windows 10 is on track to be the fastest Windows operating system in history. I’ve heard it referred to as “the best of Windows 7 and 8,” “the most secure Windows,” and the “best PC operating system ever.” That’s pretty impressive. You would think everyone would want that, especially big and successful companies looking for […]



Fast Virtualized Hadoop And Spark On All-Flash Disks – VMware White Paper

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:33:36 +0000

(image) Best Practices for Optimizing Virtualized Big Data Applications on VMware vSphere 6.5 Best practices are described for optimizing Big Data applications running on VMware vSphere®. Hardware, software, and vSphere configuration parameters are documented, as well as tuning parameters for the operating system, Hadoop, and Spark. The Hewlett Packard Enterprise ProLiant DL380 Gen9 servers used in […]



AWS Summit Series Keynote – New York 2017

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:12:36 +0000

(image) Watch Adrian Cockcroft, Vice President Cloud Architecture Strategy, Amazon Web Services and Dr. Matt Wood, General Manager, Artificial Intelligence, Amazon Web Services share the latest on our products and solutions. Also hear how FICO, Zocdoc and Hulu are delivering innovative products and better customer experiences with the help of AWS. Learn more about AWS at […]



Cisco: Where in the World Is Your Email Security?

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:55:06 +0000

(image) Email continues to be both the number one way business people across the globe communicate, as well as the number one threat vector that can endanger the very thing it is trying to enable, getting business done.  However, our global economy means now, more than ever, senders and receivers of email can be anywhere in […]



Late Night Infomercials and the Data Center

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:45:58 +0000

(image) Today’s storage administrators are looking for the best performance for the lowest cost to satisfy their enterprise data requirements. Performance is often improved by adding more solid state drives, but these come at a cost premium. For enterprises looking to save money and resources while meeting performance requirements- data reduction is a key component in […]



Microsoft: How Azure Security Center aids in detecting good applications being used maliciously

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:30:02 +0000

(image) We’ve written in the past about how Azure Security Center helps detect malicious activity on compromised VMs, including a post detailing a Bitcoin mining attack and one on an outbound DDoS attack. In many cases, attackers use a set of malicious tools to carry out these and other actions on a compromised machine. However, our […]



How to refresh your data centre: a definitive guide

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:03:58 +0000

(image) Every business wants to maximise its investments, prolonging the time between large capital expenditures. While this strategy may work in many cases, did you know that it may actually harm your business when applied to a data centre refresh? With IT infrastructure now so critical to a business on many levels, an outdated data centre […]



VMware: Leveraging the Platform you Know, Realizing the Benefits of the Self-Healing Data Center

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:38:53 +0000

(image) That pinnacle of IT operational perfection—the self-healing data center—may seem a nearly unobtainable goal, but it’s more a reality today than ever. If we were to package the SHDC, you could say that in 2017 VMware released its next-gen version, with complete cloud management and operational intelligence now available for all software-defined infrastructure from a single, […]



Microsoft: Why your team needs an Azure Stack Operator

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:23:49 +0000

(image) Azure Stack is an extension of Azure, bringing the agility and fast-paced innovation of cloud computing to on-premises environments. With the great power of Azure in your own datacenter, comes the responsibility of operating the cloud – Azure Stack. At the Microsoft 2016 Ignite conference, we announced a set of Modern IT Pro job roles […]



Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) and IT Security: Critical Connections

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:00:22 +0000

(image) UEM and cybersecurity are separate specialties within many enterprises and IT teams. However, these two important disciplines are inextricably intertwined. Herewith, some thoughts on those interdependencies and what they mean to your UEM and security management efforts. Security Begins at Your Endpoints The respected market watchers at Forrester Research perhaps said it best in The Forrester Wave™: Endpoint Security Suites, Q4 2016. “Endpoint security represents the frontline in your […]



Veeam + Nutanix = Better Together – Video

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:01:11 +0000

(image) Peter McKay, President from Veeam Software and Sudheesh Nair, President of Nutanix, discuss Veeam’s planned support for AHV and the growing partnership between both organizations. This video is from the fine folks at Veeam



New – Amazon Web Services Extends CloudTrail to All AWS Customers

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:05:27 +0000

(image) I have exciting news for all Amazon Web Services customers! I have been waiting patiently to share this great news with all of you and finally, the wait is over. AWS CloudTrail is now enabled by default for ALL CUSTOMERS and will provide visibility into the past seven days of account activity without the need […]



deviceTRUST in a Nutshell – Video

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:49:05 +0000

(image) Watch this video to learn about deviceTRUST, the leader for dynamic context awareness. More than ever, people are connected. Users expect the freedom to access their corporate environment from anywhere on any device. IT, on the other hand, needs to make sure that corporate data is secure while enabling users to stay productive! deviceTRUST provides the context […]



Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) and IT Service Management (ITSM): Critical Connections

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:37:55 +0000

(image) UEM and ITSM are separate specialties within many enterprises and IT teams. However, there is one critical link that connects these two important disciplines: users. Herewith, some thoughts on that connection and what it means to your ITSM and UEM efforts. ITSM: It’s All About the Users (Almost) In 2016, Ivanti Senior Product Marketing Manager Melanie Karunaratne summarized the results of conversations with numerous IT and ITSM teams […]



Getting Started – Video Course on How to Install and Configure the IGEL UMS

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:23:20 +0000

(image) I wanted to share with you the basics of the IGEL Management Suite and how to get started. If you have been using IGEL solutions for sometime then this is old hat for you but if you are new then I highly recommend you take some time to walk through these videos as they will […]



Citrix: New Swipe Features in SecureMail

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:00:54 +0000

(image) Citrix has recently provided  much sought-after enhancement in the swipe actions on the individual emails. . Now let’s look at the workflows for these actions on swipe: Swipe left on any email from right and you get to see the options:  More , Flag &. Delete as shown in the picture below: You can either single tap on the delete option when […]



Hybrid IT Workload Placement Guide

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:44:45 +0000

(image) Earlier this year, I talked about the benefits of hybrid IT and service providers in this video and what organizations need to do to find the right mix of traditional IT, private, managed or public cloud to optimize their IT investment and deliver the services to meet the business demands. After I posted this video, I received many […]



VMware: See the PC Lifecycle Management Revolution at VMworld

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:30:23 +0000

(image) Others talk the talk. AirWatch offers next-generation Windows 10 PC lifecycle management. By any measure, VMware AirWatch is the market leader in the enterprise mobility market. To wit, read the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM), as well as the recent IDC EMM market share report for 2015. With the largest investments in R&D, […]



Citrix: Bring Your Own Tech to Work: Risks, Rewards & Realities for Healthcare

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:15:01 +0000

(image) Organizations need to recognize that people will continue to use unauthorized technologies — often in direct violation of organizational policies. This is especially true in the healthcare industry, where the balance between patient care, HIPAA compliance, security issues and privacy further complicate the usage of personal devices, networks and applications. Why the overt defiance? It’s […]



5 things to keep in mind before backing up your VMware Virtual Machines

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:01:59 +0000

(image) The architecture of a virtual machine differs vastly from traditional on-premises environments, and requires different data backup techniques and pre-backup operations. This post will explain some of the things administrators have to keep in mind before backing up their VMware virtual machines. 1. Back up VMware virtual machines at the virtualization layer. When backing up traditional physical servers, it is customary to install a backup agent […]



Cisco ACI Ecosystem Brings Digital Innovation to Dutch Healthcare

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:42:22 +0000

(image) Healthcare costs are rising globally and making it increasingly difficult for patients to get the care they need. In the Netherlands, one very specific non-profit organization, VECOZO, was founded to maintain cost control in the Dutch Healthcare sector. VECOZO operates the national portal for data exchange (entitlement check and billing and other services) between healthcare […]



In the Digital Economy, Data Has No Expiration Date

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:20:15 +0000

(image) If your organization puts an expiration date on your business data, you risk extinction. As the digital economy increasingly takes hold, businesses in every industry and region are finding themselves under attack from fast moving digital disruptors. That measure every digital interaction both in real-time and trended over many years and adapt their services accordingly. […]



ManageEngine ranked second in Capterra’s list of top 20 ITAM software

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:00:43 +0000

(image) Capterra, a leading web-based service that helps users find the best software in the market, frequently publishes reports on the top software in a particular field. We’re happy to announce that we were just ranked number two in Capterra’s list of the top 20 IT asset management (ITAM) tools. The team at Capterra evaluated ITAM […]



Citrix: How to Avoid Common Security Pitfalls & Educate Employees on Security Best Practices

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:48:32 +0000

(image) Five pillars of security success Another day, another threat emerges. Security is top of mind for organizations of all shapes and sizes, but it can be overwhelming and many businesses don’t know where to start. At Citrix, our strategy is to focus on five core pillars of security that are proven to reduce the attack […]



Citrix SD-Wan and Retail: A Time of Transition Video

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:20:13 +0000

(image) Watch this video to learn about how Citrix SD-WAN can help you seamlessly deliver an uncompromised user experience in Retail. This video is from the fine folks at Citrix



VMware Announces Offering of Senior Notes

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:16:06 +0000

(image) Proceeds will be used in part to fund an additional $1 billion stock repurchase program VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) announced today an offering of senior notes. VMware intends to use the net proceeds from the offering of the notes to (i) fund the additional purchase of up to $1.0 billion of its Class A common stock over the next 12 […]



VMware Reports Preliminary Results for Fiscal 2018 Second Quarter

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:02:07 +0000

(image) Strong preliminary Q2 results driven by broad-based strength across product portfolio; Company increases financial guidance for fiscal year 2018; VMware will host a conference call on August 24, 2017 to review financial results and outlook VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, today announced preliminary financial results for its fiscal […]



Gartner: Data Lake Webinar Recap

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:28:53 +0000

(image) Last Thursday I presented the webinar “From Pointless to Profitable: Using Data Lakes for Sustainable Analytics Innovation” to about 300 attendees. While we don’t consider webinar polling results valid data for research publication (too many concerns about survey sampling), webinar polls can offer some interesting directional insight.I asked the audience two questions. First, I asked […]



VMware: How to Calculate and Assess Your OpEx

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:11:19 +0000

(image) Operational cost improvements can be very hard to measure if you consider your operational cost as a ‘sunk’ investment (X Full Time Employees (FTE) per year at $Y cost). How can you measure the improvement in automation of a particular service and then pass those benefits onto your customer? As a competitive analyst, I can […]



Like Data They Protect For Now Quantum Revenues Continue To Grow

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:58:21 +0000

(image) For Now Quantum Revenues Continue To Grow The other day following their formal announced, I received an summary update from Quantum pertaining to their recent Q1 Results (show later below). Various IT and Cloud Infrastructure Layers including Data Infrastructures Quantums Revenues Continue To Grow Like Data One of the certainties in life is change and […]



Microsoft: Improvements to OMS Network Performance Monitor

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:14:33 +0000

(image) Summary: Learn about the latest improvements to Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) Network Performance Monitor (NPM). These include availability in the Azure portal, hop-by-hop latency breakdown, agent diagnostics, and availability in more regions. It’s been almost five months since OMS Network Performance Monitor became generally available. We continue to get a great response from all of […]



NVIDIA SHIELD team on a Pirate Ship in 360

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:51:19 +0000

(image) We’ve boarded the Pirate Ship Lady Washington in Seattle’s Lake Union district. Get a 360 look at the ship, its crew, downtown Seattle on one side and Gas Works park on the other. This video is via NVIDIA.



What do Law Firms Need to Know About Modern VDI 2.0?

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:20:12 +0000

(image) Yesterday the International Legal Technology Association kicked off it’s annual conference, ILTACON, in Las Vegas, and Workspot is in the house! Be sure to visit us at booth #819 if you’re in town. We spend a significant amount of time talking to IT people in law firms because as it turns out, we have what they […]



AWS Config Update – New Managed Rules to Secure S3 Buckets

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 07:59:26 +0000

(image) AWS Config captures the state of your AWS resources and the relationships between them. Among other features, it allows you to select a resource and then view a timeline of configuration changes that affect the resource (read Track AWS Resource Relationships With AWS Config to learn more). AWS Config rules extends Config with a powerful […]



Workspot and Chaitons LLP IT Team are Heroes with VDI 2.0 Deployment

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 07:30:43 +0000

(image) Chaitons’ legacy VDI solution was unreliable, requiring numerous, disruptive server reboots. With one-third of staff members working remotely, BYOD compatibility and security issues also strained IT resources. Built from scratch for the cloud, Workspot VDI 2.0 completely transforms how IT delivers desktops and applications to any device. With Workspot’s fast deployment on Scale Computing’s hyperconverged […]



Apteligent by VMware: Now Available for Sale from VMware & Partners

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 07:05:05 +0000

(image) Through powerful Apteligent by VMware app analytics, customers can “harness the power of data” to boost mobile app performance with powerful new features, including four new insights reports. We are been incredibly fortunate to have the Apteligent team join VMware a couple of months ago. Today, we are excited to announce the availability of the […]