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7 Tips for Hyper-V Monitoring that You’ll Wish You Read Sooner

Learn how to better manage your Hyper-V environment and improve performance. In this article, we'll walk through how to optimally configure your VMs and servers. Then, we'll provide a number of tips for monitoring your Hyper-V VMs. 

A key aspect of optimizing and monitoring performance is understanding the requirements for the workloads. You need to identify these requirements, along with the dependencies of the software that you'll run, and then categorize the various types of resource utilization parameters. These are the high-level considerations: 

  • Memory - What is the amount of RAM that is necessary for a specific VM? Is this amount adequate for all levels of application activity?
  • CPU - Learn if the applications are typically CPU-intensive. Is it possible the performance gains will be seen with multiple CPUs?
  • Storage Options - Account for all speed and capacity requirements for storage that supports the VMs. Will the applications run better using network storage?
  • Network - Does any VM need access to other systems-or to the Internet? Which of these VMs will generate heavy traffic?

Gather this information from historical statistics that your organization may be collecting, or think through how best to conduct the estimates. Either approach will be helpful in identifying potential performance bottlenecks.

CloudPassage Debuts Halo Cloud Secure, Delivering Unparalleled, Continuous Security of Public Cloud Infrastructure

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CloudPassage today announced the general availability of Halo Cloud Secure, which offers comprehensive and continuous protection of public cloud infrastructure, delivering security and DevOps teams a "single pane of glass" view of security and compliance across all of their cloud service provider (CSP) accounts.

Organizations face an increase in vulnerabilities as security teams struggle to maintain effective, real-time visibility into public cloud infrastructure. Maintaining security visibility of dynamic computing environments can be difficult due to decentralization of the IT department, the expanding public cloud infrastructure attack surface and cloud service misconfiguration. According to The 2018 Cloud Security Report, 62 percent of cybersecurity professionals see infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) misconfigurations as the biggest threat to their public clouds environments. Additionally, 43 percent of cloud security professionals report lack of visibility into infrastructure security as the biggest operational challenge.

SolarWinds MSP Named a Leader in 2018 G2 Crowd Grid Report for SolarWinds RMM and SolarWinds Backup

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SolarWinds MSP, a global leader in delivering comprehensive, scalable IT service management solutions to IT solution providers and managed service providers (MSPs), announced it has been named a leader in the 2018 G2 Crowd Grid Report. Reviewers gave either four- or five-star ratings for both SolarWinds RMM (84%) and SolarWinds Backup (89%).

The G2 Crowd website allows visitors to leave real-time reviews to help companies objectively assess what is best for their business; the platform leverages more than 400,000 independent user reviews, which are read by more than 1.5 million visitors each month. Each year, G2 Crowd publishes its Grid report, ranking software by culling data from multiple online sources to determine market presence, bringing together satisfaction scores from customers, and combining the data to determine market leadership.

Untangle Bolsters AWS Licensing Options with Pay as You Go Availability

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Untangle announced the availability of Pay As You Go (PAYG) options in Amazon Web Services (AWS) for its NG Firewall software. This new licensing structure for public cloud deployments will bolster Untangle's public cloud offerings following their AWS Bring Your Own License (BYOL) announcement this spring. Untangle's Firewall as a Service provides customers with integration to a cloud ecosystem that provides value-added services like centralized management, proactive alerting and threat intelligence.

This additional offering for AWS builds on Untangle's commitment to providing SMBs with the simplest user experience for installation, configuration, management and reporting, while providing new options for cloud-connected networks to safeguard their users, data and devices. NG Firewall in AWS helps organizations maintain a consistent security posture across dispersed locations. By moving from a firewall onsite to one located in the cloud, organizations can easily scale without being limited by hardware.

Neurala Announces Brain Builder "AI for Good" Competition for Developers

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Following the announcement of its Brain Builder beta program, Neurala, the award-winning artificial intelligence company, today announced a call for submissions for its "AI for Good" competition.

Developers who participate in the "AI for Good" contest will have the chance to win a $1,000 first-place cash prize. The second-place finalist will win an EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2, and the third-place winner will receive a DJI phantom 3. Entries will be judged by a panel of industry experts. Neurala's own applications and commitment to this theme include its work with Motorola Solutions' first responder body cams to help find missing children, as well as its partnership with the Lindbergh Foundation to help combat animal poaching in Africa.

Each proposal should feature a detailed explanation of the approach the applicant will take to achieve the desired objective. This may include technological frameworks, development pathways, test dataset, what functions and technologies will be utilized, and how success will be measured.

AppOrbit and Google Partner to Accelerate Cloud Migration With AppPorter 2.0, a Universal Application Modernization Platform

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AppOrbit and Google announced a joint partnership to deliver Universal Application Modernization and Cloud Migration to enterprise customers. The partnership is focused on accelerating the digital transformation and systematically transitioning mission critical business and other applications into the Google Cloud Platform. With AppOrbit's universal modernization platform, monolithic applications are de-stacked into containerized, cloud ready layers that can be composed directly into the Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE).

Ixia Delivers Complete Visibility into All Traffic in Virtual Workloads in Private Cloud Environments

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Keysight Technologies announced Cloud Sensor vTap, a new feature of CloudLens from Ixia, a Keysight Business. Cloud Sensor vTap enables organizations to better manage their security risk in private and hybrid cloud environments, such as Microsoft Azure Stack, with comprehensive visibility into East-West traffic without requiring hypervisor access.

The rapid increase in cloud adoption has heightened the need for securing data, applications, and workloads that reside in any cloud-based environment. In fact, in a recent Ixia survey, Lack of Visibility Drives Public Cloud Security Risk, 82 percent of IT professionals indicated they are concerned with security and data privacy in the private cloud.

Gartner Survey Says Cloud Computing Remains Top Emerging Business Risk

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Cloud computing ranks as the top risk concern for executives in risk, audit, finance and compliance, according to the latest survey by Gartner, Inc. While cloud computing presents organizations with novel opportunities, a number of new risks - including cybersecurity disclosure and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance - make cloud solutions susceptible to unexpected security threats.

In Gartner's latest quarterly Emerging Risks Report, 110 senior executives in risk, audit, finance and compliance at large global organizations identified cloud computing as the top concern for the second consecutive quarter. Additional information security risks, such as cybersecurity disclosure and GDPR compliance, ranked among the top five concerns of the executives surveyed.

The top two fast-moving, high-impact risks - those which have the ability to cripple an organization quickly - are also related to information security threats. Social engineering and GDPR compliance were cited as most likely to cause the greatest enterprise damage if not adequately addressed by risk management leaders, according to Gartner. However, only 18 percent of the cross-functional executives surveyed currently considered social engineering to be a significant enterprise risk.

McAfee Offers Free McAfee Skyhigh Security Cloud to Help Secure State Election Systems

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In an effort to help secure U.S. election systems, McAfee, the device-to-cloud cybersecurity company, has announced it will offer state election officials in all 50 United States access to a free twelve-month license of McAfee Skyhigh Security Cloud. The McAfee Cloud for Secure Elections Program will help ensure that the cloud-based storage services housing voter and citizen data are properly configured for maximum security and are continuously monitored for internal and external intrusion, and that no citizen or voter data is improperly uploaded to or shared from cloud services.

Twistlock Secures $33M in Funding to Fuel Continued Leadership in Cloud Native Security

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Twistlock, a leader in container and cloud native cyber security, today announced it raised $33 million in Series C funding, led by ICONIQ Capital. In addition to ICONIQ, existing investors YL Ventures, TenEleven, Rally Ventures, Polaris Partners and Dell Technologies Capital all participated in the round, which brings Twistlock's total funding to $63 million to date.  This funding will allow Twistlock to scale its operations and build upon the leading customer and partner base established over the past three years.

"Since our first release in 2015, it's been clear that containers and cloud native were the future - and that there was a huge gap in security platforms that not only protected these new technologies - but also leveraged them to deliver stronger defense than ever before possible. We're proud of our leadership in the industry and the hundreds of customers protected by Twistlock today. Our partnership with ICONIQ reflects this success, and their focus on helping market leaders cement their position sets the stage for our ongoing growth," said Ben Bernstein, Twistlock CEO.