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VMware vSphere 5.5 End of General Support - What Now?

 

Written by David Marshall

VMware vSphere 5.5 was probably the most installed version of vSphere to date.  And many virtualization administrators have fond memories of this release.  vSphere 5.5 goes all the way back to 2013, and it was hands down the most stable, fast and reliable hypervisor around.  But all good things must come to an end.  VMware products typically undergo a few stages within its lifetime:

  • General Availability (or GA)
  • End of General Support (EOGS)
  • End of Technical Guidance (End of Supported Life)

"End of General Support" is the date, generally 5 years after GA, from which VMware will no longer support the product actively.  And back in February of this year, we warned you that vSphere 5.5 was nearing the End of General Support or EOGS stage.  Well, that time has come and gone.  On September 19, 2018, vSphere 5.5 officially exited the general support phase and has moved onto something else, "Technical Guidance."  If you're playing buzzword bingo at home and trying to follow along, we should probably try to clarify what this means.

Startups lead the field in Cloud Management Platform Market

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WhatMatrix, the independent technology comparison and analysis site, today announced the publication of its second Landscape analysis report. The Cloud Management Platforms (CMPs) Landscape report finds that start up companies with a dedicated focus on CMP lead the larger, more established companies in this field of technology.

The report, authored by category consultant Ephraim Baron, highlights a flourishing market. The WhatMatrix CMP Comparison launched just two years ago with five vendors, it now compares eleven. While established solutions such as Cisco CloudCenter and VMware vRealize Automation continue to be solid overall performers with many market leading features, the number one solution in the comparison leaderboard is CloudBolt, with Morpheus Data in second place.

"The WhatMatrix CMP Landscape report is unique due to our focus on detailed technical criteria," explained Ephraim Baron, category consultant at WhatMatrix. "This report helps organizations drill into specific use case scenarios to best determine which CMP will best meet their business needs. No other industry analysis provides this granular level of guidance."
 

How to Forge a Career in 3D Printing

What with all the engineering jargon attached to it, the nitty gritty details associated with it, and the disorganization of the online information that pertains to it, 3D printing can easily be seen as a field that is not at all friendly to newcomers. If you want to dedicate your career to this sector, however, then you need to ignore everything that you might come across, and you need to go for it. 

More to the point, to forge for yourself a career in 3D printing, you need to take as much advice as you can, from as many sources as you can. You can find such advice below. 

Cloud Academy Launches Assessment Cycles to Further Bolster Skill Measurement Capabilities

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Cloud Academy today announced the launch of an end-to-end suite designed to measure cloud skills, assess training effectiveness, identify skill gaps, and enhance cloud training strategies at scale. The launch, which includes the general availability of Analytics, Assessment Cycles and the continued beta of Skill Profiles, affirms Cloud Academy's continued commitment to taking a quantified and data-driven approach towards technology learning in the context of driving innovation.

These announcements come in advance of upcoming cloud industry conferences including Microsoft Ignite and AWS re:Invent, where major updates are expected in machine learning, automation, storage, and artificial intelligence.

"Cloud technologies are forcing organizations to quickly improve how they think about software and digital transformation, requiring leaders to find ways to help their teams maintain knowledge of existing technologies while acquiring emerging skills relevant for innovation projects. Organizations who fail to catch up will be left behind and will struggle to survive in the next five years." said Stefano Bellasio, CEO, Cloud Academy. "Our recently launched capabilities offer organizations the ability to map their organization's tech skills, identify skills gaps, and use our software and content library to build custom Training Plans for their teams, which will increase accountability and provide the right training guidance. Our intention is to give our customers a unique enterprise platform to consistently develop and measure their tech skills at scale to improve their time to market with products and services and, which in turn uses data to attract and retain talent."

Micro Focus Launches New Data Protection Solutions for Virtualized and Hybrid IT Environments

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Micro Focus launched Data Protector Express and Data Protector Premium - the latest editions of its enterprise-grade backup and disaster recovery solutions. As organizations embrace Hybrid IT, DevOps, and Predictive Analytics their resulting IT environment requires an advanced data protection system to address the new security, availability, cost, and data governance needs. Built-on an adaptive architecture that combines analytics, automation, and built-in security, these latest solutions meet the most demanding data protection and compliance requirements for global enterprise hybrid IT environments.

"There is really no room for error when it comes to protecting corporate data, and there is a very finite budget and set of resources for doing so," said Balaji Venkatraman, senior director, PM and R&D at Micro Focus. "Our customers face this challenge on a daily basis as they work through daily location and storage challenges, outages, breaches, data theft and more. Those considerations define our latest Data Protection solutions - they ensure that customers have the security, speed, control and flexibility to protect data wherever it resides within a hybrid IT environment and at a lower TCO than ever before."

Jungle Disk Announces New Software Version Including Google Cloud Platform Support

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Jungle Disk today announced version 3.30 of its encrypted cloud backup and storage software, which now includes Google Cloud Platform as the default storage choice. With the new version of the software, small businesses will be able to take advantage of multiple cloud platform choices, increased performance, and cross-platform HIPAA and PCI compliant collaboration with military-grade encryption to store and secure business critical data.

The addition of Google Cloud Platform in the new software version improves data recovery time for small businesses in the event of an accident or cyber attack. Also, customers who choose to store data on Google Cloud Platform through the Jungle Disk software gain the advantage of geo-replicated data protection without the complexity of integrating into cloud APIs themselves. This ensures that if there is an outage in a single data center it will not impact daily business operations of a customer's Jungle Disk powered cloud based file server.

SolarWinds MSP Launches SolarWinds Threat Monitoring Service Program

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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), today announced the launch of the SolarWinds Threat Monitoring Service Program. The new offering builds on SolarWinds Threat Monitor with outsourced security operations center (SOC) services delivered via SolarWinds Threat Monitoring Service Providers.

Threat Monitor is designed to help reduce the complexity of threat detection for IT operations teams as well as for MSPs and MSSPs (managed security service providers). The unified platform includes automated threat detection, active response to security incidents, and audit-ready reports.  The SolarWinds Threat Monitoring Service Program is designed to support MSPs who have purchased Threat Monitor, but prefer to partner with one of the SolarWinds Threat Monitoring Service Providers (TMSPs) to deliver tandem managed security services to their customers.

"MSPs are already doing security basics on the protection front; however, they don't necessarily want to become full MSSPs, even though there is a growing market demand for detection- and remediation-focused security," stated Tim Brown, vice president of security, SolarWinds. "This is where the SolarWinds Threat Monitoring Service Program comes into play. It's designed to give our customers the chance to partner with SolarWinds TMSPs to deliver the types of 24/7 SOC services that are becoming more paramount."

Webinar: Parallels RAS & AppsAnywhere

 

Parallels RAS & AppsAnywhere integration enables education organizations to seamlessly deliver Windows applications to non-windows devices at an affordable cost.

Parallels RAS is an alternative to traditional and expensive VDI and desktop virtualization tools, and using remote desktop technology, IT can deliver all their Windows apps to any device, on and off campus.  And by integrating with AppsAnywhere, students and staff have only one location to go to for all their apps, regardless of the device they're using.  

WHEN?  October 17th, 2018 - 10:00 AM PDT 

Some of the topics that will be covered in this upcoming live Webinar include:

  1. Empower BYOD and utilize any device to make educational resources readily available to students, educators, and staff, whatever platform they wish to work from.
  2. Easy to deploy VDI with no need for expensive add-ons (e.g. reporting engine, printer redirection, ADC and load balancing)
  3. Protect student and staff data with encryption protocols and advances filtering.
  4. Enable distance learning by delivering educational applications to any device, anywhere, anytime.

Cavirin Delivers Breakthrough Resource Visibility and Security Posture Intelligence for Hybrid Cloud Infrastructures

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Cavirin Systems, Inc., the only company providing risk, cybersecurity and compliance posture for the enterprise hybrid cloud, today announced the general availability of its Summer 2018 CyberPosture Intelligence release. CyberPosture is a consolidated risk score for the hybrid infrastructure, based on configuration checks, vulnerabilities, and risk, security and compliance audit frameworks requirements, permitting the CISO's team to immediately compare the organization's current security posture against the desired ‘golden posture' and immediately take corrective action. CyberPosture Intelligence provides a set of visibility and control capabilities that allows organizations to automate security policy across their hybrid cloud data centers to reduce a growing attack surface and assure compliance with industry regulations.

"Cavirin for the first time is truly integrating continuous compliance and cloud security posture management into a single, actionable view for the CISO and their teams," said Nemi George, Senior Director of Information Security and Service Operations at Pacific Dental Services. "This innovation will help cut through the myriad of operational noise (event alerts and notifications), helping to identify the real risks across our hybrid infrastructure whilst providing actionable intelligence."

According to research conducted by ESG, businesses plan to increase the number of workloads they have deployed in a public cloud platform. However, as more organizations leverage the flexibility of both on-premise and public cloud platforms to gain agility in an increasingly competitive business environment, the need for cybersecurity and mitigating risk becomes complicated by the resulting expansion of the intrusion surface. The new CyberPosture Intelligence capabilities from Cavirin close the loop for protection, monitoring, and remediation across cloud workloads and cloud security posture management, while permitting organizations to retain full control of their assessment data, important in many verticals such as those subject to FedRAMP. This approach differs from a SaaS-based solution where confidential data is sent outside of the user's environment.

US Signal and Cloudflare Collaborate for DDoS Protection

Written by David Marshall

Today, it was announced that US Signal and Cloudflare have launched a fully managed and customizable distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) protection service to market. 

The new service delivers powerful DDoS mitigation for network, transport and application layers and is backed by a 100 percent SLA. Powered by Cloudflare's global Anycast network, the service is implemented by US Signal's information security and provisioning team, with support and customization from its technical operations engineers. 

"US Signal's new DDoS protection service is ideal for companies looking to update their existing DDoS mitigation strategies or for businesses lacking the manpower or skills to manage these risks internally. It is aimed at all market sectors but is particularly beneficial to high-risk areas such as tech, government, finance and healthcare," said US Signal President Stephen Oyer. "But regardless of the economic sector in which your company operates, Cloudflare's 15Tbps plus network throughput should offer peace of mind, as it can handle 15 times more traffic than the largest DDoS attack has produced to date."