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The Case for Preparedness

By: Mike Carter Are you prepared? Are you sure? In the early minutes of Saturday morning, April 2011, a water main broke underneath the street in Columbia, SC. A $30B lending provider, located just feet away from the break, with over 1,200 servers (95% of them virtualized) located in their basement Data Center, experienced a massive subterranean flood that destroyed the entire electrical subsystem beneath the building, effectively rendering…

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How Secure is Your Environment?

Most companies today understand the very real need to protect their data. Most invest significant funds to mitigate or prevent the threats that aim to compromise their data. Typically, the go to investment is a firewall on the edge of the network to protect against outside attacks. And that is a great start. But that is far from the end. Unfortunately, many companies don’t realize what to do with…

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eGroup named to 2017 CRN Solution Provider 500 list

eGroup announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named eGroup to its 2017 Solution Provider 500 list. The Solution Provider 500 is CRN’s annual ranking of the largest technology integrators, solution providers and IT consultants in North America by revenue.

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Protect Azure Resources from Accidental Changes and Deletion

A topic that comes up often in conversations about the Cloud is “How do I protect Virtual Machines and other Cloud resources from accidental deletion?”.  Microsoft Azure provides a simple and effective way for Administrators to do this through “Locks”. When combined with other administration best practices, like backups, Locks allows administrators to ensure resources are not accidentally or intentionally changed, deleted, or otherwise modified. Locks have two settings:…

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Cisco FirePOWER: The Answer to Your Security Needs

In today’s network data center environment, it’s not simply enough to have a traditional firewall in place protecting the network’s edge. With more sophisticated network intrusions occurring daily, a Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) is required to help fight against these intrusions. Cisco’s FirePOWER services provides a Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) and IPS (NGIPS) along with Application Visibility and Control (AVC), Advanced Malware Protection (AMP), and reputation based URL filtering….

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How Strong are Your Passwords?

Recently, I learned of a significant – and honestly quite brilliantly executed – security breach of a major company. The breach infiltrated a sophisticated system secured with some great security equipment. This company invested large sums of money to make their system very secure, and they accomplished that. But the brilliant hackers thought outside the box. So how did they do it? The hackers followed a high-ranking employee to…

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Nutanix – AFS Deployment and Replication to DR

Nutanix Acropolis File Services (AFS) has been available to organizations utilizing the Acropolis hypervisor for a while now. With the release of AOS 5.0, it is now available for organizations who utilize VMware ESXi. This is great for organizations that currently utilize Windows file servers or standalone NAS devices. This solution provides a single interface for virtual machines, as well as file services. Before deploying AFS, I would recommend…

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Remove-AzureRmADApplication: Deletion of multi-tenant application is currently not supported

If you’re a developer that is constantly trying out new things, you may want to clean up old and unused Azure AD applications in your development tenant. In my case, I wanted to remove every single one, which is the very simple one-line command with PowerShell: Get-AzureRmADApplication | Remove-AzureRmADApplication. If you use applications that are configured for multi-tenancy (or, can be leveraged by other organizations by delegating permissions in Azure AD),…

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The ROI of Cloud is Productivity, a CEO’s Perspective….

The big gain in adopting cloud-based services is certainly financial, but not always “directly” – I have a suspicion that as soon as I publish this, someone is going to say “Hey Mike, come on, you sell what you’re writing about, so how can we <insert skepticism here>?” While this may be true to some degree, it would completely miss the point that this post is really about a…

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