Cisco Midyear Cybersecurity Report

Earlier this month Cisco released their 2017 Mid-year Cybersecurity Report. Cisco has been publishing this comprehensive cybersecurity report for nearly a decade with the goal to keep security teams updated on the latest cybersecurity threats and steps they can take to improve security and cyber-resiliency. The latest report highlights the “rapid evolution of threats and the magnitude of the attacks” seen throughout the first half of this year.

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AMP for Endpoints: Deployment to your Users

Recently I deployed Cisco’s AMP for Endpoints for a 50-user organization. For the uninitiated, AMP for Endpoints is Cisco’s cloud based, enterprise grade, advanced malware protection software that is deployed to each end device in the network. Each endpoint reports back to the central cloud controller and is managed by the controller. Cisco integrated AMP for Endpoints with Cisco’s ThreatGRID to provide deep threat analytics; analyzing millions of files and correlating them against hundreds of millions of malware samples. The controller can then push these new signatures to each endpoint automatically, protecting the device.

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Fireside Chat: Data Protection

In this Fireside Chat CEO, Sean Barr, sits down with Network Engineer, Lee Jolly, to discuss Data Protection and the cloud data management solutions Rubrik offers to customers. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this Fireside Chat.  

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Rubrik Data Protection

In my recent Fireside Chat on the subject of Data Protection, I had a lot of good things to say about Rubrik as a Data Protection/Data Management platform. In this post, I’d like to walk through some scenarios you might come across in your environment and how Rubrik makes handling those scenarios very easy.

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What Our Engineers Thought: Cisco Live

Cisco Live 2017 has come and gone. Our team of engineers arrived in Las Vegas in style, spent the week attending presentations, networking, listening to keynote speakers, exploring the new technologies at the World of Solutions, and came back to California with an overload of information. Now that they have had some time to digest everything they took in at Cisco Live they are ready to share their take on the week!

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NVMe: What’s all the Hype About

We’ve been hearing a lot about NVMe Solid State Drives (SSD) and we’re just starting to see it introduced by many of the of server and storage vendors. NVMe which stands for Non-Volatile Memory express is a logical device interface specification for accessing non-volatile storage media attached via a PCI Express (PCIe) bus. You can think of NVMe as being the successor of SATA SSD. NVMe is a device interface designed for low latency and parallelism for flash based storage. Traditional spinning disks can have a latency of 140ms, SATA SSD can be around 2ms, while NVMe SSD is at around 0.2ms. Now these numbers may vary based on manufacture, but the idea is that NVMe greatly improves on lowering latency.

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Cisco SD-Access

Software-Defined Access 

By now I’m sure you have heard the new product announcements from Cisco around Software Defined Access (SD-Access). This announcement is a departure from the typical “new box” announcements that we are familiar with from the networking behemoth. Yes, there are new boxes, but this announcement is much more than that - it is the beginning of a new era for networking. Cisco marketing will appreciate me clarifying, that SD-Access is a part of The Network. [pause for dramatic effect] Intuitive. Now, I’ll be the first one to cringe or poke fun at marketing terminology used in IT industry, and this one would seem certainly ripe for the poking. However, based on what I have seen thus far, there is nothing to cringe at here.

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Fireside Chat: Tegile Storage

In this Fireside Chat CEO, Sean Barr, sits down with Tegile Co-Founder, Justin Cheen, to discuss Tegile Storage and the solutions it offers to customers. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this Fireside Chat.  

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The Storage Protocol Wars

The two primary storage architectures in many companies today are a Storage Area Network (SAN) or a Network Attached Storage (NAS) solution. Traditionally a SAN provides Block storage while a NAS provides File level storage. It’s also worth noting that internal server storage is making a comeback with the advent of software-defined storage (SDS). I’ll save the software-defined storage (SDS), Hyper Converged Infrastructure (HCI) as well as Object storage such as Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) for another article.

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That's a Wrap! Cisco Live Day 4

It's been 4 amazing days in Las Vegas at Cisco Live 2017. Day 4 may have been shorter than days 1-3, but that didn't stop Cisco from going out with a bang! Today didn't start off with a keynote - it started with some great showcase sessions:

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