Nutanix .NEXT Conference 2016 Recap

2017-07-27T00:00:58+00:00 July 8th, 2016|blog, Hyperconverged Infrastructure, Nutanix|

One of our strategic partners, Nutanix recently successfully completely their annual .NEXT Conference boasting over 2500 attendees from 50 countries. There were 67 breakout sessions and 120 speakers, and many exciting announcements were made, including but not limited to the following:

  • Acropolis Block Services: Expose Nutanix to bare metal with important features like migrating SQL from bare metal to VM with zero down time.
  • 5th Generation Hardware: The G5 series will now provide the option to choose all flash configurations across the board.
  • Predictive Analysis / What-If Scenarios: Answering such questions like, “What would we need if we bought a new company?” and “How would new hardware help my environment?”
  • Microsoft CPS: Nutanix will now have an option to ship with the “Azure in a Box” experience, pre-installed with SCVMM SCOM and Azure pack.
  • ESXi Management through Prism: This is now truly a single plan of glass for managing compute, storage and virtualization under one umbrella.  No need to jump back and forth between management tools.
  • Network Visualization: See how VMs are connected to the host, switches and other VMs.  This works not only as a great troubleshooting tool but also as an excellent tool for documenting the current state of network connections.
NTCs Behind the Scenes (literally)

NTCs Behind the Scenes (literally)

Coretek’s Datacenter Practice Manager, Todd Geib was honored to be a part of the conference.  Nutanix asked Todd to help kick off the .NEXT keynote session along with other members of the Nutanix Technology Champion (NTC) program.  In 2015 Todd was nominated into the NTC program.  The NTC Program recognizes Nutanix and web-scale experts for their ongoing and consistent contributions to the community and industry. The program provides its champions with opportunities to further expand their knowledge, amplify their brand, and help shape the future of web-scale IT. Todd and the NTCs started with a little fun, spelling out “WELCOME TO #.NEXTCONF 2016” on their shirts. Watch the Keynote here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rV0LDLO4uPw

David Blaine at .NEXT Conference

David Blaine at .NEXT Conference

 

And what would a trip to Las Vegas be without a magic show? Magician and illusionist David Blaine made an appearance at .NEXT, testing his ability to hold his breath underwater against the time it took to install Nutanix Community Edition. It was installed in a little over 7 minutes – plenty of time for David to relax in the water tank, whose breath-holding record is 17 minutes.

 

 

 

For more highlights, announcements and information on the .NEXT Conference, visit the Nutanix page:

http://www.nutanix.com/2016/06/21/nutanix-next-2016-announcements-innovation-is-just-a-click-away/

 

The future with Nutanix looks bright and we’re looking forward to .NEXT 2017 in Washington D.C.!

Ransomware Is On The Rise – How to Defend Yourself

2017-07-27T00:00:58+00:00 May 10th, 2016|blog, Malware, Mobility, Ransomware, Security|

The arms race between cybercriminals and security firms has reached a fever pitch. Today end users and businesses alike are faced with the growing threat of Ransomware. This is a type of malware that locks and encrypts devices and files preventing access unless a specific amount of money (Ransom) is paid. In 2015, the FBI received roughly 2,453 complaints related to Ransomware malware attacks, which amounted to $24.1 million in losses.

Ransomware relies on social engineering to spread through infected phishing emails, attachments, or malicious content running on infected websites. Once a machine has been compromised, the malware executes and encrypts all data files. This includes local files as well as network drive file storage. After the files are encrypted, they are unrecoverable unless a “ransom” is paid to the attacker. Outside of restoring from a backup the only way to restore the data is to pay the distributor of the malware. (Whoa!)

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Initially, individual home users were targeted — but the focus of these attacks has shifted, and businesses are now their primary targets. The shift of the attacks has made these Ransomware companies very profitable, and as such the problem is growing rapidly. As the malware continues to evolve and become more sophisticated, the organizations have grown and now have full time employees dedicated to developing and improving the malware. They leverage some of the most sophisticated phishing and social engineering techniques seen to date. The threat posed by Ransomware is growing and should not be underestimated by our clients.

To mitigate your risk ,the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) division of the FBI recommends the following:

  1. Always use antivirus software and a firewall. It’s important to obtain and use antivirus software and firewalls from reputable companies. It’s also important to continually maintain both of these through automatic updates.
  1. Enable popup blockers. Popups are regularly used by criminals to spread malicious software. To avoid accidental clicks on or within popups, it’s best to prevent them from appearing in the first place.
  1. Always back up the content on your computer. If you back up, verify, and maintain offline copies of your personal and application data, ransomware scams will have limited impact on you. If you are targeted, instead of worrying about paying a ransom to get your data back, you can simply have your system wiped clean and then reload your files. 
  1. Be skeptical. Don’t click on any emails or attachments you don’t recognize, and avoid suspicious websites altogether.

IC3 additionally says if you believe you are a victim of ransomware to file a complaint with the FBI and suggests disconnecting from the internet to avoid any further data loss if you receive a message demanding payment.

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2017-07-27T00:00:58+00:00 April 21st, 2016|blog, Skype for Business|

At the heart of great teams is great communication

Productivity today is centered on conversations – sometimes a quick instant message or call, and sometimes a meeting planned in advance including voice, video and content sharing.  At Coretek, we believe that the heart of productivity is great teamwork, and that the heart of great teamwork is great communication.

Office 365 is a world-class productivity service that helps great teams to accomplish great achievements.  At the heart of Office 365 Communications is the Skype for Business service connecting your teams with the experience they love, in the Office applications they use every day.  With Skype for Business you can simplify your infrastructure with one platform for calling, conferencing, video, and sharing.

Achieve more with a fully integrated communication solution

Coretek offers a fully integrated communications solution based on Office 365, our services, and certified hardware to ensure the best experience for your end-users.  We help our customers along all the steps of the productivity improvement journey, starting with deployment planning and roll-out, to making sure your teams are up to speed with the new solution and comfortable enough with the new ways of communication.  By leveraging our company’s offering, your teams will be able to communicate like never before using Office 365 and Skype for Business.

How do you accomplish this?

Skype across Devices

Connect with your team anywhere using our mobile apps across Windows, iOS and AndroidTM, or bring remote participants into meeting spaces of all sizes with Skype for Business Room Systems.

Skype Across Devices

Complete Meeting Solution

Work like you are all in one room, even when you are not.  From collaborative team sessions to large broadcasts or dialing into a conference using your phone, Skype for Business is designed for all your meeting needs.

Complete Meeting Solution

Modern Voice with Cloud PBX

Make, receive, and transfer business calls in the office, at home, or on the road using phone, PC, and mobile.  Increase agility and consolidate management with voice services in Office 365.

Modern Voice with Cloud PBX

Security, Control and Compliance

Get end-to-end security, control and compliance that span from the user to the enterprise.  All powered by the on-demand scale and manageability of Office 365.

Security, Control and Compliance

Skype for Business voice

The bottom line is that Coretek’s integrated communications offering helps you take advantage of the following services and capabilities of Office 365 and Skype for Business:

  • Anywhere Access – ability to make and receive business calls in the office, at home, or on the road, using your business number on your smartphone, tablet, PC, or desk phone.
  • PSTN Conferencing – provides the flexibility to dial in to a meeting from a traditional phone, in addition to the existing ability to join a meeting with a single click on your PC or mobile device.
  • Skype Meeting Broadcast – makes it easier than ever to produce large virtual meetings for up to 10,000 meeting attendees, who can join from virtually any browser or device (see it in action). Now Skype for Business truly is a single platform for every type of meeting.
  • Cloud PBX – enables companies to eliminate separate PBX systems and transition to the cloud with Office 365 as the center of communications management.
  • PSTN Calling – ability to subscribe to Microsoft managed calling plans and phone numbers.
  • Skype Connectivity – Connect, communicate, and collaborate with colleagues, consumers, other businesses, and friends and family – anyone who uses Skype – with both voice and HD video.

Start a conversation with Coretek today and let us show you how you can bring truly valuable communication to your teams.

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