On June 6, 2013, malwaretracker.com released an analysis of Microsoft Office-based malware that was exploiting a previously unknown vulnerability that was patched by MS12-060. The samples provided were alleged to be targeting Tibetan and Chinese Pro-Democracy Activists. On June 7, 2013, Rapid7 released an analysis of malware dubbed ‘KeyBoy,’ also exploiting unknown vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office, similarly patched by MS12-060, but allegedly targeting interests in Vietnam and India. The indicators of compromise (IoCs) listed by Rapid7 match some of the indicators of compromise listed previously by malwaretracker.com.
It’s hard to believe that Cisco Partner Summit 2013 is already a week behind us. We had such a great time chatting with partners, attending the sessions, and seeing your Vine and Favorite Quote Contests submissions roll in. We have some very creative partners out there!
To recap, there were two Cisco Partner Summit Contests, you could participate in:
- Vine Contest: Using the Vine mobile app, capture the essence of what Cisco Partner Summit means to you in a video that is six seconds or less.
- Favorite Quote Contest: Send a tweet of your favorite Cisco Partner Summit quote or key message that resonated most with you.
I know I know.. You are already familiar with the fundamentals of Desktop Virtualization. So we are not going to talk about that. However, if you do not know much about Cisco’s capabilities in the space and you have three minutes and twenty seconds of your busy day to spare, you can watch this short video and get the ‘Bonsai’ rendition. While tempting, I will not dwell on the strengths of our UCS platform which is at the core of our Cisco Desktop Virtualization Solutions portfolio.
I will focus instead on a question that our services team often gets from our enterprise class customers; “How do I best manage my desktop virtualization environment on a day-to-day basis?”
Let’s face it. Designing and configuring production-ready Desktop Virtualization Infrastructures takes planning and expertise. Frequently, that expertise comes in the form of a Professional Services contract. But the challenges that many of our customers experience is expanding their platform after the implementation team has moved to other projects …
End of April, Cisco introduced the next generation Storage Network innovations with the new MDS 9710 Multilayer Director and new MDS 9250i Multiservice Switch (see Berna Devrim’s blog ) . These solutions have been presented to the Storage Tech Field Day (see blogs and videos below) , as well on the Cisco booth at different events (ie EMC World) generating a lot of comments from bloggers and users. So I came back to the team of Cisco engineers to know more about these solutions -- Today I interviewed Bhavin Yadav one of these fine engineers about the MDS 9710 .
“Hi Bhavin . I heard a lot of comments about troubleshooting , and the claim that it’s easy . Really? How can I achieve that?
Haha . Welcome to the world of Cisco MDS 9700 Series Multilayer Directors, the easy to troubleshoot Multilayer Director Class platform in the storage area networking world! Isn’t it wonderful ? Who does not want that ? But let me first remind you some fundamental facts before we come to any conclusion.
What are some of the reasons we have to troubleshoot?
1. Unknown human part – like wrong part replacement, playing around for fun (Are you serious? Yes, you can just pull the lever and get pull the module out like a piece of cake),
2. Technology changes –sudden traffic pattern change like unexpected data spikes, infrastructure changes like adding bunch of new virtual machines – new servers, using SSD based storage, exponential increase in data backups every night , deployment of new data centers, need of speedier networks, etc.
3. Unexpected infrastructure acts: sudden power loss, lost air cooling, burned out cables, failing hard drives – switches -- cables, etc.
So, the question comes out is – Okay, this is not something new, we deal with it everyday. Well, let me ask you this – while you work on above problems, does it impact your customers / clients? Does it impact (reduce) your available resources? Does it wake you up your staff at 2 am? But how about reducing these kinds of calls / engagements and also enhancing the customer experience? Yes, that’s what we are going to talk about.
Introducing Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director Class SAN switch, along with Raising the bar for performance and new benchmarks on performance, reliability and flexibility, now also for troubleshooting. Let’s see how it does this.
With MDS 9710, comes a newly refreshed hardware with new troubleshooting and monitoring tool: GOLD -- Generic Online Diagnostics. In this post, I want to talk about both, new hardware and GOLD.
Life is generally a lot easier when you have all the facts. Especially if those facts are actually accurate. Nowhere does this ring more true than in the life of an IT professional.
Often times a day in an IT shop is a lot like that grade school game of telephone where information gets passed down the line but gets distorted (or is just plain wrong) because no single player has the complete context. This scenario gets played out everyday in the IT infrastructure where siloed operations, monitoring and policy platforms only work from the information they possess. But that information is generally just a snapshot viewed through the bias of that system’s siloed purview. As a result, mistakes get made, security is substandard or perhaps even dysfunctional, and everything from configuration to event management and investigation takes far longer than it should. Net-net – time is wasted, costs increase, and many things still don’t work that well. Read More »