Ed Cho is a Strategic Partner Marketing Manager at Cisco where he is focusing on Cisco’s partnership with Microsoft around the cloud and data center. Prior to joining Cisco in 2013, Ed has accumulated a diversity of experiences by working in the healthcare, technology, and media /entertainment space.
This is a guest post by Ed Cho.
Since the inception of our strategic partnership in 2014, Cisco and Microsoft have worked diligiently to combine our respective strengths in the data center and cloud services into game changing solutions that empower our joint customers and partners. True to this objective, we are proud to announce the availability of Cisco’s Cloud Service Router (CSR) 1000V within Microsoft’s Azure Marketplace, thereby providing our joint customers and partners with access to a ready made virtual routing solution that brings enterprise-class networking features to users of public cloud platforms such as Microsoft Azure.
Connecting to the Cloud Can Be a Road Filled with Bumps
Businesses such as yours understand the strategic importance of leveraging the cloud as a means to lower costs and to respond to customer needs and business trends in a fast and agile manner. As the case with many cloud users, you are most likely using your Internet connections to connect to public and hybrid cloud providers. However, as you seek to host more of your business critical data and applications in the cloud you may find that this traffic will be competing with non-business critical Internet traffic, making security and performance of WAN connections a top priority.
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Tags: cloud, CSR, CSR 1000V, data center, Microsoft, Microsoft Azure Marketplace
Are you preparing your organization for the end of support on Microsoft SQL Server 2005? Continuing to run legacy SQL Server can present significant challenges for your organization.
Information volume continues to grow worldwide at a minimum rate of 59% annually. And while data is expected to grow 44x larger over the next decade, the number of IT pros is only expected to grow 1.4x larger. This puts IT pros under pressure to perform at higher levels than they ever have, and legacy infrastructure is ill-equipped to take on this burden.
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Tags: Cisco UCS, Microsoft, SQL Server
The first Patch Tuesday of 2016 has arrived. Today, Microsoft has released their monthly set of security bulletins designed to address security vulnerabilities within their products. This month’s release is relatively light with nine bulletins addressing 25 vulnerabilities. Six bulletins are rated critical and address vulnerabilities in Edge, Internet Explorer, JScript/VBScript, Office, Silverlight, and Windows. The remaining three bulletins are rated important and address vulnerabilities in Exchange and several parts of Windows.
Bulletins Rated Critical
Microsoft bulletins MS16-001 through MS16-0006 are rated as critical in this month’s release.
MS16-001 and MS16-002 are this month’s Internet Explorer and Edge security bulletin respectively. In total, four vulnerabilities were addressed and unlike in previous bulletins there are no vulnerabilities that IE and Edge have in common.
- MS16-001 is the IE bulletin for IE versions 7 through 11. Two vulnerabilities are addressed with those being CVE-2016-0002, a use-after-free flaw and CVE-2016-0005, a privilege escalation flaw. Note that CVE-2016-0002 is a VBScript engine vulnerability that is addressed in this bulletin for systems with IE 8 through 11 installed. Those who use IE7 and earlier or who do not have IE install will need to install MS16-003 to patch this vulnerability.
- MS16-002 is the Edge bulletin addressing two vulnerabilities as well. Both CVE-2016-0003 and CVE-2016-0024 are memory corruption vulnerabilities that could result remote code execution if exploited.
One special note regarding this month’s IE advisory: In August 2014, Microsoft announced the end-of-life for Internet Explorer versions older than IE 11 that would take effect today. As a result, this month’s bulletin will be the final one for affected versions. After today, “only the most recent version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical support and security updates.” As such, there are exceptions to the end-of-life announcement with those being Windows Vista SP2 (IE9), Windows Server 2008 SP2 (IE9), and Windows Server 2012(IE 10). For more information on the IE end-of-life, please refer to Microsoft’s documentation here:
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Tags: ASLR bypass, Microsoft, patch tuesday, remote code execution, Talos, vulnerabilities
Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday has arrived. Today, Microsoft has released their monthly set of security bulletins designed to address security vulnerabilities within their products. This month’s release contains 12 bulletins addressing 53 vulnerabilities. Four bulletins are rated critical and address vulnerabilities in Edge, Internet Explorer, Windows Journal, and Windows. The remaining eight bulletins are rated important and address vulnerabilities in .NET, IPsec, Kerberos, Lync/Skype for Business, NDIS, Office, SChannel, and Winsock.
Bulletins Rated Critical
Microsoft bulletins MS15-112 through MS15-115 are rated as critical in this month’s release.
MS15-112 and MS15-113 are this month’s Internet Explorer and Edge security bulletin respectively. In total, 25 vulnerabilities are addressed with four of them specifically affecting both IE and Edge. The remaining 21 vulnerabilities only affect Internet Explorer. The majority of the vulnerabilities that are resolved in this month’s release are memory corruption defects. In addition, an ASLR bypass, an information disclosure vulnerability, and a couple of scripting engine flaws are also addressed.
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Tags: Microsoft, patch tuesday, Snort, Talos
Each week, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco Partner Ecosystem news and stories, as well as point you to important, Cisco-related partner content you may have missed along the way. Here’s what you might have missed this week:
Off the Top
The Channel Company Presents Annual Best of Breed Event in Orlando
Our own David Durham was feeling nostalgic and decided to stop by the Partner blog this week. The reason? He was covering the Best of Breed Conference in Orlando.
Cisco CEO, Chuck Robbins was there to deliver a keynote, field questions, and chat with partners:
There was plenty more to keep David busy throughout the 3-day event that kicked-off Monday, but don’t take my word for it, check out David’s highlights – and be sure say hi in the comments.
The Power Of Partnering: Microsoft Recognizes FlexPod Partner Innovation
We always love having new bloggers step in and contribute. This week it was Ed Cho’s turn to make his debut. In his post, he talks about five years of partnering with NetApp, and some important updates around Microsoft Private Cloud with Flexpod and Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Migration.
He also takes a second to look back on some memorable Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards. Make sure you check out his blog and drop him a welcome note or provide feedback in the comments.
As always, let us know what you think of the blog. Feedback from partners, especially around partner programs, is vital for Cisco to keep producing programs that work for all of us.
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Tags: #Bob15, chuck robbins, David Durham, FlexPod, Microsoft, netapp, rick snyder, SQL