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SQL Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 End of Extended Support

On July 12, 2018, Microsoft announced new options for SQL Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 end of support. End of support is quickly approaching:

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Wed, Jul 25, 2018
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California Consumer Privacy Act: GDPR Principles Arrive in the U.S.

In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, restrictions on monetization of personal information (aka PI or PII) are coming to California in 2020. The California legislature unanimously passed a historic bill to adopt many of the core privacy principles of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for California consumers. The bill was fast-tracked into law in order to avoid the likely passage of a more rigorous ballot initiative in the November election.

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Wed, Jul 18, 2018
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Takeaways from Cisco Live!™ 2018

I recently returned from this year’s Cisco Live! in Orlando. It was a busy week jam packed with great speakers, engaging sessions, demos and product announcements. There was so much going on at any given moment it was hard to get to every session of interest. Now that I’m back I’ve had some time to digest all I learned and thought I would share my key product takeaways for network security.

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Tue, Jun 26, 2018
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Reduce Costs and Network Bandwidth for Cloud Storage – Dedupe it!

As businesses continue to look to the cloud to improve efficiency, reduce costs and meet the need for agility, data protection has been a workload worth strong consideration. As an alternative to tape, the cloud provides the potential for “cheap and deep” storage targets for data that needs longer-term retention, but not necessarily the recovery performance of local storage. However, those who have migrated backup to the cloud have been unpleasantly surprised by high cloud storage costs and suboptimal performance. The culprit: lack of deduplication.

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Thu, Jun 21, 2018
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Reboot Your Router Now! The Latest on VPNFilter

Do you have a Small Office Home Office (SOHO) grade router at home? Is it possible you have rogue devices on your corporate network? Does Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) traffic traverse your network? If you answer yes to any of these questions, then this post is a must read!

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Wed, Jun 06, 2018
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VM-based Replication Saves Financial Services Firm from Disaster

Lacking confidence in your disaster recovery (DR) strategy is not a situation any CIO wants to be in, particularly in the Financial Services sector. In this Q&A interview Daymark consultant, Matt Trottier, shares his experience of helping a financial services client re-architect their DR strategy to ensure failover if a real disaster were to occur.

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Mon, Jun 04, 2018
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Optimizing Firewall High Availability in Azure

 

Firewall capabilities fall short in cloud environments like Microsoft Azure due to the fact that Azure and other major public cloud providers offer limited access to their API’s. This creates a problem for enterprises as they look to security independent software vendors (ISVs) to enhance their security capabilities in the cloud the same way they would in the data center.

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Tue, May 22, 2018
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Pending Initial Public Offering (IPO) Puts Security in the Spotlight

Becoming a publicly traded company has a profound impact on the way a business operates. The technology that is in place, and how it is deployed, can also come under close scrutiny. That was certainly the case for one of Daymark’s life science clients whose pending IPO put a spotlight on network security and data protection. In this blog, Steve Caprio, Daymark Cloud Consultant, answers some questions on the security journey of this enterprise.

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Thu, Apr 26, 2018
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Pharmaceutical Company Upgrades Network to Meraki

Daymark consultants are on the front lines every day listening to our customers’ pain points and then architecting and deploying solutions to help solve some of their toughest IT challenges. They have amassed a wealth of knowledge from these real-world experiences and are happy to share them. Today we sat down with Matthew Mansell, Senior Network Consultant at Daymark, to talk about a recent networking project at a pharmaceutical company with 400 employees and a multi-building campus.

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Tue, Mar 20, 2018
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Getting Schooled on VDI – One University’s Experience

When virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) first hit the market, the appeal of application control and security benefits were compelling, but early adopters found the stress on the backend infrastructure frequently caused performance issues and ultimately complaints from end users. Today, however, we’ve found that VDI can finally live up to its promises! We recently installed VMware View at a research lab in a major university. In this blog, Michael Chen, Daymark’s Senior Hybrid Datacenter Consultant, provides candid answers on The Lab’s deployment of VMware View.

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Thu, Mar 01, 2018
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