FRESH NEWS: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 Beta Released

Red HatRed Hat have announced exciting news about the next beta release for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 – Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4

The Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 beta release includes a broad set of updates to the existing feature set and provides rich new functionality in the areas of identity management, file system, virtualization, and storage as well as productivity tools.

Through collaboration with partners, customers and the open source community, we are committed to delivering technology that is tested and stable – including in the beta phase of development. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 demonstrates this commitment and has been designed for optimized performance, stability and flexibility to cater to today’s diverse workloads running in physical, virtual and cloud environments.

Key new features and enhancement details include:

Identity Management

  • System Security Services Daemon (SSSD) enhancements improve the interoperability experience with [Microsoft Active Directory] by providing centralised identity access control for Linux/Unix clients in a heterogeneous environment.
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Performance improvements with addition of Direct I/O

File system

  • pNFS (Parallel NFS) client (file layout only) remains in technology preview, however now delivers performance improvements with the addition of Direct I/O for faster data access. This drives particular performance benefits for I/O intensive use cases including database workloads.

Virtualization

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 now includes the Microsoft Hyper-V Linux drivers, which were recently accepted by the upstream Linux community, improving the overall performance of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 as a guest on Microsoft Hyper-V.
  • Installation support for VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V para-virtualization drivers. This new feature enhances the user deployment experience of Red Hat Enterprise Linux as a guest in either of these virtualization environments.
  • In this release, KVM virtualization virtio-scsi support, a new industry storage architecture, provides industry leading storage stack scalability.

Management

  • The use of swap functionality over NFS enables more efficient read/write tradeoffs between local system memory and remote disks. This capability increases performance in very large, disk-less server farms seen in ISP and Web hosting environments.
  • Enhancement in c-groups delivers the ability to migrate multi-threaded applications without errors.
  • Optimised perf tool for the latest Intel processors

Storage

  • New system log features identify mapping from block device name to physical device identifier – allowing an administrator to easily locate specific devices as needed.

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    Now with support for newer Wacom tablets

Productivity Tools

  • Microsoft interoperability improvements with Microsoft Exchange and calendar support in Evolution. Productivity functions, such as calendar support with alarm notification and meeting scheduling is improved.
  • Customers such as animation studios and graphic design houses now have support for the newer Wacom tablets.

Through this next beta release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, Red Hat is proud to deliver the highest quality open source enterprise platform. Red Hat looks to the community and their partners and customers for feedback to ensure Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 follows this path.

Access to the beta release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 is available here: https://rhn.redhat.com/rhn/software/channels/Beta.do.

Learn More about Red Hat Enterprise Linux at the Optimizing IT Virtual Event on Dec 5th and 6th

Join Red Hat for the virtual event on the 5th and 6th December 2012, covering virtualization, cloud computing, storage, and the Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system. Hear updates on Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, Red Hat Storage, Red Hat OpenShift, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and Red Hat CloudForms from customers, partners, and the broader Red Hat ecosystem.

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WEBINAR: Find out what users are doing on your Network

Users interact with the network in many different ways during an average day. They visit websites, send and receive email, download files from the Internet, upload photos and videos, perform online backups, and more. They can also — usually unwittingly — expose the network and themselves to intrusions, malware, viruses, phishing attacks, and other security risks.

Good visibility into user activity on your network can help you to troubleshoot problems when they arise; in many cases, it can help you to anticipate problems and prevent them from arising.

Join NetFort  on December 6th at 15:00 GMT for a webinar presented by Head of Technical Services at NetFort, Darragh Delaney that will give you valuable insight into exactly what users could be doing on your network.

During the webinar, NetFort will show you how to monitor different areas of the network including:

  • Sources of user data
  • Network traffic on the LAN and WAN
  • Internet activity
  • File shares
  • Mobile devices

Register today to reserve your seat.

About LANGuardian

LANGuardian captures and analyzes the traffic flowing through your network switch, stores it in a database, and displays the details in a web browser.

Offering a depth of insight into network activity that is unmatched by products costing ten times as much, LANGuardian helps network administrators troubleshoot bandwidth issues right across the network, perform network forensics on past events, investigate activity on Windows file shares, and keep track of user activity on the Internet.

The list of things you can do with LANGuardian is endless. Every customer finds unique ways to use it, solving problems they cannot solve with other tools.

You can deploy LANGuardian on any size of network, from a small office to a global enterprise.

LANGuardian deployment with multiple core switches

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OPTIMIZING IT RED HAT VIRTUAL EVENT

The Optimizing IT virtual event will showcase Red Hat’s continued commitment to customer success and enterprise innovation. Join Red Hat for the virtual event covering virtualization, cloud computing, storage, and the Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system. Hear updates on Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, Red Hat Storage, Red Hat OpenShift, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and Red Hat CloudForms from customers, partners, and the broader Red Hat ecosystem.

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux,
  • Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization,
  • Red Hat Storage,
  • Red Hat OpenShift,
  • Red Hat CloudForms

TOP 5 REASONS TO ATTEND

  1. TALK TO THE PROS: Access Red Hat experts directly to collaborate and identify the best ways to optimize your IT during both live events.
  2. EASY ACCESS: Attend technology optimization sessions, product update presentations, and hear the latest enhancements from Red Hat partners—all in one place, on your time, from anywhere.
  3. COLLABORATE WITH PEERS: Collaborate and interact with other customers, partners, and accelerated IT professionals.
  4. HEAR IT HERE FIRST: Get ahead of the curve and learn all of the latest enhancements and added value available from your existing Red Hat subscriptions.
  5. BUILD YOUR PLAN: Decide which sessions are best for you and create a plan to optimize your IT.

JOIN ONE OF TWO LIVE SESSIONS

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TAKE THE POLL

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Website Performance Monitoring solution that supports Sysadmins During Peak Online Shopping Season

SolarWinds, a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, have recently announced enhancements to its web application monitoring product SolarWinds Web Performance Monitor (WPM), formerly known as Synthetic End User Monitor (SeUM), just in time as systems administrators prepare for increased holiday online shopping demand.

Using Web Performance Monitoring, users have been able to track the response time and health of web applications and websites to help maintain business-critical uptime. This system helps discover whether or not after making changes to their website, the right changes have been made or improvements are still required by the user in order to get to the level in which they would want their website to be at.

Web application and website performance are critical to businesses as any unplanned downtime can lead to lost productivity, dissatisfied customers, lost revenue and more. With Cyber Monday and the holidays fast approaching, IT admins are on alert considering what this means to their e-commerce business and online user experience. In a survey* SolarWinds conducted among 71 IT professionals, 42 percent deem Cyber Monday an issue that requires proactive planning and monitoring.

Whether planning for Cyber Monday, a summertime holiday promotion or a geographic expansion, sysadmins should follow these tips to help keep websites and Web applications going strong:

  1. Test the impact of changes to website from the end-user’s perspective before the big event – Set alerts and establish normal performance baselines, then monitor each crucial step of transactions to identify problems and monitor from multiple locations to make sure all are performing optimally.
  2. Ensure adequate capacity for influx of user requests – Communication among all stakeholders is essential. Talk with teams, such as marketing, to anticipate challenges from any planned activities that may drive a spike, then use monitoring systems’ historical data to do 95th percentile load planning.
  3. Monitor availability and performance of the supporting infrastructure – Monitor everything you can, including shared storage, visualisation infrastructure, database, firewall and core network components and the WAN links to the outside world, and utilise IT staff or hosting providers to ensure any problems identified by monitoring solutions are quickly resolved.

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Using SolarWinds WPM, sysadmins can continuously monitor websites and Web applications, including those that are internal (behind the firewall), customer-facing, SaaS, and cloud-based to keep a proactive watch on the end user’s point of view. The latest version of WPM extends its application support to include Web-based Java applications such as Oracle forms and those served via the Citrix Web Interface.

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snom endpoints with Kerio Operator gives small and medium-size businesses a complete, end-to-end voice solution

snom technology AG, a leading developer of IP desktop phones and communications solutions, has recently announced interoperability with Kerio Operator an IP PBX phone system from Kerio Technologies.  snom VoIP endpoints can now be auto provisioned through Kerio Operator, enabling quick and easy installation and no-hassle management directly from the PBX. The following snom models are currently certified for the Kerio Operator solution: the snom 300, snom 320, snom 370, snom 710, snom 720, snom 760, snom 821 and snom 870 desktop phones; the snom M9 cordless DECT handset; the snom Meeting Point conference phone; and the snom PA1 public announcement system.

Combining snom endpoints with Kerio Operator gives small and medium-size businesses (SMBs) a complete, end-to-end voice solution.  Kerio Operator customers will gain access to the full range of snom endpoint phones to meet any staff requirement or business requirement.

“snom produces a dependable lineup of stylish, high performance desktop VoIP phones, including conference and public announcement systems and a cordless DECT handset that offer exception value to SMBs,” said James Gudeli, Vice President of Business Development at Kerio Technologies Inc. “We worked closely with snom to test their endpoints with Kerio Operator, and the validation process went smoothly. VARs will appreciate the seamless auto provisioning of these devices with Kerio Operator, whether building a phone system from the ground up or simply adding to an existing network.”

Kerio Operator is secure, flexible and can be set up and deployed within minutes. The system improves voice communications, controls telephony costs and allows users to stay connected anywhere, providing simplicity for employees and IT administrators.

Kerio Operator utilizes the industry-standard SIP VoIP protocol, is compatible with any snom IP phone, and will auto-configure with all snom endpoints.

“snom is committed to interoperability with a large number of SIP-based platforms and is pleased to have successfully completed the testing process with Kerio Operator’s premises-based and software solutions,” said Dr. Michael Knieling, snom technology AG Chief Operating Officer. “The ease of deployment and auto provisioning of snom endpoints with Kerio Operator is advantageous for both VARs and end customers looking for a complete IP telephony deployment.”

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Bitdefender talk Security for Virtualized Environments at Citrix Synergy 2012

Bitdefender exhibited at Citrix Synergy 2012 in Barcelona, one of Europe’s largest gatherings of virtualisation and cloud professionals, to showcase it’s its enterprise solutions, in particular the Bitdefender Security for Virtualized Environments solution.  Take a look at the video below where Robert Krauss, Director Enterprise Sales & Alliances, North America, Bitdefender and Bo Skeel, Sales Director Europe, Bitdefender, describe Bitdefender’s Security for Virtualized Environments (SVE), which delivers comprehensive, virtualisation-centric security for complex datacenters.

As proud Citrix Ready security technology provider, Bitdefender Security for Virtualized Environments (SVE) not only extends the advantages and value of XenServer and XenDesktop, it helps strengthen it, giving Citrix resellers another reason to be excited about the opportunities with Bitdefender solutions for both their current and new customers.

Bitdefender provides centralised management of virtual appliances creating comprehensive coverage across platforms. Organisations can reduce the financial, logistical and performance costs associated with traditional security approaches. Enterprises and cloud service providers (CSPs) with large scale deployments no longer have to choose between improved consolidation ratios and security.

FREE Technical Workshop in London in November to get hands-on with Bitdefender Security for Virtualized Environments and Cloud Security for Endpoints

Join Building Zones and Bitdefender for a FREE workshop on Thursday 22nd November, at Dryland Business Members’ Club in Kensington, London.

In this hands-on, technical session you will explore the features within Bitdefender Security for Virtualized Environments and Cloud Security for Endpoints. Discover how to leverage these products to enable you to securely migrate to a new way of working that dramatically cuts IT investment and boosts productivity.

Places are limited and we expect attendance to be high, so we highly recommend those interested, register now.

You can also learn more about the event on the registration page.

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Event: Discover secure new ways of working that cuts IT investment and boosts productivity this November 22nd in London

Join Building Zones and Bitdefender for a FREE workshop on Thursday 22nd November, at Dryland Business Members’ Club in Kensington, London.

In this hands-on, technical session you will explore the features within Bitdefender Security for Virtualized Environments and Cloud Security for Endpoints. Discover how to leverage these products to enable you to securely migrate to a new way of working that dramatically cuts IT investment and boosts productivity.

  • Learn how companies are using Bitdefender technologies, to secure an increasingly mobile and dispersed workforce.
  • Play with the technology in a demo environment, with Bitdefender experts on-hand to guide you though the process.
  • Hear the benefits that other organisations have experienced from choosing Bitdefender and Building Zones to secure their mobile workforce.

You will also get an opportunity to learn more about Work Different, share your workspace experience with companies like yours and to see the wonderful new office concept that is Dryland Business Members’ Club.

Places are limited and we expect attendance to be high, so register now.

You can learn more about Building Zones and Work Different at the Dryland Business Members’ Club in this video

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Learn how Cheshire Constabulary polices the network with dedicated monitoring and management system

Cheshire Constabulary has adopted software from SolarWinds to monitor and track the performance of its IT systems across the county.

The police force has headquarters in Winsford, between Manchester and Liverpool, and serves almost one million people in the North West.

To get the job done there are 4,000 employees across 45 sites, responsible for law enforcement for almost one million people and, as a result, there are a lot of IT systems and a lot of room for error.

“Prior to having a dedicated monitoring and management system, we found – more often than not – that our customers told us we had IT issues before we knew,” said Chris Newton, network and storage manager for Cheshire Constabulary.

The force was originally using HP Systems Insight Manager to try to keep on top of the performance of its servers and storage deployments, with the addition of Link Analyst for watching the network. However, it felt having two separate systems made the large-scale job more difficult.

Monitoring network performance

Newton was also looking for something he considered to be “proactive”, giving the ability to see and rectify bottlenecks in the infrastructure rather than reacting to issues once they had already happened.

SolarWinds NPM Intuitive LUCID Web Interface

“We wanted to have a single product that could monitor all the different aspects of our infrastructure,” he said.

Cheshire Constabulary decided on SolarWinds’ Network Performance Monitor (NPM) tool after viewing the free online demos the company prides itself on.

Read the full article on ComputerWeekly.com

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Kerio Technologies Updates its UTM Security Appliance for Cloud and Virtual Networks

Kerio Technologies this week announced Kerio Control 7.4, which adds VLAN support for easier network management of cloud, virtualised,and large environments. As corporate networks become more advanced and more stressed with employees adding their own devices, IT administrators are working hard to keep their network securely behind the firewall. Kerio Control 7.4 enables network admins to use VLANs to separate a large network into smaller, isolated segments, without incorporating additional switches or routers.                                                              Click image to enlarge

“Kerio Control 7.4 comes at a time when corporate networks are going through interesting changes. Everything from virtualization and cloud, to IPv6 has an impact on security,” said James Gudeli, vice president of business development, Kerio Technologies. “We have made a great deal of investment in new features that support these advanced networks and IT environments while still meeting the needs of our legacy customers.”

As Kerio Control has diverged from its Windows software version to Linux, we have created a Hyper-V software appliance so customers in Windows invested environments can still test and deploy the Linux software appliance on the Hypervisor.

Kerio Web Filter, an optional module of Kerio Control that prevents users from visiting websites that are known to contain malicious content, has been upgraded with HTTPS and embedded URL filtering. This ensures the network is not exposed by employees using encrypted Web connections or by accessing approved sites with embedded links to view inappropriate content.

Redesigned Kerio Control Statistics

Formerly Kerio StaR, the new Kerio Control statistics interface has a fresh new look along with support for groups, user photos and better rights management for accessing statistics and email reports. Administrators now have the flexibility to specify which groups to gather statistics for, assign group statistics access to any user (a director or VP for example) regardless of their group membership, and even allow users to access their own statistics data or email reports. Imagine your teams’ productivity gains if they could see just how much of their internet activity you are monitoring. Now that’s powerful.                                            Click image to enlarge

Admin Dashboard

The admin Dashboard, which is displayed as the default “home” screen upon login, provides admins with easy access to important system and license information, system health charts, traffic charts, connection status, bandwidth utilization, top active hosts and more. The Dashboard is completely customizable using a modular “tile” concept – admins can select which tiles to display and arrange tiles as they like on the dashboard page. Admins will also appreciate the redesigned charts and the new problem/alert notifications.                                                                                                                                                                  Click image to enlarge

Other Improvements

  • Allowing of incoming IPv6 connections
  • Improved charts
  • Better notification of problems
  • NTLM improvements

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Add Deep Packet Traffic Analysis and Integrated User Information seamlessly embedded into your Orion Dashboards

With NetFort LANGuardian you can see what’s happening on your network, including user activity, file and database queries, intrusion attempts, bandwidth usage, and Internet access – down to user and file level!   

  • Troubleshoot and solve network issues fast by drilling deeper into traffic-based information about individual users, files, web pages, and applications.
  • Manage bandwidth consumption easily by identifying the specific users, applications and websites that are consuming bandwidth on a virtual network, LAN, WAN or Internet link.
  • Manage Microsoft® file share activity by identifying the users who have accessed specific files, and report on which files have been deleted and by whom!

Download your FREE 30-day trial today, or request a call back to discover how you can add deep packet traffic analysis and integrated user information to your SolarWinds Orion implementation to easily monitor devices, activity and users – from a single pane of glass!

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