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This guide discusses various VMware vCenter Server™ deployment scenarios supported to manage your VxRail Clusters. It is intended for customers, Dell EMC Sales Teams and field engineers involved in selling, planning and installing VxRail, including Dell EMC sales and support personnel. vCenter Server is the centralized platform for managing a VMware environment. It is the primary point of management for both server virtualization and vSAN and is the enabling technology for advanced capabilities such as vMotion, Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) and HA. vCenter scales to enterprise levels where a single vCenter can support up to 1,000 hosts (VxRail nodes) and 10,000 virtual machines.

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TeraSky - The Global VMware Partner of the Year - Achieves All Seven VMware Master Services Competencies

TeraSky | November 10, 2021

TeraSky, a leading advanced technology solutions provider, has successfully achieved its seventh VMware Master Services Competency in Cloud Foundation. Having recently won VMware's Partner of the Year, this latest achievement further cements TeraSky's elite partner status: they are one of only a few worldwide to achieve all seven of VMware's master-level certifications. VMware's Master Services Competencies (MSC) identify VMware partners that demonstrate excellence in both VMware product expertise and customer service. This most recent TeraSky achievement, the Cloud Foundation Competency, specifically designates expertise in delivering business outcomes for data center modernization, application modernization and hybrid cloud use cases. Achieving this competency demonstrates a deep expertise in server, storage, and network virtualization, as well as cloud management and automation and an ability to architect, design, build and operate an integrated solution. The other competencies held by TeraSky include Cloud Management and Automation, Cloud Native, Data Center Virtualization, Digital Workspace, Network Virtualization, and VMWare Cloud on AWS. "Achieving all available VMware master services competencies is a goal we set for ourselves from the outset of our partnership with VMware, and we are thrilled to have officially reached number seven. This milestone is further testament to our deep investment in developing and maintaining our own expertise in order to provide the highest level of service." Ofir Abekasis, CEO, TeraSky TeraSky absorbs the increasing complexity of new technologies, knowledge, and methodologies to help companies integrate solutions with simplicity and ease. With this seventh VMware Master Services Competency, TeraSky further increased their lead in the industry in Israel, the USA, and EMEA, supporting VMware client needs at every stage of digital transformation. About TeraSky TeraSky crafts masterful solutions for companies anywhere on the digitalization spectrum, from conventional businesses undergoing digital transformations to born-to-the-cloud startups facing the challenges of expansion and scale. Partnering with the world's leading technology providers, our elite team of forward-thinkers and competent doers designs and builds applications and data infrastructures in clouds and datacenters. We help our customers beat the complexity of modern IT, meet their business goals - and transform with confidence.

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Cisco's 6 Unpatched Internal Servers Supporting Virtual Networking Service Compromised

Cisco | June 01, 2020

Cisco gave no details on exactly what, if any, damage was done as a result of the attacks, but said a "limited set of customers" was impacted. Despite this warning, Cisco placed six servers in service on May 7 that were not patched against these vulnerabilities, and the servers were immediately attacked. The vulnerabilities in SaltStack were originally uncovered by security firm F-Secure. Six internal servers that Cisco uses to support its virtual networking service were compromised earlier this month after the company failed to patch two SaltStack zero day vulnerabilities, according to a security advisory sent to customers this week. Cisco gave no details on exactly what, if any, damage was done as a result of the attacks, but said a "limited set of customers" was impacted. If exploited, these zero-day vulnerabilities potentially could have allowed an attacker to gain full remote code execution within the servers. In its Thursday advisory, Cisco states that on April 29, the Salt Open Core team informed those using the SaltStack open-source configuration management and orchestration tool about two critical-rated vulnerabilities, an authentication bypass flaw, CVE-2020-11651, and a directory traversal problem, CVE-2020-11652. Read More: Virtualized Desktop Infrastructure and Storage Solutions Driving Intel's Optane Memory & Storage Sales Despite this warning, Cisco placed six servers in service on May 7 that were not patched against these vulnerabilities, and the servers were immediately attacked, the company acknowledges. "A software component of the Cisco Virtual Internet Routing Lab service was affected by a third-party software vulnerability that was disclosed in late April. Cisco applied the patch in May, and a limited set of customers were impacted by exploitation attempts of the vulnerability," a company spokesperson tells Information Security Media Group. SaltStack Vulnerabilities The vulnerabilities in SaltStack were originally uncovered by security firm F-Secure, which describes them as allowing an attacker "to bypass all authentication and authorization controls and publish arbitrary control messages, read and write files anywhere on the 'master' server file system and steal the secret key used to authenticate to the master as root. The impact is full remote command execution as root on both the master and all minions that connect to it." SaltStack published its own advisory on April 20 and patched the vulnerabilities the following week with the release of versions 2019.2.4 and 3000.2, Alex Peay, a senior vice president at SaltStack, tells ISMG. Cisco's six servers that were compromised are used to support Internet Routing Lab Personal Edition, or VIRL-PE, and Modeling Labs Corporate Edition, or CML, a platform that enables engineers to emulate various Cisco operating systems, including IOS, IOS XR, and NX-OS, Cisco says in the advisory. The servers are: • us-1.virl.info • us-2.virl.info • us-3.virl.info • us-4.virl.info • vsm-us-1.virl.info • vsm-us-2.virl.info The exploitability of the vulnerabilities in the six servers depends upon how the products that the servers' support are enabled. The company advises those using Cisco CML and Cisco VIRL-PE software releases 1.5 and 1.6, which have the salt-master service reachable on TCP ports 4505 and 4506, to inspect the software for compromise, re-image it and then patch it with the latest update. F-Secure described the unpatched vulnerabilities as particularly easy to exploit. "We expect that any competent hacker will be able to create 100% reliable exploits for these issues in under 24 hours," F-Secure says. Attackers Looked for Easy Exploits Peay of SaltStack added that exploits immediately began to show up after the patches were released and publicized as malicious actors attempted to take advantage of the zero-day vulnerabilities before companies were able to install patches. Scott Caveza, research engineering manager at the security firm Tenable, offers a quick rundown of how threat actors use patch information to crack a system. Attackers will often review the code and look at what changes have been made in a patch or release update to determine how the fix was applied. Then working backwards, they can use this information to develop a working exploit and begin scanning and probing for targets across the internet, Scott Caveza, research engineering manager at the security firm Tenable. SaltStack went to great lengths to communicate the problem to its users and offer tools so mitigation efforts were conducted properly, Peay says. This included direct assistance for those lacking skills handling SaltStack along with a service that would scan to validate that the patches were properly applied, he adds. Some security experts question why Cisco did not immediately patch its servers when it was notified of the zero day vulnerabilities. There are management tools that can help with the automation of checking, but even that requires someone setting it up to check for a version of software on a set of servers, so in the end it's the IT person who has to do the work, Jayant Shukla, CTO and co-founder of K2 Cyber Security. Caveza of Tenable notes identifying systems that need a patch involves IT staff checking the version of SaltStack and verifying that versions 2019.2.4, 3000.2 or later have been applied. He points out that plugins are available to assist with this task. Read More: How Virtualization Helps Businesses Overcome Cloud Migration Problems About Cisco Cisco enables people to make powerful connections--whether in business, education, philanthropy, or creativity. Cisco hardware, software, and service offerings are used to create the Internet solutions that make networks possible--providing easy access to information anywhere, at any time.

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MemVerge Big Memory Technology Speeds Genomic Analytic Processes for Penn State Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

MemVerge | September 22, 2021

MemVerge, the pioneers of Big Memory software, announced Memory Machine™ Big Memory virtualization software has been selected by Penn State Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences to speed the genomic analytic processing for plant DNA research to develop more sustainable plant products. At the forefront of research and development, Penn State Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences seeks to find solutions to pressing health and agriculture issues and their interaction with the environment. To achieve this, Penn State has become a go-to place for analyzing and accessing dispersed and large data in an effort to facilitate transformative life sciences discoveries by enabling path-breaking research, simulating innovation, and inspiring work in a collaborative environment. Among its flagship research projects is the analysis of plant DNA sequencing to identify opportunities to develop plants - from cocoa to apples - that can better sustain droughts, diseases and achieve longer transportation and shelf life, which is important to improve food supplies for third world nations. To achieve this research, the bioscientists at Penn State must analyze genome sequences that are even more complex than human genomes. Using traditional analytic methods, it could take weeks to process specific workloads and running jobs can often fail as data is much larger than the available compute memory. Using MemVerge Memory Machine memory virtualization software, Penn State has been able to accelerate discovery for its plant DNA research. By deploying a pool of software-defined DRAM and persistent memory (PMem), the life sciences institute has been able to speed the completion of their analytic pipeline and run jobs that it hasn't been able to process before. "MemVerge Memory Machine has been a game-changing technology for our plant DNA research," said Claude dePamphilis, Director of the Center for Parasitic and Carnivorous Plants at Penn State Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences. "The innovative technology helps us achieve DRAM-like performance from a mixed memory configuration. This has not only dramatically increased our time to research findings but has also saved us considerable budget in the process." Memory Machine software provided scientists at Penn State with transparent access to virtualized DRAM and PMem memory and ZeroIO™ Snapshot technology. The in-memory snapshot technology allows researchers to roll back workloads quickly to specific points in time for adaptive analyses and ensure resilience with lightning-fast crash recovery. This allows new genomic testing to continue without downtime. "The genomic sequencing use case at Penn State is an exceptional example of how Big Memory technology can overcome the barriers presented by the 'data bigger than memory' problem," said Charles Fan, CEO of MemVerge. "By eliminating the boundaries of traditional compute infrastructure and creating a memory fabric that can cost-effectively support the memory-intensive processes applications such as genomics analytics require, we are changing the landscape of what is possible. Memory is no longer a limitation for applications such as genomics sequencing, in-memory databases and other data-intensive usages such as animation and VFX. We're opening the door for increased innovation, landmark research findings and better health outcomes." MemVerge Memory Machine makes 100% use of available memory capacity while providing new operational capabilities to memory-centric workloads. Memory Machine answers the need for a modern in-memory computing model to support emerging applications that require real-time analytics, true in-memory computing, and fault-tolerant memory persistence to speed massive processing workloads. About MemVerge Memory is too small. Storage is too slow. In response, MemVerge is pioneering the new category of Big Memory Computing that simultaneously delivers the nanosecond performance of memory with the massive capacity of storage. MemVerge® Memory Machine™ Software transparently virtualizes different types of memory hardware into a pool of software-defined memory with the same performance of DRAM, but with many times the capacity. On top of the transparent memory service, Memory Machine provides the industry's first suite of data services that can provision petabytes of capacity, performance, availability, and mobility at the speed of memory and across the clouds.

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Spotlight

This guide discusses various VMware vCenter Server™ deployment scenarios supported to manage your VxRail Clusters. It is intended for customers, Dell EMC Sales Teams and field engineers involved in selling, planning and installing VxRail, including Dell EMC sales and support personnel. vCenter Server is the centralized platform for managing a VMware environment. It is the primary point of management for both server virtualization and vSAN and is the enabling technology for advanced capabilities such as vMotion, Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) and HA. vCenter scales to enterprise levels where a single vCenter can support up to 1,000 hosts (VxRail nodes) and 10,000 virtual machines.