How ClearOS Gateway Management App Mitigated Against #wannacry

There’s no shortage of #wannacry #ransomware coverage across the board including mainstream media. The always-sound advice of keeping yourself patched with up-to-date vendor software continues to stand. However, that will never be enough.

Security must be approached in layers. To illustrate this need, let’s take a quick inventory of one sector of the vulnerable computers: end-of-life and past support Windows XP:

Even if all of the 230,000 known infections so far were Windows XP, that represents only 0.23% of vulnerable computers. Not to mention Server 2003 in existence and other unpatched Windows versions running SMBv1.

This paints a bleak picture of the coming days, weeks and months. For those who have been in the industry for two decades will remember Nimda. It is still alive 20 years later. I know Michael Proper remembers those days all too well...

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by David Redekop
Huge Improvements Coming To Microsoft Active Directory Connector

Engineers at ClearCenter have been working hard to improve the ease of use for users of Microsoft's Active Directory. As you may know, ClearOS is capable of connecting to Microsoft Active Directory via the ClearOS Active Directory Connector App found in the ClearOS Marketplace.

What you may not know is that connecting is about to get much easier. Improvements are now complete and entering the testing phases for those that want to join AD domains. Now, ClearOS will do much of the heavy lifting of pre-validation before domain joins of ClearOS to Microsoft Active Directory are completed.

This should make deployments of ClearOS in your Microsoft Windows Server environments much easier.

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by Colin Kelly
Alan E. Hall Joins ClearCenter Team as Non-Executive Chair

The MarketStar Founder and Chairman joins the ClearCenter leadership team and will leverage his experience in entrepreneurial and IT Channel sales success to help guide ClearCenter as it continues to experience rapid growth. 

ClearCenter welcomes Mr. Hall and his invaluable experience, vision and clarity of purpose. Mr. Hall founded MarketStar in 1988 with the goal to help other companies boost and maintain high levels of sales growth. In between 1988 to the time Mr. Hall sold MarketStar to the Omnicom Group in 2002, MarketStar had influenced sales of more than $13 billion for MarketStar’s customers including major computer hardware provider Hewlett-Packard. Mr. Hall continues his efforts to this day as Chairman of the company while MarketStar closes more than $6 billion in sales each year for its customers. 

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by Michael Proper
Secure and Enhance Your Productivity With The Kopano Communications App

Today ClearCenter welcomes Kopano to the ClearOS Marketplace. Kopano is an additional sharing & communication application to replace Microsoft Exchange. The integration into ClearOS's Directory and the streamlined integration into the ClearOS Marketplace will save ClearCenter's Partners hours on every installation.

Like ClearOS Kopano is built on open source. That means clarity about what you’re getting, easy integration, and a transparent business model. Kopano gives you flexible control of your data. Keep it either on-premises or in the cloud. Use our S/MIME add-on to focus on the identity of the sender and the privacy of your email.

Kopano helps you work smarter with people within and outside your organization. A single interface gives you email, contacts, advanced calendaring, file sharing, web meetings and more.

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by Colin Kelly
Tune In To Watch The All New Gateway Management Content Filter Rollout

ClearCenter is pleased to announce the initial release of the new Gateway Management platform delivering the next-generation Content Filter. This simple, new and disruptive Gateway Management App for ClearOS — in addition to select wireless and cellular systems — blocks productivity-sapping content while protecting networks and individual devices from attackers.


... This new product will be offered as a ClearCenter partner-exclusive app in the ClearOS Marketplace. The current beta program is by invitation only and will be rolling out over the next 45 days. More details can be found at www.gateway.management ...

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by Colin Kelly
ClearOS 7.3.0 Is Fully Released
ClearCenter is proud to announce the full release of ClearOS 7.3.

This is a minor release of ClearOS and focuses on important security updates as well as increased compatibility with computers running UEFI.
New Features Included in 7.3.0 Release and Since 7.2.0:
  • Reverse Proxy App
  • Domoticz IoT Automation 
  • Application Filter
  • Protocol Filter
  • APC™ Battery Backup Manager
  • Full support for UEFI booting...

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by Colin Kelly
ClearCenter Selects InWhatLanguage To Translate ClearOS Into 85+ Languages
ClearCenter has selected InWhatLanguage to provide machine translation of the ClearOS Web interface, Applications in the Marketplace, and other User Interface collateral for its flagship Open-Source product, ClearOS into 85+ languages. 
Not only will InWhatLanguage provide translations for ClearCenter but they also provide a translation platform (UNIFY) for the ClearFoundation Community members to help translate ClearOS.

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by Colin Kelly
TechRadar.com | Best Linux Distros For Small Businesses In 2017
Ranked Second ... "Because of its tight focus, ClearOS is actually easier to use than most server operating systems. That web interface makes installing this operating system's various components a breeze, so you'll be able to quickly get your business protected with a firewall, manage an email server, install a file server or more – all safe in the knowledge that each of these components will (most likely) work perfectly together"...

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by Colin Kelly
Hybrid Service Provider Seven Year Forecast

According to the 2017 January ISG Index we will see momentum building as continued public and hybrid cloud offerings ramp and traditional on-premise offerings will feel an impact as spending continues to shift from on-premise to off-premise, and we expect to see double-digit combined hybrid market(s) to start growing in 2017 and continuing to grow for many years to come.

If you are a Managed Service Provider (MSP) and apart of the growing declining market for traditional MSP services or traditional IT Out Sourcing services what is it going to take for you to explore new ways to embrace change, provide more value, scale your offerings, acquire more customers and make more money without allowing your clients to float away to the "cloud"? It's not more complicated than shifting to delivering combined and intelligently integrated offerings which include both Off-Premise and On-Premise solutions to your customers. Illustrated below...

Been saying this for years and finally, in Q4 2016 the data speaks for itself, declining 5% in a growing market. Don't believe me read the data for yourself.  2017 January ISG Index

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by Michael Proper
Utah Technology Council Hall Of Fame Then & Now

Drew Major - was the Lead Architect and Developer of NetWare" was inducted into the Utah Technology Councils Hall of Fame in 2005 as Drew Major was one of the founders of Novell and the lead architect and developer of NetWare for over 15 years. In 1981 Drew and his partners Kyle Powell, Dale Neibaur and Mark Hurst saw the value of enabling PCs to share files and other resources via local area networks (LAN). By 1991 NetWare was the “killer app” that was driving PC and most LAN deployments. Drew was inducted into the National Computer Industry Hall of Fame in 1999. He continues to be a passionate developer of high-performance network server software.

What will the next killer app be? Will it be Cloud-Based (Off-Premise)  or LAN-Based (On-Premies) or a combination (hybrid) of both? And who on this amazing list (from right to left) of industry leaders do you think could lead the next charge? ...

 

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by David Politis
Achieve Seamless Interaction Between People & Things Running Domoticz on ClearOS

Domoticz is a lightweight automation system that lets you monitor and configure miscellaneous devices, including lights, switches, various sensors/meters like temperature, rainfall, wind, ultraviolet (UV) radiation, electricity usage/production, gas consumption, water consumption and much more. Notifications/alerts can be sent to any mobile device or viewed via a modular interface. 

Domoticz leverages the XMPP protocol with extensions for IoT (Internet of Things). To manage to get different companies to communicate to each other devices XMPP-IoT is a new initiative from XMPP.org to make interoperability happen. The xmpp protocol is an IoT ecosystem already today, with it being fully open, supporting different business models and with easy integration of devices between the involved companies...

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by Colin Kelly
Sorry, You’re Not A Cloud Services Provider (CSP)

"Thousands of VARs now resell Microsoft Office 365, Google G Suite, Box and other top 25 SaaS platforms. Quite a few of those resellers have warmly embraced the cloud services provider (CSP) term as their own. But the CSP pretenders won’t be around for long.

When public cloud services began to grab hold, I considered brands like Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Windows Azure (which lost the “Windows” moniker in 2014) as the world’s true CSPs. Gradually, I opened my mind to realize CSP services largely involved IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS).

Around the time I left my previous job in mid-2014, quite a few observers were asking me if all MSPs (and some VARs) would somehow transform into CSPs. My answer back then — and today — is absolutely not. Overall, I think the lines between VAR and MSP have largely disappeared. But those MSPs aren’t somehow transforming into the next AWS or Azure. Instead, they’re following Rackspace’s lead and introducing managed services for third-party clouds."...

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by Joe Panettieri

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