The Perfect Cybersecurity Storm
If you read between the lines a bit in IDG’s recent CSO article, “Top 5 cybersecurity facts” two serious issues are colliding to create a perfect storm. Cyber theft is the fastest growing form of crime with damage expected to hit $6 trillion annually by 2021. Also by 2021, there is a shortfall predicted of more than 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs. Yikes.

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by Colin Kelly
Open Source Can Help to Ease Fear Over Security
According to an article in MSSP Alert, U.S. cyber defenses may not be able to withstand a withering security attack aimed at government and critical infrastructure targets. Linus Torvalds famously said, “Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow.”

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by Colin Kelly
Watch HPE and Michael Proper on Spiceworks TV to win an Oculus Rift

Join the Spiceworks community for the On the Air with HPE show featuring ClearCenter CEO Michael Proper next Wensdsay, July 12, 2017 at 10:00 AM CDT. One lucky attendee will win an Oculus Rift - VR Headset! HPE and ClearCenter are partnering to offer ClearOS on HPE ProLiant to SMB customers to make it very easy to deploy servers, networking, and gateway systems.

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by Colin Kelly
The Windows 10 Leak Could Be Positive For Microsoft
Recently source code for a few Windows 10 builds was leaked to betaarchive.com and temporarily available for anyone to download.

According to an article in The Register, the leak will make it easier for hackers to find exploitable bugs. From ClearCenter's perspective, this will only help the newer versions of Windows to become more secure or kill the viability of a closed Windows platform altogether, forcing Microsoft desktop OS versions into the open source World.

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by Colin Kelly
MicroServer Gen10 Intro Video from HPE
Check out the video below to learn more about HPE’s new ProLiant MicroServer Gen10. There is a lot of power packed into this small cube. It features AMD’s accelerated processing unit (APU) and 2 DisplayPort connectors allowing you to connect 2 4K monitors. You get 4 drive bays for plenty of storage. It even includes 2 NIC cards allowing it to function as a gateway and protect your LAN.

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by Colin Kelly
Live on theCUBE
Peter Schrady, SVP & GM, ProLiant Servers & SMB Enterprise Segments at HPE is live on set with  Michael Proper, Founder and CEO of ClearCenter. Interviewed by John Furrier and Dave Vellante during HPE Discover 2017 in Las Vegas.

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by Colin Kelly
Performance and Throughput on HPE's Gen10 MicroServer
ClearCenter’s David Redekop shows the incredible performance/throughput of the new HPE Gen10 MicroServer utilizing its 2 NICs and ClearOS running the Gateway.Management app with filtering turned on.

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by Colin Kelly
Gen10 MicroServer Team Photo at Discover 2017
Congratulations to the team responsible for HPE’s ProLiant MicroServer Gen10! During the HPE Discover 2017 Las Vegas show, we gathered together some of the individuals from HPE and ClearCenter who were involved with the Gen10 MicroServer’s creation for a group photo.

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by Colin Kelly
Simple, Secure and Affordable SMB Solutions Panel
Shab Madina, Manager, Rack and Tower Product Planning HPE moderates a panel featuring ClearCenter CEO Michael Proper, Projipro CEO Mark Warburton, Trizon President Steve Wilson.

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by Colin Kelly
Day 4: HPE Discover 2017 Las Vegas
It was a great week for ClearCenter at the HPE Global Partner Summit and Discover 2017 Las Vegas shows. News of ClearOS shipping preloaded on select HPE ProLiant servers spread quickly throughout the show driving people to booth 519 looking for solutions in the SMB space.

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by Colin Kelly
Day 3: HPE Discover 2017 Las Vegas
Today Peter Schrady, Senior Vice President & General Manager, ProLiant Servers & SMB Enterprise Segments at HPE and Michael Proper, Founder and CEO of ClearCenter were interviewed by theCUBE’s John Furrier and Dave Vellante.

Also, David Redekop showed the incredible performance/throughput of the new HPE Gen10 MicroServer utilizing its 2 NICs and ClearOS running the Gateway.Management with filtering turned on.

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by Colin Kelly
DAY 2: HPE Discover 2017 Las Vegas
Today ClearCenter CEO Michael Proper was onstage at HPE Discover 2017 Las Vegas as a panelist in the Global Partner Summit Spotlight Session.

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by Colin Kelly
Launch Event Video - HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) officially launched its new ProLiant MicroServer Gen10 at the HPE Discover 2017 Las Vegas show. The HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10 was officially unveiled by Alain Andreoli (HPE Senior Vice President and General Manager, DCIG), Peter Schrady (Senior Vice President & General Manager, ProLiant Servers & SMB Enterprise Segments), and Michael Proper (Founder and CEO of ClearCenter).

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by Colin Kelly
Day 1: HPE Discover 2017 Las Vegas
Amazing first day at HPE’s Global Partner Summit and Discover 2017 Las Vegas shows.

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by Colin Kelly
HPE Partners with ClearCenter to Simplify IT for Small and Medium Businesses
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE:HPE) today announced an exclusive partnership with ClearCenter, a leading open source platform provider, to offer ClearOS, a Linux-based operating system on HPE ProLiant servers. Tailored to fit the IT needs of small and medium businesses by consolidating server, gateway and networking functionality, HPE and ClearCenter deliver a powerful IT solution with a simple web-based user interface and a built-in application marketplace, making IT deployments for SMBs simple, secure and economical.

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by Colin Kelly
Day 0: HPE Discover 2017 Las Vegas
We’re onsite this week at the Sands Expo and Convention Center for HPE’s Global Partner Summit and Discover 2017 Las Vegas shows.

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by Colin Kelly
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.

*Marks belong to their respective owners.

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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