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Secure by Default – Why did it take something like GDPR to do this?

Secure by Default – Why did it take something like GDPR to do this?

I look at Twitter, and see everyone talking about the massive amounts of emails surrounding the changes companies are having to make as a result of GDPR. What is GDPR? Well if you like to read legislation, you can start here: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/HTML/?uri=CELEX:32016R0679&from=EN. That’s a lot of info and legalese. One of the things that I took from reading the GDPR legislation, was that data needs to be secure by default. Data doesn’t need to be secured after the fact, but by…

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How long does it take to… Enable vSAN Encryption?

How long does it take to… Enable vSAN Encryption?

With the addition of Data at Rest Encryption to vSAN in 6.6, I get this question… A LOT. Typical questions The typical question is something like this: “Hey Jase, how long will it take me to enable vSAN Encryption on my vSAN cluster?” Sometimes I’ll also get a “And I have 6 nodes with X much capacity, Y cache devices, and I’m using Z storage policy.” Asking this question is like asking “Hey Jase, how long will it take for…

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Quick update & Info on VMworld 2015 Sessions

Quick update & Info on VMworld 2015 Sessions

It has been a while since I’ve posted.  Really heads down lately, getting to know my new role.  As a refresher, I’ve moved from a Field Support role as a vSpecialist at EMC to a Tech Marketing role at VMware in the Storage and Availability group. As much as I’d like to say I’m done with drinking from the firehose, I’m really not.  I’m focusing on Virtual SAN, and the partner ecosystem that works with it.  Lots to learn &…

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VMware vCSA 5.5 – Ready for Prime-time & the War Fighter

VMware vCSA 5.5 – Ready for Prime-time & the War Fighter

At VMworld US in San Francisco last week, VMware had quite a few different announcements around the 5.5 release of vSphere. Announcements around the vCenter Server Appliance really hit home for me in the Federal space. Ready for Prime-time In vSphere 5.5, the vCenter Server Appliance limitations have been extremely raised when using the vCenter Server Appliance: Previous to vSphere 5.5, the limits were: 5 vSphere Hosts 50 Virtual Machines With vSphere 5.5, the limits are now: 100 vSphere Hosts…

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SCR331 Smart Card Reader – 5.25 Firmware Update & Windows 7

SCR331 Smart Card Reader – 5.25 Firmware Update & Windows 7

I have been doing some reorganizing lately, and I ran across a “broken” Smart Card reader. It was “broken” because it would not work in Windows Vista.  Personally, I wouldn’t consider “not working in Vista” a reason for something to be “broken.” Really Broken? So I began to look deeper into this “broken” SCR, and see what the deal was.  It is a SCM Microsystems SCR331. From the above link, it would appear that they still support the SCR331.  So…

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