New Ransonware WannaCry Spreading Like Wildfire

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On March 14, 2017 – Microsoft released Critical Security Patch MS17-010 – to resolve vulnerabilities in SMBv1 protocol effecting all Microsoft Windows versions from Vista to Windows Server 2016 and Server Core versions. Windows XP was not patched as it is no longer supported and has not been for over 3 years now! Please make sure you update your servers and workstations ASAP!

Open Threat Exchange WannaCry Indicators – https://otx.alienvault.com/pulse/5915db384da2585b4feaf2f6/?utm_medium=Email&utm_source=Customer&utm_content=170512&utm_campaign=USM-Appliance_WC-Update&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTVRnME4yUTVNMkZtTmpkbCIsInQiOiJWd1JNdTdQb2JoNkdCZmZmMW16Y3hpdjFIMFBvbnhZaFdhRnN1U1huZXZtdjFqT2tybW9MRTlUempuN1FyOVpNcHJVRk5UYUlHZVlQMUNmWVhycUFGR0xMU3hjSVV6NTBwdlhRZEdzeEtoME1HZDBMUlVVY0luYzNUd1I4THl5cyJ9 

Contact VPLS today to see how we can help defend your network and computers against Ransomware using our premium security solutions from Fortinet, AlienVault, Webroot and more!

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VPLS Achieves Nimble Storage Cloud Service Provider Premier Status

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Orange, CA – March 7, 2017 – VPLS, a leading provider of Cloud, Backup and Disaster Recovery Solutions, today announced it has been awarded Premier status with the Nimble Storage Cloud Service Provider Program. Nimble Storage is the leader in predictive cloud infrastructure, giving businesses the fastest, most reliable access to data. The Nimble Storage Predictive Cloud platform offers predictive analytics combined with flash storage to radically simplify IT operations in the data center and in the cloud.

VPLS has been a committed Nimble Storage customer and partner since 2012 with VPLS Solutions systems integration practice recently achieving Gold status. VPLS offers a unique Nimble Storage Replication as a Service offering which allows our customers to replicate their Nimble Storage data to VPLS’s Nimble arrays in geographically diverse data centers located in El Segundo, CA, Phoenix, AZ and Ashburn, VA. VPLS also has the capability for customers to spin up their Virtual Machines (VM) in the event of a disaster with 30 minute SLA’s per VM.

Over 10,000 customers use Nimble for their on-premise private clouds, SaaS and managed services. The Nimble Predictive Cloud platform allows businesses to deploy workloads flexibly on flash arrays, converged infrastructure and public cloud, without fear of lock-in. Nimble All Flash and Adaptive (Hybrid) Flash arrays deliver a consolidation solution with common data services. Any combination of All Flash and Adaptif Flash arrays can be seamlessly clustered and managed as a single entity. Nimble InfoSight Predictive Analytics (included with all arryas) anticipate and prevent issues across the infrastructure stack, and have helped Nimble achieve greater than 99.9999% availability.

“VPLS is truly honored to receive Cloud Service Provider Premier status distinction with Nimble Storage,” said Tim Mektrakarn, Chief Operating Officer of VPLS Inc.  “Nimble Storage is known to be successful when addressing the challenges Service Providers such as VPLS face in the cloud market.”

“At Nimble Storage, we are committed to providing our partners with a combination of best-in-class storage solutions and comprehensive enablement resources, which we believe will prove invaluable in bringing the Nimble Predictive Cloud platform to enterprises worldwide,” said Leonard Iventosch, vice president of worldwide channel sales at Nimble Storage. “We know that the success of our organization is dependent on our partners’ ability to successfully and independently sell our products and solutions. Because of this, we’ve fostered a global network of partners to provide enterprises access to our innovative storage solutions.”

About VPLS Inc.
VPLS Inc, is a worldwide leader in dedicated, cloud and managed services, hosting well over 15,000 servers and 5,000,000 websites. Our hosting brands are ranked in the top 2000 websites in the world and top 300 in China and South Korea. VPLS’s portfolio of products and services covers all aspects of the Internet such as Infrastructure as a Service Public and Private Cloud deployments, Backup and Disaster Recovery Solutions, Networking, Security, Storage, Web Design and Development and much more.

Through our services division, VPLS Solutions, LLC., we’re able to combine best in breed technologies from vendors such as Brocade, Fortinet, Palo Alto, Nimble Storage, VMware and Supermicro to power our services and solutions. VPLS’s unique background and history set us apart from other technology solutions provider in that we use whatever we sell. Our engineers have first-hand experience on the products they are selling and servicing.

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Veeam Cloud Connect

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Offsite Backups with Veeam Cloud Connect

These days, offsite backups are an absolute must, both for protection from disaster at your business, and in the event that a security breach occurs on your network, with your data assets then held hostage. While both of these situations might seem like remote possibilities, or an extreme case that only happens in the news, the truth is that at any time of the day and on any day of the year, it can happen to you and your business. If either one of those ‘remote’ possibilities should strike at your company, Veeam Cloud Connect can literally be a life-saver, and can save you from having to endure days of downtime, or something even worse.

Backups with a Company You Trust

If you already have Veeam installed at your facility, you know the value of an ‘always-on’ network, and making your enterprise goods and services available to clients around the clock – AND, you are ideally positioned to take advantage of Veeam Cloud Connect backup services offered by VPLS Inc., the company which has a long list of impressive credentials as a service provider.

When you are storing your priceless data assets off-site, you want to choose a provider which has geographic redundancy built into its physical location strategy – like the seven distinct sites VPLS has. And you probably want to put your trust in a company that hosts more than 10,000 servers and over 5 million websites – like VPLS Inc. does. And you may feel pretty comfortable about storing your backups with a company whose engineers hold more than 300 certifications in network-related areas of expertise – like VPLS engineers do.

Veeam Cloud Connect Backup with VPLS Inc.

The VPLS Veeam Cloud Connect backup service provides a point-to-point private link between two public networks, eliminating the need for VPN tunnels. In-transit data is protected by 256-bit encryption, so there is no point of vulnerability, either while stationary or during transmission. Assuming your business is already a Veeam-user, you can have total visibility into any Veeam Cloud Connect job which you’ve initiated, which lets you know the status at any point in time. Should the occasion call for it, you will also have the capability of initiating a restore from the Cloud Repository to quickly resolve any issue you may have with security or data corruption.

If disaster should befall your enterprise, your disaster plan can be centered around starting up a VM in the VPLS data center which is geographically closest to you. Your Veeam Cloud Connect service will also allow you to take advantage of replication speeds which are 50 times faster than normal, while also using just a fraction of the bandwidth you would otherwise require.

Faster replication, reduced bandwidth, VPLS company reputation for being ultra-reliable, skilled professionals, and world-class support – you get all this when you choose VPLS Inc. as your Veeam Cloud Connect service provider. If you need any more convincing that VPLS Inc. is the provider you should be working with for your critical offsite backups – the company’s ultra-fast response times, high ethical standards, and impressive record of first-class customer service has earned VPLS an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

Contact VPLS now to learn more about Veeam $1000 free Cloud Services!

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Managed Malware and Endpoint Protection

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The occurrence of malware attacks, particularly those involving ransomware, continued to plague American businesses at an alarming rate in 2016, with more than 50% of all businesses suffering at least one attack during the year. In tandem with that chilling statistic is a revelation from a survey conducted by Osterman Research, which showed that only about 4% of all executives felt their companies were secure against the threat of cyber attack.

Growing maturity of cyber attacks

In the worst statistical month of 2016 (March), there were more than 56,000 ransomware attacks alone, and the level of malware maturity and sophistication is increasingly alarming. Ransomware criminals have become so fiercely competitive among themselves that they have begun to hack each other, and release decryption keys so as to undermine competing groups. Additionally, ransomware developers are making their software available to criminal newcomers for profit (Ransomware as a Service [RaaS]), which increases the value of their own creations, and simultaneously proliferates the number of overall attackers in business.

From these survey findings, it would be easy to conclude that in the war against cyber crime, the bad guys are winning. But there is hope. The maturity and technological advancement of security strategies developed by some firms has also taken a quantum leap forward, and when coupled with a company-wide awareness of security threats, it is still possible to avoid the predations of criminal-minded Internet opportunists. One of the best of these solutions is the managed malware and endpoint protection offered by VPLS Solutions, a company headquartered in California, but also having a powerful presence around the globe.

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Managed malware and endpoint protection

VPLS’ comprehensive package called Managed Security Solutions, incorporates the best security practices for all of the following:

  • end point protection powered by Cylance
  • network architecture
  • internal Incident Response workflows
  • attack prevention
  • vulnerability and patch management
  • assessment of internal hosts
  • assessment of externally-facing services, commonly used by cyber-attackers to secure entry

As you might expect, the only good answer to cyber attack is preparedness and prevention of the invasion – once your security umbrella has been breached, the cost can quickly skyrocket, and your company may have little or no recourse but to pay the ransom demanded, or throw the towel in and admit defeat. This is even more true today than ever, because cyber criminals now make it a point to delete archives and backups immediately upon entry, so a company is left with no data to fall back on while ransom demands are being made.

Recognizing the critical importance of preparedness and prevention, VPLS’ endpoint protection solution emphasizes these strategies:

  • utilizes the enormous power of artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities to predict and automatically implement prevention tactics prior to the execution of an attack
  • reduction of the impact employees can have on security by making strategic use of advanced endpoint security products and shields
  • education of company employees about the greatest points of vulnerability and best practices for avoidance of penetration
  • prevention of malware execution at the point of attack, before it has a chance to access interior databases and infrastructure
What VPLS can do for your company

As a Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) for the Cylance security system, VPLS can arrange for licensing of the Cylance product and provide all consulting required by your company in setting up your barrier against attack. This will include a baseline assessment of your company’s current security profile and readiness against intrusions. Points of vulnerability will be identified and given specific attention during the implementation of CylancePROTECT, and employees will be instructed about how to do their part in maintaining company security.

VPLS is a respected global leader in hosted services, managing more than 10,000 servers which support in excess of 5,000,000 websites across multiple countries of the world. With a highly ranked and well-recognized hosting brand, the company has earned the trust and confidence of companies both large and small throughout the entire world. With a rock-solid hosting company, and a comprehensive security solution like Cylance’s malware and endpoint protection, you can rest easy about your company’s preparedness against cyber intrusions.

Protect your data assets

The old saying about ‘time is money’ has never been more true than today, and it has never been more aptly applied than to the business world of modern times. The prolonged downtime that your company might experience due to a cyber attack can be crippling to your business, and the cost of recovering from such an attack could even threaten your company’s existence. To find out about a managed security solution that will reduce or eliminate that kind of threat, call VPLS today and protect the valuable data assets which are the foundation of your business.

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Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 General Release!

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downloadFor businesses that make use of Veeam software on the premises, these are good times indeed, because the product just keeps getting better, and for service companies such as VPLS Inc., that also means service to Veeam clients keeps getting better and better. Organizations across the country have discovered that modern business requirements have necessitated a serious upgrade from legacy backup systems, which simply cannot guarantee availability in the same way that Veeam backups can.

In fact, more than 82% of U.S. CIO’s have asserted that there is a significant gap between the availability needed by internal customers, and what the I.T. department can actually provide. This being the case, a completely reliable Veeam Cloud Connect service such as from VPLS Inc. represents the best way to take the leap into the modern ‘Always On’ level of service for Veeam offsite backups and Veeam offsite replication.

The newest product release is called Veeam Availability Suite 9.5, and it is so loaded with new features and extra functionality, that it’s hard to believe it’s designated a ‘.5 release’ rather than a full new release on its own.

Veeam Availability Suite 9.5

Many of the enhancements originally introduced in version 9.0 have been extended and refined in 9.5 to provide even greater service levels for organizations, with even faster Veeam cloud backup and replication than was previously possible. There are also features included in 9.5 which smooth the pathway for business growth by providing built-in scalability, without losing the up-time demanded by internal customers. Here are some of the key features included in this new release:

  • Increased scalability – Scalability enhancements include faster Veeam backup to cloud performance, quicker restores of large-size virtual machines, and load reduction on both primary and backup storage.
  • Advanced ReFS integration – This improves capacity efficiencies for large-scale data sets, and ensures the protection of your most critical applications through the rapid cloning of VM backups. Backup Windows are shortened, while backup storage loads and backup storage capacity consumption are both lowered. Background data corruption is constantly monitored to ensure the integrity of your company’s data.
  • Integration with Microsoft 2016 – This new release provides full support for Microsoft 2016 Data Center Technologies, including the latest versions of Active Directory, Exchange, SQL Server, SharePoint, Hyper-V 2016, and Windows Server 2016.
  • Direct Restore to Azure – In the Availability Suite 9.5, backups can be restored directly to the cloud using Microsoft Azure as a cloud data center for the direct restore, thus making optimum use of the flexibility and scalability provided by Azure’s cloud resources.
  • Storage snapshot – Recoveries are made even faster by the new VM Explorer for Nimble Storage. Functionality for chargeback and billing helps calculate the real costs of storage resources, and VMware vCloud Director support provides you with self-service backup and restore functionality.
    Time to upgrade

Enterprises seeking to upgrade their service level to customers and to maintain maximum availability of the computing network, have all of that within their grasp with a Cloud Connect Veeam backup system in place. To help get you where you want to go, all that’s necessary is partnering with one of the best Veeam Cloud Backup Providers, so you can be assured of the reliability and functionality you should be receiving from such a system. Before you contact anyone else, call the experts at VPLS Inc. to help get you started on the road to ‘Always On’.

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