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With over 25 years’ experience in the IT industry, Gerardo Altman is a key solutions architect and MD of Velocity Host, an Australian-based IaaS - Infrastructure As A Service provider specialising in enterprise cloud solutions.

More on Spectre and Meltdown Security.

Spectre and Meltdown Security Looking At The First Line Of Defence For Your Business; As the industry comes to terms with the logistics and scale of the Spectre and Meltdown issue we are starting to see some cracks in the wall from vendors on providing stable patches to counteract the potential stealing of sensitive data across the board.

If you’re not up to speed with the issue take a look at our previous post Spectre and Meltdown for a quick overview of the problem at hand.

Reports from bloggers and news articles on BSOD – Blue Screen Of Death issues after applying Microsoft patches – Microsoft halts Spectre/Meltdown patch roll out after AMD BSoD issues, VMware in the last few days has pulled its hypervisor patches as they are in a state of flux to work coherently with OS patching. As a result, VMware is delaying new releases of microcode updates while it works with Intel to resolve microcode patch issues as quickly as possible. Intel Sightings in ESXi Bundled Microcode Patches for VMSA-2018-0004 (52345)

It all sounds like doom and gloom at the moment while the industry scrambles to plug the holes in their row boats but are quickly running out of fingers. So what’s the end game here? What are we as service providers, business and consumers meant to do in the face of all this disruption and potential thieving of data?

Spectre and Meltdown Security | First Line Of Defence Options

First things first and that’s not to panic. The second is applying some common sense approaches to the problem.

The first line of defence is usually the best way to stop these things from spreading. Let’s tackle some common sense approaches to the problem.

Some Great Options:

Use Web Security Software

Spectre and Meltdown Security Options | Web Security

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Micron21 Australia’s Only Tier 4 Data Centre

Reliability, Security, Performance, Support; all these things keep business owners and I.T. teams up at night.

So it makes us feel good when our heads hit the pillow knowing that our infrastructure and client data is in the best possible hands.

Why We Are So Confident

Our Data Centre, Micron21 is the first and only Certified Tier 4 Data Centre in Australia. The most secure environment you can get.

Micron21 Tier 4 Data Centre

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(vh) New HPE Partnership!

HPE Partner - Hewlett Packard Enterprise

What does being an HPE Partner mean?

We observed multiple pain points for clients enduring layered and costly solutions while trying to manage their internal IT resources and external cloud services; so we’ve bridged the gap.

As an HPE parter we are now able to purchase and supply any HPE – Hewlett Packard Enterprise equipment for your business in addition to providing the best cloud services.

With our new HPE Partnership (vh) is now offering a more holistic approach to your cloud experience.

End-to-End Solutions are now at hand.

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Spectre And Meltdown Industry-wide Impact

Important Update:
Spectre And Meltdown Security Vulnerabilities estimated 5-30% performance hit across the board

Spectre And Meltdown Security Vulnerabilities

Global Industry-wide Impact

Over the last week, the IT industry has been advised of new security vulnerabilities that affect all Intel, AMD, ARM and other CPU vendors. Industry information advises these CPUs have a security vulnerability which allows malicious code to be executed by applications to gain access to any data that resides within the CPU and cache.

This includes any data you have entered into browsers, files you have opened, etc which contain any and all levels of information from public to sensitive.

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Cloud Strategy – Private Cloud

Cloud Strategy – Which is right for your organisation?

I recently read an article by SmartCompany “the first three things Steve Jobs would have done if he ran your business” about the late Steve Jobs’ return to Apple and the change in company strategy to shift from major fail into a global dominating brand.

If you’re interested in reading the article head over to SmartCompany, it’s quite inspiring and a good read with the video. Below is a quick link to the video.

It got me thinking about what we do here and how we help clients develop and deliver a successful cloud strategy that will change the way they do business.

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