Volume II, Issue 12 (December, 2016)

 In News, Verus Insider

Industry News

Ruckus/Brocade to be acquired by Broadcom in $5.9 Billion deal

brocade-ruckus-logoNetworking vendor Brocade Communications Systems confirmed last month it is being acquire by semiconductor maker Broadcom for US$5.9 billion. Broadcom said it would retain Brocade’s fiber channel SAN switching business and divest Brocade’s IP networking business – including the recently acquired Ruckus Wireless. “This strategic acquisition enhances Broadcom’s position as one of the leading providers of enterprise storage connectivity solutions to OEM customers,” said Hock Tan, president and chief executive of Broadcom, in a statement. Broadcom said the acquisition is not conditioned on the divestiture of Brocade’s IP networking business.

Tegile announces T4000 series of all-flash and hybrid arrays

Tegile_Systems_logoNewark CA-based Tegile systems has announced its new T4000 series of both all-flash and hybrid arrays. It is a replacement for the T3000 series, and features significantly greater density and processing power. “This is one element of a technology refresh on our entire product line,” said Rob Commins, Tegile’s VP of Marketing. “We are increasing the density of our systems by 33 per cent. We are also increasing the performance – almost doubling the amount of IOPS. We are also more than doubling the amount of persistent memory.” Commins said that Tegile’s architecture is a differentiation for it over its many competitors in the space. “Within the flash market today, two things are happening,” he said. “Fast flash is getting faster and dense flash is getting more dense over time. The result is almost a bifurcation within the flash market, but we have an architecture that can take advantage of both. Customers can truly migrate to an all flash data centre with very compelling economics.”

CensorNet launches CensorNet App for Multi-Factor Authentication

cnsmspCensorNet, the complete cloud security company, has today announced the launch of the CensorNet App for Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). This latest authentication method allows one-time passcodes (OTPs) to be delivered to the users’ mobile phone via encrypted push notifications from the CensorNet App. The app adds to the SMS, voice call, email, and token delivery methods already offered by CensorNet. The app will provide CensorNet customers with greater freedom and flexibility, at the same time as offering a highly secure method of authentication. Every single app installation will use its own, auto-generated encryption key, ensuring only the intended receiver of a message will be able to decrypt it. As with each of CensorNet’s security tools, controls can be set at a granular level. For MFA, different OTP delivery methods are set based on what is appropriate for different user groups. Administrators can now determine if employees should or should not receive passcodes via the app. In addition, the solution can automatically select the most appropriate delivery method based on the context of the user.  The application has been released as part of Version 9 of SMS Passcode which, from today, is renamed CensorNet MFA. Further updates to the product include PowerShell support as a new option for administrators to manage a CensorNet MFA installation, and Advanced Database Auditing to help customers comply with strict industry regulations and audit control requirements.


I Didn’t Know You Did That

Verus offers you multiple options for cloud-based email platform

hotel-email-best-practicesManaging an email system can take its toll on any IT department or company. Security and uptime are just two of many issues that can cause headaches. You are probably aware that Verus offers a maintenance contract for managing your on-premise Microsoft Exchange. But you might not know that we offer hosted solutions of different flavors in order to help you focus on your business, and not your exchange.

If you don’t want to be running your own exchange server, dealing with updates and fighting the battle against spam, malware and zero-day attacks bombarding them, Verus can get you migrated to either a VerusGuard Hosted Exchange Solution in our data center, or you can also move to a Microsoft Office 365 solution. We have the expertise to handle either option, and help make your business run more smoothly.

There are advantages to both options, and Verus can help you find the solution that best meets your particular needs. For a good overview on deciding which solution is best for you, read the article below:

The Pros & Cons of Hosted Exchange Servers vs. Office 365

Regardless of your choice, the good news is that Verus has experience with both solutions (in addition to the on-premise option) and also has the engineers on our team with the ability to migrate you between any of them.

To discuss your email infrastructure needs, and to determine which one is best for you, contact us today at sales@veruscorp.com, or call 763.354.2200


News & Notes

WatchGuard CTO Corey Nachreiner delivers powerful message
at “Cyber Crime Gets Sophisticated in 2017” event

img_7522WatchGuard Chief Technology Officer Corey Nachreiner delivered a powerful message to a crowd of approximately 50 people on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at a Verus/WatchGuard event at Loew’s Conference Center in Minneapolis.

Nachreiner’s presentation, “Cyber Crime Gets Sophisticated in 2017: Surviving Advanced Attacks on a Small Business Budget,” went through the evolution of cyber crime from something that used to be only the concern of technologists to now being something in the news headlines every week. He detailed the cat and mouse game between the bad guys and the good guys, and discussed how IT security has responded over the years to try and stay in front of the curve.

Nachreiner insisted that there is no silver bullet to prevent cyber crime, but a multi-layered approach is the best option. He discussed the trends toward moving to smaller business targets, and how ransomware and Internet of Things (IoT) devices are growing threats. His presentation concluded with recommendations on what small businesses can do to survive cyber attacks moving forward.

Nachreiner also did a live demonstration of how a cyber attack takes place.

Verus CEO Kevin Willette was pleased with the presentation, and with having Nachreiner on hand for Verus customers and friends. “Corey is fantastic at delivering a presentation on cyber security that isn’t a sales pitch for a particular solution. His expertise as a thought leader in IT security is very valuable to anyone who listens to him,” Willette said. “We were thrilled to have him come to Minnesota to present this valuable information.”

To get daily information and updates on technology security for your business, including Daily Security Byte updates from Nachreiner, visit www.secplicity.org today.


Verus Holiday Office Hours

Verus would like to wish you and yours Happy Holidays as we say goodbye to 2016 and ring in a new year.

Verus will be closed Friday, December 23 and Monday, December 26 in observation of Christmas, and Monday, January 2, in observation of New Year’s Day. Should you encounter emergencies during this time, Verus on-call service will be available at holiday rates.



Food for thought

Change up your holiday meals with spice-rubbed tenderloin with mustard cream sauce

Spice Rubbed tenderloin

Makes 10 to 12 servings
Total time: 1 Hour, 50 Minutes


  • 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 (5- to 6-lb.) beef tenderloin, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Vegetable cooking spray


  1. Preheat oven to 500°. Stir together kosher salt and next 6 ingredients. Rub tenderloin evenly with olive oil. Sprinkle salt mixture over tenderloin, pressing to adhere. Cover and let stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Place tenderloin on a lightly greased (with cooking spray) rack in a roasting pan.
  2. Bake at 500° for 15 minutes; reduce oven temperature to 375°, and bake 25 to 30 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted in thickest portion registers 130° (for medium-rare) or to desired degree of doneness. Remove from oven; let stand 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with Mustard-Cream Sauce.

Mustard Cream Sauce

About 2 cups
Total time: 15 minutes


  • 1 shallot, minced (about 3 Tbsp.)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup Creole mustard
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 (8-oz.) container sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Sauté shallot in hot oil in a medium skillet over medium heat 2 minutes or until soft; add garlic, and sauté 1 minute. Stir in wine, mustard, and sugar; bring to a boil. Cook, stirring constantly, 3 minutes or until mixture has thickened and is reduced by about half. Remove from heat, and whisk in sour cream, salt, and pepper. Serve immediately.


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