Jay Kay Event – Saturday notes
So the Saturday portion of the Jay Kay conference is setup in 45 minute chunks. Small groups of us, like 4-5, get to spend 45 minutes with a vendor/manufacturer and have a great conversation. Then we have a few minutes to move to another room. Throughout the course of the day, we’ll have met with a great number of folks, in a small group / conversation atmosphere. It was very very effective.
Charles from Ruckus spent a few minutes with us first thing this morning.
Question: A competing AP will do some nice layer 7 filtering right at the AP. Is something similar available for Ruckus. An example would be to throttle YouTube on an SSID without throttling the rest of the traffic. Charles says they have a new product called SPoT which can be licensed. SPoT will also work well to replace the existing mapping functionality.
Some good conversation about SmartMesh and some of the upcoming products.
Michelle suggested that as we’re not seeing NGN anytime soon from Axia, and there isn’t enough bandwidth available via SuperNet, that schools need to put in Internet Services and Fortinet devices to provide the network services.
She reminded us that if we already have a Fortigate, then we already have the wireless controller, so it’s easy to add wireless AP’s.
Building products with 24-80 ports so we have both the Fortinet device and the network switching in the same device.
We were reminded that we can apply policies on the Fortigate to various unique devices, not just through user authentication. Software can be loaded onto your local member server that connects directly to the Fortigate.
Talked a little bit about the FortiAuthenticator.
Michelle was explaining an example about needing the device to authenticate when it is added to the network, and how they can setup something that prompts the user to identify the device. Don’t forget the FortiClient is absolutely free for Education. This allows students to be filtered on their personal machine as well as the school.
Botnet traffic detection should be turned on. It’s enhanced over prior releases. Version 5 is now available and stable. Client Reputation is a new feature, keeps track of things that your machine does that are stupid, and then you can see a report of the bad computers, so you can deal with it appropriately.
Also noted that some school jurisdictions who have moved to some of the larger cloud based services, are starting to see increasing Denial of Service attacks…
Five packs of two factor authentication tokens are available, and it’s recommended that at least the administrators should need them in order to manage the FortiGate.
Fortinet has released the Fortivoice, fully featured call server, with FXS/FXO’s built right in. Three models for SMB, up to 100 extensions, communicate between them via SIP trunking. FON-360i 10/100 phone approximately $175. FON-870i DECT phone, need DECT bases, up to 15 phones per base, and up to 10 extensions per base. Very interesting product, but not sure if it would scale appropriately to our design. Also have a 100T that has a PRI connection built-in. FVC-200D – 2000 extensions. Very nice. Quick check, looks like the pricing on the 200D is going to be around $5,000. Can even put extensions on a home network that link back.
Wide Dynamic Range – deal with backlight. (Typically in P series cameras)
Disable Backlight Compensation in cameras, and we should see an improvement…
Some conversation around Analytics – Popular ones right now are license plates, people counting, stationary object move, heat mapping.
New cameras with fixed mount, but optical zoom.
Started by highlighting some of the technologies that they have and build. Use Fuel Cells, no maintenance. Redwood Intelligent LED systems, opportunity to have significant savings on your power bills. In-building wireless (cellular repeating systems), data centre on demand (modular). Passive Optical Networks, fibre everywhere in buildings. Data Centre Infrastructure Management. How do all the components work together and how do they act together.
Data re: intelligent systems. Roughly 25% of outages in data centres are related to human error (cable accidentally pulled, bumped, tripped, etc.) Cost of these outages can be anywhere up to $100,000’s.
SYSTIMAX imVision iPatch
How do we currently document? Often it’s paper, all kinds of things. With iPatch, everything is a database, can tell you exactly which wall plate a connection goes to, can track cords plugged and unplugged. Can monitor switch ports. So if a cable is unplugged, the switch turns off the port. Plug in something else, without a work order, the port is still dead. Each controller can manage 44 patch panels. We walked through a demonstration where we added a room, and wanted to add a service to a face plate in the room. It’s very easy to make sure things are plugged into the right place.
Next Level Security Systems / Phonak
Gateways for video security and access security.
Need to find out how many analytics are available on the various models of gateways. Number of analytics depends on the number of cameras attached as well. For example, the 500 series gateway can do up to four analytics, if you only use simple analytics and only have a few cameras. If it’s loaded up with 16 cameras, you can only do two.
Many different levels of access, can change anything, can just use, can just view, etc.
Review Product Family
All storage systems have drives in drawers. Drawers can be pulled out live/hot. Drives mounted counter rotating. Can replace a drive at a time.
Can do NVRAM, SSD, and various hard drive speeds. User selectable, so you have to decide where it should go and how it should work. It doesn’t really do it for you, but you can see when SSD is getting hit too much, and can upgrade if you want.
Can manage all the NST boxes from a single pane of glass, web-based, comes from the controller, no software to load.
Can setup various levels of caching and change them on the fly. So if you put your storage on just slow spinning drives, you can move it to also incorporate flash SSDs and NVRAM, or any combination. User selectable, but user must do it. Can run reports to see what usage is like, and then make changes on the fly in the web interface.
Assureon Client for Windows
Transparently archives fixed content files, archival / compliance.
Can migrate data from one box to another, can remove the file and leave a link to the archive automatically.
No compression, but there is de-duplication.
Check out Nexsan YouTube page.
Three Product Lines:
Diskless VDI – Stateless with No Storage
Persistent VDI – VDI with existing images
ILIO for XenApp – Virtualize with less risks & cost
VDI Storage is Different compared to a PC
Virtual Desktops use a virtualized hard drive……
Windows is I/O intensive
*** Need to ask Jedwin for a copy of his presentation. It’s very good, could use for notes.
Atlantis ILIO virtual machine would sit in between the Hypervisor and the Storage… Very interesting, for VDI.
Secret sauce is RAM as primary VM storage…
Really it’s a piece to add in the back end of your VDI and make it crazy fast. If you are doing VDI, this seems to be a fantastic way to do it. Typically the ILIO server might have 256 GB of RAM, over time that will increase as well….