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Cloudstar Introduces Support for End-of-Life Systems

A significant portion of the country’s businesses still rely on old, dead operating systems, which puts them at grave cybersecurity risk.

End-of-Live System and Obsolete OS Hosting from Cloudstar is the solution.

Research by Kaspersky found that four in ten of very small businesses (VSB), and roughly half of small and medium-sized businesses (SMB), still rely on operating systems such as Windows XP or Windows 7 which are nearing their end of life.  Many still are forced to run dangerously outdated server operating systems, some dating back to the 1990’s such as Windows NT, or Novell Netware.

Sometimes however, there are specific reasons why business must continue forward running these outdated operating systems.  Legacy line of business applications, custom software that cost millions to write, tends to drive the decision.

Security is not only the biggest concern. Often times, as employees retire, knowledge is lost, and today’s IT professionals simply aren’t trained on 30 year old technology- Hardware begins to fail, placing these companies between a rock and a hard place.

Cloudstar is here to help extend the life of your business applications.  Our team of experts can transfer outdated workloads from on premise hardware, to secure custom build cloud environments where it is forever preserved.  Our team is here to assist as an extension of yours, and through VPNs,  private circuits, and image based server imaging, we do our best to tackle the security challenges and recovery.

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Now Hiring – Certified Cloud Engineers!

Cloudstar is looking to hire multiple Google Certified engineers to work on a special project for our global client with devices and end-users located worldwide.

In this position you will be tasked with managing very large workloads within Google Cloud, including expert administration of Microsoft Active Directory.  Under your management will be:

10,000 + Microsoft Windows Servers

1.5 Million End Users from day one scaling to 5 Million end users over the next 24-36 months.

The ideal candidates will have 3-5 years of experience working within Google Cloud Infrastructure, in addition to high level Microsoft Server Server and Network Certifications. Must display a strong skillet in the following areas:

  • Designing, planning and preparing prototype of GCP networks.
  • Configuration of network services.
  • Implementation of a GCP Virtual Private Cloud (VPC).
  • Implementation and management of Google VPN Peering.
  • Implementation and management of network security.
  • Implementation and management of hybrid interconnectivity.
  • Expert level skills installing, configuring, administering and troubleshooting large scale Microsoft Active Directory environments

 

As a Google Certified Engineer with Cloudstar, you will be working with our New Jersey and Florida engineering teams to install, maintain, administer and troubleshoot our Google Cloud and hybrid environments.  VMware and Fortigate knowledge preferred but not required.  Experience performing hypervisor conversions preferred but not required.

Hours are 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Eastern with a 24/7 on-call rotation.

Salary:  Negotiable and commensurate with experience.  Please email [email protected] to apply.

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Cloudstar Now Offering Open VZ Support

Cloudstar is please to announce support for pre-existing OpenVZ instances, as well as fully managed OpenVZ, and OpenVZ isolated container hosting.

OpenVZ is container-based virtualization for Linux. OpenVZ creates multiple secure, isolated containers (otherwise known as VEs or VPSs) on a single physical server enabling better server utilization and ensuring that applications do not conflict. Each container performs and executes exactly like a stand-alone server; a container can be rebooted independently and have root access, users, IP addresses, memory, processes, files, applications, system libraries and configuration files. For more information about the technology and how it differs from the others like Xen, VMware etc., see introduction to virtualization

While virtualization technologies such as VMwareXen and KVM provide full virtualization and can run multiple operating systems and different kernel versions, OpenVZ uses a single Linux kernel and therefore can run only Linux.

Containerized Applications benefit from being both highly portable, and sand-boxed for additional security.

Open VZ

 

 

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American Bankers Association Launches Phishing Prevention Campaign

Every day, thousands of people fall victim to fraudulent emails, texts and calls from scammers pretending to be from their bank. Banks of all sizes are suffering significant monetary and reputational losses from these increasingly sophisticated scams targeting their customers. We want to change that.

ABA is calling on all banks across the country—members and nonmembers alike—to register to participate in the new #BanksNeverAskThat anti-phishing campaign—a fresh, bold plug-and-play campaign created to educate consumers about phishing scams and how to thwart them.

Register your bank now and receive a toolkit full of ready-to-use assets. Designed to be humorous, eye-catching and engaging, the kit includes videos, GIFs, social posts, printables and more to help educate and protect bank customers. The campaign is entirely FREE (including for non-ABA members) and can be co-branded, bank-branded or ABA-branded. Take a sneak peek at the toolkit.

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Cloudstar to Acquire Specialty Hosting Company

To Be Announced:

Cloudstar will be announcing the acquisition of a specialty hosting company mid-September 2020.  The hosting company specializes in open source containerized environments, VPS instances, open sources virtual machines, and dedicated open sourced private environments.

The model is entirely self-service, portal driven and built within the Open Stack ecosystem.

The acquisition will be completed shortly upon which all details will be announced.

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Cloudstar to Offer ProDoc Hosting for Arm-Based MacBooks

Cloudstar, a leader in legal technology, and legal application hosting continues to look for new ways to help clients.

Later this year, Apple will start switching its Macs to its own ARM-based processors, but you won’t be able to run Windows in Boot Camp mode on them. This will present problems to many law offices. Microsoft only licenses Windows 10 on ARM to PC makers to pre-install on new hardware, and the company hasn’t made copies of the operating system available for anyone to license or freely install.  This leads to challenges to many Mac based law firms- specifically those who prefer to run ProDoc locally via Windows dual boot, or via Parallels.  ProDoc is a document drafting system that helps lawyers and legal professionals save valuable time by decreasing paperwork and increasing accuracy.

Cloudstar has solved this problem for our legal client base in our Citrix-based AND our HTML5 based compliant legal cloud.

Via hosted desktop, or published app, lawfirms can quickly and easily run ProDoc as if the application was naively installed on ANY apple device-  iPad, iPhone, Intel Macbook, or ARM Macbook (even Google devices such as Android and Chromebook).

Please contact us for additional information about ProDoc hosting, or how Cloudstar helps law firms embrace the latest in legal technology.

ProDoc for Lawyers

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Cloudstar To Offer HTML 5 Desktops

Cloudstar is now please to announce HTML 5 based hosted applications, desktops and workloads.

Access Windows applications and desktops via any modern web browser without installing or configuring any client-side software with HTML 5 based solutions from Cloudstar.

With support for Windows, MacOS X, iOS, Android and Chromebook among others, Cloudstar HTML 5 Remote Access is leading the way in the remote working concept.

Benefits Include:

  • Lower costs
  • Simple, fast printing
  • Works on any device
  • No client side software to install
  • No plugins to install

Easily load balance workloads across multiple Windows Server 2019 application servers:  from just a few to several hundred.  Publish applications, desktops, complex workloads and more.

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Cloudstar is Proud to Sponsor the 2020 Cybersecurity Special Report

It was the introduction of the CCPA 2 years ago that started it all. It was this breakthrough act with a 7/1 enforcement date that launched a wave of state regulations around data & privacy.

Cloudstar and The Legal Description are proud to offer this free report for download.  Click HERE for your free copy.

2020 October Research Cybersecurity Special Report

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Now Hiring. VP, Sr. Systems Engineer

Cloudstar is a leading provider of cloud-based technology, virtualized architecture, containerization, cyber-security, and custom infrastructure for clients worldwide.

We are looking to hire a VP, Senior Systems Engineer to work at our fast-paced and rapidly growing company.  In this role you will work hands on, within servers, routers, firewalls, networks, and virtualized environments on a daily basis.  This work will take place within our own, privately owned environment, and within customer owned Google Cloud, AWS, Oracle, and Azure environments.  While this is considered a 9-5 position, there is an on-call component as well that may include working after hours as required.  

In addition of working closely with our internal team of support technicians and systems engineers, part of your role will include assisting with the onboarding of new customers, data migrations, and working hand-in-hand with our customers to solve complex problems.

At Cloudstar, the customer always comes first; people skills are mandatory, and strong verbal, and written communication skills are a must. And as a leader, you help set the example and we value your input. At times, you will be asked to join round table discussions to assist with driving technical decisions and managing projects.

The following skills are required:

VMWARE

  • 5.5 – 7.0
  • Install, manage, and configure high availability bare metal VMware clusters without assistance
  • VMware ESXI CLI
  • VMware vSphere
  • Troubleshooting VMs, snapshots, images, VMDKs from CLI
  • DRS / HA / Failover
  • Vswitch
  • VMware networking
  • Redundant multi-path SAS / fiber channel Host to SAN connections
  • Minimum 5 Years VMware Experience

VEEAM

  • Strong to Expert level knowledge in managing backups, images, and site-to-site replication
  • VEEAM proxy server
  • Troubleshooting backup, replication, and restore issues
  • Installing, configuring, and managing VEEAM from zero to operational without assistance
  • Minimum 3 Years VEEAM Experience

HARDWARE

  • EMC Unity SAN
  • Dell SAN
  • HP MSA SAN
  • Brocade Fiber Switch
  • Dell / HP ESXI Host Hardware
  • iLO / iDrac

IP NETWORKING

  • Advanced to Expert ability to install, configure, manage, maintain, and troubleshoot enterprise networks
  • Cisco IOS, Fortigate, FortiOS CLI, Sonicwall
  • CIsco VLAN
  • VPN
  • VMware Cluster Connect
  • TCP/IP, DHCP, DNS, (HSRP, BGP preferred)
  • Experience provisioning telco circuits, multiple link-local address, WAN / LAN
  • IP Subnetting
  • Minimum 5 Years Experience

MICROSOFT

  • Advanced to Expert Level Knowledge Required
  • 2012 – 2019 Server
  • Ability to Install, Configure, Troubleshoot, Manage and Maintain Server in a 2500+ Server Environment
  • Extremely strong Active Directory Skills – troubleshoot replication, install AD, manage forests, trusts
  • Extremely strong ability to create, manage, link, troubleshoot, and document Group Policy Objects
  • Extremely strong power shell skills
  • MS Azure preferred but not required
  • MS Exchange preferred but not required
  • Exchange 365 preferred but not required
  • Minimum 5 Years Experience

DATACENTER EXPERIENCE PREFERRED

  • Ordering, provisioning, racking and stacking cabinets, cross connects and power
  • Managing physical access lists
  • Managing power consumption – ordering power circuits as necessary 120V A/B redundant
  • Understanding / Completing Telco LOAs for new circuits
  • Working with account reps across multiple facilities
  • Assisting management with contracts and SOWs.

Preferred but not required:

Zerto, Hyper-V, OpenStack, KVM, Solarwinds, Wireshark, Autotask, Alert Logic, Citrix Netscaler Gateway, Pulsway, XenDesktop, AWS, Google VPC, Kubernetes, Docker, Wine, Oracle Cloud, Linux (CentOS, Ubuntu, Debian) experience with international business.

COMPENSATION

Cloudstar offers an amazing compensation package including:

Salary: 75-150k

  • Comprehensive Health Insurance
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Life Insurance
  • Disability
  • 401k with Employer Match
  • Supplemental Insurance
  • Paid Time Off
  • Work from Home
  • Friendly Work Environment

TO APPLY:

EMAIL RESUME TO [email protected]

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Cloudstar Expands Engineering Team

Cloudstar is pleased to announce the addition of Ross Lacy to our team of engineers.

Ross has a BS Degree in Computer Science from California State University, and an AS in Computer Science from Mendocino College; his experience includes a wide variety of project management, systems engineering, programming, development and leadership roles.

Ross is highly proficient at:

Private Cloud, Microsoft Azure, and Amazon AWS – Infrastructure, Migrations, Engineering & Support

Platforms: Windows, Windows Server 2008-19; Linux, Mac OSX; AWS, Office 365, Azure

Tools: C/C++; Java; Java Script; PHP, HTML; Powershell; Hyper-V, VMware, Citrix; KDE, CDE; TCP/IP, Subnetting, Network Engineering, Systems Infrastructure, Sonicwall, Fortigate, Cisco Meraki

We look forward to having him on the team!

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