Summer Workshop Series – A Success!

By Lisa Qualls

Aug 22, 2023 12:30:00 PM

About 4 minutes

Hard to believe summer is coming to an end and school is starting. ProActive Solutions has been busy helping clients deploy new technology while educating many eager learners on hot topics such as Automation, Email Security, and Private Cloud. We celebrated the winners of our concert drawings and sang with joy at the Taylor Swift show. We look forward to rocking out with Billy Joel/Stevie Nicks and dancing the night away with Beyonce. If you missed our workshops, here is a quick recap of what information was shared.

Red Hat Ansible

Our resident Red Hat expert, Quinn Cosgrove, facilitated a sold-out Ansible workshop in June. We have now hosted this hands-on lab experience on-site several times, and we continue to get asked to host more. Our next workshop will be virtual for our large number of clients outside the KC area. You can register here "Red Hat Ansible Virtual Workshop".

Participants learned how to:

  • Deploy applications

  • Retrieve information from automation hosts

  • Create self-service workflows using Ansible Surveys

  • Use Ansible Roles to organize and reuse code

Fortinet FortiMail

Hands-on activities, demos, and best practice tips were all covered in this fast-moving workshop. Our resident Security expert, Eric Kratz, along with Fortinet System Engineer Jeff Olson, provided participants with valuable insight related to email security and how Fortinet is an industry leader in protecting companies worldwide. Specific areas covered how FortiMail does the following:

  • Safeguards organizations against the full spectrum of email-based threats such as phishing, ransomware, zero-day, and business email compromise (BEC) attacks.

  • Leverages FortiGuard AI-powered Security Services developed by FortiGuard Labs, providing cutting-edge security technology to prevent, detect, and respond to email-based threats in real-time.

  • Enables automation of workflows including response through integrations with FortiSIEM and FortiSOAR solutions. FortiMail provides best-in-class performance in email security as validated by independent testing firms.

  • Supports a variety of use cases such as Inbound Email Protection, Outbound DLP, and Privacy Protection, Microsoft 365 Protection, Security Fabric Integration, and Email Continuity.

IBM Power Private Cloud

We are a proud IBM Platinum partner and have over a quarter of a century of experience architecting and deploying IBM solutions. We were thrilled to showcase some of the valuable new Power 10 capabilities associated with an organization’s private cloud. Along with our resident Power expert, Darrin Orton, we also enjoyed hearing from our distributor experts, Charles Foretich and Brian Christopherson. Participants learned about:

  • Cloud Management Console (CMC) and the holistic view it creates for the IBM Power infrastructure with:

    o    Inventory aggregation

    o    Performance Monitoring

    o    Log trends

    o    Patch planning

  • Power Systems Private Cloud with Shared Utility Capacity

    o    Introduces the ability to share compute capacity across Power9 and Power10 systems 

    o    Can also be monitored through CMC

Overall, a LOT of learning, discussion, and even a bit of fun. ProActive Solutions is grateful for our customers, and offering these free educational sessions is just a small way to say THANK YOU for your partnership and business!



Tags: Red Hat Ansible, Fortinet FortiMail, IBM Power Private Cloud