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WannaCry Ransomware

  • Brandon Maxwell
  • 2017-05-17

On Friday, May 12, 2017, a new ransomware cryptoworm attack started targeting Microsoft Windows, however Datica’s systems were unaffected. WannaCry encrypts 176 different file types with a Bitcoin ransom demand to decrypt files. It was initially thought the WannaCry outbreak started as a phishing attack, but Sophos has reported that this looks like a worm from the beginning. The ransomware takes advantage of an SMB vulnerability to propagate, which Microsoft patched in March with MS17-010. All...

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Compliant Cloud 2.4.0 Release Notes

  • Ryan Rich
  • 2017-04-25

Today we’re pleased to announce the general availability of Compliant Cloud 2.4.0. We’ve included the details below, but before we dive in here’s a quick note on product releases going forward.

In the past we’ve relied on a quarterly release schedule. While this release process can be common among software development teams, it was too restrictive for us. So we’ve moved to a much more timely release schedule. Now when we finish a feature we’ll release it as soon as we can. If you have any questions...

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Health Checks

  • Nathan Sweet
  • 2017-04-24

With the Compliant Cloud 2.4 release customers will be able to add health checks to their services. The underlying Compliant Cloud architecture will be aware of these health checks, reflected in the current state of a service instance (a “Job” in Datica parlance). Customers may register their health checks with customer support and support will add them to the service. In the future we may allow customers to enable health checks for themselves.

So how do they work and what do they do?

A health...

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Cloudflare Security Notification

  • Brandon Maxwell
  • 2017-02-24

Cloudflare, a company that provides CDN, DNS, and DDoS protection, announced on Thursday, Feb 23, 2017 that a memory leak had been discovered by Google’s Project Zero team. While Cloudflare has since remediated the vulnerability, information such as HTTP cookies, authentication tokens, HTTP POST bodies, and other sensitive data may have potentially been leaked. The leak may have been active since Sep 22, 2016, with the most severe leakage taking place between Feb 13-18. An assessed 0.00003% of...

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Enhanced Service Scheduling With Zones

  • Nathan Sweet
  • 2017-02-01

With the Stratum 2.3.0 release improved zone scheduling will be available to customers that wish to enable it and eventually it will be set as a default feature for all environments and services. This post will explain a little bit about what zone scheduling is and how you should think about it in operations and capacity planning, particularly in ensuring that your services are highly available.

Most cloud providers, AWS and Azure included, have a concept of “zones” (in AWS they are called “availability...

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Stratum 2.3.0 Release Notes

  • Vince Kenney
  • 2017-01-31

Catalyze is pleased to announce the General Availability of Version 2.3.0 of Stratum, the industry leading HIPAA Compliant Platform As A Service. This release will be available to all Stratum customers on February 1st, 2017.

Highlights of Stratum V2.3.0

Improved Resiliency for Highly Available Services :

Stratum has always made a best effort to schedule environment services in a way to minimize downtime due to failures in the public cloud. 2.3.0 will use public cloud resiliency features to...

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Stratum 2.2.0 Release Notes

  • Rajashekar Sundaramurthy
  • 2016-10-20
  • Co-author - Vince Kenney

Catalyze is pleased to announce the General Availability of Version 2.2.0 of Stratum, the industry leading HIPAA Compliant Platform As A Service. This release will be available to all Stratum customers on October 20th, 2016.

Highlights of Stratum V2.2.0

Run Stratum on Any Cloud Account:

Organizations can now run their Stratum environments on virtual machines on their own cloud account. The CLI and Dashboard remain the same, but the hardware is managed by the user.

Flexible versions of PostgreSQL...

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Self Service Database Restore

  • Heath Skarlupka
  • 2016-07-28
  • Co-author - Vince Kenney

Self Service Database Restore

I was recently involved in a couple of production database restores for customer environments in Stratum. As engineers, we have all been there. Maybe you deployed a development branch to production with breaking schema changes or maybe you fat fingered a SQL command and deleted all of the rows in a table. This is why Catalyze stores 30 days of nightly backups for each database in your environment.

Historically a database restore required a support ticket and a Catalyze...

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Minimize Production Down-Time due to Failed Application Deployment

  • Nate Radtke
  • 2016-07-20
  • Co-author - Raj Sundaramurthy

Stratum 2.1 now supports rolling back to a stable prior version of your application

The most recent set of Stratum updates includes a powerful feature we are thrilled to make broadly available to all customers. Compliant rollback capabilities are now accessible to developers who might need to roll back to a previously stable version of their application. We are delighted to offer this advancement in automation while still maintaining the compliance automation you’ve come to rely upon with Stratum...

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CLI 3.2.0 Release

  • Josh Ault
  • 2016-07-20

The launch of Stratum 2.1.0 brings a big update to the Stratum CLI. New features like Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) support, release management, and deployment rollbacks give you more control and enhanced security to keep your data safe. Here’s a quick look at the newest additions to the CLI in version 3.2.0.

NGINX Site Values

A commonly requested feature has now made it into the Stratum CLI: customizable NGINX configs. In 3.2.0, the sites create command allows you to specify NGINX timeouts...

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