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Symantec Vision 2011 Scavenger Hunt

Created: 30 Apr 2011 • Updated: 19 May 2014 • 16 comments
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Welcome to the official Symantec Vision 2011 Scavenger Hunt homepage.

To participate, visit this site on Monday, May 2 through Wednesday, May 4 during Vision 2011 in Las Vegas, and complete each task required. Winners will be awarded an Apple iPad or Motorola Xoom. For more information follow the #symVision hash tag on Twitter, or follow Symantec on Facebook.

Tasks will take you on a tour of Symantec's official social media accounts and the Vision venue at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. Scavenger hunt contestants must post a blog entry to Symantec Connect with the items required on the task list for that day. Entries will be judged by pre-selected Symantec Connect community members.

Don't worry, if you are unable to attend Vision, you can still participate. Non-attendees will still need to complete each task with news, photos and other information provided on Symantec's social media channels.

Tasks will be posted here and on Symantec's SlideShare account on Monday, so keep checking back!

For official rules and restrictions, CLICK HERE. Winners will be announced at the closing keynote address on Thursday. They will also be posted here.

Happy Hunting!

Day One Tasks

Today's prize is an Apple iPad!

To win, create blog post on Symantec Connect detailing one or more of the biggest challenges that organizations face with virtualization and how you think this can be overcome. The entry will be judged by pre-selected Symantec Community members based on creativity and task completion.

In the blog post on Symantec Connect, include the following items:

  • A photograph of one of Symantec's virtualization partner's booths. Photos from the Symantec Vision Flickr Group or Symantec's Flickr account are allowed. Electronically modified photos are also accepted.
  • A link to a video on Symantec.tv that discusses "trends" or "predictions" and includes virtualization as one of them. Include in your post the time where "trends" or "predictions" is mentioned.
  • A link to one of Symantec's SlideShare presentations that either discusses a solution to the problem, or that provides a statistic on Virtualization from one of Symantec's published research reports.
  • A link to a recent virtualization solution announcement from Symantec's press room.

Post your blog to the "Vision User Conference" community (in the Tag section as you post). Select "Symantec Vision" as the product and include "#symanteccontest" as the Free Tag. The blog post must be in English.

For official rules and restrictions, click here.

Day Two Tasks

To enter today's Vision Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win a Motorola Xoom, create blog post on Symantec Connect regarding a challenge they have with the cloud and how their organization can minimize that challenge.

In the blog post, include the following items:

  • A photograph of clouds on the ceiling in Caesar's palace. Photos from the Symantec Vision Flickr Group or Symantec's Flickr account are allowed. Electronically modified photos are also accepted.
  • The name of a song that reminds you of the clouds (and state why in your blog post) for posting on Symantec's Blip.fm station.
  • A link to a blog post on Symantec Connect that shares best practices in dealing the cloud computing. You can create your own if you'd like!
  • A statistic about the cloud from one of Symantec's research reports on Symantec.com. Link to the research report.
  • A link to a cloud-related announcement from Symantec's press room.
  • Post your blog to the "Vision User Conference" community (in the Tag section as you post). Select "Symantec Vision" as the product and include "#symanteccontest" as the Free Tag. The blog post must be in English.

The entry will be judged by pre-selected Symantec Community members based on creativity and task completion.

For official rules and restrictions, visit http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/vision-social-media-scavenger-hunt-contest-official-rules or visit the official home page of the Symantec Vision 2011 Scavenger Hunt at http://bit.ly/visionhunt.

Day Three Tasks

To enter today's Vision Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win an Apple iPad, create blog post on Symantec Connect regarding what you think best practices companies should implement for mobile security on their mobile devices.

In the blog post, include the following items:

  • A photograph of Julius Caesar from Caesar's Palace. Photos from the Symantec Vision Flickr Group or Symantec's Flickr account are allowed. Electronically modified photos are also accepted.
  • A link to a Symantec podcast dealing with mobile or wireless security.
  • A paragraph describing what you think organizations can do better in the creation of their mobile device policies.
  • A paragraph explaining the most important thing you learned at Symantec Vision 2011 or a link to your favorite presentation from Symantec Vision from the Vision 2011 Press Center, Symantec's press room or Symantec's SlideShare account.
  • Post your blog to the "Vision User Conference" community (in the Tag section as you post). Select "Symantec Vision" as the product and include "#symanteccontest" as the Free Tag. The blog post must be in English.

The entry will be judged by pre-selected Symantec Community members based on creativity and task completion.

For official rules and restrictions, visit http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/vision-social-media-scavenger-hunt-contest-official-rules or visit the official home page of the Symantec Vision 2011 Scavenger Hunt at http://bit.ly/visionhunt.

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Che Che's picture

So much information, so little time! Standard dilemma of the IT world, eh? Arrived Saturday, hit the ground running. ;) Many products released over the last year that look promising; I hope we can implement them in our environment successfully and cost-efficiently.

Our challenges:

  • At a research university and hospitals our server and storage engineering (SSE) team has a heterogeneous customer base, from application owners (e.g. web/DB/network admins) to direct end-users (students, faculty, staff).
  • Redundant data not only in our central data center but across the different schools of the university is a significant issue, especially with virtualization. They hear virtualization and they think "infinite free resources", e.g. Google.
  • In open environments like a university, members have a lot more freedom to use up resources with little formal oversight.
  • With a mixture of internal and cloud based applications at their disposal it is difficult to say “no” without getting irate customers (especially a freshman with 1 GB connection to her/his desktop).
  • Data archiving is a related challenge because of both legally required retention periods and common expectations – especially from faculty – that their research data will be archived (and readily retrieved) forever.
  • Another challenge is there's often no clear boundary on where collaborative research data is kept between various universities, governments and outside entities (e.g. NGO's, private corporations, research labs). So it is important for various institutions' IT departments (with their own security and storage concerns) to ensure data is in-sync and reliable.

Possible solutions:

  • Cloud based applications storage - first step, but what about redundant data between the different schools and/or outside organizations? Security concerns?
  • Both lateral and hierarchal trust relationships - a low level method of different institution's storage pools to sync data securely/reliably. A meta-database of shared information. Perhaps combine common backup and storage resources (but a step above just using Google Apps, we're talking application level storage solutions in a virtual environment).

Symantec Connect - Symantec VirtualStore - 2:05

http://www.symantec.com/tv/community/details.jsp?v...

Symantec’s SlideShare Presentations:

http://www.slideshare.net/ParagonSoftware/how-to-u...

http://www.slideshare.net/Cameroon45/virtualizatio...

Virtualization solution:

http://www.symantec.com/about/news/release/article...
 

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ThePuya's picture

These rules are a little unfair. I created a blog post today to try to enter the contest, however, after writing my post, I was notified that my post would have to be reviewed by a moderator. Accordingly, there is no timeframe provided as to when a moderator will be able to review my post, and thus, it is likely that my post will not make the deadline. 

This was not mentioned in the rules and provides an unfair advantage to those which can post to the blogs without requiring their content to be reviewed by a moderator.

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Che Che's picture

It is a bit challenging but just give it a shot ThePuya. My post yesterday appeared fairly quickly. Good luck. :)

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LeslieMiller's picture

We are keeping an eye out for these blogs and attempting to publish them as soon as possible. They are time stamped when you submit them, so you are eligible. (I just published your entry for today.)

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Che Che's picture

Song related to clouds:

Michael Jackson: "Stranger In Moscow"

I was wandering in the rain
Mask of life, feelin' insane
Swift and sudden fall from grace
Sunny days seem far away
Kremlin's shadow belittlin' me
Stalin's tomb won't let me be
On and on and on it came
Wish the rain would just let me

Here abandoned in my fame
Armageddon of the brain
KGB was doggin' me
Take my name and just let me be

Hearing the rainstorm in the background, his isolation and paranoia - managing a cloud environment can evoke those feelings. This constant deluge of data from the cloulds, being inundated by data you cannot clearly define; IT security hounding you if a crash occurs and there's no quick recovery in sight. These are some of the downsides to cloud solutions this melancholy song embodies.

A link to a blog post on Symantec Connect that shares best practices in dealing the cloud computing.

Six Tips for Moving to the Cloud

https://www-secure.symantec.com/connect/blogs/six-tips-moving-cloud

A statistic about the cloud from one of Symantec’s research reports on Symantec.com. Link to the research report.
 

http://www.symantec.com/about/news/release/article...

"The study highlights that nearly half – 44 percent – of data on virtual systems is not regularly backed up and only one in five respondents use replication and failover technologies to protect virtual environments. Respondents also indicated that 60 percent of virtualized servers are not covered in their current disaster recovery (DR) plans. This is up significantly from the 45 percent reported by respondents in 2009."

A link to a cloud-related announcement from Symantec’s press room.

http://www.symantec.com/about/news/resources/press...

Caesar's Place Cloudl URL and Pic: http://www.flickr.com/photos/symantec/5681351881/in/pool-1690163@N22

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Che Che's picture

I edited my post from the second night (spelling error) - it will still count as originally posted yesterday, yes?

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Che Che's picture

Julias Caesar (see photo below): http://www.flickr.com/photos/symantec/5681413329/i...

Mobile/Wireless Security Podcast

Download: http://www.symantec.com/content/en/us/about/mp3/es...

Listen: http://www.symantec.com/business/products/podcasts...

Strengthening our mobile device policy: first we created VPN profiles for various groups connecting to our campus. Then we pushed basic images to mobile devices that were allowed to connect. Finally we set up user/group policies on what applications were not allowed to be installed on those devices (blacklisted). It can be a hassle dealing with new users unfamiliar with our policies, but it goes fairly smoothly afterwords.

Deployment Solution 7.1 - upgrading, differences from 6.9 and future enhancements for 2011 - 2013 (eek!). I plan to take the hand-on lab to see it personally. I want to take away something practical from the conference. Second on my list, storage management. Perhaps we'll finally adopt deduplication; we're on the fence at the moment. If we do, we'll go slowly to ensure we don't lose data.

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Che Che's picture

I won an Apple Ipad! Woo-hoo! Now that the contest is over, can we seea all the posts?

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Benjamin Fuller's picture

Che Che, which contest day did you win the I-pad from? Was it already announced???

You break IT, I fix IT!

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Benjamin Fuller's picture

"Winners will be selected on or about May 10, 2011by a panel of 7 judges." Was in the official rules, but if you look up top it says announced at closing keynote... Interesting...

You break IT, I fix IT!

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Che Che's picture

They did not indicate which day I was selected as the winner. I was just the first. I haven't seen any other posts with content, so for a while I thought I was the only one participating.

It was announced approximately 3:45 PM today, and two others were selected as well (I cannot recall their names, sorry).

All I can say is I hope if other particpated online they will be selected as well.

Good luck everyone.

Sincerely,

Cheshana

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Che Che's picture

I thought it was strange I did not see other posts on this thread. I was suspicious of the other winners because of that. Did they just do it so the competition would seem fair to the audience? *shrug*

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LeslieMiller's picture

Che Che,

The other entries are published as individual blog entries rather than comments in this thread. To view them, click on the "vision user conference blog" link at the top of this page.

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Benjamin Fuller's picture

Had a wonderful time and cant wait for next year!!! ~ Sent from my Xoom cool

You break IT, I fix IT!

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Kimberley's picture

Congratulations Benjamin. I heard several comments about how well-written both of your entries were. Thanks for participating with such thoughtful posts and we'll look forward to seeing you next year!

Thanks for participating in the community!

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