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      • Tactics to combat insider threat

        This article in our Royal Holloway Security Series argues that the threat to an organisation’s data security from within its workforce requires a considered and objective approach.

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      • Building a big data practice

        For IT solution providers, there's big money in big data. That's because data volumes are growing at staggering rates, and SMBs are discovering use cases for big data. Perhaps even better for the channel, many SMBs don't have the skills needed to carry out big data projects. Yet big data is a largely untapped opportunity for the channel. This handbook aims to help solution providers that want to build a big data practice do so, with an exploration of where the biggest opportunities lay, how to build business cases, prep staff members, stand out from competitors, as well as a look at the steps two Microsoft partners have taken to build successful big data practices.

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      • Implementing two-tier ERP with manufacturing in mind

        Manufacturers that need to extend their ERP systems to remote locations are considering smaller, lightweight ERP suites as an alternative. With a two-tier ERP system, organizations can consolidate systems and save money while increasing operational efficiency.

        This three-part guide examines the homework organizations need to do -- analyzing costs and benefits -- to make an effective, informed business case for two-tier ERP. First, SearchSAP's Todd Morrison explores the potential cost savings and deployment advantages of two-tier systems -- it will shed light on why the manufacturing industry is so bent on it. Next, Morrison looks at the options available to organizations that have decided to go ahead and implement a second-tier system. It's important to determine the best fit, and there are three to choose from. Veteran IT journalist Lauren Gibbons Paul talks to industry insiders about process improvements available to organizations not quite ready to deploy a whole new ERP system.

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      • Social Media: IT Purchasers get social, marketers play catch up ?

        IT decision makers are using social media effectively at work, but marketers are playing catch up, according to this research snapshot.

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      • Virtualizing mission-critical applications

        The benefits of server virtualization have been widely accepted, but companies may still have reservations about virtualizing applications that support critical business functions, for fear of lowered performance and issues with support and licensing. But the truth is, as long as IT makes educated decisions and is prepared for potential snags, companies can gain the flexibility and lowered operational costs of virtualization for their apps with very little risk. With this handbook, readers learn how to decide if this approach makes sense for their company’s mission-critical applications. Other topics covered include how to migrate apps, how to properly allocate resources, and how to monitor and maintain performance once the transition has been made.

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      • Application delivery controllers: Everything you need to know

        As enterprises move key applications to private and hybrid clouds, application delivery controllers (ADCs) with their optimization, load balancing and security are more crucial than ever. Read this e-book for information about selecting an application delivery controller, the advantages and a look at next-generation controllers.

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      • VM management and capacity prediction

        As hypervisor features have become more similar, the next vendor battleground will be over management software. Microsoft and VMware have similar capabilities, and now they'll look to make their products stand out by touting their management tools and complimentary products. Soon, IT pros won't spend time looking at unique features when they compare hypervisors; they will be looking at how an organization can use the hypervisor to improve workflows throughout the data center.

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      • Server consolidation strategy with capacity planning and virtualization

        Server consolidation can save your organization money by increasing utilization rates and reducing power and cooling costs. Learn how capacity planning and virtualization technologies can help you meet your server consolidation goals.

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      • With virtualization and the private cloud, the target keeps moving

        Through automation and server virtualization, an organization employing a private cloud model can reap many of the rewards of cloud computing while keeping its data private and its security tight. A private cloud can't be considered a success without the right mixture of ingredients, one of the most essential being capacity. A virtual environment that isn't right-sized will be inefficient and/or expensive to operate -- outcomes that defeat the very purpose of a private cloud initiative. This handbook looks in detail at best practices in cloud capacity planning, as well as strategies for small and medium-sized businesses weighing the private cloud model.

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      • From virtualization to the cloud

        Many companies have become comfortable with virtualization, which lays the foundation for developing a private or hybrid cloud strategy. But to optimize their infrastructure, IT pros need to understand that a cloud environment has some key differences from an environment that is just virtualized. In this e-book series, we define the cloud and the attributes -- like automation, chargeback and new management tools and strategies -- that take virtualized data centers to the next level. With advice on selecting virtualization vendors and tools that will help in this process, readers will be able to make informed decisions about their virtualization strategy and design a smart architecture for cloud, rather than approaching it on a costly trial-and-error basis.

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      • Top private cloud management strategies

        After briefly considering public cloud computing, many companies are opting for private models instead. This expert IT handbook provides an in-depth overview of private cloud computing and offers exclusive advice to help companies make the move from virtualization. Discover the importance of performance monitoring and capacity planning and learn how you can keep track of resource usage by implementing chargeback. In this handbook, we'll answer all your important private cloud management questions, and get advice from our experts.

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      • Demystifying server virtualization deployment

        Some IT managers have steered clear of server virtualization technologies because the deployment process can seem too daunting to begin. But this step-by-step handbook maps out the deployment process in four easy-to-follow steps. You'll also get advice from our experts, and learn the latest server virtualization strategies. Download this e-book today to get your most important server virtualization deployment questions answered.

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      • Tap into virtualization's benefits for better disaster recovery

        Virtualization creates an abstraction layer between hardware and the operating system and applications, providing great flexibility and ease when it comes to recovering systems after a disaster. And many virtualization platforms offer the ability to automatically migrate and restart virtual machines on alternate hardware in case of a failure. But that only solves part of the disaster recovery and business continuity problem. In addition, virtualization architects must establish their recovery time and point objectives, keep an eye on costs, and select the appropriate backup, replication, clustering and automation solutions to help them achieve those goals.

        This handbook provides a discussion of the various disaster recovery and business continuity capabilities of the major virtualization platforms, plus products and services that can be used alongside them.

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      • Virtual disaster recovery strategies in action

        This expert handbook explores how server virtualization can increase flexibility, while ensuring that recovery time objectives are met and hardware requirements stay minimal. Compare how physical and virtual DR differ and learn about the benefits and drawbacks of a virtual disaster recovery strategy. Plus, find out how you can emphasize disaster prevention over DR to minimize downtime. Learn about the latest in virtual disaster recovery, get advice from our experts, and learn about the pitfalls to avoid in this expert handbook.

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      • Implementing a corporate disaster recovery plan with virtualization

        Implementing a corporate disaster recovery plan is both time consuming and costly. And as an IT pro, you are constantly on the look out for new strategies that can help make the process more cost-efficient. Learn how turning to virtualization can help simplify your disaster recovery initiatives and more.

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      • Introduction to virtualization for administrators

        If you're new to administering a virtualized environment, then this e-book is for you. This book provides a valuable introduction to virtualization, focusing on the basics of high availability and virtual test environments. You’ll come away with the administration skills you need to thrive in the virtual age.

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      • Virtualize enterprise applications with less peril, more payoff

        The benefits of server virtualization have been widely accepted, but companies may still have reservations about virtualizing applications that support critical business functions, for fear of lowered performance and issues with support and licensing. But the truth is, as long as IT makes educated decisions and is prepared for potential snags, companies can gain the flexibility and lowered operational costs of virtualization for their apps with very little risk. With this handbook, readers learn how to decide if this approach makes sense for their company’s mission-critical applications. Other topics covered include how to migrate apps, how to properly allocate resources, and how to monitor and maintain performance once the transition has been made.

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      • Planning for desktop virtualization

        October 2011, Vol. 35

        Includes:
        • Minimizing public cloud disruptions
        • How to plan for desktop virtualization
        • Tactics for more reliable IT
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      • How to stay relevant in an automated world

        Automation isn't new, but as virtualized environments become more complex, admins are seeing a bigger need for features that help them manage their virtual data centers. We'll continue to see improved built-in automation features. Microsoft's Desired State Configuration includes a set of new PowerShell cmdlets that admins can use to simply describe how they want to set up a server -- without actually having to manually write server roles or configure specific features. This level of automation can save admins a lot of time in highly virtualized data centers.

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      • Presenting the pros and cons of server virtualization to management

        Convincing top management of the benefits of server virtualization is crucial to the success of your virtualization project. This expert e-guide breaks down the pros and cons of server virtualization, and offers advice for how to make the best business case. You'll also get advice from our server virtualization experts, and learn about the latest server virtualization strategies, and how to sell it to management.

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      • Virtualization essentials to help your environments run smoothly

        Virtualization has emerged as a principal enabler of data center efficiency, but it is not a turnkey process. It requires careful consideration and planning to ensure successful deployments. In this e-book, learn the virtualization essentials that can make your environments run smoothly and cost effectively.

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      • Keeping virtual machines secure

        August 2011, Vol. 34

        Includes:
        • How the evolution of virtualization redefined efficient data centers
        • Ensuring virtual machine security
        • Reaching for the cloud at VMworld
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      • Server virtualization basics: Understanding the virtualization market

        This e-book examines the growing virtualization market and analyzes key virtualization platforms and their features. Discover the benefits and challenges of adopting virtualization in your data center today. Get advice from our experts on server virtualization basics, and get the inside scoop on the server virtualization market today, and how it can impact your organization.

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      • Server virtualization best practices for the modern data center

        In this comprehensive IT handbook, build a solid understanding of server virtualization. Get tips for how you can optimize hardware management and performance, ensure high availability and manage your virtual environment. Explore topics such as VM tracking, storage virtualization and hypervisor selection. Learn more about optimizing server virtualization, making virtual infrastructures highly available, and everything you need to know about storage in the virtual world. Get the latest server virtualization best practices, and more in this handbook.

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      • As virtual machine migrations accelerate, don't get left behind

        Workload mobility is a key part of virtualization, and it should continue to get better and become a bigger part of an IT admin's everyday operations. Both Microsoft and VMware say they can improve the speed and efficiency of live migrations. Microsoft's Live Migration can now compress migration traffic before transferring to the target server, greatly improving migration time. Some recent VMworld sessions also suggested that VMware has readied vMotion improvements.

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      • Network consolidation best practices

        Any virtualization layer or hypervisor introduces a new set of demands to a server or blade environment. Although a hypervisor doesn’t require network access strictly for its virtual machine, other interconnects do. This not only means that you’ll need a server with multi-port network interface cards (NICs), but can also pigeon-hole you into buying one specific server type. Network consolidation—reducing underutilized 1 GB NICs to two 10 GB or 20 GB cards—answers this dilemma and can offer huge gains in terms of operational flexibility. Get the latest best practices in this handbook.

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      • Choosing hardware for virtualization

        As virtualization and cloud computing become more entrenched in data centers, these technologies are having major impact on IT professionals’ choice of system hardware and architectures. In recent years, data centers have followed the scale-up model, consolidating resources by relying on small numbers of large, powerful machines. Today, data center architecture frequently relies on larger numbers of commodity server equipment, in a scale-out strategy. This shift has changed the way companies operate, and IT professionals need to understand the issues involved with both architectural approaches.

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      • The data center of the future

        April 2012, Vol. 38

        Includes:
        • The data center’s hidden cost
        • The strategic trends in IT and data center infrastructure
        • IT pros rethink data center infrastructure to support 'big data'
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      • Assessing server hardware refresh options

        Server buyers should consider the implications of vendor roadmaps and consolidation and look to capacity planning and objective tools when updating data center hardware. In this IT handbook you will learn the importance of server roadmap, factors to consider in server selection, expert tips on server consolidation and capacity planning, and much more. Get your toughest server fresh questions answered, learn about the pitfalls to avoid, and get advice from our experts today.

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      • Virtualization ups ante on server hardware choices

        October 2008, Vol. 5

        Includes:
        • Server virtualization hardware shopping guide
        • OS often dictates hardware choice in virtual environments
        • Virtualizing disaster recovery infrastructure
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      • Staying compliant in a virtual world

        October 2009, Vol. 15

        Includes:
        • Keeping up with virtual data center compliance
        • Hardware purchasing strategies for virtual deployments
        • Storage arrays for virtualization: Proprietary vs. nonproprietary
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      • Critical decisions for virtualization storage

        March 2010, Vol. 20

        Includes:
        • Waiting to virtualize: What's stalling data center virtualization
        • Virtualization storage provisioning: Improving storage performance
        • What is the free VMware OVFTOOL and how can it help you?
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      • Getting server virtualization right

        The advantages of virtualizing server workloads are firmly established, but proper planning and execution are critical factors in determining the success of a virtualization initiative. This handbook provides an introduction to virtualization strategy, highlighting both the benefits and risks of creating a virtual environment. Other topics addressed include a discussion of which data center tasks benefit from automation -- and which do not -- as well as a rundown of common trouble spots that can diminish the effectiveness of a server virtualization project.

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      • Virtualizing your Exchange Server: Fact vs. fiction

        Find out what's fact and what's fiction about virtualizing your Exchange Server. What steps should you take, and how can you ensure success? Explore all these questions and more in this e-book.

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      • The next generation of virtual servers

        December 2009, Vol. 17

        Includes:
        • Automating IT processes for virtual machines
        • High-availability architecture: Redundancy vs. abstraction
        • Selecting the best virtual server for your enterprise
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      • Configuration management keeps control

        July 2009, Vol. 12

        Includes:
        • Securing virtual environments: Three considerations
        • Virtualizing desktops: Getting the most out of your server, storage and network
        • Better configuration management strategies for IT pros
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      • Choose storage that's smart enough for virtual environments

        Virtualization solves a lot of problems, but it also presents new challenges, especially related to storage. Do you need new tools that address virtual servers' specific challenges? And when is it helpful to virtualize storage? Virtualization-aware storage is "smart" enough to give priority to important VMs and give admins statistics on storage use, which can help improve performance and reduce bottlenecks. Of course, virtualization-aware storage can be expensive, but there are some cases where it's worth the money. This handbook covers the benefits and drawbacks of virtualization-aware storage and virtualized storage.

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      • Shared data storage: The backbone of your virtual environment

        Data storage is the backbone of your virtual environment. Learn how virtualization has made shared storage a necessity in your data center, and find out which technologies and strategies to employ to get the most of out of your storage. We answer your toughest shared data storage questions in this handbook. Get advice from our experts, learn about the latest technologies, and the pitfalls to avoid. You'll learn about the best shared storage technologies, and which ones are the best fit for your enterprise.

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      • Security best practices for server virtualization

        Without the right plan for managing security, much of your proprietary data and information is at great risk. Access this expert resource, from the editors at SearchServerVirtualization.com, to learn the essential best practices for maintaining security in your virtualized data center.

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      • Time to consider a second hypervisor?

        June 2011, Vol. 33

        Includes:
        • Should your IT shop consider multiple server virtualization platforms?
        • Preventing virtual resource oversubscription with capacity management
        • Performance tweaks for virtualization technologies
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      • Cross-Platform Virtualization Best Practices

        Check out this IT handbook to learn how mixing solutions from different vendors can benefit the performance of your data center. Also in this issue, we'll discuss cross-platform virtualization, management costs, and hypervisor selection. You'll also get advice from our experts, and learn the latest cross-platform virtualization strategies.

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      • Behind the magic of virtualization

        December 2008, Vol. 6

        Includes:
        • To P2V or Not to P2V? The rules of the road for virtual migration
        • Virtual lab management planning best practices
        • Setting up a virtual lab: Top tips and tricks
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  • Modern Infrastructure

    Modern Infrastructure covers the convergence of technologies -- from cloud computing to virtualization to mobile devices -- and the impact on data centers.

  • Virtual Data Center

    Virtual Data Center E-Zine is an all-encompassing guide to help you select and use the most appropriate virtual data center techniques and technologies to develop an agile, scalable, efficient data center – without breaking the bank.

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  • Enterprise Hadoop: Ready for prime time?

    Many vendors are pitching Hadoop as the foundation for enterprise data management environments that delivers information and insights to business users and serves as a hub for other data systems and applications. In the era of big data, the case for Hadoop is strong: Hadoop provides a cost-effective way to ingest, store and process large volumes of multi-structured data. With Hadoop, organizations can store all data in its original format and provide a system of record for the enterprise. Even more, they can bring the applications to Hadoop and process the data in place.

    But does reality square with the promise today? Are companies willing to trust their enterprise data to Hadoop? The big question is whether Hadoop is ready to support enterprise-scale, production environments where data can't be corrupted or inconsistent. Does Hadoop have adequate management, monitoring, backup, recovery and security features? What are the major gaps today and what are vendors doing to plug the holes? At what point can companies trust production computing environments to Hadoop? This report, based on a comprehensive survey of business intelligence professionals and interviews with experts in the field, addresses these questions.

  • Overcome today's disaster recovery challenges

    The use of devices not connected to a local network is a challenge for IT staffs tasked with protecting data on those devices. Completing backups within a reasonable timeframe has become an issue for organizations. Some organizations are opting for alternatives to traditional backup to address these challenges. The cloud has been pushed as an alternative to tape for offsite storage for disaster recovery. However, there are challenges with this approach and with protecting applications running in the cloud.

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  • Tactics to combat insider threat

    This article in our Royal Holloway Security Series argues that the threat to an organisation’s data security from within its workforce requires a considered and objective approach.

  • Building a big data practice

    For IT solution providers, there's big money in big data. That's because data volumes are growing at staggering rates, and SMBs are discovering use cases for big data. Perhaps even better for the channel, many SMBs don't have the skills needed to carry out big data projects. Yet big data is a largely untapped opportunity for the channel. This handbook aims to help solution providers that want to build a big data practice do so, with an exploration of where the biggest opportunities lay, how to build business cases, prep staff members, stand out from competitors, as well as a look at the steps two Microsoft partners have taken to build successful big data practices.

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