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6 Steps to an Effective Performance Monitoring Strategy


Whether you're looking to improve your application and service delivery, consolidate existing performance monitoring tools and responsibilities or justify the impact of a new technology deployment, the six steps described in this white paper can help you create the fundamental building blocks of an effective performance monitoring strategy.

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Confidently Virtualize Business-critical Applications in Microsoft Hyper-V with Symantec ApplicationHA


ApplicationHA enhances Microsoft's hypervisor solution and truly brings enterprise-class availability for Microsoft Hyper-V. ApplicationHA leverages more than 12 years of development of well-known Symantec Cluster Server technology to provide an application monitoring package that runs inside a Hyper-V guest operating system, with full integration for Failover Clustering and the Heartbeat monitoring service.

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Ensuring Fast Failover and Disaster Recovery for Virtualized Enterprise Applications


Symantec and Red Hat collaborate to deliver an optimized failover solution. This paper examines the advantages that the integration of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and Symantec Cluster Server provides to address application high availability and disaster recovery for virtualized environments.

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Pushing the Boundaries: Symantec's Software-Defined Data Center Powered by VMware vCloud Suite


Their goal was to transform enterprise customer support services for faster, responsive service, and improve scalability and agility of IT service. Symantec implemented a software-defined data center architecture based on VMware vCloud suite to speed creation of new test environments. It is currently scaled to support more than 200,000 virtual machines, one of the world's largest software-defined data center deployments based on VMware vCloud suite to date. The result of implementing VMware was reduced time for creating test environments from 20-30 hours to minutes.

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SAP IT Forum


At the event, you'll hear from dynamic keynote speaker Jim McKelvey, co-founder of Square, on how a very simple idea – that everyone should be able to accept credit cards – has changed the lives of consumers and merchants and revolutionized commerce.

Ray Wang of Constellation Research and Michael Golz of SAP will also be on hand to provide insight on the role of the CIO and IT in shifting from complex practices of the past to simple practices in a real-time enterprise.

Additional learning sessions will focus on how you can simplify your IT environment and reimagine innovation with cloud, Big Data, and analytics.

You will also gain access to an exclusive resource center full of Webcasts, white papers, reports, and videos with additional insight into:
  • Simplifying your IT platform using in-memory and cloud for dynamic and agile business solutions
  • Managing and leveraging the keys to Big Data to explore and exploit data, find answers in real time, and make confident decisions
  • Building a mobile-first enterprise to deliver secure, real-time, business-critical information
Register now to join us online and hear how you can simplify your IT stack and accelerate innovation in your organization.

Date:
Thursday, November 13, 2014

Start Time:
9:00 am PT/ 12 pm ET

Keynote Sessions:
12 p.m. ET – The New Role of the CIO in the Real-Time Enterprise
1 p.m. ET – Keynote featuring Jim McKelvey, co-founder of Square

Learning Sessions:
2 p.m. – IT Simplification Delivered with SAP HANA
2:45 p.m. – The Internet of Things, Making It Real
3:30 p.m. – Using the Simplicity of the Cloud to Master Digital Transformation

Keynote Speakers:
Jim McKelvey
Co-Founder
Square

Ray Wang
Principal Analyst, Founder, and Chairman
Constellation Research, Inc.

Michael Golz
Senior VP and CIO
SAP North America

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Top 3 Impacts of Monitoring Software Defined Networks


Software Defined Networking. SDN. It's difficult to find a bigger buzzword in the industry today.

By architecturally separating the control plane (the brains in a network device), from the forwarding plane (the muscle moving packets around), the networking industry is looking to help IT personnel build networks capable of being configured and reconfigured instantaneously for increased business agility.

Different vendors are bringing varied strategies to how SDN-based infrastructures are deployed. These differences can be confusing. However, a recent study by Infonetics Research shows that 87% of enterprises in North America intend to have SDN live in their infrastructures by 2016.

With the level of adoption forecasted, no matter the technologies or vendors in your SDN stack of choice, or whether the resources are on premise or in public clouds, now is the time to start thinking about how the shift to SDN can impact the day-to-day performance monitoring of your infrastructure.

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Virtualization and Cloud are Changing Enterprise Backup. How Prepared are You?


View this on-demand webcast to:
  • Discover the key trends that will affect enterprise backup and recovery in the coming years
  • Learn how Symantec's latest release - NetBackup 7.6 can help you:
    • Recover any virtual machine within a few minutes
    • Eliminate full backups
    • Protect VMware environments via six new features
    • Save you time and keep your data safer


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The Essentials of the Cloud - Free Kit


The Essentials of the Cloud, brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your Cloud related decisions.

The following kit contents will help you get the most out of your Cloud research:
  • IaaS Public Clouds and the Perceived Security Threat
  • Cloud: Build Vs. Buy - 4 Key Considerations
  • How the Cloud is Reshaping Virtual Desktops
  • Choosing a Cloud Hosting Provider with Confidence: Symantec SSL Certificates Provide a Secure Bridge to Trusted Cloud Hosting Providers


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The Essentials of the Cloud - Includes the Free Demystifying The Cloud eBook


The Essentials of Cloud, brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your Cloud related decisions.

The following kit contents will help you get the most out of your Cloud research:
  • Demystifying The Cloud
  • Cloud: Build Vs. Buy - 4 Key Considerations
  • IaaS Public Clouds and the Perceived Security Threat
  • Choosing a Cloud Hosting Provider with Confidence: Symantec SSL Certificates Provide a Secure Bridge to Trusted Cloud Hosting Providers


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The Essentials of ERP - Free Kit


The Essentials of ERP, brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your ERP related decisions.

The following kit contents will help you get the most out of your ERP research:
  • Can ERP Answer Your Business Needs?
  • To ERP or Not to ERP in the Mid-Market: Simplifying an Important Decision
  • The 4 Blind Spots of ERP
  • Understanding ERP Deployment Choices


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10 Critical Questions Manufacturers Should Ask Before Choosing a Cloud-based ERP Solution


SaaS, also referred to as “On-Demand” or “Cloud Computing”, eliminates many of the barriers that keep companies from implementing or upgrading their software, and can help you reduce costs. More importantly, it enables you to focus on your core business operations instead of managing IT. Cloud-based ERP, therefore, may be right for your business, but where do you start? This white paper contains 10 questions to ask when considering a Cloud-based ERP solution.

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A Solid Data Center Strategy Starts With Interconnectivity


The challenge is that companies vary hugely in scale, scope and direction. Many are doing things not even imagined two decades ago, yet all of them rely on the ability to connect, manage and distribute large stores of data. Is your company able to scale IT quickly? Do you have the agility you need to meet rapidly changing plans and forecasts? This report analyses the benefits of a solid data center strategy, download this report now to see how interconnectivity can be an advantage for your IT infrastructure.

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Best Practices in Data Management for Big Data


This paper discusses capabilities and techniques for optimizing SAS Data Management products for big data. It demonstrates how SAS supports Apache Hadoop technologies, including details on the various languages available in the platform and how to use them with SAS. An overview of SAS Data Management integration with the SAS® LASR™ platform is also provided. Practical tips and techniques are presented, including case studies that illustrate how to best use the SAS Data Management feature set with big data.

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Big Data, Analytics and Hadoop


SAS and Hadoop are natural partners. Hadoop provides distributed storage and processing power. SAS treats Hadoop as just another data source and complements it with data management, data discovery and advanced analytics.

This paper highlights two ways you can work with Hadoop data from within a familiar and interactive SAS Analytics environment:
  • Either with the graphical user interface of SAS® Visual Statistics
  • Or streamlined programming via SAS In-Memory Statistics for Hadoop


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From Data to Action


Featuring 30 articles from researchers and practitioners in data science, marketing, and other fields, the report offer guidelines on making good use of information and turning it into profitable behaviors.

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How Modern ERP Can Support Greater Customer Experience


They will have to build customer-centric values into purchasing decisions to reduce the current emphasis on costs. Partnering with suppliers will also be beneficial to deliver customer experience. Last but not least, manufacturers will have to rely on the critical support of modern IT. An open and modern ERP will be an essential tool to improve customer experience, but to become truly customer-centric they will have to combine technology and processes with an embedded customer-oriented culture at all levels of the organization.

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How a Strategic Data Center Helps You Face Future Technology Challenges Head-On


The businesses that thrive amid fluctuating technology demands are not only keeping a finger on the pulse of current trends, they have the infrastructure in place to handle whatever changes might come.

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How to Successfully Select An ERP System in Eight Simple Steps


If you're looking for your first ERP system or looking to upgrade from an existing system, the evaluation, selection and implementation process is a long-term strategic decision for your organization. Download this white paper now to learn about 8 simple steps to successfully selecting an ERP system.

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How to Use Hadoop as a Piece of the Big Data Puzzle


It's easy to become overwhelmed by the growing volume, velocity and variety of big data. While it can be the key to uncovering profitable insights and answering complex questions, many organizations struggle to store, manage and analyze this valuable resource. The missing piece to the big data puzzle could be Hadoop, a computing framework that allows for distributed processing of large data sets across multiple computers using simple programming models.

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Improve Scheduling, Production, and Quality Using Cloud ERP


ERP functionality delivered “from the cloud” avoids the complexity and costs that often accompany on premises ERP implementations, and typically provides a much more favorable total cost of ownership, compared to legacy on premises deployment. Companies subscribe to the software features that they need and can add new ones as business requirements change, without buying additional servers or storage to support new functionality. The ERP features are the same as for an on premises ERP system, except that it is hosted and maintained on the Cloud provider's infrastructure.

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State of the Art Practice with Visual Analytics


Drawing from his most recent book, Keeping Up with the Quants, Professor Thomas Davenport describes the evolution of analytics and explains how to make visual analytics most effective by defining a clear purpose and communicating data in a way that is easily understandable.

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The Center of Performance: Enhancing the App Experience for End Users


In today's technology-rich world, customers and employees expect the highest level of application performance. Failure to provide access to applications that consistently perform well at any time, from anywhere, and on any device, often leads to declines in productivity, customer satisfaction, revenue and market share, and brand reputation.

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The Successful Cloud Enabled Enterprise - Your Journey to the Cloud Infopaper


And there's good reason for that. Cloud computing offers the promise of cost-effective capacity on demand—anytime, anywhere, and on any device.

But taking advantage of the cloud's many benefits isn't as simple as signing up for an account. Like any other IT tool, it has to be used strategically. Making the move requires an end-to-end strategy designed to maximize the benefits of the cloud for your unique business needs. This info overview will help you do just that.

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Understanding ERP Deployment Choices


In this increasingly competitive environment, the ERP deployment choice is a significant advantage for companies seeking an agile response to constantly changing and often-volatile market conditions. In particular, cloud-based ERP systems are increasingly seen as an effective means for companies to economically deploy new ERP or expand IT operations as their commercial reach broadens globally.

Companies now need to evolve quickly, which means being able to move some or all business operations to an existing or new ERP instance quickly and inexpensively, anywhere in the world.

Download this complimentary white paper today to learn about what ERP deployment options exist in today's marketplace.

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Effective Communications - Developing Your Communication Skills


You will learn how to:

  • Determine your own preferred communication style.
  • Use this information to develop and enhance your communication skills.
  • Identify and respond appropriately to other people’s emotions.
  • Apply the six components of the RESULT communications principle.
  • Overcome the most common barriers to successful communication.

 
Chapter 1 - Effective Communication in the Workplace

Chapter 2 - Workplace Communication Styles

Chapter 3 - Recognizing Workplace Communication Styles

Chapter 4 - Perceptual Preferences

Chapter 5 - Attitudes to Communications

Chapter 6 - Communication Research

Chapter 7 - Using the RESULT Principle

Chapter 8 - Barriers to Communication



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3 Steps To Optimize Internet Performance Through APIs


You probably already know that with APIs you can integrate with vendors and create reports, but you might be missing some functionality that can help you develop technology faster and make your performance greater.

In our upcoming webinar, 3 Steps to Optimize Internet Performance Through APIs, join Dyn's VP of User Community, Andy Piggott, and Email Product Director, Mike Veilleux, as they discuss different ways to utilize APIs and best practices.

Three Steps To Optimize:
• Expand your APIs down the stack
• Use APIs to centralize and scale business infrastructure
• Leverage APIs to enable Internet Performance

Date:   Wednesday, November 19th

Time:   2:00 PM EST/11:00 AM PDT



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Breakthrough Innovations in Application Visibility & Control


In this free, live-streamed event, you'll learn how new Riverbed® SteelHead™ 9.0 gives you more visibility and control to optimize the delivery of all your apps – including SaaS apps – over public and private networks.

Learn how you can:
  • Achieve deep application visibility in a hybrid world to maximize end-user productivity
  • Simplify management, reduce costs, and ensure peak performance with application-level, business-intent control
  • Optimize secure delivery of all apps – on premise, cloud and SaaS – across all networks – corporate, internet VPN, and public internet
Stop worrying about poor application performance, with Riverbed SteelHead™ 9.0 you can ensure peak performance for all apps across your hybrid enterprise.

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Top 10 Ways for Businesses to Make the Most of Mobile Broadband


The network is important, but it is just the starting point. Mobile broadband is only beginning to change the way you do business. Is your business getting the most out of mobile broadband? Download these tips to learn more.

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Everything You Need To Know About A DDoS Attack


Big companies and brands have been victims of attacks with the attacks themselves growing in size and complexity. While large corporations are often the topic of these stories, DDoS attacks can happen to companies of any size.

Just a few things you’ll learn and understand:

  • How downtime can mean big losses in revenue
  • Creating a defense plan
  • Ways to detect if you’re under attack
  • Mitigating DDoS attacks…and more!


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10 Metrics to Monitor in the LTE Network


The deployment of LTE increases dependency on the underlying network, which must be closely monitored in order to avert service-impacting events. In addition, the rise of vendor-specific performance management platforms establishes barriers to end-to-end network visibility and hinders operational troubleshooting. The following whitepaper highlights ten critical metrics for successful monitoring of an LTE network and recommends solutions to LTE monitoring challenges.

LTE was designed to increase the capacity and speed of wireless data networks by moving away from dedicated circuit networks to a more simple IP-based architecture with significantly reduced transfer latency. The migration to an all-IP infrastructure of converged voice, video, and data places additional emphasis on the underlying network and associated mechanisms, all of which must be closely monitored in order to avert service-impacting events.

In order to ensure efficient delivery of services and Quality of Experience (QoE) for the customer, the following performance metrics must be monitored and collected in the LTE environment:

  1. Authentication Response (AAA)
  2. Firewalls and Load Balancers (Connections, Sessions)
  3. CPG/PGW/SGW Gateways (Web Connect, IP Pools, Current Session, QoS, Traffic)
  4. MME (Successful Bearer Established)
  5. eNb (Upload, Radio Resource Management)
  6. Transport: Switches (Queues, Load)
  7. Physical Servers (CPU, Memory, Interfaces)
  8. Synthetic Testing (Y.1731, RTP, SIP Connect - Call Setup)
  9. Application Flow (Capacity)
  10. Signaling (S1, X2)

Read our whitepaper to learn all about monitoring these metrics and more! 



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802.11ac Wireless: The Time to Move is Now!


This guide will provide information on planning for the move to 802.11ac wireless. Topics discussed will include:
  • Deployment – Deploying 802.11ac today
  • Upfront network planning – Considerations for planning when making the move to 802.11ac
  • Infrastructure and design – Whether or not your selected 802.11ac solution requires upgrades to your existing wired infrastructure, channel planning, capacity and density planning
  • Clients – 802.11ac clients will be required in order to achieve the full performance gains to be had with an 802.11ac Wi-Fi installation
  • Network management – Things like a unified wired/wireless management, distributed policy controls, and zero touch APs will make IT's job easier and create a great experience for users


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Assuring Ethernet Backhaul Performance


The evolution from circuit-switched technologies such as ATM, TDM and frame relay, to packet-switched technology such as Carrier Ethernet means less cost for carriers in terms of devices, and convergence in both the network layers in the core and fixed and mobile access networks at the edge. However, it also heralds a significant rise in the number of technologies and devices they must support, as well as increasing the number of potential network failure points and performance bottlenecks. With both fixed and wireless customers demanding a full range of multimedia services free from network outages or service degradation, carriers require new levels of scalability and end-to-end performance visibility if they are to deliver consistently on service level agreement (SLA) commitments and protect their brand.



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Creating a Safe BYOD Program on a Budget


Those who have launched substantial BYOD initiatives, and those who study them, are quick to point out that while these programs may become educational game-changers, they are also changing the rules when it comes to network capacity and security.

Running a BYOD program does not carry major costs, unless it is necessary to expand the bandwidth or Wi-Fi reach of the existing network. School IT administrators would have purchased the same equipment to meet their networking needs, they say, even without a BYOD program minus the necessary access points and controllers to set one up.

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Cutting Surveillance Network Costs


With a rapid transition from analog to IP-based infrastructures, Physical Security needs to optimize the monitoring, detection, prevention and post-incident resolution of physical intrusions into an organization or location. The right switch platform for physical security provides:
  • Higher network uptime
  • Reduced install time and costs
  • Improved security and deployment flexibility
  • Enhanced performance


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Data Center Networking


Today's data center must meet a number of business requirements and overcome several design obstacles in order to truly achieve resiliency. This guide will provide the reader with key concepts for designing a standards-based data center fabric to meet the requirements of today and tomorrow.

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Enabling Cloud-Scale Data Centers


These include:
  • Support for network and storage convergence
  • Support for virtualization, automation, and customization
  • Ease of network provisioning, configuration, and management
  • Low power
Very scalable, efficient, and high-performance fabric-based architectures can be built and deployed using open, interoperable and industry-accepted approaches. From high-density 10GbE to high-density 40GbE, to support for virtualization and convergence, as well as redundancy and multi-path capability, open industry-accepted solutions are gaining a foothold in building cloud-scale architectures.

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Gartner Critical Capabilities for Wired and Wireless LAN Access Infrastructure


Network decision makers use this research to determine which vendors have the best mix of capabilities for their specific usage requirements. Extreme Networks received the fourth highest score for the following 5 out of 6 Uses Cases: Enterprise Unified Wired and WLAN Access, Enterprise Wired-Only Access, Enterprise WLAN-Only Access, Small or Remote Office, Guest or Hot Spot Access Only.

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The 10 Reasons Guide: Choosing a File Sync and Share Solution


Workers want access to business files from anywhere, on any device, and at any time. This presents a new range of corporate security and data leakage risk challenges to today’s IT organizations.

Download the white paper that explores 10 reasons why each of Accellion, Anchor/eFolder, Box, Dropbox, Egnyte, Citrix ShareFile, Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive are not for your business. Plus, one solution that is.



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The 13 Cost Areas for a Digital Asset Management System


This white paper provides insight and guidance, considering both the vendor and buyer sides, into commonly identified areas of Digital Asset Management (DAM) cost. These cost areas exist regardless of your choice for acquiring an installed, or hosted, or Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) or open source digital asset management system.

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The Three Vs of Network Performance Management in the Age of 'Big Data'


At its most basic definition, “Big Data” is a term applied to data sets whose size is beyond the ability of commonly used software tools to capture, manage, and process the data within a tolerable elapsed time.1 That definition perfectly describes why so many network operations teams are reactive rather than proactive, and also explains why the duration of their user-impacting events go on for too long – there is so much data to sift through that they can’t get the right data when they need it. This lack of timely data leads to damaged reputations, frustrated users, and lost business.

It also explains why discussions on so often focus on challenges posed by the three Vs – Volume, Variety, and Velocity.

What are the challenges that Big Data poses to network operations teams, and what can be done to move teams from a reactive mode to proactively managing network performance?



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Are Browser Updates Driving Your Support Team Crazy?


Did you think switching from Windows client apps to lighter weight web-based apps would solve your application development, deployment and maintenance problems? If you did, but problems associated with constant browser updates, compatibility issues, and security holes are causing headaches, you need to learn about application virtualization with XenApp.

Attend this live webcast to learn how XenApp:
  • Efficiently manages your browser-based apps with app virtualization
  • Reduces common security challenges associated with web-based apps
  • Delights your users with faster performing web apps
Speakers:

Yvonne Dresser: Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Citrix

Carisa Stringer: Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Citrix Systems

*On-Demand version will be available same day! Register and have same day access.

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5 Advantages of Mobile for Customer Service


Companies who use a customer engagement platform enable every employee across the organization to engage with each other and its customers like never before. Mobile connects your field service reps to your contact center, your managers to the data they need to make decisions, and your department to the rest of the company. So how does mobile technology really impact a customer service department?

Download this eBook to learn more!

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Servers on Demand


Whether you're building a start-up or trying to keep technology up and running for a large organization, get the computing power you need fast with Cloud-based Servers on Demand from Apptix. Having the right server resources in place means that you can scale and optimize your IT environment to match your specific requirements.
  • Rapid deployment – Turn services on and off as you need them
  • Pay just for what you use – Annual and month-to-month rates with no long-term commitment
  • Automated recovery – In the event of computing failures
Develop virtual environments using virtualized networking, security, storage, and management to optimize your solution beyond the server.

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5 Essential Steps to Sustainable PCI DSS Compliance


For many companies, Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance seems so daunting and complex that they only follow the letter of the regulations, without focusing on the subtle areas that provide the most protection. This eBook describes the five “must-do” steps that help assure the effectiveness of a company's PCI DSS compliance program.

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Securing Your Future in the Cloud


To help your organization be the one that does things right, here are 10 questions to consider asking potential cloud vendors, as well as what to look for in their answers.

Asking these questions should be part of the due diligence process in evaluating the security practice of a cloud provider. Getting satisfactory answers will help in the decision-making process of selecting the best provider for you.

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The FDA are Taking Cybersecurity in Medical Devices Seriously and So Should You


Medical devices are undergoing a technical transformation in terms of software, interconnectivity and interoperability. This increase of function comes with an increase in risk from cybersecurity threats which puts not only the patients with medical devices potentially at risk, but has wider implications for connected digital infrastructure too. The safety, security and privacy of patients must be protected and the providers of software for medical devices must work with regulators and the wider industry to ensure this.



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Five DLP Tips from Security Executives


This research paper examines the findings from a new study on DLP by Symantec. The goal of the study is to understand how DLP programs impact the effectiveness of security executives, while also protecting corporate data.

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SANS Report - Breaches Happen: Be Prepared


This paper describes how to start with improved malware reporting and gateway monitoring and how to combine this output with security intelligence from both internal and external resources. Forward thinking organizations use these and other techniques promoted by frameworks such as the Critical Security Controls. The key is to—as quickly as possible—detect hostile activity, identify and locate affected systems and devices, and respond appropriately.

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Symantec Intelligence Report: September 2014


Read this report to learn more about:
  • Targeted Attacks and Data Breaches
  • Malware Tactics
  • Social Media and Mobile Threats
  • Phishing, Spam and Email Threats


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The Essentials of IT Security - Free Kit


The Essentials of IT Security, brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your IT Security related decisions.

The following kit contents will help you get the most out of your IT Security research:
  • Citrix NetScaler: A Powerful Defense against Denial of Service Attacks
  • The Future of Backup as a Data Protection Strategy
  • 10 Network Security Tools and Tests Everyone Should Use
  • Adapting Security to the Cloud


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Protecting Your Website With Always On SSL


This white paper discusses the imperative need for Always On SSL, and the steps you can take to deliver end-to-end protection for your users. It also includes detailed accounts of four organizations – Facebook, Google, PayPal and Twitter – that are leading the way with Always On SSL in a cooperative effort to make the Internet more secure.

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How To Use Your iPhone iOS5: Lesson 1 Beginner


The iPhone is a revolutionary device thanks to its user-friendly interface and sleek minimalist design -- but that doesn’t mean it’s always straightforward.  Many of the iPhone’s advanced or lesser-used features are hidden away and Apple doesn’t always do the greatest job of filling you in. This beginner guide hopes to help point these features out (also available for iOS6). This version of the Beginner guide is intended for iOS5 users. If your phone is up-to-date, read MakeUseOf’s iOS6 version instead.



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How To Use Your iPhone iOS5: Lesson 2 Intermediate


The iPhone is a revolutionary device thanks to its user-friendly interface and sleek minimalist design -- but that doesn’t mean it’s always straightforward.  Many of the iPhone’s advanced or lesser-used features are hidden away and Apple doesn’t always do the greatest job of filling you in. This intermediate guide hopes to help point these features out, and is follow-up to MakeUseOf’s Beginner iPhone guide (also available for iOS6). This version of the Intermediate guide is intended for iOS5 users. If your phone is up-to-date, read MakeUseOf’s  iOS6 version instead.



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How To Use Your iPhone iOS5: Lesson 3 Advanced


The iPhone is a revolutionary device thanks to its user-friendly interface and sleek minimalist design -- but that doesn’t mean it’s always straightforward.Many of the iPhone’s advanced or lesser-used features are hidden away and Apple doesn’t always do the greatest job of filling you in. This advanced guide hopes to help point these features out, and is follow-up to MakeUseOf’s Intermediate iPhone guide (also available for iOS6). This version of the Advanced guide is intended for iOS5 users. If your phone is up-to-date, read MakeUseOf’s  iOS6 version instead.



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How To Use Your iPhone iOS6: Lesson 1 Beginner


The iPhone is a revolutionary device thanks to its user-friendly interface and sleek minimalist design -- but that doesn’t mean it’s always straightforward.  Many of the iPhone’s advanced or lesser-used features are hidden away and Apple doesn’t always do the greatest job of filling you in. This beginner guide hopes to help point these features out (also available for iOS5). This version of the Beginner guide is intended for iOS6 users. If your phone is not up-to-date, read MakeUseOf’s iOS5 version instead.



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How To Use Your iPhone iOS6: Lesson 2 Intermediate


The iPhone is a revolutionary device thanks to its user-friendly interface and sleek minimalist design -- but that doesn’t mean it’s always straightforward.  Many of the iPhone’s advanced or lesser-used features are hidden away and Apple doesn’t always do the greatest job of filling you in. This intermediate guide hopes to help point these features out, and is follow-up to MakeUseOf’s Beginner iPhone guide (also available for iOS5). This version of the Intermediate guide is intended for iOS6 users. If your phone is not up-to-date, read MakeUseOf’s iOS5 version instead.



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How To Use Your iPhone iOS6: Lesson 3 Advanced


The iPhone is a revolutionary device thanks to its user-friendly interface and sleek minimalist design -- but that doesn’t mean it’s always straightforward.  Many of the iPhone’s advanced or lesser-used features are hidden away and Apple doesn’t always do the greatest job of filling you in. This advanced guide hopes to help point these features out, and is follow-up to MakeUseOf’s Intermediate iPhone guide (also available for iOS5). This version of the Advanced guide is intended for iOS6 users. If your phone is not up-to-date, read MakeUseOf’s iOS5 version instead.



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iPad CTO Kit - including the iPad Tips and Tricks Guide for IT Executives and Managers


The iPad CTO Kit brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your IT Management related decisions.

The following kit contents will help you get the most out of your IT Management research:
  • iPad Tips and Tricks - A Guide for Executives and Managers
  • How Mobile Management Services Fill a Critical Security Need
  • The ABCs of Mobile Device Management
  • Taking Windows Mobile on any Device


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The Essentials of Online Marketing - Free Kit


The Essentials of Online Marketing, brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your Online Marketing related decisions.

The following kit contents will help you get the most out of your Online Marketing research:
  • Industry Report: 2014 Global Email Survey
  • The Modern Marketer's Guide to Getting the Most Out of Video
  • From Information to Insights: Understanding Big Data Online
  • Marketing Got Complicated


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Millennials as Brand Advocates - New Research Study Results


Traditional marketing tactics don’t cut it when you're trying to share your brand story with social-savvy millennials. In fact, a new SocialChorus research study of over 500 millennials reveals that only 6% of millennials consider online advertising to be a trusted source for product information. So how do you reach this ad-averse group? Download this report to learn:
  • How millennials prefer to interact with brands (hint: they’ve mastered tuning out your social advertising)
  • Who 95% of millennials trust for product information
  • How to power millennials to advocate for your brand and share your story with their peers


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The Essentials of Information Security Kit: Includes a Free PC Security Handbook - 2nd Edition eBook


The Essentials of Information Security brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your Information Security related decisions.

The following kit contents will help you get the most out of your Information Security research:
  • PC Security Handbook - 2nd Edition
  • The Future of Backup as a Data Protection Strategy
  • Adapting Security to the Cloud
  • The Heartbleed Bug: How To Protect Your Business with Symantec


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A Crossroads for Windows XP Users: Windows 7 or Windows 8?


Microsoft no longer supports Windows XP (or Office 2003), so now it's decision time for many organizations. Remarkably, Windows XP in early 2014 still holds somewhere between 15% and 25% of the overall PC operating system market, depending on whose analysis you read.

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Resolving Issues When Creating a Cisco UCS Service Profile


Stateless computing in Cisco Unified Computing Solution (UCS) is implemented with an XML-based software feature called a service profile. In the event of disaster recovery, the amount of time to restore the server to its identical former condition is dramatically reduced with service profiles. Service profiles contain virtually all possible hardware settings of a server, which can be applied, modified, or moved to a different blade. While service profiles contain enormous power and flexibility over the hardware features presented to the bare metal Operating System (OS), there are several common configuration errors that prevent a service profile from working, and thus preventing the server from being powered on.

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The Agile Business Analyst: How Much Is Enough?


The principles in this white paper help you introduce greater predictability into your own Agile requirements activities, both individually and across your organization. As you start to apply these ideas and pose these questions, you'll likely see certain patterns emerge that will help you establish your own set of practices that make Agile work for you.

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What's New in Wireless Networking and 802.11?


Wi-Fi and 802.11 are important and constantly evolving technologies. Learn what's new in wireless networking that makes life easier for the end user and a bit more complicated for those that support the network.

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Windows 8.1 Client to Microsoft's Cloud Services


Over the past several years, Microsoft has reinvented its enterprise technologies in its push toward the cloud. Windows 8 is a key part of making Microsoft customers and devices cloud-ready for the next generation of technology. With Microsoft cloud services such as Office 365, Office Web Apps, and SkyDrive, Windows 8 may now become a crucial part of how your organization can effectively leverage cloud-based technologies and applications for end users.

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Best Android Browser: Chrome vs. Firefox vs. Opera vs. Dolphin


Still using the stock Android browser? You’re missing out. Android users can choose from a plethora of browsers, bringing a richer mobile Web experience to your smartphone or tablet. We considered Android’s top third-party browsers, Firefox and Opera, along with relative underdog Dolphin, then tested and compared them to Chrome to see which one deserves to be the default choice on your smartphone.

With this download you will also receive free weekly coverage on the latest technology news and developments from Laptop Magazines eNewsletter.



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Best Windows 8.1 Browser: Chrome vs. Firefox vs. Internet Explorer


When it comes to Web browsing on your Windows 8 tablet, chances are you’ve already picked your favorite browser for the job. But you might be missing out. The best browsers can enhance your surfing experience with fast speeds, comprehensive standards support and intuitive navigation. We put the three leading browsers for Windows 8′s “Metro” mode — Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer — to the test to see which one will serve you best.

With this download you will also receive free weekly coverage on the latest technology news and developments from Laptop Magazines eNewsletter.



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Is Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) Moving Closer to Reality?


Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is gaining momentum along with Software-Defined Networking (SDN). This paper examines the history of NFV and explores the prospects for networking to gradually evolve from a hardware-centric approach to a software-driven model. It concludes with an examination of future market implications and how NFV can help organizations to achieve their goals.

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VMware Horizon 6 Overview


VMware Horizon 6 was announced in April and began shipping in June 2014, bringing a more unified suite delivering more integration with infrastructure and cloud products and more simplicity for all devices. Along with the numerous updates across the Horizon suite, VMware has transitioned to a more traditional product licensing hierarchy. This paper explores the new licensing model and provides an overview of the new features associated with VMware Horizon 6.

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Forrester Market Overview: Hosted Collaboration Services Providers


Sixty-five percent of IT leaders Forrester recently surveyed said they are interested in or already using software-as-a-service (SaaS) for some portion of their collaboration technology portfolio. But many IT leaders — particularly those at very large organizations — are unsure whether standardized SaaS offerings from Google and Microsoft provide the flexibility they need. These concerns shouldn't prevent CIOs from moving collaboration tools off-premises. We find a burgeoning services sector that can deliver highly customized messaging, teaming, and real-time communication services for the enterprise.

This report provides an overview of the market, giving CIOs a sense of the players, their capabilities, and their offerings.

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How the Cloud is Reshaping Virtual Desktops


Discover the benefits of independence from your physical desktop computer infrastructure.

Desktop computing has become an increased cost burden for IT, and a source of frustration for tech-savvy users who expect more flexibility. Cloud-hosted desktops enable companies to mitigate the complexity placed on IT while reducing the risks associated with lost or stolen devices, all at a reduced TCO.

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3G/4G Digital Signage Guide


Combined with cloud-enabled network management and content delivery systems, 3G and 4G wireless broadband networks are propelling digital signage deployments at an accelerated pace. In countless venues, digital signage networked via wireless broadband cellular signal penetrates hard-to-reach locations and new markets, and can achieve a faster return on investment.

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Vehicles Best Practices Installation Guide


Power in automotive systems is not stable and is often subject to fluctuations and noise. Proper installation of the power conditioning devices in relation to the hardware you are trying to protect is important. With the Vehicle Best Practices Installation Guide you will learn the background on the problems and solutions as well as guidance for the installation of in-vehicle networks as well as guidance to overcome these obstacles.

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Retail Online Integration


Retail Online Integration magazine provides readers with solid, how-to information, case studies and advice from leading experts on catalog creative, production/printing, e-commerce, fulfillment, merchandising, database marketing, lists and media and customer relationship management.

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Six Essential Elements of Web Application Security


Like all competitive businesses, your application developers and operation teams are constantly under pressure to move quickly. Everybody wants their application security efforts to be effective, but only if they don't unduly impede workflow or drive up costs. To balance these potentially-competing objectives, industry-leading organizations often use six elements in their approach to web application security. Download this white paper to learn more!

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The Complete Guide to B2B Email Marketing


The Complete Guide to B2B Email Marketing will walk you through the entire process of creating effective, targeted email campaigns — from planning and designing to sending and optimizing — in six straightforward steps. With this guide you'll learn:
  • Important information on email deliverability and avoiding spam folders
  • Design tips for clean, attractive templates
  • Best practices for writing compelling, personalized messages
  • How to find your perfect email send time


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The Definitive Guide to Employee Advocate Marketing


Employee-shared content increases reach 10x and engagement 8x. That's why leading brands are launching Employee Advocate Marketing programs to drive the marketing metrics they care about most, including increased awareness, social engagement and new customers.

But what are the steps they took to launch a successful program? Download this guide and step-by-step checklist for everything you need to know to launch an employee Advocate Marketing program.

In this guide you will learn:
  • The steps to launching an employee Advocate Marketing program
  • Proven best practices to grow your program
  • The recommended timeline and steps to ensure the program drives your goals


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Everything You Need To Know About Switching To A Chromebook


Like any device, Chromebooks have their advantages and their disadvantages.  Chromebooks are Google’s take on the laptop. They run a slimmed-down operating system optimized for getting on the web with just the Chrome browser and Chrome apps. If you can do everything in your browser with web-based services and online storage, you can switch to a Chromebook.

Many Chromebook users haven’t actually “switched” to a Chromebook — they’ve purchased a Chromebook as an additional device, not one that replaces their current computer entirely. A Chromebook is the simple laptop you pick up when you need to browse the web, watch videos, type emails, write documents, and do other things you can accomplish in a browser. But let’s assume you actually want to switch to a Chromebook.



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