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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)

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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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Digital Asset Management: Three Tickets to The Blockbuster Content Marketing Show

In this paper learn the three-step best practice model for digital asset management and the interdependency of successful content marketing strategy upon the “Integration, Optimization and Accessibility” of these assets.

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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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How to Turn Your Network into a Strategic Business Asset with Purview

The Purview eBook will help demonstrate how to provide business value through:
  • Optimized resource utilization and capacity management for business critical applications
  • Troubleshooting and managed application services
  • Network and application response time management
  • Providing application usage data for compliance reporting
  • Analyzing customer application usage profile to better understand your customers

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Revolutionizing Performance Management With SevOne's Performance Log Appliance

The SevOne Performance Log Appliance (PLA) is the only solution on the market that automatically correlates real-time network and IT performance metrics with log events in a single integrated solution. Whether you need to analyze web application traffic, troubleshoot a rogue process behind rising CPU usage, or investigate a surge in firewall connections, the SevOne PLA provides you with greater visibility of root cause while eliminating the time-consuming practice of manually searching logs and self-correlating data points.

“SevOne will be the first to truly integrate log data into an enterprise-class, carrier-grade performance management system.”

-Jim Frey
Vice President of Research
Enterprise Management Associates

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SevOne's Performance Management for Cisco Networks

SevOne and Cisco have a long standing partnership enabling SevOne to leverage the rich set of Cisco manageability interfaces to help our joint customers implement a performance visibility strategy to meet their continuously evolving business needs.
SevOne provides the fastest, most scalable network monitoring platform to help you detect and avoid performance events before they impact your business. Now with the recent acquisition of RapidEngines, SevOne will enhance your ability to proactively identify and resolve performance issues by adding log data to the troubleshooting process.
SevOne monitors the performance of your Cisco network and application infrastructure, providing a consolidated performance dashboard that includes network, server, application, response time, and VoIP reports in a single web-based view. With SevOne, you can:
•Automatically build baselines of normal utilization levels
•Receive alerts when performance deviates from historical norms
•Achieve high-frequency object polling down to one second intervals
•Receive SNMP certification of any new MIB in 10 business days or less
•Maintain 12 months of “as polled” data without aggregating data
•Support enterprise and service provider architectures, including VoIP with Unified Communications, and typically multi-vendor implementations of VoLTE and IP Multimedia Subsystems (IMS)

"SevOne is a Cisco partner that delivers a scalable Network Performance management solution with a real-time performance management database. SevOne has developed a distributed architecture, based on peer-to-peer principles that can virtually scale to any size and deliver fast, on-demand reporting. In addition, they are working very closely with my organization to consume XML PI and NetConf. We value our partnership and have asked SevOne to be an integral part of our advisory board. Many Cisco customers like Credit Suisse, Comcast, UBS, CSC, Thomson-Reuters, and Aramark have chosen SevOne to monitor, trend and alert on their Cisco IT infrastructures."

Steve Giles
Manager, Product Development,
Cisco Systems Inc.

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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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Using Speed at Scale to Ensure Network Infrastructure Performance for Financial Services

This whitepaper examines the ever-increasing need for speed at scale, proactive analysis, and higher levels of accessibility, granularity and visibility, as IT managers strive to ensure uptime and rapid response in business-critical networks and customer-facing networks.

In the financial services industry, failed trades and an inability to understand why they failed within a reasonable period of time not only frustrates users and management, but has a direct impact on the bottom line. The same is true in the retail banking and insurance industry when understanding the failure of online transactions. Every minute of downtime is well quantified, and financial services firms know exactly how much money they are losing whenever transactions fail. Moreover, poor performance in customer-facing applications can lead to high levels of churn. In either case, performance degradation results in lost revenue, and brand damage.

Addressing these issues end-to-end or at scale however, poses a multitude of challenges, given that performance is the sum of the delay imposed by the network (servers, middleware, storage), the communications infrastructure (local and wide area connectivity), and also the way in which the applications running over them are written.

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Wi-Fi Enabled Healthcare

Different organizations and departments within the hospital often mandate the wireless medical devices to purchase. In order to avoid a chaotic situation, they must be required to utilize risk management techniques and to thoroughly test each and every device that is being proposed for deployment on the Wi-Fi network. If any of the devices cannot meet minimal security requirements, they need to be identified. The shared experience and lessons learned from the authors provide essential guidance for large and small healthcare organizations in the United States and globally.

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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

Yvonne Dresser: Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Citrix

Carisa Stringer: Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Citrix Systems

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Comprehensive Enterprise Mobile Management for iOS 8

Billed by Apple as the biggest iOS release ever, iOS 8 comes with updates to everyday Apple apps such as Messages and Photos, as well as new ways to share content and new connections between apps and devices.

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Enterprise Collaboration Shouldn't Be a Pile of Legos

Now, as an IT professional, assembling and maintaining a Lego-like collaboration infrastructure isn't what you signed up for. Piecing together disparate systems of record for email, web meetings and other applications is about as painful as stepping on a pile of Legos. Download this white paper to learn how implementing a collaboration hub connects systems of record the easy way.

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Gartner Report: Best Practices for Choosing, Implementing and Using MDM and EMM

This research looks at the best practices and provides a step-by-step approach for mobile and security specialists.

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How SevOne is Revolutionizing Network Management

Data Center innovation reduces operating expense, maximizes employee productivity, and generates new sources of revenue. However, many I&O teams lack proper visibility of the performance of their networks, applications, and systems, putting company revenue and end user experience at risk.

Your organization must be able to accurately predict potential service degradation and future capacity needs, and prove the performance of your data center and compliance with strict SLAs.

SevOne provides the world’s fastest, most scalable data center monitoring and reporting platform, delivered as an all-in-one solution, to help you detect and avoid performance events before they impact your business.

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Jump Start Mobile Productivity with MDM and Secure File Sharing

Both products are included in XenMobile Enterprise.

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Salesforce1 Lightning App Builder Demo

Now, anyone can quickly and easily build apps that run on any device, all without writing a single line of code. Watch the video to see how.

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Salesforce1 Platform Lightning Process Builder Feature Demo

Automate everything in your business from repetitive tasks such as daily email reminders, task assignment and approval submissions, to more complex processes like employee onboarding, equipment inspections and new product introductions with the new Lightning Process Builder from the Salesforce1 Platform. Watch the video to see how.

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Salesforce1 Platform With Lightning Overview Demo

See what you could do with the new APIs and mobile services from the Salesforce1 Platform. Watch the video now!

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The Forrester Wave: Enterprise Mobile Management

Infrastructure and Operations (I&O) professionals face a difficult mandate: Enable the workforce to navigate the ever-changing landscape of mobile scenarios while continually ensuring that their company's compliance and security needs are met. Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions are effective tools to help deliver on this mandate and provide applications and resources to employee devices without sacrificing employee productivity.

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The Mobile Strategy Video Series The Impact of Mobile on Business and IT

Among the topics discussed in this video:
  • Top use cases for mobile apps
  • Criteria for choosing a mobile platform
  • The importance of rich APIs for mobile development
  • Back-office integration issues
  • Best practices for managing identity in the mobile environment
  • The pros and cons of building apps in-house or at an agency

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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?

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Cloud-Based Enterprise Backup

Cost-effective. Simple. Secure. Apptix is the first hoster to leverage Simpana 10, the powerful backup software solution with an industry-leading Cloud infrastructure. Back up your company data the right way with advanced functionality, off-site storage, and customized retention periods. All users are empowered to protect, manage, and access their stored data in the event of infrastructure loss, network outages, compliance concerns, or eDiscovery.
  • Enterprise backup and recovery – Store data from any kind of server
  • Encryption and security – Backed-up data is protected during transfer and at rest
  • Aligns with HIPAA regulatory standards – Helps healthcare organizations stay in compliance and avoid costly fees
77%. That's how much enterprise backup can reduce the time it takes to find and retrieve data over other traditional methods.

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Comprehensive Rural Coverage is Possible: BT's Experience

Achieving good coverage in rural areas is a real challenge in Eastern Europe and there are few examples of providing that kind of coverage. Since 2010 however, VT have worked with the local council in Cornwall, one of the most remote areas of England, to connect more than 90% with fibre. We spoke with Ranulf Scarbrough, Director - Cornwall Superfast Broadband Programme at BT about how they achieved this and how they measured the impact of their programme.

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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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Top 3 Impacts of Monitoring SDNs

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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Storage Considerations for SharePoint Backups

Backup and Restore of a SharePoint environment can be a complex endeavor as the product consists of multiple components running at various tiers, each with their own backup and restore requirements. In addition, SharePoint documents are stored as Binary Large Objects (BLOBs) in Microsoft SQL Server, which can consume a large amount of expensive high-speed disk. Finding space to backup all of that data on a regular basis and provide for aggressive Service Level Agreements can subsequently be a challenging task. This storage issue causes a greater burden if you have to keep backups stored for a lengthy amount time. This webinar focuses on the storage aspects of SharePoint Backup and Restore, outlining how concepts like Shredded Storage work and examining advanced concepts such as Remote BLOB Storage and ways to reduce your overall backup storage footprint for SharePoint and even attain faster backup speeds.

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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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How to Use Public and Private Clouds to Transform Your Backup Environment

Join Seagate Cloud Systems and Solutions' Michael de la Torre and Matthew Seeley to learn how real companies have put legacy systems under one coherent umbrella:
  • How to address multiple sites with a mix of different hardware, software, and physical and virtual machines
  • How to handle international locations when you need to make use of multiple clouds and multiple partners
  • How to maximize time and energy savings and make the decision to buy or build
Our presenters will help you understand the total cost of ownership of your different options and how to build backup solutions that optimize your technology, people, time, and money.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014 9 a.m. PDT / 12 noon EDT


Michael de la Torre
Vice President Strategy
Seagate Cloud Systems and Solutions

Michael de la Torre has expertise in leading high-performing product management, marketing, strategy, and product development teams in the cloud computing and IT managed services markets. Prior to joining Seagate CSS, Michael was VP of Product Management, Recovery Services at SunGard Availability Services.

Matthew Seeley
Sr. Solutions Engineer
Seagate Cloud Systems and Solutions

Matthew Seeley is a senior solutions engineer at Seagate CSS. Matt helps customers understand how to leverage Seagate's EVault cloud for data protection as well as understand backup, archiving, OpenStack storage, gateways for cloud storage, DRaaS, endpoint protection, SaaS, and IaaS and delivery of these solutions. He works with all the major software solutions for both public and private cloud platforms. His previous experience includes senior technical positions at EMC and Rackspace.

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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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Getting Ahead of the Compliance Curve

Compliance is a fast-moving target, and it's getting harder to keep up. In a survey by IT Policy Compliance Group, a consortium dedicated to helping IT security professionals meet policy and compliance goals, 70 percent of all respondents reported being subject to multiple regulatory compliance mandates, as well as contractual obligations and industry standards.

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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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Simplify SSL Certificate Management Across the Enterprise

This white paper provides five simple steps for IT professionals to take control of SSL certificates across the enterprise, and recommendations for a management platform for full visibility and single-point of control for these certificates throughout their lifecycle.

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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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Windows 8 Crashing? How To Easily Troubleshoot Blue Screen & Other Issues

Most blue screens and application crashes aren’t Windows’ fault — but they sure are frustrating! These tips will help you identify exactly what’s wrong with your PC and fix it.

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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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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 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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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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