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      • Does Windows 8.1 meet the demands of the BYOD age?

        The variety and sheer number of network endpoints, users and devices in the enterprise today is driving IT's demands for enhanced security features and tools; Windows 8.1 is Microsoft's response. Windows 8.1 includes what is promised to be a less frustrating two-factor authentication method, plus improved malware resistance and better VPN and app management. This handbook presents a concise review of Window 8 security tactics and compares its promises to reality.

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      • Cloud migration confidential

        September 2014, Volume 3, Issue 8

        Includes:
        • How to implement a solid DevOps team structure
        • Docker containers, virtualization can work in harmony
        • What's the best data center network topology?
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      • Identity management in the era of cloud and mobility

        Managing identity and access in the cloud represents a difficult challenge for IT administrators. Proper identity management contributes to a secure IT operation and is an element for a number of compliance regulations. For those and other reasons, an organization’s ability to control who accesses particular areas of an IT environment is important. Many IT organizations, however, aren’t succeeding; one Gartner report suggests almost half of businesses take the wrong approach to identity management. The cloud and the prevalence of mobile devices only adds layers of complexity to the problem. This handbook looks at tools and best practices that can help ensure an organization is properly handling identity management in the cloud. It will include discussion of tools and methods to manage authentication, how to work with cloud providers, and how Active Directory can and cannot help.

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      • Ten reasons to upgrade to Windows Server 2008 R2

        It's always difficult to make a change in your server operating system, especially if your current solution mostly meets your needs. But organizations running older versions of Windows Server should take a hard look at upgrading to 2008 R2, which offers a number of new features that can serve to increase productivity and lower the total cost of ownership (TCO). In this handbook we explore the enhanced capabilities of Windows Server 2008 R2 (Service Pack 1), including Hyper-V improvements such as live migration and dynamic memory. This handbook takes a look at BranchCache, the product’s automated caching capability, the DirectAccess remote management feature, several PowerShell enhancements and the product’s ability to reduce power consumption. We'll take a close look at how to get the most from your upgrade, including insights on what are the most useful third-party tools and what hardware options are best for your server needs. If you aren’t ready to make the switch just yet, we'll discuss what you can do in the interi m, including how to test and update your 32-bit applications to ensure they'll be compatible with the 64-bit Windows Server 2008 R2 platform.

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      • Windows Server 2008 R2 migration checklist for SMBs

        Data centers that are still running Windows Server 2003 or Windows 2008 should look to migrate at least some legacy servers to Windows 2008 R2 in order to take advantage of its greatly expanded manageability options. And as organizations move existing servers to new hardware, they also need to take a close look at consolidation and virtualization as a way to free up space in the data center. This handbook highlights key considerations -- taking an inventory of server roles, ensuring application compatibility, creating a migration target plan, and selecting the correct edition of Windows -- to make your Win2008 R2 migration a success.

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      • Windows Server 2012 migration station

        Windows Server has traditionally formed the cornerstone of the IT infrastructure in many organizations, and, for a majority of those companies, that will remain true. Enhancements in areas such as automation and scalability, however, make Windows Server 2012 much more of a cloud tool.

        This handbook provides details about what's changed in Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2. It also includes guidance on how best to bring Windows Server 2012's enhanced capabilities into a data center with as little disruption as possible.

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      • Evaluating hardware for Windows Server 2008 R2

        You might think selecting the right system to run Windows Server 2008 R2 would focus largely on price/performance factors. While these factors are high on the list, there are other key considerations. In this handbook, we explore hardware considerations for Windows Server 2008 R2, including processing power, memory, storage capacity and built-in networking connectivity and management hooks needed to properly run an application workload and a specific version of Windows Server. We also evaluate maintenance contracts and which one best suits your business needs, which hardware add-ons are worthy to bundle with the system and which built-in software you need to more easily deploy the hardware in production environments. We also review hardware requirements to get ready for Microsoft’s next-generation operating system.

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      • How to successfully manage Windows Server storage

        This e-book addresses some of the most critical issues affecting Windows servers and storage -- from choosing the right server to planning your server room and assessing your storage needs, get useful, applicable information that can help you manage Windows Server storage and integrate your servers and storage smoothly.

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      • Can Microsoft map the future of IT?

        Microsoft is in an unusually busy period, releasing new versions of 12 of its products, with an eye toward better integration of systems and applications to brace environments for the cloud era. With coverage of Office 365 to Windows Desktop and Server to Office 15 and Exchange, this e-book looks at the feature updates that could make a difference in how you operate your day-to-day IT environment all the way from the data center to mobile devices.

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

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    Network Evolution magazine keeps IT professionals up-to-date on next-generation IT enterprise networking.

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  • Enterprise Hadoop: Ready for prime time?

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

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

  • Overcome today's disaster recovery challenges

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

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  • Does Windows 8.1 meet the demands of the BYOD age?

    The variety and sheer number of network endpoints, users and devices in the enterprise today is driving IT's demands for enhanced security features and tools; Windows 8.1 is Microsoft's response. Windows 8.1 includes what is promised to be a less frustrating two-factor authentication method, plus improved malware resistance and better VPN and app management. This handbook presents a concise review of Window 8 security tactics and compares its promises to reality.

  • Social networks in the enterprise: Collaborate seamlessly

    CIOs have swung from dismissing social networks in the enterprise to applauding and seizing on their potential to boost business productivity and creativity. In this SearchCIO handbook, we examine the latest trends in enterprise social networking, the tools that enhance collaboration and the role of CIOs in this communications revolution.

    In our first piece, business writer Christine Parizo finds out how the San Jose Sharks and other organizations are using enterprise social networking tools in a seamless, engaging and effective manner. In our second piece, expert contributor Harvey Koeppel introduces the acronym SMAC into his analysis of how social media technologies, as well as mobile, cloud and analytics, have transformed business communications. In our third piece, CTO Niel Nickolaisen dubs social networks in the enterprise the new email, and explicates how IT should handle these new tools.

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