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      • Develop your criteria for selecting VDI software

        Learn about the latest options for VDI platforms and get an overview of the vendors and products that IT has to choose from. Also, get more information about the decision-making process when determining if you need VDI, and whether you should choose VDI or Terminal Services.

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      • Adapting to life after Heartbleed

        22 April 2014

        Includes:
        • Royal Bank of Scotland maps transaction supply chain
        • Greenpeace singles out datacentre firms for lack of energy efficiency
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      • Computer Weekly networking case studies

        Jennifer Scott and Steve Evans discover what made the winning entries stand out from the crowd in the 2014 Computer Weekly European Awards for networking.

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      • Contact center technology today requires a new approach

        Managing customer relationships today is about a whole lot more than a weekly newsletter and a few phone lines. Organizations ahead of the curve have accepted this rule, drilling down on customer experience management strategies designed to deal with the multitude of communication channels available to customers. It's not just about about the technology -- though, that is an important part of CEM. Successful customer service is also about strategy: how to ensure customers are satisfied at each and every point of contact, whether it's via smartphone, tablet, email or social media.

        This three-part guide will focus on the steps that companies need to start making to keep up. We kick off with a guide to forming a successful e-commerce strategy -- starting with six key factors that can make or break a customer's shopping experience and, ultimately, your business. Next we examine the "outside-in" approach to contact center technology -- putting yourself in the customer's shoes and making the technology they use to contact you as simple as possible. We close with a look at where tomorrow's CEM technology is heading.

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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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  • Tap into enterprise data governance for business value

    Data governance is all about managing data as a business asset and ensuring that data is accurate, consistent, integrated, timely, complete and secure. This report examines the market trends for implementing data governance. Based on data from a recent survey of 317 business intelligence professionals, IT professionals and consultants, this SearchBusinessAnalytics Benchmark Report analyzes the responses and provides trend information on the increasing executive acceptance of the importance of managing data as a corporate asset, the current status and types of data governance initiatives, data quality and data governance benefits.

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

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