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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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      • Roadmap to unified communications projects that reap rewards

        This e-book provides a roadmap for building a unified communications business case and offers practical strategies for implementing short-term projects with long-term payback, establishing metrics for ROI evaluation, and setting the stage for adoption of richer collaboration capabilities in the future. Get advice from our experts so your next unified communications project is a success.

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      • A new tune for telephony? What MS Lync really means

        Microsoft Lync is a game changer for unified communications, with software companies moving into a market once dominated by networking providers and vendors. MS Lync is a UC platform that integrates everything the enterprise uses. But does this mean companies can now get rid of their PBX systems?

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      • How UC mobility changes your enterprise

        Unified communications and collaboration (UCC) has traditionally focused on the desktop, but due to an expanding mobile workforce and the bring your own device (BYOD) movement, extending UC to mobile devices is the new challenge. Sophisticated mobile devices can easily deliver voice, video and data, which makes them perfect UC endpoints. This TechGuide addresses how a mobile UC deployment should unfold in the increasingly mobile landscape.

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      • Boosting contact center capabilities with unified communications and SIP

        Unified Communications and the contact center were once perceived as different, but these two business functions and technologies are linked. Today's IT and contact center architects can leverage UC applications capabilities and integrate Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) and SIP trunking to create more proactive and reactive customer service.

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      • The impact of combining networking, unified communications

        As new unified communications (UC) applications from traditional vendors and newcomers continue to hit the market, enterprise IT has to make sure increased use of UC applications don’t crash the network. New collaboration and social media apps may be in demand by end-users, but as in politics, IT teams need to reach across the aisle to make sure new UC deployments play well with the company’s overall IT strategy. This handbook looks at how UC applications affect network performance and the importance of coordinating deployments with other enterprise IT plans.

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  • Network Evolution

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

  • Modern Infrastructure

    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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  • 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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