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      • Building a big data practice

        For IT solution providers, there's big money in big data. That's because data volumes are growing at staggering rates, and SMBs are discovering use cases for big data. Perhaps even better for the channel, many SMBs don't have the skills needed to carry out big data projects. Yet big data is a largely untapped opportunity for the channel. This handbook aims to help solution providers that want to build a big data practice do so, with an exploration of where the biggest opportunities lay, how to build business cases, prep staff members, stand out from competitors, as well as a look at the steps two Microsoft partners have taken to build successful big data practices.

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      • Implementing two-tier ERP with manufacturing in mind

        Manufacturers that need to extend their ERP systems to remote locations are considering smaller, lightweight ERP suites as an alternative. With a two-tier ERP system, organizations can consolidate systems and save money while increasing operational efficiency.

        This three-part guide examines the homework organizations need to do -- analyzing costs and benefits -- to make an effective, informed business case for two-tier ERP. First, SearchSAP's Todd Morrison explores the potential cost savings and deployment advantages of two-tier systems -- it will shed light on why the manufacturing industry is so bent on it. Next, Morrison looks at the options available to organizations that have decided to go ahead and implement a second-tier system. It's important to determine the best fit, and there are three to choose from. Veteran IT journalist Lauren Gibbons Paul talks to industry insiders about process improvements available to organizations not quite ready to deploy a whole new ERP system.

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      • Hybrid cloud: When public and private clouds collide

        December 2013 Vol. 4 / No.6

        Includes:
        • Hybrid cloud: Who's in control when public and private clouds collide?
        • IPv6, SDN: When worlds collide ... in a good way
        • When cloud-based UC makes sense
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      • E-book: Understanding cloud networks

        Cloud computing is catching on, but cloud networks are proving to be challenging to implement and manage. Before enterprises begin architecting their cloud computing networks, they need to consider the impact on the network. Read this e-book to find out what you need to know about cloud networks.

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      • Is the network ready for the private cloud?

        August 2011 Vol. 2, No. 4

        Includes:
        • Developing a private cloud computing strategy for your network
        • Is OpenFlow networking bunk? What vendors don't want to discuss
        • Zappos cloud security strategy: Distributed management
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      • Network planning for cloud computing

        The cloud promises to be one of the most dramatic transformations in technology since IT shifted from mainframes to client server systems. Cloud computing comes in different shapes and sizes, and the architecture used will have an impact on the network. Network managers must be involved in cloud architecture decision-making, and must understand the impact that private, public, or hybrid clouds will have on the network. Read this e-guide to learn more about network planning for cloud computing.

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      • Does SDN change everything in network architectures?

        February 2014 Vol 5 / No.1

        Includes:
        • New network architectures and traditional components: Why both are key
        • Is service agility the payoff in network functions virtualization?
        • How WebRTC technology could turn enterprise video on its head
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      • Your next switch: The data center's software-defined future

        The hardware-defined network is still around, but a software-defined switch is coming. Your next switch will include SDN features and will also need to be application-aware and integrated with robust security strategies. This handbook covers everything pros must know now about the software-defined switch of the near future.

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      • Converged infrastructure: The future of network efficiency

        Taking the complexity out of the data center has been a complex challenge in itself. Vendors have introduced have variety of ways to converge IT infrastructure to consolidate networking, storage and compute resources in the data center. But cloud computing and virtualization have changed what a converged infrastructure could look like. This handbook looks at the current state of converged infrastructure and how network virtualization and software-defined networking can help make converged infrastructure a reality.

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      • Revisiting past predictions for networking technology

        December 2011 Vol. 2, No. 6

        Includes:
        • Enterprise wireless connection policy: Navigating cellular vs. WiFi
        • FCoE network convergence will start at the edge but move to the rack
        • Myth of VM mobility and follow-the-sun data centers
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      • Upgrading your network: Top tips and timesavers

        This SearchNetworking.com handbook will explore the challenges, best practices and essential technologies for responding to the shortcomings of today's network, as well as future-proofing your network for tomorrow's business challenges. We offer step-by-step advice from experts on what you need to know about upgrading your network, and learn about common pitfalls to avoid. Finally, learn about the latest tools to help you make your network upgrade faster and easier.

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      • Is virtual networking the link to end-to-end management?

        Network virtualization has lagged behind server and storage virtualization, which means “single-pane-of-glass management and monitoring” in the data center is still on the horizon. Although the advent of software-defined networking (SDN) may make virtual network management easier, most enterprises are looking for more use cases before setting out an SND strategy. One thing is clear: The virtual network can’t remain invisible to the network manager. This handbook looks at existing network management and monitoring options that will help enterprises see the value in adding the network to server and storage virtualization.

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      • WAN optimization policy goes deep

        June 2013 / Vol. 4/ No. 3

        Includes:
        • WAN security vendor: To go network hardware provider or third-party?
        • What is Ethernet-dedicated Internet?
        • WAN optimization policy goes deep: Think, user, time, location
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      • Harvesting business intelligence with network monitoring tools

        August 2013 / Vol. 4 / No. 4

        Includes:
        • CIOs are laying SDN plans, but slowly
        • The 802.11ad standard is fast, but do we need that much throughput?
        • When network monitoring tools improve business intelligence
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      • The new generation of network management and monitoring

        Network management and monitoring have grown from being similar operations that were at times challenging to get distinct views of, to a sophisticated monitoring and management toolset to provide real-time performance data. While these requirements have been driven by trends like the need to monitor network devices and boundary performance, the onslaught of virtualization has made things more challenging. As a result, tracking both physical and virtual assets has become critical. This TechGuide will help you understand how these tools have evolved and give network managers some insight into ensuring optimum performance in your organization.

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      • Finally! APM vendors design tools with networking pros in mind

        April 2014 Vol.5 / No.3

        Includes:
        • Benefits of video conferencing include less travel, but it's not No. 1
        • Complex apps need network-based application performance management tools
        • 802.11ac Wi-Fi takes the lead, but wired network has to play backup
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      • Assessing your options for increasing wireless LAN capacity

        Enterprises most often assess new wireless specifications in terms of speed, but capacity should also be at the top of the list due to the increased use of wireless LAN for functions that include file transfers and high-bandwidth video. Network engineers are increasingly challenged to make sure their WLANs have enough capacity to handle end-users' needs. This handbook looks at how enterprises can increase capacity in the WLAN with 802.11ac and examines the uses of 60 GHz wireless technology in the upcoming 802.11ad standard.

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      • Data center fabric wars

        August 2012 Vol. 3, No. 4

        Includes:
        • Deep packet inspection tools: Proxy vs. stream-based
        • Using wireless network bandwidth monitoring to stay within data caps
        • Data center network fabrics vs. software – defined fabrics
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      • Network security in a world of mobile workers

        April 2012 Vol. 3, No. 2

        Includes:
        • Mobile device security best practices for BYOD
        • Is virtual desktop infrastructure the answer?
        • Networking for BYOD: No single solution
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      • Five trends changing the game for UC

        October 2013 / Vol 4 / No.5

        Includes:
        • The programmable WAN: Applications are boss and networks bend
        • Is IT operational efficiency sexy enough to entice investment?
        • Five unified communications trends that change the collaboration game
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      • Understanding the new WAN: Management and design

        This TechGuide will help you understand the demise of the traditional WAN and the emergence of the new WAN. Articles focus on how mobile devices and an increase in teleworkers have forced IT departments to find new ways to connect users to corporate resources. This TechGuide digs deeps into how to design, manage and optimize this new endpoint-driven network and extend secure access to private and public cloud services and virtual applications.

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      • Next-generation WLAN: How IEEE 802.11ac will change your network

        Just five years ago, no one would have described Wi-Fi as a primary access technology but now, as Wi-Fi and cellular architectures deliver security, reliability and robust throughput sufficient to delivery video and multimedia content, wireless LAN (WLAN) is a critical enterprise component. With the IEEE 802.11ac-2013 standard approved, WLAN data rates will soar to multiple-gigabit territory. This TechGuide focuses on the WLAN's evolution and why it will soon be a viable alternative to Ethernet.

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      • Leveraging 802.11n for increased coverage and performance

        Deploying 802.11n can increase a WLAN's speed, capacity, reach and reliability, enabling mobility services that make workforces informed and productive. To be competitive, workers need ready access to data, people and tools for collaboration and decision making. Extending your network to deliver multimedia over wireless can make services like unified messaging and video conferencing available wherever needed. This e-book covers best practices for deploying and optimizing 802.11n to support data, voice and video applications.

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      • The mobile enterprise: Taking wireless networking to the next level

        Get the latest scoop on how faster, more robust 802.11n WLANs can help your business offer new mobility services to improve mobility and reduce cost through fixed-mobile convergence. Discover how unified communications applications can exploit wireless mobile connectivity to facilitate workforce collaboration and enhance productivity. And finally, get advice from our experts on mobile enterprise security.

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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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  • Building a big data practice

    For IT solution providers, there's big money in big data. That's because data volumes are growing at staggering rates, and SMBs are discovering use cases for big data. Perhaps even better for the channel, many SMBs don't have the skills needed to carry out big data projects. Yet big data is a largely untapped opportunity for the channel. This handbook aims to help solution providers that want to build a big data practice do so, with an exploration of where the biggest opportunities lay, how to build business cases, prep staff members, stand out from competitors, as well as a look at the steps two Microsoft partners have taken to build successful big data practices.

  • Implementing two-tier ERP with manufacturing in mind

    Manufacturers that need to extend their ERP systems to remote locations are considering smaller, lightweight ERP suites as an alternative. With a two-tier ERP system, organizations can consolidate systems and save money while increasing operational efficiency.

    This three-part guide examines the homework organizations need to do -- analyzing costs and benefits -- to make an effective, informed business case for two-tier ERP. First, SearchSAP's Todd Morrison explores the potential cost savings and deployment advantages of two-tier systems -- it will shed light on why the manufacturing industry is so bent on it. Next, Morrison looks at the options available to organizations that have decided to go ahead and implement a second-tier system. It's important to determine the best fit, and there are three to choose from. Veteran IT journalist Lauren Gibbons Paul talks to industry insiders about process improvements available to organizations not quite ready to deploy a whole new ERP system.

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