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Bring Your Own Device: From Security to Success

BYOD has proven to provide benefits for organizations, from increased productivity to decreased IT costs. But to realize these benefits, BYOD programs must be implemented correctly and take mobile apps and data into consideration. Download this e-Book to learn best practices for executing a BYOD policy.

Sponsor: Apperian


Securing Mobile App Data - Comparing Containers and App Wrappers

Analysts agree that Mobile Device Management (MDM) is not enough when it comes to securing app data. Although it remains a critical component of an overall mobile security strategy, explore the solutions beyond device management in this whitepaper. Learn the differences in advanced containerization technologies and which one will provide more granular control of data and applications for your mobile devices.

Sponsor: Symantec


Capabilities You Need in an IP Address Management Solution

A mismanaged IP space can cripple an otherwise healthy network. Enterprise-ready IPAM products simplify IP address management by automating previously manual tasks and provide visibility into IP utilization.

WhatsUp IP Address Manager relieves IP space management risk factors by automating the tedious tasks associated with IP address management. Take a moment to understand what you need in an enterprise-ready IPAM solution.

Sponsor: Ipswitch, Inc


IPv6 Fundamentals

IPv6 is needed to sustain the growth of the Internet. In theory, we could continue to use IPv4 and work around the address space and security limitations of that protocol, but eventually, the cost of staying with IPv4 will outweigh the benefits. IPv6 eliminates concerns about address exhaustion while improving security. The transition to IPv6 will require planning and likely some degree of support for both protocols during the transition period. As noted by those responsible for managing Internet addresses, it is only a matter of time before IPv4 is no longer viable. Early planning will help ensure the transition is no more difficult than it need be.

Sponsor: Ipswitch, Inc


Optimize IT Performance & Availability: Four Steps to Establish Effective IT Management Baselines

More than ever before, your company's ability to grow hinges on two things: IT performance and availability. This puts immense pressure on IT managers to keep networks and business-critical applications running smoothly.
To effectively optimize for performance, IT should start with a baseline that shows:
¿ How the network, applications and infrastructure perform
¿ Where and why performance comes up short
The baseline becomes a vital measuring stick that can be leveraged in real-time to enhance network performance and availability.
To learn more, download this how-to report on establishing IT baselines.

Sponsor: Ipswitch, Inc


Considerations for Embracing Wireless Monitoring

Employee behavior is once again driving major changes for IT departments - this time it's BYOD. This report details three critical steps to stay ahead of employee demand for wireless access, including:

-Measuring how many devices are currently accessing the network, when and for what.
-Leveraging that data to create wireless policies - vs. guesstimating
-Rethinking network design to accommodate this new normal

Change your strategy before it's too late: According to Gartner, as wireless networks migrate from networks of convenience to primary user networks, 80% of network designs will be obsolete by 2015.

Sponsor: Ipswitch, Inc


Fixing Intermittent Performance Problems

Intermittent performance problems are among the most frustrating issues IT administrators face. The apparently random nature of occurrences, the near impossibility of reproducing all conditions, and the complexity of applications and their dependencies make it difficult to diagnose root causes so you can resolve an issue quickly.

You're not alone if you're still resorting to time-consuming manual event log searches and trial-and-error attempts to reproduce and diagnose intermittent problems, but you're probably also painfully aware that such an approach takes hours, sometimes days or weeks before you finally determine cause and fix it. Read this white paper and learn how technology advances in pinpointing intermittent networking problems give you the capability to "drill-down" to root causes in a process that typically only takes minutes.

Sponsor: Ipswitch, Inc


Automating Cost Transparency

Despite the growth in IT spend, many IT organizations do not have the capability to articulate the value the business is realizing from its IT services. By making all of the costs of running IT transparent, IT can change the way business units consume IT resources, drive down total enterprise IT costs and focus on IT spending that delivers real business value. Read about a powerful new solution that brings Cost Transparency to IT

Sponsor: Apptio


Forrester: The Business Technology Value Scorecard

CIOs have long recognized that a language gap exists between IT and its business-side stakeholders, making it difficult for the business value of technology to be clearly communicated and understood. Working with the TBM Council and drawing upon its extensive research in the area of CIO dashboards, Forrester conducted a study to identify a set of metrics to help fill the language gap. The "Business Technology Value Scorecard" paper proposes four categories of KPIs as the basis for a common language of metrics between IT leaders and their business partners.

Sponsor: Apptio


Cisco Case Study

For Rebecca Jacoby, a Senior Vice President and CIO at Cisco Systems, the steady rate of change within the company's IT structure and function presented a unique set of potential benefits and challenges. On the one hand, she realized that IT automation, integration and analytics offered tremendous opportunities to deliver better value to the business. But on the other, her team was having difficulty managing the changes and ensuring it had the right cost structure to deliver the appropriate value to the business.

Sponsor: Apptio


IT Financial Metrics Primer

CIOs must address a broad spectrum of business demands. On one hand, your IT organization is a utility provider bound to tight operational budgets. On the other, you must partner closely with the business in delivering innovation. To manage the business of IT, you need to choose the right metrics based on your business role. Our newly released Executive Brief details financial and non-financial metrics that IT financial managers must use to foster conversations with business stakeholders.

Sponsor: Apptio


3G/4G Digital Signage Guide

Today, the widespread availability of 3G and 4G cellular or wireless broadband networks enables digital signage to be deployed virtually anywhere. Combined with cloud-enabled Software as a Service (SaaS) 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, new markets, and can achieve a faster return on investment.

Sponsor: CradlePoint Technology


Enterprises in Motion: In-Vehicle Networks

In a world where traditional tethers to the central office have all but vanished, enterprises that operate vehicle fleets require constant and dependable mobile Internet connectivity to keep up. Businesses, organizations, and public agencies with vehicle fleets find productivity gains and improved fleet management by deploying dependable mobile connectivity in vehicles. Additionally, travelers and mass transit commuters now expect constant connectivity, and not just through their mobile phones.

Sponsor: CradlePoint Technology


Uninterrupted Internet: Maximizing Revenue and Minimizing Business Risk with 3G/4G Failover

Whether your businesses are connected to the Internet via T1/T3, or Cable, incorporating a mobile broadband backup solution adds uptime whenever there is a loss in connectivity via your wired line. With CradlePoint routers as your Internet backup solution, you're ensured more uptime for your POS transactions and cloud-based services while gaining significant financial and operational benefits over wired backup solutions including: better reliability, lower operating costs, greater ease of use and management, quicker speed to deployment.

Sponsor: CradlePoint Technology


Trends in Pop-up Retail: Innovative Merchandising Driven by Flexible, Dependable Mobile Connectivity

This paper explores the pop-up retail phenomenon, outlines the challenges and obstacles to successful implementation, and discusses existing, rapid-deployment solutions for connecting pop-up locations with mission-critical retail applications and the cloud. The first part of the paper will address the business case for pursuing a pop-up strategy; the second part will consider technology implementation strategies that enable a rich and secure pop-up experience.

Sponsor: CradlePoint Technology


PCI 3.0 Compliance

In this white paper, learn how PCI-DSS 3.0 effects how you deploy and maintain PCI compliant networks using CradlePoint devices. Properly configure, monitor, and maintain your CradlePoint devices to meet the requirements of PCI-DSS 3.0. Enabling features include network segmentation (Ethernet ports, SSIDs and VLANs), stateful firewall, MAC/IP/URL filtering, authentication, encryption, event logging, event alerts, time synchronization, and configuration management from CradlePoint Enterprise Cloud Manager.

Sponsor: CradlePoint Technology


Mitigating Security Risks at the Networks Edge

Distributed enterprises with hundreds or thousands of locations face the ongoing challenge of maintaining network security. With locations that typically process credit cards, distributed enterprises are at a particularly high risk of suffering data breaches. This white paper provides strategies and best practices for distributed enterprises to protect their networks against vulnerabilities, threats, and malicious attacks.

Sponsor: CradlePoint Technology


Vehicles Best Practices Installation Guide

The automotive environment can be particularly harsh for electrical equipment such as in-vehicle network hardware. Power in automotive systems is not stable and is often subject to ¿uctuations 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.

Sponsor: CradlePoint Technology


2014 Healthcare Data Management Survey Summary

This whitepaper is titled "Managing the Healthcare Information Stream" and is written by Jay Savaiano, CommVault Healthcare's WW Business Development Director. The whitepaper summarizes data collected as part of CommVault's 3rd annual survey of 6000 HIT Executives. Riverbend Marketing conducted the survey, commissioned by CommVault. The proliferation of healthcare data from a variety of sources is threatening to overwhelm the global healthcare delivery system. This report provides insights into how much information Healthcare IT organizations are managing, the rate of data growth they are experiencing and which applications and business needs are driving that growth.

Sponsor: CommVault


5 Strategies for Modern Data Protection

It's no secret that today's unprecedented data growth, datacenter consolidation and server virtualization are wreaking havoc with conventional approaches to backup and recovery. Read the five strategies for modern data protection that will not only help solve your current data management challenges but also ensure that you're poised to meet future demands.

Sponsor: CommVault