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Infographic: What's Stealing Business Performance?

Riverbed spoke with IT management and other technology professionals at the Microsoft SharePoint Conference to develop this infographic on the causes of loss of business performance and recommendations for an effective SharePoint deployment.

Sponsor: Riverbed Technology


 

IDC ROI Infographic

The IDC study "Improving the Business Value of WAN optimization," documented the business impact of WAN optimization solutions on enterprise organizations. Current trends and issues explored include evolving and shifting communication patterns, connection types, applications and bandwidth. So how can you leverage this information to maximize your business ROI? Learn more.

Sponsor: Riverbed Technology


 

2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant Report

For the 7th year in a row, Riverbed is in the "Leaders" Quadrant of the 2014 Magic Quadrant for WAN Optimization Controllers. In this report, Gartner presents an overview of the WAN optimization market and its latest trends. Find out what Gartner has to say about the strategic value of WAN optimization solutions and their evaluation of the technology vendors that provide them. Access the complete Gartner Magic Quadrant for WAN Optimization Controllers, 2014.

Sponsor: Riverbed Technology


 

EMA Research: The Network Factor in VDI Success

Organizations are embracing Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). To reap the full benefit of a VDI deployment, organizations must assure the best possible end-user experience. The network plays a critical role in making that a reality when trying to extend VDI deployments to remote/branch sites.

Sponsor: Riverbed Technology


 

Increase Network Performance with Path Selection

The hybrid networking model with path selection technology from Riverbed Technology enables organizations to adopt hybrid networks to maximize the performance of applications, increase network availability, and reduce costs while retaining IT control and minimizing complexity.

Sponsor: Riverbed Technology


 

Transforming Business Performance with Hybrid Networks

Businesses are rapidly adopting virtualization, cloud infrastructure, and SaaS applications broadly across the enterprise to minimize costs and enable seamless collaboration and communication. This is significantly straining the traditional network paradigm. In this white paper, learn how IT organizations combat this challenge to transform network architectures to deliver the right performance and reliability cost-effectively while retaining control.

Sponsor: Riverbed Technology


 

5 Things You Didn't Know About Cloud Backup

IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there's a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider.
For example, did you know:
* That encryption doesn't guarantee privacy?
* That you could lose data by choosing the wrong cloud?
* That cloud backup doesn't have to be slow?
Learn all the critical things you need to know by accessing the white paper, 5 Things You Didn't Know About Cloud Backup.

Sponsor: Druva


 

What is this "File Sync" Thing and Why Should I Care About It?

Not so long ago, the office was the only place you could work. But when smartphones and tablets came along, the only thing holding us back from getting work done anywhere, any time was having access to our data. That led to the creation of a whole new class of solutions designed to keep files current across our rapidly proliferating fleets of devices - through a technology known as 'sync.' All of a sudden, getting a file from your work laptop to your iPad became as simple as clicking "Save." So it's no surprise that 55% of information workers in North America and Europe who use a tablet at work are using file sync and share tools

Sponsor: Dropbox


 

The Truth About Cloud Security

"Security" is the number one issue holding business leaders back from the cloud. But does the reality match the perception? Keeping data close to home, on premises, makes business and IT leaders feel inherently more secure. But the truth is, cloud solutions can offer companies real, tangible security advantages. Before you assume that on-site is the only way to keep data safe, it's worth taking a comprehensive approach to evaluating risks. Doing so can lead to big benefits.

Sponsor: Dropbox


 

The 5 Big Lies About Going Mobile

You've heard about the power of mobile to change your business. But have you realized your mobile potential? It's about much more than simply building an app. Find out more.

Sponsor: Mobiquity Inc.


 

BYOP: How Mobile and Social Are Creating New User Personas

The digital world of mobile + social creates new customer segments and behaviors. Companies need to reorient their customer interactions around these segments to drive business impact.

Sponsor: Mobiquity Inc.


 

Big Data, Big Mess: Sound Risk Intelligence Through Complete Context

This paper explores the good, bad and ugly of big data in cybersecurity and provides tips for understanding cyber risk in complete business context that includes your industry sector, infrastructure, company size, supply chain, location, your online presence, and many more factors.

Sponsor: Surfwatch Labs


 

Using Cyber Insurance and Cybercrime Data to Limit Your Business Risk

This paper examines the challenges of understanding cyber risks, the importance of having the right cyber risk intelligence, and how to use this information to determine which cyber insurance options make the most sense based on your business.

Sponsor: Surfwatch Labs


 

5 Tips to Secure Small Business Backdoors in the Enterprise Supply Chain

As business becomes more connected and as data moves further outside the organizational walls, the supply chain has become a critical chink in the security armor. This paper examines the insecurity of the small businesses in the supply chain and offers tips to close those backdoors into the enterprise.

Sponsor: Surfwatch Labs


 

Confront consumerization with convergence

Virtualization expert Elias Khnaser spotlights the security, compliance, and governance issues that arise when enterprise users "consumerize" with shadow IT and public cloud services. And he provides a prescription for modifying this behavior with a private cloud hosted on a robust converged infrastructure.

Sponsor: SIGMA Solutions and EMC Corporation


 

Implementing Energy Efficient Data Centers

Electricity usage costs have become an increasing fraction of the total cost of ownership (TCO) for data centers. It is possible to dramatically reduce the electrical consumption of typical data centers through appropriate design of the network-critical physical infrastructure and through the design of the IT architecture. This paper explains how to quantify the electricity savings and provides examples of methods that can greatly reduce electrical power consumption.

Sponsor: APC by Schneider Electric


 

Virtualization and Cloud Computing: Optimized Power, Cooling, and Management Maximizes Benefits

IT virtualization, the engine behind cloud computing, can have significant consequences on the data center physical infrastructure (DCPI). Higher power densities that often result can challenge the cooling capabilities of an existing system. In addition, the fault-tolerant nature of a highly virtualized environment could raise questions about the level of redundancy required in the physical infrastructure. These particular effects of virtualization are discussed and possible solutions or methods for dealing with them are offered.

Sponsor: APC by Schneider Electric


 

Comparing Data Center Power Distribution Architectures

Significant improvements in efficiency, power density, power monitoring, and reconfigurability have been achieved in data center power distribution, increasing the options available for data centers. This paper compares five power distribution approaches including panelboard distribution, field-wired PDU distribution, factory-configured PDU distribution, floor-mount modular power distribution, and modular busway, and describes their advantages and disadvantages. Guidance is provided on selecting the best approach for specific applications and constraints.

Sponsor: APC by Schneider Electric


 

Implementing Hot and Cold Air Containment in Existing Data Centers

Containment solutions can eliminate hot spots and provide energy savings over traditional uncontained data center designs. The best containment solution for an existing facility will depend on the constraints of the facility. While ducted hot aisle containment is preferred for highest efficiency, cold aisle containment tends to be easier and more cost effective for facilities with existing raised floor air distribution. This paper investigates the constraints, reviews all available containment methods, and provides recommendations for determining the best containment approach.

Sponsor: APC by Schneider Electric


 

Data Center Projects: Project Management

In data center design/build projects, flaws in project management and coordination are a common - but unnecessary - cause of delays, expense, and frustration. The ideal is for project management activities to be structured and standardized like interlocking building blocks, so all parties can communicate with a common language, avoid responsibility gaps and duplication of effort, and achieve an efficient process with a predictable outcome. This paper presents a framework for project management roles and relationships that is understandable, comprehensive, and adaptable to any size project.

Sponsor: APC by Schneider Electric