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      • Open Group technical document: IT Specialist Certification Accreditation Policy

        Clearly “book learning” is a critical first step to becoming effective at anything. But the effectiveness, potential, and the degree and value of contribution rise to a new level as relevant skills and experience are gained in a topical area. It is clearly important to “know” a subject, but it is more valuable to have applied that knowledge. It is for this reason that The Open Group IT Specialist Certification (ITSC) program is based on an assessment of people skills, technical skills, and experience, not just tests of knowledge.

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      • Determine if NoSQL databases are right for your organization

        NoSQL databases offer more flexible alternatives to mainstream relational software, particularly for big data applications. But NoSQL offerings include a diverse set of technologies that can present prospective users with a bewildering array of choices. And those technologies have yet to secure a place in many organizations. In fact, in a survey of IT and business professionals conducted by The Data Warehousing Institute in November 2013, 65% of the respondents said they had no plans to incorporate NoSQL databases into their data warehouse architectures. Don't let that scare you off, though: There are companies successfully putting NoSQL products to work in applications they're suited for.

        In this three-part guide, readers will learn about the different types of NoSQL technologies and their potential uses. First, get details about the four primary NoSQL product categories, with deployment examples from experienced users and advice on how to avoid going down the wrong database path. Next, read about why it's a mistake to force-fit technologies into IT environments -- and why Gartner analyst Merv Adrian says it's a fruitless exercise to compare NoSQL offerings "that are so wildly different in structure and intent." And in our third story, find out why many organizations are creating what consultancy Enterprise Management Associates calls a hybrid data ecosystem -- a blend of old and new technologies, including NoSQL systems -- to support their big data environments.

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      • Staying secure, HIPAA compliant with mobile technologies

        The integration of health data systems with phones, tablets, laptops and other mobile devices is one of the biggest challenges facing healthcare IT professionals. That, readers will soon learn, is easier said than done.

        In this three-part guide, we clear away some of the cobweb-ridden concerns around mobile device management. First, readers will take a look at the repercussions of recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration draft guidance. While makers of new mobile personal health apps are rejoicing over news that the FDA will not regulate mobile device data systems (MDDS), it's a potential nightmare for healthcare providers. Experts say the move leaves medical devices with an extremely low barrier for safety -- and no checks and balances to speak of.

        Next, we attempt to understand why -- even with the technology to support it -- adoption of mHealth apps is so low. To that end, health IT consultant Reda Chouffani points to areas where mobile healthcare could serve to enhance the care experience. We close with a look at patient engagement, as mandated in stage 2 meaningful use criteria. Many in healthcare are looking to technology -- electronic communication, primarily -- to involve patients in their care, and the pressure to effectively address patient engagement safety is mounting. Here, we outline the steps hospitals everywhere must take to do just that.

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      • Time to get serious about endpoint security

        22 July 2014

        Includes:
        • CIO Interview: Simon Hill, Caravan Club
        • Can UK fintech startups survive outside London?
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      • E-book: Focus on virtual machine storage

        Virtualization puts new demands on storage, so whether you opt for FC, iSCSI or NAS, storage will be a key factor for your virtual environment. Read this e-book for expert tips and suggestions on managing storage for virtual servers and virtual desktops including, ten things to know about storage for VMs and choosing NAS for virtual machines.

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      • The benefits of data archive storage

        Data archiving is firmly entrenched as a storage management best practice. SearchStorage surveys indicate that 70% of companies use some form of archiving for email, file systems, databases or other applications. Archiving yields multiple benefits, such as effective storage tiering, adequate performance for applications, and enforcing regulatory compliance, corporate information management and preparedness.

        While a significant number of companies currently use some form of archiver, we've found that most companies are actively seeking to expand their data archive storage operations by adding archiving to address additional applications or file systems. In this buyer's guide, we describe the benefits of data archiving, the practical issues related to deploying archivers and other issues related to selecting and implementing data archiving.

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      • A lesson in flash caching

        July 2014 Vol. 13 No. 5

        Includes:
        • What you need to know about flash caching
        • Use of solid-state technology continues to climb
        • Users pick Asigra and Veeam as top backup applications
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      • Storage performance management: Ways to maximize your environment

        Making your storage perform to the very best of its ability is an age-old problem with a long list of ways to approach it. But how should you start to fine-tune a storage system and what do you need to know to get started?

        This handbook covers a range of storage performance management issues and workarounds, from storage tiering and data archiving, to solid-state drive placement and reconsidering the role of tape. We'll explore all the aspects of storage performance -- RAID types, I/O loads, cache sizes -- and compare them so data storage professionals can access helpful information on a variety of performance topics depending on the size of -- and unique demands on -- their data center.

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      • Good match: iSCSI and vSphere

        Vol. 9 Num. 5 July/August 2010

        Includes:
        • Unified storage offers savings and efficiency
        • Hospitals strive for centralized image archives
        • Continuous data protection; it's back!
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      • iSCSI: Ready for prime time?

        Vol. 7 No. 2 April 2008

        Includes:
        • Data management priorities: By The Numbers
        • Automate application recovery
        • Need persists for mainframe storage skills
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      • New crop of unified storage systems promise unprecedented flexibility

        A challenge that has long plagued storage administrators is that applications use storage in different ways. Some applications make use of storage at the block level, while others depend on file-level storage. Historically, the solution was to maintain two separate storage architectures. However, a new crop of unified storage systems promise to deliver an unprecedented degree of flexibility and to drive down storage management costs. This would seemingly make unified storage an obvious choice for storage admins struggling with disparate storage requirements; but, like many things in IT, vendor hype might not always be solidly based in reality.

        This report outlines the considerations and technical features that must be taken into account before investing in a unified storage appliance so you can obtain a clear picture of how and when they’re appropriate for your IT shop.

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      • Scale-out storage systems deep dive

        Scale-out storage systems can accommodate data growth simply by adding more capacity resources; and processing power can be increased as needed. In this buyer's guide, check out the latest scale-out storage systems to help you decide the best technology for your organization. Get your most important questions answered about scale out network-attached storage (NAS), and learn about the common pitfalls to avoid.

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      • Why NAS virtualization is on the rise

        Vol. 9 Num. 6 September 2010

        Includes:
        • Quality Awards V: Compellent regains top midrange arrays spot
        • Top 10 tips for tuning your storage network
        • Aging RAID still an effective protection technology
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      • Primary storage dishes up dedupe

        Vol. 9 Num. 2 April 2010

        Includes:
        • Tape may be teetering, but it's still a big part of backup ops
        • Dedupe and compression cut storage down to size
        • SAN consolidation with director-class switches
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      • Enterprise data storage capacity planning guide

        Maximizing your enterprise data storage capacity is more important than ever before. With the majority of storage budgets unable to keep pace with data growth rates, most storage administrators need to find ways to reduce capital and operating expenses to survive the economic downturn. Download this tutorial to learn more about tiered storage.

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      • The past, present and future of RAID data protection

        Seemingly everyone working in IT knows the power of RAID, and setting various RAID levels continues to be a solid foundation of a data protection strategy. But RAID efficiency is being put to the test by rapidly expanding data stores, and the storage industry is racing to meet new demands by exploiting technologies such as wide striping, erasure codes and multi-copy mirroring. Erasure code technology, for example, is gaining traction in a slew of enterprise offerings. It's being presented to end users as a way to improve upon RAID systems that require an increasing number of disk drives to run and, in turn, allows for the possibility of problematic rebuild times.

        In this handbook on the past, present and future of RAID data protection, learn which RAID data protection options are viable today, which ones make sense for your shop, and how RAID can be replaced and improved upon.

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      • R.I.P. RAID?

        Vol. 9 Num. 3 May 2010

        Includes:
        • Storage tiering getting more automated
        • Storage managers can reach for their wallets again
        • Hard disk drive technology trends
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      • Getting started with IT disaster recovery planning

        Whether you're new to IT disaster recovery planning or want to brush up on best practices, we have the answers for you in this essential DR planning guide. Learn how to create a DR plan, and get advice from experts. Discover how to make sure your data is safe in the event of a disaster. Read about the hottest technologies in IT disaster recovery planning, and learn about better disaster recovery strategies, whether your organization is big or small.

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      • Choosing the best disaster recovery planning tool

        Vol. 7 Num. 12 January 2009

        Includes:
        • Consolidated archiving
        • Green is still the color of money in storage
        • Disaster recovery site options
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      • Best practices for cloud backup integration

        Vol. 11 Num. 2 April 2012

        Includes:
        • Companies still rely on good ol’ NAS
        • Integrated cloud backup
        • Storage for big data
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      • Better data protection strategies with CDP and deduplication

        Continuous data protection (CDP) and data deduplication are chief among the technologies that data storage managers are investigating when it comes to improved data backup and storage efficiency. In this expert e-book, learn how CDP and deduplication have evolved, and determine the best implementation strategy for your shop. Get your most important data protection questions answered, and learn about better data protection strategies for your enterprise.

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      • Status report: Solid-state storage

        Vol. 10 Num. 8 October 2011

        Includes:
        • Solid-state goes mainstream
        • Storage tiering gets more sophisticated and automated
        • Status report: Solid-state storage
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      • E-book: Making the case for solid-state storage

        This all-encompassing SearchStorage.com e-book will cover the bases of solid-state drives (SSD). Learn more about how to build a business case for solid-state storage, adding SSD drives instead of disk drives, how to implement NAND flash, and the benefits and fallbacks of standalone SSD arrays.

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  • Storage magazine

    Storage magazine keeps IT and storage managers up to date on new storage technologies, and how those techs can meet emerging business requirements.

  • 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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  • Forging the path to tomorrow's CRM

    Perhaps no two words have more of an effect on business today than "customer experience." Consumers have a wealth of options for buying products and services -- and they're not shy about letting the social media sphere know when they’re not happy. To keep them coming -- and coming back -- organizations need to ensure that the experiences they’re serving up are nothing less than stellar.

    In our e-book series, The Risks and Rewards of Customer Experience Management, readers will get practical advice and real-world insight into strategies that place the focus of organizations' operations and processes on their customers. The first chapter concentrates on automation in the contact center. It will explore the technologies, such as interactive voice response and virtual agents. And it will examine what organizations need to evaluate when deciding which processes to automate and which areas will always need a human touch. The second installment delves into digital marketing, mobile applications and social media. It's no longer enough to send the same message to all customers; messages now must be personalized -- and soon, based on where customers are at any given moment. The chapter will look at location-based automated marketing and the pros and cons -- including the loss of privacy -- associated with such practices. The final chapter digs deep into the role of analytics in customer experience management plans, scrutinizing data harvesting methods and ways to use big data to augment customer experiences. And the chapter will look at times when knowing all about your customer goes horribly wrong.

  • Market trends tell the future of predictive analytics deployments

    Predictive analytics employs statistical or machine-learning models to discover patterns and relationships in data, thereby enabling the prediction of future behavior or activity. Long used by credit card companies, predictive analytics -- and now self-service predictive analytics -- is making inroads in organizations of all sizes. Based on a survey of more than 3,000 IT and business professionals, this report analyzes their responses to provide information on implementation status, maturity of implementations, value and vendors of predictive analytics tools.

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  • Open Group technical document: IT Specialist Certification Accreditation Policy

    Clearly “book learning” is a critical first step to becoming effective at anything. But the effectiveness, potential, and the degree and value of contribution rise to a new level as relevant skills and experience are gained in a topical area. It is clearly important to “know” a subject, but it is more valuable to have applied that knowledge. It is for this reason that The Open Group IT Specialist Certification (ITSC) program is based on an assessment of people skills, technical skills, and experience, not just tests of knowledge.

  • Determine if NoSQL databases are right for your organization

    NoSQL databases offer more flexible alternatives to mainstream relational software, particularly for big data applications. But NoSQL offerings include a diverse set of technologies that can present prospective users with a bewildering array of choices. And those technologies have yet to secure a place in many organizations. In fact, in a survey of IT and business professionals conducted by The Data Warehousing Institute in November 2013, 65% of the respondents said they had no plans to incorporate NoSQL databases into their data warehouse architectures. Don't let that scare you off, though: There are companies successfully putting NoSQL products to work in applications they're suited for.

    In this three-part guide, readers will learn about the different types of NoSQL technologies and their potential uses. First, get details about the four primary NoSQL product categories, with deployment examples from experienced users and advice on how to avoid going down the wrong database path. Next, read about why it's a mistake to force-fit technologies into IT environments -- and why Gartner analyst Merv Adrian says it's a fruitless exercise to compare NoSQL offerings "that are so wildly different in structure and intent." And in our third story, find out why many organizations are creating what consultancy Enterprise Management Associates calls a hybrid data ecosystem -- a blend of old and new technologies, including NoSQL systems -- to support their big data environments.

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