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      • Computer Weekly networking case studies

        Jennifer Scott and Steve Evans discover what made the winning entries stand out from the crowd in the 2014 Computer Weekly European Awards for networking.

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      • Contact center technology today requires a new approach

        Managing customer relationships today is about a whole lot more than a weekly newsletter and a few phone lines. Organizations ahead of the curve have accepted this rule, drilling down on customer experience management strategies designed to deal with the multitude of communication channels available to customers. It's not just about about the technology -- though, that is an important part of CEM. Successful customer service is also about strategy: how to ensure customers are satisfied at each and every point of contact, whether it's via smartphone, tablet, email or social media.

        This three-part guide will focus on the steps that companies need to start making to keep up. We kick off with a guide to forming a successful e-commerce strategy -- starting with six key factors that can make or break a customer's shopping experience and, ultimately, your business. Next we examine the "outside-in" approach to contact center technology -- putting yourself in the customer's shoes and making the technology they use to contact you as simple as possible. We close with a look at where tomorrow's CEM technology is heading.

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      • Special Report on VDI

        The articles contained here were written by Brian Madden, the fiercely independent thought leader in the world of virtualisation and mobility management. Along with his co-author Gabe Knuth, Brian is responsible for both “The VDI Delusion” and “Desktops as a Service” books – considered to be the most reliable sources of information on battling today’s technology pain points.

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      • Confront the problem with healthcare data storage

        State and federal data-retention regulations and an ever-increasing volume of data -- with imaging data as the biggest culprit -- are creating a big storage dilemma for many healthcare providers. Providers are required by law to store patient data for years and, in some cases, decades -- even though it's likely they will never give many pieces of data a second glance.

        So how to make room for the ever-growing mountains of healthcare data? Start with this three-part guide. Inside, our health IT experts outline useful tips for every step of the data management process. Readers will gain insight on the differences between data archiving and data backup as well as expert advice on storing and managing imaging data for the long term.

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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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      • Flash storage technology decisions

        April 2014 Vol. 13 No. 2

        Includes:
        • Rise in cloud-based file sync-and-share services grabs IT's attention
        • Five top new Windows Server 2012 R2 features for storage management
        • How to evaluate and deploy flash storage technology
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      • Cloud storage tools manage data stored in the ether

        March 2014 Vol. 13 No. 1

        Includes:
        • Companies have high expectations for their disaster recovery test plan
        • Fujitsu takes the Quality Award for enterprise storage arrays
        • The state of storage network architecture
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      • Object storage systems come of age

        Object storage is sizzling hot, with technologists calling it the necessary building block for efficient cloud storage and big data projects. As awareness grows about the importance of object-based storage, so does the list of questions from some storage pros. Should you add object storage to your existing system, and what's the best way to go about it? Do you need to make a major investment or a small one? Many storage pros are aware of companies using massive object storage systems, such as Amazon S3, but they aren't sure how to incorporate the technology into their own systems. But they do understand the appeal; it's significantly more scalable than traditional file-system storage, mostly because object storage relies on less metadata to store files. This handbook offers expert analysis and technical tips for IT pros looking to incorporate object storage into their architectures.

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      • Storage magazine chooses 2013 data storage products of the year

        February 2014 Vol. 12 No. 12

        Includes:
        • 10 mistakes to avoid in your disaster recovery planning process
        • New storage architectures slowly making inroads
        • Best data storage products 2013: Products of the Year
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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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  • Tap into enterprise data governance for business value

    Data governance is all about managing data as a business asset and ensuring that data is accurate, consistent, integrated, timely, complete and secure. This report examines the market trends for implementing data governance. Based on data from a recent survey of 317 business intelligence professionals, IT professionals and consultants, this SearchBusinessAnalytics Benchmark Report analyzes the responses and provides trend information on the increasing executive acceptance of the importance of managing data as a corporate asset, the current status and types of data governance initiatives, data quality and data governance benefits.

  • VM management and capacity prediction

    As hypervisor features have become more similar, the next vendor battleground will be over management software. Microsoft and VMware have similar capabilities, and now they'll look to make their products stand out by touting their management tools and complimentary products. Soon, IT pros won't spend time looking at unique features when they compare hypervisors; they will be looking at how an organization can use the hypervisor to improve workflows throughout the data center.

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  • Computer Weekly networking case studies

    Jennifer Scott and Steve Evans discover what made the winning entries stand out from the crowd in the 2014 Computer Weekly European Awards for networking.

  • Contact center technology today requires a new approach

    Managing customer relationships today is about a whole lot more than a weekly newsletter and a few phone lines. Organizations ahead of the curve have accepted this rule, drilling down on customer experience management strategies designed to deal with the multitude of communication channels available to customers. It's not just about about the technology -- though, that is an important part of CEM. Successful customer service is also about strategy: how to ensure customers are satisfied at each and every point of contact, whether it's via smartphone, tablet, email or social media.

    This three-part guide will focus on the steps that companies need to start making to keep up. We kick off with a guide to forming a successful e-commerce strategy -- starting with six key factors that can make or break a customer's shopping experience and, ultimately, your business. Next we examine the "outside-in" approach to contact center technology -- putting yourself in the customer's shoes and making the technology they use to contact you as simple as possible. We close with a look at where tomorrow's CEM technology is heading.

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