Wednesday, November 25, 2009

An Emerging Triple Play

This intriguing report discusses an emerging "triple-play" â€" the combination of video communications, managed services and unified communications â€" which create a new approach to inter- and intra-company collaboration and operational excellence.

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HR Outsourcing Buyer's Guide

Receive their FREE “HR Outsourcing” Buyer's Guide along with complimentary, no obligation price quotes from multiple quality & independent HR Outsourcing providers.

Whether you have five employees or 500, an HRO (Human Resources Outsourcing) provider can supply experienced professionals to handle your company's staff management needs from payroll and employee recruitment to benefits and policy manuals. This HR Outsourcing Buyer's Guide will explain the full range of solutions HRO providers offer, how to find the right vendor, and the various costs involved.

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Payroll Services

Receive this FREE "Payroll Solutions" Buyer's Guide along with complimentary, no obligation price quotes from multiple quality & independent Payroll Services providers.

Very small firms with a stable, salaried staff and minimal changes in tax obligations may well be better off processing internally; it can be more convenient and cost-effective if your needs are straightforward. But many ultimately discover it is not all that cheap when they factor in the time spent managing the process. This Payroll Services Buyer's Guide will explain the full range of solutions Payroll Service providers offer, how to find the right vendor, and the various costs involved.

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PEO Services & Employee Leasing

Receive this FREE “PEO/Employee Leasing” Buyer's Guide along with complimentary, no obligation price quotes from multiple quality & independent PEO Services & Employee Leasing providers.

Managing employees can be a costly and time-consuming job. More importantly, if you operate a business without an experienced HR professional on staff, you could put the company at risk. A Professional Employer Organization (PEO) can provide employee leasing services to relieve your company of its administrative and legal burdens and becoming a co-employer of your personnel. This PEO/Employee Leasing Buyer's Guide will explain the full range of services a PEO provides, how the co-employer agreement works, the benefits and disadvantages, and how to choose the right PEO vendor.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Key to Preventing Unauthorized IT Change

Most IT organizations today recognize the centrality of change to their operational effectiveness. Many have invested in process automation tools such as a Change Management system or a Service Desk. Yet, a gap persists between actual change activity and the documented Change Management process. This change control gap results in manual activity by IT departments to control and minimize the costs of change. Change Control bridges this gap by adding control to change management. This is accomplished by providing customers with real-time detection of changes being made, accountability to validate change activity and real-time change prevention to block unwanted changes. Change Control easily automates PCI and SOX controls for compliance reporting, locks down critical systems to ensure only trusted applications run, and prevents change-related outages for improved service availability and accelerated ITIL adoption.

Change Control is an operational-friendly, low-touch and low overhead software that can be deployed on a wide range of hardware platforms. Change Control provides change control on servers, network devices (including switches, routers and firewalls), and databases.

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Understanding Application Whitelisting

Blacklisting undesirable applications still has its uses. However, with today's more dynamic computing environments, rapidly evolving threat landscape, and rigorous compliance mandates, blacklisting has reached its limits. Its heavy signature requirements make it unwieldy, the need for systems to regularly call home for signature updates make it inconvenient. Not to mention, it's also reactive: Blacklisting requires having advanced knowledge of the application (signature) and an unbeatable sensory method for reading signs of malicious activity.

Because of these inconveniences, application whitelisting (allowing only approved applications to run and blocking all others) is making its way into IT organizations to achieve compliance and protect systems from malicious applications executing on them.

This white paper defines why application whitelisting is important, differentiates the two approaches to application control (whitelist vs. blacklist), and discusses where the adoption of application whitelisting is most applicable. It discusses the applicability of application whitelisting on dedicated systems and in enterprise cases, while examining compliance implications and offering best practices.

Written by: SANS Institute

Sponsored by: McAfee

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Key to Reducing Risk from Unauthorized Applications

Companies often have a difficult time preventing endpoints and servers from deviating from corporate standards. Users may install unauthorized applications while on or off the corporate network that may introduce malware, present support issues, or create software licensing risks. With its industry-leading whitelisting technology, McAfee® Application Control ensures that only trusted applications run on servers and endpoints while permitting software updates from authorized sources. This provides IT with the greatest degree of visibility and control over endpoints and also helps enforce software license compliance. Additionally, as companies strive to extend the viability of fixed function systems (Microsoft Windows NT legacy or low footprint), Application Control also extends an extra layer of protection without impacting system performance.

Learn how to achieve:
  • Greater visibility and control of applications on endpoints and servers
  • Extends the business viability of fixed function systems
  • Low cost of ownership because dynamic whitelisting eliminates manual effort of maintaining databases, rules, and updates
  • Low overhead software solution that runs transparently on endpoints
  • Increased business availability and continuity
  • Well suited for point-of-sale terminals in retail environments, imaging devices in healthcare, and legacy, fixed-function Microsoft Windows NT and Windows 2000 systems

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Video Conferencing Best Practices

This white paper examines the value of a total video conferencing solution, one that is built on a scalable, secure platform that supports all needed features and endpoints. The paper also highlights two case studies to illustrate how deploying a total solution can lead to a successful video conferencing implementation.

Written by: Frost & Sullivan Presented by: Tandberg

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Talent Management in a Down Economy

Talent management in a low growth economy offers new opportunities—especially internal mobility, performance management, and quality of hire—to deliver significant business performance benefits in the midst of financial constraints. Citing historical data and demographic trends, this paper dispels misconceptions that HR's focus is narrowed when markets decline.

Learn how you can use talent management to cut costs and boost productivity while you:
  • Redeploy existing resources to expand into new markets.
  • Align employee performance to corporate goals.
  • Focus on bringing new skills in-house.
  • Implement development and retention programs.

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The Economic Stimulus Act of 2008

Congress recently passed the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 intended to fuel the United States economy through tax incentives aimed at encouraging businesses to increase investments in equipment, software, and other qualifying assets in 2008.

Tax code changes under the Act allow businesses to write off up to $250,000 of qualifying Section 179 property in 2008. In addition, businesses will be able to deduct an additional 50% off the cost of certain investments with an expected life of 20 years or less.

With the return of bonus depreciation benefits, nearly double the Section 179 expensing limits, and increased investment limits, this year's Economic Stimulus Act is expected to encourage more businesses to accelerate capital investments into their 2008 budgets allowing them (and our economy!) to keep growing into the future. This document explains:
  • Key components of the Act
  • How these changes affect your business
  • How to take full advantage of these benefits, including opportunities for:
    • Maximizing Section 179 expense increases by carefully choosing longer-life assets and placing them in service at the appropriate time
    • Using Bonus Depreciation to quickly recover the cost of equipment, software, and other qualifying asset purchases made in 2008
    • Managing complex tax code changes through the use of software

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4 Ways to Unlock Your Employees' Performance Potential

More and more, small- and mid-sized businesses have discovered that strategic HR is the key to ensuring their company reaches its full potential in performance, productivity -- and profits.

Now it's your turn: download this exclusive eGuide to discover 4 proven ways you can tap into - and manage - the full potential of every employee. You'll learn how you can:
  • Keep employees' daily efforts focused on key business objectives
  • Retain top performers and help those in need of a "performance boost"
  • Provide meaningful motivation and job satisfaction
  • Simplify your performance management process

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Open Source Security Myths Dispelled (Note: Spanish Title: Descubriendo la Verdad Detrás de los Mitos de la Seguridad del Código Abierto)

When choosing between proprietary and open source security solutions, many organizations are misled by open source myths. As a result, they ask the wrong questions when evaluating their options and unnecessarily limit their IT solutions. Is it risky to trust mission-critical infrastructure to open source software? Why should we pay an open source vendor when open source is supposed to be free? Will a shift to open source add complexity to our IT infrastructure? These questions all arise from open source myths that this Spanish language white paper will explain and dispel, allowing IT decision makers to focus on more important organizational issues: return-on-investment, ease-of-use, agility, reliability, and control.

Special Note: This paper is presented in Spanish

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Mobile Device Management for Dummies

Your frontline workers may have a variety of skills but they're rarely IT savvy and certainly not security experts. Yet more than 75% of enterprises leave responsibility for security in the hands of the user â€" literally. With the increase in the use of mobile devices, you likely have questions that are left unanswered when it comes to managing and securing those devices. Well, now your answers are just a page away with Mobile Device Management for Dummies®. Use Mobile Device Management for Dummies® to discover how to:
  • Manage your mobile devices and applications
  • Secure your mobile data
  • Unleash your workforce's mobile potential
  • And much more
Please click here to view the Dummies End User Agreement.

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2009 Employment Screening Practices Benchmarking Report

This Benchmarking Report provides professionals involved in workforce screening with relevant information they can use to compare their screening programs and practices with more than 1,400 peers.

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Business Guide to Background Checking

Armed with this important information about employment background checking for businesses, you can feel more confident about your hiring decisions and ensure a better and safer work environment.

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Walls & Ceilings

They cover all aspects of the industry: drywall, lath and plaster, stucco, ceilings and acoustics, exterior insulation finish systems (EIFS), fireproofing, metal framing and architectural decorative ornamentation, insulation, windows/doors, trims/moldings, spray textures and paints.

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P & T

P&T: A Peer-Reviewed Journal for Managed Care and Hospital Formulary Management serves the pharmacy and therapeutics committees of hospitals, nursing home/long term care facilities, group practices, VA/DOD facilities, and managed care organizations.

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

7 Ways to Avoid Lawsuits

This White Paper outlines and explains seven "best practice" recommendations for fortifying any company's workforce screening program. These recommendations are derived from the substantial experience of the nation's top employment law firm.

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In the Clouds with CaaS

Patrick Verhoeven, Sr. Manager, Product Management IT Solutions at Verizon and Jonathan Humphrey, Director, IT, Codemasters Software Co. Ltd., define Computing as a Service (CaaS), its benefits and why it makes good business sense.

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Bank Systems & Technology

Understanding that the decisions facing banking executives are business decisions, not technology decisions, Bank Systems & Technology delivers key information on the strategic use of technology for increased productivity and profitability.

Bank Systems & Technology's frequency has changed to 6 issues per year.

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Wall Street & Technology

Wall Street & Technology helps Wall Street firms improve their competitive edge by reporting on the latest applications in hi-tech finance. Topics range from capital markets to e-commerce and everything in-between.

The frequency of the Wall Street & Technology magazine has changed to 6 issues per year.

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The ROI on Social Media Monitoring: Why It Pays to Listen to Online Conversation

  • Boost Customer Retention
  • Reduce Risk to Brand
  • Improve Customer Advocacy
Companies can keep tabs on online conversations and create actionable insights. These insights can drive effectiveness with respect to product marketing, public relations, market research, customer support, brand reputation, competitive intelligence and overall business innovation.

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The State of Service Management Forecast for 2010

  • Generate Steady Revenue
  • Boost Customer Satisfaction
  • Forecast Service Demand
This report examines the state of service management, revealing patterns and trends, describing management strategies that work, reviewing best practices, and identifying the solution technologies that will be used by leading organizations to attain market dominance in 2010 and beyond.

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Optimizing the Performance of Web Applications: Directions for Improvement

  • Boost Successful Conversions
  • Grow Revenue per Month
  • Monitor Performance in Real-Time
Organizations are moving away from component level monitoring, and toward end-to-end application management. It is important to deliver solutions that ensure optimization of web application performance while utilizing tools that promote an integrated view of the web application.

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Evaluating Logistics Outsourcing: Look Before You Leap!

  • Deliver More of Services
  • Improve Visibility using EDI
  • Boost On-Time Shipments
The need to contain supply chain costs is providing an opportunity to re-examine outsourcing supply chain functions. This report will look at companies that have enabled automated and collaborative transportation and warehouse processes to leverage logistics service providers.

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Design Anywhere: Maximizing the Global Opportunity, Minimizing the IP Risk

  • Increase Product Revenue
  • Cut Development Labor Costs
  • Shorten Development Schedule
The flexibility offered by a "Design Anywhere" strategy can provide benefits and is part of a trend that promises to continue. Companies need to extend their capabilities to support collaborative product development, manage distributed design teams, and protect intellectual property.

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Taking Lean Six Sigma Beyond Manufacturing: The Journey to Business Improvement

  • Boost Financial Results
  • Gain Better Quality
  • Cut Process Defects
Combining Lean and Six Sigma serves to improve processes, eliminate defects, reduce cycle times and accelerate processes. To achieve a competitive position in today's turbulent economy, companies in all walks of life are pursuing a variety of different business improvement initiatives.

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An Overview of Email Archiving and Most Effective Methods

Email use is growing 20% per year, and e-discovery is driving the need to preserve communication. Unfortunately, preserving that communication is easier said than done. Learn about the most common issues reported by organizations like yours. You'll get an overview of the current state of message archiving, and get the most effective methods and recommendations for addressing archiving's biggest challenges.

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Next Generation Web Content Management: A Comprehensive Assessment of Current Challenges & The Future of WCM

  • Improve Visitor Time
  • Grow Average Page Views
  • Increase Website Traffic
There is tremendous value in web analytics, email marketing, and automated demand generation technologies. But the sum of the whole has a 2+2=5 potential if consolidated into a centralized solution and WCM providers must embrace these dynamics if they plan to add future value.

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Friday, November 20, 2009

The Supply Chain Executive's Agenda 2009: Weathering the Recession

  • Create Accurate Forecasts
  • Increase Perfect Order Delivery
  • Boost Perfect Order Received
The Supply Chain Organization needs to deliver cost reduction strategies and also not miss any business opportunities in today's economy. This report will examine strategies companies adopt to weather the recession while looking to better position themselves once the recession is over.

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InfoStor is the leading source for storage professionals, covering the latest thinking on how storage technology is changing and the companies that are taking it to the next level. Its editorial is 100% storage, featuring topics including NAS and File Virtualization, FCoE, Virtual Servers and Storage, Storage Optimization, SSD Drives, Data Deduplication, Green Storage, iSCSI-based IP SANs, Cloud Storage, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery, Email Archiving and e-Discovery.

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Insurance & Technology

Insurance & Technology provides senior-level insurance executives with information strategies, applications, and tools to help them perform more productively, profitably and competitively. Insurance & Technologys' articles analyze information technology strategies that succeed in helping insurance companies in areas such as distribution, customer service, product and systems development, competitive analysis, financial performance and regulatory compliance.

The frequency of Insurance & Technology has changed to 6 issues per year.

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Twitter: Best Practices and Tips

Even though half the universe is on Twitter these days, beginning out of nothing isn't always that evident. If you really want your Twitter to fly high, it doesn't end with just creating an account. Especially with this many people on Twitter, it's important to know the tools you're working with, and the dazzling reach of this innovating technology. In over forty pages this guide tackles every Twitter feature, tip and trick you can think of. Learn to work the interface, to Tweet from your desktop, cool Twitter bots and which people to follow.

Download The Complete Guide to Twitter now. With this free guide you will also receive daily updates on new cool websites and programs in your email for free courtesy of MakeUseOf.

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The Underground Guide To The iPhone

The iPhone is â€" if I may say so â€" one of the greatest mobile revolutions of the past decade. More and more, mobile phones seem to materialize out of our wildest dreams. Because of the tight integration of third-party applications, you can do nearly everything with your device â€" be it gaming, working, fooling around, and of course phoning. However, because of the sheer vastness of possibilities, not a lot of people are using their iPhone to the full extent of its capabilities. As of such, a lot of great features are missed on the users.

Download The Unofficial Guide to the iPhone both for the young and old, this guide comes highly recommended. With this free guide you will also receive daily updates on new cool websites and programs in your email for free courtesy of MakeUseOf.

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A Computer Geek's Smart Productivity Guide

With all distractions that modern life brings, it's not easy to keep your productivity up. Whether you're an enthusiastic procrastinator, or just happen to have very little time at hand, there are a lot of people who really can't afford to lose sight of business. However, by playing your cards right, it would be well possible to get that little productivity boost you're aching for. Know your do's and dont's, and you'll be able to move more work in less time.

Although this eBook is primarily aimed at the computer geek, the potential user base is far wider, as it comes packed with a lot of non-digital tips and advice as well. With this free guide you will also receive daily updates on new cool websites and programs in your email for free courtesy of MakeUseOf.

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Key factors to consider when selecting an Email Archiving System

An email archiving system can provide a number of very important benefits for organizations of all sizes, including support for its legal and regulatory compliance obligations; its growing storage requirements; its knowledge management obligations and other obligations. This Osterman Research white paper discusses the several reasons to implement a messaging archiving system and provides an overview of Sunbelt Software's offering focused squarely on the archiving space.

Written By: Osterman Research, Sponsored by Sunbelt

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Antivirus Scanning Performance for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses

IT system administrators need to balance the security requirements of the enterprise with usability of PCs. As the threat landscape evolved, PC security solutions have become resource hungry to the point that the PC becomes unusable during periods of security scanning. Test show that Sunbelt Software's VIPRE Enterprise endpoint security solution offers better scanning performance with minimal system resource usage compared to McAfee VirusScan Enterprise and Symantec Endpoint Protection products.

A Tolly Group Report, Commissioned by: Sunbelt Software

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Are You Satisfied with Your Current Email Archiving System?

Email archiving is rapidly becoming a critical best practice for organizations of all sizes and across all industries. Osterman Research conducted a primary survey specifically for this white paper, surveying organizations about a variety of email archiving systems to understand overall satisfaction of their current archiving solution. The goal is to report on a variety of metrics related to archiving systems and vendor performance, to help decision makers in their archiving evaluation process.

Written by: Osterman Research, Sponsored by Sunbelt

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The Top 10 Reports for Managing Vulnerabilities

New network vulnerabilities appear constantly and the ability for IT security professionals to handle new flaws, fix misconfigurations and protect against threats requires constant attention. However, with shrinking budgets and growing responsibilities, time and resources are at constrained. Therefore, sifting through pages of raw vulnerability information yields few results and makes it impossible to accurately measure your security posture.

This paper cuts through the data overload generated by some vulnerability detection solutions and introduces The Top 10 Reports for Managing Vulnerabilities.

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Small Business Messaging and Web Threat Solutions

Messaging, internal and Web-based threats are increasing in number and severity. The risks to organizations large and small are not theoretical â€" there are real problems that users and their employers face if they do not establish adequate defenses against the growing variety of malware, exploits and other threats that are directed against them. Read this Osterman Research paper to learn how organizations must implement a layered defensive strategy to protect against all types of threats and how Sunbelt Software can help.

Written by Osterman Research, Sponsored by Sunbelt Software

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A New Anti-virus Platform that Reduces Bloat and High Resource Usage

To counter the latest malware threats, market leaders like Symantec, McAfee and Trend Micro simply stack new layers of functionality on top of their existing engines. The result: the ever expanding code bases of the leading antivirus/antispyware packages invariably result in bloatware. The remedy to bloatware is a better, more efficient product that is specifically engineered to scan, detect and remove myriad security threats without impacting performance and taking a big bite out of the IT capital expenditure budgets. Read this report to learn how a new antivirus technology platform reduces bloat and high resource usage.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

6 Essential Criteria when Choosing an Antispam Solution

The volume of spam emails sent has increased exponentially during recent years, and so has the cost of dealing with that spam. While awareness of the problem has certainly increased, many companies still do not realize the significant impact which spam is having on their profits. Similarly, many do not realize that not all anti-spam solutions are created equal and that choosing the wrong solution can significantly diminish return on investment. This paper will examine the ways in which spam can impact profits and outline the criteria that every company should consider when choosing its anti-spam solution.

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Exchange Server Archiving Challenges for Small Businesses

Installing messaging security software directly on to your Exchange Server has been a source of contention for years. Many professionals are averse to this practice, thus allowing gaping holes in message security. This free white paper debunks the myths surrounding installation of third-party software on the hardware that runs Exchange Server. Explore this myth and see how the practice can help fortify your security strategy. This white paper discusses the detailed results of an Osterman Research survey on messaging security software and conclusions about administrators' attitudes regarding installing third-party software on the Exchange Server.

Written by: Osterman Research, Sponsored by: Sunbelt Software

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The New Approach to Protect Against Evolving Malware

Managing and protecting against endpoint security threats continues to get more difficult for most organizations regardless of their size. Malware of all types are becoming more virulent, their authors are becoming better at getting around current defenses, and the profits generated by malware are funding new and more dangerous threats. Traditional approaches just don't work as well as they used to.

This Osterman Research white paper examines why older, traditional antivirus approaches don't work and why a new approach to endpoint security is required to better protect your users, your data and your long-term viability as a company from malicious threats.

Written by: Osterman Research, Sponsored by: Sunbelt

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Why Small Businesses Should Look Beyond Big Brands When Choosing Antivirus

Endpoint security issues simply can't be ignored, regardless of the size of the organization. Small enterprises in particular often need to "do more with less" when it comes to protecting their endpoints from Internet-based threats and vulnerabilities. In this white paper, Aberdeen Group explores the selection criteria for endpoint security solutions that are valued most highly by small companies. Learn why organizations with up to 1,000 users should make an explicit decision about selecting the best endpoint security solution for their current problems, rather than unnecessarily taking on by default the potential complexities, higher costs, or negative performance impact of anti-malware solutions from better-known providers such as McAfee and Symantec.

Written by: Aberdeen Group, Sponsored by: Sunbelt Software

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5 Email Management Systems: Protect Yourself from Spam, Viruses, Malware and Phishing Attacks

For today's organizations, email is absolutely critical to the health and efficiency of business-critical applications. Proper management and protection from the growing array of threats that impact it is an increasingly vital initiative. Systems designed to protect email systems and users from spam, viruses, malware, phishing attacks and other threats must be extremely effective. They must operate with virtually no downtime and they must be easy to manage.

This Osterman Research white paper presents the results of a survey to organizations that are using five different email management systems including: Barracuda Spam Firewall, GFI MailEssentials, McAfee GroupShield for Microsoft Exchange, and Symantec Brightmail and Sunbelt VIPRE Email Security for Exchange.

Written by: Osterman Research, Sponsored by: Sunbelt Software

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Intelligent Tiered Storage: BlueArc's Implementation

A new emphasis on achieving intelligent tiering is definitely underway; driven not only by the ever increasing quantity and complexity of data under management (especially files), but also by the necessity to keep costs under control by increasing the utilization of less expensive storage where possible and the utilization of all storage resources, period. BlueArc is at the forefront in driving this new efficiency by now enabling a flexible and efficient route to deliver intelligent tiered storage on its Titan platform.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Evaluating Scalable Storage Solutions: Top Considerations

This informative report offers useful, insight from their highly-experienced analysts on the latest IT storage solutions. The free brief, IT Managementâ€"Evaluating Scalable Storage Solutions: Top Considerations will help you to understand what you should best do to help to ensure that your business-critical information and content are always available, accessible and secure to maximize IT ROI and minimize TCO in your company.

Download the free report and learn:
  • Introduction to what you need to know about Network Storage solutions
  • Analyzing your business needs
  • Information availability, quality and security
  • And much more…

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Best of Both Worlds: Secure and Virtual

Brian Stevens, CTO and Vice President of Engineering at Red Hat, discusses Red Hat's enterprise virtualization manager for desktops â€" the next step in virtualization for businesses. Learn what's to come and how to keep virtualized components secure.

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Smart Grid Basics: Turning Information into Power

As a result, they help utilities address two of today's most important business drivers: environmental concerns and power delivery constraints and disturbances.

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