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  • Helping Out the Mobile Help Desk
    Source: CDW
    White Paper: Mobile devices are ubiquitous. The wide variety of functions they provide on the go - everything from making phone calls to checking email to literally millions of applications - has created widespread demand around the globe for this technology. With the right tools, an organization can extend the workplace far beyond its own physical walls. And employees can be active at any time within the 24-hour cycle; whenever inspiration strikes, a smartphone or tablet can quickly harness their productivity.
  • Microsoft: Planning for Mobile Success
    Source: CDW
    White Paper: Many organizations are seeing clear and quantifiable benefits from the deployment of mobile technologies that provide access to data and applications any time, anywhere. These benefits often include increased profits, a more efficient and productive workforce, and enhanced customer service.
  • Mobile Procurement: Cleared for Takeoff
    Source: CDW
    White Paper: Enterprises have found that mobile devices are great for business. Tablets and smartphones allow staff to access their work day or night from the office, home or road. They boost efficiency, enable flexible schedules, improve morale and put data, tools and communication within arm's reach at all times.
    There's a price, however. IT departments, already stretched thin, now must contend with an array of devices, operating systems and cellular carriers as well as new security threats. Four million smartphones were lost or stolen last year, yet 34 percent of owners do nothing -- don't even set passwords -- to protect their devices. Even if IT departments were to get a handle on the complex mobility landscape, the technology is so fluid that the picture is constantly changing. That means the IT staff has to devote time to learning about, procuring, deploying and supporting an array of devices.
  • Avaya IP Office Contact Center
    Source: CDW
    White Paper: Customer expectations have risen dramatically, requiring companies to develop a far broader set of capabilities for their customer interactions. To be successful today, small and midsize businesses must be capable of responding swiftly, efficiently and accurately to their customers no matter which channel of interaction - or combination of channels - customers choose.
  • IP Office: Simple, Powerful Communications for Small and Medium Size Businesses
    Source: CDW
    White Paper: Successful companies are always looking for new ways to do more with less--keeping their business flexible, innovative and competitive without driving up operating costs and capital expenses. Avaya puts the solution at your fingertips: the Avaya IP Office communications system.
  • Network Flow and Application Performance: How should network flow inform VM placement?
    Source: VMTurbo, Inc.
    White Paper: Network-heavy, scale-out workloads place considerable stress on today's rapidly growing virtualized and cloud datacenters. Non-delimiting network components, as well as emerging software-defined networking (SDN) technologies aim to mitigate the potential bottlenecks that can precipitate at the network layer in such environments, as well as simplify network design. However, there remain significant challenges, as well as optimization opportunities, at the network layer.

    This whitepaper examines the latency-inducing pitfalls of common VM placement tactics, as well as a network flow approach that minimizes network, compute, and storage latency all at once.
  • Cut Datacenter Costs Like AWS
    Source: VMTurbo, Inc.
    White Paper: The average datacenter is 50% more costly than Amazon Web Services. As cloud economics threaten the long-term viability of on premise data centers, the survival of IT organizations rests solely in the ability to maximize the operational and financial returns of their existing infrastructure.

    You will survive, and this brand new whitepaper will help you to follow these 4 best practices:
    1. Maximize the efficiency of your virtual data center.
    2. Optimize workload placement within your clusters.
    3. Reclaim unused server capacity.
    4. And show your boss that this saves money.
  • Operations Management in the Virtual Data Center
    Source: VMTurbo, Inc.
    White Paper: Traditional IT architectures have been typically based on silos, with computing resources dedicated to specific applications and over resourcing to accommodate peak demands and potential future growth. Virtualization systems have been replacing these silos with a layer of shared resources, multiplexed among dynamic workload demands. This consolidation of resources and workloads has resulted in dramatic productivity gains, improving the efficiency of IT infrastructure and application performance, while reducing IT costs.
  • Cloud Mechanics: Delivering Performance in Shared Environments
    Source: VMTurbo, Inc.
    White Paper: Expedient Data Centers, a leader in Managed and Data Center Services with locations from Cleveland to Memphis to Boston, unpacks the mechanics of how it consistently meets Service Level Agreements for its customers.

    This whitepaper explores how service providers use VMTurbo to provide consistent performance across all workloads, as well as the three roles a responsible managed service provider (MSP) takes in order to accomplish that directive.
  • Are Your Capacity Management Processes Fit for the Cloud Era?
    Source: VMTurbo, Inc.
    White Paper: Many organizations apply overly simplistic principles to determine requirements for compute capacity in their virtualized data centers. These principles are based on a resource allocation model which takes the total amount of memory and CPU allocated to all virtual machines in a compute cluster, and assumes a defined level of over provisioning (e.g. 2:1, 4:1, 8:1, 12:1) in order to calculate the requirement for physical resources.

    Often managed in spreadsheets or simple databases, and augmented by simple alert-based monitoring tools, the resource allocation model does not account for actual resource consumption driven by each application workload running in the operational environment, and inherently corrodes the level of efficiency that can be driven from the underlying infrastructure.

    Read this whitepaper for these 3 takeaways:
    1. The complexities of pursuing efficient capacity planning
    2. How to define functional requirements for your capacity management strategy
    3. A capacity management strategy that assures service levels while reducing performance risk and hardware footprint
  • VMTurbo as a Cloud Control Plane
    Source: VMTurbo, Inc.
    White Paper: The Software-Defined Datacenter (SDDC) has the potential to extend the agility, operational and capital benefits of virtualization throughout the datacenter stack. The ability to configure the datacenter "on the fly" alone however, will not fully deliver on those benefits to enterprises and service providers.

    In this paper, we outline the need for "Software-Driven Control" - the intelligence or "control plane" that can take advantage of these new software-defined capabilities, enabling enterprises and service providers to bridge the gap between software-defined flexibility and the true business potential of the Software-Defined Datacenter.

    Download this paper to learn how Software-Driven Control helps you to:
    * Realize the operational, capital and agility benefits of the Software-Defined Datacenter
    * Drive the datacenter into a desired state, meeting application service levels while maximizing utilization, by closing the loop between monitoring, analyzing and acting
    * Orchestrate the underlying compute, network and storage assets based on top-down application needs across the datacenter, private and public clouds
  • Can You Really Support Business Continuity Requirements?
    Source: VMTurbo, Inc.
    White Paper: Virtualization brought about the ability to simplify business continuity management in IT. Workload portability and data replication capabilities mean that physical infrastructure failures no longer need impact application services, and they can rapidly be recovered even in the event of complete site failure.

    However, Enterprises and Service Providers face new challenges ensuring they have enough compute capacity in their virtualized data centers to support their business continuity requirements, while at the same time not over provisioning infrastructure capacity resulting in unnecessary capital expenditure.

    Read this whitepaper for these 3 takeaways:
    1. How to maintain N+X redundancy capacity requirements while not over-reserving
    2. The challenges introduced by affinity rules, and how to manage them
    3. How VMTurbo simulates "What-If" hypotheticals to plan for future scenarios - including full site failure - so that you can make the necessary capacity decisions to avoid them today
  • Fundamentals of Managing the Data Center Life Cycle for Owners
    Source: APC by Schneider Electric
    White Paper: Just as good genes do not guarantee health and well-being, a good design alone does not ensure a data center is well-built and will remain efficient and available over the course of its life span. For each phase of the data center's life cycle, proper care and action must be taken to continuously meet the business needs of the facility. This paper describes the five phases of the data center life cycle, identifies key tasks and pitfalls, and offers practical advice to facility owners and management.
  • Best Defense: Effective Cyber Security for S&L
    Source: CDW
    White Paper: Cybersecurity is a top concern of state and local government IT professionals. Attackers today pose a significant threat to every organization. State and local governments are no exception. The rise of mobility, cloud computing and other technologies requires a reassessment of the security posture. Effective defense against cyberthreats has become much more complicated, and the various regulations that agencies must comply with complicate matters further. All organizations must rethink their security practices and ensure that they are following a holistic strategy throughout the enterprise to secure sensitive data.
  • Run With It: An Overview of Cloud Deployment Options
    Source: CDW
    White Paper: To move the ball down the field, more and more organizations are tackling cloud computing. So it's more important that everyone become familiar with the cloud playbook and understand the many options available, the numerous benefits to harness and the potential challenges to avoid.

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