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  • Looking to the Horizon: SDN
    Source: CDW
    White Paper: Software-defined networking is one of the hottest buzzwords of 2014, but saying exactly what SDN is can be a challenge. SDN has its roots in the early 1990s, when both network managers and service providers began to express frustration with typical network architectures that inhibited innovation and change, were plagued by complexity and rigidity, and yielded high investment and operations costs. Many networking technicians have concluded that large networks can be built differently (and can deliver better results). A simple example of such a problem with current networks has a short name: IPv6. If networks had been built differently, the migration from IPv4 to IPv6 would not be the challenge that it is for many network managers.
  • Network Optimization
    Source: CDW
    White Paper: If your network isn't in tip-top shape, productivity may flatline. And with new demands like virtualization, cloud computing and mobile devices, keeping your network fit is more challenging than ever. We get it. And we have the people, the partners and the plan to boost resiliency and keep workflow moving.
  • Professional Networking Services
    Source: CDW
    White Paper: Your network is more important than ever. Your IT staff is stretched thinner than ever. We get it. That's why a professionally designed and implemented network is what you need for years of hasslefree operation and growth. We give you the people and the plan to help you assess, design, implement and manage your network so it delivers five nines reliability.
  • Instant Wi-Fi Connects Communities at ACTS
    Source: CDW
    White Paper: Multi-state ACTS Retirement-Life Communities deploys a secure, scalable, enterprise Aruba WLAN featuring Instant APs, ClearPass and AirWave to connect its staff, improve resident care and services, and reduce costs at communities spread across the East and South.
  • 802.11ac In-Depth
    Source: CDW
    White Paper: Wi-Fi has become such an amazingly successful technology because it has continuously advanced while remaining backwards compatible. Every few years since 802.11b amendment was ratified, the industry has released successive amendments increasing Wi-Fi data rates and capabilities, but even the latest Wi-Fi systems are able to interoperate with 1999 equipment built to the original standard. This paper explains the latest advance in Wi-Fi, 801.11ac, which provides the next step forward in performance.
  • Networking Best Practices in Action
    Source: CDW
    White Paper: Borderless networks help organizations connect seamlessly and securely across wired and wireless networks. Learn how Cisco-certified experts at CDW can design a network that will protect against mobile security risks, enable central control for both on- and off-premises and improve performance of mission-critical applications.
  • Future-proofing the network
    Source: CDW
    White Paper: Network managers hear it in their sleep: Applications are a critical concern. Are they fast? Secure? Available and accessible? At the heart of this concern is the user experience, and by extension, user productivity. If trouble tickets aren't mounting, the network professionals must be doing something right. If they weren't, they'd be hearing about it.
  • The Network Administrator's Guide to Routers & Switches
    Source: CDW
    White Paper: Today's networks are facing trends like mobility, virtualization and cloud computing making today's network administrators rethink their router and switch designs. IT pros must not only choose the right products but understand current design trends, best practices and the top protocols to help make their networks efficient and resilient - for the long haul.
  • The Invisible Upgrade: Moving to 1 GBPS
    Source: CDW
    White Paper: Network equipment manufacturers are dropping 10/100 megabits-per-second gear out of their switch product lines and moving to 10/100/1000Mbps in newer products. At the same time, wireless speeds jumped over the 100Mbps barrier when IEEE 802.11n was released in 2007.Today, speeds are pushing 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) with the IEEE 802.11ac wireless standard, which starts at 80Mbps and can achieve up to 867Mbps in even low-end configurations, depending on factors such as the width of the wireless channel a network uses. In reality, enterprises get Gigabit Ethernet speeds by default in virtually everything they buy, from notebooks and desktops to switches, firewalls and routers.
  • The 2014 Application & Service Delivery Handbook
    Source: A10 Networks
    White Paper: Download Dr. Jim Metzler's 2014 Application and Service Delivery Handbook, which delivers a comprehensive guide covering drivers and techniques for successfully implementing an Application Networking infrastructure.
  • Uncover Threats in SSL Traffic: The Ultimate Guide to SSL
    Source: A10 Networks
    White Paper: Encrypted traffic accounts for a growing percentage of network traffic. To stop cyber attacks, organizations must gain insight into encrypted data, and to do this, they need a dedicated security platform that can decrypt SSL traffic. This paper describes five features that organizations should consider when evaluating SSL inspection platforms, enabling IT security teams to rapidly develop evaluation criteria and avoid common deployment pitfalls.
  • The Escalating Threat of DDoS Attacks
    Source: A10 Networks
    White Paper: With increasing frequency and scale, some of the world's largest data center and network operators are suffering from crippling Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. Virtually every commercial and governmental organization today is largely - if not entirely - reliant on its online services, and service availability is completely at risk from the rising tide of DDoS attacks. If you are concerned about the possibility of major service outages due to DDoS attacks, you should ensure that your vendor can scale to mitigate the largest multi-vector attacks at your network's edge.
  • Data Centers in the Crosshairs - Today's Most Dangerous Security Threats
    Source: A10 Networks
    White Paper: Every day, attackers conspire to bring down data center servers and steal application data. Comprising the most valuable assets in your organization - your web, DNS, database, and email servers - data centers have become the number one target of cyber criminals, hacktivists and state-sponsored attackers. This paper analyzes the top five most dangerous threats to your data center. It also describes the impact of these threats and it reveals the latest methods, tools and techniques used by attackers to exploit data.
  • How JPMorgan Chase Adopted DMARC to Stop Cyberattacks and Protect their Brand
    Source: Agari
    White Paper: When Agari customer JPMorgan Chase decided to adopt DMARC to stop phishing attacks and protect their brand, the problem was much bigger than they anticipated. Learn how, with Agari, they implemented DMARC, stopped cyberattacks, and restored their brand reputation.
  • Agari's Email TrustIndex Report: Protecting Customers and Safeguarding Brand Reputation in the Era of the Cybercriminal
    Source: Agari
    White Paper: Agari's Quarterly TrustIndex offers a unique scorecard to see how well both individual companies (133 companies) and entire industries (11 industries) have protected their customers from email cyberthreats. Because Agari gathers this data every quarter, we have patterned the trend lines to learn who is doing better and who is falling behind. See where your industry stacks up!

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