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  • VMware Views

    What’s next for the virtualization giant? VMware executives and managers discuss the future in this series of articles from Virtualization Review magazine. Plus, handy how-to tips.

  • Migration Planning Kit - Microsoft Windows Server 2003

    Nutanix not only helps you migrate, it also addresses the limitations of traditional centralized storage. We can help you get all the benefits without the challenges of a traditional 3-tier infrastructure.

  • Realizing the Agile Data Center Vision—Next Step: Hardware-Defined Storage

    Hardware-defined storage might sound outdated, but it very much is not. To find out why it’s actually the next big thing, read this white paper.

  • 7 Tips on Becoming an IT Service Broker

    How do you do more with less? By selecting cost-effective services from an expanded range of third-party service providers that are also seen as strategic and trusted advisors. Get tips on how to make the transition with maximum effectiveness and minimal disruption to services. Read now!

  • How to Meet the Growing Demands on IT

    Move towards a service broker model using proven tools and reliable partners, plus an outline of four possible configurations for managing your IT infrastructure.

  • Outsourcing IT Projects to Managed Hosting or the Cloud

    You know you need to outsource your infrastructure, part of it or even all of it. You know outsourcing has benefits. How do you make sure it is a smooth and successful project? Here are 12 critical success factors you need to consider. Read on.

  • How to Bring Shadow IT into the Light

    Cloud has given business users a new measure of independence from IT, and it is increasingly easy for business units to go rogue to meet their needs. Here are 8 steps to give control back to IT and give users the ideal situation of access to services they want, but at the acceptable standards of security and compliance.

  • A Tale of Two Workloads

    In this white paper learn about using OpenStack® and VMware vSphere® to build a hybrid solution.

  • DR to the Cloud Best Practices

    Explanation on how to effectively configure your own self-managed recovery plans and the replication of critical VMware virtual machines from on-premises to a cloud service provider. Get best practices designed to give organization insight into a validated architecture that helps minimize downtime.

  • IBM FlashSystem and Atlantis ILIO

    Want cost-effective, high-performance and scalable VDI? Need to know how to transition from traditional PCs? Read this white paper and learn what you need to know.

  • VDI and Beyond: Addressing Top IT Challenges to Drive Agility and Growth

    Desktop virtualization is a powerful driver of business transformation, making it possible to deliver the apps and data people depend on to get work done. Learn how Citrix XenDesktop with FlexCast allows you to use a variety of methods to balance user requirements and costs for each use case in your organization.

  • IDC MarketScape Excerpt: Worldwide Client Virtualization Software 2013 Vendor Assessment

    IDC has placed Citrix in the 2013 IDC MarketScape Leaders Category once again noting that, “Citrix’s position reflects the company’s market leadership and ability to push the client virtualization agenda for the rest of the industry”. Download the MarketScape now.

  • The Rising Value - and Falling Cost - of App and Desktop Virtualization

    The growing strategic value of desktop virtualization technology is advancing quickly, providing new ways to enable business mobility and increase the flexibility that organizations need to thrive. Read this white paper to see how falling cost factors in every part of the desktop virtualization architecture making it more affordable than ever.

  • Good to Great: Top Seven Optimization Tips and Tricks

    Mastering your virtual data center requires comprehending a dizzying array of software and hardware configurations, settings and workflows. Read this white paper to learn the top seven tips for managing even the most complex virtual data centers.

  • Top 10 Automation Tips for Virtualization Administrators

    Administrators are being asked to do more with less, so automating manual tasks is critical to success. But, automation must be approached with care. Get 10 important tips that can help you effectively implement automation technology, while still maintaining control over your environment.

  • Best Practices to Make BYOD Simple and Secure

    Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs and policies empower people to choose the best device to get their work done, including personally-owned consumer smartphones, tablets and laptops. This white paper provides guidance for introducing BYOD to help people become more mobile and productive while IT adapts to consumerization in a simple, secure and controlled manner.

  • Remote Access to Enterprise PCs

    This Citrix Key Project Design Guide provides an overview of the solution architecture and implementation used in the key project on remote access for enterprise PCs. The design has been created through architectural design best practices obtained from Citrix Consulting Services and thorough lab testing, and is intended to provide guidance for solution evaluation and the introduction of proofs of concept (POCs).

  • Delivering Enterprise Information Securely on Android, Apple iOS and Microsoft Windows Tablets and Smartphones

    Android, iOS and Windows tablets and smartphones play an increasing role in enterprise computing, providing new flexibility and mobility for workers and IT—but creating new challenges around security. This paper describes these issues and explains how they can be addressed effectively with Citrix BYOD solutions.

  • VDI and Beyond: Addressing Top IT Challenges to Drive Agility and Growth

    In this white paper learn how a highly mobile and complex workforce needs a flexible solution for accessing apps, desktops, and data. Read on!

  • Top 10 Reasons to Strengthen Information Security with Desktop Virtualization

    In this white paper explore ten reasons why virtual desktops should be the foundation of your layered approach to information security. Read now!

  • Content-Based Caching by Infinio Maximizes I/O Workloads on vSphere NFS Datastores

    openBench Labs tested Infinio in a controlled lab environment using real-world workloads. The results showed 50-90% of read I/O offload from storage, and response time improvements of 2x. Read the full report for more details.

  • British Airways Chooses Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization to Improve IT Systems to Build Internal Cloud

    British Airways increases scalability, reliability, flexibility and performance while building on its IT infrastructure using Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization

  • How DreamWorks Animation Improved Its Production Process Using Red Hat

    DreamWorks Animation—the force behind hit films like Shrek, Madagascar, and How to Train Your Dragon—uses open source software and cloud computing to create much of its movie magic.

  • Dual-Source Virtualization Clears Path to Open Hybrid Clouds

    This executive brief provides results of a CIO Magazine Quick Pulse poll which highlights the industry move to private cloud technology and hybrid cloud environments through dual-source virtualization wherein companies value security, performance and support in a quest to build the new IT paradigm.

  • IDC Whitepaper: Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization

    As the number of virtual workloads surpass the number of physical workloads with the maturing or the virtualization market, IDC data indicates that as many as one third of virtualization customers are planning to use multiple hypervisors over the next year. Learn more.

  • Mobile Workspaces: Deliver the Optimum User Experience While Enabling Mobility and Productivity

    Analyst ESG discusses mobility trends impacting enterprise organizations and how a mobile workspace solution that combines app and desktop virtualization, enterprise mobility management, secure file sharing and networking supports business mobility, greater information security, and increased productivity.

  • Hyper-V Virtual Labs Tips and Tricks

    Although most backup administrators understand the importance of testing their backups, comprehensive testing has often proven to be illusive. Server virtualization solves this problem by making lab testing much easier, but only if the virtual lab is configured properly. This white paper explores the challenges and benefits of testing your backups in a virtual lab.

  • The Top Ten Things Every IT Pro Using Hyper-V Needs to Know

    Hyper-V has cemented itself in many organizations and nearly every company is using or evaluating Hyper-V today however many of these virtualization IT Pros are new to Hyper-V if not Microsoft technologies in general which is why this paper will arm readers with the most important ten things every Hyper-V using IT Pro needs to know. Learn more!

  • Top 5 Reasons to Deploy VMware with Tegile

    In this white paper learn how Tegile Arrays with IntelliFlash can help VMware deployments by boosting storage utilization and efficiency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance. Learn more.

  • Fusion-io Virtualization Reference Architecture

    Read this Reference Architecture to learn best practices for deploying server and desktop virtualization on Fusion ioControl Storage, Cisco UCS, and VMware. Learn more.

  • Taking Windows Mobile on Any Device

    The ability to take Windows applications and desktops mobile has many advantages, but the variation in mobile device types, including form factor and platform, makes the process of identifying a single solution to address all the employees’ requirements complex. This paper discusses how Citrix can help take Windows mobile on any device.

  • Zero Clients: When Nothing is Better Than Something

    Zero Clients are simple, secure, stateless, cloud endpoints, perfect for accessing VMware Horizon, VMware Horizon DaaS, and Remote Workstation environments. Learn more.

  • Flash-Optimized Storage from the Ground Up

    Nimble Storage’s patented Cache Accelerated Sequential Layout (CASL™) is the industry’s first flash-optimized storage designed from the ground up to maximize efficiency. In this product brief, you’ll learn how Nimble Storage customers run more workloads with less storage infrastructure, protect more data, and streamline data management so they can focus on higher-value projects.

  • Best Practices Guide: Risk-Free Storage for VDI

    It’s easy to underestimate the performance and capacity requirements for VDI storage, and missteps now can lead to expensive problems later. In “Risk-Free Storage for VDI,” you’ll learn how Nimble Storage delivers responsive performance to handle peak VDI workloads, integrated data protection, and instant backups and restores—all for dramatically less than you’re paying now.

  • Printer Installer: Eliminating Print Servers

    Printer Installer is an on-premise web application that enables you to centrally manage and deploy Windows shared or direct iP printers. Printer installer also empowers your end-users to self-install printers with a single, web-based, printer installation portal for your entire enterprise. Learn more.

  • OpenStack: What It Is and How It’s Transforming Cloud Storage

    OpenStack might not be a household name among storage professionals right now, but its promise of cost decreases and massively increased scalability will make it popular soon enough. Be among the early discoverers of OpenStack by reading this white paper.

  • Symantec Customer Success: Horizon Business Services

    Find out how Florida’s Horizon Business Services uses Symantec Backup Exec 2014 to gain faster backup, faster and higher yield deduplication, and backup and recovery reliability. Learn more.

  • Achieving Best Practices for Virtual Machine Backup and Recovery

    This ESG Lab Validation report documents hands-on testing of today's virtual server data protection and identifies the market leaders. Download now to find out how each solution measured up against best practices in virtual data protection.

  • Introducing Backup Exec 2014

    Symantec Backup Exec 2014 delivers powerful, flexible, and easy-to-use backup and recovery to protect your entire infrastructure whether built upon virtual, physical, or a combination of both. Learn more.

  • Symantec Backup Exec 2014

    In this white paper learn how Symantec Backup Exec 2014 is powerful, flexible, and easy-to-use backup and recovery built for virtual and physical environments. Read on.

  • Top Ten Best Practices for vSphere Application Backups

    In a virtualized world, different backup solutions can gather data from different locations, complicating data protection for enterprise applications. This white paper offers ten best practices for backing up critical business applications in a vSphere environment.

  • Free Study Guide for Microsoft Certification Exam 74-409

    This study guide for Microsoft's 74-409 Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center exam will take you through each of the exam objectives, helping you to prepare for and pass the examination

  • VMware vSphere Backups: What are you Missing?

    This white paper explains the vSphere backup process and highlights what may be missing in your environment. Follow these four steps to help ensure a successful vSphere backup. Read on.

  • Virtual Machine Backup Infographic

    If you're not virtualizing, you're missing reduced equipment, management, and utilities costs, along with increased server utilization rates and the right path to cloud computing. Learn more.

  • Gartner Enterprise Information Archive Magic Quadrant

    For the first time, CommVault has been positioned in the "Leaders" quadrant of Gartner Inc.'s "Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Information Archiving.” To learn all about it, download this paper.

  • ESG: How to Build a Strategic Archive

    This paper discusses the reasons ESG believes CommVault Simpana software, a data management platform that delivers backup, archive, search, and analytics capabilities, could be a viable cornerstone of an organization’s information retention strategy. Read on.

  • 5 eDiscovery Challenges Solved

    eDiscovery challenges continue to present themselves as data storage becomes more complex and grows the Big Data Era. Read this CommVault Solution Brief to learn how to deal with five persistent eDiscovery challenges with Simpana 10 software. Get it now.

  • CIO Guide to Virtual Server Data Protection

    This whitepaper looks at the key questions CIOs should be asking to ensure a successful virtual server data protection solution. Learn more about this white paper.

  • InfoTech Email & Content Archive Vendor Landscape

    In its latest email archiving report, Info-Tech Research Group acknowledged CommVault for its "holistic content archiving solution” that offers extensive feature functionality for email archiving. Read the report.

  • Data Deduplication in Windows Server 2012 R2 in Depth

    Interested in Windows Server 2012 R2 deduplication? In this white paper by MVP Mike Resseler you will find all the details you need to know to get you started. Learn how deduplication in Windows Server 2012 R2 works including what methods are used and what you need to keep an eye on when starting with a deduplication project.

  • Best Practices for Virtualizing and Protecting Exchange Server

    Microsoft Exchange Server is really designed for use with physical hardware—and virtualization adds another layer of complexity. This white paper by MVP Brien Posey explains several best practices for successfully virtualizing Exchange.

  • Hyper-V Backup and Storage Best Practices

    Do you look at Hyper-V with questions on what the best approaches are for backup and storage? There are many decision points as well as approaches to take, some of which aren’t optimal for the current Hyper-V offering. This white paper from 11x MVP Brien Posey will look closely at key technologies for storage and backup for Hyper-V with additional perspective from Veeam.

  • vSphere 5.5 Top New Features and Upgrade Tips

    The latest version of VMware vSphere has a number of compelling features for companies looking to build modern data centers for service-centric IT organizations. This paper will navigate critical topics for companies on previous versions of vSphere as well as organizations starting the virtualization process.

  • 5 Reasons to Consider Disaster Recovery and High Availability as a Service

    Setting up a disaster recovery infrastructure doesn’t have to be a disaster. New advancements in cloud computing offer practical options for IT shops struggling with DR. Read more in this white paper.

  • 5 Reasons End User Experience Management is Not a Dimension of APM

    This white paper, with contributions by APMdigest's Editor-in-Chief Pete Goldin and BMC Software's David Williams, former Gartner Research VP, outlines why End User Experience Management goes beyond APM to deliver critical analytics and operational insight that drive user productivity. Read now.

  • Vendor Landscape: Virtual Backup Software

    In this white paper see how 14 virtual backup products scored in this free evaluation report from Info-Tech Research Group. Learn more and read on.

  • Solving Common Data Protection Challenges - Advice from the Trenches

    Today's datacenter administrators have more to deal with than ever before. Not only are they expected to protect every virtual machine and file in the datacenter but they must do it under the pressure of constant change. Find out how what smart admins are doing to make data protection, disaster recovery, data restoration, and server consolidation, easy in this white paper by vExpert, David Davis.

  • A Practical Guide to Protecting and Leveraging Your Virtual Environment for Rapid Recovery

    This guide discusses the advantages of using one backup solution that protects data housed both in virtual and physical environments. Learn more.

  • ESG Lab Validation Report: Symantec Backup Exec 3600 Appliance

    Read the results of the ESG Lab Validation report based on hands-on testing of the Symantec Backup Exec 3600 Appliance.

  • Virtual Machine Backup and Recovery: Five Critical Decisions

    Read about the five critical decisions organizations must make when building a backup and recovery plan that creates an efficient, scalable, future-prepared environment. Learn more.

  • Taking the Leap to Virtualization

    Read this white paper to learn how virtualization offers dramatic benefits for midsize companies, including efficiency, cost savings, and increased reliability and performance. Find out the best way to implement a virtualization solution to allow you to do more with less and free up IT staff to focus on strategic projects that help your company grow. Discover more!

  • A Guide to Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning and Implementation

    Business Continuity (BC) and Disaster Recovery (DR) planning are a challenge for organizations with demanding SLAs. This white paper highlights the factors to consider when planning BC and DR strategy and explains how to put those strategies into action.

  • Tape and Cloud Strategies for VM Backups

    In recent years, disk-based backup and recovery solutions have become increasingly popular as organizations strive to meet demanding recovery objectives (RTOs and RPOs) while providing a solution to easily manage data protection needs. Read on.

  • Top 5 Reasons to Virtualize Exchange

    This white paper is about the top five reasons to virtualize Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 and 2013, and the issues you should consider when deciding whether to install Exchange on physical servers or Virtual Machines. Read on.

  • Microsoft VSS: What Every VMware Admin Needs to Know

    Even VMware vSphere environments must respect Microsoft technology when it comes to application backups. Respecting how Microsoft VSS operates, and how your backup solution integrates with it, has become a mission-critical skill in Modern Data Protection. Learn more.

  • Bringing Automation to the Datacenter

    Bring value to your organization by automating your datacenter. Wondering how to get going and what needs to be automated? Or if automation will cost you more than that it costs to manually perform tasks? In this white paper, industry expert Mike Resseler tackles many topics.

  • Free VCAP5-DCA Study Guide

    Free VCAP5-DCA Study Guide For those currently holding their VCP certification and want to take it up a notch, Jason and Josh have you covered with the 248-page VCAP5-DCA study guide. Using this study guide along with hands-on lab time will help you in the three and a half hours, lab-based VCAP5-DCA exam.

  • Aligning Your Business Needs with Veeam Backup & Replication

    In this white paper learn the importance of defining the services that an IT department delivers to the business and what levels of protection are required by these services. Once able to define the services and levels of protection required we will delve into the Veeam Backup and Replication V7 to understand how it can help you meet these requirements, from a simple backup to replication of a mission critical application.

  • Veeam Backup & Replication v7: A VMware Architect’s Favorite Features

    Download 'Veeam Backup & Replication v7: A VMware Architect’s Favorite Features' and learn about many of the additions to the Veeam Backup & Replication family. This white paper compares how we did things in v6.5 and how we do them in v7 to give you, the backup administrator, a deep technical understanding of the product to gain better results in your backup environment.

  • What to Look for in a Data Protection Solution for Virtual Environments

    Learn the top "must have" features to ensure your backup and recovery solution provides the best data and system protection for any virtual environment. Read on.

  • Assessing the TCO of Unified vs. Parallel Backup Solutions for Virtual Environments

    ESG considers the merits of a separate solution for protecting one’s virtual environment, compared with using a unified solution that offers comparable virtualization protection capabilities. Read on.

  • Report: Windows Server 2012 Migration/Virtualization Survey

    Take a closer look at organizations attitudes towards Windows Server 2012 migration, what their adoption plans are and discover the latest virtualization trends in Symantec’s Windows Server 2012 Migration/Virtualization survey findings. Learn more.

  • VDI Your Users Will Love

    Not all VDI solutions are alike. To deliver the best results for your business, your solution must enable full productivity not just in the office, but anywhere people work. With Citrix XenDesktop, you can provide access to virtualized apps and desktops from anywhere, on any device, with a great user experience.