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  • 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.

  • Taking the Leap to Virtualization: Security and Backup Considerations in the Virtual Environment

    Many mid-market companies have invested significant time and resources to secure and back up their servers, client computers, data, and overall network infrastructure in what was the traditional client-server setup. Learn more.

  • Info-Tech Vendor Landscape: Virtual Backup Software

    This independent report from Info-Tech evaluates and scores 14 companies in the Virtual Machine Backup market. It can help you understand what's new in the virtual backup market, evaluate virtual backup vendors and products for your needs and determine which products are most appropriate for your organization. Find out why Symantec was named a “Champion” in virtual backup software.

  • Conquering the Top 5 Enterprise Data Protection Challenges

    Today's datacenters face a gauntlet of challenges including protection of physical and virtual environments, fast recovery of data, reducing backup times and storage requirements, server consolidation, and disaster recovery. How are savvy CIO's conquering these types of challenges? Find out how in this white paper by Expert, David Davis.

  • Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) Achieving Best Practices for Virtual Machine Backup and Recovery

    This Lab Validation report from ESG provides you with best practices to create an environment that offers you simple unified data protection across physical and virtual landscapes, maximum protection and data availability, and reduced storage needs and operational costs. Read on.

  • Stop Guessing, Start Measuring: How to Use Mobile Analytics to Deliver the Best App

    Where the business performance of their mobile app portfolios are concerned, most companies are flying blind. While traditional application portfolios are held to all kinds of ROI measure, the investment plan for mobile apps – increasingly the more crucial bet – is made by guesswork and dart-throwing. Learn more.

  • APIs & MBaaS: How to Extend Your Enterprise Architecture for a Mobile World

    Download this white paper and learn how each of these requirements can help you seamlessly mobilize your enterprise data to improve your mobile apps. Learn more.

  • Three Principles of the Mobile Era or Mastering the Mobile Shift: Three Keys to the New Enterprise

    In this white paper, you will learn the tools, technologies and strategies that are necessary for a mobile-ready IT to master the three keys to the new enterprise. Read on to see why 70% of Fortune 100 companies use Appcelerator for their mobile projects. Download the whitepaper here.

  • Your Guide for Migrating from 1024-bit

    Managing certificates during a time of key size migration can be difficult. Website or production outages can be costly and have a negative impact to business. This guide aims to help educate and inform users of TLS/SSL certificates about the upcoming change in key lengths and tips on managing their transition to using stronger SSL certificates.

  • Choosing a Cloud Provider with Confidence

    The adoption of cloud computing technology is no longer a question of "if" but rather "when" as many enterprises continue to focus on cloud offerings that reduce costs and increase business agility. However, those benefits also come with a potential risk to corporate information as well as the real cost of regulatory compliance. Learn more.

  • Best Practices and Applications of TLS-SSL

    As the science of business computing, and of computing security in particular, has advanced, the trend has been to find security weaknesses everywhere. Where complexity and functionality grow, so do the opportunities for abuse of systems by malicious actors. Learn more.

  • Beginner's Guide to SSL Certificates

    In the fast-paced world of technology, it is not always easy to stay abreast of the latest advancements. For this reason it is wise to partner with a reputable Internet security company. This guide will de-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options. Read 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.

  • 5 Strategies for Modern Data Protection

    Read this white paper to help solve your current data management challenges and also ensure that you’re poised to meet future demands. Read on.

  • 3 Questions Every CIO Should Ask About Virtual Server Data Protection

    Server virtualization is changing the face of the modern data center. CIOs are looking for ways to virtualize more applications, faster across the IT spectrum. Learn more.

  • Five Fundamentals of Virtual Server Protection

    The benefits of server virtualization are compelling and are driving the transition to large scale virtual server deployments. From cost savings recognized through server consolidation or business flexibility and agility inherent in the emergent private and public cloud architectures, virtualization technologies are rapidly becoming a cornerstone of the modern data center. 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.

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

    Red Hat, Inc. the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that British Airways, a global airline and market leader in the travel industry, has deployed Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization on its infrastructure. Through this Red Hat technology, British Airways is benefiting from a highly available and scalable IT architecture. Learn more.

  • Why Hypervisor Diversity Should Be a Priority

    Over the next one to two years, several vendors will release major new versions of their virtualization products that will vastly boost their competitiveness. One such product is Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV), a commercial package of the open source KVM hypervisor and the open source oVirt management tools. Learn more.

  • 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.

  • 3 Businesses Share Why They Chose Citrix XenDesktop over VMware View

    Whether you are looking to deliver Windows apps and desktops to mobile users, reduce costs and management through desktop virtualization, or secure intellectual property, XenDesktop is the only solution to meet all your needs. See why three businesses chose market-leading Citrix XenDesktop over VMware Horizon View.

  • VDI Comparison - 5 Reasons why XenDesktop beats Horizon View

    Considering VDI? You’re probably looking at Citrix XenDesktop and VMware Horizon View. While View is designed to deliver VDI and nothing else, market-leading XenDesktop emerges as the clear winner in this head-to-head comparison because of the breadth and depth of the options available for both end users and IT admins.

  • 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.

  • IDC Marketscape: 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”.

  • Enable Secure Remote Access to 3D Data Without Sacrificing Visual Performance

    To keep pace with fast-moving competition, design and manufacturing companies need to accelerate time-to-market by enabling global collaboration. Learn more.

  • 5 Customers Deliver Virtual Desktops and Apps to Empower a Modern Workforce

    Application and desktop virtualization allows IT to address a broad range of business priorities from empowering workers across remote and branch locations to mobilizing Windows apps on any device. Learn more.

  • Cut Data Center Costs Like AWS

    Cloud economics threaten the long-term viability of on-premise data centers, the survival of IT organizations rests in their ability to maximize the operational and financial returns of existing infrastructure.

  • VDI Comparison: Five Reasons XenDesktop Beats Horizon View

    Organizations like yours have many reasons for considering VDI, from providing remote access to Windows apps, to enabling BYOD, to taking a more strategic approach to desktop refresh. The choice you make will define the business value you drive, so it’s important to go beyond assumptions and first impressions and determine which solution will best help you achieve the goals of your own VDI initiative.

  • VDI Your Users Will Love

    Not all VDI solutions are alike. To deliver the best results for your business, you need to make sure the solution you choose can enable full productivity not just in the office on traditional endpoints, but anywhere people work, on any device they use. With Citrix XenDesktop, you can provide access to virtualized apps and desktops from anywhere, on any device, with a great experience in any scenario. Learn more.

  • The Challenges with Server-Side Caching in NFS Based VMware Environments

    Integrating caching technology directly into VMware server hosts can help mitigate storage I/O issues, but it can also introduce challenges. Discover in this report from the analysts at Storage Switzerland what those challenges are and how to address them. Learn more.

  • VMware Server Side Caching - Flash SSD or DRAM

    Get SSD performance without SSDs. Give your VMs the IOPS they need with a hardware-free server-side cache. Are Flash-based server side caches still the solution, or is it time to look at DRAM-based alternatives? Find out in this white paper from analyst firm Storage Switzerland.

  • How Much Is Enough? Right-sizing Your Storage Investment

    Getting storage right is tricky but critical for IT professionals. In this white paper, discover how to cover your storage needs without overpaying.

  • Assuring Performance in VDI Deployments

    Avoid being in of the 46% of all VDI projects that stall by learning how to assure VDI performance through intelligent resource allocation and placement decisions.

  • 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.

  • Supercharge Your Infrastructure

    SSDs provide modest performance gains, but flash as a new memory tier is optimal. Maximize performance and get enterprise reliability with Fusion’s architecture.

  • Tolly Test Report - Fusion ioControl n5 Hybrid Storage Architecture

    An independent white paper with test results validating the Fusion ioControl hybrid storage achieving 3X IOPS and 4-5X read performance in the same footprint as a conventional hybrid.Learn more.

  • ESG Lab Validation Report - Fusion ioControl n5-SPX

    An independent white paper with test results validating the Fusion ioControl hybrid storage achieving 3X IOPS and 4-5X read performance in the same footprint as a conventional hybrid. Learn more.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.