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      • Building a big data practice

        For IT solution providers, there's big money in big data. That's because data volumes are growing at staggering rates, and SMBs are discovering use cases for big data. Perhaps even better for the channel, many SMBs don't have the skills needed to carry out big data projects. Yet big data is a largely untapped opportunity for the channel. This handbook aims to help solution providers that want to build a big data practice do so, with an exploration of where the biggest opportunities lay, how to build business cases, prep staff members, stand out from competitors, as well as a look at the steps two Microsoft partners have taken to build successful big data practices.

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      • Implementing two-tier ERP with manufacturing in mind

        Manufacturers that need to extend their ERP systems to remote locations are considering smaller, lightweight ERP suites as an alternative. With a two-tier ERP system, organizations can consolidate systems and save money while increasing operational efficiency.

        This three-part guide examines the homework organizations need to do -- analyzing costs and benefits -- to make an effective, informed business case for two-tier ERP. First, SearchSAP's Todd Morrison explores the potential cost savings and deployment advantages of two-tier systems -- it will shed light on why the manufacturing industry is so bent on it. Next, Morrison looks at the options available to organizations that have decided to go ahead and implement a second-tier system. It's important to determine the best fit, and there are three to choose from. Veteran IT journalist Lauren Gibbons Paul talks to industry insiders about process improvements available to organizations not quite ready to deploy a whole new ERP system.

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      • Understanding hosted Exchange options

        Now that more IT admins are getting comfortable with the idea of hosted Exchange, the next challenge is deciding on the best approach to the cloud, and the best provider. In years past, the hosted Exchange market was mostly controlled by third-party vendors, but with Office 365, Microsoft is a strong contender as well. This handbook explores the competition between Microsoft and third-party hosted Exchange vendors, as well as how to make a realistic evaluation of vendors’ offerings based on a company’s specific needs. Other sections cover the pros and cons of fully hosted Office 365 and the potential advantages of opting for a hybrid approach to the cloud. Readers will be able to decide if it’s wise for their company to move everything off-premises or if they need to develop a more gradual strategy to reduce risk and costs.

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      • Virtualizing Microsoft Exchange Server

        While virtualizing Exchange Server can reduce operational costs, improve flexibility and consolidate resources, a proper plan is necessary in order to avoid potential complications. One question many shops contemplate is whether to choose Microsoft technology and virtualize with its Hyper-V platform, or to go with VMware’s more established vSphere. Another possibility is Citrix XenServer, which may appeal to smaller IT shops looking for a good price.

        This handbook cuts through biases about the various platforms to help readers make a realistic evaluation of the pros and cons of each, whether they’re using Exchange 2013 or older versions. Readers will learn about specific steps to take and particular trouble spots to avoid on the way to a successful virtualization of one of their organization’s most essential applications.

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      • Mastering Exchange virtualization for VMware

        Virtualization is a great way to consolidate resources and save precious capital, but messaging administrators still need to keep a close eye on performance and scalability. Not only is VMware the dominant virtualization platform, but it works very well with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, so many organizations are considering it over Hyper-V. In this handbook you'll learn about best practices for Exchange virtualization, including admin tips on the best ways to deploy Exchange on a VMware infrastructure, managing storage and troubleshooting performance.

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      • Help with Office 365, mobile devices, Exchange security

        November 2011, Vol. 11

        Includes:
        • Six commonly overlooked Exchange security vulnerabilities
        • Exchange Online mobile device support: A comprehensive look
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      • The many paths to Exchange 2013

        Exchange 2013 offers features that could benefit administrators and make the idea of hosted Exchange more appealing. We look at how to install and deploy Exchange 2013 and how to address problems that will likely arise in the upgrade process.

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      • Who, what, where? How the cloud complicates identity management

        IT security and regulatory compliance require identity and access management. However, the move to the cloud and the spread of mobile devices has added complexity. This handbook looks at tools and best practices for managing authentication, working with cloud providers and understanding how Active Directory can and cannot help.

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      • Email archiving: Planning, policies and product selection

        Get the fundamentals of email archiving from start to finish in this e-book, “Email archiving: Planning, policies and product selection.” Each chapter guides IT managers through the individual phases of the email-archiving project process.

        Email archiving, like any other IT project, requires a fully developed plan. Chapters feature information on creating an email archiving roadmap, defining email archiving policy, analyzing email archiving features, improving storage management and selecting a product.

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      • Email lifecycle planning for Exchange Server

        April 2009, Vol. 1

        Includes:
        • The importance of lifecycle planning for Exchange email archives
        • Part 1: Exchange Server 2007 requirements
        • Obtaining and verifying SSL certificates in Exchange Server
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      • Who's reading your email?

        July 2011, Vol. 10

        Includes:
        • Five steps to preparing for Exchange virtualization failures
        • Exchange 2010 auditing tools to track admin, end-user behavior
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    Modern Infrastructure covers the convergence of technologies -- from cloud computing to virtualization to mobile devices -- and the impact on data centers.

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  • Enterprise Hadoop: Ready for prime time?

    Many vendors are pitching Hadoop as the foundation for enterprise data management environments that delivers information and insights to business users and serves as a hub for other data systems and applications. In the era of big data, the case for Hadoop is strong: Hadoop provides a cost-effective way to ingest, store and process large volumes of multi-structured data. With Hadoop, organizations can store all data in its original format and provide a system of record for the enterprise. Even more, they can bring the applications to Hadoop and process the data in place.

    But does reality square with the promise today? Are companies willing to trust their enterprise data to Hadoop? The big question is whether Hadoop is ready to support enterprise-scale, production environments where data can't be corrupted or inconsistent. Does Hadoop have adequate management, monitoring, backup, recovery and security features? What are the major gaps today and what are vendors doing to plug the holes? At what point can companies trust production computing environments to Hadoop? This report, based on a comprehensive survey of business intelligence professionals and interviews with experts in the field, addresses these questions.

  • Overcome today's disaster recovery challenges

    The use of devices not connected to a local network is a challenge for IT staffs tasked with protecting data on those devices. Completing backups within a reasonable timeframe has become an issue for organizations. Some organizations are opting for alternatives to traditional backup to address these challenges. The cloud has been pushed as an alternative to tape for offsite storage for disaster recovery. However, there are challenges with this approach and with protecting applications running in the cloud.

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  • Building a big data practice

    For IT solution providers, there's big money in big data. That's because data volumes are growing at staggering rates, and SMBs are discovering use cases for big data. Perhaps even better for the channel, many SMBs don't have the skills needed to carry out big data projects. Yet big data is a largely untapped opportunity for the channel. This handbook aims to help solution providers that want to build a big data practice do so, with an exploration of where the biggest opportunities lay, how to build business cases, prep staff members, stand out from competitors, as well as a look at the steps two Microsoft partners have taken to build successful big data practices.

  • Implementing two-tier ERP with manufacturing in mind

    Manufacturers that need to extend their ERP systems to remote locations are considering smaller, lightweight ERP suites as an alternative. With a two-tier ERP system, organizations can consolidate systems and save money while increasing operational efficiency.

    This three-part guide examines the homework organizations need to do -- analyzing costs and benefits -- to make an effective, informed business case for two-tier ERP. First, SearchSAP's Todd Morrison explores the potential cost savings and deployment advantages of two-tier systems -- it will shed light on why the manufacturing industry is so bent on it. Next, Morrison looks at the options available to organizations that have decided to go ahead and implement a second-tier system. It's important to determine the best fit, and there are three to choose from. Veteran IT journalist Lauren Gibbons Paul talks to industry insiders about process improvements available to organizations not quite ready to deploy a whole new ERP system.

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