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Why the Cloud Is Driving Renewed Interest in WAN Optimization

The perfect storm of mobility, the cloud, virtualization and big data have caused a spike in network traffic on corporate wide-area networks (WANs). This traffic growth, which will only continue to increase, has made it difficult for organizations to maintain

How Threat Intelligence and Sandboxing Help Fortify Security

Even the most security-minded enterprise is not immune to cyberattack. Major retailers, financial institutions and even the federal government have been hacked in recent weeks. Traditional defenses are nothing more than a speed bump to today’s ecosystem of highly skilled

Why Businesses Are Turning to the Cloud for Storage

High volumes of data that are growing by the minute have made it difficult for many organizations to host and manage a storage infrastructure that meets capacity and performance demands. Storage-as-a-Service is a cloud-based storage model in which an organization

Four Reasons to Move Disaster Recovery to the Cloud

Not every disaster can be controlled or prevented, whether it’s the result of human error, technical failure or some kind of weather-related event. What you can control is how quickly you recover from disaster, and the impact the event has

Getting to Know Microsoft System Center 2012 R2

In a previous post, we discussed the benefits of upgrading to Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 as end-of-support deadlines loom for Server 2003. Windows Server 2012 R2 offers simplified licensing due to fewer editions, as well as data de-duplication functionality,

What You Need to Know about Migrating to Windows Server 2012 R2

In a previous post, we warned you of the impending end-of-support deadlines for Microsoft Windows Server 2003. After July 14, 2015, Microsoft will no longer issue security patches and updates for this popular platform. Organizations that continue using Windows Server

Windows Server 2003 Support Ends in Just Three Months. Are You Ready?

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 has long been a very secure and reliable server operating system, which is why it is still used by a large number of small businesses and large enterprises. Organizations have been hesitant to migrate to a

What vSphere 6 Means for the Hybrid Cloud

Last month, VMware released the latest edition of vSphere, which promises to set the standard for virtualization solutions for the hybrid cloud while providing a foundation for the software-defined data center (SDDC). VMware vSphere 6 boasts more than 650 new

New HP Solutions Support the Open-Source Networking Movement

Hewlett-Packard (HP) recently unveiled a line of open-network switches for large, web-scale deployments. The two new software-independent, white box switches, or brite box switches, are geared toward the complex, heavy data workloads of cloud, mobile, big data and social media

The Evolution of the Firewall and Why It Is Still Essential

The first firewalls were introduced about 25 years ago, long before computers were found in every home and office, and before the first Internet browser software was introduced. Back then, the firewall guarded the perimeter of the corporate network, protecting