Here’s how to build a cost-effective network and maximize E-Rate funding

Armed with E-Rate funding, schools and libraries are bolstering their wireless networks by upgrading routers and adding access points. Many schools use the funding in preparation for a 1:1 initiative, where each student is paired with a tablet or mobile device. Libraries can enhance their patrons’ experiences by improving wireless access. However, schools and libraries…

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Keeping IT equipment safe from power outages

Summer is power season, as demand for electric power spikes. Air conditioning and other power demands strain utilities, making brownouts (temporary drops in voltage) and blackouts as common as mosquito bites. Not to mention severe weather events like thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes that can knock out electricity. For many, these outages are mere inconveniences. But…

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Here’s how a company patched up its crumbling IT foundation

The company had a problem: Its IT environment was so disjointed and outdated, it was a proverbial house of cards, teetering on collapse. The outdated infrastructure was unreliable and slow, which caused delays in sales and inventory reporting. If one system failed, it could shut down the entire IT infrastructure and paralyze sales management and…

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The SIEM-ple way to spot a data breach as it’s happening

Last July, the Office of Personnel Management announced it had discovered a huge data breach: The background check records of current, former, and prospective federal employees and contractors were stolen, including 21.5 million Social Security numbers. Like many security breaches, this one could have been averted with the right tools in place. In its 2012…

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4 must-see technologies at Cisco Live 2016

The holy grail of IT might be the single pane of glass, but it eludes many IT professionals because of all the segmented technologies and platforms they have to manage. How can an organization get there? Two words: visibility and control. Which is why those topics will be major themes at this year’s Cisco Live,…

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Here’s why unstructured data is putting your organization at risk

Big data seduces us with potential. Industries from retail to health care collect untold terabytes of data in hopes of finding correlations and connections that drive sales and improve patient health. But beneath the depths lies dark data, or data whose value hasn’t yet been identified. We’re talking about documents, images, PDFs, videos, and other…

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How VMware vSphere licensing changes could affect you

It’s almost the end of the road for some VMware products. After June 30, organizations will be unable to purchase licenses for three VMware offerings: vSphere Enterprise vSphere with Operations Management (vSOM) Standard vSphere with Operations Management (vSOM) Enterprise Though your organization can’t purchase new licenses for these products after that date, you do have…

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