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Internet Security Threat Report

Symantec has established the most comprehensive source of Internet threat data in the world through the Symantec™ Global Intelligence Network, which is made up of more than 57.6 million attack sensors and records thousands of events per second. This network monitors threat activity in over 157 countries and territories through a combination of Symantec products and services such as Symantec DeepSight™ Intelligence, Symantec™ Managed Security Services, Norton™ consumer products, and other third-party data sources.


Securing Data in an Unsecure World

Individuals and organizations today are generating more sensitive data than ever before. For most, it is not a question of if you suffer a breach, but when. This ebook provides specific information on the state of security today and practical steps you can take to secure your sensitive data.


Comparing IBM FlashSystem to Traditional Performance Disk Systems

Using a detailed, in-depth cost analysis model validated by actual customer interviews, this Economic Value Validation white paper from ESG demonstrates how IBM FlashSystem is less expensive than equivalent disk-based enterprise storage systems. Download this article to find out more!


Flash Array Deployment for Dummies

Download now to learn the history, business values and fundamentals of deploying a flash system at a basic level.


IDC Peerscape: Practices for Next-Generation IT Asset Management

The increasing number and maliciousness of cybersecurity threats pose undue business risk to both commercial corporations and government agencies, particularly with regard to the protection of proprietary corporate and personal data. Download the IDC PeerScape: Practices for IT Asset Management report to learn about the five ITAM best practices that are critical to an effective cybersecurity strategy.


Wideband Multimode Fiber - What is it and why does it make sense?

Multimode fiber (MMF) cabling is the workhorse media of local area network (LAN) backbones and data centers because it offers the lowest cost means of transporting high data rates for distances aligned with the needs of these environments. Channel capacity has been multiplied through the use of parallel transmission over multiple strands of fiber. Learn about Wideband Multimod Fiber (WBMMF), a new cabling system that increases the capacity of each fiber by at least a factor of four!


Reducing Infrastructure Complexity through Converged Systems

Remote offices, branch offices and small businesses have dramatically stepped up their adoption of new technology to help them run everything from typical business applications to cutting-edge solutions that differentiate their organizations; however, that rapid run-up in new technology deployments has often come with a cost: increased infrastructure complexity that has become harder and more expensive to manage. Read on to learn how converged systems reduce infrastructure complexity.


Systems Management Getting Complicated?

In today’s IT landscape, data centers and their networks are the lifeline to your business. Although the idea is simple, the execution is not – leaving IT departments looking for new ways to optimize data center and network performance. This informative guide explores the importance of infrastructure convergence and outlines the key benefits of this strategy, including: - Enhanced data center efficiency - Simplified systems management - And more.


Making Mobile Manageable: Secure Mobility for the Enterprise

As the number of mobile devices and telework employees continues to grow throughout the federal government, agencies are facing new challenges as they work to fortify an unprecedented and ever-growing number of potential entry points for cybersecurity breaches. Download this white paper to learn the importance of prioritizing a holistic approach to mobility.


5 Must-Haves for Highly Manageable Infrastructure

Some hardware components are simply easier to manage than others. Investing in highly manageable infrastructure can help IT support changing business needs while improving productivity and reducing total cost of ownership. Here’s why to consider FX.


An Intelligent Approach to the Distributed Enterprise

To do business effectively, organizations require an IT infrastructure at remote locations that delivers applications and data with high performance and high reliability. In order meet future remote office needs, the remote server must be physically secure, must provide high uptime with UPS protection, and must enable administrators with secure remote emergency access. Download to learn more.


PowerEdge VRTX: Remote-Office and SMB IT Challenges Solved

Enterprises with remote or branch offices and small and midsized businesses face very specific infrastructure challenges. Dell PowerEdge VRTX addresses these by providing scalable servers, storage, and networking in a compact, converged, easy-to-manage platform. Here’s how it brings simplicity, versatility and efficiency to ROBO or SMB environments.


6 Tips for Building a Future-Ready Infrastructure

Today’s IT environment is more complex than ever. The applications that have become critical to business operations require greater processing power, memory, and storage. This guide prepares decision-makers to choose servers that meet their current needs, while building a flexible, reliable, scalable infrastructure to handle future requirements.


Dell PowerEdge FX2 Solution Saved Time, Labor, Space and Money

Faster server deployment in half the space means big savings for growing companies. This resource delivers test results on enclosures and servers that are built to save time, labor, and money while leaving plenty of room to grow. Read on to learn how Dell PowerEdge FX2 servers powered by Intel® Xeon® processors provide 50% more available rack space while requiring 62.8% less time to deploy.


Simplicity. Efficiency. Versatility. Dell PowerEdge VRTX

A streamlined IT infrastructure can be the key to success for quickly growing remote/branch offices and small- and medium-sized businesses. All too often, however, IT systems in these office environments comprise an unwieldy jumble of disparate servers, storage and networking components that inhibit efficiency and flexibility. Accordingly, IT administrators and business unit managers alike are seeking simplified, flexible and efficient solutions that enable — rather than hinder — business success while boosting worker productivity and customer satisfaction. To help users achieve these goals and attain greater simplicity, efficiency and versatility in ROBO sites, Dell engineered the PowerEdge VRTX shared infrastructure platform. Download this white paper to learn more about Dell PowerEdge VRTX.


Harnessing the Power of Converged Infrastructure for Your Business

Many businesses and organizations recognize the competitive advantages of using a converged infrastructure solution to consolidate, simplify, enhance and manage their IT environment. For some, the question is how they can effectively and affordably bring such a solution to remote office/branch office (ROBO) environments and take advantage of all it has to offer.


Discover an Integrated IT Platform Designed for Branch Offices and Small and Medium Enterprise

Read up on integrated IT platform designs that can help decrease complication when expanding and simplify the way IT can be deployed at ROBO and SME locations.


Convergence’s Early Adopters: Three Trends in Migration

A new IDG Research study reveals that IT professionals are already seriously considering converged systems. The advantages of converged systems are clear. Still, some reticence remains due to concerns about cost and ROI. Learn how converged systems bring value to the enterprise today and tomorrow, and see how Dell PowerEdge FX solutions smooth the road to convergence.


Driving Better Business Outcomes with Office-Optimized IT

Integrated IT platforms can be the key to success for quickly growing remote office/branch office (ROBO) sites. The Dell PowerEdge VRTX with Intel® Xeon® processor integrated solutions platform spurs exceptional business results for remote, branch and small offices.


Western Oregon University: A Leap Forward in Digital Education

In today’s 24/7, always-on world, people expect institutions of higher education to lead with technology. Constant connectivity, mobility, and access to rich media anytime, anywhere not only define the educational experience, but also help to attract and retain the best students, faculty, and staff. Western Oregon University (WOU), relies on NetApp to help support its mission of providing effective, technology-powered learning opportunities.


Smarter Cities Public Safety - Law Enforcement

IBM Smarter Cities Law Enforcement solutions incorporate a range of best-of-breed technologies from IBM and IBM Business Partners to address critical law enforcement challenges. These solutions can help agencies collect, integrate and distribute information to officers anywhere—in operations centers, investigative offices, on patrol or at a scene—while sharing information with other organizations. By implementing IBM Smarter Cities Law Enforcement solutions, cities can realize immediate benefits while supporting a longer-term public safety transformation from a reactive approach to a proactive, predictive approach that helps create a safer, more desirable environment for citizens.


Putting Managed File Transfer in Perspective: Take a Look Ahead

As organizations are adapting their managed file transfer initiatives to keep pace with several dimensions of the hyper-growth being caused by current technology megatrends, they should also look ahead to ensure that their capabilities incorporate two important themes: speed, and governance. Download this ebook to learn more!


Case Study: Operation Nighthawk

Special Operations Forces (SOF) from friendly countries use joint training exercises, such as Operation Nighthawk, to improve their own capabilities and to ensure that they can work together to counter cross-border and multi-national threats. Operation Nighthawk was a 2014 multinational SOF training exercise, bringing together 1,600 personnel from military and police forces from more than 10 countries. The goal was to simulate a fast-paced deployment of SOF units to an active hotspot, and train both field operatives and support staff to plan and conduct special operations.


Enterprise Insight Analysis for Defense Intelligence Brochure

As national security and defense threats become more asymmetrical and complex, intelligence organizations and agencies are challenged to respond more efficiently and precisely. With shrinking budgets and limited resources, these agencies need a solution that can help them accelerate the data-to-decision process, so they can make better informed decisions and take confident, effective action. IBM® i2® Enterprise Insight Analysis is a next-generation intelligence solution designed to help do just that by applying advanced analytics at scale and with critical speed.


Rugged Computing for Rough Environments

Some jobs really push the limits—not just for the employees who do them, but for the technology they use as well. First responders, military personnel, oil-and-gas field workers, insurance adjusters, remote salespeople and even NASCAR teams are among the many employees working in demanding or extreme environments. While their responsibilities vary widely, they share a common need for rugged yet portable computers that can stand up to especially challenging conditions. Download this report to learn how Dell Rugged notebooks, including the Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme with Intel® CoreTM processors, offer secure, reliable, and powerful computing for mobile workers in such "harsh verticals."


Top Five Considerations for Technology Managers

Being a technology manager involves much more than project management skills. In this dynamic field of software development, managers who understand what a software developer does and know how to build a tech team will have an advantage over those who don’t really get it. To better manage technology projects, it is also necessary to understand why IT projects fail, the importance of QA and UA testing, and the inevitability of changes in scope.


3 Essential Components for a Strong Enduser Security Experience

Security breaches are expensive, costing U.S. businesses an average of $3.5 million per incident, which doesn't include brand damage or other intangibles. Unfortunately, breaches are highly likely to happen, with 87% of organizations experiencing a breach in the past 12 months. Data, whether it's intellectual property or personal data, needs to be protected. Upgrading systems is a great first step, but read this summary to learn more about how to leverage Dell Data Protection solutions as well to provide encryption, malware protection, and authentication for Dell and non-Dell products, to equip businesses with a complete, easy-to-manage, end-user security solution.


3 Must-Haves for Rugged Devices

A rugged notebook or tablet is just one piece of a mobile solution for highly demanding, tough work environments. When combined with the right level of support, security, and manageability, the comprehensive solution will keep employees in the field, on the road, and thriving in the harshest conditions. Download this whitepaper to learn more about how to find the right combination of rugged notebooks, which feature Intel® vPro technology, and the appropriate services to meet the demands of your end users.


How the Implementation of Development Strategies Plays a Role in Project Management

Agile, Extreme Programming, Scrum, Kanban—the exhaustive list of methodologies goes on. While the pros and cons of each framework spark endless debate, all of them have a place in software development. By taking a look at a few of these methodologies, tech managers can get a feel for which ones might be helpful for their team.


Cheat Sheet: Mobility and Your Remote Workforce- What to Consider Before Deploying New Laptops

Older PCs are a risk due to a lack of robust hardware-based security, older processors, and outdated operating systems. This Cheat Sheet paper discusses the points you should consider when selecting notebooks and laptops for your mobile and remote workforce. Download this paper today to learn about how combining the right hardware upgrades with newer OS options and endpoint management software with Intel® Core™ vPro™ processor family can provide the needed protection against today’s security risks.


Four Ways to Win by Replacing Legacy Laptops and Desktops

Security. That’s what keeps IT leaders up at night. Yet security is not the only concern – to it, you can add incompatible platforms and operating systems, limited technical/IT resources, and ever-shrinking budgets. Research from IDG shows a direct correlation between the mitigating these challenges and upgrading client hardware and OS’s. Read this 2 page paper to learn more about how replacing legacy client systems can help alleviate security risks while improving end user productivity.


Mobile Security: Confidence Ebbs as BYOD Booms

Security risks have grown roughly in proportion to the meteoric growth in employee-owned mobile devices within the workplace. Meanwhile cyber-attacks are growing in sophistication and severity. According to data from a new IDG Research survey, these dynamics have IT decision makers scrambling to tighten and revise BYOD policies while addressing the holistic issue of endpoint security. Download this two-page paper detailing the IDG Research results for expert advice on securing your organization’s data on Dell devices with Intel® Core™ vPro™ processor family in an increasingly mobile world.


NETCENTS-2: Jetting Toward Higher Potential

The Network-Centric Solutions-2 (NETCENTS-2) contracts provide the Air Force with a primary source of netcentric and IT products, services, and solutions. Use of the NETCENTS-2 contracts (except ITPS) is mandatory for Air Force organizations as the contracts are awarded. NETCENTS-2 is a follow to the successful NETCENTS-1 program, on which ordering stopped at the end of fiscal 2013. With a total contract ceiling of more than $24 billion, the seven-year contract is more than twice the size of NETCENTS-1 and carries more than 12 times the number of vendors. Download this guide to learn more about the improvements and changes of NETCENTS-2.


Knowing When to Deploy PON for Federal Applications

Knowing When to Deploy PON for Federal Applications explores the many considerations of deploying passive optical networks (PONs) in government facilities, including EPON vs GPON, usage in secure environments and applications for the technology.


Case Study: Florida Department of Juvenile Justice

See how Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (FDJJ) is using predictive analytics to identify the best services and treatment to use at the right time, with the right offender, so that the agency can get juvenile offenders on the right track and out of the justice system. The FDJJ has seen juvenile arrests drop by 23 percent and overall crime rates fall to 4.6 percent. IBM predictive analytics solutions are helping to determine the best ways to treat young offenders and deter them from committing future crimes.


Case Study: Government Agency Finds Big Savings in Small Scanners. Digitizing Documents All but Eliminates Paper Storage Costs

Located in Syracuse, NY, the mission of the Onondaga County Department of Social Services is to provide medical, legal, and welfare services to help county residents work toward higher levels of independence. Over the past five years, the Department has transitioned from a paper-based system to a digital workflow that relies heavily on approximately 800 scanners from Kodak Alaris. Learn how Digitizing documents all but eliminated paper storage costs for this Government agency.


The Anatomy of a Connected Government

Modern technology has been helping all kinds of businesses and organizations become more connected to their employees, stakeholders, and data for years—and government agencies are no exception.


How-to-Guide: Lenovo Solutions for Creating Connected Government

With promises of higher productivity, greater data utilization, and a stronger IT infrastructure, it’s no surprise that so many government agencies are adopting the connected government model.


Get Connected: A Checklist for a Smarter, More Effective Government

It’s been said that throughout history, the only constant is change—and nowhere is that more true than within the government. Demands change on a daily basis, and only the most well connected agencies will be able to keep up.


Coordinating Health and Human Services

Certain health conditions add massive costs to government programs. Addressing the factors that influence individual wellness has the potential to contain or reduce healthcare and social program costs, and technology can play a role in helping states and cities improve program results.


Cloud for the Public Sector: Innovating for the Future

According to IDC’s Global Technology and Industry Research Organization IT Survey, over 70 percent of government organizations surveyed indicated that they are considering, currently piloting, or already using a private cloud. Responses indicate that similar considerations and usages fall to just over 57 percent for public cloud. Government organizations are looking to the cloud to help them better meet new and evolving mandates and increasing demands for services from citizens. This white paper discusses how cloud is increasingly becoming part of the government IT equation, and delivering more client value; faster speed to market; and enhanced reliability, security and scalability.


A New Era of Transparency: 5 Best Practices for Open Data in Government

Modern transparency enables data insights to action for the greater good. This paper outlines 5 ways for government agencies to utilize, understand and share open data with the public.


Think Outside the Cell

Learm more about how using Predictive analytics to analyze the wealth of offender information can help change prisoners' behavior prior to release and ensure their successful return to the community.


The Essential Guide to Synchronous Learning, Web Conferencing and Real-Time Collaboration

Are training and employee development programs engaging your employees? Do your online meeting tools meet the needs of your business? Download this guide to learn more about which factors your organization should consider when choosing synchronous learning, web conferencing, and real-time collaboration programs.


Data Driven Government eBook

The amount of data available today is enormous, bringing with it unprecedented opportunities and challenges for innovation. Turning to cloud computing—the on-demand acquisition of IT services through the use of shared servers—has been the logical next step for forward-looking agencies. The versatility, scalability, elasticity and reliability of the cloud allow agencies to reduce cost expenditures while simultaneously improving efficiency and analytics capabilities.


IBM Intelligent Law Enforcement: Integrated Tools for Proactive Policing

Modern law enforcement agencies have access to a flood of data. While law enforcement thrives on information, the sheer volume of internally and externally collected data often makes finding the right information at the right time a seemingly impossible task. Agencies that maximize their ability to quickly extract value from this data can reduce crime, meet new and emerging threats, improve officer safety and better meet rising public expectations.


Dynamic Content: Connecting Performance and Learning

Learning Content Management Systems (LCMS) can improve organizational performance by providing more focused learning materials while reducing costs. Download this brief to learn how introducing dynamic content can give your organization a competitive edge by developing more effective strategies to tackle performance and training development.


5 Must-Haves for Highly Manageable Infrastructure

Some hardware components are simply easier to manage than others. Investing in highly manageable infrastructure can help IT support changing business needs while improving productivity and reducing total cost of ownership. Here’s why to consider FX.


Converged Infrastructure: Simplicity. Efficiency. Versatility.

For remote offices and branch offices (ROBOs), effective server performance is critical. This white paper introduces a server solution featuring Intel® Xeon® processors that provides simplicity, efficiency, and versatility for these office environments.


Building the Next-Gen Data Center

Infrastructure that’s too expensive, inflexible, and difficult to manage has a stranglehold on enterprise IT. A new architecture from Dell is tackling these challenges by offering more choice, less complexity, and impressive scalability.