December 2008

December 2008

Do you need a lot more storage — fast? Then check out our cover story on speedy SAN implementation strategies. Also in this issue of BizTech, learn best practices for starting up a small-office network from scratch and tips about running XP and Vista on the same network. You can also pick up pointers on supporting teleworkers and on virtualizing servers. Plus, the features offer insights on how SMBs are integrating technology into their business models.

Features

In the booming natural gas and oil drilling business, Pumpco Energy Services relies on blade PCs to manage and monitor its pumping equipment.
SMBs find that strategic storage deployments help them cut costs, reduce risks and manage applications more effectively.
SMBs say that SANs are less costly and easier to manage than in the past.
Pharmasset turns to computer simulations run on blade servers to speed the drug discovery process.
Companies find that automated time-and-attendance systems can pay for themselves in a matter of months.
Tracking and safely managing explosives with RFID tags has become a winning business formula for startup ExploTrack.

Departments

Fortinet serves up one UTM box to rule them all.
In its second-generation smartphone, Samsung improves the look and feel of the popular BlackJack.
Counter security threats with solid endpoint security.
If you're not deploying virtualization today, you might soon be tempted to -- in part because Microsoft is making it easy and free.
The short answer: Yes. Follow these five tips for a phased migration to Windows Vista.
Follow these best practices to build a small office network from scratch.
Follow this step-by-step guide for a smoother project.
By extending VoIP, SMBs boost customer service and cut costs.
Videoconferencing helps SMBs reduce travel costs and unify their growing companies.
SMBs say two-factor authentication increases security with the least inconvenience to end users.
SMBs take advantage of tools that simplify backing up Macs and PCs over a single network.
Data loss prevention software can plug security leaks and force end users to change careless habits.
Software lets network managers run updates for security, applications and operating systems.
Six tips to keep teleworkers running smoothly.

Opinions

Build an entrepreneurial department where ideas flow.
Data is the currency that makes your business tick. That's why keeping it safe is more important than ever
One breach can ruin your business, but there are ways to prevent, detect, respond to and remediate the worst cases.

Security

Three Ways to Integrate Fire... |
Follow these tips to align the devices with log management and incident tracking systems.
Why Cloud Security Is More E... |
Cloud protection services enable companies to keep up with security threats while...
Securing the Internet of Thi... |
As excitement around the connected-device future grows, technology vendors seek ways to...

Storage

The New Backup Utility Proce... |
Just getting used to the Windows 8 workflow? Prepare for a change.
How to Perform Traditional W... |
With previous versions going unused, Microsoft radically reimagined the backup utility in...
5 Easy Ways to Build a Bette... |
While large enterprises have the resources of an entire IT department behind them, these...

Infrastructure Optimization

Why Cloud Security Is More E... |
Cloud protection services enable companies to keep up with security threats while...
Ensure Uptime Is in Your Dat... |
Power and cooling solutions support disaster recovery and create cost savings and...
The Value of Converged Infra... |
Improvements in security, management and efficiency are just a few of the benefits CI can...

Networking

Securing the Internet of Thi... |
As excitement around the connected-device future grows, technology vendors seek ways to...
How to Maximize WAN Bandwidt... |
Understand six common problems that plague wide area networks — and how to address them.
Linksys Makes a Comeback in... |
The networking vendor introduced several new Smart Switch products at Interop this week.

Mobile & Wireless

Now that Office for iPad Is... |
After waiting awhile for Microsoft’s productivity suite to arrive, professionals who use...
Visualization Can Help Busin... |
Companies need to put their data in formats that make it consumable anytime, anywhere.
Linksys Makes a Comeback in... |
The networking vendor introduced several new Smart Switch products at Interop this week.

Hardware & Software

New Challenges in Software M... |
IT trends such as cloud, virtualization and BYOD pose serious hurdles for software...
Visualization Can Help Busin... |
Companies need to put their data in formats that make it consumable anytime, anywhere.
The Tools That Power Busines... |
Ever-evolving analytic software can greatly improve financial institutions’ decision-...