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      • Zero backup plus traditional backup equals improved data protection

        Many shops today struggle with growing backup data sets, slow restore times and shrinking backup windows. Using snapshots with replication for a "near-CDP" solution can ease these issues. There are a number of ways this approach can be performed, each with strengths and weaknesses. This drill down offers information about using snapshots and replication to complement your traditional backup strategy.

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      • Electronic discovery management in the age of big data

        Electronic discovery management can be a daunting task as data volumes grow exponentially. Many organizations find themselves completely reworking their information management strategies in response to legal and regulatory requirements that dictate their responsibility for information that might -- or might not -- be needed for litigation purposes. In this SearchCompliance handbook, learn cutting-edge e-discovery strategies to avoid legal complications in the big data era.

        The first piece looks at how information classification is the essential first step to e-discovery in the age of big data. The second piece discusses data management policy must-haves to ensure effective e-discovery if information is needed for litigation purposes. Our third piece offers key strategies to ensure cloud provider contract agreements meet the organization's e-discovery management and legal requirements.

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      • API management connects apps and platforms, fosters collaboration

        Expect sparks to fly and software professionals to gobble up API management advice. APIs, a set of tools and resources to connect applications and platforms, have been the talk of IT town for a while and, according to Forrester Research analyst John Hammond, there's no end in sight. In fact, the market is expected to grow by a minimum of $100 million a year.

        This three-part guide looks at how software developers are making use of APIs to address long-standing issues with application connectivity. It also examines how APIs -- through enhanced integration and interoperability -- are opening doors to increased software collaboration in the enterprise. First, IT journalist Crystal Bedell highlights the advantages of what's called an "API-first approach" to software development. Next, enterprise architect Todd Biske gets serious with an in-depth look at some of the most important aspects of API management: instrumentation, analytics and reporting. Enterprise architect Michael Ogrinz closes with a business case for selecting different development languages for application development and API construction.

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      • How to manage and monitor the converged network

        The network is converging. Voice, video, and storage and data networks are already converged, and more recently networking pros have had to tackle virtual networks, mobile devices and cloud services. Up next: software-defined networks. It's a lot to manage and monitor, and our tools must keep up.

        In this Technical Guide, our experts consider all these convergences and how best to manage and monitor them. The focus is largely on mobility and SDN, but it also includes a chapter focused on the user perspective and, hence, concerns about how to best manage and monitor application performance.

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      • Understanding SQL Server virtualization

        These days, virtual servers are often seen as time- and money-saving efforts for businesses. When deciding if going virtual is the right thing to do, it’s important to consider myriad of things, including the age of your physical servers, the amount of data to be migrated to the virtual server, the experience of your IT staff and the I/O benefits.

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      • SQL Server virtualization best practices: A checklist for success

        July 2011, Vol. 6

        Includes:
        • As Microsoft's SQL Azure gains altitude, industry eyes chances of reign
        • The most dangerous game: Hunting down bad SQL query performance
        • SQL Server virtualization risks: among all the pros, some cons
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      • Exploring SQL Azure features and opportunities

        August 2010, Vol. 3

        Includes:
        • Are we there yet? The slow road to SQL Azure
        • Pros and cons of the DACPAC with SQL Server 2008 R2
        • Where to look next for BI applications? Try the cloud
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      • SQL Server consolidation options in action

        Database consolidation can take many forms, but getting the most out of your available resources is always the goal. Read this e-book to learn about your SQL Server consolidation options. Get the latest information on SQL Server and advice from our experts in this e-book.

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      • Developments in SQL Server BI point to focus on self-service, users

        Today, business analytics is largely focused on self-service software and pushing business intelligence capabilities down to the end user. In this three-part handbook, we drill down on the trends and technologies serving to further the scope of SQL Server BI capabilities today.

        Readers will learn more about those capabilities, starting with the five developments technology expert Bob Sheldon says fit most strongly into the BI equation -- and those are just a sample of the myriad developments at play. Readers can also expect an in-depth look at the risks and rewards involved in SQL Server implementation -- especially as full, self-service analytics become the norm. We close with a look at Power Map, the three-dimensional mapping tool originally introduced as GeoFlow. The add-on to Microsoft Excel 2013, not yet released to production, can plot more than one million rows of data from an Excel workbook using columns, heat maps and bubble visualizations -- and is quickly gathering steam as a potential answer to more accurate, in-depth data visualization.

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      • Understanding Microsoft SQL Server business intelligence options

        Microsoft has made a great effort to turn SQL Server into a viable enterprise database platform, and part of that has been boosting its business intelligence capabilities. In this handbook, read about recent BI updates in SQL Server 2012. See how Microsoft is trying to push business intelligence capabilities down to the business end user, largely through Excel. Finally, check out some BI best practices for SQL Server.

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      • SQL Server and big data strategies

        Microsoft has worked to address the big issue of "big data," as companies are dealing with a constant influx of digital information. SQL Server is no exception, and Microsoft has given its enterprise database a big data makeover. This e-book takes a close look at SQL Server 2012 and finds out why some DBAs are flocking to it—and why others aren't. Get the latest information on big data strategies in this e-book.

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      • Is self-service BI the answer?

        February 2010, Vol. 1

        Includes:
        • Top 5 SQL Server DBA tasks that are a waste of time
        • Is self-service business intelligence the answer?
        • Master Data Services could spur SQL Server 2008 R2 migrations
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      • Should you upgrade to SQL Server 2012?

        May 2012, Vol. 10

        Includes:
        • Pros and cons of SQL Server 2012
        • Big data a big deal for SQL Server 2012, users say
        • Microsoft’s SQL Server 2012 has muscle, but database battle is fierce
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      • Azure Cloud testing tips for SQL Server shops

        December 2011, Vol. 8

        Includes:
        • SQL Server stored procedures supercharged in recent, upcoming versions
        • For SQL Server shops testing Azure cloud, it’s all about integrating data
        • Cost, proliferation power rise of SQL Server data warehousing
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      • Selling a SQL Server 2008 R2 upgrade

        May 2010, Vol. 2

        Includes:
        • Evaluating the ROI of a SQL Server 2008 R2 upgrade
        • SQL Server index tuning for peak performance
        • DBA career paths could lead to business intelligence
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      • Server 2008 migration best practices

        SQL Server 2008 has many compelling features, but not all of them are necessary. See what's a good fit for your enterprise and what can wait. Get all of your SQL Server 2008 migration questions answers, learn about the latest tips and strategies, and learn SQL Server 2008 migration strategies in this e-book.

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  • Business Information

    Cloud computing, mobile devices and massive amounts of data flowing into organizations are combining to put heavy pressure on business systems. To adapt, organizations have been forced to transform the way in which corporate information is managed.

  • SQL Server Insider

    Access essential resources and best practice advice designed to help you stay up to date on the latest trends impacting the Microsoft SQL Server community.

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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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  • Zero backup plus traditional backup equals improved data protection

    Many shops today struggle with growing backup data sets, slow restore times and shrinking backup windows. Using snapshots with replication for a "near-CDP" solution can ease these issues. There are a number of ways this approach can be performed, each with strengths and weaknesses. This drill down offers information about using snapshots and replication to complement your traditional backup strategy.

  • Electronic discovery management in the age of big data

    Electronic discovery management can be a daunting task as data volumes grow exponentially. Many organizations find themselves completely reworking their information management strategies in response to legal and regulatory requirements that dictate their responsibility for information that might -- or might not -- be needed for litigation purposes. In this SearchCompliance handbook, learn cutting-edge e-discovery strategies to avoid legal complications in the big data era.

    The first piece looks at how information classification is the essential first step to e-discovery in the age of big data. The second piece discusses data management policy must-haves to ensure effective e-discovery if information is needed for litigation purposes. Our third piece offers key strategies to ensure cloud provider contract agreements meet the organization's e-discovery management and legal requirements.

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