Put Some ISE On Those BYOD Security Pains [Cisco]

Put Some ISE On Those BYOD Security Pains

There’s no denying it: employee-owned mobile devices, with frequent off-site network access, are the new normal for the next generation of workers.

Although adoption of BYOD programs is steadily climbing, security concerns for IT leaders continue to deepen. A 2012 Forrester survey of senior IT executives confirms security is their Number 1 concern regarding BYOD. And a 2012 Economist Intelligence Unit study cited corporate security as the biggest obstacle to implementing BYOD.

Making matters worse, yesterday’s mobile-access security solutions created in the past, no longer apply to today’s ubiquitous mobile-worker environments. There is simply too much complexity for legacy mobile device management (MDM) technology to deliver the functionality needed to protect corporate data and deliver the right user experience.

What companies need now is a security solution built with the challenges of today’s BYOD implementations in mind. This is where solutions such as Cisco’s Identity Services Engine (ISE) come into play.

Continue reading to get details on how Cisco is addressing this space, and find out more about a Mobility Webinar I’ll be hosting in December.

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Relieve storage pains from MS Exchange & Sharepoint [NetApp]

NetApp FAS2000: A new storage system to help mid-sized businesses rein in their Exchange and SharePoint infrastructure.

There’s little doubt that applications like Microsoft® Exchange and Microsoft SharePoint have made it easier and more affordable for businesses large, mid and small to better connect, collaborate and compete.

But it isn’t all a bed of roses, of course – the server and storage infrastructure for Windows® environments that midsized companies in particular have evolved over time is often less efficient than it could be, with servers and software licenses underutilized, infrastructure administration inefficient and reassigning free capacity to other uses difficult, to say the least. All this sprawl and waste is a big reason why growing midsize businesses – those with less than 1,000 PCs – have begun implementing server and storage virtualization in a big way.

New tools to transform bottlenecks into business growth.

The move to virtualized storage is why many of those same midsize companies are turning to NetApp’s simple and affordable storage solutions. By combining NetApp’s innovative unified storage and data management offerings with virtualized servers and desktops, IT pros are finally being given the tools they need to transform a potential Windows IT environment bottleneck into a competitive asset that can more ably promote business growth.

In particular, NetApp’s latest FAS2000 series offers up a more powerful platform to help manage Exchange and SharePoint server and application sprawl than other systems in its class. NetApp FAS2000 helps IT make smart decisions about managing resources, time and money by offering:

  1.  Powerful storage that fits any budget – truly unified systems start at under $7,500 and data protocols are included at no additional cost
  2. Simplicity that makes the most of limited resources – including rapid deployment within minutes from an easy-to-use interface
  3. Flexibility to adapt to the growing needs of your business – like the ability to upgrade while using the same OS and software tools.

Plus, you don’t need to be a storage expert to deploy and manage NetApp storage systems. The NetApp FAS2000 series provides an impressive [Read more…]

Don’t let Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint play havoc on your storage [NetApp]

If you are an organization with Microsoft Exchange and/or SharePoint in your environment, you are continually managing availability requirements, a proliferation of Exchange Server databases and a huge amount of SharePoint data.

You may be considering an upgrade to the latest versions to take advantage of the technology improvements. But did you know that both Exchange 2010 and Sharepoint 2010 have some key changes that can have a big affect on your storage?

Softchoice Storage experts have put together these two eBooks to help you better understand these changes and what they mean for your organization – and your budget.

How moving to Exchange 2010 will drastically affect your Storage (and the way to prevent it.)
Microsoft Exchange 2010 has a lot of good news if you’re trying to enable your organization with the latest in unified communications. But a change in Single Instance Storage could signifantly increase your storage requirements. Download this eBook to learn how to avoid it.
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How moving to Sharepoint 2010 will drastically affect your Storage (and the way to prevent it.)
Microsoft SharePoint is becoming the source and ultimate repository of critical information for a range of organizations. But with a SharePoint 2010 implementation comes a lot of new demands to your storage environment. Download this eBook to learn how to alleviate them.
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