Download: 5 things you need to know about single sign-on [IBM]

Most organizations know all about the pains of managing multiple users and passwords.

But picking the right solution isn’t always as clear. To get some clarity, read Softchoice’s latest Solution Guide: “Five Things You Need to Know About Single Sign-On.”

Authored by Softchoice security experts, this guide helps address the challenges of multiple user environments. Do your part for protecting your help desk: share this guide to anyone in your organization who might be interested in it.

What are the real costs of Single Sign-On?

  • 5 to 30: number of passwords most employees need to remember
  • 30%: percentage of help desk calls that are password related
  • $400 Billion: estimated cost to U.S. business from internal security attacks

Download the  Softchoice Single Sign-on Solution Guide now (1.3MB)

    Going from 1,600 cables to 28 in your Data Center [NetApp]

    NetApp & Softchoice helped an Atlanta-based company virtualize

    Like many growing companies, a Softchoice customer specializing in printing supplies was relying on a hosted data center to enable efficient operations. But when costs and power usage continued to mount, the company needed to do something different.

    The Atlanta-based organization partnered with Softchoice to build a virtualized dynamic data center that would use far less power and space – dramatically reducing their costs.

    Softchoice recommended NetApp due to its native support of Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) giving the customer an end-to-end solution that allowed them to: [Read more…]

    Making the change: You have the specs for Windows 7…now what? [Microsoft]

    After its much-anticipated release, Windows 7 was welcomed with a flurry of positive reviews suggesting none of the hesitation users felt toward adopting its predecessor, Windows Vista.

    But as businesses start planning to refresh their aging operating systems, there are a few key considerations to make. All too often, we miss huge opportunities to cut costs and optimize efficiencies during the refresh process. Here’s a look at what you need to know to ensure a hassle-free Windows 7 deployment.

    First of all, are you ready?
    Chances are you’ve wondered if your existing environment can handle Windows 7. Good news is the odds are in your favor. Leading up to the release, Softchoice performed an analysis of over 450,000 corporate PCs. Of those, 88 per cent met the minimum hardware systems requirements to run Windows 7 and 65 per cent met the optimal requirements.

    “Since so few organizations made the switch to Vista, over ninety per cent of PCs have remained on Windows XP – an operating system about to celebrate its 10th birthday – and close to five percent are running operating systems that Microsoft no longer supports,” says Dean Williams, services Development manager for softchoice, and the author of the study.

    System requirements aside, the risks and costs of maintaining aging infrastructure mean it’s a good time to consider moving to more current technology. And with so many organizations already entitled to free upgrades through Microsoft’s Software Assurance, cost is not the barrier many might imagine. [Read more…]