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Part 1: Why We Need Software-Defined Networking (SDN) Solutions

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When Cisco was founded in 1984, applications like WordPerfect were simple and IP was used as the transport protocol to move data through the network.  Fast-forward 31 years where applications today are quite complex and multi-tiered.  For example, a user may connect to a web portal on one server, which then performs a search on a second server, returns the results, then connects to a third server for an e-commerce transaction.

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Converging Cloud Platforms for Managed Systems

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At the end of January, Amazon Web Services announced the preview of a new enterprise email service called Amazon WorkMail, designed to challenge the two largest enterprise messaging vendors:  Microsoft and Google.  Essentially, AWS is an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) vendor that incorporated an application into an infrastructure portfolio.  While not going into detail regarding the merits of the solution itself, the more interesting discussion is what it means to the IaaS market in general – and cloud computing as a whole.

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What’s Next for Office 365? A First Look at ‘NextGen Portals’

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What’s next for Microsoft’s industry leading business productivity software Office 365?  NextGen Portals are dynamic and social intranet sites that bring machine learning and content curation together, increasing document relevancy and personalization, while decreasing the potential for stale content experiences. NextGen Portals take cues from past customer custom portals built on SharePoint and land squarely within Office 365 as ‘ready to go,’ mobile-optimized destinations.

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Office 365: What Content Belongs Where?

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Being productive requires simple, effective and secure ways to collaborate. Email is no longer an effective way to share documents. Within email, every document attached is an unnecessary copy; therefore, it’s impossible to effectively track changes.  For those on the receiving end, emailed documents lack appropriate methods of contributing and make it difficult later to locate the item for reference.

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An Ounce of Data Loss Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

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Benjamin Franklin’s famous axiom is as true today, regarding data loss prevention (DLP), as it was when Franklin first made the quote.  While Franklin was actually addressing “fire safety,” data loss incidents today can cause organizations, both large and small, to “get burned.”

Many IT chiefs are spending a vast majority of their precious budgets trying to update their “eggshell defenses” to keep script kiddies, hacktivists and/or possibly state-sponsored hackers at bay.  However, this “crunchy on the outside” defense has the tendency to leave the middle, generally data, vulnerable and unprotected.

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Unlocking the Panasonic Arbitrator’s Advanced Capabilities

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The Panasonic Arbitrator is a leading digital evidence collection and management platform most commonly used in law enforcement vehicles, as a wearable camera and in static environments (e.g. interview rooms, sally ports and intoxilyzer rooms).  After dozens of successful and ongoing implementations, I’ve come to appreciate the Arbitrator for its customizability and dynamic back-end software.  Because no two agencies are the same, the Arbitrator system can be customized to the organization’s structure, policies, standard operating procedures and goals.  The Arbitrator’s powerful back-end digital evidence management software allows secure, Active Directory, rights-based access to the evidence.

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Cloud Computing: It’s not what you think it is.

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There’s a problem with the technology that we’ve come to know as “cloud.”  The cloud is not what you think it is.  You see, every computer user assigns a definition to the technology they use and it doesn’t even have to be accurate.  It’s WHAT IT IS…to the user.  This can lead to confusion and miscommunication.  Since there is no ubiquitous definition for cloud, the term is used to describe many different services.