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      • The AWS role in disaster recovery

        No matter how well prepared you might be, disaster can strike. Most mature IT organizations have disaster recovery plans, but Amazon Web Services offers a unique set of services that can keep your business running if the worst happens. This handbook discusses the strategies and options available to companies looking to AWS for disaster preparedness and business continuity, including understanding EC2 availability zones, using S3 for backup and storage, testing your DR strategy in AWS and preparing for AWS outages.

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      • The HIPAA omnibus rule spells big change for health IT operations

        Known informally as "the omnibus rule," last year's HHS HIPAA-update threw healthcare providers, payers and their business associates for a loop. The biggest changes wrought under the new rule affect HIPAA's Security Rule, with both business associates and healthcare providers facing increased liability over data security.

        This three-part guide takes a hard look at what these changes mean for day-to-day health IT operations and, more broadly, for the industry. First, compliance and standards expert Mike Chapple drills down on the repercussions for business associates under the HIPAA omnibus rule: an increased accountability when entering into business associate agreements. Chapple then explores the steps health IT pros can take to adjust business processes and remain compliant with HIPAA regulations. Next, Chapple dives deeper into the compliance issue -- specifically, how a continuous approach helps organizations increase data security and reduce stress on IT teams. To close, SearchHealthIT news writer Shaun Sutner takes a bird's-eye view of legislation reformation. Readers will learn how one decades-old federal regulation -- and discussions of reform, especially -- has prompted an important conversation on data regulation and integration.

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      • Unified threat management aspires to the enterprise class

        Unified threat management (UTM) long focused on small and medium-sized businesses, but now it's climbing the ladder and attempting to become enterprise-class technology. This Technical Guide shows IT pros how to determine whether a vendor's UTM is truly an enterprise-grade security appliance and, if so, how to integrate and manage it into existing infrastructure.

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      • Cloud storage challenges and choices

        Our comprehensive e-book tackles the cloud storage challenges and business decisions that surround cloud storage investments, and breaks them into three areas of concentration: architecture, availability and return on investment.

        Get the latest updates on architectural choices when using the cloud for storage, including cloud controllers and application programming interfaces. We provide a short list of technical capabilities to look for in a cloud controller and questions to ask your service provider. Learn which metrics your peers are using to determine if cloud storage projects are meeting their potential, and what sort of service levels you can expect from providers or hybrid projects. Discover how to leverage the most cutting-edge cloud technologies and how not to get taken advantage of when choosing a cloud storage strategy/service.

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      • Deploying VDI: Predicting your storage needs for a successful project

        Storage has a starring role in any virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) project, and it's commonly considered the make-or-break factor. How well you understand, manage and predict your storage needs -- and how a VDI will impact them -- is the key to a successful project. There's a crucial list of common storage-related VDI challenges, such as the potential for boot storms caused by shared system images and high-volume logins, and the cost of meeting new I/O demands with solid-state drives.

        To understand these obstacles and others that might crop up when deploying VDI, we've assembled our top technical advice and analysis, and included coverage of new techs and free tools that help to provide some insight into the key metrics that guide any VDI project. If you've decided on a VDI deployment project, this in-depth report can help you avoid trouble and help VDI to deliver on its potential.

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      • The evolution of virtual server technology: Hypervisor-aware storage

        As virtual server technology gradually grew to dominance in most data centers, it became apparent that many traditional storage systems weren't up to the task of serving these new virtualized server environments. Performance issues cropped up as SANs and network-attached storage systems struggled to deliver the IOPS and throughput required by virtual machines. But the new virtual server model also helped to create a new category of storage array: hypervisor-aware storage systems that were built from the ground up to provide storage for virtual environments, with a special emphasis on performance and agility.

        This Buyer's Checklist on Purpose-Built Storage for Virtual Servers describes how these storage systems differ from traditional arrays, provides insights into some of their unique features, and offers guidance on evaluating, purchasing and deploying these storage systems.

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      • How to tap into advanced hyper-v features

        This handbook is designed to help data storage professionals manage their Hyper-V deployments, and the impact of Hyper-V on their systems, from the outset instead of waiting for storage performance problems to appear. Learn from experienced IT analysts and Hyper-V specialists how to provision and allocate resources within a Hyper-V deployment. Get real-world tips on treating your Hyper-V deployment as a private cloud and tackling resource content to reduce storage IOPS with file deduplication. This handbook on tapping into advanced Hyper-V features will also help storage pros determine which existing features of Hyper-V, such as the VHDX file format, can boost storage performance in a Hyper-V environment, and how Windows Server 2012 R2 offers the ability to share those VHDX files with the help of Hyper-V.

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      • How to allocate and configure virtual machine storage

        Two key tasks of a virtual server implementation are determining how much storage will be needed to support the system, and how to handle the initial provisioning and configuration of the virtual storage. The complexity of shared storage, inconsistent performance related to resource contention caused by virtual machines competing for available storage resources, and storage management challenges have been the chief areas of concern for any data storage administrator working in a virtualized environment.

        But a number of vendors now offer products that employ techniques and strategies to solve or at least mitigate the storage challenges that have plagued virtual server and VDI deployments. This drill-down on allocating and configuring virtual machine storage provides storage admins with some best practices to configure virtual machine storage in their virtualized data centers.

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      • Backing up virtual servers: A buyer’s checklist

        Effectively backing up virtual servers continues to be an issue for storage shops. In many virtual machine (VM) environments, traditional backup methods and applications are inadequate, either contributing to storage network bottlenecks or simply not getting the job done in a timely manner. Today, however, users have many alternatives rather than using methods designed for physical server environments. There are backup applications built from the ground up for VMs, options added to traditional backup applications that allow backing up both physical and virtual servers, and cloud and hybrid cloud offerings. We’ll describe the available virtual server backup alternatives, provide best-use cases and offer cost analyses for the options.

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  • Cloud storage challenges and choices

    Our comprehensive e-book tackles the cloud storage challenges and business decisions that surround cloud storage investments, and breaks them into three areas of concentration: architecture, availability and return on investment.

    Get the latest updates on architectural choices when using the cloud for storage, including cloud controllers and application programming interfaces. We provide a short list of technical capabilities to look for in a cloud controller and questions to ask your service provider. Learn which metrics your peers are using to determine if cloud storage projects are meeting their potential, and what sort of service levels you can expect from providers or hybrid projects. Discover how to leverage the most cutting-edge cloud technologies and how not to get taken advantage of when choosing a cloud storage strategy/service.

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    Perhaps no two words have more of an effect on business today than "customer experience." Consumers have a wealth of options for buying products and services -- and they're not shy about letting the social media sphere know when they’re not happy. To keep them coming -- and coming back -- organizations need to ensure that the experiences they’re serving up are nothing less than stellar.

    In our e-book series, The Risks and Rewards of Customer Experience Management, readers will get practical advice and real-world insight into strategies that place the focus of organizations' operations and processes on their customers. The first chapter concentrates on automation in the contact center. It will explore the technologies, such as interactive voice response and virtual agents. And it will examine what organizations need to evaluate when deciding which processes to automate and which areas will always need a human touch. The second installment delves into digital marketing, mobile applications and social media. It's no longer enough to send the same message to all customers; messages now must be personalized -- and soon, based on where customers are at any given moment. The chapter will look at location-based automated marketing and the pros and cons -- including the loss of privacy -- associated with such practices. The final chapter digs deep into the role of analytics in customer experience management plans, scrutinizing data harvesting methods and ways to use big data to augment customer experiences. And the chapter will look at times when knowing all about your customer goes horribly wrong.

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  • The AWS role in disaster recovery

    No matter how well prepared you might be, disaster can strike. Most mature IT organizations have disaster recovery plans, but Amazon Web Services offers a unique set of services that can keep your business running if the worst happens. This handbook discusses the strategies and options available to companies looking to AWS for disaster preparedness and business continuity, including understanding EC2 availability zones, using S3 for backup and storage, testing your DR strategy in AWS and preparing for AWS outages.

  • The HIPAA omnibus rule spells big change for health IT operations

    Known informally as "the omnibus rule," last year's HHS HIPAA-update threw healthcare providers, payers and their business associates for a loop. The biggest changes wrought under the new rule affect HIPAA's Security Rule, with both business associates and healthcare providers facing increased liability over data security.

    This three-part guide takes a hard look at what these changes mean for day-to-day health IT operations and, more broadly, for the industry. First, compliance and standards expert Mike Chapple drills down on the repercussions for business associates under the HIPAA omnibus rule: an increased accountability when entering into business associate agreements. Chapple then explores the steps health IT pros can take to adjust business processes and remain compliant with HIPAA regulations. Next, Chapple dives deeper into the compliance issue -- specifically, how a continuous approach helps organizations increase data security and reduce stress on IT teams. To close, SearchHealthIT news writer Shaun Sutner takes a bird's-eye view of legislation reformation. Readers will learn how one decades-old federal regulation -- and discussions of reform, especially -- has prompted an important conversation on data regulation and integration.

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