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The Monitoring ELI5 Guide
The goal of this book is to describe complex IT ideas simply. Very simply. So simply, in fact, a five-year-old could understand it. This book is also written in a way we hope is funny, and maybe a little irreverent—just the right mix of snark and humor and insubordination.

Not too long ago, a copy of Randall Munroe’s “Thing Explainer” made its way around the SolarWinds office—passing from engineering to marketing to development to the Head Geeks™ (yes, that’s actually a job at SolarWinds. It’s pretty cool.), and even to management.

Amid chuckles of appreciation, we recognized Munroe had struck upon a deeper truth: as IT practitioners, we’re often asked to describe complex technical ideas or solutions. However, often it’s for folks who need a simplified version. These may be people who consider themselves non-technical, but just as easily it could be for people who are technical in a different discipline. Amid frustrated eye-rolling we’re asked to “explain it to me like I’m five years old” (a phrase shortened to just “Explain Like I’m Five,” or ELI5, in forums across the internet).

There, amid the blueprints and stick figures, were explanations of the most complex concepts in hyper-simplified language that had achieved the impossible alchemy of being amusing, engaging, and accurate.

We were inspired. What you hold in your hands (or read on your screen) is the result of this inspiration.

In this book, we hope to do for IT what Randall Munroe did for rockets, microwaves, and cell phones: explain what they are, what they do, and how they work in terms anyone can understand, and in a way that may even inspire a laugh or two.

The Time is Now for File Virtualization
DataCore’s vFilO is a distributed files and object storage virtualization solution that can consume storage from a variety of providers, including NFS or SMB file servers, most NAS systems, and S3 Object Storage systems, including S3-based public cloud providers. Once vFilO integrates these various storage systems into its environment, it presents users with a logical file system and abstracts it from the actual physical location of data.

DataCore vFilO is a top-tier file virtualization solution. Not only can it serve as a global file system, IT can also add new NAS systems or file servers to the environment without having to remap users of the new hardware. vFilO supports live migration of data between the storage systems it has assimilated and leverages the capabilities of the global file system and the software’s policy-driven data management to move older data to less expensive storage automatically; either high capacity NAS or an object storage system. vFilO also transparently moves data from NFS/SMB to object storage. If the user needs access to this data in the future, they access it like they always have. To them, the data has not moved.

The ROI of File virtualization is powerful, but it has struggled to gain adoption in the data center. File Virtualization needs to be explained, and explaining it takes time. vFilO more than meets the requirements to qualify as a top tier file virtualization solution. DataCore has the advantage of over 10,000 customers that are much more likely to be receptive to the concept since they have already embraced block storage virtualization with SANSymphony. Building on its customer base as a beachhead, DataCore can then expand File Virtualization’s reach to new customers, who, because of the changing state of unstructured data, may finally be receptive to the concept. At the same time, these new file virtualization customers may be amenable to virtualizing block storage, and it may open up new doors for SANSymphony.

IDC: SaaS Backup and Recovery: Simplified Data Protection Without Compromise
Although the majority of organizations have a "cloud first" strategy, most also continue to manage onsite applications and the backup infrastructure associated with them. However, many are moving away from backup specialists and instead are leaving the task to virtual infrastructure administrators or other IT generalists. Metallic represents Commvault's direct entry into one of the fastest-growing segments of the data protection market. Its hallmarks are simplicity and flexibility of deployment

Metallic is a new SaaS backup and recovery solution based on Commvault's data protection software suite, proven in the marketplace for more than 20 years. It is designed specifically for the needs of medium-scale enterprises but is architected to grow with them based on data growth, user growth, or other requirements. Metallic initially offers either monthly or annual subscriptions through reseller partners; it will be available through cloud service providers and managed service providers over time. The initial workload use cases for Metallic include virtual machine (VM), SQL Server, file server, MS Office 365, and endpoint device recovery support; the company expects to add more use cases and supported workloads as the solution evolves.

Metallic is designed to offer flexibility as one of the service's hallmarks. Aspects of this include:

  • On-demand infrastructure: Metallic manages the cloud-based infrastructure components and software for the backup environment, though the customer will still manage any of its own on- premise infrastructure. This environment will support on-premise, cloud, and hybrid workloads. IT organizations are relieved of the daily task of managing the infrastructure components and do not have to worry about upgrades, OS or firmware updates and the like, for the cloud infrastructure, so people can repurpose that time saved toward other activities.
  • Metallic offers preconfigured plans designed to have users up and running in approximately 15 minutes, eliminating the need for a proof-of-concept test. These preconfigured systems have Commvault best practices built into the design, or organizations can configure their own.
  • Partner-delivered services: Metallic plans to go to market with resellers that can offer a range of services on top of the basic solution's capabilities. These services will vary by provider and will give users a variety of choices when selecting a provider to match the services offered with the organization's needs.
  • "Bring your own storage": Among the flexible options of Metallic, including VM and file or SQL database use cases, users can deploy their own storage, either on-premise or in the cloud, while utilizing the backup/recovery services of Metallic. The company refers to this option as "SaaS Plus."
Confronting modern stealth
How did we go from train robberies to complex, multi-billion-dollar cybercrimes? The escalation in the sophistication of cybercriminal techniques, which overcome traditional cybersecurity and wreak havoc without leaving a trace, is dizzying. Explore the methods of defense created to defend against evasive attacks, then find out how Kaspersky’s sandboxing, endpoint detection and response, and endpoint protection technologies can keep you secure—even if you lack the resources or talent.
Explore the dizzying escalation in the sophistication of cybercriminal techniques, which overcome traditional cybersecurity and wreak havoc without leaving a trace. Then discover the methods of defense created to stop these evasive attacks.

Problem:
Fileless threats challenge businesses with traditional endpoint solutions because they lack a specific file to target. They might be stored in WMI subscriptions or the registry, or execute directly in the memory without being saved on disk. These types of attack are ten times more likely to succeed than file-based attacks.

Solution:
Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business goes beyond file analysis to analyze behavior in your environment. While its behavioral detection technology runs continuous proactive machine learning processes, its exploit prevention technology blocks attempts by malware to exploit software vulnerabilities.

Problem:
The talent shortage is real. While cybercriminals are continuously adding to their skillset, businesses either can’t afford (or have trouble recruiting and retaining) cybersecurity experts.

Solution:
Kaspersky Sandbox acts as a bridge between overwhelmed IT teams and industry-leading security analysis. It relieves IT pressure by automatically blocking complex threats at the workstation level so they can be analyzed and dealt with properly in time.


Problem:
Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) expand laterally from device to device and can put an organization in a constant state of attack.

Solution:
Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) stops APTs in their tracks with a range of very specific capabilities, which can be grouped into two categories: visibility (visualizing all endpoints, context and intel) and analysis (analyzing multiple verdicts as a single incident).
    
Attack the latest threats with a holistic approach including tightly integrated solutions like Kaspersky Endpoint Detection and Response and Kaspersky Sandbox, which integrate seamlessly with Kaspersky Endpoint Protection for Business.
How to Sell
This white paper gives you strategies for getting on the same page as senior management regarding DR.

Are You Having Trouble Selling DR to Senior Management?

This white paper gives you strategies for getting on the same page as senior management regarding DR. These strategies include:

  • Striking the use of the term “disaster” from your vocabulary making sure management understands the ROI of IT Recovery
  • Speaking about DR the right way—in terms of risk mitigation
  • Pointing management towards a specific solution.

After the Lockdown – Reinventing the Way Your Business Works
As a result of the Covid-19 lockdown experience, temporary measures will be scaled back and adoption of fully functional “Remote” workplaces will now be accelerated. A reduction in the obstacles for moving to virtual desktops and applications will be required so that businesses can be 100% productive during Business Continuity events. The winners will be those organizations who use and explore the possibilities of a virtual workplace every day.

As lockdowns end, organziations are ready to start planning on how to gear their business for more agility, with a robust business continuity plan for their employees and their technology. A plan that includes technology which enables their business to work at full capacity rather than just getting by.

A successful Business Continuity Plan includes key technology attributes needed for employees to be 100% productive before, during and after a Covid-19 type event. The technology should be:

  • A device agnostic, simple, intuitive and responsive user experienceIt should enhance data security
  • It should increase the agility of IT service delivery options
  • Reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) of staff technology delivery
  • Must be simple to deploy, manage and expand remotely

As a result of the Covid-19 lockdown experience, temporary measures will be scaled back and adoption of fully functional “Remote” workplaces will now be accelerated. A reduction in the obstacles for moving to virtual desktops and applications will be required so that businesses can be 100% productive during Business Continuity events. The winners will be those organizations who use and explore the possibilities of a virtual workplace every day.

As an affordable but scalable all-in-one virtual desktop and application solution, Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) allows users to securely access virtual workspaces from anywhere, on any device, at any time. Parallels RAS centralizes management of the IT infrastructure, streamlines multi-cloud deployments, enhances data security and improves process automation.

Get prepared for the Microsoft Azure Administrator Certification Exam
Download this study guide to learn about the Azure Administrator skills measured in AZ‑103, as well as some of the important topics that will be covered under each of the exam's study areas

Microsoft Azure Administrator Certification Exam measures your skill set in provisioning and managing an Azure environment with a focus on Azure subscription management, compute, storage, networking and identity. The AZ‑103 exam replaces the AZ‑100 and AZ‑101 exams, thereby simplifying your journey to become a certified Azure Administrator Associate.

Download this study guide to learn about the Azure Administrator skills measured in AZ‑103, as well as some of the important topics that will be covered under each of the exam's study areas, such as:

•    Azure subscriptions and resources management
•    Storage management and implementation
•    Deployment and management of virtual machines
•    Configuration and management of virtual networks
•    Identities management

10 Signs That You Should Invest in a Cloud Management Platform
10 Signs That You Should Invest in a Cloud Management Platform - Invest in a Cloud Management Platform

Many enterprise organizations are facing new demands to increase agility and velocity while simultaneously optimizing costs. As hybrid cloud IT infrastructures become more commonplace, the need for multi-vendor, all-in-one management solutions has emerged as a critical requirement for success.

IT leaders today face a growing set of challenges related to managing an evolving IT infrastructure. Often technology changes are outpacing existing processes and resulting in delays, wasted resources, and rogue end-user activity.

Common Challenges:
•    Unable to keep up with service request demand
•    Build-up of zombie VMs and IT sprawl
•    Risks and overhead with end-users creating shadow IT

Read our guide on the top ten signs that could indicate you’re ready to invest in a Cloud Management Platform and leverage tools and strategies for effective cloud management.

Success Stories in Cloud Management
Success Stories in Cloud Management – Overcoming IT Infrastructure Challenges

This collection of customer success stories shows how organizations have leveraged Commander solutions to combat today's ever-evolving IT infrastructure challenges and highlights the benefits these solutions have helped them achieve.

With 14 different Success Stories across six industries, each one outlines:

•    The challenges the customer faced
•    How the challenge was solved using Commander
•    The results realized after implementation

Download this eBook now to learn the details of these customer success stories, and how Snow can help you achieve similar results.

Three Approaches to Cloud Management for SAM Leaders
Three Approaches to Cloud Management for SAM Leaders – Cloud Management challenges facing SAM and ITAM leaders

Cloud has become one of the most disruptive and strategically important innovations in the IT world. This guide advises on the optimal approaches that can be adopted by Software Asset Management (SAM) and IT Asset Management (ITAM) professionals for managing the introduction of cloud as a new asset class.

•    This guide provides proactive ITAM/SAM leaders with insights on:
•    Cloud management challenges facing SAM and ITAM leaders
•    Top issues preventing complete visibility of cloud assets
•    Three approaches to cloud management
•    Steps that can be taken for SAM and ITAM professionals to optimize cloud spend and improve operational agility

Taking Control of Public Cloud Consumption
Taking Control of Public Consumption - Gain visibility of public cloud usage and costs.

In this essential guide, we explore how IT leaders can effectively manage their public cloud environment by implementing a cloud management platform to increase visibility, improve standardization and reduce costs.

•    Gain insights on how to:
•    Gaining visibility of public cloud usage and costs
•    Standardizing your IT environment
•    Take control and reduce public cloud costs

The guide concludes with a simple cost saving checklist, outlining optimization that can be achieved by using a cloud management platform.

Managing Remote Access in the Age of the Digital Workforce
Following The Remote Work Revolution, How Do You Manage Remote Access Long-Term? Find out in the eBook. The global pandemic forced companies to pivot to a work from home approach – but remote work (or virtual work) has been gaining momentum since the early days of technology. Many companies are now calling remote work the “new normal”, and experts say that this shift in thinking won’t change any time soon.

How secure, compliant SaaS-based environments enable and sustain virtual work.

Secure, compliant SaaS-based work environments are specifically built to facilitate fast provisioning of globally distributed teams and a virtual workforce anywhere on the planet with an internet connection. The cloud elasticity of the Tehama platform, for example, means it can scale up or down quickly as needed, with virtual offices, rooms and desktops provisioned in minutes – a far cry from most virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) or desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) offerings, which usually require weeks or even months to set up and configure.

Tehama’s secure perimeters, automated encryption, continuous malware protection, and network segregation maintains the highest level of security while running in any web browser on any device. It’s also SOC 2 Type II certified, ensuring airtight compliance through built-in controls, forensic auditing and activity monitoring.

Put simply, SaaS-based virtual work environments are the fastest, easiest, most secure way to deploy – and sustain – a virtual workforce.   

The data is telling us that remote work through distributed, global teams isn’t just a fad. It’s here to stay and will likely become more popular than ever in 2020 and beyond. The only question now is which organizations are best positioned to take advantage.

Managing Remote Access in the Age of the Digital Workforce explores the history of remote work, and later looks at how to make sure that your corporate assets are secure while employees, contractors and third-party service providers  are working from any location.

GigaOM Key Criteria for Software-Defined Storage – Vendor Profile: DataCore Software
DataCore SANsymphony is one of the most flexible solutions in the software-defined storage (SDS) market, enabling users to build modern storage infrastructures that combine software-defined storage functionality with storage virtualization and hyperconvergence. This results in a very smooth migration path from traditional infrastructures based on physical appliances and familiar data storage approaches, to a new paradigm built on flexibility and agility.
DataCore SANsymphony is a scale-out solution with a rich feature set and extensive functionality to improve resource optimization and overall system efficiency. Data services exposed to the user include snapshots with continuous data protection and remote data replication options, including a synchronous mirroring capability to build metro clusters and respond to demanding, high-availability scenarios. Encryption at rest can be configured as well, providing additional protection for data regardless of the physical device on which it is stored.

On top of the core block storage services provided in its SANsymphony products, DataCore recently released vFiLo to add file and object storage capabilities to its portfolio. VFiLo enables users to consolidate additional applications and workloads on its platform, and to further simplify storage infrastructure and its management. The DataCore platform has been adopted by cloud providers and enterprises of all sizes over the years, both at the core and at the edge.

SANsymphony combines superior flexibility and support for a diverse array of use cases with outstanding ease of use. The solution is mature and provides a very broad feature set. DataCore boasts a global partner network that provides both products and professional services, while its sales model supports perpetual licenses and subscription options typical of competitors in the sector. DataCore excels at providing tools to build balanced storage infrastructures that can serve multiple workloads and scale in different dimensions, while keeping complexity and cost at bay.

Chromebook adoption increased by 17% in 2020… And it's on the rise.
Chromebooks are quickly gaining in popularity due to their cheap price tag sand long battery lives. They are about to get another boost as organizations look to equip employees with laptops—part of their work-from-home strategy to minimize the risk of COVID infections. While Chromebooks are ideal for remote work and learning from an economic and operational standpoint, they also have some serious limitations, one of which is access to Windows applications. One way to get around this is by lever

In 2020, a total of 20 million Chromebooks are expected to be shipped globally. That’s a 17% increase from last year’s 17 million units. Already quickly gaining in popularity due to the cheap price tag and long battery life, Chromebooks are about to get another boost as organizations look to equip employees with laptops—part of their work-from-home strategy to minimize the risk of COVID infections.

While Chromebooks are ideal for remote work and learning from an economic and operational standpoint, they also have some serious limitations, including access to Windows Applications. In this white paper, the following topics are covered:

  • How are Chromebooks being deployed?
  • What’s fueling Chromebooks’ popularity?
  • What are Chromebooks’ limitations?
  • How does VDI help overcome Chromebook limitations?
  • Why is Parallels RAS one of the best VDI solution for Chromebooks?

With virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), users can use the same applications they’re already familiar with on Chromebooks. Users don’t have to go through a steep learning curve because the applications that are delivered through VDI will look and feel just like any locally installed application.

In choosing a VDI solution for a fleet of Chromebooks, it’s important to consider not only the inherent capabilities of the VDI solution itself but also how well it integrates with Chromebooks. Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) meets both requirements.

Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) is an all-in-one VDI solution enabling seamless access to virtual desktops and applications on any device, anywhere, including Chromebooks.

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