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IT and business executives need to apply a risk-management approach that balances economic value against risks.

IT platforms — known as cloud computing —is growing rapidly. Adopters are driven by the prospects of increasing agility and gaining access to more computing resources for less money. Large institutions are building and managing private-cloud environments internally (and, in some cases, procuring access to external public clouds) for basic infrastructure services, development platforms, and whole applications. Smaller businesses are primarily buying public-cloud offerings, as they generally lack the scale to set up their own clouds.

In this comprehensive review from McKinsey & Co, the risks and opportunities of cloud computing are discussed.

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Fake antivirus is one of the most frequently encountered threats on the web today. Also known as rogue antivirus, rogues, or scareware, fake antivirus uses social engineering to lure users to malicious sites and scare them into paying for fake threat removal tools.

This paper provides insight into where fake antivirus comes from and how it is distributed, what happens when a system is infected with fake antivirus, and how to stop this persistent threat from infecting your network and your users.

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Riverbed Steelhead Cloud Accelerator software addresses SaaS performance challenges by providing an easy-to-deploy optimisation solution that meets specific customer needs for performance. Riverbed Technology and Akamai have partnered to deliver this unique solution that combines the best of breed in both public internet optimisation and private WAN optimisation.

Steelhead Cloud Accelerator software integrates the globally distributed Akamai Intelligent Platform, which optimizes traffic across the public Internet, with the award-winning Riverbed Optimisation System solution to accelerate data and application protocols.

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In a work culture dominated by virtual meetings, more firms are looking to videoconferencing to replicate the in-person experience that employees prefer — or at least make voice conversations more engaging by fostering the trust and improved communication that comes with being able to read the other person's body language.

After a boom period epitomised by investments in multiscreen immersive telepresence studios for the C-suite, videoconferencing innovation today is geared toward extending connectivity to PCs and tablets through cloud-based services or new lower-cost on-premises deployment models.

Which system you select will have to do with your interest in immersive telepresence compared with less expensive systems, your UC strategy, and your deployment model preferences.

In this white paper from Forrester Research, 39 criteria were used to rank the seven most significant providers in the category - Cisco, Huawei, LifeSize, Polycom, Radvision, Teliris, and Vidyo.

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Unified communications (UC) is an increasingly important investment for organisations looking to improve productivity and responsiveness while reducing their IT costs. The convergence of voice, video, and data communications around a shared IP-based infrastructure - allowing users to easily make a call, send a message, or join an audio or video conference - is bringing benefits to businesses of every size, industry, and geography.

But how should you select a business-grade UC solution? In this white paper from Cisco, key considerations are outlined for choosing an appropriate unified communications solution for your business.

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It is imperative to develop a clear cloud strategy that is based on facts, articulates the benefits and risks and that is holistic in its approach involving both business and IT. In this white paper from Deloitte, key  considerations are discussed within the contect of cloud solutions being a business decision and not just one for the IT department.

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It is no longer practical or cost-effective to completely engineer all aspects of a unique data centre. Re-use of proven, documented subsystems or complete designs is a best practice for both new data centres and for upgrades to existing data centres. Adopting a well conceived reference design can have a positive impact on both the project itself, as well as on the operation of the data centre over its lifetime. Reference designs simplify and shorten the planning and implementation process and reduce downtime risks once up and running. In this paper from EtherWorks Partner APC, reference designs are defined and their benefits are explained.

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Uptime Institute conducted its second annual data centre industry survey in March and April 2012, collecting data on Digital Infrastructure deployment trends, procurement plans, measurement and standards practices, and other topics that impact the mission-critical data centre industry. The Institute's invitation to the industry at large was met by 2,000 stakeholders, including vendors, consultants, and users. In this white paper the results of surveys from 1100 owners and operators from around the world are presented and discussed.

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The termination of extended support for Windows XP SP3, which will happen on April 8, 2014, is looming large for many enterprise organisations, and this deadline has motivated many customers to accelerate their migration activities. However, for some segments of the industry, significantly less effort is being applied to formal migration initiatives, and Windows XP continues to be perceived as a solution that works sufficiently for existing needs, whether it is supported or not.

In this white paper from IDC, reasons to migrate from Windows XP now are explored as well as the available replacement operating systems.

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In this white paper, Cisco WebEx® web conferencing solutions are discussed and how they can help accelerate business results through online collaboration.

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