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Essential Guide To E-Rate Success
Jenne
FCC’s Landmark Decision to Provide Sustainable Funding for School Connectivity

On July 23, 2015, the FCC released a landmark update to the E-rate program with the 7th Report and Order. This infusion of funding available for schools and libraries will help them reach important digital learning goals by connecting students to resources in STEM areas that are necessary for preparing them to compete in the global economy. Mobile learning and the device explosion has left many schools behind the curve and the E-rate program is the only education technology funding source in the US with the money behind the message to move our classrooms into the 21st century.

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The Changing Requirements For A Life-Critical Wireless Network
Jenne
Today’s CIO or IT manager is faced with providing a secure wireless network that will support all the different mobility requirements in the healthcare industry. This is not easy because the healthcare WLAN ecosystem is the most complex of any vertical market space. In the healthcare area this includes data, voice and video, and now, WLAN-enabled medical devices of all kinds. The addition of new applications using smart phones and tablets adds to the complexity of design and the deployment of the wireless LAN. The increased awareness of security has meant that wireless and mobility healthcare technology must ensure end-client to enterprise security real-time 24/7/365.

This paper focuses on several areas that are central to the life-critical and changing security and wireless ecosystem application convergence in healthcare. The publication value to the reader is to help them understand how changes in the WLAN landscape and technology advancement can create a more secure and improved mobile experience.

Specific attention will be placed on software applications that will improve WLAN security from the cloud, to the enterprise, and to the point of care. These applications include enterprise security-based intrusion detection and location based services.

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Network-Powered Wi-Fi Analytics
Jenne
In densely populated hospitality environments, which are comprised of a diverse cross section of Wi-Fi enabled devices (internal and guest) requesting access to the network, it is critical that an installed Wi-Fi solution includes a comprehensive analytics platform. Once a purpose-built Wi-Fi solution is operational, to truly leverage the network as a business asset complete visibility into network performance and an understanding of the mobile engagement patterns of connected users is necessary. The solution? ExtremeAnalytics™.

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Simple Wireless Management With ExtremeCloud™
Jenne
Focus on growing your organization, not managing your network.

ExtremeCloud is a management platform that enables organizations to simply manage their wired and wireless network from anywhere with no on-premise footprint. Founded on a simplified way to manage the network, ExtremeCloud empowers organizations to provide users with a positive quality of experience while focusing on growing their business, not managing the network.

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Making The Case For Security Cameras In Schools And Colleges
Jenne
Cameras in classrooms can deter violence, theft, and bullying—and help police respond to unfolding incidents. At the same time, their presence raises questions about privacy, the nature of learning spaces, and intellectual freedom. eCampus News looks at what it takes to secure classrooms while preserving an institution's primary mission of education.
In 2015, a TV news investigation in Dallas captured disturbing footage of a teacher locking an eight- year-old child with autism in a padded closet, a disciplinary practice apparently employed by several North Texas schools. The outrage that followed paved the way for a new Texas law requiring schools to record all teacher interaction with special-needs students in class at the request of a parent.
The use of video surveillance in K-12 schools and higher education is nothing new, of course. More than 90 percent of educational institutions in the U.S. already use security cameras, according to a 2016 survey by Campus Safety Magazine , with 79 percent planning to install additional camera systems over the next three years. Typically, though, these cameras have been used to monitor public areas, such as parking lots, athletic stadiums, hallways, stairwells, and common areas. The idea of video surveillance in classrooms—epitomized by Texas law SB 507—has gained traction only in recent years.

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Is Your Wireless Network Industrial Strength?
Jenne
Five Crucial Questions to Ask and Answer as You Prepare Your Industrial Environments to Take Full Advantage of Today’s Rapidly Expanding Wireless Communications Opportunities.
It’s Time to Call the Wireless Communications Systems in Use in Your Industrial Facilities on the Carpet
Here’s why: When it comes to wireless communications, most industrial environments are three to five years behind the carpeted space. After years of focusing heavily on corporate office and branch WLANs, many organizations are surprised at what they’re finding when they look to leverage today’s advanced mobility tools beyond the carpeted space. They’re discovering that while they’ve been concentrating elsewhere, their industrial wireless communications needs have both substantially grown and radically changed, to the point where existing networks and traditional approaches will no longer support the operational performance that is required to thrive in a changing market.

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Enhancing The Guest Experience - Mobility Done Right
Jenne
Key findings from Extreme Networks’ CIO Summit reveal how innovation in mobility will shape the future of enterprise networking for sporting event venues and beyond.
Improving the Fan Experience with Mobility
What do you get when the CIOs from Boston’s top sports teams come together under one roof? We called it the CIO Summit, and the subject – mobility and innovation – couldn’t have been timelier. All enterprises today are confronted with the challenge of providing seamless internet access to today’s highly-mobile users. The sporting event venue business has the added challenge of providing that seamless Wi-Fi service “a.k.a. game-day experience” to several thousand mobile users in a densely populated area – once thought to be an impossible feat.
In Part I of our “Innovation in Mobility” series we will highlight how the New England Patriots, heralded as innovators in Wi-Fi, tackled the Wi-Fi challenge head- on and are now able to simultaneously deliver Wi-Fi to 70,000 people at Gillette Stadium. We will also share what our other Boston professional sports teams are doing to ensure they are evolving with their fans.

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Choosing The Right Wireless Intrusion And Prevention Policies
Jenne
The need for delivering quality wireless services in hospitality venues like hotels and big convention centers has been increasing. The availability and quality of Wi-Fi service is one of the most mportant factors for business travelers, event organizers, and holidaymakers when making their decisions about hotel booking. Some hoteliers offer free Wi-Fi hotspots in order to attract guests and differentiate their services, while others charge fees for Wi-Fi services. Typically, these hotspots use unsecure open authentication, so network administrators need to separate guest network access from core corporate network. With the presence of many Wi-Fi devices from guests who often run their own personal Wi-Fi hotspot, administrators need the best Wireless Intrusion Prevention System (WIPS), one that delivers no false positives for clients and access points. Also, increased emphasis by regulatory bodies like the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and other government agencies on enforcement of laws related to RF jamming are making it crucial for WIPS systems to accurately identify unauthorized rogue devices before initiating air termination on these devices. Recently, there were incidents where the FCC imposed massive fines on organizations for wrongfully terminating personal Wi-Fi hotspots of guests in hospitality venues. This paper gives a quick overview best practices for device classification and policy enforcement while setting up a WIPS system.

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Broadband Over Existing Cable In Hotels
Jenne
Telephone wire and coaxial cable is found in every hotel guest room. At the most basic, these cables are used to deliver guest room entertainment to a television, and communications to a bedside phone. With the advent of Internet delivered content and ubiquitous smartphones, the guest expectations have far exceeded the ability of basic television and telephony communications. Additionally, the all-wireless nature and convenience of mobile devices has made 802.11 wireless networks preferred.
There are four methods to deploy 802.11 wireless into hotel guest rooms to service higher quantities of low power wireless devices.

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The Zadara Storage Cloud - A Validation of its Use Cases and Economic Benefits
Zadara Storage
Traditional CapEx storage infrastructure is no longer cost-effective and cannot keep up with your needs. This report by the Evaluator Group answers why and how the market is changing, where Zadara stands and how Zadara is effecting change in the market. Lastly, it defines “storage immortality” and how that results in a high-performing, cost-effective storage solution.
Solving Enterprise IT Challenges with Storage-as-a-Service
Zadara Storage
Software-Defined Storage architectures and as-a-service models are enabling organizations to take advantage of pay-as-you-go, flexible storage to meet changing business and application needs without compromising performance or security at lower costs. This eBook covers these topics including the storage-as-a-service model, storage challenges, on-premises versus traditional lease comparison, multi-tenancy, data protection and more.
The Zadara Storage Cloud
Zadara Storage
Recently, the IT industry has capitalized on two key innovations: cloud-based solutions and as-a-service solutions. This white paper goes into the technical details of how Zadara Storage provides both in their pure OpEx enterprise-grade storage solution in two delivery models: On-Premises and in the Cloud.
Zadara Storage for Managed Service Providers
Zadara Storage
This white paper shows the depth of Zadara Storage services and how they are deployed, managed, and monitored to create the best storage environment for each use case. This includes Zadara services, onboarding, training, tuning, support, servers/switches/disks, upgrades, chargeback/billing and more.
Netrepid Case Study - Netrepid eliminates CapEx agility challenges, while reducing cost and improving peformance
Zadara Storage
IT Service Provider, Netrepid, improved their performance by 80% by replacing their existing Dell infrastructure with VPSA Storage Arrays - on-premises, in their own data center. In addition to improving performance via resource isolation, Netrepid significantly reduced their storage costs and enhanced security.
People Power: CGS Ensures Customer Support Agents Are Successfully Prepared
CUSTOMER Magazine
It’s critically important for a contact center to recruit and hire the right people, provide them with the training required to do their jobs well, engage them in their tasks, staff them in the correct numbers, and support and encourage them along the way. CGS takes special care in addressing all of the above so the organizations that rely on it for contact center business process outsourcing can deliver the best possible customer experience.
People Power: CGS Ensures Customer Support Agents Are Successfully Prepared
CUSTOMER Magazine
Customer service means different things to different people. But, in the end, it’s about people – the people who are our customers, and the people we employ to serve them. Regardless of how we define service, it’s critically important for a contact center to recruit, hire, and train the right people, provide them with the training required to do their jobs well, engage them in their tasks, staff them in the correct numbers, and support and encourage them along the way.
Communications Service Providers: Complying With International Law Enforcement Mandates – or Not?
Subsentio
Recent US Executive Branch allegations of “wire-tapping” have generated controversy and confusion in the marketplace, not least among those charged with assisting law enforcement: communication service providers (CSPs).

In the U.S. alone, CSP compliance with legal mandates is mandatory and complicated, spanning an array of laws designed to protect public safety and customer privacy. When CSPs expand their networks internationally, this complexity rises geometrically: A CSP must support legal compliance rules in each nation where it does business.

In this unique white paper, Subsentio provides clarity on the rules and requirements of compliance with legal mandates for lawful intercept and customer records in the US and abroad.

What you will learn:

• Which CSPs these laws apply to in the US, and which are exempt.
• How legal compliance laws vary by nation – Some require legal compliance by providers of email, SMS and social media services.
• New data retention laws. Many nations now require service providers to retain customer records for months or years to assist in future investigations.
• How virtualization is changing not just network management but lawful intercept.
• New ways to save time and money on legal compliance.
A GridGain Systems In-Memory Computing White Paper
GridGain
MySQL® is a widely used, open source relational database management system (RDBMS) which is an excellent solution for many applications, including web-scale applications. However, its architecture has limitations when it comes to big data analytics.

As data volumes continue to increase exponentially, businesses continue to demand accurate real-time data analysis. That is extremely difficult to achieve with MySQL alone. Many MySQL users have leveraged additional open source and commercial solutions to enhance MySQL’s capabilities and add in-memory computing functionality.
However, these point solutions lack the full functionality of an in-memory computing platform like Apache® Ignite™.

This white paper will help you understand how Apache Ignite differs from these point solutions. You'll learn how incorporating Apache Ignite into your architecture can empower dramatically faster analytics and transactions when augmenting your current MySQL infrastructure.
How Social Media Ensures Effortless and Engaging Customer Experiences
Frost & Sullivan
Whether voicing issues or praising a brand, customers want experiences that are effortless and engaging. For organizations, in this age of striving for omnichannel customer service delivery, the primary goal is a smooth and seamless customer journey. Lowering customer effort and ensuring the seamless customer journey means having the right tools for the customer service agent. Agents need context and history, across channels, particularly when it involves social media.

In this article you will discover:

- Best practices for ensuring effortless customer engagement
- The business value of social customer service
- The right technologies to achieve exceptional customer service
Introducing the GridGain In-Memory Data Fabric
GridGain
This white paper discusses how the GridGain In-Memory Data Fabric easily powers both existing and new IOT applications in a distributed, massively parallel architecture on affordable, industry-standard hardware.

Gartner expects the Internet of Things (IoT) to have over 20 billion connected things by 2020. This many connected devices transmitting information will require an enormous amount of processing to derive value from this data. To cope with this rapid growth of the Internet of Things, successful IoT database platforms will need a data architecture which leverages in-memory computing. These architectures will address the significant challenges in terms of speed, scalability, variable workloads, and other issues created by IoT applications.

GridGain is an in-memory computing platform that delivers unprecedented speed and unlimited scale to modern data processing. Built on the Apache® Ignite™ open source project, GridGain enables high-performance transactions, real-time streaming, and fast analytics in a single, comprehensive data access and processing layer.

Unlike in-memory databases, GridGain works on top of existing databases and requires no rip-and-replace or any changes to an existing RDBMS. And, it can run on premise, in a hybrid environment, or on a cloud platform such as AWS, Microsoft Azure or Google Cloud Platform.

Read “Introducing the GridGain In-Memory Data Fabric” to learn how the features of GridGain can power your IoT applications.
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