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Why have old equipment, when you can have new?

Trading up your tired servers, storage, and switches is simple. 

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Accelerating the Benefits of Microsoft Windows Server 2012 with Dell PowerEdge 12th Generation Servers

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Tablets in the Workplace: Why They Can Work as a Primary Device

Tablets have shown the most explosive growth of any device over the past three years. Management teams love them for their portability and access to email, but broader teams have struggled with using tablets as their primary device. Concerns about application access, business usability, security, and management have all slowed the growth of tablets across a wide variety of business use cases.Watch this On Demand event to learn how tablets can be incorporated into a variety of functions across healthcare, education, retail, manufacturing, and more.

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Migration Insights - Thoughts from Dell and Microsoft

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Migration Expert Zone Blog

  • Legal Market – What’s The Matter?

    Microsoft Matter Center for Office 365 offers secure, cloud-based document management for law firms and legal counsel within organizations. The application is an excellent example of benefits cloud services can bring if they deliver security features that match an organization’s requirements. 

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  • Microsoft’s Massive Modernization Migration

    Microsoft IT has adopted a cloud-first approach to applications and workloads. Their method can easily be used by other companies to reap the benefits of cloud. The approach relies on a very basic hybrid cloud structure joining an on-premise private cloud infrastructure with an off-premise public cloud strategy.  

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  • Tablets – Start Thinking About Your Priorities

    The consumerization of IT, driven by BYOD policies, continues at breakneck pace. Smart companies will take advantage of this trend by leveraging the increased functionality of newer tablets to adopt and introduce more productive ways for employees to work and collaborate.  

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  • Migration to Virtualization is All about Optimizing Performance

    Initially, virtualization was about getting better ROI and TCO on hardware, but the drivers of virtualization growth are changing. Cost efficiency is still important, but new tools such as Dell Software’s Foglight for Virtualization, Enterprise Edition 8.0, enable the next logical phase, which is reducing operating expenses by allowing customers to automate many tasks. This helps a company extract the most return from its virtualization investments by achieving the highest possible performance from its installed infrastructure.

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  • One License to Protect It All

    Dell Software’s first combined data protection offering, the Dell Backup & Disaster Recovery Suite, delivers three variations of critical enterprise and virtualization backup software in one package to help customers create a highly resilient application environment across physical, virtual, or cloud infrastructures.

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  • Beyond the Firewall

    Today’s sophisticated, compound, and persistent cyber threats require tightly integrated Unified Threat Management solutions. For the second consecutive time, Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Unified Threat Management has positioned Dell in the Leaders Quadrant for network security for small and medium businesses.

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  • Migration to Superior Support from Solution Providers

    Many manufacturers are decreasing their reliance on channel partners, believing they can scale support and services on their own. This is a wrong move in today’s age where many companies are looking for help deploying new technologies. In contrast, Dell makes the intelligent observation that recruiting partners to assure more than adequate support to the vast number of small and midsized companies that use its expanding variety of superior solutions is necessary to optimize its value proposition.

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  • WS2k3 Count Down Update – Will It Be As Easy as Upgrading from Windows XP?

    With end of extended support for Windows Server 2003 less than a year away, the time to act is now. Rather than simply performing a migration of your old servers to new, explore every way in which you can extract new efficiencies, new levels of performance, and new functionality from both your new hardware and your new software.  

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  • Migrating to an Agile Hybrid Platform to Stay Ahead in the Online World

    A hybrid on-premise and cloud approach gives an online shopping comparison site the increased agility to meet widely varying capacity demands. In particular, using Dell Cloud Services, the firm is able to boost capacity at peak periods while maintaining the same level of security as its on-premise infrastructure. 

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  • Virtualization Migration Pays Off for Weather Service Provider

    Dell consultants helped a British weather forecasting firm virtualize its IT infrastructure. The results: reduced costs, increased productivity, faster analysis of data, and more.  Most important, the company predicts it will experience a 30 percent business growth based on the virtualized server platform.

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  • Microsoft New CEO Message: The Migration Already Made

    Here at the Migration Expert Zone, we’ve focused on migration to new versions of Windows, Windows Server, and other key business applications. Leveraging the benefits from these migrations, most companies have simultaneously transformed to embrace today’s mobile-first and cloud-first world.

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  • WS2k3 Count Down Update – IDC Weighs In

    In a new paper, IDC provides extensive details as to why those still using Windows Server 2003 should start planning now to migrate to either Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows Azure before the withdrawal of extended support on July 14, 2015. 

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  • Your Migration Toolbox – Go With the Winners

    Given the challenges that can crop up with a migration, most IT professionals turn to a trusted set of software tools to help ensure the job is done right. When assembling that toolkit, or simply adding to it, you might look to those tools that have been endorsed by others as the best solutions for various jobs. Here is a list of some award-winning solutions from Dell Software to help with your next migration project. 

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  • Don’t Panic – This isn’t “DeathWatch 7”

    News reports of the upcoming end of support for Windows 7 early next year are certainly raising alarms. But don’t worry, extended support does not end for another six years. Still, organizations should take this into account when buying new systems and planning for the migration of older systems to Windows 8.

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  • On the “Threshold” of the Next Windows Version

    The choice between moving to Windows 7 or Windows 8 was usually based on arguments focused on the difference in user interfaces. Did the user need the modern UI (originally dubbed “Metro”) for a tablet or the classic startup for a PC? The next version of Windows (dubbed Threshold) will likely eliminate that problem starting up differently based on what machine it’s being run on.

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  • Top 5 Best Practices for Overcoming BYOD and Mobile Security Challenges

    Attaining the proper alignment between security and mobility can be a daunting task as a flood of new access devices on corporate networks creates many paths for exposing data and applications to risks. Following a set of proven best practices, backed by flexible, proven mobility solutions, is the ideal way to accommodate an ever-expanding array of device types while improving employee productivity and ensuring that vital corporate information and systems are protected.

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  • The Ultimate Tech Challenge: OS Migration

    Talk about getting advice straight from the source…the winner of an OS migration challenge contest shares his lessons learned and best practices from heading up massive migration projects involving as many as 30,000 workstations.

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  • WS2k3 CountDown Update: Considerable Risk!

    Windows 2003 end of support is still a year away. However, with typical server migration taking at least 200 days and application migration taking more than 300 days, time for action is now. Delaying migration will expose companies to risk once the updates stop coming.

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  • WS2k3 Countdown Update: Comparing Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012

    Even though Windows Server 2003 has served faithfully for almost twelve years, the fact remains that the technology it is built on is almost twelve years old!  Many improvements have occurred in that time, and most of them will make retiring and replacing those tired old servers a real cost saving action!

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  • Touch-Enabling Mobile Apps on Windows 8 Tablets

    Business applications re-envisioned as tablet-based touch-enabled solutions bring new levels of user friendliness and operating efficiency. Making the transition often requires outside help. That’s where Dell comes in. Dell has the expertise and the experience developing such applications and thus can bring the highest value to your application innovation projects.

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  • The Impact of ZeroIMPACT

    Any migration must allow end users to remain productive, with full access to mailboxes, calendars, and public folders throughout the process. To help achieve this, Dell Software offers its ZeroIMPACT methodology, which is based on 10+ years of leadership in migrating, consolidating, and restructuring customer networks.

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  • Mastering Active Directory Migrations

    Many companies find they must update Active Directory for a variety of reasons. The process is complex and can be greatly simplified using a migration tool such as the Dell Migration Manager for Active Directory.

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  • CIO: “Dell is to PCs today as IBM was to Mainframes Yesterday”

    Just as the mainframe has not disappeared despite years of predictions of its demise, reports of the death of the PC have been greatly exaggerated (as Mark Twain might say). 

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  • Unified Management for Today’s Varied IoT Client Mix

    IT departments are on the frontlines of the Internet of Things (IoT) assault, especially when it comes to configuring, managing, updating, and securing all the devices that need to communicate and interact. The new Dell KACE K1000 enables companies to be better prepared for IoT by giving them greater visibility across their entire IT infrastructure, while delivering enhanced functionality to help reduce security risks, ensure endpoint integrity, and ease ever-evolving systems management demands.

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  • The Internet of Things: How Do You Manage and Secure It All?

    Many organizations today are adding numerous intelligent devices (such as sensors, monitors, and controllers) to their IT infrastructures. Naturally, these devices need to be managed and secured. To do that requires additional management and security capabilities, such as those offered in the new release of Dell KACE K1000 Systems Management Appliciance.

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  • Migrating Across the Reality Gap to the Internet of Things

    Like objects in your car’s side mirrors, the Internet of Things is closer than it appears. Some industries already are poised to derive immediate benefits by using intelligent devices that easily collect and share information.

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  • WS2k3 Countdown Update: Active Directory Migration

    It’s still something of a mystery as to why everybody isn’t clamoring over the “deathwatch” until the withdrawal of extended support for the widely used Windows Server 2003. That deadline is July 14, 2015, just over a year away.  

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  • Dell – Committed to Microsoft Environments

    New Dell virtualization, systems management, and cloud computing offerings (introduced at Microsoft TechEd) help organizations of all sizes easily and effectively monitor and manage their Microsoft environments. The solutions also can help ensure that the migration of critical Microsoft server applications is carried out efficiently and without problems. 

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  • When Migrating, Mind Your GRCs

    Carrying out a migration may expose an organization to risk. The best way to minimize risk is to use robust governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) solutions that provide visibility into your environment, simplify audits, and reduce the risk of data breaches, failed audits, and system downtime.

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  • The Year of the 64-Bit Tablet

    The arrival of 64-bit tablets running Windows will help IT managers meet the growing corporate appetite for devices that fulfill the ideal balance of sufficient compute power and small, thin, highly portable form factor.  

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  • Learning from How the Schools Do IT

    Ackerman Charter School District uses automated Dell solutions to significantly cut the time to perform required and frequent updates to its bevy of desktops, notebooks, laptops, and Chromebooks. The same software let the district migrate 250 computers from Windows XP to Windows 7 in just two weeks.

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  • Migrating From Exchange to Exchange Online Gradually

    With many companies moving to the Exchange Online component of Office 365, email migration becomes a primary concern.  Many are choosing to begin with a hybrid deployment in which some mailboxes are moved online while others remain on the company’s existing Exchange server.

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  • Custom-Tailored Tablets with Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry

    Microsoft Embedded 8.1 Industry provides the full functionality and features of Windows 8.1 plus access to customization capabilities. The release of Microsoft Embedded 8.1 Industry on Dell’s Venue Pro tablets makes Dell OEM Solutions the only tier-one hardware manufacturer to deliver this embedded technology on a tablet!  

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  • In Cloud Computing it’s “AND” not “OR”

    “Cloud” is simply another way of providing information technology services that is more cost-effective because it leverages economies of scale available when service for many customers is produced in one professionally operated data center.  Because it is professionally operated, the service levels are superior.  Better services at lower prices.  That’s the real story of the cloud.

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  • More Addresses Means more Things to Hack!

    Companies are addressing end of extended support for Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and other products by migrating to new solutions. While doing this, they should also consider the implications of another major migration: That of moving from IPv4 to IPv6. Maintaining secure and high-performing networks during such a migration will be a challenge.

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  • Japanese Bank Migrates 30,000 from Windows XP to Windows 8

    Using desktop virtualization technology to migrate business applications and Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager to carry out Windows 8 policy design and system configuration, Resona Holdings Inc. was able to successfully migrate approximately 30,000 clients in less than two years.

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  • End of Windows Server 2003 Support Brings Options

    Next up on the Microsoft End-of-Life calendar is Windows Server 2003, with extended support ending on July 14, 2015. For IT managers it really means you should be off Windows Server 2003 and on another platform by then. Fortunately, those still running Windows Server 2003 have a broader set of choices than ever before.  

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  • Finding Your Favorite Form Factor

    Tablets like the Dell Venue 11 Pro that feature full Intel Core i3 and i5 processors and run true full versions of Windows 8.1 are much appreciated by IT and users alike. IT departments love these tablets because they don’t need to add new tools to properly secure and manage them.  Users love them for their power, business app support, light weight, and small size.  

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  • The Migration to Mobile

    Just as the rise of the personal computer was enabled by the appearance of applications that were very useful to individuals, like the legendary first spreadsheet program VisiCalc, it is the introduction and availability of software and services such as Microsoft Office Mobile that is heralding the new migration to smaller form factors.  

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  • With New Tablets, Users Can Have It All

    Recent developments in tablets and PCs have come together to create a powerful tablet-centered system based on the mature Windows PC operating system. As a result, tablets like the Dell Venue 11 Pro offer the perfect balance between traditional PC capabilities and mobile device portability.

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  • Upgrading Servers? Check out the DPACK!

    As deadlines approach for end of life and support on some widely used server applications, companies will need to upgrade the software and hardware they run on. Dell offers help to plan these changes. Its Dell Performance Analysis Collection Kit (DPACK) is a simple-to-run program that provides the decision support you need as you plan to migrate to your next generation server platform.

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  • Learning from a University

    A university’s adoption of Dell tablets demonstrates the benefits of using a powerful, business-ready Windows 8 tablet. Students spend less time on technology and more time learning. From an IT perspective, the standardized platform simplifies IT systems management.  

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  • Tablet Tailoring

    The challenge for many corporate decision makers, both on the technical side as well as the business management side, is not so much how to fit the device to the user, but how to fit the user to the right device. Selecting the right device to suit the personal activities, needs, and preferences of each user offers the opportunity to greatly enhance the user’s daily experience.  

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  • Winding Up the Windows XP Countdown

    Extended support ends today! If you are still running Windows XP as the operating system on your desktops or laptop computers as of today your company becomes the prime target of every hacker in every basement everywhere.  

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  • Countdown Update – Don’t Throw Away Those Countdown Clocks Yet!

    Withdrawing extended support for Windows XP affects each user.  But upcoming deadlines for end of support for Exchange 2003 and Windows Server 2003 means each server involved impacts dozens, perhaps hundreds, maybe even thousands of users.

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  • Windows XP Countdown Update – March of the XP Options

    Most industry experts have concluded that once we reach the end of extended support, Windows XP users will be the target of choice for hackers to unleash new exploits on, and that’s a reasonable conclusion.  

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  • Tablet Imperative: Protecting Against the Unknown

    With Windows 8.1-driven tablets enabling incredible new information management strategies in a framework that is readily embraced by IT management, the importance of providing proper protection for apps and data in transit and at rest has never been higher.  

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  • Work From Anywhere

    While previous tablet devices were considered to be underperformers, the Dell Venue 11 Pro has redefined expectations. It provides the processing power, connectivity options, and flexible storage capabilities for users to work from anywhere. And it offers enterprise-class features to meet a company’s compatibility, compliance, and security requirements. 

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  • Windows XP Countdown Update – Home Stretch to the “XPocalypse”

    Much of the mainstream press coverage about the pending withdrawal of support for Windows XP reassures your users that there’s really not much to worry about. But industry experts strongly encourage those who have not yet migrated from Windows XP to do so immediately.  There’s just no substitute for platform patching and support from the source.

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  • Exchange – The Farrah Factor

    Citing analogies with celebrity deaths coming in threes and cases where one star’s demise is overshadowed by the passing of a more famous person, industry experts warn companies to think beyond Windows XP and not forget about the end of extended support for Office 2003 and Exchange 2003.

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  • XP Countdown Update: Migrating in a BYOD Environment

    Many employees use their Windows XP laptops for both personal as well as business functions.  This also means that both personal and corporate applications, data, and settings may be resident on those machines.  As these users migrate to Windows 8.1 with many new synchronization capabilities, transitioning those applications, data, and settings may potentially become a transition nightmare.

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  • Migrating to a Unified SaaS Environment

    Dell’s collaboration with NetSuite can help companies deploy a world-class cloud ERP solution that is proven to support agile business processes.

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  • Storage Spaces – Key to the Cloud

    With the great interest in the benefits of Big Data and projections of continued geometric expansion of data volumes, the need to make storage faster, larger, more accessible, and less expensive grows along with it.  The second generation version of Microsoft Storage Spaces in Windows Server 2012 R2 allows sophisticated virtualization of the storage stack, creating storage pools with advanced features such as storage aggregation, elastic capacity expansion, and delegated administration.

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  • Windows XP Countdown Update: The Calm Before the Storm

    With only a month left to go until the withdrawal of extended support for Windows XP, you would think there’d be a firestorm of doomsday warnings. There are a few with most of them strongly encouraging organizations to get moving with their migration or face very expensive support agreements. 

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  • Reminder: You’ll Need to Exchange your Exchange Server, Too!

    Windows XP is not the only thing that needs to be upgraded soon. In a few months, extended support also will be withdrawn for Exchange Server 2003 and Exchange Server 2010 SP2. Once that happens, supporting your most critical communication system will become a much more expensive proposition. The time to make the decision to upgrade Exchange is now.  

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  • Windows XP Countdown Update – Migration Best Practices from Dell KACE

    Dell suggests a four-phase process for the migration of devices from Windows XP to Windows 7 or 8. For the migration to be successful and done in a timely manner, Dell offers tools to automate and simplify each step in the process. 

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  • Windows XP Countdown Update – You Can Still Complete Your OS Migration in Time!

    With migration projects typically taking 12 to 24 months, many companies simply do not have enough time to migrate from Windows XP before the end of extended support using a manual approach. Fortunately, organizations can still complete their migrations in time by learning what has and has not worked for others, following industry best practices, and leveraging automation tools.

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  • Making VDI an Even Better Strategy for Windows Server Migration

    Whether you have 10 or 10,000 users to worry about, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) has always been a viable alternative for you. Dell Wyse Datacenter for Microsoft VDI and vWorkspace is a new solution that provides a single, cost-effective virtual desktop deployment on Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V.  It offers integrated infrastructure options that deliver performance, agility, and efficiency, while ensuring enterprise-level VDI features for one of the lowest price-per-seat solutions available today. 

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  • Exploring Tablet Concerns for the Enterprise

    Migrating users from laptops to tablets can be done without compromising on features and performance if the right device is selected. The key is to look at each individual user or user segment to figure out what they’ll be doing with their device, what software they need to run to get their job done, whether or not they’ll be travelling frequently, and what network resources they need to access, all with a careful eye on your budget as well.  

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  • XP Countdown Update - KACE K2000 Speeds Windows Migrations

    Salem Health will use Dell KACE solutions to catalog installed software and then move to Windows 7. The Dell solutions will expedite a move to Windows 7 over the next month by migrating 1,500 critical kiosks that physicians and medical staff use to access electronic medical records.

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  • Making Tablets Work for Government

    Here is a a quick and excellent read that can help set the table for any organization’s discussion when planning to migrate parts or all of their user communities to tablet or other mobile devices.

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  • What They Mean by “Modern”

    Windows 8 users have a choice between Windows Start Screen with its tiled “Modern UI” and touch-centered operation or they can use the Desktop with its traditional icons, drop-down menus, and mouse pointer.  

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  • File Server Considerations When Migrating Active Directory

    Active Directory migration and consolidation projects can be complex. To ensure success, companies must migrate file server data (files, shares, NTFS security, etc.) that resides on their legacy servers. This can be more easily accomplished using tools such as Dell Migration Manager for Active Directory and Secure Copy.

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  • Five Minutes to Easier SharePoint & Office 365 Pre-Migration Analysis

    The migration and upgrade of server-based productivity and collaboration applications should begin with the end results, business benefits in mind. Proper pre-migration analysis and suitable migration tools can help ensure any new requirements are met, the upgrade goes smoothly, and there is flexibility to leverage hybrid environments.

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  • XP CountDown UpDate: Compressor Manufacturer Compresses Migration with Dell

    The HOERBIGER Group has selected Dell as its consulting partner to support the migration of over 4,300 PCs across the world from Windows XP to Windows 7. The plan will also see the use of a Dell-created server infrastructure that will completely automate the roll-out of Windows 7 using Multi-Purpose Location Servers (MLS) in several countries.

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  • Hybrid Cloud Management

    For years to come, most IT environments will include a mix of private cloud servers (located both on premises and off) and public cloud services. The challenge will be how to effectively manage such hybrid environments. 

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  • XP Countdown Update: Don’t Misinterpret Anti-malware Extension

    Microsoft will continue to provide updates to our anti-malware signatures and engine for Windows XP users through July 2015, but that isn't a reprieveve from updating your OS.

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  • Data Center Server Solutions: Which is best from east to west?

    A 2010 Open Networking Summit presentation predicted that, by 2014, fully 80 percent of data traffic would be east-west traffic. The latest technologies employed in this pursuit involve the movement of entire virtual machines from server to server.

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  • XP Upgrade Countdown: T-Minus 90 Toolkit

    The Windows XP Migration Toolkit Execution Guide contains a dozen excellent informational tools that corporate IT managers, business managers and other IT professionals will find very valuable.

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  • Tablet Selection: As Much About Software as Hardware

    From color and shape to size and keyboards, there's a lot of decions to make when choosing a tablet. But it’s the software decision that is usually most importantto the user and IT administrators.

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  • Countdown Update: What Withdrawal of Support Means

    Discover the difference between 'mainstream support' and 'extended support' and review your options to ensure you aren't over-spending or left unprotected come April 2014.

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  • Mastering Migration

    The 'Mastering Migration Webcast Series' to provides IT professionals with a resource library that can help improve planning, streamline processes, and assure extraordinary results, whether migrating between platforms, upgrading or consolidating Active Directory or upgrading key applications.

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  • XP Countdown Update: OS Migration Insights from Dell and Microsoft

    Dell and Microsoft talked to five experts in the field and asked them for their observations into what needs to be done to work successfully through the next five months until extended support for Windows XP and Office 2003 are withdrawn.

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  • Meet Your Mobility Match

    The right tablet is fast becoming to the business professional what the Martin guitar or the Stradivarius violin are to musicians.

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  • Tablets in Healthcare

    Healthcare professionals want to use mobile devices to access patients’ healthcare information readily from wherever they are, and HIPAA not only supports it, the agency that manages it has made it a priority.

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  • XP Countdown Update: Just in KACE

    As we enter the home stretch toward the end of Windows XP support, more and more automated solutions are emerging. Discover one solution from Dell to help ease Windows migration.

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  • Dell PowerEdge: Windows Server 2012 R2 Upgrade Options

    There are three upgrade options available for Dell PowerEdge users looking to upgrade to Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2: installation, upgrade and license conversion.

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  • Black Friday Migration Planning

    After you've enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving feast with your family, take some time to consider your migration to a more enjoyable entertainment and information delivery device.

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  • Ring Out the Old, Ring In Some Value with the New

    Dell is offering a truly comprehensive buyback program. You can now trade in your legacy servers, storage and networking equipment for shiny new gear.

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  • Upgrades: A Migration to More

    Every upgrade is a migration. It's a migration to more. More functionality, more capacity, more capability, more flexibility, more business agility.

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  • Microsoft Migration Planning Process

    The Microsoft Migration Planning Process may have been published five years ago, but its processes are as valuable today as they were then.

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  • Plan Carefully When Migrating Active Directory

    Restructuring, consolidating, merging or otherwise migrating Active Directory requires very careful planning and design. The key lies foremost in proper preparation and the use of effective tools.

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  • Something You CAN Take Lightly

    Today's business traveler wants their device of choice to be so light, so thin, you hardly notice you're carrying it. What are the options for such a business device?

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  • Live Migration Illustrated

    In Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview Hyper-V live migration has been updated to allow the administrator to select the optimal performance options when moving virtual machines to a different server.

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  • The End is Near: Another Countdown Update

    If your organization includes some of the 35 percent of devices still running Windows XP, one expert has a list of questions you need to be asking.

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  • KISS: Keep It Simple and Secure

    Secure Copy is an automated solution for migrating data, shares, printers and more with security intact, providing flexibility and control over how data is migrated without the need to write scripts or use any kind of device agent.

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  • Dell Shines Spotlight on SQL Server

    Dell Software announced the release of several new SQL Server management tools at Dell World 2013. Let's take a look at the details of the announcement.

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  • Don't Miss ZeroIMPACT Migration Day

    ZeroIMPACT is an innovative, free virtual event that gives you 'unlimited' access to the industry's top migration experts. Your next opportunity to attend comes in November.

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  • What's so 'Ultra' About an Ultrabook?

    The sleek and powerful Latitude 7000 Series recently released by Dell is the most secure, reliable and manageable line of Ultrabooks yet.

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  • Overwhelmed by 'The Countdown?' Hit Fast Forward

    Dell Services' new Windows Migration Fast Forward Service streamlines organizations' migration from Windows XP to Windows 7 and Windows 8 with expert guidance, unique tools and proven practices.

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  • New Venue – New Agility

    The new Venue devices are designed for make it easier to work and play with one device, and they include a model that runs the standard operating system for business, Windows 8.1.

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  • Countdown Update – Prepare for the XPocalypse

    Confident that most people are clearly aware of the reasons why they need to migrate to Windows 7 or 8, the teams at Dell are busy providing information and tools to help IT managers plan and execute their migrations.

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  • 'Do You Still Think I'm Pretty?'

    Looks aren't everything. As you examine new devices and begin your user migration decision-making process, focus on the setup, migration, management and other factors that will impact your choices.

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  • Clearing XP Migration Roadblocks

    Nearly half of the organizations in a recent survey haven't finished migrating away from Windows XP and there's a good chance many won't finish their migrations before mainstream support ends.

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  • What to Make of Windows RT

    It will be interesting to see what's in store when Dell unveils its Venue line next week, and which operating systems are included in the devices.

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  • A Failure to Plan is a Sure Plan for Failure

    There's a heavy price to pay for allowing yourself to lapse and use 'hope' as your strategy that the applications you migrate will work well once you've finished.

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  • The Right Processor Makes the Right Tablet

    The process of selecting the right tablet for a particular person or job function should begin by assessing the priorities of the users and the applications they will need to run.  Fortunately, there are now a variety of processors for tablets, giving companies a wide price/performance range when making tablet selections.

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  • Following Microsoft’s “Devices & Services” Strategy

    Microsoft’s “Devices & Services” strategy has the potential to reshape the market. With the strategy, Microsoft leap-frogs competitors by successfully bringing a consistent user interface to all devices and platforms. 

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  • Dell follows Bay Trail to new Venue

    One way new tablet devices are being differentiated from one another is by the operating system they run.  For BYOD applications, the popular thinking is that tablets running Microsoft Windows 8.1 are the most sensible choice.

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  • Getting More from Your Email Migration

    Most of us take on a migration and our primary goal is to get it done with minimal downtime or disruption. Butmigrations are also an opportunity to make our lives easier in the future.

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  • TCO: Save with Dell Venue 11 Pro 2 in 1 with Intel vPro vs. Separate Laptop plus Tablet

    In a cost comparison of a tablet vs. the combination of a low-cost laptop paired with an iPad or Android tablet, the results may surprise you! Principled Technologies analyzed all-in costs of a Dell Venue 11 Pro 2-in-1 tablet with an Intel Core processor featuring Intel vPro technology AGAINST a sub-$1,000 laptop combined with either an iPad or Android tablet. While one might expect a laptop and a low-cost tablet to be cheaper, it was not the case for this comparison. Read this study performed by Principled Technologies to learn how your organization may better be able to make cost-effective choices while not compromising mobility or computing performance.

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  • Working Smarter with Dell Devices

    Read this case study to learn how Dell addressed systems refresh needs by considering the needs of each user group to determine role-specific devices from a list of the latest Dell workstations, cloud clients, laptops, Ultrabooks and tablets. Find out more about boosting end user productivity while reducing non-standard device configurations.

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  • Tackling Data Storage Management with Microsoft Windows Server 2012

    Information is the engine of business growth in the digital age. Yet as critical as data can be, the sweeping year-over-year proliferation in data volumes can quickly overwhelm an IT organization. Without an effective data storage strategy, an organization is putting a critical resource at risk. Read this technology guide to learn how pairing an advanced hardware platform like Dell's 12th Generation PowerEdge Servers and Microsoft Windows Server 2012 can act as a platform with scalability, stability, and efficiency.

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  • Making Tablets and Touch Devices Work for Government: The Promise and the Practicality of Mobile Devices

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    Pressure on IT budgets and scrutiny on capital expenditures is forcing many organizations to take a critical look at companion hardware upgrades to software upgrades. Companies that invested in Windows Server 2008 R2 and support the software with new, more powerful server hardware are getting the most from their IT buck.

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    Virtualization's benefits have been well documented. Using virtualization, IT can consolidate physical servers, reduce costs, improve system uptime and help a company reduce energy usage. And yet today, according to Gartner, only 40 percent of all servers have been virtualized. And Enterprise Strategy Group research found that only 41 percent of companies have virtualized Tier-1 workloads.

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    Migrating from an old OS environment takes a lot of time and planning, but the results are well worth it. Healthcare organizations migrating to Windows 7 from Windows XP can take advantage of increased productivity and security. Download this comprehensive guide for help with everything from convincing employees to switch to technical hurdles.

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    With Windows XP’s 2014 retirement looming, enterprises and government agencies are intensifying Windows 7 migration initiatives. To help these organizations make an informed decision about which approach to pursue, this white paper identifies the phases associated with an enterprise-wide migration strategy and estimates the time and cost associated with successfully concluding each step. Download this analysis to learn more about internal v. external deployment strategies and costs.

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    Inevitably, client computing systems age, and the typical three-year refresh cycle usually prevents high levels of computing disparity between hard-ware and software. In recent years, however, many organizations have delayed refreshing their client systems. One reason for the delay has been that the status quo seemed reliable; client computing devices continue to operate beyond the standard three-year refresh cycle. Download this white paper to learn why now is the time to say goodbye to aging systems.

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    This eSeminar will look at a few of the key steps that IT Professionals should be considering as they move to a more secure and better managed BYOD environment.

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  • Avoiding the 7 Pitfalls of Windows 7 Adoptions: An Expert's Perspective

    Watch this On Demand eSeminar and learn best practices to drive efficiency and improve migration results. Complete your project on time and on budget.

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  • Mitigating the Aggravation in Your Windows 7 Migration

    Armed with the latest research, experts at this online event will help you to identify and mitigate potential issues you may encounter on your path to migration. But this eSeminar doesn't stop there. In addition to pointing you in the right direction, industry experts will showcase Windows 7 best practices designed to truly drive efficiency and improve results. We will also examine how other enterprise and public sector organizations have made the best use of service providers and the benefits received.

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  • Windows 7 Migration - Real World Experiences

    As the movement to Windows 7 picks up a great deal of momentum, and the implementations start to multiply, it's critical for internal IT staffs to develop an efficient and effective plan for this migration. In many cases, this additional task load can be a real back breaker for IT, and for this reason, many organizations are working with service providers to get the job done. This webcast will provide you with the details you need on how many of your peers are maximizing internal and external resources to make the move. In addition, we'll touch on key issues such as using new PCs for W7 deployment, data migration issues, and how to insure you are maximizing your security solutions.

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  • Best Practices for Windows 7 Deployment - Dell's Expertise and Experience Simplify the Process

    Windows 7 has become an important product and a key platform as we look at the improvements in security, usability, management all aspects that not only make for efficient IT but also for protected IT. Join featured speaker Eric Delasalice, End User Practice Director with Dell, as he covers the various OS functions and features that Windows 7 brings forth to the enterprise and all the business benefits to gain from a Windows 7 deployment.

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  • Simple Solutions to Application Compatibility Issues for Windows 7 Migration

    To get to Windows 7 one of the first tasks is to look at application compatibility, make plans, identify any issues and move forward. This is to eliminate any surprises during deployment. Join featured speaker, Jefferson Raley, Manager, End User Computing, ProConsult from Dell, as he goes into detail on how to make a smooth migration into Windows 7 and which compatibility issues to avoid.

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  • See the Latest Windows 7 News

    Two Windows gurus discuss the latest Windows 7 news. The operating system was designed using feedback from customers to simplify users' PC experience. Watch the video to learn more about the new and improved features of Windows 7.

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  • How to Be Ready for Windows 7

    Today, IT professionals are mandated to lower operating costs, enhance security, and simplify both systems administration and management. Yet, challenges persist in the realm of End User/Client Computing. Simply put, IT needs have evolved greatly since 2002, when XP was initially designed. As a result, business costs are rising for desktop and notebook PC ownership while it's becoming unfeasible for IT professionals to ensure robust security needs.

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  • SAS Strengthens Sales and Streamlines Global Operations with Windows 7 on Dell Client Systems

    Helping businesses operate more intelligently is what SAS Institute Inc. does. SAS produces powerful business intelligence and data analytics solutions designed for multi-tier, multi-threaded server and complex grid environments. The company wanted to improve efficiency in its global processes for procurement and deployment of client computers, then use the new processes to roll out client hardware and software that would meet the needs of its developers and sales teams.

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  • Worcester Technical High School Helps Raise Grades and Test Scores with Help from Dell and Microsoft

    The birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution, the city of Worcester, Massachusetts is an appropriate place for a vocational high school that is revolutionizing the way students are prepared for 21st century careers. Worcester Technical High School (WTHS) has a 100-year old tradition as a trade school, but in 2006 it made a new beginning with a $90 million, 400,000 square foot facility that has its own restaurant, bake shop, bank, gift store and print shop, all staffed by students and open to the public for business.

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  • Thomas College Provides Students with Dell and Microsoft Technologies and Reduces Server Footprint

    Thomas College is a private liberal arts college in Waterville, Maine that offers a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum for undergraduate and graduate students in a wide variety of programs including arts and sciences, business, criminal justice, education and technology.

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  • In With the New

    Hoover City Schools wanted to update its 6,500 client systems—a mix of desktop PCs, netbooks and mobile tablet devices—to the latest Microsoft operating system. But the district needed to be sure that the applications it depended on would work in the new environment, and that learning would be enhanced by the migration, not disrupted. As a solution, Hoover City Schools saved months of testing time and accelerates Microsoft Windows 7 migration with Dell services.

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  • Managing a Vast Technology Infrastructure

    Hoover City Schools wanted to update its 6,500 client systems—a mix of desktop PCs, netbooks and mobile tablet devices—to the latest Microsoft operating system. But the district needed to be sure that the applications it depended on would work in the new environment, and that learning would be enhanced by the migration, not disrupted. As a solution, Hoover City Schools saved months of testing time and accelerates Microsoft Windows 7 migration with Dell services.

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  • Navigating a Demanding Deployment

    The U.S. IT team at Mediterranean Shipping Company faced the challenge of deploying 1,000 desktop systems across 15 cities in a six-week time frame over weekends only.

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Product Spotlight

XPS 12 Convertible Ultrabook: Two Devices in One Package - Powerful Ultrabook Plus Full Featured Tablet

The XPS 12 features a novel and elegant flip-hinge touchscreen display designed to take advantage of the Windows 8 features for touch interaction. The result is two products in one, providing the full functionality of an ultraportable laptop with keyboard plus the convenience of a tablet.

The innovative flip hinge design can easily transition from laptop to tablet and back to a laptop, featuring a full HD screen that provides 97 percent more pixels than a standard HD display. The result is an exceptionally crisp reading as well as photo and video viewing experience. The XPS 12 features thoughtful design, attractive aesthetics, and is crafted from premium materials such as machined aluminum, carbon fiber, and Corning Gorilla Glass for durability.

  • A two-for-one ultrabook and tablet with touch display
  • Innovative flip hinge design to switch between the two
  • Full HD screen with 97 percent more pixels than standard HD displays allowing for exceptionally clear and bright viewing
 

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