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DEFINITION: A virtual (or logical) LAN is a local area network with a definition that maps workstations on some other basis than geographic location (for example, by department, type of user, or primary application). The virtual LAN controller can change or add workstations and manage load balancing and bandwidth allocation more easily than with a physical picture of the LAN. Network management software keeps  … 
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Mobilize to Rightsize Your Network
sponsored by Aruba Networks
WHITE PAPER: Uncover how rightsizing your network can help you determine where wired network capacity can be offset with more cost-effective Wi-Fi options - helping you save money, time, and space!
Posted: 30 May 2012 | Published: 14 Mar 2011

Aruba Networks

A Business Guide to MPLS IP VPN Migration: Five Critical Factors
sponsored by XO Communications
WHITE PAPER: Uncover five critical factors for a successful migration to an MPLS IP VPN service in this whitepaper. Learn the evolving needs of today’s enterprise networks and uncover how an MPLS-based IP VPN can help you fulfill these wants and needs.
Posted: 25 May 2012 | Published: 30 Apr 2012

XO Communications

Key Considerations for MPLS IP-VPN Success
sponsored by XO Communications
WHITE PAPER: Uncover the benefits of an MPLS-based private IP network and learn how it can not only help you simplify network management and reduce costs, but also prioritize application, create and improve disaster recovery, and much more!
Posted: 25 May 2012 | Published: 30 Apr 2012

XO Communications

How to Accurately Detect and Correct Packet Loss
sponsored by Silver Peak
WHITE PAPER: This paper explains how packet loss can be properly measured throughout an enterprise, and what can be done to mitigate its effects in real-time.
Posted: 21 May 2012 | Published: 31 Dec 2010

Silver Peak

WAN and VPN Solutions: Choosing the Best Type for your Organization
sponsored by XO Communications
WHITE PAPER: This whitepaper describes the different WAN and VPN options organizations have, and helps you figure out which would be the best for your particular needs.
Posted: 08 Mar 2012 | Published: 07 Mar 2012

XO Communications

Ten Steps to an Enterprise Mobility Strategy
sponsored by iPass Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Ensure traveling employees are productive while you control costs and security, with an enterprise mobility strategy.
Posted: 30 Jan 2012 | Published: 27 Jan 2012

iPass Inc.

How a Techie Built a Network That Cuts Costs by 50%
sponsored by Cisco Systems, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Discover how a technical supervisor used network technology to help his company slash phone service costs, improve security and service, and add four satellite offices without adding more IT support.
Posted: 13 Dec 2011 | Published: 13 Dec 2011

Cisco Systems, Inc.

The Ultralight Branch
sponsored by Aerohive Networks
WHITE PAPER: Access this whitepaper to learn more about enterprise connections and how ultralight branches can help keep users connected from multiple, small locations.
Posted: 08 Dec 2011 | Published: 08 Dec 2011

Aerohive Networks

Service Provider MPLS VPN Security Considerations
sponsored by Certes Networks
WHITE PAPER: This report explores security considerations for service provider MPLS VPN, and describes two threat scenarios against a real MPLS VPN environment that was constructed to demonstrate the typical attack surface of an MPLS Layer 3 VPN provider network.
Posted: 27 Oct 2011 | Published: 01 Sep 2011

Certes Networks

AT&T Virtual Tunneling Service
sponsored by AT&T Corp
WHITE PAPER: AT&T's virtual tunneling service (AVTS) offers reliable connectivity over different access methods, including simultaneous access to the Internet with user-friendly client software that provides seamless access to your enterprise applications.
Posted: 24 Oct 2011 | Published: 24 Oct 2011

AT&T Corp

AT&T Network-based IP VPN Remote Access (ANIRA)
sponsored by AT&T Corp
WHITE PAPER: AT&T Network-based IP VPN Remote Access (ANIRA) offers remote users and traveling users access to corporate information & productivity applications on the fly, whether away from or within the office.
Posted: 24 Oct 2011 | Published: 24 Oct 2011

AT&T Corp

The iEverything Enterprise: Understanding and Addressing IT's Dilemma in a World Dominated by Wireless Smart Devices
sponsored by Aerohive Networks
WHITE PAPER: Virtualization, cloud computing and wireless technologies are providing gains in productivity and cost savings. Enterprise applications can now be delivered to almost any device, regardless of whether they are issued corporately or personally owned. Learn how almost every IT department is experiencing the effects of smart device adoption.
Posted: 09 Sep 2011 | Published: 09 Sep 2011

Aerohive Networks

The Evolving Threat Landscape
sponsored by Juniper Networks, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This paper surveys emerging threats, profiles theirhighly organized perpetrators, and reviews some of the revolutionary technologies that make these attacks so persistent and effective.
Posted: 02 Sep 2011 | Published: 02 Sep 2011

Juniper Networks, Inc.

Guarding Against Network Failure
sponsored by Hughes Network Systems
WHITE PAPER: Network outages can affect a single branch or the entire business. Access this paper on best practices for developing an optimal disaster recovery strategy.
Posted: 02 Aug 2011 | Published: 02 Aug 2011

Hughes Network Systems

Manchester Essex Regional School District: Virtualization helps a Massachusetts school district deliver better education while reducing costs, IT staff burdens and environmental impact
sponsored by VMware, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: The Manchester Essex Regional School District was looking to build a new school for its 8500 student body, tasking the IT department with finding the most effective way to help build and manage an energy-efficient IT infrastructure. This white paper highlights how VMware data center virtualization and other software helped them achieve their goals.
Posted: 12 Jul 2011 | Published: 12 Jul 2011

VMware, Inc.

Field Service Mobility Best Practices
sponsored by NetMotion Wireless
WHITE PAPER: Delivering applications and data to mobile workers is a key initiative among modern organizations. Mobile field initiatives offer tangible benefits, such as improved customer service and productivity.  Learn how a virtual private network (VPN) helps achieve a seamless deployment while providing reliable network connections for mobile workers.
Posted: 22 Jun 2011 | Published: 22 Jun 2011

NetMotion Wireless

Backup Mobile and Remote Users Securely, With or Without a VPN
sponsored by Copiun
WHITE PAPER: This white paper examines the challenges with backing up corporate data on these remote users’ PCs and describes Copiun’s Constant Access Gateway option which allows IT organizations to securely backup remote and mobile users without opening any firewall ports or placing the backup server in the DMZ.
Posted: 16 May 2011 | Published: 29 Oct 2010

Copiun

How Can You Prepare for the Consumerization of IT
sponsored by DynTek & McAfee
WHITE PAPER: The consumerization of IT is all about productivity. That’s the finding from a recent survey of organizations that currently allow or plan to allow employees to use personal IT devices and consumer-driven software on the enterprise network. Read this paper to view strategies McAfee recommends to prepare for the consumerization of IT.
Posted: 11 Mar 2011 | Published: 10 Mar 2011

DynTek  & McAfee

SuperMassive E10000 Series Next-Generation Firewall
sponsored by SonicWALL
WHITE PAPER: The SonicWALL® SuperMassive™ E10000 Series is SonicWALL’s Next-Generation Firewall platform designed for large networks to deliver scalability, reliability and deep security at multi-gigabit speeds.
Posted: 28 Feb 2011 | Published: 28 Feb 2011

SonicWALL

Backup Mobile and Remote Users Securely, With or Without a VPN
sponsored by Copiun
WHITE PAPER: This whitepaper examines the challenges with backing up corporate data on these remote users’ PCs and describes Copiun’s Constant Access Gateway option which allows IT organizations to securely backup remote and mobile users without opening any firewall ports or placing the backup server in the DMZ.
Posted: 17 Jan 2011 | Published: 17 Jan 2011

Copiun

Legacy Remote Control Tools: Not Built for Today’s Helpdesk
sponsored by LogMeIn, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This paper explores the challenges and hidden costs of supporting a remote workforce with legacy tools. In addition, it identifies best practices that decision makers can use to choose enterprise helpdesk support tools that better meet the needs of remote employees, while helping to reduce costs.
Posted: 17 Jan 2011 | Published: 11 Jan 2011

LogMeIn, Inc.

How to Cut Communications Costs By Replacing Leased Lines and VPNs with MPLS
sponsored by Star
WHITE PAPER: Replacement of remaining legacy internet connections with more flexible and secure solutions such as Multi Protocol Label Switching (MPLS), which offer guaranteed security and quality of service, can save organisations substantial amounts of money. Read on to learn more about MPLS.
Posted: 10 Dec 2010 | Published: 10 Dec 2010

Star

Three Steps for Creating a Mobility Strategy
sponsored by AT&T Corp
WHITE PAPER: Many organizations have implemented mobility in a tactical and piecemeal manner, not realizing the gains possible from adopting a more strategic approach. This paper explains how to conduct a mobility audit, review your business activities and develop an effective mobility implementation plan.
Posted: 13 Oct 2010 | Published: 13 Oct 2010

AT&T Corp

Laptop Locks: A Simple and Cost-Effective Approach to Data Loss Prevention
sponsored by Kensington
WHITE PAPER: This paper will educate IT decision makers on the need for physical security, how it can protect sensitive data, and how Kensington laptop locks can help.
Posted: 04 Oct 2010 | Published: 04 Oct 2010

Kensington

The Application Usage and Risk Report
sponsored by Palo Alto Networks
WHITE PAPER: The latest edition of the Application Usage and Risk Report (Spring 2010) covers a sample size that has grown more than 15 fold to 347 and is truly global. Since the Spring 2008 Report, the number of applications Palo Alto Networks identifies has grown to nearly 1,000 with nearly 750 of them found during the six month period.
Posted: 30 Jun 2010 | Published: 30 Jun 2010

Palo Alto Networks
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VPN DEFINITION (continued): … A virtual (or logical) LAN is a local area network with a definition that maps workstations on some other basis than geographic location (for example, by department, type of user, or primary application). The virtual LAN controller can change or add workstations and manage load balancing and bandwidth allocation more easily than with a physical picture of the LAN. Network management software keeps track of relating the virtual picture of the local area network with the actual physical picture.VLANs are considered likely to be used with campus environment networks. Among companies likely to provide products with VLAN support are Cisco, Bay Networks, and 3Com.There is a proposed VLAN standard, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers 802.10.
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