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DEFINITION: A tier 1 vendor is one of the largest and most well known in its field -- often enjoying national or international recognition and acceptance. Vendors may be both manufacturers and value-added resellers (VARs). For example, Cisco Systems Inc. is regarded as a tier 1 vendor in storage area network switching equipment and related technical certifications. Tier 1 vendors may also be a "preferred"  … 
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RHEV for Desktops Feature Comparison
sponsored by Red Hat
WHITE PAPER: When choosing a desktop virtualization platform to manage your desktop infrastructure, your architecture and capabilities may be limited by the features offered by each product. This document details the features and benefits of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Desktops 3.0 in comparison with current market competitors.
Posted: 25 May 2012 | Published: 25 May 2012

Red Hat

Stay or Switch? How Switching Your Value-Added Network (VAN) can Payoff Beyond Just Price
sponsored by Liaison Technology
WHITE PAPER: This white paper discusses key capabilities needed in a value-added network (VAN) and what to look for in selecting your next VAN provider.
Posted: 23 May 2012 | Published: 23 May 2012

Liaison Technology

Creating a Secure Private Network for Cloud Computing
sponsored by MegaPath Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This essential resource highlights key criteria to consider when evaluating managed network service providers for the private cloud. Discover how a MPLS-enabled, all-optical network provider can help you meet performance-sensitive application needs and SLAs.
Posted: 23 May 2012 | Published: 22 May 2012

MegaPath Inc.

Gartner Magic Quadrant: Selecting a vendor
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: The demand for greater ecommerce capabilities is growing leading CIOs and IT professionals concerned with choosing the perfect vendor. Through this in-depth vendor analysis by Gartner, uncover the top 6 questions you should ask and the strengths and weaknesses of the top 20 e-commerce vendors.
Posted: 17 May 2012 | Published: 03 Nov 2011

IBM

Planning and Implementing A Dynamic Cloud: Creating a Cloud Environment That's as Dynamic as Your Business
sponsored by Adaptive Computing
WHITE PAPER: Not sure how to start implementing cloud? This resource takes you through some of the key points to keep in mind as you are developing a long-term cloud strategy. Discover how you can create the ideal, optimized cloud environment that will serve your business needs for years to come.
Posted: 15 Feb 2012 | Published: 15 Feb 2012

Adaptive Computing

Doing Business with Comstor
sponsored by Comstor
WHITE PAPER: Learn more about Comstor, a leader in Cisco product distribution and an established provider of networking and advanced technology solutions.
Posted: 01 Feb 2012 | Published: 27 Jan 2012

Comstor

Cloud Computing: Resiliency is the Key to Success
sponsored by SunGard Availability Services
WHITE PAPER: Access this paper to learn about the key advantages cloud can offer, the many types of cloud deployment options and the main challenges organizations face when implementing cloud today. In addition, get recommendations for moving forward with your cloud strategy, including how to choose a trustworthy provider.
Posted: 18 Jan 2012 | Published: 18 Jan 2012

SunGard Availability Services

Working With Open Source Companies
sponsored by FuseSource
WHITE PAPER: This paper discusses several key differences between closed and open source software vendor management, providing advice for managing your deployments and investments in open source technologies.
Posted: 01 Dec 2011 | Published: 14 Nov 2007

FuseSource

VDI Gen2: Quick Guide Reference
sponsored by CDG in association with Virtual Bridges
WHITE PAPER: When making a large IT investment, such as deploying VDI, there is little room for error. Find out what questions to ask a VDI vendor before making a purchase to avoid problems down the road.
Posted: 09 Sep 2011 | Published: 09 Sep 2011

CDG in association with Virtual Bridges

IBM Inspires Customer Delight by Consistently Meeting High Customer Expectations for Product and Service Integrity
sponsored by IBM and Intel
WHITE PAPER: In Technology Business Research’s 3Q10 x86-based Server Customer Satisfaction Study, based on the views of 481 IT decision-makers in North America, IBM earned its fifth straight No. 1 ranking and its fourth consecutive singular (unshared) top ranking. Read this retrospective analysis to learn more.
Posted: 07 Jun 2011 | Published: 07 Jun 2011

IBM and Intel

The Elephant in the Room - Cloud Security and what Vendors and Customers Need to do to Stay Secure
sponsored by Rackspace Hosting
WHITE PAPER: Both vendors and customers share the responsibility of cloud security, and each have their own part to play. This white paper highlights a non-profit organization's findings on the most typical security practices across the cloud computing industry.
Posted: 31 May 2011 | Published: 31 May 2011

Rackspace Hosting

IBM Cloud Services: Balancing compute options: How IBM Smart Business Cloud can be a catalyst for IT transformation
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: This IBM and TBR white paper examines the specific criteria CIOs and IT managers should be looking for from your cloud computing vendors, providing both quantitative and qualitative insights.
Posted: 04 May 2011 | Published: 04 May 2011

IBM

Getting cloud computing right
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: Cloud computing can potentially be a disruptive change to the way an enterprise’s IT services are delivered. We propose that examining a candidate cloud solution provider’s reference architecture should be a standard element of a CIO’s cloud vendor evaluation strategy. Learn more now.
Posted: 03 May 2011 | Published: 04 May 2011

IBM

Magic Quadrant for Mobile Data Protection
sponsored by Sophos, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This Magic Quadrant is a snapshot of the overall market that ranks vendors against each other, according to competitive criteria. Vendors in any quadrant, as well as those not ranked on the Magic Quadrant, may be appropriate for your enterprise's needs and budget.
Posted: 14 Apr 2011 | Published: 13 Apr 2011

Sophos, Inc.

Magic Quadrant for Data Warehouse Database Management Systems (Gartner)
sponsored by Teradata
WHITE PAPER: The data warehouse DBMS market is undergoing a transformation, including many acquisitions, as vendors adapt data warehouses to support the modern business intelligence and analytic workload requirements of users. This document compares 16 vendors, including IBM & Netezza, to help customers find the right one for their needs.
Posted: 11 Apr 2011 | Published: 11 Apr 2011

Teradata

SAP Outsourcing for Mid-Market Companies: A Comparison of Three Leading Providers
sponsored by itelligence, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Running a business on SAP requires that the application be available 7x24, data be secure, and that the application can grow with an organization. The decision to select an outsourcer goes far beyond finding a data center. Read this paper and learn what questions to ask in order to select an outstanding SAP outsourcing provider.
Posted: 28 Mar 2011 | Published: 28 Mar 2011

itelligence, Inc.

Enabling Advanced Analytics by Bloor Research
sponsored by Sybase, an SAP company
WHITE PAPER: There is a great deal of discussion right now about advanced analytics, predictive analytics and in-database analytics. What are these? Read this white paper to find out!
Posted: 25 Mar 2011 | Published: 25 Mar 2011

Sybase, an SAP company

Magic Quadrant for Static Application Security Testing
sponsored by Veracode, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: In this research, we analyze the evolution of the static application security testing market, and evaluate its vendors according to their business and technology vision, as well as their ability to execute against that vision in their products and services.
Posted: 17 Feb 2011 | Published: 17 Feb 2011

Veracode, Inc.

Gartner Middle East CIO Leadership Forum
sponsored by Gartner
WHITE PAPER: Join Gartner analysts from 28 February to 1 March in Dubai, industry thought leaders and a select group of your peers to find new answers to new questions - and learn how your IT leadership can create and follow the path to world class best practice.
Posted: 28 Jan 2011 | Published: 28 Jan 2011

Gartner

Migrating to Windows 7: How to Select a Provider for PC Online Backup and Recovery
sponsored by Iron Mountain
WHITE PAPER: In addition to implementing strategic initiatives, IT has the basic function of keeping workers productive. With many enterprises migrating to Microsoft Windows 7, it is important to consider a backup provider that supports Microsoft’s latest platform. Read this white paper to learn more.
Posted: 26 Jan 2011 | Published: 26 Jan 2011

Iron Mountain

Prepare for Vendor Audits and Improve Software Asset Management with Integrated IBM Solutions
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: Read how effective software asset management supports both cost effectiveness and cost efficiency by matching inventory with actual deployments, thereby helping to reduce over- and under-licensing.
Posted: 25 Oct 2010 | Published: 15 Jan 2010

IBM

Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management
sponsored by SDL Web Content Management Solutions Division
WHITE PAPER: This Magic Quadrant will help CIOs and business and IT leaders that are analyzing their Web strategies to assess whether they have the right Web Content Management offering to support them. Use this Magic Quadrant to understand the fresh vitality in the WCM market and how Gartner rates the leading vendors and their packaged products.
Posted: 08 Sep 2010 | Published: 07 Sep 2010

SDL Web Content Management Solutions Division

Creating a Dynamic Information Infrastructure
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: Discussions with customers and research into vendor offerings are the basis of this white paper. It prescribes a customer transformation roadmap, profiles two customers’ information infrastructure journeys, and provides an analysis of IBM’s and EMC’s associated visions and strategies.
Posted: 06 Aug 2010 | Published: 17 Sep 2009

IBM

Considering Leading Architectures for Specialty Analytic Servers
sponsored by Sybase, an SAP company
WHITE PAPER: Recent reports expose the monumental growth rate of data volumes. With increasing data volumes comes a need for computational power to absorb and analyze all this data in an attempt to gain a competitive edge. This paper attempts to shed some light on the decision process for selecting a specialty analytic server in today's business environments.
Posted: 05 Aug 2010 | Published: 05 Aug 2010

Sybase, an SAP company

Interoperating with Cisco Systems: Hands-On Look at Configuring D-Link and Cisco for Seamless Savings
sponsored by D-Link
WHITE PAPER: The best network design invariably is multi-vendor. That is even more true in an era of constrained budgets where sticking with your existing vendor brings with it not only a price premium, but also the continuation of proprietary approaches. Read this whitepaper to learn more about D-Link's interoperability benefits with Cisco systems.
Posted: 06 Jul 2010 | Published: 02 Jul 2010

D-Link
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VENDOR SELECTION DEFINITION (continued): … A tier 1 vendor is one of the largest and most well known in its field -- often enjoying national or international recognition and acceptance. Vendors may be both manufacturers and value-added resellers (VARs). For example, Cisco Systems Inc. is regarded as a tier 1 vendor in storage area network switching equipment and related technical certifications. Tier 1 vendors may also be a "preferred" vendor that provides products and services to you at appealing prices or other favorable terms.See also: tier 2 vendor
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