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DEFINITION: A configuration management database (CMDB) is a database that contains all relevant information about the components of the information system used in an organization's IT services and the relationships between those components. A CMDB provides an organized view of data and a means of examining that data from any desired perspective. Within this context, components of an information system are referred  … 
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Business Mashups: Addressing the Long Tail of Applications Development
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WHITE PAPER: A mashup is a web application that combines data from more than one source into a single integrated tool. Learn how Business Mashups can help Business Owners and IT unlock the potential found in this so-called "long tail" of applications.
Posted: 12 Dec 2007 | Published: 01 Sep 2007

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Deploying Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2005 Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing Solutions on Dell™ PowerEdge™ Servers and Dell™ PowerVault™ Storage
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WHITE PAPER: This white paper provides an architectural overview and configuration guidelines for deploying Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Business Intelligence and Data Warehouse technologies on Dell PowerEdge servers with Dell PowerVault storage.
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Performance of Microsoft® SQL Server&#153 2005 Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing Solutions on Dell™ PowerEdge™ Servers and Dell™ PowerVault™ Storage
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WHITE PAPER: This performance white paper illustrates the efficiencies of deploying SQL Server 2005 Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing technologies on Dell PowerEdge servers and Dell PowerVault MD1000 storage arrays
Posted: 05 Dec 2007 | Published: 01 Sep 2007

Dell, Inc.

The Intelligent Choice for Business Intelligence
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WHITE PAPER: Learn how Dell has partnered with Microsoft to create three validated partner reference configurations for Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing. This white paper discusses BI and DW applications for SQL Server 2005.
Posted: 05 Dec 2007 | Published: 01 Dec 2007

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Enterprise Change Management: Blending Technology with Best Practices to Improve IT Efficiency & Achieve Compliance
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WHITE PAPER: Effective change management is required to rapidly and successfully respond to new challenges. Get an in-depth explanation of the available technologies and best practice frameworks that exist to help organizations control change activities.
Posted: 04 Sep 2007 | Published: 01 Sep 2007

SunView Software Inc.

Leveraging Agent and Agentless Technology for Effective Operations Management
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WHITE PAPER: In this white paper learn the benefits of using agent-based and agentless technologies to monitor infrastructure performance and availability. Also read about the total cost of ownership for both agent-based solutions as well as agentless techn...
Posted: 24 Aug 2007 | Published: 01 Apr 2007

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Seamless Physical and Virtual Server Management
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WHITE PAPER: Server virtualization has the ability to benefit nearly all data centers, but these benefits can not be realized if the virtual servers are implemented and managed improperly. This paper provides guidance on optimal virtualization strategies.
Posted: 08 Aug 2007 | Published: 16 Nov 2006

Hewlett-Packard Company

IT Asset Management: Saving Money, Reducing Risk
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WHITE PAPER: Learn how IT asset management works and how to deliver a system for controlling costs and proving regulatory compliance. Read this white paper that details how IT asset management improves technology return on investment and safeguards organizations.
Posted: 17 Jul 2007 | Published: 01 Jul 2007

NetSupport, Inc.

The Shortcut Guide to Network Management for the Mid-Market
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WHITE PAPER: This 4-chapter guide was written specifically for network engineers, offering valuable insight into real-world technologies and processes for implementing centralized management and monitoring of your network infrastructure.
Posted: 16 Jul 2007 | Published: 01 Mar 2007

SolarWinds, Inc.

Vulnerability Management: Making Risk Visible and Remediation Automatic
sponsored by Shavlik Technologies
WHITE PAPER: This paper details how to set vulnerability management policies and identify risks within your organization. You will also learn more about how to detect and remediate patch or configuration problems.
Posted: 01 May 2007 | Published: 01 Apr 2007

Shavlik Technologies

Enabling the Enterprise Data Center with Next Generation, Dynamic Event Based Automation
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PODCAST: Check out this podcast to hear more about the role workload and event-based automation should be playing in your data center management strategy.
Posted: 28 Mar 2007 | Premiered: Mar 29, 2007, 09:00 EDT (13:00 GMT)

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Enterprise Manager: Why experts rave about its Oracle DB management
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WEBCAST: Attend this free Webcast to learn how Oracle Enterprise Manager can help you manage your database infrastructure more effectively.
Posted: 21 Mar 2007 | Premiered: Mar 29, 2007, 14:00 EDT (18:00 GMT)

Oracle Corporation

Apply the ITIL Framework with Confidence
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WHITE PAPER: This whitepaper explains how ITIL provides the foundation for quality IT service management. It actively supports corporate goals by offering services that are based on efficient principles and adequately fulfilling business requirements.
Posted: 12 Mar 2007 | Published: 01 Mar 2007

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Embracing Microsoft Vista for Enhanced Network Security
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WHITE PAPER: This white paper examines the steps to take when migrating and implementing Windows Vista and discusses how to mitigate risks, reduce costs and improve overall security.
Posted: 08 Mar 2007 | Published: 01 Mar 2007

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Best Practices for IT Configuration Management
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WEBCAST: IT Configuration Management, according to Gartner, is associated with discovering and managing the state of an element in an IT infrastructure. In this Webcast a team of experts discuss their perspective on IT configuration management.
Posted: 08 Mar 2007 | Premiered: Mar 1, 2007

Oracle Corporation

Managing Applications with Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g
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WHITE PAPER: This white paper discusses how to address the challenges of managing mission-critical applications. Read this white paper to learn about benefits of adopting an application management solution like Oracle Enterprise Manager.
Posted: 07 Mar 2007 | Published: 01 Oct 2006

Oracle Corporation

Incident Management: A CA IT Service Management Process Map
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WHITE PAPER: Unlike Problem Management, whose focus is on finding the rootcause of problems, Incident Management is essentially about getting things back up quickly, even if this means performing workarounds and quick fixes.
Posted: 02 Mar 2007 | Published: 01 Jun 2006

CA Technologies.

Control IT With Configuration Audit and Control
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WHITE PAPER: Learn how establishing a change policy that enforces all changes are auditable and authorized, and all unauthorized changes are investigated, can enable IT organizations to reach compliance, security, and availability goals
Posted: 01 Mar 2007 | Published: 01 Feb 2007

Tripwire, Inc.

iET Process Analyzer
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DATA SHEET: The IT function has never been under greater pressure to improve its performance and prove its value to the business. iET Solutions' Process Analyzer application provides near real-time measurement of key performance indicators (KPIs) as well a...
Posted: 06 Feb 2007 | Published: 01 Jan 2006

iETSolutions

The IT/Compliance Challenge within Segregation of Duties: Eliminating Developer Access to the Production Environment
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WHITE PAPER: This white paper reviews effective methods for creating controlled, secure access to complete problem data for your developers so they can solve production problems without actually accessing your production environment.
Posted: 16 Nov 2006 | Published: 01 Nov 2006

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Selecting a Flexible, Custom Platform to Automate Your Data Center Management
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WHITE PAPER: Data center automation should be used to simplify IT lifecycle management, especially as the number of devices increases. Learn how automation solutions can reduce the cost and complexity of managing IT infrastructure and improve operational quality.
Posted: 09 Nov 2006 | Published: 01 Nov 2006

Opsware, Inc.

Reducing Costs in Operations Management with ITIL-Based Process Automation
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WHITE PAPER: Operational costs increase with every technology implementation. Automated process driven management can help lower these costs and improve IT efficiencies. Read this white paper to learn about the benefits of ITIL-based process automation.
Posted: 01 Nov 2006 | Published: 01 Nov 2006

Opalis Software, Inc.

Getting Started with ITIL's CMDB: Best-Practice Tips for Enterprise IT Professionals
sponsored by Enterprise Management Associates (EMA)
WHITE PAPER: Gain insight into ITIL's CMDB, the drivers for adoption, potential pitfalls on the road to CMDB success, and best-practices guidance to organizations undertaking a CMDB initiative.
Posted: 09 Oct 2006 | Published: 01 Feb 2007

Enterprise Management Associates (EMA)

Turn Virtual Management into Automated Best Practices
sponsored by Opalis Software, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Virtualization adds layers of overhead and complexity which offsets the potential cost savings virtualization can provide. Learn how automating virtual server commissioning and decommissioning procedures makes virtual environments truly cost effective.
Posted: 25 Sep 2006 | Published: 01 Sep 2006

Opalis Software, Inc.

ITIL Best Practices: Maximizing the Business Value of IT
sponsored by Mercury
WHITE PAPER: Find out how Mercury helps organizations maximize the business value of IT with ITIL best practices in change management, service-level management and across the application lifecycle.
Posted: 10 May 2005 | Published: 01 May 2005

Mercury
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CONFIGURATION MANAGEMENT DEFINITION (continued): …  to as configuration items (CI). A CI can be any conceivable IT component, including software, hardware, documentation, and personnel, as well as any combination of them. The processes of configuration management seek to specify, control, and track configuration items and any changes made to them in a comprehensive and systematic fashion. The IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) best practices standards include specifications for configuration management. According to ITIL specifications, the four major tasks of configuration management are: Identification of configuration items to be included in … 
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