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DEFINITION: COTS, MOTS, GOTS, and NOTS are abbreviations that describe pre-packaged software or (less commonly) hardware purchase alternatives.A COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) product is one that is used "as-is." COTS products are designed to be easily installed and to interoperate with existing system components. Almost all software bought by the average computer user fits into the COTS category: operating  … 
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Virtualization Brings Your Network Up-to-Speed
sponsored by VMware
WHITE PAPER: Does your current network approach account for new technologies? There is a superior approach to networking virtualization designed for early and ongoing success. Learn how it enables data center managers to achieve orders of magnitude, better agility, economics, and choice.
Posted: 16 May 2016 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

VMware

CW@50 - What was making the news in May
sponsored by ComputerWeekly.com
ESSENTIAL GUIDE: The National Museum of Computing has trawled the Computer Weekly archives for another selection of articles highlighting significant articles published in the month of May over the past five decades.
Posted: 10 May 2016 | Published: 09 May 2016

ComputerWeekly.com

Transform your business with Software Defined Networking
sponsored by Verizon
WHITE PAPER: Software-defined networking (SDN) is the new networking standard and many enterprises are still in the early stages of adoption. Read on for a strategic assessment of the benefits of SDN and learn about a service that will ensure that your SDN adoption is as smooth as possible.
Posted: 09 May 2016 | Published: 30 Sep 2015

Verizon

Software-Defined, Business-Driven
sponsored by Verizon
WHITE PAPER: Is your network meeting today's needs, let alone future of connectivity? Learn how SDN has changed the way we look at networks, shifting from a technology-centric view to a workflow-centric view.
Posted: 09 May 2016 | Published: 30 Oct 2015

Verizon

Take Control with Software Defined Networking
sponsored by Verizon
VIDEO: As technologies advance and become more heavily relied on, there is a need for increased bandwidth, performance and reliability. How do you keep up? Software-defined networking (SDN) is the answer to connection problems. Watch this video to learn about an SDN management solution that will grant you greater control over your network.
Posted: 06 May 2016 | Premiered: 07 Dec 2015

Verizon

Build a wiser WAN
sponsored by Verizon
WHITE PAPER: The need for efficient and reliable cloud and mobile technologies is creating a demand for better application performance. Read on to learn how software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) overcomes the obstacles and demands of mobile technologies, and how it is just the first step in aligning your IT with your business.
Posted: 04 May 2016 | Published: 30 Sep 2015

Verizon

Why You Should Care about Identity-as-a-Service (iDaaS): An Expert's Perspective
sponsored by Rackspace
WEBCAST: This webcast defines identity-as-a-service in the context of real-world applications, and identifies the key capabilities it can provide, including credential management, claims issuance and acceptance, assurance of compliance, personalization information maintenance, and more.
Posted: 04 May 2016 | Premiered: Dec 31, 2015

Rackspace

SDN 102: Software Defined Networks and the Role of Application Delivery Network Services
sponsored by Citrix
WHITE PAPER: Software Defined Networking (SDN) has evolved over the years as applications and cloud computing become more prominent. However, with everyone at different steps along the way to SDN adoption, explore some of the models for SDNs, identify some of the associated use cases, and describe methods to integrate application delivery network services.
Posted: 21 Apr 2016 | Published: 30 Apr 2015

Citrix

How Software-Defined Block Storage Rescues You From Costs of Traditional SAN
sponsored by EMC
RESOURCE: The secret to success in any business is stretching every dollar as far as it will go. IT budgets are either stagnant or decreasing while data storage capacity demands are rising. Explore this microsite to find out what you can do to meet these demands on a strict budget.
Posted: 21 Apr 2016 | Published: 06 Apr 2016

EMC

The Platform Explosion: Harness It or Lose IT Agility
sponsored by Box
ANALYST REPORT: This Forrester report will assist your enterprise architect (EA) in navigating the mushrooming software platform market to create a portfolio plan, which seizes the opportunity platforms present without killing responsiveness. Access this exclusive report to and view a 4-step roadmap to strategic software platform implementation.
Posted: 20 Apr 2016 | Published: 30 Mar 2016

Box

Why SD-WAN is the Way to WAN Optimization
sponsored by SearchSDN.com
EBOOK: If the growth of cloud computing and mobility has proven anything, it's that the legacy boundaries of the enterprise no longer exist. As a result, the traditional model of WAN optimization is changing too. Access this e-guide to discover if SD-WAN is right for your network.
Posted: 19 Apr 2016 | Published: 15 Apr 2016

SearchSDN.com

CW@50: What was making the news in April?
sponsored by ComputerWeekly.com
EBOOK: The National Museum of Computing has uncovered several gems in the Computer Weekly archives, based on what was happening in the month of April over the last few decades.
Posted: 19 Apr 2016 | Published: 19 Apr 2016

ComputerWeekly.com

Software Delivery Self-Assessment: Where Do You Stand Among Your Peers?
sponsored by IBM
ASSESSMENT TOOL: How can you ensure optimal quality while delivering your applications faster than the competition? With just 15 questions, you can evaluate your organization's software delivery process and see where you stand relative to your peers.
Posted: 14 Apr 2016 | Published: 30 Mar 2016

IBM

Pervasive Monitoring and Security Across Multiple Data Centers
sponsored by Big Switch Networks
CASE STUDY: This case study of a major company was able to reduce the number of tap and tool silos to increase efficiency and security, and economically scale these tools to match the company's global reach, growing cloud, and mobile delivery model.
Posted: 13 Apr 2016 | Published: 28 Dec 2015

Big Switch Networks

Architectural Choices for the HANA-Bound SAP Customer
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: This white paper takes an in-depth look at the architectural choices available to SAP customers who have decided to move to HANA. Learn now about the evolution toward HANA, its next stage, and the advantages behind certain partnerships.
Posted: 06 Apr 2016 | Published: 28 Aug 2015

IBM

APD Improves their Procurement Solution with a New Middleware Strategy
sponsored by Red Hat
WHITE PAPER: In this case study, you'll explore ways one custom procurement solution provider was able to help users automatically buy the most cost-effective item available. Learn now about agile development strategies and middleware that made this possible.
Posted: 05 Apr 2016 | Published: 05 Apr 2016

Red Hat

Competitive Review: 2 Integrated Business Solutions under Scrutiny
sponsored by Red Hat
WHITE PAPER: Access this review on BPM tools to find a side-by-side comparison of two products aimed at helping business leaders and developers find success with business process strategies, and determine which one is right for your organization.
Posted: 05 Apr 2016 | Published: 30 Oct 2015

Red Hat

Drive Toward Better Decisions with Dashboards
sponsored by Innotas
WHITE PAPER: Dashboards help convey a lot of information in a consolidated, consumable format. Creating dashboards to report on business goals and maintaining them with relevant metrics is the foundation for setting up effective conversations. Access this white paper to learn how to set up the best dashboard for your organization.
Posted: 05 Apr 2016 | Published: 30 Mar 2016

Innotas

Market Guide for Network Packet Brokers
sponsored by Big Switch Networks
RESOURCE: The network packet brokers market has grown and diversified as architectures based on software-defined networking provide insertion opportunities to new entrants. Access this Garnter report to learn what they found in their research and how your business should invest.
Posted: 04 Apr 2016 | Published: 19 Jan 2016

Big Switch Networks

Upgrading from SQL Server 2005
sponsored by Microsoft
WHITE PAPER: Discover how you can achieve mission critical performance, maintain security and compliance, and modernize your data platform by upgrading your SQL server 2005 to the latest version.
Posted: 28 Mar 2016 | Published: 28 Mar 2016

Microsoft

5 Key Business and Technology Needs Being Met by SDN and NFV
sponsored by MASERGY
WHITE PAPER: As the business landscape transforms, IT departments need to understand how emerging technologies like software defined networking and network function virtualization can meet business needs. Access this white paper to discover 5 key business and technology challenges that are being met by SDN and NFV.
Posted: 16 Mar 2016 | Published: 02 Mar 2016

MASERGY

CW@50: March editions of Computer Weekly
sponsored by ComputerWeekly.com
EZINE: We search back through the Computer Weekly archives held at The National Museum of Computing to present what was happening in IT over the past five decades.
Posted: 15 Mar 2016 | Published: 15 Mar 2016

ComputerWeekly.com

Bank of Ireland Cuts Software Spend for Key Vendors with Snow License Manager 7
sponsored by Snow Software
CASE STUDY: The following case study examines how the bank of Ireland was able to drastically reduce the costs of renewing software licenses; remove unused and duplicated installations, and streamline software procurement with help from Snow. View now and see what the technology they chose can do for your business as well.
Posted: 14 Mar 2016 | Published: 14 Mar 2016

Snow Software

Does a proprietary solution automatically mean vendor lock-in?
sponsored by ComputerWeekly.com
ANALYST REPORT: The dread of any IT manager is in making a significant purchase of hardware or software to then find that they are 'locked in' to one supplier. But analyst Clive Longbottom asks, is this still the case?
Posted: 14 Mar 2016 | Published: 14 Mar 2016

ComputerWeekly.com

A 10 Minute Guide to Software Harvesting
sponsored by Snow Software
WHITE PAPER: Securing the funding to get started in Software Asset Management (SAM) or Software License Optimization can sometimes be difficult. One way to get the attention of senior business managers is to provide quick wins that point to greater cost savings over time.
Posted: 11 Mar 2016 | Published: 30 Sep 2014

Snow Software
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SOFTWARE DEFINITION (continued): …  systems, office product suites, word processing, and e-mail programs are among the myriad examples. One of the major advantages of COTS software, which is mass-produced, is its relatively low cost. A MOTS (either modified or modifiable off-the-shelf, or military off-the-shelf, depending on the context) product is typically a COTS product whose source code can be modified. The product may be customized by the purchaser, by the vendor, or by another party to meet the requirements of the customer. In the military context, MOTS refers to an off-the-shelf product that is developed or customized by … 
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