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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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A Decision Maker’s Guide to GRC Solutions
sponsored by McAfee, Inc.
EZINE: It’s been almost a decade since the Sarbanes-Oxley Act changed the governance, risk and compliance (GRC) landscape, but companies continue to grapple with putting together clean solutions that address their needs. Access this resource for a comprehensive checklist of features to look for when selecting a GRC vendor.
Posted: 10 Nov 2011 | Published: 10 Nov 2011

McAfee, Inc.

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

E-Guide: Data Reduction Methods for Primary Storage: Vendors Push Impacts Market
sponsored by IBM
EGUIDE: Check out this SearchStorage.com E-Guide to learn what vendors have to offer in this realm of backup technologies now.
Posted: 15 Aug 2011 | Published: 15 Aug 2011

IBM

FAQ Guide: Offsite Backup Tape Storage and Choosing a Tape Vaulting Service
sponsored by Iron Mountain
EGUIDE: Organizations that back data up to tape typically rely on a tape vaulting service to carry backup tapes offsite. That way, if the data center is destroyed by a disaster such as a fire or a tornado, the backups won't be destroyed along with the data center. This tip discusses criteria for choosing an offsite tape storage service.
Posted: 10 Aug 2011 | Published: 10 Aug 2011

Iron Mountain

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

Lord Grey School builds a dynamic infrastructure for thin client computing
sponsored by IBM and Intel
CASE STUDY: Lord Grey School wanted to extend its thin client network into more classrooms, but its existing infrastructure lacked the capacity to support this expansion. Read this case study to see how the school solved the problem by deploying 18 new IBM® System x3550 M3 servers and an IBM System Storage® DS3400 disk storage system.
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

FAQ Guide: Tape Vaulting: Best practices to consider for offsite tape storage
sponsored by Iron Mountain
EGUIDE: In this FAQ Guide, David Chapa, senior analyst at the Enterprise Strategy Group, discusses some best practices for tape vaulting. Find out the costs of tape vaulting services, how offsite tape storage costs are determined, how to negotiate your SLAs, and whether or not you should encrypt your tapes before you ship them offsite.
Posted: 24 May 2011 | Published: 24 May 2011

Iron Mountain

Presentation Transcript: Making Sense of Hybrid Cloud Backup and Deduplication for SMBs and MSPs
sponsored by KineticD
PRESENTATION TRANSCRIPT: This transcript highlights the latest trends in cloud adoption. The discussion also focuses on how MSPs and SMBs can benefit from using de-duplication and hybrid cloud backup software.
Posted: 13 May 2011 | Published: 13 May 2011

KineticD

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

How to Select the Right Database for Your Next Generation HPC
sponsored by Versant Corp.
WEBCAST: This webcast introduces a framework to evaluate key database technologies. You will learn how to make the best database platform selection based on your specific high performance application development requirements and therefore avoid costly failures. View this webcast for insight into selecting the right database for your next generation HPC.
Posted: 05 Apr 2011 | Premiered: Apr 21, 2011, 12:00 EDT (16:00 GMT)

Versant Corp.

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 Business Intelligence Platforms
sponsored by Board International
ANALYST REPORT: This document presents a global view of Gartner’s opinion of the main software vendors that should be considered by organizations seeking to use BI platforms to develop BI applications. Buyers should evaluate vendors in all four quadrants and not assume only those in the Leaders quadrant can deliver successful BI implementations.
Posted: 24 Mar 2011 | Published: 24 Mar 2011

Board International

Inventory Management for a Global Supply Chain
sponsored by Apriso Corporation
EBOOK: To respond to the opportunities and challenges of globalization, manufacturers are looking to IT solutions that provide standardization and visibility into the materials that flow through production facilities. This e-book provides the buying tips and implementation advice manufacturers need to master inventory in the emerging global supply chain.
Posted: 22 Mar 2011 | Published: 22 Mar 2011

Apriso Corporation

Magic Quadrant for Business Process Management Suites
sponsored by Progress Software, Inc.
ANALYST REPORT: Gartner's 2010 Magic Quadrant updates our evaluation of the top 25 vendors in this market, based on Gartner's top four usage scenarios for BPMSs. This report represents one of several tools that clients can use to evaluate vendors that offer multiregional, cross-industry BPMSs that interest Gartner clients and nonclients the most.
Posted: 03 Mar 2011 | Published: 03 Mar 2011

Progress Software, Inc.

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.

E-Book: Best Practices for Selecting Midmarket ERP Software
sponsored by SearchManufacturingERP
EBOOK: With over 80 different ERP packages available today, determining what’s right for your organization can seem like a daunting task. But, with this e-book you will get advice and best practices for every step of the ERP software selection process. Ensuring you will not get lost in the sea of ERP software.
Posted: 14 Feb 2011 | Published: 14 Feb 2011

SearchManufacturingERP

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

IT Decision Checklist: Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Security
sponsored by Trend Micro
EGUIDE: Traditional approaches to endpoint security have been challenged to keep up with malware and data loss. VDI presents enterprises with dynamic opportunities to improve security. Read this white paper to learn what those are and receive guidance on evaluating VDI security products.
Posted: 02 Nov 2010 | Published: 02 Nov 2010

Trend Micro

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
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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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