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A TechTarget learning guide is an educational tool for a self-directed adult learner who works with information technology. Can't find a guide for the subject you need to learn more about? Let us know!

  • Tools for IT shops seeking full-stack control and unified operations

    IT shops that want to improve monitoring, management and process control should overhaul their -- probably long -- list of tools.

  • Backup and disaster recovery services: A comprehensive guide

    Data backup and disaster recovery are constantly evolving areas of technology. We've assembled some of storage expert George Crump's best content on the topics.

  • Unstructured data storage showdown: Object storage vs scale-out NAS

    Object storage and scale-out NAS are both highly scalable and built to handle large amounts of unstructured data. Which one is best suited for your environment?

  • A comprehensive review of network performance monitors

    Network performance monitors play a crucial role in today's data centers. In this guide, expert Andrew Froehlich helps you purchase the right monitoring foundation for your organization.

  • Collaboration and collaborative software: Glossary

    Collaboration is growing both within and beyond the enterprise. See our glossary of terms to learn more about the trends and technologies related to collaboration and collaborative software.

  • Complete guide to Windows 10 migration

    Everything you need to know about Windows 10 migration

  • Application integration software: A buyer's guide

    This buyer's guide can help you determine your business needs so you can find the right type of application integration software for your company.

  • Developer shortage survival guide

    This developer shortage survival guide discusses hiring and training strategies for software developers.

  • CIO guide to project management basics, DevOps and Agile

    In this Essential Guide, learn project management basics and get expert advice on how to get the most out of DevOps and i an Agile digital strategy.

  • Quick Start Glossary: Project Management

    You can print out this glossary for a fast reference to essential project management-related terms. Online, brief explanations are linked to our full definitions of the terms.

  • Game-changing enterprise authentication technologies and standards

    This Security School explores next-generation authentication technologies, standards and methods that may soon replace the personal-password system.

  • The rise of scale-out network-attached storage

    Scale-out NAS is being implemented across the storage landscape, with major vendors and startups releasing new and upgraded products. This guide discusses product offerings and how organizations use scale-out.

  • Security School Course Catalog from

    Check out SearchSecurity's catalog of free online security courses led by information security experts on today's most popular security topics.

  • Distributed denial-of-service attack defense

    This Security School offers need-to-know information about distributed denial-of-service attack defense, prevention and best practices.

  • Performing an authenticated vulnerability scan

    This Security School covers need-to-know topics for performing an authenticated vulnerability scan, including myths and misconceptions to be aware of.

  • Improving security management with SIEM

    This Security School explains the best methods for infosec pros to effectively use SIM to get the best data in order to improve incident response, change management processes and security policies overall.

  • Managing BYOD endpoint security

    This newly updated Security School lesson breaks down BYOD challenges and help you develop a strategy that cuts across the myriad threats and platforms inside your organization.

  • Windows XP end of life and Windows 7 / Windows 8 migration

    More than 12 years after its release, Windows XP is at the end of its life, at least in terms of support. Microsoft has released a few operating systems since then but many organizations have stuck with XP. For one thing, Vista was as unpopular as XP was popular. Also, most older computers just don’t have the guts, hardware-wise, to run the newer Microsoft systems. Whatever the reasons, though, support is ending and if you’re running XP, you’re going to have to move, accommodate or pay the price. To the rescue: Our guide to XP end of life and Windows 7 / Windows 8 migration.

  • Endpoint security controls: Moving beyond antivirus

    Mike Rothman discusses enterprise endpoint security controls for threat protection and explains how to determine which are best for your enterprise environment.

  • Next-generation firewalls: Must-have NGFW features

    Gain insight to help you decide whether a next-generation firewall is right for you and how to make its deployment and management smooth and successful.

  • Agile glossary: Words-2-Go

    This Agile glossary provides brief definitions of important terms and concepts in Agile and Scrum software development and project management.

  • Fast Guide to Microsoft's RemoteFX

    This guide covers how Microsoft RemoteFX works, limitations only found in the fine print, and how it compares to remote desktop protocols from VMware, Citrix and Quest Software.

  • SQL Server tutorials's tutorials provide the in-depth information SQL Server database administrators and developers are seeking on Microsoft's flagship database enterprise server, SQL Server and its latest release SQL Server 2008. Our SQL Server tutorials address areas you need to know about, including performance, migration strategies and business intelligence.

  • Learn IT: systems management

    Systems management is the supervision of the information technology systems in an enterprise.

  • Multimedia and Graphics Learning Guides

    We've gathered a our learning resources about multimedia and graphics. You'll find information about DTV, DVD and more. Then see below, our larger collection of resources. Need more basic information before you get started? See our definitions for multimedia, digital multimedia broadcasting, IPTV�and streaming media.



  • pure risk (absolute risk)

    Pure risk, also called absolute risk, is a category of threat that is beyond human control and has only one possible outcome if ...

  • risk assessment

    Risk assessment is the identification of hazards that could negatively impact an organization's ability to conduct business.

  • audit program (audit plan)

    An audit program, also called an audit plan, is an action plan that documents what procedures an auditor will follow to validate ...




  • business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR)

    Business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) are closely related practices that describe an organization's preparation for ...

  • business continuity plan (BCP)

    A business continuity plan (BCP) is a document that consists of the critical information an organization needs to continue ...

  • call tree

    A call tree -- sometimes referred to as a phone tree -- is a telecommunications chain for notifying specific individuals of an ...


  • nearline storage

    Nearline storage is the on-site storage of data on removable media.

  • application-aware storage

    Application-aware storage is a storage system with built-in intelligence about relevant applications and their utilization ...

  • Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA)

    Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) is a technology that allows computers in a network to exchange data in main memory without ...


  • 3D XPoint

    3D XPoint is memory storage technology jointly developed by Intel and Micron Technology Inc.

  • RRAM or ReRAM (resistive RAM)

    RRAM or ReRAM (resistive random access memory) is a form of nonvolatile storage that operates by changing the resistance of a ...


    JEDEC is a global industry group that develops open standards for microelectronics.


  • Google Cloud Storage

    Google Cloud Storage is an enterprise public cloud storage platform that can house large unstructured data sets.

  • RESTful API

    A RESTful application program interface breaks down a transaction to create a series of small modules, each of which addresses an...

  • cloud storage infrastructure

    Cloud storage infrastructure is the hardware and software framework that supports the computing requirements of a private or ...