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New Release: The Gorilla Guide to…® Modernizing and Securing IT for Small and Midsize Businesses!

We’ve all seen movies from the mid-20th Century warmly depicting cheerful shop-keepers, small-town lawyers, and other businesspeople churning through work by hand. This is not the reality of small and medium-sized businesses (SMB) today: they need the latest and greatest information technology (IT) just as much as and Walmart. This technology provides the interactive experience customers expect, protects the business from crippling cyberattacks, and provides crucial information for stocking products and driving growth. Modernizing and Securing IT for Small and Midsize Businesses comprehensively covers what IT staff need to do, and some of the available tools for modernization.

The IT environment and workflow laid out by author Ed Tittel look quite different from today’s typical small IT shop. Instead of setting up hardware manually, servers are configured automatically on-premises or in the cloud, updated without halts to service, monitored on 24/7 basis, and restarted immediately when a failure occurs.

Modern tools (particularly when automated) free up your IT personnel to be more innovative. If you have personnel who can take advantage of the time and opportunities, this freedom can lead to new business opportunities you never even imagined. Witness how many businesses during the COVID-19 shutdown had to quickly set up or enhance their online stores. Similarly big changes may be waiting around the corner for you.

Several chapters of Modernizing and Securing IT for Small and Midsize Businesses are devoted to security, because even small lapses can lead to disaster. Modern tools are critical for allowing human beings to recognize and respond to threats (Figure 1), as well as to support the remote workers who are ubiquitous after the COVID-19 lockdowns.

In addition to laying out challenges to SMBs and possibilities for change, Tittel shows how tools from Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) can serve SMBs’ needs. Because an SMB makes relatively few decisions about IT, compared to large corporations, it can benefit even more from tools that help with decision making, such as HPE Solutions Wizard for choosing the right size and type of server. Similarly, Rapid Setup helps you configure and put the servers into use.

Tittel explains that the cost of upgrading to a modern infrastructure is outweighed by the savings it generates in efficiency. But if you’re worried about the cost of upgrades, take advantage of HPE Financial Services to help you do IT more efficiently. The time to upgrade is now.

Inside the Guide

Gorilla Guides make learning and discovery approachable and easy, taking the guesswork out of navigating complicated IT technologies. Written by an industry expert, and brought to you by Hewlett Packard Enterprise, this resource is packed full of trusted information about upgrading the IT environment for SMBs!

Download the book and learn all about:

  • Elements of Modern Monitoring, Automation, and Configuration
  • Tools for Supporting Comprehensive Security
  • How to Upgrade IT Cheaply

Table of Contents

Introduction: Maximizing Business Growth and Innovation Opportunities

Chapter 1: The Challenges of Legacy Technology

  • Where Legacy Can Fall Short
  • Leaving Legacy Behind
  • Legacy or Otherwise, Security Matters
  • The Benefits of Automation

Chapter 2: Setup, Configuration, and Deployment

  • About Setup, Configuration, and Deployment
  • HPE Solutions Wizard
  • HPE Intelligent Provisioning with Rapid Setup
  • Start Your Digital Transformation Today

Chapter 3: Management and Automation

  • Management and Automation in the SMB Infrastructure
  • Gain AI/ML Insight with HPE InfoSight
  • Management Efficiency with HPE Integrated Lights Out (iLO) Facility
  • Automate Your Infrastructure with HPE OneView
  • Moving from Technical to Cost Controls

Chapter 4: Cost Controls

  • Overcoming SMB Financial Concerns or Limitations
  • HPEFS Programs of Interest to SMBs
  • Other Options for SMBs
  • Equip Your SMB to Tackle Digital Transformation

Chapter 5: SMB Security Can Be Difficult (and Costly)

  • No Shortage of Security Trouble for SMBs
  • The Ever-Spreading SMB Boundary
  • HPE Security Solutions
  • Baked-in Security at the Edge

Chapter 6: New Security Challenges for SMBs

  • Secure Networks Deliver Secure Operations
  • Enable Secure WFH Productivity
  • Secure, Reliable File Backup—and Restore

Chapter 7: Business Continuity Is Increasingly Critical

  • The Many Faces of Business Continuity
  • Paths and Mechanisms for Business Recovery
  • Putting Business Continuity to Work

Chapter 8: HPE Provides Built-in Security for SMBs

  • What Security Means in
  • Silicon Root of Trust
  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
  • HPE’s Trusted Supply Chain
  • HPE Covers the Full Range of SMB Security Needs

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About the Author

Ed Tittel is a 30-plus year veteran of the IT industry who writes regularly about cloud computing, networking, security, and Windows topics. Perhaps best known as the creator of the Exam Cram series of certification prep books in the late 1990s, Ed writes and blogs regularly for, TechTarget, ComputerWorld, and other sites. For more information about Ed, including a resume and list of publications, please visit

About Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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