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AVG Offers Secure Online Backup Solution to AVG CloudCare Platform

Luke WallingAVG Technologies today announced the addition of Online Backup to their CloudCare solution. As many of you remember, AVG launched their CloudCare platform during the 2012 SMB Nation Fall Conference, and the company has reported high adoption numbers among channel partners.

AVG Cloud Care with Online Backup, or OLB, has been integrated into the existing AVG CloudCare system and can be activated with one click. I was able to speak with Luke Walling, Vice President of Sales and Operations, AVG (pictured) earlier today, and he mentioned that the addition of the OLB option is the first time that AVG as a company has a solution focused primarily on data protection as opposed to “frontline security.”

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AVG Launches RMM Toolset for MAC Environments

AVG logoAVG Technologies is now offering enhanced support for Apple’s Mac operating system (OS) environments within its AVG Managed Workplace 2013 remote monitoring & management (RMM) platform. At the same time AVG Managed Workplace becomes the first RMM tool to offer agentless iOS management of Mac OS X devices including iPads and iPhones. 

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AVG's Luke Walling Discusses Dave Sobel Resignation, Future Plans

Luke WallingYesterday, we reported the speculation and chatter regarding the possibility of Dave Sobel’s whereabouts at the ChannelPro SMB Forum in New Jersey earlier this week. This morning, we received a response from AVG regarding the Director of Partner Community’s position and status at the company, which confirmed that he is in fact no longer affiliated with AVG.

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Former N-able Staffer Joins AVG as Channel Chief

AVG logoAVG seems to be staying true to its word of maintaining its commitment to the channel via its acquisition of LPI Level Platforms last month. The company said earlier this week that it has hired a former N-able staffer away as its new VP Channels North America. Marco La Vecchia, is set to begin his AVG tenure on August 15.

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Exclusive Q&A: Rob Rae…his First Days at Datto

Earlier this month, BDR provider Datto announced that it had hired Rob Rae as the company’s new VP of Business Development. Definitely no stranger to both the channel and the SMB industry, Rae is best-known for his tenure as Director of Partner Development and Operations at Level Platforms, where had been for the last six years prior to joining Datto last week.

For those of you that have met Rae personally, you will undoubtedly know that his commitment to the channel and the partners that serve our SMB industry is always something that’s top of his mind. This was always his mantra while he was with LPI, and he says it is something he will be taking over to his new position at Datto.

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Oops…My Bad! 5 Blogs We Missed Last Week

Here we go again! As I do each week, I am really enjoying bringing our readers a quick round-up of the blog coverage I didn’t manage to get to during the week prior.

In addition, here at SMB Nation, we are already gearing up for our annual fall event to be held Oct. 10-12 in Las Vegas at the Rio! We have been hard at work designing a brand new Web site specifically for this event, which you must check out today: http://fall.smbnation.com/. For additional information on the new Web site and our fall conference, check out our blog post here.

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AVG/LPI Acquisition (Part 2): LPI’s Dave Sobel Responds

Yesterday I posted a blog based on a conversation I had with Michael George, CEO, Continuum, regarding AVG's acquisition of LPI. Today, in the second part of this two-part article, we'll focus on a discussion I had with Dave Sobel (pictured), who is VP of LPI’s partner community, and whom I have known back from when he was on the other side, as the CEO of his own MSP firm Evolve Technologies.

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AVG/LPI Acquisition: Continuum’s Michael George Sounds Off; LPI’s Dave Sobel Responds

At this time last week, we reported on the news that AVG acquired the business of LPI Level Platforms. While it is being hailed as a move that is a smart one for LPI, and will also improve the ecosystems of both companies, there are others in the industry who, while they are in agreement that the move was a smart one, feel it might affect LPI’s channel partner program.

(Pictured): Michael George, CEO, Continuum RMM

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AVG/LPI Acquisition: Partners Share their Thoughts, Reactions

In a game-changing move yesterday for the SMB channel,  AVG announced that it acquired the business of LPI Level Platforms, which includes the company’s NOC, RMM and Managed Workplace platform. Obviously, the news might have come as a surprise to some in the industry, and also many are probably wondering how AVG and LPI became “hooked up” in the first place.

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AVG Purchases Level Platforms to Enhance its Cloud-Based Services Model

This morning, we heard another big news announcement, having just recovered from the announcement that SolarWinds acquired N-able last month: AVG Technologies said today that it plans to purchase (subject to closing) the business of LPI Level Platforms.

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Oops…My Bad! 5 Blogs We Missed Last Week

Here we go again! As I do each week, I am really enjoying bringing our readers a quick round-up of the blog coverage I didn’t manage to get to during the week prior. Here at SMB Nation, we are already gearing up for our annual fall event to be held Oct. 10-12 in Las Vegas at the Rio! We have been hard at work designing a brand new Web site specifically for this event, which you must check out today: http://fall.smbnation.com/. For additional information on the new Web site and our fall conference, check out our blog post here. Speaking of live events, Harrybbb will be attending a Seattle Accounting Technology Boot Camp at the Edgewater Hotel on Thursday evening.

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Mobile Users save Time, Space with AVG Android Apps

AVG TechnologiesAVG today added two new applications in its mobile portfolio-- AVG Cleaner and AVG Image Shrinker. The aspps are now available for free for Android smartphones and tablets.

AVG Cleaner allows users to monitor storage availability on their device and clean cache and unnecessary browser history files to free up memory and make more space. The application includes tools to automatically monitor device memory and storage, remove files, and schedule regular clean ups to keep the device running smoothly.

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AVG CloudCare Marks 6 Months Since Launching at SMB Nation Fall Conference

When Mike Foreman was chosen to lead the small business group at AVG Technologies, he was quick to tap into his own experience as a small business owner, having managed and sold two IT businesses before joining AVG. As a former reseller, he was also determined to create products and programs that work for both the partners and SMB customers.

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AVG CloudCare Enhances Cloud Services with Email Security, Remote IT

AVG Technologies said today that is has added new features and functions to its AVG CloudCare administration platform that allows remote deployment and management of IT and security services for SMBs at a cost-effective rate.

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AVG Technologies CEO J.R. Smith Resigns

AVG TechnologiesLast week, AVG Technologies announced the resignation of their CEO J.R. Smith. Mr. Smith, who has been CEO for 6 years, will become a member of the Supervisory Board as soon as his successor has been selected.

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AVG is Business Solutions Magazine’s Best Channel Vendor for Security Tech

This morning, we were informed by AVG Technologies, that the security provider has been recognized as a Best Channel Vendor 2013 in the security technology category by our industry publisher friends at Business Solutions Magazine (BSM). The award is based on votes by BSM’s VAR readership.

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AVG Passes 1k Partner Mark, Releases New Version of CloudCare

AVG TechnologiesYesterday at CES 2013 in Las Vegas, AVG announced that they have signed more than 1000 partners to their AVG CloudCare small business IT management platform. The first version of CloudCare was launched in October 2012 at the SMB Nation Fall Conference, and the latest version, 2.1, was unveiled at CES yesterday.

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