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Cisco-sponsored study reveals second wave of cloud adoption

It’s not over quite yet. Cloud is expected to continue to drive revenue for technology pros in a second wave of cloud adoption, according to findings from a Cisco-sponsored global study. 

Cisco released earlier this week “Don’t Get Left Behind: The Business Benefits of Achieving Greater Cloud Adoption,”an InfoBrief developed by IDC and based on primary market research with executives in 3,400 companies in 17 countries.

“As we talk with customers interested in moving to the second wave of cloud, they are far more focused on private and hybrid cloud—primarily because they realize that private and hybrid offer the security, performance, price, control and data protection organizations are looking for during their expanded efforts,” said Nick Earle, senior vice president, global cloud and managed services sales, Cisco. “This observation, which drove our strategy to build a portfolio of private and hybrid infrastructure and as-a-service solutions, is reflected in the new IDC study, which shows that 44 percent of organizations are either currently using or have plans to implement private cloud and 64 percent of cloud adopters are considering hybrid cloud.”

“Don’t Get Left Behind” includes information on cloud adoption by industry, economic and business outcomes of cloud, and cloud adoption in the countries included in the study.

Read and download the full InfoBrief here.

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D&H Technology Show to Include SMB Seminars

It’s conference time for D&H Distributing in the city of chocolate, Hershey, Pa., as the company prepares for the D&H Mid-Atlantic Summer Technology Show held June 4, 2015.


Two of the six educational seminars at the show will focus on SMBs: Cisco will present “Cisco Mega Trends and How They Affect SMB” at 12 p.m., and Dell will present “Dell SMB: Made for Business, Made for You” at 3:15 p.m.

“We’re proud of the depth of information we’ve been able to deliver at our trade venues over the years. The content and the special exhibits we’ve assembled with our partners has grown, creating a value proposition that is difficult to find in a similar one-day forum, especially without any kind of registration fee,” said Mary Campbell, vice president of marketing at D&H Distributing. “We regard this as an investment in our customers’ development, and as we face issues like the impending server end-of-service date, our trade shows continue to offer crucial tools and opportunities.”

D&H said it expects close to 1,000 resellers to attend the show, with 100 manufacturer partners providing exhibits at the event.

Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., seminars start at 12 p.m., the exhibit floor opens at 3 p.m., and the show closes at 8:30 p.m. Registration online is available here.

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The Week that was: Feb 14, 2014

Our weekly round-up of the news you don’t want to miss:


800px-Cisco logo.svgCisco sales and profit slide in Q2

The San Jose-based networking giant warned everyone in November that Q2 would be ugly, so it was no surprise when the numbers hit The Street this week that revenue was down 7.8 percent YoY to $11.2 billion. The company blamed weakness in emerging markets where the NSA spying scandal is still making waves, however not all was gloom. Net income for the quarter was still very positive at $1.4 billion. There’s a lot going on in this space right now with Alcatel-Lucent making noise about divesting enterprise communications, but Cisco is not about to make like Nortel and implode.

comcast logoComcast to acquire Time Warner in $45.2 billion blockbuster

Comcast has announced its intention to acquire Time Warner, creating a “new channel powerhouse” and potentially reshaping the IT and telecom landscape. The all stock deal is expected to close by the end of the year, with Comcast already stating it is willing to drop as many as 3 million existing Time Warner service subscribers to avoid regulatory hurdles. According to both companies, the combined portfolios will enable higher broadband speeds, faster Wi-Fi, and other new consumer and business offerings. It will also better position Comcast to compete against Verizon and AT&T.

Axcient logoAxcient unveils new virtual data protection appliance

Mountain View, Calif.-based Axcient has introduced the Axcient Virtual Appliance, expanding its cloud-based recovery-as-a-service offering. The new product allows partners and customers to select their own hardware platforms or – at some point down the road – move their service to the cloud. This is a major move for Axcient as it is no longer necessary for users to buy HP servers as was the case in the past. According to the company, the virtual appliance delivers all the same capabilities as the physical appliance.

earthlink-logoEarthlink takes monitoring and management on premise

Cloud-based monitoring and management vendor Earthlink has announced an on-prem version of its solution making it possible for clients to manage their on-prem infrastructure in addition to their cloud assets. The company says the new service will include all routine maintenance tasks and resolve related issues, providing mid-sides companies with enterprise class management and monitoring capabilities.

Extreme Networks introduces Purview

Extreme Networks has made its first major product move since acquiring fellow networking vendor Enterasys last September. Purview is a network analytics solution that features technology from both Enterasys and Extreme and will be sold through both Enterasys and Extreme distribution channels. Purview uses Enterays’ CoreFlow2 ASIC tech to monitor users, applications and devices as they access the network. That information is aggregated and analyzed before being turned into visual reports, dashboards and business analytics that provide solution providers and IT administrators with actionable network activity data – such as what applications are being used the most and how much bandwidth they are drawing.

DDoS attacks are getting more sophisticated

The Internet is a battleground every single day with distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks flying around. This isn’t news to IT professionals, but what might be new is the way these attacks are evolving. DDoS attack toolkits are becoming more available and provide even low level cyber criminals with the ability to launch a sophisticated attack. The largest DDoS attack ever seen was launched Monday against one of Internet security vendor CloudFlare’s clients, a US bank. At its peak the Network Time Protocol server amplification attack reached 400 Gbps and involved more than 4,500 servers. Various reports this week reported that the cost of such attacks start at $100,000 and go up every hour that passes before the attack resolves.

RMM to blame for security breaches in retail?

In a leaked report obtained by The Wall Street Journal, the FBI has suggested that remote monitoring and management software may have provided the vector for attacks that stole the personal data of millions of Target and Neiman Marcus customers over the holiday season. The two-page report warns that the software was exploited through a series of payment card hacks.




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D&H Distributing to Provide Free Cisco Reseller Training

dandhjpgYesterday, D&H Distributing announced a new “Enablement Training Series” for VARs to pass the required Cisco SMB certification exam. This training series will include modules for two types of Cisco VARs, Engineers and Account Managers, and will feature complimentary on-demand training and live Q&A sessions with Cisco System Engineers. In addition, D&H will give up to two free vouchers to its resellers, which will cover the cost of the exam.

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Linksys Adds New Surveillance Solutions to SMB Offerings

linksysLinksys recently announced the addition of four new IP surveillance cameras, and a new network video recorder to its number of solutions for SMB customers. The company explained that the cameras and network recorder are designed to work in synch and are priced to fit an SMB budget.

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Oops…My Bad! 5 Blogs We Missed Last Week

Oops ladyHere 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: For additional information on the new Web site, our cool XP Migrations video produced by Bigger Brains, and our fall conference, check out our blog post here.

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Former Cisco Exec Hired as Plantronics VP of Global Channel and Partner Marketing

Plantronics has hired former Cisco executive Erna Arnesen as vice president of Global Channel and Partner Marketing. Arnesen, who most recently was vice president of Global & Strategic Partners for Cisco Services, will now be tasked for developing Plantronics’ global channel and strategic alliance marketing strategies.

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IDC: Cisco, Aruba, HP, Ruckus all Experience WLAN Growth in Q1 2013

The combined consumer and enterprise worldwide WLAN market segments experienced year-over-year growth of 12.5% in the first quarter of 2013 (1Q13). According to the results published in the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly WLAN Tracker, the enterprise segment continued to grow at a healthy rate of 19.3% over the same period last year. The first quarter of 2013 was the thirteenth consecutive quarter with annual growth greater than 15%. The consumer WLAN market also started the year 2013 on a relative high note, growing 6.2% year over year.

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Cisco Plans to Spend up to $30B on Midmarket Tech, Services by 2016

Cisco announced during its Partner Summit this week its intentions on a renewed focus related to the midmarket enterprise segment…basically end users with 100-1,000 employees. According to a blog post yesterday by Andrew Sage, Cisco’s Vice President, Worldwide Partner Led Worldwide Partner Organization, the company is officially turning the spotlight on this segment. “With 1.4 million midsize businesses – which we define as companies with 100-1000 employees – spending an estimated $25 billion on technology and $30 billion on services by 2016, we know this is the right market to focus on with our channel partners,” he said.

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D&H Offering Intro to Cisco USC for SMB during June 11 Webinar

D&H Distributing invites its customers to attend its latest Solutions Lab presentation, “An Introduction to Cisco UCS for SMB,” on June 11 at 2:00 p.m. EDT.  During this one-hour webcast, resellers will learn the basics of Cisco’s Unified Computing System servers, including the Cisco C22 and C24 servers for SMB.  Jeff Hunt, D&H’s resident Cisco sales engineer, will lead the session.  It will include a demonstration of a remote OS installation that leverages the Cisco CIMC (Cisco Integrated Management Controller) interface.

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Cisco OnPlus: Beta to Burial to Cloud!

What a long, strange trip it’s been. We helped Cisco develop “Thunderbolt,” which later became the basis for the OnPlus product. OnPlus is/was (more on that in a moment) a remote network management tool to remotely monitor, manage and maintain small business networks. Think of it was an RMM with MMM!

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Cisco to Acquire Cloud-Delivered Services Management Provider SolveDirect

Cisco announced yesterday that it intends to acquire SolveDirect, a Vienna, Austria-based company focusing on cloud-delivered services management software and services. The intent to acquire SolveDirect was mentioned in a blog post yesterday by Hilton Romanowski, Cisco’s head of corporate business development.

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Cisco Furthers its Support of Midmarket Partners with New Collaboration Tools

In a blog post forwarded to SMB Nation, Cisco’s Richard McLeod, senior director of Cisco’s Worldwide Collaboration Channel Sales, discusses how the company is furthering its push to support partners (and the customers they serve) in the midmarket space. Interestingly enough, the news came to us on a day when Cisco reported a small gain in earnings for its fiscal second quarter, helped by growing sales of its networking and corporate IT gear. (Pictured at right): Cisco's Business Edition 6000

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Desktone Joins with Cisco Routers to Help SMBs Support Mobile Workforce

Desktone, Inc. said today that its virtual desktop platform is now interoperable with the Cisco Integrated Services Router Generation 2(ISR G2) and UCS-E series server, delivering simple, cost-effective Windows desktops and applications as a cloud service to help SMBs, branch and remote offices meet demand for mobility aDend remote workforce support. As a registered developer in the Desktop Virtualization category of the Cisco Developer Network, Desktone has completed interoperability verification testing required by Cisco.

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Cisco Makes Equity Investment within Parallels Cloud Services

Parallels said earlier today that Cisco has made an equity investment in the company that supports joint go-to-market activities to deliver cloud service delivery capabilities.

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