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SMB Nation has been serving the Bainbridge Island area since 2001, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Top Four Ways to Optimize and Manage Remote IT Sites

Paul AyersBy Paul Ayers, Offer Manager, Networking Solutions,  Schneider Electric

If you’re centrally managing your customers’ data centers and server rooms, it’s increasingly likely that you’re responsible for more than one site. In many cases, it may be more like 5, 50 or even 500 sites being managed centrally without dedicated IT staff at each one.

In these cases, technology must do most of the heavy lifting. Here are four tested ways that can help you to manage your customers’ sites more effectively with a centralized IT management model.

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Intronis Expands Virtualized Environment Support; Opens Canadian Data Center

We heard today from Intronis that it is expanding its support for virtualized environments via immediate availability of its Spring Release ’13. Simultaneously, the cloud backup provider announced the opening of its latest data center in Montreal, Canada.

New features within Intronis’ Spring Release ’13 include QuickSpin, a data recovery tool that offers advanced data restore and localized recovery support for virtualized machines. Priced at a fixed per-host cost, QuickSpin offers Change Block Tracking (CBT) for speedier incremental backups, flexible data retention and archiving settings, as well as 256-bit AES encryption for maximum data protection.

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Schneider Electric’s StruxureWare Enables Holistic Data Center Infrastructure Management

Schneider Electric today introduced StruxureWare for Data Centers v2.0, an integrated suite of Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software engineered to manage data centers across multiple domains, providing businesses with actionable intelligence for an ideal balance of high availability and peak efficiency throughout the entire data center lifecycle.

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VMware Partner Exchange: Sales BYTES–Go Ahead and Get Bit!

Right now in Las Vegas at the annual VMware partner conference, there are pockets of “SMBisms”. On the surface, VMware plays best in the enterprise (picture windowless datacenters). However, the white elephant in the lecture hall has been: What’s the role of virtualization in SMB? It’s a fair question. 

(Pictured at right): Chris Waldo, Director of Channel Promotions and Launches, VMware

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