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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.

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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independenceIT, Artisan Infrastructure Bring ‘Channel-Only’ Solution to Partners

independenceIT and Artisan Infrastructure have established a partnership that delivers more control to partners so they can realize higher profits and deliver better cloud services. As a result of the agreement, iIT is the software company exclusively focused on driving recurring revenue for channel partners through its Cloud Workspace Suite, and Artisan Infrastructure is the wholesale Infrastructure as a Service provider (IaaS). 

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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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HP, Google Collaboration Features Google Apps for Biz via “HP SMB IT in a Box”

HP today announced the first phase of HP SMB IT in a Box—a “one-stop shop” technology solution for SMBs.

Marked by HP’s entry into the Google Apps Reseller program today, HP SMB IT in a Box will leverage existing innovative HP hardware, including PCs and printers, with Google Apps for Business, Google’s cloud-based communication and collaboration tools. HP SMB IT in a Box can now simplify customers’ IT environment and help reduce their operating costs and infrastructure requirements while improving their workflows and workforce productivity.

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Five Things MSPs Should Consider about AVG's Acquisition of LPI

Earlier today, it was announced that AVG Technologies has agreed to acquire the business of LPI. Below are a few thoughts on what MSPs should be thinking about going forward, now that the papers have been signed, and things will undoubtedly change in the near future.

Trustworthy?
I know both companies well, and when you introduce an acquisition into the mix, it can alter the culture of the combined companies. In fact, if you don’t mind a Pocket MBA moment, most mergers fail due to cultural (not financial) reasons. Grading trustworthiness, I’d give LPI high marks and AVG nearly the same. I do think this merger makes more since than the worst-kept-secret-in-the-SMB-channel possible merger of Symantec = LPI (obviously this acquisition did not occur). You grade Symantec for yourself as a long-term, trustworthy channel vendor, and you’ll have your overall answer about the goodness of fit between AVG and LPI.

(Pictured): Peter Sandiford, LPI's CEO, announced this morning that his company was acquired by AVG Technologies.

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