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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: 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.

Also, this Thursday at 10 am PST, you will want to join Harrybbb and Urban Gillis, Vice President, SMB, Jabra on 3 Megatrends that are shaping what the future of work will look like… “We just don’t need offices like we used to,” Regus founder and CEO Mark Dixon told me. “It’s an imposition on employees to ask them to drive for 50 miles to an office to use a computer and a phone. They have those where they are.”

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Please take some time to peruse a few snippets of information that we didn’t get a chance to bring you last week….let us also know if there was something we might have missed, which is not mentioned in this entry…because as you know…we love news!

1.) Nutanix Signs Promark to Distribute Virtual Computing Platform in North America: Nutanix has entered into a distribution agreement with Promark Technology, an Ingram Micro company and premier value-added distributor of data storage solutions. Under the terms of the agreement, the Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform will now be available to Promark’s vast portfolio value-added resellers (VARs) in the United States through a dedicated distribution sales team.
Nutanix recently announced the Nutanix Partner Network, an end-to-end partner program designed to maximize partner productivity and profitability. By partnering with Promark, Nutanix expands its distribution network and further strengthens its 100 percent channel strategy.
Promark holds a General Services Administration (GSA) schedule and distributes solutions through a two-tier distribution channel that resellers can use to sell products to government customers even if they do not hold a GSA contract themselves. Promark also has experience helping other high-growth technology companies like Veeam scale and expand their distribution.
2.) Telestream Selects Avangate to Streamline Commerce for Consumer, Pro Software: Avangate said that Telestream, a provider of digital media tools and workflow solutions, has deployed Avangate's SkyCommerce customer centric solution to manage their worldwide eCommerce system. Telestream chose Avangate to address the unique needs of their growing global customer base.
Telestream offers live and on-demand digital video tools and workflow solutions to businesses like CNN, BBC and CBS, as well as consumers, and is focused on transforming the digital media lifecycle in every area, including the sales and support cycle. Avangate will be supporting commerce requirements for their diverse, worldwide customer base which will result in improved customer self-service, and increased reach through affiliates, deep localization capabilities and APIs.

3.) Helps Architectural Firm Reduce Costs by more than 50 Percent: said that Prellwitz Chilinski Associates Inc. (PCA) has selected’s cloud server backup and disaster recovery (DR) to replace PCA's NetApp filer offsite backup solution, resulting in dramatically lower costs and less management time. Since deploying, the 45-person architecture firm - with a 30-year track record of award-winning designs - has seen a 50 percent cost reduction and a 90 percent improvement in time spent on backup management compared to its previous backup solution.

PCA’s IT environment is centered around a NetApp FAS2240 storage appliance, using about half of its 13TB capacity to manage the large graphics files they generate and manipulate using resource intensive applications like Autodesk’s Revit building information modeling (BIM) program, rendering programs including Sketch-Up and 3ds Max Design, and the Adobe CS6 suite of products.

This critical data needs to be reliably protected for easy access and recovery in the event of downtime or a natural disaster. Therefore backup is an important piece of PCA’s IT management, requiring adjustment and adaptation as technology evolves.

4.) Spanning Cloud Apps Releases New Features to Support Google Apps Customers: Spanning Cloud Apps, Inc. has released new features designed to support the company’s rapidly growing base of large Google Apps customers. Spanning Backup Summer ’13 Release includes new features to further empower large organizations to protect, manage and repair the Google Apps data of their vast and dynamic user bases.

With backup and robust recovery of the complete Google Apps suite, Spanning Backup’s new features were developed to help organizations manage large user bases and comply with complex regulatory and policy requirements.

5.) Tech Data Offering EMC Data Protection Solutions: Tech Data Corporation said last week that it will  offer a new generation of data protection solutions from backup provider EMC to Tech Data's channel of  resellers. The array of solutions launched by EMC include new EMC Data Domain protection storage systems, EMC Data  Protection Suite software, and enhanced integration with backup and archive applications.

With its theme "Backup to the Future," EMC's new offerings enable better company data protection and are immediately  available through Tech Data's Advanced Infrastructure Solutions (AIS) division

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Saturday, 19 October 2019