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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. This week’s installment comes to you a day late(r) than usual, and that is due to the Memorial Day holiday, which was celebrated yesterday in the U.S.

SMB Nation’s offices were closed in honor of this holiday, which salutes our veterans. I am always grateful for our Armed Forces, especially since it runs in my family—both my grandfather and my father served honorably in the U.S. Army—grandpa served during WWII, and dad was in Special Forces during the Vietnam War.

As you get back into the swing of things following the long holiday weekend, 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!

P.S.: Yours truly will be on vacation for the rest of this week, so in case you don’t see my active on the blog this week, no worries, as I will be back in the groove on Monday!

1.) Dell Combines End-to-End Security with Dell Wyse ThinOS 8 and Dual-Core Thin Client: Dell last week announced the latest addition to its Cloud Client Computing portfolio, Dell Wyse ThinOS 8 firmware and the Dell Wyse D10D thin client.
The Dell Wyse ThinOS 8 firmware upgrade is available for several existing Dell Wyse thin client models, including V10LE, C10LE, T10, and R10L June 21st 2013 for all current maintenance subscriptions and will come standard on the Dell Wyse D10D.
The Dell Wyse D10D thin client is as powerful a solution as is it cost-effective. It is available worldwide June 21 for $399 ECP.

2.) Ovum Survey: Promising Growth for Mobile Apps in Emerging Markets: Despite the meteoric growth of the mobile applications market, over two-thirds of consumers do not download apps, finds Ovum. The independent global analyst firm suggests that, while this figure is substantial, the high and fast-growing penetration of smartphones means there is scope for further growth in application downloads.

A report based on Ovum’s latest Consumer Insights Survey reveals that users in emerging markets show the greatest enthusiasm for application downloads. In China 91 percent of respondents said they download applications, followed by India (84 percent) and Brazil (67 percent). Consumers in emerging markets are also more willing to pay higher premiums for application downloads. In India 21 percent of respondents said they spend over US$15 each month on application downloads, while 13 percent said they spend between US$8 and US$15 each month.

3.) TwinStrata Introduces On-Demand Disaster Recovery as a Service for VMware Users: TwinStrata last week announced CloudArray Disaster Recovery as a Service (CloudArray DRaaS), a new component of TwinStrata’s flagship CloudArray offering that enables seamless disaster recovery (DR) for VMware users on-demand without requiring continuous investment in secondary infrastructure or sites.
With the new CloudArray DRaaS, TwinStrata enables mid-market and small enterprise organizations to implement an enterprise-class disaster recovery strategy at less than a tenth the cost of either hosted offsite options or secondary site infrastructure. Organizations using CloudArray DRaaS can expect spin-up times of servers in two to four hours – and near-immediate restores under ideal conditions – for typical environments ranging in increments of 50 VMs or more.

For new customers with 50 virtual machines (VMs) or fewer, CloudArray DRaaS is now included in the pricing for TwinStrata’s CloudArray software. TwinStrata CloudArray is available as a monthly subscription beginning at $500 per month. Existing CloudArray customers and organizations with more than 50 virtual machines can obtain expanded support for an additional monthly fee.

4.) Permabit Adds Compression and Replication to Albireo Deduplication: Permabit Technology Corporation last week announced data compression and replication applications that integrate with Permabit Albireo Virtual Data Optimizer (VDO). The addition of Albireo COMPRESS and Albireo REPLICA to VDO’s deduplication and thin provisioning capabilities provide essential building blocks for OEMs delivering comprehensive Linux based Software-Defined Storage (SDS) solutions.

COMPRESS works with VDO’s deduplication technology to reduce data storage requirements by up to 35x. REPLICA is a remote file copy service that works in concert with VDO to provide data optimization for content both over the wire and at rest. Combined with VDO, the applications dramatically improve data efficiency for NAS, SAN, Flash, and Object storage solutions for SMB, large enterprise and cloud markets.

5.) SMB Remains a “Goldmine: for SMB Channel Partners: Ingram Micro last week welcomed hundreds of channel partners to its 2013 Spring SMB Invitational in Hollywood, Fla. Anchored by Ingram Micro’s U.S. SMB Alliance (SMBA) partner community and SMB Business Unit, the bi-annual event focuses on educating, inspiring and enabling channel partners serving the small to midsize business (SMB) market.

Over the past 18 months, Ingram Micro has continued to invest in and enhance its SMB resources, which include the SMBA partner community and Ingram Micro’s SMB website (, as well as a highly skilled team of dedicated credit analysts, marketing professionals, business development managers, cloud services experts and field-based technical solution engineers.

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Tuesday, 17 July 2018