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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.

A reminder that voting has commenced for the 3rd Annual SMB Nation 150 Awards through January 18; go to, to vote for all of your industry favorites…voting expires soon!

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.) LenovoEMC JV to Bring NAS to SMBs and Distributed Enterprise Sites: Lenovo and EMC Corporation said last week that they have completed the formation of  LenovoEMC Ltd, the joint venture previously announced  in August 2012 along with a wider strategic partnership in industry standard servers and networked storage solutions.  

Incorporating the core assets of EMC’s Iomega business, the new JV will bring co-branded network attached storage (NAS) solutions to distributed enterprise, remote branches, and small and medium businesses.

The Iomega networked storage portfolio includes desktop, tower and rackmount array products ranging in capacity from diskless versions (0TB) up to 48TB.  Iomega NAS solutions include the award-winning EMC LifeLine operating system, which combines industry-leading   features and benefits with an ease-of-use tailored to small business users, remote enterprise offices, departmental data centers and others.

2.) Extreme Networks Announces Reduction in $7 Million per Quarter Spending: Extreme Networks, Inc. last week outlined a plan to streamline its operations to reduce costs and also provided an updated financial model for Fiscal 2013. The restructuring plan is expected to result in approximately $7 million in reduced quarterly costs once the plan is fully implemented. The company expects to record a charge of approximately $5.5 to $7.0 million in the fiscal quarter ended on December 31, 2012.

According to a press release issued by Extreme Networks last week, the Company revised its guidance for the fiscal second quarter ended December 31, 2012 based on the current business outlook and actions taken, such as net revenue estimated to be approximately $75 million from the original estimate of $77 million, and net income, which was expected be in the $3 million range, which is below the low-end of the range previously expected.

3.) Caringo CEO Offers Object Storage Predictions for 2013: Object storage is primed for growth, according to Mark Goros, CEO of Caringo. Goros predicts 2013 will include a number of advancements and revelations in cloud services, Big Data analytics and mobility mainly due to a wider adoption of object storage.

“As the appetite for storage has exploded, more companies are adopting object storage,” Goros said. “The shift to object storage is being driven by IT trends, including the adoption of cloud services, emerging analytics applications, BYOD and mobility, as well as the market momentum of research, healthcare, government and life sciences.”

Goros offered the following predictions for object storage in 2013:

1. Open cloud adoption will drive the need for differentiation via storage.

2. Big Data chatter will increasingly focus on Hadoop and object storage.

3. Object storage will increasingly enable mobility apps.

4.) Tech Data, Trend Micro to Integrate Licensing Management Platform into Solutions Store:Tech Data Corporation announced its partnership with Trend Micro Inc. to integrate Trend Micro’s Licensing Management Platform (LMP) into Tech Data’s Solutions Store. Trend Micro’s LMP is a designated application for managed service providers (MSP), which allows Trend Micro MSP resellers direct software license provisioning control for cloud-based SaaS security products.  

Tech Data and Trend Micro will pilot this integration with a select group of MSP partners using Trend Micro’s LMP and Tech Data’s Solutions Store, which provides access to the full benefits of Tech Data’s recurring and metered billing and provisioning system, powered by StreamOne.

The final implementation of Trend Micro’s MPS License Platform with Tech Data’s Solutions Store is scheduled for April 2013.

5.) Ingram Micro North America Announces Executive Management Changes: IngramMicro Inc. said last week that Brent McCarty, executive director and general manager of the Ingram Micro Consumer Electronics Division (IMCE), formerly DBL Distributing, in Scottsdale, Arizona, will assume the position of executive managing director of Ingram Micro United Kingdom and Ireland, a role most recently held by Matt Sanderson who returned to Australia to lead the company’s operations there. McCarty will report to Johan Vandenbussche, regional vice president, UK, Belgium and Netherlands with Ingram Micro EMEA.

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