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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. We have been pretty busy around here at SMB Nation in gearing up for our SMB 150 Awards, and our Spring Conference. We also recently celebrated the one-month anniversary of Cloud Nation, a new platform introduced to help VARs, MSPs and SMBs create and successfully grow cloud practices.

A reminder that voting for the 3rd Annual SMB Nation 150 Awards ends this Friday. Don’t forget to go to to vote for all of your industry favorites before it’s too late!

Also note that this year’s Spring Conference will be held May 3-5, 2013, at the Microsoft Redmond Campus. For more information, and to register, go to:

As for other live industry events, Harrybbb will be out and about in Los Angeles later this week for the ASCII Success Summit stop being held there. If you are in the area, or planning to attend the event, make sure you drop by the SMB Nation booth for a meet and greet!

With today being the Presidents’ Day holiday here in the U.S., some of you might not be working, or focusing on housekeeping items during the slow work day (the market, post office and banks are all closed here). That being said, please still 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.) McAfee Delivers Unified Rapid-Response Security Management: McAfee is raising the bar on intelligent threat identification, time to respond and robust, unified security management with the latest updates to its security management solutions delivering on its recently announced security connected vision. McAfee Real Time for ePolicy Orchestrator software is the first security management system that lets businesses instantly find information about any computer, deploy products or update configurations in a matter of seconds.

Additionally, McAfee Enterprise Security Manager is now actively connected to the McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator (McAfee ePO) platform, McAfee Vulnerability Manager, and the McAfee Network Security Platform - automatically initiating endpoint and network security policy changes based on its powerful correlation capability. Together, these solutions set a new industry standard for time to respond, situational awareness and operational efficiency.

2.) SBS Group Welcomes Omnic Group to its Southeast Partner Network: SBS Group said that Omnic Group has joined its Partner Network. Omnic Group is now part of SBS Southeast, and will be known as the SBS Group Florida office. They bring several years of ERP business experience to the Network, offering deep industry expertise in the manufacturing and retail industries, as well as international implementations.

3.) F5’s Policy Enforcement Solution Enables Communication Service Providers to Deliver Multiple Core Services: F5 Networks, Inc. last week announced the newest member of its growing portfolio of solutions for fixed and mobile service providers. F5 BIG-IP® Policy Enforcement Manager combines the strength of F5’s intelligent traffic steering functionality with a context-aware policy enforcement solution.

Providing deep visibility and analytics into subscriber behavior, applications, and the network itself, BIG-IP PEM empowers service providers to optimize network performance, introduce new revenue-generating services, and better control costs. The foundation of F5’s approach is its intelligent services framework, which offers service providers a unified solution for optimizing service delivery and security, and monetizing services.

BIG-IP PEM is the latest addition to F5’s intelligent services framework. For years, the BIG-IP system has provided core services that are critical to service providers, including intelligent traffic steering, TCP optimization, and DNS services. Recently, F5 released additional components of this platform, including BIG-IP Carrier-Grade NAT and BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager™. All are available as modules, standalone solutions, or virtual editions of the BIG-IP system.

BIG-IP Policy Enforcement Manager (PEM), BIG-IP Carrier-Grade NAT, and BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager are generally available now. Please contact a local F5 office for availability in specific countries.

4.) Zscaler Uses Visualization Tech for Real-Time Insight into Vulnerability Threats:  Zscaler last week unveiled new analytics technology that gives enterprise security professionals unprecedented real-time visibility into all employee internet activity across web, cloud email, and mobile application platforms at any location and on any device.

The new multi-tier data visualization capability relies on the daily real-time processing of more than 10 billion global internet transactions across the Zscaler Security Cloud network, spanning 180 countries. The resulting “Big Analytics” delivers instant, actionable insight into security threats, user productivity, and compliance violations that is simply not available from today’s earth-bound appliance-based security solutions.

5.) HTG Peer Groups Announces 2013 Sponsors: HTG Peer Groups last week announced its vendor sponsors for 2013. The sponsorships will fuel HTG Peer Groups’ intensive workshops, seminars and networking events throughout the year, helping technology business leaders create valuable connections.

HTG Peer Groups sponsors receive many benefits, including promotional booth space at HTG’s annual and quarterly events, marketing opportunities in newsletters and other communications, and of course, the ability to network with and gain insight from the top decision-makers in the industry.

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Thursday, 14 November 2019