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 Gala Dinner, and our Spring Conference, which will be held May 3-5, 2013, at the Microsoft Redmond Campus. For more information, and to register, go to: http://spring.smbnation.com/.
Last week was a bit of a short one for me due to the Easter holiday…we make a “big-to-do” about it here on the East Coast, and even have a holiday weekend around it. I hear on the West Coast it’s not really the case…it’s business as usual, except for Sunday, when the actual holiday occurs. That being said, things on both the news and trade show front were quiet, but things are kicking back into gear this week.
Regarding live events, we will definitely be tuning into the live simulcast of Robin Robins’ Technology Marketing Toolkit Boot Camp, which she holds each spring in Nashville. We hear that there are several high-line speakers lined up, such as former Chicago Bears football coach Mike Ditka. In addition, Robin will be giving away her annual luxury car as part of her Better your Best Contest. One lucky member of her 7 Producers’ Club finalists will get to drive home a brand-new Lexus! I hear spots for the live event have long since been sold out, but there is still time to obtain a registration spot for the simulcast. Go to: www.technoloymarketingtoolkit.com, for more information.
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.) Spiceworks Cloud Program Helps Mozy Reach 2.4 Million IT Professionals: Spiceworks announced Mozy by EMC has joined the Spiceworks Cloud Program. As a member, Mozy’s cloud backup technologies are now integrated into Spiceworks’ free IT management application, allowing 2.4 million Spiceworks users to access their Mozy account directly from Spiceworks.
The Spiceworks Cloud Program gives cloud providers a way to simplify the lives of IT professionals by reducing the number of management interfaces they need to use each day. It also helps them reach 2.4 million Spiceworks users from the application they use to discover, monitor, manage, and provision their favorite services.
Current and prospective Mozy customers can access the Mozy interface for free by downloading or updating their Spiceworks application to the latest version 6.2.
2.) ADTRAN Expands IP Phone Portfolio: ADTRAN last week said that it added of four new IP phones to its VoIP portfolio. ADTRAN’s expanded VoIP portfolio, including the VVX 300, VVX 310, VVX 400, and the VVX 410 - featuring Polycom Powered technology--can be deployed on both hosted- or premises-based communications networks. This enables service providers and resellers the flexibility to deliver an advanced end-to-end communications solution for enterprise customers looking to adopt next-generation voice, video and unified communications solutions.
The new endpoints offer the total solution that service providers seek when selling hosted services today. The VVX 300/310 and the VVX 400/410 deliver intuitive user interfaces and have the ability to interact with third party web applications. Their uses range from the entry-level business media phone for today’s knowledge worker to mid-range phone with advanced call-handling ideal for the busy call center agent.
3.) NETGEAR Powers Converged Networks via New Switch Family: NETGEAR last week introduced its NETGEAR ProSafe Intelligent Edge M4100 series of managed switches, a broad portfolio of cost-effective Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet access layer solutions for SMBs, educational institutions, hospitals, government agencies, and other networks supporting fewer than 500 users. The M4100 series delivers an unbeatable combination of performance, security and convergence for voice, video and data networking solutions at an extremely attractive price point.
The NETGEAR Intelligent Edge M4100 series consists of 12 fully managed switch products in desktop and rackmount form factors, ranging from 8-port Fast Ethernet and Power over Ethernet (PoE) to 50-port Gigabit Ethernet and PoE Plus (up to 30W), and power budgets ranging from 66W to 1,440W. The series is ideal for all organizations needing reliable, affordable and simple access layer switching with CLI, scripting and IPv4 static L3 routing, IPv4/IPv6 ACLs and QoS.
The advanced features of the M4100 series — such as Redundant and External Power Supply (RPS and EPS) options — facilitate, improve, or secure convergent applications such as VoIP deployment, IPTV and video surveillance installations, and wireless access point infrastructures.
4.) Dot Hill AssuredSAN 4000 Series Certified 'DataCore Ready' for SANsymphony-V: Dot Hill Systems Corp. announced that its AssuredSAN 4000 series storage arrays are 'DataCore Ready' and provide full interoperability with the SANsymphony-V storage hypervisor from DataCore Software.
The AssuredSAN 4000 series is the second Dot Hill platform to achieve the DataCore Ready certification following in the footsteps of the AssuredSAN 3000 earlier this year. The high performance AssuredSAN 4000 compliments the AssuredSAN 3000 by providing users with data transfer speeds of up to 5200 MB/s read and 3000 MB/s write.
The DataCore storage hypervisor will enable Dot Hill's AssuredSAN 4000 series with added performance acceleration through adaptive caching, space efficiency with thin provisioning and a multitude of high availability (HA) features including synchronous mirroring, and continuous data protection (CDP) for any point-in-time backup and recovery.
5.) Emulex Enhances Partner Program with Loyalty Offerings, Partner Profitability: Emulex Corporation made significant enhancements to its Connect Partner Program, including a new loyalty program, enhanced reseller training tools, and streamlined deal registration and web enablement.
The Emulex Connect Partner Program arms resellers with the tools, training, and incentives to drive I/O technologies and joint solutions into the channel, enabling the highest-performing data centers across the globe.
Emulex’s three-tiered partner community provides partners with the tools, training, support and information required to promote and sell network and storage connectivity solutions.