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Regina Ciardiello

Regina Ciardiello

Regina Ciardiello is the Editor of SMB Nation. She can be reached via email at: Reginac@smbnation.com.

converged-technology-group-logoConverged Technology Group today released and rebranded its next-generation, cloud-based platform, Converged Assist as Assist360o. The platform is designed to provide a significantly more robust suite of efficiency, performance and control-enhancing features.

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iPhone5s PF 3UP HERO PRINT 130906 HEROAs I sit here and write this blog, I feel as though I have been here before with iPhone, for some reason. Wait…I actually was in this same spot last year, when Apple introduced its iPhone 5, and its new operating system. At the time, I was using “an about to crap out iPhone 4,” which was on its last legs, and I was thinking of either downloading the new OS or just giving in and getting the 5.

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9.18 WM infographic - August 2013 final-02Our friends Jeff Leventhal and Co. at NYC-based Work Market today announced the results of a study on the freelance economy, which is good news for freelancers and self-employed individuals working in the U.S. Based upon data from Work Market’s online marketplace and enterprise management platform, demand for freelancers and wages earned are expected to increase through the end of this year.

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Comptia logoCompTIA’s second annual Big Data Insights and Opportunities study confirms growing familiarity with the concepts surrounding big data, which has sparked greater levels of interest across the C-suite. A full 78 percent of organizations say they feel more positive about big data as a business initiative this year compared to a year ago.

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CP LogoLast week, we reported on and attended the ChannelPro-SMB event in New Jersey. During the event, which included sessions on Adapting Your Business to the Cloud, Where the Money Is in Mobility, and Winning Sales and Marketing Strategies for MSPs, also featured a hardware trends session that provided attendees with a hands-on look at the latest hardware innovations.

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SMB Nation 2003With acquisitions currently on the top of minds of most of the channel as of late, it is interesting to note that today, the channel media itself is now the topic of conversation regarding M&A deals.

It was reported this morning on CRN’s Web site that an executive management group, led by UBM Tech (CRN’s parent company) CEO Robert Faletra, has acquired UBM Tech Channel for an undisclosed sum.

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ZyXEL logoZyXEL Communications and D&H will now be offering the company's complete family of networking products in both Canada and the United States.

D&H will focus on ZyXEL's business-class offerings, including firewalls, switches, and business-class Access Points. With ZyXEL, D&H will offer carrier-grade Ethernet switches that include managed, smart web-managed and unmanaged Fast, Gigabit and 10G Switches. D&H will also distribute ZyXEL's enterprise wireless devices including indoor and outdoor Access Points, WLAN controllers and Wi-Fi Hotspots, as well as ZyXEL's network security products including high-throughput firewall appliances and Unified Threat Management devices.

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Oops ladyHere 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 designed 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. Hurry up, and get your registration in, as we are less than two months away from this event!

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watch-banner-it-guy-big2MSP firm TechSquad IT announced today that Chris Wiser, the company’s Founder and CEO, will be the subject of a documentary film titled, “The IT Guy,” which will be broadcast on a nationally syndicated cable television channel on Wednesday, September 18, 2013, at 7:30 am EST/6:30 am CST.

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efolder logoWe heard from Ted Hulsy, VP of Marketing at eFolder, that the company has acquired Anchor Box, a startup that is based on providing file sync and share software tailored for MSPs, VARs and cloud providers. According to eFolder, the acquisition will position the company as the only channel-focused vendor that provides a complete solution suite for cloud backup, BDR services, and cloud file sync from a single supplier.

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conference logoSMB Nation has firmed up its pre-day and conference content for its 11th Annual Fall Conference. Set to kick off with the pre-day programming on Wednesday, Oct. 9, the conference will be held Thursday, Oct. 10-Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Rio Conference Center in Las Vegas.

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Luke WallingYesterday, we reported the speculation and chatter regarding the possibility of Dave Sobel’s whereabouts at the ChannelPro SMB Forum in New Jersey earlier this week. This morning, we received a response from AVG regarding the Director of Partner Community’s position and status at the company, which confirmed that he is in fact no longer affiliated with AVG.

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techaisle logoWe heard today from our friend and contributing writer Anurag Agrawal, CEO, Techaisle, regarding his firm’s most recent study results. The survey, which was developed to understand the winning strategies for selling Cloud to SMBs, uncovered 15 best practices and critical differences between the activities and approaches of successful and unsuccessful SMB Cloud computing channel partners.

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Where in the World is AVG’s (LPI’s) Dave Sobel?

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dave sobelYesterday while attending the ChannelPro SMB Forum in New Jersey, I was happy to see many of my channel industry friends and colleagues, and it was even better that we got to gather for some good networking, educational sessions and vendor exhibits. I noticed, however, that one of my industry colleagues that I was expecting to see, AVG’s Director of Partner Community Dave Sobel, was not present.

I was looking forward to meeting up with Dave, since he and I have known each other since back in the day when he was the owner of his MSP firm, Evolve Technologies, and I was the Editor of another channel publication. I figured Dave would be there, especially since he was scheduled to deliver one of the keynote addresses yesterday at the event.

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TS140 05Lenovo today announced at the Intel Developer Forum, two new tower servers, the ThinkServer TS140 and ThinkServer TS440. Armed with the latest Intel Xeon E3 processors and IntelAMT 9.0 for remote manageability, these affordable, whisper-quiet tower servers are designed for performance and scalability, ideal for SMBs and MSPs.

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vik vermaAs it enters its next phase of growth, 8x8, Inc. has appointed Vikram Verma as CEO, effective immediately. Former CEO Bryan Martin will assume the role of CTO and will continue as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

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Rich Mike EdRight now, as we speak, I am live and on site at the ChannelPRO SMB Forum event in New Jersey. If you remember, the group hosted its spring event this past April in California, which Harrybbb attended.

Pictured (L to R): Rich Papaioannou of HP, Michael Siggins of ChannelPro, and Ed Mana of Technology on Demand, on the show floor at today's ChannelPro event in New Jersey.

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twlogo44This week marks the 10th anniversary of Technology Wizards and we heard that the group plans to celebrate this achievement at its meeting tomorrow (Sept. 11) at 12 Noon at the Microsoft PacWest office located at 1414 Northrup (in the Pearl district).

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Oops ladyHere 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 designed 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. Hurry up, and get your registration in, as we are less than two months away from this event!

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gI 147127 IMG 0681 copyIngate Systems and ThinkTel announced that Ingate E-SBCs and ThinkTel’s SIP trunking service have successfully completed full interoperability testing.

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IDC New Logo thumbnailAccording to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, factory revenue in the worldwide server market decreased -6.2% year over year to $11.9 billion in the second quarter of 2013. This was the second consecutive quarter of year-over-year revenue decline, as server market demand continued to soften in most geographic regions. Server unit shipments decreased -1.2% year over year in 2Q13 to 2.0 million units, the third consecutive quarter where year-over-year server shipments have declined.

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NovusNovus LLC, said that it has added IntelePeer as a partner, and will resell its CoreCloud SIP trunking services, which are qualified for Microsoft Lync 2010 and 2013.

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AVGMWLogoToday at a launch event in New York City, AVG Technologies today announced the first AVG CloudCare service module will be integrated within AVG Managed WorkPlace since AVG acquired the business of LPI Level Platforms in June.

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GFI LogoGFI MAX said today that it has made available its remote command line, the first function of the new Remote Background Management feature in its GFI MAX RemoteManagement platform for MSPs. The Remote Background Management feature provides a seamless customer experience by allowing MSPs to remotely complete maintenance on their customers’ networks without interrupting their work.

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WD RedWD said that it has expanded its WD Red line of SATA hard drives specifically designed for home and small office NAS systems with one- to five-drive bays. WD Red hard drives are now available in a 2.5-inch form factor offering 1 TB and 750 GB capacities and a new 3.5-inch 4 TB capacity. Powered by NASware 2.0 technology, WD Red is compatibility-tested with top NAS system manufacturers and optimized for performance and reduced power consumption.

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