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The week that was: Feb. 21, 2014

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Our weekly round-up of the news you don’t want to miss:


AVG Reports Q4 Earnings: Level Platforms Acquisition Performing Well

AVG logoAVG Technologies, reported positive growth in revenues and net income for Q4 2013. According to CEO Gary Kovacs the company made significant progress selling its CloudCare and AVG Managed Workplace (formerly Level Platforms Managed Workplace) solutions into the channel. The company said its Q4 2013 revenue rose seven percent from $95.2 million in Q4 2012 to $101.9 million. Net income almost tripled to $12.8 million from $4.9 million in the same period last year.

 

McAfee Offers Pay-as-You-Go and additional solutions to MSP program

Mcafee graphicMcAfee, the security tech division of Intel, has heard the voice of its channel partners and will finally offer MSPs a pay-as-you-go option for its network security and security management solutions. The idea is that the new model will help MSPs reduce upfront costs, and therefore risk. McAfee will also add additional solutions to its MSP Program, including: McAfee Next Generation Firewall, McAfee Enterprise Security Manager, McAfee Network Security Platform and McAfee Advanced Threat Defense.

 

 

Symantec opening the curtains on Global Channel Strategy

Symantec logo horizontal 2010Symantec has unveiled Symantec Competencies, part of its Global Channel Strategy, which was announced in November. The plan will reward channel partners that have proven their ability to implement complex projects and use a broader selection of the company’s product portfolio, while cutting those who are deemed to underperform. According to the company, partners must meet minimum performance standards and demonstrate commitment to Symantec to gain access to channel rewards and incentives.

Total Defense adds new services for MSPs

Total-Defense-LogoTotal Defense has added a couple of new cloud-based security services to its Total Defense Business platform for MSPs – email archiving and data leakage prevention (DLP). Cloud-based email archiving lets users automatically store all email communications and then access them in real time. This is particularly useful for business with regulatory compliance requirements. The DLP solution is designed for deployment in the cloud across all of the end user’s devices, regardless of their location and replaces the pot luck of individual security tool commonly used today with a single solution.

 

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Manage Engine logoManageEngine said today that it is now offering the general availability of project management and configuration management database (CMDB) modules in ServiceDesk Plus – MSP, its ITIL-ready help desk software for managed service providers (MSPs). The addition of these two modules give MSP IT administrators and IT managers integrated tools that simplify the creation and tracking of help desk projects and that improve service quality.  

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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.
 
Having just wrapped up our annual fall conference earlier this month, we are now moving ahead full speed into planning mode for 2014. This includes our brand new eight-city tour, which is set to kick off in January, as well as our “Million Mile Tour,” focusing on  April 8, 2014 end-of-support deadline(s) for both Windows XP and any Server 2003 SKUs. The tour leverages the Microsoft Community Connections business model of “Lunch and Learn” type Pizza webinars, and will be coming to a city near you this fall and into 2014! To learn more and to register for the tour, click here.

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Storagecraft logoStorageCraft told us today that they have released a new tool known as ShadowProtect IT Edition PRO, which provides IT professionals unlimited disaster recovery, data protection and system migration for Windows systems in their environment, without installing any software.

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snom technology saisnom logod that it has doubled its factory warranty to two years on its entire line of desktop IP phones and its PA-1 pager, lowering the total cost of ownership and boosting customer’s return on investment.

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11742707-artisan-logoArtisan Infrastructure has formed a strategic partnership with Arrow Electronics to deliver cloud-based data protection infrastructure to support NetApp customers. Available as an offering for the channel through Arrow’s ArrowSphere marketplace, the new service includes NetApp data protection infrastructure and a full suite of service enablement to speed time-to-market, simplify billing and contracts and reduce management overhead.

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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.
 
Having just wrapped up our annual fall conference a little more than one week ago, we are now moving ahead full speed into planning mode for 2014. This includes our brand new eight-city tour, which is set to kick off in January, as well as our “Million Mile Tour,” focusing on
April 8, 2014 end-of-support deadline(s) for both Windows XP and any Server 2003 SKUs. The tour leverages the Microsoft Community Connections business model of “Lunch and Learn” type Pizza webinars, and will be coming to a city near you this fall and into 2014! To learn more and to register for the tour, click here.

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!

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MaintenanceNet logoMaintenanceNet said today that Schneider Electric has deployed MaintenanceNet’s Service360 Auto Quote solution to improve and streamline the way it tracks, manages and transacts warranty extensions for end customers of their AC and DC-based back-up power products in conjunction with channel partners across North America. Through Service360, Schneider Electric is also gaining new capabilities to build self-service and partner enablement into the sales cycle to further expand business opportunities while enhancing the customer experience.

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Windows 8.1 is Ready – Download Now

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Windows 8.1A day ahead of retail availability, you can now download Windows 8.1 from the Windows Store. There are many important reasons to do this. First – you’ve got your START BUTTON back! And there is the Lock App screen, helpful hints including the new Help+Tips app, new Mail app, improved People view, new desktop themes, improved power menu, IE 11 reading view, improved tracking protections, more disclosure in Express settings, and SkyDrive acts as a local file manager. Plus there are a lot of internal programmatic patches/fixes and updates but these aren’t as dramatic as you might think. Why? Because the reality is the periodic updates (yes – where you reboot your machine or it automatically does so in three days) incorporate patch pacing – a different paradigm from Patch Tuesday. Does that make sense?

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RD640 16disk 02Lenovo announced this week at the EDUCAUSE annual conference, two new rack servers, the ThinkServer RD540 and ThinkServer RD640. Armed with the latest Intel Xeon E5 processors, these highly efficient and flexible servers are designed for easy integration into existing IT infrastructures that handle demanding virtualization, cloud and compute-intensive workloads.

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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.
 
Here at SMB Nation, we are still in regroup mode having just wrapped up our annual fall conference this past weekend. In case you couldn’t make it to Las Vegas for the event, make sure you go to our main home page where you can find several blogs and photos discussing some of the session highlights, as well as what went on during the exhibit hall and who were the male and female winners of the annual Jim Locke Award!

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!

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DH-80px round 95thInternational Communications Corporation said that it has selected D&H Distributing as the sole channel partner for the launch of its AT&T-branded activeARC converged data networking platform. Designed specifically to help SMBs handle the growing challenges of performance-hungry network enabled applications, the solution simplifies the network into a single control point, making it easier for SMBs to control their data networks even when IT resources are limited.

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Days one and two of SMB Nation's Fall Conference included show floor time, various sessions on the industry's most pressing topics, and of course Karl Palachuk's "camera monkey..." View below for just a few of the highlights...more coming soon!

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Kaseya logoKaseya earlier this week announced the general availability of Kaseya Traverse, a solution that is now delivered as SaaS, and provides enterprise-class network performance monitoring, business service management (BSM) and predictive analytics for cloud, on-premise, hybrid, virtualized and distributed environments. The new offering provides a strong complement to Kaseya’s award-winning systems management suite of products, enabling proactive management and monitoring of the entire IT infrastructure.

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WD Sentinel DS6100 101013WD (Western Digital) introduced today the new WD Sentinel DS5100 and WD Sentinel DS6100 (S-series) ultra-compact network storage plus servers.

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AVG logoAVG Technologies is now offering enhanced support for Apple’s Mac operating system (OS) environments within its AVG Managed Workplace 2013 remote monitoring & management (RMM) platform. At the same time AVG Managed Workplace becomes the first RMM tool to offer agentless iOS management of Mac OS X devices including iPads and iPhones. 

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evault logo p thumbnailEVault, today announced EVault Storage Cloud – Data Protection Service for NetApp. As part of the news at NetApp’s global technical conference, EVault also announced it has joined the NetApp partner program for Service Providers.

Tagged in: BDR cloud EVault NetApp
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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 in total crunch time mode gearing up for our annual fall event to be held this week 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 just about a couple of days away from this event…it’s go time!

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!

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cosoConnectSolutions today rolled out CoSo TeamUp Premium, a solution that it is touting as reportedly the first “instant-on” enterprise-class, unified communications offering for emerging mid-market companies.

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AnyMeeting-Comcast-Tablet-4-way-video-3Comcast Business announced today that AnyMeeting, a provider of small business web conferencing, has joined its Upware marketplace. Upware is a suite of cloud-based business solutions that can be purchased and accessed on-demand through Comcast’s integrated web portal.

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snom logosnom technology said today that its 7xx series and 8xx series desktop IP phones, as well as the PA-1 SIP paging adapter, are now fully interoperable with Clarity Telemanagement’s hosted VoIP service.

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Dell softwareWe heard from Dell Software earlier this week that NetVault Backup, its enterprise data protection solution, has been fully integrated with the Dell DR4100, a scalable, disk backup appliance with built-in deduplication and compression capabilities.

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Infographic-Xerox-4th-Annual-EHR-SurveyWith the first day of enrollment for ObamaCare kicking off today, it’s only fitting that a recent Xerox survey revealed that even though more healthcare providers continue to adopt Electronic Health Records (EHR), there is still a need for doctors to educate consumers about digital medical records to comply with upcoming federal mandates.

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ballmer2 webYou could say that some men are “in touch with their feminine sides,” but stereotypically it wouldn’t be something that you’d often see from a world leader, high-profile athlete or a mega-CEO like say, Donald Trump, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos or Apple CEO Tim Cook. However, outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is another story…Ballmer not only showed his raw emotions, breaking down during his exit speech earlier this week—he showed his true emotions center stage at Seattle’s Key Arena in front of his 13,000 employees.

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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 next week in Las Vegas at the Rio! We have designed a  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 just about one week away from this event…it’s crunch time!

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