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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.


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.  

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.

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.

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.