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Oracle announced Wednesday it plans to open a data center in Campinas, São Paulo in August to support cloud computing development throughout Latin America.

“This new data center in Brazil signals our commitment to helping companies in Latin America fully embrace cloud computing, modernize their business and become the leaders in their industry,” Oracle CEO Mark Hurd said. “This is great news for our customers throughout Latin America who are ready to capitalize on the region’s growing economy and take advantage of the unlimited possibilities cloud computing offers.”

This new center will join 18 others worldwide and will allow Oracle to better manage service level objectives and data governance for customers throughout the region.

Champion Solutions Group Acquires allAware

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Microsoft SMB cloud partner Champion Solutions Group announced yesterday it purchased the assets of allAware, Inc., in an effort to continue to build its Microsoft Business Unit, MessageOps and deepen skills in application development, EMS and Azure practices.

“With the allAware, Inc. purchase, we are making an investment in capitalizing on Microsoft's momentum of Enterprise Mobility Suite and Azure Cloud services,” said Chris Pyle, Champion Solutions Group president and CEO. “Jason Milgram, a co-founder of allAware, Inc., is a Microsoft Azure MVP and one of the best developers with (whom) we have worked. He and his team will make a huge impact on Champion’s continued success in assisting our clients to evolve the way they embrace Microsoft cloud technologies and their mobile device strategies.”

Key software assets acquired in the purchase include Linxter, a cloud-based message-oriented middleware solution; Linxter Messenger, a private instant-messaging app; Monitor Grid, a cloud service for server health and performace monitoring; and Emergency File, a web app that allows users to store and organize emergency information.

StorageCraft Technology Corp. announced today the Professional Services program, which gives MSPs and VARs the ability to augment consultation, design and implementation of backup and disaster recovery services with help from the StorageCraft Professional Services team.

“One of the most valuable assets for any business or organization is data. The StorageCraft Professional Services offering is designed

to assist our partners by addressing immediate backup and disaster recovery needs and to help them build the best possible disaster recovery infrastructure for the long-term protection of their customers’ data,” said Mike Kunz, StorageCraft vice president of worldwide sales. “It is StorageCraft’s goal to make our partners as successful as possible in backup and disaster recovery.”

Both on-demand services and full services will be available in the United States and Canada.

VeriStor Expands Team and Security Practice

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IT solutions provider VeriStor Systems announced yesterday expansion of its Security Solutions and Services Practice, including the addition of Bryan Copeland as Security Practice Director. veristor

The Security Solutions and Services Practice is designed to provide visibility and protect the landscape from endpoint to data center to cloud.

"At VeriStor we look at security processes and strategies holistically, building the solutions that deliver comprehensive and compliant protection," said Ashby Lincoln, CEO, VeriStor. "We are expanding our security portfolio to further enable this mission. With Bryan guiding our efforts, we are confident in our ability to master the rapidly changing security landscape with the solutions and services that keep our customers safe, compliant and breach-free."

Bryan Copeland previously worked at Trend Micro as its strategic partner manager and said he hopes to deliver solutions that provide customers with a sense of security.

Harrybbb at the US Open – Lessons Learned

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Pic 1: Harrybbb with Bob Lewis at the US Open! WP 20150618 12 49 04 Pro

It was like living the Robert Redford-directed movie “Bagger Vance” where a down-and-out golfer attempts to recover his game and his life with help from a mystical caddy. No, I’m not talking about Tiger Woods (but I could be as I saw him walk by a few times; see the pic below). Instead, I’m talking about my personal journey pivoting from SBSer to O365er and reflecting on life along the way.

Winners Happen Here!

First, it was refreshing to hang with my friends at Concur Software, a Seattle-based expense management software company that was recently acquired for $8 billion by SAP. I was a media guest in its corporate white tent and enjoyed Round One at the US Open at the 7th hole. I’ll report more on Concur in the future, but I want to shout it out for Bob Lewis, seen in the pic with me. Bob worked with the SBS community in the 2006-2007 time frame as a Microsoft manager on the Small Business Accounting (SBA) team. You might recall the North Face jackets he gave away at the SMB Nation 2007 Fall Conference. Wiser minds will also recall that shortly after Bob’s big SBA splash, the product was discontinued (Jason Harrison and Susan Bradley certainly remember this LOL). So fast forward the movie. Bob moved in a few years ago to Concur and has done very well for himself. His success is well-earned and a function of both reinventing himself and being relevant – something all of old timey SBSers could model.

Da’ Course

In general, nobody liked the Chambers Bay course, but for the wrong reasons in my opinion. The United States Golf Association (USGA) that hosted the 115th US Open at Chamber Bay (45-miles south of Seattle) wanted to do something different and think outside the box. This course has the Scottish links design. It’s highlighted by sand traps, lack of water and tall grasses. Astro, the English Springer Spaniel and SMB Nation Mascot, was breed for this type of gold course and so was Chambers Bay! It’s new, daring and annoying. The perfect golf course to test the pros! It’s akin to saying Mount Alyeska ski resort in Alaska is horrible because it’s too hard! Needless to say – the course was the narrative.

WP 20150618 16 15 24 ProAnother Life Lesson.

Jason Day captured the world’s affection at the US Open. He battles a mild case of dizziness known as vertigo and collapsed at the end of Round 2 on Friday. He is sponsored by Concur so I took a special interest in his journey. He was in contention deep into the final round before fading but still getting a top ten finish. Lesson learned? It’s all about who can go on their off day! And quite frankly (and sadly) it was the opposite for Tiger Woods who faded early (seen here in the picture below).

Pic 2: Tiger Woods walking by the Concur tent at the 7th Hole.