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WatchGuard Introduces New NGFW and UTM Appliances

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WatchGuardWatchGuard Technologies today announced its new next-generation firewall and unified threat management appliances engineered for SMBs and distributed enterprises.

The WatchGuard Firebox M400 and M500 appliances, based on Intel Pentium and Celeron processors, outperform rival solutions, with up to a 61 percent increase in overall performance and up to a 149 percent increase in HTTPS inspection.

sahar logoOn November 20, 2014, the Sahar Education for Afghan Girls Organization held its annual fundraiser at the Foundry in South Downtown, Seattle, WA. This organization, formerly known as Ayni, changed its name to Sahar, which means “dawn” in Dali, the most commonly-spoken language in Northern Afghanistan.

“The fundraiser was a great success, due in part to the professional skills and contribution of SMB Nation team members, Jenny Hallmark and Edna Sparkman,” said Ginna Brelsford, Executive Director of Sahar.

dandhjpgD&H Distributing recently announced the release of two new promotions for its resellers this holiday season, particularly for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. These two programs include the “Holiday Hustle,” and a special partnership with D&H vendor partners for extra Black Friday and Cyber Monday savings.

Unitrends Unveils Release 8.0

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Unitrends logoUnitrends recently revealed Release 8.0, a solution that provides scalable protection for EMC and NetApp NAS arrays and extends Unitrends’ support for virtual environments.

Unitrends Release 8.0 also introduces extended support for Network Data Management Protocol and physical and virtual recovery for Hyper-V virtual machines in minutes.

IBM Verse to Transform Enterprise Email

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ibm logoIBM today launched its new social collaboration offering, IBM Verse, which brings together myriad IBM platforms, innovations and ideas to integrate the ways employees connect daily.

IBM Verse brings together email, meetings, calendars, file sharing, instant messaging, social updates and video chats and is the first messaging system to enable users to pinpoint and retrieve specific information across various types of email content.

It has built-in analytics and learns employee preferences and priorities over time. IBM Verse clients will also have the future opportunity to embed a Watson feature, a predictive and visual analytics tool.

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