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SMB Nation has been serving the Bainbridge Island area since 2001, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

SFF PCs provide compact, cost-friendly option for SMBs

dandhThe traditional desktop—complete with a tower computer and at least one monitor—isn’t a smart solution for modern SMBs. Instead, small form factor PCs provide the scalability, efficiency and size best suited to businesses low on capital or cubicle space.

D&H Distributing announced today an increase in its SFF offerings, including PCs from Acer, Dell, HP and Lenovo in its portfolio.

“Small form factor computers have a great deal to offer a small business, or any industry requiring an easily re-configured environment, yet where users are still looking to leverage full-power, permanent desktops in their workplaces,” said Jeff Davis, senior vice president of sales at D&H Distributing. “These units offer the best of both worlds, with rapid processing and a low-profile, space-saving design, often with a lesser footprint than even a tablet device. It affords the user a certain amount of portability similar to a mobile device. For the cost, and combined with other savings in space and energy, SFF models present a tremendous value.”

SFF PCs make use of much of the same technology as full-size computers, including Intel Core processors and solid state drives. Just as small businesses gain more strength and prestige worldwide, ‘small’ may be the future of the desktop computer.

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#SageSummit update: Conference opens with celebrity keynote, product previews

Small and medium businesses comprise 99 percent of businesses worldwide and continue to lead the workforce in hiring and innovation.

The “Imagine Now” Sage Summit began by highlighting the strengths of small businesses as media, customers and partners joined Sage CEO Stephen Kelly, General Colin Powell and spiritual thought leader Deepak Chopra (right) at the first keynote address.

“The real strength of this country rests not in Wall Street, but resides in the small businesses,” Powell said.

Despite interesting conversation from the three about everything from office satisfaction to increasing dependency on technology, the most important announcement for current and prospective customers was the introduction of three new products: Sage Live, Sage 100c and Sage 300c.

The most innovative of the three, Sage Live, capitalizes on the company’s partnership with Salesforce. The real-time accounting service is accessible on all connected devices and built on the Salesforce1 cloud platform.

The newest products from Sage address and complement the blurring of business and consumer solutions and experiences, Kelly said.

Follow @khalltweets or the hashtags #SageSummit and #SageAdvice for updates throughout the conference from media and attendees.

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SMB Nation Webinar: Lync, Skype and Skype for Business

What’s the difference and why should we care?

The portfolio of options for business communication solutions is bursting at the seams, yet it often feels more difficult than ever to find the solution that’s best suited for each business.

Microsoft’s rebranding of Lync and introduction of Skype for Business affected the entire community of users and Microsoft partners as business and personal communication tools mixed and integrated.

This shift has created a new ecosystem filled with both dangers and opportunities.

Join SMB Nation and Greg Plum from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, July 30 to learn how Skype for Business is changing the way businesses communicate and how it can lead to business growth.

For more details and registration, click here. This webinar is sponsored by Globanet.

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Dell releases SonicWALL series designed for SMBs and enterprises

Dell releases SonicWALL series designed for SMBs

Wireless networks are necessary for almost all businesses both at the small business and enterprise level, yet securing networks that include myriad systems and users can be costly and dangerous to data if not properly selected or maintained.

Dell announced today availability of its SonicWALL TZ Wireless Firewall Series, wireless network security solutions designed to deliver 802.11ac wireless performance and security for at a low cost.

"Attacks against all networks – including wireless networks – are becoming more sophisticated, and require a solution that ensures the highest level of security without compromising performance or bandwidth. We observed a 100 percent increase in the use of HTTPS traffic to obfuscate content,” said Patrick Sweeney, Dell Security executive director. “Whether that is wired or wireless traffic, it’s a problem for security. Dell SonicWALL TZ wireless firewalls support the latest high-speed 802.11ac wireless standard, as well as the ability to inspect encrypted traffic, helping to ensure ultra-secure connectivity. Our TZ wireless firewalls also provide a multi-layered approach to security that leverages our industry-leading deep packet inspection, application intelligence, control and visualization, as well as central management technology to provide an easy-to-deploy, high performing solution for both SMBs and large, distributed enterprises."

The TZ wireless firewalls can be combined with other solutions to scale to different environments.

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AppRiver Q2 Global Security Report highlights continued malicious activity

appriver logo emailwebsecurityexperts stackedKeep your friends close, and your enemies closer. For North American companies and individuals, this old statement came true in Q2 with more than 50 percent of spam messages originating in North America.

Appriver released results yesterday from the Q2 Global Security Report, a summary and analysis of spam and malware. AppRiver quarantined 4.7 billion spam messages between April and June 2015, and blocked 165 million messages containing attachments with viruses.

“It is more important than ever for companies to educate their staff on the seriousness of the breach problem, because hackers don’t announce themselves, but rather they attempt to work in darkness to minimize detection ultimately maximizing the size and scope of their breach,” said Fred Touchette, senior security analyst, AppRiver.

The full report, available here, details current malware trends, discusses Q2 breaches and reminds all who use email of the importance of effective security measures.

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