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Malware-Dashboard-for-PRLookout recently announced the addition of Lookout for Business, a Mobile Device Management and Mobile Security solution for all sizes of organization. The company also released the results of a Fall 2013 survey on BYOD in the workplace.

“Lookout’s expansion into business comes at a critical time, and the security stakes are higher than ever,” says John Hering, CEO of Lookout. “Businesses approach us every day to find out how they can get Lookout for their employees, and we look forward to providing security that we know businesses require.”

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D&H Announces Special Holiday Discounts

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dandhjpgD&H today announced that it is working with vendors to develop competitive Black Friday and Cyber Monday pricing for the 2013 holiday season. Expected discounts will include rebates of between a couple dollars to $300.00 per item, depending on the original price tag, and D&H said that they currently have 400 discounts in the works from companies such as Acer, Microsoft, Samsung, Linksys and Case Logic.

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Microsoft SMB Advantage Offer to End Nov. 30

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Microsoft recently contacted us about their SMB Advantage Offer, which is geared for SMBs to earn subsidy benefits when selling qualifying on-premise or cloud-based Microsoft Services.

The Microsoft SMB Advantage Offer is slated to end November 30, 2013.

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Recent Intronis Study Speaks to BDR Trends in SMBs

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Earlier this week, Intronis released the results of a study conducted in September 2013 by The 2112 Group, titled “The 2013 State of Cloud Backup.” This study was made up of responses from 350 IT Service Providers, including MSPs, and the main result showed that SMBs are tending not to have any BDR plans until after a disaster occurs.

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snom Names New Chief Executive Officer

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snom recently announced the appointment of Brian J. Kelley to the role of Chief Executive Officer. Kelley, who has been managing snom's Americas division, and has been a part of the organization since 2012, was appointed by snom's Supervisory Board.

“snom is committed to being at the forefront of IP-based voice communications and I look forward to growing our international presence and delivering a new generation of innovative business communications products,” said Kelley in a press release this week. “This starts with a relentless focus on the customer and working with our technology and channel partners to introduce collaborative-based products and services that deliver a high degree of value to our business customers.”

Kelley has over 30 years of executive management experience at companies such as Cognitronics Corp and Tii Network Technologies. In his new role at snom, he will be responsible for expanding the company’s market presence. His appointment to CEO will also come with a seat on snom’s Managing Board, and he will report directly to the Supervisory Board.

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N-able by SolarWinds, StorageCraft Enter into Alliance

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StorageCraft and N-Able by SolarWinds recently announced that they have entered into a technology and marketing alliance through which StorageCraft’s ShadowProtect backup and recovery software would integrate with N-Able by SolarWinds’ award-winning N-central RMM Platform.

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CT-2205 -BYOD-FINAL 2 peekToday, RingCentral, Inc. released the results of a survey conducted by Dimensional Research in October 2013. The survey, titled “Workforce Mobility on the Rise,” is a collection of responses from 309 IT and Business Phone Buyers, 65% of whom were in IT/technology job roles. The most interesting finding of this survey was that 49% of employees are opting to use their mobile device over their office phone in the office, and they are using their mobile device more for work on personal time.

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Jabra Rolls out Two SMB Alliance Offers

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jabraminiJabra is currently hosting two Unified Communications offers for SMBs, designed to help increase productivity. The company explained that any SMB that is engaged in a qualifying UC trial program from Avaya, Cisco, Microsoft or ShoreTel may join their SMB Alliance program.

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Luke WallingAVG Technologies today announced the addition of Online Backup to their CloudCare solution. As many of you remember, AVG launched their CloudCare platform during the 2012 SMB Nation Fall Conference, and the company has reported high adoption numbers among channel partners.

AVG Cloud Care with Online Backup, or OLB, has been integrated into the existing AVG CloudCare system and can be activated with one click. I was able to speak with Luke Walling, Vice President of Sales and Operations, AVG (pictured) earlier today, and he mentioned that the addition of the OLB option is the first time that AVG as a company has a solution focused primarily on data protection as opposed to “frontline security.”

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NetEnrich Releases Enhanced Service Suite for SMBs

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NetEnrichToday, NetEnrich, Inc. announced the release of an updated remote services suite designed for SMB organizations. With the updated services, IT Professionals are able to gain better insight into their clients’ infrastructure via remote viewing and management. In addition, they can co-label the NetEnrich platform to include their organization’s logo.

“SMBs can quickly become overwhelmed when it comes to managing their IT infrastructures, and as is often the case, rely on fractional resources that do not always have the knowledge and expertise to identify and resolve each and every issue that may arise within their IT infrastructure,” said Justin Crotty, Senior Vice President and General Manager, NetEnrich, in a press release today.

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Microsoft LogoMicrosoft recently announced that they will be hosting a free training event for the public to learn more about Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center Jump Start. This event will be hosted by the company’s IT Pro Evangelism Team, in association with the Microsoft Learning (LEX) and Virtual Academy, and will be presented by Symon Perriman, Senior Technical Evangelist, Microsoft and Corey Hynes, President, holSystems.

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Intronis Fall 13 Release Available For Partners

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intronis logoEarlier this week, Intronis, Inc. announced the debut of its Fall ’13 Release for general use by worldwide channel partners. The new release includes three main updates designed to allow users to backup, restore and manage their virtual machine host clusters from one place.

“These new features and functionality introduced in our Fall ’13 Release complete our imaging solution for virtual machines and enable our channel partners to capitalize on the increasing market demand for cloud-based data storage by delivering a more robust backup and recovery service to their customers that also provides total local availability,” explained Chuck DeLouis, VP, Product Management, Intronis, in a press release this week.

These three main updates are:

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Outlook Foundation LogoEarlier this week, The Outlook Foundation announced that their participation at this year’s SMB Nation Fall Conference was a big success. This organization, which collects both monetary and mechanical donations, provides refurbished computers to children separated by foster care, under-resourced children, and deployed members of the military. The main goal of the Outlook Foundation is to enable familial communication and connection during times of separation.

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Google’s Eric Schmidt Outraged at NSA

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google logoEarlier this week, Corky Siemaszko, a writer for the New York Daily News, released an article on the latest in the privacy battle raging across the web. In this article, Siemaszko reported that Google’s Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt has been in direct contact with members of Congress, as well as President Obama after reading reports from the infamous NSA leaker, Edward Snowden.

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algosecAlgoSec recently released results of a Security Management study. For this study, 240 information security pros, application owners and network ops manager were polled to test the cause and effect of security management on company agility.

The main finding was that 67% of organizations have seen application connectivity issues, including outages, during data center migration projects. Despite this finding, 69% organizations are planning to move to either a public,private, or hybrid cloud. Additional key points included:

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Unitrends logoWhile most all of the kids (and maybe even some adults!) were out trick or treating yesterday, Unitrends was busy announcing the fact that they have received a major growth equity investment from Insight Venture Partners.

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Only 5 Weeks Left in Microsoft's SMB Advantage Offer

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Microsoft LogoMicrosoft recently announced that there are just five weeks left on the company’s SMB Advantage offer, through which SMBs can earn subsidy funds for either Microsoft Open or Microsoft Online Services.

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GigaSpaces Enters Into Partnership with Nebula

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gigaspacesGigaSpaces Technologies recently announced a technology partnership with private cloud company, Nebula. Under the new partnership, GigaSpaces’ Cloudify open-source application management platform would integrate into Nebula’s private cloud system, allowing users to deploy their OpenStack-based private cloud within 24 hours.

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Intel logoEarlier this week, Intel (in conjunction with our analyst friends at Techaisle) released the results from a study citing that on average, small business workers lose more than one work week per year because of old PCs. According to the Intel Small Business PC Refresh Study, small businesses are holding onto PCs significantly beyond the recommended refresh date, with more than 36 percent owning PCs that are more than 4 years old. These machines require more maintenance, exerting a greater toll on employee productivity and higher equipment costs than the purchase of a new machine.

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Storagecraft logoStorageCraft is taking its business across the pond with its decision to open a new office and international headquarters in Cork, Ireland.

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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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mfe primary logo rgb.smallMcAfee recently released the findings of a survey conducted jointly with Office Depot on SMB security perceptions. The survey, conducted in September 2013, found that 66% of the 1000 SMBs polled said that they felt confident about the security of their data and devices, while 77% said that they had never been hacked.

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Ron FaithBy Ron Faith, CEO, Datacastle

With BYOD driving transition in the enterprise, many IT pros are currently asking themselves, “How will this affect my ability to run an effective and secure network?” That is the obvious question, but another dilemma lurking in the background is how IT is going to backup and protect the data on these devices across already strained networks. And the situation only gets worse if those devices are used in a remote office where connection speeds can be slow or intermittent.

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Cindy BatesBy Cindy Bates, Vice President of US SMB&D at Microsoft

The world looked a lot different when Windows XP was first introduced in 2001 than it does today. Since then, major technology advancements, such as cloud computing and virtualization, have given rise to better collaboration tools, greater mobility and flexibility to work from any location, and improved PC security and management. Now small businesses can leverage the same powerful technologies as large enterprises, at an affordable cost.

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Hour of Code Is Coming!

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VFIDrawing from the “Pay It Forward” and “Send The Elevator Back Down” mantras that we should be embracing, there is a leadership opportunity to participate in the Hour of Code event being held at local schools in your area. The mission is simple. Every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. Period.

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