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Automated Deployment smallToday, Dell Software announced that it has released the latest version of its Dell KACE K2000 Deployment Appliance. Version 3.6 includes an updated task engine and multicasing features, and has been designed to better automate and accelerate operating system migrations (XP migrations, for example), or application migrations.


In fact, Dell explained that the Dell KACE K2000 v3.6 device was built to provide a full application approach to migrations and provisioning. Key features of this solution include:

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Dell Executive Panel resizedToday at Dell World 2013, Dell released a series of enhancements to its PartnerDirect Program designed to strengthen Channel focus. These enhancements include three new initiatives, as well as updated partner opportunities.

(Pictured: Dell Executive Panel making the PartnerDirect announcement today at Dell World 2013. Photo by Joshua Liberman)

The Dell PartnerDirect Program is now in its 6th year and accounts for roughly 1/3 of the company’s revenue. As of today’s announcement, the PartnerDirect Program has 143,000 global partners. As some of you recall, the company made an announcement in November that it was combining the channel and direct sales teams into one organization to foster collaboration and customer care, as well as improving the go-to-market model, which allows partners to increase predictable profits and decision-making speed.

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Dell Logo amllThis morning, Dell announced a series of enhancements to its PartnerDirect program, including the addition of four new software competencies. In addition, the company announced that today would mark the start of partner program homogenization between Dell and its acquired properties, including Quest Software.

The four new software competencies include:

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AVGMWLogoAVG Technologies is now offering MSPs (for a limited time) an RMM swap promo for partners that had previously been using packetTrap, the platform acquired by Dell from Quest Software last year.

The promo, which is available from now through November 2013, offers AVG Managed Workplace RMM platform at no charge to businesses with existing packetTrap RMM licenses.

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Dell LogoWe recently spoke with Dell Cloud Client Computing regarding its cloud-based virtual desktop solution, Dell Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) On Demand. The platform includes features from Desktone’s secure multi-tenant VDI platforms delivering session-based desktops, published applications, persistent or non-persistent Windows 7 or XP desktops, RSA secure authentication, among others. Dell has expanded DaaS On Demand to Channel Partners for the first time and is offering a free trial so customers can quickly and easily experience the benefits of delivering secure, fully-featured virtual desktops to users without the infrastructure cost.

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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.

 In addition, here at SMB Nation, we are already gearing up for our annual fall event to be held Oct. 10-12 in Las Vegas at the Rio! We have put together a brand new Web site specifically for this event, which you must check out today: http://fall.smbnation.com/. For additional information on the new Web site, our cool XP Migrations video produced by Bigger Brains, and our fall conference, check out our blog post here.

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We heard today that PEER 1 Hosting (not to be confused with retailer Pier One) has formed a strategic alliance with Dell to deliver cloud services in Canada. The Web hosting provider, which is the newest addition to Dell’s recently announced public cloud partner program, will service the critical Canadian market and help Dell provide its customers with choice and capabilities.

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Worldwide PC shipments totaled 75.6 million units in the second quarter of 2013 (2Q13), down -11.4% compared to the same quarter in 2012 but slightly better than expected, according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. Total shipments were effectively right on forecasts of 75.4 million and growth of -11.7%, although Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) and Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan)(APeJ) were a few points below expectations with the difference made up in the United States.

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Microsoft WPC: #WIN8.1

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Windows 8 1 PreviewWhy? Why didn’t Microsoft do this the first time? It was as simple as a Start button!

This past weekend, I geeked out in my man cave (maybe I should call it a man cove as I live on an island) and installed the new Windows 8.1 Preview. I completely document the Windows 8.1 Preview deployment experience here in a 10-minute video. You will witness the “real world” as I seek to go where no Harrybbb has gone before: using Windows 8.1. I encountered a few challenges along the way, including the inability to redirect the installation to Drive D, and how the installation must be completed on a monitor in landscape, not portrait mode.

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Here 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.

In addition, here at SMB Nation, we are already gearing up for our annual fall event to be held Oct. 10-12 in Las Vegas at the Rio! We have been hard at work designing a brand new Web site specifically for this event, which you must check out today: http://fall.smbnation.com/. For additional information on the new Web site and our fall conference, check out our blog post here.

Speaking of live events, Harrybbb will be virtually attending this week’s Microsoft WPC event held in Houston this week. Harry will be viewing the event and reporting live from his home office on Bainbridge Island…it’s the “new new” business model known as hybrid conferencing! Join Harry virtually at WPC by logging on to: http://www.digitalwpc.com.

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Here 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.

In addition, here at SMB Nation, we are already gearing up for our annual fall event to be held Oct. 10-12 in Las Vegas at the Rio! We have been hard at work designing a brand new Web site specifically for this event, which you must check out today: http://fall.smbnation.com/. For additional information on the new Web site and our fall conference, check out our blog post here.

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Dell today released the results of its first gender-focused, global entrepreneurship index based on the Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index (GEDI) at its Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network annual event. According to Dell, the Gender-GEDI is the only global index to measure high-potential female entrepreneurship based on individual aspirations, business environments and entrepreneurial ecosystems. High-potential women entrepreneurs are defined as “innovative, market expanding and export oriented.”

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Here 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. This week’s installment comes to you a day late(r) than usual, and that is due to the Memorial Day holiday, which was celebrated yesterday in the U.S.

SMB Nation’s offices were closed in honor of this holiday, which salutes our veterans. I am always grateful for our Armed Forces, especially since it runs in my family—both my grandfather and my father served honorably in the U.S. Army—grandpa served during WWII, and dad was in Special Forces during the Vietnam War.

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Dell LogoDell said that it will now enable Microsoft Windows Server Hyper-V as a viable hypervisor choice for the OpenStack cloud platform. This development, which is the first instance of a technology vendor enabling Windows Server Hyper-V hypervisor on OpenStack for private clouds, will give customers additional flexibility and choice to run OpenStack workloads within their existing Windows Server environments.

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BlueHat 2You and I have chosen a “geek life,” and we must live with the consequences. That means the SMB landscape changes very fast and can surprise even ardent analysts, much less day-to-day practitioners. Almost in a stealth mode, Dell has acquired several capable SMB players as it works to build a comprehensive solutions portfolio. 

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Dell Announces New Mobility Solution Suite

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Dell LogoYesterday, Dell released a series of new mobility solutions designed to help organizations better embrace the growing BYOD trend. In addition, the company announced a new series of technology competencies for their Partner Direct program.

The mobility suite announced yesterday includes solutions for endpoint security, migration security and transition to the cloud:

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Dell LogoThis morning, Dell announced the immediate availability of the latest Dell SonicWALL Hosted Email Security solution. The new version, 2.0, has added support, including 24/7 online and phone options.

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Dell yesterday launched the Latitude 3330 laptop, designed to help educators teach tomorrow’s leaders while providing value to school districts. The new laptop offers computing features required to maximize learning productivity, compatibility with Dell’s existing solutions and services for education and support for personalized learning opportunities in the classroom. 

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Dell’s OEM Solutions division today announced that they have entered into a new licensing agreement with Microsoft that allows them to become a tier-one global distributor of Windows Embedded solutions. As of April 1, 2013, Dell OEM can include COA licenses with their own products, which is expected to streamline order processes and lead times.

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Back in January, we reported that Dell signed an agreement to be acquired via partnership by Founder Michael Dell and global investment firm Silver Lake for $24.4 billion, which included a 45-day “go-shop” process. Well apparently it seems that two companies have taken advantage of the Dell “mall.” The Special Committee of the Board of said that one proposal was submitted by a group affiliated with a private equity fund managed by Blackstone and the other by entities affiliated with Carl Icahn.

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Dell Launches MDM Solution, Dell Boomi

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Dell LogoDell today announced the launch of their next-generation MDM solution, Dell Boomi. The Dell Boomi division is a part of the company’s Information Management sector and the solution released today marks the first 100% cloud-based MDM designed for mid-market organizations.

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Dell LogoYesterday, Dell announced that they have partnered with Red Hat, Intel and VMware to develop a Linux-based EHR testing platform for hospitals. Dell is currently showcasing this solution at the the Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2013 in New Orleans, LA.

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Immediately following its announcement to help customers deploy workloads with confidence, Dell, along with VMware, unveiled a pre-integrated system specifically designed for VMware-based virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) workloads, the Dell DVS Enterprise – Active System 800 with VMware Horizon View 5.2.

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As reports of corporate data breaches regularly surface, Dell Software is now enabling IT to drive connected security across the organization, offering protection from the inside and the outside. As a result, the company announced the release of Quest One Privileged Access Suite for Unix, which combines Active Directory bridge and root delegation technologies to combat against poorly managed privileged accounts with a single, intuitive interface, to help protect the organization--from the inside out.

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In order to help customers better-manage and reduce the cost of backing up and recovering company data, Dell today introduced its next-generation disk backup appliance built on the Fluid Data architecture.

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