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posted in February 2010
A survey conducted by Hurwitz & Associates of Dell Managed Services customers elicits some of the reasons SMBs are drawn to managed services and some of the benefits the participants have realized.
OnQ 2.0 combines backup with virtual machines to give SMBs a way to get up and running immediately after any kind of server failure.
Recosoft has released a new version of its PDF2Office PDF-to-Word conversion tool for the Macintosh. Among other improvements, the new version saves in the .docx Word 2008 format.
Businesses that need to manage input from multiple collaborators on shared text documents will benefit from the new TextFlow application for Box.net, which makes it simple to see changes side by side and choose which one to accept.
Continuing the recent trend toward using cloud storage for backup and recovery, Double-Take has introduced Double-Take Cloud. The cloud option gives businesses a recovery alternative to a steep hardware investment in duplicate servers.
The social networking and messaging addition to the Salesforce.com CRM and cloud services is now in use by 100 companies, bringing it that much closer to availability to all companies using the Force.com platform.
Remote communication specialist Citrix Online has introduced GoToTraining, an easy-to-use solution for SMBs to conduct online, interactive remote training.
SMBs can use a .tel address to put all their contact information in one accessible, mobile-friendly location and easily organize and update it.
As part of its drive to make sure its software works across an open set of platforms, IBM has announced that several Lotus collaboration and social applications now support the Mac and the iPhone.
In a press conference this morning, Microsoft reiterated that the next version of its productivity suite for the Macintosh, Office for Mac, will be out in the fourth quarter of 2010. It will get some interface changes a la Office for Windows, some new features, and even a new component.
By providing a virtual machine that caches data actually stored in the cloud, Nasuni is trying to make it possible for a midsize business to use online storage as a primary file server.
The Director series from Cachengo pairs a local storage appliance with cloud-based backup in a "unified storage solution" priced to appeal to small and midsize businesses.
Online backup service provider Carbonite has launched Carbonite Pro, a version with pricing and administrative tools designed for small business use.
Microsoft has released a survey on how well SMBs have done over the past two years of a difficult economy, and how that correlates with their commitment to IT. Short answer: the more committed they are, the better they did.