More SMB Love Needed

Cloud Musings

In a recent post, titled “ 10 Surprising Facts About Cloud Computing and What It Really Is ”, Zac Johnson highlighted some interesting facts about cloud computing in the SMB marketplace: Cloud Computing is up to 40 times more cost-effective for an SMB, compared to running its own IT system.

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Big Data, People and the SMB

Eric D. Brown

Additionally, those large organizations are well ahead of their small and medium business (SMB) counterparts. There are a number of reasons for the lag between large organizations and SMB. In the world of the SMB, the ability to bring in new people just isn’t there.

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An SMB Cloud UC Migration Framework You Can Steal

IT Toolbox

A Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) platform can serve as the backbone for a small to medium-sized business (SMB). As such, it’s important for your SMB to have a cloud UC migration strategy that taxes neither your IT department (if one exists) or just plain inconveniences your business. UCaaS in the world of your SMB is your single point of contact with the rest of

Trends in the SMB Technology Space

Eric D. Brown

I just finished reading a report from SMB Group titled “ Vendor Strategies to Bring Game-Changing Technology Trends to SMBs ”. The report describes research performed by SMB Group into how small and medium businesses (SMB) are viewing and using technology in their business.

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Step-By-Step: Setting up Azure SMB File Share


You can use SMB file.( SMB Azure How-to. Azure files enables you to have shared folders available to your Azure virtual machines and on-premise systems. In October 2015 Azure Files went from Preview to General Availability, so you can now safely leverage this feature.

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Two examples of data helping SMB’s

Eric D. Brown

IBM recently reported on two examples of SMB’s using big data to better manage their business in a piece titled “ Here’s What Salame and Sequined Dresses Have in Common ”. Big Data SMB

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Small Medium Business (SMB) IT continues to gain respect, what about SOHO?

Storage IO Blog

Blog post: Small Medium Business (SMB) IT continues to gain respect, what about SOHO? Note that in Information Technology (IT) conversations there are multiple meanings for SMB including Server Message Block aka Microsoft Windows CIFS (Common Internet File System) along with its SAMBA implementation, however for this piece the context is Small Medium Business.

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SingleHop Raises $14.8M To Accelerate SMB Cloud Business

Data Center Knowledge

IaaS and hosting startup sees opportunity for growth with technologically sophisticated SMBs Read More. Cloud Computing Featured Hosting Investing

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CTOvision Named To BizTech’s List Of Top 30 Must-Read Blogs For the Small to Mid-sized Business


Amid all of this, SMB owners and IT leaders are busy running their businesses, and don’t often have time to stay on top of the key technologies and IT trends affecting the SMB market. Big Data CTO Cyber Security News Business mid-sized Silicon Valley Small business SMB United States

What Effect Cloud Computing Will Have on the Future of SMB's

IT Toolbox

Cloud computing has provided major benefits to businesses of all shapes and sizes, with SMBs proving to get the most out of this revolutionary technology

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SMB Commerce Platforms Are Now A $1 Billion Market

Forrester IT

How quickly the market for SMB platforms has […]. Commerce platforms provide the tools to power eCommerce, enabling online catalogs, shopping carts, and promotions. We recently published our updated Forrester Data: Commerce Platform Technology Forecast, 2016 To 2021 (Global). The market has changed considerably since we last published this forecast in December 2014. The biggest surprise? B2B ecommerce B2C ecommerce commerce solutions B2B Marketing B2C commerce ecommerce

What's New in SMB in Windows Server 2012 R2 - Canadian IT.


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Microsoft will likely fix Windows SMB denial-of-service flaw on Patch Tuesday

Network World

Microsoft will likely wait until February 14 to fix a publicly disclosed vulnerability in the SMB network file sharing protocol that can be exploited to crash Windows computers. The vulnerability was disclosed Thursday when the security researcher who found it posted a proof-of-concept exploit for it on GitHub. There was concern initially that the flaw might also allow for arbitrary code execution and not just denial-of-service, which would have made it critical.

Vendor management and looking beyond SMB firewalls, anti-virus, and data backups

IT Toolbox

I just had lunch with a long-time business colleague who specializes in IT consulting and network systems integration for small and medium-sized businesses. From servers to PBXs and everything in between, his company sells, installs, and manages entire network environments for its customers. Companies like my colleague’s are the backbone of the enormously large group of businesses

Big Files and Lots of Little File Processing and Benchmarking with Vdbench

Storage IO Blog

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Step-By-Step: Deploy Hyper-V on SMB 3.0 - Canadian IT.



The People Challenge for the Midsize Organization

Eric D. Brown

The challenge of finding the right people and technologies isn’t just an SMB challenge. That’s the difficulty for many SMB’s – it is often hard to keep people interested for a long career due to limited opportunities. Management People HR Small Business SMB

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Google Apps for Work gets an SMB boost via Kronos integration

ComputerWorld Consumerization IT

Small businesses that use Kronos workforce-management software will soon be able to tap familiar Google tools in their HR efforts thanks to a new integration project now under way. Kronos and Google have teamed up to integrate Google Apps for Work with the Kronos Workforce Ready cloud suite for small and midsize businesses, Kronos announced Tuesday, giving SMBs new ability to engage office employees and remote workers via familiar Google Apps and mobile devices.

Choosing the Right CRM for SMB

IT Toolbox

Selecting the right CRM system for a small or medium size business is essentially an exercise in reduction. You need to decide which features are important to you and limit yourself accordingly. The modern CRM landscape is crowded with CRM systems with various prices and capabilities. Winnowing down the field is an important part of choosing the right system.

SMB market targeted with new CRM release

IT Toolbox

Cloud-based customer relationship management just got simpler – and yet at the same time more sophisticated – with the introduction of a palette of new features from Really Simple Systems. Based in Great Britain, Really Simple Systems has launched a fifth version of its CRM software with drag-and-drop customization options, a global search bar, new merging and data transfer

Seagate Shuts Down its Cloud Storage Service Wuala

Data Center Knowledge

Seagate says it wants to focus on consumer and SMB cloud partnerships Read More. Shared

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HPE Debuts ProLiant Easy Connect Platform for SMBs

Data Center Knowledge

HPE is looking to capture a larger share of the SMB market with the launch of the ProLiant Easy Connect Managed Hybrid solution, the first in a new series of plug and play devices for small and mid-sized businesses sold exclusively through the channel.

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Step-By-Step: Using AzCopy to Transfer Files to Azure


A few weeks ago, I posted an article on configuring SMB file shares in Azure to leverage shared drives from within Azure or from on-premise. But what if you are unable to access these SMB file shares due to port restrictions?

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How UC Supports the Needs of Mobile Workers

IT Toolbox

Up to this point, my posts have focused on specific job functions and roles that are found to varying degrees within an SMB. To close out this series , I’m going to focus on the largest and perhaps most important group of end users when it comes to UC. Each has a distinct set of communications

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Symantec looks to up the ante on SMB security with Endpoint Protection Cloud

Tech Republic Security

A new security product from Symantec hopes to better secure small businesses against ransomware and other targeted cyberattacks

How to Soothe Growing Pains with ERP

IT Toolbox

Your company is moving up from an SMB to a global corporation, but you may be feeling the growing pains of success. According to a survey of over 1,100 SMB owners in the United States, the top five challenges to growth for 2016 are:

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Inaugural episode of the SSD Show podcast at

Storage IO Blog

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Fast-growing Digerati attacks rich SMB VoIP market

IT Toolbox

According to estimates, some 75% of U.S. SMBs have yet to migrate to VoIP communications – an opportunity driving strategy for Digerati Technologies, the Texas-based cloud communications specialist identified by Deloitte as one of the fastest-growing technology companies in North America. The company, which includes VoIP transport and SIP trunking among its services, says it is focusing on

Infographic and interview: The explosion of cybercrime and how to protect your business

Tech Republic Security

Cybersecurity expert Ron Schlecht explains how even small breaches can cost enterprise and SMB companies millions A new chart details how cybercrime ballooned in the past decade.

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8 Reasons Managed IT Services Grow Stronger SMB


The post 8 Reasons Managed IT Services Grow Stronger SMB appeared first on Information Technology Group.

How Chatham Financial optimized its big data for better insights

Tech Republic Big Data

Here's how one company dealt with the obstacles of being an SMB, and put its data to work For SMBs, data can be a challenge.

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Massive Ransomware Outbreak Highlights Need For A Digital Extortion Decision Tree

Forrester IT

Early analysis indicates the malware spreads via SMB protocol, possibly using a vulnerability published by Microsoft on March 14 th , per CCN CERT National Cryptologic Center. 5/12/2017 might be another day of cyber-infamy based on malware as hospitals and critical infrastructure providers are locked out of their machines due to what appears to be a new variant of ransomware dubbed WannaCry spreading through corporate networks.

More Windows PCs infected with NSA backdoor DoublePulsar

Network World

For example, Dan Tentler, CEO of the Phobos Group , suggested that Monday would not be a good day for many people, as his newest scan showed about 25 percent of all vulnerable and publicly exposed SMB machines are infected. The number of Windows computers infected with NSA backdoor malware continues to rise since Shadow Brokers leaked the hacking tools on April 14. DoublePulsar infection rate climbing.

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