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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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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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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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

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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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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

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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

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A Beginner’s Intro Guide to Performing Your Own Cyber Security Audit


Cyber Security Cyber Threats cyber security SMBCybersecurity remains vitally important to small businesses and private individuals alike. Once a hacker accesses information they are not supposed to have they can cause all sorts of damage. You know that. Every business is different, but all should understand their particular nightmare scenarios and take action to mitigate those threats. But how do you […].

Ahead of IPO, Nutanix Makes Hyperconverged Play for SMB Market

Data Center Knowledge

Rolls out bite-sized version of its cloud platform for customers looking for on-prem alternatives to AWS Read More. Blades Cloud Computing Convergence Enterprise Featured Infrastructure

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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

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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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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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Why R2? Your Next SAN with SMB 3.02 Scale-out File Servers

IT Pros Rock!

In this article, we’ll discuss building “Your Next SAN” – a configuration leveraging commodity hardware, Storage Spaces and SMB 3.02 S TORAGE!

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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.

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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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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.

SMB 43 [tech]: I'm headed to SMB Nation, are you?

Sean Daniel

I’m headed to SMB Nation, are you? Yes My nation is also SMB nation :) And I proud on my nation. Harrybbbb (Harry Brelsford, CEO, SMB Nation). Latest SMB Community Posts. SMB Nation. US SMB TS2 Blog. I’m headed to SMB Nation, are you?

SMB 52 [tech]: Guy Haycock discusses the SMB.

Sean Daniel

Guy Haycock discusses the SMB Announcements at WPC 2010. Latest SMB Community Posts. SMB Nation. US SMB TS2 Blog. Discovering Windows Server Codename “Aurora” Guy Haycock discusses the SMB Announcements at WPC. [tech].

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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

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.

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


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


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

Storage IO Blog

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Desk 360 Combines Help Desk and Sales for Small Businesses

IT Toolbox

Salesforce's has unveiled a new product that puts customer support, business intelligence reporting, and CRM-based sales capabilities into one SMB experience

HPE targets SMBs with new flash and software-defined storage options

Tech Republic Data Center

HPE recently announced the StoreVirtual 3200 and MSA 2042, which it is marketing toward SMB customers

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How to Set Up a Small Business Network

IT Toolbox

This means that if you are running an SMB, an important part of your equipment is going to consist of routers and switches It is safe to say that every small business needs solid internet connection.

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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Business Intelligence for Everyone

IT Toolbox

Our modern marketing columnist gives a primer on the value and basics of self-service business intelligence (BI), a management, marketing, and analysis tool no SMB should be without

Cloud or Local? Choosing Your CRM System

IT Toolbox

In the SMB market the choices are split about equally and both offer mixes of features suitable for running a small or medium business. One important decision to make in choosing a CRM system is whether you want it to be hosted locally or in the cloud. Both approaches have their good and bad points and today both offer a lot of choices. It comes down to whichever you feel

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