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Small Business Server disappears in Windows Server shake-up

July 9, 2012
Small Business Server disappears in Windows Server shake-up

Microsoft has announced the end of the road for one of its most important products for small businesses, Windows Small Business Server (SBS). The move was signalled as part of the firm’s plans for Windows Server 2012, the server version of the upcoming Windows 8 platform. Microsoft has disclosed that there will be just four editions of Windows Server 2012, and one of these – Windows Server 2012 Essentials – will effectively replace Windows SBS as the server platform targeting smaller companies. Writing on the Official SBS Blog, David Fabritius of Microsoft’s Windows Server Marketing division claimed the move...
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Dell updates Vostro SMB laptops with Intel Ivy Bridge chips

June 14, 2012
Dell updates Vostro SMB laptops with Intel Ivy Bridge chips

Dell has updated its Vostro 3000 series of laptops aimed at small-to-medium businesses (SMBs) with three new models supporting the latest Intel processors, offering greater performance and better battery life. Available immediately, the Vostro 3360, 3460 and 3560 come with 13.3in, 14in and 15.6in display screens and carry starting prices of £579, £479 and...
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Budgets grow as SMBs adopt tablets and cloud services

May 8, 2012
Budgets grow as SMBs adopt tablets and cloud services

IT budgets for small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) are continuing to grow along with adoption of  tablets, cloud services and virtualisation, according to research, but firms in this segment of the market are divided on supporting the so-called bring your own device (BYOD) trend for employees. The findings come from research conducted by Spiceworks, provider of free IT...
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Intel puts Small Business Advantage technologies into new PCs

April 11, 2012
Intel puts Small Business Advantage technologies into new PCs

Intel has announced a package of new technologies to be embedded in new PCs that will provide small businesses with extra security, automated updates and out-of-hours automatic backups to protect data. Known collectively as Small Business Advantage, the new features are built into the chipset in new desktops and laptops based on Intel’s second...
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Imation unveils hybrid backup appliances

March 5, 2012
Imation unveils hybrid backup appliances

Imation has introduced new purpose-built backup appliances designed to enable small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) to safeguard their valuable information using a multi-level strategy involving a combination of hard drives, removable  disk cartridges, and cloud computing storage. The new DataGuard appliances are designed to backup to a bank of one or more internal hard drives, with...
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SANS Institute offers free webcasts to boost SME security

February 1, 2012
SANS Institute offers free webcasts to boost SME security

The SANS Institute, a US-based firm specialising in internet security training, is running an online series of webcasts aimed at helping small businesses improve IT security and reduce risks. Free to view, all of the seminars are archived on the SANS web portal, with the next instalment due to be screened live on February 21st...
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HP adds new Laserjets for professional colour prints

January 28, 2012
HP adds new Laserjets for professional colour prints

HP has added two new lines to its Laserjet printer line-up, aimed at helping small to mid-size businesses (SMBs) create professional-quality colour documents in-house. The new models are split into the HP LaserJet Pro 300/400 printers, and the HP LaserJet Pro 300/400 multi-function printer (MFP) series, with two models in each range. on the printer...
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