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VAR’s 2013 Marketing Strategy points upstream

Here is a quote to chew on, “Solution providers are terrible marketers. They don’t invest in marketing. They don’t frame their value propositions beyond their technical skill sets. And they have unrealistic expectations for the returns on their marketing investments.”  This is…

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Can SMB hosting companies compete with the big boys?

When it comes to cloud, much of the conversation is around adoption of SMB’s from an end user perspective, but what about those SMB’s that are actually local web hosting companies looking to expand into cloud services?   Can they even compete with the likes of Amazon, Google, Rackspace,…

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Is the SMB NAS market in need of more…something?

Data security tops the list for SMBs…not surprising, so what is the answer? According to this post by Cloud Tweaks, “ A recent small business cloud computing survey from Microsoft found that a chief concern of potential SMB cloud customers is the security and privacy of their data. A…

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The Cloud, ISVs, and VARs…sounds like the pefect triangle offense.

I’m a long time Chicago Bulls fan, and Phil Jackson fan (even when he went to the Lakers), and how he assembled the right players to run the triangle offense to perfection. The concept of shared responsibility, playing off of each other’s strengths, and sticking to your roles all paid…

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Small businesses stressed over technology? No…excited

I swear, if you looked at 10 technology ads aimed at small business, 9 of them would have the word “simple” in them. But, according to a recent ECSB survey ”66% of small business owners feel excited about investing in technology to manage their business. Conversely, 73% of…

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[Infographic] Your cloud conversation starter

No doubt cloud computing is changing the face of the IT channel, and resellers and VARs need to act quickly to ensure they are not left in a cloud of dust. Just consider some of the nuggets in this great infographic via The Cloud Infographic. The largest channel pub CRN says the cloud is ripe to…

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How prepared are SMBs for disaster?

  That’s the question Symantec aimed to find the answer for in their latest global 2012 Disaster Preparedness Survey. Symantec looked at probably the three biggest mega trends in IT today – Virtualization, Cloud, and Mobility – and how Small to Medium Sized Businesses (SMB)…

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SMB cloud benefits? There’s an IBM app for that too…

What better way to help educate small to medium sized businesses (SMB) on the cloud than an app? At least that is what IBM has done. In a post on Smarter Technology (sponsored by IBM), Rebecca Kutzer-Rice describes an new app for the iPad that aims to help SMBs understand if the cloud is right for [...]

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A few minutes on solid state hybrid drive technology with Jansen Ng of DailyTech

This Tuesday, December 6, Seagate’s hosting a webcast about Solid State Hybrid Drives (SSHD), called “Maximizing Performance and Reliability: Fusing the Advantages of SSD and HDD.” DailyTech’s senior editor Jansen Ng will talk about flash trends, “Instant-On,” and changes in the computing lifestyle, along with Seagate’s Jeff Burke and John Moon. (Bonus: one lucky attendee [...]

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Just another company award to brag about?

I’m sure you want to read another blog about how great Seagate is, with all our awards and stuff — and if so, you’re in for a treat! But seriously, I do want to talk about an award, and I promise you this one’s a little different. Seagate was named one of “2011’s Best Companies [...]

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