Small and Medium Businesses

Avaya expands mid-market reach with IP Office 8.1 release

Avaya today announced the latest version of its unified communication (UC) software, IP Office 8.1, which the company says brings UC features typically reserved for large enterprises to smaller ones.

Features in the latest version of the software include:

Toshiba offers cloud-based IP telephony

Toshiba has joined the competitive fray of service providers and infrastructure suppliers who offer a cloud-based VoIP solution. The company's "VIPedge Cloud Business Telephone Solution" targets the small to midsize business (SMB) market with a cloud-based option that provides the same features found in Toshiba's telephone systems.

Cloud SFR Business Team: sécurité d'accès et Web Apps.

SFR Business Team (branche entreprise de l’opérateur) renforce son offre cloud à destination des TPE / PME ou grands comptes et se concentre sur l’aspect sécurisation. Non seulement des accès à Internet, mais aussi de l’exécution des Web Apps.

HP unveils Windows-powered NAS box for small businesses

Hewlett-Packard unveiled a lightweight version of its Windows-based NAS (network-attached storage) array that's aimed at small and medium businesses.

Based on the same architecture as the HP X5000-series NAS box, the new X5000 devices for small businesses use 2.5-inch drives and can scale to 32.4TB. It runs the Windows Server OS.

Virtualisation : VMware tend la perche du cloud aux PME

Le spécialiste de la virtualisation vient de publier une étude sur la manière dont les PME adopte les solutions cloud dans la zone Europe – Moyen Orient – Afrique (EMEA). VMware considère que l’adoption ou l’intégration plus poussée de ce type de solutions par les PME va s’intensifier d’ici 2014.

Is cloud-based security really cheaper?

Vendors hope subscription models -- and removing need to manage and update software, hardware -- will be attractive, but the jury's not in on cost
Businesses in new study were five times more likely to have decreased spending on managing security over three years.

Appsbar gives small businesses a simple (and free!) template for app building

If you've ever wanted to build a mobile app for your small business but have been intimidated by the cost of hiring developers, Appsbar has a proposition for you.

Dell Targets SMBs With Boomi-Based Cloud Packs

Fresh on the heels of rolling out its virtual desktop-as-a-service Simplified DaaS, Dell is bolstering its cloud services offerings again with Integration Packs, “a point-to-point integration solution … that enables automatic synchronization of critical data between popular software applications.”

For $65 a month, customers will be able to sync financial tool QuickBooks with Microsoft Dynamics and’s customer relationship management (CRM) services starting in June.

IT budgets grow as SMBs spend more on tablets and cloud services

Small and medium-sized businesses are spending more money on IT, including adopting tablets, cloud services and virtualization to a greater extent, according to Spiceworks' State of SMB IT survey.

IT budgets at companies with fewer than 1,000 employees grew 6 percent in the first half of 2012 from the second half of 2011, and 15 percent year-over-year, according to the survey.

Small businesses are the vast majority of Google Apps early adopters

While Google is pitching Google Apps as an ideal productivity solution for enterprises, a large majority of its early adopters are small businesses.

A survey of more than 50,000 Google Apps administrators conducted by the Cloud Alliance for Google Apps finds that 69% of early adopters are businesses with between one and 10 employees and another 21% have between 11 and 50 employees.

Only 3% of Google Apps early adopters have more than 500 employees.

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