Small and Medium Businesses

Numbers Reveal Why Facebook Is Trying to Seduce Small Business

Facebook has been laying it on thick trying to convince small businesses to advertise to its members. It developed a slick desktop interface to tempt owners of Facebook pages to upgrade from regular posts to promoted posts, for example, then it upgraded its mobile pages app to sell ads in a similar fashion.

Cisco, NetApp announce pre-configured platform for small businesses

NetApp and Cisco this week revealed ExpressPod, a new converged infrastructure for small and medium-sized organizations based on its predecessor, FlexPod. ExpressPod fills out a mid-sized offering the partnership had been lacking.

Additionally, Cisco and NetApp will announce new storage clustering capabilities to FlexPod and the release of a validated VMware solution for the Oracle RAC (Real Application Cluster) on FlexPod.

US: smartphones and tablets make SMBs more efficient.

A new survey of 753 mobile device users and IT professionals in U.S. small businesses revealed that most are unfamiliar with mobile device management (MDM) technology, even though 79% have deployed smartphones to at least some workers.

The survey, conducted by CDW from July through September, found that despite the overwhelming use of personal devices, 67% of IT managers are unfamiliar with MDM software. Only 22% of those who were familiar with MDM tools have deployed or plan to

Intel shows off personal cloud for consumers, small business

Intel is getting into the personal cloud storage game with the introduction of its own Atom processor-based storage solutions aimed towards both consumers and small businesses.

France: les TPE et les usages des technologies numériques.

Avec le concours d’OpinionWay, l’éditeur de logiciels de gestion EBP, via son baromètre annuel des usages numériques professionnels, met en avant l’effort des TPE dans leur stratégie d’équipement informatique.

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Bouygues Telecom et Microsoft: alliance pour le cloud destiné aux PMEs

Bouygues Telecom Entreprises va s’appuyer sur le cloud de Microsoft pour proposer des offres d’Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) et toucher les petites et moyennes entreprises et entreprises de taille intermédiaire (ce qui représente un vivier de 200 000 entreprises en France).

« Un segment qui utilise encore relativement peu le cloud », considère Cyril Guetin, Directeur « Ligne de marchés cloud » chez Bouygues Telecom Entreprises.

VMware turns attention to small businesses with vSphere 5.1 Essentials Plus

EMC VMware showed signs it's courting the small-business community, primarily with an updated version of vSphere 5.1 Essentials Plus. VMware seems to have a solid grip on the larger enterprise market with its server virtualization product, so it makes sense for it to try and expand by going after small and midsize businesses -- and it's still early enough to be anyone's game.

Les PME dépensent 332 000 dollars chaque année pour la gestion de leurs informations.

Selon Symantec, une PME de 50 salariés dépensera 183 500 dollars pour la gestion de ses informations, tandis qu’une grande entreprise y consacrera 8,2 millions de dollars.

Selon la dernière étude mondiale State of Information (étude menée auprès de plus de 4 506 entreprises dans 38 pays, dont la France, en février et mars 2012), en moyenne, les PME dépensent 332 000 dollars chaque année pour la gestion de leurs informations.

Colt fait l'acquisition de ThinkGrid.

Colt a annoncé l’acquisition de ThinkGrid, une plate-forme de distribution de solutions cloud.

« ThinkGrid permet aux partenaires distributeurs de devenir fournisseurs de cloud en leur offrant une gamme complète de services de cloud computing avec une plate-forme de gestion clé en main et la formation commerciale et technique nécessaire à la croissance de leurs activités dans le nuage », explique l’opérateur britannique.

Hackers increasingly zero in on small businesses

The percentage of targeted attacks aimed at small businesses doubled in the first half of 2012, an indication that hackers are dedicating more resources to what they see as the most vulnerable marks, a major security vendor said.

In the first six months of the year, more than a third of targeted attacks on businesses were pointed toward companies with fewer than 250 employees. That was twice the percentage of attacks aimed at similar sized companies at the end of 2011, Symantec said in its mid-year Intelligence Report.

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