WatchGuard Takes Best Vendor Honors in Security by Business Solutions Magazine

WatchGuard Takes Best Vendor Honors in Security by Business Solutions Magazine Channel Partners Laud WatchGuard for Best in Product Reliability, Product Features and Service/Support SEATTLE – January 21, 2008 – WatchGuard® Technologies, a global leader in extensible network security and connectivity solutions, today announced that Business Solutions Magazine, a leading channel publication, named WatchGuard as a Best Channel Vendor in the security category. Notably, resellers voted for WatchGuard as having the best in product reliability, product features and service/support. “Given that VARs from around the country voted for WatchGuard as a ‘Best Vendor’ in security, this honor stands as a…

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Litigation Shop Finds It ‘MakesSense’ to Outsource Tech Needs

Litigation Shop Finds It ‘MakesSense’ to Outsource Tech Needs By Thomas Adcock January 09, 2009 Because he prefers lawyering to being a one-man geek squad, Stephen M. Kramarsky assigned the latter role to a husband-wife team who in turn built a computer network for the 10 attorneys of Dewey Pegno & Kramarsky that functionally rivals legal shops hundreds of times larger. Mr. Kramarsky’s decision to outsource his litigation boutique’s tech support was something rare in the small-firm universe, according Jennifer and Carl Mazzanti, the proprieters of eMazzanti Technologies of Hoboken, N.J. “It was a big investment initially to buy our…

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ARC: Symantec’s Channel Troubles ‘No Surprise’

ARC: Symantec’s Channel Troubles ‘No Surprise’ By Stefanie Hoffman, ChannelWeb From the October 17, 2008 issue of VARBusiness Following a year of disappointments that ranged from global layoffs to systemic problems in renewal and support to partner disenchantment, Symantec (NSDQ:SYMC) Corp. recently faced yet another. The Cupertino, Calif.-based security giant’s 2008 VARBusiness Annual Report Card survey scores fell behind many of its competitors, ranging from the low 60s to 40s in both the Client Security Software and Network Security Software categories. “The good news is, we were not surprised,” said Julie Parrish, Symantec’s former vice president of global channels, who…

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Consumer technologies in business clothes mean partner opportunity

Consumer technologies in business clothes mean partner opportunity By Alice LaPlante, Contributor 15 Sep 2008 | SearchITChannel.com Smartphones with cameras and global positioning systems (GPS) built in. Handheld audio and video players. USB thumb drives. Instant messaging (IM). Social networking sites and tools. What do these things have in common? They’re all technologies that were originally targeted at consumers, and are now infiltrating the enterprise at accelerating and — to some IT managers — alarming rates. After all, the unsanctioned and unsupervised use of consumer technologies in business can cause headaches galore. There are the security issues of users bringing…

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WatchGuard Reports Top 10 Network Security Threats to Small and Medium Sized Businesses

Social Media Release: WatchGuard Reports Top 10 Network Security Threats to Small and Medium Sized Businesses SEATTLE – September 09, 2008 — WatchGuard Technologies Highlights / News Facts: Unlike large enterprise organizations, small-to-medium sized businesses (SMBs) face multiple security threats with often limited resources to protect assets, data and customer information. WatchGuard Technologies’ research identifies 10 leading security threats to SMBs: 10) Insiders – In many SMBs, business records and customer information is often entrusted to a single person. Without adequate checks and balances, including network system logs and automated reports, data loss from within can stretch over long periods…

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Microsoft Tech ‘Gurus’ To Hone Windows Retail Pitch

Microsoft Tech ‘Gurus’ To Hone Windows Retail Pitch Posted by Kevin McLaughlin September 05, 2008 As part of its $300 million brand resuscitation advertising campaign, Microsoft this holiday season will send legions of Microsoft ‘gurus’ into retail stores such as Circuit City and Best Buy. The gurus’ task: To help buyers make informed PC purchasing decisions, and to also explain the nuances of the complex and intricate snowflake that is Windows. “We must deliver a world-class shopping experience that aligns with the brand promise and our online presence,” said Bill Veghte, senior vice president of the Online Services & Windows…

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Microsoft Tech ‘Gurus’ To Hone Windows Retail Pitch

As part of its $300 million brand resuscitation advertising campaign, Microsoft this holiday season will send legions of Microsoft ‘gurus’ into retail stores such as Circuit City and Best Buy.The gurus’ task: To help buyers make informed PC purchasing decisions, and to also explain the nuances of the complex and intricate snowflake that is Windows. “We must deliver a world-class shopping experience that aligns with the brand promise and our online presence,” said Bill Veghte, senior vice president of the Online Services & Windows Business Group, in an article posted Thursday to Microsoft’s PressPass site. Although Microsoft says the guru idea is…

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Connections & Compliance: Retailer Finds Perfect Fit

A Case Study in Network Security “We have some people, including myself, who work remotely. No matter where we are, as long as we have our laptops, with the WatchGuard appliance we can VPN right in. It’s very easy for us all to connect securely and have access to the company. Plus, it’s more secure than using GoToMyPC. I’m comfortable with it because I can see who’s using it, allow some people, not allow others, and manage who has access to certain parts of the network.” -Bob Mayer, President, Essential Apparel BACKGROUND Famous-name brands, huge selection, responsive service, and great prices is the formula for success in the…

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ZDNET | What’s in a name? For LimeLeap, apparently, a whole lot

Posted by Heather Clancy @ 7:38 am Someone asked me the other day if I thought IT solutionproviders (what you might call a reseller, VAR or systemsintegrator) could build a reasonable branding message aroundgreen tech or environmental issues. While I haven’t seen a whole lot of these companies do anything publicly, two jumped to mind immediately as evangelists for this approach. The first is eMazzanti, which I’ve written about a couple of times so I won’t go into much detail here, other than to say that green criteria are now a vital part of the vendors they represent. (Note to…

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Good Migrations: How To Move To Windows Server 2008

Good Migrations: How To Move To Windows Server 2008 From the March 24, 2008 issue of TechBuilder All right, let’s get this out of the way: server migration of any kind is fraught with the potential for headaches, trial and error, incompatibilities and worse. Expect the same when migrating environments to Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT)’s just-launched Windows Server 2008. Questions have emerged, such as how to upgrade existing servers to Server 2008 without breaking Exchange. Breaking Exchange? Yes, even Microsoft’s own flagship enterprise e-mail technology could be a nightmare to migrate to the new platform if best practices aren’t observed. Nevertheless, it…

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