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SYS-CON Events announced today that mindSHIFT, the leading technology provider to small and medium-sized organizations, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 5th International Virtualization Conference & Expo, which will take place on March 30-April 1, 2009, in New York City. The event is expected to attract over 1,200 developers, engineers, architects, IT managers, and hardware and software professionals of every stripe. Virtualization is reorganizing the IT industry. It underpins cloud computing by making it possible to separate the software from the hardware - Amazon Web Services is the largest cloud-based virtualization effort...and AWS is literally changing the world of IT as we knew it. Overall, the virtualization market has grown from approximately $560 million in 2005 to a forecasted $2.7 billion in 2009, according to IDC. According to Gartner, virtualization will be t... (more)

Cloud Player – Joe Panettieri, EVP and Editorial Director at Nine Lives Media Part 2

Joe Panettieri is EVP and Editorial Director at Nine Lives Media We recently had the pleasure to sit down for an extended chat with Joe Panettieri, EVP and Editorial Director at Nine Lives Media. Our discussion covered a range of topics including VMware’s ongoing battle with AWS, the limits of  applicability for MSPs, exits from the cloud space, and much more.  This is the second of 2 parts, check out Part 1 here. GC: What’s your perspective on the VMware/Amazon story that’s been developing over the last little while? JP: I think we’re seeing an “anything but Amazon” industry emerge. Back in the 1990’s, we saw an “anything but Microsoft” industry where you would see alliances between IBM and Apple and all these other companies to build solutions that would compete with Microsoft. I think you’re seeing the same thing in the cloud now, where all the vendors are trying... (more)

The Radicati Group Releases "Microsoft Hosted Exchange - Market Quadrant, 2012"

PALO ALTO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 09/19/12 -- The latest market brief by The Radicati Group, "Microsoft Hosted Exchange - Market Quadrant, 2012" provides a competitive analysis of the Microsoft Hosted Exchange market. Microsoft Hosted Exchange providers host Microsoft Exchange Servers in a wide range of configurations from dedicated to multi-tenant configurations for businesses of all sizes. They offer feature-rich hosted enterprise-grade messaging and collaboration, with anti-virus and spam-filtering protection, support for wireless email, Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Lync, and a broad range of other features and capabilities geared to enterprise needs. Radicati Market Quadrants(SM) rank vendors based on a four quadrant system, which includes "Mature Players," "Specialists," "Trail Blazers," and "Top Players" quadrants. Leading players in each market segment are r... (more)

Sonian Announces eMail Archiving and eDiscovery Support for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010

NEEDHAM, MA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/12/09 -- Sonian, Inc., the trusted cloud-powered universal data management company, today announced email archiving and ediscovery support for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 beginning immediately. The Sonian Archive Service provides Microsoft Exchange 2010 customers of all sizes with an affordable, scalable, reliable, secure and feature-rich hosted email archiving and ediscovery service. As the first platform-agnostic, Cloud-based email archiving service, Sonian ensures that its Sonian platform incorporates technology updates from its messaging partners as they occur. In the case of Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Sonian leverages its hosted services to establish an organizational archive that complements Exchange 2010's personal archive functionality for the long-term storage and retention management of email and historical PST co... (more)

VMware Offers vCloud "Test-Drive" With New Evaluation Service

PALO ALTO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 08/15/12 -- VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, today announced the vCloud Service Evaluation, an online service for customers to test-drive a cloud built on the VMware vCloud platform. The vCloud Service Evaluation will provide a quick and easy way for users to learn about the advantages of a vCloud through hands-on testing and experimentation. It also will provide a simple way to see VMware vCloud Director® software in action and prepare customers to make the journey to the public cloud through the world's largest network of service providers. "VMware and its vCloud service providers have created a broad ecosystem of cloud services to meet the needs of any business, and now we're going to give customers an easy way to see the power of a vCloud for themselves," said Mathew Lodge, ... (more)

Desktone Announces Record Sales and Customer Growth in 2011

Desktone, Inc., the pioneer of Desktops as a Service (DaaS), today announced that 2011 was a record year of growth across a wide variety of metrics, including sales, service provider adoption, customers won and desktops deployed. By signing more than 20 new service providers, who are delivering their own DaaS offerings based on the Desktone Platform, the company increased sales by greater than 300 percent and saw year over year growth in seats at above 500 percent. The results demonstrate strong momentum behind DaaS and the approach from Desktone, the industry’s only cloud-hosted virtual desktop platform. Desktop as a service is designed to remove many of the barriers to traditional virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) – including steep upfront infrastructure costs, complex deployment and management, and limited scalability. Service providers use the Desktone Platf... (more)

Sonian Names Tom Serani to Advisory Board

NEEDHAM, MA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/03/09 -- Sonian, Inc., the trusted cloud-powered universal data management company, today announced that Tom Serani, Co-founder and Vice President of Global Sales for RatePoint and the former Managing Director of Sales at GeoTrust, has joined the Sonian Advisory Board. A proven sales executive, Tom will guide Sonian as it grows both its direct and channel sales operations for the Sonian Archive Cloud-based email and e-discovery service. "Like both GeoTrust and RatePoint, Sonian has a huge market opportunity with ISPs and hosting companies who are eager to OEM a turnkey service that can drive up revenue per customer," said Tom Serani, RatePoint Co-founder and Vice President of Global Sales. "As a member of the Sonian Advisory Board, I'll be collaborating with the Sonian sales team to ensure that the channel community gets onboard wi... (more)

Sonian Debuts First Cloud-Powered Email Archiving & e-Discovery Service for Novell GroupWise

NEEDHAM, MA -- (Marketwire) -- 10/27/09 -- Sonian, Inc., the trusted cloud-powered universal data management company, today announced a partnership with Novell GroupWise to provide value-added email archiving and e-discovery services to the Novell GroupWise Community. The only cloud-powered hosted archiving solution for Novell GroupWise, the Sonian Archive Service provides Novell GroupWise customers of all sizes with an affordable, scalable, reliable, secure and feature-rich hosted email archiving and e-discovery service. "I certainly recommend Sonian for GroupWise archiving," says Matt Merrell, IT Resource Manager, HIPAA Security Officer, Southeastern District Health Department. "It ensures that no email is deleted before archiving, and they offer unlimited data size in the archive. We have been using them for some time now, and it is the best solution I have ever... (more)

Sitecore Recognizes Exceptional Technical Community Leaders From Around the World

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 04/10/12 -- Sitecore today announced the 2011 Sitecore Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs). The program recognizes exceptional technical community leaders who serve as catalysts for change and innovation. Sitecore MVPs voluntarily share their passion and commitment to Web technology and encourage the objective exchange of knowledge. The Sitecore MVP Award celebrates the most active Sitecore community members from around the world who provide invaluable contributions by solving problems and discovering new ways to transform technology. The program offers MVPs a number of benefits including access to technical resources such as alpha versions of Sitecore software, first release modules and full access to the Sitecore Developer Network and download section, and invitations to major events. "MVPs are technology experts who inspire o... (more) Launches NextDesktop, the First Affordable Hosted Windows Desktop Solution for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses

FAIRFAX, Va., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- mindSHIFT, an industry leader in delivering managed IT services to businesses, today launched NextDesktop, an online service that provides small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) with the first affordable hosted Windows desktop solution. With prices starting at $39.99 per user per month - vs. more than $100 per seat per month for competing hosted desktop solutions - NextDesktop extends mindSHIFT's managed desktop line to provide a basic Windows desktop to budget-conscious organizations that don't require the comprehensive 24-hour hardware, server, network, Help Desk and file restoration support of mindSHIFT's fully-managed desktop solutions. The NextDesktop service provides an affordable option for budget-conscious organizations, especially: Start-upsSMBs needing to replace out-of-warranty PCs and laptops SMBs adding new... (more)

mindSHIFT Recognized by ILTA Member Law Firms for Providing Exceptional Customer Service and Support

NEW YORK, Oct. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- mindSHIFT Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of managed IT, cloud, data center and professional services to law firms, today announced that it has been recognized for its exceptional customer service and support to the legal community by the member firms of the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA). mindSHIFT was named to a select list of technology vendors in the 2012 ILTA/InsideLegal Technology Purchasing Survey, which was released at ILTA's Annual Conference in National Harbor, Md. on August 27, 2012. "The challenges law firms face are continuing to grow and become more complex as new trends emerge like BYOD or 'Bring Your Own Device' which is the increasing use of mobile devices in the workplace for business purposes," said Silas McCullough, general manager of Legal Professional Services for mindSHIFT. "Th... (more)