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Spiceworks 5.0 is out! Spiceworks Puts a ‘Face on IT’ with New 5.0 Version of Free IT Management Application

AUSTIN, Texas – October 18, 2010 – Spiceworks™, Inc. today announced the availability of the fifth generation of its free social IT management software application, which is currently used by more than 1 million IT professionals at small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) worldwide.
Some of the top new features available in Spiceworks 5.0 include the ability to monitor and manage applications, devices and cloud services based on the people who use them within the organization; advanced network configuration management capabilities; and a centralized help desk for Managed Service Providers (MSPs). The new version of Spiceworks can be downloaded for free at
"With Spiceworks 5.0, we're taking a big step forward in our mission to simplify IT management for small and mid-sized organizations around the world," said Scott Abel, co-founder and CEO of Spiceworks. "With new features like People View, managing computers and applications is now as easy as connecting with your friends online."
Additional details on the key new features available in Spiceworks 5.0 include:
People View Management Interface – allows IT pros to monitor, manage and provision computers and cloud services based on the people who use them within the organization. IT pros can quickly identify a user's personal machine, email service and usage, help desk ticket history, recently requested purchases, and more – all from a consumer-like interface. People View also provides active directory management capabilities by integrating with Microsoft Active Directory, which allows IT pros to automat

Acronis® announces general availability of acronis backup & recovery 10 online

Woburn, Mass., (October 5, 2010) — Acronis, a leading provider of easy-to-use backup, recovery and security solutions for physical, virtual and cloud environments, today announced the general availability of Acronis® Backup & Recovery™ 10 Online.  Successfully launched last month at VMworld, Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Online is a cutting-edge online backup and recovery solution that offers the advantages of an offsite datacenter without a substantial upfront investment. 
Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Online answers the need for customers who do not have multiple datacenters to cost-effectively back up their backups offsite for protection against primary site loss, creating a virtual datacenter capability. With the service, IT administrators can recover files, folders or even complete images of systems.
A single Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 console seamlessly manages both local and online backup and recovery efforts regardless of the data's location. Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 provides the benefits of local backups and recoveries in the event of infrastructure failure or other occurrences such as accidently deleted files or virus attack. The new Acronis solution provides that extra level of protection, enabling organizations to recover quickly and completely from a secure cloud computing environment in the wake of a full-scale outage, without requiring a dedicated offsite storage facility and its associated costs.
The service includes support for mixed virtual and physical computing environments found in many of today's businesses. One of the first data protection solutions to offer online agent-less backup for virtual machines, Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Online eliminates agents, which reduces repetitive administration tasks, and helps to reduce total cost of ownership (TCO).
Additionally, Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Online:
Has minimal impact on management overhead, since the same Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 management console

Two New Cisco Press Releases

Cisco Expands Borderless Networks Portfolio With New Products Across Switching, Routing, Security and Mobility
SAN JOSE, Calif. – October 5, 2010 – Cisco announced today new products and services across all the functional elements of its Borderless Network architecture – the switching, routing, security and wireless portfolios. Notable additions include the highest-performing and high-density  Cisco® Catalyst® switch, Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance firewall and compact Cisco ASR 1000 Series router in their classes; new entry-level 802.11n wireless access points for smaller businesses; and new and enhanced smart-services offerings. 
Key Highlights:
The new products and professional and technical services Cisco announced today extend the company's Borderless Networks portfolio to address the growing need for high-performance, highly reliable and highly secure application delivery from a smaller number of consolidated data centers to a growing number of wired and wireless endpoints, while optimizing overall resource utilization and footprint.
High-Performance and High-Density Innovations:
The Cisco Catalyst 4500 E-Series switch, the industry's most widely deployed modular platform, raises the bar in performance for campus switching by delivering 848 gigabits per second of system bandwidth and the highest density of 384 Power over Ethernet Plus (PoEP)-capable ports. With the new Supervisor Engine 7-E , the Catalyst 4500E also drives market transitions from 1G Fiber to 10G Fiber as a price/performance aggregation switch with 100 ports at 10G. Fully loaded with hardware-accelerated Borderless Network Services like Cisco Medianet, CiscoEnergyWise, and Cisco TrustSec, it is now powered by Cisco IOS® XE Software, enabling the delivery of third-party services. The Catalyst 4500E delivers best-in-class access resiliency with sub-10-millisecond supervisor failover utilizing the In-Service Software Upgrade (ISSU) functionality and enriched application visibility with Cisco

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