Tech Thursday (Nov 3) – Dell, 8×8, Jimdo, Toshiba, eVoice

Dell vStart 50, ready to run virtualization for small and medium businesses

New Survey Indicates Reducing Costs, Planning for Growth Top Priorities for SMBs

Jimdo QR Codes: Mobile Marketing Made Simple

Toshiba Expands Line of All-in-One Desktops with New 23-Inch Model

New eVoice® Features Allow You to Stay Connected to Your Business – Even an Ocean Away!

Dell vStart 50, ready to run virtualization for small and medium businesses

While interest in virtualization amongst small and medium businesses is on the rise, it is clear many are unsure of where tobegin. Effective virtualization brings challenges such as selecting the right components, having the expertise to configure and deploy them, and training your staff on how to get the most from your investment. That’s where Dell comes in. We’re pleased to introduce vStart 50, a pre-sized, pre-racked, pre-wired, pre-tested and pre-configured Dell solution that can help you build out your virtual infrastructure. Originally launched in April, we’re the only vendor equipped to bring this turnkey solution down to earth for small and medium businesses.

vStart 50 is delivered wired and ready to run virtual machines from a single management environment – including Intel Xeon-based Dell PowerEdge serversDell EqualLogic storageDell PowerConnect switches, initial deployment services, hypervisors, and essential virtualization management extensions. It includes:

  • Deployment – vStart 50 comes complete with initial setup and deployment into your current environment. Including setup of VMware ESXi and Dell Management Plug-ins for VMware vCenter & EqualLogic and Microsoft SCE. Virtual infrastructure installation has never been this simple.
  • Implementation – A Dell virtualization technician will visit your site to configure your vStart 50 — at no extra charge so instead of sweating the details of virtual infrastructure best practices, you and your IT staff are free to focus on your business.
  • Support. Enjoy 24/7/365 chat, e-mail and phone support — as well as Next Business Day On-Site Service — on all vStart components. Optional four-hour and mission-critical levels of response are also available for an additional cost

New Survey Indicates Reducing Costs, Planning for Growth Top Priorities for SMBs

New Subscribers to 8×8 Cloud VoIP Services Say Cost Savings, Features and Scalability Played a Key Role in Selection

SUNNYVALE, Calif., — Despite the continuing tough economic climate, a new survey conducted by VoIP telephone and cloud communications provider 8×8, Inc. (Nasdaq:EGHT) indicates that small- to mid-size businesses continue to plan for future growth but are acutely more aware of the need to reduce costs than they have been in the past.

Conducted to identify the reasons behind the higher than usual demand 8×8 experienced for its services this past summer, the survey uncovered some interesting insights, with respondents identifying their top business concerns as reducing costs, attracting new customers and hiring and affording new employees. Concern over reducing business expenses grew throughout the summer months — 55% of new business customers in August 2011 indicated they were “more concerned” about business expenses this year than last, compared to 39% of new business customers in June 2011. In contrast, the survey also revealed that “managing and keeping up with business growth” was a top concern for nearly one-third of the respondents.

“Generally, summer is not a time when small businesses are focused on their operations but we noticed a different trend in the July to August timeframe and wanted to see what was behind it,” said 8×8 Chairman and CEO Bryan Martin. “Clearly, the economy remains very challenging for small businesses, and they’re realizing the need to scrutinize expenses
and prepare for growth by making the right choices now,” Martin continued. “We’re obviously very pleased that so many of our customers seem confident their business will grow. That’s not only good news for us as their communications provider, but also a refreshingly positive perspective on the future of the economy in general.”

Jimdo QR Codes: Mobile Marketing Made Simple

San Francisco – One of this year’s Internet trends lands at Jimdo today, as the website creator launches simple QR code generation for its users. Starting immediately, the owners of four million Jimdo websites can create custom QR codes for pages on their sites and items in their online store. In doing so, Jimdo puts itself at the forefront of the trend sweeping the world as smartphone usage increases.

82 Million U.S. Smartphone Users
QR codes (quick response codes) work just like barcodes but contain more information. With an app, any smartphone can detect and read them. QR codes usually contain a website URL, email address, or phone number. The small square graphics made of black and white pixels are popping up everywhere – businesses and individuals are using them to connect offline advertisements with online content. It’s not surprising this is trending. After all, in the USA, over 82 million smartphones are in use, while almost 40% of UK mobile subscribers have smartphones[1].

Connecting to Mobile Marketing
“With this QR code feature, we’re giving our users an easy way to get started with mobile marketing,” says Jimdo co-founder Fridtjof Detzner. “Jimdo sites are already automatically mobile-optimized – giving our customers a simple way to make QR codes is the next logical step. Without having to use an external service, Jimdo users can create QR codes for their website, specific pages, or even special products in their online store – whatever they want advertise offline.”

Toshiba Expands Line of All-in-One Desktops with New 23-Inch Model

Toshiba DX735 Blends Innovative PC Technology with TV Styling and Entertainment
for Any Room

IRVINE, Calif. —Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today expanded its line of All-in-One PCs with the introduction of the Toshiba DX735, featuring a 23-inch Full HD multi-touch display[i]. A complete entertainment hub for the home or dorm room the DX735 offershigh-end audio, video and computing performance as well as premium computing capabilities to manage and create content.

“Our All-in-One systems blend the best of Toshiba’s PC and visual product expertise for families and students looking to enjoy TV, watch DVDs and play games,” said Carl Pinto, vice president of product development, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. “Featuring a stylish and space-saving TV-like design, the DX735 is a great add to almost any room, enabling users to interact with their media, while acting as an ideal hub for family photos, videos, music and more.”

Space-saving Stylish Design
The DX735 features a vivid 23-inch diagonal touchscreen display that supports full 1080p HD content surrounded in a glossy black finish and sits on a modern aluminum pedestal stand that can be easily angled for the best viewing and touch experience. The matching Bluetooth® wireless keyboard with 10-key numeric keypad can be easily stored on the base of the stand for additional space savings. The DX735 also includes a glossy black Bluetooth wireless mouse. Both the keyboard and mouse are pre-paired with the All-in-One, allowing users to get up and running right out of the box.

The DX735 can easily serve as a home media hub with generous storage for photos and videos and easy connectivity options. Via the HDMI®-In port, users can also connect to a gaming console and enjoy the latest games on the PC’s bright and responsive display. The DX735 also includes a premium audio system with Onkyo® stereo speakers professionally tuned by experts at Waves and feature Waves MaxxAudio sound processing that provide users with unparalleled performance, delivering sound that is louder, clearer, fuller and more intelligible.

High-performance Computing
The All-in-One comes equipped high-performance computing technologies, including a 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i5 or Core i7 processor[ii], 4GB of DDR3 memory[iii], a 1TB 7200 RPM hard drive[iv], one USB 3.0 port[v] with USB Sleep & Charge[vi], one USB 3.0 port and four USB 2.0 ports. The DX735 also includes a built-in DVD SuperMulti Drive and unique Toshiba technologies, including Sleep & Music[vii], which enables users to take advantage of the speakers even if the PC is off and Resolution+® video upconversion technology[viii] that breathes new life into standard-def video and DVDs. The PC will also be available in a configuration with a TV tuner.

New eVoice® Features Allow You to Stay Connected to Your Business – Even an Ocean Away!

Small Business Owners Now Benefit from International Access, Outbound International Dialing, Call Routing Scheduler and After Hours Greeting

LOS ANGELES, CA eVoice®, A Radically Better Phone Number® and brand of technology leader j2 Global Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: JCOM), today announced new features that provide small business owners with the ability to more efficiently operate their businesses without compromising the freedom to work from anywhere, anytime.

“Small business owners know that one phone call can make or break a sale,” said Mike Pugh, vice president, marketing for j2 Global. “With eVoice, entrepreneurs can be out of the office, or even out of the country, and yet never be out of touch. And when you do choose to unplug — or a dead mobile phone battery chooses for you —    eVoice has your back, answering and routing calls automatically and professionally.”

Key features and benefits of the new eVoice enhancements include:

  • International Access — Small business owners can now forward calls to international phone numbers. A vacation rental owner that wants to spend four months establishing a new market in Europe can now forward calls to their temporary residence overseas. This enhancement also allows small business owners to make calls to any international destination using their eVoice number.*
  • Call Routing Scheduler — the most frequently requested upgrade by eVoice customers, provides busy mobile professionals with the ability to selectively schedule a time to route calls. Forwarding business calls to your home or mobile phone is great for a flexible workplace, but doesn’t allow you any time off when your phone is constantly ringing. This enhancement gives customers the ability to customize when calls forward and when they go straight to voicemail. Spouses of entrepreneurs everywhere will be happy with this one.
  • After Hours Greeting — allows a business to provide a custom message to callers after business hours. Rather than hearing the normal menu options, only to find out no one is available, callers hear a custom “after hours” message before being sent directly to voicemail. This is a great way for small businesses to quickly service customers and an opportunity for them to quickly highlight a key product or service.

For more information on how an eVoice virtual phone number can help a small business operate from anywhere, anytime visit www.evoice.com.

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About Allison Midori Reilly

Allison Midori Reilly is the CEO and Founder of Stirring Media, LLC. Stirring Media, LLC is a content marketing and news production firm that provides content marketing and business blogging services to the small business market. Prior to that, she was a freelance writer, who was published in over a dozen print and online publications, such as Smallbiztechnology.com, American City & County, Ideabing.com, Transport Topics and St. Louis Commerce Magazine. In her spare time, Reilly is an active member of Amnesty International as well as an avid poker player.