Tech Thursday (Dec 15) – Dropbox, Carbonite, Bitdefender, Staples, Knovio

Dropbox Now Open for Business

Carbonite Gives Consumers Innovative New Options with CombinedBare Metal and Cloud Backup

Bitdefender Launches Cloud Security Solution

Staples Advantage Brings Easy to Business-to-Business E-Commerce with New Website

Introducing Knovio: Free Online Tool for Video Presentations

Dropbox Now Open for Business

Dropbox Launches “Dropbox for Teams” With Administrative Controls and Plenty of Space

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. Dropbox, a free service that lets people bring their documents, photos and videos everywhere and share them easily, today introduced Dropbox for Teams. More than 45 million people already depend on Dropbox, and with Dropbox for Teams, businesses can now experience the same ease-of-use along with new administrative controls, centralized billing, phone support, and plenty of space for everyone on the team.

“People in over a million businesses around the world trust Dropbox for its simplicity and reliability,” said Sujay Jaswa, vice president of business development and sales at Dropbox. “Now, Dropbox for Teams will give businesses the control and freedom to rethink how they work.”

How Dropbox for Teams Works

Dropbox for Teams delivers the same user experience as the free Dropbox service. Adding and updating files is as easy as saving any document, photo or video to the Dropbox folder. Changes sync immediately across all devices which have Dropbox installed. Dropbox is compatible with nearly every computer and smartphone operating system, including Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, and BlackBerry.

With Dropbox for Teams, administrators get new features including centralized billing, phone support, and controls allowing them to add or delete users. Dropbox for Teams is priced at $795 annually for five users, with additional seats available for $125 each. The base plan includes 1,000 GB of storage, and each additional seat comes with 200 GB.

Like Dropbox, Dropbox for Teams is a secure solution. Files are stored encrypted on Amazon S3 in secure data centers and also remain on users’ Dropbox-synced computers for added backup.

Carbonite Gives Consumers Innovative New Options with CombinedBare Metal and Cloud Backup

HomePlus and HomePremier Launch with External Hard Drive Backup, Mirror Image Backup and Courier Recovery Features

BOSTON Carbonite, Inc. (NASDAQ: CARB), a leading provider of online backupsolutions for consumers and small and medium sized businesses, today unveiled its new suite of Carbonite Home solutions. The suite brings more backup options for consumers with the introduction of the new Carbonite HomePlus and HomePremier solutions. The new offerings complement the company’s current Carbonite Home solution, and incorporate additional features designed to meet customers’ needs.

“Carbonite is committed to providing backup solutions that enable our customers to easily back up what they want to protect. We’re happy to introduce these new service options to our Home and Home Office users so they can choose the backup plan that best meets their needs,” said David Friend, Chairman and CEO of Carbonite. “With HomePlus and HomePremier, Carbonite is addressing our customers’ interest in backing up their external hard drives, and is also introducing an innovative hybrid backup option that provides an even-greater level of protection by combining our cloud-based data backup with a local ‘bare metal’ backup.”

The new features available in the Carbonite Home suite include:

  • External hard drive backup: HomePlus and HomePremier plans include external hard drive backup, the feature most often requested by customers. Now, users can also add files and folders saved on an external drive to their online backup.
  • Mirror Image: HomePlus and HomePremier users will have an extra layer of protection with a local copy of their computer’s hard drive. With Mirror Image, Carbonite users now have the ability to back up the operating system and software programs to an external hard drive. By combining this “bare metal” backup with their cloud backup, a user will have the extreme reliability of physically separate and redundant data backups. Now, if a user’s hard drive crashes, Mirror Image can be used to quickly restore the entire disk (including the Windows operating system, all applications and settings) in just a few hours.

Bitdefender Launches Cloud Security Solution

The centrally managed security solution provides immediate savings for small and medium businesses by eliminating the need for onsite infrastructure or dedicated resources

Bucharest, Romania – Bitdefender, an award-winning provider of innovative security solutions, announced the commercial availability of its new Cloud-based endpoint protection service.

Cloud Security for Endpoints by Bitdefender simply delivers the benefits of an enterprise on-premise security solution for end-user systems and servers without the overhead of additional software, hardware and dedicated IT staff. This makes it the preferred choice for organizations looking for a cost-effective security solution that is simple to manage, yet also flexible and robust. Whether the organization has a single office, geographically distant sites, or a remoteworkforce, Cloud Security for Endpoints provides full visibility over the current security posture and threat landscape.

“Cloud Security for Endpoints is the first cloud-based solution in Bitdefender’s new business security offering,” explained Rares Stefan, Director of Business Solutions at Bitdefender. “Security as a service simplifies IT investment, generating immediate savings through reduced up-front costs and overhead, thereby allowing organizations to focus on their core business.”

Cloud Security for Endpoints by Bitdefender offers a number of key benefits and features:

Silent and unobtrusive security – While working to secure each system, Cloud Security for Endpoints is silent and unobtrusive – user input is not required as scans, updates and configuration changes are centrally managed and commonly performed in the background. Cloud Security Console resides in the Bitdefender cloud, and is ready for use instantly.

Number-one-ranked security technology. – Bitdefender provides organizations with multiple levels of advanced protection: Antivirus, Antispyware, Antiphishing, Trojan / Rootkit detection and a fully featured two-way personal Firewall with intrusion detection. Bitdefender technology has been number-one-ranked in the first three AV-TEST Product Reviews in year 2011 making it #1 in protectionagainst e-threats in 2011.

Staples Advantage Brings Easy to Business-to-Business E-Commerce with New Website

Staples imageStaplesAdvantage.com Helps Business Customers Consolidate Suppliers and Achieve Savings

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., – Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc., today announced the launch of its new e-commerce site to enable businesses to consolidate suppliers and achieve savings.  Through the new business-to-business site, customers have a faster and more intuitive e-commerce experience with access to the industry’s most comprehensive source of office solutions. The site offers numerous tools and reports designed to help organizations manage best-in-class procurement programs for a complete business solution.

“Businesses are asking for a partner that makes it easy for them to purchase the everyday supplies and strategic services they need to run their business cost effectively,” said Laura Brooks, vice president of business-to-business e-commerce for Staples.  “We’re driven by the voice of our customers and use it to create innovative solutions that deliver satisfaction. The new site offers customers the ease of a consumer site with the power of a complete procurement program that provides sophisticated solutions for companies of 20 plus employees to Fortune 1,000 enterprise businesses.”

New Features and Enhanced Usability

According to a commissioned study, “Organizing for eBusiness at Staples,” conducted by Forrester Consulting in December 2010 on behalf of Staples, “Businesses must focus on understanding the customers as never before. They must serve the customer within and across an increasingly diverse set of touch-points in a relevant, precise manner in order to simply meet their new expectations. Technology becomes an enabler of business agility and innovation.”

To help make it easy for customers to find everything they need for their business, the new business-to-business e-commerce site offers the following features, and more:

  • Faster and easier search navigation with intuitive product categorization to find products in as little as one or two clicks.
  • Alternative product recommendations designed to support customers’ internal programs such as sustainability and supplier diversity.
  • Faster access to previous orders and frequently purchased items on the home page for quick re-order.

Introducing Knovio: Free Online Tool for Video Presentations

KnowledgeVision Systems has introduced Knovio™, a simple, easy-to-use Internet service for creating and sharing online video presentations with nothing more than a webcam, a Microsoft® PowerPoint® file, and an Internet-connected computer.

Built on the powerful KnowledgeVision technology for synchronized video presentations, Knovio is a free online tool that will let anyone make and share simple KnowledgeVision video and audio presentations.

“Knovio is the marriage of two of the most important communications media in business: the business presentation and online video,” noted Michael Kolowich, KnowledgeVision’s founder and CEO. “Our team has created a very simple way to pitch ideas, explain concepts, share knowledge and sell products—putting a new face on business communications.”

New Sharing Capabilities

Knovio makes it easy to share presentations via email and social media, including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, and in a new location called Private Spaces. In Private Spaces, which are created and managed by Knovio users, presentations can be grouped for viewing, feedback and collaboration with colleagues and friends.

For example, a user could create an online video presentation with Knovio, then share it with her team and collaborate with them to improve it. Once the user is satisfied, she can invite more people from other areas of the company to view the presentation.

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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.

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