Tech Thursday (3/7): News from Go Daddy, HP, CDW, ViewSonic, Nitro and Seagate

It’s Tech Thursday from Smallbiztechnology.com. Each week we take a quick look at business and technology news and updates for the small business community and shares them with you in a quick and simple round-up.

 

 

 

GO DADDY ACQUIRES M.DOT – BOLSTERS ‘MOBILE FIRST’ STRATEGY

 

Gives Go Daddy Website Customers a Unique Smartphone Edge

 

Go Daddy, the Web’s top platform for small businesses, has acquired M.dot Inc., the leading mobile app for small business website creation and management. The addition of M.dot to Go Daddy’s extensive product offerings gives Go Daddy’s 11 million customers an easy way to create and manage compelling mobile websites right from their smartphones.

Over the last three years, mobile Internet traffic has grown more than 10 times from one percent to 13 percent of total Web usage. In that same time period, smartphone and tablet shipments surpassed PCs. Go Daddy customers are using their smartphones to manage their online presence more and more everyday as a means to find and acquire customers. The M.dot acquisition provides Go Daddy’s customers with an innovative platform to capitalize on these trends.

You can check out the full press release announcing this exciting acquisition here.

 

HP Unveils World’s Fastest Desktop Color Printer

 

HP Officejet Pro X Series earns Guinness World Records title for unsurpassed speed

 

HP has announced the worldwide release of the new HP Officejet Pro X, the world’s fastest desktop printer as recognized by Guinness World Records.

Designed to meet the demanding and unique needs of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), the HP Officejet Pro X is revolutionizing business printing by increasing productivity, reducing costs and promoting the value of inkjet technology in the workplace.

Powered by HP PageWide Technology—the company’s next-generation inkjet platform—the HP Officejet Pro X Series can deliver high-quality professional documents at up to 70 pages per minute (ppm), making it the fastest desktop printer according to Guinness World Records.

Since the first HP Deskjet printer was introduced in 1988, HP has continued to innovate in the inkjet market with the HP Photosmart and HP Officejet brands, and has shipped nearly 600 million inkjet printers.  You can see more about the release of the HP Pro X Series printer here.

 

CDW Report: Work Imitates Life in Cloud Computing Adoption

Study Finds Personal Use of Cloud Influencing Decisions at Work; More Than Half of Organizations Are Migrating or Planning to Move Services to The Cloud

 

CDW LLC, a leading provider of technology products and services to business, government, education and healthcare, today announced its 2013 State of the Cloud Report, an assessment of the current and future drivers behind cloud computing adoption in the United States, based on a survey of 1,242 IT professionals familiar with their organization’s plans for the cloud. The report found that more than half of organizations are migrating or planning to migrate specific applications or infrastructure to the cloud, and that personal use of cloud services is significantly influencing organizational decisions.

The report reveals that 73 percent of respondents believe that employees’ personal use of cloud applications and mobile devices has significantly influenced their organizations’ decisions to adopt cloud computing, with 68 percent stating that employee requests for cloud services have increased over the last two years. In fact, two-thirds of the IT professionals surveyed said that their use of cloud applications and services in their non-work lives directly influences their cloud-related recommendations at work.

You can view all of the findings in the CDW report here.

 

ViewSonic introduces Thin Client and Zero Client Solutions for a High Performance Virtual Desktop

ViewSonic VDI solutions meet the networking needs of educators, SMBs and enterprises alike

 

ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of visual solution products, today announced its lineup of Smart Client solutions including brand new Thin Client and Zero Client product offerings that enable users to access their desktop accounts from a PC server nearly anywhere.

ViewSonic’s Thin Client and Zero Client offerings feature a powerful yet tiny 0.6L design with space saving options such as an included mounting bracket for attachment to any VESA ready monitor. Both categories are optimized and certified for use within the major virtualized environments (Microsoft RemoteFX, Citrix ICA/HDX and VMware PCoIP). Users will benefit from overall ease of deployment, simplified management, enhanced security, better accessibility and a lower total cost of ownership. Paired with TAA Trade Compliance, flexible dual digital (DVI) output support for 1080p multi-monitor usage, the consumption of up to 80 percent less energy, a Kensington lock and a low total cost of ownership, ViewSonic’s flexible and cost effective Smart Clients are the ideal choice to meet the networking needs of educators, SMBs and enterprises alike.

You can see more about the new Thin Client and Zero Client offerings here.

 

Nitro Adds Key Enhancements with the Latest Release of Nitro Pro

Nitro Pro 8.5, a Complete Replacement for Adobe® Acrobat®

 

Nitro, creator of intuitive solutions that enable people to work smarter with digital documents, today announced the release of Nitro Pro 8.5, the latest version of its award-winning, flagship desktop PDF product.

Nitro Pro provides all the essential tools business users need to work with PDF files and is a true replacement for Adobe Acrobat. Trusted by over 50% of the Fortune 100 and with almost half a million customers worldwide, Nitro Pro is now better than ever with key new features, usability fixes, enhanced performance, and improved user support.

You can read more about the new version features and pricing here.

 

Seagate Enables Growth of Small Businesses With New Networked Business Storage Solution

 

Small Businesses Now Have A Private Cloud To Call Their Own

 

Seagate Technology has announced the company’s latest offering of network-attached storage (NAS) for the small office / home office (SOHO), remote mobile office (RMO) and Small Business space. To address the changing needs of a growing small business, Seagate Business Storage will come as a one-drive, two-drive and four-drive configuration, which range in capacities from 2TB to 16TBs.

For business collaboration and backup protection, this new Business Storage by Seagate provides a secure cost-effective alternative to cloud backup and online sharing services. The centralized backup of Business Storage, which is accessible by both Windows and Mac OSX operated computers, will take the guesswork out of providing an employee base with backup protection and easy sharing across both platforms. Designed to backup all PC and Mac computers in an organization to a single centralized location, this new NAS includes backup software for Windows machines and is also compatible with Apple’s Time Machine® for backup of Mac OSX computers.

See more about the new offering from Seagate here.

 

 

 

 

 

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About Carolyn Crummey

Carolyn Crummey is a business and technology strategist and the owner of VirTasktic (www.virtasktic.com), an agency dedicated to providing high-level virtual services to small businesses and entrepreneurs. A lover of technology and small business, Carolyn has built a career on the intelligent use of technology to increase business efficiency and productivity, which ultimately leads to greater profitability. Carolyn works closely with her clients to understand their challenges and helps them integrate the best technology solutions into their businesses so they too can enjoy great successes. You can follow Carolyn on Twitter at @CarolynCrummey or @VirTasktic.