What to look for when choosing an SSL VPN appliance for small business customers
Secure sockets layer (SSL) virtual private network (VPN) software has been around for a long time, but it is only relatively recently that is has been delivered on dedicated hardware appliances that specialise in hosting remote access, with many of those devices aimed squarely at the SMB market.
The computer maker Lenovo has 9% of the worldwide PC market, and in 2009 it ranked as the world’s fast-est-growing PC company. In the three months to December 31st, Lenovo grew sales by 42%, against an industry av-erage of 17%. We asked Lenovo what that means for small business resellers.
Virtualisation is a powerful tool. You can use it to consolidate multiple applications on a single piece of hardware, or use several different operating systems at the same time. Often seen solely as the province of the enterprise data centre or the development lab, virtualisation is rapidly becoming a powerful tool for the SME as well, providing new routes to disaster recovery, and helping future-proof legacy applications.
Reselling services represent a significant – and growing – part of the business for many IT consultants. Margins on IT hardware, and to a lesser extent, software, have fallen steadily. The fees that can be charged for higher-value work, such as code customisation and application testing, have also come under pressure, not least because of competition from suppliers in markets such as India or Eastern Europe and Russia.
Giving your customers a computing environment that will do exactly what they want is one of the best ways to make them happy, and one of the most effective ways to achieve this is with a combination of Microsoft SharePoint and Office.
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