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posted in March 2009

What Intel's Nehalem Servers Mean To SMBs

It might seem easy to dismiss Intel's new Xeon 5500 Series processors (code-named Nahelem) as expensive toys for high-performance computing and large enterprises. But despite the launch's concentration on big companies, the new chips also promise to deliver faster, more energy-efficient options at small-business-friendly prices.

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Dell Rolls Out New Servers, Storage, Services In Drive For "Efficiency"

"Companies spend way too much on IT infrastructure. It consumes way too much time, resources and money." Those aren't our words, they're Dell's -- uttered at the roll out of a new series of Nehalem-based 11th Generation PowerEdge servers, EqualLogic PS6000 series storage arrays, and consulting services all intended to offer more performance and lower total cost of ownership.

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If you still didn't think Twitter had arrived as a serious marketing platform, it's time to think again. is continuing its relentless drive to incorporate all aspects of social networking with Salesforce CRM for Twitter.

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Should Facebook Be Your Company's Intranet?

On the face of it, that question may seem ridiculous. But for at least one midsize company, the answer already is "Yes!" Take a peek at the benefits -- and the risks -- raised by Serena Software's bold social-networking experiment.

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Marketing Your Company: Advertising vs. The Web

What's the best way for your small or midsize comapny to spend its marketing dollars: advertising or building out your company Web site? According to a new report, SMBs are voting with their balance sheets, as "non-advertising" efforts by SMBs is expected to triple in the next few years, while remaining a fraction of overall ad spending.

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Welcome To The bMighty News Flash!

As you may or may not have noticed, over the past couple weeks, has debuted a new daily news feature designed to keep small and midsize companies up to date on the latest developments that affect their business decisions and their technology choices.

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Technology Tainting Trials? Guilty, Guilty, Guilty!

The New York Times is wringing its hands over jurors checking the Web during trials, leading to a rash of mistrials. But the Times' story gets the point almost completely backwards. The fault isn't with the technology, or with the jurors. It's with an arrogant, controlling legal system living in a dream world that ignores fundamental changes in the way people access information.

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Small Business Innovation: Don't Forget The Technology

Defining Small Business Innovation -- a research brief released today -- once again drives home the point that small businesses must innovate to survive. I couldn't agree more, but would place more emphasis on technology as the key to making innovation happen.

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One Headset To Rule Them All?

No, I don't mean the very best Bluetooth headset of all times, I mean one headset that you can use with your mobile phone, office desk phone, and VoIP-equipped PC.

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Why Business Inkjet Printing Is So Cheap

The new Inkjet printers introduced by HP this week promise cost-per-page figures significantly lower than laser printers, and hugely less expensive than consumer Inkjets. Having just paid $2,438,878.42 for a new color cartridge for my home printer, I wanted to know how this was possible.

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Decoding HP's Green Promises

At Hewlett Packard's Small and Medium Business Event this week, the company told intriguing stories about its green initiatives. I was duly impressed, but I couldn't stop thinking about one of the claims...

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HP Feels SMB's Pain - Offers Sympathy And New Products

"This is not business as usual. This is not just like a bad day." Those simple statements from HP vice president Duncan Campbell set the tone as various parts of HP came together today to present a cross-company SMB marketing strategy -- along with a collection of new products, services, and offers. The unifying element was the giant company's attempt to remain relevant to smaller companies struggling to get through the economic crisis.

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