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Here comes a supercomputing app store

The Ohio Supercomputer Center plans to open an app store in an effort to give smaller organizations access to high-performance computing.
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Aruba announces cloud-based Wi-Fi management service

Aruba Networks announced a new Aruba Central cloud-based management service for Wi-Fi networks that could be valuable to companies with branch operations, schools and mid-sized networks where IT support is scarce.

5 security best practices for SMBs

If your small-to-midsized business is like most, you're playing a game of chicken with cyber-criminals. You probably know that your defenses probably aren't able to repel today's sophisticated, persistent attacks, yet you hope that you'll be overlooked.

Intuit debuts QuickBooks 2013

Intuit has unveiled QuickBooks for Mac 2013, the newest version of its small-business accounting software package. According to Intuit representatives, the new features in QuickBooks 2013 are designed to help users get started quickly, to organize records more effectively, and to simplify common tasks.

Severe weather intensifies focus on disaster planning

Severe thunderstorms, wildfires and droughts should put companies on alert to look into their business continuity planning. Disaster recovery plans that only back up data regionally may need to be rethought, experts say.

SAP unveils HANA in-memory database offerings for SMBs

SAP on Tuesday announced the first products based on its HANA in-memory database aimed at small and medium-sized businesses, including a new Edge edition of the software as well as HANA-powered analytics for the Business One ERP (enterprise resource planning) suite.

Sonic.net plans 1Gbps fiber service to San Francisco homes

Internet service provider Sonic.net unveiled an ambitious plan on Wednesday to build a fiber network that would reach most residences and small businesses in San Francisco with 1G bps Internet access.

Automotive supplier doubles in size after adopting HPC

L&L Products, an automotive supplier in Michigan, grew dramatically after adding high performance computing to its manufacturing process.

Aging East Coast infrastructure a concern after quake

The earthquake that struck the East Coast on Tuesday should serve as a wake-up call about the frailty of our aging infrastructure, and it should stir businesses to create or update business continuity plans.

RIM launches smartphone management for small businesses

Research In Motion launched a free online service for small businesses to help them centrally manage BlackBerry smartphones in the cloud, providing protection for business content saved on the devices.

Small Enterprise In Depth

Printer ink: Tired of feeding the cash cow?

Today a feature-rich inkjet printer can be had for a price that seems astonishingly low -- until the ink runs out.

Will this be the year of Apple in the enterprise?

All of the big trends in IT right now -- cloud computing, mobile solutions and the consumerization of IT -- look good for Apple as it slowly worms its way into the enterprise. Columnist Ryan Faas explains why it's happening now.

Disaster recovery 101: What you need to know

If your computers went down after the most recent storm and you lost some critical data, dont let that happen again. Read on. Insider (free registration required)

Why net neutrality is better for business

President Obama threatened to veto a bill this week that overturns new FCC rules stating that Internet providers cannot limit lawful network traffic. On Thursday, the Senate voted the same bill down. Under the new FCC rules put into force last December, mobile broadband providers can't block applications that compete with their services. The administration's position on the rules and the bill introduced to overturn them is clearly stated here.

Business intelligence goes small: It's not just for the biggest shops anymore

Business intelligence can make a real difference in some midsize firms. But IT pros warn that it still requires dedicated resources to yield a return.

Andy Pratt

Andy Pratt, director of technology at The Lowell Whiteman School, is keeping pace with students who travel for competitive athletic events by creating virtual classrooms.

IT Gets Fit

A growing number of fitness and wellness programs are being offered to IT employees, but it takes a commitment from top leadership to give workers the flexibility they need to take advantage of the opportunities.

Big guns for hire: Supercomputing-in-the-cloud

Even small companies can 'act big' by harnessing the power of supercomputing-in-a-cloud that they rent rather than own.

Microsoft System Center 2010: Hands on with Essentials and Data Protection Manager

Microsoft-centric shops of most sizes will find these systems management tools helpful, Jonathan Hassell says.

Netgear targets SMB market with new security tool

ProSecure STM600 offers broad antispam, antimalware and content filtering alware and content filtering