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Microsoft and Symantec headline Ingram Micro SMB roadshow

Brian Karlovsky | Sept. 29, 2014
"Office 365 has gone through the roof and Azure will very popular," Ingram Micro general manager, enterprise software, Lee Welch

As of October 1, Microsoft will be introducing new plans and retiring the small business premium plan, while the enterprise plan will stay.

Fraser said there would now be two families: The enterprise plan and the business plan.

Symantec principal systems engineer, Dale Heath, told resellers at the forum there had been major changes made to the latest incarnation of Backup Exec, following the less than successful release in 2012.

"Let's get rid of the elephant in the room. We had a very interesting release of our backup exec in 2012," he said.

"The reason for that is we made a change to the technology. And in adhering to the simplicity and ease of use, what we did was lose focus of some of the features and functionality that people expected from Backup Exec."

He said the 2012 release paved the way for innovation.

"Why is it better? Because we took the feedback from all of our partners, we understood it, we turned it around and we took that and put it into the functionality that our users and our partners wanted," he said.

"We have built enhancements to our de-duplication technology. We have a tremendous amount of data volumes and we need to run to the finish line faster so we have enabled our technologies to back up quicker and to verify faster."

He said the new product was tested on about 3800 beta users.

"I'm very happy to announce Backup Exec 2014 is the better, stronger and faster back up."


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