This week

*Vancouver-based Peer 1 Hosting has formed arelationship with Microsoft Corp. to offer customers fully featured,enterprise-level email services. In addition to the Peer 1 hosting services,this will deliver a cost-effective, immediate and hassle-free way of managingSMB customer mail environments. Peer 1 said its hosted Microsoft Exchangesolution is scalable, secure and full-featured, giving users the ability toeasily collaborate without them having to invest in mail servers, softwarelicenses, security, or be involved with ongoing system administration. Userscan share and access calendars, tasks, contacts, public folders, groups andglobal address books as well as synchronize from their desktop, mobile device,and the Web. The packages start from US$10 per mailbox per month. It will bedeployed through a web-based automation platform to make managing the mailaccounts easier, with customers being able to administer users and featurebenefits.

*Primus Canada has added a full suite of PolycomHosted PBX phones to its commercial product lineup. Now available acrossCanada, these new phones offer Polycom HD Voice capabilities to Primus clients.“We’re thrilled to be able to provide Primus customers with even more choice,”says Jeff Lorenz, VP sales & marketing, Primus Canada. “Today’sannouncement underscores our commitment to providing not only the most advancedproducts and technology, but a full suite of end-to-end services that today’sbusinesses come to expect.” Primus offers a full and comprehensive portfolio ofphones and businesses have the choice of six distinct phone products tailoredfor various business needs. Each phone in the new lineup boasts premium clarityusing Polycom’s HD Voice and innovative features. Primus Hosted PBX eliminates the cost ofowning and servicing an expensive PBX system, and offers 24/7 support soclients can focus on core-business functions.

*Security software vendor BitDefender wants to giveyou an Apple iPad. Well, one of you at least. They’ve launched a new onlinegame called “What’s in Nelson’s Dojo” they say is inspired by TV’s The Office. Youjust have to watch a series of three videos clips that last up to three minuteseach, and pay attention. The videos are comedic tales of workplace buffooneryat a small business. Prizes include an iPad, BitDefender Internet Security 2011or one-year licenses for BitDefender Client Security and BitDefender Securityfor File Servers to cover 25 computers for businesses. The game runs throughSeptember 1st, and you can find out more at

New Products

*Xerox Canada has launched the Xerox WorkCentre3550 desktop black-and-white laser multi-function printer (MFP), the newestaddition to Xerox’s family of office products. This MFP copies, scans, faxesand prints up to 35 pages per minute for busy offices. Designed for SMBs, itincludes features such as automatic duplex printing and the CentreWare InternetServices device management tool. It has a standard paper capacity of 550sheets, the secure print feature keeps documents from printing until usersprovide a PIN code to release the job, color scanning, a USB port for filetransfer, scanning and faxing features such as network scan to PC,scan-to-email and fax-forward-to-fax/email, and Optical Character Recognitionsoftware quickly and easily turns user’s hard copies into editable, moremanageable electronic documents. The WorkCentre 3550 starts at $1,199 and isavailable immediately worldwide through Xerox direct sales, agents, resellers,dealers and concessionaires.

*Ottawa’s Protecode Inc., a solution provider formanaging open source software licenses, has announced Protecode System 4, anupdate to its suite of capabilities that enable businesses to efficiently andcost-effectively identify open source content in their source code anddetermine their licensing obligations. System 4 installs as a simple overlay onexisting design, development and testing environments without changing anyexisting workflows. The core of System 4 is the Protecode open source referencedatabase that matches source code against a comprehensive list of 450,000 opensource software projects. System 4 delivers improvements in three key areas:scalability, a new user interface and improved data relevance. Enterprise userscan now instantiate multiple virtual instances of Protecode System 4 enablingdifferent groups within an organization to set up their own open sourcemanagement systems with specific roles and intellectual property policies. ProtecodeSystem 4 is available now.

*McAfee Inc. has unveiled its Risk Managementsolution for IT Security, combining real-time threat intelligence with globalvulnerability scanning across applications, databases and networks, andcorrelates that with security countermeasures already in place, to helporganizations assess their highest priority risks. Consisting of threeunderlying offerings — McAfee Risk Advisor 2.5, McAfee Vulnerability Manager7.0 and McAfee Vulnerability Manager for Databases – the solution automaticallypulls information together into a real-time risk analytics engine. This enablesorganizations to fully understand their risk posture across every meaningfulsector of their IT environment including databases, web applications, systemsand networks to know precisely what is needed to optimize their securityposture.

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