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Dell XPS12 Challenges Surface 4

Dell’s latest take on a 2-in-1 laptop / tablet is very much like Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 but with one key difference: The included keyboard is a solid base, not a thin cover.

Like the base model $899 Surface Pro 4, Dell’s XPS 12 uses an Intel Skylake Core M processor; the Core m5-6Y54 Dell chose is clocked at 1.1 GHz and ramps up to 2.7 GHz as needed. Microsoft is also offering Core i5 / i7 options in the Surface Pro 4. A pair of USB Type-C ports are used for charging, data transfer and external monitors. The tablet portion measures 8 millimeters thick and weights 1.75 pounds, according to Dell’s official XPS 12 product page.

The base model starts at $999 and includes the keyboard base along with 8 GB of memory and 128 GB of storage. Also like Microsoft’s product, the XPS 12 has an 8 megapixel rear camera and 5 megapixel front image sensor. Dell will offer an optional pen.

The XPS 12 display is 12.5-inches diagonally, just a tick larger than the Surface Pro’s 12.3-inch screen.

Dell’s base model, however, offers 1920 x 1080 resolution, which is below that of Microsoft’s 2736×1824 choice. You can bump up to a 4K resolution with the XPS 12, however, bringing the price up to $1,299. That configuration also doubles your storage space but retains the Core m5 chip.

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Condusiv: 25% Virtual Machine Boost with V-Locity 4

By Steven Burke   / CRN
December 07, 2012    4:19 PM ET

Condusiv Technologies is upping the ante in the virtualization market with a guaranteed performance boost of at least 25 percent on virtual machines for its new V-locity 4 product. The virtual storage software, which will be formally announced on Monday, comes with a money back guarantee if the minimum performance boost is not met.The new offering is the first product built from the ground up by the Burbank, Calif., software maker, formerly Diskeeper, to attack the fast growing virtualization market, working side by side with VMware and Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT) Hyper-V virtual platforms.

Condusiv CEO Jerry Baldwin, a channel savvy veteran who took the helm last September, renaming the company and building out a new robust channel program, said V-locity 4 propels Condusiv into the midmarket where CIOs have found themselves making hefty hardware purchases to overcome I/O storage bottlenecks.The product, more than a year in development, has been receiving rave reviews from more than 150 beta testers who have been putting the product into IT environments plagued by performance bottlenecks, said Baldwin.

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George Jon Named A Top-Performing SMB Channel Partner by Ingram Micro

CHICAGO, IL, October 9, 2012 — George Jon today announced it has been named to the Ingram Micro SMB 500. Unveiled at the Ingram Micro 2012 “Turn the Tables” Fall SMB Invitational in Rancho Mirage, CA, the inaugural list celebrates the top 500 fastestgrowing Ingram Micro U.S. channel partners focused on small and midsize businesses (SMBs). Ranked at number 18, George Jon grew its business with Ingram Micro by 727 percent between June 2009 and June 2012.

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12 Steps for Staying 1 Step Ahead of Online Security Threats

By Andrew Browne / TechNewsWorld

Pop-up windows are a common form of online advertising and often appear so quickly that users are caught offguard. However, some pop-ups, when clicked, trigger spyware that can cause serious damage to computers. That’s why it’s important to never click “agree” or “OK” to close a pop-up window, and only click on the red “X” in the corner or Alt + F4 to close it safely.

With the explosion of Web-based communications in the form of applications, blogs, podcasts, and social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, new security threats that can cause serious damage to computers are emerging. As they access these Web-based services from both work and personal computers, many users are unaware that they may be exposing themselves and their organizations to risk. In this increasingly social and interactive world, organizations must take the necessary steps to strengthen their defenses and protect their online property. While the Internet continues to offer exciting new ways to collaborate more interactively, it is also introducing highly targeted threats to the mix. Continue reading

Windows 8 Server Core Promises Cheaper Clouds

By Paul McDougall / InformationWeek  March 21, 2012 

Stripped down version of Windows Server 8 aims to significantly reduce storage costs for organizations building private clouds.

Microsoft has enhanced Server Core in Windows Server 8 to make it more flexible and user friendly, and as a result the company says organizations can save thousands of dollars – or more – simply using the feature in their private could deployments.

Server Core is a stripped down version of Windows Server that includes only the bare essentials necessary for certain types of server roles, such as a DNS server or file and print server, that don’t require all the components included in Windows Server, such as a GUI and Internet Explorer. AdTech Ad Continue reading