Barracuda Web Filter Wins “Best of Connections 2007”

The Barracuda Web Filter was recently named the “Best of Connections 2007 Awards” winner by Windows IT Pro.  The magazine recognized the Barracuda Web Filter in the Windows category for its strategic importance to the market, competitive advantages and value to the customer. WSG is a reseller of Barracuda appliances, and also deploys our own Barracuda for use in spam filtering for hosted client and internal email.

This is just one of many accolades the Barracuda Web Filter and Barracuda Networks products have received this year.  These distinctions highlight Barracuda Networks success in addressing customers’ needs for powerful, yet affordable protection at the gateway.  Sharing these and other accolades during the sales process can help reinforce the benefits of and third-party support, for Barracuda Networks products.  For a complete list of recent product and company awards, please visit the awards section of the Barracuda Networks Web site.

AP: Windows XP to get faster than Vista?

An Associated Press report revealed testers of the latest Windows XP service pack update found XP to be “50 to 100 percent” quicker than Vista.   XP Service Pack 2, or SP2, was tested against Vista.  Windows responded by saying it was too early to be sure of the results, but speculation is that even anecdotal reports of XP out-performing Vista might keep businesses and consumers from upgrading to the new system.

NDP: Vista, Office lead robust software sales numbers

eWeek’s Joe Wilcox has an interesting piece about increased retail software sales from January to October 2007.  The NDP research firm provided the data.

Does your SMB have wireless internet?

Research firm Forrester found only half of businesses with 100 or fewer employees enjoyed the benefits of wireless internet access, while nearly three quarters of of companies boasting 500 to 1000 workers used Wi-Fi.  As Information Week stated in it’s November 5 issue, that’s a clear competitive disadvantage for SMBs.

WSG can help you decide if you have a need for Wi-Fi, and then perform the installation if needed.  We’ve done this for numerous clients, including Anna Maria at the Gregory House restaurant and bed-and-breakfast in Averill Park, NY.   We also happen to fall into the half of SMBs which use Wi-Fi in-house.  We can take a look at your existing wireless setup to see if it has proper security and necessary signal strength.  Most companies don’t want to give internet access away for free to its neighbors or give an easy path into their data networks.  Are you sure you’re not doing either?

We have some pretty cool hardware

It can be easy to forget the hardware that provides the backbone for today’s technological experience.  The servers, T1 lines, firewalls, backup systems and routers which make up our networks and funnel our broadband are often out of sight and out of mind.  There are a couple of reasons we at WSG don’t forget.  Besides the fact that technology is our stock and trade, our robust in-house data center has a nice picture window.

Anytime I wander down the hallway past our conference room, I can peek in the array of hardware supporting our business and our customers.  Racks and racks of servers, StoreVault data storage devices, a Barracuda spam filtering appliance, even a Google search appliance helping to run the online store at Youth Specialties.  As you might imagine, there is a serious APC air conditioner pumping cool air into the datacenter.  As you might not guess, there is a 250-gallon, 125 kilo-watt diesel generator providing continuous electricity.  We have some cool hardware.

Capital Bank Launches New Web Site

Capital Bank & Trust Company, a subsidiary of Fort Orange Financial Corp., today unveiled the new CapitalBank.com, designed by WSG.

The site was designed to enhance the customer experience, placing an emphasis on navigation, and allowing simple access to branch personell and locations, email links and local phone numbers.  Visitors to the new site are able to quickly access on-line bankingrates and calculators via a well-organized menu structure, sidebar and embedded links, and an overall design structure which follows accepted usability standards.

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