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    Earlier this month I attended the GFI MAX Customer Conference in Orlando. I continue to be amazed at the great nonpromotional educational content that’s shared at MSP events in general. This event was no exception. Indeed, during the keynote on day one, Dave Sobel, director of partner community for GFI, took the stage to talk about the value of MSPs and how they can be successful long term through stability and agility.

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Three current developments in data protection give us a fairly clear picture of what the future holds for backup and recovery in IT. Consider these three advances the short, medium, and long views on trends that we will see ahead. Like most scenes, sometimes we see just those things we want to, but these three advancements will have unmistaken advantages. Do not bother wearing a hat, because the trend winds will blow them away. Your brain should be fine, though.

Addressing Security And Connectivity With Cash Drawer Configuration Options

As a new, lighter point of sale (POS) approach emerges, POS solutions no longer require PCs to operate. Depending on a system’s configuration, the new POS model can leverage thin clients such as tablets, handhelds, and IP-enabled cash drawers to bring flexibility and convenience to in-store transactions.

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