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Soft Solutions Christmas Closure
The Soft Solutions elves will be on Christmas holiday, our workshop is closed on Friday 23rd December 2016 and will reopen for business on Wednesday 4th January 2017. We apologise in advance if suppliers being offline, delays your orders getting processed. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone, from the Soft Solutions elves & Santa.

How to overcome patch management challenges?
New security vulnerabilities are discovered every day and while you can't completely stop them all from cropping up, you can contain them by acting fast and efficiently. That's why effective patch management is essential for businesses. Join ManageEngine for a free webinar on "How to overcome patch management challenges at your company," on Thursday 15th December from 4pm to 5pm NZ time. You will get to see a demo of Desktop Central. Click here to register today.

Best of PRTG in 2016
Would you like to know all the new features and changes that PRTG have made in 2016? Join Aaron Ross (Senior System Engineer at Paessler) as he covers a summary of changes to PRTG this year with a live webinar. This will be held on 14th December 2016 from 4pm to 5pm. You will learn about the updates to the licensing model, system information, the new eLearning page, plus much more. Click here to register today.

Desktop Central Free Training Series
This is an opportunity for all users of ManageEngine's Desktop Central to make full use of this software and to learn more about the best practises and hidden secrets. The training is spread across 7 weeks, starting every Wednesday from 26th October to 14th December 2016 at 7:30pm. Each session covers a specific module and these modules include Patch Management (26th Oct), Software Deployment (2nd Nov), Asset Management (9th Nov), Remote Control (16th Nov), Configurations, USB, Agent & Server Management (30th Nov), Imaging & OS Provisioning (7th Dec) and Integration with Service Desk Plus (14th Dec). Click here to register today.


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3CX Changes Support Hours for Australasia
3CX have just announced changes for their support hours for Australasian resellers and customers. Support hours have now changed to 8:00pm to 1:00pm NZ Time, meaning that any support requests that are submitted in the morning should be answered. Anything in the afternoon will be answered overnight. Note that Soft Solutions provides support for 3CX in the first instance, you can contact our VoIP support team on 09 555 4830 or voip@sofsol.co.nz.

Thycotic now represented by Soft Solutions
We are pleased to announce the addition of Thycotic software to our Enterprise Solutions portfolio. As a software vendor of innovative enterprise security solutions, Thycotic has recognised the value that we add as a distributor, and appointed us to look after the New Zealand market. We're excited to represent Thycotic as they have some unique value propositions which are well suited to New Zealand customers. Click here to read more on our blog.

Scale-Out Storage Optimised for Container-Converged Infrastructures
Nexenta is a global leader in open source driven software defined storage (OpenSDS), providing organisations with the freedom to choose an easy to use, secure and ultra-low cost storage solution to fit their needs. Nexenta announced a DevOps edition for its scale-out block, file and object storage platform NexentaEdge. The DevOps edition is a high-performance storage solution tailored for scalable on premise container converged infrastructure. The nodes for this edition are deployed as containers on physical or virtual hosts, pooling all their storage capacity and presenting it as native block devices, NFS shares, or S3 objects to containerised applications running on the same servers. The NexentaEdge DevOps edition is available for free for download, click here for more information.

Google's Time Lapse Update Shows Changes on Earth
Google released a major update for its time lapse project which added petabytes of more image data to the combined image bringing it up to the modern day and adding more details than before. The project was launched in 2013 in a joint effort with NASA, Time and the US Geological Survey. It combined millions of images taken of Earth from satellites over the past quarter century and combined all of the ones without clouds, into a single zoomable map of the world. With the updated version, Google have highlighted some of the best time lapses, click here to view them.


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StorageCraft Backup & Recovery Academic Bundle
Data protection can be a challenge for academic institutions of all sizes, with a constant change of IT environments and a mix of virtual or physical machines running on a network. StorageCraft have announced a new StorageCraft bundle to help secure their systems. The bundle will include a license for 100 virtual machines and a license for 10 physical servers including a year of maintenance which includes software updates and technical support. The pricing of the bundle is valid from the 6th of September to 31st December 2016. For more information and pricing, contact our sales team today.

StorageCraft Amnesty Program
If you currently have expired maintenance, this could be your lucky day. For a limited time StorageCraft is offering a new program for customers that have lapsed maintenance to bring them back on board without back dating. The amnesty applies to all customer's whose maintenance lapsed/expired from January 2015 to the current date. The Amnesty program will run from 1st September to 31st December 2016 and excludes the ShadowProtect IT and ShadowProtect 4 version upgrade only editions. For more information, contact our sales team today.

3 for 2 Promo & GFI Prime
Software maintenance can be essential, especially if you want to keep software up to date, provide complete support protection and have access to new features, updates or fixes. For a limited time, customers who purchase a new license with 2 year's maintenance, will get the third year for free. And once you have maintenance valid for 2 years or more, you may be eligible to benefit from the GFI Prime loyalty program. With this program, existing customers will gain access to a selection of GFI solutions, where they will be entitled to one product for free. Click here for more information. The 3 for 2 promo is valid until the end of the year. This promotion doesn't apply to GFI FaxMaker Online, version upgrade and additional licenses. For further questions, contact our sales team.

 
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