Since VMworld just finished, VMware gets to talk first.
It's a VMworld full of physical and virtual VMnews. The company announced VMware Cloud now floats over to AWS in the U.S. West (OK, Oregon). Check out VMware Cloud on AWS for both on premises and Amazon's public cloud. VMware Multiple services and partners joined in, along with updates like VMware vCloud Director 9.0. VMware Workspace ONE, powered by AirWatch, spreads across multiple endpoint platforms and gives a single user interface to all endpoints.
Hello, VMware AppDefense, a new security solution to secure applications running on (surprise!) virtualized environments. And VMware and Pivotal launched Pivotal Container Services (PKS) and worked with Google to deliver Kubernetes to enterprise customers.
In a pitch to help modernize data centers, VMware announced new releases of VMware Integrated Open Stack and VMware vRealize Network Insight. Adpativa announced a deal with AirWatch to help update endpoints by downloading once and sharing those files machine to machine.
And VMware partners joined in on the fun. Supermicro introduced the new All-Flash NVMe X11 Big Twin server with software-defined storage and VMware vSAN. The SecureWorks Cloud Guardian portfolio now includes the new VMware AppDefense technology. Piling on, Palo Alto Networks said its Next-Generation Security Platform is now available for VMware Cloud on AWS.
Not to be outdone, Carbon Black linked its own Collective Defense Cloud to VMware AppDefense. And McAfee announced that McAfee Management for Optimized Virtual Environments AV can be used by customers of VMware Cloud on AWS. Hey, this cloud stuff might be for real.
- StorageCraft Instant Recovery was demonstrated at VMworld.
- HPE Synergy claims to be the industry's first composable platform for VMware Cloud.
- iland Secure DRaaS is now powered by VMware and provides backup and disaster recovery for multiple VMware products.
- FortiGate Virtual Machine can now be used by customers of VMware Cloud on AWS.
- Cohesity Hyperconverged Secondary Storage Platform and VMware Cloud Foundation joined up to provide a natively integrated stack for both private and public clouds. The blog calls them “Hyperconverged Juggernauts,” which sounds like a Golden Age of Wrestling tag team of villains. Could they beat Ric Flair? Maybe. But Andre the Giant rules them all!
- CloudCheckr Migrate for VMware now works with VMware Cloud for AWS.
- Trend Micro Deep Security ditto.
- LogicMonitor Platform supports Kubernetes end-to-end monitoring in VMware infrastructure.
- HP's Device-as-a-Service (DaaS) technology platform now adds VMware Workspace ONE.
IFA 2017 news all the way from our buddies in Berlin. Razer's latest "desktop in your laptop" Razer Blade Pro is a new 17.3" laptop with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU. In a gamer showdown (to the death or regen), Dell and Alienware offer the Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop (pictured), Inspiron Gaming Desktop with new Clear Panel with Polar Blue LED lighting, and Alienware 34 Curved Gaming Monitors. Plus some other gamer goodies.
Shuttle Computer Group, announced the cube-sized SZ270R8 designed for video and server environments. Holds Intel's Z270 chipset and space for six drives, Optane Memory, and slots for large-format dual-slot graphics cards. In a return to gaming, Shuttle also launched a new series of Shuttle X1 series that are 5.6" x 5.6" x 3.4" with "all the guts and brains any gamer wants."
On the other hand, Lenovo says the Yoga 920 2-in-1 Convertible Laptop is "nearly 50 years in the making." That takes the pressure off your own late projects, doesn't it?
Dell showed off a new Latitude 7212 Rugged Extreme Tablet including dual hot-swappable batteries. For less rugged consumers, Dell also announced new Inspiron laptops, 2-in-1s, a more powerful XPS 13 laptop, and Dell Visor mixed-reality headset and other VR-ready devices.
Is your microSD card too full of kitten photos to video a Ball of Yarn Battle to the Death? Then check out Western Digital's SanDisk Ultra card with 400GB of storage space.
Security, stuff, services.
- SecureAuth released several new access control methods.
- Ipswitch upgraded its workhorse WS_FTP Server software.
- Atmosera expanded its managed information security and compliance solutions.
- BitDefender's GravityZone security platform, a VMware Technology Partner, offers some tools for those enterprises implementing software-defined data centers.
- WatchGuard Technologies announced the AP420, a new 802.11ac access point.
- D-Link's Mini HD Wi-Fi Camera (DCS-8000LH, pictured) now jumps into boxes and ships itself, or at least gets shipped starting now.
- NAKIVO Backup & Replication v7.2 added features to make VM backup run faster and jump higher.
- Amazon EC2 Elastic GPUs for Windows are now available and start at just a nickel an hour.
- Intel's new First Vision Processing Unit with a Dedicated Neural Compute Engine wants to get a good look at you.
- TeamViewer announced new software that allows all iOS 11 mobile device users to share screens.
- TeamViewer also announced QuickSupport and Host apps for Motorola devices with Android 7.1.1
- Oracle Internet of Things (IoT) Cloud now features built-in AI and machine learning.
- IGEL Universal Management Suite got updated and now includes Asset Inventory Tracker capabilities.
- IGEL UD Pocket got new extended capabilities that provide a simple and secure way to leverage the IGEL OS on endpoint Apple Mac computers.
- VOSS Solutions unveiled its latest shared architecture innovations for Cisco HCS partners.
- DH2i rolled out DxEnterprise v17, a unified Windows and Linux Smart Availability solution for databases and stateful Docker containers.
- Tech Data hopes to be your source for Propel's Limited Collector's Edition Star Wars battle drones. May the Force keep you from crashing.
- Logitech sounds better than ever with new premium Bluetooth desktop speakers with some jazzy looks.
- Avnet brings its popular SK002 Visible Things Industrial IoT Platform from EMEA to the US.
Two new jobs and many new deals.
- Narendra (Naren) K. Gupta, Ph.D., Red Hat board member since 2005, slides over to the chairman of the board end of the conference table.
- TPx (formerly TelePacific) promoted long-time channel director Hilary Gadda (pictured) to director of national channel development.
- Western Digital will acquire Tegile Systems, a leading provider of flash and persistent-memory storage solutions. WD also grabbed Upthere, a leading cloud services company.
- Comodo and Key-Systems GmbH, cybersecurity solutions and internet and domains, respectively, will work together for better security and certificates.
- Forcepoint announced the acquisition of RedOwl, folding RedOwl’s security analytics expertise into its cybersecurity products.
- Sennheiser Enterprise Solutions North America launched a deal registration portal.
- ADTRAN established the ADTRAN Mosaic Open Network Alliance to promote adoption and deployment of SDN and NFV open standards solutions.
- VeloCloud Network, says the new VeloCloud SD-WAN Security Technology Partner Program continues to expand with members like Symantec, VMware, and Forcepoint.
This week's stats ticker. When IDC reported that global shipments of desktop PCs increased (yes, more were actually sold) in the first AND second quarters of 2017, Spiceworks ginned up a survey of 1,000 users and asked IT pros what systems do the work in their companies. Laptops scored 27 percent, but desktops were more than double that at 60 percent. So the desktop PC remains the pickup truck of office computing.
Not so surprisingly, smartphone growth will keep growing and should sell about 1.7 billion units in 2021, or so says IDC and its Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. Our guess? At least a billion will be purchased to get better cameras for kitten photos.
Sit or squat? Our least-favorite cartoon bears, the ones extolling the virtues of Charmin toilet paper, are back again. A few months ago they hawked the Van-Go, an almost funny Uber-ization of finding a privy in New York City. You, er, swipe your phone app and the blue bathroom-on-wheels drives to you. Not practical, but promotable.
For the traditional road trips take on Labor Day Weekend, now Charmin and the anthropomorphic bears tout a new "SitOrSquat" app for your travel toilet needs. We assume the name helps you decide to trust or not the various levels of commode cleanliness. Apparently "SitOrHover" doesn't have the same "class" as SitOrSquat. Sorry, but it makes us think of a guide to restrooms so bad you'd be better off looking for bushes to hide behind.
Can any app get funded now, either online, through venture groups, or corporate sponsorship? Cool, because we have a few: EatOrStarve (for all those with nonfunctioning hunger signals), WalkOrRun (with map-enabled timer to show you how late you are as you decide), and BreatheInOrBreatheOut (for folks who need the most basic of all instructions).
Dear Charmin: Any more of this silliness and you join the Macarena and Pet Rock as things we used to like. Does anyone really need to be reminded they need toilet paper? What's next? "Hey, folks, have you tried this new stuff called food?"