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ICYMI: Our Channel News Roundup for the Week of August 28th

Big meetings make big news—VMware got lucky in Las Vegas and the consumer-oriented flocked to Berlin for IFA (the European version of CES, kinda). Awash in show news, we grabbed all we could but some crawled away. After an exhaustive and exhausting roundup, these news bits deserve some eyeball time. By James E. Gaskin

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.

  • 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.

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.

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.

Hexa Research predicts the cloud security market should grow to about $12.64 billion by the year 2024. North America remains the major revenue generator for cloud security firms.

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?"

 

 

About the Author

JAMES E. GASKIN is a ChannelPro contributing editor and former reseller based in Dallas.