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ICYMI: Our Channel News Roundup for the Week of December 18th

The return of Alistair Forbes, the arrival of a 5G networking standard, and the latest evidence that millennial bashing just never gets old were among the stories we somehow overlooked this pre-holiday week. By James E. Gaskin

What a swirl of tech, politics, AI, rancor, IoT, and cloud this year has been. We need a break.

As 2017 dodders to a close, a few news nuggets, ignored in our sudden realization that we have presents to buy, escaped attention. Consider these stocking stuffers, parting gifts, or the seeds of a grand and glorious New Year.

Alistair ForbesWho knew the lure of managed services was so strong? Alistair Forbes (pictured) has had one of those “just when I thought I was out” moments. A little over a year after the one-time general manager of LOGICnow (formerly GFI MAX, formerly HoundDog Technology) left SolarWinds MSP, the business formed in June 2016 when SolarWinds Worldwide LLC purchased LOGICnow and combined it with its SolarWinds N-able unit, Forbes has popped back up as chairman of PSA maker Harmony Business Systems, ready to take on his old team. Challenge accepted! To the mattresses!

Don’t look now…but 5G is getting real. Maybe it will make your old iPhone seem fast again. Intel has announced the finalization of the (acronym alert!) 3GPP Non-Standalone (NSA) 5G New Radio (NR) Standard, which finally gives wireless boffins a single internationally-recognized spec to use with speedy new 5G radio systems. On to riskier ventures for Intel now, apparently.

LG monitorNews about products. Veeam has released Update 3 of Availability Suite 9.5. The biggest release in company history, or so Veeam says, features centralized agent deployment, support for the still youthful VMware Cloud on AWS, and more.

Looking for a managed services-friendly, as-a-service Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) offering? Talk to CARVIR about their partnership with EventTracker to deliver a fully managed SIEM solution for MSPs.

Many new and pretty things will come after the holidays when CES 2018 throws open its doors. A few of those will be new LG monitors (pictured) with Nano IPS Technology and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity. In other news:

WatchGuard rolled out Fireware 12.1, the latest edition of its firewall OS.

Super Micro Computer extended its disaggregated server family with the Supermicro disaggregated 6U SuperBlade, which lets you refresh CPU, memory, I/O, enclosure, storage, power, and cooling independently for optimal timing of each. Let’s hope the new products are as disaggravating as they sound.

Those looking for User and Entity Behavior Analytics help might want to take a peek at the new LogRhythm UEBA, from LogRhythm.

Speaking of wireless (remember the 5G news from Intel?), eDist Security now supplies the next-generation wireless security tool Iotega from DSC.

Finally, hybrid infrastructure provider Peak 10 + ViaWest wants us to know that its Managed Compliance Cloud environments have received Certified status for information security by HITRUST. 2018 resolution: no more passwords on sticky notes on monitors.

Roger DavisNews, but no products. Happy New Job! TELoIP, of SD-WAN fame, sang that song (maybe) this week to new CEO Roger Davis (pictured).

Cylance, of endpoint security fame, threw confetti (maybe) toward Rahul Kashyap after appointing him global chief technology officer.

Carbon Black, also of endpoint security fame, named Cate Lochead senior vice president of marketing.

BOXX, the high-performance workstation folks, appointed Lorne Wilson its new vice president of sales.

Need to smarten up, hone tech skills, or kill some excess free time? Check out CompTIA’s Stackable Certifications. Stack Network+ on top of A+ and get a CompTIA IT Operations Specialist cert. A+ and Linux+ gets you Systems Support Specialist. Check out all seven stacks. Question: If you stack too many, will they fall and break?

Don’t ignore Amazon (as if we could) and the new updates to its AWS Training and Certification program. New digital education topics include Intro to Machine Learning, Amazon GuardDuty, and four more. All free.

Thales threw out the net of an all-cash offer and hauled in Gemalto.

Like NetApp? Like Avnet? They’ve teamed up, making Avnet the first OEM distributor authorized to sell NetApp products.

GTT Communications has added three regional vice presidents to its channel partner program. Say hello to Robert Westervelt, Michael Gough, and Roland Saenz (east, central, and west regions respectively).

IT network management vendor LiveAction has gobbled software development vendor LivingObjects. Terms were not disclosed.

Check out the shiny new Intel Platinum Technology Provider shield on the door at Equus Compute Solutions.

This week’s stats ticker:

  • IDC put numbers to the trends we already guessed at in a new SSD forecast. Driven mostly by the transition to 3D NAND flash, solid-state drives will reach sales of $33.6 billion in 2021, growing at a CAGR of 14.8 percent. Client SSD shipments to the PC and consumer electronics market will grow slightly more. Reduced cost and design flexibility will help SSDs become bigger in the world of l’il IoT devices too.
  • The Worldwide Quarterly Augmented and Virtual Reality Headset Tracker report from IDC predicts shipments will reach 59.2 million in 2021 from a start of 9.6 million in 2017. Commercial shipments of VR headsets will jump to 12.6 million in 2021 while augmented reality headsets will grow to 15.6 million. And you thought people were ignoring each other looking at their smartphones.
  • From our shocked, shocked department: Tenable commissioned a Harris Poll online survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults to ask about their online security behavior. All the news about breaches like Equifax must have scared everyone straight to better security, right? Umm, nope. 94 percent have heard about security breaches but only 43 percent have changed their online behavior as a result. 21 percent aren’t sure if they have been impacted. Hint: are you in America? You’re impacted. Only 32 percent, one in three, have reduced the use of unknown Wi-Fi hotspots because of security. Sigh.

It's all this guy's faultPlan B: Blame it on the Young’uns. Who do we love to blame for everything? Millennials! Once we learned how to spell the term (two ll’s, two n’s) we couldn’t give it up. Buzzfeed listed off 18 Things Millennials Killed This Year.

They don’t mention bad security hygiene (see above), but the kids get blamed for killing everything else. British marmalade sales? Yep. Cable TV? Right. Lunch? Ditto. Marriage? Affirmative. You name it and, we can blame the kids for it. Harley Davidson sales, Buffalo Wild Wings’ drop in attendance, as well as college football games and Hooters (those just seem to go together). Even beer is losing to wine and weed. Although you would think all that weed would get Buffalo Wild Wings more takeout business. Stupid millennials can’t even get the munchies right.

About the Author

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

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