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ICYMI: Our Channel News Roundup for the Week of July 24th

Product news from Black Hat USA 2017, cloud services from GoDaddy, Zoho, and Microsoft, and a great new way to treat your employees like Labrador puppies are all among the stories we didn’t get to this week. By James E. Gaskin

Looking toward fall yet? Many consider the second half of July as the “hump day” of summer as they start looking toward autumn for heat relief. As we fan ourselves and sip cool drinks, here’s some security news (always), some good news, and some fun news that may have slipped by.

Digital GuardianSecurity, always security. Black Hat USA 2017 convened in Las Vegas this week, so security once again takes center stage. Cloud security still makes some folks nervous, so Thales rolled out tools for orgs using multiple cloud platforms, including AWS, Google, Microsoft, and Salesforce. Encryption options and centralized key management lead the charge.

Trying to find that special bit of nasty business? CrowdStrike expanded their Falcon Search Engine for malware. If your cubicle mate looks dodgy, check out Digital Guardian’s Analytics & Reporting Cloud (pictured), which integrates with their data loss prevention and threat detection and response consoles. And if your cube mate looks subpar, McAfee announced several ways to expand machine learning and automation to “strengthen human-machine teams,” in the quest for better security. More on “human-machine teams” later.

Maybe security people do need help. If they were all that smart, would they schedule Black Hat in Las Vegas in the summer?

AppStream 2.0Clouds and storage and more. After launching WordPress websites last fall, GoDaddy now unveils WP Premium Support with access to GoDaddy’s 24x7x365 customer support and WordPress experts. SaaS vendor Zoho may not sponsor flashy ads, but they just introduced Zoho One, a suite of 35 integrated web applications and an equal number of mobile apps with a single sign-on and centralized administration. Subscription and digital product providers are promised easier customer on-boarding, offer creation, discounting, ratings, billing, invoicing, and reporting with the just-announced Oracle Monetization Cloud.

If you need a high-performance application streaming service to deliver Windows apps to a desktop browser, Amazon’s GPU-powered AppStream 2.0 (pictured) is ready to go. And container fans should try and cont……trol themselves about the new Azure Container Instances from Microsoft.

Epson DS-410On to storage. Flash memory improves as Western Digital announces X4, or four bits per cell, 3D NAND architecture. Lenovo is working with Toshiba’s NVME SSDs and plans to put them into their new ThinkSystem and ThinkAgile servers.

Here’s the “more”:

Talia SchmidtDeals and channels and new faces:

  • Arrow Electronics made a deal for global distribution of Bosch Sensortech IoT products.
  • 8x8 signed a new deal with Ingram Micro to provide its cloud communications, contact center, and team-collab tools to channel partners servicing mid-market and enterprise companies.
  • Xerox now offers a new managed print services accreditation program for a select group of resellers focusing on that mareket. Bow to the Master Elite level, now the top of the heap.
  • Cloudian launched its Data Management Partners Program with charter members Rubrik, Komprise, Evolphin, and CTERA Networks.
  • Bomgar, a player in secure access solutions, just announced its Global Channel Program, headed up by new face Kevin Crow, VP of worldwide channels and alliances.
  • SAP made two management announcements: Eric Friedschsen will head SAP North America’s small and midsize and channel segment. Marc Monday takes over SAP North America’s channel ecosystem.
  • Atera, developer of cloud-based RMM and PSA products, named Talia Schmidt (pictured) its vice president of marketing.
  • HP announced that Meg Whitman has stepped down as chairwoman of the company’s board of directors and will be replaced by Chip Bergh. Whitman remains CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
  • Sennheiser inked a deal to distribute its contact center and office headsets via 888VoIP.
  • Infomart Data Centers pulled in Sandy Thielamay to be vice president of technology. 

We have fond memories of the Dallas Infomart hosting the very first NetWorld, sponsored by Novell’s NetWare. Glad to see at least one of that pair is still kicking.

This week’s stats ticker:

  • SMB spending keeps going up, according to IDC. Estimates are SMBs will spend about $568 billion in 2017 and increase that to $676 billion in 2021.
  • IDC also says that global SD-WAN outlays will reach $8.05 billion by 2021.
  • Ransomware hit 2,581,026 people between April 2016 and March 2017, according to Kaspersky Lab.

32M implantChip me baby one more time. Cyborg paranoia ran rampant after a small Wisconsin company announced a plan to implant tiny RFID chips in employees as if they were Labrador puppies. The goal? Make it easier to open doors, login to computers, use copiers, and pay for snacks in the break room.

Memo to management: if employees keep losing their security cards, lanyards are cheap, effective, and non-invasive.

On the other hand, who among us ever heard of Three Square Market before this story broke? Maybe one of the managers there is a marketing genius and he or she got world attention for their little company. The company also goes by their hipster name, 32M.

Interestingly, 32M sells “self-service micro markets” for office break rooms. Looks like a genius PR move, and all the company had to do was talk a few employees into being chipped like a family pet. Who’s a good employee? You’re a good employee! Here’s your treat!

About the Author

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