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October 9, 2020 |

ICYMI: Our Channel News Roundup for the Week of October 5th

A big acquisition by Veeam, a new name for Google G Suite, new hardware from HP Inc. and HPE, and an ice cream cone that just might be too much of a good thing are a small sample of the news we’ve finally managed to tell you about.

The NBA season may be about over (Los Angeles leads Miami 3-1 with a game tonight), but hurricane season refuses to leave the building. Or, in this case, the Gulf Coast, as Hurricane Delta slammed into Louisiana this afternoon. Here’s some newsbits we managed to evacuate just in time for your perusal.

HP Spectre x360 14News from big names. Veeam acquired Kasten, a big name in the Kubernetes backup and disaster recovery market. Cash and stock total added up to about $150 million. The Kasten K10 platform will be folded into Veeam Backup & Replication but will also be available independently.

HP fills out its Spectre portfolio with the HP Spectre x360 14 (pictured). Using a 3:2 display aspect ratio rather than 16:9 provides 20% more vertical viewing space for web and document info, HP says. They also have other Spectre and ENVY premium portables including 11th Gen Intel Core processors and Iris graphics.

U.S. federal and public sector customers prefer U.S. sourced products, especially secure ones. Hewlett Packard Enterprise knows it, hence the HPE Trusted Supply Chain initiative, featuring the new HPE ProLiant DL380T server, which is made in domestic factories with hardened data protection during the manufacturing process. More servers and systems will follow in 2021.

Need more data in less space? Of course. Check out the new Dell EMC PowerEdge XE7100, a standard-depth 5U unit Dell claims is the highest-density of its kind available. With room for 100 high-capacity hard drives, up to two dual-socket nodes, and up to four GPUs, it’s hard to argue. Like white wine with fish, it pairs well with the PowerEdge XE2420 server with OpenManage Systems Management.

Curtains were pulled for the new Google Workspace, the revved up G Suite replacement designed for the new office without walls. Create Docs in a Chat room with your team, meet with picture-in-picture in Gmail and Chat, and click on new colorful icons.

Managers may be nervous about getting too close, but they still want meeting after meeting. One survey predicts that 98% of future meetings will include at least one remote participant. Some new Webex features like a more intelligent waiting room, controls grouped more logically without overlaying content or videos, and background noise filtering will improve the presentation of your meetings. (Webex takes no responsibility for the content).

PingOne MFANews from less big names that had big weeks. Ping’s PingOne Services, a suite of stand-alone cloud services for identity and access management, walked the red carpet. PingOne MFA (pictured) is a multifactor authentication tool and PingOne Risk Management are the first two available.

Okta and are working together more tightly. The Okta Identity Cloud will integrate with Salesforce to improve trust and resiliency. But wait, there’s more! At the Okta Showcase, Okta Advanced Server Access got some new goodies to help DevOps teams, to keep Zero Trust principles up front, and a few more. For developers, the extended Okta Devices Platform Service through the Okta Devices SDK assists with passwordless authentication and more.

Launching first on AWS, Frictionless Assessment from Tenable updates vulnerability management for modern assets and leverages native technologies to continuously assess vulnerabilities. Also in the spotlight? New Tenable Lumin innovations to help customers link business objectives with cybersecurity initiatives.

Nintex Workflow CloudOther product news. RMM player Domotz now integrates with the ConnectWise Manage PSA solution through the Certified Integration Package on the Domotz portal.

Speaking of integrations, the popular Calendly appointment scheduling tool now integrates with Microsoft Teams.

Got clouds? Got databases? Mayhaps you need Nutanix Era 2.0, a cloud agnostic multi-database management tool. Support for Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, and MariaDB, in addition to Postgres and SAP HANA.

The next generation of the Nintex Workflow Cloud (pictured) features new object support and permission management for data sources so you can create workflows with speed and ease. Then there’s the new SharePoint Online Start Events, 20 new SharePoint Connectors, and easy developer options.

Avaya Spaces and NVIDIA will infuse the all-in-one video collaboration app with powerful cloud AI solutions.

Admit it—even after the office reopens you’re going to work from home lots more than last year. Upgrade your network with the new Zyxel Armor G5 AX6000 12-Stream Multi-Gigabit WiFi 6 Router (NBG7815). Bunches of internal MIMO antennas and 10 Gig LAN speeds help, too.

You gamers deserve a treat, like the new ViewSonic XG270Q 27-inch ELITE gaming monitor. G-Sync tech for the hard core to drive all the 2560×1440 pixels at 165 Hz refresh speeds.

If your NAS users feel cloud backup vendors aren’t keeping up to date, check out the upgraded Druva integrated cloud backup for NAS that increases speed up to 5X, adds cold-tier storage, and offers better backup and archive of unstructured data.

Greetings to BlackBerry Cyber Suite, a comprehensive, AI-powered unified endpoint security (UES) program. Zero trust security and a zero touch end user experience.

IoT integrators should check out the new DxOdyssey for IoT from DH2i. More security for IoT data, communications, and operations.

Fraudsters get smarter every day. Maybe the new F5 Shape AI Fraud Engine (SAFE) will help you deal with fraudulent online transactions that get past your existing tools.

Need a server with bunches of GPUs? Maybe one of the new Supermicro 4U systems will help, like the HGX A100 8-GPU model with room for 8 NVIDIA HGX A100 boards. Family ranges from 1U to 10U.

Got some unstructured data you need to keep somewhere accessible but affordable? Maybe the new Flexential Archive Storage offering can be of assistance.

Personal assistants like Siri and Alexa are great for home, but what about in the enterprise? Booting up now is the new AARI (Automation Anywhere Robotic Interface) from Automation Anywhere.

HiperwallNon-product vendor news. Fans of Hiperwall video wall tech (pictured) now have another place to buy it, thanks to a new distribution agreement with SYNNEX.

Resellers can now offer SIPPIO’s Azure-native calling tools from Ingram Micro. The no-code, self-service tool is available worldwide through the Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace.

GeoLinks was in the market for network assets. TPx had network assets, including fixed wireless infrastructure and spectrum licenses, to sell. Deal!

Master agent TBI added seven more top tier providers to their portfolio. Armor, CommandLink, CyberSafe, and more.

Need some happy? All products shipped to the original purchaser on or after April 1, 2020, from Axis now have a 5-year warranty.

Tightening their partnership, Leaseweb Global has integrated Veaam backup and recovery solutions with its Leaseweb Cloud Services.

Metallic Cloud Storage Service is now integrated with Commvault’s Backup and Recovery software and HyperScale X appliance.

Brother is now reselling the Kofax ControlSuite in the Americas. Automated workflow processes make sure the right documents get to the right people at the right time.

Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) player Todyl announced a new partner program and new channel chief Darrin Swan to help MSPs get with the program.

Also maybe of interest is the new Confluera 2020 Reseller Program to spread the word about Confluera XDR, which automates data center breach detection and response.

This week’s stats ticker:

MobileIron surveyed over 1,200 workers in seven countries for its Everywhere Enterprise report. Turns our 80% of global employees don’t want to return to the office full time, even though 30% feel that being isolated from their team was the biggest hinderance to productivity during the lockdown. Four distinct employee types surfaced: Hybrid Harry, Mobile Molly, Desktop Dora, and Frontline Fred. Henry misses coworkers, while Molly relies on remote collaboration tools and is more like to click on a malicious link because of reliance on mobile devices. Dora can’t wait to get back to work, while Fred is stuck at work no matter what and relies on purpose-built devices and applications. All this aside, 33% consider IT security to be a low priority, and 43% weren’t sure what a phishing attack was. Sigh.

Navisite’s research report The Overnight Shift to a Remote Workforce: Impact on Business Operations compares pre-and post-COVID-19 employee locations. Before, only 14% of the 100 C-level exec respondents had more than half of their employees working from home. After, it jumped to 64%. 36% admit they weren’t prepared to shift so many employees to home, and 51% suffered some IT pains. 29% are still fighting some of those battles today. 83% say post-lockdown WFH policies will be more liberal.

The Work Survey from ServiceNow talked to executives and employees in 11 countries about COVID-19’s impact on work. 92% of execs said their company had to rethink how they work, and 87% of employees say it’s better now. 91% and 87% of execs and employees said the transition to new ways of working went faster than expected. Operating expenses have dropped for 88% of businesses. The new normal may be tough for the 91% of companies that still have offline workflows. Coming back to the office may be hard when 46% of employees and 32% of execs don’t believe their companies will take appropriate safety steps for their return.

The Arctic Wolf 2020 Security Operations Report should make you uncomfortable. Incident analysis found that the number of corporate credentials with plaintext passwords on the dark web has increased by 429% since March. Yes, of this year. COVID-19 has made things worse: phishing and ransomware attempts are up 64%, critical vulnerability patch time has increased by 40 days, and unsecured Wi-Fi usage is up over 240%. Sleep tight!

Ice Cream ChampTroppo di una cosa buona. How about some more happy? Italian ice cream master Dimitri Panciera recaptured his Guinness World Record for the most ice cream scoops on a single cone: 125. Dimitri first won the award in 2013 with 85 scoops but was later scooped (sorry) by Ashrita Furman with 123.

But no more! Dimitri and his 125 scoops on a single cone, performed during a live TV special, took first place yet again. And each audience member got a spoonful.

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