Happy Earth Day! Do you have your costume for the parties this weekend? Remember, just like the secret parties you had when your parents left town for the weekend, you need to clean up the mess before it’s too late and you get in big trouble.
News from the name brands. Different worker locations, complicated by compliance, data security, and governance requirements, cause daily headaches for IT professionals. Microsoft Purview is a set of tools to help govern, protect, and manage your data and combines the strengths of Azure Purview and Microsoft 365 Compliance.
As retailers modernize and upgrade, the new Dell Validated Design for Retail Edge helps them simplify their edge infrastructure and supports more local intelligence options to improve the customer experience.
AMD shone spotlights on a number of new processors during their 2022 Product Premiere event. Hello to the AMD Ryzen 6000 Series for laptops built on the new Zen 3+ core architecture and the first mobile processors to include RDNA 2 built-in graphics. And the Ryzen Pro 6000 Series, Ryzen 7 5800X3D Desktop Processor, and more.
Web and mobile developers might like to check out the new AWS Amplify Studio visual interface now hitting general availability. Sets up multiple AWS services to handle application details faster and easier than ever.
IoT developers, on the other hand, will get more excited about the new AWS IoT TwinMaker now generally available, making it easier to monitor and optimize real-world industrial IoT operations.
Remember those frustrating times searching for a usable whiteboard marker during meetings? Thanks to Zoom, those meetings are now virtual, and the new Zoom Whiteboard means the right marker is always ready to go.
Need to securely support remote and hybrid workers? The Citrix Desktop as a Service is now available in hybrid cloud and hyperscaler-specific deployment options. Deploy easier, manage better.
Other product news. New enhancements to the Bitdefender Premium Virtual Private Network Service increase privacy, roll in ad-blocker and anti-tracker modules, and simplify setup.
Now available at no additional cost to Alert Logic MDR customers, the Alert Logic Intelligent Response minimizes breach impact via SOAR capabilities to enable response actions across networks, endpoints, and cloud environments.
The newly-launched Cybereason Digital Forensics Incident Response (DFIR) automates incident response using nuanced forensics artifacts to hunt threats and reduce remediation time.
Ivanti has a trio of new module goodies on its Ivanti Neurons Platform: Ivanti Neurons Patch for Microsoft Endpoint Manager, Ivanti Neurons for Risk-Based Vulnerability Management, and the Digital Experience Score.
Graphics pros who like complete color control will want to take a look at the new ViewSonic ColorPro VP2776 monitor with a physical ColorPro Wheel for dialing in details in Adobe Creative Suite and Capture One editing software.
Brother International has a new series of desktop scanners for everything from home offices to corporate workgroups in a range of industries including financial, healthcare, and education. The Brother ADS-3100, ADS-3300W, ADS-3100, ADS-3300W, ADS-4300N, ADS-4700W, and ADS-4900W will be on the shelf starting mid-May 2022.
Your planned video wall needs a controller, and the new VuWall PAK Video Wall Node is now ready to go, with support for up to 32 HD streams per device.
Hello to the new SolarWinds Hybrid Cloud Observability, which provides IT agility, productivity, and actionable intelligence to clients on their cloud migration journeys.
Non-product vendor news. A business card update, please, for David Ruchman, (pictured left aside company founder David Dadian), who is moving up from CTO to be the new CEO of powersolution.com, an MSP in New Jersey.
Need guidance to help manage the hybrid workforce of today? We all do, hence the new CompTIA A+ certification, which focuses on exactly that issue.
D&H charged up their catalog with new advanced videoconferencing products from Neat.
AVANT added a new goodie to its Pathfinder platform: Connectivity Navigator (CoNav), providing network search with data from nearly three million miles of global fiber lines.
“Hot cloud” storage vendor Wasabi Technologies partnered with Signiant, a major intelligent file transfer software player, to better support the media and entertainment industry.
Over in the contract lifecycle management area, Agiloft teamed up with Qualitas Consulting Group after working on some pharmaceutical and technology projects together.
One Identity turbocharged its Unified Identity Security Platform with better orchestration, better cloud-adoption support, and more IAM tools.
This week’s stats ticker:
The new report by Analysys Mason, SMB Technology Insights: Getting Back to Business, surveyed over 1,100 SMBs in the U.S., Germany, Singapore, and the U.K. Across the board, U.S. companies showed the highest level of business confidence. For example, 83% of American SMBs believe they’re operating at full efficiency, compared to 81% from the other countries. 77% of U.S. firms plan to hire new staff in 2022 versus 72%, 40% plan to add new sites compared to 35%, and 93% are optimistic about prospects as opposed to 87%. Other findings? Business activity is back to pre-pandemic levels for the most part, remote work support will remain critical, as will recruiting and retaining existing staff, IT spending will increase partly to support remote work, and spending will increase in both cloud-based and on-premises infrastructure.
On the other, less fun, hand, 51% of small businesses admit they don’t have cybersecurity measures in place. Like, any. This from a new survey from Digital.com of over 1,250 business owners with fewer than 500 employees. 21% say they’re working on cybersecurity plans, 59% who don’t have any cybersecurity protection fool themselves with the belief they’re “too small” to be a target. Worse, 36% say they’re “not concerned at all,” about cyberattacks. Surprisingly, only 1 in 5 online small businesses has been cyberattacked. 87% have customer data that could be compromised, including contact info, but 33% include birth dates, 32% hold credit card information, and 17% collect Social Security numbers.
Help wanted sign. We all enjoy clever signs on the side of the road, not including those mobile signs warning about construction or speed limits and the like setup by local governments. Those tend to be more serious and less fun-loving.
Except for a sign in the County of Wellington, Ontario. The message was short and to the point: “Have you seen my wheels?” Take a closer look at the photo, and you’ll see the sign is barefooted, as in wheel-less.
We suggest police check the bears in the area. Everyone knows Canadian bears are smarter than the average bear.
Photo: County of Wellington/Twitter