Sure, nearly a 100 million citizens, crushed by a heat dome stretching from Mexico to Canada with the U.S. stuck in the sandwich, are sweating and cursing the heat. Sure, you lost your shoe when the asphalt in the parking lot became black glue. Sure, you have third degree burns on your hands from your steering wheel and seat-belt latch. But none of that matters, because pumpkin spice is back at Starbucks! Feel better now?
News from VMworld Explore. VMware unleashed a slew of new offerings and capabilities, including a next-level VMware Cloud that’s faster, more efficient, better defensively, and can more quickly recover from ransomware attacks. Check out one of the five editions ready to go.
VMware Private AI offers users generative AI based on trusted data. A tighter partnership with GPUs, VMware Private AI Foundation with NVIDIA, and supporting open-source software offer more options.
Need better cloud control and organization? Check out the new VMware Edge Cloud Orchestrator (formerly VMware SASE Orchestrator). Stitch the cloud and the edge together even tighter.
More AI news. Microsoft Edge for Business (pictured) is now available across all supported platforms, including mobile. Better browsing in a number of ways, including, of course, AI built in via Bing chat.
Speaking of AI, Microsoft and Epic added more AI into Epic’s programs, which play key roles in the healthcare industry. Note summarization, better clinical documentation handling, and a variety of other efficiencies are just what the doctor ordered.
If you’re looking to get into AI and machine learning, the Nutanix GPT-In-a-Box might help. Includes cloud infrastructure tools, object storage, and more.
Those who need help getting AI rolling can turn to TD SYNNEX and its new Destination AI site, which aggregates many of its AI services and resources in ways designed to speed understanding and going to market.
Security news. Liongard and SonicWall did the tighten up to provide a comprehensive cybersecurity risk mitigation platform. Available as a beta release of Liongard’s CCDR platform.
New from Addigy, its Compliance and Conditional Access engine for one-click compliance for macOS devices can help stop or mitigate human error.
Text messaging and calendar scams annoy everyone on every platform, including iOS. Hence Bitdefender’s new Scam Alert (pictured). It proactively identifies and prevents attacks from reaching mobile users.
Trend Vision One for Service Providers is an extension to the Trend Micro partner program that offers MSSPs great new partner benefits just for them.
The updated Action1 RMM platform detects vulnerabilities across endpoints based on data 200,000+ vulnerabilities and includes automated remediation and improved reporting, among other goodies.
The partnership between SentinelOne and Netskope resulted in the new SentinelOne Singularity App for Netskope to detect, respond to, and mitigate threats.
The web intelligence collaboration between Cyberint and Cyware’s Threat Intel Exchange helps customers ID threats, receive intelligence, offer clear visibility, and build detection rules and automated responses.
Cisco and Kyndryl added Cisco’s portfolio of network software to Kyndryl’s cyber resilience framework so customers can proactively respond to cyber threats.
IoT news. Sigfox, left for dead last year, signed a deal through its Latin America operator WND and WaterMeter Corp. to install one million Sigfox water meters in Mexico over the next decade.
From Down Under, Tech News covers “IoT – Everything You Need to Know in 2023.” Another in our continuing series of overviews for noobs to catch up to IoT details.
We never have enough reminders to improve IoT security, so here’s one from BuiltIn on how IoT needs to enter its secure age.
Need a giant list of IoT statistics? Here’s 16 lists about IoT of all flavors, including consumer IoT use.
You can’t eat IoT, but it helps get the things you do ingest to you safely.
ProSentry chose Senet’s Platform-as-a-Service to deploy and manage private LoRaWAN networks to connect smart building solutions from energy use down to mouse trap monitoring.
Other product news. Epson America rolled out three new scanners that are smaller and faster than many models before. The Epson DS-C330, DS-C480W, and DS-C490 (pictured) stand the sheets to be scanned vertically, saving room on your desk. Lots of pages can fit in the auto feeders, and destinations include email, clouds, USB flash drives, and more.
Ooma Office revved up by adding online bookings, one-to-many text messages, team chat, new CRM integrations, and other goodies, all to give SMBs some enterprise-level services.
LogicMonitor turbo-charged its LM Envision Platform with expanded integrations, insights, and workflows, as well as making Dexda the next evolution AIOps.
Impartner Analytics Phase 2, aka “Analytics Studio,” is a self-service analytics platform to help channel players work more profitably in channel performance analytics.
Non-product vendor news. Kris Blackmon (pictured) is Zift Solutions’ new head of channel communities. Actually, she’s the first head of channel communities ever.
The red carpet to the door of Seceon is for Amy Luby, joining as the company’s first VP of ecosystem and channel chief.
Print new business cards for Simon Ewington now that he’s moved from interim to permanent vice president, WW channel and partner ecosystem, for Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
The Welcome Wagon at GoTo greeted Peter Mahoney, settling in there as chief marketing officer.
The new guy wandering the halls at Avant is Mike Wolfington, looking for that office that says “Sales VP of the West” on the door.
The new data-driven Partner Health and Fitness tool at TD SYNNEX isn’t about calorie management (although that wouldn’t hurt most of us) but gives reseller partners like MSPs, VARs, and ISV insights into their diversification across the TD SYNNEX portfolio.
Speaking of moving more, TD SYNNEX entered a strategic partnership with MiniO and Western Digital to offer secure data migration services.
Auvik signed the papers for Jenne to distribute its SaaS monitoring and advanced network management products.
Exclusive Networks signed with Thales for global distribution of its cybersecurity products and services across North America, EMEA, and APAC.
Broadvoice teamed up with tech advisory firm Bridgepointe Technologies so it can provide Broadvoice’s cloud communication products to their mid-market customers.
This week’s stats ticker:
New research from the analysts at Canalys forecast the worldwide IT market will grow 3.5% to reach $4.7 trillion dollars this year. Partner-delivered IT technologies and services (aka the channel) will top $3.4 trillion dollars in 2023, or more than 70% of the total. North America accounts for 37.7% of the market, even though growth is down to 2.8% this year from 8.5% in 2022. Cybersecurity will remain a key growth area, increasing by 11.1% to $79 billion. Generative AI will create further consulting opportunities, and with public cloud spending and cybersecurity posture transformation will contribute to IT services spending expanding by 7.5% to $1.5 trillion. While server and storage devices are expecting flat or negative growth, AI servers will be a bright spot.
The first annual report from Cynomi, “The State of the Virtual CISO 2023,” forecasts the number of vCISO service providers will increase by 480% between now and the end of next year. Some 19% of MSPs and MSSPs in North America offer vCISO services currently and that will grow to 86% by the close of 2024. Over 200 MSPs and MSSPs responded, and just 1% say they have no plans to offer vCISO services to customers. More than 40% anticipate increased revenue and higher margins thanks to these services.
Elvis Army. Ready for some happy news? This entry from Augusta, Maine, and the Augusta Civic Center, may qualify. In an attempt to break the Guiness World Record and for the 50th anniversary of the civic center, Augusta will host the largest gathering of Elvis impersonators ever.
Elvis performed one time in Maine at, you guessed it, the Augusta Civic Center. Even if they don’t break the record, the gathering of collected food and personal hygiene donations for local service agencies will show their Burning Love.
Thank yew, thank yew vurry much.