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ICYMI: Our Channel News Roundup for the Week of August 12th

A new storage option for Azure users, a new channel chief for Malwarebytes, and a new use of pumpkin spice that probably should have been left on the drawing board are just a few of the topics from this week’s news that we’re finally telling you about. By James E. Gaskin

As August drags on, the French idea of everyone leaving the cities and going to the country and/or a beach seems smarter and smarter. Large groups of New Yorkers abandon the city during August as well, perhaps joining the French in escaping the heat and complaining about tourists. But a weather station in Sweden just inside the Arctic Circle hit a high of 94.6 degrees in July, so cooling off will be tough until fall. And while we wiped sweat out of our eyes, we missed some newsy goodness, so let’s catch up.

Sharp 8K DisplayProduct newsy goodness. Just like coolness, one can never have enough storage. Microsoft announced general availability of Microsoft Azure Ultra Disk Storage. The new managed disk offering delivers extremely scalable performance with sub-millisecond latency for your Azure virtual machines and container workloads.

Rubrik released Andes 5.1 including data classification, automated DR orchestration, and continuous data protection across Rubrik Cloud Data Management and Rubrik Polaris SaaS platform. Sounds cooler than Andes Mints.

ManageEngine used the secret code word to let us all know that its ADSelfService Plus Active Directory single sign-on solution now supports two-factor authentication for macOS systems.

Just like storage, one can never have too many pixels. Hello to the Sharp Electronics 8M-B80AX1U 80” Class (80.5” diagonal) 8K Ultra HD LCD display (pictured). Yes, the second generation of 8K displays. Much coolness and sharpness.

Smart homes are a thing in part because there’s products consumers can unbox and use. Smart buildings have remained more challenging. An easier unbox-and-go solution from Semtech called the Smart Building Reference Kit could change that. Relies on Semtech-made sensors and its LoRa-based networking tools.

Security is always cool, so applaud TrustArc and its new Data Inventory Hub. Create and manage a centralized data inventory and data flow maps, so you can see where data hides around your networks.

New forms to fill out may not be cool but designing them more easily and having them get the workflow and business processes right definitely is. That’s what the new Nintex digital forms designer does.

Ceiling microphone arrays are way cool, and Sennheiser’s TeamConnect Ceiling 2 is now certified for Microsoft Teams. No doubt some VPs will call meetings just to show it off.

Letting employees use iPhones and iPads is cool but managing them has been touchy in the past. Start a text thread about the new Stratix SmartMobile Services for Apple that integrates Apple management inside its enterprise mobility offerings.

Thanks to a new software update, users of Ubiquiti’s AmpliFi mesh network now have remote VPN access from anywhere the go.

Mike LaPetersNewsy goodness but not products. Roll out the welcome wagon for Malwarebytes’ new vice president of worldwide MSP and channel operations, AlienVault veteran Mike LaPeters (pictured).

SYNNEX will now distribute CRITICALSTART’s managed detection and response services to U.S. channel partners.

Backup is boring, but recovery is extremely cool. Enhance the coolness as Zadara Storage becomes a Veeam Technology Alliance Partner. Now create a backup repository with multiple tiers of storage optimized for performance or capacity.

NetAlly just split off from NETSCOUT like they split off from Fluke Networks before that. The new company is now an independent provider of handheld testing solutions like the LinkSprinter Pocket Network Tester, LinkRunner Network Auto-Tester, and more.

Congrats to Pax8, KnowBe4, Marketopia, ProcureIT, Zerto, Sandler Partners, Backblaze, TeamLogic IT, Netwrix, Code42, and Malwarebytes. They all made this year’s Inc. 5000.

This week’s stats ticker:

It may feel like your budget gets smaller and smaller but that’s not true across the industry. IDC’s Customer Insights and Analysis group has a new forecast out, and the overall trend remains positive. Worldwide spending on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) hardware, software, services, and telecommunications has an expected CAGR of 3.8% over the 2019-2023 forecast period. Total? $4.3 trillion. Short-term indicators wobble up and down a bit, but the arrow remains in an upward direction for the next few years. Commercial purchases will bump up to nearly two-thirds of all ICT spending by 2023, led by banking and discrete manufacturing.

IDC’s Global IoT Decision Maker Survey includes IT and line-of-business decision maker (director and above) respondents from 29 countries across six industries involved with or planning IoT projects. 85% have budget slotted for IoT projects, mostly controlled by IT even though many believe business decision makers hold the purse strings for IoT projects. Goals are switching from improving security to improved productivity, reduced costs, and better product quality. Concerns? Project costs, security, and the IoT skills gap are one, two, and three. And the quick become the dead fast, as 56% of unsuccessful IoT projects are folded up within months, not years. Fail fast and try again, right?

And speaking of failing, let’s talk security. WhiteHat Security’s 2019 Application Security Statistics Report “The DevSecOps Approach: Using AppSec Statistics to Drive Better Outcomes,” just came out. Remediation rates for vulnerabilities continue to shrink, meaning the bad actors are winning. Key findings? The effort to secure the flood of new applications and maintain current ones is overwhelming short-staffed security teams (are there any other kind?). AppSec investment isn’t balanced between development, security, and operations. Groups that embed security in DevOps reduce risk, cost, and time to market. One third of all vulnerabilities come from embeddable components in the software supply chain.

In case you don’t get the message, eSentire and the International Legal Technology Association released the inaugural Threat Intelligence Spotlight on the Legal Industry. Few groups have more intimate personal information about clients than lawyers, and the report believes that 46% of legal organizations will experience a cybersecurity incident within the next 12 months. The Usual Suspects are at work: funding for security and employee training is dropping, despite firms embracing emerging technologies. Top internal threats come from email or drive-by downloads. About 20% of IT assets in law firms are susceptible to a critical or highly critical vulnerability.

Pumpkin Spice SPAMFirst mustard ice cream, and now … Starbucks caught heat for announcing that their various pumpkin spice flavors will go on sale later this month, the earliest ever. No matter what you think of pumpkin spice, whether you hate it or tolerate it, it’s coming back soon.

And more people are jumping on that tasty bandwagon, including one company we never expected. Sure, other coffee makers, some donut chains, candle makers, and so on all get excited about PumpSpice. But Hormel, the meat company?

Yes! Hormel Foods proudly proclaims there will be Pumpkin Spice SPAM soon. Let us repeat: Pumpkin Spice SPAM.

Two years ago, Hormel made us all shiver with a hoax about this on Facebook. This time, they swear we’ll be able to buy Pumpkin Spice SPAM at and next month.

There’s one good thing about this. You can finish all your holiday gag gift shopping at one website this year.

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

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