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ICYMI: Our Channel News Roundup for the Week of August 30th

Storage news from AWS, a release date for Windows 11, and cows, cows, cows are just a few of the stories we’ve finally managed to dedicate attention to this week. By James E. Gaskin

It’s Labor Day, at least in the U.S., so the fall push to the holidays begins next Tuesday. At least that feels normal, with the NFL starting next Thursday night. But someone needs to tell Hercules to route the River Styx through the Augean stables, not the NYC subway system, although the stations may need cleaning just as much. Rat bath time!

Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAPAWS news. September 2nd was “Storage Day” at AWS, whose users can now move NetApp ONTAP file systems to the AWS cloud without changing code or data management. Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP has hit general availability.

Of course, files online need backup love, too, so the availability of AWS Backup Audit Manager, a new feature in AWS Backup, may help. Fully managed with policy-driven backups and more.

When released, Amazon S3 Intelligent-Tiering was intended for objects larger than 128 KB and stored for a minimum of 30 days. Two new updates change these restrictions, with no minimum storage duration for all objects, and no monitoring or automation charges for objects smaller than 1218 KB.

ASUS Vivobook Pro 14XMicrosoft news. Now we know: Windows 11, a free upgrade to Win10, will start rolling out on October 5, making an Update Tuesday for the ages. Pre-loaded Win11 systems will be on the shelf as well.

Here’s a not-surprising follow-up item: ASUS has a new lineup of Windows 11-powered laptops: ProArt Studiobook 16/Pro 16 OLED, the Vivobook Pro 14X (pictured), Vivobook Pro 16X, and Zenbook 14X OLED.

Also available, but immediately, Windows Server 2022 offers more security, better integration with Azure Arc, and up to 48 TB of memory for up to 2,048 logical cores on 64 physical sockets, for the power mad.

Cybersecurity on a BudgetSecurity news. We all know small businesses struggle with security, often because of budget restrictions. Perhaps the free Kaspersky Cybersecurity On a Budget will help the 39% of SMBs struggling with cybersecurity costs.

Here’s a new option for MSPs to help secure clients, as Acronis integrates Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud with Ingram Micro’s CloudBlue PSA for streamlined workload monitoring and service ticketing.

Boosting its cloud email and collab security, Check Point acquired Avanan and will roll it into Check Point Infinity.

Hello to DigiCert’s new Trust Solutions Partner Program, a complement to DigiCert’s existing TLS partner program. Access new solutions, improved discounts and margins, faster automated deal registration, and more.

Arctic Wolf selected AWS as its primary cloud provider for its cloud-native security operations platform. This helps the push into the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.

In another teamup, SentinelOne linked with Kroll for its governance, risk, and transparency expertise.

Other product news. MSP telecom billing provider Datagate Innovation now integrates with Datto Autotask PSA to save significant time and costs.

Chenbro RB151The new Sales Development Platform from Rev adds in AI to cut manual prospecting time, boost your pipeline, and accelerate your above-the-funnel prospects.

Schools with Apple technology for students might like the new Jamf Educator, a purpose-built training platform. There are also some new platform goodies to help conduct remote exams and keep students focused.

Need to keep that Zoom meeting video? Soon you can save your Zoom meeting to the Seagate Lyve Cloud.

Cradlepoint keeps expands its 5G network, this time with AT&T 5G for Enterprise with its outdoor W4005 Wideband Adapter for millimeter wave (high-band) connections.

Designed for enterprise or cloud use, the latest 1U and 2U rackmount barebones servers from Chenbro are based on Intel Xeon Scalable Ice Lake series processors. Check out the RB151 (pictured) and RB251.

Amy LuciaNon-product vendor news. Follow the Welcome Wagon to ConnectWise, where Amy Lucia (pictured) joins as chief marketing officer.

Cloud security company Armor added Christine Gassman as director of global channel engagement.

Wave to Keeper Security’s new VP of global sales strategy and operations, Erin Howe.

Keep waving, this time at Shig Hamamatsu, the new CFO at Ooma.

Here’s a new, high-flying partnership, as C3 AI’s Enterprise AI applications, C3 AI Suite, and C3 AI Ex Machina, are all available on Google Cloud, which will also co-sell the apps.

Distributor Jenne is now a Zoom master agent.

Cloud/IoT integrators Stracos and its HI.HN platform folded into the TBI provider portfolio.

Government IT provider Carahsoft Technology partnered with Wasabi Technologies to offer its hot cloud storage services to government agencies.

Another partnership, this time making Whitehat Virtual the preferred VDI partner for BOXX.

This week’s stats ticker:

Barracuda’s new report, Bot attacks: Top Threats and Trends—Insights into the growing number of automated attacks, found bot traffic has taken off like the proverbial rocket, as in nearly straight up. Bot traffic makes up nearly two-thirds of internet traffic now, and e-commerce applications and login portals are the most common targets of advanced persistent bots. Bad bots are nearly 40% of all traffic, and North America is the source of 67% of that traffic, mostly from public data centers. Most bad bot traffic comes equally from AWS and Microsoft Azure. Just over 22% comes from Europe, where the bots mostly start from hosting services or residential IP addresses. At least the bot-jerks work ethic is good, because the bad bots happen primarily during a standard workday.

CowabungaCowabunga. Someone check their Chinese calendar and see if this is the Year of the Cow, because they’re everywhere all of a sudden.

Don’t believe me? Imagine sitting in the drive thru line at McDonalds, looking at another car, and seeing a calf face in the window. In fact, the back seat in question includes three cows, but this is Wisconsin, so, weird things, sure, but three? Wonder if they ordered chicken?

Or you could look up and see a flying cow, or at least one lifted up by a helicopter. Not Wisconsin this time, but Switzerland. The Alps makes vet calls dicey, so they airlifted the sick cow to get help.

Or a cow in a tree, left stranded by Hurricane Ida. This cow needed friends with a chainsaw to get unstuck in St. Bernard Parish in Louisiana.

So much travel wears cows out, so they need a trip to the beach. The trick is getting them to leave, since a bunch of cows took up residence on a beach in Corsica during the lockdown, when people were away. Now the people are back, but the cows don’t care, and are trying to run the humans away. Bad cows!

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

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