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ICYMI: Our Channel News Roundup for the Week of December 2nd

Cloud news from AWS and its partners, a cloud security upgrade from Sophos, a new COO for Dell, and a dating app guaranteed to get results (for its developer) are among the bevy of stories we’re just now bringing your way. By James E. Gaskin

Congrats on persevering through horrible travel conditions in much of the country last week as you zoomed somewhere and back. Snow and ice and heavy rains made it tough. Take a deep breath now, because you get to do it all over again in two weeks for Christmas. Cheers! And while we were all eating leftovers, we missed some cool newsbits, so let’s catch up.

AWS re:Invent 2019AWS re:Invent news. Taking over the Venetian in Las Vegas this week, Amazon’s AWS re:Invent conference generated a week’s worth of news all by itself. First up is nine new compute and networking features for Amazon EC2, including ARM-based versions, instances powered by AWS Inferential chips (machine learning), and a new AWS Transit Gateway. Plus another handful.

Know that squeeze when a legacy application that can’t be upgraded has to run on a Microsoft server hitting end of life? Painful decisions in every direction in the past, but all smiles now, thanks to the new AWS End-of-Support Migration Program (EMP) for Windows Server. Move that app to a safe and supported server on AWS and breathe easy once again.

Speaking of Microsoft licensing issues, you can now upload your Microsoft Windows Server and SQL Server licenses to AWS. Hello to the new bring-your-own-license (BYOL) program. You paid for them, so use them where you need them.

If you like AWS but need local processing for very low latency, you were happy to hear about AWS Outposts at re:Invent 2018, an onsite version of the AWS infrastructure. You can now order and install Outpost racks in your data center or colo facility. AWS continues to handle all the monitoring, maintenance, and upgrades for Outposts so you can just run your programs.

AWS embraced quantum computing with three new initiatives this week too. Hello to Amazon Bracket, AWS Center for Quantum Computing, and AWS Quantum Solutions Lab. Experts from Amazon and CalTech are ready to help.

On-prem, you worry if your server is configured correctly. In the cloud, you worry about your AWS instance. Now the new AWS Compute Optimizer helps with the resource optimization.

re:InventAWS partners made news, too. Aruba integrates with the new AWS Transit Gateway Network Manager to simplify network management of its Aruba SD-WAN solutions. Manage thousands of branch sites without pulling all your hair out.

Fortinet’s dynamic cloud security tools now integrate with the new AWS CloudFormation third-party framework to apply Fortinet rulesets to AWS Web Application Firewall.

Barracuda Cloud Security Guardian now integrates with the new Amazon Detective to analyze, identify, and investigate the root cause of suspicious activities. Sorry, it won’t reveal who keeps stealing your lunch from the breakroom fridge unless they use AWS to support their thievery.

The McAfee MVISION Cloud for AWS now supports Amazon Detective as well. Move issues seamlessly into the investigation phase with Amazon Detective and get much more incident data than before.

Network detection and response (NDR) player Lastline integrated its AI-powered tool into AWS’s new Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) ingress routing. Block malicious activity on the way to the cloud.

Zerto (IT resilience) now supports the AWS Storage File Gateway for cloud backup and long-term retention storage.

Tenable’s Golden Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) pipeline is now available for a new, integrated option to secure cloud workloads. Keep those machine images clean.

Mimecast added Application Visibility and Control to its Web Security Service to keep your email and data protected.

Let Zadara Storage help you meet your high-availability requirements using SQL Server Standard Edition inside the AWS environment with its migration tools.

Sophos Cloud OptixSecurity news. The upgraded Sophos Cloud Optix better automates the detection and response of cloud security vulnerabilities and misconfigurations to reduce risk exposure. Helps you visualize the AWS infrastructure to better identify and eliminate security threats too.

Business Risk Intelligence capabilities rarely extend down to SMBs. That should change as Flashpoint rolls out new tools for MSSPs including Flashpoint Intelligence Platform, Technical Intelligence, Alerting, and more aimed at smaller companies.

Check Point extended its CloudGuard to support Kubernetes services, including Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS). Also helps AWS Serverless computing apps, including AWS Lambda.

LogMeIn’s LastPass Identity tool introduced new ways for business users to access their work without typing a password. Hello to device-native biometric authentication, single sign-on, and federated identity integrations.

IGEL extended its edge OS for cloud workspaces tools to integrate with the AMD Secure Processor on IGEL UD7 endpoint. Gives you a dedicated “chain of trust” security system.

NETGEAR GS24POther product news. Sure, everyone loves Wi-Fi, but when end devices need juice you need wires with power. Hence the new NETGEAR GS324P 24-port Gigabit Ethernet Unmanaged PoE+ Switch (pictured) that provides 190W PoE budget across and 16 ports PoE+ with an additional 8 non-PoE ports. Each device gets the power it needs, load-balanced automatically.

The new Poly EncorePro 300 headset and MDA 500 QD Series audio processor are the result of 50 years of contact center focus. These will be available in December in North America and rollout in EMEA and APAC in March 2020.

5G keeps marching forward into reality. To support 5G Radio Access Networks (RAN), Supermicro announced fully configurable SuperServers based on 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors, O-RAN compliant partner software, and ability to operate in harsh environments like 5G cell towers.

Welcome the new Acronis Cyber Backup 12.5 SCS Hardened Edition built to meet the demands of government “no Internet” air-gapped environments.

ThinPrint 12 includes an early warning system to let you know when your remote and virtual desktop printing gums up the spooler, and redirects print jobs to other servers.

Major platform enhancements to the Virtustream Enterprise Cloud Platform include expanded data protection, new platform backup options, and more controls for VM snapshots.

Sony does more than PlayStations, you know. Like launch TEOS, a suite of management tools for controlling devices, signage, and content across your workplace. Available in 12 languages.

Jeff ClarkeVendor news without the products. Dell Technologies printed up business cards for new Chief Operating Officer Jeff Clarke (pictured). He keeps the vice chairman title as well.

IoTSSA, the Internet of Things Security Services Association, welcomed aboard Robin Miller as director of channel. She moved over from Vault America.

Malwarebytes promoted Akshay Bhargava to chief product officer.

Avaya rolled out the red carpet for Jon Brinton to take the position of vice president, North American channel sales.

High Wire Networks named Charles Hughes its new Chief Operating Officer.

Tech Data has completed its acquisition of DLT Solutions, the software and cloud solutions aggregator. Gives a big boost to TD’s public sector business.

Arrow Electronics now distributes EnOcean’s energy-harvesting wireless technology.

TBI has added security services provider InterVision to its vendor lineup.

CompTIA is partnering with ACTE, the Association of Career & Technical Education, to develop new programs and strategies to get more people trained to fill tech jobs. Still over 900,000 core IT job listings open, which is 10 percent of all job postings across the country.

Cloud Girls and the Alliance of Channel Women are accepting nominations for the Cloud Girls Rising: Women to Watch Awards, which they will hand out next March.

The Ivanti Service Manager management and automation software recently achieved the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Authorized designation.

Adept is the new brand for PlanITDR but it still gives MSPs disaster recovery solutions.

This week’s stats ticker:

CompTIA’s 2019 Tech Town Index ranks metro areas on IT job opportunities and quality of life considerations. Austin, Texas, moved up from #3 to #1 this year, replacing Charlotte, N.C., which dropped to #6. Columbus, Ohio, joined the list for the first time at #12, an impressive debut. The areas with the highest number of job postings are Washington D.C. (191,905), San Francisco (166,917), Dallas (133,7778), and Atlanta (102,023). New player Columbus won the lowest cost of living prize, while Austin won the ribbon for a projected 16% growth in IT jobs over the next five years. Mammas, don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys, push them to become coders.

The Q4 Cyberthreat Index for Business Survey, by AppRiver and its parent company Zix, covers the cybersecurity concerns of SMBs. 93% worry that as foreign adversaries attempt to hack the election in 2020, they will use small businesses as an entry point. Two-thirds of respondents expect this threat to become even more severe going forward. The good news is that 62% of SMBs plan to increase their cybersecurity budgets in 2020. Of course, increasing a too-small budget doesn’t guarantee protection, and only 43% of SMBs feel in-control and confident in their own cyber preparedness. 1,049 U.S.-based cybersecurity decision-makers in businesses with fewer than 250 employees responded.

Lenovo commissioned a global study following upon satisfaction levels of employees with their work environments and found that 40% of all SMB employees were dissatisfied with their work environments. In other words, a negative employee experience (EX). The new study gathered responses from 813 employees and 803 device buyers from companies with fewer than 1,000 employees globally to evaluate EX trends among SMBs. 71% still use desktop computers as their main device, and 74% do not have access to cloud-based tools. An environment where employees can work remotely using mobile and portable device options such as laptops, smartphones, 2-in-ones, and even AR/VR will improve EX. As will higher wages, probably.

SingularityThe one name to know in online dating. If you use dating apps, do you feel your profile is hidden behind too many others? Not fair? Hard to compete?

Aaron Smith figured out a way to beat that problem. He created (along with a software engineer friend) his own dating app, named Singularity, with a special twist: he’s the only man allowed on it.

One could think this really saves women time, because they don’t have to swipe through disappointing man after disappointing man to find Mr. Smith. Open the app, and there he is. There ONLY he is.

Women of North Carolina, if you’re looking for a fun-loving, clever, 31-year-old fella who can stack the deck in his own favor, we’ve got a guy for you.

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

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