We’re out of 2020, but so far things haven’t improved nearly enough. Besides the regular news, our old friend Polar Vortex seems a little wonky, or “disrupted” in technical weather terms. Add some extra cold air to spill out of the Arctic to your list of worry beads. But don’t worry about newsbits in 2021, because we have the first batch below.
Pax8 news. Cloud disti Pax8 refilled the coffers with $96 million in new equity capital. Plan is to expand globally, and help partners everywhere buy, sell, and manage cloud. First step? The acquisition of Wirehive, a cloud-hosting and consultancy in the U.K.
More money and more reach means more management. Pax8 also announced the promotion of seven members of the leadership team (pictured):
- Jennifer Bodell (pictured far left), senior vice president of global channel
- Aaron Garza (far right), senior vice president of business development
- Don Jeter (second from left), senior vice president of marketing
- Jefferson Keith (third from right), senior vice president of corporate development
- Lynn Leadley (second from right), senior vice president of pax8 university
- Amanda Lee (center), senior vice president of global communications
- Jared Pangretic (third from left), senior vice president of sales
Intel news. Just released, Intel RealSense ID is an on-device tool that combines an active depth sensor and neural network for user-aware facial authentication. It can control access to smart locks, access controls, point-of-sale, ATMs, kiosks, and more. Rejects photographs, videos, or masks with a one-in-1-million false acceptance rate. Images process locally and all user data is encrypted.
Worried about touching too many things lately? We understand, as does Intel. Say hello to the Intel RealSense Touchless Control Software, which converts a touch-based kiosk or digital sign into a touchless unit with no changes to the core software. Hover your finger and use the red dot to sign your name.
Other product news. Epson announced six new PowerLite laser display projectors. Check out the PowerLite L250F (pictured), L255F, L200W, and L200X long throw models, and the PowerLite L200SW and L200SX for short throw needs.
Epson also rolled out three new desktop scanners: WorkForce ES-580W, ES-500W II, and the ES-400 II. Scan to a smartphone, tablet, or cloud storage account like Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, and OneDrive. Can’t eliminate paper without a digital copy.
LG has a batch of new LG gram laptops for CES 2021. 11th Gen Intel Core processors with Iris X Graphics and speedy LPDDR4x memory.
- LG gram 17 (model 17Z90P)
- LG gram 16 (model 16Z90P)
- LG gram 14 (model 14Z90P)
- LG gram 2-in-1 16 (model 16T90P)
- LG gram 2-in-1 14 (model 14T90P)
Hot cloud storage company Wasabi partnered with BackupAssist to integrate seamlessly with BackupAssist Classic and BackupAssist ER. Spend less, get more backup resilience.
SentinelOne released a free SUNBURST identification tool to help companies identify one of malware variants used in the SolarWinds attack.
Over at Malwarebytes, Chief Financial Officer Thomas R. Fox moves up to president.
Commvault promoted John Tavares to vice president, global channel and alliances. Lunch is on John when we can all do lunch safely.
Navisite snapped up Velocity Technology Solutions to add managed cloud and ERP know-how.
Systems management and security provider Quest Software announced the acquisition of erwin, a company with data modeling, business process modeling, metadata management, and data intelligence tools to strengthen Quest’s products.
Cybersecurity players Netwrix and Stealthbits have merged. The combined group offers seven core products for all elements of data and information security. Terms were not disclosed. For the foreseeable future, both firms will continue to work with customers as they do now.
Computex Technology has achieved Nutanix Cloud Champion Status, the highest tier in the Nutanix partner program.
This week’s stats ticker:
The Exabeam 2020 Cybersecurity Professional Salary Skills and Stress survey covered a range of topics, including automation, job satisfaction, and salary. Speaking of salary, the security biz in the U.S. retains “jarring salary disparities that continue to exist between those identifying as men and women.” How jarring? On average, U.S. men respondents made $91K. Women? $62K. In New York, female respondents ranged from $33 to $46K while male counterparts range from $98 to $130K. In Dallas, the ranges for 14-15 years in the industry are $46K to $60K versus $85 to $130K.
Worse than a hangover. Lots of people imbibe a bit too much on Christmas Eve, especially this year when many were drinking alone at home and didn’t have to worry about a designated driver. Thomas Dodd in the U.K. wins, however, even though he didn’t remember exactly what he did the next morning.
OK, lots of over-imbibers don’t remember exactly what they did while imbibing. But Dodd got ambitious during a Celine Dion concert on TV, filled out some official paperwork online while sloshed, and paid £89 (about $122) for something.
That something became clearer a week later when a fat packet of official papers arrived, proving Mr. Thomas Dodd of Staffordshire, England, was now legally Mr. Celine Dion. Yes, he was drunk, but not too drunk apparently to fill out the paperwork correctly to change his name to Celine Dion.
Mr. Celine Dion, U.K. version, is working with a local radio station to see if he can arrange a meeting with Ms. Celine Dion, the Canadian one who likely sings better.
Credit: Facebook (left), CelineDion.com (right)