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ICYMI: Our Channel News Roundup for the Week of July 11th

A few last tidbits from Microsoft, a bunch of news items from Cisco, and the born-in-Asia fads that make Pokemon GO mania look downright boring are all among the stories you may not have heard about this week. By Rich Freeman

Hey, we’re not looking for sympathy here or anything. I mean, sure, we wore our fingers down to bleeding little nubs this week keeping you up to speed on Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference. But it’s not as if we’re whining about it or anything in a pathetic attempt to gain your forgiveness for all the other stuff we didn’t write about.

No, wait, that’s exactly what we’re doing. And since you seem to be the unforgiving type, I guess we’ll just have to cover those stories for you now.

Power BI EmbeddedActually, maybe you’re right to be so cold-hearted. Truth be told, we didn’t even manage to cover all of this week’s Microsoft news. In addition to the WPC keynotes we wrote about each day and the related vendor product launches and alliances we outlined for you, there were also announcements concerning:

  • The launch of Azure SQL Data Warehouse, a new source of scalable, pay-as-you-go analytics capacity.
  • The introduction of a new open source Azure Usage and Billing Portal that lets you track your Azure resources and see how much you’re spending on them.
  • The addition of conditional access rules to Microsoft’s Intune remote administration and security solution that enable you to manage access to email, files, and other resources based on location, user, device, and other variables.
  • The transition from preview to general availability of Power BI Embedded (pictured), which lets developers add Power BI analytics functionality to their applications without lots of complex coding.

Cisco DNAIt gets worse though. We hardly breathed a word about another, equally enormous conference all week. That would be the Cisco Live event in Las Vegas, where Cisco introduced the world to new security solutions for protecting roaming users, detecting suspicious network activity at branch sites, and orchestrating multiple security resources, among other things; a software-defined networking framework called Cisco Digital Network Architecture (DNA) that utilizes several of those newly-announced security solutions; and new resources aimed at getting Cisco certified engineers, developers, and partners DNA-ready.

Some of Cisco’s buddies in the vendor community got in on the launching-new-stuff act too. For example:

  • CenturyLink shipped a new location-based big data service designed to help businesses deliver individualized experiences for visitors in stores and other sites based on real-time analysis of their activity.
  • Commvault introduced validated, pre-integrated reference architectures for backup, recovery, and archiving solutions based on its own software and Cisco’s Unified Computing System hardware, plus new support for Cisco’s HyperFlex hyperconverged infrastructure platform.
  • LM ConfigLogicMonitor launched LM Config (pictured), a new configuration management tool for users of its SaaS-based IT management platform.
  • Veeam, which unveiled a new version of its Availability Solution that integrates with the forthcoming Windows Server 2016 this week, also announced Veeam Availability Solution for Cisco UCS, a pre-integrated combination of Cisco Unified Computing System hardware and Veaam BDR software that bears a resemblance to Commvault’s new offering and is available exclusively through Avnet.

Swing and a miss. Back on Monday we predicted that Amazon Web Services would make lots of product waves this week too at its summit event in Santa Clara, Calif. Not so much. All we got out of the public cloud kingpin were small-fry announcements concerning database migration and schema conversion, plus the slightly more interesting addition of a new identity and access management role to the EC2 Container Service.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1Don’t forget the rest of the vendor world, though. Because plenty of other companies brought goodies our way recently. For instance:

  • AVG shipped a series of free ransomware decryptor tools that help victims of the Apocalypse, BadBlock, Crypt888, Legion, SZFlocker, and TeslaCrypt strains recover their data without paying up.
  • Datadog added support for virtual machines deployed via Microsoft Azure Resource Manager to its cloud infrastructure monitoring service.
  • Epson introduced a new family of Pro L1000-Series large venue projectors with high-resolution screens, low-maintenance LCD panels and price tags in the high four figure to low-ish five figure range.
  • iDrive pulled the wraps off of iDrive Vault, a hybrid backup appliance with 4 TB of local storage space and seamless connectivity to a 4 TB cloud-based repository.
  • Kerio released Kerio Connect 9.1, a new version of its SMB-targeted messaging and collaboration solution with presence and chat functionality.
  • Samsung unveiled its new Galaxy Tab A 10.1” tablet (pictured), which offers 13 hours of battery life and advanced multitasking features.
  • Toshiba announced a new plug-in that integrates its IPedge business telephone systems with Salesforce’s CRM solution, enabling users to access click-to-call functionality, contact history data, and more from within the Salesforce interface.
  • TRENDnet shipped new layer 2 managed industrial switches for use in settings subject to extreme temperatures or large amounts of dust and vibration.
  • Tripp Lite RTMed a new line of Multi-Stream Transport Hubs that can distribute one DisplayPort or Mini DisplayPort signal across multiple monitors.
  • Zetta issued a new release of its Zetta Portal backup and recovery management interface, with a centralized, single-pane interface, speedier performance, and at-a-glance access to weekly backup job status reporting.
  • ZyXEL released the ARMOR Z2 AC2600 MU-MIMO Dual-Band Wireless Gigabit Router, which lets multiple mobile devices run bandwidth-intensive applications concurrently over four wireless streams.

John ByrneHad it with the product news by this point? Us too. Let’s talk about some other vendor developments instead, such as:

  • Avnet making one-time Dell and Lenovo exec William Amelio its interim CEO, and inking a new distribution agreement with hyperconverged infrastructure leader SimpliVity.
  • Dell revealing that John Byrne (pictured) will become global channel chief when Dell and EMC merge to form Dell Technologies. Byrne, who once held senior positions at AMD, was most recently Dell’s global VP of sales strategy, planning, and channels.
  • Symantec appointing Michael Fey its new president and COO. Fey previously held the same title at Blue Coat, the security vendor Symantec bought last month in a transaction that closed this week. Former Blue Coat CEO and now Symantec CEO Greg Clark will once again be Fey’s boss.
  • Trend Micro opening a free ransomware hotline for U.S. consumers—as in all U.S. consumers, not just the ones that buy from Trend Micro.
  • Zerto naming Jason Cowie, formerly of Configuresoft, Drive Protected, and a few other companies you probably haven’t heard of (plus one you have, Microsoft) its new senior director of global partner and channel sales.

This week’s stats ticker:

  • Public cloud infrastructure-as-a-service revenues will expand at a 28.2 percent CAGR between 2015 and 2020 from $12.6 billion to $43.6 billion, according to IDC.
  • Worldwide PC shipments were down in the second quarter of the year either 5.2 percent, if you believe Gartner, or 4.5 percent, if you believe IDC.
  • Fully 53 percent of businesses are still running at least one instance of Microsoft’s completely unsupported, thoroughly EOLed Windows Server 2003 operating system, according to Spiceworks.
  • 54 percent of IT service providers collect and store IT performance data about their customers, but only eight percent have automated processes for acting on those figures, according to LOGICnow.

Dog CubePokemon GO? Pfft, big deal. Now that Niantic’s augmented reality game has putatively intelligent people walking off cliffs and into ponds, are other, really nutty born-in-Asia crazes poised to catch fire around the globe? Only if reason and good sense collapse so completely that people start humiliating their dogs with block-like haircuts, embossing their tights with trompe l’oeil painted toenails, or tucking into “salad cakes” in large numbers.

Meanwhile, you health food fans out there are already apparently participating in a hot Asian trend, judging by the sales numbers for Amazon Prime Day this week, which revealed that the top selling item in Japan (excluding Amazon devices) wasn’t a gadget, like the Bluetooth electric toothbrush that U.K. shoppers went for or the pressure cooker that was a hit in here in the States, but an 800 gram bag of fruity granola. We know better than to waste your time or ours trying to figure out why.

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