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ICYMI: Our Channel News Roundup for the Week of July 15th

Partner news from Microsoft Inspire, security news from a whole bunch of places, and formalwear for your chicken are among the many topics we’ve finally gotten around to writing about. By James E. Gaskin

Mondays may not be quite as bad during the summer, possibly because we get more sunshine over the weekend and perk ourselves up. But when your plans for Monday focus on how to avoid Barry, a tropical storm then hurricane then tropical storm again, you won’t be happy until the sun returns. Those at various conferences like Microsoft Inspire didn’t see much sun either, so let’s find some bright newsbits we missed and perk ourselves up that way.

Nimble CRM for Office 365Inspire news from Microsoft partners. We can go all-virtual with our computers, but we still want real paper in our hands. Luckily CloudJumper and ThinPrint have extended their partnership to provide more remote printing support for Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD). CloudJumper got chummy with CNE Direct as well to make migrating to WVD even easier. All of that, of course, is on top of other WVD news from CloudJumper.

Speaking of ThinPrint, their Partner Program for Microsoft CSPs was unveiled at Inspire. Those not deep into the cloud market can join the ThinPrint Affiliate Program.

Even virtual systems need real backup. Enter Ingram Micro, AvePoint, and their Modern Workplace Accelerate program to migrate, manage, and backup data in Office 365 and Dynamics 365.

Trend Micro’s Deep Security as a Service is now available on Microsoft Azure.

Nimble’s Simple CRM for Office 365 (pictured) can now be ordered through Microsoft’s new commercial marketplace.

Clouds with bad connections are just vapor-ware (sorry). Fear not the vapor if you order Aryaka SD-WAN services through the new Microsoft Azure Networking Managed Services Provider program.

Avnet Azure Sphere Starter KitSecurity news. Many have said you’ve got to be certifiable to work in the tech biz. If you think that means vendor certification, like the Continuum Certify cybersecurity certification program, we need to talk in a few months. That’s when the new offering debuts at Continuum’s Navigate partner conferences in Pittsburgh and Las Vegas.

MSPs that like to white-label their cloud-based security offerings have another option to consider now that the Collabrance Master MSSP Offering is out there with a suite of cybersecurity solutions and room for your name at the top of the screen.

Speaking of clouds (aren’t we every week?), Symantec rolled out a cloud access security solution. Lots of new goodies.

What other technology needs more security help? The Internet of Things, of course. Avnet is pitching in by giving away 20,000 Azure Sphere starter kits (pictured) to developers interested in creating highly secure end-to-end IoT solutions.

Scaling up a bit, Arrow Electronics, Rigado, and Iconics teamed up to launch a smart buildings solution for occupancy and floor space utilization monitoring. For enterprises down to smaller retail shops.

Are you a fan of secure managed SD-WAN services? Then check out Hands-free Management of the Cato Cloud. Lets you offload network and security configuration and change management onto Cato or its partners.

Here’s a nice trick for authentication: MobileIron’s Zero Sign-On Technology. Login to enterprise cloud services or your desktop using your secured iPhone rather than passwords.

More IoT security? Sure! This time via Claroty and its Continuous Threat Detection security tool enhancements.

At its Impact Americas Conference, CyberArk juiced up a range of its software-as-a-service tools for privileged access security, including zero trust remote vendor access and just-in-time elevation and access with the CyberArk Endpoint Privilege Manager. The CyberArk Partner Network upped its game as well, adding a new competency-based tiering structure, new training modules, and better access to new sales and marketing tools.

Talend rolled out its Summer ‘19 Data Fabric release with a flexible pay-as-you-go option, centrally managed hybrid deployments from the cloud, and more.

FireEye announced two new managed detection and response service offerings: Managed Defense Nights and Weekends and Managed Defense for Endpoint Security.

Exabeam passed out virtual cigars to celebrate the arrival of Exabeam SaaS Cloud Essential for small and medium enterprises.

NETGEAR Nighthawk M2 MobileMore news, more products. While we all lust for 5G, what we really want is a faster connection. NETGEAR aims to satisfy that desire with its new Nighthawk M2 Mobile router (pictured), which offers speeds of up to 2 Gbps, all still on 4G LTE. Pair it with the NETGEAR AirCard 797 mobile hotspot and share that Wi-Fi wealth.

Get some staying power in the face of summer heat-induced blackouts with the new CyberPower Smart App Online UPS systems. More power in a 2U rack than before, LCD screens, and easier management.

Ever had a pocketful of dead phone? No fun. Kid’s tablet dies on a road trip? Dante’s inferno level 7. Belkin makes it easier to charge your pocket buddies with three new BOOST-CHARGE wireless charging products. Charging pad, charging stand, and even a wireless charging vent mount.

Keep your sales partners happier with analytics and reports from the Salesforce Partner Relationship Management tools. Includes Quip for Salesforce, for instant chat.

Staying connected matters to every size organization. Hello to LogMeIn’s Grasshopper Connect for small businesses. Dedicated business phone numbers, an app that pulls in previous contacts and communications, and a Timeline View all help keep customers doing their customer thing.

Like to eat? Say thanks to anyone who increased crop yields with the help of Oizom’s IoT soil monitoring solution, made with Semtech’s LoRa sevices and Tata Communications’ LoRaWAN-based networking infrastructure.

CloudCheckr FinanceManager for Hybrid Workloads simplifies cost and billing management.

Max ChanMore news, but not products. Avnet promoted Max Chan (pictured) to chief information officer. Chan was head of Avnet’s global information solutions group previously.

8x8 acquired privately held Wavecell, a Singapore-based communications-as-a-service provider.

Got a startup doing B2B work? Apply starting in August to the international Comet Competition from Ingram Micro. Regional finalists will receive $100,000 of go-to-market funding. Winner grabs $1 million cash at Ingram’s 2020 Cloud Summit event.

D&H will expand its commitment to eSports with more options from major game vendors like Acer, ASUS, Dell, Lenovo, etc. Think they’ll sell eSports varsity jackets?

As long as we’re talking about distis, SYNNEX and Avocor have signed an agreement to distribute display solutions.

More handshakes as Intel and SAP announce a multi-year deal to optimize Xeon Scalable processors and Optane DC persistent memory in SAP’s end-to-end enterprise software applications.

Sectigo (certificate authority) and NetObjex (automation) have teamed up to help protect the edge devices in IoT projects.

Commvault revamped its partner program with more access to rebates at higher percentages, bigger bonuses, more business development funding, and improved deal registration.

Always 100 percent channel oriented, Rubrik just launched its Rubrik Authorized Support Partner (RASP) Specialization. Better support means stickier customers, right?

Good news: Cloud Girls and Telecom for Change have raised $10,000 to support technology-based afterschool programming for young women in underprivileged and underserved areas. Better news: There’s still time to add raise that figure by chipping in a little money of your own.

This week’s stats ticker:

HP commissioned a survey of around 3,000 individuals in North America, including 1,000 U.S. consumers who own a laptop with an internal webcam. Surprise! The HP Webcam Security Study, 2019 found that nearly 80% of U.S. respondents worried about webcam hacking. One in 10 say they or someone they know has been hacked and viewed. About three of four wish they had a good way to turn off a webcam, while six of 10 physically cover the camera with everything from tape (46%) to gum (2%). Gum? Yes, gum. And 80% feel manufacturers should make it easier to cover or turn off the webcam so they wouldn’t have that constant, “is someone watching me?” feeling.

A Frost & Sullivan report on UCaaS services released by Claro Enterprise Solutions found the unified communications as a service market has plenty of headroom. Mid-market firms are typically underserved, often because it’s difficult to find the right mix of products and partner. But 82% of technology decision makers in North America plan to move all or part of their enterprise telephony to the cloud by the end of 2019. And the good news is that UCaaS options for companies in the 1,000 to 5,000 employee range are increasing.

Chicken TuxJust like us: Animals get dressed up, get stoned, and get the munchies. Looking fora chicken harness recently? These colorful ones for sale on Amazon are designed to help you safely find out why your chicken crossed the road. A company called Yesito sells the harnesses with bow ties. In other words, formal chicken wear.

In case you need another reason to fear alligators, the Loretto, Tenn., police department warns us, via CNN no less, that flushed drugs are creating “meth gators.” Waste treatment plants don’t filter out meth, so animals around the treatment ponds, including alligators, ingest the drug. We’d love to tell you they get mellow when stoned, but that’s not how meth works, so watch out.

And after you party and get high, what do you need? Snacks! Which is why two penguins loitering outside a sushi shop in Wellington, New Zealand, were apprehended by the police. They had to cross busy streets and a transit station to reach the sushi bar, but pulled it off. One was a repeat offender, in fact: he (we think) made the trip first, was removed, then brought a friend the second time. After all, good friends share sushi, right?

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

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