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ICYMI: Our Channel News Roundup for the Week of July 23rd

A boatload of cloud news from Google and its partners, new IT ops stats from Kaseya, and a boondoggle in Copenhagen for 150 Santas are among the stories you had to wait all week for us to get around to reporting. By James E. Gaskin

Too bad physical clouds aren’t as programmable as Google Clouds. We’ve got too few clouds in the south (hot), way too many in the northeast (floods), and clouds of smoke in California. Remember when the Weather Channel droned on boringly while your grandfather snoozed in the recliner? Now it’s scarier than Shark Week.

Google Cloud Next 2018Good news from clouds at Google Cloud Next Conference. Where once were siloed clouds we now have connections. Google Cloud partners have increased by 10x, new SaaS solutions abound, Deloitte is helping SAP customers get Googley, and all sorts of other news came out this week.

For instance, Google Compute Engine now has resource-based pricing. Create the VMs you need in the size and shape you want and get sustained use discounts and more.

G Suite revs up with security center investigation tools, data regions, and soon Smart Compose. Go along with Grammar Suggestions in Google Docs to help you write gooder.

A renewed focused from G Suite on the enterprise market includes Gmail updates, Cloud Search (for early adopters), Google Voice for G Suite (also for early adopters).

In that same vein, Google Cloud Platform now supports Oracle workloads, SAP HANA, developers doing cloud-native apps, and regional replication and visualization tools for Cloud Bigtable.

Last March Google announced over 20 security enhancements. This week came word about context-aware access capabilities, Titan Security Key, Shielded VMs (now in beta), and Cloud Armor geo-based access controls (also in beta), and more.

What’s hot, besides Texas weather? Artificial Intelligence. Hence the new Google Cloud AutoML Vision, Natural Language, and Translation and Dialogflow Enterprise Edition, all in beta.

Cloud IoT Edge brings some of that Google AI down to your new favorite topic, the Internet of Things. (Psst: check out IoT Playbook).

Don’t need no stinkin’ servers? Say hello to Google’s App Engine for serverless apps.

Cloud SecurityGoogle Cloud Next partner news. Rackspace launched its new Customer Reliability Engineering program and Rackspace Managed Security service.

Fortinet announced FortiManager, FortiAnalyzer, and FortiWeb for the GCP.

Sumo Logic (cloud-native analytics) released 11 new Google Cloud Platform applications.

RedLock (cloud defense) majorly enhanced its RedLock Cloud 360 platform for greater interoperability and insights with GCP.

CyberArk (privileged access security) put its CyberArk Conjur as a Kubernetes application into the GCP Marketplace.

RingCentral (communications) rolled out plans to apply Google AI to customer self-service, real-time agent assistance, and more.

Vonage (also communications) says its new CX Enablement Suite contact center tools integrate with Google Cloud’s Contact Center AI. The Vonage Integration Suite now ties into GCP tools like Gmail, Contacts, Calendar, and others.

Looking for the Panzura Freedom Cloud NAS? Now you can find it in the GCP Marketplace.

Arcules (video cloud IoT) says its Arcules Intelligent Video Cloud platform works with the GCP.

Cloudability (cloud cost management) disclosed its True Cost management platform now supports CGP.

Cohesity (storage) used the Cloud Next meeting to tell everyone its Cohesity DataPlatform Cloud Edition is now on Google Cloud Platform.

SandBlastSecurity for clouds and more. Netskope (cloud security) offers more for enterprise users through its partnership with SentinelOne (endpoint protection).

Check Point upped the protections in its SandBlast Mobile 3.0 mobile security tools. Phishing and botnet squelching tools among the updates.

MobileIron (mobile device management) and McAfee worked together to tie MobileIron into the McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator.

Rubrik (cloud management) leverages machine learning to protect against ransomware in the new Polaris Radar data management application.

Gigamon snapped up the Seattle-based security startup ICEBRG.

Thycotic (privileged account management) announced a freebie: its Incident Response Policy Template.

Bomgar (secure access) unveiled a freebie of its own called Bomgar Discovery Tool. Handy for compliance audits and more.

Panasonic Toughbook T1Some other products need some love too. Amazon knows a little about clouds, right? And its Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud has a new high-frequency instance (z1d). Memory-optimized instances with local storage and high single-threaded performance run on Intel Xeon Scalable Processors (Skylake-SP) designed for AWS servers.

Panasonic has two new Toughbooks: the T1 handheld (pictured) with a 5-inch screen, and the L1 tablet with a 7-inch display.

Say hello to Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 Version 2. Better protection for O365 data, quicker restore for individual files, and other goodies await.

When you restore those files, you may need to print a few of them. Good thing Lexmark has a new generation of A4 color and large workgroup monochrome printers and MFPs. A4 series includes CX620 and CX625 and large workgroup monos have four series.

Printing from your supply chain apps rather than O365? Say hello to the new Zebra Technologies ZQ600 mobile printers.

Ready to augment your reality? Try the Epson Moverio BT-350 ANSI Edition smart glasses, and the Upskill Skylight AR Platform. The BT-350s work as safety glasses too.

IOGEAR just unwrapped a new series of secure KVM switches in 2, 4, and 8-port versions. They support single or dual DVI or HDMI monitors with up to eight computers.

Ipswitch has been making FTP software almost since the first FTP server booted. For the first time, the company is now offering a free edition of WhatsUp Gold.

Say hello to VonageFlow. The VonageFlow application works with the expanded Vonage Business Cloud platform.

Four layers is a lot for a cake, but the new Toshiba XG6 series of client SSDs uses 96-layer, 3D Flash Memory. The cake is a lie!

Microsemi has added two new Adaptec Smart Storage 12Gbps SAS/SATA adapters: the SmartRAID 3162-8i and the SmartRAID 3162-8i/e. Controlled-based encryption included.

Vendor news about people and biz. TPx (managed services) added Matthew Coso (pictured) and Shawn Kirchner as new channel managers. Upstate New York and Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia respectively.

PlanetOne (connectivity) welcomes Lanny Gray as vice president of business development, and Tanya Palmateer as inside sales manager.

WhiteHat Security (application security) just named Matthew Hutchinson to its executive leadership team.

FileCloud launched its FileCloud Online partner program. If you’re into enterprise file sync and sharing, raise your hand and wave to them.

Atlona tagged D&H Distributing to carry its IP solutions for SMBs interested in AV/IT convergence.

Oblong Industries (collaboration) signed papers to distribute its Mezzanine immersive collaboration platform through ScanSource. A bundle gathers Mezzanine, LG Electronics displays, and Cisco’s Webex Room Kit Series of products.

This week’s stats ticker:

Kaseya released its fourth annual IT operations survey: The 2018 State of IT Operations for SMBs. 54 percent of nearly 1,300 respondents from around the world chimed in to say security remains the top concern. One in three SMBs have had a breach in the last five years. Even more (60 percent) predict security will be their biggest problem in 2019. Data backup remains critical, and 90 percent claim to backup servers, using an average of four backup and recovery technologies. And Microsoft Office 365 leads the SaaS apps parade for 72 percent of respondents.

What’s a growing business? Phishing attacks, according to Mimecast’s State of Email Security 2018 Report. More than 90 percent of 800 IT decision makers and C-levels report phishing attack numbers are the same or higher than last year. 20 percent admitted a C-level exec fell for a phishing attack and provided sensitive data. 49 percent admit their management aren’t knowledgeable enough to identify and stop such attacks. Sigh.

If we can’t make execs smarter, maybe we can make cities smarter. IDC’s Worldwide Semiannual Smart Cities Spending Guide sees outlays reaching $158 billion in 2022. Leaders will be Singapore, Tokyo, and New York City. Primary fronts are fixed visual surveillance, transportation, and outdoor lighting. Asia/Pacific will lead the way with 42 percent of global spending. London and Shangai make up the rest of the Top 5 big spending cities.

Santa CoolSanta is cool, right? Especially when you gather 150 St. Nicks in Denmark for the 61st World Santa Claus Congress in Copenhagen. The Kringles came from as far away as Japan and the United States. Just watching the video makes us feel calmer and happier.

Turns out the majority of Santas now wear the American red outfit, not the traditional gray Danish duds. But 150 Santas wandering around Copenhagen and marching in a parade are easier to see in bright red suits. And Santas, who usually work alone, get a chance to rub elbows and check beards of 150 brothers (and sisters) in red (and gray). Thanks, Denmark, for a little Christmas in July.

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

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