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ICYMI: Our Channel News Roundup for the Week of June 10th

New ThinkPads from Lenovo, new EliteBooks for healthcare from HP, a new $15.7 billion acquisition for Salesforce, and a new mother with impressive stamina are just a few of the many stories we’re finally bringing your way. By James E. Gaskin

Strange spring when people buzz about big upsets and it’s not football season. Congrats to the St. Louis Blues for hoisting the Stanley Cup, and to the Toronto Raptors for dunking the basketball on the top of the NBA Championship trophy.

Lenovo P SeriesBrand name news. Microsoft announced GA for Azure Shared Image Gallery. Only charges are standard ones for storage and network replication.

Mobile computing fans take note: Lenovo launched the latest generation of its ThinkPad P Series (pictured) with five new ThinkPads (P73, P53, P1 Gen 2, and P53s and P43s). Hot new processors and graphics and RAM and SSD capacities. Lighter than the average 15- and 17-inch mobile workstations but with more oomph.

For the less mobile worker, Lenovo also announced the ThinkSmart Hub 500 for Zoom Rooms. All-in-one meeting room console should eliminate all the pre-meeting cursing and cable wiggling.

Sometimes, the most mobile folks wander around in one building. Hence the new HP EliteBook 840 G6 Healthcare Edition ultra-slim notebook with integrated RFID location tracking. Or try the HP EliteOne 800 G5 Healthcare Edition All-In-One with an integrated privacy screen for when providers stand still for a moment.

Can’t get enough smart remote meeting tools? Check out the new Intel Unite Cloud Service for groups small and large. Intel reports 71 percent of senior managers say meetings are unproductive and inefficient. Somebody show those managers a mirror. And some Intel tools.

Why meetings? To sell more, of course. To help with that, Salesforce just acquired Tableau Software, the analytics folks, in an all-stock transaction totaling $15.7 billion (net of cash).

PingDataGovernanceSecurity news. Cloud computing needs a close watch, security-wise. A new option? CloudGuard Log.ic from Check Point. Cloud-native threat protection and security intelligence.

AI and machine learning power Aerohive’s new cloud-managed network security tools. It’s all about F.A.S.T. (flexibility, actionable insights, security, and technology innovations).

More AI at work as SecBI extended its agent-less threat detection with automated responses powered by, yep, AI.

Optiv Security and SailPoint Technologies shook hands to collaborate on the new Optiv Identity Governance-as-a-Service, powered by IdentityNow. More features will release later this year.

Speaking of handshakes, Digital Defense integrated its Frontline.Cloud with Attivo Networks threat detection. Nice that it pays attention to IoT.

Security insurance isn’t new, but this twist might be. CyberArk and CNA introduced cybersecurity insurance that prioritizes privileged access security to reduce business risk.

Edgewise Networks says use its one-click microsegmentation to simplify creation of zero-trust environments and stop internal attacks that sneak by perimeter defense.

Ping Identity says it revved up PingDataGovernance. You know, new version and more goodies.

LogMeIn expanded its LastPass Business password management tool.

NETGEAR routerOther product news. Zendesk expanded its AnswerBot to always-on support across all web and mobile channels. More automation means better answers. The company also rolled out Zendesk Duet to mash Zendesk Sell and Support together into one product.

Working together? Maybe you need the new Dropbox integrated workspace. Dropbox Extensions lets you set Slack and Zoom sharing inside Dropbox.

Feel gamey? You might need one of the new Acer Predator Orion 3000 or Nitro 50 gaming desktops with new 3rd gen AMD Ryzen processors and Radeon RX 5700 graphics cards. Or you might need a shower.

The new NETGEAR Nighthawk Cybersecurity AC2300 WiFi Router (pictured) comes with three years of NETGEAR Armor powered by Bitdefender. Out now. And check out the new NETGEAR Insight Managed 8-port Gigabit Ethernet High-Power PoE+ Smart Cloud Switches with remote/cloud management available.

For traffic like professional AV steams, check out the two new NETGEAR M4300 switches with PoE+ options and fast fast fast networking

But wait, there’s more:

  • Supermicro now supports the NVIDIA EGX platform on its 1U and 2U GPU servers as well as its Edge computing servers.
  • Jabra PanaCast adds 180-degree plug-and-play video and intelligent panoramic video to huddle rooms.
  • Poly announced the Poly G7500 video devices for content collaboration and video conferencing.
  • CyberPower smartened up its Smart App Sinewave UPS systems. Easier to use, manage, and you don’t need tools to swap batteries.
  • Kaminario has a unified licensing framework and three new offerings in the Storage as a Service biz for critical data. Example: Pay-as-you-go hardware.

Ben JacksonNews, but no products. Give a wave to Ben Jackson, (pictured) who joins Tigerpaw as director of sales.

Also unpacking is Dr. Uzma S. Burki, BitTitan’s new vice president and chief human resources officer.

Sandra Rivera moves offices from Intel’s Network Platforms Group to her new position as chief people officer and executive vice president.

Members of MSP co-op The 20 looking for more cybersecurity help (aren’t we all?) might peruse Huntress Labs, whose threat detection and actionable cyber security intelligence software is now available to all of them.

AVANT Communications released enhancements to Pathfinder, its face-to-face IT decision making tool for enterprise customers based on Salesforce Communities. Wait, there’s more! AVANT also launched AVANT Analytics market research initiative.

Sada Systems signed with AVANT Communications to sell Google Cloud licensing and related services.

ESET’s security offerings are available starting this week through SYNNEX in the United States.

Ever struggled to hear mushy-voiced conference call conversations? If so, check out the new Sennheiser product integration in Zoom’s cloud-based video communications tools.

Netskope ONECloud is now backed by an enhanced partner program for resellers, integrators, MSPs, and others. Includes training and certifications among other goodness.

Cato Networks expanded its Cato Cloud into Calgary and Toronto, Canada.

This week’s stats ticker:

Artificial Intelligence and blockchain make big news and big promises. Techaisle surveyed 1,100 U.S. firms and shows a lack of both in small businesses but some real uptake in midmarket firms. While only one-fifth of midmarket firms are currently using blockchain, a full 40% promise to adopt it within the year. An almost equal number, 42%, are experimenting or developing prototypes already. In AI, 26% are using some form of AI and another 28% promise to within the next one year. But in small firms, only 5% are using AI and 10% are planning to deploy.

Zscaler released its 2019 Office 365 Migration Survey results and found that gateway appliance upgrades and excessive network latency continue to throw a virtual wet blanket on deployment plans. Can’t have modern cloud apps without modern cloud architecture, and deploying O365 on legacy networks often leads to sad users. Oops, 63% say that O365 collaboration has suffered due to poor network performance. Reasons companies want to move to O365 include a desire to reduce IT complexity (60%), improve application reliability (52%), and reduce costs (50%).

Are you reading this on your phone? Chances are you are or will be. Media Consumption Forecasts surveyed people across 57 countries and found, no surprise, mobile internet use has risen to 130 minutes per day for an average of 800 hours per year. That’s 33 full days without sleep or bathroom breaks (OK, maybe bio breaks since a huge number of people admit taking their phones with them). It gets worse, since the trends say people will spend 930 hours nose-to-screen next year, a total of 39 full days. TV still leads at 167 minutes per day but declines slightly each year.

Birthday FinalsYou thought your finals were tough? We all think we bear an usually high burden during exams. Don’t say that in front of Almaz Derese, 21, (not pictured) from Metu in western Ethiopia. She took her final school year exams in a hospital bed. Feel wimpy now? Add this: she took the exam 30 minutes after giving birth to her son.

Ms. Derese studied throughout her pregnancy and really hoped to take her English, Amharic (a language spoken in Ethiopia), and math secondary school exams before she went into labor. Alas, children tend to disrupt plans. She says her labor wasn’t difficult because, “I was rushing to sit the exam.” Bet the doctor never heard that before.

Grades aren’t in yet, but she was pleased with how her exams went. Oh, yes, her son is doing well. But now you can’t whine about taking a test ever again.

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

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