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ICYMI: Our Channel News Roundup for the Week of June 17th

HPE going all in on as a service, SolarWinds rolling out a new service desk application, and an Alabama man raising a meth-head attack squirrel are all among the stories we’ve finally found the time to tell you about. By James E. Gaskin

Finally, we reach official summer, and it’s officially confusing. Storms across the country dump too much rain here and not enough there, tornadoes dance around a third of the country, and the mountains out west are getting more snow. And speaking of dancing, the folks in New Orleans started beating feet last night.

HPE Discover 2019HPE and Intel news. “All in” may be a poker term, but HPE bet all their chips on the “as-a-service” model for their entire portfolio. 2022 is the target date for all things HPE to be available on a subscription, pay-per-use, or as-a-service basis.

Speaking of clouds, HPE continues to expand its hybrid cloud portfolio with more automation, choice, and workload-optimized solutions. How? AI-driven operations across its portfolio. Planned results are 25 percent lower IT infrastructure costs and 71 percent less staff time per server deployment.

More work done means more storage needed, and HPE Primera, a new platform for mission-critical storage will be orderable in August. Simple install, manage, and upgrade. Nice perk? 100 percent availability guarantee.

Supercomputers don’t have capes and masks, but they do have Intel processors. At the 2019 International Supercomputing Conference, Intel talked High Performance Computing with tools like its Intel Xeon Platinum 9200 processors and Optane DC persistent memory.

Nimble 5.0Other product news. SolarWinds released its new SolarWinds Service Desk. Fully integrated with SolarWinds Discovery and prices have been reduced across various product tiers.

Salesforce pulled the curtain on its Customer Data Platform with the next generation of Customer 360. Get a personalized single view of customers from every engagement.

Amazon Web Services EC2 C5 instance options have grown. Now you can get 12xlarge and 24xlarge virtualized instance sizes and a bare metal option.

Enjoy TeamViewer for remote control support (as a lot of you apparently do)? Have some Zebra Technologies Android-based devices? Surprise! Access your front-line Zebra devices from within TeamViewer now.

Mailbox management on your To-Do list can ruin your whole day. So ManageEngine added automation capabilities to its Office 365 admin program O365 Manager Plus. Create custom automation policies, automate user provisioning and mailbox management, and turn report data into automated tasks.

Nimble, the original “social CRM,” rolls out Nimble 5.0 for Office 365 and G Suite teams. Get a single record of relationships across the organization, granular activity tracking, new custom activities types, and email tracking.

Fortinet announced its Secure SD-Brand product line that extends the Fortinet Security Fabric to network access. Includes network edge protection down to the device level. Wow—look how far we got down the page before talking security! Probably a record.

CPR-Zero is the name for the new Check Point online vulnerability repository. Information on vulnerabilities will be shared openly, making Check Point one of the largest security companies to do so. 130 vulnerabilities are in the database already.

Ping Identity and iovation are teaming up to provide intelligent authentication to support Zero Trust architectures. PingFederate and iovation FraudForce will work together.

Welcome to Threat Stack Application Security Monitoring, a new unified app security solution. Included with the Threat Stack Cloud Security Platform at no extra cost.

BlackBerry Enterprise Mobility Suite has upgraded to add a connecter for Dropbox, support Chromebook, and sweeten its Android Enterprise chops.

SMBs have another security team offering help now that Webroot has integrated with Blackpoint Cyber to provide an advanced IT security tool to MSPs.

Speaking of teams, Scale Computing and Parallels have teamed up to fully support Scale’s KVM-based hypervisor in Parallels Remote Application Server 17.

Team time again! To offer clients secure and reliable integrations services, Rackspace has teamed up with MuleSoft and its Anypoint Platform.

DH2i let loose its DxConnect network security software for integrated zero-trust connectivity.

Travel is painful enough without crummy Internet service in hotels. So Ruckus Networks (acquired by CommScope) has expanded its hospitality connectivity portfolio with fiber switches and the Fiber Backpack supporting the H510 access point. Speed up our travel streaming, please!

The Kudelski IoT Security Platform has tied in with the Sequans’ Monarch single-chip narrowband IoT device tools.

Sectigo has shipped Private PKI, which lets Microsoft CA users manage their non-Microsoft devices and applications as well through the same console.

Morro Data’s CloudNAS has integrated JumpCloud’s Directory-as-a Service to eliminate on-premise domain controllers for an easier cloud-centric approach.

Cinnamon RogersNon-product vendor news. Datto has added and/or promoted multiple senior executives. Welcome to Sanjay Singh as chief sales officer and Mark Simon as the new managing director of EMEA. They join Chris McCloskey, who came to Datto in late 2018 as CXO.

CompTIA named Cinnamon Rogers (pictured) as executive vice president for public advocacy. The group also added Angus Robertson, chief marketing officer of Axcient, to the Business Applications Advisory Council.

CyberScout (security) welcomes new Chief Executive Officer Jennifer Leuer.

The Armorblox Partner Program has switched to a 100% channel sales strategy. Armorblox uses Natural Languages Understanding to protect against cybersecurity breaches through employee communications.

SD-WAN company Bigleaf Networks has launched its Global Managed Service Provider Partner Program.

The Alliance of Channel Women has opened up nominations for its 2019 LEAD Awards, recognizing “women who are courageous, creative, collaborative, connected and confident in advancing channel careers.”

This week’s stats ticker:

Have enough storage? Those who said yes are a) new to the job, and b) wrong. IDC’s Worldwide Global DataSphere IoT Device and Data Forecast, 2019-2023, outlines how the growth in IoT devices will generate 79.4 ZB (zettabytes, as in a whole whole lotta bytes) of data in 2025. More things monitoring the world means more data, and we’re on track to deploy about a zetta-sized number of IoT devices over the next few years. Just because IoT devices can send reports every second doesn’t mean they should, but they probably will, so get ready. Add in the ongoing push to digitize the entire world and you need even more storage, even in the home with all the new smart things. High resolution home video surveillance alone may reach a gazillion bytes a day soon. Sigh. And I remember when Novell Netware added an RLL controller to a Maxtor XT1140 5.25-in. hard drive to push it to 126 MB (yes, megabytes) and a customer asked how in the world we expected him to use that huge amount of disk space.

The Proofpoint 2019 Domain Fraud Report detailed multiple ways in which bad guys are using the web against honest people. Fraudulent domains hide everywhere, usually in plain sight. There’s even scam URL sales on the dark web. Example? While 52 percent of new domain registrations in 2018 used the .com Top Level Domain, nearly 40 percent of new fraudulent domain registrations used the same .com TLD. 76 percent of respondents found “lookalike” domains posing as them, 96 percent found exact matches of the name using a different TLD (like .net rather than .com). 85 percent of retail brands found domains selling counterfeit products. Within two weeks of .dev becoming an official TLD, 30 percent of Proofpoint customers found fraudulent domains using the new TLD version of their brand name.

Attack SquirrelMan’s meth friend. In today’s lonely world, even meth heads need companionship. And pets are great companions! So, it’s completely normal that an Alabama man, Mickey Paulk, would have a pet. His choice, however, was a bit odd: a wild squirrel.

OK, that was only the first odd part. Paulk fed his squirrel meth to maintain its aggressive behavior. In other words, Paulk had himself an attack squirrel. Yes, a caged wild squirrel was given meth.

When police raided Paulk’s apartment, no doubt tipped off by a rampaging rodent, they found not Paulk but Ronnie Reynolds. Perhaps Reynolds helped them find the hidden meth, drug paraphernalia, ammunition, body armor, and the meth-loaded squirrel. But Paulk was nowhere to be found.

To be fair, the police in Alabama don’t have a way to test squirrels for meth, nor do they incarcerate such critters. The Alabama Game and Fish Division released the squirrel into a nearby wooded area. Later they found the ripped-apart carcasses of a rabbit, a fox, a wolf, and a black bear. The police all nodded. “Yep, that squirrel’s on meth alright.”

Mickey Paulk remains loose at this writing. No word on whether Meth-Squirrel will help get a live-action Marvel Squirrel Girl movie to the big screen, but the Internet says yes please.

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

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