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

Chips from Intel and AMD, security services from Trend Micro and Sherweb, and a Czech zoo’s discovery of the last living things on Earth that love Zoom meetings are a few of the stories we finally have for you. By James E. Gaskin

Is this year’s March Madness office pool the same over Zoom as it was in years past when a group gathered in a cubicle to make their picks? Travel changed as well, since the men’s teams are bubbled in Indianapolis while the women’s teams get to enjoy the River Walk in San Antonio. Now take a shot with these newsbits and get nothin’ but net.

11th Gen Intel Core S-SeriesHardware news. Overclockers rejoice now that the 11th Gen Intel Core S-Series desktop processors, code-named Rocket Lake-S, hit the streets. Then watch them speed away at up to 5.3GHz using Intel’s Thermal Velocity Boost. Gamers, look for the Intel Core i9-11900K.

Mobile fans will prefer the announcement of the AMD Ryzen PRO 5000 Series Mobile Processors, putting the performance of the same Zen 3 architecture AMD uses in its new server chips in premium business laptops. Broad availability from HP and Lenovo units will flow in Q2. Get 57% more multi-threaded performance with the 8 cores and 16 threads in the AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U processor.

ServiceNow Workflow the CureNews from other heavyweights. The HPE Ezmeral software portfolio added new products and partnerships to help you unify access to data from edge to cloud and back again. HPE Ezmeral Data Fabric is now available stand-alone, and a new HPE Ezmeral Technology Ecosystem program includes industry-leading ISVs.

Here’s some more processor news, as Amazon Web Services announced general availability of AWS-designed, Arm-based Graviton2 processors to support Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) X2gd instances.

Automation Anywhere and Google Cloud did the partnership dance with a multi-year deal to provide Automation 360, Automation Anywhere’s robotic process automation (RPA) tool, globally.

ServiceNow got a booster shot for its Vaccine Administration management tool (pictured) with multiple enhancements to help organizations meet the “last mile” challenges of vaccinating millions of people globally.

Salesforce’s now has an IT Service Center, thanks to a partnership with Tanium’s endpoint management and security platform.

Facebook’s play for the world of business collaboration has begat the Workplace One Partner Program, which is looking for new reseller, service, and technology partners to expand Workplace’s current base of 5 million paid subscribers.

Trend Micro Cloud OneSecurity news. Now in the AWS Marketplace, Trend Micro Cloud One (diagrammed) is a comprehensive platform that addresses security issues across leading cloud-based environments with services for applications, networks, workloads, file storage, containers, and cloud security posture management.

It’s always hunting season for malware, and the new Kaspersky Threat Hunting service tracks suspicious activity and analyzes it with more than 700 proprietary “hunts” tailored to the customer’s environment.

Sherweb has released the first in a series of new cybersecurity services for Microsoft’s cloud-based applications. This one assists with monitoring, detection, and response.

Untangle’s SD-WAN Router e6wl joins an elite class of certified devices that can use LTE networks from carriers including AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile. Offer the high-speed connection as a primary or secondary form of bandwidth.

Designed to provide an early warning system for threats, the BlackBerry Alert critical event management tool integrates with Microsoft Teams, ServiceNow, and others.

Compliancy Group released a new version of its HIPAA compliance management software. Users can quickly become HIPAA compliant with less effort and more support.

Versa Networks updated Versa Titan, its complete Lean IT SASE solution. Integrates full-featured SD-WAN, networking, and application and network analytics with full-stack security capabilities.

There’s a new dynamic duo, as Tempered Networks and Nozomi Networks announced a partnership to integrate Nozomi’s network visibility and incident response systems into Tempered’s Network Zero Trust policy enforcement and perimeter management console.

The new Anlyz Core Platform suite of security solutions for MSSPs addresses two major issues. First, legacy SOAR offerings are too expensive, and second, legacy SOAR and automated SIEM integration leads to poor response times and low efficiency.

Epson Pro Series 3LCDOther product news. Poor onboarding processes can make a mess of your network and security policies. Hello to JumpCoud and the Zero-Touch Enrollment for Macs it’s added to its cloud directory platform.

Today’s the day IBM releases a new series of updated capabilities for developers for intelligent applications analysis. Reduce risk around application modernization with the new IBM Wazi Analyze capabilities to help bring IBM Z into the DevOps pipeline.

Coming later this year, a new series of Epson Pro Series 3LCD laser projectors (pictured), all compact and lightweight and ranging from 6,000 to 10,000 lumens, will address corporate, higher education, and other markets.

Now on the virtual shelf? The 8x8 Contact Center for Microsoft Teams, certified for integration. Weave voice communications and more into Teams workflows 

Arrangements have been made by appropriate parties to integrate low-cost cloud storage services from Wasabi with Digital Bedrock’s offline digital preservation services aimed at media companies and other creatives.

Need some private LTE networking? Check out the new Cradlepoint R500 Private LTE (PLTE) edge router powered by its NetCloud Service. Great for networks with large coverage areas, like airports, malls, stadiums, and more up to entire cities.

Those in the education market should keep an eye out for the new Dynabook E10-S, an affordable, student-sturdy 11.6-inch Windows 10 Pro laptop. Built for remote and hybrid learning, and available in the second quarter of 2021.

TRENDnet expanded its Multi-Gigabit Networking Solutions lineup with its first 2.5G unmanaged switches. Choose between the 8-port and 5-port versions.

The folks at IDrive launched IDrive Compute, a high-performance VPS hosting system with 20 U.S.-based edge computing locations. Host multiple NVMe-powered instances and spin up new instances in seconds.

Lauri MartinezNon-product vendor news. Broadvoice welcomes Lauri Martinez (pictured) as the new vice president of channel marketing.

Author and analyst T.C. Doyle joined Impartner in the newly-created position of channel growth evangelist.

The Alliance of Channel Women named the winner of its first Big Impact Winner award: Theresa Caragol, founder and CEO of Achieve Unite.

Zoom launched its Master Agent program a year ago, and new enhancements added to the program this week include increased partner revenue, a simplified commission structure, and six new Master Agents.

Spring is all about the new, so Netsurion rolled out its new, enhanced partner program for authorized MSP and MSSP channel partners.

And hello to the new Claroty FOCUS Partner Program, a three-tier offering that includes an upgraded partner portal and tracks for specific partner focus areas.

Cyxtera’s new Global Federal Partner Program helps partners using its data center colocation and interconnect services for governments.

This week’s stats ticker:

Gathering data from over 1.1 million sensors placed in over 215 countries and territories, the new 2021 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report details exponentially greater attack surfaces and energized cybercriminals attacking more effectively on a variety of fronts using threats not expected to arrive for two or three more years. There was a 158% spike in ransomware in North America, 268,362 “never-before-seen” malware variants, the return of cryptojacking thanks to the surge in Bitcoin prices and the appeal of invisible payouts. Favorite ransomware targets like retail (up 365%), healthcare (123%), and government (21%) bore an increased burden. Many of the 56.9 million IoT malware attempts were directed against newly relocated home workers with too few security resources.

How safe you consider your data has a big impact on other decisions, says the new Intel study, “The Role of Transparency and Security Assurance in Driving Technology Decision-Making.” Seventy-three percent of the 1,875 global respondents report are more likely to purchase from partners that are proactive about finding and mitigating security vulnerabilities. 76% say it’s highly important for their providers to offer hardware-assisted capabilities to mitigate software exploits. 64% say providers must be transparent about security updates and mitigations, while 74% say providers should apply ethical hacking practices to identify and address vulnerabilities in their own products.

A good way to mitigate ransomware damage is excellent backups, so the new Veeam Data Protection Report 2021 layers on the bad news: 58% of backups fail and leave data unprotected. Over 3,000 IT decision makers at global enterprises report backups are ending with errors or are overrunning the allocated backup window, and restorations are failing to meet their SLAs. “Improve reliability” was the number one goal of organizations when changing their primary backup solutions, according to 31% of respondents. 80% report a “protection gap” between how fast they can recover applications and how fast they need to recover them.

Healthcare has been high on the importance scale this year, so it’s sad the Infoblox CyberRisk Alliance: Healthcare Cybersecurity Breach Report finds that cloud services have become a multi-million dollar threat vector for the industry. Over half of respondents (52%) suffered a data breach in the past year, nearly half (43%) estimated breach costs would exceed $2 million, and 53% have experienced data breaches in cloud networks.

Chimps on ZoomThe world’s last Zoom meeting lovers. Chimps are social creatures, and two zoos in the Czech Republic had a bunch of lonely chimps to placate when visitors were locked out by COVID-19 restrictions last December. So the zoo in Brno, 150km away from Safari Park Dvur Kralove, set up giant screens with a video link between the two chimp troops.

Chimps were wary at first, but now act like they’re watching TV or a movie, say zookeepers. Does this make you feel better or worse: chimps like to grab snacks and lay on a couch while watching the screens. Except for the lack of beer commercials, how different are we?

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

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