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ICYMI: Our Channel News Roundup for the Week of March 21st

Chips from AMD, resources from NVIDIA, peer groups ASCII, billing software from Zomentum, and a big fat pay day for a lucky person who’s mom didn’t throw away all his comic books are a few of the stories we’ve just now gotten around to. By James E. Gaskin

Welcome to Spring 2022 weather, the roller coaster that comes to you. This weekend, a heat wave will hit the West and Midwest, pushing a cold snap into the Northeast, including snow for some. Next week, the situation reverses, so keep your heavy jacket beside your shorts and sandals.

AMD 3DChipmaker news. AMD’s “Milan-X” processors, officially named 3rd Gen AMD EPYC processors with AMD 3D V-Cache technology (and pictured), are now generally available. The first data center CPU using 3D die stacking, according to their manufacturer, they’re built on the Zen 3 core architecture and offer up to a 66% performance uplift across a variety of workloads compared to non-stacked processors.

Outside the data center, the AMD Instinct ecosystem hit the shelves and now powers a range of new systems from the usual suspects, including Dell Technologies, HPE, Lenovo, and Supermicro. Leverages the AMD Instinct M1210 accelerator and ROCm 5 software.

Speaking of Supermicro, test out the new processors yourself through their SuperBlade, Twin, and Ultra server families. All have models built around the 3rd Gen AMD EPYC Processors with a 768 MB L3 cache, allowing applications to keep more data close to the CPU for faster results.

Supermicro also announced support for NVIDIA’s latest hardware and software, including the NVIDIA RTX A5500. Set up advanced work environments in NVIDIA Omniverse Enterprise with NVIDIA AI Enterprise software.

NVIDIA launched Omniverse for Developers, making it easier for devs to share assets, collaborate, and deploy AI to animated characters’ facial expressions. Features include updates to Omniverse Audio2Face, Nucleus Cloud, and DeepSearch. New? The Unreal Engine 5 Omniverse Connector.

Of course, there’s a cloud! NVIDIA’s Omniverse Cloud is a suite of cloud services for artists, creators, developers, and designers to access and edit large 3D scenes from anywhere. The included Omniverse Create app helps designers and artists build 3D worlds in real time.

For large-scale digital twin projects, check out the just-announced NVIDIA OVX that runs within the NVIDIA Omniverse. Simulate buildings, factories, cites, or more.

NVIDIA and Microsoft announced a deal to bring confidential computing to NVIDIA Ampere A100 GPUs combined with hardware-protected. Allows enterprises to use sensitive datasets to train and deploy more accurate models.

Lenovo’s GPU-rich NVIDIA-Certified systems, like the modular Lenovo ThinkSystem SR670v2 server, are ready to power Omniverse Enterprise.

Cisco UCS X-SeriesMore news from majors. Like to spend less to get into hyperconvergence? The newly introduced Cisco HyperFlex Express, using the latest AMD EPYC processors, may help. Also new, the Cisco UCS X-Series (pictured) powered by Intersight now offers GPU nodes and a flexible fabric technology to deliver more bandwidth for modern applications.

ServiceNow rolled out its Now Platform San Diego release with an upgraded, modern visual design and new robotic process automation capabilities. It also includes Next Experience to show users their most important work upfront.

Game devs have a new option: AWS for Games, used by many gaming big dogs over the last 15 years. Preview Amazon GameSparks, check out AWS GameKit, and get guidance from Amazon Nimble Studio.

Other product news. Zomentum Connect, the billing reconciliation system based on tech from Goolash, is now generally available for as little as nothing, ever.

JumpCloud now integrates with ConnectWise Manage, to better automate client billing so you can save time and avoid dropping billable items in the monthly rush to reconcile information from multiple sources.

Now available, Jamf Fundamentals packages the vendor’s MDM tools for the specific needs of smaller and midsize businesses. But wait, there’s more! Jamf’s App Catalog now includes App Installers, an easier way to deploy and update Mac applications.

Devolutions has a new module for Devolutions Server, its privileged access management PAM solution.

Dynabook America (formerly Toshiba PC Company) added 12th Gen Intel Core P-Series 28W processor options to rev up its 14-inch Tecra A40-K and 15-inch Tecra A50-K laptops. Microsoft Windows 11 Pro now included.

Designed for network video recorders enabled with AI for edge security applications, the new Seagate SkyHawk AI 20 TB HDD supports up to 64 HD video streams and 21 AI streams.

Can you hear me now? If not, try the new Verizon Mobile for Microsoft Teams and integrate your number with Teams for enterprise-grade voice quality and policy management.

Now turbo-charged, Lexmark Optra Edge, the latest addition to the company’s Optra IoT Solutions portfolio, executes AI apps closer to the edge and reduces data transfer with the cloud.

Wherever people work, they need something printed, right? Hybrid workforces, get ready for the newly announced Xerox VersaLilnk C7100 and VersaLink B7100 Series MFPs in the office, pared with the Xerox C315, B305, and B315 MFPs for home use.

ExtraHop extended its Reveal(x) 360 to offer better threat visibility for AWS by employing advanced AI to create a “threat heatmap.”

Vade Secure has a new patent to prevent phishing kits from initiating defensive actions when examined by URL scanning technology.

Attivo Networks expanded its identity assessment tech to Azure Active Directory to support hybrid environments and more.

Remote and hybrid developers might find higher productivity with the new itopia Spaces and it ready-to-code environments.

Ashan WillyNon-product vendor news. Proofpoint promoted interim CEO Ashan Willy (pictured) to CEO.

Unfurl the red carpet in front of Sophos for Rob Lalumondier, vice president of federal business.

Ring the bells to announce the arrival of Joshua Chan at Cowbell Cyber as CTO.

The Welcome Wagon delivered Samantha Zuniga-Juarez to distributor TBI to become vice president of partner and solution experience. Oh look, TBI promoted Joe Fizor to Director of Solutions Engineering, too.

There’s a new peer group from The ASCII Group, and it aims to spark good knowledge sharing among ASCII members.

Netwrix launched a new partner portal to integrate partners of its acquired entities into the Netwrix channel. Enroll in the Netwrix Channel, register deals, and make use of sales materials and the consolidated training and certification program.

Invicti Security linked more tightly with TD SYNNEX to extend distribution to the APAC regions.

TD SYNNEX also expanded distribution of the Ping Identity Global Partner Network with a global deal.

Fellow disti Ingram Micro is a Microsoft Azure Expert MSP for the third year running.

Going to the Channel Partners Conference and Expo in Las Vegas next month? Don’t miss the Alliance of Channel Women’s ACWConnect Live! networking event there on April 11th. Registration is open now.

Another week, another acquisition for UPSTACK. This time it’s telecom agency Meridian Network Services.

This week’s stats ticker:

Liquidware and IGEL worked with analyst Freeform Dynamics on the “Modernizing the Digital Workplace” report, which examines how organizations are doing in today’s fractured work arrangements. The rush to embrace work from home means the longer-term costs of governance and technical expenses are now due. Despite that, modern desktop delivery models lead to better outcomes in user satisfaction, cost of ownership, manageability, and security. 80% of respondents claim they needed to act very quickly to keep their businesses running, with 73% reporting instructions to keep costs and overhead to a minimum. Shortages limited equipment options for 72%, a similar number claimed a need to minimize end user training requirements, while 70% had to keep things as simple and supportable as possible. Today, 65% are considering reducing dependency on the “fat-client” computing model, more automation of delivery, monitoring, and management, and adopting platforms designed to support the modern desktop/application model.

Told You SoProof mom was wrong about comic books. Here’s more ammunition when mom tries to guilt you: A Marvel Comics book just sold at auction for more than $2.4 million. Yes, dollars.

Marvel Comic #1 from 1939 included the precursor to the Human Torch from the Fantastic Four, and the first appearance of Namor the Sub-Mariner. It was also a “pay copy,” meaning it had annotations by the publisher showing how much was owed to contributors.

No, it’s not a comic book you bought with a dime you found in the couch, but she didn’t know that when she threw it away.

Welcome to Spring 2022 weather, the roller coaster that comes to you. This weekend, a heat wave will hit the West and Midwest, pushing a cold snap into the Northeast, including snow for some. Next week, the situation reverses, so keep your heavy jacket beside your shorts and sandals.

Photo: Marvel

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

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