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ICYMI: Our Channel News Roundup for the Week of May 9th

Some big new Internet of Things announcements, an interesting take on where the server virtualization market is headed, and the ultimate enabler for your hopeless texting addiction were all among the stories you may have missed this week. By Rich Freeman

There we were, feeling pretty good about how well the ChannelPro team filled you in on the latest from Kaseya, Lenovo, Sophos, Spiceworks, and others this week. And all the while the rest of the IT industry was churning out a gazillion other stories that we didn’t write about. Here’s a recap of the biggest ones we couldn’t get to.

Lenovo AccelerateFirst, let’s fess up. Strictly speaking, we didn’t actually cover all of the news out of Lenovo this week. Yes, we told you about their Accelerate 2016 partner conference and a couple of new laptops, but said nothing about the new Lenovo Smart Meeting Room Solution that also debuted this week. Co-developed with Intel, it combines a Lenovo ThinkCentre Tiny desktop with Intel’s Unite videoconferencing technology, giving Lenovo partners a new way to sell solutions rather than boxes to their clients.

Lenovo Accelerate wasn’t the only big conference this week, by the way. There was also Internet of Things World, which had some of the largest vendors in techdom vying to make the splashiest IoT-related announcement. For example:

  • Avnet LSR Wireless ShieldAvnet introduced the new LSR Wireless Shield (pictured), which pairs LS Research wireless modules with Microsemi field programmable gate arrays, offering developers an affordable option for quickly building IoT prototypes.
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise rolled out the HPE Universal IoT Platform, a collection of standards-based tools for weaving random sensors and other devices together into solutions, and then processing and analyzing the data those solutions produce.
  • Hitachi unveiled an open, adaptable IoT platform of its own, named Lumada.
  • SAP added new components to its SAP HANA Cloud Platform for the Internet of Things, and announced new IoT ventures with Dell, the aforementioned Hitachi, and OSIsoft.

And finally, while it didn’t use Internet of Things World as it’s venue for saying so, Webroot shipped its new BrightCloud Threat Intelligence for IoT Gateways security service.

Project Server 2016And then there was Microsoft. Which may not have launched anything new at Internet of Things World, but sure did participate actively. And besides, they shared plenty of non-IoT news this week, including:

Michael WarrilowThere are some more bullet lists coming soon. So let’s take a quick break from them to reflect on yesterday’s word from Gartner that while x86 server virtualization revenue will be up 5.7 percent this year, license shipments will actually decline for the first time since the whole server virtualization phenomenon took off over a decade ago. In other words, we’re nearing (if not past) peak virtualization. The main reason why, contends analyst Michael Warrilow (pictured), is a shift from virtualization to its opposite, “physicalization,” especially in the SMB space.

Interesting stuff, but take note of a few caveats. First, Warrilow partially credits the rise of software-defined and hyperconverged infrastructure for the big server virtualization sea change, yet both of those technologies actually utilize virtualized servers. Plus, there’s no mention in Gartner’s press release of the role that cloud computing services and their heavily virtualized data centers are undoubtedly playing in decreased SMB server virtualization. So what Warrilow is actually talking about here isn’t really declining use of server virtualization so much as declining use of dedicated server virtualization software, i.e. hypervisors like VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V. That’s not quite the same thing as physicalization, methinks, but a significant trend nonetheless.

Toshiba Percept NVRWe now return you to our regularly-scheduled ginormous bullet list. It’s packed with product news that involved neither the Internet of Things nor Microsoft:

Impartner e-bookHard to believe after all that, I know…But vendors did more than launch new products this week.

This week’s stats ticker:

  • PC shipments dropped 13 percent year-over-year in the first quarter of the year to their lowest level since 2011, according to Canalys.
  • Mobile app downloads will climb from 156 billion globally last year to 210 billion in 2016, according to IDC.
  • The worldwide Internet of Things chip market will grow from $4.71 billion in 2015 to an estimated $9.32 billion by 2022, according to Research and Markets.

TapAnd finally, here’s great news, smartphone addicts! The tool you need to text and tweet everywhere, all the time, no matter how stupid it makes you look, is finally on its way. Called Tap, it’s a Bluetooth-enabled gizmo that lets you use pretty much any surface—including, based on the promotional video below, your skull apparently—to type one-handed messages. Are you the kind of person hungry for a way to text while bicycling, or who can’t bear to go the length of an entire 30-minute meeting without surreptitiously exchanging missives with pals under the table? We suggest you get yourself on the waitlist for the forthcoming product immediately. And then seek professional help. Because, really, if you recognize yourself in Tap’s hypothetical use cases you may be badly overdue for a digital detox.

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