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ICYMI: Our Channel News Roundup for the Week of October 22nd

Oracle news-a-plenty, product updates from Symantec and Intermedia, and the chance you’ve been craving to experience the greatest ocean disaster of all time in person are among the news stories we’ve finally gotten around to telling you about. By James E. Gaskin

Tis the week before Halloween, so time to get serious about your costume. Forget that old naughty nurse look and try something awesome for a change. Challenge accepted? Beat one of these 67 Awesome Halloween Costume Ideas. If all else fails, wear a suit and carry a battle ax and call yourself a corporate raider. Between practice raids, check out the news you missed.

Oracle OpenWorld 2018The name is World, Oracle OpenWorld. San Francisco hosted Oracle OpenWorld and a sea of programmers and tech execs. As more Oracle partners create applications and solutions, Oracle wants to make those easier to find and buy. Now the Oracle Cloud Marketplace will be included in the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure console.

Clouds look safe but bad guys keep trying to crawl inside. New cloud security services from Oracle include a web application firewall, DDoS protection, a cloud access security broker, and a key management service.

Feel like you’re missing the blockchain boat? Just for you, Oracle launched the Oracle Blockchain Applications Cloud. Track products through your supply chain in new and more rigorous ways.

If the above idea sounds like a job for ERP, you’re in luck. New artificial intelligence updates to Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning Cloud and Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Cloud make all things ERP better.

AI gives a boost to the updates to Oracle Human Capital Management Cloud. With all the new demands on HR, a little extra help makes sense.

Oracle wants us to know they haven’t forgotten the smaller businesses with marketing departments. Try out Oracle Data Cloud’s SMB solution for B2B marketers with SMB Digital Channel Marketing and more.

Need some help with all these new Oracle updates? Step right up to the Oracle Digital Assistant and ask for help. After all, the chatbot platform is powered by AI.

Intermedia Cloud Exchange 2019Cloud news from others. Unitas Global rolled out its global cloud-first connectivity solution for hundreds of cloud infrastructure and SaaS applications in over two hundred global markets.

Intermedia released Cloud Exchange 2019, the latest version of Microsoft’s business email platform. Interesting features? The Do Not Forward option that stops meeting invite recipients from forwarding the email to some other sucker, er, coworker.

Thinking of moving your VMware environments to AWS? Get help from 2nd Watch Solution Accelerator for VMware Cloud on AWS.

Your weekly security news. Symantec revved up its IT Management Suite, adding more capabilities (such as better scanning, remediation and/or quarantine, for example) plus integrations with Symantec Endpoint Protection and Control Compliance Suite.

NETSCOUT Arbor Edge DefenseNETSCOUT introduced NETSCOUT Arbor Edge Defense, a new approach to perimeter security that sits between the network and the internet. Deploy it as a physical appliance or virtual network function to push stateless security to the edge.

FireEye powered up FireEye Email Security with improved email threat detection. Check it out (free trial) at their new demo center, FireProof.

Netwrix bumped up the new Netwrix Auditor 9.7 platform with Netwrix Auditor for Network Devices. Watch those users and their behavior and stay safe out there.

Seems like half the headlines about cryptocurrencies talk about hacking wallets and stealing bitcoins or whatever. Rambus released Vaultify Trade to provide new security for blockchain implementations. Tokenize those crypto assets.

Bitdefender pulled out the check book and acquired RedSocks Security BV. The Netherlands-based company focuses on automated detection of suspicious network activity.

Another checkbook was whipped out by Fortinet to acquire ZoneFox and its cloud-based threat-hunting technology.

Yet another checkbook was involved as Check Point grabbed Dome9 of Tel Aviv and their multi-cloud protection tools.

Managed detection and response player eSentire used the tractor beam to grab Versive, of Seattle. Plan is to meld Versive’s AI expertise with eSentire’s MDR platform.

Cylance and Fujitsu America joined hands to leverage their respective cyber threat intelligence capabilities, and throw in some AI-based security predictive tools as well.

HP EliteBook x360 1040 G5Some love for other products now. HP unveiled a bunch of new premium PCs, including two new Spectre x360 models and the EliteBook x360 1040 G5 (pictured), allegedly the world’s smallest and lightest 14-inch business convertible.

Ingram Micro blared the trumpets for the transformation of its Components Business Unit into the Integrated Solutions group. Ping them for custom solutions and optimized components.

SolarWinds teamed with AppOptics for the new Application Performance Monitor. Creatively named SolarWinds APM.

There’s data storage and there’s video storage, and Western Digital spun up three new goodies for the latter. Checksum the new 3D NAND UFS embedded flash drive, WD Purple microSD card, and Western Digital Device Analytics.

Do you believe in mixing your client storage environments? Then the Paragon Mac ToolBox might be the thing for you. Tools like NTFS for Mac and APFS for Windows make storage simpler in complex networks.

IGEL rolled the version odometer up for IGEL OS version 10.05.100. Better support for third-party hardware and software along with more analytics top the list of enhancements.

Sure we love wireless things, but sometimes a cord is just what we need. Jabra’s new Engage 50 is a professional digital and corded headset with enhanced call quality thanks in part to cutting background noise.

Jamf expanded the integration between its Jamf Pro and Jamf Connect on the one hand and Microsoft Enterprise Mobility+Security on the other, so users can connect to a new Mac with Azure Active Directory credentials. The Jamf bag of newness also includes Jamf Setup and Jamf Reset to support multiple customized users on single iPads and iPhones.

Blake SalleNews about people and printers. Addigy (Apple device management) pulled in Tom Moody to lead sales efforts.

Proofpoint promoted Blake Sallé (pictured) to a new position as executive vice president of the Americas.

Xerox launched the Xerox Express program, which aims to give its partners streamlined access to top-selling desktop products.

This week’s stats ticker:

F-Secure interviewed nearly 20,000 consumers in the U.S. and Europe over the last five years and found Internet of Things growth would be even more explosive if not slowed by “early adopter paradox.” 9 of 10 early adopters love their IoT devices, but privacy concerns hold back new smart home purchases. This is partly due to more awareness, like the jump in ransomware awareness from 37 percent in 2015 to 62 percent in the U.S. now. One way consumers are pushed into IoT whether they’re comfortable or not is the difficulty in buying a TV that’s not “smart.” F-Secure found that two-thirds of respondents have delayed an IoT purchase because of privacy concerns.

Barracuda Networks commissioned a new global research report titled, “Security, Connectivity, and Control: The Challenges and Opportunities of SD-WAN.” More than 900 respondents in companies with 1,000 to 5,000 employees in the Americas, EMEA, and APAC, from a variety of industries, participated. What did they find? SD-WAN deployments can be tough. 98 percent of IT leaders complained about networking challenges with their current WAN. On the other hand, 70 percent agree they risk losing a competitive advantage if they don’t update their WAN. 81 percent said advanced threat protection and centralized management were key to their SD-WAN purchase.

Spiceworks surveyed 762 people in companies across North America and Europe about disaster recovery plans this past August and found a disturbance in the recovery force. While 95 percent of companies have a DR plan in place, 23 percent never tested said plan. This despite the fact that 77 percent of organizations reported at least one outage in the last 12 months, and 7 percent had seven or more. Ouch. And we’re not even talking about the 5 percent who admit they have no DR plan at all. Hope for their sake the old “fingers crossed” disaster prevention method works.

TitanicWhat could go wrong? Speaking of disasters, what’s one of the leading examples of “disaster can’t touch us” thinking gone very, very wrong? The sinking of the Titanic, of course. 

So when the Titanic II sets sail following the original course in 2022, are you ready to be a passenger? Hoping, as I would be, that they sail about 50 yards further left this time?

This is all the dream of Clive Palmer, an Australian businessman and chairman of Blue Star Line. Never heard of Blue Star Line? They were officially founded in Liverpool in 1911 after chartering ships starting in 1904 and joined with two other lines to become the Crusader Shipping Company in 1957. In 1998 P&O Nedlloyd bought the name and a few of the ships, then was bought, and so on. But enough history.

Somehow Clive Palmer grabbed the company name after the Blue Star Line trademark had been listed as “abandoned.” Palmer first announced his plan to rebuild the Titanic in early 2013, promising it would sail in 2016. Nope. Blue Star Line hit the news just recently with new plans to rebuild the Titanic and promised a sail date of 2022. Start holding your breath now.

Will the nostalgia crowd pay the estimated $500 million needed to build the Titanic II? Look at it this way: the Titanic was 46,000 gross tonnage (GT). The replica will be 56,000 GT. The largest cruise ship today is the Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas at 228,081 GT. The Titanic II, if built, will be less than half the size of the 56th smallest ship cruising today at 121,878 GT.

Real story? Clive Palmer is also politician. Headlines needed, headlines gained.

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

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