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ICYMI: Our Channel News Roundup for the Week of October 29th

New tricks for IBM and Red Hat, new treats from Apple, and a bar in Texas that dressed up as a Simpsons character for Halloween are all among the stories we probably should have told you about earlier. By James E. Gaskin

Now that Halloween is over and you have to start raking leaves, look back fondly to those warmer days without a rake in your hand and remember what dominated the news this summer. Hint: Lava! The volcano that threatened to eat Hawaii! Luckily, the Kilauea volcano has stopped, or at least taken a break. The Volcano House, the closest resort to the action, is open again. The dining room called The Rim offers a great view of the much, much larger crater.

There are 161 active volcanoes in the U.S., 18 of which are classified as a “very high threat.” Five of those are in Alaska, while two are in Hawaii. Maybe memories of lava will keep you warm while you rake. When you finish raking, check out these news bits.

Apple iPad ProApple harvest time. Cute little iPads for comfortable lap use as a second screen while Netflixing on the couch are yesterday’s news. Now new beefier iPad Pros (pictured) are ready for real work. Liquid Retina displays are larger than ever at 11 and 12.9 inches, and you can unlock them with your face. A hot new A12SX Bionic chip, Gigabit-class LTE, up to 1TB of local storage and a new USB-C connector make them sound like work laptops rather than tablets. Prices for the 11-inch model start at $799 and go up up up.

Prefer a laptop? You’re in luck, because the new MacBook Air marched in with the new iPads. The 13.3-inch update comes in three colors, includes the Apple T2 Security Chip, hot new processors, faster SSDs, and an updated trackpad. Worry not about thieves hacking your data from a stolen device when you use the T2 chip to encrypt SSD data on the fly. $1,199 and up.

Did you think the cute little Mac Mini was forgotten? The years of neglect are over as the new model has up to 64GB of RAM, Thunderbolt 3 ports, the T2 Security Chip, and an option for 10Gb Ethernet support. The 100 percent recycled aluminum case is the same size as the last model. $799 and up.

IBM + Red HatIBM dons Red Hat. The acquisition of Red Hat is a game changer,“ says IBM CEO Ginni Rometty. Surprise! The $34 billion dollar price tag shocked many. No doubts now that IBM is serious about all that cloud stuff, right? And Red Hat fans should be reassured by the plan to keep Red Hat as a distinct unit, at least for the moment.

Coincidentally, Red Hat released Enterprise Linux 7.6a, billed as a consistent hybrid cloud foundation for enterprise IT. Analysts agree that hybrid clouds and multiclouds are the wave of the future, and IBM and new acquisition Red Hat promise to support clouds, containers, and improve security with the update.

Datto D200Managed service news. Start a new ticket for all the new products and innovations from Datto, including Datta Networking Managed Power, new business continuity and disaster recovery hardware, and new pricing for SaaS protection cloud backup. BCDR with up to 48TB of all-flash storage? Yep. Cloud Agent Templates to enforce standards? Yessir. High-performance edge routing thanks to new hardware like the D200 (pictured)? Affirmative

LogicMonitor (management) added Google Cloud Platform (GCP) into the enhanced LogicMonitor LM Cloud product. In other words, expanded multi-cloud performance monitoring galore.

Cylance and ConnectWise integrated CylancePROTECT and CylanceOPTICS into ConnectWise Automate. A single data repository and enhanced security with intelligent automation should make life easier.

MSPs serving SMBs may want to check out the new Uplevel Release 3.0 that combines Ethernet, WiFi, firewall, backup, VoIP, and VPN in a single solution.

Blancco Technology Group (data erasure and device diagnostics) signed new channel distribution agreements with Ingram Micro Canada, H3 Secure, Bayside Solutions, and Softchoice. This follows an earlier agreement with Ingram in March and an EMEA-wide disti deal with Arrow Electronics put in place this summer.

Bitdefdender Election Security CentralOf course, security news. LogRhythm’s NextGen SIEM Platform 7.4 release includes Case Playbooks, automated response actions, and new security operations center metrics.

Say hello to Comodo Dome Shield Platinum, a cloud-delivered DNS Security-as-a-Service solution that blocks access to harmful websites better than ever. Protect all Internet-connected devices across any size network from small business to a global enterprise.

Like VPNs? Check out the new ZeroStack Self-Driving Cloud platform, which handles secure tunnels between multiple sites and clouds. Of course, it’s VPN As A Service.

FireMon (policy management) pulled two curtains: the Lumeta Spectre 3.3.2 and FileMon Security Manager 8.23. The former secures IT assets for Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure customers, and the latter provides visibility to all network security devices.

Netwrix Auditor 9.7 from Netwrix Corp. includes an enhanced IT risk assessment dashboard, tightened control over data in SharePoint, and several more goodies.

Election security now dominates mainstream news, believe it or don’t. Hence the new Bitdefender Election Security Central (pictured) with dashboard and daily reports about malware, voter deceit, and other criminal acts.

Xerox C8000News about other products. Intermedia’s SecuriSync, enterprise-grade file sharing and backup, worked with Bitdefender to add advanced anti-malware and antivirus protections.

SolarWinds bundled together a DevOps toolkit that includes Pingdom, AppOptics, Papertrail, and Loggly.

Aerohive Networks worked with Amazon to add an voice-driven Alexa skill to the new Aerohive HiveManager Shortcuts, due late in November. There are already over 100 specific voice requests in the system and more will be added each week. Here’s one question admins will love: “Were there any configuration changes to the network since I last logged in?”

Make room for the new Xerox VersaLink C8000 (pictured) and C9000 A3 color printers. Graphic designers will appreciate the C9000’s precision color management tools.

Brother rolled out the RuggedJet 4250WBL, its latest compact mobile receipt and label printer.

Want your cloud apps to go faster? Of course, everybody wants every app to go faster. Intel, SAP, and Google combined to offer GCP virtual machines supporting Intel Optane DC persistent memory for SAP workloads.

LogMeIn’s Bold360 platform offers a new look at customer engagement by adding proactive AI and language features. Non-English languages expand your reach.

Sprint called to say its software-defined wide-area network now reaches any destination in Asia-Pacific, Latin America, North America, and Europe.

Logicalis (IT provider) partnered with RoviSys and N3N to place Internet of Things solutions directly on the manufacturing plant floor. This move extends an earlier partnership with Cisco.

Ready to play with one of the new Intel i9 processors? Check out the Z390 AORUS XTREME motherboard from GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd. The 16-Phas Digital IR VRM design offers a high-power phase count, and a new thermal design will keep things cooler. Prefer a design workstation? Then the GIGABYTE DESIGNARE motherboard is for you, and it also supports the new i9 processor.

Andrei BaronovNews about unproducts. Veeam promoted co-founder Andrei Baronov (pictured) to CEO and the other co-founder, Ratmir Timashev, to executive vice president, worldwide sales and marketing. William Largent assumes the role of executive vice president, operations.

BitTitan welcomed Gregg Erickson as vice president, customer success.

CloudJumper pulled in Robin Brandl as vice president of strategic alliances.

Presto Chango: Comodo CA is now Sectigo. The company was purchased by Francisco Partners last year from the Comodo Group.

OpenText put $310 million on the table to acquire Liaison Technologies (application management).

8x8 (collaboration) extended its cloud technology platform with its acquisition of the Jitsi open source video communications technology team from Atlassian.

Adobe (you know) finalized the acquisition of Marketo (B2B marketing).

The Alliance of Channel Women, during the 16th ACW Connect Live! Network Event in Philadelphia, named five outstanding volunteers as 2018 ACT Award winners (alphabetical by last name):

  • Lori Graber, director of sales operations for NetCarrier
  • Khali Henderson, senior partner at BuzzTheory
  • Chantay Osborne, software Developer for Telarus
  • Carrie Reyes, solutions architect for MasterStream ERP
  • Bana Qashu senior business development manager at Avant

The ACW also named the 2018 winners of the ACW LEAD Award, recognizing exceptional female channel leaders (alphabetical by last name):

  • Lisa Del Real, associate vice president of global channel programs & operations, RingCentral
  • Lisa Miller, president, wholesale, indirect & alliances, CenturyLink
  • Christine Sanni, channel manager, mid-Atlantic south region, Intelisys

This week’s stats ticker:

The new McAfee Cloud Adoption and Risk Report analyzed billions of anonymized customer events to look for risks in cloud usage. Of course, they found some. About 22 percent share files externally, up 21 percent year over year. Sharing of those files within the cloud is up 53 percent YoY, and almost a quarter of data in the cloud can be considered sensitive. Think of that as you read this: the average enterprise experiences more than 2,200 misconfiguration incidents per month in various cloud collab systems. The cloud providers only secure the cloud itself, leaving companies to secure their data no matter where those files go. And one place they go is home, since sending sensitive data to a personal email address is up 12 percent YoY. Reach for your favorite headache relief now: 5.5 percent of AWS S3 buckets are wide open to the public.

Ready to go cyborg? You might want to read this report from Kaspersky Lab and the University of Oxford Functional Neurosurgery Group first. The report outlines a number of existing risk scenarios which could be exploited. For one, the online management platform used by many surgeons could allow an attacker to get data and treatment procedures. Data transfer from the implant may be unencrypted, allowing hackers to change settings causing pain or paralysis, or grab data. And the need for emergency access by other physicians means that the implant in your brain must have a backdoor known to every medical professional who might need to treat you. Still ready to go all cyborg and stimulate your brain through implants?

Eat at Moe'sWhen buildings dress up for Halloween. Austin, Texas, is the home for the Nickel City bar, on E. 11th street. This year, from October 26th through Halloween, Nickel City became Moe’s Tavern from The Simpson’s TV show.

A Moe’s sign and purple trim like the TV bar greeted customers on the outside. Tourists and regulars took plenty of photos under the sign. On the inside, bartenders dressed as Moe Szyslak, menus were branded Moe’s, the pickled egg jar was where regular viewers expect, and the famous Flaming Moe drink was available (although the secret ingredient of cough syrup was replaced by Jägermeister). Patrons did their part, and many came as show characters. Pink doughnut with sprinkles, anyone?

Sorry you missed it? Plan a trip down for the holidays, when the “Santa on Hawaiian Vacation” theme will be in full swing. Tiki-themed decorations and Grinch Grog will complete the transformation.

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

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