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ICYMI: Our Channel News Roundup for the Week of October 7th

New Xeons from Intel, new CEOs for SAP, and a new beer that only an Apollo astronaut could love are just a few of the many stories we’re belatedly bringing your way. By James E. Gaskin

Who messed with the weather.conf file? Certainly seems crazy lately. Take Denver, for instance. On Thursday they had fall for all of two hours. Temperatures plummeted 64 degrees from Wednesday to Thursday. From bikinis to blizzards. Ouch.

HP printer for healthcareName brand news. Intel pulled the curtain on its latest lineup of Xeon W and X-series processors. Custom-designed to boost AI acceleration and support professional creators. Look for stock in November with promised more affordable step-up pricing.

Healthcare still runs on paper (so much for all that Electronic Health Record funding from the government a few years ago). So the HP Healthcare Edition print portfolio upgraded user safety with details like keyboards that are easy to sanitize and reduced electronic interference. Look for the EN/IEC certified HP Healthcare Edition printers (sample pictured) next spring in the U.S. and Canada

Six months after telling us it’s coming, HPE and Nutanix announced GA for HPE GreenLake for Nutanix, and the HPE ProLiant DX solution. Supports HPE’s integrated hybrid cloud as a service offering.

SAP CEO Bill McDermott stepped down and will be replaced by co-CEOs Jennifer Morgan and Christian Klein. McDermott will stay on as advisor through the end of the year. None of that bothered SAP product upgrade plans, as its technology has now aligned into one stack with a single reference architecture. SAP HANA Cloud and SAP Analytics Cloud will combine all data and analytics capabilities, and more.

Mac fans will be happy to show off their new macOS Catalina, a free software upgrade. Includes Apple Arcade game subscription service, plus new versions of the Apple Music, Podcasts, and TV apps. You can turn your iPad into a second screen and more.

You know what that version change means, right? Upgrade all the software you use to support it, like the new Addigy Apple Device Management for Catalina. And perhaps Jamf Pro, School, Now, and Connect. And ATTO is ready to support the new OS with products like the ATTO Xtend SAN iSCSI Initiator version 5.5.

FireEyeHeadlines in bunches from other vendors. Avaya broke the news on its new Avaya IX-CC Contact Center as a Service platform that will launch in the first half of 2020. Might check into the upgraded Avaya IX Subscription program at the same time.

In a related note, Avaya and SKC Communications are the newest Platinum partners in the recently-launched Nectar Services Partner Program. Who else joined? Aura Alliance, a global partner with customers in 120+ countries.

Looking for a new way to defend your digital footprint across the Web? FireEye Digital Threat Monitoring may help. The company also announced availability of two new FireEye Mandiant services: Purple Team and Continuous Purple Team Assessments to better work with incident response experts.

But wait, there’s more! FireEye is now available on the Amazon Web Services Marketplace. One more thing you can get from the AWS Marketplace? iboss + FireEye Cloud Network Security.

Lenovo LanSchool AirMore product news. SolarWinds Identity Monitor steps up security byj automating Account Take Over (ATO) prevention. Nothing’s scarier than not knowing if a person is who they say they are, right?

Serve the education market? Then you might be interested in Lenovo’s LanSchool Air cloud-based classroom orchestration platform (pictured). Always supported Chromebooks, and now it’s available for Windows and Mac environments.

ManageEngine announced GA of its flagship Information Technology Service Management products, ServiceDesk Plus, with Enterprise Service Management capabilities.

Looking for an excuse to get some augmented reality gear? Try the new RemotePC Vision and offer instant support through live streaming.

Or go VR and try MobileIron’s new Oculus for Business and manage virtual reality headsets like any other endpoint.

ADLINK Technology offers a way to rapidly deploy, connect, stream, and control operational data from IoT devices with ADLINK Edge.

Moving is a pain, whether physical (all those boxes!) or software. If you’re an MSP interested in moving clients from a legacy telephony system to the latest UC solution, try VOSS Solutions’ M2UC.

Have files in multiple clouds? Of course you do. Maybe FileCloud’s new Smart DLP can help implement data leak prevention across them.

Small offices suffer in the cyberwars because they lack budget and expertise. BullGuard wants to help with its new BullGuard Small Office Security endpoint security service.

CloudJumper execsYet more news, but no products. As Windows Virtual Desktop gains traction, CloudJumper expanded its MSP sales org with two additions. Mike Celayeta (pictured right) joins as director of MSP programs, and Jim DeFlumeri (pictured left) dons the title of channel sales manager.

VMware closed its acquisition of security vendor Carbon Black at $26 per share for a value of $2.1 billion.

The global partner program at Forcepoint just added Global Systems Integrators Platinum and Accredited Service Partners programs.

Ingram Micro says its unified communications and collaboration business keeps growing and growing. So the company will bring associates acquired along with NetXUSA in 2016 and the Phoenix Group the next year together in a new facility in South Carolina.

Speaking of Ingram Micro, they’re partnering with Nordsense to offer Canadian communities an AI and IoT-enabled smart waste management program.

Sounds like a good idea to improve developer-first open source security, right? That’s why Trend Micro and Snyk teamed up.

Sectigo and SPYRUS partnered to fully automate digital identity management.

Sophos Cloud Optix is now on AWS Marketplace.

Speaking of clouds, the MSPAlliance developed a cyber risk rating for cloud and managed service providers. Tag is Cyber Verify.

This week’s stats ticker:

The NPD Group’s U.S. B2B Distributor and Reseller Tracking Service shows that domestic B2B software sales are up 10% year to date. That’s ahead of the 8% in 2017 and just behind the 11% in 2018. The content and collaboration segment sits atop the growth leader throne as companies work to improve productivity, time management, file sharing, project tracking, and other collab-y operations. The four top vendors, Microsoft, Autodesk, Adobe, and Cisco grab 86% of total dollar sales. Expectations are that this segment will continue to grow as more workers telecommute and younger generations join the workforce. Cloud-enabled software grew slightly faster than before at an 11% uptick and is expected to continue rising.

The Ponemon Institute’s 2019 Global State of Cybersecurity in Small and Medium-Sized Businesses brings sad news to SMBs: attacks are increasing and becoming more sophisticated. Commissioned by Keeper Security, the report shows 76% of U.S. companies were attacked in the last 12 months, up from 55% in 2016. Phishing led the way (57%) against SMBs globally. 69% of organizations reported they lost sensitive data about customers and employees to attacks, compared to 83% globally, in the last year. Looking forward, 80% think a security incident through an unsecured IoT device could be catastrophic. However, only 21% monitor the risk of IoT devices in their workplace. That does not compute.

Procrastination may have some pleasures but security ain’t one of them. The Webroot Threat Report: Mid-Year Update found that Windows 7 exploits have grown 75% since January. 1 in 50 URLs are malicious, and nearly one-third of phishing sites use HTTPS. So much for the little lock icon. Phishing URLs grew 400% from January to July 2019. Top targets are SaaS/Webmail providers (25%), financial institutions (19%), and social media (16%).

BruTangA beer the Apollo astronauts might have liked. Dangerous Man Brewing forged ahead into a future world no one requested. As we continue to highlight questionable food innovations, let’s turn now to drink. In fact, the new “advancement” is a craft-brewed beer.

Say hello to Bru-Tang Sour. Yes, a Tang-flavored beer. How do they make such a monstrosity? To quote it’s made with “heaps of oats, wheat, and lactose,” “hopped with Lemondrop Cryo” and “bombed... with sh*t tons of TANG!”

If you think this is a crime against childhood, just wait. Other flavors the Minnesota brewery offers includes a Chocolate Milk stout, a German Chocolate Pastry stout, and a Peanut Butter porter. We’re guessing Twinkies go best with Chocolate Milk stout while Astronaut Ice Cream should be paired with Bru-Tang Sour.

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

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