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ICYMI: Our Channel News Roundup for the Week of September 11th

Equifax became the latest giant enterprise with even giant-er security holes. Who knew a company with “fax” in the name would be baffled by modern computer security details like keeping servers updated and changing “admin/admin” to real user names and passwords. On the positive side, security VARs have a new bad example to show potential customers. And oh, yes, Apple said something about phones on Tuesday, our European friends got together at VMworld Europe, and we missed a few other things. Dive into the news pool with us. By James E. Gaskin

Signals from the Apple Saucer. Apple released details about the new iPhone family. Summary: Gorgeous and a grand (as in a hundred sawbucks) for the iPhone X. Start your Apple store campout now for the November 3, 2017, release date.

And some phones are less than a grand but still good updates. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus can be preordered today (9/15/17) for an expected store delivery of Friday, September 22. Don’t step on the iPhone X campers sleeping outside the store.

Supporting vendors include Belkin and its Boost Up Wireless Charging Pad for all members of the new iPhone iFamily.

Some non-Apple announcements from the HP Reinvent show. Work no longer stays in the office, so HP announced the HP Elite 1000 Series including laptops ruggedized to MIL-STD standards for harsh environments. They’re big on collaboration and security too. (Psst, Equifax, are you reading this?)

HP also enhanced the company’s device-as-a-service offerings with more efficient fleet management, simpler plans, and term options, and inclusion of the most popular computing products from PCs to POS and more.

Across the pond they gathered at VMworld. Barcelona hosted the VMworld 2017 Europe show, where VMware pampered partners with new innovations like VMware HCX technologies to enable multicloud and multisite migration and portability, as well as updates to the Cloud Provider Platform and more.

VMware and partner IBM joined corporate hands to announce that more than 1,400 enterprises around the world are extending VMware into the IBM Cloud. Watch for rolling releases of goodies through the rest of the year.

Say hello to VMware vRealize Suite 2017 to help deploy and manage services across a “multicloud landscape.” Can we call clouds a landscape? No matter. Two-thirds of enterprises practice cloud polygamy, linking up with multiple clouds and providers, and help is now on the way to them.

Communications services got plenty of love as VMware announced vCloud NFV-OpenStack. Dell EMC linked up as well and the pair rolled out preintegrated and prevalidated NFV solutions.

Fans of Docker (both the pants and the containers) heard about vSphere Integrated Containers. Again, more security and better management.

Speaking of more security, VMware also announced an expansion of the Mobile Security Alliance (MSA). The ecosystem of security vendors tied into the VMware Workspace ONE digital workspace platform now offers better interoperability, addresses data security gaps, and works with existing security solutions.

Remember Microsoft? In a timely introduction, Microsoft rolled out a suite of cloud security offerings it calls “Azure confidential computing.” Biggest hook? Encryption of data while it’s in use. Do people think cloud security is really important? Yeah, could be helpful.

Microsoft churns out tons of training content, which is a good thing. But finding that content creates bad things, like curse words. Say hello, politely, to the Microsoft Partner Network’s new Learning Portal, a doorway into better organized info.

Other products want some love, too. And we have it for them:

  • Toshiba announced a new MQ04 1TB HDD for notebooks, game systems, set-top appliances, and other devices that could benefit from a 2.5-inch 7 mm drive spinning at 5,400 RPM and pushing bits through at 6 Gbps.
  • Samsung linked up with several new partners to integrate services with Samsung smartwatches.
  • Data Deposit Box, the Toronto-based cloud backup and storage folks, announced new SaaS offerings for MSPs with LiveLink technologies and advanced turnkey marketing support.
  • Carbon Black announced the third quarter release of Cb Defense, a next-generation AV and endpoint detection and response solution powered by “Streaming Ransomware Prevention” technology.
  • Thycotic offered a free PAM (Privileged Account Management) Risk Assessment Tool that produces executive-level reports (does that mean color charts?) and specific instructions on tightening security.
  • BDNA shook hands with Amazon Web Services to develop BDNA Cloud Asset Insights, which provides a comprehensive view of cloud software details.
  • Arrow Electronics now offers professional support services for smart, connected devices, meaning all those IoT things making like rabbits these days.
  • New Relic updated its Digital Intelligence Platform to better help customers grok architectures distributed across on-premises, public cloud, and hybrid cloud locations.
  • SupportBot added a “Slack-like” chat room to its artificially intelligent customer service solution for MSPs.

People, Acquisitions, Partners, More:

  • Scality, the object and cloud storage people, announced three new vice presidents. Michelle Rockler arrived in July and now heads the global strategic alliances organization. Wally MacDermid joined in June and now leads business development efforts. David Savage joins in September and will handle the Americas sales group.
  • CloudJumper, a workspace-as-a-service platform maker, appointed Josh Coke (pictured) its North American channel sales manager. Lunch is on, Josh!
  • HTG announced that Chris Brown has signed on as senior consultant in the coaching and consulting division. Brown has been a peer group facilitator for HTG since 2012.
  • Flexera signed an agreement to acquire BDNA, and with it that Cloud Asset Insights solution we just told you about.
  • Atlassian and 8x8 say their new alliance makes unified communications even more unified, and integrates 8x8 with the JIRA Service Desk system, among other things, to boot.
  • SonicWall and SentinelOne plan to work together to integrate SonicWall’s firewall smarts with SentinelOne’s endpoint expertise.
  • Nitel, a nationwide managed telecom service provider, told the world about the new Nitel Elite Partner Program for top-performing master agents and distributors.
  • Comodo and StackPath linked up to announce a platform with a machine learning-equipped security operations center, security incident and event management system, web application firewall, and secure content delivery network.
  • Avaya made the new Avaya Equinox Meetings Online videoconferencing and collaboration service available to channel partners in nearly 30 countries.
  • New Relic took the stage at its Cloud Migration Partner Summit and announced the New Relic Navigators Partner Program.
  • Avnet signed a distribution deal with Singapore-based Opulent Group, a maker of LED lights and components.
  • FinalCode declared that release 5.3 of its file-centric information rights management solution is reporting for duty and can support more application types.

This week’s stat ticker:

  • Trend Micro released its 2017 Midyear Security Roundup: The Cost of Compromise report, which showed that businesses continue to fall prey to old vulnerabilities. FYI: This was before Equifax fessed up about allowing hackers to steal critical data on 143 million people in the U.S. alone. On the other hand, ransomware was only as bad as last year, instead of getting worse.
  • WatchGuard released details from its global survey about the pending General Data Protection Regulation (aka GDPR) going into effect in May 2018, and found that over a third of the 1,600 questioned organizations don’t know if they need to comply or not. More than a quarter (28 percent) say they don’t need to comply. All of them are wrong.

Unexpected benefits of AMD’s Ryzen chips. AMD’s Ryzen processor family won some converts recently with all their cores and memory and gigahertz ratings. French cloud services company Qarnot, however, has discovered a feature not advertised by AMD.

Ryzen Pro CPUs have twice as many cores as equivalent Intel chips, but produce the same amount of heat. This makes Qarnot happy, not because the air conditioning bills go down but because revenue stays up. The clever French folks have a contract to produce heat for 1,500 “social houses” in Bordeaux, France. If the chips ran cooler than Intel that would cause them a problem. But they report a 30 to 45 percent performance gain over the Intel Core i7 chips they were using, meaning they get double value from upgrading: more horsepower at the same heat level to maintain their side gig of blowing hot air in the right direction.

We suggest all future chip product pages show version numbers, cores, cache memory, and BTU rating. And while rack servers are good for large-scale heating, every pedestal server and workstation should include a resting place on top for a teapot.



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

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