Wasn’t it considerate of IT vendors to ease off the news throttle this week while all of us at ChannelPro were staging another of our genuinely wonderful SMB Forum events in Washington DC?
Oh wait, that’s right. They didn’t ease off the news throttle this week. In fact, they kind of ramped up the news cycle when we were least prepared to keep pace. Jerks. Anyway, here’s what they were up to while we were otherwise occupied.
Didn’t get enough Hewlett Packard Enterprise news this week? Well, don’t blame us. We were all over the partner program and product line changes HPE announced at its Global Partner Conference in Boston. On the other hand, we were too wrapped up at our own event to post a story about the security analytics, application security, and data security product updates HPE announced at its other conference this week, the Protect 2016 event in National Harbor, Md. And yes, the updated products in question are all among the solutions recently acquired by Micro Focus in HPE’s big software sell-off. Call it a going away present, I guess.
If only HPE had been equally considerate about the timing on its announcement that Arista Networks is now its preferred networking partner for software-defined infrastructure solutions. Had that come just a touch earlier we probably would have had time to mention it to you earlier as well.
But enough griping about HPE. Let’s gripe about all the companies that chose the week of our conference, not to mention HP’s acquisition of Samsung’s printer business, to make M&A announcements. We’re talking, of course, about:
- Extreme Networks, which bought Zebra Technologies’ wireless LAN business.
- Madison Dearborn Partners, a private equity firm that bought Intermedia from fellow private equity house Oak Hill Capital Partners.
- Skyview Capital, yet another private equity firm that snapped up VMware’s vRealize Business Enterprise, an offering not to be confused with vRealize Business for Cloud, which remains the property of VMware.
- Verizon, which purchased Internet of Things vendor Sensity Systems.
And don’t think we’re letting you off the hook, Microsoft. Just a few days after a positively sleepy news week you waited until we were distracted elsewhere to tell the world that:
- Your retail stores have added new SMB Zones showcasing the latest office productivity tools, as well as a new Accelerate Your Business hardware leasing program.
- The new iOS and Android editions of Outlook now have additional external calendar integrations, plus new event icons and mapping functionality.
- SharePoint Online, Exchange Online, and OneDrive for Business have all received new usage reporting capabilities.
- An updated edition of your StorSimple 8000 series storage appliances is now available with faster reads and writes to the cloud among other enhancements.
- Ping has created new software designed to supplement the identity management functionality in your Azure AD Application Proxy solution.
Attention, nerds! There’s one last Microsoft story you’ll want to know about. In honor of Star Trek’s 50th anniversary, Microsoft is doling out bonus points to members of its rewards program for buying or renting selected Star Trek titles in the Windows Store. As if watching The Trouble with Tribbles one more time wasn’t reward enough.
But let’s get back to berating vendors that made product news this week behind our back. Because there are a lot of them. For example:
- BlackBerry’s Good product unit and MobileIron both revealed that their enterprise mobility management platforms provide immediate support for devices running Apple’s new iOS 10 operating system.
- Dell shipped new XPS and Inspiron laptops bearing speedy Intel 7th Generation Core (aka Kaby Lake) processors.
- Dell EMC announced the new ScaleIO Ready Node, a software-defined, all-flash block storage solution that runs (surprise!) on Dell PowerEdge x86 servers.
- eSentire partnered with Carbon Black to create the new eSentire Endpoint Managed Detection and Response system.
- Greater Intell announced the availability of giDocs ITM for Kaseya VSA, a solution that adds document management capabilities to Kaseya’s VSA IT management platform.
- Lenovo got all vertical on us by releasing a new patient identity management solution for healthcare customers and an updated version of its LanSchool classroom management system for the education crowd.
- NEC introduced a new 24-inch MultiSync display optimized for multi-monitor configurations.
- Ninja MSP shipped a new release of its RMM system with anti-virus status reporting, granular time zone management settings, additional built-in scripts, and more.
- Ooma added support for the Yealink CP860 IP Conference Phone to its Ooma Office small business phone system.
- Panasonic released a rugged new network video surveillance camera designed for use in the great outdoors under harsh weather conditions.
- Riverbed, in addition to updating its SteelConnect and SteelFusion products, added cloud and mobile-oriented end user experience and application monitoring capabilities to its SteelCentral performance management solution.
- Tenable began offering security monitoring, logging, and diagnostics functionality to Google Cloud Platform users.
- Toshiba pulled the wraps off a new line of SATA solid-state drives for mainstream desktops and notebooks.
- Trend Micro shipped the 2017 edition of its flagship security solution, with enhanced protection against ransomware, identity theft, and other advanced threats.
- Upland unveiled a new version of its PowerSteering project and portfolio management software.
- ViewSonic rolled out a new gaming monitor (pictured) equipped with NVIDIA’s G-SYNC display technology, which is designed to reduce image stuttering and input lag.
- ZeroStack announced that VMware users worried about single vendor lock-in can now import VMware ESX workloads into its OpenStack-based hybrid cloud solution with a single click.
But why limit ourselves to complaining about product news? There were all too many other notable vendor stories this week too. For instance:
- Armor and FlexManage announced a partnership aimed at adding “military-grade” security capabilities to on-premises, Amazon Web Services, and Microsoft Azure infrastructures.
- Avast extended its tender offer for shares of AVG, the managed services and security software vendor it’s been in the process of purchasing since July.
- Avnet disclosed that its Avnet Government Solutions subsidiary has added products from CommVault to its General Services Administration product schedule.
- Container technology leader Docker introduced a new tiered partner program.
- OpenText bought Documentum and the rest of Dell EMC’s enterprise content management software portfolio.
- Salesforce appointed ex-Microsoft executive Tony Prophet (pictured, right, two years ago with his new boss, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff) its first chief equality officer.
This week’s stats ticker:
- 42 percent of IT professionals say their organization has suffered data loss from a mobile device, according to NetEnrich.
- Global server revenue was down 0.4 percent in the second quarter of this year if you believe IDC, or 0.8 percent if you’re more into Gartner.
- Cybersecurity incidents cost SMBs $86,500 apiece on average, according to Kaspersky Lab.
- U.S. businesses wasted $28 billion in the last five years on desktop software they deployed but never used, according to software firm 1E.
Quick! What’s worse for a storage vendor than being sued over identity theft? Howz about being sued by your own employees over identity theft? That’s the unfortunate situation the folks at Seagate find themselves in now that someone in HR apparently shared a bunch of employee W2 forms with the perpetrator of a phishing attack, who is allegedly already putting the ill-gotten data to malicious use.
Pretty grim, but perhaps not as grim for a major technology vendor as discovering that you’ve just rolled out an ad campaign for your brand new smartphone in the world’s most populous country with a more or less nonsensical slogan that in some dialects sounds a whole lot like “this is penis.”