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ICYMI: Our Channel News Roundup for the Week of September 18th

Seems like big dogs doing big speeches dominated the news this week, leaving us to wag the dog with a few missed news missives. By James E. Gaskin

It’s been a fun week now that school is in full swing. Kids around Lake Tahoe got their wishes granted for a snow day already, on the last official day of summer. That’s sure to make for some interesting discussions as millions of amateur climatologists politely discuss global temperature changes and who to blame.

Billionaires Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg are smiling into TV cameras for various PR reasons. Let’s start with some big deals and wheels and then check in on Notorious Bill G. and his crew.

Big wheels and big deals. Say “buh-bye” to long-time Cisco head John Chambers, who announced he will no longer be on the board of directors after his term ends in December. He started as CEO in January 1995 and stepped down from that post on July 26, 2015. Few rode the internet growth wave better than the Notorious John C. and his Cisco gang.

Now they’re on to digital transformation. To help companies with that, Cisco will roll out new training and certifications like Business Architecture Analyst and Business Architecture Specialist.

Remember those wonderful Google phones that appeared after Larry and Sergey gobbled Motorola? Neither do we. Act II starts now as HTC takes over Motorola’s role in the Google Phone Savior Saga.

Oracle’s Biggest Big Wheel, Larry Ellison, announced Bring Your Own License to PaaS and Universal Credits will go into effect on September 25.

Microsoft and partners push product news. Nimble, the social media-infused CRM provider versus the storage vendor Hewlett Packard Enterprise now owns, signed a deal with leading Microsoft managed cloud provider NeoCloud to bundle Nimble’s CRM with NeoCloud’s Office 365 deployments.

Quest Software announced updates to its Microsoft Platform Management for better Active Directory and Office 365 compliance and security.

Talk to Kensington about its new Keyed Cable Lock for Microsoft Surface Pro if you want to keep your portable computer tied down.

Microsoft and Veritas Technologies blabbed about new Veritas 360 data management capabilities for handling hybrid clouds.

More products and more products again. Amazon’s AWS Lambda now offers per-second billing for EC2 and EBS starting October 2. There will be a minimum one-minute charge per instance.

Intel floated the Nervana DevCloud, a hardware and software platform for developers and the like. Smells like Xeon spirit to us.

Salesforce promised that the upcoming version of Sales Cloud Einstein will bring AI to “every step of the sales cycle.” Fuzzy white wigs are optional.

Veritas Cloud Storage, says Veritas Technologies, is a new software-defined storage solution able to handle massive amounts of unstructured data.

Speaking of cloud storage, Dropbox launched DBX Platform, a suite of APIs and other developer tools to help companies increase coordination and integrate better with tools like Autodesk and Microsoft Outlook.

Last but not least:

  • Panasonic booted up its latest Toughbook 54 notebook family. Choose from Intel Core i5 and i7 processors and other hardy details. Fumble-fingers everywhere rejoice.
  • SolarWinds set free AppOptics, a next-generation application performance management solution.
  • HPE unit Aruba announced Aruba 360 Secure Fabric to increase wireless security and management.
  • Zyxel Communications launched Multy Pro for whole-home managed Wi-Fi.
  • Nintex added Nintex Forms for Office 365 and Nintex Workflow Cloud to all implementations of its Nintex Workflow Platform.
  • Acronis bumped up Acronis Access Advanced to version 8.0 with, guess what, new security and management features.
  • Dashlane bumped up its Dashlane Business enterprise password solution to 2.0.
  • Cambium Networks added the the cnPilot e502S Outdoor - 802.11ac Outdoor Access Point to its cnPilot outdoor networking family.
  • ManageEngine up-revved ADAudit Plus, the Active Directory, workstation, file server, and member server auditing software.
  • Avnet, Dragon Innovation, and KickStarter teamed up to release Hardware Studio, which helps startups develop products.
  • Smartsheet ENGAGE user conference attendees heard the news first about workplace productivity improvements. No, they aren’t blocking fantasy football websites.
  • Comodo promised that cWatch Web, a suite of solutions and managed services, will better protect websites and web applications using a security-as-a-service model.
  • Infomart Data Centers spun up its RackReady Wholesale solution, a by-the-rack wholesale colocation product.
  • Jabra buzzed in with the new Jabra Evolve 75e earbud, which features active noise cancellation and more.

Not all news is about products. Intel Corp. welcomed Andrew Wilson of Electronic Arts, to be its 12th board member.


This week’s stats ticker:

  • Kaspersky Lab and B2B International reported that cyberattacks cost large businesses an average of $1.3 million now (up from $1.2 million in 2016). All this while security budget averages of $25.5 million last year plummet to $13.7 million in 2017. What? Budgets drop by almost half, and we get the Equifax hack? What a coincidence.
  • Check out CompTIA’s latest study, Why Software as a Service? Benefits & Advantages of SaaS, to see the just how different selling cloud-based applications is from selling hardware. Thirty-six percent of respondents have hired new staff with SaaS sales experience, 34 percent have created new positions, and 31 percent have reoriented marketing strategies.
  • The Riverbed Future of Networking Global Survey 2017, from Riverbed Technology, tallied responses from 1,000 IT decision makers in nine countries. Just about everyone (97 percent) agreed that legacy network infrastructure can’t keep pace with cloud and hybrid network demands. Eighty-five percent admitted they are years away from achieving digital transformation. Even more astounding, 42 percent said that to get the network to perform at an adequate level they would give up coffee. Coffee! Forty-two percent. And 51 percent said they would handwrite all of their email correspondence, exciting the lonely folks at the U.S. Post Office to no end at the thought of more first-class snail mail.

How to waste $36,000 and creep out your co-workers. Believe it or not, analog clocks are still a thing, even table varieties. Z’Epee 1839, a very old high-end clock maker gone all modern, has worked with avant-garde watchmakers MB&F for years. Newest extravagance: the Octopod, described as a biomechanical, articulated-limbed, bubble-headed timepiece shout out to the noble octopus. If that doesn’t trigger enough anxiety, try their aptly named Arachnophobia, a clock in the shape of a spider.

Unfortunately, the articulated limbs of the Octopod and Arachnophobia don’t provide mobility, just positioning. Next we need to take one of these time-telling artwork sculptures to a Maker’s Faire and get those legs moving. How about a step forward every hour? Would that be creepy enough? What could be a better conference room centerpiece?


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

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