New Services Roundup: AT&T, Microsoft, Verizon, Cisco



The three major carriers made the news last month with new or expanded products.

AT&T relented from removing a RingCentral-based UCaaS offering from its portfolio, Verizon rolled out a new cloud security solution, and Sprint partnered with multiple vendors to announce a new IoT platform. These new products show the growing convergence between IT and telecom.

Some of the largest IT companies were also on the move in September. Cisco, Microsoft and Dell EMC all all expanded their respective portfolios.

This month’s roundup is chock full of big vendors, and even some of the lesser-known companies on the list have been around for more than a decade.

Scroll through the 13 slides below for info on the new products and services partners can take to their customers.

Missed last month’s gallery? Check out the new services roundup from August.

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Verizon Digital Media Services added an around-the-clock managed cloud security offering as part of its global cloud security solution. The new component provides access to security professionals who monitor and take corrective action against the latest security threats 24/7.  The cloud security offering already included a dual web application firewall (WAF), distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) protection, bot management and real-time analytics and reporting.

VDMS’ managed cloud security offering is not yet available to channel partners, but it’s exploring opportunities to make it available in the near future.

Edward Gately has the scoop.

Microsoft will support password-less login via the Microsoft Authenticator app for hundreds of thousands of Azure Active Directory (AD) connected apps. The software giant also announced that Microsoft Secure Score, an enterprise-grade dynamic report card for cybersecurity that measures an organization’s security posture and provides assessments and recommendations, now includes EMS and Azure Security Center. 

Microsoft additionally launched new artificial intelligence (AI) and mixed reality (MR) applications that expand the company’s Dynamics 365 portfolio.

Learn more about the password-related changes and Dynamics 365 expansion

Sprint worked with Ericsson, SoftBank and other companies to unveil the new Curiosity IoT Platform.

This latest news is a follow-up to a joint announcement by Sprint and Ericsson about building a distributed and virtualized core network dedicated specifically to IoT, in addition to an IoT operating system (OS).

Sprint and SoftBank announced the news at Mobile World Congress Americas.
SolarWinds MSP

SolarWinds MSP unveiled its new Threat Monitoring Service Program, which builds on SolarWinds Threat Monitor with outsourced security operations center (SOC) services.

SolarWinds MSP’s senior vice president said not every MSP is cut out to become an MSSP, so a more layered approach is needed in terms of providing cybersecurity to MSPs. SolarWinds gained Threat Monitor through its acquisition this summer of Trusted Metrics, a provider of real-time threat monitoring and management software.

Learn more about what SolarWinds has been up to.

Barracuda Networks rolled out a new email protection bundle designed to provide a defense against socially engineered business email attacks, fraud and account takeover.

The company offers a combination of gateway security, data protection, artificial intelligence (AI)-based targeted threat protection and user awareness training to deliver comprehensive protection against email-borne threats. The Total Email Protection bundle includes Barracuda Essentials, Barracuda Sentinel and Barracuda PhishLine. 

Get details on Barracuda's new bundle.
Quest Software

Quest Software made its Kace Systems Management Appliance (SMA) 9.0 generally available, with major enhancements over the old version.

Kace SMA 9.0 features improvements to workflow and infrastructure, and updates to service desk, asset management, endpoint communications and security functionalities. Quest Kace SMA allows IT administrators to manage network-attached devices – such as notebooks, PCs and printers to Internet of Things (IoT) and mobile devices – from a single pane of glass.

Learn more about Quest Software, which was liberated from Dell Software about two years ago.

The provider of Qumulo File Fabric (QF2) boosted its software performance when used on all-flash hardware.

The new performance capabilities apply machine learning and target use cases in the media and entertainment industry. The new machine-learning capabilities ensure that video editors can more easily access uncompressed 4K with hybrid storage and 6K video using all-flash NVMe storage.  

Get details on how the fabric has changed.

WatchGuard Technologies unveiled its new Trusted Wireless Environment framework, a resource designed to help organizations build Wi-Fi networks.

Partners can offer the offering as Wi-Fi security education platform for their customers. With this framework, partners can differentiate their Wi-Fi product offering and/or services if providing managed services today, WatchGuard's director of product management told Channel Partners.

Read Edward Gately's story about WatchGuard.

Mist Systems enhanced its Wi-Fi Assurance and Marvis virtual network assistant.

The company expanded its natural language processing (NLP), increased the number of questions that Marvis understands from a dozen to hundreds, and bolstered its anomaly detection with deep learning. The company says it is on a quest for "AI-powered IT."

Lynn Haber has the story.

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