Coffee Briefing, November 10, 2020 – Dell EMC Ready Solutions get a facelift, MSPs talk Azure, and more

Coffee Briefings deliver our entire audience –  the IT administrators and channel partners as well as the C-Suite – the most complete news package with the latest headlines, interviews, and social media chatter. These briefings drop on Tuesday and Friday mornings. If you missed the last briefing, you’re in luck, because you can find it here. Today’s Coffee Briefing is delivered by ITWC editorial director Alex Coop.

What you need to know right now

It’s what you need to know right now in the world of IT and tech – ’nuff said. (Often taken with a side of Hashtag Trending)

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How would you feel about being in full control of your data? Space X is moving closer to delivering high-speed internet in rural Canadian areas, and supermarkets are experiencing a major shift in shopping behaviour amidst the pandemic. [Read the full episode transcript here]


Dell EMC Ready Solutions upgrades

Dell Technologies is pushing forward with serious investments in high-performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI). The tech giant unveiled a pair of Dell EMC Ready Solutions: One for HPC Genomics, another for Manufacturing with Altair HyperWorks Unlimited. The moves are meant to help customers accelerate advanced computing and AI, which is critical for innovation in healthcare, life sciences, and manufacturing.

Dell says its new Dell EMC Ready Solution for HPC Genomics is engineered and tested to help companies get systems for genomic analysis into production quickly and economically, and is intended for small and medium life sciences and healthcare organizations. [News release]

In case you missed it

The recent tech news that we maybe didn’t get to yet, or it’s the news we’ve reported on and feel is worth resurfacing. Sometimes we’ll also feature awesome stories from other publications. We also show love for the IT channel, so expect news that MSPs and resellers care about to pop up, too.

Big Tech welcomes Biden presidency

Silicon Valley is welcoming the election of Joe Biden as U.S. president even as it girds for a series of battles over tech policy in Washington. [Full story via Yahoo News]


Citizen Lab publishes privacy law recommendations

The Ontario government recently requested feedback back in August on how to improve the province’s privacy protection laws. Citizen Lab responded with 21 recommendations. Check out their blog post with all 21 recommendations.


ICYMI – IT World Canada

Canadian CEO surprised how little federal government buys from Canadian cybersecurity sector

Christyn Cianfarani, CEO of the Canadian Association of Defence and Cybersecurity Industries, says she’s surprised how little Ottawa buys from Canadian cybersecurity providers, after looking at a new federal government study of the sector. [Full story]


The Samsung Galaxy Note Ultra 5G: Going out on a high note

In what may be the device’s swan song, the newest Samsung Galaxy Note, dubbed the Note 20 5G, has landed, and if it is indeed the last of its kind, the Note 20 series is going out on a high note. [Full story]

ICYMI – IT Business Canada

Robots may replace managers in several industries, according to new study

A new Statistics Canada study suggests that since the mid-90s, manager headcounts have decreased more often than not, while non-managerial employee headcounts have increased during the adoption of robots. [Full story]


Shaw Communications offers 1.5Gbps fibre internet for Western Canada

Shaw Communications yesterday launched its Fibre+ Gig 1.5 internet plan for Canadians living in Western Canada. [Full story]

ICYMI – Channel Daily News

Western Digital’s new ZNS SSDs are optimized for muti-tenancy

Western Digital announced the limited sampling of its new Ultrastar DC ZN540 ZNS NVMe SSDs to select customers. [Full story]

Bookmarks of the week

A few bookmarked tweets that we think are worth sharing with you.



The r/MSP recap

The MSP subreddit community is growing rapidly. It’s also a chatty bunch. With more than 85,000 members as of today, it’s worth taking a look at what they have to say every once in a while. Here are the recent top posts. Click on the posts to view additional responses.

How are you using Azure to provide a better service for your clients? from msp


How do you setup domain admins for multiple networks? from msp


File & folder backup does not equal full server image backup! from msp

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