TechTarget News - Week of Nov 27, 2016

New AWS developer tools offer better app insights, control

New AWS developer tools and data efforts will help users who want more hands-on control, but enterprises should also expect a boost by having those tools baked into MSP offerings.

Multicloud computing bliss not yet a reality for all IT shops

Experts predict that multicloud computing will be a top enterprise trend in 2017, but some cloud users question whether the touted benefits are worth the jump over significant IT management hurdles.

Datapipe platform targets cloud-based enterprise applications

Datapipe, an MSP and cloud services provider, has unveiled a platform for designing, testing and deploying applications that will run in the cloud; other news from the week.

Android app security tested by malware and vulnerabilities

Android app security is under attack this week with vulnerabilities in the popular app, AirDroid, and malware that steals Google account authentication tokens.

Mobility in manufacturing fights an uphill battle

The challenges of adopting mobility in manufacturing are unique, compared with other industries. Outdated machinery makes it difficult to connect to new technology, for instance.

Avaya updates contact-center platform for midsize companies

In UC news, Avaya updates its contact-center platform to support midsize companies, while join.me offers real-time collaboration integrations with apps like Slack and HipChat.

Patched Tor browser vulnerability puts users' identity at risk

News roundup: Tor browser patches de-anonymizing vulnerability. Plus, Senators ask Obama to release information on Russia's impact on the election, Mirai botnet for rent and more.

Microsoft .NET framework: Still viable in the cloud computing age?

When Microsoft .NET launched in 2003, mobile and cloud computing didn't exist. Today, with dozens of development tools and languages built for the cloud, can .NET stay relevant?

Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

If the chance to open your Advent calendar wasn't enough excitement, MicroScope brings you its weekly roundup of who has gone where in the channel

AWS bets on Chef automation tool with OpsWorks update

Amazon refreshed its Chef-based AWS OpsWorks offering and also has made a minority investment in Chef Software as part of the commercial deal, according to execs.

UK helps dismantle Avalanche global cyber network

The UK's National Crime Agency has contributed to the takedown of a cloud-based cyber crime network in a collaborative law enforcement operation involving 30 countries

CIO interview: Giles Pavey, chief data scientist, Dunnhumby

Analytics pioneer Dunnhumby is undertaking a large reskilling exercise and investing in new technologies to cater for increasingly sophisticated client requirements around data

Holy COW! New Hampshire med center turns to Pivot3 vSTAC for VDI

Southern New Hampshire Medical Center put its traditional server-storage architecture out to pasture when it added hyper-convergence to power its computers on wheels, or COWs.

US and UK government expand surveillance powers

The US has introduced wide new hacking powers for federal agents a day after the UK's Investigatory Powers Act firmed up bulk surveillance powers for intelligence and polices services

Modified Mirai botnet could infect five million routers

Researchers said a modified version of the Mirai botnet code has been attacking routers by exploiting a specific vulnerability and may leave millions at risk.

Last ditch Senate efforts fail to stall Rule 41 changes

After a final push to delay changes to Rule 41 failed in the Senate, the U.S. government now has much wider authority to legally search computers whose location is unknown.

HPE Aruba networks readied for mobile, IoT

HPE Aruba networks are getting the access switch and software needed to support mobile and IoT devices, such as surveillance cameras and medical gear.

Louisiana uses GIS software to create map to flood preparedness

The Louisiana Department of Health responded to flooding with the help of GIS software that located trouble spots with at-risk hospitals. Ease of use was welcome, according to a preparedness manager.

HPE fleshes out IoT strategy

HPE is moving from IT to operational technology with a set of products and tie-ups to target industrial internet of things applications

Marriott Hotels offers virtual site tours

Hotel chain has enlisted London mobility startup GoInStore to offer visitors to its website virtual facility tours

Thousands of National Lottery accounts hacked

National Lottery operator Camelot says the log-in details of thousands of people who do the lottery online have been stolen

U.S. court dismisses Symantec lawsuit against Veeam

A U.S. district court ends the patent lawsuit that Symantec, now Veritas, brought against Veeam four years ago. The court dismissed the lawsuit with prejudice.

Insightly adds CRM security to its product

With smaller security budgets and IT teams than enterprise businesses, small and medium-sized companies are more vulnerable to cyberattacks. Insightly's new security features hope to combat that.

SF Municipal Railway restores systems after ransomware attack

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority restored systems without paying following a ransomware attack that allowed free rides for travelers over the weekend.

At SME Summit, SAP Anywhere growing pains revealed

Attendees at an SAP SME Summit lauded the e-commerce front end, but some said back-end integration and payment-processing features are needed before a full migration to the platform.

RSNA 2016 features AI, cloud and VNAs for medical imaging

Artificial intelligence and machine learning in medical imaging and cloud and telemedicine applications for radiology are among the technologies featured at RSNA 2016 in Chicago.

Cloud services will grow strongly next year

Views from the channel about the year ahead continue to mount up with Intelisys Global adding it's views to the mix

CIO interview: Graham Benson, CIO, Rentalcars.com

For an e-commerce business, adopting an agile and product-led approach is the right thing to do, but it hasn’t come without challenges, says Rentalcars.com CIO Graham Benson

Ofcom to legally separate BT and Openreach

Telecoms regulator Ofcom is to push ahead with plans to require the legal separation of BT and Openreach

Samsung Electronics considers split

Samsung Electronics is considering a proposal to simplify its structure under pressure from shareholders as it tries to deal with fallout from the Galaxy Note 7 recall

IBM blamed for Australian census website crash

Computer giant reportedly pays $30m to Australian government as reports are released from two inquiries into DDoS attacks on census website

Singapore Power deploys IoT platform

Singapore Power is moving to a more advanced digital platform that will enable it to develop IoT-based services

Q&A: Google hardware challenges in the cloud

Bart Sano, Google vice president of platforms, talks about Google hardware choices in the context of enterprise demands, migration challenges and the next wave of cloud computing.

Do you have what it takes to be a great CIO?

CIOs have the potential to become business leaders – it’s a matter of nurturing the right skills, talent and relationships, according to Deloitte

Docker signs Avnet as EMEA distributor

Avnet has signed an EMEA-wide distribution agreement with the commander of containers

Claranet warns retailers of disruption threat

Despite a good few days where the tills have done nothing but ring the consequences of some retailers failing to embrace the cloud are likely to be blacker than last Friday

Petition to force MPs to consider debate on surveillance bill

Open Rights Group has called on parliament to debate the Investigatory Powers Bill and review it in light of pending court actions, after petition against the bill tops 100,000 signatories