TechTarget News - Week of Sep 17, 2017

Google-HTC deal about conversational AI, a better Android OS

Welcome to the dawn of conversational computing. A big part of this week's Google-HTC deal is about building smartphones -- and other AI-powered devices -- that talk to us. Also: Facebook turns over Russian-linked ads.

ExtraHop launches new network visibility tools

ExtraHop focuses on network visibility tools with new features, Aerohive launches HiveManager NG for private clouds and Extreme bakes in elements of recently acquired Avaya for campuses.

Sophos partner program targets cloud security providers

Security vendor Sophos has updated its channel program to support Cloud Security Providers, a new Sophos partner designation; other channel news from the week.

Cisco Intersight rolls up data center management software

Cisco is folding its data center management software into a cloud based product called Cisco Intersight that will harness the collective intelligence of its customers.

CloudBees, partners add Jenkins services, security

CloudBees, the steward of the Jenkins DevOps platform, has teamed up with partners to provide managed Jenkins services, as well as new security features and database support.

Brexit continues to take a toll on PC prices

It's been slightly more than a year and we still don't know much about the details of Brexit but what is already clear is that PCs cost a lot more as a result

One size does not fit all cloud migrations

The importance of being able to deliver specialised customer support has been highlighted by a report from Virtustream

Malware hidden in CCleaner targeted tech firms

Major tech firms were targeted by malware hidden in Avast’s Piriform CCleaner software, researchers have found, leading to speculation that it may have been state-sponsored espionage attack

Undisclosed SEC breach may have led to illegal stock trades

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission admitted a 2016 breach that was previously undisclosed may have enabled threat actors to engage in illegal stock trades.

UCaaS Magic Quadrant shows maturing, fragmented market

The latest Magic Quadrant for UCaaS shows a maturing market with capabilities that exceed on-premises UC and UCaaS providers with greater global reach.

Cerner population health exec headlines health IT forum

Among keynoters at Chilmark Research conference on payer-provider convergence is veteran health IT exec John Glaser -- Cerner population health senior VP and former Siemens CEO.

Entry-level Dell EMC SC Series adds data features

Dell EMC's SCv3000 launch includes automated hybrid tiering, data compression and replication with federated clusters. Dell EMC announced a money-back efficiency guarantee.

Android adds zero-touch provisioning for corporate devices

New Android device enrollment capabilities let IT configure settings and EMM before deploying to users -- but they have some manufacturer limitations.

Cyber security demands change in approach

There needs to be a change in the way technology is designed and in attitudes to data security to ensure cyber safety, say industry experts

Microsoft's VS Code embrace prompts PowerShell editor debate

IT admins can build scripts with PowerShell ISE, VS Code or PowerShell Studio. Think about what platforms and functions you need before deciding which is right for you.

Enterprise SDN adoption rapidly approaching tipping point, claims report

A study commissioned by networking solutions supplier Riverbed claims that legacy networks are causing problems for businesses trying to undergo digital transformation, and more decision makers are considering SDN as a result

SonicWall still enjoying widespread channel interest

The security vendor has found that ever since going independent the channel has been very keen to work with the firm and it is still open to working with more partners

ASEAN hones in on cyber collaboration

Even as Southeast Asia works towards coordinating cyber security strategies, more needs to be done to establish cyber norms

Impact of per-second AWS billing blunted by changing uses

AWS per-second billing is a welcome change, but one likely tailored to lure new enterprises, rather than assist users that have optimized their environments or gone up the stack.

Brexit mobile and broadband debate must involve consumers

The voices of consumers are being missed as communications services providers, industry bodies and the government set the agenda for the UK’s communications infrastructure market after Brexit

IBM mainframes plot course for container security market

Continuing efforts to make the mainframe technically fashionable, IBM offers a system promising rock-solid container security to compete against other container management tools.

Salesforce world tour lands in Amsterdam

Salesforce customers met up for the Dutch leg of the supplier's world tour with a distinctly non-techy crowd present

Vexata launches VX NVMe physical and virtual appliances

Startup claims near-bare metal NVMe performance by offloading controller functionality to multiple CPUs on back-end storage with an optimised Linux-based operating system

Most UK councils hit by cyber attacks

A study has revealed that most UK local authorities have suffered cyber attacks in the past year, showing local government is a key target for cyber criminals and that legacy software is a top security concern

Cyber crime a significant risk to individuals and organisations

Cyber crime is still a significant risk to individuals and organisations, a report claims, with the top threats including business email compromise, ransomware, and banking and mobile malware

PM pressures internet companies to act on terrorist propaganda

The UK, France and Italy will use a meeting with technology companies at the UN General Assembly in New York to press for development of technical solutions to defeat terrorist activity on the internet

Microsoft empowers Windows containers to erase OS divide

DevOps and containers go hand in hand, and as Windows containers catch up with Linux they'll blur the lines for IT ops between historically divided OS environments.

Flash technology accelerates predictive analytics software

For organizations that must analyze large amounts of data quickly and efficiently, nothing beats solid-state storage. Predictive analytics applications perform better with flash.

CCleaner malware spread via supply chain attack

CCleaner malware was spread to users via an infected software update for close to one month, highlighting the dangers of supply chain attacks and the need for code signing.

Poor passwords still putting UK firms at risk

Poor password practices are still putting UK citizens and the companies they work for at risk, a survey reveals

The 'Sun' starts to set for Oracle Solaris customers

After a round of layoffs to its Solaris division, it appears Oracle is phasing out its hardware portfolio and continuing to focus on the cloud.

Veritas takes stock of data management play

Software supplier Veritas says it has delivered on its promises but there is still work to do in realising its data management vision

Drone industry finds ally, watchdog in the FAA

As the use of drones continues to expand, regulators are trying to make sure rules governing the burgeoning drone industry ensure safety, but don't hinder innovation.

Salesforce Einstein AI expands reach as Dreamforce approaches

Salesforce Analytics extended to data sources outside the platform. Salesforce Einstein AI adds forecasting, email insights and opportunity scoring features for Sales Cloud users.

UAE banks share information to combat cyber threats

Banks in the United Arab Emirates will share information on cyber attacks through a platform instigated by the country’s banking federation

Aruba security fabric signals new partner strategy

Through Aruba 360 Secure Fabric, partners can tap into the network security capabilities of the vendor's portfolio, which features IntroSpect UEBA and ClearPass technology.

New Pure Storage CEO Giancarlo faces scaling challenge

Former Cisco exec Charles Giancarlo takes over as CEO of Pure Storage from Scott Dietzen with the all-flash pioneer set to become a billion-dollar baby. Will profits follow?

AI poses no threat to IT careers

A SolarWinds survey reveals that IT professionals are more concerned with cyber security than losing their jobs to artificial intelligence