From Microsoft upgrade schedules to Intel canceling its Developer Forum, here’s news IT leaders need to know

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Also included in this week’s update are HPE and CSC’s spin-merge being completed and new products from Amazon Web Service.


Microsoft lays out upgrade schedules


Microsoft has committed to twice-yearly updates to both Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus, as well as System Center Configuration Manager, to make it easier for companies to manage software updates. Its target delivery dates will be September and March. It is also extending the support period for feature updates to Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus from 12 to 18 months to allow IT pros to better manage their updates. These changes only affect subscription-based Office, not versions with perpetual licenses. Office ProPlus is also receiving new tools to assist IT pros in gauging application compatibility as customers upgrade to new versions of Office.


VMware to acquire Wavefront


VMware has announced that it intends to acquire cloud metrics monitoring company Wavefront to complement VMware’s vRealize Operations platform in monitoring, troubleshooting, and capacity planning in virtual environments. Wavefront will become part of VMware’s software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings, and its technology will be used to accelerate development of VMware Cross-Cloud Services. Terms of the deal, which is expected to close in Q2 2017, were not announced.


CSC and HPE ES spin-merge completed


Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and CSC have completed their previously announced combination of CSC and HPE’s enterprise services (ES) division to create a new company, now dubbed DXC Technology. Expected to have annual revenues of around US$26 billion, DXC has already expanded its alliances with Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. It offers services in the areas of analytics, applications, business process services, cloud, consulting, enterprise and cloud applications, security, and workplace and mobility, to help customers accelerate their digital transformation.


Intel cancels Developer Forum


Intel has cancelled its annual Developer Forum events after 20 years. It said in its announcement that it is not only cancelling the conferences, it is retiring its IDF program. Anandtech reports that Intel says that since it is evolving from a PC-centric company to a data-centric company, it felt that IDF no longer served its needs. It plans multiple more focused events instead.


New products and services from Amazon Web Services


At its San Francisco Summit, Amazon Web Services (AWS) made three announcements of new products and services. Amazon Redshift Spectrum allows Amazon Redshift customers to run SQL queries against Amazon S3 databases as well as local storage. Amazon says that Redshift Spectrum automatically scales query compute capacity based on the data being retrieved, so queries against Amazon S3 data will run quickly, regardless of database size. Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX), is a fully managed, highly available, in-memory cache that can reduce Amazon DynamoDB response times from milliseconds to microseconds. Customers can add DAX to their existing DynamoDB applications with no application rewrites required. There are no upfront costs or commitments with DAX, and customers only pay for the capacity they provision. Finally, Amazon announced that Amazon LEX, its artificial intelligence service for building applications that respond to natural language, is now available to developers. It is the engine behind Amazon Alexa, and is integrated with AWS Lambda.


Docker launches program to containerize legacy applications


TechCrunch reports that Dockers is launching a service to help customers containerize some of their legacy applications, managing them under Docker Enterprise Edition, and making them ready for use on more modern infrastructure. It says it will guarantee the outcome as long as the applications meet certain criteria. Docker offers a kit to help companies learn about the service.


Nexsan prevails over EMC in trademark suit


The Register reports that the court has found that, in the battle between Nexsan and EMC over the trademark for the Unity name for their respective storage arrays (a suit inherited by Dell after its acquisition of EMC), Nexsan “has priority to the Unity mark,” putting Dell EMC in the position of possibly having to rebrand its Unity arrays or risk a trademark infringement lawsuit. Neither company has indicated what it will do next.


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