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Cisco introduces Spark Assistant and Spark Room 70, and lays out its AI roadmap.

Cisco this week is holding its annual reseller conference, Partner Summit, in Dallas. When Rowan Trollope, SVP & GM of IoT and Applications at Cisco, delivered his keynote today, the company unveiled its AI-powered voice assistant with the not so inventive name of “Cisco Spark Assistant.” There is, of course, a veritable cornucopia of voice assistants out there, as we can ask Siri, Google, Alexa, Cortana or other popular AIs a question and get a prompt answer back. So why should anyone care about “Hey Spark”?

Aerohive gets a boost from Dell EMC’s channel and services, helping it distribute its Wi-Fi hardware and cloud management platform and reach more customers.

Cloud Wi-Fi vendor Aerohive Networks has signed an original equipment manufacturing (OEM) agreement with Dell EMC to distribute its Wi-Fi hardware and its HiveManager NG Cloud Management Platform.

Cisco’s new portfolio of solutions takes the complexity out of hybrid and multi-cloud deployments, reduces costs and speeds up time to market.

One general rule of thumb I have with respect to technology deployments is that the solution to a problem should be simpler than the original problem itself. Unfortunately, we often forget that in IT and have significantly more problems after implementing a solution than we did before. 

Using hyper-converged infrastructure, Cohesity’s DataPlatform consolidates a company’s secondary storage onto one platform and reduces data storage and operational costs.

The rise of hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) has been well documented over the past few years. The technology greatly reduces the operational overhead required to run workloads such as VDI and remote office/branch office workloads. The turnkey nature of HCI makes it easy to deploy and simple to operate while guaranteeing great performance. 

With a focus on five key business and contact center areas, Avaya launches A.I.Connect with seven initial partners.

The concept of leveraging developers for product innovation is certainly not a new one, particularly for Avaya, which launched its DevConnect program in 2004. In so doing, it brought one of the first, if not the first, formal UC developer program. This week Avaya is at it again, taking its expertise in developer programs and applying it to the area of artificial intelligence (AI) with the launch of A.I.Connect, a DevConnect sister program.

The acquisition of Brocade’s data center network business is culmination of an unusual reversal of fortune.

Extreme Networks today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Brocade’s data center switching, routing and analytics business, completing one of the most remarkable and unlikely turnaround stories in tech history.

ServiceNow survey results shed light on the state of machine learning in business.

Earlier this month ServiceNow released the results of a survey it ran to better understand the state of machine learning in businesses today. The survey questioned 500 CIOs across 11 countries and 25 industries, providing a broad brush on the opinions of machine learning (ML). Let’s take a look at some of the more interesting findings from the survey.

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