IT News: Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO)’s Cloud-Based Wireless Access Point, Hewlett-Packard Company (HPQ) Slate 8 Pro, International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) Teams with Universities

Editor’s Note: Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO), Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ), International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM)

Cisco launches cloud-based wireless access point (Cloud Pro)
Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) has unveiled a new 802.11ac wireless access point for businesses that can be managed and deployed through the cloud. The networking firm said that this would allow organisations to support more users on the network, provide highly secure access, increase wireless speeds, and easily manage their wireless networking from the cloud. The device is a result of Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO)’s acquisition of Meraki last year and is its latest offering to support the nascent 802.11ac wireless networking standard.

Hewlett-Packard CompanyHP Slate 8 Pro revealed through benchmark test (Gadget Gestures)
Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) has been one of the least successful companies when it comes to mobile expansion, even though they are the biggest PC seller in the world, they have failed on several occasions to emerge in the mobile market. The HP Slate 8 Pro is another try by the PC behemoth to bring an Android tablet to the market. The HP Slate 7 was released a few months back, but has failed to gain any traction, the same as most Android tablets. From benchmarks leaked on the Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) Slate 8 Pro, it seems like it will be a slightly larger tablet with some improved specs.

IBM teams with more than 1,000 universities to foster data-driven professionals (ZDNet)
International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) has teamed with more than 1,000 universities worldwide with the intent of building a future “pipeline” of data scientists. The IBM Academic Initiative has a number of different elements ranging from access to IBM’s big data and analytics software to specialized coursework and tracks to trotting in data scientists to guest lecture at these universities. Some of the centers of higher learning already implementing new curricula based on the Academic Initiative include Georgetown University, Northwestern University, and the National University of Singapore.

Cisco gains seen on corporate IT uptick (MarketWatch)
Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) will report results Wednesday with analysts eyeing gains in profit and sales amid modest signs of improved demand in the market for data center technology. Uncertainty remains in corporate IT, but analysts point to signs of stronger demand in the federal and telecommunications markets. Analysts expect Cisco’s comments on IT demand to shed light on what’s in store for the broader tech industry. “We think Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) will be able to deliver at least in-line results, likely at the high end of guide,” Wedbush analyst Rohit Chopra said in a note. “Our checks reaffirm what many companies have already reported: slight improvements in spending trends … against a backdrop of ongoing caution on the broader environment.”

HP protects customers from fraudulent products (The Nation)
Multinational Company Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) has announced the seizure of over 36,000 counterfeit supplies during raids conducted by local police teams in Lahore recently. The authorities seized 25 counterfeit ink cartridges, 190 counterfeit toner cartridges and 36,265 various components used to make counterfeit HP cartridges. 1 individual was arrested and will be subject to criminal prosecution. HP collaborated with local law enforcement to make this action possible. Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) vigorously defends its brand and intellectual property for Original HP supplies by engaging in industry-leading anti-counterfeiting practices to combat the fraudulent manufacture, distribution and sale of counterfeit HP supplies products.

IBM in Smart-Water Management Pact With Vietnam City of Da Nang (Bloomberg)
The Vietnamese seaport of Da Nang has reached agreement on smart-water and transit technology improvements with International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM), the world’s biggest computer-services company said today. Terms weren’t disclosed of the pact with Vietnam’s fourth-largest city. Da Nang Water Co. is expanding and modernizing its water-treatment capacity using IBM’s real-time analysis and monitoring of the water supply, IBM said. Da Nang is upgrading its water and transportation system infrastructure using sensors to cope with urban growth and a shortage of water in the dry season, International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) said.

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