TechTarget News - Week of Sep 17, 2023

IT pros react to blockbuster $28B Cisco-Splunk deal

Cisco goes through with its long-rumored acquisition of Splunk for security and observability, but the two aren't necessarily a perfect fit, according to some industry observers.

‘Top’ ransomware gangs favour smaller businesses

Despite high-profile attacks on prominent organisations, the world’s most prolific ransomware operations tend to target smaller businesses

Poor digital experience a blocker for cyber resilience

Organisations that neglect the digital employee experience are not only vulnerable to employee attrition, but putting themselves at increased cyber risk, an Ivanti report finds

GSMA: 5G enters next phase 

State of the union report on 5G notes focus over the next few years will be on improving coverage in less densely populated areas while also ramping up investment to support 5G standalone, 5G-Advanced use cases

Connectivity challenges in new markets top IT leaders’ growth concerns in 2023

Study shows global connectivity can be complicated, particularly when managing it across multiple regions, suggesting it is vital for businesses to acquire skills and local market expertise to reduce downtime and improve workforce efficiency

Former Workday co-CEO takes similar role at Eightfold AI

Ex-Workday co-CEO Chano Fernandez joins Eightfold AI as co-CEO in January, coinciding with Carl Eschenbach becoming Workday's sole CEO. Eightfold has raised about $400M.

Cisco targeting SME segment

Cisco identifies shifting customer demands that will create more opportunities for its channel partners

Cook Islands schools to get wired broadband

Schools in the Cook Islands, which have been relying on satellite connectivity for teaching and learning, will get access to wired broadband via two Pacific submarine cables over the next three years

Komprise offers insight into storage costs across clouds

Storage Insights for the Komprise Data Management platform enables users to define metrics for storage consumption across clouds and vendors for cost management and migration.

Okta: Caesars, MGM hacked in social engineering campaign

Identity management vendor Okta had previously disclosed that four unnamed customers had fallen victim to a social engineering campaign that affected victims' MFA protections.

Intel promotes new computing era with AI PC

Intel says its upcoming Core Ultra will help lead personal computing to the AI PC era by making AI processing a mainstream task on PCs, like office productivity and video editing.

Oracle adds employee recognition, rewards to its cloud HCM

Oracle boosts its Cloud HCM suite with an employee recognition platform and healthcare-tailored workforce scheduling tool, leveraging insights from its $28B Cerner Corp. purchase.

Spotfire unveils generative AI plans, adds to prebuilt apps

The analytics specialist introduced the private preview of Copilot, which will enable customers to ask questions of their data and receive responses without having to write code.

Linux Foundation ups ante on HashiCorp, hosts Terraform fork

All eyes are on HashiCorp's response now that a community-driven fork of its Terraform infrastructure as code tool has been officially relaunched as a Linux Foundation project.

Cyber insurance report shows surge in ransomware claims

Coalition's H1 2023 report shows ransomware activity increased and severity reached "historic" highs as businesses lost an average of more than $365,000 following an attack.

Oracle unveils new suite for analytics, AI data management

The tech giant's new Fusion Data Intelligence Platform is aimed at fueling AI, BI and data management so customers can quickly take action based on analysis and insight.

Starlink tops satellite performance ratings

As the space-based connectivity sector gains increasing momentum, research finds that market leading satellite provider hits high levels of customer satisfaction for users in France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand and the UK in Q2 2023

How Google is priming its infrastructure for the AI wave

The technology giant is integrating purpose-built hardware with an optimised software stack to meet the heightened computational demands of next-generation AI workloads

New revelations from the Snowden archive surface

A decade after Snowden exposed NSA’s mass surveillance in cooperation with the British GCHQ, only about 1% of the documents have been published – but three major facts can finally be revealed thanks to a doctoral thesis in applied cryptography by Jacob Appelbaum

Automation Anywhere intros new generative AI tools

The new RPA tools come several months after the vendor added some initial GenAI capabilities to its platform and as vendors capitalize on the excitement about the AI technology.

Industrial operations needs open technology ecosystem

To fully realize the productivity promises of Industry 4.0, manufacturers need to take an open ecosystem approach that integrates proprietary OT systems with IT systems.

Oracle databases in OCI now run on Microsoft Azure

A new partnership between two enterprise technology giants adds Oracle's hardware and software for Microsoft Azure customers, as former rivals unite to compete against AWS.

Okta confirms link to cyber attacks on Las Vegas casinos

Okta CISO David Bradbury confirms widespread speculation about the high-profile cyber attacks on two Las Vegas casino operators, revealing that the threat actors responsible had indeed abused its services as they earlier claimed

EE updates 3G network closure dates

UK’s leading mobile operator releases more specific details about plans to devote spectrum resources to 4G and 5G services, and announces 3G scheme with charity

Smartsheet scales project management for larger customers

The work collaboration platform vendor's updates scale capabilities for task views, high-volume data management and visualizations to simplify organization for larger customers.

SambaNova AI launches new chip: the SN40L

The AI hardware and software provider's new chip offers enterprises a full stack approach to training LLM. It also makes it possible for customers to train multimodal models.

Oracle's CX GenAI tools consolidate data, manage knowledge

The cloud platform vendor unveiled GenAI tools to increase productivity for marketers, sales teams and customer service agents by creating content and retrieving information.

Managed print investments growing

Research from Quocirca underlines market opportunity for those with the right solutions and ability to meet increasing customer expectations

38TB Microsoft data leak highlights risks of oversharing

An accidentally disclosed SAS token with excessive privileges enabled researchers to access nearly 40TB of Microsoft’s data, highlighting the risks of privilege mismanagement and oversharing

Infinidat offers all-flash within a hybrid array

Infinidat places a virtual all-flash array in its hybrid storage system while doubling the capacity of InfiniBox SSA and carving it up for easier consumption.

Veeam leads funding round for SaaS backup provider Alcion

Analysts say that while both Alcion and Veeam offer Microsoft 365 backup, there is enough difference in the products and enough need in the data protection market.

Viavi projects gain Open Networks Ecosystem funding

Telecoms testing expert and partners gain slice of UK Department of Science, Innovation and Technology’s £88m 5G development fund to advance applications development over Open RAN networks

UK wants international collaboration on AI for development

Foreign secretary James Cleverly uses speech at United Nations General Assembly to set out vision for potential of AI technology to speed up development in the world’s poorest nations

MTN standardises on IoT connectivity platform

African mobile network operator standardises on Integra platform for its next-generation global eSIM IoT offering to provide connectivity, bundles, verticals and value-added services

Zoom releases work management tools for the contact center

The video conferencing vendor expands its CCaaS offerings with its Workforce Engagement Management suite, which includes forecasting and scheduling tools for agents and managers.

Microsoft AI researchers mistakenly expose 38 TB of data

Microsoft said no customer data was affected by the Azure Storage exposure and 'no other internal services were put at risk because of this issue,' which has been mitigated.

Channel roundup: Who’s gone where?

The desire by firms across the channel to gain expertise and reward internal excellence continues to be a theme

Satellite ecosystem launches drive to boost global connectivity

Report from global non-profit association of the satellite ecosystem finds doubling the population connected via satellite could generate global socio-economic benefits exceeding $250bn

Unregulated DeFi services abused in latest pig butchering twist

Pig butchering scammers are taking advantage of the unregulated nature of DeFi crypto trading apps to siphon off even more money from their victims, according to the latest findings of an ongoing investigation

Scality CEO on ESG and storage as a solved problem

Scality's CEO discusses the company's ESG efforts, ESG in IT, object storage's role in primary storage and AI while seeing the problems of storage have mostly been solved.

Satellite 5G networks to gain lucrative orbit over next seven years

Study predicts huge spike in additional revenue for satellite services operators for 5G comms to 2030, and outlined prospects for 6G networks, including coverage and throughput capabilities

Iomart CEO departs

Outgoing boss Reece Donovan has overseen iomart’s move towards a managed services model, but is leaving the business with immediate effect

CMA focuses on data for AI foundation model

Foundational AI models require vast amounts of data. Without access to diverse datasets, the market for foundational models risks being stifled

Government seeks industry views on cyber threat to UK CNI

The Science, Innovation and Technology Select Committee is seeking evidence from the cyber sector as it launches an inquiry into the resilience of the UK's critical national infrastructure

Virgin Media brings gigabit broadband to 6,900 homes in Stirling

Full-fibre broadband with average top speeds of 1,130Mbps now available to more than 6,900 additional homes and businesses in key Scottish city for the first time, following investment from recently created UK fibre provider

UK broadband sees speeds increase

Study from UK communications regulator finds marked year-on-year, increase in service speeds as people upgrade to higher-bandwidth services, including full-fibre, plus a large increase in average upload speeds

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