TechTarget News - Week of Apr 29, 2018

Even the smallest of Dutch towns are becoming smart

An increasing number of Dutch towns and cities use street sensors and big data to tackle societal problems. From smart lighting to artificial intelligence that spots violent behaviour in surveillance footage, smart technology is booming in the Netherlands

Late payments hitting SME pockets

The channel's main customer base is suffering because of late payments and its negative impact on cash flow

Security industry welcomes NHS move to Windows 10

Representatives of the security industry have welcomed the announcement that the NHS will be migrating to Windows 10 as part of a multi-million pound deal with Microsoft, but warn that the move will not be without its challenges

New DataCore CEO looks to MaxParallel to drive expansion

DataCore CEO Dave Zabrowski takes the reins from founder George Teixeira as the company works to use MaxParallel product to go beyond storage to the software-defined data center.

TSB IT disaster moves into a second week

TSB's IT problems have moved into a second week, as the bank fights to get its services and reputation back on track

Top 2018 cybersecurity trends to watch out for

A glance at IT news shows cybersecurity trends remain on companies' radar. At the CIO Boston Summit, Cybereason's Jessica Stanford discussed steps to defend against risk.

Getting cyber security innovation to market is key, says NCSC

Getting cyber security innovation to market is an important area of focus, according to the National Cyber Security Centre, which runs a cyber accelerator programme and recently stated a Dragons Den style security innovation pitch at the 2018 CyberUK conference

Phishing threats still dwarf vulnerabilities, zero-days

Proofpoint research shows that while phishing attacks now require victims to take more steps, the success rate for such attacks hasn't declined and enterprises are still on the defensive.

Tableau Prep tool aims to ease Tableau data preparation work

Tableau users who previously had to rely on software from other vendors to prepare data now have a new option: Tableau Prep, the BI vendor's own data preparation tool.

Windows NTFS flaw posted after disclosure gets nowhere

Proof-of-concept code showing how an NTFS flaw can shut down Windows systems was published by a security researcher nine months after he disclosed it to Microsoft.

Digital is a long-term objective, CEOs warned

Don't believe anyone who promises to transform a business digitally in three years, says Gartner Fellow Mark Raskino

MPs to grill TSB CEO over IT disaster

Paul Pester will face questions from the Treasury Committee about the bank’s IT problems

UK critical services need to up cyber defences to avoid fines

UK critical infrastructure providers could be liable for fines of millions of pounds if they do not improve their cyber defences and resilience of their IT infrastructure, a study reveals

Three starts to prepare core network for 5G

Mobile operator Three has enlisted SSE Enterprise Telecoms to bring 20 core datacentres on-net as it prepares to start rolling out 5G

Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 focuses on IT admins

While it will stop those annoying taskbar InBox and social media messages, at the heart of the April 2018 Windows 10 update is an effort to simplify management

VMware NSX portfolio aims to unify local and cloud workloads

VMware's NSX strategy aims to help enterprises stitch together data centers and cloud environments, though it could be overkill for IT shops with simpler needs that are more specific.

Password practices still poor despite increased threats

Despite growing cyber threats and heightened global awareness of hacking and data breaches, password behaviours remain poor and UK users are in denial, a study has revealed

Gartner: CEOs are talking digital

The digital transformation message has got into the boardroom and is now a CEO priority, which should give the channel some chances to support those firms as they change their operations

Financial management software vendors march ahead

Financial management software vendors FinancialForce, Vena Solutions and Model N have made recent moves to upgrade products, add third-party integrations or accelerate innovation.

Dell EMC all-flash PowerMax replaces VMAX, injects NVMe

Dell EMC rebrands its high-end, all-flash VMAX system as PowerMax, which is packed with NVMe flash and inline data reduction. A single system scales to 4 PB, with an onboard AI tiering engine.

Workday to continue investing heavily in APAC

Cloud applications supplier has increased its investments in the region by more than 50% in the past year, and is looking to maintain its double-digit growth in international markets

Dell vows to be easier to work with

One of the main tenets of its channel strategy is to be simple and the firm has introduced a framework to simplify engagement for channel partners

Poor websites costing resellers customers

Plenty of resellers have yet to get their digital presence up to scratch and that could cost them business

Ransomware still a threat to business, F-Secure warns

Ransomware attacks tapered off towards the end of 2017 after an explosion in such attacks earlier in the year, but ransomware remains a threat to big business, a report reveals

Critical infrastructure firms urged to patch Schneider Electric flaws

Critical infrastructure suppliers and manufacturing firms are being urged to ensure that their systems are patched up to date, after researchers discover Schneider Electric remote code execution vulnerability

ARM aims to boost physical security of IoT

Chipmaker ARM announces microprocessor aimed at improving the physical security capabilities of devices making up the internet of things

Cabinet Office updates spend controls

Revamped spend controls policy aims to give departments more flexibility, but requires them to keep a 15-month pipeline plan of any current and intended technology spend above £5m

'Software-defined' Dell EMC HCI gets hardware boost

Dell EMC VxRail customers discuss their use of the HCI platform inside and outside the data center; platform moves to faster 14th gen PowerEdge servers powered by NVMe flash.

Workplace by Facebook integrations broaden app's appeal

Facebook added dozens of business tools to a newly created app directory in its platform for businesses. The Workplace by Facebook integrations should broaden the product's appeal.

At OSIsoft PI World, IT/OT convergence a hot topic

Building IoT connectivity with a PI Server across multiple plants to improve analytics and efficiency is a great goal, but achieving it isn't without its challenges, as evidenced at OSIsoft PI World 2018.

Hammer falls on Commvault CEO, company seeks 'Advance'

Commvault has begun a search for a new CEO. Commvault Advance is also underway, as the data protection vendor seeks to cut costs and improve products.

Cambridge Analytica closure will not halt probe, says ICO

The London-based data mining firm at the heart of the Facebook data exploitation scandal has announced it is closing, but the ICO says the probe into its actions will still go ahead

Redscan warns of GDPR phishing scams

Cyber criminals are using fake GDPR-related privacy notices to trick recipients into disclosing personal data and spread malware, a security firm warns

TalkTalk worst for broadband customer satisfaction

Ofcom has released statistics on communications service provider customer service metrics, and TalkTalk does not come out of it well

MSPs to get their day of recognition

Starting this 23 May there will be MSP Day and a chance to celebrate the work done by managed service providers

Kaseya acquisition leads to merger with Unitrends

Kaseya's acquisition of Unitrends links remote monitoring and management, professional services automation, and backup and recovery services for midmarket enterprises and MSPs.

Dell EMC midrange storage keeps its overlapping arrays

Dell EMC plans to keep overlapping midrange storage for now. Dell Technologies World 2018 rollouts included CloudIQ analytics and Isilon SaaS beta with Google Cloud Platform.

Enterprises move from SD-WAN testing to deployment, IHS says

Enterprises are undergoing SD-WAN testing to gauge how the technology can offer better WAN control, IHS Markit says. Also, OPNFV releases Fraser to support cloud-native applications.

Why hybrid cloud data protection is so crucial

This week's roundup of analyst musings includes discussions about the importance of hybrid cloud data protection and whether it's beneficial to strike a work-life balance.

Google gVisor serves up container security isolation

There are other VM-like approaches for container security isolation, but Google's Kubernetes cred could make its gVisor a multi-cloud standard for security-sensitive enterprise apps.

C3 IoT simplifies AI and IoT app development

The C3 IoT low-code development platform helps developers of all skill levels build AI and other next-generation applications without having to write any code.

Why going private should help grow Mitel cloud

A private equity firm plans to acquire Mitel for $2 billion in the second half of 2018. The move should give the vendor more flexibility, as it pushes adoption of Mitel cloud.

Field service mobile apps offer usability, new features

Field service management software can be a great way to integrate mobile into a service company. Now, cloud-based platforms offer an accessible entry point for smaller businesses.

Qlik readies new Qlik Sense features for cloud, AI, big data

Self-service BI vendor Qlik is beginning to add a promised set of advanced functionality to its Qlik Sense software, but the features will be delivered in stages.

Twitter password security bug underlines need for industry change

Twitter has revealed that a bug in its systems resulted in some passwords being stored in a log in clear text, underlining the need for alternative authentication methods, say industry commentators

Dell EMC unveils Isilon scale-out NAS in the Google cloud

The trend to cloud NAS continues as Dell EMC announces beta phase of Isilon Cloud for GCP that will see fully-featured scale-out NAS available to customers via the Google cloud

Fujitsu steps up support for MSPs

The vendor has launched a pilot programme that will give service providers the chance to co-create solutions

Dell plugs thin client mid-market gap

The vendor has simplified its portfolio and given the channel a chance to take its virtual desktop message out to the mid-market customer base

Dell EMC freshens high-end SANs with VMAX makeover, PowerMax

Dell EMC rebrands VMAX high-end SAN arrays as PowerMax, with CPUs upgraded, new inline data deduplication, controller code re-worked and NVMe and Optane hardware on the roadmap

Software-defined access: Safe-T launches channel program

Safe-T, an Israeli company that offers technology based on software-defined perimeter architecture, has launched a channel program and is looking for partners in the U.S.; more news from the week.

Twitter bug exposes passwords of all 336 million users

On none other than World Password Day, a Twitter bug was announced that led to the passwords of all 336 million users being stored in plaintext in an internal log.

AMD patches in testing with ecosystem partners

The timeline for the AMD patches promised to fix chipset flaws disclosed in March is being criticized, but AMD said the patches are being tested by partners and are still on track.

Facebook APIs used by tens of thousands of malicious apps

News roundup: Researchers find tens of thousands of malicious apps use Facebook APIs and can access user data. Plus, AWS threatens to suspend Signal's use of the platform, and more.

Verizon SDN used to manage legacy Cisco, Juniper routers

Verizon has built a software-defined networking controller for its legacy routers. The Verizon SDN technology is being used on Cisco and Juniper hardware delivering Ethernet services.

Cisco loses Trollope, acquires relationship intelligence startup

In a surprise announcement, Cisco said Rowan Trollope was leaving to lead Five9 and would be replaced by the CEO of the relationship intelligence startup Accompany, which Cisco expects to acquire.

Cisco and CoreOS Kubernetes integrations swell IT buyer choices

Cisco and CoreOS added to a growing number of Kubernetes integration options, prompting enterprise IT buyers to consider whether they should rely on one vendor or take on heavy lifting themselves.

Corporate IT rebrands its modern role: Reduce complexity

The days of corporate IT as a back-end function with its practitioners relegated to the basement are long over. But IT strategy in 2018 has its own host of challenges.

Dell HCI, server upgrades flex hardware muscle for software plans

Upgrades to Dell's high-end PowerEdge servers, along with HCI servers to run machine learning workloads, illustrate the company's balancing act to address corporate users' needs for server hardware and hybrid cloud.

Remote Android Rowhammer attack possible, but scope limited

A new Android Rowhammer PoC proves an attack is possible, but an expert said the limited scope of affected devices and feasibility of performing the attack lessens the danger.

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