TechTarget News - Week of May 06, 2018

All-flash and hybrid HPE Nimble Storage arrays get updates

HPE enhances its Nimble all-flash arrays with support for NVMe and storage-class memory. Additionally, the vendor collapses its hybrid systems into one product line featuring deduplication.

Nadella opens Build 2018 with cross-platform push

Microsoft’s developer conference has kicked off with a renewed focus on making Microsoft products and services work well with other offerings

Majority of security professionals favour shorter disclosure deadline

Google’s Project Zero unit’s 90-day deadline for software suppliers to disclose vulnerabilities has always been controversial, but a survey reveals that most security professionals feel even that is too long

GCI gets £60m warchest from fresh backer

Serial acquisition deal maker GCI has changed its major shareholder and been given access to funds to continue to expand the business

Financial sector cyber-related laws are a bellwether, says Deloitte

As the regulatory landscape becomes more complex, organisations should look to the financial sector to see what else is coming, as well as focus on three key areas of GDPR compliance, according to Deloitte

Nigerian cyber attackers up their game

Nigerian cyber attackers have modernised their approach to cyber crime, security researchers warn

Salford gets chief digital officer

Jon Corner has been appointed the city’s first chief digital officer to lead Salford’s smart city and digital technology work

Silobreaker building on partner programme

The security player is looking for more partners having recently launched a UK channel partner programme

Azure IoT Edge tool set stirs AI into Microsoft's cloud

Microsoft extended more of its AI capabilities to connected devices to resolve some of the IoT shortcomings of the public cloud's consolidated data center model.

Google, Fitbit, startups storm into healthcare AI

Google is moving quickly into healthcare, forging alliances with Fitbit and selling AI services to smaller health IT vendors. Meanwhile, Fitbit is expanding into healthcare.

APM strikes back in Kubernetes monitoring wars

New Relic and AppDynamics up the ante on Prometheus with dashboards that display Kubernetes time-series data, and monitoring alerts that sync with IT automation tools.

Red Hat teams up with Microsoft in hybrid cloud, container push

Building on a strategic alliance first announced in 2015, the two software companies are working together on Red Hat OpenShift on Azure to reduce the complexity of managing containers in a hybrid cloud environment

Zero-day exploits resolved by Microsoft on May Patch Tuesday

Microsoft resolved two zero-day exploits and two public disclosures, amid more than 65 exploits affecting operating systems, browsers and Microsoft Office this May Patch Tuesday.

Microsoft predicts five-year wait for quantum computing in Azure

Industry experts predict it will take 10 years for quantum computing to become a reality, but Microsoft believes it has the research edge, with systems, software and technology to get there in five

HSBC launches open banking app

In line with open banking regulation, HSBC has launched an app that enables users to see accounts from 21 different banks in one place

Breach disclosure time still high, report shows

Companies are getting faster at disclosing breaches, but the average is still too high in the light of the GDPR and other breach disclosure regulations, a report shows

Nutanix Flow, Beam, Era highlight .NEXT 2018 launches

Nutanix uses small acquisitions to fuel further expansion of its core HCI into an enterprise cloud OS with Flow, Era and Beam, which were announced at the Nutanix .NEXT 2018.

Oracle encouraging partners to develop IP

The vendor's UK channel chief is encouraging partners to add their own 'secret sauce' to its cloud portfolio

Citrix Workspace app holds potential, raises questions

At Synergy 2018, Citrix introduced a new secure digital workspace that provides users unified access to their virtual desktops and applications, SaaS and mobile apps, and data.

Equifax breach lessons not learned

Businesses are still downloading vulnerable versions of the software that was at the heart of the Equifax data breach and failing to update to safe versions, a security firm has revealed

Commvault HyperScale appliance keeps county covered

The Commvault HyperScale integrated appliance enables San Mateo County to back up more in less time. The appliance marks a new direction for Commvault.

New Arista campus switches aim to simplify designs

The Arista campus switches are an effort by the company to target enterprises with the same set of features used by large data centers and carriers.

Microsoft showcases Azure DevOps Project enhancements

Microsoft continues to reach out to developers with an updated tool to help them configure a DevOps pipeline and connect it to the cloud, regardless of the app dev platform.

Patient engagement system ties Change, Adobe, Microsoft

In these news briefs, read how Change Healthcare partnered with Microsoft and Adobe to use their cloud and AI services. Also, learn about Uber and CVS' latest pushes into healthcare.

XenMobile Service a tough sell for some Citrix shops

XenMobile is now called Citrix Endpoint Management, and Citrix wants on-premises customers to move to the cloud. But some IT pros aren't ready to make the jump.

Oracle Autonomous Database concept extended to PaaS, apps

Having earlier laid the foundation with Oracle Autonomous Database, the vendor unveiled self-driving, self-repairing tools for application development, analytics and integration.

Azure Cosmos DB flexes joints for multiple data stores

Microsoft added multi-master write replication and more granular cost controls to Cosmos DB to cover the broadest number of uses in the hotly competitive managed database market.

How enterprises can cope with digital disruption

Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst says enterprises can take a leaf from DevOps and build modularity into their technology infrastructure to prepare for the forces of digital disruption

Red Hat OpenShift tie-ups target hybrid cloud portability

Partnerships with major cloud providers help position Red Hat OpenShift as a hybrid cloud management platform that customers hope can solve lock-in troubles.

Government launches GovTech competition

Implementation minister Oliver Dowden will launch competition for UK tech firms to help solve the country’s social challenges, using funding from the £20m GovTech challenge fund

Ryanair takes full flight in the AWS public cloud

Low-cost airline Ryanair is on course to go all-in on the Amazon Web Services public cloud, as part of its push to boost the agility and cost effectiveness of its operations

Embrace GDPR to remain competitive, says OWI

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation is set to raise the bar internationally for data protection and should be embraced to remain competitive, says report

BT to shut London HQ and cut 13,000 jobs

Another round of cuts comes as BT struggles to reposition itself for sustainable long-term growth

Exertis expands into electricals

The distributor has hired a former Argos staffer and revealed intentions to build a reputation in the small domestic appliance market

Citrix ShareFile features, integrations catch IT's eye

ShareFile will integrate with the new Citrix Workspace app, and other integrations with third-party services will help the product stand out in the EFSS market.

Government must support SMEs, says Oliver Dowden

The minister for implementation, Oliver Dowden, provides further details on the GovTech competition and talks about GDS’s role as an “innovation incubator”, losing data policy to DCMS and the importance of SMEs

Microsoft Teams app expands developer toolbox

Microsoft is giving businesses new tools for building custom integrations within the Microsoft Teams app. The vendor is also enhancing native ties between Teams and Office 365.

Hitachi VSP boosts performance and analytics

Hitachi Vantara outfits new Virtual Storage Platform models with more and faster processors and memory, adds midrange arrays, but makes no NVMe promises yet.

ServiceNow Virtual Agent looks to bolster AI strategy

ServiceNow's Virtual Agent technology is designed to automate routine IT tasks and free users and IT workers to focus on more important tasks.

EFF welcomes backdoor-blocking US bill

International digital rights organisation welcomes proposed US legislation that will prevent the government from forcing a company to build backdoors into encrypted products and services

KCOM picks Amdocs to enhance network transition

East Yorkshire and Humberside’s incumbent telco to implement new service delivery platform as it upgrades its network

AWS: The channel really matters

The public cloud giant has been expanding its channel base and is keen to work with more resellers and ISVs

Huawei thanks partners for UK growth

The firm has thanked its channel base for helping it gain more share in important vertical markets

ControlUp targets virtual desktop, server overprovisioning

If IT pros overprovision virtual desktops and servers, they waste money and resources. But there are other problems associated with poor resource allocation.

WannaCry’s EternalBlue exploit still a threat

A year after the global WannaCry attacks, the EternalBlue exploit that was a key enabler for the malware is still a threat to many organisations, and many UK firms have not taken action, security researchers warn

Citrix Analytics service brings hope for better security

As it becomes more difficult to monitor and secure applications and data, Citrix's security analytics platform is getting more attention from IT pros.

Police Scotland did not inform public of mobile phone searches

Members of the Scottish Parliament heard that Police Scotland did not conduct impact assessments or give explanations to the public when they were accessing private data on their mobile phones

Lenovo partners to seek more SMB data center deals

Lenovo partners will see the vendor increase focus on SMB customers, which Lenovo said can present business problems just as complex as those belonging to larger organizations.

Georgia governor vetoes controversial cybersecurity bill

News roundup: A controversial cybersecurity bill was vetoed by Georgia's governor this week after pressure from Microsoft and Google. Plus, IBM banned USB drives, and more.

ServiceNow positions Now Platform as workflow engine

ServiceNow made a move to become a major player in the DevOps market by gearing up its Now Platform as a workflow engine that creates cloud-based applications quickly.

Avaya cloud revenue grows, but profitability remains elusive

Avaya reported a net loss of $130 million last quarter, but the vendor still appears largely on track to hit its annual targets. Avaya cloud revenue rose modestly as a percentage of total earnings.

Nutanix combines SDN, microsegmentation in Nutanix Flow

With the availability of Nutanix Flow, the HCI vendor merges SDN and microsegmentation to incorporate networking capabilities in its hyper-converged infrastructure stack.

Network disaggregation key topic at Dell event

Analysts focus on Dell's embrace of network disaggregation, how Google is narrowing the gap between human and machine and whether virtual appliances are ready for prime time.

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