TechTarget News - Week of Sep 09, 2018

Alibaba executive chairman Jack Ma to step down in 2019

The executive chairman of Chinese online retail giant Alibaba is planning a year-long departure, as he prepares to hand over the company reins to CEO Daniel Zhang

Software maintenance contracts lack scrutiny

Paying a fifth of the original software contract value every year for support, big fixes and updates does not seem like good value for money

Veeam cranking up public sector focus

One of the areas the vendor is looking to put the time in is around helping partners sell into the public sector

Enterprise demand drives hike in storage sales, says IDC

Healthy jump in all-flash and SAN/NAS sales is being driven by enterprise storage modernisation, but also by component price rises. Dell EMC and NetApp top the supplier sales charts

Keppel, Salim Group to build new datacentre in Indonesia

The facility located on the outskirts of Jakarta is a response to the growing demand for connectivity and data services in Indonesia’s fast-growing digital economy

UK security vetting IT system failing, says NAO

The National Audit Office is critical of the government’s project to centralise its security vetting process, as the IT system has been plagued by failures from the start and has led to serious delays

Acquisitions fuel Midwich profits

The audio visual distributor has seen its half year numbers swell thanks to the contributions from its various acquisitions

PagerDuty incident response tools loop in business stakeholders

PagerDuty follows Atlassian with incident response tracking for corporate management, while IT pros on the front lines of incident triage also seek enhancements to low-level alerting configurations.

Trend Micro apps on Mac accused of stealing data

Researchers claimed Trend Micro apps in the Mac App Store were stealing data. The company removed the offending features, but researchers are still not sold on Trend Micro's excuse.

Snowflake making headway in Australia

Cloud data warehouse supplier Snowflake has nabbed several Australian customers and is looking at delivering its software via the Azure cloud service next year

Users planning upgrading investments

Research from Spiceworks indicates that money will be spent next year by users looking to upgrade old infrastructure

Two-thirds of emails not clean, says research

Two-thirds of emails don't make it to the inbox because security systems consider them unsafe, according to research

Rubrik backup suite bolstered by new Datos IO release

Seven months after acquiring Datos IO, Rubrik adds NoSQL data protection with the release of Rubrik Datos IO 3.0, addresses distributed database protection for the first time.

Cisco ASR 9000 router gets usage-based pricing

Cisco has changed licensing for the ASR 9000 router to let service providers pay only for the throughput they use. The new pricing arrives as service providers prepare for 5G.

NCSC issues core questions to help boards assess cyber risk

The National Cyber Security Centre has published its first in a series of guidance for board members which highlights what businesses should be asking security teams

Jake Braun discusses the Voting Village at DEF CON

The Voting Village at DEF CON 26 expanded its scope to test every aspect of election security that it could. Organizer Jake Braun discusses how it went and what's next.

Slack encryption will soon include enterprise key management

In a bid to close deals with more large organizations, Slack will soon give customers greater control over the encryption of their data with a new enterprise key management feature.

Microsoft patches Windows ALPC flaw exploited in the wild

Microsoft's September 2018 Patch Tuesday release included a fix for the Windows ALPC vulnerability that was exploited in the wild for about two weeks before being patched.

Using visualizations and analytics in media content

By using the best mass media BI practices, from data visualization to measuring metrics, companies like Condé Nast and Comcast are attracting consumers and raising revenues.

New enterprise 14 TB HDD options cater to cloud-scale users

Enterprise-class 14 TB HDDs from Seagate, Toshiba and Western Digital target cloud-scale users in need of economical, high-density storage to cope with exponential data growth.

Tech Nation startup programme demonstrates richness of UK fintech

A Tech Nation programme to support the UK's financial technology startups demonstrates the increasingly diverse range of business-to-business products and services available through the country's fintech community

Julia 1.0 brings API stability to machine learning language

The Julia programming language is catching on with enterprise developers, particularly to create data science and AI apps, or in other situations that require computational applications.

No Deal Brexit may hinder free flow of personal data from EU to UK

The government’s No Deal Brexit planning document on data protection warns free flow of personal data from EU isn’t guaranteed, and organisations must take action to ensure they will still be able receive data from Europe

John Lewis blames profit drops on high IT costs

Department store John Lewis has pinned the blame on high IT costs and the rising price of store real-estate for a drop in profit

Dell EMC PowerVault ME4 launched for entry-level SAN

While the industry watches its midrange lines, Dell EMC pushes out a new array of entry-level, flashy PowerVault systems for smaller organizations and branch offices.

Containers key for Hortonworks alliance on big data hybrid

Hortonworks is joining with Red Hat and IBM to work together on a hybrid big data architecture format that will run using containers both in the cloud and on premises.

CEO: Veeam database exposure fixed, investigation launched

Veeam co-CEO Peter McKay said there's 'no excuse' for the exposure of a marketing database and millions of email addresses. He said the company is being proactive in its response.

Machine intelligence could benefit from child's play

Advances in AI have spurred high interest in the technology, but the road to making machines intelligent remains a long one, said MIT's Josh Tenenbaum at the EmTech conference.

Trend Micro apps fiasco generates even more questions

In addition to other Trend Micro apps banished from the Mac App Store for gathering data inappropriately, the company has admitted to publishing the Open Any Files app.

AT&T Spark highlights big changes in networking market

The AT&T Spark event showed more than the service provider's latest 5G technology. It also revealed how AT&T is redefining the role of networking vendors in its data centers.

Lenovo-NetApp partnership targets rivals Dell and HPE

Lenovo and NetApp go after Dell and Hewlett Packard Enterprise with a multiyear partnership to bolster enterprise storage offerings and create a joint venture company in China.

Culture, not tools, is key to unlocking innovation

Australian organisations should focus on bringing in agile practices and foster a culture of trust and transparency to drive innovation and improve business agility

How SAP is riding on Asia’s growth story

The enterprise software behemoth’s Asia-Pacific business is growing and believes its latest C/4 Hana suite is uniquely geared to the scale of the region

Adobe acquisition of Marketo could shake up industry

Adobe looking to acquire Marketo could also be a ploy to incite a bidding war for Marketo from its holding company, Vista Equity, according to an analyst.

Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

A fair few appointments have caught the eye with quite a lot of shuffling at the very highest levels of management in some cases over the past week

Mature DevSecOps orgs refine developer security skills training

Some advanced organizations tackle DevSecOps with automated security for CI/CD pipelines and infrastructure, and will complete the picture with developer security skills training.

Mist automates WLAN monitoring with new AI features

Mist says its AI platform for WLAN monitoring can now handle hundreds of queries and will use deep learning to flag anomalies before they cause problems for users.

British Airways data breach may be the work of Magecart

News roundup: The British Airways data breach may be the handiwork of hacking group Magecart, according to researchers. Plus, hacker Guccifer will be extradited to U.S., and more.

GPU-buffed servers advance Cisco's AI agenda

Cisco's latest UCS servers with Nvidia's GPUs aim to help larger IT shops more quickly run AI and machine learning workloads -- and help Cisco keep pace with Dell and HPE.

Verizon 5G rollout could change broadband competition

Verizon launches Oct. 1 a 5G internet service in four U.S. cities. The Verizon 5G rollout could give the company an edge against cable companies in the high-speed internet market.

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