TechTarget News - Week of Apr 28, 2019

Malaysia to get its first AI park

Malaysia’s first artificial intelligence park to be developed by a trio of local and Chinese firms is expected to raise the country’s standing in the global race for AI supremacy

Danske Bank and IBM bring AI to banking IT

Artificial intelligence partnership is designed to reduce the risk of major IT outages and keep the bank’s customers happy

CIO interview: Dylan Roberts, CDIO, Leeds City Council

After 15 years leading technology in Leeds, Dylan Roberts is building a digital ecosystem for the entire region, even looking at how digital services can help extend life expectancy for local people

Computacenter gets off to a good start

A trading update for Q1 reveals that the growth it enjoyed last year has continued into 2019

Sir Stelios makes an easy move into the channel

A firm going by the name Easy Networks was always bound to catch the attention of the man behind a number of businesses with the same branding

Ofcom must rethink rural broadband USO, says Lords report

There are still serious concerns about whether or not the 10Mbps broadband USO is fit for purpose, and Ofcom needs to take account of them, according to The House of Lords Select Committee for the Rural Economy

Cisco promotes Wi-Fi 6 upgrade opportunity

Vendor claims billions are out there to be made by partners that want to get involved with the latest wireless networking technology

Fix the basics first, then worry about AI, advise experts

The freedom of the internet is at risk, with the cyber arms race and the industrialisation of hacking are set to continue as attackers move up the value chain to target trust mechanisms, threat experts predict

Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

Another week of personnel movements to chart across the channel as some get a chance to make a mark in a fresh executive role

Big firms hire fast, and fire more

Larger firms are more efficient at hiring than smaller firms, according to new data. But they also exceed other firms in the percentage of workers who are involuntarily separated.

LightBits Super SSD brings NVMe on vanilla Ethernet

Israeli startup LightBits offers super-fast NVMe flash storage over plain Ethernet networks in a move that some think will bring “iSCSI for the NVMe generation”

New hybrid Dell EMC cloud aimed at rising flood of data

As enterprise data centers cope with newly generated data, the new Dell EMC cloud platform sharpens VMware tool sets to build, implement and manage storage in hybrid environments.

New factors driving disaster recovery adoption

Threats from cyberattacks and climate change have replaced natural disasters as the main drivers behind companies adopting disaster recovery and make no geographic zone safe.

Bosses want to see explainable AI

Almost one-third of UK bosses surveyed in the latest PwC global CEO survey plan to use artificial intelligence in their businesses – but explainable AI is critical

How Microsoft is prepping manufacturers for Industry 4.0

Building on its manufacturing and technology knowhow, Microsoft has teamed up with industrial firms to support the growing demand for smart manufacturing capabilities

Most businesses vulnerable to supply chain cyber attacks

UK firms trail the leaders US and Germany in knowing the most about their partners’ cyber security practices, but most companies globally are in the dark about this growing source of vulnerabilities

CIO interview: Mark Holt, CTO, Trainline

A data-led strategy underpins the growth of the public transport app, which sells over 200 tickets a minute and logs more than 80 million customer visits a month

Cyber criminals increase use of fileless attacks

Fileless attacks are increasingly popular with cyber criminals, while Russia and China top the league of nation state data exfiltrators, threat data shows

HPE to launch Cloud Volumes in UK and Ireland

HPE Cloud Volumes will offer enterprise-class block storage for use with AWS and Azure compute plus a replication store for backup and disaster recovery from the end of May

Dell Technologies Partner Program spurs cross-selling push

Under the Dell Technologies Partner Program, channel firms will see more backing to sell across Dell subsidiaries. Many components from the Dell EMC Partner Program remain intact.

Dell EMC Unity XT expands midrange storage overlap

Even as it plans to winnow away overlapping midrange SANs, Dell EMC adds four capacity models to its Unity XT series designed to broaden support for VMware Cloud.

Dell EMC PowerProtect aims to go beyond data protection

Dell EMC hopes PowerProtect will modernize its data protection for customers, but what will it mean for its legacy backup products, such as Data Domain, Avamar and NetWorker?

SAS Platform update expands AI in Viya cloud analytics tools

A new version of the SAS analytics platform adds a variety of AI features to SAS Viya, the cloud-based software that SAS hopes will secure its place in the AI future.

SAP earnings driven by strong cloud growth in Q1

SAP cloud revenue was up and S/4HANA added new customers, leading to a strong Q1 2019 earnings report. Cloud revenue for SAP rose in all regions, with especially strong growth in China and Japan.

Dell EMC VxRail at heart of vendor's cloud strategy

Dell EMC wants to turn its hyper-converged infrastructure market-leading VxRail appliance into the leading hybrid cloud building block with the help of VMware Cloud Foundation.

New Azure-VMware integration means more hybrid cloud options

Rivals Microsoft and VMware joined forces this week, signing a deal to allow VMware to run natively on Azure, further complicating the coopetition among the top cloud vendors.

New Cisco Wi-Fi 6 products include Catalyst switch, APs

Cisco has launched itself into the Wi-Fi 6 market with the release of the Catalyst 9600 core campus switch. Other new Cisco Wi-Fi 6 gear includes Catalyst access points.

A recent history of Facebook security and privacy issues

Since the start of 2018, Facebook has had a seemingly constant cascade of security issues and privacy scandals. Here's a look back at the social media giant's most serious issues.

UK gears up for new laws on IoT security

The UK plans to introduce measures to require that basic cyber security features are built into internet-connected devices

Get more proactive on cyber security, says ex Europol chief

Business needs to get more proactive, collaborative, resilient and analytical to manage cyber risks posed by cyber criminals down to acceptable levels, says former Europol chief

BSA releases framework for secure software

Software industry advocacy group releases framework to facilitate flexible and comprehensive software security assessments

Channel hitting the SME market for Dropbox

Partners delivered growth for the content and collaboration specialist last year and the foundations are building built to support future efforts

Infor launches new CRM mobile app for CloudSuite

Meeting mobile needs is key for Infor, which just released its Infor CloudSuite CRM Mobile application for iOS users. The app will provide access to important information on the go.

Docker on ARM pushes cloud app development to the edge

Docker's deal with ARM expands the container company's reach to include developers who build applications on the RISC architecture for edge devices.

Unify Square adds Slack, Zoom, FB to IT management software

Unify Square will add support for Slack, Zoom and Workplace by Facebook to its IT management software. The vendor previously worked exclusively with Microsoft apps.

Arcserve UDP update supports Nutanix AHV, Office 365

The Arcserve UDP update extends the backup software's support to Nutanix AHV and Office 365, with the promise of other hypervisors and SaaS applications to come.

Wendy Bahr joins Rubrik to run channel

Wendy Bahr has joined Rubrik as chief commercial officer. She will be responsible for the company's efforts with managed service providers, integrators, resellers and tech alliances.

New capabilities enhance Acquia Cloud security

Acquia's new security and compliance competencies for the Acquia Cloud aim to reduce operational resources, increase data protection and simplify user innovation.

Snowflake CEO Bob Muglia replaced by former ServiceNow CEO

Frank Slootman, who led ServiceNow and Data Domain through successful IPOs, is the new chairman and CEO of cloud data warehouse vendor Snowflake, replacing former CEO Bob Muglia.

DHS patching directive brings shorter deadlines

A new DHS directive placed new deadlines on patching critical vulnerabilities for federal agencies and experts are divided on whether the timelines are reasonable and realistic.

Docker Enterprise suite overhaul eases container uptake

Docker is working to help enterprises ease their way into using containers with a suite of services and pre-integrated capabilities in products in Docker Enterprise 3.0.

Defence secretary sacked over Huawei leak

Defence secretary Gavin Williamson has been sacked after leaking confidential discussions over the use of Huawei networking equipment

Twilio aiming to build channel momentum

Comms specialist has been on a partner recruitment drive and is looking to keep its indirect business moving forward over the course of this year

Businesses unprepared for cyber breaches

Study shows many organisations lack IT security and operations basics, including visibility across their IT operations

Updated hybrid cloud backup available from Pure Storage

In an effort to provide users with unified backup across multiple environments, Pure Storage has expanded its Evergreen Storage Service to provide a hybrid cloud backup system.

Lloyd’s of London unveils digital ambitions

Reforms will include a split into two automated exchanges, which is expected to boost performance and savings while reducing cost of services to customers

Hertz app causes legal pain for Accenture developers

Hertz e-commerce system for consumers at the center of $32 million suit; analysts looking at the detailed complaint spread plenty of blame over both parties.

Impartner PRM integrates with Microsoft Dynamics 365 for sales

Impartner's collaboration with Microsoft delivers Impartner PRM for Microsoft Dynamics 365, a PRM sales software that gives users immediate access to direct and indirect sales data.

White Ops: Ad fraud bot activity waning, but threats still loom

A new study from security vendor White Ops shows a decline in digital ad fraud, but the company says the battle against cybercriminals abusing ad platforms is far from over.

Microsoft AI services roadmap to be delivered at Build

Microsoft's Build developer conference is set to showcase a range of new services for IoT, AI and machine learning. It's evidence of how developers' palettes and customer requirements have expanded beyond core enterprise IT scenarios.

CrowdStrike tackles BIOS attacks with new Falcon features

CrowdStrike added firmware attack detection capabilities to its Falcon platform and also expanded its partnership with Dell to help organizations tackle BIOS threats.

Customers respond to Docker Hub security breach

A Docker Hub data breach was top of mind at DockerCon this week, but users mostly waved off its broad impact as enterprises generally have their containers on lockdown.

Police down two dark web markets

Europol-supported coordinated law enforcement approach across Europe and the US was key to operations’ success

Norsk Hydro urges caution as it counts cost of cyber attack

Norwegian aluminium giant Norsk Hydro is urging partners to be cautious in the wake of a damaging ransomware attack in March as financial impact estimates come in above initial estimates

VMware getting UK partners ready for Connect

The vendor is rolling out a revised partner programme next year and efforts are already under way to make sure the channel is ready for that development

Channel getting the transformation message

Research from Agilitas IT has found that an increasing number of resellers are going through a transformation process

Zero trust: A 21st century security model

Traditional corporate security models date back to a time when there were fewer, lower-level threats, but a zero trust model is better suited to the 21st century, according to the originator of the idea

IBM marketing automation sell-off represents market shift

IBM divests itself of marketing automation tools, but they will likely live on as the new parent company combines them with other acquisitions to incubate a new integrated CX stack.

SAS Viya cloud software at center of SAS analytics strategy

The spotlight at SAS Global Forum 2019 was on the vendor's Viya analytics tools, which are getting new functionality and licensing options meant to spur deployments.

Google launches CallJoy small-business phone service

Google has launched CallJoy, a new cloud-based phone service that provides small businesses with automated phone agents for customer service for $39 per month.

How Dell Unified Workspace benefits channel partners

Dell Technologies partners may be able to pursue consulting work instead of assembling IT components in light of the vendor's Unified Workspace offering; more news from the week.

Regulation for AI-based medical devices could drive adoption

AI algorithms in healthcare currently regulated by the FDA are static and require manual updates. The FDA is now looking into what it would take to regulate AI algorithms that are dynamic.

ERP upgrade sought job efficiency, not job loss

Protecting jobs, not replacing people with automation, was an ERP system upgrade requirement by the Industries for the Blind and Visually Impaired. It wanted efficiency without job loss.

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