TechTarget News - Week of Jan 19, 2020

Modern telecoms has opened up Sweden’s far north

Modern telecom infrastructures mean datacentres can be further away from users, and environmental and cost advantages are to be had in locations such as Sweden’s far north

GDPR nets more than €100m in fines, with more to come

Fines totalling €114m have already been collected under GDPR, and this figure will spike in 2020 if the UK regulator succeeds in imposing record fines on BA and Marriott

Russia’s VTB and Rostelecom focus on big data

Russian financial services and telecoms enterprises to create a platform that will allow them and other organisations to utilise big data technology

Spanish bank applies AI to staff training

CaixaBank uses artificial intelligence to help its staff find and access the most relevant training resources

Catalogic launches KubeDR to protect etcd data

Catalogic's new KubeDR tool protects cluster configurations, metadata and certificates, which is data often overlooked by Kubernetes protection tools.

Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

Moves at a fairly senior level seemed to be the trend over the past week with firms looking to kick on in 2020 with some fresh talent

CyCognito turning tables by using botnets for good

In this Q&A with CyCognito CEO Rob Gurzeev, he discusses what led to his company, how attack simulations work and how he plans to spend the company's recent round of funding.

Will 5G turn Langkawi into world’s first smart island?

Malaysia telco TM is set to transform Malaysia’s Langkawi archipelago with a 5G testbed that will pave the way for 5G services across the country

High-tech firms provide boost to consulting industry

Data privacy and the shift to service-based models are some of the areas where companies such as Google and Apple are turning to consultants for support, according to a new report

Nicky Morgan says new government will be pro-tech

DCMS minister outlines five key ways the government aims to support technology going forward, including being “unashamedly” pro-tech

CityFibre acquires FibreNation in £200m deal

Strategic acquisition sees growing UK fibre provider’s roll-out plans almost double in size, with TalkTalk joining network with long-term commitments for residential and business customers

UK broadband offers poor relative value for money

Importance of fibre push by UK broadband providers clear as research shows data speeds available to UK households have not significantly changed while prices have risen steadily

Nakivo update supports tape, physical servers

Nakivo now supports tape and physical servers, a departure from its initial focus on cloud and VMs. Demand and expert opinion suggest there will always be need for physical backup.

HubSpot adds usability features to Marketing Hub Enterprise

HubSpot launched new features to their Marketing Hub Enterprise tool that focuses on user-friendliness and ability, while maintaining the tool's powerfulness.

Singapore updates model AI governance framework

Second edition of Singapore’s artificial intelligence governance framework includes new guidance, use cases and a self-assessment guide

Big Blue finds green shoots in Red Hat mix

IBM’s latest quarterly filing shows early signs that enterprises are buying into its OpenShift and RHEL-powered cloud strategy

ICO code sets out digital privacy standards for children

The Information Commissioner’s Office has published its Age Appropriate Design Code, a set of 15 standards that online platforms must meet to protect the privacy of younger users

Aeris gears up for connected vehicle joint venture with VW

Connected technology provider forges joint venture with leading automotive manufacturer to improve service flexibility and speed, operational efficiency and customer experience

Computer Misuse Act ‘crying out for reform’

Group of campaigners says the Computer Misuse Act of 1990 risks criminalising cyber security professionals and needs reforming

ThoughtSpot IPO could be coming after vendor adds first CFO

Hiring of a CFO for the first time signals that ThoughtSpot may be positioning itself for an IPO and comes six months after what was likely the vendor's final round of funding.

New Confluent Platform release boosts event streaming quality

Based on the open-source Kafka event streaming platform, the Confluent Platform 5.4 update adds new capabilities to help meet enterprise data management requirements.

Air New Zealand taps AI in airside operations

Air New Zealand has teamed up with Auckland Airport to test the use of computer vision to turn around its fleet faster

Seven projects funded to explore CAV security

The winners of the Cyber Securities Feasibility Studies contest, exploring cyber security for self-driving cars, have been revealed

CISOs fear becoming the next Travelex

Poll of security professionals by the organisers of the Infosecurity Europe trade fair highlights huge gaps in incident response capabilities

Computacenter eyeing vast opportunities

Channel player shares details of strong 2019 and indicates that the future is one where it can enjoy further growth

BETT: Lenovo calls for more tech investment

The hardware vendor has worked on a report that indicates that money needs to be spent on tech to keep education in touch with the digital demands of the future

Jira Roadmaps connect to Confluence, await Code Barrel

Atlassian rolled out fresh updates to its Jira Roadmaps feature and set the stage for further workflow refinements and integrations with other Atlassian software in 2020.

Veeam acquisition puts heat on rivals

Backup vendors Druva and Commvault say the multi-billion-dollar Veeam acquisition validates the strategies they've been executing and proves the importance of the backup market.

Microsoft misconfiguration exposed 250M customer service records

Microsoft exposed 250 million customer support records on five Elasticsearch servers that had misconfigured Azure security rules, a Comparitech security research team found.

Investments in data storage vendors topped $2B in 2019

Six data storage vendors closed six-figure funding rounds in 2019. Backup, data protection and newer flash technologies generated the most attention from investors.

AWS leak exposes passwords, private keys on GitHub

UpGuard discovered a public GitHub repository that contained sensitive AWS customer data, including passwords, authentication tokens and private encryption keys.

Developers could ease DevOps deployment with CircleCI Orbs

With a new suite of 20 CircleCI integrations known as Orbs, CircleCI targets developers who wish to simplify the automation of their deployments from their CI/CD pipelines.

Sophos adds mobile threat defense app to Intercept X line

Intercept X for Mobile is compatible with iOS and Android devices, as well as Chrome OS and Chromebooks. It offers privacy protection, authentication and other security features.

Hitachi Vantara acquires data catalog vendor Waterline Data

With the acquisition of Waterline Data, Hitachi Vantara is bringing new data catalog capabilities that will expand the Lumada Data Services and DataOps portfolio.

Xerox gets ready to cut and paste HP Inc board

Xerox plans to pay HP Inc shareholders $17 per share in cash and nominate a new HP Inc board, specialising in business transformation

Digital transformation shaking confidence in SD-WAN

Cato Networks survey highlights importance of considering not only SD-WAN as an MPLS replacement but also its applicability to the broader needs of the digital business, such as cloud migration, network agility and global reach

HPE joins Swiss-backed bid to 'decarbonise' datacentres across the world

HPE has joined forces with tech leaders and academics in Switzerland to support the take-up of a datacentre accreditation geared towards improving the energy efficiency of server farms worldwide

HP Inc attacks Xerox boardroom shakeup bid

Xerox wants to oust the HP Inc board, replacing it with directors who will push through its proposed acquisition

Windows 7 sunset gives PC market a boost in 2019

Does the growth of the PC market in 2019 reflect an increased appetite for the devices? Experts discuss the PC's role in the workplace and the influence of the Windows 7 sunset.

SAP User Group launches Business One Academy

UK and Ireland SAP User Group sets up academy to provide training on SAP Business One, which is only available via resellers and in which there is a dearth of education for small businesses

Citrix patches vulnerability as ransomware attacks emerge

Citrix rolls out more patches ahead of schedule for CVE-2019-19781, a directory traversal vulnerability that affects Citrix ADC, Gateway and SD-WAN WANOP products.

UK firms lack skills to make AI work, employees claim

Research finds employees are concerned about being blamed for tech blunders, with those fears increasing resistance towards artificial intelligence technology

UiPath RPA training targets channel partners

RPA vendor UiPath has launched a new training portal built specifically for channel partners, offering educational content used by the company's internal teams; more channel news.

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