TechTarget News - Week of Feb 02, 2020

India’s 2020 budget to boost local tech sector

A flurry of investments in quantum computing, datacentres and broadband connectivity is expected to shore up India’s technology industry from this year

Super Bowl wireless networking touch down for Extreme Networks

Weeks after first revealing its Wi-Fi 6-enabled networks for sports stadia in leading American sports leagues, networking technology and services company takes on wireless and analytics for biggest game in US sport

NHS adds supplier security audits to procurement platform

A new feature in the NHS’s Edge4Health procurement platform will help NHS suppliers improve their cyber security posture and NHS organisations make better buying decisions

Brexit messes up IT project plans

With no firm plans for a managed departure from the Europe Union, the UK’s IT spending is set to be curbed, and CIOs will need to start cutting costs as IT budgets decline

Check Point increasing subscription revenues

Just a few days after launching a fresh worldwide partner programme the security vendor has revealed the growth in its subscription offerings

SAP cloud revenue up, S/4HANA adoption still slow

Although SAP reported impressive revenue and cloud growth for 2019, it remains challenged to get the majority of its installed customer base onto S/4HANA.

Will Microsoft's Surface Duo phone conquer the enterprise?

Will businesses find a use for -- and will developers build apps for -- Microsoft's upcoming dual-screen Surface Duo phone? Experts say they can only speculate for now.

Microsoft Teams outage sparks user anger, needling

Microsoft Teams users took to Twitter to express frustration and sarcasm over a two-hour outage caused by an expired authentication certificate.

MI5 faces court ruling over unlawful surveillance warrants

Privacy groups Liberty and Privacy International ask the Investigatory Powers Tribunal to order MI5 to disclose full details of ‘unlawful’ conduct, after classified documents reveal the spy agency failed to comply with surveillance laws

Acronis CEO bullish as specialist goes beyond backup

Acronis is set to launch Cyber Protect as it rides a wave of confidence based on increasing revenues and investor funding. Will the backup-plus-cyber protection calculation pay off?

EE retains top spot for UK mobile network performance

UK mobile survey shows increasing user reliance on connectivity, with network operators needing to act now to ensure strong performance for consumer demands across work use cases

SAP gives ECC users a five-year reprieve

Standard support is being extended to 2027, while SAP will continue to offer extended support until 2030, in a bid to get businesses to migrate to S/4 Hana

Australia’s NAB taps AI to create brand voice

Using Amazon’s artificial intelligence smarts, National Australia Bank has developed a unique brand voice that will greet customers who dial up its contact centre

HPE buys Scytale to hone cloud-native security chops

HPE has scooped up Scytale, a startup that has developed a cloud-native security framework for highly distributed applications. While most enterprises don't need such capabilities today, HPE has taken a step that could serve them down the road.

Deadline extended for SAP Business Suite 7

Business Suite 7 will receive mainstream maintenance until 2027, a decision industry observers say reflects the difficulty of an S/4HANA migration.

Intel AI hardware roadmap shifts away from Nervana

Intel said it is ending development of its Nervana AI processors. The tech vendor will instead focus its efforts on its Habana Labs processors, which it acquired last year.

Coronavirus puts attention on business pandemic plans

The coronavirus is making pandemic planning a business issue, once again. The last time businesses had to consider this problem was in 2009, with the H1N1 virus.

OVHcloud eyes Indian market in APAC expansion

French cloud infrastructure supplier OVHcloud is investing more in India over the next few quarters as part of its regional expansion plan

Commsworld claims dark fibre first in Scottish Borders

Broadband provider says lighting Openreach’s Dark Fibre X with its own optical equipment will enable it to provide flexible connectivity speeds of up to 10Gbps

IoT network flaw left Philips Hue bulbs open to attack

Vulnerabilities in the ZigBee internet of things networking protocol have left market-leading smart devices, including Philips Hue lightbulbs, open to exploitation

Samsung spins Stellus Technologies for file storage

Samsung created Stellus to develop new-fangled file system built on key-value storage and optimized for NVMe flash drives, scalability and high throughput.

More McAfee leadership changes follow Chris Young's departure

More executives have departed McAfee in recent months amid the departure of former CEO Chris Young, who was replaced by former BMC Software head Peter Leav last month.

HyperIntelligence upgrades highlight MicroStrategy 2020

MicroStrategy 2020, the latest version of MicroStrategy's analytics platform, was released Wednesday and includes updates to the vendor's embedded analytics tool.

Couchbase Cloud takes a new approach to database delivery

Open source NoSQL database vendor Couchbase enters the cloud database market with a database as a service that lets users choose which public cloud vendor they want to use.

VMware licensing change limits CPUs to 32 cores

VMware moved its per-CPU licensing plan closer to competitors' per-core licensing plans by requiring one license for CPUs with 32 cores.

Workspot launches Cloud Desktop Fabric

Workspot claims its new Cloud Desktop Fabric architecture will improve virtual desktop performance by connecting users to the cloud resources closest to them.

Dell aiming to make things simple in 2020

Vendor introduces simplified management structure, clearer rebate structures and improved online tools to support partner growth

Stressed, overworked CISOs losing £23k a year in unpaid overtime

Nominet’s latest CISO Stress Report has revealed the extent to which organisations are taking advantage of their security staff, and the deleterious effects of overwork and stress on mental health

Telefónica Deutschland lands loan of €450m for 5G roll-out

Spanish global telco’s German division seals deal to gain funding to prop up development of mobile network within Europe’s largest country, 4G for rural areas and 5G for urban environments

Telia claims 400GE first with Cisco

Huge rise in users wanting on-demand content prompts internet backbone provider to deploy Cisco 400GE-ready network

Maastricht University pays €200,000 to Russian hackers

A Dutch university has taken the difficult decision to pay hundreds of thousands of Euros to Russian hackers that compromised its systems through a ransomware attack

Enterprise service management blurs business, IT operations

IT-style automated workflows are expanding to non-IT departments, even as business initiatives fuse with software projects. IT ops will support both, often with the same toolset.

Vodafone, Orange tap Amdocs to boost Spanish business offers

Communications and media software and services provider extends its reign in Spain’s telco sector with business enhancement solutions for two leading telcos

Forescout acquired by private equity firm for $1.9 billion

Network security vendor Forescout Technologies was acquired for $1.9 billion by Advent International, a private equity firm looking to increase its cybersecurity investments.

Avaya revamps team collaboration app Avaya Spaces

Avaya is offering the messaging and meetings app Avaya Spaces for no additional charge to customers enrolled in its subscription licensing program.

NSS Labs quietly acquired by private equity firm

Product testing company NSS Labs was acquired by private equity firm Consecutive, Inc., last October but neither company publicly announced the deal.

NHS Digital appoints new CISO

Pete Rose will also act as deputy chief executive at the IT partner for the National Health Service

Startup success is ‘The Finnish Dream’

Finland has a startup mentality running through its veins and its water, with an “all for one” attitude driving fledgling tech companies

BlackBerry smartphones pact will lapse, marking end of an era

With the end of a BlackBerry devices licensing agreement, will the iconic smartphone brand disappear from the market? Experts discuss the company and its legacy.

IBM's Policy Lab calls for AI regulation

Launched during the Davos World Economic Forum, IBM's Policy Lab seeks to unite governments and businesses on creating and adopting more regulation of AI.

Dynatrace deepens AIOps ties with Kubernetes monitoring

Dynatrace has expanded the number of metrics it can feed into its Davis AIOps engine from Kubernetes infrastructure, thereby enhancing autoremediation features for container workloads.

LightStep targets developers with new observability tool

LightStep hones its observability software with its new Service Health for Deployments feature, which helps developers find and fix service health issues.

Gartner: Prepare pandemic planning around 25% absenteeism

If the coronavirus isn't contained, it may prove disruptive for a long period of time. Pandemic planning should be underway, business research groups say.

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