TechTarget News - Week of Mar 08, 2020

Google Cloud targets telcos with Global Mobile Edge Cloud

Google Cloud announces programme to help telcos address pressures to digitally transform in the face of the rise of 5G, network-centric business models and ‘dramatically’ raised consumer expectations

TechUK lays out proposals for Spring Budget

Trade body TechUK sets out its view on how to accelerate UK growth through technology in its submission to the March 2020 Budget

UK Shared Rural Network gets official go-ahead

UK government and leading mobile operators confirm £1bn scheme to roll out 4G coverage to 95% of UK landmass by end of 2025

DCMS to oversee coronavirus disinformation unit

A cross-departmental counter-disinformation unit will seek to protect and secure UK citizens from disinformation, scams and cyber security threats related to the Covid-19 outbreak

Channel round-up: Who’s gone where?

HR departments across the industry remain busy thanks to a flurry of executive appointments over the past seven days

Bill Gates backs Crest fintech security scheme for Africa and Asia

UK-based cyber security accreditation and certification non-profit Crest has been awarded a $1.4m grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to expand cyber security capacity for fintechs in Africa and Asia

Researchers develop new side channel attacks on AMD chips

Security researchers behind the Meltdown and Spectre flaws discovered new side channel attacks on AMD processors, but the chipmaker has opted not to patch them.

Inside Oracle’s cloud strategy

Oracle may be late to the cloud infrastructure and platform game, but it believes it has what it takes to carve out a bigger slice of the Asia-Pacific’s cloud market

GDS works on joining up government services

The GDS is assembling a business case as information about the impact of disjointed government offerings is gathered

Telia Carrier expands SD-WAN solution portfolio

Stockholm-based network provider claims global service, based on Viptela and Cisco technology, is world’s best-connected SD-WAN offer

Police IT system failure creates significant backlogs

Independent review of IT system failure that left Greater Manchester Police working with pen and paper finds combination of technical shortcomings, operational procedures and staff training responsible for massive backlogs

Lifesize and Serenova merge to create expanded portfolio

Video conferencing hardware and software vendor Lifesize is merging with contact-center-as-a-service provider Serenova.

NetApp digs into Talon Storage for Cloud OnTap

Talon Storage cache-and-sync suite is tacked on to NetApp cloud fabric to give end-to-end migration as enterprise data centers shift data to public cloud.

Schoolgirl security experts prepare to do battle

The finals of the CyberFirst Girls contest will take place on 16 March as the culmination of the NCSC’s annual competition to unearth future security talent

HPE offers operators as-a-service 5G core software stack

GreenLake cloud-native technologies from HPE and Aruba designed to help telcos build and deploy 5G networks and better integrate with Wi-Fi 6 networks

Android 11 features zero in on security, privacy

Google's first developer preview of Android 11 highlights features aimed squarely at the enterprise, including bolstered security, a focus on compatibility and improved messaging.

VMware's Kubernetes-based products ease container migration

VMware has rolled out a basket of Kubernetes-based offerings to help users prepare for container migration as a way to modernize their apps and maintain investments in vSphere.

ANZ firms ill-prepared to deal with tech issues

More than two in five businesses in Australia and New Zealand are hearing from customers about major technology issues, affecting productivity and staff morale, new study finds

Microsoft locks down new vulnerability with EternalBlue echoes

Microsoft has moved to get ahead of a serious remote code execution vulnerability in Microsoft Server Message Block 3.1.1, which was accidentally disclosed then missed in its March Patch Tuesday update

Mammoth March Patch Tuesday lands on Windows admins

Microsoft delivers corrections for 115 unique vulnerabilities, including 26 bugs rated critical in one of its largest Patch Tuesday releases in recent memory.

Budget: SMEs given support in the face of Covid-19

The chancellor announces measures in the Spring Budget to help small to medium-sized enterprises that could be hit hard by further spread of coronavirus Covid-19

Unplanned work leads to stressed IT workers

Study reports that unplanned IT work leads to staff anxiety, disrupts innovation and affects work-life balance, with a discrepancy between what companies and employees think is acceptable

Coronavirus tests Trump's opposition to federal telework

The Trump administration is trying to curtail federal telework. But the new coronavirus may change those plans, as some agencies are starting to shift to remote work.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s 2020 Budget pumps £22bn into R&D

The 2020 Budget pledges to increase research and development funding to £22bn a year, £5bn for broadband roll-out and £900m to ensure UK businesses lead the way in “high-potential technologies”, but slashes tax relief for entrepreneurs

Microsoft leads takedown of Necurs botnet

Microsoft, BitSight and other partners used legal and technical steps to take control of one of largest botnets in the world that infected more than 9 million systems.

Microsoft discloses wormable SMBv3 flaw without a patch

Microsoft disclosed a new remote code execution vulnerability associated with the Microsoft Server Message Block 3.1.1 (SMBv3) protocol, but there's currently no patch available.

Citrix enacted remote work during China's coronavirus crisis

The new coronavirus has begun to affect how U.S. companies are thinking about remote work. In this Q&A, Citrix's James Singh talks about how the company faced this problem in China -- and made it work.

Cisco restructuring follows Goeckeler departure

The Cisco restructuring that follows the departure of executive VP David Goeckeler has reshuffled the company's executive team among five newly created product groups.

2nd Watch launches data-management-as-a-service offering

A new data management service from 2nd Watch aims to help organizations make data-driven decisions without having to rely on data scientists for their data preparation.

APAC remains hotbed for digital transformation

Nearly half of organisations in the Asia-Pacific region see digital transformation as their top priority, followed by cloud infrastructure deployment and artificial intelligence, survey finds

Elisa to pull plug on 3G network in 2023

Final countdown starts for third-generation mobile communications in Finland, with capacity to be used for 5G services

EE further expands UK 5G network

BT-owned mobile operator rolls out 5G to 21 new locations in the country

Failings in open source disclosure put users at risk

As more projects rely on open source components, IT departments need to keep on top of critical vulnerabilities to ensure they are secure

Security pros just want to be loved, report finds

Being valued by the business for their role in keeping the organisation safe and upholding ethical standards is a primary motivator for CISOs and other security professionals

Channel execs say coronavirus spurs remote work technology

Managed service providers, resellers and other partners are experiencing rising demand for advisory and implementation services as customers pursue remote work tools.

Ericsson to acquire MC-PTT provider Genaker

Swedish comms tech firm sees acquisition strengthening its ability to meet demands of transforming mission-critical communications and private network market

StorageCraft and eSentire increase channel focus

Vendors StorageCraft and eSentire have indicated that they will double-down on channel efforts as they look for more growth across the rest of 2020

ICNIRP finds no health risk with 5G technologies

Study by independent organisation that provides scientific advice and guidance on the health and environmental effects of non‐ionising radiation finds 5G technologies not harmful if new guidelines are adhered to

AWS Bottlerocket container OS locks down hosts

AWS Bottlerocket puts the cloud giant's spin on the container OS, and container host security, but the company will have to overcome a generally poor reputation in the open source world.

H-1B work visa ruling comes down to conjunctions

The Trump administration's efforts to stop the use of H-1B workers by IT contractors suffered a major setback in court. This week, a federal judge ruled that the government exceeded the law.

Docker targets cloud-native developers with tools, services

With cloud-native development being key to application modernization and digital transformation efforts, Docker has refocused its strategy to empower developers with tools.

Ofcom reveals UK 5G mobile airwaves auction rules

UK comms regulator announces plans to auction two bands of spectrum to boost mobile broadband and 5G, but is criticised for missing opportunity

Coronavirus sparks remote working demand

The channel is in a prime position to help customers keep going through the coronavirus crisis by enabling more flexible working methods

Councils awarded £1.2m in innovation funding

Six councils will each get up to £350,000 for digital innovation projects aiming to improve services for residents, in the latest round of the Local Digital Fund

Equality watchdog calls on police to stop using facial recognition

Equalities and Human Rights Commission says use of automatic facial recognition and predictive algorithms by police is discriminatory, stifles freedom of expression and lacks a proper legislative framework

Nerdio looks to simplify WVD deployment, management

While Windows Virtual Desktop has seen strong interest since it launched last year, its complexity may discourage enterprise adoption. Nerdio hopes to change that.

HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10 Plus opens MSP opportunities

The HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10 Plus adds capabilities that enable MSPs to monetize remote management services; plus other IT channel news from the week.

Ransomware attack hits Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

A ransomware attack shut down Champaign-Urbana's public health website, hindering the city's ability to provide information and updates on the Coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus tests scalability of cloud collaboration services

A spike in remote work due to the new coronavirus is testing the scalability of collaboration services like Zoom and Cisco Webex. Even small service disruptions could significantly impede productivity.

Health Gorilla updates API to enable orders for coronavirus testing

Current users of Health Gorilla's lab network API can electronically order COVID-19 tests immediately. New users can order tests after signing up for the vendor's web application.

HPE touts pricing, tech flexibility of 5G Core Stack

HPE has unveiled carrier software for the 5G Core. HPE touts flexibility in pricing and tech in its 5G Core Stack, which would compete in a market dominated by six vendors.

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