TechTarget News - Week of May 10, 2020

Micro Focus sees growth in mainframe migration business

Lifting and shifting Cobol code from mainframes to public cloud has been a growth driver for Micro Focus in the Asia-Pacific region, even as the software supplier continues to diversify its business

Scottish government launches tech sector review

Review, to be led by former Skyscanner COO Mark Logan, will look at how tech sector can help Scotland’s economy recover from Covid-19

Rubrik CEO talks pandemic impact, Forward digital conference

Rubrik CEO says 'We are social beings, and nothing can replace the face-to-face connection' of a physical user conference. But Rubrik's virtual show will attract a wider audience.

Dell EMC launches PowerStore NVMe container-based storage array

PowerStore controller software is based on container modules for SAN and NAS storage, while the mid-range array is all-NVMe and aimed at performance-hungry use cases such as Splunk

Volunteers join forces to tackle COVID-19 security threats

The COVID-19 Cyber Threat Coalition has amassed approximately 4,000 volunteers from the infosec community to monitor, analyze and block pandemic-themed threats across the globe.

Ericsson bullish on 5G despite Covid-19

Comms tech company’s chief highlights the importance of connectivity during times of crisis and unprecedented surge in network traffic

Rubrik Polaris enhancements unveiled at Forward summit

Rubrik Polaris data management platform extended its support to several cloud workloads popular among enterprise customers: AWS RDS, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft OneDrive.

Latest Power BI update focuses on ease of use

Featuring new natural language generation and data modeling capabilities, the latest Power BI platform upgrade aims to help organizations develop a data-driven culture.

How Australian firms can plug data protection gaps

Australian organisations can address data protection challenges by creating roles such as a data governance lead, classifying data and improving employee awareness of cyber hygiene

APAC firms still coming to grips with data protection

More governments in Asia are implementing data protection regimes, but challenges such as checkbox compliance and the lack of effective staff training remain

Police failing to consult public on new technologies

A freedom of information campaign has revealed that UK police are largely failing to consult the public on their use of new technologies, with the potential to undermine the principle of policing by consent

Check Point driving partners into growth areas

Security player Check Point has seen some success in the months since launching the latest incarnation of its partner programme

Details released of second UK contact-tracing app development

Contractual documents show Zuhlke Engineering receiving an official start date of 6 May to supply a managed delivery team to support and run proximity mobile application and services for the UK

Replication highlights Pure Storage FlashBlade OS update

Pure Storage Purity v3 adds snapshots for file and object data between FlashBlade arrays and Amazon S3 buckets. Replication matches functionality in Pure FlashArray block storage.

Sigma Computing brings in new CEO

Startup BI vendor Sigma Computing has hired Mike Palmer to take over as CEO and allow co-founders Rob Woollen and Jason Frantz to focus on product innovation.

Cockroach Labs looks to accelerate cloud-native database

Spencer Kimball, co-founder and CEO of Cockroach Labs, talks about the distributed SQL database vendor and its future, with new financing and a new cloud-native database release.

Q1 data breaches down, but exposed records reach new high

Threat intelligence firm Risk Based Security released its 2020 Q1 Report, which shows a 273 percent increase in exposed records and 42 percent decrease in publicly reported breaches.

Coronavirus: APAC organisations find scalability with cloud

Australia’s NSW Health and Indonesia’s HaloDoc are among a growing crop of Asia-Pacific organisations that are relying on cloud scalability to extend digital services to more users and customers

Security rising to the top of the pile for MSPs

Research has indicated an increasing number of SMEs have been targets of cyber attacks and they are reaching out to the channel for support

May Patch Tuesday brings a bevy of SharePoint fixes

Microsoft delivers corrections for 111 unique vulnerabilities with a significant number aimed at SharePoint, which may signal growing interest from attackers.

Cornerstone takes next steps in Saba acquisition

Following its acquisition of Saba Software, Cornerstone OnDemand is appointing Saba's CEO, Phil Saunders, as its new leader. Product integrations are planned.

Nimbus Data shows off flashy OS upgrades with ExaFlash One

Customers can size and order Nimbus Data ExaFlash One arrays online for flat $10,000 one-time cost. Nimbus Tectonic license costs $10,000 annually and includes controller upgrades and all software licenses.

New Intel Optane SSDs, DIMMs, flash remain on track for 2020

Intel executives said pandemic-related supply chain issues would not affect deliveries of next-generation Optane SSDs and memory modules and 144-layer NAND flash products in 2020.

Backblaze S3-compatible APIs set up cloud battle

Backblaze releases S3-compatible APIs for its B2 Cloud Storage. Several vendor partners joined the launch with integrations. Uses include backup and archiving.

Experts say mobile voting tech isn't the answer to COVID-19

Despite the mounting need for another alternative to in-person voting amid the COVID-19 pandemic, experts say mobile and online voting is just not ready for the general public.

Nutanix DR gets automated, adds orchestration, replication

Nutanix builds in disaster recovery capabilities to its HCI operating system to complement its Xi Leap DRaas and coming Nutanix Clusters running in public clouds.

Redis Labs expands database to real-time data processing

Open source database vendor Redis Labs released RedisGears and RedisAI in an effort to expand the Redis platform beyond database to enable a real-time data processing system.

VMware Tanzu seeks IT attention with Kubernetes security buy

VMware buys Octarine for security cred in a crowded Kubernetes management market, but some VMware shops will shift to SaaS apps rather than deal with container infrastructure.

Facebook advances AI used to detect hate speech

Facebook can now proactively find and flag hate speech better. Meanwhile, the social media giant's AI Research made BlenderBot, an advanced conversational AI system, open source.

SK Telecom brings quantum security to the masses

The South Korean telco is readying the world’s first 5G smartphone equipped with a quantum random number generator chipset

UK’s contact-tracing app targeted by scammers

Even though it is only operational on the Isle of Wight as a beta test, the UK government’s coronavirus contact-tracing app has already attracted the attention of cyber criminals

Jabra managing a surge in headset demand

The shift to remote working has seen many collaborative tools fly off the shelves, but that has posed challenges for vendors and their partners

Adobe releases AI tools for sales, marketing and e-commerce

Adobe beefs up its AI tools for Experience Platform, including a customer intelligence tool and ones for leads, content matching, channel monitoring and customer journeys.

US maintains ban on Chinese tech firms as Huawei, ZTE make 5G leaps

White House extends executive order that effectively bans US companies from using comms equipment made by firms posing a national security risk, while Huawei and ZTE reveal new 5G advances

Quest launches NetVault 13 after CEO change

NetVault's Quest for stability: Version 13 adds a REST API and Teams backup for Office 365. Analysts say it's a good product, but can Quest's new CEO improve its market execution?

Intel makes new investments in AI startups

Intel reveals new investments in 11 startups focused on AI, automation and chip design as the tech giant ramps up its efforts in the AI hardware market.

CISA identifies malware from North Korean hacking group

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, in conjunction with the FBI and DoD, has identified three variants of malware used by the North Korean government.

Enterprises struggle to learn Microsoft Sonic networking

Problems with Microsoft Sonic include a lack of management tools, weak support from hardware vendors and a steep learning curve for engineers, companies said at the OCP Virtual Summit.

Nvidia unveils A100 GPU for demanding AI workloads

Designed for demanding AI and data science workloads, Nvidia's new A100 processor is a powerhouse, but it's also power-hungry and high-heat-producing.

Government pushes towards digital to reignite housing market

Minister calls for more virtual viewings and greater use of online tools for planning as the UK prepares to get its housing and construction sector up and running again

Law firm hackers threaten to release dirt on Trump

A new ransom demand of $42m has been made against New York law firm Grubman, Shire, Meiselas and Sacks, and it may be the largest ever, say security experts

Sweden’s Preem puts automation to the test

Preem is automating software testing as part of a wider plan that includes the introduction of robotic process automation software

Interview: Bev White, chief executive, Harvey Nash

The Harvey Nash executive talks about recruitment during the coronavirus crisis, a new wave of interest in outsourcing, and leadership skills and challenges

Looker analytics platform adding app development capability

Amid its integration into the Google Cloud Platform portfolio, Looker continues to focus on adding new embedded BI tools and creating new features for application developers.

Essential firms forge on with AIOps for incident response

AIOps systems for incident response have helped a bank and a provider of care services in the home streamline operations amid a pandemic emergency and an ongoing IT skills shortage.

Cisco says IT spending uptick possible despite pandemic

Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins said some industries could resume IT spending soon, despite the pandemic. Robbins' comments came after the company reported an 8% drop in quarterly revenue.

Kite intros code completion for JavaScript developers

Kite's AI-powered code completion technology helps make Python and JavaScript developers more productive with deep learning models that predict the next logical line of code in apps.

Microsoft acquisition of Metaswitch aimed at carrier UCaaS

Microsoft's acquisition of Metaswitch will provide carriers with the option of offering Metaswitch UCaaS through Azure. Metaswitch complements the recent Affirmed acquisition.

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