TechTarget News - Week of May 17, 2020

Why a pandemic-specific BCP matters

Many organisations still do not have scenario-specific business continuity plans, which are helpful when the situation requires a customised response, such as a pandemic, according to Forrester

HMRC on the hunt for permanent CDIO

New chief digital and information officer will earn at least £200,000 a year and be responsible for a £1bn tech budget

NHS looks for remote monitoring tech

NHSX is seeking suppliers to help scale up remote monitoring across the health service in England, particularly for Covid-19 patients, and will go out to tender shortly

Channel roundup: Who’s gone where?

Another busy week across the channel, with some boardrooms opening the door to some fresh expertise

NHS Scotland begins contact-tracing tech pilot

Three Scottish health boards are trialling coronavirus contact-tracing software which will be rolled out across the country at the end of this month

MemVerge pushes big memory computing for every app

MemVerge claims its Memory Machine software layered on Intel Optane DIMMs and DRAM creates petabyte-sized logical pool to power all applications in main memory.

Grafana 7.0 from Grafana Labs expands data visualization

Distributed tracing data joins log metrics in Grafana 7.0 release, providing users with more ways to connect, observe and visualize data coming from different services.

Advent calls off Forescout acquisition

On what was scheduled to be the closing day, Forescout Technologies instead announced Advent International will not proceed with the $1.9 billion acquisition as planned.

Texas struck by two ransomware attacks in one week

The Texas Department of Transportation was hit with a ransomware attack last Thursday, marking the second ransomware incident on a state agency in less than a week.

Vast majority of cyber attacks are easy to stop, says Verizon

Almost 90% of data breaches are motivated by the prospect of financial gain, but cyber criminals have clearly defined breach pathways, giving the good guys an advantage if they care to use it

GitLab makes foray into Southeast Asia

GitLab expands in Southeast Asia with a Singapore presence to shore up its growing footprint across the Asia-Pacific region

European network traffic volumes stabilising

The updated summary report from body of European regulators for electronic communications on how network operators can cope with increased demand for network capacity finds that, by mid-May 2020, all is well

NHS trusts sign up to automation app store

Healthcare trusts extend relationships with automation supplier through access to a cloud-based marketplace of pre-baked automation

TRC Companies pairs cloud-first push with Druva-infused data backup revamp

US-based engineering consultancy TRC Companies scooped the prize for Best Cloud Project at the Best of VMworld 2019 Europe User Awards with its story of how a long-overdue revamp of its data backup systems ties in with its hybrid cloud push

GDPR wholly inappropriate to govern contact-tracing data

Human Rights Committee Chair Harriet Harman says current data protection law is not up to the job of governing the data collected by the Covid-19 contact-tracing app

Ericsson extends 5G reach with China Telecom, China Unicom

Leading Chinese operators tap Swedish comms tech giant for 5G core portfolio systems, including cloud packet, NFVI, dynamic orchestration and spectrum sharing

COVID-19 crisis reveals need for better healthcare analytics

The need for better analytics in the healthcare industry is being demonstrated during the COVID-19 crisis. SAS analytics users discussed the problem at the vendor's virtual conference.

Responsible Cyber acquires Secucial in S$7m deal

Singapore startup Responsible Cyber plans to bolster its Immune platform with access control management capabilities, and sets out to expand its global footprint

Personal devices putting Singapore employers at risk

More than half of Singapore respondents to a CrowdStrike-commissioned survey believe their devices are only somewhat secure against advanced cyber threats

NCSC discloses multiple vulnerabilities in contact-tracing app

National Cyber Security Centre has received mountains of feedback on the security of the government’s Covid-19 contact-tracing app, and has now taken the step of making multiple disclosures

Fintech firms prove IT compliance via security automation

Security automation tools proved useful for two highly regulated fintech firms, that use them to protect cloud-native infrastructure and demonstrate their security to auditors.

Nokia, KDDI trial fully virtualised 5G cloud RAN

Finnish comms tech supplier Nokia adds to portfolio of customers trailing its cloud RAN solutions in deal with leading Japanese operator KDDI, including Nokia AirScale

Looking back at Rubrik Forward

Storage analysts have had a lukewarm response to 2020 virtual shows. Rubrik Forward showed small improvements but failed to escape the 'long webinar' formula that lacks pizzazz.

Scale HCI systems add NVMe; Pivot3 spins to speed up compute

Scale Computing expands HCI systems with HC3000 line equipped with NVMe flash. Pivot3 Surveillance Series gets power from new Lenovo servers and AMD Epyc CPUs.

SAS seizes World Bee Day to promote analytics

Data analytics supplier SAS took the opportunity of World Bee Day to say it is decoding bee communication through machine learning, and generally promoting bee health

Forescout sues Advent for calling off acquisition

Forescout Technologies filed a lawsuit against Advent International, claiming the private equity firm violated the terms of its $1.9 billion acquisition agreement.

RevOps strategy keeps B2B sales moving during pandemic

Revenue operations purports to orchestrate the technologies governing marketing and sales and measure their effectiveness. During the pandemic, the strategy is put to the test.

Percona users detail open source database challenges

Speakers from Shopify and LinkedIn outline open source database cloud and security challenges and best practices at the Percona Live Online conference.

Microsoft supercomputer looks to create AI models in Azure

Microsoft has expanded its AI initiative up to the supercomputer market, unveiling a system focused on helping users build large AI models that work with its Azure cloud platform.

How machine learning can bridge the communication gap

Amazon Web Services has developed a machine learning model to translate sign languages into text in a showcase of assistive technology

Facial-recognition suppliers race to identify hidden faces

The number of companies claiming to have developed facial-recognition tools that can identify masked faces has skyrocketed since the start of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic

MSP Day: Security a rising concern

The third annual MSP Day has arrived along with research into the state of the managed services world, revealing growth and opportunities

Channel at the heart of SecureAge’s UK plans

Security vendor SecureAge is starting to build its UK presence with one of the priorities being to develop a partner network

Cyber security magnate Kaspersky launches travel accelerator

With travel and tourism devastated by the Covid-19 pandemic, cyber security entrepreneur Eugene Kaspersky is funneling resources into an accelerator to help the beleaguered industry

SAP S/4HANA Cloud 2005 focuses on supply chain

The latest version of S/4HANA Cloud has functions for supply chain, finance and SuccessFactors integration that will likely appeal to companies dealing with the COVID-19 crisis.

Arcserve enhances portfolio of Sophos-secured backup

Arcserve extended its Sophos suite of cybersecurity products aimed at protecting backups from ransomware to include cloud and Microsoft Office 365 workloads.

Small vendors that stand out in network automation

When incumbent vendors fall short, enterprises should consider these small vendors for new approaches to analytics and network automation.

IT pros clamor for Kubernetes multi-cloud deployment API

Enterprise IT pros who want a standard approach to Kubernetes multi-cloud deployment say the Cluster API project shows promise, but it needs work to be production-ready.

Zuckerberg lists benefits, drawbacks of remote work

After the pandemic, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg believes his firm will have more employees who work remotely, with at least half of its employees doing it full-time. He sees some clear benefits in recruiting and retention.

Adobe Experience Manager buoys U.S. census during pandemic

The first U.S. Census digital experience was launched in time for the pandemic, and now Adobe looks to parlay the success into more government business.

Coronavirus: How MyIX is keeping Malaysians connected

Malaysia’s MyIX internet exchange has been classed as critical national infrastructure, with member telcos adding more capacity to meet the surge in demand for internet services

Why businesses will need to make change the new normal

The lockdown is forcing organisations to change how they operate, and a new study has found that businesses are keen to use automation where possible

UK workers struggle to unplug from ‘new normal’ at home

As the country enters month three of enforced working from home, research reveals that as personal devices and app overload blurs home-work life, concerns arise over productivity and the mental state of the workforce

Small firms seize digital lifeline to get back to business

Research shows Covid-19 crisis has kick-started a small business digital revolution to power recovery, with over a quarter of firms responding to running their businesses remotely with videoconferencing

Facebook to launch Workplace Rooms in challenge to Zoom

Workplace Rooms, a new video conferencing service for Facebook's business customers, falls short of competitors on features.

HR use case shows value of Oracle Analytics Cloud

A use case presented during Oracle Analytics' virtual user conference shows how the vendor's platform can bring value to an organization thanks to its usability.

EasyJet to be sued over customer data breach

If successful, airline’s potential liability for the loss of millions of customer records could be as high as £18bn

Veeam partner certifications soar

Veeam partner training and certification has seen significant uptake since the program's overhaul in early 2020, according to the vendor; more channel news from the week.

Using data and IBM AI to make coronavirus economic predictions

A major marketing firm has turned to IBM Watson Studio, and its data, to create an interactive platform that predicts the risk, readiness and recovery periods for counties hit by the coronavirus.

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