TechTarget News - Week of Aug 16, 2020

DBS Bank teams up with AWS on AI skills

Singapore’s DBS Bank is organising an AWS DeepRacer League to equip thousands of employees with skills in artificial intelligence and machine learning

Mirantis buys Lens Kubernetes IDE to reach developers

With the Lens Kubernetes IDE in hand, Mirantis wants to connect directly to a developer base that is becoming more influential in the enterprise.

Channel roundup: Who’s gone where?

A fresh face is at the helm in the UK&I at IBM, while there have also been moves at Corelight and Adaptiv Networks

HPE signs 12-month hybrid cloud-focused MoU with UK government

Hardware giant becomes the first non-cloud provider to sign preferential pricing deal with government’s Crown Commercial Service, as push to encourage public sector move to cloud accelerates

Panasas launches storage tiering by size instead of usage

Dynamic Data Acceleration moves data to media dependent on file size and claims performance advantage over rival as it gets the best out of flash and spinning disk hard drives

Reports Oracle to enter TikTok bidding war

Oracle may be about to make a bid to acquire the US operations of TikTok from its Chinese parent ByteDance, according to the FT

MSSPs the answer for fed-up SOC staff

Employees sitting in security operations centres are showing signs of cracking under increasing pressure

How to keep IT staff safe when they are needed on-site

One of the challenges for IT departments during the coronavirus pandemic is that staff sometimes need to come into the office, which poses health risks

Government scraps Public Health England

NHS Test and Trace boss Dido Harding will run a new National Institute of Health Protection dubbed “the best chance” of beating coronavirus by health secretary Matt Hancock

Back-to-work planning gets help from IBM and startups

Back-to-work planning is prompting deeper integration of data in HCM systems, something IBM and Workday are doing jointly. It's also prompting new uses for people counting systems.

Chip startup debuts with Fungible data processing unit (DPU)

Fungible, backed with $300 million-plus in funding, launches data processing unit (DPU) chips it will use to build high-performance composable infrastructure storage systems.

Success of self-service BI depends on solid infrastructure

A clear data governance policy and effective training are critical to enabling self-service analytics users to make data-driven decisions for their organizations.

Apache Struts vulnerabilities allow remote code execution, DoS

The Apache Software Foundation issued security advisories last week for two Apache Struts vulnerabilities that were originally patched but not fully disclosed last fall.

Asigra Cloud Backup piles on extra layers of cyberdefense

As cybercriminals circumvent immutable backup by stealing admin credentials, Asigra 14.2 counters with Deep MFA, asking for permission whenever changes to backup policies are made.

High Surface Duo price limits phone's appeal

Microsoft is pitching its new dual-screen Surface phone as a productivity powerhouse. Experts said the high Surface Duo price tag will limit its potential market.

IBM debuts Power10 processor, aimed at hybrid clouds

IBM's Power10 chip promises to make life easier for IT pros installing hybrid clouds -- but they will have to wait until late next year to see for themselves.

Veeam to add CDP, plus Google cloud as a target

Backup giant set to add continuous data protection for the most critical workloads, plus Google cloud as a target – all on the back of a storming quarter during the pandemic

Softcat on course for strong FY20

Channel player continues to deliver growth as it issues a trading update to cover its last fiscal quarter

GitOps gains momentum among Kubernetes deployment tools

The growing popularity of Kubernetes GitOps tools reflects increasing cloud-native maturity and complexity among enterprise shops such as American Express.

Salesforce pulls plug on Einstein Voice Assistant

Salesforce's voice assistant made a big splash at Dreamforce last year, but the AI tool -- personified with the Einstein brand -- didn't survive the pandemic.

New Qubole Pipelines Service targets streaming data

Data lake vendor Qubole unveiled a data pipeline service, a new tool designed to enable organizations to manage their increasing amounts of streaming data.

How Dell is leveraging data to reopen its offices

Dell Technologies has created a real-time dashboard to make sense of data about the Covid-19 coronavirus and safely guide its employees’ return to the workplace

Government launches anti-crime tech competition

Government seeks technologies that allow police officers to use less lethal means to stop violent or armed offenders

Ex-TiVo head Shull may be the fresh face Poly needs

Poly chooses ex-TiVo exec Dave Shull for CEO, a move some UC analysts say will bring a fresh perspective to the company. Others are less enthusiastic.

UKAS rejects ISO certification concerns

UK’s certification body says refreshed guidance is in place to cover the possibility of lapsed ISO certifications

HPE on the hunt for new channel chief

Paul Hunter heads to the US, leaving a vacancy at the top of the vendor’s channel organisation

Sen. Kamala Harris concerned about AI's use in HR

If U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris becomes vice president, she may use her new position to seek action over the use of AI in HR, especially around facial analysis technologies.

Google enhances Cloud Spanner and other databases

Google is adding a series of enhancements to its cloud database portfolio, with new capabilities for the Bigtable data store, Firestore mobile database and other platforms.

Arista will charge a premium for CloudVision as a service

Arista's CloudVision as a service will have a higher subscription price than the on-premises version. The vendor says the new product will have better network analytics.

Snyk, Accurics secure infrastructure as code

Snyk has introduced a new tool to help developers secure their infrastructure-as-code configurations. Accurics also upgraded its infrastructure-as-code security tool.

Elastic 7.9 platform improves data observability

Elastic updated its platform with a new unified agent for collecting data from different sources and a newly enhanced view for data observability across different types of data.

Channel pandemic response: Virtual events are king, but support could improve

Feedback from MicroScope’s virtual channel event reveals some insights into the current thinking in the industry, with the majority focusing on virtual events and stating they're happy with support – but nearly a quarter say more could be done

Veeam partners building on wave of fresh customers

Vendor has seen users turn to its technology during the pandemic and is keen to make sure they remain there for the long-term

Customer location data leads to deeper level of insight

Behavioral analytics tell more about a person's true self than consumer data, according to Gravy Analytics CEO Jeff White, and are therefore key to data-driven decisions.

Acronis True Image 2021 is backup and antivirus in one

Acronis True Image 2021 added malware detection, monitoring and quarantining capabilities. It can now deliver both backup and security in one product, on one UI.

Claroty: 70% of ICS vulnerabilities are remotely exploitable

Out of 365 ICS vulnerabilities that were disclosed by the National Vulnerability Database in the first half of 2020, Claroty found more than 70% can be remotely exploited.

Kubernetes security defaults prompt upstream dilemma

As Kubernetes matures, community maintainers weigh enterprise demand for secure upstream defaults against concerns about sprawl and customizability.

Rackspace: Cloud cost optimization an IT pain point

New research by Rackspace Technology revealed organizations are grappling with cloud cost governance and optimization; other channel news from the week.

Growth of AI in clinical decision support still slow

The COVID-19 pandemic has given some healthcare technologies a boost. AI in clinical decision support isn't one of them, according to experts.

OnwardMobility leans on nostalgia in new BlackBerry

OnwardMobility is betting the return of the physical keyboard to its new BlackBerry will garner fans among mobile professionals. The phone is set for release next year.

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