TechTarget News - Week of Aug 23, 2020

How big data is solving future health challenges

An Australian paediatric research institute has started a big data initiative to facilitate early intervention in childhood conditions that may pose problems to people later in life

CCS to launch £800m NHS IT framework

Collaborative framework agreement will cover a range of IT management services for use by NHS Digital and other public sector health and social care organisations

Hitachi Vantara aims to double channel base

Storage player has transformed its indirect approach under its current leadership and is looking to keep that momentum going

Government makes digital leadership changes

The government has begun recruiting for a chief digital officer at permanent secretary level and Government Digital Service director general Alison Pritchard is leaving to join the Office for National Statistics

Channel roundup: Who’s gone where?

Another busy few days across the IT world with some fresh names for partners to add to their contacts book

Aaron Au looks back on SuccessFactors, looks ahead at Gloat

Aaron Au co-founded SuccessFactors, which helped bring about HR's shift to cloud-based platforms. Here's how Au, now chief strategy officer at Gloat, changed the face of HR software.

Microsoft makes TypeScript 4 generally available

Microsoft has made TypeScript 4 generally available for developers building large systems in JavaScript. TypeScript, a superset of JavaScript, is designed for the enterprise.

FBI and CISA issue vishing campaign warning

The FBI and CISA have issued a joint advisory related to a vishing campaign that began in mid-July, with numerous attacks that gained access to corporate VPN credentials.

IBM quantum system reaches a quantum volume of 64

IBM's quantum technology continued its march forward, announcing one of its quantum computers achieved a quantum volume of 64, double that of its quantum systems from last year.

Kaseya Connect IT: Vendor buys Graphus to expand MSP suite

The acquisition of Graphus, revealed at Kaseya's Connect IT event, adds email security and anti-phishing technology to the company's management platform for MSPs.

MongoDB grows Asian footprint through Alibaba Cloud

MongoDB teams up with Alibaba Cloud to expand its presence in Asia-Pacific as it prepares to release a serverless variant of the open-source database

TikTok takes Trump to court

Under-fire video app TikTok files a formal complaint in the federal courts challenging the Trump administration’s attempt to ban it in the US

Coronavirus accelerates digital transformation

The changes that have happened over the last six months have seen many customers make a dramatic shift in their stance on digital transformation

Intel’s DAOS tops the IO500 speed challenge for HPC storage

Following on from Lustre, Intel’s DAOS is an object storage-based system with that is designed specifically for use with Optane for metadata and SSD for bulk storage in HPC environments

Microsoft wins on public cloud trust

IT spending set to grow in 2021, with many organisations buying more public cloud services. Security and trust are top buying criteria

Veeam backup software helps California city streamline IT

Rancho Cucamonga, a city in Southern California, moved from tape backup to Veeam software. Amid the pandemic and new protection needs, it's looking at other ways Veeam can help.

'Meow' attacks top 25,000 exposed databases, services

One month after the notorious 'meow' attacks were first detected, the threat to misconfigured databases exposed on the internet shows little sign of slowing down.

Zoom outage blamed on application bug

In a statement released late Monday night, Zoom apologized to customers and said it was focused on scaling the cloud technology behind the video conferencing service.

BackupAssist ER offers a cheaper, slower path to DRaaS

BackupAssist ER offers disk-to-disk-to-cloud replication as a low-cost alternative to DRaaS, but lacks the recovery speed of DRaaS. It is suited for small enterprises willing to make that tradeoff.

Redis Labs looks to grow database with $100M funding

Redis Labs CEO Ofer Bengal gives insight into the state of the open source Redis database and caching layer, and where the vendor is headed, with a possible IPO on the horizon.

Covid-19, demographic shifts to drive automation

Businesses will need to shore up their productivity through technology and automation to cope with the pandemic and a shrinking workforce, says an industry expert

Amazon UK boss to help select new government CDO

Outgoing Amazon UK boss Doug Gurr is on the selection panel to assess candidates for the government chief digital officer role, which offers a salary of up to £200,000 per year

Analytics startup Grid raises $12 million in funding

Armed with $12 million in Series A venture capital financing led by New Enterprise Associates, BI startup Grid is in position to take its platform to market.

GreenLake momentum continues at HPE

Vendor shares third-quarter numbers that indicate demand from customers for everything as a service is continuing to increase

PC sales soar as pandemic restructures the computer market

There's no question that the pandemic has bolstered PC sales. But analysts disagree on whether rising PC ownership means the computer market has reached a sustainable new height.

Snowflake IPO shows strength of cloud data warehouse

The cloud data warehouse services vendor files for an IPO as it looks to build out and expand its data portfolio to help organizations manage and analyze data assets.

Confluent Platform 6 brings cluster linking to Apache Kafka

Event streaming vendor Confluent adds new cluster linking capabilities in its latest platform update, bringing more scalability for deployments that span multiple clouds.

Google Anthos update adds on-premises clout

An update to Google's Anthos makes the container management and orchestration platform feel more at home inside customers' data centers.

Cohesity gives DataPlatform an I/O Boost for flash storage

As enterprises demand faster backup and recovery, Cohesity adds software advances to DataPlatform that enable it to work better with all-flash appliances from Cisco and HPE.

TypeScript's co-creator speaks out on TypeScript 4.0

A co-creator of Microsoft's TypeScript programming language says TypeScript 4.0 improves developer productivity and moves toward first-class status in the JavaScript ecosystem.

Kaseya aims to address MSP cybersecurity challenges

As MSPs look to balance customer security and in-house protection, Kaseya is continuing its investment in the cybersecurity portion of its IT management platform.

Ministers urge local councils to lead on broadband and mobile

Digital minister Matt Warman and local government minister Simon Clarke want local councils to do their bit to help ensure better access to connectivity during the Covid-19 recovery

Tableau doesn't confirm layoffs after Salesforce downsizing

Tableau on Wednesday declined to confirm if its employees were affected by layoffs at Salesforce, the BI and analytics vendor's parent company.

Asda trials platform for customer parcel updates

Retailers Asda is trialling delivery management from tech platform Sorted to provide customers who have ordered clothing online with a better customer experience

TikTok CEO clocks off

TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer has resigned from the firm after just three months

Tech Data gearing up for more familiar Q4

As life gets ever closer to returning to a more normal state, the distributor has noticed enterprise projects coming back

Cisco seeks better voice quality with BabbleLabs buy

Cisco acquires California-based BabbleLabs to enhance Webex voice quality through better noise suppression, a feature already used by competitors Google and Microsoft.

Layoffs put damper on positive NetApp storage earnings

NetApp storage growth was modest last quarter, despite the pandemic, but not sufficient to forestall layoffs. The cuts include engineers and sales professionals at SolidFire.

Kafka users Northrop Grumman, Walmart highlight event streaming

Walmart and Northrop Grumman talk about deployment and the benefits of using the open source Kafka technology to enable modern data-driven applications.

Maze ransomware 'cartel' expands with new members

Two more ransomware groups have apparently joined the Maze 'cartel' in an effort to expose victims' data on leak sites and shame them into paying expensive ransoms.

How Citi is democratising access to data

Global financial institution Citi puts people at the centre of its data analytics initiatives and collaborates with users to drive adoption and success

Dell: Working will never quite be the same

Vendor Dell adds its voice to the growing number that expect changing working patterns to remain in place after the coronavirus pandemic is over

Twilio Flex deployed for COVID-19 contact-tracing agents

Tech teams supporting agents working remotely on COVID-19 surveillance efforts in several U.S. cities and the state of Illinois eschew traditional IT and opt for cloud platforms.

Managed service pricing pressure mounts during pandemic

The COVID-19 economy brings with it both boons and challenges for MSPs, including pressure to slash prices, according to speakers at Kaseya Connect IT; more news from the week.

Trump, Biden H-1B work visa positions take shape

The way President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden talk about H-1B work visas is strikingly different -- and so are the Silicon Valley donors supporting their candidacies.

How the DevOps model will build the new remote workforce

What IT pros expect from remote work post-COVID-19, and ways the DevOps model for collaboration and incident response can address its human and technical problems.

Kronos-Ultimate get new name; Workday gets a co-CEO

The newly merged Kronos and Ultimate Software will be called UKG or Ultimate Kronos Group. Its big competitor, Workday, had an announcement of its own this week, a co-CEO.

Lifesize to buy Kaptivo, eyes other acquisitions

Lifesize's Kaptivo acquisition would expand its collaboration capabilities. The video conferencing company said IP telephony or messaging could be a part of future deals.

IBM uses AI to power new US Open online features

With AI and Watson Discovery, IBM is providing tennis fans with new ways to interact with each other online during this year's US Open, which will be held without live spectators.

Microsoft ending 365 IE 11 support in 2021

With Microsoft 365 IE 11 support coming to an end, organizations must prepare for the day when relying on the browser is no longer an option, industry observers said.

Kaseya: Rebound ahead for MSP mergers and acquisitions

Kaseya believes MSP M&A activity is poised to bounce back after a temporary slowdown caused by the pandemic. Get insight into what's fueling the trend.

Nutanix CEO plans to step down, search for successor begins

Nutanix CEO Dheeraj Pandey declared his intent to retire, pending the appointment of his replacement, following a $750 million investment from Bain Capital Private Equity.

Dell EMC storage revenue slides as IT spending contracts

The Dell storage subsidiary reported a revenue decline last quarter. PowerMax and VxRail were the bright spots in Dell EMC storage. New PowerStore is expected to ramp sales in 2022.

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