TechTarget News - Week of Oct 04, 2020

Singapore firm rolls out robotic barista

Crown Group’s robotic coffee kiosk, powered by a slew of artificial intelligence capabilities, serves up coffee beverages round the clock without the need for human baristas

5PRING launches Green Innovation Challenge

5G testbed welcomes applicants from startups based in the West Midlands and beyond to cut carbon emissions

O2 takes 5G to Germany’s biggest cities

Telefónica Germany says it is beginning a new era in mobile telephony in the country, allowing users to have ‘completely new dimensions of digitisation’ with next-generation networks

Datrium DRaaS relaunched as VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery

Datrium DRaaS is now VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery as part of integration with VMware. It replicates directly to VMware vCloud and doesn't need Datrium DVX to run.

Surge in ransomware attacks threatens student data

Ransomware attacks are not the only threats facing K-12 schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cybercriminals are stealing and exposing students' personal data as well.

Fake news tops list of online concerns worldwide

Receiving false information is a greater worry than other online risks such as cyber bullying and fraud, says the Lloyd’s Register Foundation

Employees overwhelmingly hostile to workplace monitoring tech

The use of workplace surveillance technologies to monitor and track staff working from home has increased hugely since the start of the pandemic, but most workers say it makes them feel uncomfortable

Interdealer broker bets on BT for infrastructure

Market infrastructure provider Interdealer inks deal with BT, enabling enhanced customer experience, deeper insights and new compliance tools

VMware bolsters Workspace One security with Secure Access

With the new Secure Access, VMware says remote workers will have a better and more secure way to use their Workspace One virtual desktops and applications.

Veeam acquisition of Kasten boosts Kubernetes backup

Veeam makes another move in the emerging field of Kubernetes data protection with its acquisition of Kasten. Veeam and Kasten had a technology, sales and marketing partnership.

Veeam buys Kasten to get a boost in Kubernetes backup

Virtual machine backup pioneer sees $150m purchase of Kasten and the addition of Kubernetes backup to its portfolio as key to becoming a ‘$2bn company’

Cambridge to host UK’s most powerful supercomputer

The Cambridge-1 supercomputer, based on technology from Nvidia, will be used for AI-powered drug discovery and analysis of NHS datasets

Ransomware attacks go through the roof

The volume of ransomware attacks has jumped 50% in the past three months, according to data produced at Check Point

Scotland digital identity prototype pilot successful

Digital Identity Scotland’s 10-week test of its digital identity prototype finds that users understand the concept of two-factor authentication and using the same credentials across services

Scotland seeks views on digital government

Scottish government consults on how to build a digital Scotland, ahead of plans to deliver a new digital strategy for the country

Exclusive Networks launches X-OD

Distributor makes its subscription platform available in the UK to help resellers deliver flexible services to customers

HireVue acquires recruiting chatbot startup AllyO

HireVue, a video interviewing vendor, has acquired AllyO, a startup that makes chatbot technology for use in high-volume hiring.

Sabio adds more CX muscle with Anana

Customer experience specialist Sabio makes its fourth acquisition this year as it continues to back its ambition to become a major European player in the CX market

Tableau unveils first integration with Einstein Analytics

Tableau adds AI power via an integration with Salesforce's predictive BI tool, the first collaboration between Salesforce and Tableau since the CRM giant acquired the BI vendor.

VMware bulks up vSAN against container-native threats

As VMware embraces Tanzu and Kubernetes, it expands vSAN hyper-converged infrastructure software to try to make it a better fit for developers who embrace containers.

Pega Value Finder marketing tool uses AI to find segments

The Pega Customer Decision Hub adds an AI tool for marketers to uncover new customer segments and test campaigns for audiences that humans may have written off as not viable.

Rancher Kubernetes bolsters security, multi-cloud management

Rancher Kubernetes stays ahead of competitors in multi-cloud management with version 2.5, but will its innovation and SUSE's backing be enough to fend off Red Hat and VMware?

Ping acquires blockchain identity startup ShoCard

Ping accelerated its push into the personal identity management market with the acquisition of ShoCard, which uses a blockchain-based platform to manage consumer identities.

ICO wraps up Cambridge Analytica investigation

Information Commissioner’s Office concludes its investigation into Cambridge Analytica, saying no additional evidence has come to light that would change its previous assessments

Canalys: Pandemic has created winners and losers

As anyone in the channel serving vertical markets such as hospitality and travel will already know, there have been some real business victims of Covid-19

Tableau roadmap features improved browser capabilities

Tableau's plans for 2021 include providing an end-to-end analytics experience on the web that mimics what users are able to do within the vendor's platform.

Consumers find new payment methods during pandemic

Non-cash payments have grown at their fastest rate for a decade and due to Covid-19 restrictions, more people are discovering different ways to pay

Lenovo: PCs are far from dead

The shift to home working during the coronavirus has breathed fresh life into the PC market

Ricoh snaps up MTI Technology

Printer player strikes deal to add more depth to its services capabilities across EMEA

Nvidia reveals its plans for Arm

Nvidia intends to acquire Arm for £31bn, as part of its plan to “create the computing company for the age of AI”

Raccine: A ransomware 'vaccine' with a few catches

Raccine, an open source 'vaccine,' prevents ransomware threat actors from using a Windows utility to delete shadow copies of a system's data, but there are a few drawbacks.

US lawmakers release big tech antitrust report

House Democrats have published a report on the monopoly power wielded by big tech companies and how to restore competition in digital markets

SODA Foundation improves Open Data Framework

An open source data management group enhanced its Open Data Framework with the Greenland 1.1 update, improving multi-cloud file support and expanding connectivity to data storage options.

Carhartt shifts old data to the cloud with Komprise

US-based workwear manufacturer cuts storage costs from $1 to $0.25 per gigabyte as it deploys data management software and shifts old files to Microsoft Azure Blob and Cold storage

New LeanIX EA module can ease linking IT to business goals

LeanIX's new Business Transformation Management module tries to simplify planning through its 'GitHub for IT architecture' approach and Apple Time Machine-like visualization tool.

Wookey returns to SAP to head Intelligent Spend unit

Industry veteran John Wookey is back at SAP to run the newly formed SAP Intelligent Spend and Business Network as SAP Ariba executive Chris Haydon departs.

Tableau, Salesforce integration now in full swing

Tableau and its new owner unveiled their first collaboration during Tableau's user conference, but due to COVID-19 the vendors have faced unique challenges as they join forces.

Datto IPO doesn't mean other backup vendors will follow

Experts say Datto's deep investment in MSPs and the SMB market made it well-positioned for an IPO, and it doesn't mean other data protection vendors should do the same.

Accenture acquires NZ firm to bolster SAP practice

Accenture’s acquisition of Zag comes amid growing demand for expertise in S/4 Hana migrations in Australia and New Zealand

Singtel rolls out 5G trial network for enterprises

Singtel is providing enterprises with early access to its 5G standalone network at its testing facility to test and develop new 5G applications

Edinburgh sets out plans to become a smart city

Three-year digital plan includes empowering people to become ‘smart citizens’, introducing sensor technology, 5G and smart public transport, and moving most of the council’s systems to the cloud

Coronavirus face mask spammer fined by ICO

The director of software company Studios MG spammed members of the public at the height of the pandemic as one of its directors tried to shift a job lot of face masks

Emotet rated September’s ‘most popular’ malware

The current resurgence of Emotet is attracting attention as governments issue new warnings and cyber criminals rush to exploit the chaotic US election

Quarter of remote workers fail to engage with tech teams

Research reveals a burgeoning IT-employee divide among the growing ranks of remote workers, but the root causes have yet to be examined fully

Google announces G Suite overhaul with Google Workspace

The new Google Workspace will let people use Meet or Chat to collaborate on projects while working in the office suite's other products, including Docs, Sheets or Slides.

Dell EMC PowerEdge XE7100 seeks to corral unstructured data

Dell looks to snap server sales slump with two new PowerEdge XE servers. The dense models have flexible configurations of compute, storage and networking, and joint code development with Splunk.

Denodo Platform 8.0 expands data virtualization features

The updated platform from Denodo looks to help organizations via enhanced features that connect and query disparate sources of data across different environments.

SolarWinds MSP provides return-to-office best practices

Executives from IT management software firm SolarWinds MSP offered best practices for supporting clients' return-to-office transitions. Get tips on how to facilitate the journey.

Sumo Logic ships tools for AWS, Kubernetes observability

Sumo Logic has rolled out AWS and Kubernetes observability tools with automated root cause analysis. Users say they offer easy setup at an affordable price.

Healthcare cybersecurity needs a dose of threat modeling

CISA senior advisor Josh Corman said healthcare CIOs should focus on threat modeling and stronger disaster recovery for better healthcare cybersecurity.

Trump's H-1B work visa pay hike already in trouble

President Trump proposed raising H-1B wages in 2016 while on the campaign trail but delivered his proposal one month before the 2020 election.

Hyland Software CEO discusses Alfresco, RPA, blockchain

Hyland moves on incorporating Another Monday RPA, Learning Machine blockchain credentials into its platform. Alfresco integration waits in the wings as acquisition closes.

Should ransomware payments be banned? Experts weigh in

Two events -- a new advisory and what might be the first ransomware-related death -- have reignited the debate of whether ransomware payments should be banned.

CMA asks for right to probe O2/Virgin merger

Competition and Markets Authority requests right to probe potentially game-changing joint venture that could transform UK’s wired and wireless communications provision

Major tech companies respond to lawsuit over mining deaths

Multinational technology companies accused of knowingly benefiting from human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo have responded to a lawsuit seeking to hold them accountable for the deaths of Congolese children in their cobalt supply chains

Tableau to launch racial justice Equity Data Hub

After unveiling the Racial Justice Data Initiative, Tableau is building a new data hub to help organizations working in the fight against systemic racism.

Komprise expands data management coverage to Azure

Komprise deepened its relationship with Microsoft, opening shop in Azure Marketplace and enabling customers to easily manage hot and cold data between Azure and Azure Blob.

Service mesh upstarts challenge Istio, Linkerd

Istio seemed destined for Kubernetes-like dominance in the service mesh market, but recent open source governance drama created an opening for competition from networking vendors.

Slack introduces cross-company direct messaging

Slack plans to launch the new messaging feature next year. New capabilities set for this year include audio and video messaging and verification of participants in shared channels.

Vendors court no-code/low-code partners

No-code/low-code platform providers Mendix and Unqork revealed partnerships with consulting partners as they pursue an array of vertical industries; other IT channel news.

Nutanix brings database management into Era 2.0

Nutanix is now looking beyond just on-premises hardware and private clouds to help its users deploy and manage data based across hybrid cloud deployments.

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