TechTarget News - Week of Oct 25, 2020

Scotland gets gigabit broadband funding boost

Agreement will help rural areas get gigabit-capable broadband connections, with first tranche of £6m to connect hundreds of public sector buildings across Angus, Dundee, and Perth & Kinross

Chatbots will not replace call centre agents

Chatbots have not lived up to their promises and are better poised to support call centre agents in the blended realm of customer service and employee collaboration, says a regional Avaya executive

Nokia chalks up new Finnish 5G win

Global comms tech provider selected by Finnish joint venture to supply 5G radio network equipment including deployment and managed services

Policy Exchange calls on government to publish digital ID strategy

The lack of reliable digital ID services in the UK is limiting the country’s digital infrastructure potential, according to a report on digital identity, which also recommends the government to clarify the future of Gov.uk Verify

Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

Personnel moves that will interest the channel at Citrix, Mimecast, CyberGuard Technologies and ITS

Forrester: CIOs must prepare for Brexit data transfer

With the end of the Brexit transition period just weeks away, multi-national organisations will need to re-evaluate how intercompany data is transmitted

BT brings out RCS business messaging to UK customers

Telco announces that platform based on next generation of rich mobile messaging is now through early-stage pilots and is available for businesses to enhance customer experience

TrueNAS Scale arrays place open source HCI into spotlight

TrueNAS Scale gives iXsystems a foothold in converged systems. Customers can obtain it as open source software or as an integrated system based on TrueNAS storage servers.

Cloud adoption helped university prepare for COVID-19, fires

Increased cloud adoption and expanded data protection helped the University of the Pacific deal with a rough stretch of 2020 that included a pandemic and regional wildfires.

OpenText cloud suite adds developer, experience features

OpenText releases Cloud Edition 20.4, which gives users more development tools. It also adds applications to OpenText's burgeoning digital experience platform.

APAC CISOs warm up to zero trust

Security leaders in Asia-Pacific are adopting zero-trust security, but challenges stand in their way of reaping the full potential of the security model

Sopra Steria hit by new version of Ryuk ransomware

IT services company Sopra Steria says it has contained the ransomware virus, but systems will take a few weeks to be fully operational

EC green light for Iliad to press Play on Polish mobile acquisition

As Polish mobile acquisition gets go-ahead, French operator extends partnership with wireless infrastructure and services company to finance roll-out of fixed network in Poland and accelerate roll-out of 4G/5G networks

UK ‘impact startups’ see investment surge

‘Impact startups’ continue to raise funding during the pandemic despite difficulties faced by the wider tech startup sector

Managed print channel upbeat over year ahead

Despite the ongoing pandemic, Quocirca found that many in the managed print world are looking to 2021 with better expectations

Rockset raises $40M for real-time indexing database

The CEO and co-founder of real-time indexing database vendor details the evolution of the company from its origins in the open source RocksDB project to future development projects.

Ericsson looks to the cloud for increased RAN flexibility

Cloud-based radio access network for communications service providers regarded as offering more versatility to network buildouts as a complement to existing purpose-built 5G networks and addressing a variety of 5G use cases

Mitre ATT&CK: How it has evolved and grown

Adoption of the Mitre ATT&CK framework, which saw version 8.0 released Tuesday, has grown rapidly over the last years, though challenges still remain for enterprise users.

HashiCorp Nomad 1.0 expands monitoring polish, autoscaling

HashiCorp Nomad has been used in production before its 1.0 release, but its rapid development this year makes it applicable to a wider variety of uses.

Commvault launches Metallic backup service in Europe

Backup giant adds backup as a service, with cloud-to-cloud backup and e-discovery functionality that can work across on-site datacentres and the AWS and Azure clouds

Avalon Airport deploys touchless kiosks, CT screening

Australia’s Avalon Airport has rolled out touchless check-in and bag drop systems that passengers can control using speech, head gestures and eye gaze

Microsoft CEO predicts 80% growth opportunity for tech

Company’s first quarter 2020 results shows strong demand for cloud services and CEO Satya Nadella believes IT modernisation will drive tech spending

Barracuda eyes Indochina markets

Barracuda is looking to expand its local presence and headcount in fast-growing emerging markets of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos

Google, Parallels improve Windows on Chromebooks

The Google-Parallels technology provides access to Windows software on Chromebooks. The new product could make Chrome OS laptops more attractive to enterprises.

Qualcomm unveils next-generation mesh Wi-Fi networks platform

New modular architecture designed to bring high-performance, cost-effective Wi-Fi 6E mesh deployment to deliver wireless gigabit speeds throughout connected homes

SAP Q3 earnings tumble in wake of pandemic economic woes

SAP's stock value sank as third-quarter earnings disappointed investors, but analysts believe the short-term pain does not reflect SAP's long-term prospects as it more fully commits to the cloud.

Finnish therapy centre accused of covering up cyber attack

Private therapy practice Vastaamo faces questions over its security and business practices in the months leading up to one of the biggest data breaches in Finland’s history

Trump supporters targeted by cryptocurrency scammers

The successful breach of Donald Trump’s official website shows up lax security on his campaign team and is yet another timely warning that nobody is immune to cyber crime

NetApp boosts NVMe, QLC and container hybrid cloud offer

Storage giant NetApp unveils new AFF, FAS and E-series arrays with NVMe and QLC flash capability, plus object storage in Ontap and Spot cloud container resource management in Cloud Manager

VMware: Management practices need to adapt to manage remote working

Study finds distributed working practices – office, home, on the move or hybrid – have proven business and employee engagement benefits, but leadership and business culture need updating

'Lives at stake': How ransomware impacts hospitals

Some ransomware gangs pledged to not target medical facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic, but hospitals are still getting hit. And the attacks affect more than just IT systems.

Ericsson scoops urban part of BT 5G communications network

Building on the operator’s selection of the comms tech firm’s 5G core solutions earlier in 2020, Ericsson wins deal to upgrade BT’s existing radio access network infrastructure on EE mobile network.

Ping Identity launches passwordless authentication system

Ping's new suite of authentication features looks to secure accounts and login processes by eliminating the need for usernames and passwords, which are often reused and an easy target.

Microsoft to open cloud region in Taiwan

Microsoft’s cloud datacentre region in Taiwan will first provide access to Azure, followed by Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365 and Power Platform later

UK Hydrographic Office launches innovation programme

The programme aims to help startups and innovators use marine geospatial data to develop products and systems to “support safe, secure and thriving oceans”

Microsoft enhances integration between Power BI and Excel

The latest Microsoft update to its popular spreadsheet features an integration with Power BI that lets the analytics platforms send structured data back and forth for analysis.

UK comms task force leader warns of East v West 5G standards battle

UK Parliament told of long road ahead to rectify ‘market failure’ of lack of diversity in essential communications technology supply lines and of need to reassert influence in global standards

Video game hosting company uses Optane memory to cut costs

Intel's Optane persistent memory modules enable a global online game hosting provider to expand memory and lower costs over DRAM with negligible performance difference.

RHEL 8.3 updates target digital transformation

Red Hat has released RHEL 8.3 with features for users engaged in digital transformation projects. New System Roles improve security and stability.

IBM Spectrum protects OpenShift container data

IBM seeks to outdo Tanzu; Spectrum Protect for Red Hat OpenShift launches as new containers are spun into operation, and protects OpenShift Container Storage with snapshots.

Intel will acquire model optimization startup SigOpt

Intel's acquisition of SigOpt, a startup vendor of an AI model optimization platform, will help accelerate Intel's AI software products for developers.

Cazena launches Instant AWS Cloud Data Lake service

Cazena advanced its cloud data platform with an integrated service that helps organizations to more quickly benefit from a cloud data lake running on AWS.

ONC delays compliance for information blocking provisions

Due to COVID-19, healthcare systems will now have until April 5, 2021 to comply with information blocking provisions in ONC's final interoperability and information blocking rule.

Observability blitz intensifies with Grafana, AppDynamics

Grafana and AppDynamics are the latest monitoring vendors to try to capitalize on the hype around observability, as users face more complex choices than ever in this market.

Tech trends in HR, 2020 edition: A shift in direction

The pandemic has hurt HR technology budgets, but it is also accelerating other tech trends in HR, such as making HR services part of everyday productivity platforms.

ICO slashes Marriott breach fine to £18.4m

Reduced fine reflects both improvements made to hotel group’s cyber security and impact of coronavirus on the travel and hospitality sector

Composable storage startup Fungible chases hyperscalers

Fungible's composable storage includes FS1600 block storage server and Fungible Composer management backplane. Fungible offloads data services to its FS1 Data Processing Unit.

LiveProcess emergency management aids California county

A regional coalition of hospitals, nursing facilities and other major healthcare centers uses one platform for key emergency management and communications.

Cisco DevNet partner community expands

Cisco reported increased partner engagement within its DevNet developer program. The company said it plans to launch an online DevNet marketplace next year; more IT channel news.

Cisco dashboard simplifies access to multiple NetOps tools

Cisco's Nexus Dashboard will offer a single location for several NetOps tools designed for networks serving cloud-centric applications. The software is set for release this year.

Dremio speeds up cloud data lakes for business intelligence

The Dremio fall 2020 update brings new performance to the vendor's cloud data lake engine technology, including Apache Arrow-based caching and runtime filtering.

Webex Legislate dashboard lets politicians vote, confer

Cisco announced the coming of Webex Legislate, a dashboard that lets legislators confer in breakout rooms, vote on legislation, tally the votes and review who voted for what.

Zoom Phone to get spam blocking, 911 services

Zoom plans to roll out new features in Zoom Phone over the next several months. The enhancements include better messaging and spam-blocking technology.

Adoption of Intel Optane persistent memory picks up in 2020

Intel provides an update on adoption trends for its Optane persistent memory modules, showing that SAP HANA, virtualization and high-performance computing are top use cases.

Microsoft redirects to Edge as IE nears end of life

Microsoft will force some sites to open in Edge instead of IE, another sign the browser is nearing its end of life. Enterprise users must adapt, experts say.

Holiday e-commerce set to surge

Adobe looks at e-commerce trends to predict holiday buying, while Salesforce surveys thousands of B2B buyers and consumers about what motivates their buying choices.

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