TechTarget News - Week of Nov 15, 2020

Space DC eyes Indonesia datacentre market

Space DC opens first of two datacentres with reliability and green features to tap Indonesia’s growing demand for datacentres

NHS completes transition to HSCN

All 950 NHS, social care, private sector and local authority organisations have migrated from the legacy N3 network to the Health and Social Care Network

Channel round-up: Who's gone where?

We look at more moves taking place across the industry, with some senior appointments being made in the hunt for growth

Flexential Archive Storage heats up with Wasabi

Cloud storage has trended up since the coronavirus pandemic hit. Flexential and Wasabi have teamed up on an archival storage platform that takes advantage of the cloud.

Japan named HPC leader as world races to exascale

Exascale computers are due to arrive in 2021 in the U.S. and China. Developers are being urged to make these systems user-friendly and accessible.

Ericsson claims strong momentum across Africa

Swedish comms tech provider Ericsson bags series of contracts across African continent, highlighting growing footprint in region as communications service providers move to strengthen their networks and cater to demand for enhanced mobile services

Huawei unveils solutions for 1+N target 5G networks

Chinese comms giant launches new network technology to enable operators to tap into what it says will be huge potential for delivering 5G at greatly reduced per-bit costs

New Sigma Computing tool enables in-warehouse data editing

Warehouse Data Editing, a no-code tool from startup analytics vendor Sigma, enables end users to update data without first having to upload it from their cloud data warehouse.

GDS looks for Gov.uk head of technology and architecture

GDS role is offering up to £85,000 a year and includes being responsible for developing the Gov.uk programme as government aims to make it a platform for content, rather than just a publishing system

Salesforce Customer 360 Truth services go live

Salesforce releases a new bundle of services which includes ID management, privacy, security and compliance tools for Salesforce users' customers and employees.

Acxiom building CDP network

Customer experience specialist looks to form strategic partnerships to extend its reach into fresh markets

Ransomware stats overload risks confusing buyers

UK-based organisations are either more, or less, likely to pay ransoms, depending on which cyber security supplier you want to believe

Cockroach adds geospatial data to cloud-native database

Cockroach Labs is updating its namesake database platform with new features that improve security and performance, as well as getting an open source Pebble storage engine.

CrowdStrike: Ransomware hit 56% of organizations in last year

A new survey from CrowdStrike revealed more than half of 2,200 respondents' organizations were hit with a ransomware attack at least once in the past 12 months.

Puppet sets sights on unified IT automation platform, IPO

An integrated Puppet IT automation platform that runs on Kubernetes will accompany an IPO for Puppet Labs in 2021, as the company aims to update its image for the cloud-native era.

Snowflake builds out data cloud with Snowpark

Snowflake is continuing to grow the capabilities of its cloud architecture with new developer and security capabilities that aim to help users optimize information.

Google to roll out new privacy settings for Workspace

Google will soon provide controls for turning off Workspace app features like smart compose, smart reply and tabbed inbox in Gmail to allow for more user privacy.

Cato collects $130m investment to extend SASE proposition

New funding round for SASE pioneer Cato, the largest to date for the company, brings total financing to $332m, leading to what the company calls a unicorn valuation demonstrating leadership of SASE market

US cyber security chief fired for contradicting Trump

CISA chief Chris Krebs ousted for doing his job fighting disinformation in an apparent purge of officials deemed disloyal to president Donald Trump

Konvoy Group to track keg fleet with IoT

Australian supplier of rental kegs to breweries is deploying beacons to monitor the location and temperature of 70,000 kegs in Australia and New Zealand

Kioxia flash storage sews NVMe fabric onto Kubernetes

Kioxia's KumoScale virtualizes NVMe block volumes for consumption by file and object storage. The Kioxia flash invokes native TCP/IP drivers to install an NVMe-oF layer.

Maintel and SolarWinds increase MSP options

Firms focus on home workers and automation to protect customers and arm managed service providers with ways to add more value

Juniper to spend millions on the channel

Juniper Networks uses partner conference to talk about bold moves to increase investment in the channel and take market share

Huawei claims £3.3bn contribution to UK economy

Extent of communications technology provider Huawei’s positive contribution to the UK economy in terms of cash and jobs has been identified in independent report

President Trump fires CISA director Christopher Krebs

President Trump fired Krebs as director of CISA after the agency pushed back on unfounded accusations about widespread voter fraud and voting system hacks during the election.

Snowflake to offer BI capabilities with Snowsight

Snowflake plans to join its cloud computing competitors by offering BI capabilities starting in 2021, though the vendor's tool will have limited capabilities.

COVID-19 research generates big data, invaluable info

When supporting COVID-19 research that could uncover treatment for the pandemic, IT and storage pros want to make sure they're 'not the bottleneck' in the process.

DataStax optimizes Cassandra for Kubernetes with K8ssandra

The data management vendor is combining monitoring tools, helm charts and an operator to improve Cassandra database deployment and management for cloud-native Kubernetes environments.

IBM buys observability vendor Instana

IBM intends to purchase Instana, maker of application monitoring and observability tools, and then couple its technology with the Watson AIOps portfolio.

VMware adds access control features to Tanzu

VMware has added attribute-based access control to the Tanzu Service Mesh. VMware is also adding a load balancer for Tanzu-managed containers.

Observability standards emerge as Kubernetes matures

Enterprise IT pros have tackled how to deploy Kubernetes deployments. Now, they're relying on open source observability standards to help keep cloud-native apps healthy.

Why databases are key to Alibaba’s Singles’ Day sales

With each order split into multiple database transactions, ensuring the scalability and elasticity of database systems was key to the success of Alibaba’s Singles’ Day sales

5G defies Covid to stay set to transform industries across the board

Despite fears of a halt to development, study sees increased 5G investment during pandemic, with 5G-related investment rising by double digits compared with 2019 forecast and 5G-related jobs set to soar

£165m gigabit broadband boost for Northern Ireland

NIE announces connectivity deployment scheme to deliver gigabit-capable broadband infrastructure to more than 76,000 premises in hard-to-reach places across province

DWS snaps up Giacom

Cloud marketplace player Giacom sells up to Daisy-owned Digital Wholesale Solutions

Zerto unveils Kubernetes support at ZertoCon 2020

Zerto talked about its future releases during its ZertoCon 2020 virtual event. Next year, Zerto plans to release Kubernetes support and workflows for operational backup.

Enhanced admin controls highlight Alteryx platform update

New features to augment administrative control over the data management process highlight Alteryx 2020.4, the latest update from the data management vendor.

Global networks take the strain in roller-coaster 2020

Research from network tech provider reveals implications for service providers and internet service delivery chain, with significant growth in video streaming, gaming, video conferencing and DDoS

Cisco releases patches for 3 Webex vulnerabilities

Cisco has patched three vulnerabilities that allowed malicious actors to enter meetings and waiting rooms as 'ghosts' and stay on -- even after being removed.

White House questions election security; experts do not

A number of infosec experts, election officials and government agencies say Election Day was free from hacking and cyber attacks, but the White House disagrees.

Flash storage debate heats up over QLC SSDs vs. HDDs

QLC flash storage is exerting pressure on spinning disk for mass storage and archiving use cases -- but HDDs will stick around for years if not decades, industry experts predict.

Microsoft Pluton chip will secure future Windows PCs

Microsoft said its Pluton security chip would protect data even when an attacker has physical control of a computer. Future Windows PCs will include the new chip.

Qumulo storage adds NVMe cache to NAS stash

The Qumulo storage software code was written to operate in containers in microservices environments. The vendor swapped SATA SSDs for NVMe to cache data in front of capacity disk.

Transparency and honesty key to major programmes success, says NAO

Major government projects often lack underlying data on costs and benefits, and it’s often not clear who is accountable for integration of different elements, according to a National Audit Office report on lessons learned on the programmes

RCS forecast to deliver $52.2bn for mobile operators by 2028

Inability for digital banner advertising to drive consumer brand engagement will see billions in media spend diverted to RCS brand campaigns, dramatically boosting mobile operator revenues.

HM Land Registry drafts digital ID standards

The department’s draft identity-checking requirements aims to provide clarity for software developers creating solutions to be used for property lawyers

Claritas taps AI to enhance medical images

A Singapore startup has developed a cloud-based medical imaging platform to enhance the quality and accessibility of radiology images for doctors and patients

Distributors adding security depth

Cloud Distribution, e92cloud and Westcon add to their vendor rosters as they look to provide more security tools for resellers

Security pros fear prosecution under outdated UK laws

CyberUp, a group of campaigners who want to reform the Computer Misuse Act, finds 80% of security professionals are concerned that they may be prosecuted just for doing their jobs

Pioneering companies use AI to drive profit

The latest research from McKinsey shows that there is a strong correlation between an organisation's artificial intelligence maturity and profitability

Automation driving the strategy at Ultima

Channel player has been a firm advocate of automation technology and is now sharing its expertise across the channel

Knime focused on performance speed of analytics platform

New nodes that enhance speed and efficiency are at the core of Knime's roadmap as the open source analytics vendor prepares its next update for release in December.

Businesses mired in cloud computing challenges

New research from Accenture and SPR underscores a persistent struggle among organizations to derive value from their cloud investments; other IT channel news.

Microsoft announces free version of Teams video calls

Microsoft's holiday-inspired free video conferencing lets people with a personal Teams account invite up to 300 participants, who do not need Teams accounts to join.

Tech firms seeking diversity criticize job referrals

State of Washington tech firms have signed a 'pact' to align workforce diversity with the state's regional diversity. The effort may prompt firms to rely less on job referrals.

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