TechTarget News - Week of Jan 24, 2021

Many teachers find online lessons difficult

Lots of teachers found it difficult to deliver lessons online during the first lockdown, with many students without access to tech, says Ecclesiastical

GSMA: mmWave 5G showing signs of market readiness

With 5G roll-outs and adoption progressing quickly and with the mmWave ecosystem showing signs of readiness, the main question the mobile industry faces is where and when mmWave systems can be cost-effective

McLaren Group hires new CIO

Chris Hicks will take on the role as CIO for McLaren Group following the departure of Karen McElhatton in December 2020

Executive interview: Antony Roberts, Audi

The head of digital at Audi UK discusses how the luxury car company has revamped its online presence as it shifts gear to drive online sales

Cracking the message in a bottle

Between 2016 and 2019, a number of bottles washed ashore in Hamburg, each containing an ‘uncrackable’ message

NEC announces 3x MIMO capacity gain for mmWave 5G CPE

Aiming to contribute to the development of mmWave 5G mobile access networks and building ecosystems among operators and suppliers, tech giant claims landmark achievement

Commvault CEO says we won't go back to pre-COVID-19 ways

Commvault CEO Sanjay Mirchandani says cloud adoption and remote collaboration will stay after the pandemic, but in-person events and physical data centers will be scaled back.

Vast Data storage packages Nvidia GPU for AI processing

Vast Data storage reference architecture combines the vendor's Universal Storage all-flash system with Nvidia DGX supercomputers. NFS multipathing over RDMA boosts AI data training.

Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

Another week of movement across the channel, with vendors and partners hiring for growth

Enterprises gear up for surge in cloud security M&A

Users look forward to benefits and brace for potential risks as experts say Red Hat's acquisition of StackRox portends major consolidation in cloud security this year.

Inside Grab’s DevOps practices

A senior software engineer at Grab offers a peek into the DevOps practices at one of Southeast Asia’s technology unicorns

Wireless Broadband Alliance rolls out roadmap for 5G, Wi-Fi 6 convergence

New industry guidelines highlight critical role next-generation wireless technology will play in the long-term success of 5G, outlining convergence opportunities for optimising business innovation and customer experience

DataCore Software buys Caringo to fill object storage gap

DataCore's acquisition of object storage pioneer Caringo plugs a hole in its software-defined storage and advances its goal of block, file and object storage from a single vendor.

Saudi IT spending to hit $11bn in 2021

Saudi Arabian organisations will spend about $11bn on IT this year, with emerging technologies high on shopping lists

Akamai: Extortion attempts increase in DDoS attacks

New research from Akamai Technologies shows record-breaking DDoS attacks surged in 2020 while extortion-related campaigns against a variety of targets also increased.

Achab says ‘Buongiorno’ to UK MSPs

Italian distributor sets up shop in Reading with plans to work with managed service providers on this side of the Channel

Zero trust 2.0: Google unveils BeyondCorp Enterprise

BeyondCorp Enterprise, which replaces Google's BeyondCorp Remote Access, uses the Chrome browser to extend the zero-trust platform to customers for continuous authentication.

Nvidia partners launch Nvidia-Certified Systems for AI

According to analysts, Nvidia-Certified Systems' launch is a shrewd move for Nvidia, as the vendor looks to cement its lead in the AI hardware marketplace.

Mimecast certificate compromised by SolarWinds hackers

Mimecast conducted an investigation after being alerted by Microsoft that a certificate for Microsoft 365 Exchange Web Services authentication was stolen by a sophisticated actor.

Global VPN downloads surge in 2020

Repressive regimes’ regulatory demands and remote working see virtual private network usage rocket over the past 12 months

Grindr complaint results in €9.6m GDPR fine

Norway’s data protection authority plans to apply a fine totalling 10% of LGBTQ+ dating app Grindr’s revenues over its data sharing practices

O2, Three, Vodafone team to enhance rural mobile coverage

Three of the UK’s leading mobile operators announce plan to build and share infrastructure to boost 4G rural coverage in the first part of a national scheme to improve mobile connectivity in hard-to-reach places

Neo4j unveils cloud graph database for the enterprise

Neo4j Aura Enterprise is a fully-managed cloud database built for large organizations. The vendor previously developed Aura Professional, a similar tool for SMBs.

Mimecast breach was work of SolarWinds attackers

Mimecast’s investigation into a January 2021 breach of its systems turns up evidence that the culprit was the same group that targeted SolarWinds in December

UK broadband customers count cost of quietly expired contracts

Almost three million UK high-speed broadband customers – a third of those whose deal ended in the past year – say they were not informed when their contract ended, as mandated by the UK comms regulator, costing around £90 per household

Rebound in IT spending expected in 2021

Worldwide IT spending is slated to grow this year, as companies increase support and security for remote workers. Gartner projects spending will hit nearly $4 trillion.

SAP, Microsoft partner against Salesforce

Starting in mid-2021, Microsoft and SAP plan to integrate Teams into the latter's business application portfolio. The move is seen as a response to rival Salesforce.

Storage as a service trending in 2021

Questions for 2021: Can Dell reach the Apex? How green is HPE's GreenLake? Large vendors highlight storage as a service as a hot area, but mass acceptance could take years.

Emotet taken down in global law enforcement operation

Ukraine's National Police said two citizens of Ukraine face up to 12 years in prison for their role in maintaining and operating Emotet, and other suspects have been identified.

Google DialogFlow CX brings industry-specific chatbots

Google releases DialogFlow CX, a chatbot and voicebot platform geared for multi-channel enterprise customer service. It connects to leading telephony systems.

Rancher Longhorn hones Kubernetes storage for edge computing

Kubernetes storage products such as Rancher Longhorn target edge computing environments, as adoption of the trend creates a fresh opportunity for container infrastructure.

Verizon resolves major Fios outage, seeks root cause

Verizon has resolved an issue in its fiber optic network that led to a major outage Tuesday. The outage affected tens of thousands of customers on the East Coast.

Rise with SAP streamlines business transformation

SAP debuted Rise with SAP, a new offering designed to help customers transform business models and processes so that they can become more flexible, resilient, data-driven enterprises.

AWS Dev Hour focuses on cloud-native app building

Amazon is set to launch a new training program on its Twitch service called AWS Dev Hour: Building Modern Applications. The series targets developers building cloud-native apps.

Microsoft HCI partnership with Intel aimed at Dell, Nutanix

Microsoft Azure Stack HCI extends Azure public cloud services to on-premises deployments. Intel will install Microsoft's HCI OS on L9 Intel server systems.

DataStax enters event streaming market with Apache Pulsar

DataStax is getting into the event streaming market with the acquisition of Kesque, which uses the open source Apache Pulsar project as the foundation for its platform.

Microsoft cloud revenues soar on digital transformation trend

Momentum for Microsoft Azure continues to build with the company reporting a 50% increase in sales of the cloud platform, helping lift sales of the company's other cloud offerings.

SAP acquires process mining software vendor Signavio

Process mining and business process intelligence capabilities are a core part of SAP's new Rise with SAP subscription services and will be delivered through SAP's acquisition of Signavio.

TCS rings in the new year on a roll

India’s Tata Consultancy Services recorded one of its strongest third-quarter earnings and grew its brand value amid a global pandemic

Nakivo to use AWS Object Lock as anti-ransomware tool

Backup software maker leverages AWS Object Lock’s ability to create immutable WORM repositories as a means of helping organisations protect against malicious deletion or corruption

UK government reviews law on access to land for digital infrastructure

Reacting to reports that agreements have been slow to conclude, holding up the roll-out of better mobile and broadband connectivity, UK government consults on changes to the legal framework for agreements on access to land for digital infrastructure

Logicalis driving global strategy with Microsoft and Cisco

Channel player Logicalis is working at a global level with vendors Microsoft and Cisco to devise and implement solutions that will help customers to get the most out of a hybrid cloud world

Tercera looks to invest in cloud professional services firms

The newly launched firm, led by Appirio co-founder Chris Barbin, will take minority stakes in cloud consultancies and offer advice on growing a services business.

Network startup DriveNets reaches unicorn status

DriveNets' latest round of funding drove its valuation to $1 billion. The company's plans include developing network services that service providers run as microservices.

More than one in six households struggling to afford broadband in UK

With UK lockdown persisting and education online until March at the earliest, research finds broadband customers in receipt of low-income benefits almost twice as likely to struggle to pay their bill than other customers

Workday acquires Peakon for $700 million

Workday is acquiring employee feedback software vendor Peakon. Experts described the timing as a proverbial shot across SAP's bow.

Veeam backups save Alaska community from ransomware attack

Kodiak Island Borough transitioned to Veeam backups just in the nick of time. After successfully recovering from a ransomware attack, the IT department added more Veeam protection.

DOJ charges suspect in NetWalker ransomware attacks

The Department of Justice launched a coordinated effort to disrupt the notorious ransomware operation, which has infected healthcare organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Expert: Agile data-driven decision-making key to growth

Insight-driven decisions are crucial to the success and survival of organizations amid the current economic environment, advises an expert, as is the ability to act and react.

Human factor dominates Australia’s latest data breach numbers

The number of data breaches resulting from human error increased by 18% in the second half of 2020, according to Australian government’s latest notifiable data breaches report

SAP full-year 2020: Revenue down 1%, cloud growth up 17%

SAP has announced full-year 2020 revenue down 1%, but with cloud growth of 17%, as it divests Qualtrics as a subsidiary. S/4 Hana customer base up 16% to 16,000

Qumulo update, Quantum arrays target unstructured data

File vendors Qumulo and Quantum product launches differ in approach, but the impetus is identical: giving enterprise data centers the tools to subdue sprawling unstructured data.

Wi-Fi Alliance advances support for Wi-Fi 6E ecosystem

Specification published defining architecture, protocols and functionality for the automated frequency coordination system-to-AFC device interface to maximise the 6 GHz spectrum opportunity and expand Wi-Fi 6E benefits

Spectra Logic increases digital marketing support

Storage vendor Spectra Logic enhances channel programme with more support on offer for those who want to take the sales conversation online

Dell, SK Telecom, VMware bring 5G edge to enterprises

IT giants team with telco to collaborate on an integrated multi-access edge computing system with the aim of providing more secure and reliable access to data at edge locations

Cisco adds lower-end routers to Catalyst 8000 line

The 8200 and 8500L are for branch and aggregation use cases, respectively. The 8200 is for companies requiring an entry-level device for running a Cisco SD-WAN in the branch.

Cybersecurity trends: IT shops set to offload work to MSPs

New research on 2021 cybersecurity trends points to opportunities for managed service providers that are equipped with the right tools and skills; more IT channel news.

NIST drafts service mesh guidance for DevSecOps

A new NIST special publication shows how a service mesh can enhance access control for DevSecOps shops, but the network architecture hasn't gained widespread deployment.

Apache Iceberg rising for new cloud data lake platforms

The open source Apache Iceberg project is helping to define a new data tier for cloud data lakes that can help to improve performance and access for large data sets.

BI vendor Phocas raises funds to build predictive analytics

With its eyes on expansion and new analytics product development, a veteran Australian-based BI vendor raised $34 million in venture capital funding.

Deloitte cyber practice aims for growth with Root9B deal

The acquisition extends the consultancy's cybersecurity business into threat hunting and credential risk management and analytics. Additional transactions may be in the offing.

Microsoft launches Application Guard for Office

Microsoft's new Application Guard for Office opens untrusted Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents in a container to protect a user's computer from threats.

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