TechTarget News - Week of Mar 07, 2021

Google Cloud makes inroads in Southeast Asia

Number three public cloud supplier has made inroads into Southeast Asian enterprises such as Indonesia’s Salim Group and is assessing opportunities for new cloud regions

Cherwell signals expanding ITSM opportunity

Firm’s recent virtual Clear conference indicated that more customers were looking for employee development tools and no-code options

DZS accelerates network process strategy with RIFT acquisition

In its second recent strategic acquisition, transport and broadband access solutions provider swoops for automation firm to deliver and manage intelligent network and processing functions at the network edge

Channel round-up: Who’s gone where?

A Sophos EMEA channel appointment leads the list of personnel changes that have happened across the channel in the past week

UK’s first 5G-connected tram on track across West Midlands

Leading next-generation network test lab announces latest project offering a showcase for what the future of connected transport could look like in its home region and beyond

McAfee sells off enterprise business for $4 billion

Less than six months after its IPO, McAfee has agreed to sell its enterprise business to private equity firm Symphony Technology Group and refocus on consumer cybersecurity.

Impact of coronavirus seen in Midwich FY numbers

Audio visual distributor saw a year of two halves, but has been able to indicate to investors that things are continuing to improve

CityFibre embarks on £34m Thames Valley full-fibre project

UK’s third-largest broadband provider announces plans to light up fibre in key area of southern England, addressing the current and future digital needs of residents and businesses in the region

Bryant taking channel on NetApp’s journey to cloud

The vendor’s recently appointed UK&I channel director, Denise Bryant, shares her immediate priorities as she looks to increase support for partners.

Nearly 30 million UK mobile users suffer in-home signal problems

Study finds more than half of UK mobile users regularly suffer signal problems at home, including calls dropping out, but a similar percentage do not check network coverage maps before signing up to a service

Catalogic builds out CloudCasa with cloud database support

Catalogic has added support for AWS RDS to its CloudCasa Kubernetes backup-as-a-service platform, citing overlap between customers who need container backup and cloud database backup.

Tableau adds global vaccination info to COVID-19 Data Hub

Tableau unveiled the Global Tracker, a new tool to help organizations track coronavirus vaccinations by country and enable them to make decisions related to the pandemic.

Lyft helps drive new foundation for mobile developers

The Linux Foundation, along with Lyft, wants mobile developers to ride together and help eliminate obstacles in building large-scale, enterprise Android and iOS apps.

Nvidia launches integrated AI platform for VMware vSphere 7

Making good on their promise last fall, Nvidia and VMware have delivered a platform allowing vSphere 7 users to run the next generation of AI-based applications.

Apache Daffodil advancing Data Format Description Language

Data integration and data loading efforts could get easier to execute, as open source DFDL project becomes a Top-Level Project at the Apache Software Foundation.

Microsoft Exchange Server attacks: What we know so far

More details continue to emerge since last week's disclosure of zero-day vulnerabilities and attacks on Microsoft Exchange Server, including the broad range of potential victims.

Automation vendor WorkFusion raises $220 million

A new round of funding may vault WorkFusion into the top echelon of enterprise automation vendors currently occupied by UiPath, Blue Prism and Automation Anywhere.

Exchange Server issues loom over March Patch Tuesday

For many organizations that rely on Exchange for reasons in addition to email, a move to a more secure messaging platform is not an option.

Australia’s job market to shrink 11% with automation

Those who perform highly structured administrative jobs in finance, accounting and procurement are most at risk as automation continues to reshape Australia’s workforce

AT&T adds managed SASE to portfolio

Comms and IT provider AT&T teams with security specialist Fortinet to offer network solution based on SASE principles to support distributed workforces and solve associated challenges

WatchGuard enhances MSP cloud platform

Security player continues to add more depth to its cloud platform as it continues to reach out to more MSSPs

Samsung and Spark light up 5G net in New Zealand

Samsung switches on its first 5G in New Zealand, claiming to bring a new wave of rich and immersive services to users of the Spark network

Component shortages to constrain PC market through 2022

Chip and GPU shortages will prevent PC manufacturers from meeting demand through 2022. Supply constraints could limit PC market growth to single digits, forecasters say.

KymiRing throttles up private 5G wireless network for motorsports circuit

Largest motorsports and events venue in Northern Europe to implement industrial-grade private 5G network to fulfil international broadcasting needs and provide a secure testing environment for the automotive industry

ThoughtSpot sells $20 million equity stake to Snowflake

ThoughtSpot received a $20 million equity investment from a cloud data services provider in a move that helps validate the analytics vendor's strategic focus on the cloud.

Talend to be acquired by Thoma Bravo for $2.4 billion

Private equity firm Thoma Bravo reached an agreement to acquire Talend, an analytics vendor whose platform enables users to integrate data from disparate sources.

Precisely looks to boost data integrity software platform

Precisely is getting an infusion of capital as it moves forward with its decades-long business mission to help organizations use data effectively to make key decisions.

News briefs: Koch Industries picks Alkira, Palo Alto

Koch industries combines Alkira networking and Palo Alto security for remote office connectivity; Cisco promotes three women on International Women's Day; AT&T, Fortinet partner.

APAC cloud spending up by over 38% in 2020

Public cloud infrastructure services made up the lion’s share of cloud spending last year as APAC organisations strive to modernise their IT infrastructure amid the pandemic, study finds

Norwegian government falls victim to Microsoft attacks

Norway’s parliament, the Storting, suffers second major cyber incident in a year as threat groups capitalise on vulnerable Microsoft Exchange Servers

Scotland launches digital strategy

Updated strategy aims to equip Scotland for technological transformation post-coronavirus and focuses on building an ethical digital nation

F-Secure and Barracuda bolster MSP support

Security players react to changing customer needs with subscription pricing, multi-tenant management and product enhancements

Cisco found cryptomining activity within 69% of customers

Cisco found cryptomining malware affected a vast majority of customers in 2020, generating massive amounts of malicious DNS traffic while sucking up precious computing resources.

ServiceNow Customer Service Management grows in Quebec

ServiceNow telecom and financial services users targeted for growth as the company expands customer service offering in Quebec, its latest platform release.

IFS Cloud focuses on simplicity for customers

IFS Cloud integrates all IFS enterprise products under a single user interface and unified data model, enabling customers to implement and get value faster.

NetApp Astra goes GA, adds Kubernetes data protection

NetApp Astra, a data management service for Kubernetes workloads, gained snapshotting, application-level backups and cloning and became generally available this week.

Tableau Software opens UK cloud region in London

Data visualisation software provider launches London region for Tableau Online users to access locally hosted version of its cloud platform

ServiceNow Quebec platform goes after the low-code market

ServiceNow has released a new version of its Now Platform that caters to inexperienced developers looking to build customized applications and workflows quickly.

Mavenir extends AI and analytics portfolio

End-to-end cloud-native communications network software provider Mavenir deploys software and API-led connectivity, deep AI/ML knowledge and virtualised network expertise critical for 5G AI use cases

Mendix dumps cluttered DevOps monitoring tools for Datadog

The IT teams that run Mendix PaaS sped up incident response by tossing out a confusing mix of DevOps monitoring tools and settling on one vendor.

Developer-first security raises Snyk's tides, among others

Armed with a developer-first focus on security, Snyk has been able to draw $300 million in new funding. It also quadrupled its valuation to $4.7 billion in just over a year.

FalconStor's turnaround prospects see glimmer of progress

FalconStor's annual revenue continues to slump, but an increase in net income, new customer bookings and a renewed focus on cloud data storage bring hope to the company.

Microsoft: Better transcription AI will mean fewer meetings

As the accuracy of AI in transcription tools improves, experts expect people will skip some meetings and rely on collaboration apps to transcribe and summarize the sessions.

UK technology business created every 30 minutes in 2020

New figures on UK business creation show surge in entrepreneurs setting up technology businesses during 2020, while the sector’s hiring efforts climb back to pre-pandemic levels

PAC slams Home Office digital border programme

The Home Office has failed to acknowledge and be transparent about Digital Services at the Border programme problems, according to the Public Accounts Committee

DearCry ransomware targets vulnerable Exchange servers

As predicted, ransomware gangs have started to target vulnerable instances of Microsoft Exchange Server, making patching an even greater priority

Offices won’t be full for some time to come

Channel will have a role in helping customers adjust to a hybrid working world, with many staff indicating they will continue to work from home

DearCry ransomware impacting Microsoft Exchange servers

While only a small number of DearCry ransomware victims have been reported at this time, the infections have hit organizations in the U.S., Canada, Australia and beyond.

Eseye looks to Verizon to enable IoT localisation

Partnership aims to enable customers with global IoT deployments to localise devices over-the-air to operator’s network, avoiding permanent roaming issues and delivering global IoT connectivity

VMware vSAN storage update eyeballs HCI scaling challenges

The VMware vSAN storage update aims to help enterprises start with a small HCI deployment. Customers gain the option to connect compute servers to existing storage vSAN clusters.

Businesses turning to whiteboard apps for remote workers

Businesses have deployed digital whiteboard applications during the pandemic to let remote employees brainstorm ideas and share diagrams and notes online.

Energy company swaps index cards, Excel for DevSecOps

Manually tracking thousands of cloud connections was unsustainable for a $36 billion energy company, forcing a cultural and technical shift to DevSecOps.

ServiceNow partners get workflow boost in Quebec release

The Quebec release of the Now Platform arms partners with new tools to improve customers' digital workflows, as well as prebuilt vertical extensions; more IT channel news.

Microsoft will pull iOS, Android Cortana apps on March 31

Microsoft will say goodbye to the Android and iOS Cortana apps on March 31. The company has retreated from the consumer market to focus on Cortana in 365.

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