TechTarget News - Week of Jun 20, 2021

Indian telcos start 5G trials, mass adoption remains elusive

Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel have started 5G trials in different cities, but mass adoption is still some way off due to high spectrum and infrastructure costs

New lab to bolster Singapore’s Industry 4.0 capabilities

Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research teams up with local manufacturing software company to make Industry 4.0 capabilities more accessible to manufacturers

NHSX set to unveil post-Covid data strategy

The smart use of patient data could power new AI-based healthcare systems and speed up the discovery of new treatments

Covid hits SysGroup revenues

Managed service player suffers revenue drop but reveals robustness of the operation, which is set for future growth

Virgin Media O2 boosts small business broadband in UK

Cable broadband provider clams to be ‘supercharging’ business connectivity with a free upgrade designed to help SMEs bounce back from the pandemic

Biden proposes critical infrastructure safe zones for hacking

The U.S. wants Russia to agree to make critical infrastructure targets off limits to hacking, but some infosec experts are skeptical such an agreement can be enforced.

Inside Macquarie Bank’s data transformation journey

Australia’s Macquarie Bank has moved all its data and analytics to the cloud and is applying machine learning to detect fraud and improve customer experience

UK SMEs lack capacity to fend off cyber attacks

Three-quarters of UK SME leaders would not have sufficient capacity or expertise to deal with a cyber attack, according to a report

GlobalFoundries to open new fab in Singapore

US chip foundry GlobalFoundries is building a $4bn semiconductor fabrication plant in Singapore to expand its manufacturing capacity as chip demand surges worldwide

Boris Johnson unveils plans for National Science and Technology Council

Prime minister Boris Johnson has announced plans to set up a National Science and Technology Council, which will help the UK realise and maximise the opportunities of scientific and technological breakthroughs

Open source RPA vendor Robocorp raises $21 million

Software automation startup based on open source framework that originated at Finnish tech giant Nokia seeks to challenge bigger RPA vendors with consumption-based pricing, orchestration platform.

DxEnterprise brings SQL Server AGs to Kubernetes

DxEnterprise for Containers enables SQL Server availability groups to work in Kubernetes, solving a problem that prevented SQL Server users from moving into production.

London Underground network goes fully mobile

TfL hands 20-year concession to comms company to provide what is claimed to be most advanced network of its kind on the Tube, helping to remove one of the UK’s most high-profile mobile ‘not-spots’

CDEI: UK public wants clear algorithmic transparency policies

A research exercise by the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation has found the UK public wants clear, easy-to-understand information about algorithms in use by the public sector

HPE buys Determined AI to speed AI model training with HPC

Hewlett Packard Enterprise scoops up San Francisco-based startup to give customers out-of-the-box AI training models for use with high-performance computing systems.

EU regulators call for ban on biometrics in public spaces

European Union’s data protection regulators say facial recognition and other biometric identification technologies present too great a risk to fundamental human rights to be allowed in public spaces

Users’ network expectations change in new normal

Ciena study reveals how sustainability, connected industries and always-on connectivity are shaping the UK’s digital post-Covid landscape

Retail tech propels stores past the pandemic

At NRF Converge, speakers discuss technologies to propel recovery from the recession of 2020, and how social media becomes a minefield for companies that don't have a strategy.

Oracle offers on-premise support discount for cloud buyers

Oracle's latest bid to attract customer workloads to its public cloud involves discounts on traditional software license maintenance and support fees.

HPE bolsters GreenLake with support for Microsoft Azure Stack

HPE took another step toward its goal of being mainly a software-as-a-services company by 2022 with new services for GreenLake and several partnerships, including Microsoft.

DataStax eyes growth in APAC

DataStax opens regional headquarters in Singapore to tap the growth opportunities in Asia-Pacific where more organisations are modernising legacy systems and building cloud-native apps

UK councils reported over 700 data breaches to ICO in 2020

Data disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act reveals an estimated 700 data breaches were reported to the Information Commissioner’s Office by local councils last year

Bahrain university uses Alexa on campus

University in Bahrain is using Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant to support users of its campus

Salesforce previews low-code, pro-code developer tools

Salesforce to release new low-code and pro-code tools for developers, as well as DevOps Center, which catalogs app dev efforts and offers a planning platform.

HPE boss ushers in the ‘age of insight’

Data is exploding, and HPE wants its channel to help users navigate through that complexity with GreenLake as the main answer

European Union to set up new cyber response unit

Proposed Joint Cyber Unit will tackle a rising number of serious incidents impacting public services, businesses and citizens of the EU

IBM serves more AI power at Wimbledon 2021

The annual Wimbledon tennis championship is an event IBM uses to showcase the insights possible using Watson-based artificial intelligence applications

WD-40 eases network friction with SD-WAN, SASE

Manufacturer of so-called ‘miracle spray’ overhauls inflexible, decades-old MPLS infrastructure with managed networking and security

DOD enlists IT vendors for new DevSecOps missions

In the second year of its DevSecOps project, the Department of Defense is fielding bids to resell its DevSecOps platform and is funding research into software supply chain security.

MSP cybersecurity gaps call for cultural shift

Service providers face issues from broken alerting systems to unsupported operating systems. Those that shore up internal security have an opportunity to offer external services.

SingleStore updates unified database platform

The database vendor formerly known as MemSQL is out with a major update that adds new storage and multicolumn key support functionality to its unified database platform.

Zoom delays hybrid workplace video feature

Zoom had planned to release Smart Gallery in beta this week. The Zoom Rooms feature gives all meeting participants equal placement within a video meeting.

Aruba adds network auto-fixes to AI Insights

Aruba's self-correct feature in AI Insights automatically fixes problems deemed safe to repair based on customer feedback.

Oracle tool gives HR continuous update of employee skills

Rapid changes in technology have put more demands on businesses to understand the skills they have on hand, Oracle said. The vendor is hoping its new HCM tool can help with that.

Dell BIOSConnect flaws affect 30 million devices

Eclypsium researchers discovered vulnerabilities that, if exploited, can allow remote code execution in a pre-boot environment for 128 different Dell products.

Lloyds Bank to close 44 more branches

Banking group has announced the closure of a further 44 branches as customers increasingly use other channels for banking

Print market transitioning to services

Covid-hit industry is accelerating its shift to a cloud and services model to ensure it can offset decline in traditional volume business

Online Safety Bill unfit for purpose, says new campaign group

Campaign group set up to oppose Online Safety Bill says the duty of care is too simplistic, cedes too much power to US corporations and will, in practice, privilege the speech of journalists or politicians

Channel fuelling momentum at SonicWall

Security player SonicWall lifts lid on how 2020 went, with its increased support for managed services players helping to support growth

Revealed: Crypto platform’s role in Cl0p ransomware raid

Crypto infrastructure provider Binance provided assistance to law enforcement after finding its exchange was being used by cyber criminals to launder their ransomware profits

NTT saddles up for Tour de France digital twin

World-famous cycling event to see ‘unique’ concept in communications designed to bring together people, processes and technology over 3,400km, ensuring the continuity and resilience of the race

Google hands third-party cookies a stay of execution

Google’s proposed Privacy Sandbox initiative – which will see third-party cookies phased out in the Chrome web browser – has been pushed back to 2023

HPE jumps into zero trust with Project Aurora

Enterprise giant HPE says its new zero-trust offering, dubbed Project Aurora, will make its debut later this year with the GreenLake hybrid cloud platform.

Firebolt raises $127M to fuel cloud data warehouse efforts

Firebolt looks to grow in the cloud data warehouse market with a proprietary file format and a focus on enabling developers to build data-driven apps on top of cloud data lakes.

Namecheap refines strategy to fight malicious domains

Security researchers this month noted drastic improvements in the domain registrar's effort to respond to and mitigate reports of malicious and fraudulent sites.

Kubernetes security automation saves SecOps sanity

As Kubernetes clusters grow and multiply, IT pros rethink their security automation approach to keep SecOps functions manageable while maintaining flexibility for developers.

Atlassian moves to lock down accounts from takeover bugs

Check Point Research uncovered a set of flaws that, if chained together, would have enabled attackers to hijack accounts with single sign-on enabled.

AWS launches bug-busting programme for developers

Amazon Web Services is inviting customers to probe their code for software bugs and vulnerabilities using its CodeGuru console

Deliveroo riders do not have right to unionise, UK court rules

A legal bid to establish collective bargaining rights for Deliveroo riders been dismissed in court, with judges ruling that they are not entitled to the right to form or join a trade union

Anglesey schools offline after cyber attack

Isle of Anglesey County Council is investigating a cyber attack that has forced it to shut down systems at all five secondary schools on the island

NCSC CEO: UK-Ireland collaboration crucial to stop cyber threats

Speaking at a conference in Dublin, NCSC Lindy Cameron is highlighting the importance of continued collaboration between the UK and Ireland to protect shared interests and counter security threats

Fivetran looks to Teleport Data for database replication

Fivetran is expanding its data integration capabilities with data validation technology that takes a different approach than change data capture for database replication.

AWS-Salesforce partnership offers integration potential

The alliance is poised to generate new customer use cases that span AWS services and Salesforce clouds, according to cloud services firm AllCloud; other IT channel news.

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