TechTarget News - Week of Jul 18, 2021

Openreach and Nokia test 25G PON full-fibre

Trials of next-generation full-fibre broadband will be based on passive optical network technology

SAP invests €250m in UK economy

Investment includes a new, UK-based cloud service, two new offices, and a beefing up of SAP’s apprenticeship and internship programmes

Cyren in partner recruitment mode

Email security player is looking to build its partner base at a time when the demand for products is increasing

Zoom expands into contact centre market

Zoom is steadily expanding its enterprise offering and has now spent $14.5bn on an acquisition to fill a gap in its product portfolio

Zoom to buy cloud contact center provider Five9 for $14.7B

Zoom's acquisition of Five9 would make the company a competitor to 8x8, RingCentral, Cisco and Vonage in the growing cloud-based contact center market.

US government formally names China in Exchange Server hack

Beyond the Exchange Server hack, the White House's statement condemned China for its malicious cyber behavior and accused the country of government-affiliated ransomware attacks.

US charges members of APT40, Chinese state-sponsored group

The Department of Justice accused four Chinese nationals of hacking into a variety of businesses between 2011 and 2018 to steal trade secrets and other valuable data.

Monte Carlo Incident IQ looks to improve data observability

Various problems can cause data pipelines to break or contain inaccurate information. Monte Carlo aims to help its users figure out the root cause and fix it.

NHS Digital tightens rules for GPDPR data scrape

The proposed collection of patient data held by GPs will now only commence when three key criteria have been fulfilled, says NHS Digital

Midwich shows strength in H1

Channel player issues a trading update indicating the progress it made during the first six months of the year

Redpoint Global moves into data quality as a service

Redpoint Global users get tools to manage first-party partner, product and customer data quality, identity and governance with In Situ feature bundle.

Uber drivers face real-terms pay cut after service fee hike

Unionised Uber drivers have condemned the ride-hailing firm for ‘cynically’ framing its UK service fee rise as a way of improving equality among drivers, rather than a pay cut

Backup vendors target a growing MSP market

MSPs aren't just a way for backup vendors to reach SMB customers, as enterprises are finding good reasons to outsource IT functions to third-party providers.

Civo and StorageOS partner for Kubernetes in the cloud

Civo, a managed Kubernetes cloud service, selects StorageOS to provide lightweight, persistent storage for their customers' container application needs and future database storage.

N2WS introduces Azure backup in 4.0 update

N2WS expands its backup and recovery capabilities beyond AWS with new automated protection for Azure VMs. The vendor plans to build this feature out more fully in future updates.

DHS unveils second round of new pipeline security requirements

New requirements from DHS for oil and gas pipeline operators include the implementation of 'specific mitigation measures' against cyberthreats, specifically ransomware attacks.

Purported Intel-GlobalFoundries deal targets chip shortage

Hoping to build its chip production to better compete with TSCM and Samsung, Intel is rumored to be making a bid to acquire GlobalFoundries for $30 billion, among other moves.

Sysdig deal reflects infrastructure-as-code security buzz

Enterprise Kubernetes maturity has pushed infrastructure deployments into DevOps pipelines, prompting container security vendors to support infrastructure-as-code scans.

France’s Macron among alleged Pegasus targets

Data relating to devices used by French president Emmanuel Macron and the head of the World Health Organization, among others, has been uncovered in a dataset linked to government use of spyware

Hackers embrace 5-day workweeks, unpatched vulnerabilities

Bad guys are taking the weekends off too, according to Barracuda Networks, and old bugs that should have been patched months ago continue to be the most-targeted vulnerabilities.

SAP Q2 2021: revenue down 1%, 600 new S/4 Hana signups

SAP has reported second-quarter 2021 revenue of €6.669m, down 1% on the same year-ago quarter. Cloud revenue has increased by 11% to €2.276bn, just over one-third of the total, and 250 customers claimed for new Rise with SAP package in the quarter

Nokia and Xantaro eye up UK broadband altnet full-fibre opportunity

Leading comms equipment provider teams with channel partner and service integrator to fuel the UK altnet boom which has seen independent firms connecting more than two million homes with full-fibre gigabit connectivity

Looker platform update adds new app development capabilities

Looker 21, which the vendor unveiled July 21, features the general availability of Looker's new portal for application developers and support for hosting on Microsoft Azure.

Ericsson, MediaTek claim 5G mmWave milestone

Swedish comms tech giant and Taiwanese fabless semiconductor company team up to double current millimetre wave uplink speed ceiling to almost 500Mbps

Computacenter on track for another strong year

Computacenter issues trading update covering H1, with the business enjoying growth and positioned to build on that in the second half

U.K. man arrested in connection with 2020 Twitter breach

A 22-year-old U.K. resident was arrested in Spain and will face extradition on charges related to a social engineering operation that netted big-name Twitter accounts.

Paycor IPO launches, CEO explains what's next

Paycor HCM's CEO shares what the IPO means for its customers and plans to use the investment for R&D and sales expansion as it expands in the SMB market.

Most Influential Women in UK Tech: The 2021 longlist

Each year, Computer Weekly publishes the longlist of all of the women put forward to be considered for its list of the top 50 Most Influential Women in UK Tech. Here are all of 2021’s nominees

Lords Covid-19 Committee disappointed in government engagement

Committee is so disappointed in the government’s lack of engagement with its inquiry into the digital impact of the pandemic that it has published a separate report criticising it

Interview: Sarah Wilkinson, former CEO, NHS Digital

In her exit interview with Computer Weekly, NHS Digital’s former CEO Sarah Wilkinson talks about the organisation’s transformation over the past few years, the Covid-19 pandemic, bureaucracy challenges and big wins

Adobe launches PDF extraction, generation APIs

Adobe deconstructs the PDF creation and content extraction processes with the release of APIs for developers available on AWS marketplace.

Riverbed Community aims to share expertise

Partners encouraged to be part of an effort to improve technical knowledge around key areas in networking, app performance and security

Dynamic UK mobile landscape continues to evolve and improve

BT-owned network, EE, comes to the fore as competition drives 5G roll-outs, and leading operators show marked performance improvements across first half of 2021

Plans to address legal but harmful content ‘threaten free speech’

House of Lords report criticises the government’s forthcoming Online Safety Bill for imposing duty of care on tech platforms to deal with ‘legal but harmful’ content, which it says threatens freedom of expression online

Digital a major part of the strategy at Nuvias

Distributor is extending its online tools for resellers that want to use them and its recently acquired Cloud Distribution business has been adding to its portfolio

Acumatica Summit focuses on cloud ERP and growth

Acumatica touted growth and new integrations with Adobe and Microsoft at its annual summit. Analysts like the ERP vendor's innovations and customer-centric approach.

Sisense unveils Extense Framework to enable embedded BI

After rebranding its platform early in 2021 to reflect a heightened focus on embedded analytics, Sisense introduced a set of new capabilities to enable developers.

Kaseya obtained ransomware decryptor from 'trusted third party'

Kaseya told SearchSecurity that for 'confidentiality reasons' it could only confirm that the ransomware decryptor came from a trusted third party and that it was helping customers.

DevOps platforms seen as key to enterprise evolution

Ten years into the DevOps movement, an industry report finds DevOps is still rarely done well at scale, and says centralized platforms hold the key to further progress.

US Senate mulling bill on data breach notifications

The Senate Intelligence Committee introduced a bill that would require federal agencies and companies providing critical infrastructure to report network breaches to DHS.

Couchbase IPO brings NoSQL database to the stock market

Couchbase makes a move into the public markets with a Nasdaq listing as it continues to develop its NoSQL database technology that runs on premises and in the cloud.

Amazon updates aim for Alexa everywhere

Amazon's latest Alexa advancements include better support for natural language, interoperability with more devices and support for devices running multiple voice assistants.

Vodafone widens reach with UK narrowband IoT coverage

UK mobile network operator announces NB-IoT infrastructure expansion to support ongoing investments in platforms and services that will support the growing number of businesses implementing such technology to increase operational efficiency and grow new revenues

Kaseya obtains universal ransomware decryptor

Kaseya says it obtained a ransomware decryptor key from a trusted third party, but there is no word on whether a ransom was paid

SAS steps up free data skills programme for job seekers

SAS has expanded its free data skills for jobseekers’ programme, aiming it at people who have been adversely affected by the economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic

MSPs upbeat but wary of increased competition

Datto’s Global State of the MSP Report reveals widespread optimism, but also signs that the battle for customers is intensifying

Zoom-Five9 deal to offer all-in-one cloud contact center

The Zoom-Five9 deal could deliver a product portfolio capable of satisfying businesses' contact center needs while providing communications for a hybrid workforce.

Microsoft Windows 365 confuses tech buyers

Microsoft hasn't clearly defined when a company should pick Windows 365 over its other desktop as a service, Azure Virtual Desktop. The differences seem more subtle than dramatic.

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