TechTarget News - Week of Aug 15, 2021

How swarm learning is tearing down data silos

Swarm learning makes it possible to perform machine learning on distributed data sources while conforming to data confidentiality requirements

Nearly half of retailers hit by ransomware in 2020

In the face of increasingly prevalent and sophisticated ransomware attacks, retail organisations need to develop alternative ways of restoring lost or encrypted data, as paying the ransom does not guarantee its return in almost a third of cases

5G smartphone penetration to reach tipping point in 2025

As consumers adopt 5G smartphones to take advantage of high speeds and reduced latency of next-gen networks, hardware suppliers will need to build out new device capabilities to encourage consumers to upgrade regularly and avoid churn

Facebook develops Asia-Pacific, African subsea connectivity

With the tasty title of Apricot, social media giant unveils role in project to develop ultra-fast connectivity under the sea in key Asian region, while it announces expansion of existing partnership to boost African sea network

Meet the CIO who keeps the Salesforce platform running

Salesforce EVP and CIO Jo-ann de Pass Olsovsky embraces the pivot to remote work, low-code appdev and the role of alpha tester of upcoming Salesforce products.

NAB partners AWS, global banks on open finance

Australia’s NAB teams up with three other banks and AWS to run an open global finance challenge that will see participating teams prototype new digital banking services

Monte Carlo raises $60M to advance data observability

Vendor Monte Carlo brought in new funding as it builds out new capabilities to bring more data trust and visibility to both data warehouses and data lakes.

Subscriber speed increases drive higher median broadband usage

Study shows continued surge in broadband data consumption, especially in upstream, leading to just over one-fifth of broadband subscribers being able to benefit from speed tier upgrade

Confluent builds out Kafka event streaming platform

Confluent aims to make it easier for users to query data in motion coming from Apache Kafka, with the ksqlDB pull query capability in its cloud platform update.

Apollo GraphQL raises $130M to enable graph layer

The CEO and co-founder of a graph layer vendor provides insight into the growing need for the graph layer as a data technology to help connect the front end to the back end. brings document editing to project management has launched workdocs, targeting the document editing tool for brainstorming and goal setting. The tool is included in the company's project management platform.

Global VPN downloads soar in first half of 2021

Song remains the same with VPNs as repressive regimes’ continued regulatory demands and remote working see virtual private network usage rocket over the first six months of the year

Perth & Kinross council enlists Neos for full-fibre infrastructure

Latest deployment of gigabit connectivity in Scotland sees full-fibre network delivered to key council datacentres and public facilities in Perth and Kinross to help underpin the region’s digital future and navigate challenges such as the pandemic

MoD seeks security tech to harden military systems

The Defence and Security Accelerator has launched a programme to root out technology that will reduce the military’s exposure to cyber attacks

Qualcomm claims new era with 5G, AI-enabled autonomous drones

Global mobile chip leader says platform will accelerate and scale development for manufacturers to deliver ‘powerful’ purpose-built craft that will see use cases in enterprise and industrial 5G

Adam Crozier to lead BT transformation as chairman

Business transformation specialist and nineties and noughties UK business golden boy to take the reins as BT chairman at the end of the year

HR market sees investment bump from COVID-19

New funding rounds and acquisitions in HR technology are on pace to top 2020's banner year. The HR market activity is being driven, in part, by pandemic-related needs.

Mandiant, CISA warn of critical ThroughTek IoT bug

Mandiant warns the vulnerability, which could affect more than 80 million IoT devices, poses a huge risk to end users' security and privacy and should be mitigated appropriately.

T-Mobile breach exposes data for more than 40M people

The telecom giant confirmed reports that its network was breached by a threat actor who stole personal data on more than 40 million current, former and prospective customers.

Microsoft Azure first cloud to gain orbit with O3b mPOWER

As more critical workloads move to the cloud, SES medium Earth orbit satellite system will provide additional network diversity, service resiliency and gigabit connectivity for IT giant’s leading data platform

A channel career: Fast-paced, creative and enjoyable

With many young people thinking about what to do with their recent exam results and where to build a future, there are numerous reasons to consider the channel

Inside Estonia’s tech startup scene

Estonia is a Baltic tech tiger that is fast-gaining an international reputation for competently delivered government e-services at a level that surpasses most of its European and international counterparts

Inbound partner request fuels Skurio expansion

Digital risk protection player approached by partner in Pakistan giving the vendor a chance to jump-start its channel activities in the region

CISA offers ransomware response guidelines to organizations

In its new ransomware prevention and response guide, CISA 'strongly discourages paying a ransom,' citing the potential to embolden threat actors and fund illicit activity.

KEDA project adds finesse to Kubernetes autoscaling

As enterprise Kubernetes deployments expand in production, an incubating CNCF project injects nuance into the way the container platform responds to applications' resource needs.

Microsoft aims Teams Rooms features at hybrid work

Microsoft will release Teams Rooms features to increase the visibility of chat messages, improve presentations and help workers sort through attendees more easily.

Hitachi Vantara expands Lumada DataOps suite

Hitachi Vantara integrated its data management technologies into a new product suite intended to help organizations with data operations. Data governance is coming next.

Windows 10 vs. Windows 11 requirements force PC upgrades

Microsoft's new operating system will bring default security features for enterprises. Installation will be akin to a Windows 10 update for IT shops with the right hardware.

Alibaba tops global AI challenge

Alibaba’s AliceMind algorithm recorded a higher accuracy rate than humans in answering questions related to images in the global VQA challenge

How the pandemic transformed IAG’s Hangar 51 accelerator

Businesses of all shapes and sizes have had to take a different approach during the pandemic – Dupsy Abiola, head of global innovation at IAG, explains how IAG transformed its Hangar 51 accelerator during the coronavirus outbreak

CMA urges further scrutiny of Nvidia purchase of Arm

Competition and Markets Authority has decided an in-depth investigation should be mounted into the proposed acquisition of Arm by US chipmaker Nvidia

Brother responds to hybrid working shift

Printer player rolls out mini A4 inkjet range that the channel can pitch to those working in small offices and at home

Microsoft 365 price hikes coming

Software giant gives six months’ notice of the first price rises since it launched the product suite a decade ago

Alteryx platform update includes automated recommendations

Automation is an ongoing focus for Alteryx. The vendor's latest update adds an automated recommendation feature that suggests tools to connect as users build workflows.

IBM touts hybrid cloud for S/4HANA transformations

IBM's hybrid cloud presents a strong alternative to the public cloud hyperscalers for S/4HANA deployments, but many don't see the legacy vendor as an innovation leader.

Government heads to cloud for excess archival storage needs

Boone County in Indiana found space and savings in public cloud, but experts say IT pros should follow smart policies and government regulations when managing vital data.

Real estate firm turns to AI vendor for API security

API security is under scrutiny as businesses digitally transform, and startup vendors are emerging with fresh approaches for secure cloud computing.

Adobe buys cloud video review platform for $1.275B

Adobe plans to acquire review and approval platform for $1.275 billion to streamline digital collaboration among video editors, producers, agencies and clients.

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