TechTarget News - Week of Nov 14, 2021

Nominations open for Computer Weekly Innovation Awards APAC 2022

Computer Weekly is looking for nominations for the annual Innovation Awards to honour digital transformation initiatives in Asia-Pacific that have transformed organisations in seven industries

Hammerspace opens Global Data Environment to all customers

Data management vendor Hammerspace expands unstructured and structured silo visibility with launch of Global Data Environment. The software update also marks new awareness push.

Hybrid working sparks channel opportunities

Riverbed Technology has charted a rise in customer plans to adopt more flexible working and has shared what that means for its partners

Openreach in consultation over next stage in transition to fibre

BT-owned UK broadband provision firm accelerates plan to stop selling copper-based broadband and traditional voice services, aiming to use five pilot areas to develop and test approaches for mass-migrating end-users to new digital offers

DataRobot introduces AI Cloud for Industries

The independent AI vendor has created a taxonomy for specific industries by building out its AI Cloud platform on which customers can take advantage of industry-specific services.

Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

A couple of examples of promotion this week, underlining that talent deserves the chance to grow and flourish

ProxyShell leads to domain-wide ransomware attack

The domain-wide ransomware attack utilized "almost no malware," and the threat actor accomplished the attack with the months-old ProxyShell vulnerabilities.

DDN launches high-performance AI storage with AI400X2

DataDirect Networks' AI400X2 comes with double the performance and nearly twice the capacity of its previous model, and new features for AI storage such as automatic tiering.

ThoughtSpot raises $100M in funding, now valued at $4.2B

The vendor completed its Series F round, and has more than doubled its valuation from $1.95 billion in August 2019 when it last raised venture capital funds.

FBI email system compromised to issue fake alerts

An unknown threat actor sent emails warning of a supply chain attack through an FBI portal used by law enforcement agencies to communicate with one another.

Microsoft releases out-of-band update for Windows Server

Less than a week after November's Patch Tuesday, Microsoft released an unscheduled security update for Windows Server to address an authentication vulnerability.

OpenText to add email encryption, developer tools, O365 hooks

OpenText intends to acquire Zix email security technology to broaden its portfolio, adds developer tools and connects OneDrive competitor OpenText Core to Office 365.

Medtronic ups ante in digital health

Medtronic wants a slice of the burgeoning digital health market and is teaming up with startups and other organisations in Asia-Pacific’s healthcare ecosystem to raise its game

Broadband beats bedrooms for UK homebuyers

Research from global communications provider finds that fast internet access is now a top-two must-have for UK homebuyers

NHS Digital announces sustainability pledge

NHS Digital outlines its commitments and plans to tackle the net-zero challenge, including a new approach to cloud hosting

Can UAE become a world leader in AI?

The UAE has launched multiple programmes as it bids to be a world-leading location for artificial intelligence innovation

Alluxio accelerates data orchestration, raises $50M

Connecting disparate sources of data for analytics and machine learning gets faster in the vendor's latest platform update, released alongside a Series C funding round.

Salesforce to buy Narrative Science, roll it into Tableau

The data storytelling vendor revealed that it has reached an agreement to be acquired by Salesforce and will then become part of the Tableau subsidiary.

Snowflake grows cloud data platform with unstructured data

The cloud data vendor's winter release updates its data platform with new capabilities to enable organizations to query and manage more data types across different environments.

Infinigate sets sights on UK growth

Security distributor is keen to increase its business here and make a difference to the market dynamics

Vodafone claims solid half-year

Hot on the heels of signing a contract with City Fibre to gain UK fibre leadership, leading European comms operator’s results for the first six months of 2021 shows sustainable growth in both Europe and Africa

CAE Technology Services snaps up Novus Group

The acquisition of educational specialist Novus Group bolsters the skills base and technical expertise of CAE Technology Services

Genesys, Google bolster contact center connections

Genesys and Google broaden multi-year partnership to include running Genesys applications on Google Cloud with Kubernetes; Genesys embeds apps in Chrome browser.

StorOne unveils S1 Backup for ransomware protection

StorOne expands its reach with S1 Backup to combat ransomware attacks. The new software emphasizes an all-flash backup tier and immutability as part of its strategy.

Latest ThoughtSpot BI capabilities target new personas

With the addition of Data Workspace, the analytics vendor aims to enable power users within organizations to develop and deploy applications.

CockroachDB update scales distributed SQL database

The latest database release from Cockroach Labs focuses on providing optimized capabilities for large deployments that can handle up to a petabyte of data.

GovTech to enhance Government on Commercial Cloud

GCC 2.0 will include improvements in user onboarding and provide single credential access to public cloud services and engineering tools, among other areas

Average size of hyperscale datacentres is on the rise

Latest data from IT market watcher Synergy Research Group highlights how the number and size of hyperscale datacentres around the world is on the up

Out of the shadows: The rise of ethical hackers in 2021

Ethical hackers working on the Bugcrowd platform have saved organisations almost $30bn in risk during the Covid-19 pandemic, as the community sheds old stereotypes

Security startups line up on Cyber Runway

Some 108 cyber security startups representing the UK’s most cutting-edge innovators are to join Plexal’s Cyber Runway accelerator

Slack improves workflow automation for Salesforce, other apps

Slack has retooled its Workflow Builder, intending to make automating work with Salesforce and third-party apps as easy as building a Lego set. Workers can use the tool next year.

Hightouch raises $40M for reverse ETL data platform

Co-founder Kashish Gupta provides insight into the data challenges that led Hightouch to develop a new approach to getting data out of data warehouses and into operational tools.

JetStream's Azure-native DR finally takes off

JetStream DR for Azure VMware Solution offers DRaaS for VMware VMs and is deeply integrated with Azure, including using Azure Blob Storage to minimize storage costs.

Malwarebytes slams Apple for inconsistent patching

At the center of the Apple criticism is an exploit chain that utilized two vulnerabilities -- one of which was only patched in macOS Big Sur for several months.

SAP TechEd sets sights on hyperscalers with developer tools

SAP launched a series of developer products at SAP TechEd, including free tier access for the SAP Business Technology Platform and the low-code/no-code platform SAP AppGyver.

Openreach hits six million homes with full-fibre reach

BT broadband provision division says full-fibre broadband roll-out programme is on track to reach 25 million premises by December 2026

Sky ECC provided free cryptophones to a Canadian police force

Internal emails disclosed in a US court show how Sky Global supplied sample encrypted phones to a Canadian police force before its phone users became subject to an international police investigation

Alert over spate of Iran-linked BitLocker attacks

A joint advisory from western cyber agencies warns of a campaign of ‘ongoing malicious activity’ by an Iran-linked APT group exploiting BitLocker to extort its targets

Google makes chatbots accessible with Bot-in-a-Box

Available on Google Cloud, the feature is deployed in AI-powered Business Messages. Using pre-made bots, enterprises can connect with customers on different branded channels.

Appgate cuts ribbon on MSP programme

Zero-trust player rolls out increased support for managed service players as it continues to strengthen its channel proposition

Leading telcos urge Europe to act now to build Open RAN ecosystem

Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telecom Italia, Telefónica and Vodafone issue five-point clarion call for building an Open RAN ecosystem for Europe to ensure that the continent continues to play a leading role in 5G and, eventually, 6G

ThoughtSpot analytics platform continues to transform

The vendor committed to a cloud-first philosophy in late 2020, and since then added capabilities through acquisitions, targeted new user personas and continued to build new tools.

Samsung brings Android 12 privacy to Galaxy S21 series

One UI 4 notifies smartphone users when apps access their camera, location or microphone. The software also lists the apps accessing people's data and keeps track of permissions.

DevOps platforms hone developer experience, yield ops wins

When IT ops teams centralized infrastructure automation behind developer-friendly self-service interfaces with DevOps platforms, developers weren't the only ones who benefited.

Apple launches SMB device management

Designed for companies of up to 500 employees, Business Essentials offers tools to download apps and push updates to iPhones, iPads and Macs. It provides up to 2 TB iCloud storage.

CISA, Microsoft warn of rise in cyber attacks from Iran

CISA and Microsoft this week issued alerts about increased threat activity Iranian nation-state hacking groups, including ransomware attacks on enterprises.

Microsoft could make Edge default browser for opening links

People might no longer be able to use workarounds like EdgeDeflector to set another browser, such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, as their default for opening links.

Nvidia launches the Quantum-2 InfiniBand platform

The Quantum-2 InfiniBand platform, introduced this week, includes software, a BlueField-3 DPU, a Quantum-2 switch, and a ConnectX-7 network adapter.

MemVerge to help balance HPC resources more efficiently

Partnering with the DMTCP Project, MemVerge supports the open source distributed multithreaded checkpointing technology, which could change the high-performance computing game.

UK government announces safety tech challenge fund winners

The Safety Tech Challenge Fund winners will now develop technologies to limit the spread of child abuse material in encrypted environments, which the government has claimed will not be repurposed for other uses

DataCore Software acquires MayaData and OpenEBS software

MayaData and OpenEBS, its open source container storage software, are now part of DataCore Software's portfolio following a joint venture between the companies last year.

How enterprises need to prepare for 'cyberwar' conflicts

Infosec expert Tarah Wheeler said increasing international conflicts are posing new compliance and regulatory standards, but adapting the changes may be difficult for enterprises.

Microsoft Loop adds project management to 365

Loop lets teams track project status while editing documents in a single app. The Microsoft 365 software works with Word, PowerPoint and Excel document snippets.

Starburst Enterprise brings Apache Iceberg to data lakehouse

A new Starburst Enterprise release brings in new capabilities to help organizations use the Trino SQL query engine to analyze data stored on premises and in the cloud.

LogicMonitor introduces centralized log management platform

The data observability platform vendor's new platform enables enterprises to use AIOps and automation to find anomalies with their IT system, report them and head off widespread problems.

US-China commission recommends business transparency

The U.S. China commission recommended that businesses be transparent about their Chinese operations as both companies and Congress face tough policy and regulatory hurdles.

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