TechTarget News - Week of Jan 23, 2022

IBM offloads Watson Health business data, analytics

IBM Watson Health assets acquired by Francisco Partners include extensive data sets and software, marking an end to IBM's efforts in the healthcare tech industry.

MPs say Online Safety Bill fails to tackle full range of harms

A DCMS select committee has warned that the Online Safety Bill should be expanded to cover more types of harmful content, such as child abuse material designed to circumvent content removal

Datto CEO repeats need for MSPs to bolster security

MSP player Datto recently made a security acquisition, and its boss outlines the rationale for the move and restates the need for service players to deliver better protection

Silicon Labs launches new AI/ML chips, toolkit for edge

The chip vendor's new wireless SoC aims to bring AI and machine learning to the IoT. The systems also use the Matter IP-based protocol to wirelessly connect devices.

Meta AI supercomputer looks toward the metaverse

The tech giant will use its new AI Research Supercluster internally for NLP and computer vision and to build new technologies for the metaverse.

Product mindset to steer DevOps platform, ITSM M&A in 2022

ITSM tools, DevOps platforms and value stream management are converging amid an enterprise move away from IT projects and toward a strategic product mindset.

Monero and the complicated world of privacy coins

Monero is known for being one of the most common cryptocurrencies seen in illicit transactions, but its development community paints a different picture of the privacy coin.

Retailers mired by manual data integration

Retail relies on third-party data sources to drive business decisions and competitive pricing, but many struggle to pull in this data

Open RAN on track to comprise 15% of radio access networks by 2026

Research from leading analyst and software-based networking technology provider Dell’Oro Group reveals growing progress in Open RAN arena with further acceleration over the next five years

StayLinked flags IIoT channel opportunity

Users’ need for help connecting legacy technology with digital ambitions is an area where partners can play a role

More evidence needed to establish 5G’s green credentials

Research paper from UK university cautions that received wisdom of sustainability associated with next-generation mobile technology is not currently backed up by a strong, publicly available, fully transparent evidence base

IBM hybrid cloud strategy driving revenue growth

IBM revenue for its hybrid cloud business showed little indication of slowing down, with the company reporting sales of $6.2 billion for the fourth quarter and $20 billion for 2021.

Bernalillo County ransomware attack still felt weeks later

A ransomware attack in early January disrupted government systems in New Mexico's largest county, which stalled operations at county offices and the county detention center.

Nvidia Arm deal another step closer to -- death?

Negotiations of the long-awaited Nvidia acquisition of Arm Ltd. have come to a halt with rumors of Nvidia telling partners they can't come to agreement on a deal.

Sophos: Log4Shell impact limited, threat remains

Sophos threat researcher Chet Wisniewski detailed the unexpectedly limited impact Log4Shell had on organizations but warned of future exploitation and risks.

Juniper announces routers, line card using new Trio 6 ASIC

Juniper Networks has announced routers and a line card to take advantage of the more scalable, efficient Trio 6 ASIC. It also announced a higher-throughput Express 5 ASIC.

IRS facial recognition move raises bias, privacy concerns

The agency requires photo identification for certain services using a face match system from digital ID vendor, but privacy advocates say the technology is prone to bias.

Vodafone UK to begin 3G switch-off in 2023

UK mobile operator gives notice that it will begin to retire its legacy network in a year’s time, with 4G and 5G networks to get coverage and speed boost from repurposing of 3G spectrum

IBM fourth-quarter results show hybrid refocus

Big Blue continues its journey to rebuild its business around hybrid cloud platforms, software infrastructure and consulting services

TigerGraph roars into APAC

The graph database technology supplier is approaching the region with a solution-based strategy and partnering with universities to grow local capabilities

Appetite rising for network as a service

Study from edge-to-cloud networking provider reveals digital transformation in the post-pandemic era is drawing IT leaders towards network models that are more agile and adaptable

SCC extends HMRC deal

Channel player gets another five-year contract worth £91m to continue to work with the government’s tax department

Space junk revealed by University of Texas graph database

Aerospace engineers, led by space environmentalist Moriba Jah, at The University of Texas at Austin have built a graph database, AstriaGraph, to track space junk that is a threat to life on Earth

BT and Nokia trial Open RAN in UK

Partners will develop and deploy test of open radio access network system to enhance mobile broadband experience

Weaveworks Magalix buy points to GitOps beyond Kubernetes

The merger between the GitOps platform company and a policy-as-code startup amounts to a bet that declarative code is about to become the new standard for IT management.

MPs to debate landmark IoT security law

Proposed bill mandates tighter protections for connected products, and adds new rules for broadband roll-out into the bargain

Kaspersky MSP growth plans are delivering

Security vendor has been working for three years to grow its managed service base and the results show those efforts have reaped rewards

PwnKit bug endangers Linux distributions worldwide

Qualys researchers share intel on a memory corruption vulnerability in a program installed by default on every major Linux distribution

Storage tech brief: Look out for PCIe gen 5 drives in 2022

PCIe 5.0 will offer bandwidth up to 128GBps per drive. We look at what’s available and when, including in the new EDSFF form factor, as well as looking forward to PCIe gen 6

Acumatica execs talk up ERP industry specificity

Acumatica highlighted customer stories of digital transformation, the vendor's industry-focused acquisitions and its commitment to sustainability at Acumatica Summit 2022.

Apache Kafka 3.1 opens up data streaming for analytics

The latest release of open source Kafka data streaming technology brings a series of new features that provide users with usability improvements for real-time data queries.

Salesforce expands CRM maps for sales-team territories

New patterns for selling -- salespeople travel less and use more digital channels to meet with customers -- drive new map features for Salesforce Sales Cloud.

Meta makes frontline worker push with Workplace, WhatsApp

Meta will allow businesses to send Workplace announcements over WhatsApp this year. The integration lets HQs use a popular consumer app to communicate with frontline workers.

CORT deploys IoT to monitor indoor air quality

New Zealand community housing provider is rolling out sensors and analytics software to track the air quality of its premises

Ocado showcases 3D printing innovation

Having delivered its first orders 20 years ago, Ocado is now reinventing the business process for online grocery delivery

Orange Belgium, La Grand Poste create 5G Lab in Liège

After opening next-generation mobile laboratory in Antwerp, inviting companies to discover, test and develop innovative use cases on standalone network technology, telco signs up Wallonia tech hub as customer

Confluent Kafka connects apps on new Dish 5G network

Streaming data is at the foundation of a new smart 5G service from Dish Network, where enterprises build applications that directly benefit and customize the network platform.

Lack of tech skills is delaying projects

Projects have been delayed over the past six months because of a lack of appropriate skills, with half of managers unable to find the workers with the necessary tech skills, survey finds

Apple security update fixes zero-day vulnerability

Apple released a series of security updates for bugs that included a critical zero-day vulnerability in iOS and macOS that is being actively exploited in the wild.

DCMS taps Arqit for 5G project to provide Open RAN security by default

Quantum platform-as-a-service provider joins government’s programme to drive diversity in comms technology supply with the aim of integrating a novel quantum encryption service to enable security by default

Google scales up Cloud Bigtable NoSQL database

Automated scalability is a key theme for the latest set of update features that Google is landing in its cloud managed NoSQL database service, providing users with more capacity.

SolarWinds hackers still active, using new techniques

CrowdStrike has tracked the latest threat activity and novel techniques from the SolarWinds hackers, a Russian state-sponsored group known as Cozy Bear.

Verizon Business and Atos team on predictive analytics 5G edge solution

Business communications services and products provider announces partnership with digital transformation firm to power predictive analytics solutions with private 5G multi-access edge computing for businesses, in particular those working in transport, industrials, logistics and manufacturing

Smart connectivity to transform world experience within a decade

Brain-controlled smart assistants, disease-detecting mirrors and digitally connected trees to become mainstream by 2030, by when the average person will interact with smart devices 4,800 times a day, claims study

Capita offloads Trustmarque

Divestment strategy continues with sale of software and services player as Capita prunes its portfolio

Kaseya boss looking for strong 2022

After a difficult 2021, the boss of IT software provider Kaseya is looking to make this a year that will be remembered for the right reasons

SAP reports strong Q4 earnings; acquires Taulia

SAP Q4 2021 cloud earnings were strong, and the company added to its portfolio by acquiring Taulia for cash management and investing in intelligent contract firm Icertis.

Accenture, Celonis partner in process mining technology

The strategic relationship aims to speed up process improvement, embedding Celonis' technology in Accenture offerings such as MyConcerto and SynOps; other IT channel news.

Cisco adds Webex support to SD-WAN Cloud OnRamp

Cisco's SD-WAN Cloud OnRamp integration with Webex brings the number of supported cloud platforms and SaaS applications to 14. Cisco plans to add automation to Cloud OnRamp next.

Zoom launches virtual conference floor for online events

Zoom wants virtual events to feel more like in-person sessions. The company's 2D virtual show floor, Expo, aims to re-create that sense of presence for remote attendees.

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