TechTarget News - Week of Feb 13, 2022

India to invest $1bn in quantum computing

India plans to invest $1bn over the next five years to advance its capabilities in quantum technology, but it will need to have a tailored approach and to address the skills gap to succeed

Mavenir intros intelligent IoT platform for smarter analytics

New internet-of-things technology is designed to converge hardware stacks and common software frameworks to produce optimised insights for enterprise users in real-world IoT initiatives

Channel roundup: Who’s gone where?

A roundup of some of the personnel changes in the past working week includes some senior appointments

Salesforce Safety Cloud debuts for event vaccination proof

Salesforce launches new cloud to aggregate COVID-19 testing and vaccine information for users hosting customer and employee events, with more to follow later in 2022.

IBM Z as a service brings mainframes closer to hybrid clouds

Responding to demands to modernize mainframe environments, IBM delivered its Z as a service and a new software stack that brings mainframes and hybrid clouds closer together.

Elastic 8.0 aims to enhance search relevance

Elastic is updating its flagship platform with a major release that adds enhanced vector search and natural language processing capabilities to improve data query results.

CISA says 'Shields Up' as Russia-Ukraine tensions escalate

CISA said in its advisory that 'there are not currently any specific credible threats to the U.S. homeland,' but cited past Russian cyber attacks against Ukraine and others.

Databricks launches new lakehouse for financial services

The cloud data vendor's new set of capabilities for financial services customers is its second industry-specific lakehouse after it launched one for retail users in January.

Australian public sector facing transformation challenges

Public sector organisations in Australia are facing organisational and technological challenges in driving back-office innovation and digital-first strategies, new study finds

CrowdStrike: Attackers are moving faster, harder to detect

The CrowdStrike '2022 Global Threat Report' said attackers are getting better at exploiting vulnerabilities and moving through compromised networks before defenders can spot them.

Nebulon gets Ansible collection for datacentre deployment

Provider of cloud-managed and hardware-accelerated – formerly ‘cloud-defined’ – storage makes further moves towards its smartInfrastructure vision, with Terraform support coming

Parasol data breach: Frustrated IT contractors dig into the dark web in search of their data

The emergence on the dark web of passports, payslips and other personal documents belonging to contractors affected by the cyber attack and subsequent data breach at Parasol is prompting group actions and forcing some IT contractors to find out for themselves if their data has been compromised

OneWeb adds 34 more satellites to growing LEO network

In its 10th launch since December 2020, satellite broadband company brings total in-orbit constellation to 428 satellites, two-thirds of planned LEO satellite fleet that will deliver high-speed, low-latency global connectivity

Crayon and RM share solid numbers

Managed services provider and educational player release updates around the progress made in the last fiscal year

New world of work sees emergence of hybrid holiday

Research from Virgin Media O2 suggests 2022 will be the year when working from anywhere becomes a reality for businesses across the UK

Retrospect Backup adds anomaly detection, Azure immutability

In its latest software update, Retrospect Backup updates with more precise capabilities, including cyber-attack visibility features and enhancements for Azure Blob storage.

Global investor community flocks to 5G

5G is now a reality, but how to make money from it remains a question. Research unearths insights that could offer direction on the specific industries in which to make returns on investment in next-generation networks

Samsung extends VMware Horizon to second screen

People running VMware’s virtual desktop on Samsung’s smartphones and tablets can access Windows on both the device and an attached monitor to increase productivity.

What ethics hotline data says about employee discontent

Until COVID-19, use of ethics hotlines was on the rise over the last decade. But that may have more to do with changes in workplace practices than an increase in ethical breaches.

InfluxData expands time series database capabilities

The open source-based InfluxDB platform is adding capabilities to better handle data coming from industrial sensors and devices that enable organizations to optimize operations.

Biometric technology like facial recognition is here to stay

Despite resistance, government agencies and private companies continue to use the technology. A key issue is whether people are informed about how their information will be used.

Sophos discovers new attack targeting Exchange Servers

A new type of attack that utilizes the Squirrelwaffle malware and business email compromise may be an issue for organizations that have not patched their Exchange servers.

F5 distributed cloud security services strike a trendy chord

As talk of multi-cloud management gives way to distributed cloud, which also ties in edge computing, F5 bundles application security services to expand its appeal to enterprises.

Virgin Media O2 accelerates Londoners’ 5G coverage

Recently merged operator’s 5G coverage in UK metropolitan area extends to over two-thirds of population coverage and company commits to reaching half of the UK’s population in 2023

Hitachi Energy brings 5G connectivity to mission-critical ops

Power tech firm brings 5G connectivity to mission-critical industrial and utility operations, deploying routers to enable a hybrid wireless network described as fast, secure and reliable

Check Point UK boss looking for channel growth

Recently installed regional director for UK and Ireland will be tasked with growing sales via the security player’s channel base

EU accelerates space connectivity programme

European Commission puts forward a plan for an EU space-based secure communication system designed to ensure long-term availability of worldwide uninterrupted access to secure and cost-effective satellite connectivity services

Apache Cassandra vulnerability puts servers at risk

Certain non-default configurations of the Apache Cassandra database software could leave the door open for remote code execution attacks, according to JFrog researchers.

Intel expands chip-making capacity with Tower acquisition

Intel continues its aggressive push in the processor market by purchasing Tower Semiconductor, which makes chips for a variety of consumer and industrial products.

ArangoDB 3.9 scales graph database operations

The open source graph database vendor released a new version of its platform with new features to enable users to better deal with the challenges of growing data workloads.

Microsoft integration tightens bonds between Teams, Outlook

Microsoft's upcoming integration will add Teams' collaboration capabilities to the Outlook email client. The update should save time for corporate workers.

Salesforce, Tableau unveil trio of new integrations

As part of its Spring '22 Release, the CRM giant added three new tools powered by the analytics vendor's augmented intelligence capabilities.

HR tech spending jumps as workloads increase

HR tech spending is rising, thanks to the 'Great Resignation,' and a need to invest in automation technologies such as chatbots and RPA to handle increasing workloads.

2021 another record year for UK cyber investment

Total revenue generated by the UK’s cyber sector was up 14% last year, and UK-registered security firms raised over £1bn in investment

How one Singapore company is keeping drivers safe

TNT Surveillance’s technology is being deployed by bus and port operators to reduce driver fatigue and prevent accidents using cameras and radar sensors

Red Cross cyber attack the work of nation-state actors

The International Committee of the Red Cross now believes the January 2022 attack on its systems to have been the work of an undisclosed nation state

SonicWall: Ransomware attacks increased 105% in 2021

While 2021 represented a turning point for law enforcement and government action against ransomware, SonicWall still observed massive growth in attacks.

Nvidia founder and CEO portrays AI-centricity

Earnings call for Nvidia’s fourth-quarter results offers a leading indicator of where the application of artificial intelligence may be heading

AI vendor introduces new deep learning tool

H2O Hydrogen Torch can be used in healthcare, HR and customer experience settings. Users can make models for image, video and natural language processing applications.

Salesforce Media Cloud, AWS partner for streaming video

As cord-cutters give rise to streaming services' popularity, Salesforce and AWS partner to capitalize on each other's strengths: Video hosting and a customer data platform.

Unified communications and collaboration set for automation surge in hybrid world

Research reveals hybrid working world unified communications and collaboration now seen as improving productivity, but challenge exists for organisations managing UCC at scale to provision users across multiple apps and communications platforms

Risk of UK digital broadband divide growing

Report from communications regulator warns that amid rising cost of services, millions of low-income families in the UK are missing out on a £144 annual broadband saving

Hyperledger expands open source blockchain efforts

The CTO of a major blockchain group provides insight into the growing effort to build open source blockchain technologies for enterprises, though challenges remain.

Nintex expands range by acquiring RPA vendor Kryon

Acquiring Kryon enables Nintex to expand its scale. Robotic process automation is important for enterprises seeking digital transformation in their business.

Akamai aims Linode acquisition at improving edge services

Akamai's $900 million acquisition of IaaS vendor Linode would add a distributed computing platform to Akamai's content delivery network. The deal is expected to close this quarter.

ServiceNow telecom sector heats up for partners

Ecosystem players are maneuvering for business opportunities at the intersection of high-growth technology and legacy systems; other IT channel news.

Snyk enters cloud security market with Fugue acquisition

Analysts say the acquisition of Fugue will give Snyk an opportunity to build a presence in the cloud security market and strengthen its infrastructure-as-code capabilities.

FBI: BEC attacks spreading to virtual meetings

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, many workplaces have shifted to virtual meeting platforms, and the FBI warned that threat actors have taken note.

Microsoft, Meta tackle harassment in virtual worlds

Microsoft and Meta have introduced personal space in their virtual worlds to combat the downside of virtual reality, sexual harassment and other bad behavior.

India warms to telehealth amid pandemic

Covid-19 has accelerated adoption of telehealth services in India as more healthcare providers look to offer medical treatment and assistance without risking infections

CIO interview: Adam Miller, group head of IT, Markerstudy Group

The insurer and Auto Windscreens owner is using cloud-based virtual desktops to ease acquisitions and support home working during the pandemic – and its IT chief has a growing range of projects on the go

Virgin Media O2 seeks joint venture for UK full-fibre extension

Just weeks after claiming to have taken a huge competitive step in the UK broadband market by hitting its target of gigabit capability to all its customers, operator looks for financing to fuel further growth

UK organisations untroubled by Trickbot surge

A surge in Trickbot infections is targeting some of the world’s most prominent brands, but UK organisations seem thankfully unaffected

January 2022 saw low growth in online sales

Slow start to the year with minimal growth for online sales as pandemic drop-off has more people heading back to the highstreet

Energy efficiency takes centre stage in new Ericsson 5G portfolio

Pre-MWC briefing sees Swedish comms tech leader introduce new radio access network technology led by the flagship dual-band antenna, said to consume 25% less power than current product

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