TechTarget News - Week of May 05, 2019

AWS to power Australia’s 2021 online census

PwC Australia, one of two firms appointed by the government to run the next Census, will build and operate an online form and a website on Amazon Web Services

ICMI co-founder on contact center technology trends

Contact center technology stacks now include pervasive AI and CX-oriented tools, enabling agents to do a better job more efficiently, said ICMI co-founder Brad Cleveland.

Jitterbit enterprise integration platform gets updates

Jitterbit has released Harmony Spring '19, the newest version of its enterprise integration platform as a service. The update includes more than 120 new features.

Cisco SSH vulnerability sparks debate over backdoors

Cisco released a patch for a critical vulnerability in Nexus 9000 switches that could allow a remote attacker to gain root access because of the use of a default SSH key pair.

Odaseva introduces Vault for long-term Salesforce backup

Odaseva launched Vault, a Salesforce backup product that lets customers store their sensitive data in an encrypted long-term retention layer that's still readily accessible.

Enterprise security threats rising, consumer attacks falling

Cybercriminals are increasingly taking aim at businesses, according to a recent Malwarebytes report. Security experts weigh in on best practices for defending against malware attacks.

HMRC begins deleting unlawful voice biometric data

HM Revenue and Customs is to forge ahead with Voice ID despite beginning to delete the largest state-held voice biometric database gathered without consent after UK privacy and data protection watchdog issues order

Masergy boasts of channel growth

SD-WAN player looking for channel growth after doubling its revenue generating partner base

Early adopters expect to pay 32% premium for 5G

Potential early adopters of 5G say they expect, on average, to pay more for their devices and services, but they expect measurable improvements on 4G from the get-go

Privileged access management moving to cloud

Survey shows nearly half of information security professionals are either planning to move privileged access management to the cloud or are exploring the possibility

MDR services company taps MSPs as partners

Pondurance, an MDR services provider, has unveiled a partner program, targeting managed service providers in a market forecast to grow rapidly over the next few years.

Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

Another busy few days across the industry as firms serving various sectors look to bring some fresh expertise on board

Highways England trials self-driving trucks for roadworks

A pilot is aimed at reducing project timescales and increasing worker safety, though vehicles are expected to take another two to three years to be fully operating

RHEL 8 launches with AI, container and hybrid cloud focus

Red Hat rolled out its long-awaited Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8, designed to work across corporate data centers and multiple clouds and anchor its container and AI strategies.

New D-Link wireless access points launched for SMEs

Two new D-Link wireless access points have been added to D-Link's Wave 2 unified AP portfolio. Designed specifically for SMEs, the APs are flexible and scalable, according to the vendor.

New Cisco SD-WAN for enterprises using colos

The new Cisco SD-WAN for co-location facilities is aimed at enterprises that have dozens of branch offices in major cities in multiple countries.

Google's Cloud TPU v2, v3 Pods accelerate ML training

For the first time, Google Cloud TPU Pods are available in public beta, enabling machine learning developers and engineers to more quickly deploy and train models.

Microsoft expands Azure cloud database options

A raft of expansions across Microsoft's Azure cloud database tier adds capabilities that target high-end workloads and shops that prefer open source options.

Red Hat CEO weighs in on hybrid cloud play

Jim Whitehurst claims Red Hat’s ability to support an entire technology stack is valuable to enterprises that want a common platform on-premise and in the cloud

Cyber criminals targeting C-suite, DBIR shows

Executives and cloud-based services are gaining popularity as targets for cyber criminals, according to the latest data breach investigations report

Nasuni aims at analytics and fast migration to the cloud

Cloud NAS and object storage specialist says customers want “Lego blocks” that allow them to build for cloud workloads, and plans cloud migration tools for massive datasets

IT vacancies continue to stack up

There have always been vacancies in the IT world and Q1 has revealed the number of jobs out there

Cohesity backup expands with Imanis Data acquisition

Cohesity bought Imanis Data to integrate its NoSQL database protection into Cohesity's products. Cohesity plans to tackle other modern workloads like containers and SaaS apps next.

New Microsoft Fluid Framework features real-time editing

Microsoft's new software development kit, Fluid Framework, provides users with real-time editing that can be used across applications and with a variety of formats.

Einstein Analytics for Financial Services enhances banking CX

Salesforce's new analytics tools for financial services follow AI advancements from IBM Watson and Acquia upgrading customer experiences in retail banking and wealth management.

Average UK broadband speeds up a fifth in 12 months

Research from telecoms regulator Ofcom suggests efforts to encourage consumers to switch to faster broadband services are paying off

MP sets out concerns over GP at Hand software

Concerns raised over the robustness and breadth of the software underpinning Babylon Health’s app amid calls for an inquiry into the tool

With Nutanix Mine, HCI vet adds converged secondary storage

Nutanix prepares to launch its Mine converged secondary storage appliances as it expands beyond primary storage with an architecture that Cohesity and Rubrik have adopted.

U.S. will begin collecting data for pay equity analysis

The Trump administration has failed to block an Obama-era pay reporting rule. Employers of more than 100 workers will have to submit data to U.S. authorities by Sept. 30.

The new Google Pixel 3a Android smartphone starts at $399

Google launched the more affordable Pixel 3a and 3a XL phones for $399 and $479, with the aim of providing smartphones similar in quality to the Pixels for less money.

SAP, OpenText broaden partnership with cloud integrations

SAP reveals deeper cloud partnerships with content management vendor OpenText as both legacy platforms entice long-term clients off on-premises systems and into the SAP cloud.

Google adds Firebase AI tools to make ML mobile dev easier

A new Google Firebase update simplifies machine learning app development. The update is part of a trend of making machine learning more accessible for developers to create and deploy.

Confident BT Group calls on Openreach to build full-fibre faster

Openreach will ramp up the pace of its full-fibre network build over the next six years, with ambitious targets to bring ultrafast broadband within reach of 15 million homes by the middle of the 2020s

Open Systems charting a channel course

SD-WAN specialist has decided that the time is right to become a channel first company and make a push into the UK market

MSPs have to address the security dimension

The need for managed service providers to push the security conversation with users has emerged as one of the key themes of the SolarWinds MSP event in Amsterdam

Deutsche Börse harnesses Microsoft cloud

German stock exchange signs deal with Microsoft that will not only benefit the exchange, but other organisations in the sector that are considering cloud migration

Sapphire 2019: Plattner vaunts public cloud as SAP future

At SapphireNow 2019 in Orlando, Florida, SAP co-founder and chair Hasso Plattner said public cloud is the future as raft of Hana database and analytics enhancements announced

Facebook co-founder: ‘It is time to break up Facebook’

Co-founder of Facebook, Chris Hughes, has published an op-ed in The New York Times calling for Facebook to be broken up, as it faces investigations from the US Federal Trade Commission

Nutanix fights VMware with AHV hypervisor, cloud support

In the battle for HCI supremacy, Nutanix has hyper-converged history and now AHV, while VMware has virtualization dominance and a boost from its parent Dell's server hardware.

New compliance controls added to Microsoft Teams PowerShell

Microsoft Teams PowerShell now gives IT administrators the ability to restrict communications between employees, a significant expansion of the app's tools for regulatory compliance.

Unitrends Cloud Backup protects remote endpoints

Unitrends Cloud Backup protects data on workstations through direct replication of endpoint devices to the cloud. UCB also enables direct restores from the Unitrends Cloud.

Acquia-Mautic acquisition underscores open source model

Holding to the strategy of building a digital experience platform based with open source roots, Acquia acquires Mautic, an open source marketing automation cloud.

Solarflare Cloud Onload aims to improve server efficiency

Solarflare Cloud Onload, a new application acceleration platform, was designed to improve data center efficiency and remove waste from today's cloud infrastructure investments.

Ansible roadmap offers open source automation with assurances

Ansible users can expect some key updates around the tool's certified content program, along with more options to assess the performance of their automated infrastructure.

Avaya revenue dips as company entertains potential buyout

Avaya revenue missed the mark in the second quarter amid operational missteps and rumors of a private buyout. The company said it was considering financial maneuvers as significant as selling itself.

Home Office failing on Emergency Services Network, says NAO

The delayed Emergency Services Network is slipping further behind schedule and is getting more expensive all the time – and the Home Office’s management of the project is to blame, says the National Audit Office

Home Office seeks immigration technology head

The Home Office is looking for a suitable candidate to fill its newly created high-profile IT role, which will cover Brexit-related requirements around immigration technology

Dutch businesses not yet implementing NIS Directive

Little urgency to comply with the Network and Information Systems Security Act, which seeks to protect the Netherlands’ vital infrastructure and digital services from cyber attack

Key lessons from an ethical hacker

Understanding hacker techniques and processes is the best way to defend against cyber attacks, and focusing on business risks is the best way to get security budget, according to an ethical hacker

Government hints at biometric regulations

Immigration minister says options are being considered around governance and oversight of biometric technologies use

UiPath : 568 M$ pour accélérer la R&D et éduquer le marché au RPA

Le spécialiste du RPA a réalisé une levée de fond conséquente de 568 M$ qui servira à accélérer sa R&D et mener des programmes d’accompagnement et d’éducation dans les milieux universitaires. Des fusions-acquisitions sont également au programme.

Cisco AMP for Networks bolsters SD-WAN security

Cisco AMP for Networks is now part of the company's SD-WAN product. Cisco also announced this week that it had open sourced its MindMeld AI development platform.

Symantec CEO Greg Clark unexpectedly steps down

Cybersecurity giant Symantec is searching for a new CEO once again after Greg Clark unexpectedly resigned from the vendor after three years at the helm.

University of Alaska to lay off 95% of HR staff, upgrade tech

The University of Alaska's approach to modernizing its HR department began with the elimination of nearly all of its HR positions. It's part of a move to shared services to make IT more efficient.

Microsoft to reduce Azure outages with Project Tardigrade

Microsoft's plans to make Azure more reliable include Project Tardigrade, which keeps running VMs alive even when their host platforms go down due to hardware problems.

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