TechTarget News - Week of Sep 15, 2019

Plenty of life in mainframes

Those assuming that it was time to take the mainframe in the corner out for a long walk of a short pier will be surprised to hear that demand is holding firm for the technology

NHSX emphasises need for ethical patient data access

The health service's digital unit welcomed the launch of Health Data Research hubs, but stressed that it will control the design of research collaborations

Councils awarded funding to boost online services

Local authorities received more than £750,000 in the second round of the Local Digital Fund, aimed at improving citizen offerings in areas such as housing and payment

Nectar launches Customer Experience Assurance platform

The new product includes features like auto-discovery and real-time alerting intended to enable contact center teams to test and discover network issues in a timely manner.

Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

Time for the weekly roundup of personnel moves across the industry with several senior roles being filled in the last seven days

Ensign InfoSecurity opens global headquarters in Singapore

The Singapore-based cyber security firm’s new headquarters will also be home to a new security operations centre that will be supported by Singapore-centric threat intelligence

DerbyCon attendees and co-founder reflect on the end

DerbyCon attendees and co-founder Dave Kennedy reflect on the legacy and future of the conference following its final event, which took place in Louisville, Ky.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure updates hone in on security

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure is getting a multifaceted security boost as the company seeks to gain ground against AWS, Microsoft and Google for enterprise IaaS workloads.

Oracle and VMware forge new IaaS cloud partnership

Joint Oracle and VMware customers will soon be able to run VMware Cloud Foundation on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, with support from Oracle.

Agilitas chairman Kelly awarded OBE

Channel veteran is recognised for his efforts working in the ICT community in Wales

New Dell EPYC servers embrace AMD Rome chips

Dell EMC goes from Naples to Rome with a new line of EPYC servers, including Ready Solutions for high-performance computing and Ready Nodes for vSAN hyper-converged infrastructure.

Smart meter roll-out delayed to 2024

The government has been forced to put the planned completion date for its Smart Meter Programme back from the end of next year to 2024

Cisco acquisitions in 2019 bolster service provider strategy

Cisco acquisitions in 2019 and 2018 include three that show the company preparing for when carriers will increase spending to ready networks for next-generation business services.

Cloudian spins off edge computing subsidiary Edgematrix

Cloudian's experiments in edge computing resulted in the creation of Edgematrix, a subsidiary focused on AI use cases at the edge. The new company will use the HyperStore platform.

Oracle ERP Cloud expands its digital assistants

The Oracle ERP Cloud is increasing its use of digital assistants. These systems will interact with AI-type systems to help move the conversation along.

InfluxDB Cloud 2.0 expands open source time series database

While the core open source InfluxDB 2.0 project is still in alpha, InfluxData has advanced its cloud service to support new features as it grows its time series database service.

Java SE 13 adds performance, security, stability features

Java SE 13 provides developers with new features to make the Java language and platform more secure and stable. Oracle has also rolled out free cloud services and developer tools.

Inside Oman’s new tech startup drive

Oman is aspiring to be a tech startup hub and is on a mission to compete with its neighbours in the Gulf

New application security risks lead IT teams to DevSecOps

Once a bleeding-edge concept, DevSecOps has gone mainstream following high-profile security breaches that proved simply installing automated security tools doesn't go far enough.

Northwestern cuts storage costs in half with Komprise

Komprise’s Deep Analytics helps university classify and migrate research data to cheaper disk and cloud as it cuts storage costs from $1.1m to $680,000 per annum

Dell storage dominance followed $67B grab of EMC, VMware

Dell packages servers, storage for EMC and virtualization from VMware into an end-to-end IT stack; how will it expand and deliver those pieces over the coming decades?

Pure Storage sees stellar growth in APAC

Pure Storage is expanding its footprint in key markets such as Australia, Japan and South Korea, even as it proceeds with caution in China

Rural connectivity struggling to keep up with demand

The digital divide between urban and rural areas of the UK is continuing, with broadband and mobile network roll-outs struggling to keep pace with demand

Channel has to help customers with confidence crisis

Those trying to go through the IT buying process are struggling with too much information and trying to make sense of vendor marketing messages

WannaCry variants accidentally protecting against WannaCry

New variants of the infamous WannaCry malware continue to emerge, and many of them have accidentally turned themselves into a somewhat effective, although ill-advised, vaccine against infection

Tableau 2019.3 highlighted by enhanced AI, new data catalog

Tableau released its third-quarter update Wednesday, featuring Explain Data, an enhanced augmented intelligence tool, and Tableau Catalog, a data management suite.

Salesforce search about to get smarter with Einstein AI

Salesforce will add Einstein AI to its cloud search functionality in hopes of better assessing context, personalization and reducing false hits for end-user queries.

Nintex launches no-code workflow automation tool

Nintex has launched a no-code workflow automation tool, Workflow Generator, in an effort to bridge the gap between IT departments and process experts.

Early Oracle Cloud Infrastructure customers take its measure

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure is seeing early adoption from a diverse array of customers, although OCI's market share remains modest compared to AWS, Microsoft and Google.

ManageEngine Applications Manager adds OCI monitoring

ManageEngine rolls out support for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure performance monitoring in its Applications Manager platform. The tool can also predict growth.

Launch of private channels in Microsoft Teams delayed

Microsoft Teams users will have to wait a bit longer for access to private channels. The vendor now says the long-awaited feature won't launch for all customers until early November.

Oracle CDP moves beyond marketing data

As digital advertising and marketing leaders dig in on the importance of the CDP, others aren't so sure they need yet another tool to support and secure customer data.

SuccessFactors customers to see big Qualtrics impact

SuccessFactors is rethinking its HCM suite as it works to integrate Qualtrics into its applications. But HR managers are concerned about more than 'X' and 'O' data.

Pure Storage analytics, cloud move to forefront

All-flash vendor Pure Storage moves to bolster its software and cloud features with upgraded analytics, block storage in AWS and a Data Hub for AI workflows.

Eclipse launches Che 7 IDE for Kubernetes development

The Eclipse Foundation has introduced Eclipse Che 7, a new version of the Eclipse Che cloud-based integrated development environment aimed at creating applications on Kubernetes.

Public cloud market set to double in four years

IT departments are accepting that the cloud offers a better way to provision enterprise IT, but CIOs need to beware of lock-ins

CTO interview: Paul Clark, Tandem Bank

Tandem Bank’s chief technology officer had a close encounter with legacy banking when he left his previous job to pursue a career in fintech

AIOps tools mature as cloud infrastructure grows

DevOps monitoring tools gain refined features as IT complexity soars, but their advanced AIOps automation hasn't yet gone mainstream.

Intertek joins AT&T IoT Accelerator Program

AT&T's IoT Accelerator program aims to advance IoT device deployment by providing resources for device makers to quickly test products and receive certification.

SAP BI platform stays strong due to cloud-based architecture

A cloud-native BI platform along with domain-specific applications that can be embedded to serve the needs of various industries keep SAP current and positioned well for the future.

8x8 Video Meetings replaces outdated offering in X Series

8x8 used its Jitsi acquisition to build a new video meetings platform based on WebRTC. The vendor also released in beta software to manage video endpoints in conference rooms.

Organizations hire ethicists for AI ethical concerns

As organizations wrestle with AI ethical concerns, they need to create AI ethicist roles or develop teams to consider issues around data governance, data privacy and AI ethics.

Qlik exec discusses AI and its role in the future of BI

The next major trend in business intelligence will be the increasing impact of augmented intelligence and machine learning, Qlik's VP of product marketing Dan Potter says in a Q&A.

Drive for Nordic datacentre transformation

Nordic enterprises looking to spread abroad are outsourcing datacentre IT in cutting-edge ways to gain international advantage

Cisco brings Webex Teams messaging to UC-One SaaS

Cisco has integrated UC-One SaaS with the cloud messaging engine of Webex Teams. The vendor has also brought Webex Calling to its cloud contact center offering.

Zenoss automates transition to cloud-based IT monitoring

In an effort to improve the user experience while transitioning from on-premises to cloud-based monitoring, Zenoss has added new capabilities to its platform.

Data protection customers turn to Pure Storage FlashBlade

Pure Storage created the FlashBlade all-flash NAS mainly for dense unstructured workloads, but customers like Domino's Pizza and ServiceNow are among Pure customers that use it as a backup target.

D&H Distributing grows cloud with ConnectWise, SkyKick

D&H Distributing's cloud strategy aims to help VARs adopt the managed services model and sell bundled cloud offerings around platforms such as Office 365 and Azure.

Microsoft 365 Business update targets nonprofits

Microsoft announced this month that it is releasing new updates and offerings for nonprofits, addressing concerns customers had over cost, cybersecurity and user training.

Sinkholed Magecart domains resurrected for advertising schemes

Security vendor RiskIQ discovered several old Magecart domains that had been sinkholed were re-registered under new owners and are now engaged in fraudulent advertising activity.

Broken WannaCry variants continuing to spread

Researchers are still seeing surprisingly high WannaCry detection rates and they worry this points to high risks because systems still aren't being patched against threats.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure SVP shares competitive strategy

Former AWS engineer Clay Magouyrk was one of the first people Oracle hired to build OCI and says Oracle has plenty of time -- and a solid strategy -- to catch up to competitors.

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