TechTarget News - Week of May 30, 2021

Great Eastern doubles down on data analytics

Singapore insurer Great Eastern has started a centre of excellence to drive adoption of data analytics and hone its capabilities in data governance and data engineering

Why a cloud operating model matters

Successful cloud adoption requires organisations to go beyond tools and techniques to map out a cloud operating model, says consulting firm Contino

Ex-IT manager stole over £800,000 from NHS trust

A former senior IT manager at an Essex NHS trust has pleaded guilty to defrauding his employer out of more than £800,000

Businesses hail new Openreach rural full-fibre focus

BT broadband provision division announces next step in gigabit broadband deployment programme to offer levelled-up connectivity for premises in hardest-to-reach parts of the UK

Small business workers fear missing out on hybrid opportunity

Research finds three in five small business workers expect to be predominantly office-based after Covid-19 restrictions ease, due to high levels of admin and paper-based processes

Exagrid pays $2.6m to Conti ransomware attackers

Backup appliance specialist hit by Conti ransomware in May with cyber criminals downloading employee and customer data, confidential contracts and source code

European-led consortium investigates quantum cryptography

The arms race to a quantum internet is under way – the European Commission is looking at secure critical national infrastructure and member state comms

Government on the hunt for Advanced Research and Invention Agency CEO

First CEO of the high-risk, high-reward research agency will be in charge of shaping the research, culture and setup of the organisation and define its strategy to identify and fund ground-breaking science and technology

After sluggish revenues, Cloudera goes private in $5.3B deal

Big data vendor Cloudera is looking to expand its SaaS capabilities by exiting the public markets and acquiring startups Cazena and Datacoral to bring new self-service features.

GoodData launches overhauled analytics platform

Featuring a suite of microservices, GoodData released its new platform after nearly two years spent overhauling each of its individual capabilities.

BT begins trial on ‘revolutionary’ optical fibre

Researchers conduct trials of hollow-core fibre at BT’s research facility labs in collaborative project with Southampton University spin-out company and open radio access network mobile supplier Mavenir

SA-based MSP shuns HCI for Nebulon cloud-defined storage

SYSDBA needed to refresh its HPE 3PAR arrays, and so looked at hyper-converged but decided on cloud-defined storage from Nebulon that marries local storage with a cloud control plane

Oracle debuts low-cost Arm compute instances

Oracle is offering Arm instances powered by Ampere’s Altra processors at one cent per core hour as enterprises look to deploy more Arm-based workloads

Virgin Media O2 launches with mission to transform UK comms industry

Drawn-out merger of Liberty Global and Telefónica UK cable and mobile assets comes to fruition under new working brand aiming to power the UK’s recovery and create ‘unbeatable’ choice for consumers

SAP Upscale Commerce gets reboot

SAP relaunches its Upscale Commerce, first released three years ago to little fanfare, to a broader midmarket base to compete with Shopify's top-end offerings.

Nasuni offers Windows File alternative on Google Cloud

Cloud storage vendor Nasuni has made its flagship cloud file storage service available through the Google Cloud Marketplace, with the added enticement of migration services.

Cato expands SASE reach in DACH region

Secure access service edge ‘pioneer’ announces new point of presence and expanded sales investment reflecting strong SASE growth in Germany, Austria and across EMEA

Nvidia extends its AI reach with cloud development hub

Nvidia debuted a development platform to speed the development and delivery of AI projects, along with a monthly subscription plan that allows access to its DGX SuperPod servers.

New Dell VxRail systems improve speed, resource management

Dell VxRail hardware and software updates improve performance and ease deployment and management, while enabling discrete compute and storage scaling for demanding workloads.

Salesforce plugs CDP, WhatsApp into marketing, e-commerce

Salesforce connects its CDP to its platform's customer loyalty tech; Marketing Cloud integrates WhatsApp, SnapChat ads and Datorama advanced analytics reports.

ExaGrid revealed as latest Conti ransomware casualty

The data backup vendor appears to have paid a $2.6 million ransom after Conti threat actors breached its corporate network and stole internal documents.

Tencent Cloud grows APAC footprint

Tencent Cloud has launched new tier-three datacentres in Bangkok, Hong Kong and Tokyo as it ramps up investments to capitalise on the region’s burgeoning cloud market

Zoom boom carries over into 2021

Breakout video conferencing firm’s current fiscal quarter revenues almost treble those posted at the end of April 2020

Royal Navy trials AI during exercise in Scotland

The Royal Navy is testing two different artificial intelligence systems to see how they would perform against a supersonic missile threat

5G drives surge in mobile trade-ins in Q1 2021

Latest edition of mobile device tracker shows continued year-on-year growth, highlighting the significant role of mobile trade-in programmes in stimulating new 5G smartphone upgrades

Penny-pinchers undermine value of open source

The majority of IT runs on open source, but many of the people who maintain open source projects do not appear to get rewarded for their efforts

Aviva to launch autonomous vehicle trial on public roads in UK

Research work at UK’s first commercial laboratory for 5G and satellite communications, the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, takes next step with real-life road run of shuttle bus in Oxford

Jamf makes sharing Apple devices easier

The endpoint management company's new Single Login feature makes it easier for a company's employees to share iPhones and iPads. The feature requires a Pro license.

Evolution of analytics sped up by pandemic

Just as the pandemic has forced organizations of all kinds to adapt, business intelligence tools have had to evolve as well to keep up with the changing needs of customers.

FireEye and Mandiant part ways in $1.2B deal

FireEye products and Mandiant incident response services will split into two entities under the pending acquisition of FireEye by Symphony Technology Group.

Q&A: Inside data catalog vendor Alation's $110M in funding

Alation co-founder and CEO Satyen Sangani shares why his company is raising money, where the technology is headed, and challenges facing data intelligence and data catalog technology.

White House issues ransomware directive for businesses

The Biden administration aims to stem parade of ransomware infections, data thefts and massive payouts to cybercriminal groups with a list of security best practices.

IBM and Hartree partner on AI and quantum research

Hartree Centre joins IBM’s Digital Accelerator programme to further research into artificial intelligence and quantum computing

Government action on ransomware epidemic gathers pace

The US government steps up action against ransomware operators, while the UK’s NCSC publishes guidance on preparing to deal with a ransomware attack

GTDC: XaaS is taking off in distribution

Industry organisation identifies reasons why the everything-as-a-service approach is becoming increasingly popular among its members

IR35 reforms: Qdos research suggests room for improvement

The IR35 reforms came into force in April 2021, but research from contracting authority Qdos suggests some end-client organisation's compliance strategies require urgent improvement

HSBC offers all businesses scam awareness app

HSBC is sharing information on the latest scams and how to defend against them thorough its latest app, available to all businesses

Facebook focuses on business-to-consumer messaging

Facebook announced tools to make it easier for enterprises to reach customers on Instagram and WhatsApp, saying customers prefer messaging businesses.

Deloitte backs Teradata Vantage as integrator

Under the expanded partnership, Deloitte will integrate Teradata Vantage as-a-service platform deployments with cloud-native services; other IT channel news.

SAP Business Network major focus at Sapphire Now 2021

SAP announced new initiatives such as the SAP Business Network to help companies become intelligent enterprises. Experts described the messaging as impressive but lacking in detail.

Unisys buys Unify Square to improve UC management

Unisys plans to use the Unify Square acquisition to help customers secure and manage their collaboration platforms for hybrid workers. Unify offers the cloud-based PowerSuite.

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