TechTarget News - Week of Mar 27, 2022

Verizon adds to adapter portfolio to boost 5G fixed wireless access

Leading comms tech provider certifies C-band 5G adapter to provide connectivity across Ultra Wideband Network to give enterprise and business customers speed, capacity, coverage and performance

FullFibre expands reach in East and West Midlands

Boost to altnet’s goal of reaching 500,000 premises by 2025 as rising expectations from consumers, and demands such as increased homeworking, drive expansion in key central England belt

Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

Another busy week, with senior positions getting filled and boardrooms opening to some fresh faces

Virgin Media O2 Business aims to ‘go beyond’ traditional broadband SLAs

Business arm of UK connectivity provider proposes new way of working, built on successful outcomes rather than service deliverables alone, with bespoke agreements offering flexible use, reduced dual running costs and next-level service for new large enterprise and public sector customers

Snowflake launches industry-specific data cloud for retail

Retail Data Cloud is the vendor's fourth industry-specific data cloud, and comes prepackaged with data sets and capabilities to enable efficient data management and analytics.

NHS England deploys pilot AI tool to forecast A&E admissions

The NHS is deploying an AI-based demand forecasting tool to accurately predict activity levels and free up staff, space and resources to tackle post-pandemic treatment backlogs

CityFibre broadens Zen reach across network

Deal between fast-growing infrastructure provider and leading ISP increases the latter’s exclusive commitments from an initial four cities to 285 cities, towns and villages across the UK

SES taps Thales to extend connectivity across Europe, Africa and Asia

What operator describes as ‘innovative, flexible’ software-defined geostationary satellite to replace NSS-12 at 57 degrees East to deliver service to hundreds of millions at the crossroads of three continents 

Oracle Cloud HCM upgrade may get HR engaged in security

New AI-related security capabilities in Oracle HCM Cloud may help HR and IT managers spot anomalies based on behavior, time, frequency, location, role and responsibility.

Recommerce, rebuilt digital experiences top of mind for stores

Brick-and-mortar retailers look to technology to compete with online counterparts and mold digital experiences to what resonated with consumers during the past two years.

Colocation services companies bank on hybrid IT

Providers expand capacity and global presence as enterprise customers build data center services into multi-faceted infrastructure strategies; other IT channel news.

Revenues tumble but Huawei builds up profitability in 2021

Chinese comms tech provider feels the strain from tech bans and Covid, but returns solid operations and looks for future investments as it releases annual report

FCA reports 52% jump in security incidents

The Financial Conduct Authority received 116 cyber incident reports in 2021, a fifth of them involving ransomware

Virgin Media O2 teams with VMware to complete UK and EU 5G roll-out

UK operator enlists virtual machine technology provider as it sees virtualising and modernising network essential to retaining market share across the UK and EU as it rolls out next-generation mobile services

Aruba launches VXLAN management, GPS-enabled Wi-Fi networks

Aruba's Central NetConductor is a cloud-based service that delivers automation and identity-based network access to enforce zero-trust policies for users and devices.

UK tech ecosystem reaches $1tn valuation

The onset of the Covid-19 pandemic prompted massive investment in the UK’s digital companies, which are collectively valued at $1tn

NCSC: Not necessarily wise to ditch Kaspersky

UK’s National Cyber Security Centre issues refreshed guidance on organisations’ usage of technology and services of Russian origin, but stops short of advising users to expunge all Russian products from their IT estates

F-Secure rebrand should benefit channel

CEO outlines reasons why the emergence of WithSecure will be a positive development for its partners

Webex aims to reimagine hybrid work experiences

After one of the biggest shifts of how we work in decades, collaboration technology firm adds functionality innovations to help organisations personalise the hybrid work experience for employees and customers

Manufacturers reveal concerns over tech readiness for hybrid work

Research reveals manufacturing firms must address both human and tech barriers relating to visibility of networks and the digital experience to create a sustainable and high-performing hybrid workplace

Pinecone raises $28M to advance vector database

The startup's database technology enables enterprises to use traditional data stores alongside vector-based data to support advanced data queries and search.

It's coming: The wild world of metaverse shopping

Gap and PacSun lead the way in NFT experiments, as retailers and analysts ponder the revenue potential of selling virtual products in the metaverse.

CompTIA MSP survey shows pandemic reshapes MSP outlook

Some MSP perspectives of the market may be pessimistic for the next year; however, new CompTIA research shows that most feel recent changes have positively influenced business.

Oracle HeatWave ML fuses machine learning with database

The tech giant is continuing to build out the capabilities of its MySQL HeatWave cloud database with real-time elasticity, performance boosts and machine learning integration.

Aruba Central basics key for Atmosphere attendees

IT pros like to check out cutting-edge technology, but they say Aruba Central basics like device onboarding and data privacy are most important for doing their jobs today.

Rapid7 finds zero-day attacks surged in 2021

Cybercriminals are turning bugs into exploits faster than ever, according to Rapid7, which found that the average time to known exploitation dropped 71% last year.

Overhaul of UK police tech needed to prevent abuse

Lords inquiry finds UK police are deploying artificial intelligence and algorithmic technologies without a thorough examination of their efficacy or outcomes, and are essentially ‘making it up as they go along’

One-third of UK firms suffer a cyber attack every week

New statistics from the annual DCMS Cyber security breaches survey reveal the extent and frequency with which UK organisations are being attacked by malicious actors

Hybrid work offers markedly positive improvements to culture

Study finds effects that hybrid working is having on business culture, with nearly half of study across the globe feel diversity and inclusion has improved during the pandemic.

Brother launches MPS offering at small customers

Print specialist Brother gives channel a subscription service option that should appeal to those that have previously shied away from managed print services

Enterprises not focused enough on AI governance, security

AI has reached a plateau, with many organizations using similar AI and machine learning tools. But enterprises have been slow to implement AI ethics and effective cybersecurity.

Kioxia releases PCIe Gen 5 SSD for data centers

Kioxia's CD8, its second-generation PCIe Gen 5 SSDs, provides increased performance and a 2.5 inch form factor that make it much more data center-friendly than the CD7.

New Google Cloud retail tool targets search abandonment

The new tool is aimed at providing better results for online shoppers. It understands user intent and context, provides results for broad inquiries, and includes semantic search.

Axie Infinity hack results in $600M cryptocurrency heist

Axie Infinity, whose developer was hacked this month, is a popular NFT-based video game in which players earn cryptocurrency by raising their pay-to-play digital pets, or 'Axies.'

Aruba urges customers to adopt network as a service

Aruba wants more customers to switch to network as a service, but companies benefiting from a standard product license are hesitant to embrace the subscription model.

Viasat confirms cyber attack on Ukraine customers

The U.S.-based satellite internet provider said a 'multifaceted and deliberate cyber attack' struck Viasat's KA-SAT network on the first day of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Competitive pricing, network monitoring drive SD-WAN selection

Research reveals competitive pricing and monitoring features rank highest in companies’ software-defined wide area networking SD-WAN supplier selection, while WAN optimisation and standardisation rank lowest

Spring4Shell zero-day sprung on security teams

Some are describing a newly disclosed Spring Java framework vulnerability as the next Log4Shell, but what is Spring4Shell, and what can we do about it?

Lapsus$ cyber crime spree continues despite arrests

The arrests of seven people in connection with the Lapsus$ cyber crime group has not dented the gang’s enthusiasm for causing chaos

Ultima launches cloud analysis tool

Channel player confident it can save SMEs money with free assessment that will identify savings and areas for security improvement

Tableau analytics platform update targets efficiency

The vendor's first 2022 release includes capabilities that make natural language query easier and aid dashboard developers as they build new assets.

EU Act ‘must empower those affected by AI systems to take action’

Ada Lovelace Institute publishes recommendations on how European institutions can improve the Artificial Intelligence Act by establishing a ‘comprehensive remedies framework’ around those affected by the deployment of AI systems

Scotland 5G Centre opens two more ‘transformational’ 5G hubs

Latest part of £4m Scottish government funding package to accelerate the adoption of 5G sees next-gen communications centres opened in Aberdeen and Kilmarnock to boost the economy and encourage entrepreneurship

Docker drops Desktop roadmap hints after cash infusion

The roadmap for Docker Desktop will include security updates and serverless support, as industry watchers speculate about potential acquisition interest from Atlassian.

New 'AcidRain' malware may be connected to Viasat attack

SentinelOne did not directly attribute the malware to the Viasat attack. That said, researchers argued the "AcidRain" malware's functionality matches open source intelligence.

HP goes deeper into hybrid work with Poly acquisition

HP plans to acquire Poly to appeal to companies looking for conference gear, headsets and other devices for hybrid work. HP expects to close the $3.3 billion deal this year.

Intel acquires Granulate to boost cloud workload speeds

To improve performance of workloads spanning multiple clouds and on-premises environments, Intel acquired Granulate Cloud Solutions, specialists in autonomous optimization tools.

Aruba head Mottram prioritizes automation, Central, NaaS

Customers agreed that automation and the Central management console were essential to them. But Phil Mottram's plans to deliver more products as a service got mixed reviews.

Spring Framework vulnerabilities sow confusion, concern

Two different remote code execution vulnerabilities in a Java developer tool caused considerable confusion after one of the flaws was leaked online as a zero-day.

How X2M Connect is spreading the IoT word

Australian IoT technology provider X2M Connect has been making headway in key Asian markets, where sustainability and air and water quality are gaining more attention

TechUK calls on government to seize post-Brexit data opportunities

Ahead of the government’s reply to its late 2021 consultation about proposed post-Brexit reforms to the data protection regime, TechUK has published a paper declaring six data governance principles

AIS, ZTE, Qualcomm claim first for 5G NR-DC at 2.6GHz, 26GHz in Thailand 

Thai operator teams with comms tech providers for a ‘milestone’ in enhancing the capabilities of 5G network and ecosystem, showcasing 5G New Radio Dual Connectivity in the field achieving 8.5Gbps peak downlink speed and 2.17Gbps peak uplink speed with a single mobile device

Google updates Meet to match, surpass competitors

Google's upcoming Meet updates will include letting multiple workers communicate over video while collaborating on a document, spreadsheet or slide presentation.

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