TechTarget News - Week of Nov 17, 2019

How DBS is pushing the limits of IT efficiency

Besides shrinking its datacentre footprint by 75%, Singapore’s DBS Bank is running twice as many virtual machines on a single socket and decoupling applications from its infrastructure stack

DataCore adds file and S3 object storage with vFilO

Software-defined storage specialist DataCore has added file storage and S3 object storage access with vFilO, which lets customers create virtual pools from on-site and remote datastores

Zerto plays big role in McKesson's disaster recovery plan

McKesson Corporation's disaster recovery plan is deeply detailed and relies on Zerto's technology across its many globally distributed business units.

Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

No sign of the job moves slowing down with some more changes happening across the industry over the course of the last week

Salesforce mobile app, Trailhead Go rebuilt for iOS

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Apple CEO Tim Cook take the Dreamforce stage as a rebuilt-for-iOS Salesforce Mobile, new Trailhead Go app and Swift-optimized mobile SDK debut.

Investec Bank cashes in on WAN acceleration

Investec Bank turns to WAN acceleration to cut down distributed database response times and ensure that more traders can go online and earn more money

SAP Data Warehouse Cloud may democratize data analytics

SAP's new SAP Data Warehouse Cloud promises to make data analytics more accessible to the business. It's a needed addition to SAP's analytics portfolio, but faces well-established BI competition.

Managed services fuelling APAC security market

Spending on managed security services will account for almost half of Asia-Pacific’s cyber security market by 2023, as global and local providers shore up their offerings in the region

Huawei shrugs off latest US reprieve

Chinese tech giant dismisses the latest extension of the US Temporary General Licence and maintains that the US government is harming its own interests in banning it

AR and VR set to enhance jobs and boost GDP

New headset technologies and 5G networking promise to lower costs, and make AR and VR more user friendly

Salesforce Service Cloud Voice, Einstein Voice Assistant unveiled

Salesforce unveils a voice assistant and call center tools to enable real-time natural language processing for agents to connect customer data and supervisor help on a single screen.

CompTIA: Pressure on channel to change

Industry association is encouraging resellers to step out of their comfort zones and embrace change

HPE Container Platform combines AI pickups BlueData, MapR

Hewlett Packard Enterprise showcases Container Platform for bare metal Kubernetes deployments, helping data centers make on-premises legacy apps extensible to the cloud.

IoT growth set to come from managed data analytics

CompTIA's latest IT industry forecast suggests that businesses will be making more use of automation in internet-of-things applications

IBM's latest Kubernetes tools ease use for cloud developers

IBM's new open-source Kubernetes tools help lower the barrier to entry for developers to use Kubernetes to build, deploy, manage and move workloads to the cloud.

Healthcare innovation leader talks future of health IT

The health IT expert predicts that machine learning and ambient listening will be among the important emerging technologies affecting healthcare in 2020.

Google boosts VMware public cloud support with CloudSimple buy

Google has acquired CloudSimple to get a slice of the VMware public cloud deployment market. Indications are that CloudSimple will continue to support Google's rival Azure as well.

As politics heat up, so do hiring bias worries

The political polarization in the nation is also causing problems in the workplace. Political discussions are more common, and it may impact hiring choices.

Louisiana ransomware attack hits government systems

A ransomware attack on Louisiana government systems has been contained, according to Governor John Bel Edwards, and experts are praising the state's response.

IBM AI executive talks AI adoption in the enterprise

AI use in enterprises is generally low, largely because the technology is not understood, and organizations have problems with data, trust and lack of skills.

Carbon Black to open Australia datacentre in 2020

Australia datacentre comes on the heels of VMware’s acquisition of Carbon Black and will serve organisations with data sovereignty requirements

SK Telecom unveils 5G Virtual Social World

Korean telco aims to take advantage of its growing 5G infrastructure with hyper-immersive experience platform optimised for the mobile era

FCC opts for public C-band auction

US telecoms regulator disappoints satellite consortium with decision to go to public, not private, auction of spectrum in the 3.7-4.2 GHz band to develop 5G

Tech Data unifies services portfolio

The distributor has pulled together its existing options in the UK along with some of the developments it has devised in Europe

Swedish hospitals suffer IT crashes

Hospitals in Sweden’s West Götaland region have suffered computer problems because of as-yet unexplained hard drive crashes

NHSX seeks chief information officer

Role is the latest in a series of senior positions the digital unit is looking to fill in order to build its leadership

How Salesforce mobile Einstein Voice Assistant can improve CX

The Salesforce mobile app’s Einstein Voice Assistant brings a variety of benefits to customers. The AI-enabled tool creates a more human interaction and could help improve self-service.

Kubernetes security opens a new frontier: Multi-tenancy

Enterprises have grown used to managing Kubernetes in production for some of their workloads, but broadening those deployments can bring multi-tenant security challenges.

Microsoft Teams reaches 20 million users, threatening Slack

Microsoft Teams has pulled well ahead of Slack with 20 million daily active users. Adoption of Teams will likely continue among the 200 million workers using Office 365.

Odaseva introduces high availability for Salesforce

Odaseva is rolling out a feature that can provide Salesforce with high availability, letting them work with Salesforce data even when the SaaS application is down.

Google joins bare-metal cloud fray

Google could attract more legacy application workloads through new bare-metal cloud instances, but it's unclear how they measure up to competitors on manageability and cost.

Alteryx analytics platform focuses on ease of use

Alteryx is focusing on ease of use in new platform updates as it looks to attract users beyond its traditional base of data scientists and data analysts.

S/4HANA Cloud integrates Qualtrics for continuous improvement

The latest version of SAP S/4HANA Cloud embeds Qualtrics XM capabilities that provide a way for users to give direct feedback about the product. Analysts say it could be a differentiator but may take time.

How Nicigas is disrupting Japan’s gas market with IoT

Japanese energy retailer Nicigas is deploying 850,000 IoT devices to convert traditional gas meters into smart meters to unlock consumption data amid efforts to shake up the utilities industry

Western Union transfers to AWS cloud

Western Union is the latest financial services form to set out a future in the Amazon Web Services cloud

F-Secure’s Blackfin challenges perceptions of how AIs think

New research project aims to develop adaptive, autonomous and collaborative AI agents, and challenges the notion that machine intelligence should merely mimic human intelligence

SMEs prevail in expanded FutureNHS tender

Health service is looking to procure a larger sharing and collaboration platform for health and social care

Clumio extends support to AWS EBS with $135M funding bump

Clumio plans to use its funds to expand its data protection to data sources including more public clouds, SaaS applications and containers. It's starting with Amazon EBS support.

New DataCore vFilO software pools NAS, object storage

The new vFilO software provides a scale-out file system and global namespace for unstructured data, facilitating unified access to data through NFS, SMB and S3 protocols.

Avaya revenue slump expected to continue in 2020

Avaya revenue fell short of projections in the fourth fiscal quarter, capping a year of disappointing returns. The company told investors that revenue would likely decline in 2020.

New Salesforce Customer 360 aims to unify data sources

In aggregate, the new Customer 360 features Salesforce added to its sales, marketing, e-commerce and service platform resemble a customer data platform. Customers, analysts and partners weigh in.

Ohio builds 'Cyber Reserve' to combat cyberattacks

Ohio is building a 'Cyber Reserve,' a civilian cybersecurity force alongside the state's National Guard that will be deployed to help local governments recover from cyberattacks.

Kubernetes Helm Tiller is dead, and IT pros rejoice

The latest version of the Kubernetes Helm package manager promises better security and stability in version 3, which removes the Tiller server component from Helm's architecture.

Salesforce Trailhead app makes learning more convenient

Learning Salesforce skills and boosting career potential gets easier with the new mobile app, Trailhead Go. Customers explore how they can take advantage of it.

IBM Cloud Pak for Security aims to unify hybrid environments

IBM Security is shifting its strategy with a new Cloud Pak designed specifically to unify data from multiple security tools and vendors through accessing federated data.

Kubernetes tools vendors vie for developer mindshare

Developers in the cloud-native industry running Kubernetes environments say they need more and better Kubernetes tools to get around some of the complexity of the platform.

Security is at the heart of healthcare data sharing concerns

As proposed interoperability and information blocking rules from ONC and CMS are reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget, the healthcare community expresses more concern about patient data security.

HPE gets trove of U.S. sensor data to aid exascale computing

HPE will be working with the National Renewable Energy Lab to develop AIOps aimed at improving exascale computing efficiency. The lab has a trove of data that may help.

Confluent introduces ksqlDB event streaming database

Getting streaming data optimized to work inside of a database often involves disparate vendors and technologies, a challenge that Confluent aims to help fix.

Druva eyes data protection for IoT workloads

Cloud data protection software supplier Druva is looking at a comprehensive platform that will protect data generated by IoT workloads

Obama at Dreamforce 2019: Leaders orchestrate the conversation

Former US president Barack Obama spoke in a fireside chat with Salesforce co-founder Marc Benioff at Dreamforce 2019. He cautioned on the dangers of the information age and offered some advice for business leaders

CityFibre appoints chief delivery officer

Alternative UK wholesale fibre provider appoints new network delivery chief to ensure roll-out of programme to bring gigabit broadband to the UK

GTDC: Distribution set for continued growth

The industry group has released the findings of its 2025 research indicating that the future for distribution is looking positive

TSB tech woes continue with overnight systems failure

TSB customers have experienced problems receiving money into their accounts due to an IT error, just days after the bank was slammed in a report on its IT problems last year

CIO interview: Paul Stein, CTO, Rolls-Royce

The aerospace engine manufacturer is at the leading edge of technology developments such as electric power, and already makes extensive use of advanced IT systems such as AI

HP rolls out new remote workstation product ZCentral

Key components of ZCentral include Z by HP rack-mounted workstations, ZCentral Remote Boost software and proprietary ZCentral Connect software to speed up high-compute workflows.

Extreme makes Fabric Automation friendlier to developers

Extreme Networks adds Fabric Automation features that make the company's virtualized data center networks more adaptive to changes by application developers.

Kubernetes release gets little fanfare as IT looks toward GitOps

Kubernetes is considered stable enough to be boring. The latest beta release was barely mentioned at KubeCon, where IT pros focused on advanced uses such as GitOps and other cloud-native projects.

Mystery surrounds leak of four billion user records

Threat researchers uncover four billion user records on a wide-open Elasticsearch server but who left them there is a mystery

TCS, Microsoft aim for intelligent cloud, edge

Tata Consultancy Services' Microsoft Business Unit is one of a handful of such IT services entities focused on the software giant; more news from the week.

Google Cloud Explainable AI aims to clear up outputs

A new Google product suite enables users to create and deploy more interpretable machine learning models with output visualizations, feature attribution and evaluation tools.

ESG defines vendor relationship strategies for channel firms

A report by Enterprise Strategy Group identifies what MSPs should seek in their cloud vendor relationships. The report warns that some alliances can undermine key business goals.

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