TechTarget News - Week of Nov 29, 2020

Orange unveils plans for French 5G roll-out

Two years after gaining spectrum for 5G services in its home territory, the mobile network operator reveals first French cities for 5G deployment using 3.5GHz frequencies

UK government ploughs £3m into 5G test facility

Harwell Campus 5G research facility gets financial boost to assist development of advanced communications for terrestrial and satellite-based broadband networks

Next Pathway gives data warehouses a route to the cloud

Next Pathway has introduced Crawler360, a tool for helping customers size and cost their migration from legacy data warehouses such as Netezza and Teradata to cloud platforms.

Veeam roadmap: Cloud, containers, virtual VeeamON 2021

The Veeam roadmap seeks to take advantage of trends in data protection, from an increasing use of cloud-based workloads to the need for better cybersecurity.

ServiceNow will acquire AI startup Element AI

ServiceNow's acquisition of an AI startup based in Montreal marks the latest move by the cloud computing giant to add more automation and intelligence to its platform.

What it takes for APAC firms to ride out the pandemic

Whether businesses will recover from the Covid-19 pandemic will depend on how they leverage technology to innovate, create new business models and build digital trust

UK government sets out 5G tech diversification strategy

Second reading of the Telecoms Security Bill outlines specific measures to restrict the use of Huawei’s goods, services and facilities in 5G networks and details of the new 5G Supply Chain Diversification Strategy designed to build a resilient, open and sustainable comms tech supply chain

Greenwich launches four-year digital strategy

Strategy is based on six principles, including focusing on the needs of residents and being data-led and agile, and aims to create a truly digital council and borough

Zoom signs multi-year preferred cloud provider deal with AWS

Video-conferencing platform provider Zoom is forging even closer ties with long-standing cloud partner Amazon Web Services, prompting questions about where this leaves its technology tie-up with Oracle

22,000 malicious .uk domains suspended in past year

Nominet has suspended just over 22,000 domains in the 12 months to 31 October 2020, continuing a downward trend, and with less impact from Covid-19 than might be expected

Ransomware attack shuts down Baltimore County schools

Ransomware incapacitated Baltimore County Public Schools' network just before Thanksgiving, but the school system said students' Chromebooks and Google accounts were not impacted.

Salesforce to acquire Slack for $27.7 billion

Salesforce acquired the Slack messaging platform for $27.7 billion. Experts weigh on in what Slack would bring to the Salesforce platform.

Salesforce adds customer service management features

Salesforce adds AI-powered features to enable contact center workforce management and agent staffing models for call volume, as well as email and messaging channels.

Three continues UK 5G roll-out

UK operator now offers 5G in 154 towns and cities serviced from over 800 sites across the UK and announces partnership with Ericsson that includes roll-out of 5G and improvements to 4G network

Price differentiates Amazon QuickSight, but capabilities lag

New embedded analytics capabilities highlight the latest additions to the QuickSight platform, but despite improving capabilities, its low cost remains its key attraction.

All-flash array adoption rises for NetApp, HPE

NetApp credits AFA flash array sales as key to its gaining market share, while HPE reports significant flash increase despite overall decline in storage revenue.

Re:Invent 2020: AWS CEO Andy Jassy on redefining hybrid cloud

Amazon Web Services’ Re:Invent user conference has moved online this year, with the firm’s CEO using the opening keynote to explain how AWS’s take on hybrid cloud has changed over time

Smartphone market shows signs of recovery

Recent analyst reports indicate the smartphone market is leaving its deep pandemic funk as consumer spending on electronics rises and Chinese manufacturing returns to normal.

Google's Actifio acquisition adds cloud DR, copy management

Google sees Actifio acquisition bolstering its disaster recovery and backup for Google Cloud Platform. No price was disclosed for the private company valued at more than $1 billion.

Oracle MySQL Database Service integrates analytics engine

The enterprise edition of the MySQL database is being enhanced on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure to enable users to run analytics queries on the same system as transactional queries.

Microsoft Teams calling sparks partner business

Partners may see increased business in Teams cloud calling as Microsoft expands the platform's business focus. Education and governance offer other channel opportunities.

SUSE fuels Rancher's mission to ease Kubernetes deployment

'It's still way too hard for people to consume Kubernetes.' How Rancher co-founder Sheng Liang, now a SUSE exec, plans to take on that problem, along with Red Hat and VMware.

Amazon brings Mac mini to AWS

Amazon's new EC2 Mac service offers the macOS on Mac mini hardware to developers who want to build Xcode applications for the Mac, iPad, iPhone and the Apple Watch.

Salesforce workflow automation tools, Hyperforce debut

Salesforce delivers new Einstein workflow automation tools and unveils what it calls the most significant tech advancement in the company's 21-year history.

How IoT keeps water flowing in rural communities

Non-profit organisation Charity: water has built an internet-of-things device packed with sensors to keep wells in remote parts of Africa and Asia flowing with clean water

ICT disaster threatens Dutch environment law

The Dutch government’s revamp of its construction planning law faces major IT challenges and scepticism

Lax Android app developers putting millions of users at risk

Eight months after Google patched a critical vulnerability, developers have failed to update their apps, putting millions of users of apps such as dating services Bumble and Grindr at risk

Updated Trickbot malware threatens firmware security

Despite recent takedown efforts, the operators behind the malicious botnet are back with a new module called 'TrickBoot' that detects UEFI/BIOS firmware vulnerabilities.

Sectigo makes double partner acquisition

Firm continues with its strategy of buying partners with skills and established customer bases for SSL technology

Enabled by AWS, Vyaire ramps up production of ventilators

When demand for ventilators increased exponentially due to COVID-19, a developer of respirators turned to analytics tools from AWS to help determine how to meet the sudden need.

Cisco channel prospects looking solid going into 2021

Cisco is closing out the year with programme enhancements, an increasing focus on collaboration and strong evidence that its partner base has innovated through the pandemic

The Open Group, UN tackle government enterprise architecture

The Open Group is teaming up with a United Nations agency on best practices, guides and standards to show resource-strapped governments how to architect their digital transformations.

Rubrik's latest update goes faster, covers more clouds

Rubrik's update focuses on backup speed and cloud workload support, but the industry is trending away from traditional databases and toward cloud-hosted databases and containers.

Users make case for internal talent marketplaces

Internal talent marketplace users at Gloat's virtual conference discussed their implementation strategies, as well as some of the issues they faced during deployment.

Microsoft's Azure Synapse Analytics now generally available

After more than a year in preview, Microsoft's new analytics platform that brings together data integration, data warehousing and big data analysis is now generally available.

Salesforce-Slack acquisition a threat to Microsoft Teams

Salesforce's $27.7 billion acquisition of Slack could make the company a stronger competitor against the Microsoft 365 office productivity suite that includes Slack rival Teams.

Kent and Medway to launch shared health and social care record

The Kent and Medway Care Record (KMCR) aims to create a single view of each patient’s record, and will hold automated data feeds from acute hospitals, community providers, mental health services, GPs and social care

FTTH Council Europe slams misleading advertising for fibre networks

Fibre broadband trade body study shows consumers are confused about marketing and performance of broadband-access technologies, recommending a ‘fibre-ready’ label should be introduced for new buildings and major renovations

MSP M&A activity surges with more deals on tap for 2021

A recent frenzy of IT consultant and MSP M&A activity saw companies such as Logically, Sysnet, West Monroe and Deloitte expanding their capabilities; other IT channel news.

Microsoft overhauls calling interface in Teams

Microsoft has started rolling out a redesigned calling interface in Teams that lets customers access voicemail, contacts and more from a single screen.

Nutanix clusters files and objects into public clouds

Nutanix takes the next step in moving from hyper-converged infrastructure to hybrid cloud infrastructure by supporting file and object data in Clusters for public clouds.

Google launching basic Android device management

Google's Android Enterprise Essentials will let small businesses add necessary security to their Android devices without the complexity of more advanced management products.

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