TechTarget News - Week of Oct 17, 2021

Graphcore opens Southeast Asia hub in Singapore

The AI chipmaker is looking to expand its sales teams and hire more engineers to support customer deployments in Singapore and the rest of Southeast Asia

DCMS appoints Plexal to drive telecoms diversity strategy

Government chooses UK innovation company to understand and develop the role of SMEs in the telecoms market with particular reference to how to create a diverse market that supports the creation of home-grown, sovereign technology

Dell extends Edge, reveals 5G and Open RAN services

Technology giant continues with its advancement into the world of telecoms with offerings designed to automate the deployment and management of open, cloud-native network infrastructure to fast-track opportunities at the edge

Huawei plots course for 5Gigaverse society

Keynote presents roadmap to new landscape of all-scenario continuous next-generation network coverage driven by the rapid development of 5G, with more than 170 networks built and nearly 500 million users developed within two years

Channel key to delivering Avaya Experience Builders

Comms player reacts to the increasing need from customers for better employee experiences, with an ecosystem approach that pulls together partners and developers

Government launches consultation on future of medical devices

UK government aims is to gather views on possible changes around innovations in the medical device field, including the creation of a regulatory framework for software and artificial intelligence

'Intelligent workplace' tools, video calls create anxiety

The role of technology and automation in the so-called 'intelligent workplace' was the focus of a lively debate at a conference last week. Video conferencing was cited as a particular problem.

Singapore pulls ahead with public sector 5G trials

Singapore’s public sector organisations are testing the use of 5G connectivity to remotely operate an autonomous vehicle for road-sweeping, among other use cases

VMware refines cross-cloud strategy

VMware’s CTO Kit Colbert talks up the evolution of the company’s cross-cloud strategy and how it stands out from other suppliers eyeing the multicloud pie

Gitex 2021: Arc spans network ecosystem in Oman

Integrated networking services provider invests in Nokia technology to offer added connectivity options for enterprise customers in key Middle East location

Federal agencies issue warning on BlackMatter ransomware

U.S. government agencies say a new family of malware could create problems for critical infrastructure by shutting down critical networks and disrupting commerce.

Apple ditches hated MacBook Pro features, adds M1 chips

The new MacBook Pro laptops come in 14-and 16-inch models, return ports that were missing in the past few iterations, and add faster, more energy-efficient processors.

Backup vendors aid ransomware recovery with data vaults

Veritas and Cohesity introduced offerings that enable customers to put their data in air-gapped, vendor-managed storage vaults, providing an extra layer of ransomware defense.

Kaseya security initiative includes new CISO

Kaseya appointed a former FBI agent as its top security executive as part of an effort to boost cybersecurity after a ransomware attack earlier this year.

Aruba introduces the distributed data center switch

Aruba's CX distributed switch, available in January, provides security through the embedded Pensando ASICs. Services powered by the chips include load balancing and a firewall.

Arm flexes IoT economics with solutions-led virtual hardware

Project Centauri ecosystem initiative will drive the standards and frameworks needed to grow serviceable markets and scale internet-of-things software innovation and product development

Alibaba Cloud to open datacentres in Thailand and South Korea

Chinese cloud supplier is expanding its regional datacentre footprint to Thailand and South Korea in 2022 alongside technology investments that include a custom Arm-based server chip

Police IT buyers should compel suppliers to prove AI claims

House of Lords told that UK law enforcement bodies should use their position as buyers to compel private sector suppliers to divulge more information about how their AI-powered technologies work

American Express announces global hybrid working model

US credit card giant is latest corporate to formalise hybrid working following the success of informal policies introduced during the Covid-19 pandemic

LightBasin hackers breach 13 telcos in two years

Hackers have obtained an undisclosed volume of subscriber information and call metadata in a sustained campaign against telecommunications firms

Avanade adds more Microsoft depth with Quantiq buy

Tie-up will give more depth around Microsoft business applications and support for those customers undergoing digital transformation

Twilio releases Engage marketing automation platform

Twilio's customer experience platform -- with the Segment CDP as a foundation -- adds a marketing component to its API-driven sales and service clouds popular with developers.

SambaNova Systems now offers GPT AI-powered language model

The vendor said its new offering will save enterprises time and money as they adopt language models. It also said the service makes the language model more accessible than before.

Google Cloud unveils roadmap for its analytics platform

The Google Cloud Platform roadmap, unveiled during the tech giant's recent virtual user conference, includes capabilities designed to simplify access to data and enable more users.

Gartner analysts debate ransomware payments

During Gartner's IT Symposium, analysts discussed the complex factors companies face when deciding whether or not to give into ransom demands.

NetApp adds Kubernetes storage with Astra Data Store

NetApp expands its container-focused Astra products with Astra Data Store, a new storage service offering persistent storage for Kubernetes and virtual machines.

Chris Krebs weighs in on zero trust, FBI web shell removal

Regarding the FBI action to silently remove web shells from vulnerable Exchange Servers, former CISA director Chris Krebs said he expects to see the action again if appropriate.

APAC organisations warm to zero trust

Two-thirds of APAC organisations have a zero-trust strategy even as they grapple with the lack of skills and other organisational challenges, study finds

Gitex 2021: Batelco brings collaboration to Bahrain operations

Aiming to deliver evolved teamwork capabilities to its customers to accelerate Bahrain’s transition to the digital workplace, digital communications solutions provider adopts new collaboration technology

Virgin Media O2 enters into 4G, 5G trials with Samsung

Telco embarks on technical trial with comms network technology provider as part of what it calls a milestone in its journey to provide optimised possible 5G experience for customers as well as boosting 4G network

StorOne adds NVMe over Fabrics

StorOne adds NVMe over Fabrics over TCP and remote direct memory access, with no hardware update needed.

Toucan Toco expands beyond data storytelling

Once a niche vendor with a particular area of expertise, the startup's latest update includes data preparation and embedded BI tools, among others, as it broadens its scope.

Splunk pricing, observability updates push cloud shift

Some Splunk customers are newly receptive to the vendor's cloud push in a pandemic-stricken economy, and it's piled on further pricing incentives to sweeten the deal.

SolarWinds expands DataOps portfolio with Database Mapper

A year after acquiring SentryOne, the IT management software vendor is out with updated tools to help organizations better understand where data came from and where it is going.

Splunk SOAR low-code tool bridges IT automation gaps

Splunk's security orchestration tool bolstered low-code integration features this week, which in the case of Lockheed Martin eased self-healing IT infrastructure tasks as well.

NetApp CloudOps platform to add security, CloudCheckr

NetApp's CloudOps platform, Spot by NetApp, matures further with new security and cloud oversight from forthcoming Spot Security and CloudCheckr additions.

HashiCorp cozies up to Azure AD for zero-trust security

HashiCorp's Boundary access control utility will sync automatically with Microsoft Azure's Active Directory identity management service, the vendors said this week.

Google bets on the new Tensor chip to help Pixel 6 succeed

The Tensor chip within the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will perform machine learning tasks like translating foreign speech in real time. The phones cost $600 and $900, respectively.

Cloudian provides object storage backup target for Kasten

Cloudian HyperStore can serve as both secondary and primary storage for Kubernetes with its Kasten K10 by Veeam integration and support for Red Hat OpenShift.

MEPs vote to expand Europol data mandate

The European Parliament has voted in favour of expanding Europol’s mandate to process data and develop AI tools, but critics claim it contradicts a previous vote which opposed using new technologies to predict crime

Genesys contact center cloud gets acquisition boost

Olivier Jouve, executive vice president of Genesys Cloud, and Mike Szilagyi, a senior vice president at Genesys, discuss how customer service will recalibrate after last year.

Gartner IT Symposium sees future in 'generative' partnering

Gartner's event shed light on the top priorities and challenges facing CIOs and IT executives today. 'Generative' partnering surfaced as a key theme; other IT channel news.

Gartner predicts IT spending to reach $4.5 trillion in 2022

Corporate boards will prioritize their digital tech initiatives, as fully remote work gives way to a thoughtful hybrid work model that places IT at the core of business operations.

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