TechTarget News - Week of Nov 11, 2018

EU regulation set to advance single market for non-personal data

The European Union Council and Parliament have approved a regulation, to take effect in six months’ time, to ensure the free movement of non-personal data, such as IoT data, across the bloc

Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

Another week brings some fresh faces into senior roles tasked with increasing channel support and sales

Firms lack responsible exec for cyber security

Narrow gap between CEO, CIO and CISO roles means no single executive function is stepping up to take responsibility for cyber security, a study shows

HMRC resolves technical issue with tax-free childcare portal

The department’s tax-free childcare website has again suffered technical issues, affecting 22,000 payments, but the problems were resolved last week, according to HMRC

Micron's SATA-based QLC SSDs take aim at 10K HDDs

Micron targets 10,000 rpm HDDs in read-intensive enterprise workloads with new 5210 ION quad-level cell SSD that stores 33% more bits per cell than triple-level cell NAND flash.

American Pacific Mortgage banks on cloud, Commvault backup

As American Pacific Mortgage grew into a large enterprise, its old backup system couldn't keep up with cloud demands. Scalable Commvault backup was the answer.

Cloud cost management tools heat up with Apptio sale

Why does private equity firm Vista Equity Partners want to pay nearly $2 billion for IT spend analytics vendor Apptio? Here's a clue: It's the rise of hybrid cloud.

Home Office to use smartphone ID for EU Exit scheme

The Home Office will use smartphone digital identity verification to support applications for the government’s EU Exit Settlement Scheme  

User behaviour analytics adding new insight

User behaviour analytics is helping to add new insights by providing the missing element in security event information management approaches, says Martin Kuppinger

Edge, GDPR, cloud and shadow IT security concerns for 2019

Some of the industry predictions are coming out from security players around what we can all expect in 2019 and there is going to be plenty to keep resellers busy

Broadband voucher scheme to end early thanks to high demand

The government has urged small business owners to consider signing up for its ultrafast broadband connection voucher scheme before the available funding runs out

Cisco brings BroadSoft cloud PBX to Webex Teams

The integration of the BroadSoft cloud PBX with the messaging and meetings app Webex Teams gives midsize Cisco customers a clearer migration path to a cloud-only UC environment.

Cisco Partner Summit 2018 continues software emphasis

The Cisco software strategy is accelerating, according to a company official who cites growth in recurring revenue, enterprise agreements and Lifecycle Advisors as evidence.

Western Digital Ultrastar DC ME200 optimizes memory storage

Western Digital extends its Ultrastar SSD line, adding a software-defined layer for fast in-memory computing. An onboard hypervisor mounts the storage capacity as usable memory.

SAP CX move with Qualtrics challenges Salesforce, Oracle

By acquiring Qualtrics, SAP is expanding beyond ERP and entering the CX space, challenging market leaders Salesforce, Oracle and Adobe. It also is expanding its HR tech suite.

Windows zero-day fix highlights November Patch Tuesday

In addition to the November Patch Tuesday updates, Microsoft offered assistance to combat a new side-channel attack and rereleased a Windows 10 update and Windows Server 2019.

Zero-trust security not an off-the-shelf product

The zero-trust security model is a business enabler that needs to be supported by a strategy and security architecture, analyst warns cyber security leaders

How Kubernetes is becoming a platform for AI

Data scientists and artificial intelligence engineers need a host of tools to build AI-powered applications – this requires a complex IT environment

AI-enhanced security tools necessary for today’s threats

Machine learning-enhanced tools are necessary to keep up with current threats, but are not perfect and will not solve the security skills gap problem, says KuppingerCole

NetSuite finds sweet spot in Asia

With a fast-growing economy and government programmes to drive digital transformation, Asia is proving to be fertile ground for the cloud ERP pioneer

Defra still to test six ‘critical’ IT systems before Brexit

MPs have raised concerns around Defra’s Brexit readiness as it hasn’t yet begun testing six critical IT systems needed to replace EU systems, but the department remains confident

Rubrik adds Oracle, NoSQL and SAP Hana data protection

Scale-out backup appliance maker has already ticked most physical and virtual support boxes and is now filling out the details with enterprise application support

Rubrik backup focus moves to enterprise apps

Rubrik's Cloud Data Management Andes 5 release includes backup features aimed at apps that 'generate a lot of money for a company,' such as Oracle and SAP HANA.

Oracle searches for AI and data experts

Technology firm Oracle plans to expand its development hub in the UK, as well as hire data scientists and data analysts from the local area

An AI project should start with a question, not an insight

Avis' former director of BI and analytics talks about the kind of analytics capabilities and business problems you need to have before launching your next AI project.

Panasas ActiveStor chases Lustre users with portable PanFS

With ActiveStor Ultra, Panasas ports its PanFS parallel file systems to Linux. The vendor's plans include OEM server deals to sell PanFS on commodity gear for HPC customers.

An overview of deep learning tools

As AI and deep learning matures, we look at advanced tools that enable developers to start building sophisticated, intelligent applications

Cisco targets huddle rooms with Webex Room Kit Mini

Cisco has launched the Webex Room Kit Mini. The video conferencing kit is for rooms that seat as few as two people and competes with products from Logitech and Lifesize.

Viptela SD-WAN security unveiled at Cisco Partner Summit

At Cisco Partner Summit this week, Cisco announced better security for the Viptela SD-WAN, two ISRs, a Catalyst wireless LAN controller and a Catalyst midmarket switch.

AWS, Oracle trash talk spotlights cloud database migration

Amazon says its consumer division has dumped Oracle's database platform, and the company will offload most workloads by year's end. Will it inspire AWS customers to do the same?

The Gym Group flexes its muscles with data analytics

No-frills fitness company The Gym Group is using analytics technology to find insights from its financial, HR and membership data, as it limbers up for rapid expansion in the UK

Microsoft reissues Windows 10 October Update, Server 2019

Windows Server 2019 and the Windows 10 October Update are back in IT admins' hands, six weeks after the company pulled them from the market when some users reported lost data.

UK leads the way in multi-cloud deployments

Public cloud users in the UK are happy with the service they get, but a hybrid approach may offer greater flexibility, according to a Vanson Bourne survey

Cloudian thanks resellers as revenues climb

Object storage specialist provides commentary on how the first three fiscal quarters have gone and the channel has played a big part in its growth

Keep people at the centre of risk management, says consultant

In assessing the cyber risks to a business, security professionals should start with the people in an organisation and keep them at the centre in identifying and mitigating risk, says consultant

ThoughtSpot SearchIQ enables voice analytics

Part of the ThoughtSpot 5 update, which adds a number of upgrades to the BI platform, SearchIQ allows users to take advantage of conversational analytics.

Veritas data management tool uses AI to tackle downtime

Veritas' new Predictive Insights data management tool uses AI, machine learning and telemetry data to assign reliability scores to systems, guiding administrators' priorities.

Cisco folds BroadSoft UC-One into Webex cloud

Cisco is looking to streamline its portfolio of UC apps, starting with the merger of BroadSoft UC-One and Webex Teams in the Cisco Webex cloud.

Everbridge mass notification sparkles for Tiffany

Tiffany & Co. uses the freshly updated Everbridge Critical Event Management Platform in a number of ways. It recently had to put the mass notification capability to swift use.

Container security tools push multi-cloud closer to reality

Container security tools, such as StackRox and Aqua Security, offer DevOps shops that want multi-cloud portability a centralized way to reduce the risk of complex infrastructures.

Russian banks to introduce contactless ATMs

Russian banks have introduced their first contactless ATMs, which customers can link to via smartphones and wearable devices

Tech sector split over Brexit deal

The draft EU Withdrawal Agreement has caused rifts in the tech sector, with some calling for a People’s Vote with the option to remain in the EU, and others wanting MPs to back the agreement, saying it’s better than a no-deal scenario

Zoho CRM Plus gets AI boost, aims to connect departments

Zoho's new CRM release may help bring departments together, but it's unclear if the flood of AI tools and more data sharing will differentiate the vendor in the robust CRM market.

LiveAction updates LiveNX network management service

In networking news, LiveAction launches LiveNX 8 and LiveWire; Kaloom and Red Hat collaborate for a virtualized central office; and Siemens and Aruba bridge the IT-OT gap.

Three factors marginalising the CISO role

Chief information security officers are typically marginalised due to three factors, and de-coupling the technical and managerial aspects of the job will enable empowerment, says consultant

At Acquia Engage, CTO talks of open source WCM, Red Hat buy

Drupal author and Acquia founder Dries Buytaert talks about how the web content management system written for fun is morphing into a platform from which CX and e-commerce flow.

Aruba 802.11ax APs, switches address niche market

Aruba has launched access points and switches aimed at early adopters of the next-generation Wi-Fi standard. The Aruba 802.11ax gear is aimed at colleges, retailers and hotels.

How augmented intelligence can enhance jobs

Augmented intelligence -- AI used to enhance human skills -- makes workplaces more productive, diverse, inclusive and authentic. That's one future conjured at an MIT forum on AI.

After 2015 OPM data breach, agency failed to update security

News roundup: Three years after the OPM data breach, the agency still hasn't implemented basic security. Plus, seven new Meltdown, Spectre attacks were uncovered, and more.

RHEL 8 beta looks to speed development of cloud-based apps

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.0 updates the software's DevOps capabilities with Application Streams, and boosts its appeal to both developers and line-of-business managers.

Google BGP route leak was accidental, not hijacking

Despite early speculation, experts concluded the BGP route leak that sent Google traffic through China and Russia was due to an accidental misconfiguration and not malicious activity.

Amazon Corretto extends OpenJDK support

With Java among the most popular languages on AWS, Amazon spins out its own distribution of the OpenJDK open source Java implementation with long-term support that exceeds Oracle's.

Cylance acquisition shifts BlackBerry towards security

BlackBerry made its strongest move yet toward enterprise security with a $1.4 billion acquisition of cybersecurity startup Cylance, which specializes in AI-powered threat protection.

AWS Lambda monitoring goes mainstream with New Relic beta

New Relic users and prospects will investigate AWS Lambda monitoring features released in private beta, as serverless usage filters in to enterprise IT shops.

BMC partners to tackle modern mainframe challenges

BMC wants its channel partners to target large and medium-sized businesses with new Automated Mainframe Intelligence products; other channel news from the week.

Firefox Monitor offers breach alerts on visited websites

The promised integration with Have I Been Pwned is expanding in Firefox Monitor with new breach alerts when a user visits a recently compromised website.

Citrix acquisition of Sapho has legroom for integration

Citrix customers will get new capabilities around simplifying common business workflows with the company's latest acquisition, which could bear fruit in a number of areas.

EC2 Fleet Auto Scaling targets diverse workloads

Autoscaling is table stakes for public cloud providers. Now AWS customers can apply it to their EC2 Fleet instance groups for improved control over cost and performance.

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