TechTarget News - Week of Jan 12, 2020

APAC retailers warm to AI amid roadblocks

Retailers in the Asia-Pacific region believe artificial intelligence is key to their success, but lack the skills and infrastructure needed to harness the technology

Computing at the edge

Edge computing is currently one of the most important trends in IT that is likely to complement cloud by supporting new and emerging workloads

Virtual broadband connections to pass 500 billion by 2025

Virtualisation booms in broadband as infrastructures have evolved to higher speeds through technical advances in terminating equipment and increased penetration of fibre, but operators are now running out of road for further improvements

UK urged to take centre stage in global digital trade

Trade association TechUK sets out vision to liberalise digital trade policy, under principles such as the opposition to data localisation in exchange for market access to fend off the trend towards digital protectionism

Asia-Pacific to lead 5G technology adoption to 2024

GlobalData analysis predicts that in the 5G era, Asia will lead the field and will hold half of 5G subscriptions globally by 2024

$5bn buy-out set to make backup giant Veeam a US company

Veeam’s founders are out as investment fund gets its hands on a pioneer of virtual machine backup. Now it will be a US company and eligible to target US government customers

SK Telecom gets close to the edge with global MEC task force

As operators’ remits expand beyond providing mobile connectivity to offering new value based on infrastructure, leading Korean operator announces mobile edge computing association

Portworx helps Esri with stateful container storage for IoT

GIS specialist Esri addresses stateful container storage problem with Portworx' Enterprise software-defined storage in upcoming ArcGIS Analytics for IoT service.

Sextortion campaign hits Nest home security cameras

Owners of Google’s Nest home security cameras are being targeted in a sextortion scam by criminals playing on fears over IoT security

Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

Several executive moves have caught the eye over the past seven days with this roundup capturing a few of the notable ones

SecOps and IT ops merge revs IT monitoring platform rivalry

Enterprises want consolidated monitoring platforms for SecOps and IT ops data. Here's how Sumo Logic plans to compete in that market in 2020 with IP from its JASK acquisition.

Sensor and analytics vendor Motionloft closes

Motionloft is ending its data collection services on Jan. 17, leaving its customers without a way to use their Motionloft sensors. The company is insolvent.

MLL Telecom appoints new CEO

Shaun Ledgerwood succeeds Gary Marven as chief executive as network services provider seeks to maintain momentum as a technology supplier to public and private sector organisations

Windows 7 turn off sparks security pitches

The end of support has finally arrived and the spectre of rising security risks is likely to be a boon for the channel

Cyber criminals spend three months lurking in target networks

Cyber criminals are spending longer hiding in target networks before launching their attacks, as more organised groups turn to business disruption to achieve their objectives

Former Hortonworks leader named new Cloudera CEO

Cloudera finds a new leader, pulling the former CEO of Hortonworks back into the fold to help set the direction for the big data Hadoop vendor as it moves forward in 2020.

Kubernetes security gets an assist with bug bounty program

The Kubernetes Security Product Group will outsource bug triage to HackerOne under a new bug bounty program that will offer rewards for bug reports up to $10,000.

Backup focus in 2020: Data at the edge and in containers

Storage and backup industry analysts say as data grows at the edge and inside containers, those areas will require more attention from backup products in 2020.

IBM Power Systems lands on Google Cloud

Google Cloud has added IBM Power Systems to its lineup of instance types. It's available via monthly subscription and could appeal to customers moving SAP apps onto the cloud.

Google buys AppSheet for low-code app development

Google has bought AppSheet, maker of a low-code platform that line-of-business employees can use to create cross-platform mobile applications.

UK tech sector leads global growth in 2019

Venture capital and foreign investment in the UK’s tech sector is at an all-time high, benefiting both early-stage and already-mature businesses

Two-thirds of UK healthcare organisations breached last year

The majority of healthcare organisations in the UK experienced a cyber security incident during 2019, with almost half the result of viruses and malware introduced on third party devices

NSA Windows 10 security disclosure raises questions

In an unprecedented move, the NSA has got out in front of a critical cryptographic flaw in Windows 10, but in doing so has raised multiple questions

Cerence, LG drive into AI-powered connected car platform

Artificial intelligence will enhance in-car experiences through voice commands to allow drivers and passengers to have far more control over car functions

Bamboozling the enemy

Attivo Networks CTO explains the approach the firm takes to keeping hackers and cyber criminals at bay

Dasa awards AI warship contracts

First wave of £4m funding aims to transform defence platforms and tackle issues such as information overload faced by crews

Liberty Global Europe shakes up executive leadership

UPC Switzerland chief executive flies in to take financial reins at Virgin Media in UK while former UPC Netherlands boss takes over Swiss and select eastern European operations

LGBTQ+ social app Grindr accused of breaching GDPR

Norwegian Consumer Council files complaints about LGBTQ+ social networking app, alleging it is in breach of the General Data Protection Regulation

January Patch Tuesday fixes cryptography bug found by NSA

The U.S. National Security Agency shared information with Microsoft about a significant spoofing vulnerability in Windows that enterprises should make a patching priority.

AtScale's Adaptive Analytics 2020.1 a big step for vendor

AtScale's new update is centered around data virtualization for analytics and marks a significant overhaul of the data engineering vendor's platform.

Startup Uplevel targets software engineering efficiency

Startup vendor Uplevel emerged from stealth on Wednesday touting a platform aimed at improving the efficiency of software engineers by using data analysis.

Quantum F-Series line expands with entry-level NVMe flash

New Quantum F-Series model is aimed at media customers who need NVMe in a smaller footprint. F-1000 server scales to 77 TB of useable capacity with Quantum StorNext file system.

Citrix's performance analytics service gets granular

Citrix says its new performance analytics service for its Virtual Apps and Desktops platform will better identify the root cause of performance issues.

Public cloud vendors launch faulty services as race heats up

Faced with a rapidly expanding menu of public cloud services, customers need help making the right decisions. ThoughtWorks thinks this opens up opportunities for channel resellers.

NSA reports flaw in Windows cryptography core

Microsoft patched a critical vulnerability in how Windows validates cryptographic certificates that could lead to dangerous attacks, according to experts, and was originally reported by the NSA.

Thailand gets ready for data protection law

Thailand’s personal data protection law comes into effect in May 2020, subjecting organisations to new rules that safeguard the personal data of individuals

Four-fifths of SIM-swap fraud attempts successful

Researchers from Princeton University find that despite advances in technology, SIM-swap fraud continues to be difficult to detect and prevent, as fraudsters adapt attack techniques

Skills crisis threatens to derail customer growth ambitions

Getting hold of talent is top of the list of concerns for UK tech leaders and is causing many of them to cast doubts over the prospects for the industry in the next couple of years

UK ranks 13th in Cisco digital readiness index

Networking giant reveals benchmark holistically assessing countries’ digital readiness across seven key criteria, including technology adoption and technology infrastructure, and finds UK somewhat wanting

Global 5G leaders create 5G Future Forum

Six forum members say they will create a common platform to enable a global ecosystem of applications to exploit 5G at its full potential

Ericsson launches eSIM

Swedish comms tech giant aims to drive communication service providers’ top line and improve consumer experience

With support for Windows 7 ending, a look back at the OS

With support for Windows 7 ending and Microsoft ushering in the end of life for the OS, tech experts and IT pros look back at its legacy of reliability and stability.

SMBs grappling with digital transformation initiatives

SMBs are eager to embrace digital transformation, but many businesses encounter challenges when trying to implement new technology, an Insight Enterprises report found.

SaltStack infrastructure-as-code tools seek cloud-native niche

SaltStack, like other infrastructure-as-code tools, must reinvent itself as cloud-native IT automation approaches such as containers, serverless and Kubernetes Operators grow.

Red Hat OpenShift Container Storage seeks to simplify Ceph

Red Hat delayed a major OpenShift Container Storage update to work on simplifying Ceph storage and management; 4.2 update also improves scalability and multi-cloud portability.

Battle lines over Windows Server 2008 migration drawn

Microsoft and AWS stepped up their ongoing battle promoting a variety of Windows Server 2008 migration tools in hopes of luring users over to their respective ecosystems.

Google Cloud support premium tier woos enterprise customers

Google Cloud has rolled out a new Premium Support offering aimed at deep-pocketed enterprises with larger, more complex implementations. Experts say the timing is right.

IBM expands patent troll fight with its massive IP portfolio

IBM has contributed more than 80,000 patents to the LOT Network, a group of more than 600 companies that IBM has joined to fight patent trolls and their often frivolous lawsuits.

Australian wildfires take toll on telco networks

Major telco networks in Australia were disrupted by power cuts resulting from devastating bushfires, raising questions about the resilience of the country’s communications infrastructure

NHS SBS launches consumer-style procurement hub

NHS Shared Business Services’ cloud marketplace The Edge4Health kicks off with four major NHS organisations to transform the way the health service buys products and services

Cabinet Office launches data handling review

Oliver Dowden issues statement explaining the New Year Honours list leak and announces new practices after the publication of personal details of over 1,000 public figures

Cops take down data wholesale operation

The Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Dutch cyber crime unit have made two arrests in an operation targeting a website that provided criminals with access to billions of personal credentials

Sky comes to the UK 5G party

Telco, broadband and pay-TV provider switches on 5G services in 20 leading UK towns and cities with packaged based on Samsung devices

O2 goes O-RAN to improve network service

Telefónica UK subsidiary announces open radio access network project to help customers better utilise its network, addressing issues such as densification of coverage and enabling faster uptake of 5G-based services in autonomous vehicles

Emotet reinvigorated after Christmas break

The high-volume Emotet campaign is back in action after the Christmas holidays, and is just as dangerous as ever

Cloud consultants set for massive workload shift to cloud

2020 bodes well for cloud adoption, according to AllCloud. On top of moving more workloads to cloud, customers may be eying IT modernization initiatives; more news from the week.

5G vs. Wi-Fi: Verizon says cellular will win

In the not-too-distant future, businesses could find themselves weighing 5G vs. Wi-Fi in the campus and office. Verizon has already named 5G the winner.

Veeam's Timashev discusses selling company, next steps

Veeam co-founder Ratmir Timashev discusses why now is the right time to sell the data protection company, which shifts its focus to hybrid cloud after it 'won the VMware market.'

AIOps exec bets on incident response market shakeup

Resolve Systems, under a newly appointed CEO, will soon roll out a new product based on its FixStream acquisition that combines AIOps and IT automation.

McAfee CEO Chris Young steps down, Peter Leav to take over

Chris Young has stepped down as McAfee CEO, and Peter Leav is taking his place. Young led the company's spin-out from Intel in 2016 after joining the chip maker two years earlier.

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