The big cloud providers need the channel to help widen sales but need to be straighter with the channel and build trust if they are going to deepen the relationship throughout what is set to be a year of growth, Canalys said.
The medical sector which holds shedloads of confidential data, from patient and medical records to staff data, all of which is of considerable value to malicious third-parties.
Data protection has become a top priority in the medical sector of late, especially since the implementation of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Through its partnership with the LMC Buying Group, a federation with over 6,500 members that negotiates discounts on a wide range of products and services for healthcare providers, Shred-it has helped the industry improve data protection measures and therefore their GDPR compliance plans.
The network functions virtualisation (NFV) partner programme now includes more than 50 members and encompasses over 100 components.
The latest additions range from commercial virtual network functions (VNFs), to open source VNFs, to white box or commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) servers. With new partners, including integrators and resellers, collaborating to deliver product to communication service providers (CSPs), the expanded ecosystem offers more choice of components.
Intel already announced plans to boost the size of its Leixlip facility, but has now looks like it wants to expand its Irish operations even more.
Defender for IoT can be deployed on any network and designed to allow non-technical staff at schools, hospitals, retailers and hospitality venues can use it to isolate and protect both wired and wireless IoT devices from cyber attacks.
IoT devices present two major security flaws for businesses today. Most lack embedded security—they were built to run on private networks where the assumption was it was tightly controlled, and device-level security wasn’t required. Manufacturers never considered that the private enterprise network could be connected to the public internet, and therefore the devices may run out-of-date operating systems, have hardcoded passwords and/or lack anti-virus and firewall capabilities. And they are typically deployed in a flat or unsegmented network so that if breached, the attacker can gain access to sensitive areas of the network.
David Raftery, Chief Revenue Officer, Integration Partners said that customers across the industry were having difficulty with IoT security and one of the most challenging aspects is the creation of security policies for a diverse range of devices.
“This can be time-consuming and fraught with error. Extreme’s Defender for IoT solution automates this task with its ability to learn a device’s typical behaviour and then build a security policy that restricts its communication to only what is authorised. With the ability to then segment IoT devices into secure tunnels, Extreme provides our customers multi-layered IoT security over whatever network they have deployed today. It’s a unique and a compelling solution”, he said.
Mike Leibovitz, Senior Director of Product Management and Strategy, Extreme Networks said that businesses are extracting so much value from the IoT revolution that it’s easy to see why deployments are happening fast, and security should not be viewed as an impediment to that.
Beancounters working at the Institute of Directors (IoD) have worked out that 29 percent of those firms had moved operations out of the UK or were planning to do so.
Those findings come on the back of research from Agilitas IT Solutions which reported back in September that 52 percent of UK channel businesses were actively looking to expand their business internationally.
Most of the firms that the IoD spoke to were looking to open offices in the EU and there have already been moves from some in the channel to do just that, with both Softcat and Computacenter opening Dublin offices.
Dell’s new AI-driven and cloud-native SafeGuard and Response platform contain tools that help businesses analyse threats and respond to security incidents on a single managed platform.
Close Brothers Business Barometer research shows that UK SMEs are a lot more worried about cyber attacks than they were a year ago.
Two-thirds of SMEs surveyed said they were more worried about cybersecurity threats now, with a third saying they were significantly concerned.
Industry outfit CompTIA has produced its IT Industry Outlook 2019, which has found 12 trends that will shape the next 11 months.
The list includes some of the current hot topics of cloud, IoT, AI and 5G but also covers some of the people and economic issues with skills and innovation also included.
The trends to watch
1. Cloud, edge and 5G form the modern economic infrastructure
2. Iot and AI open new possibilities in ambient computing
The vendor’s share price fell more than four percent in after-hours trading, with sales slightly below expectations. Revenue for the three months ending 31 December increased 12 percent to $10.3 billion.
Microsoft did not mention its Azure revenue numbers, but offers a year-on-year growth figure. In this quarter sales rose 76 per ent, continuing a long-running trend of high double-digit growth.
Datto – which provides IT through Managed Service Providers (MSPs), announced the global availability of Datto RMM 6.5, which helps MSPs provide reliable security services through improved remote endpoint software patch management.
The big idea is to tackle endpoint attacks which are up up 20 percent on last year, costing businesses millions, Proper endpoint patching is seen as the first line of defence for businesses worldwide. Datto RMM 6.5 will help MSPs better address the security needs of their customers’ IT environments, the company claims.
A part of Datto Business Management, Datto RMM is a cloud remote monitoring and management solution for MSPs. It allows MSPs to manage the IT infrastructure of small and medium businesses remotely with automation tools such as network monitoring, patch management, and remote control.
According to Dell’s bi-annual Digital Transformation Index, the UK is better prepared in many other countries, but even so 71 percent of digital leaders think that digital transformation should be more widespread across their organisations.
Cisco is building a global force of partners that have gone through its IoT training and specialisation programmes.
The vendor wants resellers, ISVs, machine builders and service providers signed up to its IoT programme so that partners with certifications have the highest visibility across its own sales teams as well as with customers.
Mimecast stated that the cost and complexity of legacy data migration is a major issue for large organisations in moving to its cloud-based archiving solutions.
Beancounters at Gartner think that despite Brexit uncertainty, trade wars, tariffs and Donald Trump IT spending is predicted to see three percent growth in 2019.