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Security-as-code and security automation will be key in battling cyberattacks in the cloud era: CLOUDSEC 2018

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CLOUDSEC India 2018, hosted by Trend Micro Incorporated  attracted more than 650 business and technology leaders this year, making it one of the most important cybersecurity conferences in India. During the event, Trend Micro highlighted security-as-code and security automation as two important trends defining the future of cybersecurity. These two trends are in line with application development in the cloud computing era. By moving security into the early stages of the development lifecycle – or implementing DevSecOps, bugs can be discovered and fixed quickly before they make it to production.

Trend Micro has seen tremendous growth in India this year, especially in its cloud security business, which now contributes to nearly 40% of its overall revenue in the country. The company observes strong uptake of private cloud from the banking, financial services, and insurance (BFSI) sector; and that of public cloud from manufacturing, e-commerce, IT and IT-enabled Services (ITeS) sectors, a…

NetRack Hosted SI Partners Meet in Bengaluru; Organized Product Training Program for Partners

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NetRack, a solution provider for data centers and end-to-end IT server racks, recently organized an exclusive partners meet for all its East India Partners at Windflower Prakruthi Resort, Bengaluru. The partner's meet cum training program was conducted for 2 days which included the visit to NetRack's 'State-of-the-art' production facility.
NetRack's partners associated with various verticals like government BFSI, IT/ITES, Hospitals & Hospitalities made their presence at the meet. The spirit of two days meet was to exchange thoughts, ideas, challenges and opportunities in the market. The sole agenda of the meet was to educate the partners on the latest trends in the datacenter space and how NetRack's products and solutions can make their way addressing the requirements of customers.
Partners grabbed the opportunity to interact directly with Mr Ravi Raj, Brand Head, Director, Sales & Support at NetRack and shared the feedback/ concerns received from the c…

AI acceleration with NEC's new vector computer

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NEC Corporation announced that it is supporting the Stanford DAWN project, an initiative to simplify the building of AI-powered applications, by providing a cluster of new "SX-Aurora TSUBASA" vector computers for research in the area of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

In recent years, a broad range of applications using AI have been proposed. However, since AI processing requires enormous computational power, there are many cases where it is difficult to
adopt.

In order to help address this issue, NEC has provided four SX-Aurora TSUBASA A300-4 models to the Stanford DAWN project in order to contribute to AI research. The SX-Aurora TSUBASA is NEC's latest model of vector supercomputer, featuring scalability from a desktop computer to a large super computer for accelerating AI and data analytic applications.

Yuichi Nakamura, Vice President, NEC Central Research Laboratories, said: "We are very pleased to support the Stanford DAWN project. We hope to help demonstrate th…

Freedom from Stagnation – the right time to move on from manual books

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By: Tejas Goenka, Executive Director, Tally Solutions

In this age of digitization, the adoption of technology by businesses – big or small – has indeed been remarkable. Even the smallest of establishments have turned towards technology, either because of the GST trigger, or to clean up their billing processes or to possibly enter the world of e-commerce. In slow, but steady paces, businesses across India are realising the value of automating their businesses.

Unfortunately, a fair section of small businesses suffer from stagnancy – either because they continue to use manual books, when clearly their business model demands automated systems; or because they take the call to automate sooner than is actually conducive for their business. Somewhere, it is important for all business owners to take an informed call on ‘when to automate’, and that should come after measuring the costs and efforts of automation, versus the obvious advantages of automation – which are many indeed.

One of the ke…

Promises of Bitcoin and the Future of Blockchain

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By: Pushpendra Baghel – Head Solutions and Technology Advisory Group, 3i Infotech
Satoshi Nakamoto was said to have become very disillusioned with central banks and governments handling our money and facilitating payments. This was in the backdrop of Lehman Brothers going down and great recession of year 2008 when Bitcoin was born. It’s almost a decade since Bitcoin first came into being. The idea was to create digital currency and global payment system which is free from any government control.
Major Promises
Government or any other authority will never know as how much money you hold and your transactions won’t be traced back to you. There will be 100 % privacy. Cross border payments and money transfer will be on real time without any third party involved to facilitate payment.
Well, we still don’t see Bitcoin (or any other crypto currency) being used in mainstream buying and selling.
What went wrong? Transaction time is in minutes and hours compared to seconds in centralized systems (…

IBM India and NITI Aayog Co-designs internship Program to make Students Industry Ready

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IBM and NITI Aayog announced a first-of-its-kind internship program for the top performing under 18 students selected by ATAL Innovation Mission. Over 40 high school students will go through a two-week paid internship at the IBM Bangalore Campus. These students will be equipped with the skills for new collar careers in areas like artificial intelligence, Internet-of-Things, cybersecurity, cloud computing and blockchain. Apart from being trained in emerging technologies, students will also be coached in critical workplace skills. 

As part of the program, select teachers will also be trained by IBM volunteers and mentors to become innovation coaches. This initiative is part of IBM’s commitment to upskill next generation for future jobs in technology’s fastest-growing fields. The two-week program is designed so students can experience the corporate environment and gain exposure to new technologies by IBM experts.

IBM is closely working with The Government of India to support ATAL Innovat…

Trend Micro secures 25,000 endpoints across 4,000 branches of Syndicate Bank

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Trend Micro Incorporated provides endpoint security solutions to Syndicate Bank, securing nearly 25,000 endpoints across its 4,000 branches, through Trend Micro OfficeScan protection. The solution suite with integrated data loss prevention (DLP) module, was deployed in partnership with CMS IT Services, who successfully implemented the solution across all endpoints in 60 days.
Syndicate Bank, having a Pan-India presence, required an endpoint security solution to be deployed ‘in-motion’, ensuring no impact to regular operations. The solution also had to be deployed effectively, taking into account bandwidth prioritization to other systems during business hours, and by leveraging an efficient centralized deployment system. Being named a ‘Leader’ in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms, Trend Micro, with proven capabilities in high-fidelity machine learning and behavioural analysis in endpoint security, helped meet their requirements. Trend Micro OfficeScan was dep…

Pixel 3 launched boasting to make life simpler with AI

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At their global event today, Google announced two new additions to the #MadebyGoogle family: Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Bringing the  best of Google to its users, the two phones are powered by AI for more helpful, thoughtful, and personal experiences.

The smartphones are available in two sizes -- the 5.5-inch Pixel 3 and the 6.3-inch Pixel 3 XL -- and three colors: Just Black, Clearly White, and Not Pink. They are crafted using Pixel’s iconic two-tone design, which is refined by a soft-touch glass back that feels great in the hand.

Brilliant photos every time and super-charged selfies

We’re taking more photos on our phones than ever before, but we still often miss the perfect moment. Pixel 3 helps you get that perfect shot on the first try. Here’s how the best camera gets even better with Pixel 3:


Capture smiles, not blinks: A feature called Top Shot uses AI to help you capture the perfect photo every time. When you take a photo, it analyzes the images just before and just after you pres…

Teradata Vantage Empowers Enterprises to Analyze All the Data, All the Time

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Teradata announced that Teradata Vantage – the company’s next-generation analytics platform – is now available to all customers.

Vantage allows enterprises to uncover actionable answers to the toughest business questions by tightly integrating the best analytic functions and engines to provide a scalable, agile platform that enables organizations to drive business value. It also provides access to a wide variety of descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics; autonomous decision making; machine learning functions; visualization tools and more, deployed across public clouds, on-premises, on optimized or commodity infrastructure, or as-a-service.

“Teradata Vantage, the platform for pervasive data intelligence, is the answer to the frustration of today’s approach to analytics. Only Vantage can leverage all the data, all the time, so you can analyze anything, deploy anywhere and deliver analytics that matter,” said Oliver Ratzesberger, Teradata’s Chief Operating Officer. “Vantage …

DiGiSPICE launches ‘Horizon’ in Indonesia in association with largest telecom operator, Indosat

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DiGiSPICE, a strategic partner in the digital transformation of private and public enterprises as well as governments, has announced the launch of ‘Horizon’, its telecom service management platform, in Indonesia. Rolled out for the service providers of the country’s 2nd largest telecom operator Indosat. Horizon is a fast, cost-efficient and reliable way to publish, deliver and manage rich content and digital experiences.  
The business platform enables customer interaction over digital and conventional channels with its ability to manage and deliver digital experiences and content to any screen or device. It also enables sharply targeted marketing activities including campaigning and recommendation engine, thereby making it a frontrunner in combatting the challenges that the Value-Added Services realm currently faces.
Speaking on the launch of Horizon,  Mr Dilip Modi, Founder and Chairman of DiGiSPICE said, “With our extensive experience of running telecom services in India and creat…

BEL contributes Rs. 50 lakhs to Karnataka CM’s Flood Relief Fund

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The employees of Navratna Defence PSU Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) have contributed an amount of Rs. 50 lakhs to the Karnataka Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for relief work in flood-hit areas of Karnataka.

Mr Gowtama M V, CMD, BEL, and Mr R N Bagdalkar, Director (HR), BEL, handed over the cheque for Rs. 50 lakhs to the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Karnataka, Mr H D Kumaraswamy, today at Bengaluru. Dr G Parameshwara, Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka, and senior officers of BEL were present on the occasion.

Achieving Availability in a Multi-Cloud Era

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By:  Paul Mattes, VP of Global Cloud Group at Veeam
The new digital economy has brought about many such changes, forcing businesses and their IT infrastructure to react in new ways to meet new demands. When it comes to cloud, the changes are just as dynamic.
Research tells us that 81% of enterprises are embracing a multi-cloud strategy with a mix of solutions across private, public, and hybrid clouds – across multiple providers[1]. With this big move to multi-cloud, the next question is How can businesses ensure their apps and data are available across the new multi-cloud models they are adopting? Before that question is addressed, here are a couple of statistics highlighting the downside of low Availability: •66 % of enterprises admit that digital transformation initiatives are being held back by unplanned downtime[2]  •$21.8M is an average financial cost of Availability and Protection Gaps for the enterprise[3] 
Fortunately, there are some measures businesses in the Middle East can …

Aging like Milk, not Wine: The Realities of Container Security

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By: Lars Herrmann, general manager, Workload Strategy for Cloud Platforms, Red Hat
In many ways, age brings refinement. Wine, cheese, and, in some cases, people, all improve as they grow older. But in the world of enterprise IT, age has a different connotation. Aged systems and software, can bring irrelevance and technical debt and, at worst, increased security risks. With the rise of Linux containers as a functional underpinning to the digitally-transforming enterprise, the ill effects of technological age are front and center.
To think of it more simply: Containers age like milk, not like wine. Think of it in terms of food: Milk is a key component in cooking, from baking to sauces. If the milk sours or goes bad, so to does the recipe. The same things happens to containers, especially as they are being looked to as key components for production systems. A stale or “soured” container could ruin an otherwise promising deployment.
“Old age” in container terms could mean a few weeks, cer…

3 Customer Service Practices Middle East Organizations Need to Change

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By: Mark Ackerman, Regional Director, MESAT & EE, ServiceNow

In today’s subscription economy, customers’ expectations are heightening. People don’t want to tell a company they’re having a problem. They just want it fixed. And if problems do arise, customers increasingly expect the company to acknowledge their pain, and fast. In fact, according to McKinsey, customers are less likely to renew or repurchase from the same company if the customer experience was only average; but when the experience improves from average to wow, customers are 30 to 50% more likely to renew.

Unfortunately, for many companies, average customer service is the norm. Organizations haven’t specifically decided this is the type of service they want to provide, it’s simply the consequence of several bad habits and practices that have made their service no better than mediocre.

Customer service is evolving at a fast pace, so if organizations are to retain customers, it is essentially that they do away with three…

Air France awards in-flight connectivity solution to Global Eagle and Orange Business Services for Airbus A320 family aircraft

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Global Eagle Entertainment announced that Air France has awarded a long-term contract for in-flight connectivity systems and services to a collaboration between Global Eagle and Orange Business Services.
The contract initially includes 113 Airbus A320 family aircraft operated by Air France. Installations are already underway. Air France’s Airbus A320 family includes A318, A319, A320 and A321 aircraft that operate short and medium-haul flights throughout Europe, Russia, North Africa and the Middle East. The collaboration between Global Eagle and Orange Business Services will deliver high-speed Internet, industry-leading passenger portal interfaces and services, integrated billing, and passenger data analytics supporting Air France’s digital transformation initiatives and its progressive customer experience vision. 
“In-Flight Connectivity gives Air France the opportunity to enhance the customer experience and to take a major step towards digital transformation,” said Pierre-Louis Biag…