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Microsoft Q4 delivers strong growth, commercial cloud revenue hits $11 billion for $44 billion run rate

Special Feature Special Report: Managing the Multicloud (free PDF) This ebook, based on the latest ZDNet / TechRepublic special feature, examines how to play multiple cloud providers off each other and what vendors and tools can help you manage multiple clouds. Read More Microsoft’s fiscal fourth quarter handily exceeded expectations as the company commercial cloud revenue was up 49% to… Read more →

Intel to optimize its platforms for SAP applications

Intel and SAP on Thursday announced a multi-year partnership focused on optimizing Intel’s platforms, such as the Xeon Scalable processor and Optane DC persistent memory, for SAP’s enterprise applications. The partnership should help customers deploy applications running on Intel-based infrastructure in the cloud, on-premise or in hybrid environments. Running SAP HANA–based applications within Intel’s Optane DC persistent memory can reduce… Read more →

User experience managers are now a hot commodity

An interesting career opportunity, sitting at the intersection of development, architecture and design, is emerging. That role, user experience (UX) manager, is increasingly sought as organizations scale the UX design element within organizations, and rely almost wholly on digital interactions.  Photo: Joe McKendrick “There aren’t enough experienced UX managers to fill all open positions,” Jared M. Spool, “maker of awesomeness”… Read more →

Kazakhstan government is now intercepting all HTTPS traffic

Starting Wednesday, July 17, 2019, the Kazakhstan government has started intercepting all HTTPS internet traffic inside its borders. Local internet service providers (ISPs) have been instructed by the local government to force their respective users into installing a government-issued certificate on all devices, and in every browser. The certificate, once installed, will allow local government agencies to decrypt users’ HTTPS… Read more →

The rising tide of ransomware requires a commitment to best practices

Your files could be at risk from fresh ransomware technique This file-locking malware family has evolved a new tactic which abuses trust to create new ransomware victims. Last week, the United States Conference of Mayors adopted a resolution against paying ransoms. What’s interesting about this is it’s creating what is essentially a vertical front of communities against ransomware. It may well… Read more →

Microsoft notified 10,000 victims of nation-state attacks

Windows Defender: Microsoft says you should still use it over other products Windows Defender trails third-party antivirus in tests, but Microsoft says you should still use it over other products. Microsoft said that over the past year it notified nearly 10,000 users that they’d been targeted or compromised by nation-state hacking groups. The company didn’t just blast out random statistics,… Read more →

SAP Q2 2019: Trade war hits software license sales

SAP: A look at its challenges, opportunities ZDNet’s Larry Dignan caught up with Vinnie Mirchandani, author of SAP Nation 3.0, to talk about the enterprise software landscape and the evolution of one of enterprise software’s largest vendors. SAP has reported its second-quarter financial results, with strong cloud revenue reported and no change in the tech giant’s full-year outlook. SAP’s Q2… Read more →

Microsoft demos ElectionGuard technology for securing electronic voting machines

Microsoft ElectionGuard demos on July 17, 2019 at the Aspen Security Forum in Aspen, Colorado. Image: Microsoft TechRepublic Digital transformation: A cheat sheet Read More At the Aspen Security Forum today, Microsoft demoed a new technology named ElectionGuard, which the company said can be used to secure modern electronic voting machines. Microsoft is currently only demoing the new voting tech… Read more →

Gigabyte and Lenovo servers impacted by common BMC firmware flaws

Gigabyte and Lenovo have published firmware updates for some of their server-dedicated motherboards. Affected products used a firmware component named MergePoint EMS, made and supplied by Avocent, a software provider now a wholly-owned subsidiary of data center equipment and service provider Vertiv. Both Gigabyte and Lenovo deployed the MergePoint EMS component as the baseboard management controller (BMC) firmware that shipped… Read more →

8×8 acquires Wavecell to expand cloud communications footprint

Cloud communications provider 8×8 announced Wednesday that it’s acquiring Wavecell, a privately-held Platform-as-a-Service (CPaaS) provider, for approximately $125 million. With Wavecell’s enterprise-class APIs, the deal gives 8×8 a foothold in the growing CPaaS market. It will also help expand 8×8’s global presence.   8×8 offers voice, video, chat and contact center solutions with more than 1 million worldwide users.  Wavecell,… Read more →

eBay beats Q2 estimates as it explores value of StubHub

eBay delivered in-line second quarter financial results Wednesday and noted that it’s exploring the value of its StubHub and Classifieds businesses amid rumors of a potential sale. The San Jose, Calif.-headquartered corporation reported second quarter net income of $403 million, or 46 cents per share. Non-GAAP earnings were 68 cents per share with revenue at $2.7 billion. Wall Street was… Read more →

IBM Q2 top expectations, but company says it’ll outline Red Hat strategy Aug. 2

IBM’s second quarter earnings were better than expected with revenue down 4.2%. The company said it would update its outlook including Red Hat on Aug. 2. The company reported second quarter earnings from continuing operations of $2.81 a share, or $3.17 adjusted, on revenue of $19.2 billion. Wall Street was expecting IBM to report second quarter adjusted earnings of $3.08… Read more →