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ThetaPoint and Securonix Team Up in Security

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User and entity behaviour analytics specialist Securonix announces a partnership with ThetaPoint, a provider of strategic consulting and managed security services, in the development of enterprise security solutions.

SecuritySecuronix is the first developer of user and entity behaviour analytics (UEBA) to fight advanced, targeted, cyber and insider threats. It offers products combining machine learning and AI with advanced Deep Learning and behaviour anomaly detection techniques to capture threats in near real-time.

Meanwhile ThetaPoint helps customers plan, build and run SIEM and log management platforms, and works with technology providers to properly align capabilities with client needs.

Through the partnership Securonix will apply analytical capabilities to security management tools to extract actionable security intelligence from the data generated by SIEMs, security logs, non-traditional data sources, industry-specific applications and additional data sources. The result should be a security solution able to detect threats from anywhere with "unprecedented accuracy."

SCC Delivers FPT Software

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European services business SCC signs a Preferred Partner framework agreement with FPT Software, one covering the delivery of services from the Vietnamese software giant across Europe.

SCC LogoThe agreement follows the June 2016 expansion of SCC into Vietnam.

SCC does not currently offer software development services, but the agreement provides it with exclusive access to FPT software application development management services in the UK, France and Spain. It also adds software development capability across a number of IT services, primarily Flex Resourcing and SharePoint solutions.

Also provided by the deal is access to the FPT Cloud Migration service, including migration to Office 365.

Oracle Wants to Beat Amazon in IaaS, PaaS

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Larry Ellison opens Oracle's OpenWorld 2016 with the bold declaration that "Amazon's lead is over," and announces plans to go after the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) market next year. 

Currently, Amazon Web Services (AWS) leads the cloud infrastructure market, with Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, and IBM trailing behind. Oracle’s public cloud didn't have enough market share to even be included the most recent version of Gartner’s cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) Magic Quadrant.

Amazon launched the EC2 service for renting out VM instances by the hour in 2006, and, in the most recent quarter, the AWS portfolio earned Amazon  $2.88 billion in sales and $718 million in operating income.

“But now we’re aggressively moving into infrastructure, and we have a new generation of data centers that we’re building around the world,” Ellison says.

For one example, Oracle is making available the Dense IO Shape (a virtual-machine type in this Oracle second-generation of cloud) which offers 28.8TB, 512GB, and 36 cores-- at a price of $5.40 per hour. More than 10X the input-output capacity of Amazon AWS, specifically the i2.8xlarge, says Ellison.

Larry EllisonThe founder-turned-CTO also says Oracle currently faces two main competitors-- Amazon for infrastructure and Workday for applications. This represents what Ellison describes as a "breathtaking change," since historically the two main Oracle rivals were IBM and SAP.

How will Oracle rival Amazon? First off, the Oracle Cloud Platform public cloud and virtual cloud network offerings get bare metal servers, providing means for customers to step to the cloud without moving away entirely from on-premises infrastructure. The Oracle Cloud Platform also gets support for Oracle MySQL Cloud Service, Oracle Big Data Cloud Service and Oracle Event Hub Cloud Service, alongside other Oracle PaaS offerings.

In the meantime the Ravello Cloud Service allows organisations to run enterprise VMware and kernel-based virtual machine workloads in a public cloud without need for changes or reconfiguration, the Oracle Container Cloud allows the deployment of application stacks through Docker compatibility and OracleFastConnect helps the connection of datacentres to the cloud.

IBM Opens First Nordics Cloud Datacentre

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IBM opens a cloud datacentre in Norway, specifically in Fetsund, around 30km outside the capital Oslo-- the 12th European facility for the company and its 48th around the globe.

IBM NorwayBig Blue describes the datacentre as an industry first in the Nordics. It is the result of a 2014 investment worth over $1 billion in the building of more facilities able to deal with growing demand for cloud computing from businesses ranging from large enterprises to startups. The company lists a number of IBM Cloud customers in the region, such as Cxense, EVRY, KONE, Opera and Sapa Group.

The datacentre provides the full range of IBM Cloud services, including bare metal and virtual servers, storage, security services and networking. All can be deployed on demand with full remote access and control, and the datacentre is connected to other IBM public datacentres on the continent and around the world to allow for easy data transfer and replication in multiple locations.

HP Blocking 3rd Party Ink Cartridges?

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Dutch printer ink vendor 123inkt accuses HP of reprogramming printers to reject 3rd party cartridges, effectively forcing customers to stick exclusively with official inks.

HP OfficePro123inkt says on 13 September 2016 it received a "large number" of complaints involving the same error message-- "Problem with cartridge. One or more cartridges seem damaged. Remove the cartridges and replace them with new cartridges." The company insists nothing was wrong with its cartridges, and the official line from HP claims it is due to a firmware update unintentionally stopping 3rd party cartridges from certain printers.

Printers showing the problem come frome the HP OfficeJet Pro and OfficeJet Pro X lines.

However, 123inkt says the affected printer models have not received a firmware update since March 2016, and in any case printers with older firmware versions are also experiencing the same problem. Making things more curious is the fact even printers not connected to a network (meaning they receive no firmware updates) are affected by the issue.

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