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Top 10 IT News Updates of the Week

Top 10 IT News Updates of the Week

Welcome to this week’s “Top 10 IT news updates” edition by CIO Influence. We bring you the latest IT, Cloud Computing, and InfoSec developments in this roundup. These updates offer valuable insights into the evolving digital landscape, from cybersecurity measures to technological innovations.

HCLTech Unveils FlexSpace 5G in Collaboration with Verizon Business

HCLTech, a leading global technology company, has partnered with Verizon Business to introduce FlexSpace 5G, an innovative digital workplace experience-as-a-service that enhances efficiency and security for global businesses. Powered by Verizon’s secure network and HCLTech’s top-tier hardware partnerships, FlexSpace 5G represents a significant advancement over previous offerings, supporting the entire workplace experience value chain. This upgraded solution facilitates a seamless transition to a digital workplace for employees across various settings, including desk-based, remote, on-the-go, or frontline roles. Key benefits include end-to-end device lifecycle management, extended mobility for enterprise users in hybrid work models, faster and more reliable connectivity, and enhanced data security for remote workers.

Read the complete news: HCLTech Launches FlexSpace 5G to Redefine Digital Workplace

ServiceNow, Hugging Face, and NVIDIA Introduce StarCoder2 Open-Access LLMs for Enterprise AI Development

ServiceNow, Hugging Face, and NVIDIA have jointly unveiled StarCoder2, a suite of open-access large language models (LLMs) designed for code generation, setting new benchmarks in performance, transparency, and cost-effectiveness. Developed in collaboration with the BigCode Community, managed by ServiceNow, and Hugging Face, StarCoder2 represents a breakthrough in AI-driven coding applications, with models trained on over 600 programming languages.

The three variants of StarCoder2, ranging from 3 to 15 billion parameters, offer powerful performance while minimizing compute costs. These models empower developers to accelerate innovation and productivity through advanced code generation, text summarization, and more. With a focus on transparency and responsible AI practices, StarCoder2 aims to democratize access to code-generation AI, fostering collaboration and innovation across industries.

Read the complete news: ServiceNow, Hugging Face, NVIDIA Unveil Open-Access LLMs for Enterprise AI Development

Equinix Appoints Merrie Williamson from Microsoft and Intel as Chief Customer and Revenue Officer

Equinix, the global digital infrastructure company, has named Merrie Williamson its new Executive Vice President and Chief Customer and Revenue Officer (CCRO), effective March 25. With over two decades of experience at Microsoft and Intel, Williamson brings expertise in guiding companies through digital transformations. At Equinix, she will oversee the company’s customer experience and go-to-market strategy, including sales, marketing, customer care, revenue operations, and regional management across the Americas, EMEA, and Asia-Pacific. Williamson’s appointment comes as Equinix aims to solidify its position as the leading platform for enterprise digital transformation further.

Read the complete news: Microsoft, Intel and AI Veteran, Merrie Williamson, to Join Equinix as Chief Customer and Revenue Officer

NinjaOne and SentinelOne Unveil Joint Integration for Enhanced IT Security

NinjaOne, an IT platform for endpoint management provider, security, and visibility, has partnered with SentinelOne, Inc., a global leader in AI-powered security, to introduce a groundbreaking joint integration to revolutionize endpoint protection. The seamless integration merges NinjaOne’s Endpoint Management and Remote Monitoring and Management (RMM) platforms with SentinelOne’s top-tier endpoint protection platform (EPP), Singularity Control, and its endpoint detection and response (EDR) solution, Singularity Complete. This collaboration provides enterprise security teams unparalleled control and simplicity, allowing for real-time insights, threat detection, and streamlined response efforts.

Read the complete news: NinjaOne and SentinelOne Launch Joint Integration to Enhance Risk Mitigation and IT Security

Akamai Expands Guardicore Segmentation Solution for Hybrid Cloud Environments

Akamai Technologies has announced the extension of its industry-leading segmentation solution, Akamai Guardicore Segmentation, to hybrid cloud environments. Initially available for Microsoft Azure deployments via Azure Marketplace, this extension aims to enhance security and reduce attack surfaces in cloud-native workloads. With Guardicore Segmentation, network security professionals can manage segmentation across public cloud environments, benefiting from faster policy deployment, streamlined governance, and reduced management complexity through a single interface.

Read the complete news: Akamai Extending Industry-Leading Segmentation Solution to Hybrid Cloud Environments

Palo Alto Networks Collaborates with Partners to Launch Private 5G Security Solutions

Palo Alto Networks has introduced end-to-end private 5G security solutions in collaboration with leading private 5G partners, aiming to empower customers with comprehensive and integrated offerings. With the launch of Akamai Guardicore Segmentation, organizations can deploy, manage, and secure networks throughout their entire 5G journey, addressing the complexity and security risks associated with 5G deployments. Palo Alto Networks reinforces its commitment to safeguarding 5G deployments and facilitating digital transformation through a strategic coalition of trusted partners and validated integrations.

Read the complete news: Palo Alto Networks Launches Private 5G Security Solutions with Partner Ecosystem

Intel Unveils AI-Powered Innovations for Network, Edge, and Enterprise

At MWC 2024, Intel showcased a range of AI-driven solutions across network, edge, and enterprise domains, aiming to modernize infrastructure and capitalize on emerging opportunities. Intel introduced the future Intel Xeon processors with built-in AI acceleration, previewed its next-gen Intel Xeon processor for 5G core, and announced the Intel Edge Platform, enabling enterprises to deploy AI solutions with cloud-like simplicity. With an emphasis on empowering its ecosystem, Intel’s innovations address the growing demand for AI integration and automation, aiming to enhance operational efficiency and deliver new services.

Sachin Katti, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Network and Edge Group at Intel highlighted the company’s commitment to modernizing networks, monetizing edge services, and bringing AI everywhere, emphasizing its role in driving industry transformation.

Read the complete news: Intel Brings AI Everywhere Across Network, Edge, Enterprise

Lenovo Unveils AI Solutions for Diverse Industries at MWC 2024

Lenovo revealed its latest suite of AI-enabled products and solutions at MWC 2024, aiming to democratize access to artificial intelligence across various sectors. Yuanqing Yang, Chairman and CEO of Lenovo, emphasized the company’s commitment to making AI technology accessible to organizations of all sizes, driving intelligent transformation while prioritizing sustainability. Among the highlights were futuristic proof-of-concept devices like the Lenovo ThinkBook Transparent Display Laptop Concept, which merges physical and digital environments through AI-generated content, offering innovative ways for collaboration and productivity. Lenovo also introduced a new generation of AI-powered PCs for businesses, leveraging Intel Core Ultra processors and Windows 11 to deliver enhanced security and immersive experiences.

Read the complete news: Lenovo Unveils Trailblazing Products and Solutions Designed to Power AI for All at MWC 2024

Huawei Cloud Unveils 10 Innovations for AI at MWC Barcelona 2024

Huawei Cloud showcased its dominance in AI infrastructure at the Huawei Cloud Summit during MWC Barcelona 2024, positioning itself as the premier choice for AI applications across industries. With a focus on accelerating intelligence through comprehensive cloud services, the event brought together industry leaders to explore the latest advancements in AI technology.

Jacqueline Shi, President of Huawei Cloud Global Marketing and Sales Service, emphasized Huawei’s commitment to pushing boundaries and delivering cutting-edge technology to global customers. The summit unveiled ten systematic innovations tailored for AI, including advancements in global cloud infrastructure, distributed architecture, AI compute capabilities, AI-native storage solutions, end-to-end security measures, next-generation database technology, data-AI convergence strategies, media infrastructure enhancements, optimized resource management through Landing Zone, and flexible deployment options.

Read the complete news: Huawei Cloud: Infrastructure of Choice for AI with 10 Systematic Innovations Unveiled in MWC Barcelona 2024

Fujitsu Unveils AI-Powered Applications for Enhanced 5G+ Network Management

Fujitsu Network Communications launched Virtuora IA, a suite of AI-driven network applications aimed at revolutionizing mobile network operators (MNOs) operations by simplifying complexity and enhancing performance. Leveraging neural networking, these applications mark a significant advancement in network optimization, providing MNOs with competitive advantages in the rapidly evolving 5G market. By harnessing the power of AI, Fujitsu’s Virtuora Intelligent Applications streamline network operations, improve efficiency, reduce costs, and accelerate service delivery, enabling MNOs to generate additional revenue streams and bolster profitability.

Read the complete news: Fujitsu Introduces AI-Powered Applications to Tame 5G+ Network Complexity

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