The day CrowdStrike broke the Internet, China was largely unaffected. Here’s why

On July 19, a routine software update from cybersecurity giant CrowdStrike unleashed digital chaos across the globe, exposing the fragility of interconnected IT networks. Within hours, Windows-based systems worldwide crashed, displaying the dreaded “blue screen of death,” affecting 8.5 million devices globally. From New York’s Times Square, where digital billboards went dark, to London’s Heathrow Airport,… Read more »

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CrowdStrike update chaos: Here’s what happened when 8.5 million Microsoft devices crashed

Cybersecurity giant CrowdStrike says its recent software update has caused a massive global tech outage, impacting some 8.5 million Microsoft devices worldwide. While still affecting less than one per cent of all Windows computers in use, the incident has significantly impacted several vital sectors, demonstrating how far-reaching modern digital infrastructure can be. In a blog… Read more »

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JumpCloud Survey: Fears around shadow IT and demand for simplification

The newest edition of JumpCloud‘s SME IT Trends Report, “Detours Ahead: How IT Navigates an Evolving World is out today. This biannual survey of IT teams at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) reveals how IT pros are responding to the growing threat of shadow IT and AI, how teams manage complicated device and IT environments, the… Read more »

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Google targets cybersecurity firm Wiz in record $23 billion deal

Alphabet, the parent company of Google, is reportedly in advanced negotiations to acquire the cybersecurity startup Wiz for about $23 billion, according to sources familiar with the matter. If successful, this acquisition would be Alphabet’s largest to date and would signal a major strategic shift for the technology giant. Wiz is one of the fastest-growing… Read more »

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Microsoft reaches truce with cloud providers, ending EU antitrust dispute

Microsoft has signed a settlement with cloud providers after a two-year dispute over its licensing practices, The agreement, which brokered recently with the cloud association CISPE (which is backed by Amazon, Microsoft’s rival), is intended to lead EU regulators to drop an antitrust complaint they filed against Microsoft. CISPE’s Secretary General, Francisco Mingorance, expressed optimism… Read more »

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Tech Mahindra teams up with Microsoft to transform workplaces using generative AI

Global technology consulting and digital solutions company Tech Mahindra has partnered with Microsoft to build an employee experience platform using generative AI. Such a transformation can impact productivity for those working from anywhere. The partnership focuses on the deployment of Copilot for Microsoft 365, establishing Tech Mahindra as a leading Global Systems Integrator (GSI), embracing… Read more »

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Australia commits $2 billion to partner with Amazon for building a secure intelligence cloud

The Australian Government has disclosed plans to establish a highly secure cloud service for its intelligence agencies in a $2 billion partnership with US technology firm Amazon. This advanced platform, scheduled for completion by the end of the decade, is designed to boost information-sharing capabilities within Australia’s security sector. The Guardian reported that deputy prime… Read more »

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Scottish cloud services company expands into England

Scottish cloud services provider, Brightsolid, cloud services companies has completed its first expansion into England with the opening of a new office in Manchester. Established over 25 years as part of DC Thomson & Co Ltd Group, Brightsolid specialises in managed hybrid cloud and cyber security services for SMEs and public sector organisations. Some of… Read more »

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Alibaba Cloud shutters Australian and Indian data centres, contradicting earlier claims

Alibaba Cloud has announced the imminent closure of its data centre operations in Australia and India – a move that contradicts its previous assurances to The Register about the stability of its Australian presence. The Chinese cloud giant recently disclosed this decision, framing it as part of a broader infrastructure strategy update. In a statement,… Read more »

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AWS boosts startup credits, challenges Microsoft in AI cloud battle

AWS plans to substantially enhance its support for startups utilising its cloud infrastructure in response to escalating competition in the AI services sector, particularly from Microsoft. According to CNBC, AWS will double the value of credits offered to certain startups through its Activate program. Starting this July, startups that have recently secured Series A funding… Read more »

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