China’s Aliyun Forms Cloud Computing Partnership With Inspur

Alibaba Group’s cloud computing subsidiary Aliyun and Inspur Group have formally reached a strategic cooperation to jointly explore smart city and administration cloud markets, provide comprehensive cloud computing solutions to various industries, and build an independent and controllable cloud service ecosystem. As representative enterprises and rivals in the Chinese cloud computing industry, Inspur Group and Aliyun will team to create a complete cloud service ecosystem, further accelerate the development of the industry, and establish a Chinese cloud service market structure with domestic companies as its core.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2014/07/07/20696-chinas-aliyun-forms-cloud-computing-partnership-with-inspur

New Zealand Govt stuck on Windows XP

New Zealand Governent authorities remain firmly tied to the Windows XP operating system no longer officially supported by Microsoft, new figures show. Opposition party Labour obtained the the figures under the Official Information Act (OIA) from district health boards and ministries, with the documents noting slow progress in migrating to newer versions of Windows, and departments racking up high fees for extended support for XP from Microsoft. There could be well over 40,000 computers running Windows XP in New Zealand Government ministries and district health boards, the documents show.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/389174,new-zealand-govt-stuck-on-windows-xp.aspx

NTT lobbies Telstra for cloud partnership, as competition from SingTel intensifies

Japanese incumbent telco Nippon Telegraph and Telephone is reportedly lobbying Telstra for a partnership, amidst growing competition from Optus’ parent SingTel. In an article in the Australian Financial Review, NTT urges the Australian telco to use its global network of data centres, which would be connected to Telstra’s own networks. The news comes as Telstra repositions itself from being a traditional telecommunications company towards being a network applications and services (NAS) provider with a focus on south-east Asia.

http://www.smartcompany.com.au/technology/42701-ntt-lobbies-telstra-for-cloud-partnership-as-competition-from-singtel-intensifies.html#

Asian firms more likely to embrace public cloud: survey

CLOUD computing is the top spending priority in technology for companies in Asia, and businesses are keen on moving backend needs to third-party cloud providers, Gartner found in a recent survey. The global study surveyed 2,339 chief innovation officers (CIOs) from firms that make over US$250 million annually, and found that the cloud was nominated as the top area for new technology spending by CIOs from the Asia-Pacific region, including Japan.

http://www.businesstimes.com.sg/specials/bizit/others/asian-firms-more-likely-embrace-public-cloud-survey-20140707

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT PREPARING OPEN DATA ‘TOOLKIT’ TO GUIDE AGENCIES

The Australian Government is preparing an Open Data Toolkit to consolidate policies and guidance for agencies managing and sharing government data. “This Toolkit will consolidate policy, guidance, case studies and technical advice on how to manage, publish and share government data more effectively and efficiently for greater benefits to the public service, industry and the broader community. The Toolkit will be updated on a regular basis as new information, guidance, best practices and policies emerge, and you can subscribe to wiki updates there,” the data.gov.au team wrote in its latest blog.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/2014/jul/03/australian-government-preparing-toolkit-guide-agen/

Cisco partners with ELCIA to develop Asia’s first end-to-end ‘IoT Innovation Hub’ in Bangalore

BANGALORE,INDIA: Cisco today announced a strategic engagement with Electronics City Industries Association (ELCIA) to develop Asia’s first end-to-end ‘Internet of Things (IoT) Innovation Hub’ in Bangalore. Riding on India’s fast growing Internet penetration, this collaboration will help establish the foundation for a new ecosystem to help Electronic System Design & Manufacturing (ESDM) companies and other companies of electronic city engaged in IoT product development.

http://www.ciol.com/ciol/news/216987/cisco-partners-elcia-develop-asia-s-iot-innovation-hub-bangalore

India is a Promising Market for Facebook, Says Sandberg

BANGALORE: The chief operating officer of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, said, “No other country has the potential that India has”, also added that in India there are more than 100 million users and 1.2 billion users worldwide and she wants to ensure that access to Internet in India is faster, better and cheaper, reports Business Insider. “India is Facebook’s second largest market, fastest growing market, and fastest growing Internet connectivity in APAC. It is of high priority for us,” Sandberg said.

http://www.siliconindia.com/news/technology/India-is-a-Promising-Market-for-Facebook-Says-Sandberg-nid-169067-cid-2.html

Amazon Shuffles Executives In China

Amazon announced that Doug Gurr will replace Steve Frazier as the new president of Amazon China. Meanwhile, Frazier will be transferred back to the Seattle headquarters and continues to work as global vice president of the international business unit. Frazier was leading Amazon’s Chinese Internet retailing business in the past two and half years. In the future, he will be responsible for business expansion in international markets, including supporting the Chinese business.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2014/07/06/20693-amazon-shuffles-executives-in-china

Asustek talks of ‘trade-offs’ in smartwatch line

TAIPEI–When Asustek (華碩) Computer Inc.’s first smartwatch debuts to the world, it will be an innovative product with the right balance between launch timing, technical feasibility, price and form factor, company Chairman Jonney Shih (施崇棠) vowed Thursday. Answering reporters’ question at the Taiwan Economic Summit in Taipei, Shih said Asustek has learned a lot about such “trade offs” between perceptual and rational factors during the design process.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/07/07/411770/Asustek-talks.htm

We won’t spread ourselves too thin in India: Anand Sankaran

After having worked at Indian information technology services major Wipro for more than two decades Anand Sankaran moved last year October to Dell as its president and global head of infrastructure and cloud computing services. In his first interaction with the media since joining Dell, Sankaran says the last eight months have been “exciting, challenging, rewarding and a lot of hard work”. He talks to Itika Sharma Punit on the acceptance of cloud computing by clients and Dell’s areas of focus.

http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/we-won-t-spread-ourselves-too-thin-in-india-anand-sankaran-114062900453_1.html

Acer partners to expand local sales market

TAIPEI–Taiwanese computer maker Acer Inc. (宏碁) said Thursday it has teamed up with two leading sales agents in Taiwan to market its eight major product lines. Acer’s partnership with Synnex Technology International Corp. and Weblink International Inc., which started this month, covers the domestic distribution of Acer-branded laptops, desktop computers, 2-in-1 hybrid devices, tablet PCs, smartphones, monitors, projectors and servers.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/07/07/411771/Acer-partners.htm