Interoute Sets Up in Singapore

SingaporeLONDON — Interoute, owner operator of Europe’s largest cloud services platform, today announced that it has extended the global reach of its network to Singapore. The new Point of Presence (PoP) will support Interoute’s enterprise customers with an additional location in the Asia-Pacific region. Interoute’s network connects Europe, USA, the Middle East and Africa, extending to Hong Kong and now Singapore in the East.

http://www.lightreading.com/services/cloud-services/interoute-sets-up-in-singapore/d/d-id/715352

Linode Opens New Data Center in Singapore

SingaporeLinode, a leading provider of cloud-hosting services, today announced the expansion of its Asia-Pacific presence with a new data center in Singapore. This new location, created to meet the growing demands of the region’s rapidly growing technology and information sector, marks Linode’s second in the region and seventh overall. “We’ve been making simple cloud infrastructure available since 2003,” COO Thomas Asaro explained. .”

http://www.virtual-strategy.com/2015/04/27/linode-opens-new-data-center-singapore#axzz3YYEA3PQU

US giant CenturyLink aims to take down Telstra in cloud computing

AustraliaOne of the United States’ biggest telecommunications companies, CenturyLink, has attacked Telstra on its home soil by launching its popular cloud computing services in Australia. CenturyLink has a market capitalisation of $US20.51 billion ($26.18 billion) and is the third-largest telco in the United States. It is also one of the world’s leading providers of cloud computing and managed services, according to technology analysis firm Gartner.

http://www.afr.com/technology/us-giant-centurylink-aims-to-take-down-telstra-in-cloud-computing-20150427-1mrpuo

Oracle Data Center to Launch in Japan for Local Cloud Users

JapanOracle will open a new data center in Japan this year, the company’s executive chairman and CTO Larry Ellison said while speaking at Oracle CloudWorld Tokyo earlier this month. It will be the 22nd Oracle data center worldwide. The data center will serve Oracle’s cloud-based applications, Platform-as-a-Service, and Infrastructure-as-a-service to the Japanese market. As cloud meets enterprise IT, the need for local data centers serving these enterprises is growing. Enterprises like the idea of the hosted model, but often can’t deal with the uncertainty of generic cloud regions outside of a country’s borders or not knowing where data resides.

http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2015/04/13/oracle-data-center-to-launch-in-japan-for-local-cloud-users/

VMware Data Center for Cloud Lights Up in Melbourne

AustraliaVMware has opened a vCloud Air data center in aTelstra facility in Melbourne. There are now just under ten VMware data centers in support of its public cloud infrastructure, aimed squarely at the enterprise IT shop. vCloud Air is pitched to those with vSphere environments in their facilities wanting to hook into public cloud. The VMware data center will serve several surrounding cities as well as New Zealand. Serving directly from within Australia reduces latency for those customers and addresses data sovereignty concerns.

http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2015/04/09/vmware-data-center-for-cloud-lights-up-in-melbourne/

Huawei eyes US enterprise market despite political challenges

ChinaPast political trouble in the U.S. isn’t stopping Huawei Technologies from selling its enterprise services in the country. The Chinese company, which was labeled a U.S. national security threat in 2012, has been effectively blocked from selling telecommunication gear to U.S. carriers. Government officials there are concerned about Huawei’s alleged ties with the Chinese government, even as the company has repeatedly denied the claims. Huawei, however, hopes it can still attract U.S. customers to its enterprise products, which include servers, storage and IT services.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/huawei-eyes-us-enterprise-market-despite-political-challenges/

21Vianet to Operate Azure Cloud in China into 2018

China.gifMicrosoft and 21Vianet, a provider of carrier neutral data center services in China, have extended their cloud partnership. 21Vianet will continue to offer Microsoft’s cloud in China, including Azure and Office 365 in China for an additional 4 years under the new agreement. 21Vianet acts as an operation entity for Azure, hosting Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure services and Office 365 in its data centers and handling customer relationships. A renewal agreement extends this setup to 2018 and suggests the partnership is bearing fruit for both companies.

http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2015/04/02/21vianet-will-operate-azure-cloud-in-china-into-2018/

Huawei Will Soon Launch Public Cloud Services In China

ChinaAt Huawei’s Global Analyst Summit, the company’s rotating CEO and deputy chairman Xu Zhijun said Huawei will launch public cloud services in China in July 2015. This launch will put Huawei in direct cloud service competition with Alibaba’s Aliyun service. Microsoft and Amazon already launched their public cloud services in China, but those services will ultimately not be able to compete on a large scale because of their foreign investment structures.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2015/04/23/21621-huawei-will-soon-launch-public-cloud-services-in-china

Qantas.com begins transition to AWS

AustraliaQantas has begun the process of transitioning its entire website to the Amazon Web Services cloud, CTO Chris Taylor revealed this morning at Sydney’s AWS Summit. The airline began exploring cloud computing as a platform for Qantas.com – which takes up to a million bookings every day – more than a year ago. Taylor said the shift has now begun in earnest after he became “absolutely confident” that it would not fail once it was deployed.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/402996,qantascom-begins-transition-to-aws.aspx

Cloud giant eyes public and private sectors, from Korea

KoreaAmazon Web Service (AWS), the world’s leading cloud service provider, showed confidence that Korea’s conservative public organizations and financial institutions will adopt its cloud service. “It is quite possible that the nation’s public organizations and financial institutions will introduce AWS cloud services once we can handle their issues related to regulations and compliances,” AWS Korea’s managing director Doug Yeum said during a press conference in Seoul, Monday.

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/tech/2015/04/133_177414.html

Chinese enterprises first to gain access to Huawei’s public Cloud in July

ChinaChina based enterprise customers of Huawei will be the first in the world to be able to subscribe to the company’s new Public Cloud Computing Services when it launches in July said Eric Xu, Huawei’s deputy chairman and rotating CEO.  Speaking at Huawei’s Global Analyst Summit in Shenzhen Xu did not remark on which of China’s telecom carriers the company would partner with although he did say that he did not expect this strategy to create competitive friction with Chinese carriers, which have already indicated they plan to offer public cloud services as the Cloud did not represent a big part of their current business.

http://www.networksasia.net/article/chinese-enterprises-first-gain-access-huaweis-public-cloud-july.1429666696

Worldwide cloud IT infrastructure market grows 14.4% in 4Q14 as service providers continue to expand their datacenters, says IDC, from TW

TaiwanAccording to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker, total cloud IT infrastructure spending (server, disk storage, and Ethernet switch) grew by 14.4% on year to US$8 billion in the fourth quarter of 2014, accounting for approximately 30% of all IT infrastructure spend, up from about 27% one year ago. Private cloud infrastructure spending grew by 18.3% on year to US$2.9 billion, while public cloud infrastructure spending grew to US$5 billion, 12.3% higher than one year ago.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20150420PR204.html

China’s Huawei targets July launch for public cloud service in China

ChinaSHENZHEN: Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei Technologies said on Tuesday it will launch its public cloud computing services for Chinese corporate customers in July, becoming the latest Chinese company to enter the fast-growing market. Speaking at Huawei’s Global Analyst Summit in Shenzhen on Tuesday, Huawei rotating chief executive Eric Xu did not name the Chinese telecom carrier with which it would partner to offer the service. But Xu said the strategy would not create competitive friction with Chinese carriers, which have already indicated they plan to offer public cloud services.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/china-s-huawei-targets-ju/1797666.html

Verizon beefs up cloud in APAC

APACVerizon has expanded its cloud offering in Hong Kong, Melbourne and Singapore. The new services are designed to meet the demand for secure, enterprise-grade cloud capabilities as opportunities for multinational companies in the region grow. The enhancements offer customers improvements in memory, storage and network uptime, as well as enhanced flexibility and control.  Verizon Cloud customers can now request a specific amount of computing, memory and storage capacity, in addition to the existing preset virtual machine configurations.

http://enterpriseinnovation.net/article/verizon-beefs-cloud-apac-516661805

VMware launches vCloud Air in Australia

AustraliaVMware has launched the locally hosted VCloud Air for Australian customers. The service, now in general availability for local customers, helps address some of final hurdles in moving them to the the Cloud. This initial VMware vCloud Air deployment in Australia is hosted out of a Telstra connected datacentre, which addresses local compliance and data locality concerns. It is built on VMware vSphere and offers two distinct infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) compute offerings – Dedicated Cloud and Virtual Private Cloud.

http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/572275/vmware-launches-vcloud-air-australia/

Silicon Cloud, Cisco push IoT design boundaries in Singapore

SingaporeSilicon Cloud International, a company that delivers secure and private cloud computing infrastructure, revealed that its second cloud centre has been operational in Singapore since March 2015. The cloud centre promises to offer a modern design enablement infrastructure and framework for Internet of Things (IoT) node designs. The cloud hardware is hosted in the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and will support IoT research and design worldwide. To establish this centre, Silicon Cloud has received funding from SPRING Singapore’s Technology Enterprise Commercialisation Scheme and equipment from Cisco.

http://www.eetasia.com/ART_8800711266_499495_NT_2742fb12.HTM

CenturyLink Cloud makes Asian debut

SingaporeA NEW public cloud platform made its Asian debut with the official launch of CenturyLink Cloud last month, a move which CenturyLink said was aimed at better serving the changing needs of businesses in the Asia Pacific region. The platform – available in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, and now in this region through one of CenturyLink’s data centres in Singapore – delivers enterprise-class control, agility, scalability and security backed by a global network, the company claimed.

https://www.digitalnewsasia.com/business/centurylink-cloud-makes-asian-debut

Oracle steps up marketing of cloud services in Asia-Pacific

APACIn order to meet growing demand, US IT firm Oracle recently announced a plan to recruit 1,000 sales representatives in the Asia-Pacific region, including over 250 in China, according to the website of the Beijing-based Economic Observer. The plan has come on the heels of the launch of the company’s China growth plan three years ago, calling for branches to be set up in virtually every province, autonomous region and municipality.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20150405000009&cid=1204

Office 365 cloud service unveiled, from Nepal

NepalKATHMANDU, APR 03 – Microsoft has launched Office 365 cloud service for businesses, educational institutions and consumers in Nepal. The service enables seamless sharing of data across personal computers and smartphones using cloud computing technology. Since it is internet-based, data and solutions can be accessed from anywhere using a browser, the company said.

http://www.ekantipur.com/2015/04/03/business/office-365-cloud-service-unveiled/403609.html

21Vianet to Operate Azure Cloud in China into 2018

China.gifMicrosoft and 21Vianet, a provider of carrier neutral data center services in China, have extended their cloud partnership. 21Vianet will continue to offer Microsoft’s cloud in China, including Azure and Office 365 in China for an additional 4 years under the new agreement. 21Vianet acts as an operation entity for Azure, hosting Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure services and Office 365 in its data centers and handling customer relationships. A renewal agreement extends this setup to 2018 and suggests the partnership is bearing fruit for both companies.

http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2015/04/02/21vianet-will-operate-azure-cloud-in-china-into-2018/