Skirmishes are breaking out in certain industries for Japanese startups. Everyone wants to be number one but getting the top spot is easier said than done. Competition is fierce, like the see-saw between Gunosy and Smartnews for the nation’s news app supremacy. Over in the world of accounting software for businesses, a new study shows that Freee is the leader, and may not be letting go of that title anytime soon.
Today, Google Play unveiled a banner ad on the Play Store announcing its Newsstand now includes Indonesian content. Google has had a hand in the news aggregating game for quite a while now, making improvements with each iteration. In America it started with the simple news and weather app, then moved on to develop Google Currents, which was then replaced with Google Play Newsstand, an app that allows users to subscribe to both free and paid news sources and magazines, in a similar fashion to Apple’s Newsstand.
VMware has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with China Telecom and will begin to provide VMware hybrid cloud services through China Telecom’s networks starting January 2015, according to company vice president and president of Greater China, David Sung. Demand for hybrid cloud services will begin to take off in China with related sales to see explosive growth in 2015, Sung said.
NTT Communications, (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications provider within the NTT Group (NYSE: NTT), has announced a new global agreement with international law firm King & Wood Mallesons. The deal will see King & Wood Mallesons deploy NTT Com’s innovative, seamless and self-manageable cloud solution, Enterprise Cloud, throughout the company’s newly-expanded worldwide network for website hosting and providing a law content portal on a global scale.
BT, one of the world’s leading providers of communications solutions and services, today announced new cloud services aimed at supporting the expansion plans of its customers in Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa (AMEA), and helping them orchestrate the most recent technology to deliver great business outcomes. Backed by its global network infrastructure and leveraging its position as a leading provider of unified communications and collaboration services, BT launches the following new cloud services in the AMEA region:
Tata Communications has announced the launch of a global network platform for enhanced hybrid cloud enablement. The new network platform, IZO, is designed to help businesses overcome the challenges associated with realising the potential of the cloud. Businesses can now leverage IZO to offer access to a full ecosystem of network, cloud and data centre connectivity to users.
BANGALORE, INDIA: Wipro Ltd. and Red Hat announce the global expansion of their alliance to accelerate the deployment of open hybrid cloud solutions. As part of the expanded collaboration, Red Hat and Wipro will work together to develop and deliver enterprise-grade cloud solutions to the market, and will also jointly deliver next-generation DevOps solutions for continuous integration and testing.
Tata Communications, a leading provider of A New World of Communications, today launches IZO, a global network platform for enhanced hybrid cloud enablement. A game changing new network platform – IZO brings a new way of tackling the complications and challenges that businesses face in realising the potential of the cloud. For the first time, a single provider offers access to a full ecosystem of network, cloud and data centre connectivity, making it simple for a business to connect and build its cloud, their way – be it private, hybrid or public.
Hitachi Data Systems and Equinix have signed a partnership in which the Japanese IT infrastructure vendor will offer large enterprise customers a managed compute service from within Equinix’s global network of co-lo data centres. HDS – predominantly an enterprise storage vendor – has for the last four years built an x86 server business and a managed services operation in Australia to prepare for today’s announcement.
Combining the speed and agility of public cloud along with the control and security of private cloud, EMC Corporation has announced a collaboration with cloud service providers Netmagic and Sungard AS to deliver hybrid cloud infrastructure to manufacturing, healthcare, retail, BFSI and IT/ ITES sectors. Collaboration with Netmagic combines Netmagic’s SimpliCloud public cloud offering, an enterprise-grade IaaS (Infrastructure as-a-Service) cloud platform with EMC hybrid cloud and VMware virtualization solutions. On the other, the collaboration with Sungard AS will deliver Recovery-as-a-Service for disaster recovery.
NTT Docomo (“Docomo”) is best known as Japan’s most widely used mobile carrier . Now, the company is also branching into machine translation. Docomo announced it will create a new company, Mirai Translate, in a joint venture with European translation service provider SysTran and Japanese speech technology firm FueTrek . Initial capital for the venture comes at JPY 990 million (US$ 9.05 million), with Docomo supplying 51 percent ownership, SysTran 30 percent, and FueTrek the remaining 19 percent. Mirai Translate will go live in October.
Talking to the Wall Street Journal , Libin says the service now has 100 million registered users in total, of whom over 30 percent are in Asia. Emphasizing the importance of embracing new markets, only 25 percent of Evernote’s user-base is in the US and Canada. That’s why Libin says Evernote will add more staff in Asia. It already has offices in Beijing, Seoul, Singapore, Taipei, and Tokyo. He adds that the firm is considering an office in India, and plans to enter the Australian market soon.
Indian CIOs are looking at the hybrid cloud with new-found love. According to CIO India’s Mid-Year Review 2014 research this year, 48 percent of Indian CIOs are currently using, or planning to implement hybrid clouds in their organizations this year, compared to 35 percent last year. There is a whopping 13 percent hike in that number over last year. This is a clear indication that hybrid cloud adoption is going up. The hike is directly proportional to the fall in private cloud adoption figures. Last year, 51 percent of Indian CIOs said that they were using a private cloud or were considering its use. This year, that number has come down to 37 percent.
Employees of Australia’s national broadcaster will have a new suite of email and collaboration tools in the not-too-distant future, as the ABC looks to the cloud to replace Exchange 2007. The organisation of around 6000 workers will be forced to migrate off the Exchange email platform in the coming 12 to 18 months as the software reaches the end of its anticipated life span and as the business faces very public budget pressures.
GREATRESPONDER.COM – This was announced by the VMware today that, it is going to establish a partnership with China Telecom, the IT/ Telecom giant of the most dynamic economy of the world to expand its business footprints in the hybrid cloud computing service sector. It was further informed through an official statement of the company that a memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between the two giant companies in the domain of cloud computing, and information technology.
VMware and SoftBank Commerce and Service (a SoftBank Telecom subsidiary) have brought VMware’s vCloud Hybrid service to Japan, the first Asian market for the Palo Alto, California, company’s Infrastructure-as-a-Service offering. For its part , VMware will build, manage, operate and support the vCloud service and provide the primary sales route to market through its ecosystem of partners. SoftBank will contribute its data centers, network and a dedicated sales force, including more than 7,000 re-sellers in Japan.
As part of its agreement with SoftBank VMware will build, manage, operate and support the vCloud Hybrid Service, and provide the primary sales route to market through VMware’s ecosystem of partners. SoftBank will provide datacentres and network capacity for the service, as well as a dedicated salesforce. VMware said its hybrid cloud service, which enables users to extend their VMware-based on premise kit to the cloud, is already available to clients in Japan as a private beta and will become generally available in Q4 of this year.
TOKYO, JAPAN: VMware, the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, SoftBank Telecom Corp. and SoftBank Commerce & Service Corp. (SoftBank C&S) today announced the expansion of VMware vCloudHybrid Service in Japan – the first Asian market and third in the world to deploy this Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) public cloud solution.
Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) is one of the largest non-alcoholic beverage bottlers in the Asia-Pacific region and one of the world’s top five Coca-Cola bottlers. The company, which operates in six countries and has 14,900 employees, 700,000 active customers and 270 million end consumers, was using what CIO Australia, Warwick Hutton, describes as ‘an ageing Lotus Notes system’. It was obvious that cloud computing — particularly a hybrid environment — was the answer.
Businesses can now instantly set up an automated, hosted private cloud with advanced features such as network-based firewall, load balancing and VPNs without the initial high investment of private cloud hosting infrastructure, thanks to the new Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) service from SimplerCloud, an instant SSD cloud hosting server provider in the Asia-Pacific region.