Deal Street Asia — Singapore-based business cloud enabler Alpha7 has inducted Brian Parkinson as chief operating officer and Kenneth Lim as chief marketing officer to its team. Alpha7 provides cloud technology solutions, advisory services and technical expertise for businesses in Singapore and the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region.
Want China Times — Taiwan’s Acer is aiming to triple the number of its cloud users in 2015 as the world’s fifth-largest PC maker responds to a shrinking PC industry by making software and offering online cloud services. Maverick Shih, president of Acer’s Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) and tablet business group, said the company has seen the number of individual users of its free cloud services jump from 5 million last year to nearly 10 million so far this year, and the figure is estimated to reach 15 million by year-end.
Digi Times — Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) has signed a strategic-alliance agreement with Microsoft for cooperation on Cloud Solution Provider and Cloud OS Network, with CHT responsible for providing Microsoft Office 365 cloud computing services on a rental basis for CHT’s enterprise and government subscribers. The available cloud computing services are private cloud and private/public hybrid cloud services covering IaaS, PaaS and SaaS, CHT said.
Enterprise Innovation — Hybrid IT is fast becoming the new normal across organizations in Asia-Pacific. With the increasing utilization of data centers and cloud services across the Asia Pacific region, companies have gradually updated or upgraded their existing IT systems, giving rise to the Hybrid IT environment. Frost & Sullivan believes that enterprises have to remain dynamic to ensure their long-term sustainability. The analyst believes that within enterprise IT, the only constant is change.
Cloud Wards — Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is looking to compete with Microsoft and Amazon through its cloud-computing sector– Aliyun. The company has launched “China’s first” AI platform, called DT PAI, to improve its cloud offer. According to Alibaba, the platform will allow developers and companies that use its e-commerce sites to analyze huge amounts of data. This will enable them to predict industry trends and user behavior.
Info World — NTT Communications will provide its enterprise customers with direct private connectivity to Microsoft’s and Amazon Web Services’ public clouds through a new service, Multi-Cloud Connect. The more dependent enterprises become on public clouds, the more dependent they become on a network connection that doesn’t falter. Inconsistent Internet performance has become an impediment to widespread cloud adoption, according to NTT.
Digital News Asia — INGRAM Micro Inc has announced the availability of its Cloud Marketplace in Singapore, the first Asian country and the 14th worldwide to get access to its ecosystem of buyers, sellers and solutions that enables channel partners to offer instant, online access to a wide array of cloud solutions from a single online portal. The Lion City joins the Asia Pacific markets of Australia and New Zealand, which have already been offering the marketplace.
Computer Weekly — Alibaba’s cloud computing arm is opening a data center in Singapore, which is good news for Asean businesses looking for more cloud options. Aliyun is set to open its latest cloud data center in Singapore next month. The Singapore facility will be the seventh globally for the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group. Aliyun said its headquarters for overseas business will be based in Singapore to drive its overseas expansion plan.
Korea Times — EMC Corporation, the world’s leading data storage provider, has pledged to accelerate its drive to lead the big data-based next-generation computing platform. EMC Korea, the local subsidiary of the U.S.-based IT solutions giant, held EMC Hybrid Forum 2015 Tuesday at the COEX Convention Center in southern Seoul, in what officials say was an attempt to grab the lion’s share in the fast-changing digital business ecosystem.
Deccan Herald — Addressing reporters, End-User Computing Asia Pacific and Japan Vice President Sanjay K Deshmukh said, “The company’s strategy aims to free businesses from more than a decade of client-server focused IT, which enabled mobile access to a limited number of productivity applications, and now deliver a more user and application-centric experience.”
TechCrunch — Aliyun, the cloud computing unit of Alibaba Group, is launching an artificial intelligence service that it claims is the first in China. Called DT PAI, the platform combines algorithms used by Alibaba with machine and deep learning techniques and presents them in a simple drag-and-drop interface. Aliyun says developers can use DT PAI to predict user behavior without having to write new code.
Deal Street Asia — Aliyun, Alibaba Group’s cloud computing arm, will be establishing a new cloud data centre based in Singapore, which will serve as headquarters for its international cloud computing business and drive Aliyun’s overseas expansion. Scheduled for an early September 2015 launch, the Singapore facility will be Aliyun’s seventh data centre globally. Leveraging on Alibaba Group’s recent $1 billion investment in cloud computing, the strategy behind the new data centre to target businesses – both international and China-based – riding on the economic growth of the Southeast Asia.
Sentinel Republic — The Singapore facility will become operational in September. He also revealed that Aliyun was building a new portal to serve the different language and payment needs of businesses based in an economically and culturally-diverse region such as South-east Asia. Although the new data center won’t open until next month, Aliyun has started accepting pre-orders for “elastic” cloud services and computer resources such as storage, processing power, and network bandwidth.
Want China Times — China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba Group said on Wednesday that it will open a data center next month in Singapore, the second overseas database to be launched this year by Aliyun, its cloud computing arm. Alibaba said the center will provide a range of cloud computing services to companies operating in Southeast Asia, with an initial focus on Chinese businesses.
Datacenter Dynamics — Asian cloud services company KVH Co Ltd (KVH) has changed its company name to Colt Technologies Services Co Ltd (Colt) with immediate effect. The move is not an unexpected one, ever since Colt Group S.A. acquired KVH late last year as part of its strategy to enter the APAC ICT services market, in a deal worth ¥18.6 billion (€130m, $150m).
PRNewswire Asia — DOHA, Qatar: Ooredoo continues to enhance its data market leadership across its global footprint, with its Ooredoo Maldives operation receiving an Internet Service Provider Licence from the Communication Authority of the Maldives (CAM) earlier this month. With the new licence, Ooredoo Maldives will be able to offer a new range of fixed line services, including business and home Internet, Ooredoo Fibre and Ooredoo Cloud.
Channel News Asia — SINGAPORE: Cloud computing is expected to be the infrastructure upon which Singapore builds a Smart Nation. Through various initiatives, the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) has been encouraging firms to adopt cloud computing solutions. Cloud computing is a virtual IT framework, giving users more flexibility than the traditional hardware-based systems. Singapore is one of the biggest adopters of cloud technology in the Asia-Pacific.
Taiwan-based PC maker Asustek announced the launch of its ZenWorld cloud ecosystem program on Aug. 18, teaming up with software, hardware vendors as well as IoT providers, reports our Chinese-language sister paper Commercial Times. The purpose of ZenWorld is to leverage the resources and business advantages of Asustek and its partners through Asustek’s cloud platform, collaborating with software developers to promote new products or services to end users, said Peter Wu, CEO of Asustek’s cloud division.
Digital News Asia — MAXIS Bhd said it has partnered with Microsoft Corp to launch a service that incorporates Office 365 into the MaxisONE Business solutions suite, aimed at small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The MaxisONE Business, launched last September, is the all-in-one Internet plan for businesses that comes with unlimited talk and text, Internet access, business-grade services and mobility solutions.
Times of India — MUMBAI: The Tata Group, one of the oldest and largest conglomerates in the country, plans to appoint chief digital officers at all its consumer-facing companies to help them use new technologies in all aspects of business, two people aware of the development said. Chief digital officers will take care of companies’ use of technologies and digital initiatives such as e-commerce, social media management, cloud deployment, analytics, mobility and as-a-service offerings for customers and employees, they said.