CenturyLink picks up 2015 Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Hybrid IT Strategy Award

APACEnterprise Innovation — The debate over whether cloud computing has a place in an organization’s IT strategy has long passed. These days, the questions that remains is how fast the organization will transition to a cloud strategy and whether in some cases the approach will be public or private, or a combination of the two. For many organizations the logical approach is a middle ground that takes into consideration a combination of operational, budget, skills and priorities.


VMWare looks to thrive under Dell India shadow

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Virtualization software maker VMWare expects the takeover of its parent, EMC Corp, by Dell to help it make inroads into the small and medium enterprises and businesses market in India, where the US technology giant has a large presence. “Where I think we will have opportunity to do a little more with Dell will be in the small medium enterprise and the SMB space where VMware has not had a large footprint. We have not had access to that market which is a Dell stronghold,” Arun Parameswaran, managing director at VMware India, told ET in an interview.


No slowdown in China: internet companies raise over $6.5b in first half of 2015

ChinaTech in Asia — Investments in China’s tech companies and startups “soared” in the first half of the year, says a new report (PDF link) this week from PricewaterhouseCoopers. All the funding thrown at Chinese web and tech firms “in H1 2015 were almost the same as the full-year total of 2014.”


Infosys Finacle teams with Oracle to offer Finacle on Oracle Cloud

IndiaTimes of India — BENGALURU: Infosys Finacle, part of EdgeVerve Systems, has launched Finacle as a managed service on Oracle Cloud. This offering will enable banks globally to leverage Finacle’s industry-leading solution suite, along with other enterprise-class applications hosted on premise or in an external environment, to gain agility and cost efficiencies. With this offering, Finacle becomes one of the first comprehensive banking platforms to be available as a managed service on Oracle Compute Cloud.


VMware vows to aid Malaysia’s digital transformation

MalaysiaCloud Infrastructure and business mobility provider VMware has announced two business and ICT skill transformation initiatives to help Malaysian industry during its vForum Malaysia 2015 event held recently in Kuala Lumpur.  VMware Malaysia and Brunei managing director Laurence Si said that the company, as part of its commitment to Malaysia, has:


NTT Com teases green data center expansion, from HK

Hong KongTelecom Asia — NTT Communications’s upcoming Hong Kong data center expansion will use an innovative cooling system design capable of improving energy efficiency by 20% over traditional cooling systems. The tier-4 ready Financial Data Center Tower 2 (FDC2) facility will launch in December, adding an additional 4,000 racks of server space to the Financial Data Center facility.


NTT Communications Positioned as a “Leader” in Gartner 2015 Report: “Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting, Asia/Pacific”

JapanBusiness Wire — NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com) announced today it has been positioned in the Leaders quadrant of the “Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting, Asia/Pacific” (Magic Quadrant) report*1 published by Gartner Inc. in November 2015, based on its ability to execute and completeness of vision.


Purchase of GigaMedia shares by CEO Collin Hwang

ChinaPRNewswire — TAIPEI: GigaMedia Limited today announced that its Chief Executive Officer Collin Hwang has purchased a total of 858,412 shares of GigaMedia stock at an average price of $0.58 during the period between November 9, 2015 andNovember 16, 2015. The purchases were made during an open window period and in full compliance with all company and legal guidelines.


HCL and IBM to develop cloud solutions

IndiaCE Asia Mag — IBM Corp. and HCL Technologies (HCL) announced a strategic partnership to jointly build hybrid cloud solutions to help enterprises drive their digital transformations. HCL will use Bluemix, IBM’s Cloud platform to build applications and solutions in the areas of Unified Service Management and Internet of Things (IoT). VThe Unified Service Management offering will help clients manage the most demanding and complex service delivery environments.


Verizon Enterprise doubles cloud presence in APAC

APACTelecom Asia — Verizon Enterprise Solutions is doubling the size of its footprint in the Asia-Pacific region by adding six locations and two new cloud providers, HP and Verizon Cloud, to the company’s Secure Cloud Interconnect service. In-region, Verizon now offers connections at 12 locations from five cloud providers. Previously the company offered access to Amazon (Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo) and Google (Hong Kong, Singapore) and Microsoft (Hong Kong) at six locations.


AliCloud expands HK data center to boost regional cloud adoption

ChinaNetworks Asia — AliCloud has completed the expansion of its data center operations in Hong Kong by establishing and operating a second availability zone to address increasing demand for cloud computing resources in the Asia Pacific, which includes enterprise-class availability and disaster recovery. AliCloud has also provided an English website tailored for international customers, providing English product descriptions and support for USD payments.


Singapore firms bank on cloud for innovation

SingaporeEnterprise Innovation — Almost all (90%) businesses in Singapore are confident in cloud’s role in enabling innovation, with nearly half of businesses (44%) favoring the adoption of the hybrid cloud approach to their IT infrastructure. This was among findings of VMWare’s survey that covered 225 business and IT managers and decision makers from Singapore, conducted in September and October 2015.


NTT Com, PLDT partner on data center services

PhilippinesTelecom Asia — Japan’s NTT Communications has arranged to extend its data center business in the Philippines via a new partnership with local operator PLDT. The companies agreed on a collaborative partnership to provide NTT Com’s Nexcenter solutions in the Philippines and promote cross-selling. Under the agreement, Philippines corporations with international operations will be able to use NTT Com’s Nexcenter services at some 140 locations in 84 cities of 19 countries, in addition to its Arcstar Universal One private-network service, which is already available in the Philippines, the companies said in a statement.


NTT Communications to expand India data center operations

IndiaNikkei — MUMBAI: Japan’s NTT Communications will invest about 20 billion yen ($160 million) over the next three years in data center projects in India. The Nippon Telegraph and Telephone unit recently opened a data center in Mumbai, its ninth in India and one of the biggest in the country. “Indian customers are starting to recognize the value of our services offered around the world,” said Tetsuya Shoji, NTT Communications president and CEO, who was in India for the center’s opening.


Oracle, Tencent Reach Agreement To Advance Cloud Services In China

China.gifForbes — Beijing: Oracle has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with Tencent Cloud, China’s largest and most-used internet service portal, with an objective of offering cloud services in China. The agreement, which signals the growing similarity between business and consumer technology services, was announced November 12 by Loic Le Guisquet, Oracle’s president for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific, at Oracle CloudWorld in Beijing.


We are bullish on the cloud opportunity in India: Ericsson’s Jason Hoffman

IndiaEconomic Times — NEW DELHI: Ericsson, the world’s largest telecom gear maker, is bullish on the opportunity in the Indian market for its cloud vertical. Jason Hoffman, head of cloud technology at Ericsson, believes that the cloud business has the possibility to become the largest business within the company. Speaking to ET’s Danish Khan, Hoffman talks about the opportunity in the Indian market for the cloud vertical, the business potential and business model.


AWS plans new data center cluster in South Korea

KoreaDatacenter Dynamics — Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced that it will open new data centers in South Korea next year, as it continues to grow its global data center footprint in the face of stiff competition from rival cloud operators such as Microsoft and Google. The new AWS presence in South Korea will provide customers with quick, low-latency access to websites, mobile applications, games and cloud applications. In addition, it will allow organizations outside of Korea to reach end-users in South Korea with “very low” latency.


China Telecom, SAP launch front-office platform for Chinese SMBs

ChinaTelecom Asia — Targeting retailers and wholesale distributors as well as business-to-business and business-to-consumer companies, SAP Anywhere is a front-office solution specifically tailored to the e-commerce needs of SMBs with 10 to 500 employees. It enables SMBs to monetize digital sales channels by using a full set of customer experience and commerce features, including inventory control and insight, online marketplace management and business and customer engagement.


Is Alibaba going for Google’s crown?

ChinaTech in Asia — Since the huge IPO of Alibaba and their amassing of an enormous expansion war chest, the intensity of the conversation around ecommerce has only intensified, and analysts provided greater granularity of insights into the category.  Alibaba has also reportedly invested over US$1 billion dollars in artificial intelligence and cloud computing company Aliyun. So they have the smarts and the data sets to build some astonishingly predictive algorithms.


Fuji Xerox introduces data center services for Singapore businesses

SingaporeNetworks Asia — Fuji Xerox Singapore Pte Ltd has introduced its latest Data Center Services for businesses in Singapore. Equipped with tight security surveillance, network monitoring and helpdesk support, Fuji Xerox Singapore’s Data Center Services are customized and comprehensively packaged for businesses of all sizes. Fuji Xerox’s customers are able to fully utilize Tier-3 Data Center facilities, which are designed to meet the emerging need of businesses for industry-specific solutions and cloud-based IT infrastructures.