Aussie-hosted Office 365 goes live

AustraliaMicrosoft has today gone live with Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online hosted in data centres located in Australia. The move continues the rollout of Microsoft cloud services based inside Australia, with Azure Australia going live last October, but Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online up until now being hosted out of Singapore. Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online will use the same infrastructure as its Azure public cloud. While the services are widely understood to be housed in NextDC facilities in Sydney and Melbourne, neither party has confirmed this.,office-365-goes-live-from-australian-data-centres.aspx

SE Asia IT spend seen at $62b by 2018

APACEnterprise IT spending in Southeast Asia will total $62 billion by 2018, with top spenders being Singapore and Malaysia. according to forecasts from Gartner, Inc. “Some might argue that given recent political, financial and climate challenges, Southeast Asia is a risky proposition,” said Venecia Liu, research VP at Gartner. “However, Gartner believes that Southeast Asia’s economic development and growing consumer demand mean that its growth potential outweighs the risk.”

Verizon cloud move targets Hong Kong, Singapore, Melbourne

APACWASHINGTON – Verizon on March 16 announced that it is expanding its cloud service offerings in Hong Kong, Singapore and Melbourne, three of the largest cities in Asia and hubs of international commerce and finance. Company officials said the new cloud services will facilitate enterprise growth through improvements in memory, storage and network uptime, along with better network flexibility and control.

Public cloud provider expands managed services in Asia

SingaporeSmart Cities, Internet of Things and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) data generation will drive an explosion in data use in the region – but are public sector organisations ready to address the Big Data opportunity? CenturyLink’s launch of a cloud node in Singapore yesterday was in response to this pent up need from customers, said Gery Messer, Managing Director for the company in Asia Pacific.

CenturyLink expands its public cloud platform to Asia-Pacific region

SingaporeCenturyLink, Inc. today announced the availability of CenturyLink Cloud in Asia Pacific. The public cloud platform – available in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada andGermany, and now through one of CenturyLink’s data centers in Singapore – delivers enterprise-class control, agility, scalability and security backed by an industry-leading global network. With the expansion of the public cloud platform to Singapore, businesses in the Asia-Pacific region can turn to a single, trusted provider for public and private cloud infrastructure, managed services, colocation, networking and support for advanced hybrid scenarios.

Verizon Expands Asia-Pacific Cloud Capabilities to Meet Demand

APACSINGAPORE, March 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Verizon Enterprise Solutions’ customers will now have access to a suite of new and significantly enhanced cloud services as Verizon expands 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 Rise of Cloud services in Korea is Real’

KoreaGartner, IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and IDC (International Data Corporation) have highlighted cloud services as one of the top technology trends in recent years. A recent Gartner report shows that cloud computing will become the bulk of new IT spend by 2016. It is obvious that cloud services are growing quickly; many organizations are adopting cloud services as the new foundation for their business models.

Telstra flags more Aussie regions for public cloud

AustraliaTelstra is hoping to add new ‘regions’ for the OpenStack-based public cloud service it hosts as part of the Cisco Intercloud network, flagging a future presence for the service in a second Melbourne data centre and potentially in Sydney. The telco signed a deal in April 2014 for Cisco to build and operate a cloud computing service from inside Telstra data centres. The service runs on Cisco hardware and RedHat’s supported version of OpenStack.,telstra-flags-more-aussie-regions-for-public-cloud.aspx

ZTE launches the cloud data center uSmartDC Solution

ChinaZTE Corporation has launched its green uSmartDC solution. This solution, covering all data center links from equipment room construction to multi-DC management, helps customers build efficient, elastic, and cloud-based DCs. With a leading power usage effectiveness (PUE) value, the ZTE uSmartDC resolves customers’ major issues around the DC, and helps them to improve their competitiveness in the market.

Asian cities lag in cloud adoption

APACMajority of Asian cities have yet to adopt cloud technology to any great extent, but adoption may more than double over the next three years, results of a new joint study by Microsoft Asia-Pacific and CityNet shows. The City Cloud survey was conducted as part of a Microsoft-CityNet whitepaper, “City Cloud: Cloud Adoption for Asia’s Cities” and was first unveiled at the CityNet annual Executive Committee Meeting and International Seminar in Hue, Vietnam in November 2014.

Huawei debuts new CloudMall data center solution, signs MOU with Baidu

ChinaHuawei’s CloudMall data center solution made its debut at the Mobile World Congress 2015 in Spain this week. The company also signed a memorandum of understanding with Baidu to jointly develop indoor mobile Internet. With the joint development of technical innovation, product development, and marketing promotion, Huawei and Baidu plan to accelerate the development of mobile internet applications based on indoor scenarios.

Foxconn-Alibaba alliance grows

TaiwanTAIPEI – The Foxconn Technology Group, constantly searching for opportunities other than assembling Apple gadgets, is joining hands with China’s Alibaba Group in e-commerce and cloud-computing ventures. Terry Gou, chairman of the Taiwanese contract manufacturer, has been aggressively branching into other sectors, including telecommunications and robots, as his empire grapples with tight margins from churning out iPhones.

Most Asian cities yet to adopt cloud technologies, Microsoft survey finds

APACMajority of Asian cities have not yet adopted cloud technology to a significant degree, Microsoft has found. Only 22.2 per cent of Asian cities adopted cloud computed to a “moderate” or “extensive” degree, despite most officials knowing the benefits of using the technology, a survey by Microsoft and local government network CityNet found. Microsoft surveyed 38 senior city officials from 37 cities in Asia. The respondent cities ranged in population from over 20 million, as in Mumbai, to 100,000, such as small cities in Nepal.

Salesforce Posts Strong Q4 Results, Eyes Analytics Market to Drive Future Growth

APACThe geographical expansion paid off in fiscal 2015 as revenue growth was led by jointly by the Americas and Europe with 33% year on year acceleration in revenue in each region. Asia-Pacific followed with 21% year on year revenue growth in fiscal 2015. It should be noted that Europe achieved the same revenue acceleration as the Americas despite foreign exchange headwinds from a weakened Euro.

Santen Chooses NTT Communications’ Hybrid-cloud ICT Infrastructure for Global Growth

JapanNTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications business within the NTT Group (NYSE:NTT), announced today that it has constructed an ICT backbone and information system that Santen Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (Santen) will use as core ICT infrastructure to support its goal of becoming one of the world’s top three providers of medicines for prescription ophthalmic solutions. The hybrid-cloud environment combines NTT Com’s branded services for cloud, data center and network, which are globally centralized for efficient system management and supported with a globalized multilingual help desk for Santen employees.

Acer unveils 2 cloud solutions in diversification effort

TaiwanTAIPEI–Taiwan’s Acer Inc. (宏碁) unveiled two new cloud application solutions Tuesday for enterprises and individual consumers in an effort to transform itself into a company that integrates hardware manufacturing with software and services. The first solution is the abPBX plus series — a global communications network for businesses based on Internet Protocol communication — which Acer says integrates traditional telephony systems and desk phones with smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices to offer greater work efficiency and cost reductions.

Cloud adoption still low among Asian cities

APACCloud adoption in Asian cities remain low with governments harboring concerns about high upfront costs and associated risks such as data security and legal requirements. Only 22.2 percent have adopted cloud technology to a moderate or extensive degree, with half of Asian cities surveyed pointing to upfront costs as the main reason why they have not deployed cloud more widely. Another 34 percent cited the lack of a strong business case as a barrier, while 28 percent noted the risks of cloud computing, according to a joint study conducted by Microsoft Asia-Pacific and CityNet.

NextDC takes customers on ExpressRoute to Microsoft Azure

AustraliaDatacentre-as-a-Service provider, NextDC (ASX:NXT), has inked an agreement with Microsoft for direct connectivity to Azure via ExpressRoute from its Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Perth data centres. ExpressRoute will connect NextDC customers directly to Azure through a private, high speed, low latency fibre connection rather than a general internet-based connection.

EMC: Region looks towards hybrid Cloud despite loss of IT spending control

APACTwo-thirds of organisations across Asia-Pacific are looking to hybrid Cloud for greater agility and security but the region’s IT teams are losing control of technology spending. According to findings of a global EMC study, across APJ, 58 per cent of organisations report that spend on technology is moving outside of IT’s control – far higher than in the rest of the world. Surveying 10,451 IT business decision-makers across 33 countries, the survey revealed the increasing adoption of cloud computing globally, with the majority of respondents citing hybrid cloud as their preferred option for greater agility and security.

Australian IaaS market grew 42% in 2014, A$439 million by 2018, says Frost & Sullivan

AustraliaSYDNEY, Feb. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The Australian Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) market has evolved from an early adopter stage to an early growth stage. A broad range of industries and organisation sizes, from SMEs to large corporations; including industries that have been relatively slow adopters of cloud computing, such as Education, Mining, and Government and Financial Services, are now adopting cloud services, including IaaS.