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.
Each of Thailand’s eight million primary and secondary school students as well as those schools’ 400,000 teachers will soon have access to Microsoft Office 365 for Education. A press statement by Microsoft (Thailand) Ltd. said this development is the result of a memorandum of agreement signed between the Thai government’s Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) and their vendor firm.
BANGALORE, INDIA: Wipro Ltd. has announced the launch of its ‘Finance and Accounting Business-Process-as-a-Service’ (F&A BPaaS) solution for enterprises. Developed in partnership with NetSuite, the cloud-based financials / ERP and omnichannel commerce software suites provider, Wipro’s F&A BPaaS is a comprehensive, end-to-end business process solution that can help improve business agility, user experience and process efficiency.
US hybrid cloud provider, Rackspace, has announced it will launch its revamped public cloud service in Australia later this month, with its updated Australian servers set to offer local customers a ‘cloud-bursting’ service, according to the company’s chief technology officer (CTO) for Asia, Alan Perkins. Perkins, who spoke at the CeBIT business technology conference in Sydney this week, said that the new service and local infrastructure would enable Australian customers to change the way they use their cloud services.
Hewlett-Packard plans to invest more than US$1 billion over the next two years to develop and offer cloud-computing products and services. The company said it will make its OpenStack-based public cloud services available in 20 data centers over the next 18 months. HP last week also inked a deal with Taiwanese contract manufacturer Foxconn Technology Group to make servers aimed at companies that provide cloud computing services.
Microsoft has launched Office 365 Personal for individual users in the Indian market today. The subscription has been priced at Rs 330 ($5.4) for a month and Rs 3,299 ($55) per year and it allows users to connect up to two devices and work seamlessly. The productivity suite, Office 365 Personal, utilizes the cloud service to sync your work across devices. The suite includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, and more. Using the subscription, you can enjoy all its features on your tablet or phone, and on one Windows/Mac system.
Thailand’s economy has suffered in the past few years due to political unrests. But the country is staying afloat. Its GDP is at US$365 billion, which is higher than Malaysia and the Philippines. The country’s unemployment rate is only at 0.67 percent. However, looking at the other side of the coin, Thailand’s job market is quite competitive and employers find it tough to hire the right talent. Thailand-based startup WonderMe aims to solve that problem.
Japan’s top accounting SaaS startup, freee, has netted US$8 million in series B funding from DCM and Infinity Venture Partners (IVP), Tech in Asia has learned. IVP previously invested in freee. Freee is integrated with over 1,600 banks in Japan, making accounting easier to manage without too much data entry. A company accountant just has to approve the bills. Freee also helps small businesses generate tax reports in a few clicks for tax submissions to authorities.
CHONGQING, CHINA: Pacnet’s equity joint venture in China, Pacnet Business Solutions (China) (PBS) and China Telecom Corp. Chongqing (China Telecom) announced a strategic partnership to advance data center and cloud development in the city of Chongqing. Under the partnership, China Telecom will establish new Points of Presence (PoPs) in Pacnet’s Chongqing data center, CQCS1, enhancing its capability and helping propel Chongqing as well as the Liangjiang New Area to the forefront of the cloud computing industry in China.
Founded by Daisuke Sasaki and Ryu Yokoji in July 2012, freee aims to make bookkeeping and accounting quick and easy. While the idea seems simple, no one seems to have created an easy-to-use piece of accounting software for Japan. For many years, Yayoi has been dominating the accounting software space with over 60 percent market share in Japan. Sasaki says that Yayoi follows the dual-entry bookkeeping method, which could prove to be difficult and unnecessary for many small businesses. It functions okay but it lacks invoicing or bank account integration. It is at best an upgraded Excel spreadsheet.
HONG KONG – Pacnet announced support for Amazon Web Services (AWS) Direct Connect, giving customers the opportunity to leverage its network and data center infrastructure to establish dedicated private network connections to build and manage hybrid cloud computing deployments. The AWS Direct Connect service with Pacnet will allow customers the ability to dynamically manage application workloads across the AWS cloud and their private IT environments.
Canva, which has built an online tool that makes creating graphics super easy, has been making waves. It raised US$3 million from Australian and US investors last March before launching the product, which is rare given the discouraging investment scene Down Under. Today, the Sydney-based startup announced that Apple’s former chief evangelist Guy Kawasaki has finished his contract with Motorola and Google, and has joined the team full-time in the same role he performed at Apple. Kawasaki has also invested an undisclosed sum in the company.
Microsoft’s Office 365 Personal, a new consumer subscription offering for Office 365, is now available in Asia Pacific. The software company announced the availability of this offering today, adding that Office 365 Personal is designed for smaller households or individual users with single PC and tablet devices, but comes with the familiar features of Office in the cloud to subscribers.