Digi TImes — Microsoft Taiwan began to implement Microsoft’s global program BizSpark Plus in Taiwan in July through cooperation with Taiwan-based business accelerators including AppWorks Ventures, HWTrek and Garage+. Microsoft will provide free Azure cloud computing resources worth US$120,000 a year to support start-up businesses engaged in software development or services, according to the company.
IT News — Microsoft’s Australia Azure East region is currently suffering a major network infrastructure interruption that has left customers unable to connect to their cloud hosted services. The Azure team tweeted a service alert for Australia East at 12:48pm AEST, with a link to its status updates site.
Want China Times — Taiwanese computer maker Acer said Wednesday it is holding discussions with 10 local companies on the possibility of supplying them with cloud computing storage solutions. The new cloud storage solution, developed in collaboration with Taiwan-based Hope Bay Technologies, is suitable for use by companies that have 100 to 1,000 employees, said Towny Huang, president of Taiwan operations at Acer.
IT News — iiNet has secured a multi-year infrastructure-as-a-service deal with the South Australian government that will see agencies source on-demand computing out of iiNet’s Adelaide-based data centres. The internet service provider – through its Internode subsidiary – will deliver its ‘gCloud’ branded service to the Department of Premier and Cabinet, the Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure, and the Department of Communities and Social Inclusion under the new deal, with opportunities to expand the deal to other state entities in the future.
Datacenter Knowledge — Amazon Web Services announced plans to build cloud data centers in India in 2016. Amazon already has a sizable customer base inside the country being served out of other AWS regions, but the company will build new data centers to better serve local customers with better performance, as well as to appease any data-sovereignty needs some organizations may have.
Nasdaq — India’s e-commerce market has been expanding rapidly over the past few years, with consumers turning more and more to the Internet to shop for their needs. Online retailing giant Amazon.com Inc. is well aware of this fact and therefore has been investing heavily in the market. India, with a huge population of 1.2 billion, has encouraging demographics and the economy is also improving as a result of the investment friendly approach of the new government.
Want China Times — Although Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has not yet opened operations in the US, the rapid development of US e-retailer Amazon, particularly in cloud computing, poses a great challenge to Alibaba, the Shanghai-based China Business News reported. Alibaba created a miracle in September 2014 as its shares soared 38% on its first trading day after a record-breaking initial public offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). The rise in its stocks sent the company’s value to over US$231 billion, exceeding the combined market capitalizations of Amazon and eBay, the two leading US e-commerce companies.
Tech Crunch — Amazon is continuing to push its AWS business in Asia after it announced plans to expand its cloud computing platform to India next year. The AWS foray into India follows the service’s localization in China last year, and it comes at a time when India’s startup scene is growing at speed. The country’s biggest players — which include billion dollar e-commerce platforms Snapdeal and Flipkart, Alibaba-backed mobile wallet Paytm and Uber rival Ola — are scaling at rapid clip, and with that comes increasingly complicated server and infrastructure demands which Amazon hopes a localized AWS service can cover.
Networks Asia — Today, IT organizations grapple with many disruptive transitions brought on by cloud computing and mobility. Easy access to public cloud-hosted services has allowed line-of-business (LOB) managers and even end users to make decisions on how they procure IT, the mobile devices that they use to access services and where they work. Meanwhile, LOB owners see growth possibilities in extending solutions and services via the cloud to millions of mobile users worldwide while enhancing customer engagement and delivering unique customer experiences.
IT Wire — According to ALE, the “tailor-made” offers are the first to combine the power of the cloud with an outcome-based approach for customer success. Matthieu Destot, Vice-President, ALE Asia Pacific, says ALE has made strong progress with cloud communication services for large enterprises and SMBs in Australia and New Zealand, recently delivering tailor-made cloud services for the Accor hotel group and at the G20 with partner, UXC Connect.
eWeek — Data center services provider Equinix will soon be doing a lot of business in the Far East, and its new partner, Alibaba’s Aliyun, will be doing the same in the U.S.The company signed an agreement earlier this month with Aliyun, the Alibaba Group Holding Limited’s cloud computing division, to provide direct access to Aliyun’s cloud platform via the Equinix Cloud Exchange in both Hong Kong and in Northern California.
The Whir — Orange Business Services has expanded its Asia Pacific presence, launching its public cloud offering called Flexible Computing Advanced in the region through data center nodes in Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney. The next-generation service is aimed at companies who have data centers and network requirements across several countries, the company said. Flexible Computing Advanced allows enterprises to build a Virtual Data Center with scalable resources.
India Times — MUMBAI: Software major Microsoft today said it will commission three “hyper-scale” data centres in India before the end of this year. “Microsoft has already started a private preview of these data centres with over 100 existing customers on board across different segments such as banking and financial institutions, government, manufacturing and start-ups,” Microsoft India chairman Bhaskar Pramanik told PTI here today.
Deal Street Asia — Tokyo-based NTT Communications Corp, the ICT solutions and international communications business announced that Enterprise Mail, a reasonably priced cloud service for mail and optional functions, is available in Indonesia and Thailand. NTT Com launched its popular Enterprise Mail service in Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in July 2014. Built on a platform based in Singapore, it provides stable, low-latency mail services to companies operating in the fast-growing APAC region.
Want China Times — Huawei Technologies and the city government of Dalian in northeast China’s Liaoning province on June 16 signed an agreement to build a software cloud platform and smart city that would offer a one-stop software cloud service to software developers nationwide, web portal Sohu reports. To promote the innovative development of cloud computing, the State Council earlier this year issued a set of guidelines outlining the goals for the development of cloud computing and big data.
Japan’s NTT Communications has sealed the deal on its purchase of European data centre services provider e-shelter, acquiring an 86.7 percent stake in the German company. The purchase boosts NTT Com’s data centre floor space in Europe to 92,000 square metres across nine cities, up from just shy of 20,000 square metres in four cities. Penny Jones, senior analyst at 451 Research, told TechWeekEurope that the acquisition shows demand has been strong in Germany for NTT Com.
HONG KONG & PARIS – Orange Business Services today announced the expansion and availability in Asia Pacific of their next-generation Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud offering called Flexible Computing Advanced. The service is targeted at large multinational companies who have multiple data center and network requirements across many countries. By standardizing and consolidating customer cloud infrastructure onto a globally consistent and reliable virtual private cloud, Flexible Computing Advanced enables customers to achieve greater savings on total cost of ownership.
For those of us who dwell in urban populated areas, the occurrence of noise congestion can sometimes become a mere backdrop in our living conditions, like a soundtrack to a movie. The longer we live in an area, the more adept we become at dealing with the noise. However, studies are showing that noise pollution ranks among the most pervasive forms of harm against a persons well being. An overexposure to the drudgery of noise pollution can manifest itself in the harmful deterioration of mental and physical well-being of residents, according to an article in the Environmental Health Perspectives (ehp).
According to a recent report of the Institute for Information & Communications Technology, the number of hardware manufacturers, including those producing electronic components, semiconductor products and equipment, IT hardware, telecoms equipment, and consumer electronics, is on the decline on the list of the global top 100 IT companies based on market caps, whereas that of software, IT services, and Internet service providers is showing a noticeable increase.
NEW DELHI: IT major Infosys has bagged three deals from overseas clients which include two in the financial services space and one for managed services. Croatia’s Hrvatska Postanska Banka (HPB) and Sharjah Islamic Bank (SIB) in the middle east have selected Infosys Finacle Payments solution for their business. “The Finacle solution will also help HPB to comply with Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) requirements and support Croatia’s harmonisation process with European Union regulations and Payment Service Directive,” Infosys said in a statement.