Microsoft to tap $2-trillion Indian cloud market

NEW DELHI: Microsoft announced plans Tuesday (Sep 30) to offer its commercial cloud services from Indian data centres as it seeks to tap what it calls a US$2-trillion market in the country where Internet use is growing rapidly. The move is part of the US tech giant’s strategy to prepare for a world in which all data is stored online in locked accounts as it attempts to keep its market edge, with desktop use declining.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/international/microsoft-to-tap-2/1390340.html

Quanta to establish service center in Europe for server orders

To compete for more datacenter server orders, Quanta Computer reportedly will establish a service center in Europe in October, helping its server business to cross North America, Asia and Europe, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Other Taiwan-based makers such as Wistron, Inventec, Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) and Mitac will also strengthen their competitiveness through improving software and services.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140929PD213.html

Microsoft to set up cloud data centre in India

NEW DELHI: Microsoft will offer its commercial and cloud services- Azure and Office 365 from local data centres in India by the end of 2015, chief executive Satya Nadella said here on Tuesday. Calling cloud a “$2 trillion opportunity”, Nadella said the company will look to partner with Indian corporates, government, and entrepreneurs. Nadella did not disclose the investment involved in setting up the data centres, but said they will have ” sizeable” capacity.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/software/microsoft-to-set-up-cloud-data-centre-in-india/articleshow/43881117.cms

China Server Market Sales Up 35% In Q2 2014

China’s X86 server shipments reached 448,000 units, a year-on-year increase of 22.2%; and its server sales reached USD1.43 billion, a year-on-year increase of 34.6%, according to latest statistics from IDC. Statistics from IDC showed that during the second quarter of 2014, the global shipment of X86 servers increased by 1.5% year-on-year to 2.2 million units; while the related sales increased by 7.8% year-on-year to USD9.8 billion.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2014/09/22/20984-china-server-market-sales-up-35-in-q2-2014

Taiwan’s Delta Electronics Inc. gets named to sustainability index series

TAIPEI — Delta Electronics Inc., one of Taiwan’s leading power management system providers, has been named a constituent of the prestigious Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) series in 2014. The DJSI, launched jointly by the Dow Jones Index, STOXX and Sustainable Asset Management in 1999, is the first index that traces how some of the world’s leading enterprises are performing in the areas of social responsibility, environmental protection and economic performance.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/09/22/417759/Taiwans-Delta.htm

Singapore’s Economic Planning Agency Looks To Smart Energy Solutions

Singapore’s Economic Development Board (EDB) has announced plans to develop smart solutions for energy management and control, smart grids, energy storage and integration of renewable energies. The project will include research initiatives to integrate multiple renewable energy sources such as wind and solar energy with existing capabilities. It will also look at how Singapore can reduce energy loss from utilities companies and enhance their capacity.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/2014/sep/18/singapores-economic-planning-agency-looks-smart-en/

Canberra Data Centres goes national

Canberra Data Centres will tomorrow announce a national expansion after signing a co-location agreement with Digital Realty. Privately-held CDC, which operates two data centres in Canberra, will build out racks within the data centres Digital Realty provides at both Erskine Park in Sydney and Deer Park in Melbourne. The company’s expansion comes off the back of two big wins in recent months. Last week, CDC was awarded a subcontracting role for Lockheed Martin to provide Australia’s Department of Defence with data centre services from its two facilities in the ACT plus an undisclosed number of smaller computer rooms at Defence bases around the country.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/392084,canberra-data-centres-goes-national.aspx

How Openstack May Offer Asia An Edge In The Cloud

The OpenStack cloud platform is gaining momentum around the world, according to Mirantis, a pure-play OpenStack vendor. In an announcement earlier this month, Mirantis says it has become the largest provider of OpenStack products and services for the telecommunications industry, with a customer list that includes the likes of AT&T and Orange. Also identified as customers were Pacnet, headquartered in Hong Kong, and China’s Huawei.

http://www.datacenterdynamics.com/focus/archive/2014/09/how-openstack-may-offer-asia-edge-cloud

Germany aids wind power zoning in Vietnam

The four-year project will be initiated this year to support technological development and exploitation of wind power potential in Vietnam, build a relevant database, zone areas for wind farms, and improve capacities of administering agencies in managing wind power investments. The country now has three operational wind farms, including the first phase of Binh Thanh project with an annual generation output of 30 MW invested by Vietnam Renewable Energy One Member Company Limited in the south-central province of Binh Thuan.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/111669/germany-aids-wind-power-zoning-in-vietnam.html

NTT America introduces new cloud, IP, data center indirect channel partner program

NTT America’s Global Solution and Data Center Services business unit is taking advantage of this week’s Cloud Partners 2014 to debut its NTT America Global Solutions Channel Partner Program. The service provider said that this indirect program will allow U.S. channel partners to sell NTT America’s suite of domestic and international information and communications technology solutions to business customers.

http://www.fiercetelecom.com/story/ntt-america-introduces-new-cloud-ip-data-center-indirect-channel-partner-pr/2014-09-08

Dimension Data modernises Puma’s data centre in HK

In an effort to achieve greater efficiencies and environmental sustainability, global sportswear brand Puma Asia Pacific has entrusted Dimension Data with the task of modernising its data centre in Hong Kong. Within two months, the ICT solutions and services provider designed, planned and implemented a green data centre in which mechanical, lighting, electrical and computer systems were as energy-efficient as possible.

http://mis-asia.com/resource/data-center/dimension-data-modernises-pumas-data-centre-in-hk/

External disk sales spin down as firms turn off high-end storage

Spending on storage inched up in 2014’s second quarter on the same period last year. But the small rise disguises a fall in the amount firms are spending on external disks. The real picture for external storage systems is that second-quarter factory revenues worldwide were down 1.4 percent on the same period a year ago to $5.87bn. Causing a modest 0.3 percent overall rise in revenues between second quarter 2014 and 2013 are strong internal storage sales in the Asia-Pacific region and emerging markets, analyst firm IDC said. Overall spending on storage reached $7.8bn in the second quarter this year.

http://www.zdnet.com/external-disk-sales-spin-down-as-firms-turn-off-high-end-storage-7000033366/

Alibaba opens fifth data centre for public cloud business

BEIJING – Alibaba Group Holding Ltd IPO-BABA.N said on Friday it will open a fifth data centre in Shenzhen to service AliCloud, the latest sign of its growing investment in the small but potentially lucrative cloud computing business. Established in 2009, AliCloud posted US$38 million (S$47.46 million) in revenue during the quarter ending June, a relatively small slice of Alibaba’s US$2.54 billion in total revenue for the quarter, according to Alibaba’s financial disclosures filed ahead of its imminent initial public offering in New York.

http://digital.asiaone.com/digital/news/alibaba-opens-fifth-data-centre-public-cloud-business

SITA switches data centre over to Telstra

Waste management company SITA has decommissioned its Sydney data centre, migrating all of its applications to Telstra in a painless shift that took just a weekend. SITA had built a new internal data centre in 2010 prior to the appointment of Michael Salas as CIO in late 2011. Salas, a former executive at Perpetual and Ticketek, has spent the intervening years moving staff off “the plumbing” in order to focus on the delivery of business applications.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/391378,sita-switches-data-centre-over-to-telstra.aspx

Air India’s server crashes on heavy traffic

Air India’s decision to celebrate its first-ever ‘Air India Day’ with a ticket for Rs.100 offer backfired as its server crashed due to ‘unprecedented’ traffic witnessed on Wednesday as lakhs of people accessed its website http://www.airindia.com to grab the unbelievable offer. The site was down from 11 a.m. or before said people who tried desperately to be the first ones to avail themselves of tickets at such a low price. Airline officials said they were not prepared for handling such a huge rush and it would take some time to rectify the problem. Till late evening the site was not accessible.

http://www.thehindu.com/business/Industry/air-indias-server-crashes-on-heavy-traffic/article6357418.ece

Former Minister plans data centre at scrapped Fairfax plant

A company chaired by Howard-era minister Ian Campbell has proposed the build of a data centre in Fairfax’s defunct printing plant at Tullamarine, Melbourne, under a complicated capital raising that requires the backdoor float of a new company. ADX Management Limited, chaired by Campbell and formed on 18 August, 2014, plans to raise capital to refurb the facility after a reverse listing with ASX-listed IM Medical.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/391438,former-minister-plans-data-centre-at-scrapped-fairfax-plant.aspx

KDDI to Build New Telehouse Data Centers in Tokyo and Osaka

NEW YORK, NY — (Marketwired) — 08/27/14 — KDDI, the global telecommunications provider, announces today that it will invest $270 million (28 billion yen) investment in the building of two new Telehouse data centers, “TELEHOUSE OSAKA 2,” and “TELEHOUSE TOKYO Tama 3,” scheduled to open in August 2015 and February 2016 respectively. These additional facilities will take the total amount of global TELEHOUSE data center space to approximately 4.0 million square feet, provided by 46 sites across 13 countries/territories and 24 major cities.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3162327

IBM launches SoftLayer cloud in Melbourne, Sydney

IBM will offer its first SoftLayer cloud services to the Australian market via two data centres in Sydney and Melbourne, the company announced today, with both to go live before the end of the year. The company today confirmed the industry’s worst-kept secret by announcing its $35 million investment to build racks inside a Digital Realty-owned facility in Deer Park, Melbourne, from which it will offer Infrastructure-as-a-Service under the Softlayer brand from next month. The company also announced the same services will be available from a Sydney datacentre within two months.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/391380,ibm-launches-softlayer-cloud-in-melbourne-sydney.aspx

Facility costs drive NextDC net loss to AU$22.9m

Expanded facility costs associated with its new datacentres in Sydney and Perth have driven NextDC’s statutory net loss after tax to AU$22.9 million for the financial year ending 2014, but the company hopes to see positive earnings by next year. The Australian-listed datacentre-as-a-service company released its annual financial report (PDF) today, reporting a loss in underlying earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortisation (EBITDA), adjusted for non-recurring items, of AU$16.1 million in FY14 — an improvement from its loss of AU$20 million in FY13.

http://www.zdnet.com/facility-costs-drive-nextdc-net-loss-to-au22-9m-7000032913/

IBM to help China’s Inspur to design servers

BEIJING: IBM will help China’s largest server vendor Inspur International design server systems, the two companies said on Friday, an unexpected development in what has been a politically charged rivalry in the Chinese technology market.  Since last year Inspur has aggressively marketed its servers to Chinese state-owned firms as a replacement for IBM (International Business Machines Corp) systems while US-China relations have worsened dramatically over mutual suspicions of cyberspying.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/08/25/IBM-to-help-Chinas-Inspur-to-design-servers/