On July 22, the Xiaomi Mi3 smartphone went on sale on the website of India’s largest online retailer, Flipkart. This was an exclusive launch introducing Xiaomi’s phones to India. Given the marketing bonanza enveloping the launch, a sea of online buyers logged on the site. Buyers started seeing an HTTP Error 503 Service Unavailable response. Amod Malviya, CTO, Flipkart, says the outage wasn’t due to an infrastructure failure. “In fact, we have almost never gone down in the past three years because of that sort of an issue,” he says.
Taiwan-based server ODMs including Quanta Computer, Wistron and Inventec may obtain orders arising from the beginning of Project Scorpio 2.0, the second version of a project to boost low-cost and highly scalable data center infrastructure jointly by China-based Internet service operators Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent through collaboration with Intel, in September 2014, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.
SINGAPORE: With growing internet connectivity, there is increasing demand for data centres which house hardware servers to support networks and databases. Industry observers say demand in Singapore is also driven by its status as a regional hub. Keppel T&T already owns two data centres in Singapore and it is building a third. It says growth in internet and mobile usage, as well as cloud computing, is driving demand for data centre space.
The Federal Government has added the first four suppliers to its new data centre services panel following a revamp of its procurement arrangements. The finance department today named NextDC, Datapod, Canberra Data Centres and Australian Data Centres as the first batch of suppliers under the government’s new Data Centre Facilities Supplies Panel.
Submarine cable builder SubPartners will land its APX-West and APX-Central cables in NextDC’s Perth P1 data centre, the company revealed today. The 5300km APX-Central cable will connect Perth and Sydney from the third quarter of 2016, with additional spurs planned for Adelaide, Melbourne and Hobart. The 4700km APX-West will connect Perth to Changi North in Singapore with planned branches to Jakarta, Indonesia and Christmas Island.
Japanese incumbent telco Nippon Telegraph and Telephone is reportedly lobbying Telstra for a partnership, amidst growing competition from Optus’ parent SingTel. In an article in the Australian Financial Review, NTT urges the Australian telco to use its global network of data centres, which would be connected to Telstra’s own networks. The news comes as Telstra repositions itself from being a traditional telecommunications company towards being a network applications and services (NAS) provider with a focus on south-east Asia.
The Bombay Stock Exchange, India’s oldest exchange, halted trading early Thursday after it encountered network problems. The exchange, which closed the market shortly after start of trading, resumed trading within about three hours. A number of users were logged out abruptly because of the “misbehavior” of some of the components in its network, BSE said in the afternoon after trading had resumed. It did not say what led the components to malfunction.
SINGAPORE: 1-Net Singapore is launching a new centre to meet growing demand for data hosting and other data-management services, to be ready by the last quarter of 2015. The new data centre, 1-Net North, will be Singapore’s first Tier III data centre certified by the Uptime Institute, a research organisation and consultancy focused on improving data-centre performance and efficiency. A Tier III data centre allows for any planned maintenance activity to take place without disrupting operations of hardware located in the centre.
Equinix has started off the second phase of its third International Business Exchange (IBX) data centre, HK3-II, in Hong Kong, the data centre company announced today. The additional investment of US$23 million provides space for an additional 650 cabinets, which brings the total capacity to 2,700 cabinets. According to Equinix’s media statement, HK3-II has direct fiber connectivity to its other IBX data centres in the city via the Equinix Metro Connect, a service that provides reliable network connectivity, allowing customers in HK3 to easily expand their businesses within the Equinix platform.
Data center service provider Internap has expanded its bare-metal public cloud service to data centers in London and Hong Kong. The service was previously available at the company’s Amsterdam, Singapore, Dallas, New York and Santa Clara, California, locations. Bare-metal cloud servers are essentially dedicated managed servers customers can provision like they provision cloud virtual machines. The offering, also available from Internap rivals like Rackspace and IBM SoftLayer, provides performance of dedicated servers along with elasticity of a public cloud service.
Direct insurance business DirectAsia.com launched in Singapore in 2010, aiming to disrupt traditional Asian insurance models, bypass agents, and deal direct with the customer. After the successful launch, it expanded into Hong Kong in 2012, and Thailand the following year. The acquisition by specialist insurer, Hiscox, at the end of Q1 2014, signalled the start of a new chapter in DirectAsia.com’s development.
China Unicom held a foundation stone laying ceremony for its Hong Kong data center, in which the company will invest CNY3 billion. The company will invest CNY3 billion to build a communications hub building in Hong Kong’s Tseung Kwan O. This new building will be used as data center to enhance China Unicom’s network services and it is expected to be completed in the first half of 2016. Lu Yimin, general manager of China Unicom, said that this new center will have an international network platform, cloud computing service platform, and Internet data center, which will help improve the company’s communications products development abilities outside of mainland China.
Hong Kong, June 26, 2014 – (ACN Newswire) – CITIC Telecom International Holdings Limited, a reputable telecoms hubbing services operator in Asia, announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, CITIC Telecom International CPC Limited has signed a cooperation agreement, through its subsidiary China Enterprise ICT Solutions Limited, with Shanghai Science & Technology Network Communications Corporation Limited (“STNC”) to set up a cloud computing data center in Baoshan, Shanghai. The data center is to be built to international T3+ standard, which can meet requirements of reliability, scalability, eco-friendliness, security and management for next-generation data centers.
HYDERABAD JUNE 25: IBM will be setting up a new data centre in India by the end of this year as part of its $1.2-billion investment to expand its global cloud footprint. This comes on the back of its $2-billion acquisition of cloud computer player Softlayer last year. IBM is preparing itself to be a leading player in the global cloud services sector, having invested $7 billion and acquired 17 cloud companies in the last seven years to stock up a high-value cloud portfolio.
NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the ICT Solutions and international communications business within the NTT (NYSE:NTT) Group, announced today that it was named the 2014 Frost & Sullivan Data Center Service Provider of the Year. The results were announced at the 2014 Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific ICT Awards in Singapore on June 25. NTT Com was highly evaluated for maintaining its strong market share in the Japanese data center market while simultaneously furthering its Asia-Pacific expansion. NTT Com’s successful data center launches in Hong Kong and Bangalore were also noted.
Tencent Cloud will officially launch its Hong Kong data center by the end of this week, marking the start of the Chinese Internet giant’s globalization strategy in the cloud computing sector. Tencent Cloud’s Hong Kong data center will reportedly focus on the Asia Pacific, Europe and American regions, providing comprehensive cloud computing services to those marketplaces. With Hong Kong’s outstanding network hardware environment, Tencent Cloud’s new data center will use an international BGP line, which is currently the fastest network line in the world. It has direct connections to America via a submarine cable, which will ensure the fast connections to Tencent Cloud’s host.
Facebook’s website and app were both unavailable for 31 minutes on Thursday evening from approximately 6:00pm AEST, making it the site’s longest outage in four years, according to the Guardian. The social network has not yet revealed what led to the downtime, prompting wild theories about its cause – including speculation that it may have been hit by a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack.
Vodafone experienced major network issues today which downed mobile services for customers right across the country for several hours, in an afternoon when customers of all three Australian network providers suffered degrees of service interruptions. Australia’s third largest telecommunications provider informed customers earlier today of mobile service issues affecting users in all regions of the country. Calls and SMS services were affected, with customers also reporting intermittent issues with data.
“Due to China Unicom’s extensive network resources at home and abroad, strong cross-border network connectivity and IDC support from mainland China, coupled with the robust ICT infrastructure of Hong Kong and a talented team with valuable operational management experience and a global vision, the global centre will boost China Unicom’s competitiveness on the global stage,” said Mr. Lu Yimin, executive director and president of China Unicom.
Asustek Computer’s competition with Gigabyte Technology over the motherboard business is growing fiercer as the two firms’ shipment gap will only be 100,000 units, according to sources from channel retailers. Asustek shipped 10.4 million motherboards and Gigabyte 10.3 million units in the first half of 2014.