ST Telemedia takes 40% stake in China data centre company GDS

SINGAPORE: ST Telemedia and China’s GDS Services (GDS) announced on Wednesday (July 30) that they are partnering to expand and develop the latter’s portfolio of data centres. With the partnership, ST Telemedia agreed to invest an approximate 40 per cent stake into the Chinese data centre services provider. The tie-up will aid GDS accelerate the development of new data centres in key locations in China, according to the companies’ joint statement.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/st-telemedia-takes-40/1288922.html

Delta Electronics 2Q14 net profit hits record

Power supply maker and energy management solution provider Delta Electronics has posted gross margin of 27.43% and net profit of NT$5.264 billion (US$176 million) for second-quarter 2014, with both hitting the highest ever on company record. Of second-quarter consolidated revenues, 60% came from power supplies and components, 19% from energy management devices and smart green life products each, and 2% from others.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140730PD200.html

Govt trial finds smart grids could save $28bn in electricity costs

A four-year $490 million Government trial of the use of smart technologies in the energy sector has found the country could reap $28 billion in net economic benefits over the next 20 years if the devices were rolled out nationally. A report released yesterday by Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane – written by four local consultancy firms – analysed the results of the Smart Grid, Smart City project and found the use of such technologies could result in consumers paying hundreds of dollars less a year through reduced energy usage.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/390407,govt-trial-finds-smart-grids-could-save-28bn-in-electricity-costs.aspx

THE EVOLVING ASEAN DATA CENTER MARKET

An increasing amount of attention has been focused on the Asia Pacific data center market in recent years, thanks to strong economic growth in China and India, two of the most populous nations on the planet. Usually overlooked is a smaller grouping of countries within this region known as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Formed to promote economic cooperation and regional stability, ASEAN consists of ten countries, namely Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

http://www.datacenterdynamics.com/focus/archive/2014/07/evolving-asean-data-center-market

Flipkart’s CTO explains the Xiaomi launch outage

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.

http://mis-asia.com/resource/internet/flipkarts-cto-explains-the-xiaomi-launch-outage/

Taiwan server ODMs may benefit from Project Scorpio 2.0

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.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140722PD210.html

Growing demand for data centres in Singapore

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.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/growing-demand-for-data/1267844.html

Govt appoints first partners to new data centre panel

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.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/389447,govt-appoints-first-partners-to-new-data-centre-panel.aspx

SubPartners picks NextDC as landing point for APX cables

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.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/389438,subpartners-picks-nextdc-as-landing-point-for-apx-cables.aspx

NTT lobbies Telstra for cloud partnership, as competition from SingTel intensifies

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.

http://www.smartcompany.com.au/technology/42701-ntt-lobbies-telstra-for-cloud-partnership-as-competition-from-singtel-intensifies.html#

India’s Bombay Stock Exchange halts trading after network problem

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.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/indias-bombay-stock-exchange-halts-trading-after-network-problem/

1-Net launches new centre to meet growing data needs

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.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/1-net-launches-new-centre/1231670.html

Equinix expands its third data centre in HK

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.

http://mis-asia.com/resource/data-center/equinix-expands-its-third-data-centre-in-hk/

Internap Expands Bare-Metal Cloud Servers to London, Hong Kong Data Centers

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.

http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2014/07/02/internap-expands-bare-metal-cloud-servers-london-hong-kong-data-centers/

Data protection key to cloud in financial services: DirectAsia.com CIO

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.

http://www.zdnet.com/data-protection-key-to-cloud-in-financial-services-directasia-com-cio-7000031041/

Hong Kong Is China Unicom’s Next Major Data Center Expansion

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.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2014/06/30/20675-hong-kong-is-china-unicoms-next-major-data-center-expansion

CITIC Telecom’s Subsidiary Signed a Cooperation Agreement with STNC

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.

http://en.acnnewswire.com/press-release/english/17192/citic-telecom’s-subsidiary-signed-a-cooperation-agreement-with-stnc

IBM to open new India data centre this year

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.

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/features/smartbuy/ibm-to-open-new-india-data-centre-this-year/article6148056.ece

NTT Communications Named 2014 Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Data Center Service Provider of the Year

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.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3112298

Tencent Cloud Opens Outside Mainland China While Foreign Tech Still Blocked Inside Country

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.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2014/06/25/20668-tencent-cloud-opens-outside-mainland-china-while-foreign-tech-still-blocked-inside-country