How An Energy Company Is Using The Cloud To Create A Greener India

How do we produce more clean energy? Cloud computing could be a help. Bharat Light and Power (BLP), one of India’s largest clean energy companies, is combining cloud computing, analytics, mobile and social technologies to increase its green power capacity and transform how it operates. BLP wants to use the cloud to generate more renewable energy, improve efficiency and help rein in the growth of greenhouse gases.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ibm/2014/10/23/how-an-energy-company-is-using-the-cloud-to-create-a-greener-india/

Apple India cracks down misuse of discount programme, terminates contract with reseller

MUMBAI: Apple’s India unit has cracked down on misuse of its discount programme that offers lower prices on computers for students, terminating its contract with a reseller and barring three others from using the sales avenue for the next two years, according to annual filings with the Registrar of Companies. Adiscount of Rs54.48 lakh was inappropriately availed of by a small number of resellers, according to the filing.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/apple-india-cracks-down-misuse-of-discount-programme-terminates-contract-with-reseller/articleshow/44912775.cms

Taiwan Li-ion battery makers look to data center applications

Taiwan-based Li-ion battery module makers, in view of weak global demand for notebooks and slow growth in tablet sales, are looking to new business opportunities from data center UPS systems, according to the makers. Although global demand for smartphones is still growing, a smartphone uses only only one battery module, unlike notebooks which use several, the sources said. In addition, China-based Li-ion battery module makers have been competing for orders from smartphone, tablet and notebook vendors.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141021PD208.html

Super Micro Computer’s (SMCI) CEO Charles Liang on Q1 2015 Results – Earnings Call Transcript

Good day, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for standing by. Welcome to the Super Micro Computer, Incorporated first quarter 2015 conference call. The company’s news release, issued earlier today, is available from its website at http://www.supermicro.com. In addition, during today’s call, the company will refer to a slide presentation that has been made available to participants, which can be accessed in a downloadable PDF format on its website at http://www.supermicro.com in the Investor Relations section under the Events & Presentations tab.

http://seekingalpha.com/article/2580975-super-micro-computers-smci-ceo-charles-liang-on-q1-2015-results-earnings-call-transcript

21Vianet Forms JV With Foxconn For Chinese Data Center

21Vianet and Foxconn have signed a strategic cooperation agreement to establish a joint venture named Smart Time Technologies Limited. The two parties will jointly build and develop a global supply chain for the Internet data center and cloud computing infrastructure markets. In addition, the companies announced they plan to open a 21Vianet-Foxconn Internet infrastructure and engineering technology research and development center. This development is expected to further strengthen the technological collaboration between the two companies.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2014/10/21/21055-21vianet-forms-jv-with-foxconn-for-chinese-data-center

Datacenter management is important for the IT decisions makers in India

BANGALORE, INDIA: Dell announced the results of its Future Ready IT Survey conducted by Penn Schoen Berland (PSB), to identify the key requirements driving IT decision making across the globe. The survey interviewed respondents about the most important IT trends, significance of hyperscale computing, workloads, data center management and converged Infrastructure and how these would play a role in shaping the data center.

http://www.ciol.com/data-center-management-important-decisions-makers-india/

Acer cooperates with Octon to offer enterprise switch solution

Acer on October 14 announced a strategic partnership with Octon, a Cayman Islands-registered Taiwan-based provider of contact center software solutions and services, to launch abPBX plus, a communication switch solution for use by enterprises. With the abPBX plus, enterprises can easily use business social networking, chat rooms, video conferencing and other communication services at low cost, Octon said.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141014PD220.html

Dell to open two new datacentres in A/NZ Cloud expansion

Dell is set to open two new Australian datacentres as part of a Cloud expansion plan in partnership with Digital Realty and 6YS. The two new data centres will be located in Sydney and Melbourne, to add to its two existing data centres in Canberra and Brisbane. “As an end-to-end solutions provider, Dell is focused on meeting customer’s evolving needs including demand to have a data centre presence in local geographical proximity to customer operations,” according to a statement.

http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/557443/dell-open-two-new-datacentres-nz-cloud-expansion/

Amazon Web Services to build two Sydney data centres

Cloud behemoth Amazon Web Services is constructing two large data centres of its own in Sydney, Australia. The builds – which have already moved beyond site selection and design – come just 18 months after the public cloud provider began offering services from racks housed within three co-location facilities in the New South Wales capital.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/396802,amazon-web-services-to-build-two-sydney-data-centres.aspx

Acer working with Panasonic on cloud computing battery management system

Acer reportedly is cooperating with Panasonic to develop a battery management system for its Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) platform for Internet of Things (IoT) business opportunities, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Acer declined to comment. Acer is looking to integrate its BYOC platform into Panasonic’s battery management system and offer the solution to electric vehicle vendors. Panasonic provides batteries to EV vendors including Tesla.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141014PD205.html

Google’s public DNS goes offline, from AU

Google’s public domain name system (DNS) service went offline yesterday in South East Asia and Australia/New Zealand regions, affecting a large number of users in the area. Around 10pm AEST, users at the Whirlpool forum reported problems with reaching the Google DNS resolvers at the 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 Internet Protocol (IP) addresses and complained of experiencing packet loss. The outage was confirmed by Yunhong Gu, the team lead of Google’s public DNS, who said the service was off-air for around half an hour at 1100 hours UTC.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/396732,googles-public-dns-goes-offline.aspx

NTU researchers make breakthrough with fast-charge batteries

SINGAPORE: Scientists at Nanyang Technology University (NTU) have developed ultra-fast charging batteries that can be recharged up to 70 per cent in two minutes, and have a lifespan of more than 20 years – 10 times more than existing lithium-ion batteries. The batteries will have a “wide-ranging impact” on all industries, especially for electric vehicles, where consumers are put off by long recharge times and limited battery life, said NTU in a media release issued on Monday (Oct 13).

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/ntu-researchers-make/1412342.html

Google to increase investment in Taiwan cloud data center: report

Taipei, Oct. 8 (CNA) Google Inc. is planning to increase its investment in its cloud computing data center in central Taiwan to better capitalize on Asia’s fast-growing Internet communications market, the Economic Daily News reported Wednesday The report said that Google is expected to invest an additional US$100 million to US$200 million in the third phase of the development of the data center, which is located in the Changhua Coastal Industrial Park. Google has already invested more than US$600 million in the facility.

http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aeco/201410080019.aspx

Flipkart Apologizes to Beleaguered Patrons over Big Billion Day Sale Fiasco; Promises Better Service in Future [Full Script]

Home grown popular e-commerce site, Flipkart has reportedly begun sending apology mails to beleaguered consumers over the Monday’s (6 October) Big Billion Day flash sale fiasco. Despite minting huge revenue (close to $100 million/more than ₹600 crores) out of Big Billion Day gala, Flipkart’s much hyped flash sale faced severe criticisms over the poor handling of servers, which were unable to cope high incoming traffic volume leading to outages and sudden cancellation of the purchase.

http://www.ibtimes.co.in/flipkart-apologizes-beleaguered-patrons-over-big-billion-day-sale-fiasco-promises-better-service-610761

Damage control: Flipkart says big sorry after big boo-boo

“Yesterday was a big day for us. And we really wanted it to be a great day for you. But at the end of the day, we know that your experience was less than pleasant. We did not live up to the promises we made and for that we are really and truly sorry.” This apology note from Flipkart co-founders Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal landed in my inbox tonight, just as it did for thousands of other Flipkart customers.

http://www.techinasia.com/damage-control-time-flipkart-big-big-fiasco/

Big backlash for Flipkart on its Big Billion Day

India’s online shoppers will flock to discount sales, but they’re not known for their tolerance. Xiaomi learned this the hard way when it disappointed thousands of Indians who queued up in vain for its Mi 3 priced at an incredible INR 13,999 (US$231). Like spurned lovers, angry fans took to Twitter and Facebook. Most of them had little to complain about the phone but minced no words when it came to Xiaomi’s strategy of selling a limited number of units in a new market.

http://www.techinasia.com/big-backlash-flipkart-big-billion-day/

Lenovo becomes the biggest x86 server provider in China as acquisition of IBM x86 server business completes, says IDC

Lenovo has become the biggest x86 server provider in China as its acquisition of IBM’s x86 server business completes. IDC said it believes this acquisition will enrich Lenovo’s x86 server portfolio and strengthen its products and channels. IDC’s latest data on China x86 server market shows, Lenovo shipped 99,101 units in the first half of 2014 and ranked fourth among all vendors in the same category. Combining IBM and Lenovo’s shipments in the period would make Lenovo the biggest vendor in China’s x86 server market with a market share of 23.9%.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141001PR208.html

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