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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199 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.
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).
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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%.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.