HCL and IBM to develop cloud solutions

IndiaCE Asia Mag — IBM Corp. and HCL Technologies (HCL) announced a strategic partnership to jointly build hybrid cloud solutions to help enterprises drive their digital transformations. HCL will use Bluemix, IBM’s Cloud platform to build applications and solutions in the areas of Unified Service Management and Internet of Things (IoT). VThe Unified Service Management offering will help clients manage the most demanding and complex service delivery environments.


Accelerating OpenStack cloud authentication with Keystone tokens

JapanOpen Source — OpenStack Summit Tokyo October 27-30 will host thousands of developers, users, and administrators of OpenStack cloud software and feature one of the foremost Keystone experts and OpenStack pioneers in the Operations Track, Priti Desai. Priti is an advisory software engineer at IBM and part of various OpenStack projects including Keystone and OpenStack security projects (formally known as OpenStack Security Group).


IBM, CEC To Establish Joint Innovation Lab

ChinaChina Tech News — IBM and China Electronics Corporation jointly announced that they will establish a joint innovation lab and begin in-depth cooperation. By teaming with IBM in the establishment of joint innovation lab, CEC will enhance its technology joint innovation, realize win-win cooperation, bring greater value to customers, and promote the development of Chinese information technology industry.


India: The latest battleground for big cloud computing providers

IndiaFortune — IBM, Microsoft, and Amazon Web Services have opened, or will open, new data centers to take advantage of India’s tech-savvy populace. IBM opened a SoftLayer cloud data center in Chennai on Tuesday. It’s the company’s first in India, and the latest in a tech industry trend. A few weeks ago Microsoft announced three new Azure cloud data center regions in Pune, Hyderabad, and Chennai.


IBM allows some governments to review source code

ChinaTimes of India — SAN FRANCISCO: International Business Machines (IBM) Corp on Friday said it allows certain countries to review, under strict control, portions of the US technology company’s product source code to detect any security flaws in its software. China is among those countries, a person familiar with the company’s policy there said. The reviews must be done using an IBM security application and the company “does not let people take the code out of the room,” the source said on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter.


IBM allows Chinese Government to review source code – WSJ

China.gifChannel News Asia — REUTERS: International Business Machines Corp has agreed to let China review some product source code in a secure room, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing two people briefed on the practice. It was not clear which products IBM was allowing reviews of or how much time officials of China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology can spend looking at the code, the WSJ said on Friday. (http://on.wsj.com/1PlKBoR)


IBM Taps Microsoft’s Cloud Data Center Provider in China to Host Bluemix PaaS

ChinaExpanding its Platform-as-a-Service offering to China, IBM has tapped Chinese data center provider 21Vianet to host and operate the solution in its data centers, the Armonk, New York-based giant announced today. IBM claims its Bluemix PaaS is the world’s largest deployment of the open source PaaS software called Cloud Foundry, which came out of VMware but was later spun off as an independently managed open source project.


HCL, IBM Team Up to Drive IoT Adoption

IndiaEE Times — HCL Technologies, India’s fourth largest software services firm, has teamed up with International Business Machines (IBM) to develop Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. IoT is a technological concept that aims to make machines communicate with each other to send and receive information in real time.


IBM building ecosystem in Philippines for global analytics

PhilippinesManila Times — The Philippines is set to see major development as a hub for analytics — the method of finding meaningful patterns in data – as IBM pioneers an ecosystem in the country for producing analytics professionals to service the industry’s booming global demand. The New York-based multinational technology and consulting corporation is bullish about its investment prospects in the Philippines, emboldened by the country’s brisk economy and its rich, young pool of English-speaking IT talents.


IBM India looks up to Watson to revive dwindling revenue, from IN

IndiaTimes of India — BENGALURU: IBM is aggressively pitching a more attractive Watson to its top Indian customers, hoping they will once again take a shine to the company that’s struggling with dwindling market share in the country. The Armonk, New York-based company’s chief executive Virginia M Rometty, who was in India on Tuesday, made a strong case for the path-breaking Watson artificial-intelligence system to clients, including Bharti Airtel and Vodafone, as part of a broader push to win more business in India, people familiar with the discussions said.


IBM CEO Ginni Rometty calls on PM Narendra Modi

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Global IT major IBM CEO Ginni Rometty met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 15. Rometty is on a three-day visit to India and has met senior leaders in the government as well as from the industry. “Ginni Rometty, CEO, IBM, calling on PM Shri @narendramodi,” Press Information Bureau tweeted with picture of Modi and Rometty without disclosing details of discussions between them.


IBM pitches supercomputer Watson to top Indian clients

IndiaIndia Times — BENGALURU: IBM is aggressively pitching a more attractive Watson to its top Indian customers, hoping they will once again take a shine to the company that’s struggling with dwindling market share in the country. The Armonk, New York-based company’s chief executive Virginia M Rometty, who was in India on Tuesday, made a strong case for the path-breaking Watson artificial-intelligence system to clients, including Bharti Airtel and Vodafone, as part of a broader push to win more business in India, people familiar with the discussions said.


TCS and IBM lead race for Volvo’s $500 million IT contract

IndiaBENGALURU: Tata Consultancy Services and International Business Machines have emerged as frontrunners in the race to win Swedish truckmaker AB Volvo’s IT outsourcing contract, worth about $500 million, according to people familiar with the matter. As part of the deal, which is expected to stretch over three to five years, Volvo will outsource its IT business unit, they said, adding that HP and Infosys are among the other firms being evaluated. Volvo may give out business worth at least $100 million a year as part of this deal, they said, requesting anonymity.


Avnet and IBM working together with MDeC on cloud onboarding programme, from Malaysia

MalaysiaIT solutions distributor Avnet Technology Solutions said it is working with IBM and the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) on the MSC Malaysia ‘Cloud Onboarding Programme.’ Under the MSC Malaysia Cloud Computing Enablement Initiative, independent software vendors (ISVs) and system integrators (SIs) will be able use IBM Cloud, a ‘Software-as-a-Service’ (SaaS) offering, Avnet said in a statement.The ISVs and SIs will get access to SoftLayer infrastructure from IBM to develop enterprise software, it added.


Worldwide server shipments grow 13% in 1Q15, while revenues increase 17.9%, says Gartner, from TW

TaiwanIn the first quarter of 2015, worldwide server shipments grew 13% on year, while revenues increased 17.9% from the first quarter of 2014, according to Gartner. “The first quarter of 2015 was a particularly strong start to the year, with the strongest shipment growth since the third quarter of 2010, when the market was recovering from the downturn. It was also the second-largest-volume quarter ever,” said Adrian O’Connell, research director at Gartner.


IBM and Asia Pacific University in next-gen workforce collaboration

MalaysiaIBM Malaysia and the Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) have announced an academic collaboration to develop what they said would be the “next generation of technology-savvy graduates.” The two parties will share skills, best practices and knowledge, IBM Malaysia said in a statement. In 2011, APU – via IBM’s Academic Initiative – began to embed IBM Rational software in the courses taught in its Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Technology.


IBM planning to set up second data centre in India

IndiaPANAJI: Technology giant IBM is planning to set up its second data centre in India to cater to the demand from various sectors including financial services and government. The US-based firm already has a data centre in Mumbai. “We are looking at setting up another public cloud data centre. As you know, sectors like government and financial services prefer their data residing within the country,” IBM India managing director Vanitha Narayanan told PTI.


IBM offers up to US$120K to Malaysian Cloud startups

MalaysiaEnterprise platform for cloud company IBM is offering up to US$120,000 worth of credits to qualifying Cloud startups in Malaysia under the IBM Global Entrepreneur Programme (GEP). “The cloud market in Malaysia remains untapped with a good growth potential,” said Balwinder Gill, IBM Malaysia Software Cloud leader. “Through IBM GEP, we plan to expand our presence among local cloud startups and help them grow as vital players in the industry, which ultimately secures the future of IBM’s business in Malaysia as well.”


IBM to team up with Chinese company and make Obama unhappy

ChinaThe International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) and China’s Beijing Teamsun Technology recently announced their cooperation, allowing the latter based on IBM’s technologies to develop and sell domestic innovation products–a move seen provoking the Obama administration, ThePaper.cn reports. Previously, the Obama administration had been weary of the information security contents in the draft of China’s anti-terrorism law, and now IBM’s cooperating with a Chinese enterprise in handing over the source codes to the latter will make the US government even more unhappy.


IBM opens Sydney SoftLayer data centre

AustraliaIBM is chasing Microsoft Azure by launching a second Australian point-of-presence (PoP) for its SoftLayer cloud business. The company opened its Melbourne facility – at a Digital Realty-owned site in Deer Park – last August as part of a $1.2 billion investment in cloud globally. At the time of the Melbourne announcement, IBM said it would also open a Sydney facility by October. IBM did not respond to request for detail on the delayed launch of the Sydney centre.