AWS Zocalo comes to Sydney

Amazon Web Services has made its new Zocalo collaboration and file sharing service available in Sydney from today. A representative for AWS announced the availability in the web services giant’s developer forums (registration required). Until today, local Zocalo users had been hosted on the Oregon AWS instance on the West Coast of the United States.,aws-zocalo-comes-to-sydney.aspx

SSD products for sustainable growth: Q&A with Phison chairman Khein-Seng Pua

NAND flash chip controller maker Phison Electronics has seen its sales grow robustly in 2014. And under the leadership of its chairman Khein-Seng Pua, the company has initiated a restructuring plan, dubbed “Phison 2.0″ that will drive it to focus on SSD products for sustainable growth.

Fujitsu servers get DataCore certified

DataCore Software has given certification to Fujitsu Primergy BX and CX servers. The software-defined storage and virtual storage area network (SAN) solutions have doubled in scale and performance according to DataCore. The products are aimed at the mid-market. Particularly, organisations running Microsoft virtualisation projects and mixed Hyper-V and VMware environments running business critical applications like Microsoft Dynamics ERP, SQL databases, SharePoint, Exchange, SAP, Oracle and VDI.

Fujitsu launches hyper-scale storage solution

BANGALORE, INDIA: As organizations continue to grapple with the problem of how to leverage Big Data as they cross the Petabyte divide, Fujitsu today introduces ETERNUS CD10000 which helps organizations eliminate the major headaches associated with the exponential growth of data. The new ETERNUS CD10000 system heralds a new era of extremely high capacity solutions for everyday data retention and management problems.

Nexenta Continues Its Asia Expansion With SuperCloud and Cloud Valley to Bring Software-Defined Storage to China

Nexenta (@Nexenta), the global leader in Software-Defined Storage (SDS) (#softwaredefinedstorage), today announced a partnership with Beijing-based server manufacturer SuperCloud. SuperCloud is a joint venture between the Beijing government and Cloud Valley. The company is one of the innovative companies working within the auspices of Cloud Valley. Cloud Valley was founded by noted Chinese Internet entrepreneur Edward Tian, and is now home to nearly twenty companies focusing on cloud computing hardware, software and services.

How To Cut Costs When Your It Storage Demand Grows, from HK

Public sector organisations are generating and collecting more data today. The increase use of rich-media and large data sets makes it even more pressing to find efficient storage solutions. The City University of Hong Kong recently invested US$1 million to upgrade its enterprise storage infrastructure. Dr Andy Chun, CIO, told FutureGov how the project improved his team’s productivity, saved operating costs and reduced the university’s carbon footprint.

China market: SSD prices drop sharply, say memory module makers

SSD (solid-state drive) prices in the China market have drastically fallen, with prices for a 128GB model dropping to US$50-55 and those for a 256GB model to below US$100, according to Taiwan-based memory module makers. The prices declined following a price war started by China-based SSD vendors TIGO Technology and Galaxy Microsystems, the sources said. TIGO’s SSD solutions are provided by Taiwan-based Phison Electronics and Galaxy’s NAND flash controller ICs are supplied by Taiwan-based JMicron Technology, the sources noted.

Global information storage to grow to 447ZB in 2020, says HGST executive, from Taiwan

Global information storage in 2013 was estimated at 4.4ZB (zettabyte) and is forecast to increase to 447ZB in 2020, with a compound annual growth rate of 44% during the seven-year period, according to HGST Taiwan and Shanghai general manager Vincent Chen. Global storage market has seen structural changes in three waves, with storage devices set up in main frames in the first wave, client server-based distributed storage in the second, and cloud computing-based storage to meet storage at any time and Big Data demand in the third, Chen said.

External disk sales spin down as firms turn off high-end storage

Spending on storage inched up in 2014’s second quarter on the same period last year. But the small rise disguises a fall in the amount firms are spending on external disks. The real picture for external storage systems is that second-quarter factory revenues worldwide were down 1.4 percent on the same period a year ago to $5.87bn. Causing a modest 0.3 percent overall rise in revenues between second quarter 2014 and 2013 are strong internal storage sales in the Asia-Pacific region and emerging markets, analyst firm IDC said. Overall spending on storage reached $7.8bn in the second quarter this year.

Hybrid cloud storage firm Cloudian receives $24 million funding fueled by Japanese investors

Cloudian, a California-based company with a major presence in Japan, announced a US$24 million financing round today. The firm received funds from existing investors like Intel Capital as well as newcomers Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ) and Fidelity Growth Partners Japan. The funding is earmarked for powering Cloudian’s global sales and marketing. Japan sales are already very healthy – seven of the 16 top clients listed on the company’s website are Japanese corporations.

Cloud computing and self storage – 2 AREITs to watch

An interesting trend in the Australian Real Estate Investment Trust sector is the arrival of small, specialist AREITs with exposure to long-growth sectors such as self-storage and cloud computing. These AREITs offer decent yield and reasonable growth, albeit with higher risk. Achieving yield and growth from AREITs has been hard work in the past 12 months. Only a third of the S&P ASX 200 AREIT index’s 9 per cent return (including distributions) came from price growth over 12 months to June 3, 2013, S&P data shows. Thank heavens for yield.—2-areits-to-watch.html

Computex 2014: Toshiba, Seagate aggressive about enterprise storage solutions

Toshiba and Seagate are set to showcase their latest storage products at the Computex 2014. Toshiba has unveiled its new enterprise hard drive recently. The hard drive is designed for bulk storage systems and servers supporting cloud-based applications and scale-out workloads. Meanwhile, Seagate has cooperated with Qnap and Thecus to release a new 6TB enterprise-level hard drive as well as its QNap Turbo NAS technology. Both will be showcased at Computex.

Dell targets ‘untapped’ storage market with SC4020

May 16, DELL Inc believes that its latest storage solution is the answer to what it said was a previously untapped market in Malaysia – the mid-market segment. According to KT Ong, Dell Malaysia general manager, the Dell Compellent SC4020 helps companies in the mid-market segment address their IT challenges in a “cost effective” manner.

Korean file-sharing app Send Anywhere nabs $1M in funding from Rakuten

ESTmob, the Seoul-based team behind file-sharing app Send Anywhere (which we reviewed about a week ago) revealed today it has completed a US$1 million seed round led by Rakuten Ventures. ESTmob cofounder Suhyuk Kang tells Tech in Asia that it will use the funding to expand its userbase around the globe and ramp up the app’s feature set.

Hightail Develops Roots in South Asia

BANGALORE, INDIA — Leading file-sharing service Hightail (formerly YouSendIt) today announced its continued localization efforts through the opening of an office in Bangalore, India. Hightail’s India development center will focus on solving challenging cloud technology problems at massive scale by leveraging the incredible talent pool in India to further expand the company’s engineering team.

Vietnam’s Dropbox is back from the dead with new investment, partners with telco Viettel

In October last year, Tech In Asia reported that Kleii, Vietnam’s equivalent of Dropbox, was in a coma. The service accumulated more than one million users, but its business model was bleeding money. Nguyen Tuan Son, the CEO of Kleii, told us in October that he was re-evaluating the service and working on new ways to release it. Now that day has come. Today, Kleii’s blog announces three major steps on its path back to being a consumer and business cloud platform.

Software-defined storage player ProphetStor opens offices in Malaysia, Singapore

MILPITAS, California-based software-defined storage company ProphetStor Data Services Inc said it has opened offices in Malaysia and Singapore, and has appointed Simon Ng as regional director, South Asia. With offices now in Malaysia and Singapore, ProphetStor is targeting the banking and insurance, government, healthcare, manufacturing and logistics, and telecommunications industries, it said in a statement.

Inventec to launch cloud computing-based storage solutions in Southeast Asia

Inventec will launch cloud computing-based storage solutions for SMBs in the Southeast Asia market in the third quarter of 2014 through cooperation with the Taiwan government-sponsored Institute for Information Industry and independent software developers, according to company senior advisor George Wang. In addition to Southeast Asia, Inventec will also extend its reaches to markets such as China, North America and Japan and expects to see some results by the second half of 2014. As for the plan to spin off its cloud computing application business into an independent subsidiary, Wang noted that it is a long-term plan, but the company so far has not yet had a firm schedule for it.