Telecom Asia — NTT DoCoMo and Sansan have launched the Sansan Smartphone Plan Storage Pack, an application service for easily digitizing and managing business cards, via Business Plus. Business Plus offers cloud-based services mainly to enable small and mid-sized enterprises to deploy efficient, low-cost ICT business solutions.
Times of India — HYDERABAD: Chinese tech startup Xiaomi Corporation on Friday announced that it expects to launch its ‘Mi Box’, that converts a TV into a smart device, in India by the end of this year following which it will also roll out its ‘Mi TV’. “Our focus is not just phones but also on introducing new categories in India…something around TV and the routers etc.
ZDNet — Businesses in Asia-Pacific are still managing data in silos and lacking a centralized data management strategy, resulting in challenges such as security. According to survey findings from IDC, 40 percent of respondents in the region said data backup, recovery, protection, and analytics plans were managed at a departmental level, which they said were creating fundamental problems for IT.
Jakarta Post — SINGAPORE: Veritas, Symantec’s information management business, today announced new offerings for rapidly evolving enterprise datacenters, as well as significant upgrades to its core portfolio of backup and information management products. “Data is increasingly viewed as a valued asset, or even a product itself. With it being stored at higher rates than ever, the volume of data is also expected to double every two years,” said Chris Lin, Sales Leader of Asia Pacific & Japan Region, Veritas.
Want China Times — Taiwanese computer maker Acer said Wednesday it is holding discussions with 10 local companies on the possibility of supplying them with cloud computing storage solutions. The new cloud storage solution, developed in collaboration with Taiwan-based Hope Bay Technologies, is suitable for use by companies that have 100 to 1,000 employees, said Towny Huang, president of Taiwan operations at Acer.
Taiwan-based InnoDisk, which develops and manufactures industrial-class storage products, has disclosed the company is partnering with NAND flash chip vendor Toshiba and Super Micro Computer (Supermicro), a specialist in application-optimized servers, workstations, blades, storage and GPU systems, to provide SSD solutions for data centers and cloud computing. A joint venture between the companies, named AccelStor, has been formed to provide SSD solutions targeted at customers in the financial sector and telecom carriers, according to InnoDisk.
Box Inc. (“Box”) and NTT Communications Corporation (“NTT Com”), the ICT solutions and international communications business within the NTT Group, recently announced a plan to jointly launch “Box over VPN powered by NTT Communications” (Box over VPN), a service combining NTT Com’s enterprise network and Box’s cloud collaboration and content management, which will be distributed by NTT Com beginning within this year. NTT Com will act as Japan’s sole provider and Asia’s first distributor of Box over VPN, enabling its use on Arcstar Universal One, NTT Com’s NFV-enabled, private network service available in 196 countries/regions.
Huawei, in partnership with Intel and Nextra, has unveiled OceanStor V3 series of mid-range storage systems in India. First unveiled at the Mobile World Congress, OceanStor series is the next generation IT storage solutions designed to meet the requirements of enterprise-class data center applications, the company said. The products include OceanStor 5300, 5500, 5600, and 5800 V3. The launch was held in the presence of Royal Challengers Bangalore. Huawei recently signed an extended partnership with the Indian cricket team.
Transcend Information saw its cumulative 2015 shipments of SSD (solid state drive) products through March reach nearly the total shipped in the first half of 2014, according to the Taiwan-based company. Transcend specializes in the manufacture of memory modules, but has in recent years put increased focus on SSDs and other industrial and strategic products. The company noted that March sales of its industrial and strategic products totaled NT$1.16 billion (US$37.1 million) accounting for 51.4% of its total revenues for the month.
Micron Technology has raised its prices for NAND flash memory amid short supply from SanDisk, according to industry sources. Micron ships NAND flash chips mainly to Intel and Seagate based on long-term, fixed-price contracts, said the sources. While having the majority of its production capacity reserved for orders placed by the two biggest clients, Micron has told its other clients that prices for NAND flash chips have been adjusted upward on tight capacity, the sources noted.
The much anticipated infrastructure refresh cycles and the new greenfield projects, which the government is planning to launch soon, will be the major drivers of growth for India’s storage and servers market. The server and storage vendors have their eyes set on the programmes such as ‘Digital India’ and ‘Make in India’, both of which are expected to lead to the rise of a large number of greenfield projects.
Prices for 256GB SSDs will likely fall below US$70 in the second half of 2015, while prices for 128GB drives will reach a sweet spot of US$40, according to Apacer Technology general manager CK Chang. With SSDs becoming more affordable, a wave of demand could be stimulated, said Chang. Upstream chip vendors have migrated their process technologies to 14nm, 15nm or 16nm, dragging production costs down substantially. As a result, prices for NAND flash memory will fall resulting in more friendly prices for SSDs, Chang indicated.
According to International Data Corporation IDC’s Asia/Pacific Quarterly Enterprise Storage Tracker, Q3 2014 India external storage market witnessed a double-digit quarter-on-quarter growth (in vendor Revenue) and stood at USD 61.97 million though year-on-year was a de-growth. Q3 2014 witnessed a recovery majorly due to some large multi-million dollar deals that were absent from last few quarters.
A team of scientists from the Australian National University is developing a prototype optical quantum hard drive technology to improve storage time by a factor of over 100. They’ve already successfully improved the prototype’s storage time to six hours, which is a step towards developing a secure worldwide data encryption network using quantum information. This network could be used for online banking transactions and emails, according to the scientists. Quantum information would be written onto the nuclear spins of a europium ion using laser light.
Although only a prototype, the new player could soon solve the problem of finding and watching native content on ultra-high definition television sets. Panasonic claims that the new technology is a true breakthrough in that it represents the world’s first capable of supporting playback at 3,840 x 2,160 pixels and at 60 frames a second and as such is a major step towards simplifying how consumers watch 4K Ultra HD content in their homes.
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.
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.
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.
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.