The analysts forecast the Cyber Security market in the APAC region to grow at a CAGR of 15.15 percent over the period 2014-2019. Demand for cloud-based security solutions is one key trend emerging in this market. End-users prefer cloud-based security solutions because they are cost-effective and can be easily managed. Therefore, both large enterprises and SMEs in the APAC region are increasingly adopting cloud-based cyber security solutions.
Enterprise IT spending in Southeast Asia will total $62 billion by 2018, with top spenders being Singapore and Malaysia. according to forecasts from Gartner, Inc. “Some might argue that given recent political, financial and climate challenges, Southeast Asia is a risky proposition,” said Venecia Liu, research VP at Gartner. “However, Gartner believes that Southeast Asia’s economic development and growing consumer demand mean that its growth potential outweighs the risk.”
Every day in Tokyo, 360 million traffic data records are analysed in a matter of seconds, then relayed back to taxi drivers in real time. Drivers rely on up-to-date information to determine whether or not they should make a left turn at the next junction. This is but one of the ways in which Big Data is serving the needs of citizens on a practical, daily basis. Governments in Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Korea and New Zealand also have their own struggles – and their successes have been captured in our latest eBook.
BENGALURU: Global datebase software product major Oracle has announced that it would hire about 1,000 people across Asia-Pacific (APAC) to expand and strengthen its sales force in the region. “About 300 of the specialized sales force will be hired in India for cloud and the expansion will help us to drive growth and support demand for our cloud solutions across the region,” the US-based multinational said in a statement here. Cloud computing is a network of remote servers or computers hosted on the Internet to store, manage and process data in place of a local server or a personal computer.
Across the Asia Pacific region small- and mid-size enterprises spent $2 billion on cloud computing services last year, an impressive growth rate of 42 percent. Despite the rapid expansion of cloud technology, there is still a lot of room to grow. SMEs make up the vast majority of business across Asia, representing more than 90 percent of all businesses. The Asian Cloud Computing Association (ACCA) reviewed 14 developed and emerging nations in the Asia Pacific region and found that, together, these nations contribute $10.9 trillion to their national economies and generate 49 percent of the region’s total GDP.
Microsoft recently launched its cheapest Lumia yet — the Lumia 430. The Windows smartphone has a retail price of US$70. The new Lumia ousted its fellow Lumia 435, which has a retail price of US$81. It’s not an iPhone 6 and it doesn’t have the price of one. The smartphone has a 4 inch wide WVGA display; an internal storage of 8 GB; a gigabyte of RAM while a microSD slot is also included.
IT is a mantra uttered so often that it has become a commonly accepted statement of fact: That Asia will power the new global economy. “It’s become such a buzz topic,” said Lim May-Ann, executive director of the Asia Cloud Computing Association, who spoke to Digital News Asia (DNA) in Manila. “If we accept that Asia is going to be the engine of the new economy, and also that 99.95% of companies in the region are small and medium enterprises (SMEs), then it stands to reason that SMEs are going to be the ones powering the new economy. “But that begs the question: What exactly is an SME?” she added.
WASHINGTON – Verizon on March 16 announced that it is expanding its cloud service offerings in Hong Kong, Singapore and Melbourne, three of the largest cities in Asia and hubs of international commerce and finance. Company officials said the new cloud services will facilitate enterprise growth through improvements in memory, storage and network uptime, along with better network flexibility and control.
Smart Cities, Internet of Things and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) data generation will drive an explosion in data use in the region – but are public sector organisations ready to address the Big Data opportunity? CenturyLink’s launch of a cloud node in Singapore yesterday was in response to this pent up need from customers, said Gery Messer, Managing Director for the company in Asia Pacific.
According to responses from 37 city administrators in Asia, use of cloud technology is set to double over the next three years. This accelerating adoption of cloud computing is just one of the findings of ‘City Cloud: Cloud Adoption for Asia’s Cities’. The new report was produced by CityNet, an association of Asia Pacific cities focused on improving urban sustainability. The report sets out the potential for the cloud to simplify the delivery of ICT services to municipal staff and residents, improve security, and generate revenue for cities.
Startups which follow Y Combinator know there are two big deadlines coming up. This weekend is demo day for Tech in Asia and 113 other startups in the current winter batch. Looking to join the summer batch? You’ve got until March 27 to apply. Asian startups – this means you too. (Editor’s note: Y Combinator is an investor in Tech in Asia. Please see our Statement of Ethics for more details.)
CenturyLink, Inc. today announced the availability of CenturyLink Cloud in Asia Pacific. The public cloud platform – available in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada andGermany, and now through one of CenturyLink’s data centers in Singapore – delivers enterprise-class control, agility, scalability and security backed by an industry-leading global network. With the expansion of the public cloud platform to Singapore, businesses in the Asia-Pacific region can turn to a single, trusted provider for public and private cloud infrastructure, managed services, colocation, networking and support for advanced hybrid scenarios.
SINGAPORE, March 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Verizon Enterprise Solutions’ customers will now have access to a suite of new and significantly enhanced cloud services as Verizon expands its cloud offering in Hong Kong, Melbourne and Singapore. The new services are designed to meet the demand for secure, enterprise-grade cloud capabilities as opportunities for multinational companies in the region grow.
Traditional IT budgets continue to shrink due to government-wide cost efficiency and productivity-focused measures- The overall year-over-year (YoY) IT spending growth in 2015 for the APEJ public sector is anticipated to grow at 5.9%, which indicates both a more cautious as well as maturing APEJ public sector IT spending landscape. This is because the APEJ public sector will be increasingly focused on consolidating and streamlining of scarce ICT resources, attaining better manageability tools for effective decision making, and addressing the urgent need to increase cybersecurity priorities of digital assets
Civil servants don’t like sharing their data. In the name of accountability, departments will happily shield their precious data from the eyes of other departments, let alone citizens. It takes an extreme act of political will, or a crisis, to drive transformation. This may explain the relatively slow uptake of cloud computing technology by Asia Pacific’s city governments.
A report on cloud adoption practices in the Asia Pacific, released two weeks ago, predicts that cities will quickly be taking up cloud-based services and solutions to handle their day-to-day as well as long-term requirements. The 35-page research paper is the first comprehensive evaluation of the impact of cloud computing on governments in the region.
At Apple’s press event today in San Francisco, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that the company’s newest gadget, the Apple Watch, will be hitting some parts of Asia on day one. China, Hong Kong, and Japan are among the nine countries that will get the watches on their global debut: April 24. Other countries will follow, of course, but no specific launch dates were given.
Majority of Asian cities have yet to adopt cloud technology to any great extent, but adoption may more than double over the next three years, results of a new joint study by Microsoft Asia-Pacific and CityNet shows. The City Cloud survey was conducted as part of a Microsoft-CityNet whitepaper, “City Cloud: Cloud Adoption for Asia’s Cities” and was first unveiled at the CityNet annual Executive Committee Meeting and International Seminar in Hue, Vietnam in November 2014.
Until the last decade, two of the world’s major countries, United States and Japan, have been investing in what was then the third largest economy in the world: China. But since the beginning of the 2010s, Japan has been shifting its investments into Southeast Asia and out of China, a trend reversal that began in 2013. The US, on the other hand, has been slowly but steadily increasing its investment in India while continually pumping money into China.
Majority of Asian cities have not yet adopted cloud technology to a significant degree, Microsoft has found. Only 22.2 per cent of Asian cities adopted cloud computed to a “moderate” or “extensive” degree, despite most officials knowing the benefits of using the technology, a survey by Microsoft and local government network CityNet found. Microsoft surveyed 38 senior city officials from 37 cities in Asia. The respondent cities ranged in population from over 20 million, as in Mumbai, to 100,000, such as small cities in Nepal.