In Citrix’s future, Asia not that ‘inscrutable’ after all #cloud #cloudcomputing #apac #citrix

apac 2ASIA Pacific is a “vast question,” but one that holds much potential for the future of Citrix Systems Inc, according to its chief executive officer Mark Templeton. “There are economies and sectors that are ready and rich with opportunity,” he said, adding that all technology companies face the same geo-political issues across the world.

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.

Asia Pacific cloud analytics market is estimated to reach $4,473.9 million by 2019 published by leading research firm

APACThe APAC cloud analytics market report defines and segments the market with analysis and forecast of revenue. This market is estimated to grow from $1,191.4 million in 2014 to $4,473.9 million in 2019, at a CAGR of 30.3% from 2014 to 2019. Key players in the Asia Pacific Cloud Analytics Market includeSAS Inc., SAP Software, and Oracle Services. Browse through the TOC of the APAC cloud analytics market report to get an idea of the in-depth analysis provided. It also provides a glimpse of the segmentations in the market, and is supported by various tables and figures.

Alibaba to open more data centers in global cloud computing push

China.gifTo expand its cloud computing business, China’s Alibaba Group is preparing to open more data centers across the world. In March, the Chinese Internet giant launched its first data center in the U.S., as part of a push into the country’s market. On Tuesday, Alibaba said it would establish data centers also in Europe, Japan, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Simon Hu, president of Alibaba’s cloud computing arm, said a key goal was to globalize its operations, according to an interview posted online by the company.

Microsoft joins European, Asian subsea cable projects

APACMicrosoft has provided funding for three new trans-oceanic cable projects in an effort to bolster its cloud infrastructure for Azure and other services with data transfer capacity increases and route optimisations for lower connection latencies. In Asia, Microsoft has joined a consortium of Taiwanese, Chinese, Korean and Japanese telcos in building the New Cross Pacific cable, which when ready will span over 13,000 kilometres across the northern Pacific Ocean.,microsoft-joins-european-asian-subsea-cable-projects.aspx

Microsoft Is Investing In More Undersea Cables For Azure, Except In Australia

APACCloud computing relies on high-speed connections, and when you’re moving large chunks of data around the higher the speed the better. So it’s no surprise that Microsoft has been investing in undersea cabling to connect its Auzre data centres around the world. Microsoft’s investments include cable links from North America to Ireland and the UK, and from the United States to Asia via the New Cross Pacific (NCP) cable. NCP will connect a site in Oregon to Chongming, Nanhui and Lingang on the China mainland, as well as South Korea, Taiwan and Japan.

How geospatial technology is changing government workflow

APACIn order to maximise efficiency and best serve the needs of the citizens, collaboration between government organisations is key. Governments which have adopted this philosophy would now be looking for the best possible way to facilitate that collaboration – and geospatial data sharing offers a massive opportunity for governments to maximise their potential. A report, ‘Improving collaboration using geospatial technology’, shows how by creating a common GIS environment, agencies can improve collaboration practices through spatial data and fully leverage GIS investments that they have made.

Chinese handset makers extend battlefield to foreign markets

ChinaHuawei unveiled its new Honor 4C handset in Beijing on April 28, the first day of the three-day Global Mobile Internet Conference, as the Chinese company eyes the market for smartphones priced below 1,000 yuan (US$160), reports Shanghai’s China Business News. Zhao Ming, president of Huawei’s Honor brand, said Honor has set its sight on the global market and will focus on products and services that meet the needs of users.

Cloud spending in public sector estimated greater than $107 billion in 2017

APACWorldwide spending on public IT cloud services is expected to exceed $107 billion in two years’ time. This estimation is based off the public cloud cumulative annual growth rate of 23.5 per cent – five times that of the IT industry. The results are found in the report, ‘Innovation in the Cloud’, a 20-page report with detailed analysis of government spend and their outlook on cloud usage.

Building Smart Cities: Need for co-creation and collaboration underlined in IoT Asia conference

APAC“Cities are horizontal but IoT connects the unconnected,” said Gordon Falconer, Director Smart Cities, Schneider Electric, at the IoT Asia event held recently in Singapore. He was talking about silos that divide the traditional cities’ governments. In a Smart City, all arms of the government have the ability to talk to each other and share data for more efficiency and better decision-making. Giving an overarching view of IoT and smart cities, the Internet of Things Council’s founder, Rob van Kranenburg, said that data is the new gold and cities (governments) need to build a (data) roof over the cities and harness all the data to improve the quality of life of their citizens.

Facebook has a big problem. It can’t get Asians to pay for stuff. Yet

APACFacebook’s newest earnings report for the first quarter of 2015 reveals plenty of good news in terms of its growing user base in Asia, but the picture is not so pretty if you scroll down to the part about Facebook making money from its users. The big picture is that Facebook is losing the battle to get its users across Asia to pay for things online. While Facebook’s revenue from Asia is growing, the vast majority of that is from advertising.

Video streaming startup iFlix gets US$30M funding ahead of Southeast Asia launch

PhilippinesAccess to a whole new range of streaming movie and TV content is one step closer to viewers in Southeast Asia, as internet media startup iFlix has successfully completed a US$30 million funding round. iFlix’s parent company Catcha Group and telco Philippines Long Distance Telephone Company led the round. The funds will be used towards the continued rollout of the service throughout Southeast Asian territories, as well as acquiring the rights to more content and producing original content.

Facebook grows to 270M daily active users in Asia, up 25% from same time last year

APACFacebook’s newest earnings report, for Q1 2015, comes at a time when Mark Zuckerberg’s company is able to boast some ginormous milestone numbers. Indeed, that’s what Zuckerberg did on his Facebook this morning. In Asia, the headline number is that Facebook has now grown to 471 million monthly active users (MAUs) in Q1 2015, up from 390 million MAUs the same period the year earlier. That’s out of a global total of 1.44 billion MAUs in the newest figures.

Data protection Q&A with experts from Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and Japan

APACPrivacy experts from Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and Japan offer valuable insight into data protection matters, addressing Privacy Impact Assessment, consent and disclosure, cross-border data flow, privacy governance, data breach management, Big Data and cloud computing.The Asia-Pacific region is stepping up its legal and enforcement regimes for data protection: The past five years have seen Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea and Taiwan ratifying their respective data privacy laws, while Thailand is currently drafting legislation and Japan is discussing reforms to its data privacy provisions.

Telstra to push out Pacnet SDN worldwide

AustraliaTelco giant Telstra has moved quicklyto make the most of its $US697m acquisition of Asian telecommunications provider Pacnet, announcing global availability of what it describes as Asia’s first Software Defined Networking (SDN) platform. The telco said the move will enable high-performance, self-provisioned dynamic network services across 25 PEN (Points of Presence) worldwide. Darrin Webb, chief operating officer, Global Enterprise & Services at Telstra, said the new global PEN Platform leverages Telstra and Pacnet’s combined high-quality infrastructure assets for global connectivity options.

How Asia uses Bitcoin in one color-coded map

APACBitcoin is a global phenomenon, but not everyone around the world uses it in the same way. Here in Asia, the way a person from the Philippines uses bitcoin is probably very different from how it’s used in Thailand, and both are very different from the typical user in Taiwan. Despite bitcoin being hailed as “borderless,” these use cases tend to vary by country due to factors like government policy, economics, and culture. To help visualize these trends, we reached out to half a dozen Bitcoin thought leaders from some of the region’s most prominent bitcoin businesses.

Telstra pushes PEN: first globally connected on-demand networking platform

AustraliaTelstra has wasted no lime leveraging Pacnet’s assets and has today announced ‘Asia’s first Software-Defined Networking (SDN) Platform will now be available to customers globally, enabling high-performance, self-provisioned dynamic network services across 25 PEN Points of Presence worldwide.’ The PEN Platform is built on Telstra’s global network, which the company boasts is one of the world’s largest and most technologically advanced with terabytes of capacity, and says it has been designed to adapt to customer demands.

Marriage of Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent will overhaul market order

APACNokia’s announcement of its acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent on April 15 sent shockwaves through the world’s telecom-equipment market, a move promising to overhaul the market order. The marriage of the world’s third and fourth largest telecom-equipment firm will create a new entity ranking second place in terms of revenue, behind Huawei but superseding Ericsson. The top three all boast annual revenue in excess of US$30 billion, leaving ZTE, with revenue less than US$10 billion, far behind.

451 Research: Datacenter Colocation Market Annualized Revenue Projected to Reach $36bn Worldwide by End of 2017

APAC451 Research projects the global colocation market annualized revenue to reach $36.1bn by 2017 in its latest quarterly Datacenter KnowledgeBase (DCKB) release. The DCKB database covers 3,796 individual datacenters operated by 1,094 datacenter companies serving North America (NA); Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA); Asia-Pacific (APAC) and Latin America (LATAM). 451 Research is a preeminent information technology research and advisory company with a focus on technology innovation and market disruption.

Verizon beefs up cloud in APAC

APACVerizon has expanded 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. The enhancements offer customers improvements in memory, storage and network uptime, as well as enhanced flexibility and control.  Verizon Cloud customers can now request a specific amount of computing, memory and storage capacity, in addition to the existing preset virtual machine configurations.