A new study released by F5 Networks has found increasing focus and efforts on cloud computing in the Asia Pacific region, with 58.6% of organization decision-makers identifying it as their number one priority in the next 12 months. In Hong Kong, 95% of enterprises are either already using cloud services or currently in the planning or implementing stage. A large number of companies adopting cloud services at 47.4% are looking to complement their existing IT set-up, while 24.9% are looking to enhance and 20.7% to augment their existing IT environment.
Telco 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.
Telstra 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.
Telstra will discontinue the Pacnet brand after today announcing the completion of its $857 million takeover of the cable operator and telecommunications provider. Two days before Christmas last year Telstra revealed its intention to acquire the company and therefore gain access to Asia’s largest privately-owned submarine cable network. It today announced the deal had been completed after meeting the majority of conditions, regulatory and financier approvals.
Verizon 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.
Google is reportedly in talks with Hong Kong-based conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa, the owner of the international wireless carrier 3, to offer free international roaming for its users in the US wherever there is a 3 network, reports the Beijing News. Hutchison Whampoa has been considering eliminating the long existing international roaming fees for some time while Google said previously that it will establish a global network charging the same fee for phone use and text messages services wherever users are.
Hong Kong’s data center industry has thrived the last few years, thanks to the growing adoption of cloud computing, big data and mobility. What are the challenges ahead for data center service providers? Are there solutions in sight? On March 25, HK Electric organized a half-day industry event titled “HK Electric Data Centre Symposium 2015.” Guest speakers from SUNeVision, PCCW Solutions, NewTech and HGC GlobalCentre spoke about the challenges faced by data center suppliers, and explored possible solutions. About 200 guests attended the event.
Hong Kong-based bitcoin remittance startup Bitspark announced today that it has closed a new funding round and secured a new security partnership to strengthen its offerings. Details of the funding round were not disclosed, but Bitspark says the total sum was “six figures” (USD) and that the round was driven by “prominent financial technology investors and executives.” The company says this latest round will help it expand its service offerings.
Trend Micro has entered into a partnership with Synnex Technology International (HK) Limited, a leading provider of integrated IT solutions in Asia, to extend its reach to the consumer market in Hong Kong and Macau, the security software provider announced today. The full line of Trend Micro PC-cillin Maximum Security software will be distributed to retailers through Synnex, the company said in a statement.
Eighty-four percent of local consumers in Hong kong have made at least one online purchase in the last three months and over a third (38.2 percent) shopped on their smartphones, the latest MasterCard Online Shopping Survey reveals. In the next six months, majority of Hong Kongers (79.8 percent) planned to shop online. The 25- 34-year-olds are the most active online shoppers (91.8 percent), purchasing at least six items, the highest among all age groups.
Facebook has partnered up with a second advertiser in Hong Kong in an attempt to expand its ad business in China, which has blocked major Western social networking websites, reports our Chinese-language sister paper Want Daily. Facebook made the move to attract Chinese companies onto a platform it claims will boost their sales and reputation. Facebook is targeting Chinese game developers and publishers such as Youzu Interactive in particular, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has established the Stanley Ho Big Data Decision Analytics Research Center, the first tertiary institutions to do so in Hong Kong, it said in the city on Thursday. The research to be carried out by the center aims to address important issues spanning six major areas, including healthcare, the environment, social networks, finance, logistics and learning.
China’s LeTV is best known for its popular online streaming platform, but in the past year the company has really been branching out. Within that timeframe it has moved into smartphones, film production, and electric cars. Now it’s moving into the music business too, having on Thursday announced the establishment of the LeTV Music Company in Hong Kong. LeTV Music, which will be headed by former LeTV entertainment boss Yin Liang, is aiming for China’s music market by way of vertical integration, since it already has the technology and internet platforms to distribute smoothly to most of the country.
Hong Kong has revamped its open data portal, changing its name from Data.One to Data.Gov.HK. The data catalogue is now easier to search with new filters for government departments, data categories and formats. Users can also chart and map data on the web site itself for a preliminary analysis of the datasets before downloading them. The web site features a new look, with large, minimalist icons of data categories on the home page.
To many, having a dream job can keep one motivated through the daily grind. For the rare few who manage to attain their dream jobs, they tend to cling to them for their dear lives. Michelle Sun, however, became an outlier when she left her position as growth hacker at Buffer to establish a Hong Kong-based coding school for kids called First Code Academy.
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.
Pacnet, the Hong Kong-based telco that operates globally, is one of the companies leading the pack in employing software defined networking to provide services to their customers. Today, the company announced another step in that direction — deployment of Infinera’s new Open Transport Switch software. The integration of OTS extends software-enabled network automation into the optical layer, meaning lower latency, high transfer speed, and guaranteed performance for much bigger network capacity.
BEIJING: Twitter has opened a Hong Kong office, its first in the Greater China region, the company whose microblogging services are blocked on the mainland said on Tuesday. The office, to be headed by Twitter executive Peter Greenberger, will allow the San Francisco-based company to tap China for advertising revenue, the company said, even if internet users on the mainland cannot see those ads.
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.
Residents and visitors in Hong Kong can now get easier access to free Wi-Fi. The number of hotspots for the public Wi-Fi.HK service has increased to 12,000. “The number of Wi-Fi.HK hotspots has been increased from the original 5000 at the launch of the scheme [in August] to the current figure of over 12,000″, said a spokeperson from the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer.