India important market for Lenovo; to co-exist with Motorola #cloud #cloudcomputing

NEW DELHI/BEIJING: After the closure of its $2.9 billion Motorola acquisition, world’s fourth largest smartphone maker Lenovo today said it will continue to sell the US brand as a separate label in India, one of its “most important” markets. In January this year, Lenovo had announced that it will acquire Motorola Mobility for $2.9 billion from tech giant Google, one of the largest acquisitions by a Chinese tech firm. Google, itself, had bought Motorola in 2012 for $12.4 billion.

India is now the world’s fastest growing startup scene with 800 new startups a year, says report #cloud #cloudcomputing

The Indian startup ecosystem has reached an inflection point, with 800 new tech startups sprouting in a year. This, taken in conjunction with rising investment flows, makes it the world’s fastest growing startup ecosystem, says the National Association of Software and Service Companies (Nasscom). This was announced at the ongoing Nasscom Product Conclave in Bangalore. Nasscom conducted the study in collaboration with global research firm Zinnov, which benchmarked the Indian ecosystem with eight leading areas, in terms of both deal flow and emergence of new startups.

Tata Communications ushers in new era of Internet to drive hybrid cloud adoption

Tata Communications, a leading provider of A New World of Communications, today launches IZO, a global network platform for enhanced hybrid cloud enablement. A game changing new network platform – IZO brings a new way of tackling the complications and challenges that businesses face in realising the potential of the cloud. For the first time, a single provider offers access to a full ecosystem of network, cloud and data centre connectivity, making it simple for a business to connect and build its cloud, their way – be it private, hybrid or public.

TCS only Indian firm in top 50 most innovative companies: Boston Consulting Group

NEW DELHI: Country’s largest software services exporter Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) was the only Indian company found place in the Boston Consulting Group’s global list of top 50 most innovative firms this year. Technology giant Apple topped the chart, followed by Google, Samsung, Microsoft and IBM as the most innovative companies globally in the list of the global management consulting firm. TCS secured the 43rd position in the list.

Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka meets Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

NEW DELHI: Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka today met IT and Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to discuss how the Indian IT companies can be involved in the Rs 1 lakh crore Digital India programme. “CEO of Infosys Vishal Sikka met me. We discussed more active participation of India Inc in Digital India,” Prasad tweeted. This was a follow-up meeting between the two after their first meeting on Digital India programme in Germany.

IBM scaling down India business, MD Vanitha Narayanan to return to US

BANGALORE: A decade after IBM put India at the core of its global strategy for software services, by building an army of engineers, the company is shedding staff, scaling down investments and even shuffling the top leadership in the country. Already, from around 1.65 lakh employees on its payroll by 2011, IBM’s India headcount has now fallen to around 1.13 lakh and set to slide to 1 lakh by March 2015, according to people familiar with the company’s plans.

TCS and VMware to Deliver Enterprise Applications for the Software-Defined Data Center

MUMBAI, INDIA and PALO ALTO, CA–(Marketwired – Oct 29, 2014) – Tata Consultancy Services (BSE: 532540) (NYSE: TCS), a leading IT services, consulting and business solutions organization and VMware Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure today announced the strengthening of their partnership. TCS and VMware will jointly create pre-integrated and pre-tested solutions to accelerate the adoption and deployment of enterprise scale applications as well as end user computing solutions running on a software-defined data center architecture powered by VMware infrastructure.

Majority of DDoS traffic originating from India, says study

BANGALORE, INDIA:  According to a new global research from security experts at Symantec, India topped the global top 50 ranking of countries that have witnessed the highest volume of ‘originating DDoS traffic’, with 26 percent of all DDoS traffic originating from the country, followed by the USA with 17 percent.

Infosys sets up $ 2-million fund with Princeton University

BANGALORE: InfosysBSE -0.12 % has set up a $2-million fund along with Princeton University to enable up to two scholars to pursue research at the school’s Institute of Advanced Study, thereby underlining new CEO Vishal Sikka’s strategy of deepening partnerships with academic institutes globally.  This comes almost a month after Infosys signed an agreement with Sikka’s alma mater, Stanford, to jointly make course curriculum in Data science and Analytics and help Infosys and the college work on real-world problem areas.

Wipro to deploy 10,000 strong team for open source initiatives

BANGALORE: Wipro is investing big money in setting up a separate business practice for open source and plans to have at least a 10,000 strong team, driven largely by changes in technological space and some of its largest clients, including Citigroup, running largely on non-proprietary software. Significantly, the country’s third-largest software exporter estimates that by embracing this now-universal practice of open source, Wipro will be able to implement projects faster and bring down its own operating costs by up to 20% over the coming two years.

Snapdeal bags $627M funding, Ola nets $210M, as SoftBank ploughs $10B into India

Japanese telecom giant SoftBank today invested US$627 million in Indian ecommerce site Snapdeal, and US$210 million in taxi app Ola, formerly Olacabs. The investments into Snapdeal and Ola are part of a whopping US$10 billion earmarked by SoftBank to pump into India’s booming ecommerce, telecom, and aviation industries. Masayoshi Son, founder and CEO of SoftBank, shared this investment plan when he met Indian prime minister Narendra Modi as well as IT and telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in New Delhi on Monday.

Why is the Indian Air Force so trigger-happy in shooting down Xiaomi?

Yes, Xiaomi does collect personal data from users in India and sends it to servers in China. That’s how it enables its users to exchange free messages on the cloud, via IP (internet protocol), rather than the SMS gateway of their telecom carriers. Cloud services also enable users to back up data and sync it across multiple devices – if they choose to use it.

China’s Xiaomi to set up India customer data centre to deflect privacy concerns

MUMBAI – Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc said on Monday it plans to set up a data centre in India next year to store local user data, as the fast-growing company seeks to deflect concerns about privacy that could hamper its efforts to expand overseas. The move by privately owned Xiaomi comes after it said last week saying it was migrating some data on non-Chinese customers away from its servers in Beijing due to performance and privacy considerations.

IBM’s first cloud data centre in India to focus on private services for SMEs

BANGALORE: IBM is setting up its first cloud data centre in India to gain a bigger share of the cloud computing market in the country. The company has built a 30,000 sq ft data centre facility in Airoli, on the outskirts of Mumbai. The new Mumbai IBM Cloud Center is part of a 15 cloud center expansion, and a $1.2 billion investment by IBM Cloud to grow its cloud presence around the world.

Xiaomi to talk to Indian authorities after IAF red-flags Redmi 1s phones

NEW DELHI: Stressing that it does not collect any user data without permission, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi today said it will engage with Indian authorities to address the concerns about security of user’s data. Last week, in an advisory, the Indian Air Force asked its personnel and their families to desist from using Chinese ‘Xiaomi Redmi 1s’ phones as these are believed to be transferring data to their servers in China and could be a security risk.

Google’s Pichai to oversee major products and services: blog

[SAN FRANCISCO] Google’s chief executive officer Larry Page has put Sundar Pichai, one of his key lieutenants, in charge of the Internet company’s products, according to technology blog Re/code. The India-born executive will have oversight over products such as search, maps, Google+, commerce, advertising and infrastructure. Six executives who previously reported to Page, including the heads of research, social media and search, will now report to Pichai, Re/code reported citing an internal memo.

Tata Consultancy Services sees digital services as over $5-billion opportunity

NEW DELHI: Country’s largest IT services firm Tata Consultancy ServicesBSE 0.53 % (TCS) expects digital platforms like cloud, Big Data and mobility solutions to bring in cumulative revenues of over $ 5 billion in next few years. Earlier, the Mumbai-based firm had said that it expects to do $ 5 billion cumulative business over the next three to four years from the ” digital opportunity”.

Government aims to make $15 billion Internet of Things industry in India by 2020

NEW DELHI: The government is working on an ambitious plan to create USD 15 billion ‘Internet of Things’ industry in the next six years. Internet of Things, or IoT, can be loosely described as a network of inter-connected devices that can be accessed through the Internet. For instance, with IoT, street lights will automatically go off when they sense no traffic on the roads and consequently save power. Another application could be a smart band that will automatically alert physician when body vitals go to abnormal levels.

Indian Air Force Issues Security Warning; Xiaomi Clears the Air

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has reportedly issued an advisory asking its personnel and their families not to use Xiaomi smartphones on account of ‘spying’. It warns that the Chinese manufacturer transmits user data and information back to its headquarters in Beijing. Based on a test by security application manufacturer F-Secure, the IAF issued the alert saying Xiaomi phones port the phone number, carrier name, IMEI number (the device identifier), plus numbers in the address book and text messages to some suspicious IP address in Beijing.

India may merge all public sector networks into single National Information Infrastructure

Officials in the Indian Department of Electronics and Information Technology are considering whether to merge all state, local, educational and national broadband infrastructure into a single unit, FutureGov has learned. Currently India has a number of large different ICT networks for state, national and educational use, including the National Informatics Centre network for central government (NICNET), state datacentres for local governments and a knowledge network connecting 1,500 educational institutions.