Sony hacking: Singapore ‘among sites used by hacker group’ #cloud #cloudcomputing

A hacker group that leaked confidential e-mails and recent movies belonging to Sony Pictures Entertainment last month reportedly used Singapore as one of its sites to launch its cyber attacks, according to a recent New York Times report. Responding to The Straits Times’ queries, the Singapore Computer Emergency Response Team (SingCert) said the attacks on the Hollywood movie studio may have been routed from command-and-control centres across the world, including a server owned by a private company in Singapore.

http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/more-singapore-stories/story/sony-hacking-singapore-among-sites-used-hacker-group-201

Why Singapore is moving to 3D maps for urban planning

Singapore has limited land, but its skyline is constantly changing. The city’s urban planning agency has found that 2D maps and physical models are not able to keep up with such a complex environment, its Chief Information Officer, Peter Quek said. The Urban Redevelopment Authority is now using 3D mapping to get a more realistic view of the city and simulate future scenarios, so agencies can plan their services better.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/5908-why-singapore-is-moving-to-3d-maps-for-urban-planning

TCCT, 1-Net sign up UIH for secure data centers

TCC Technology  of Thailand and 1-Net of Singapore have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with United Information Highway UIH) to enable stable connectivity via UIH’s secured network. TCCT and 1-Net will combine their marketing activities to resale each other’s data center via UIH’s high-speed fiber network and core nodes to connect between Bangkok and Singapore gateways, providing international voice, data, and other telecommunication services.

http://enterpriseinnovation.net/article/tcct-1-net-sign-uih-secure-data-centers-774030350

Singapore Tech agency fines broadband infrastructure provider

Singapore’s Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) has fined the country’s nationwide broadband network provider US$40,000 due to missed standards. The national network company, NetLink Trust, failed to meet the minimum standard of 90 per cent of broadband requests fulfilled within seven business days.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/5902-singapore-tech-agency-fines-broadband-infrastructure-provider

Huawei and Red Hat form partnership for cloud solutions

Huawei and Red Hat have announced a new global partnership to enable OpenStack based cloud deployments. In a statement, the Chinese ICT giant said that Huawei and Red Hat, the open source leader, aim to accelerate collaboration around OpenStack for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) required by Communication Service Providers (CSPs) through this partnership.

http://mis-asia.com/resource/applications/huawei-and-red-hat-form-partnership-for-cloud-solutions/

Universal Studios Singapore, Marina Bay Sands top Facebook check-ins in 2014

SINGAPORE: Where did you check-in to the most this year? According to Facebook’s year in review, Universal Studios Singapore topped the list of the most popular check-in spots in the Republic, closely followed by Marina Bay Sands and Gardens by the Bay. Among the 10 most checked-into places here, five of them were attractions located in Sentosa, such as Resorts World Sentosa and the Merlion Park @ Singapore, while one was Sentosa Island itself.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/universal-studios/1521332.html

Finally! Singapore gets Indian Smart Cities deal

Singapore has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with an Indian state to provide knowledge on smart city management, it was announced this week. International Enterprise Singapore and the Infrastructure Corporation of Andhra Pradesh signed a deal to train Andhra Pradesh officials in urban planning and governance, supported by the Centre for Liveable Cities and the Singapore Cooperation Enterprise.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/5885-finally-singapore-gets-indian-smart-cities-deal

Investors swarm as Keppel DC REIT sells 261.1m shares at $0.93 per share

53,763,000 units are offered to the public. With a market capitalisation at listing of approximately S$821.1 million, Keppel DC REIT will be the first data centre real estate investment trust (“REIT”) to be listed in Asia, making it a milestone listing on the SGX-ST. According to a media release by Keppel, as the first data centre REIT listed in Asia, Keppel DC REIT will give investors a unique opportunity to invest, through the IPO Portfolio, in the rising demand for data centres,,,

http://sbr.com.sg/information-technology/news/investors-swarm-keppel-dc-reit-sells-2611m-shares-093-share

Singapore firms lost more than S$1.3b from data loss, downtime in past year: Study

SINGAPORE: Singapore businesses have lost more than US$1 billion (S$1.31 billion) in the past year from data loss and downtime, according to a global IT study released on Wednesday (Dec 3). The study by IT services firm EMC showed that 66 per cent of businesses here have experienced data loss or downtime in the last 12 months. It surveyed 3,300 IT decision makers from businesses in 24 countries, including 125 from Singapore, between August and September this year.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/singapore-firms-lost-more/1508964.html

IPO of Keppel DC Reit launched

SINGAPORE – The initial public offer (IPO) of Keppel DC Reit was launched on Friday. It is Asia’s first Reit with a portfolio focusing on data centres. The IPO was launched amid strong market anticipation that its eight data centres in Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands will ride the global growth in demand for specialised facilities to host cloud computing and e-commerce services.

http://www.straitstimes.com/news/business/companies/story/ipo-keppel-dc-reit-launched-20141205

LeaseWeb Accelerates Expansion in Asia With New Hong Kong Data Center

LeaseWeb, a global Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) hosting brand, has opened a new data center in Hong Kong as part of a drive to accelerate its global footprint.  Operated by LeaseWeb Asia Pacific, the new Hong Kong data center follows the opening of a Singapore data center in July this year. Customers moving to LeaseWeb Asia Pacific’s Hong Kong data center will have access to a comprehensive portfolio of infrastructure solutions that includes bare metal servers, cloud services and the ability to mix and match hybrid environments for enterprises’ most demanding applications and workloads.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3250513

Singapore Businesses Lose Over US$1 Billion from Data Loss and Downtime Per Year, According to Global IT Study

SINGAPORE, – EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) today announced the findings of a new global data protection study that reveals, data loss and downtime cost Singapore enterprises US$1 billion in the last twelve months, compared to the average of US$34 billion across the Asia-Pacific and Japan region. Global data loss is up by 400% since 2012 while, surprisingly, 70% of Singapore organizations are still not fully confident in their ability to recover after a disruption.

http://theindependent.sg/blog/2014/12/04/singapore-businesses-lose-over-us1-billion-from-data-loss-and-downtime-per-year-according-to-global-it-study/

Singapore’s GIC to buy industrial landlord IndCor for US$8.1 bil.

SINGAPORE–Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC will buy IndCor Properties, one of the biggest industrial landlords in the United States, from parent firm Blackstone for a whopping US$8.1 billion, the companies said Tuesday. Blackstone said in a statement posted on its website that the deal is expected to close in the first quarter of next year. It said that as a result of the transaction, Chicago-based IndCor will no longer be pursuing an initial public offering.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/12/03/423172/Singapores-GIC.htm

Telkom subsidiary first to land in Singapore’s Data Centre Park

SINGAPORE: Telin Singapore (Telekomunikasi Indonesia International), a subsidiary of PT Telkom (Telekomunikasi Indonesia),has been awarded an 8,000-square-metre plot of land at Singapore’s Data Centre Park (DCP) in Jurong. The data centre facility will have 20,000 square metres of available floor space. Construction will start in early 2015, and the centre is expected to start supporting Telin Singapore’s customers in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to a company press release on Monday (Dec 1).

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/telkom-subsidiary-first/1503662.html

Virtual Singapore project to be ready by 2017

SINGAPORE: The Republic is likely to see its first three-dimensional (3D) city model platform for knowledge sharing and community collaboration by 2017, said the National Research Foundation (NRF) on Monday (Dec 1). The NRF unveiled plans for the S$73 million Virtual Singapore project – one of the projects under the Smart Nation vision outlined by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong last week.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/virtual-singapore-project/1503528.html

21Vianet Announces US$296 Million Investment From Kingsoft, Xiaomi and Temasek

BEIJING — 21Vianet Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:VNET) (“21Vianet” or the “Company”), a leading carrier-neutral internet data center services provider in China, announced today that affiliates of Kingsoft Corporation Limited (HK:3888) (“Kingsoft”), a leading internet based software developer, distributor and service provider, Xiaomi Corporation (“Xiaomi”), a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of mobile devices and other electronic equipment and a provider of internet services, and Temasek, a Singapore based investment company, have entered into definitive share purchase agreements with 21Vianet. All shares to be issued in these transactions are newly issued shares of 21Vianet.

http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/globenewswire/10110367.htm

Perth to Singapore SEA-ME-WE-3 cable severed again

The SEA-ME-WE-3 cable linking Perth to Singapore was once again cut last night and will undergo repairs. According to an iiNet fault notice, the cable was broken at 11.45 pm WST yesterday. The provider is advising that customers may experience higher than usual latency or delays in web speeds, particularly between some international destinations.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/398344,perth-to-singapore-sea-me-we-3-cable-cut.aspx

Singapore to introduce two-factor authentication following security breach

Singapore will introduce two-factor authentication for residents to conduct online transactions with the government. The security measure will be implemented in the second half of 2015. This comes after more than 1500 accounts used to access e-government services were found to be at risk in June.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/5808-singapore-to-introduce-two-factor-authentication-following-security-breach

Industry Transformation, Software Defined Everything, the Internet of Things and Cybersecurity to offer greatest opportunities in APAC for 2015, says Frost & Sullivan

SINGAPORE, Nov. 27,2014 /PRNewswire/ –Digital disruption is set to be the norm across industries as they look to transform to keep their business relevant amidst the ever changing technological landscape. The implementation of enabling technologies such as low cost sensors, cloud computing, advanced data analytics and mobility are expected to drive this revolution.

http://www.consumerelectronicsnet.com/article/Industry-Transformation-Software-Defined-Everything-the-Internet-of-Things-and-Cybersecurity-to-offer-greatest-opportunities-in-APAC-for-2015-says-Frost–Sullivan-3633740

IT departments in Singapore still struggle to meet employee expectations: Telstra

Majority of IT leaders in Singapore (98 percent) find it a challenge to effectively implement all the technology tools employees expect to use to communicate in the workplace. This is according to a new Telstra research conducted by market research company Vanson Bourne, which polled 675 IT decision makers across Singapore, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, United States and Australia.

http://mis-asia.com/resource/applications/it-departments-in-singapore-still-struggle-to-meet-employee-expectations-telstra/