OpenStack Foundation Expands Its Efforts at Tokyo Summit

JapaneWeek — TOKYO: The OpenStack Foundation has a large, 24-person board of directors that provides strategic and financial oversight for the organization. Sitting at the helm, is the chairman of the board, Alan Clark, who helps to lead the efforts of the broad and diverse group.In a video interview with Clark at the OpenStack Summit here, he discusses the events of the Summit, including the full board meeting, as well as a joint meeting with the OpenStack Technical Committee and OpenStack User Committee.

China overtakes US in e-commerce sales: Report

ChinaTimes of India — BEIJING: China has over taken the US to become the world’s largest online retail market as its e-commerce revenues grossed $439 million last year constituting 7% of its GDP, according to a new report. The internet has become a critical element of China’s economic progress in the past five years, accounting for 7% of the world’s second largest economy’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2014, a percentage point higher than the US, state-run Global Times reported, citing a report issued by China Internet Network Information Centre (CNNIC).

Why Contributing to OpenStack Makes Sense for Vendors

JapaneWeek — TOKYO: At the OpenStack Summit here, there have been a number of common themes and questions that keep surfacing. Time and again panels are discussing why contributions matter and how Amazon is or isn’t the competition.One such panel session was titled “The OpenStack Orchestra: The Next Wave of OpenStack Specialist Startups,” and included executives from Mirantis, Tesora, SwiftStack and PLUMgrid.

Google parent Alphabet may open units in China: WSJ

ChinaWASHINGTON: Google parent Alphabet may do business in China following the reorganization of the technology giant, co-founder Sergey Brin said in an interview Thursday. Brin, who is president of Alphabet, told the Wall Street Journal that the new organizational structure would allow each unit autonomy on the matter.

Kirin brews OpenStack private cloud to reduce IT operation costs by 75 percent

JapanComputer World UK — Sets up internal platform as a service in partnership with systems integrator, NTT Data. Japanese brewer and drinks producer Kirin has built a platform as a service (Paas) using OpenStack as its private cloud platform, reducing operational IT costs by automating server test and deployment. Kirin, which has almost 40,000 employees, is headquartered in Tokyo, and does around half of its business overseas.

MediaTek 3Q15 profits soar 25%

TaiwanDigi Times — MediaTek’s net profits soared to almost NT$8 billion (US$246 million) in the third quarter of 2015 hitting the highest quarterly level for the year. MediaTek has announced net profits of NT$7.96 billion on consolidated revenues of 56.96 billion for the third quarter, representing sequential increases of 21.1% in revenues and 24.8% in profits.

Second coming of HP Helion OpenStack will concentrate on hybrids

JapanBusiness Cloud News — HP has unveiled its latest incarnation of HP Helion OpenStack with a demonstration of Version 2.0 at the OpenStack Summit 2015 in Tokyo. After it recently announced the imminent closure of its OpenStack driven public cloud offering, the vendor is thought to be concentrating its efforts to help enterprise clients cope with the challenge of straddling private and hybrid cloud environments.

Worldwide smartphone shipments up 6.8% to 355.2 million in 3Q15, says IDC, from TW

TaiwanDigi Times — Global smartphone shipments grew 6.8% sequentially to 355.2 million units in the third quarter of 2015, marking the second highest quarterly shipments on record, according to the latest data compiled by IDC. The third quarter shipments were slightly below IDC’s previous forecast of 363.8 million units, largely due to slightly lower than expected iPhone shipments, as well as higher than expected prices of new flagship models introduced by Android phone vendors.

OpenStack claims Project Navigator will lead adopters through development hell

JapanBusiness Cloud News — The OpenStack Foundation’s chief operating office Mark Collier has lifted the lid on Project Navigator, a scheme to help users see their way through the myriad of component projects, different levels of software maturity and documentation involved in taking part in the project.

India is a crucial market for Samsung’s new high end commercial product lines: Top officials

KoreaEconomic Times — Seoul, South Korea : Global consumer electronics company, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, is looking at India as one of the crucial markets for its newly announced four product lines in commercial segment, said top officials during the Samsung AC Forum held in Korea. The company is expecting to reach the annual sales of USD 10 billion by 2020 its new product range globally.

AT&T, Ericsson and Apcera demonstrate NFV in a PaaS environment

JapanBusiness Cloud News — AT&T and Ericsson claim they’ve created an improvement to container technology that makes cloud telco platforms far more secure and yet easier to set up. They jointly presented their invention in proof of concept exercise, along with cloud service provider Apcera. Container technology, previously used for creating secure environments for text based office and enterprise productivity applications, has been tweaked in order to overcome some of its security limitations, when telecoms is handled in the cloud.

Tata Communications’ IZO™X Private Cloud Puts the CIO Back in Control

IndiaFinancial Express — Tata Communications, a leading provider of A New World of Communications™, today launches its IZO™ Private Cloud service to bring CIOs unprecedented control over their public and private clouds and their entire data centre estate. The new service, unveiled at Cloud Expo Asia, is the latest addition to Tata Communications’ game-changing IZO™ cloud enablement platform, and will empower enterprises to connect to the world’s biggest clouds, and to build a truly hybrid, high-performance IT infrastructure, where different cloud, colocation and managed hosting environments work together as one.

Rackspace Debuts Containers as a Service on OpenStack

JapaneWeek — TOKYO—Docker containers and the OpenStack cloud are getting a little closer today, thanks to the new Carina Containers as a Service announced by Rackspace. Rackspace announced the new Carina service at the OpenStack Summit here, detailing how the service can rapidly enable users to build and deploy Docker containers in the cloud.In a video interview with eWEEK, Adrian Otto, distinguished engineer at Rackspace, and Scott Crenshaw, senior vice president, strategy and product, at Rackspace, detail what Containers as a Service is all about and how it works.

Australia drops down cyber security rankings

AustraliaIT News — Australia has slipped down a list of the top 20 nations ranked by cyber maturity in 2015, falling two spots to fifth place despite a slightly higher score than last year. The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) yesterday released its second annual report into the cyber maturity of 20 nations in the Asia Pacific, including the US and UK. The report analyses a whole-of-nation approach to cyber policy, crime, and security issues to give each country a maturity score.

Telehouse and DataGryd Partner in New York Data Center Market

JapanDatacenter Knowledge — Telehouse, the data center provider owned by the Japanese telecom KDDI, has joined forces with DataGryd, a wholesale data center provider with four stories in one of Manhattan’s most connected buildings, at 60 Hudson St. DataGryd is one of three wholesale data center providers in New York City that have vacant data center space to lease.

Telekom M’sia forms alliance with Cambodian Internet service provider

CambodiaThe Star — KUALA LUMPUR: Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) is strengthening its regional footprint in South-East Asia by teaming up with MekongNet, a leading Internet service provider and Internet exchange provider in Cambodia. TM said in a statement that through the partnership, MekongNet would host and provide network infrastructure for TM’s multi-services node or point-of-presence (PoP) in Cambodia.

SoftBank internal data suggests smartphone woes worse than reported

IndiaTimes of India — TOKYO: New smartphone subscriptions for SoftBank Group plunged 35% at its own stores in Japan’s most populous region in the last business year, according to internal data that paints a far gloomier picture than its published financial results. The data, from a July presentation for distributors and seen by Reuters, highlights the depth of SoftBank’s pain as intensifying competition hits its domestic mobile unit, which is responsible for the bulk of its operating profit.

Telstra eyes Philippines spend

PhilippinesBusiness Spectator — Telstra chief Andy Penn has revealed that the telco giant will spend up to $US1 billion if it goes ahead with its plans to launch a new mobile phone venture with beer and food giant San Miguel in the Philippines. Speaking at the telco’s annual investor day in Sydney today, Telstra boss Andrew Penn said the telco would not spend more than $US1bn to establish the joint venture with additional financing for the new operation coming from San Miguel and banks.

Indian IT giants struggling to meet Nasscom’s growth target

IndiaTimes of India — MUMBAI/DELHI: Big four IT companies may not be able to meet Nasscom’s growth target for FY16, and the industry may just be able to meet the lower end of the guidance even as a tough second half looms. The growth guidance of 12-14% will now depend on captives and BPOs pulling their levels up. Nasscom was waiting to see how the third quarter plays out before taking a call on cutting the outlook, said a person with knowledge of the matter.

APAC firms see IT at the heart of their business

APACEnterprise Innovation — More than half (54%) of firms in Asia-Pacific and Japan now view their IT teams to be at the heart of their business and believe IT is fundamental to their success, according to a recent survey by HP. In addition, 87% of lines of business executives in APJ understand that they need to collaborate with the IT department in order to meet business objectives.

NTT opens its largest data centre in India

IndiaAction is heating up in India with the world’s top names like Oracle, Microsoft and Amazon queuing up to open data centres here. NTT Communications, the world’s largest data centre company and a unit of the $112-billion Japanese giant, NTT, also has mega plans in the country. On Wednesday, the company, which entered India in 2012 with the acquisition of Netmagic, opened its ninth facility spread over 3 lakh sq ft, the largest in the country, entailing an investment of Rs 700 crore.

Cloud Expo Asia, Data Centre World Break Attendance Record in Singapore

SingaporeBusiness News Asia — SUNTEC CITY, SINGAPORE – Cloud Expo Asia and Data Centre World 2015 opened Wednesday at Suntec Singapore with a record number of attendees, keeping their reputation as the largest professional technology gathering in the region. While the official number of participants will be released by an independent auditor, one of the organizing staff said this year’s attendance was a record breaker for the history of the show.

Toshiba to sell image sensor business to Sony

JapanToshiba will sell its image sensor manufacturing plant in Oita, southern Japan, to Sony by the end of the fiscal year through March and pull out of the sensor business, the company said in a joint statement. Sony will take on the sensor business’ 1,100 workers, the two companies said. The deal was worth around 20 billion yen ($166.15 million), according to a company source familiar with the matter. The source requested anonymity because the companies did not disclose it publicly.

Alibaba shows how consumers are now king in China’s economy

ChinaLive Mint — Hong Kong: When Alibaba Group Holding Ltd on Tuesday released bumper third-quarter sales figures, the e-commerce company’s stock price shot to the highest level in more than two months. Consumption’s share of growth slipped sharply in recent decades as investment was ramped up and the economy’s size grew, falling from 51% of gross domestic product in 1985 to 34% in 2013 according to McKinsey.

Can’t connect world without connecting India: Mark Zuckerberg

IndiaTimes of India — At his first townhall event in India, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that the company is committed to net neutrality, but lent his support for zero-rating plans, which violate the principles of free internet. When asked if Facebook supports net neutrality, Zuckerberg said, “Absolutely. We do a lot to support net neutrality. In terms of regulation, countries are figuring out what rules they want and we are supportive of that.”

1-Net Is Canonical’s First Ubuntu Certified Public Cloud Partner in South East Asia

SingaporeSoft Pedia — Canonical is proud to enter in partnership with 1-Net as their first-ever Certified Public Cloud partner that uses the Ubuntu Linux operating system to power its infrastructure. 1-Net is known for offering a public Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solution, called Alchemy, to its customers, providing them with a high-performance, low-cost, secure, and highly available utility computing cloud platform, which does not rely on complex branded software or expensive hardware components.

LeTV Ventures into India to Introduce Smartphones, TVs and Cloud Computing

IndiaYibada — LeTV is set to make a gradual introduction of all its products that include smartphones, TVs and cloud computing to the Indian market in the first half of 2016, Jia Yueting, founder and CEO of LeTV Holdings Co. The company is planning to establish another 200 nodes in India and open cloud platform, user interface design as well as mobile application design to users and developers in India, Jia said.

Deskera Named #1 Integrated Business App In Southeast Asia

SingaporeVulcan Post — Deskera, the Singapore-based company is a provider of cloud-based integrated business software, and was recently named the #1 Integrated Business Application as a Service in Southeast Asia. In the historically security- and control-conscious Asia-Pacific market, many business leaders are beginning to warm up to the idea of cloud-based services.

Alibaba nets over US$3.6 billion for 3Q15

ChinaDigi Times — The largest China-based e-commerce service provider Alibaba Group Holding has released its financial report for third-quarter 2015, recording net profit of CNY22.703 billion (US$3.572 billion) which hiked 649.27% on year. For the third quarter, Alibaba posted consolidated revenues of CNY22.171 billion, increasing 31.74% on year, and net operating profit of CNY6.395 billion, up 47.18%.

Digitimes Research: China smartphone AP shipments to grow 14.6% on quarter in 4Q15

ChinaDigi Times — Shipments of smartphone-use application processors in China are expected to grow 14.6% sequentially to 161 million units in the fourth quarter of 2015 as handset vendors are building up inventories to meet year-end seasonal demand in the US and Europe, according to Digitimes Research.