Deal Street Asia — The NYSE-listed cloud computing major Salesforce is expanding its presence globally, turning its focus to the Asia Pacific (APAC). With a significant critical mass of people and a a large number of emerging and frontier markets, its recently renewed focus on Southeast Asia ,reflecting a change in company policy and strategy towards the APAC markets as it recognises the area’s growth potential, particularly given Southeast Asia’s startup boom.
Nikkei — TOKYO — Microsoft is transitioning from a device-centric company to an enterprise centered on a unified, cloud-based Windows platform, CEO Satya Nadella said Tuesday. The U.S. computing giant will draw on rich experience in corporate information technology solutions to partner with companies in cutting-edge fields such as artificial intelligence and the “internet of things,” he told The Nikkei during a visit to Japan. Nadella took the wheel at Microsoft in February 2014.
The Stack — Speaking at this year’s inaugural Cloud Expo Asia in Hong Kong, Victor Lam, CIO of the region’s government, presented a keynote address in which he discussed the federal initiatives under way to boost cloud and data centre development – two markets he believes represent the ‘technology pillars’ in the digital economy.
Networks Asia — VMware Inc. has reinforced its commitment toward enabling digital transformation in Southeast Asia, by displaying a strong focus on enabling business mobility, future proofing the cloud and enhancing security. At the Bali CIO summit, Accelerating Your Digital Enterprise by IDC and VMware, VMware showcased an end-to-end solutions portfolio that is set to fuel business transformation across the region.
Enterprise Innovation — Indian eCommerce marketplace, Flipkart, will collaborate with MapUnity, a Social Technology Lab, known for developing a variety of platforms for urban management, safety and transport. The collaboration may see Flipkart’s Mapping business – Flipkart Maps – taking a more central role in the company’s business schemes.
Networks Asia — Salesforce has announced Marketing Cloud Lightning—a new user experience, platform and ecosystem that the company says will give marketers the ability to create 1-to-1 customer journeys that span sales, service, marketing and more. Salesforce Lightning propelled Sales Cloud and Service Cloud to the next level, and by extending it to Marketing Cloud, companies will be able to deliver smarter journeys across the entire Customer Success Platform, culminating in unmatched customer experiences.
Enterprise Innovation — Many governments are in the process of implementing new digital technologies, from big data analytics to new citizen-centric services. Cloud technology has given government agencies the agility to deploy new resources quickly, experiment and innovate, deliver new solutions and lower operating costs.
MIS Asia — Today’s cloud computing pace is moving at an accelerated rate – we see a shift in traditional computing that gives businesses on-demand access to a variety of software and services while giving IT a shared pool of configurable computing resources at the platform, infrastructure and application layers.
Networks Asia — As the IT market evolves from traditional on-premises IT to a hybrid strategy driven by the cloud, many businesses, both locally and globally, are making tremendous changes to their technology infrastructure. With cloud computing becoming the infrastructure upon which Singapore builds its Smart Nation, it is simply a matter of “when” local organizations will move to the cloud.
Nasdaq — Online retail giants Amazon and Alibaba have both seen massive growth in their cloud computing businesses over the past few years. Both Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Alibaba’s cloud computing and infrastructure segments have outpaced the growth in total worldwide spending on cloud computing and infrastructure services.
News Straits Times — KUALA LUMPUR: A unit of German multinational software corporation SAP SE, Concur Technologies Inc (Concur), has collaborated with AirAsia to implement an integrated travel and expense solution for the local carrier’s subsidiary, AirAsia Global Shared Services. In a statement today, SAP said the solution provides business process outsourcing services to AirAsia Group’s 17,000 employees and is expected to be completed by early July this year.
RC Wireless — SoftBank and Chinese online and mobile commerce company Alibaba Group formed a joint venture dubbed SB Cloud Corporation to provide cloud computing services in Japan. The company said it will use technologies and solutions from Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group.
Networks Asia — Recently released reports from two investment research firms call into question just exactly where IBM fits in the cloud computing market. Deutsche Bank’s Markets Research team issued a note titled “Why IBM Won’t Catch AWS,” which argues that IBM’s focus on hybrid cloud computing puts the company in a different, and smaller, market than Amazon Web Services.
Telecom Asia — Alibaba Group has teamed up with its largest shareholder Softbank Group to provide public cloud computing services in Japan. The two announced on Friday that they have formed a joint venture, called SB Cloud Corp, to deliver Alibaba Cloud’s technology and services for Japanese enterprises, ranging from startups to multinational companies.
Datacenter Dynamics — Equinix, one of the world’s largest operators of carrier-neutral data centers, is bringing its services to customers in Russia for the very first time. The company has agreed a reseller deal with the local cloud and colocation provider Stack Group, which will offer access to IT infrastructure hosted in 145 data centers owned by Equinix and located in 20 countries around the world.
Digital Journal — Cloud Computing Market Size, Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Application Development, Price Trend, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2016 – 2023. This press release was orginally distributed by SBWire. Cloud computing market size is likely to witness significant gains from 2016 to 2023. Greater scalability coupled with faster access to infrastructure are anticipated to surge the demand growth.
Market Exclusive — Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE:BABA) is expanding its cloud-computing footprint into Japan as it continues to pursue new opportunities for growth. The e-commerce giant has teamed up with its largest shareholder Softbank for the formation of a joint venture that will pursue new cloud clients in the country.
Tech in Asia — Dropbox, Google Drive, and other international cloud storage providers have long been blocked in China – and now a number of domestic storage services are facing a similar fate. Vdisk, KuaiPan, and UC net disk – run by Sina, Xunlei, and Alibaba, respectively – have filled the gap left by the government’s censoring of international options, but now each one is partially or fully closing down.
Datacenter Dynamics — Microsoft has announced plans to deliver cloud services from two new data center regions in South Korea, which include a facility based in the capital of Seoul. This news comes as part of a larger update, which also includes delivery of Microsoft Azure from local data centers located in Toronto and Quebec City, and the availability of data residency for Office 365 for business customers in Canada.
Venture Beat — Chinese Internet behemoth Alibaba has teamed up with Japanese telecom giant SoftBank to form a cloud-computing joint venture (JV) in Japan. SoftBank’s parent company, SoftBank Group, is an existing shareholder in Alibaba, so the deal isn’t exactly a bolt out of the blue. SB Cloud Corporation, or “SB Cloud,” as it will be known, will combine the collective smarts from the two technology titans, and the joint venture will lead to a new data center that provides “competitive and enhanced public cloud computing services” from Alibaba Cloud, according to a press release.
ZDNet — Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba and Japanese telecommunications provider SoftBank have formed a joint-venture cloud services company called SB Cloud to bring Alibaba Cloud’s technology and solutions to Japanese businesses. SB Cloud will be headquartered in Minato-ku, Tokyo, and will open a datacentre to offer Alibaba’s cloud security services, data storage, processing solutions, and middleware offerings.
Stocks Daily — Microsoft Corporation will soon offer cloud coverage in South Korea. The announcement was made through a blog post by Takeshi Numoto, CVP of Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise. According to Numoto, Microsoft has invested $15 billion in improving their cloud infrastructure and services. As such, one of the developments from this investment is the establishment of a new datacenter region in Seoul.
In March, the Hawaiki cable project announced its contract with TE Subcom had come into force. They had raised the necessary funds to kick off the construction phase, and yesterday we learned where some of those funds came from.
Bloomberg — Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. teamed with its largest shareholder SoftBank Group Corp. to form a cloud computing service venture targeting Japanese customers, as the Chinese e-commerce giant expands one of its fastest growing businesses.
Datacenter Dynamics — In a world enamored with the instant provisioning, simplicity and elasticity of the public cloud, it’s possible to forget that there is still a surge of interest in private cloud deployments built using self-owned hardware at on-premises locations.
Business Korea — Microsoft Korea CEO Ko Soon-dong had a press conference in Seoul on May 11 and announced that Microsoft would provide more stable and fast cloud computing services by opening new data centers in Seoul and Busan early next year with demands for cloud computing services on the rise in the Asia-Pacific region including South Korea.
Deal Street Asia — Cloud technology services provider Kingsoft Cloud Group has raised about $50 million in a Series C+ round, led by a fund backed by China Merchants Securities. The company had raised $60 million in a Series C round only three months ago.
Helpdesk software maker Freshdesk today became the first Indian startup to enter Gartner’s Magic Quadrant (MQ) for customer engagement. MQ is a series of reports published by American research and advisory firm Gartner aimed to provide a qualitative analysis into a market and its direction, maturity, and participants.
Business Cloud News — Bharti Airtel has announced the launch of Connexion as well as a new collaboration with Microsoft to deliver Azure ExpressRoute to Indian businesses. The new Connexion service is designed to maximize network performance over the cloud, whereas Azure ExpressRoute ensures a more secure and scalable connection between enterprises, cloud service providers, and data centre partners, through using a private connection as opposed to public internet.
Financial Express — Data centres are an important part of infrastructure and there are several sectors spurring this growth, says Sunil Gupta, executive-director & president of Netmagic, an NTT Communications company and a leading managed hosting and cloud service provider.