Alibaba Cloud launches IoT platform

ChinaTelecom Asia — Alibaba Cloud has unveiled a series of new products aimed at expanding its IoT, hybrid cloud, storage and security capabilities. At its Shenzhen Summit last week, Alibaba Cloud launched version 1.0 of IoT, its one-stop platform for IoT and cloud computing. The service will provide infrastructure for IoT deployments in areas including medical, energy, smart home and intelligent campus networks.

http://www.telecomasia.net/content/alibaba-cloud-launches-iot-platform

Alibaba Cloud launches global start-up program

ChinaEnterprise Innovation — Alibaba Cloud has launched its 2016 global start-up program dubbed “Create@Alibaba Cloud,” aimed at championing start-ups and maximizing their potential through Alibaba’s support network and suite of cloud infrastructure services. “Through our program, we hope to make our sophisticated networking solutions and big-data intelligence also available to start-ups and small enterprises to accelerate their business growth,” Yu Sicheng, VP of Alibaba Cloud.

http://www.enterpriseinnovation.net/article/alibaba-cloud-launches-global-start-program-501515076

5 reasons why Indian SaaS startups will rock on the world stage

IndiaTech in Asia — India is known as a global leader in IT services. Now there’s a new wave of software-as-a-service (SaaS) from India. The latest Google-Accel India study counted over 500 SaaS startups in India. More are sprouting fast, nourished by manpower and cost advantages as well as the shift to mobile and cloud-based computing. Here’s a drill down into five factors fueling the rise of Indian SaaS.

https://www.techinasia.com/5-tunes-making-indian-saas-rock-world-stage

Hybrid IT happens for most Singapore firms

SingaporeEnterprise Innovation — IT infrastructures have evolved from traditional on-premises-only to a hybrid strategy that links internal and external IT services driven by the existence of the cloud, according to SolarWinds. The company’s IT Trends Report 2016 shows that nearly all (92%) of the IT professionals surveyed in Singapore say adopting cloud technologies is important to their organizations’ long-term business success.

http://www.enterpriseinnovation.net/article/hybrid-it-happens-most-singapore-firms-1434253975

Alibaba Invests USD1 Billion To Control Southeast Asia E-commerce Leader

ChinaChina Tech News — Alibaba Group announced that they will invest USD1 billion to subscribe a controlling stake in Lazada, including about USD500 million to subscribe new shares and the remaining to purchase from certain shareholders. Michael Evans, president of Alibaba Group, said that the investment in Lazada will allow Alibaba to enter an e-commerce platform with a large and growing consumer group outside China.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2016/04/18/23413-alibaba-invests-usd1-billion-to-control-southeast-asia-e-commerce-leader

Everyone Wins in Box’s Partnership With Amazon.com and IBM

APACFool — Undeterred, Box continues to both expand its presence in its core markets and develop new products. Case in point: Box just announced a new partnership with key cloud players Amazon.com andIBM which creates an opportunity for Box to expand its services to a new set of potential clients.

http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2016/04/21/everyone-wins-in-boxs-partnership-with-amazoncom-a.aspx

Alibaba hooks up with Accenture, SAP in expansion push in China and Southeast Asia; takes aim in dominating global cloud business

ChinaSCMP — Alibaba Cloud, China’s largest computing services provider, is looking to accelerate its expansion in China and Southeast Asia on the back of newly formed alliances with global consulting firm Accenture and software giant SAP China. “Accenture is a well-respected consulting firm in the industry, especially for computing enterprises,” said Ethan Yu, vice president of Alibaba Cloud told reporters.

http://www.scmp.com/tech/china-tech/article/1937631/alibaba-hooks-accenture-sap-expansion-push-china-and-southeast-asia

Telstra to launch Cloud Gateway in June

AustraliaTelecom Asia — Australia’s largest operator Telstra will launch a product for businesses needing to connect to multiple cloud environments. The company has also added Amazon Web Services (AWS) to its list of supported cloud platforms. The service, named Cloud Gateway, will launch in June 2016.

http://www.telecomasia.net/content/telstra-launch-cloud-gateway-june

CenturyLink Cloud launched in Australia

AustraliaDatacenter Dynamics — CenturyLink has announced the availability of CenturyLink Cloud in Australia, just over a year after its launch in Singapore. Located in Sydney, CenturyLink says the new cloud node will enable it to deliver enterprise-class control, agility, scalability and security through its global network.

http://www.datacenterdynamics.com/colo-cloud-/centurylink-cloud-launched-in-australia/96022.article

5 reasons why Indian SaaS startups will rock on the world stage

IndiaTech in Asia  — India is known as a global leader in IT services. Now there’s a new wave of software-as-a-service (SaaS) from India. The latest Google-Accel India study counted over 500 SaaS startups in India. More are sprouting fast, nourished by manpower and cost advantages as well as the shift to mobile and cloud-based computing. Here’s a drill down into five factors fueling the rise of Indian SaaS.

https://www.techinasia.com/5-tunes-making-indian-saas-rock-world-stage

WeChat just launched a Slack competitor, but there’s a catch

ChinaThe Next Web — WeChat is ready to take on a new market: the office. The company today launched WeChat Enterprise, essentially its competitor to the ever-growing Slack. First announced in March, it has most of the features you expect from standard WeChat. You can make groups, send photos, voice clips, files, locations and even stickers. However, it differentiates itself with a few work-centric changes.

Here’s everything Google’s doing to reach its next billion users, from SG

SingaporeTech in Asia — Google wants to make the world’s information universally accessible, and that means both the child in rural India and the tech geek in San Francisco have equal access to the internet’s wealth. At the Tech in Asia Singapore 2016 conference, Google’s vice-president of product management, Caesar Sengupta, broke down how the company has been working towards the goal of “reaching the next billion users.”

https://www.techinasia.com/googles-reach-billion-users

Salesforce puts up 2nd Japan datacenter with NEC

JapanEnterprise Innovation — Salesforce has signed an agreement to establish a second datacenter in the Kansai region of Japan, selecting NEC as its service provider. This data center in Japan supports Salesforce’s growing global customer base and expands the company’s datacenter capacity across the entire Asia-Pacific region.

http://www.enterpriseinnovation.net/article/salesforce-puts-2nd-japan-datacenter-nec-1566510238

LinkedIn data center goes online in Singapore

SingaporeEnterprise Innovation — LinkedIn has opened its first data center in Singapore, spanning 23,500 square feet in Jurong. This isone of six data centers for LinkedIn globally, and the first outside the United States.  LinkedIn has invested S$80 million so far in the new data center, which was established to enhance the experience for the fast-growing base of LinkedIn members and clients across the Asia-Pacific region, including speed and reliability of access to LinkedIn’s services as they connect to professional opportunities on the network.

http://www.enterpriseinnovation.net/article/linkedin-data-center-goes-online-singapore-102460131

IBM reports worst revenue in 14 years, shares slide

APACChannel News Asia — REUTERS: International Business Machines Corp reported its worst quarterly revenue in 14 years as results from newer businesses including cloud and mobile computing failed to offset declines in its traditional businesses, sending shares down nearly 5 percent in extended trading.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/ibm-s-revenue-beats-stree/2708770.html

Box to Let Overseas Customers Store Files Locally in Privacy Bid

APACBloomberg — Starting in May, Box Zones will give customers the choice of locating their files in Germany, Ireland, Japan, and Singapore. The company plans to add more regions in the future, said Chief Executive Officer Aaron Levie in an interview, and is looking at further choices in Europe and Asia as well as adding Australia and Latin America.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-04-12/box-to-let-overseas-customers-store-files-locally-in-privacy-bid-imx9bh6p

Huawei Technologies developing cloud-based products and solutions, says CEO

ChinaDidi Times — China-based telecom equipment vendor Huawei Technologies has been developing products and solutions based on cloud computing, according to company vice chairman and rotating CEO Eric Xu. Xu, speaking at Huawei’s 3th Global Analyst Summit in Shenzhen, southern China, on April 11, said the company aims to enable telecom carriers and enterprises to build their cloud-based networking/communication infrastructure, which is crucial to transformation to comprehensive digitization.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20160412PD200.html

Google to cloud customers: Sorry, but here’s how two bugs knocked us out worldwide

APACIf you had trouble accessing certain apps on Monday, there’s a chance it was caused by a brief but widespread outage on Google’s infrastructure-as-a-service offering, Google Compute Engine (GCE). Even small Google service outages draw attention if they affect its own products such as Gmail or Drive. But on Monday what hit a brick wall was GCE, the Google infrastructure that powers virtual servers rented out by businesses and app developers.

CenturyLink Launches CenturyLink Cloud in Australia

AustraliaSonoran Weekly Review — CenturyLink (NYSE:CTL), an integrated communications company, said Wednesday that CenturyLink Cloud is now available in Australia. The CenturyLink Cloud platform delivers enterprise-class control, agility, scalability and security backed by CenturyLink’s global network.

http://sonoranweeklyreview.com/centurylink-launches-centurylink-cloud-in-australia-nysectl/

China tech spend to hit $147B in 2016

ChinaZDNet — China’s spending on technology goods and services is expected to climb 8 percent to reach U$147 billion this year, driven in large by the public sector and businesses’ digital transformation efforts. While the country’s GDP growth dropped to its lowest in 25 years, to below 7 percent last year, spending on tech would remain robust in 2016, according to Forrester.

Huawei Enterprise Business Group Achieves Strong Growth in 2015 Fuelled by Demand for Leading New ICT

ChinaMontreal Gazette — SHENZHEN: Huawei Enterprise Business Group (EBG) today shared its 2015 financial results and 2016 vision and strategy under the theme of “Leading New ICT, Building A Better Connected World” at the Huawei Global Analyst Summit (HAS) 2016. Huawei EBG generated CNY 27.6 billion (USD4.25 billion) annual revenue in 2015, an increase of 43.8% year-over-year and the keeps strong growth.

http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/cnw/release.html?rkey=20160412C2651&filter=5611

IBM partners Rcom to provide cloud services

IndiaEconomic Times — Technology giant IBM has partnered Reliance Communications (Rcom) to provide a complete portfolio of cloud services to customers. “…it is working with Reliance Communications to provide its customers with a complete portfolio of highly secure and scalable infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offerings running on the IBM cloud,” IBM said in a statement today.

http://tech.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/corporate/ibm-partners-rcom-to-provide-cloud-services/51779256

Ali Cloud is rolling out its cloud services globally in earnest through partnerships with content delivery companies and its startup program

ChinaThe Country Caller — Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s (NYSE:BABA) computing arm, Ali Cloud is ramping out its global rollout through strategic partnerships and startup program called “Create@Alibaba Cloud” which launched globally just yesterday. The company has already joined into a partnership with Conversant Solutions in Southeast Asia.

Alibaba Cloud’s new programme to help startups accelerate their business growth

ChinaMIS Asia — Alibaba Cloud — the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group — has launched its first global startup programme called Create@Alibaba Cloud. The programme — which is an expansion from Alibaba Cloud’s previous initiatives in Hong Kong and China — is aimed at enabling startups to maximise their potential through Alibaba’s support network and suite of cloud infrastructure services.

http://www.mis-asia.com/tech/cloud-computing/alibaba-clouds-new-programme-to-help-startups-accelerate-their-business-growth/

IBM, Box Bring Cloud Data Closer To Home

APACInformation Week — On Tuesday, IBM and Box announced a plan to offer cloud storage customers in Europe and Asia the ability to store data in local data centers, just in time for the European Parliament’s expected adoption of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) later this week.

http://www.informationweek.com/cloud/cloud-storage/ibm-box-bring-cloud-data-closer-to-home/d/d-id/1325070

CoreSite Announces Relationship with BBIX, Making CoreSite the First BBIX-Connected Data Center Operator in North America

JapanBusiness Wire — DENVER: CoreSite Realty Corporation, a premier provider of secure, reliable, high-performance data center and interconnection solutions across the U.S., today announced that it has formed a relationship with BBIX, Japan’s leading carrier-neutral internet exchange based in Tokyo. This newly established relationship will provide CoreSite customers with direct access to the BBIX peering exchange from CoreSite’s Any2Exchange® in Los Angeles.

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160411005294/en/CoreSite-Announces-Relationship-BBIX-Making-CoreSite-BBIX-Connected

Zone Telecom partners AliCloud, Microsoft, expands cloud services suite

SingaporeNetworks Asia — ZONE Telecom Pte Ltd (ZONE) has partnered with Cloud Service Providers (CSP), AliCloud and Microsoft, to expand its suite of cloud solutions to cater to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Singapore, as well as to reach out to larger international markets.

http://www.networksasia.net/article/zone-telecom-partners-alicloud-microsoft-expands-cloud-services-suite.1460372872

IBM partners Rcom to provide cloud services

IndiaEconomic Times — NEW DELHI: Technology giant IBM has partnered Reliance CommunicationsBSE 2.38 % (Rcom) to provide a complete portfolio of cloud services to customers.  “…it is working with Reliance Communications to provide its customers with a complete portfolio of highly secure and scalable infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offerings running on the IBM cloud,” IBM said in a statement today.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/ibm-partners-rcom-to-provide-cloud-services/articleshow/51778712.cms

The cloud’s impact on applications

APACNetworks Asia — I’ve written a number of times about the sea change in technology that is occurring and how it’s affecting enterprise IT organizations. Most recently, I wrote about how open source is eating the technology industry and how that will affect these organizations. It’s no exaggeration to say that IT is witnessing more change now than it has ever before seen.

http://www.networksasia.net/article/clouds-impact-applications.1460369629

Microsoft helping Indian healthcare providers adapt cloud, analytics

IndiaPUNE: Microsoft is helping healthcare providers in India adapt IT tools like cloud, analytics and machine learning as the industry seeks to counter escalating costs of delivering services amid growing demand for better experience from patients. “Healthcare institutions are aiming to adopt a data-driven approach to address and extract insights from the huge amounts of structured and unstructured data,” Peter Gartenberg, GM-enterprise and partner group at Microsoft India, told ET.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/healthcare/biotech/microsoft-helping-indian-healthcare-providers-adapt-cloud-analytics/articleshow/51786270.cms