Exclusive: Salesforce Ventures to focus on ASEAN investment, says Garratt

APACDeal 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.

http://www.dealstreetasia.com/stories/38628-38628/

Microsoft CEO charts future in the cloud, from Japan

JapanNikkei — 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.

http://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Companies/Microsoft-CEO-charts-future-in-the-cloud

Government CIO points to Hong Kong as Asia’s leading digital nation

Hong KongThe 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.

VMware accelerates the shift to digitalization and cloud in Southeast Asia

APACNetworks 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.

http://www.networksasia.net/article/vmware-accelerates-shift-digitalization-and-cloud-southeast-asia.1464145716

Flipkart collaborates with MapUnity to launch Map Services

IndiaEnterprise 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.

http://www.enterpriseinnovation.net/article/flipkart-collaborates-mapunity-launch-map-services-1703963519

Salesforce brings the power of Lightning to digital marketers

APACNetworks 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.

http://www.networksasia.net/article/salesforce-brings-power-lightning-digital-marketers.1463352634

Cloud technology for public sector innovation, said AWS

APACEnterprise 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.

http://www.enterpriseinnovation.net/article/cloud-technology-public-sector-innovation-2130602017

Cloud is a paradigm, not a place, said Microsoft

APACMIS 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.

http://www.mis-asia.com/blogs/blogs/cloud-is-a-paradigm-not-a-place/

Hybrid IT: The journey to the cloud, from SG

SingaporeNetworks 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.

http://www.networksasia.net/article/hybrid-it-journey-cloud.1463702878

Amazon Vs. Alibaba: Cloud Computing & Infrastructure Growth

ChinaNasdaq — 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.

http://www.nasdaq.com/article/amazon-vs-alibaba-cloud-computing-infrastructure-growth-cm623671

Concur’s cloud computing empowers AirAsia to soar to new heights

MalaysiaNews 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.

http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/05/146626/concurs-cloud-computing-empowers-airasia-soar-new-heights

Cloud computing offer targets Japan with branded Alibaba Cloud

JapanRC 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.

http://www.rcrwireless.com/20160518/asia-pacific/softbank-alibaba-create-jv-offer-cloud-computing-services-tag23

Where does IBM fit in the cloud market? #cloud #asia #ibm #market #aws

APACNetworks 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.

http://www.networksasia.net/article/where-does-ibm-fit-cloud-market.1463464874

Softbank, Alibaba Group form cloud JV

JapanTelecom 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.

http://www.telecomasia.net/content/softbank-alibaba-group-form-cloud-jv

Equinix’s Channel Partner Program extends to Russia

APACDatacenter 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.

http://www.datacenterdynamics.com/colo-cloud-/equinixs-channel-partner-programme-extends-to-russia-through-a-reseller-deal/96169.fullarticle

Cloud Computing Market Size, Industry Analysis Report, Price Trend, Competitive Market Share & Forecast by 2023

APACDigital 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.

http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/2940672

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE:BABA) Teams Up With Softbank for A Cloud Venture in Japan

JapanMarket 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.

http://marketexclusive.com/alibaba-group-holding-ltd-nysebaba-teams-softbank-cloud-venture-japan/6767/

China’s latest censorship target: cloud storage

ChinaTech 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.

https://www.techinasia.com/china-cloud-storage-crackdown-vdisk

Microsoft Cloud comes to South Korea

KoreaDatacenter 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.

http://www.datacenterdynamics.com/colo-cloud-/microsoft-cloud-comes-to-south-korea/96186.fullarticle

Alibaba and SoftBank form SB Cloud, a cloud-computing joint venture in Japan

JapanVenture 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.

http://venturebeat.com/2016/05/13/alibaba-and-softbank-form-sb-cloud-a-cloud-computing-joint-venture-in-japan/

Alibaba and SoftBank launch joint-venture cloud company in Japan

JapanZDNet — 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.

 http://www.zdnet.com/article/alibaba-and-softbank-launch-joint-venture-cloud-company-in-japan/

Microsoft Corporation To Expand Cloud Coverage In South Korea

KoreaStocks 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.

http://www.stocksdaily.net/microsoft-corporation-nasdaqmsft-to-expand-cloud-coverage-in-south-korea/93863/

Alibaba, SoftBank Team Up for Cloud Computing Service in Japan

JapanBloomberg — 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.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-05-13/alibaba-softbank-team-up-for-cloud-computing-service-in-japan

Building a private cloud in Asia

APACDatacenter 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.

http://www.datacenterdynamics.com/colo-cloud-/building-a-private-cloud-in-asia/96162.fullarticle

Busan City to House Subsea Data Center of Microsoft

KoreaBusiness 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. 

http://www.businesskorea.co.kr/english/news/ict/14654-cloud-data-center-busan-city-house-subsea-data-center-microsoft

Kingsoft Cloud raises $50m Series C+, led by China Merchant Securities fund

ChinaDeal 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.

http://www.dealstreetasia.com/stories/40336-40336/

Indian SaaS on fire: Freshdesk enters Gartner Magic Quadrant

IndiaHelpdesk 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.

https://www.techinasia.com/freshdesk-enters-gartner-magic-quadrant

Bharti Airtel bolsters cloud capabilities with Microsoft partnership

IndiaBusiness 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.

http://www.businesscloudnews.com/2016/05/09/bharti-airtel-bolsters-cloud-capabilities-with-microsoft-partnership/

‘Digital India augurs well for data centre business’

IndiaFinancial 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.

http://computer.financialexpress.com/interviews/digital-india-augurs-well-for-data-centre-business/17429/