Flipkart, Amazon may fail to meet vendor sales norm this year

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Leading ecommerce companies may not be able to comply immediately with the recent stipulation to cap any vendor on their platforms at 25% of total sales. They will only be able to do so after the current financial year ends, said people aware of the matter.


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.


ePLDT Consolidates Position as Cloud Leader through its New Status as Consulting Partner with AWS

PhilippinesMartech Advisor — ePLDT, a subsidiary of Philippine Long Distance Telecom Company (PLDT), which provides digital solutions to leading telecom companies in Philippines, has achieved the status of Standard Consulting Partner in the Amazon Web Services Partner Network (AWS/APN). Being a Standard Consulting Partner of AWS, ePLDT allows firms to design, develop, manage, and migrate their applications and workloads on AWS.


Google to increase number of global cloud regions to challenge Amazon and Microsoft

APACV3 — Google is embarking on an ambitious plan to expand the footprint of its Google Cloud Platform, announcing the first two of more than 10 additional regions around the globe as the firm tries to catch up with rivals such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. The first two additional regions – US Western in Oregon and East Asia in Tokyo – are due to become operational later this year.


Watch out Flipkart, Amazon: Alibaba plans to enter Indian e-commerce market this year

APACFirst Post— Chinese e-commerce major Alibaba Group is planning to enter India this year and is looking at opportunities to build the business organically or through other means. “We are planning to enter the e-commerce business in India in 2016. We have been exploring very carefully the e-commerce opportunity in this country, which we think is very exciting on the backdrop of Digital India,” Alibaba Group president J. Michael Evans said in New Delhi.


Telstra customers cut off from AWS Sydney data centre

AustraliaIT News — Telstra customers were unable to connect to their services in one of Amazon Web Services’ Sydney data centres this morning as a result of a third-party routing issue, just hours after the company resolved a massive mobile outage overnight. At around 9am this morning, customers began reporting an inability to access the data centre via both Telstra and Optus mobile and fixed-line connections.


Fuji TV Shows to Stream on Amazon

JapanVariety — TOKYO – The Fuji TV network will stream episodes of its upcoming “Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress” anime series on Amazon Prime Instant Video, starting on April 7. This new show, produced by Fuji and scheduled for its popular ‘Noitamina’ late-night anime block, will be offered exclusively on the Amazon streaming service before being broadcast on terrestrial TV, with English subtitles for foreign viewers.


How Taiwan’s KKBOX grew with the cloud

TaiwanEnterprise Innovation — When Taiwan-based KKBOX was founded 15 years ago, the company focused on hosting browser, mobile and WAP games. The applications were hosted in an internet data center in Taiwan, and the relatively low bandwidth requirements for the applications ensured the arrangement remained sustainable and relatively fuss-free.


Amazon to set up its second largest global delivery centre in Hyderabad

IndiaTimes of India — HYDERABAD: Global e-commerce giant Amazon has decided to set up its second largest global delivery centre outside the US in Hyderabad, which could attract a large portion of its proposed investments of $2 billion into India. The move comes a year after the Seattle-based online marketplace firm’s decision to build one of its largest Indian fulfilment centre (warehouse) over an area of 2,80,000 sq ft near Hyderabad.


Ericsson working with AWS to make carriers more agile

AustraliaMIS Asia — Ericsson and Amazon Web Services are partnering to help service providers use the AWS cloud to quickly roll out and expand services in areas like the Internet of Things. The partnership, announced Monday at Mobile World Congress, is part of Ericsson’s efforts to help carriers evolve from traditional data-center infrastructure to Web-scale technologies. Like enterprises, fixed and mobile operators want to become more agile so they can meet growing and changing demands from users.


Telstra opening Cloud Innovation Centre with Ericsson and AWS

AustraliaZDNet — Ericsson and Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced overnight at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2016 in Barcelona that they will be partnering on researching and launching telecommunications service provider hybrid cloud centres worldwide, with Telstra to be the first co-host. Ericsson is aiming to use AWS’ industry expertise in an effort to extend its own cloud programs, datacentres, and application migration solutions to accelerate cloud adoption for telcos in preparation of 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT).


Flipkart CEO Binny Bansal’s plan to take on Amazon, Alibaba

IndiaTimes of India — BENGALURU: For Flipkart’s new chief executive Binny Bansal, it’s not enough that the electronic marketplace is the country’s largest. He wants to build an internet powerhouse out of India that can match the might of Chinese e-commerce giants such as Alibaba and Baidu that have been able to thwart Amazon’s efforts to dominate in their home turf.


AWS debuts new Sydney availability zone

AustraliaIT News — Amazon Web Services has flicked the switch on a new availability zone for its Australian customers, fuelling speculation the cloud provider is about to officially open its own data centres in Sydney. Late last week AWS customers noticed a third availability zone – ap-southeast-2c – pop up in their consoles, adding to the existing Sydney-based ap-southeast-2a and ap-southeast-2b zones.


Amazon, AsiaInfo Team Up to Disrupt the Telco Back Office

ChinaLight Reading — AsiaInfo has a dream — that communications service providers (CSPs) of all sizes, from competitive virtual operators to global Tier 1 giants, will all run their back office business support system (BSS) operations over the public cloud, a radical departure from the premises-based IT systems that run all-important BSS processes today. And it has just the partner to help make that dream a reality – Amazon Web Services LLC .


Amazon expands logistics reach in China

ChinaChannel News Asia — SAN FRANCISCO/SHANGHAI: Amazon.com Inc is aggressively expanding its logistics operations in China as part of a broader effort to control the rising cost of shipping billions of packages. Its plans in China, outlined in filings there, include handling cargo and customs for goods headed to ports in Japan, Europe and the United States.


AWS: Big boys beware, cloud-boosted Asean startups are disruptors

MalaysiaMalay Mail Online — Kuala Lumpur, Feb 4 — The Association of South-East Asian Nations (Asean) region continues to be a fertile ground for cloud computing, and is poised to unleash innovative, disruptive technologies, according to a senior Amazon Web Services Inc (AWS) executive. Some of the world’s largest enterprises are preparing for new forms of competition, particularly from small, innovative startups that are coming out of the Asean region, according to AWS chief technology officer Dr Werner Vogels.


GPX: AWS comes to India

IndiaDQ India — Amazon Web Services has also rolled out its India presence through GPX. Now Indian AWS customers can have their data inside the country. GPX offers colocation services. In order to know more about the company and its plans, Dataquest quizzed Manoj Paul, COO & President, GPX Global Systems. Excerpts.


Amazon India sales in Q4 higher than full year 2014

IndiaTimes of India — BENGALURU: Global e-commerce giant Amazon has maintained that India remains a top investment destination for the company. In a quarterly investor call, its CFO Brian Olsavsky said that its sales for the last quarter of 2015 were greater than the full year 2014. The Oct-Dec period was the peak shopping season in the country with Diwali festival falling during the quarter.


Does China’s AliCloud Pose A Real Threat To Amazon Web Services?

ChinaTech Week Europe — With its latest investment, Alibaba pushes AliCloud’s global cloud ambitions even further, but can it take on global cloud competitors outside of China? “Our goal is to overtake Amazon in four years, whether that’s in customers, technology, or worldwide scale.” These are the words spoken last summer by Simon Hu, the president of Alibaba’s cloud computing division, AliCloud.


Amazon India goes green, will deliver packages using bicycles

IndiaTimes of India — BENGALURU: Amazon is running a pilot programme on delivering packages in India’s biggest cities over distances of 3-5 km — by bicycle. It was debuted in Mumbai last month and has been expanded to Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Delhi and Chennai. The programme is set to be extended to more cities.


Amazon Launches Its First Cloud Data Centers in Korea

KoreaDatacenter Knowledge — Promising to reduce cloud latency for its Korean customers, Amazon Web Services has launched several cloud data centers in the country, establishing a fifth availability region in Asia Pacific. The other four are Sigapore, Beijing, Tokyo, and Sydney. The company didn’t specify how many data centers the new region consisted of or where exactly they were in Korea.


Amazon Web Services Launches Korean Datacenters for Its Cloud Computing Platform

KoreaBUSINESS WIRE — SEOUL, South Korea: Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company, today announced the launch of the Asia Pacific (Seoul) Region, its fifth technology infrastructure region in Asia Pacific (APAC). Starting today, Korean-based businesses and global companies with customers in Korea can leverage AWS’s industry leading infrastructure technology platform to build their businesses and run their applications in the cloud.


What You Should Know About Amazon’s New Data Centers in South Korea

KoreaBusiness — Amazon is expanding even farther into Asia. In an official announcement in November, Amazon said that the company will be building a new cluster of data centers in South Korea, the most recent move to push into new territories and regions. The data centers will power Amazon Web Services (AWS), the cloud computing service that Amazon provides, allowing companies to rent infrastructure, computing power, and storage space.


How Flipkart’s app strategy has helped Amazon India

IndiaTimes of India — BENGAULURU: Amazon has taken pole position on the web side of Indian e-commerce, a move that was perhaps aided in no small measure by Flipkart’s decision to take its eyes off the web and focus on its mobile app. Mobile accounts for 70-80% of e-commerce traffic today. Amazon issued advertisements in leading newspapers on Monday pointing out the achievement.


Baidu builds empire with music, Amazon deals

ChinaTimes of India — SHANGHAI: Chinese internet giant has announced two deals linked to the entertainment industry, including a tie up with online retailer Amazon to provide it with search services. Baidu, often described as the Chinese equivalent of Google, has been seeking to leverage its online dominance in a country where most of the US search giant’s websites are banned.


India Government planning tie-up with eBay, Amazon to spread reach of handloom products

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Handloom enthusiasts may soon be able to shop online on eBay and Amazon for products certified by the textiles ministry. The ministry is in talks with the two e-commerce firms to provide online platforms to registered producers of the ministry’s ‘India Handloom’ brand to help them spread their reach, a senior official said.


Amazon looks to India learnings to cut costs

IndiaTimes of India — BENGALURU: E-commerce giant Amazon is taking lessons learnt from its daily battles with India’s choked roads and cramped cities to some of its largest developed markets, exporting a model of cheaper deliveries and reduced warehousing costs. Online shopping is booming in India, where millions of consumers are newly able to access the internet thanks to cheap smartphones. For Amazon, it is already the largest contributor of new customers outside the United States.


AWS plans new data center cluster in South Korea

KoreaDatacenter Dynamics — Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced that it will open new data centers in South Korea next year, as it continues to grow its global data center footprint in the face of stiff competition from rival cloud operators such as Microsoft and Google. The new AWS presence in South Korea will provide customers with quick, low-latency access to websites, mobile applications, games and cloud applications. In addition, it will allow organizations outside of Korea to reach end-users in South Korea with “very low” latency.


Amazon building new data centres in S Korea for cloud unit

KoreaToday Online — SEATTLE: Amazon.com in 2016 will open a new cluster of data centres in South Korea, as the Web retailer pushes deeper into Asia to compete with other cloud-computing providers such as Microsoft and Google. The facilities are for the machines that power Amazon Web Services, the business that rents data storage and computing power to other companies, rather than its online retail operations.


Amazon India sales grow fourfold in a year

IndiaTimes of India — MUMBAI: Amazon Inc’s India business has quadrupled in 2015 over the previous year as customers and sellers have risen more than threefold, helped by a similar surge in “fulfillment capacity” as online shopping gathers momentum across the country.