Amazon considering setting up cloud data centers in Taiwan

TaiwanDigi Times — Amazon Web Services (AWS) is considering establishing cloud data centers in Taiwan and has finished a feasibility evaluation but has not yet made any decision, Amazon corporate vice president and AWS greater China managing director Alex Yung revealed at AWS Summit in Taipei on May 20.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20160522PD200.html

The rise and rise of Amazon in the great Indian e-commerce market

IndiaDeal Street Asia — Every week, Amazon India country head Amit Agarwal and his senior leadership team get into a room at the company’s headquarters in Bengaluru to discuss the previous week’s performance. The meeting starts off with a customer call, what Amazon calls, “the voice of the customer”. Things usually get ugly.

http://www.dealstreetasia.com/stories/the-rise-and-rise-of-amazon-41711/

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

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

Of course China has its own Amazon Echo clone

ChinaThe Star — LOS ANGELES: Looks like Google isn’t the only company that’s been inspired by the success of Amazon’s Echo loudspeaker. Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com also took some cues from the Echo in developing DingDong, its very own smart loudspeaker.

http://www.thestar.com.my/tech/tech-news/2016/05/16/of-course-china-has-its-own-amazon-echo-clone/

Inside Qantas.com’s migration to the public cloud

AustraliaIT News — Qantas expects to complete the massive shift of its core qantas.com website to the public cloud at the end of this year, following a multi-year effort that has seen the airline rework its approach to the migration. In 2014, Qantas began exploring the possibility of shifting to a public cloud platform for qantas.com to better manage the million-odd bookings the website receives every day.

http://www.itnews.com.au/news/inside-qantascoms-migration-to-the-public-cloud-418766

A tale of two companies: Matching up Alibaba vs. Amazon

ChinaAsia One — Chinese e-commerce site Alibaba beat sales estimates with 39 per cent growth year-over-year for the quarter ending in March, the company said Thursday. The company’s explosive growth showed no signs of slowing despite the overall slowdown in China’s economy.

http://business.asiaone.com/news/tale-two-companies-matching-alibaba-vs-amazon

IHS: IBM leads global SaaS cloud service market

APACTelecom Asia — IBM currently leads the SaaS cloud service market, while Amazon leads the global cloud infrastructure market (IaaS, CaaS, PaaS) in 2015, according to a new report by research firm IHS. According to the report, Salesforce ranked the second in the SaaS cloud service market with 8% of market share, while Microsoft and Oracle had 6% and 3%. SAP had just 2% share in the global SaaS cloud service market.

http://www.telecomasia.net/content/ihs-ibm-leads-global-saas-cloud-service-market

AWS is still biggest cloud services provider; trailed by Microsoft, IBM and Google

APACNetworks Asia — Amazon Web Services (AWS) continues to dominate the cloud infrastructure services market with a 31% worldwide market share, dwarfing the chasing pack, according to new Q1 data from Synergy Research Group. The big three followers – Microsoft, IBM and Google – in aggregate accounted for 22% of the market, while the next 20 top-ranked cloud providers accounted for another 27%.

http://www.networksasia.net/article/aws-still-biggest-cloud-services-provider-trailed-microsoft-ibm-and-google.1462225635

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.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Ecommerce-companies-like-Flipkart-Amazon-may-fail-to-meet-vendor-sales-norm-this-year/articleshow/51975221.cms

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

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.

http://www.martechadvisor.com/news/epldt-consolidates-position-as-cloud-leader-through-its-new-status-as-consulting-partner-with-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.

http://www.v3.co.uk/v3-uk/news/2452227/google-to-increase-number-of-global-cloud-regions-to-challenge-amazon-and-microsoft

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.

http://tech.firstpost.com/news-analysis/watch-out-flipkart-amazon-alibaba-plans-to-enter-indian-e-commerce-market-this-year-305099.html

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.

http://www.itnews.com.au/news/telstra-customers-cut-off-from-aws-sydney-data-centre-417111

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.

http://variety.com/2016/digital/asia/fuji-tv-shows-stream-on-amazon-1201734708/

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.

http://www.enterpriseinnovation.net/article/how-taiwans-kkbox-grew-cloud-1057798250

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.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Amazon-to-set-up-its-second-largest-global-delivery-centre-in-Hyderabad/articleshow/51250681.cms

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.

http://www.mis-asia.com/resource/cloud-computing/ericsson-working-with-aws-to-make-carriers-more-agile/

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).

 http://www.zdnet.com/article/telstra-opening-cloud-innovation-centre-with-ericsson-and-aws/

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.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Flipkart-CEO-Binny-Bansals-plan-to-take-on-Amazon-Alibaba/articleshow/50990960.cms

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.

http://www.itnews.com.au/news/aws-debuts-new-sydney-availability-zone-415008

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 .

http://www.lightreading.com/spit-(service-provider-it)/bss-(inc-billing-revenue-assurance)/amazon-asiainfo-team-up-to-disrupt-the-telco-back-office/d/d-id/721012

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.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/amazon-expands-logistics/2502042.html

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.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/big-boys-beware-cloud-boosted-asean-startups-are-disruptors-aws

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.

http://www.dqindia.com/gpx-aws-comes-to-india/

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.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Amazon-India-sales-in-Q4-higher-than-full-year-2014/articleshow/50776609.cms

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.

http://www.techweekeurope.co.uk/cloud/cloud-management/alicloud-pose-threat-amazon-web-services-184404

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.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Amazon-India-goes-green-will-deliver-packages-using-bicycles/articleshow/50575585.cms