​Samsung launches 1g-weighing 512GB SSD

KoreaZDNet — Samsung has begun mass production of solid-state drive (SSD) that weights only 1 gram but can pack up to 512GB memory for PCs, the company announced. The world’s largest memory chip maker launched the PM971-NVMe series, the first non-volatile memory express (NVMe) SSDs in a single ball grid array (BGA) package.


Samsung announces mass production of 512GB NVMe SSD in single BGA package

KoreaDigi Times — Samsung Electronics has begun mass producing NVM Express (NVMe) PCIe SSD solutions in a single ball grid array (BGA) package for next-generation PCs and ultra-slim notebooks, according to the South Korea memory vendor. The new BGA NVMe SSD, named PM971-NVMe, features a compact package that contains all essential SSD components including NAND flash memory, DRAM and controller.


Twenty Asia-Pacific Companies Looking to Improve Datacenter Performance Adopt Violin Memory’s Flash Storage Platform

APACMarketwired — SANTA CLARA: Violin Memory®, Inc., (NYSE: VMEM) a global pioneer of award-winning all-flash storage platform solutions for primary storage and active workloads, announced that its All Flash Arrays (AFAs) have gained widespread adoption in the Asia-Pacific region from February 2015 through April 2016.


Samsung launches 256GB microSD card

KoreaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Samsung today launched its EVO Plus 256GB microSD card for $249.99, which roughly translates to around Rs 16,730. Samsung claims that the new memory card can offer up to 12 hours of 4K UHD or 33 hours of Full HD video recording on smartphones.


Seagate Partners with China’s Sugon to Tap Fast Expanding Data Center Market

ChinaBusiness Wire — BEIJING: Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ:STX), a world leader in storage solutions, today announced an important breakthrough partnership with Sugon, China’s leading information system integrated service provider, whereby the computer maker will incorporate Seagate’s latest 4TB Enterprise Performance 3.5 HDD into its new TC4600T line of server products.


The approximately $16 billion transaction sees SanDisk become a product line within Western Digital. #cloud #asia #sandisk #westerndigital

APACZDNet — The acquisition of SanDisk by Western Digital closed on Thursday, US time, with the combined company set to have around 74,000 employees, and the “integration process” to begin immediately and happen in phases over the next two years.


EMC expands in India, opens second advanced R&D centre in Pune

IndiaBusiness Standard — EMC Corporation today inaugurated its second research and development centre in Pune in addition to the current EMC®Centre of Excellence (COE) in Bangalore, the new centre in Pune expands and strengthens EMC’s presence and innovation engine within India, including plans to increase its workforce.


Silicon Valley-based storage vendor to open Philippine office in April — Newsbytes.ph

PhilippinesInteraksyon — An aggressive and up-and-coming storage firm based in Silicon Valley has revealed that it will inaugurate on April 15 its Philippine subsidiary – its second office in Asia Pacific after Singapore. Top regional executives from NimbleStorage, which is headquartered in San Jose, California, said in a press briefing on Tuesday, March 1, that the company has been processing its business registration documents in the last three months and is now actively looking for a workplace.


How to securely bridge on-premise and cloud-based storage services

APACMIS Asia — Cloud storage revenue is forecast to grow more than 28% annually to reach $65 billion in 2020.  The driving force is the substantial economies of scale that enable cloud-based solutions to deliver more cost-effective primary and backup storage than on-premises systems can ever hope to achieve.


Samsung intros 256GB UFS storage for mobile devices

KoreaDigi Times — Samsung Electronics has announced it is now mass producing 256GB embedded memory based on the Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.0 standard, for next-generation high-end mobile devices. The newly introduced embedded memory features performance for mobile devices that exceeds that of a typical SATA-based SSD for PCs, claimed the company.


Telstra invests in Chinese cloud storage firm Qiniu

ChinaTelecom Asia — Telstra’s ventures arm, Telstra Ventures, has made a strategic investment in Chinese cloud storage service provider, Qiniu, for an undisclosed amount. According to Telstra, Qiniu offers data hosting and processing for enterprises in China and across Asia.


21 data and analytics trends that will dominate 2016

APACNetworks Asia — Along with social, mobile and cloud, analytics and associated data technologies have earned a place as one of the core disruptors of the digital age. 2015 saw big data initiatives moving from test to production and a strong push to leverage new data technologies to power business intelligence. As 2016 gets underway, five insiders share their predictions for what 2016 holds in store for the data and analytics space.


The Year according to Seagate

APACNetworks Asia — What’s your view of the overall IT market in 2015?  If there was one trend that really picked up steam in 2015, it would have to be the Internet of Things (IoT). We know that businesses are starting to look at investments into IoT seriously and how it can be leveraged to drive business growth. Consumers are adopting wearables and connected home devices at a breakneck pace. The public sector, which typically lags behind in new technology adoption, is leading the way in IoT deployments in an effort to build smarter cities.


Western Digital, Seagate in 10TB HDD competition, from TW

TaiwanDigi Times — Following Western Digital’s releases of shingled magnetic recording (SMR)-based helium-filled 10TB hard disc drive (HDD) and perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR)-based 10TB HDD, Seagate is also expected to launch its 10TB HDD in the near future. Western Digital’s 10TB HDDs were both released by its subsidiary Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST) and the company currently is a leader in helium-filling technology.


HP Enterprise and EMC Are Still the Storage Kings

TaiwanTechnology heavyweights Hewlett Packard Enterprise, EMC, and Dell still lead when it comes to selling storage systems for data centers, according to a report from IDCreleased on Friday. However, white-label manufacturers in Asia that sell specialized gear directly to big web companies like Google and Facebook are growing sales faster than the bigger storage industry stalwarts. Third quarter sales of data center storage gear grew 2.8% to $9.1 billion, according to IDC.


Western Digital and Unisplendour create Chinese datacentre storage joint venture

ChinaZDNet — Western Digital and Tsinghua University-owned Unisplendour have extended their relationship and announced the creation of a joint venture company to sell Western Digital datacentre storage arrays in China. The unnamed business will be 51 percent owned by Unisplendour and its Unissoft subsidiary, with Western Digital holding the remaining 49 percent stake.


New Telenor app captures cloud technology

MyanmarMyanmar Times — The app is significant for its tech, with cloud services a common feature in advanced markets such as the United States where users can bank on their internet connections, but rarer in Myanmar where mobile connectivity has just begun to spread. “Capture is a cloud storage service,” said Telenor Digital head of storage Arne Uppheim.


FalconStor Debuts Cinder Integration at OpenStack Summit in Tokyo

JapanMarket Wired — MELVILLE, NY: FalconStor Software® Inc. , a 15-year innovator of software-defined storage solutions, today announced that it will introduce an OpenStack Cinder Integration for its FreeStor® intelligent software-defined platform at OpenStack Summit, a four-day conference for developers, users, and administrators of OpenStack Cloud Software, in Tokyo October 27-30.


Quanta Storage to be fined by EC

TaiwanDigi Times — Optical disc drive (ODD) maker Quanta Storage will be fined EUR7.146 million (US$7.93 million) by the European Commission (EC) under the European Union for participating in a cartel of eight ODD vendors, ODMs and OEMs, according to the Board of Foreign Trade (BOFT) under Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs.


GMO Internet to Showcase Nexenta’s Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage Platform at OpenStack Summit Tokyo

JapanBusiness Wire — SANTA CLARA & TOKYO: Nexenta, the global leader in Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS), today announced that it will be featured in theOpenStack Summit Tokyo keynote, as well as two additional breakout sessions. GMO Internet (GMO), a leading Japanese internet services provider, will present their ‘ConoHa’ Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and their choice to use NexentaStor to support its international data center and hosting expansion.


Cleversafe to Participate in 2015 OpenStack Summit in Tokyo

JapanBusiness Wire — TOKYO: Cleversafe, Inc., the web-scale storage market share leader, today announced its continued support for the OpenStack Foundation through participation in the OpenStack Summit in Tokyo. During the four-day conference, the company will highlight its support for Swift, Keystone and other OpenStack projects, along with continued efforts to help drive standards to guide the direction of object storage within the community.


Nexenta Continues Asia Pacific Market Expansion via Partnership With the Leading Systems Integrator

ThailandBusiness Wire — SANTA CLARA: Nexenta, the global leader in Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS), today announced that leading System Integrator and Cloud Specialist, Asiasoft, will be deploying Nexenta products across the Asia/Pacific region. Asiasoft is a top integrator for enterprise virtual technologies and environments, including VMware and Citrix. Deployments will begin with NexentaStor and expand to include the entire Nexenta product line.


Chinese SSD maker eyes U.S. market for 8TB drive intro

ChinaMIS Asia — Sage Microelectronics (SageMicro), a four-year-old company based in Hangzhou, China, plans to release an 8TB solid-state drive (SSD) next month as it attempts to break into the U.S. market. The company, which emerged from quiet mode last year, already sells a 5TB SSD in a 2.5-in. form factor, along with SD cards and NAND flash memory controllers. The 8TB SSD simply adds another stack of eMMC flash memory crammed into a 9.5mm-high SSD.


Intel, Samsung launch their fastest SSDs with up to 5Gbps speeds

KoreaNetwork Asia — Intel and Samsung separately announced new solid-state drives (SSDs). Intel’s boasts the company’s fastest speed to date at 5Gbps. Intel’s new P3608 Series PCIe SSD comes in 1.6TB, 3.2TB and 4GTB capacities and delivers up to 850,000 I/Os per second (IOPS) random reads and 150,000 random writes. The drive has a sequential read/write speed of up to 5,000MBps (5Gbps) and 3,000MBps (3Gbps), respectively.


Free cloud storage opens market for corporate clients

ChinaWant China Times — Chinese society is entering the era of big data as the rapid development of the internet, smart devices, intelligent household equipment, the Internet of Things and gene sequencing is leading to the geometric growth of the volume of data processed at the request of enterprises and individual users.


CITIC Telecom CPC First to Deploy Veeam Cloud Connect in Asia Pacific

Hong KongACN Newswire — HONG KONG: CITIC Telecom International CPC Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CITIC Telecom International Holdings Limited, today announced that through its partnership with Veeam Software, the innovative provider of solutions that deliver Availability for the Modern Data Center (TM), is the first service provider in Asia Pacific to deploy Veeam Cloud Connect, a fully integrated, fast and secure way to backup and restore from the cloud, strengthening CITIC Telecom CPC’s SmartCLOUD(TM) BRR (Backup, Replication, and Recovery) virtual to cloud capabilities.


DoCoMo, Sansan offer business-card management service

JapanTelecom Asia — NTT DoCoMo and Sansan have launched the Sansan Smartphone Plan Storage Pack, an application service for easily digitizing and managing business cards, via Business Plus. Business Plus offers cloud-based services mainly to enable small and mid-sized enterprises to deploy efficient, low-cost ICT business solutions.


Xiaomi to launch Mi TV and Mi Box in India

IndiaTimes of India — HYDERABAD: Chinese tech startup Xiaomi Corporation on Friday announced that it expects to launch its ‘Mi Box’, that converts a TV into a smart device, in India by the end of this year following which it will also roll out its ‘Mi TV’. “Our focus is not just phones but also on introducing new categories in India…something around TV and the routers etc.


APAC firms still stuck with data silos

apac 2ZDNet — Businesses in Asia-Pacific are still managing data in silos and lacking a centralized data management strategy, resulting in challenges such as security. According to survey findings from IDC, 40 percent of respondents in the region said data backup, recovery, protection, and analytics plans were managed at a departmental level, which they said were creating fundamental problems for IT.