Google-Backed Undersea Cable to Offer Faster Internet to Asia-Pacific Region

APACNews 18 — Washington: An undersea cable backed by Google and Asian companies aimed at boosting trans-Pacific broadband was put into service this week, the consortium announced. The 5,600-mile (9,000-kilometer) FASTER Cable System is aimed at meeting the growing demand for broadband Internet connections between North America and Asia.

 http://www.news18.com/news/tech/google-backed-undersea-cable-to-offer-faster-internet-to-asia-pacific-region-1265086.html

CITIC launches data & cloud centers in Asia-Pacific

ChinaDatacenter News — “Innovation never stops” Is CITIC Telecom International CPC’s mission, as the company announced last week that it will be taking a four-pillar approach to expand its Asia-Pacific business growth. The company will be launching new data centers, expanding network coverage, launching new cloud and security services, next-generation ICT development and a managed security services partnership (MSSP) with Fortinet.

https://datacenternews.asia/story/citic-launches-data-cloud-centers-asia-pacific/

Google-Backed Undersea Cable to Offer Faster Internet to Asia-Pacific Region

APACNews 18 — Washington: An undersea cable backed by Google and Asian companies aimed at boosting trans-Pacific broadband was put into service this week, the consortium announced. The 5,600-mile (9,000-kilometer) FASTER Cable System is aimed at meeting the growing demand for broadband Internet connections between North America and Asia.

http://www.news18.com/news/tech/google-backed-undersea-cable-to-offer-faster-internet-to-asia-pacific-region-1265086.html

RootBSD opens Hong Kong data center

Hong KongDatacenter Dynamics — Hosting provider RootBSD, which specializes in deployments based on the Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD) Unix version, has expanded its cloud service footprint with a new data center in Hong Kong. Root BSD has a presence in over two dozen data centers around the world, and has added this new one in HKNet’s data center at Evergain Plaza, which is marketed as Tier II facility. HKNet is a subsidiary of NTT Com, and runs a carrier-neutral facility with Tier 1 backbone connectivity.

http://www.datacenterdynamics.com/content-tracks/colo-cloud/rootbsd-opens-hong-kong-data-center/96498.fullarticle

FASTER consortium launches trans-Pacific subsea cable

APACTelecom Asia — The FASTER consortium has announced the launch of its new trans-Pacific subsea cable system. Construction of the 9,000km system linking Japan and the west coast of the US has been completed an the cable is starting service today. The six FASTER consortium members are Singtel, China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, KDDI and Google.

http://www.telecomasia.net/content/faster-consortium-launches-trans-pacific-subsea-cable

Google removes malware that installed an app every 2 minutes

APACTimes of India — Google together with Lookout, a mobile security company, has successfully taken down the auto-rooting malware app that was said to be silently rootingAndroid device and install other apps without user permission.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Google-removes-malware-that-installed-an-app-every-2-minutes/articleshow/52973795.cms

Cloud hardware market hits $6.6 billion in Q1

APACChannel Life — Global revenue from cloud IT infrastructure has reached $6.6 billion for the first quarter of 2016, a 3.9% growth on slowed demand from the hyperscale public cloud sector. That’s according to new figures from analyst firm IDC, which shows total cloud IT infrastructure revenues climbed to a 32.3% share of overall IT revenues in 1Q16, up from 30.2% a year ago.

https://channellife.co.nz/story/cloud-hardware-market-hits-66-billion-q1/

Google Launches Android Pay In Asia, Singapore To Get It First

SingaporeForbes — After launching in both the United States and the United Kingdom, Android Pay, Google’s contactless smartphone payment solution is finally making landfall in Asia. Singapore will be the first Asian market to gain access to Android Pay with Singaporeans able to load and MasterCard credit and debit cards from six banks including DBS and Standard Chartered onto their Android smartphones.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/rahilbhagat/2016/06/27/google-launches-android-pay-in-asia-singapore-to-get-it-first/#46b8ba067545

Google Just Plugged Into Japan With Its Own Undersea Cable

APACWired — This week, a new undersea fiber-optic cable funded by Google and a consortium of Asian telecommunications companies went online. Dubbed Faster, the cable stretches about 5,600 miles from Oregon to two landing points in Japan. It’s the fastest, highest capacity trans-Pacific undersea cable ever built. It can theoretically deliver as much as 60 terabits per second of bandwidth—more than half the total bandwidth available between the U.S West Coast and Asia at the end of 2015, according to telecommunications consulting firm Telegeography.

http://www.wired.com/2016/06/google-turns-giant-internet-cable/

Worldwide Cloud IT Infrastructure Revenue Grows 3.9% to $6.6 Billion on Slowed Demand from Public Cloud in First Quarter of 2016, According to IDC

APACBusiness Wire — FRAMINGHAM, Mass:  According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker, vendor revenue from sales of infrastructure products (server, storage, and Ethernet switch) for cloud IT, including public and private cloud, grew by 3.9% year over year to $6.6 billion in the first quarter of 2016 (1Q16) on slowed demand from the hyperscale public cloud sector.

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160630006392/en/Worldwide-Cloud-Infrastructure-Revenue-Grows-3.9-6.6

Facebook, Microsoft And The Cloud Under The Sea

APACForbes — Cloud computing is vital to the growth of Facebook and Microsoft . So recently they announced they’re teaming up to build a 4,100 mile, transatlantic underwater cable between Europe and U.S. eastern seaboard. You probably think of cloud computing as space-age, cutting edge. The idea that in this day and age powerful data centers are still linked by miles of bulky cable seems anathema. Yet these cables are vital.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jonmarkman/2016/06/13/facebook-microsoft-and-the-cloud-under-the-sea/#58e917c7e135

Zurich Offers Post Cyber Attack Response Service in APAC

APACInsurance Journal — Zurich Insurance has launched DigitalResolve, a coordinated incident response service to help businesses in Asia Pacific (APAC) mitigate and recover from cyber attacks. Offered through Zurich’s partner Crawford & Co., DigitalResolve helps organizations coordinate and manage resources so they can recover from damaging cyber attacks with minimum disruption, Zurich said in a statement.

http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/international/2016/06/23/418159.htm

5G will have a profound effect on the Internet of Things

APACBusiness Insider — The next generation of cellular technology, 5G, will power networks at speeds far greater than the current 4G can handle. BI Intelligence, Business Insider’s premium research service, expects 5G, when fully deployed, to increase network capacity to handle the increase in data that will be transmitted by the more than 34 billion connected devices on the planet by 2020. And 24 billion of those will be IoT devices.

http://www.businessinsider.com/5g-will-have-a-profound-effect-on-the-internet-of-things-2016-6

AWS, Microsoft cloud win US government security approval

APACMIS Asia — Three vendors, including Microsoft and Amazon Web Services, have won a key U.S. government authorization that allows federal agencies to put highly sensitive data on their cloud-computing services. The AWS GovCloud, Microsoft’s Azure GovCloud, and CSRA’s ARC-P IaaS have received provisional authority to offer services under the high baseline of the government’s Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), a set of security standards for cloud services.

http://mis-asia.com/resource/cloud-computing/aws-microsoft-cloud-win-us-government-security-approval/

Microsoft acquires LinkedIn: The Cortana Connection

APACNetworks Asia — If you think of LinkedIn as a social network or an online recruitment service, then you may well be scratching your head about why Microsoft would spend more on it than it has on any other acquisition. But consider that Microsoft has a graph that covers how you’re connected to people by email, documents, messages, meetings and address books, while LinkedIn has a graph that covers jobs, skills, colleagues, and professional connections.

http://www.networksasia.net/article/microsoft-acquires-linkedin-cortana-connection.1466497491

Line and WeChat Strike Advertising Gold

APACWSJ — Marketing on mobile messaging apps has yet to take root in the U.S. and Europe in a big way, but it is already in full swing in Asia. And even then, Japan’s Line and China’s WeChat, two of the dominant mobile messaging applications in the region, are just beginning to scratch the surface of a potential advertising gold mine.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/line-and-wechat-strike-advertising-gold-1466613181

Outage that rerouted European traffic to Asia blamed on ‘human error’

APACDatacenter Dynamics — A major network outage affecting disparate services such as WhatsApp, Reddit, CloudFlare and AWS on Monday was apparently caused by an engineer at TeliaSonera, who misconfigured a router and accidentally sent most of Europe’s traffic to Hong Kong, the Register reports.

http://www.datacenterdynamics.com/content-tracks/security-risk/outage-that-rerouted-european-traffic-to-asia-blamed-on-human-error/96425.fullarticle

IoT set to outpace mobile phones by 2018

APACEnterprise Innovation — The Internet of Things (IoT) is set to overtake mobile phones as the largest category of connected device by 2018, according to the latest edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report. Between 2015 and 2021, the number of IoT connected devices is expected to grow 23% annually, of which cellular IoT is forecast to have the highest growth rate. Of the 28 billion total devices that will be connected by 2021, close to 16 billion will be IoT devices.

http://www.enterpriseinnovation.net/article/iot-set-outpace-mobile-phones-2018-1020634006

Qualcomm introduces new processor for targeted-purpose wearables, from TW

TaiwanEnterprise Innovation — Qualcomm unveiled at COMPUTEX 2016, Taiwan’s annual ICT trade show, a new Snapdragon processor for the targeted-purpose wearables segments such as connected kid and elderly watches, fitness trackers, smart headsets, and wearable accessories. The Snapdragon Wear 1100 is designed for the next generation of targeted-purpose wearable segments. Qualcomm said it is smaller, has longer battery life, smarter sensing, and an always connected experience.

http://www.enterpriseinnovation.net/article/qualcomm-introduces-new-processor-targeted-purpose-wearables-1123755837

Ooredoo completes landing of SEA-ME-WE 5 submarine cable system

Qataralbawaba — Marking a major step towards the completion of a technological and global communications breakthrough, Ooredoo became the only operator in the Sultanate to conclude the landing of the Southeast-Middle East-Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5) submarine cable system.

http://www.albawaba.com/business/pr/ooredoo-completes-landing-sea-me-we-5-submarine-cable-system-853936

Indonesia, South Korea central bank websites hit by cyber attacks; no losses

APACReuters — The central banks of Indonesia and South Korea have been hit by cyber attacks on their public websites since activist hacking group Anonymous pledged last month to target banks across the world, senior officials in the two countries told Reuters. In response to the attempted hacks, Bank Indonesia (BI) has blocked 149 regions that don’t usually access its website, including several small African countries, Deputy Governor Ronald Waas said in an interview late on Monday.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-asia-banks-cyber-idUSKCN0Z70KI

Underground market selling details of compromised servers in 173 countries

APACZDNet — An underground marketplace has been found to be selling information of more than 70,600 compromised servers in both government and private networks, located across 173 countries including Singapore, China, Malaysia, and Australia. Available for sale from US$6 each, access to these servers was being hawked at a cyber black market called xDedic, which appeared to be operated by a Russian-speaking group, according to Kaspersky Lab.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/underground-market-selling-details-of-compromised-servers-in-173-countries/

Asia-Pacific Industrial Control Systems Market – Growth, Trends and Forecasts (2015 – 2020)

APACNews Maker — MarketStudyReport.com adds “Asia-Pacific Industrial Control Systems Market – Growth, Trends and Forecasts (2015 – 2020)”new report to its research database. Of late, computers control many industries in the Asia-Pacific region. Computers control some of the most critical operations, so their requirement for industrial control systems is increasing in this region.

http://www.newsmaker.com.au/news/65306/asiapacific-industrial-control-systems-market-growth-trends-and-forecasts-2015-2020#.V2ePQOZ96EI

Fear your on-premises security, not the cloud

APACMIS Asia — A new research report from cloud security provider CloudLock argues that more than a quarter of cloud workloads used in corporate environments are “high risk.” Of course, CloudLock is biased; it makes a living spreading FUD about security, tapping into old-school IT fears about cloud computing. Its conclusions are largely foregone.

http://www.mis-asia.com/blogs/blogs/fear-your-on-premises-security-not-the-cloud/

Snapchat’s userbase to exceed Twitter, Pinterest in US: Report

APACTimes of India — SAN FRANCISCO: Ephemeral messaging app Snapchat by year’s end will have more US users than either Twitter orPinterest , a market tracker said Wednesday. The number of people using Snapchat in the United States will leap more than 27% this year to 58.6 million, meaning that nearly one in five people in the country will be using the service, according to an eMarketer forecast.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Snapchats-userbase-to-exceed-Twitter-Pinterest-in-US/articleshow/52670869.cms

1 in 3 POS terminals to be mobile by 2021

APACTelecom Asia — Smartphone and tablet-based mobile point-of sale (POS) terminals will handle 40% of all retail transaction value by 2021, up from an expected 12% in 2016, a new study from Juniper Research showed. The research firm forecasts that the use of mPOS systems will account for more than 1 in 3 POS terminals by 2021, driven by larger retailers adopting mPOS as part of an array of point-of-sale options.

http://www.telecomasia.net/content/1-3-pos-terminals-be-mobile-2021

Big DDoS attacks reach record levels: Akamai

APACIT News — Nineteen distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks exceeded 100 Gbps during the first three months of the year, hitting a new record, according to researchers from Akamai. The year prior, just eight attacks were over 100 gigabit per second, the firm said.

http://www.itnews.com.au/news/big-ddos-attacks-reach-record-levels-akamai-420577

7 in 10 APAC firms use cloud software

APACEnterprise Innovation — Seven in every 10 (70%) Asia-Pacific businesses that currently use the cloud are internationalized, compared to only one in five (22%) of non-cloud users, a joint study by Netsuite and Frost & Sullivan shows. Further, 71% of cloud users have entered new geographic markets in the past five years, compared to only 31% of non-cloud users.

http://www.enterpriseinnovation.net/article/7-10-apac-firms-use-cloud-software-252773345

Singapore trials world’s first tropical data center

SingaporeEnterprise Innovation — Singapore is conducting trials on the world’s first Tropical Data Centre (TDC), which could reduce energy consumption by data centers by up to 40 percent. The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) said the trial would test how data servers react under various “live” situations, such as peak surges or transferring of data, and in diverse conditions, such as with no temperature or humidity controls.

http://www.enterpriseinnovation.net/article/singapore-trials-worlds-first-tropical-data-center-1651729395

SWIFT CEO warns: Expect more hacking attacks #cloud #asia #security #hacking #swift

APACTimes of India — The CEO of SWIFT , the interbank messaging system embroiled in a global bank-hacking controversy, says to expect more information about breaches to emerge as fully armouring the network’s defenses is likely to take years. “We don’t think this is going to be solved overnight, so we’ll be looking for a number of quick wins to improve things in the near term,” Gottfried Leibbrandt, SWIFT’s CEO, said on Wednesday.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/SWIFT-CEO-warns-Expect-more-hacking-attacks-/articleshow/52583643.cms