Straits Times — A Singaporean start-up is betting US$1.7 billion (S$2.3 billion) on becoming the digital landlord for tech giants building cloud services across Asia and Australia. AirTrunk plans to build data centres in Australia’s biggest cities of Sydney and Melbourne, with an anchor tenant already signed up as it targets undercutting rivals with lower prices. In the coming months, it will sign deals to expand into Singapore and Hong Kong.
ZDNet — Telstra’s venture capital arm Telstra Ventures has announced investing an undisclosed amount in Cloopen, a Chinese communications application programming interface (API) provider. The Beijing-based platform-as-a-service (PaaS) company enables developers to integrate messaging, video calling, and voice calling into their applications, along with security functions, with 150,000 developers including Tencent and Alibaba already using the platform for app development.
Enterprise Innovation — The South Australian government has welcomed NEC Australia’s $4.38 million investment in a new Global Security Intel Center (GSIC) in Adelaide to address the growing global demand for cyber security. Adelaide is home to the South Australian government’s Smart City initiative.
BCN — Australian telco Telstra has continued efforts to bolster its Network Applications and Services (NAS) business unit through acquiring Readify, reports Telecoms.com. The company has been vocal about its aims for the NAS business unit as it has sought to expand through numerous acquisitions in recent years.
ZDNet — Telstra has announced the acquisition of Readify, a developer of Microsoft software applications, saying it will bolster the telecommunications provider’s cloud offerings. The Readify acquisition augments Telstra’s purchase of Kloud in January, according to Telstra’s executive director of Global Enterprise and Services Michelle Bendschneider, as well as its earlier acquisitions of O2 Networks, Bridgepoint Communications, and NSC.
ZDNet — NEC has announced plans to establish a AU$4.38 million Global Security Intel Centre (GSIC) in Adelaide that will focus on Internet of Things (IoT) security. The IT services firm expects the cost of cyber attacks against enterprise and government IT systems to rise as the adoption of smart technologies and connected devices that make up the IoT accelerates.
Datacenter News — NEXTDC has achieved a 4.5 rating from NABERS for its Data-Center-as-a-Service provider technology at its M1 center in Port Melbourne, Australia. The company’s data center certification began in October 2014 through rigorous measurements and efforts from its engineering team. The result minimised IT and energy costs while forming a sustainability strategy and meeting customer demands.
Deal Street Asia — US cloud computing giant Salesforce will be increasing its investment in Australia, in a bid to position it a launchpad for expansion into the Indo-Asia Pacific. The company is looking at the region to be a key driver of revenue growth, pushing revenues past its $10 billion threshold.
Datacenter News — Fujitsu Australia has today been awarded Australia’s first NABERS data portfolio ratings across six of its data centers, resulting from Fujitsu’s locally-based plans to drive its global Environmental Action Plan Stage VIII. The Plan aims to sustainably develop ICT solutions, reduce environmental impacts, and therefore contributing to society.
Datacenter News — Fujitsu has teamed up with elastic interconnection provider Megaport in a move the company says will allow it to offer customers new ways of provisioning connections to cloud services, including Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services. The agreement kicks off with the installation of a Megaport point of presence in the Fujitsu Malaga (Perth), and North Ryde (Sydney) data centers.
The Australian — When the names and birth dates of more than 11 million children and adults were leaked from its online learning database last November, toy maker VTech Holdings did not discover the breach until a reporter emailed the company nine days later.
ZDNet — 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.
ZDNet — Asia-Pacific fibre infrastructure company Superloop has announced that it is hoping to raise AU$35.3 million through a fully underwritten one-for-seven pro-rata accelerated entitlement offer of shares. Superloop is offering a total of 16,793,942 new shares at AU$2.10 per share, a 12.9 percent discount off the closing share price on June 16 prior to Superloop placing itself in a trading halt on Friday morning pending the announcement.
Delimiter — A survey of attendees at the country’s first OpenStack conference held in Sydney last month has indicated that OpenStack is likely to experience growth in the Australian market over the next 18 months. The survey polled attendees about their OpenStack experience and adoption, approximately 65% of whom had already adopted OpenStack.
IT Wire — Demand and growth in the Australian data centre (DC) services market is being driven by big data, IoT, analytics, mobile data, storage, computing power, infrastructure and more. Increasing use of Big Data, IoT applications and analytics software, coupled with growing global mobile data traffic which is expected to increase at 53% CAGR from 2015 to 2020, is seeing enterprises’ demand additional bandwidth, data storage and computing power, as well as infrastructure and services for secure storage and monitoring of data.
Last night’s outage to an Amazon Web Services Sydney availability zone is prompting some of AWS’ biggest local customers to reconsider their architectures to mitigate future damaging downtime. AWS has built its brand on reliability as well as flexibility and cost, but yesterday’s storms in Sydney showed that even the public cloud powerhouse isn’t immune to nature.
IT News — Large Australian websites including Domain, Channel Nine, Foxtel Play and Domino’s went down on Sunday afternoon after Amazon Web Service’s Sydney zone suffered a two-hour power outage. AWS first warned of the outage affecting Elastic Compute via its status page at 3:47pm, and an hour later confirmed the issue was related to a power problem. Sydney spent Sunday struggling through severe storms.
MIS Asia — Australia’s cloud-based integration platform provider Maestrano has announced that it will be expanding its operations in Singapore and making Singapore as its regional hub in Southeast Asia. Maestrano brings the advantages of automatic data synchronisation for cloud applications exclusively to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through its enterprise partners.
Cloud Computing News — Amazon Web Services (AWS) took a hit in its Sydney region for six hours over the weekend, according to official status updates, with stormy weather being blamed as the source of the problem. The alarm was first raised on June 4 at 2247 PDT – or 1547 on June 5 Sydney time – with AWS announcing it was investigating increased connectivity issues for EC2 instances in the AP-SOUTHEAST-2 region.
IT News — NextDC has announced the successful purchase of a plot of land in the Melbourne suburb of Tullamarine on which it will build its newest facility in the city. The company yesterday also announced the location for its second Brisbane data centre, picking Fortitude Valley as the site spot. The two new facilities have a combined budget of $160 million.
IT News — If you use the term “cloud computing” at your next barbeque, owing to the invention of smartphones, you might find yourself in a conversation about privacy. If you mention the term “big data”, you might also get a flicker of recognition and end up in roughly the same place. However, if you drop the word “blockchain” into the discussion you’re almost guaranteed a blank stare.
Finextra — Today, Telstra has announced three new point-to-point routes directly connecting the Stock Exchanges of Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo as part of its Ethernet Private Line Express (EPLX) service, which offers some of the fastest services available on the market today for financial trading companies in Asia.
CSO — Telstra’s venture capital arm has flagged fresh rounds of investment in cyber security in Asia after revealing details of a new cloud computing security investment. Telstra Ventures partner Marcus Bartram said that there was still scope for more investment in cyber security companies despite announcing a large investment in vArmour – a California-based company that has developed policy-based software theoretically capable of securing so-called “East-West” network traffic moving within a company’s network perimeter.
IT News — Researchers from the University of Western Australia and the University of Bristol have demonstrated a new methodology for performing algorithms using a quantum computer, which the university claims could potentially be used in a future supercomputer.
IT News — Customers of TPG-owned internet service provider iiNet have been unable to access email and voice calls since this morning following a nationwide disruption. iiNet has acknowledged the webmail fault in a network status notification. The fault appears to stop customers from receiving email via the POP3 email protocol, with users reporting failed login attempts.
Datacenter Dynamics — Australian telco Telstra has announced several initiatives that it says will extends its network services in Asia and offer more choice for customers. The new Bay of Bengal Gateway (BBG) cable system will interconnect Telstra’s networks in Southeast Asia and North Asia through to India and the Middle East. An additional route between Asia and the Americas with the FASTER cable system should also be opened this summer.
Telecom Asia — Vodafone and Huawei have completed pre-standard trials of narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) technology in Australia. The trials at several live sites in Melbourne were carried out in late April, but are only being announced. More trials are being planned elsewhere in Australia in the coming months. Vodafone Australia CTO Benoit Hanssen said the results of the tests have helped demonstrate the potential for the new 4G technology.
Mobile World Live — Australia’s third largest operator Vodafone partnered with Chinese equipment vendor Huawei to conduct pre-standard trials of Narrow Band-IoT (NB-IoT), which is designed to boost coverage at lower power compared with existing mobile technologies. The operator held trials at several sites in Melbourne last month and is planning more trials in other cities in the coming months.
IT News — Telstra customers lost access to their NBN services in NSW this afternoon in another network problem for the country’s biggest telco. Complaints began flooding in just before 3pm Friday about a lack of internet and home phone services, according to social media and outage tracker Aussie Outages.