SMCP — Microsoft Hong Kong and Japanese telecommunication company NTT are partnering to offer a hybrid cloud solution to companies in Hong Kong, as the pace for cloud adoption among multinational corporations (MNCs) in the city picks up.
Datacenter Knowledge — (Bloomberg) — SoftBank Group agreed to buy ARM Holdings for 24.3 billion pounds ($32 billion), securing a slice of virtually every mobile computing gadget on the planet and future connected devices in the home.
Networks Asia — Fujitsu Limited and Oracle Corporation are forming a new strategic alliance to deliver cloud services to customers in Japan and their subsidiaries around the world. In order to take advantage of cloud computing to speed innovation, reduce costs and drive business growth, organizations need IT partners that can deliver the performance, security and management capabilities that are demanded by enterprise workloads.
Tech in Asia — It’s rare for CEOs of India’s unicorn startups to issue a statement on the departure of an executive at one of their investment firms. But Nikesh Arora was not an ordinary name. Nikesh, whom I met twice in his Google days, always came across as a sharp sales guy and a people’s person who knew how to move things around.
Datacenter 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.
RCR Wireless — Swedish vendor Ericsson is partnering with Japanese operator KDDI to deploy Ericsson Device Connection Platforms to manage global “internet of things” connections. The partnership will provide enhanced connectivity services to KDDI’s enterprise customers and support the deployment of IoT solutions on a global scale, the Swedish company said.
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.
Wired — 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.
Vietnam Net — Last May, the contractor NEC successfully connected the undersea cable AAE-1 to the southern city of Vung Tau, with the support of local networks. According to the plan, the project AAE-1 undersea cable will be completed and put into use by the end of 2016.
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 — 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.
Network Asia — NEC Corporation has announced the development of a “system operations-visualization and anomaly-analysis technology” that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to automatically detect unknown cyber-attacks against social infrastructure and enterprise systems.
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.
NTT Communications has announced the launch of a maximum 10Gbps large volume network that will connect its Enterprise Cloud service, colocated at more than 30 data centers worldwide. NTT says its networks will provide seamless connections between data centers, Enterprise Cloud systems and ICT resources to their networks.
Sys Com — NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications business within NTT (NYSE:NTT), announced the launch of Multi-Cloud Connect in London, which directly connects to cloud platforms in the UK region. With Multi-Cloud Connect, enterprise that have offices in Europe can enjoy access to different cloud services with a stable and secure connection.
Mobile World Live — Chinese internet giant Tencent is partnering with Japanese social data provider Hotto Link to roll out its WeChat Pay service to 10,000 stores in Japan by the end of the year. According to Nikkei Asia Review, only a few Japanese stores have adopted WeChat Pay, which is targeted at Chinese travellers who account for a quarter of all visitors to Japan and spend a lot more than other groups.
KM World — Fujitsu Limited and Box have entered into a non-binding memorandum of understanding for a strategic partnership in the content management space. The partnership would initially be centered on the Japanese market and later expanded globally.
Times of India — TOKYO: SoftBank Group said on Friday it was selling a further $1.1 billion of its shares inAlibaba Group Holding, bringing the total it has sold in the Chinese e-commerce company to $10 billion. Separately, SoftBank agreed to sell most of its remaining stake in mobile gaming company Gungho Online Entertainment back to the company for 73 billion yen ($685.38 million), Gungho said.
Datacenter Dynamics — Colt Data Centre Services has started construction of a new data center in Japan and announced expansion of existing facilities in the UK and Germany. The company’s second data center in Inzai, Chiba, will offer 5,000 square meters of white space. Almost all of this capacity has already been pre-sold, even though the site is not opening until 2017.
IT Pro Portal — Online file sharing and storage company Box signed a great deal with one of Japan’s largest IT services provider – Fujitsu. Under the ‘strategic agreement’, Fujitsu will integrate Box, first in its internal communications platform, covering 160,000 employees. This integration is planned for the latter half of Fujitsu’s fiscal 2016 – meaning March 2017. Later, it was said in a joint press release, Fujitsu will integrate Box into global communications solutions.
Enterprise Innovation — Pizza Hut Asia will be piloting SoftBank Robotics’ humanoid robot Pepper for order-taking and customer service in-store by end of 2016. The new app that extends the robot’s ability to integrate customer service, access to information and sales will be powered by MasterPass, the digital payment service from MasterCard.
Japan Today — Panasonic Corp is ready to bring forward its investment in a Tesla battery plant it is helping establish if this is required to meet demand for the electric car maker’s upcoming Model 3 sedan. “We will do our best to move up the schedule if requested,” Yoshio Ito, head of Panasonic’s automotive and industrial systems (AIS) division, told reporters.
Japan Today — Japan has passed a law regulating virtual currency, after the country found itself at the epicenter of a multi-million dollar embezzlement scandal following the spectacular collapse of the Tokyo-based MtGox Bitcoin exchange. Once one of the largest, most established exchanges for the cryptocurrency, MtGox collapsed in 2014 after a suspected theft worth nearly half a billion dollars, which hammered the digital currency’s reputation.
Japan Today — Japanese video game giant Nintendo has “insulted” Hong Kong fans by neglecting their plea to retain the more familiar Chinese names of characters in comic Pokemon, activists and fans said Monday. Petitioning at the Japanese Consulate General office, about 20 people led by radical political group Civic Passion and fans of the cartoon featuring super-powered creatures sought to have the Japanese government step in and press for more respect in local culture by Japanese firms.
Enterprise Innovation — Starbucks expanded its digital ecosystem with the launch of its mobile app in Japan, which introduced mobile payment and eGifting to the company’s fourth largest market. With the app, customers can pay for their in-store purchases at more than 1,100 stores across the market simply by scanning a bar code linked to their registered Starbucks card.
Networks Asia — Alibaba Group Holding and SoftBank established a joint-venture firm SB Cloud to launch cloud computing services in Japan that use technologies and solutions from Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group. SB Cloud will open a new data center in Japan and provide competitive and enhanced public cloud computing services from Alibaba Cloud to meet the various needs of Japanese customers, ranging from startups to multinational companies.
TOKYO — Amazon.com will hold a three-day event here starting Tuesday to forge closer ties with Japanese developers of games for smartphones. Some 90 executives from Amazon bases around the world, including the U.S., Europe and China, will mingle with Japanese developers and gain exposure to such unique cultural experiences as the tea ceremony.
ZDNet — MasterCard has unveiled the first commerce application for Softbank’s Pepper, with the humanoid robot to be trialled by Pizza Hut Restaurants Asia for order taking and payments processing. To use Pepper, a customer will need to pair their MasterPass account either by tapping the Pepper icon within the wallet or by scanning a QR code on the tablet that the robot holds.