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PCCW Global today announced that its Console Connect Software-Defined Interconnection® (SDI® ) platform is now available in many more data centers via an extended collaboration with Global Switch, a leading owner, operator and developer of large-scale carrier and cloud neutral data centers in Europe and Asia Pacific.

Global Switch owns and operates 13 data centers centrally located in Tier 1 cities, offering a total of 390,000 sq. m. of highly resilient technical space and hosting some of the world’s largest cloud providers, hyperscalers and enterprise customers.

The company works with all industry verticals and segments and provides tailored solutions to meet each customer’s specific needs, whilst also ensuring the availability of a wide range of high-performance interconnect solutions from leading players such as Console Connect.

Following the highly successful launch of Console Connect in Global Switch’s Singapore Tai Seng data center in 2019, the platform has now been extended to all Global Switch locations and is immediately available. The collaboration gives Console Connect users an extensive choice of on-net data centers and cloud access points in Europe’s largest and most interconnected data center hubs - London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Paris. It also brings the Console Connect platform to Madrid, Spain, one of the most important gateways to Latin America, as well as other major European markets.

In Asia Pacific, Console Connect is available at the Global Switch data centers in Sydney and Hong Kong, in addition to the pre-existing facility in Singapore’s Tai Seng data center.

Mr. Michael Glynn, Vice President of Digital Automated Innovation, PCCW Global, said, “We are delighted to extend our collaboration with Global Switch by bringing the Console Connect platform into all of its data centers worldwide. The addition of eight on-net data centers in Europe forms part of a major expansion plan for the platform across the region, while the new facilities in Sydney and Hong Kong further consolidates our position as a market leader for on-demand fabric in Asia Pacific.”

The Console Connect network-as-a-service platform is fully integrated with the world’s leading cloud, SaaS, IoT and IX providers, including Google Cloud, AWS, IBM Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud, Alibaba, Tencent and NAVER Cloud.

The automated Console Connect fabric is underpinned by PCCW Global’s leading IP backbone and one of the largest MPLS networks in the world, spanning more than 3,000 cities and 160 countries. Global Switch customers will be able to instantly access this ecosystem of clouds, SaaS providers, and network, and seamlessly connect to over 300 data centers worldwide through Console Connect.

The platform provides users with the redundancy and flexibility to scale their businesses on demand at any Global Switch data center, and have access to the PCCW Global physical network, which is separate to the public Internet and offers uncontended and highly redundant core connectivity with multiple diverse paths between countries.

Mr. Paul Selwood, Group Director, Strategic Accounts and Networks, Global Switch, said, “We are extremely excited that the Console Connect platform is available at all of our data centers. Our customers will be able to securely access services from any cloud or SaaS provider, connect to business-critical applications with ease, and scale connections up and down on-demand.”

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Over 200 government officials, technology experts, scholars, and representatives from tech companies gathered from all across the Asia-Pacific region for the third annual Huawei Asia-Pacific Innovation Day, held in Kuala Lumpur. The event was co-hosted by Malaysia's Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), the Malaysia-China Business Council, and Huawei Technologies.

This year's event focused on fostering digital economy in the APAC region, with special focus on digital transformation models for emerging markets, small- and medium-sized enterprises, and core industries like services and tourism.

At the event, Huawei announced the construction of a new OpenLab in Malaysia, which will serve as an open, flexible, and secure platform for joint innovation with local partners. Huawei has built similar OpenLabs in Munich, Mexico, Dubai, Singapore, and China. Together, these labs support extensive cooperation between Huawei and over 400 solution partners globally.

At the event, Huawei's Deputy Chairman of the Board and Rotating CEO, Guo Ping, spoke about the different stages of digital transformation, and what countries can focus on at each stage of development.

"We've all heard about Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs," said Guo. "When a country goes digital, it experiences a similar evolution of needs. I would divide this hierarchy into four layers. The first is ICT infrastructure, which is the foundation of a digital economy. The second is security, for both the physical and digital worlds. Security is necessary for further development. The third layer is developing a supportive environment for industries to go digital. Building on a solid foundation of privacy protection, the fourth and highest layer is enabling broader information sharing. More data will help cities and national governments better manage the digitization process, ultimately promoting safer cities and smarter countries.”

Guo stressed that technological innovation and an open ecosystem are critical to the success of digital initiatives in the APAC region.

"We need to collaborate more broadly and share views across the ecosystem, including between industries and universities worldwide. Close collaboration between industry and academia will help ensure a thriving digital economy. As always, Huawei remains committed to the Asia-Pacific region, and will continue working with our partners to drive digital economic growth and ensure a better connected future for all of APAC."

The Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia and Minister of Home Affairs, YB Dato' Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid bin Hamidi, also delivered a keynote speech at the event. He expressed his optimism about the future of digital transformation in the Asia Pacific region. He encouraged all APAC countries to communicate more and work more closely together to drive positive, sustainable economic outcomes.

Also at the event, The Brookings Institution, a US think tank, released the global safe city report, a blueprint of safe cities around the world. Findings from the report indicate that, from an infrastructure perspective, the Asia Pacific region has enormous potential for smart city and safe city development. Huawei highlighted its own experience helping the Longgang District in Shenzhen, China, build out its safe city infrastructure.

Openness, innovation, collaboration, and shared success were the common themes of the event. Tony Q.S. Quek, Associate Professor from the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), spoke about Huawei's Innovation Research Program, which funds joint innovation with universities.

Professor Dr. Ong Hang See from Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) and YBhg Datuk Shahrol Azral Ibrahim Halmi, CEO of Malaysia Petroleum Resource Corporation (MPRC), presented real-world examples of the electric power industry and the oil and gas industry going digital.

Xue Ding, co-founder of ofo, outlined the shared bike company's partnership with Huawei, which helped ofo embed Internet of Things (IoT) chips in their bicycles and leverage artificial intelligence to offer riders more personalized services. Xue indicated that ofo would like to join forces with Huawei and other partners to build out the global IoT ecosystem.

During the event, Huawei signed memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with the SME Corporation Malaysia, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Terengganu State Government, and CyberSecurity Malaysia, expanding cooperation across a number of domains, including scientific research, innovation, talent, smart campuses, and cyber security. Together, they will promote a thriving digital economy and ensure prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region.

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According to the latest IDC (International Data Corporation) Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker May 2017, the overall India Traditional PC shipment for Q1 2017 stood at 2.16 million units (i.e. quarter on quarter growth of 12.5 percent over Q4 2016 and year on year growth of 8.5 percent over Q1 2016).

The overall consumer PC market registered a shipment of 1.05 million units in Q1 2017, with a healthy 14.5 percent growth from the same period last year and 19.4 percent quarter on quarter growth.

“Post demonetization reform, market observed an upbeat demand owing to an optimistic shift in discretionary spending from consumers in first quarter of 2017,” says Manish Yadav , Associate Research Manager, Client Devices, IDC India.

The overall commercial PC market recorded a shipment of 1.11 million units in Q1 2017. On the backdrop of seasonality, execution of state-owned manifesto deals and increase spending from BFSI vertical, Q1 2017 observed a quarter on quarter growth of 6.7 percent and 3.3 percent year on year over Q1 2016.

“Commercial spending remained optimistic about the economic scenario and the potential for growth, despite uncertainty surrounding the stability of global economy,” says Sanjeev Sharma , Research Manager, Client Devices, IDC India.

“IDC India anticipates a short-term postponement and resistance by traders during GST implementation phase. But in the long run owing to this structured tax regime the effect will get neutralized and will propel growth owing to festive season,” adds Yadav.

With focus, around enriching gaming as potential segment in consumer business, OEMs are looking to revamp their product portfolio and upsell in mid to premium range. On the other hand, commercial business is expected to grow over the next few quarters driven by state owned education projects.

Top 3 Vendor Highlights:

HP Inc. led the market with a 29.5% share of the overall India traditional PC market in Q1 2017. In addition to their success in the consumer segment, HP Inc. picked up some key wins and executed a few state-owned education projects along with fulfillment of projects in the banking and financial sector. This has led to a 5.8% growth quarter on quarter in the overall India traditional PC market in Q1 2017.

Dell took the second spot with 22.5 percent market share in the overall India traditional PC market in Q1 2017. The vendor continues to drive new initiatives and programs to provide seamless experience of learning for students through technology. Owing to such initiatives the vendor grew by 19.9 percent quarter on quarter in overall traditional consumer PC market in Q1 2017. Simultaneously the Dell EMC merger has provided the vendor an extra space for customer expansion, which could prove to be beneficial in the near future as well.

Lenovo held on to the third spot, with a 17.7 percent market share in the overall India traditional PC market in Q1 2017 and recorded a quarter on quarter growth of 15.1 percent, owing to the complete execution of manifesto project. The vendor also grew by 16.9 percent quarter on quarter in the overall consumer market owing to the efforts observed in improving the after sales support with different initiatives using not just the traditional way, but also social media and other new age technologies.

Rampant ransomware costing APAC SMBs big time

Written on Sunday, 04 December 2016 07:22

A survey of managed survey providers in Asia Pacific designed to assess the impact of ransomware on their small business customers suggests 85 percent of businesses in the region have been hit, a quarter of them multiple times in a single day, paying out an average of almost $12,000 ($US8900) to remediate a successful attack. Forty-five percent of survey respondents reported that a ransomware attack had led to business-threatening downtime.

However this average was weighted by the five percent of respondents who reported paying a ransom in excess of $A20,000: almost half of all respondents reported ransom fees in the $100- $500 range, and 14 percent of respondents said payment of the ransom had failed to secure return of the hijacked data.

In October 2016 data protection technology provider Datto commissioned Spiceworks to survey 103 managed service providers (MSPs) in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and The Philippines to gain visibility into the current state of ransomware from the perspective of the channel and clients.

CryptoLocker was found to be the leading strain of ransomware. Respondents reported that 48 percent of their customers had been it with it. Second most common was CryptoWall, suffered by 25 percent of businesses, and in third place, TorrentLocker hitting 21 percent.

Lack of end-user training, phishing emails and malicious websites and advertisements proved to be the leading sources of ransomware infections.

Most respondents reported that anti-virus and anti-malware software, employee training and having a data backup and recovery solution in place were most effective in protecting a business from ransomware attacks.

Windows was by far the largest target, accounting for 85 percent of infections. It was followed by Android (17 percent), Linux (13 percent) and Mac OSX (eight percent). However no attempt was made to adjust these findings for the relative sizes of the installed base of the different operating systems.

IDC tips Apac IT spend by manufacturers to top $U36b by 2020

Written on Wednesday, 23 November 2016 05:52

IDC is tipping IT spending in the manufacturing sector in the Asia/Pacific excluding Japan (APeJ) region to exceed $US36 billion by 2020, representing a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.34 percent from 2016 to 2020. IDC says manufacturing related initiatives in China, India and the ASEAN countries will account for nearly 80 percent of this figure.

The Research Manager of IDC Manufacturing Insights, Sampath Kumar Venkataswamy, says high levels of industrial automation and the push for increased operational efficiencies are driving technology investments to overcome productivity-related challenges.

"Systems integration and consolidation remains one of the top investment areas for most manufacturing organizations that are on the path of implementing smart manufacturing platforms,” Venkataswamy says.

“The push to increase visibility on the shop floor and across the value chain will continue to drive the corresponding technology investment efforts in applications such as CRM, SCM and predictive analytics.”

IDC says APeJ IT spending in manufacturing is dominated by the high tech equipment sector, followed by the chemical and automotive industries. Spending on IT services is expected to reach $US14 billion by 2020 while software related spending is expected to grow 6.91 percent CAGR for the same period and exceed $US12 billion. Software spending includes engineering applications, operations management and supply chain management software. IDC expects lower growth for hardware related spending, to $US9.4 billion by 2020.

IDC’s figures come from its Asia/Pacific (Excluding Japan) IT Spending Guide 2016-2020, which measures investments on systems integration, IT outsourcing, application development/deployment, ERM, networking equipment and security at Asia Pacific level across fourteen countries and thirteen key industries.

Google opens new Apac HQ in Singapore

Written on Sunday, 13 November 2016 05:40

Google has opened new Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore, housing 1000 staff.

Announcing the move on a Google blog, Caesar Sengupta, VP of Google’s Next Billion User team, said: “We need room for 1,000 googlers working on new products and projects across Asia for our users, customers and partners. And we also want more room for the community around us — the kind of place that’s useful for gatherings of developers, students, founders, and kids to connect with googlers and, sometimes, even prime ministers and ministers of trade.”

“Googlers here are focused on many areas, industries and countries in the region. We have a growing engineering team and googlers working across sales, partnerships, marketing, people operations and many more.”

He added: “We wanted our office to reflect that diversity and regional range, and built it in a way that enables everyone to work together effortlessly.” He said the new facility had been designed to “inspire Googlers to perform at their best every day. … Googlers are empowered to choose the kind of workspace that best suits their working style and the tasks they need to focus on for the day. There are open spaces for collaboration and more quiet spaces for individual work.”

Google to train 3,000 school kids
Sengupta also announced a Google initiative ‘Code in the Community’ to provide IT training to 3,000 young Singaporeans from less well-to-do backgrounds. “It’s a multi-year, multi-level computer science and computational thinking course to get even more Singaporean kids excited about the potential of technology,” he said.

“We’re partnering with Singapore’s four ethnic self-help groups — the Chinese Development Assistance Council, Singapore Indian Development Association, The Eurasian Association and Yayasan Mendaki — to hold weekend classes for kids aged 8 to 15, with an equal mix of boys and girls.”

“The program, which starts in early 2017, will be run by 21C Girls and Saturday Kids at four community centers around the island for three years. Each batch of participants and their parents will start off with a visit to our new office where they will hear from googlers about how they started their careers and what a technical job really has to offer.”

He added: “We will also be engaging with the community through a series of tech talks, meet-ups and interview workshops that we hope will give Singaporeans aspiring to pursue a career in tech a head start.”

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IT security company CrowdStrike opens APAC office

Written on Wednesday, 22 June 2016 06:33

US based CrowdStrike, a provider of cloud-based endpoint protection, threat intelligence and response services, has launched operations in Asia Pacific by opening an office in Australia and announcing Telstra as a customer.

The move follows a $US100 million Series C funding led by Google Capital in 2015. Other existing investors included Warburg Pincus, Accel and Rackspace.

The company has named Mike Sentonas vice president of technology strategy “to spearhead CrowdStrike’s APAC go-to-market efforts and oversee the company’s growing customer and partner network.” He was most recently chief technology and strategy officer Asia Pacific at Intel Security and prior to that vice president and worldwide chief technology officer of Security Connected at Intel Security. He will report to CrowdStrike co-founder and chief technology officer Dmitri Alperovitch.

The company has also appointed Simon Walker as senior director of marketing, APAC. He was previously director of marketing, APAC at Forcepoint.

George Kurtz, CrowdStrike’s co-founder and CEO, said: “CrowdStrike is seeing significant growth in APAC, and Australia in particular is an extremely important market for us. In addition to our strong global customer portfolio, we have also witnessed rapidly growing demand for our industry-leading next-generation endpoint protection platform.”

He claimed that CrowdStrike was “the only company that has successfully unified next-generation antivirus and endpoint detection and response (EDR) through a fully cloud-based, API-driven platform, which allows customers unrivalled capabilities to stop existing and emerging threats.”

Telstra’s chief information security officer, Mike Burgess, said: “The CrowdStrike technology is providing a unique value to Telstra in its ability to detect and stop zero day exploits, malware attacks, along with hacker activity and ransomware, all of which go undetected by legacy security technologies. Telstra relies on CrowdStrike’s combination of technology, people and intelligence to protect against the most sophisticated threats and help keep our customers' data safe and networks secure.”

He added: “CrowdStrike Falcon's next-generation threat prevention capabilities, its DVR-like endpoint detection and response features, aided by the elite Falcon Overwatch managed hunting team, has proved its value to us time and again.”

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Antenna Maker KATHREIN Opens Singapore Office

Written on Tuesday, 02 February 2016 07:58

Germany based antenna maker Kathrein has opened a new office in Asia-Pacific for regional business and sales management and has appointed Ashwini Bakshi to take responsibility for the APAC region as part of a strategy to enhance its presence in regional markets and to serve customers comprehensively. It plans to add region-specific solutions products to its portfolio.

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