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Friday, February 05, 2016

IT News Week 1 Feb 2016

For IT News Week 5 Jan 2016.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Feb 4, 2016 - Red Hat Appoints New Country Manager for Malaysia
  • PR - Feb 4, 2016 - Tan Chong selects Servion to transform its Contact Center
  • PR - Feb 4, 2016 - K2 Appoints New Senior Vice President For Asia Pacific
  • PR - Feb 4, 2016 - User Information at Risk as 9 out of 10 Store Personal Data on Digital Devices
  • PR - Feb 3, 2016 - Huawei reached another milestone with P8 lite exceeding 10 million shipments
  • PR - Feb 3, 2016 - BTI Consultants Launched Asia Pacific's Resilient Leadership Talent Recruitment and Executive Development
  • PR - Feb 3, 2016 - AMD Reveals World’s First Hardware-Virtualized GPU Product Line
  • PR - Feb 3, 2016 - Tata Comm. continues to build business momentum buoyed by strong demand in data services
  • PR - Feb 3, 2016 - BIOSTAR Announces H110MD PRO Motherboard
  • PR - Feb 2, 2016 - Western Digital Announces Financial Results for Second Quarter Fiscal 2016
  • PR - Feb 2, 2016 - Bit9 + Carbon Black is Now Carbon Black

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

HP's new Device-as-a-Service Programme keeps business on the leading edge

Jan 27, 2016 -

HP today announced that it is offering a Device-as-a-Service programme to help enterprises in Malaysia more easily acquire, deploy, manage, and refresh their PC technologies.

Businesses want to move fast, be more efficient, and still provide the best experience to demanding employees. However the time, cost and complexity of procuring and maintaining their PC infrastructure is a challenge.

With HP Device as a Service (DaaS), customers use their PCs like a utility - they pay one price per seat on a monthly basis over a three or four year period. They also get customized services and support from HP, such as PC configuration and installation, onsite break-fix, data migration, proactive support, while having the ability to refresh to the latest HP technology for subsequent contract periods. The devices covered under HP DaaS include commercial desktops, notebook PCs, tablets, and workstations.

Not only does HP DaaS free customers from having to pay the upfront costs of buying new PCs, it incorporates services, support and eventual disposal as part of an overall services agreement. This is different from typical leasing agreements where PC acquisition, setup and maintenance are covered under separate contracts. This means that customers can enjoy more predictable annual costs and greater ease from having to manage just one contract during their entire PC lifecycle.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

MyIX Records 145 Gbps of Internet Data Exchange as the Highest Point in Year 2015

Jan 29, 2016 -

Malaysia Internet Exchange (MyIX) or also known as ‘Persatuan Pengendali Internet Malaysia’ – an initiative under the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission ('MCMC'), today shared insights into Internet data patterns recorded in Year 2015 that transversed (or ‘peered’) over the National Internet Exchange nodes that directly connects with the country’s major ISPs and content providers.

This Internet data traffic insights is shared at the official launch ceremony of MyIX’s new office in Setiawalk, Puchong.

MyIX's new office

Speaking at the opening ceremony, MyIX Chairman, Chiew Kok Hin says, “The highest bandwidth travelling through MyIX infrastructure last year took place in November 2015 whereby MyIX recorded 145 Gbps of data travelling per second, the highest so far. When compared to November 2014, this shows a 53 per cent increase in data travelling per second through MyIX.”

Friday, January 29, 2016

IT News Week 5 Jan 2016

For IT News Week 5 Dec 2015.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Jan 31, 2016 - Kaspersky Lab Takes Ferrari Partnership To The Next Level With “Secure Your Ferrari Experience Competition”
  • PR - Jan 28, 2016 - SaveMax Super Grosir extends collaboration with Citrix to accelerate business expansion in Indonesia
  • PR - Jan 28, 2016 - Taipei, Taiwan - BIOSTAR RACING H170GT3 Available Now
  • PR - Jan 28, 2016 - Softbank Picks Brocade Fabric-Based New IP Network to Increase Business Agility
  • PR - Jan 28, 2016 - Tata Comm. positioned as a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Network Services, Global for the third consecutive year
  • PR - Jan 27, 2016 - PropertyGuru Group Appoints New Chief Product and Technology Officer
  • PR - Jan 27, 2016 - Western Digital and IBM Announced Patent Acquisition and Cross-License Agreements
  • PR - Jan 26, 2016 - IBM Offers New Hybrid Cloud Capabilities for LinuxONE
  • PR - Jan 26, 2016 - Cloudera Named A Leader in Big Data Hadoop Distributions, Q1 2016 Report by Independent Research Firm
  • PR - Jan 26, 2016 - New Barracuda Essentials for Office 365 Expands Security and Data Protection Functionality in Office 365
  • PR - Jan 21, 2016 - Citrix Appoints Kirill Tatarinov as President and CEO
  • PR - Jan 20, 2016 - Toshiba Announces Launch of Latest Products
  • PR - Jan 15, 2016 - WISeKey and Kaspersky Lab join forces to keep wearables safe from cyber-thieves
  • PR - Jan 13, 2016 - Latest Molex power connectors, now available from RS Components

Universal Robots To Boost Industrial Uptake Through Newly Launched Application Showroom

PR - Jan 15, 2016 - 

Universal Robots (UR), a global developer and manufacturer of flexible and user-friendly industrial robots is embarking on a project involving their Singapore-based distributor, Skymech Automation & Engineering (SKYMECH) to develop industrial robot applications that will showcase the ways in which small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can benefit from automation in the form of these robotic solutions.

UR vision pick & place application case study

With the support of two Singapore government agencies, UR is actively spearheading the expansion of the current range of robot applications with SKYMECH. The first two applications that are being developed include “vision pick & place” as well as “machine tending”, which are commonly used in the Precision Engineering (PE) sector. The development of these applications increases the accessibility of SMEs to robotic technology and closes the gap between system integrators and UR’s customers.

In addition to robotic applications, UR is also building a knowledge-sharing platform to encourage the facilitation of information such as technical knowledge among its distributors and customers with the opening of its Singapore-based UR Application Showroom, two years starting from January 2016.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

eCommerce is the Sub-Sector To Watch Out for in 2016

Jan 27, 2016 - KL -

iPay88 Sdn Bhd, an NTT Data company, as well as the Malaysian-based leading provider of online payment service and payment solution provider in ASEAN, today shares some of its insights into the country’s upcoming Services Industry’s sub-sector of eCommerce.

Executive Director of iPay88 Chan Kok Long, says that the company’s payment gateway systems support over 60% of eCommerce businesses in Malaysia.

Chan Kok Long, Executive Director, iPay88

He says, “From the transaction patterns and volume recorded from our systems, it is highly indicative that this Services sub-sector is poised for strong growth in 2016. In fact, within year 2015 of iPay88 operations, the total value of eCommerce transactions recorded in our payment systems have increased by 100%.”

Chan says, “Malaysia is ripe at the timing whereby the domestic market demand is well-supported by wide and stable online connectivity and broadband solutions. Additionally, website provider services are in abundance, IT security technologies, as well as ample government-lead, financial payment policies and initiatives to support more Malaysian companies in moving their business online.”

“Doing business online offers a lower cost of operations from many aspects – the biggest advantage being the capability to span across geographical borders, meaning that you can reach out to possibly more lucrative overseas market easily,” he says.

Paragon Software Announces Storage UFSD SDK for UEFI

Jan 27, 2016 - FREIBURG, Germany -

Paragon Software Group, the technology leader in data security and data management solutions, announces the release of its Universal File System Driver (UFSD) software development kit for Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI). The new SDK expands the possibilities for system management and security software vendors working in UEFI environments. The technology allows system vendors and motherboard manufacturers to make their UEFI systems more competitive and user-friendly.

Introduced by Intel in 2005 as a replacement for the aging MBR (Master Boot Record) and PC BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) interfaces, UEFI now comes standard on new computers, where it is positioned between the operating system and firmware stacks. Despite advantages over traditional BIOS and MBR, UEFI is technically limited by its support for FAT32 (File Allocation Table), an outdated file system, which restricts file sizes to less than four gigabytes. In an effort to address this problem, motherboard manufacturers have started to implement read-only NTFS support into their UEFI firmware — but this only solves half of the problem.

With the release of UFSD SDK for UEFI, Paragon Software now delivers a complete read/write solution. Based upon the company’s industry-proven, cross-platform Universal File System Driver library used around the world in billions of devices such as smartphones, tablets, routers, networked storage, and cameras, the new SDK opens transparent, full read/write support for Windows-native NTFS, Linux-native ExtFS, and other file systems in the UEFI pre-boot environment.

Paragon’s UFSD drivers work through the "simple file system protocol," allowing software developers familiar with UEFI system calls to utilize the same APIs already used for FAT32 to access NTFS and ExtFS volumes. Developers can now put more focus on the workflow and usability of their programs, rather than worrying about low-level storage functions.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Dimension Data Releases Its Annual List of IT Predictions

Dec 18, 2015 -

Dimension Data, the global solutions and services provider, today released its IT predications for the next 12 months, and digital transformation is high on the corporate agenda because it’s already reshaping the competitive landscape.

According to Ettienne Reinecke, Dimension Data’s Group Chief Technology Officer, social, mobile, cloud, analytics, Internet of Things, and bimodal IT are all hot topics in the IT industry which divide IT functions and teams in organisations worldwide. But, he says, where do organisations prioritise their budgets and resources?

Ettienne Reinecke, Group CTO, Dimension Data

“All of these trends and technologies serve a larger purpose, because they enable the transformation of an organisation to become a digital enterprise. In other words, the business uses IT to respond faster to market opportunities and threats, and prioritises the experience of the people it works with, whether they’re customers, employees, or business partners.”

Reinecke said the digital transformation conversations that Dimension Data’s teams are having with organisations revolve around four themes: data at the core of the transformation, hybrid cloud as mechanism for agility, workspaces for tomorrow, and cybersecurity.

2016 Predictions: What we’re hearing from organizations in Malaysia

IDC and Gartner have predicted there will be a surge in demand for digitization in all facets of enterprise businesses over the coming year. At Avanade, we are seeing these predictions becoming a reality for our clients, with digitization an irresistible force that is driving companies to rethink their response to markets and reshape their operations. These changes will have massive implications for how we all work and interact with family, friends, colleagues and suppliers. Below, Dato’ Subra Suppiah, Country Manager for Avanade Malaysia, shares his top three market predictions for 2016:

Dato' Subra Suppiah, Country Manager, Avanade

1.) We are entering the Digital Transformation Era

“The Digital Transformation Era has been promised, but now it’s here. Over the second half of this decade, it will be a case of ‘digital or die’ for organizations seeking to improve productivity, increase agility, and differentiate from competitors. Many organizations have embarked on a digital transformation journey to improve customer engagement, but to be digital on the outside, you need to be digital on the inside. In 2016, Malaysian companies will recognize the need to move beyond basic employee collaboration tools like email, and instead embrace a true digital workplace to drive continued productivity and competitive advantage. Over the coming year, organizations will focus on bringing together user-friendly social, mobile, analytics and cloud computing technologies to create a digital workplace that senses and responds to the information needs of individual employees – anytime, anywhere, and on any device. According to IDC, by 2018, 80 percent of B2C and 60 percent of B2B organizations will overhaul their “digital front door” to support 1,000 to 10,000 times as many customers/customer touch points as they do today.”

IT News Week 5 Dec 2015

Happy New Year 2016.

Thanks for reading.

For IT News Week 3 Dec 2015.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Dec 31, 2015 - Biostar Introduces Racing Series Motherboard
  • PR - Dec 29, 2015 - Kaspersky Lab: mobile banking threats among the top 10 malicious financial programs for the first time
  • PR - Dec 29, 2015 - Gibson Innovations Teams Up With Top Malaysian DJ Duo for Philips A5-Pro
  • PR - Dec 23, 2015 - Flash 2 Tops Lazada’s December 12 Sales Chart as the Most Popular Smartphone in Southeast Asia
  • PR - Dec 23, 2015 - PropertyGuru's GuruCares Raises RM44,000 Through Art Auction
  • PR - Dec 22, 2015 - SG - Westcon-Comstor Collaborates with SimpliVity to Boost Enterprise Data Centres with Hyperconverged Infrastructure in Singapore
  • PR - Dec 22, 2015 - RS Components adds high-performance solid-state relays
  • PR - Dec 22, 2015 - Nokia Announces Designated Head of Asia South for Combined Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent
  • PR - Dec 22, 2015 - Sophos Acquires SurfRight to Strengthen and Accelerate Next-Generation Endpoint Protection Leadership
  • PR - Dec 18, 2015 - Veritas: Hitachi Data Systems Named Global Strategic Partner of the Year

Secure Identity Alliance publishes Civil Registry Consolidation through Digital Identity Management

Dec 18, 2015 - Paris -

With identity a key priority on the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Secure Identity Alliance (SIA) today publishes a report outlining a best practice approach for consolidating civil registries through national electronic identity (ID) schemes.

The SIA’s ‘Civil Registry Consolidation through Digital Identity Management’ report provides the deep sector insight necessary to support the development of government registration and identity programs across the world - particularly in the developing world where many citizens lack official documentation to prove their identity.

For those countries that have implemented an electronic identity program, but whose civil registry is incomplete, the existence of an eID database is a chance to rebuild a comprehensive registration process. When national ID systems and civil registration are not at the same level of development, a circular and dynamic approach between civil registration and eID systems can be used to complete them both.

This report should be of particular interest to international organizations and government agencies involved in the establishment or reorganization of civil registration and identity systems across the world.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

AIMS Group: 2015 Review and Outlook for 2016 - Datacentre Industry (EPP 3)

Chiew Kok Hin, CEO, AIMS Group
AIMS Group Chief Executive Officer, Chiew Kok Hin says “2015 has been a mixed year for the industry. This year we saw Patimas, Teliti and Jaring go into liquidation exposing their customers to significant operational risk and being forced to migrate their infrastructure to alternative service providers. The oversupply of space has caused an imbalance resulting in players opting into a price war to attract customers. Depressed price levels have driven out some of the players to shut down their operations.”

I believe we will see similar situations arise in 2016.

“For AIMS, this has been one of our best years. We’ve seem a stronger presences of MNC’s, BFSI and enterprise customers this year and we are expecting to end the year with a strong double digit growth. Our data centre space located at Menara AIMS is currently almost fully 100% utilised and we are approximately 85% full in Cyberjaya. To meet demands, AIMS will be adding another 10,000 sqft,” adds Chiew.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

BIOSTAR HyperOC Technology for Non-K Overclocking

Dec 23, 2015 - Taipei, Taiwan

Overclocking has been reserved mostly for high-end unlocked CPUs including the latest Skylake K series processors and many overclockers and high-performance gamers want this processors because of their easy overclocking capabilities via their unlocked multiplier. The time has come to empower everyone, BIOSTAR makes overclocking a reality on non-K 6th-generation Intel Core CPUs and makes it even easier now with the announcement of BIOSTAR HyperOC Technology for overclockers and performance seekers that enables overclocking on non-K Intel 6th-Generation Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium Skylake processors on BIOSTAR Z170 motherboards.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Barracuda: 2015 Security Review

Dec 21, 2015 -

Barracuda Networks, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-connected security and storage solutions, shares its review of the security industry in 2015.

Attack surfaces changed.

Infrastructures were in flux all year as companies moved between physical, virtual, public cloud, and SaaS deployments. This meant that organizations were facing new attack surfaces, and had to extend their security posture to cover these new surfaces. Many users were surprised to discover that applications in the cloud were not as secure as the cloud infrastructure. Even very popular applications like Pocket were found to be vulnerable.

Thiban Darmalingam, Regional Manager, Barracuda, Malaysia

Thiban Darmalingam, the Regional Manager of Barracuda in Malaysia explains, “Barracuda expanded our public cloud offerings and deployment options for our security and storage products. Our product architectures are designed from the ground up for these environments, which allows our customers to take the same security they deployed on-premises and extend this to the new surfaces. This approach simplifies our customers’ migration to the cloud be it on Microsoft Office 365, VMware, AWS, Azure, or vCloud Air.”

Barracuda Next Gen Firewalls provide connectivity across surfaces, secure all attack surfaces, provide network segmentation in the cloud, and more. Barracuda Web Application Firewalls secure apps in private and public clouds, control access to applications on cloud platforms and on-premises, and more.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Juniper Research : Robots to Reside in more than 1 in 10 American Households by 2020

Dec 15, 2015 -

New data from Juniper Research has forecast that over 1 in 10 American households will own a consumer robot by the end of the decade, up from under 1 in 25 this year. At this early stage in the market, shipments are expected to be dominated by so-called ‘task’ oriented robots assigned to take over household chores, such as lawn mowing or vacuum cleaning.

Devices such as iRobot’s Roomba and Droplet Robotics’ Sprinkler offer tremendous ‘fire and forget’ type convenience for consumers, and despite obvious design compromises, are likely to usher in a new era of housekeeping.

The new research, Worldwide Consumer Robotics: Markets & Strategies 2015-2020, found that the performance of more complex robots, such as SoftBank’s Pepper, while improving, are heavily limited by present-day technology. Thus, in order to meet consumer expectations, smarter, more contextually aware robots are required.

Achieving a leap forward in AI (artificial intelligence) will demand not only more computing power, but also much greater efficiency if processing is to be offloaded from the cloud. Therefore, new approaches in chip design, such as IBM’s TrueNorth, are likely to become important in the medium-term.