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Friday, February 27, 2015

Cisco: Nearly 10-fold Global Mobile Data Traffic Growth Over Next Five Years

Press Release - Feb 26, 2015

Cisco® Visual Networking Index™ (VNI) Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast for 2014 to 2019 revealing that in five years, 97 percent of global mobile data traffic will be considered "smart" traffic - with advanced computing/multi-media capabilities and a minimum of 3G connectivity. According to Albert Chai, Country Manager for Cisco in Malaysia, the nation is facing similar growth of mobile data traffic driven largely by the emerging internet savvy generation as we usher the age of the Internet of Everything (IoE) where people, data, processes, and things are more connected.

LinkedIn Crosses Two Million Members in Malaysia

Press Release - Feb 26, 2015:

LinkedIn, the world’s largest online professional network with over 347 million members globally, today announced that it has surpassed two million members in Malaysia. The milestone is particularly significant, following the launch of the Bahasa Malaysia language mobile app in 2014 and LinkedIn’s introduction of the Traditional Chinese language, which together are appealing to a broader cross-section of professionals in Malaysia.

Including Malaysia, LinkedIn’s member base in Southeast Asia is now more than 12 million, and more than 64 million in Asia Pacific. Other countries in Southeast Asia that have more than a million members include Indonesia (4+ million), the Philippines (2+ million) and Singapore (1+ million).

Top 5 Companies Followed by Malaysian Members
  • Shell
  • PETRONAS
  • Schlumberger
  • SapuraKencana Petroleum Bhd
  • AirAsia

Thursday, February 26, 2015

EMC Announces The Data Lake Foundation

The Data lake is one place to put all the data enterprises may want to use, including structured and unstructured data.

The application ? Big Data lah !!!

The Data Lake foundation enables solutions which bring data, applications and analytics together while delivering analytics wherever needed. A data lake strategy simplifies the storage, management and analysis of Big Data by bringing together data in real-time, near real-time or in batch, and from disparate sources crossing multiple protocols.

Here’s what the Data Lake Foundation consists of these core features:
  • Efficient Storage: Eliminates storage silos, simplifies management, and improves utilization
  • Massive Scalability: Built from scale-out architectures that are massively scalable and simple to manage
  • Increased Operational Flexibility: Multi-protocol and next-generation access capabilities support traditional and emerging applications
  • Enterprise Attributes: Protects data with efficient and resilient backup, disaster recovery and security options
  • In-Place Big Data Analytics: Leverages shared storage and support for protocols such as HDFS to deliver cost-efficient, in-place analytics with faster time to results.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

CGTrader 3D Robotics Challenge Winners

The 3D graphic “Robot” challenge from CGTrader challenge was aimed at those who are pushing the boundaries and can’t help but wonder what the robots of our future will look like. The 3D Robot Challenge was put out to more than 120,000 3D designers and the winners are:
Cyber Matryoshka

1.) Best 3D Robot Model

Medical Bot by cnever

2.) 1st Runner-Up

Cyber matryoshka by crashmgn

3.) 2nd Runner-Up

Robohorse game-ready by harlyk

4.) Best 3D Robot Model Portfolio

Portfolio by Lordlight

IT News Week 4 of Feb 2015

For week 2 of Feb 2015.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Feb 26, 2015 - Kaspersky Lab Unveils Enhanced B2B Partner Program
  • PR - Feb 25, 2015 - Brocade Unveils the Industry’s First IP Storage Switch for EMC Connectrix
  • PR - Feb 25, 2015 - Mieco Selects Epicor ERP 10 for Malaysia GST Compliance
  • PR - Feb 25, 2015 - Kaspersky Lab announces global security accelerator in partnership with venture industry leaders
  • PR - Feb 24, 2015 - Microsoft Announced the most affordable Internet-ready phone
  • PR - Feb 24, 2015 - McAfee : Asia sees highest mobile malware infection rates
  • PR - Feb 24, 2015 - Taipei - Biostar Announces Gaming Motherboard and VGA Combo
  • PR - Feb 24, 2015 - Munich, Germany / Moscow, Russia - Axiros and MGTS Team To Build Intelligent TR-069 Control System in Russia
  • PR - Feb 24, 2015 - AUSTIN, Texas - Telefonica Launches Global Cloud Storage Service powered by Caringo Swarm
  • PR - Feb 23, 2015 - Juniper Networks Enables Faster Service Creation for Telcos
  • PR - Feb 23, 2015 - Tata Communications launches RoamPulse
  • PR - Feb 17, 2015 - F-Secure Tops Industry with Fourth Consecutive Best Protection Award from AV-TEST
  • PR - Feb 17, 2015 - Industry Recognizes Whitebox Security as the Driving Force in Data Access Governance
  • PR - Feb 16, 2015 - Oracle Utilities Analytics Solution Help Manage Storm Data In Real Time
  • PR - Feb 16, 2015 - Singapore - Programme Management and Project Portfolio Management to Gain Prominence in Asia Pacific in 2015

Email team@it-sideways.com for more info

Ricoh Malaysia MakerBot 3D Printers Contest

Just two (2) weeks left to get creative and innovative with the new MakerBot 3D Printers in town! Join us in spreading the 3D printing fever to our fellow Malaysians before Ricoh Malaysia’s ‘Imagine 3D’ Contest comes to a close on Sunday, 8 March 2015.

MakerBot 3D Printer

To participate in the contest, in three easy steps, anyone above the age of 18 may:

1. Envision their ideal office aid (Anything that will optimise the workspace! i.e. Something to save storage space / create a neater workspace etc. Get creative!)

2. Sketch their idea

3. Register and submit their creation via the Ricoh Facebook page (Submissions are accepted in .JPEG, .STL or .OBJ) NOTE: Registration & participation is free!

From now till 8 March 2015, submissions for the ideal 3D office aid are open

Monday, February 23, 2015

Acronis Announced Backup as a Service version 3

Press release : Feb 11, 2015

Acronis®, the global leader in new generation data protection, today announced the availability of Acronis Backup as a Service version 3. Acronis Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS) delivers high value data protection capabilities that create new revenue streams for partners without a large upfront investment.

Acronis offers a powerful solution which supports file and disk imaging backup and recovery over the cloud, with built-in security and caters for all server platform (Windows, Linux) and virtual machine platforms.

The good thing for channels is that they can now offer customers data backup services with service guarantee - instead of selling a backup solution for customers, channels can now offer customers to backup to the cloud with pay-per-use model.

This is helpful for service providers who are charged with maintenance of customer's backup data. In other words, service providers can now ensure that the data at customer's side are backup properly by monitoring the entire process.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Why would someone use a .ML domain in Malaysia?

Positioned as the new Malaysian domain, Dot ML is expected to be well received by Malaysia’s 20 million online user community and SME organisations. Domains can be easily registered at www.dot.ml and with most Malaysian Internet Service Providers or Web Hosting Providers.

Dot ML has a clear relevance to MaLaysia. Domains are simple and easy-to-remember.Just like CULTURE.ML represents a website about Malaysia and its culture. Furthermore the domains are free of charge, the registration process is one of the fastest in the world and there are no restrictions regarding which companies can register which domains. Plus the domain names are far simpler and less complicated than the .MY/.COM.MY/.NET.MY/.ORG.MY system. Dot ML domains ensure registrants’ websites can be found easily on the Internet. This combination of speed, simplicity, flexibility and relevance has never been available in Malaysia before.

VMWare Introduces One Cloud Strategy

VMWare introduces the One Cloud Strategy : a cloud computing solution that extends the power of virtualization to networking and storage, bringing businesses a unified platform across private, public and managed clouds.

One Cloud Strategy consists of the following components:
  • VMware vSphere® 6 - VMWare cloud computing software platform
  • VMware Integrated OpenStack - open source infrastructure as a service (IaaS) solution
  • VMware Virtual SAN™ 6 and vSphere Virtual Volumes™ - software-defined storage
  • VMware vCloud® Air™ Hybrid Networking Services powered by VMware NSX - network virtualization platform

VMware Virtual SAN 6 introduces double the scalability and up to four-and-a-half times greater performance while adding several new enterprise-class capabilities, making it the ideal storage platform for virtual machines, including business critical applications.

Monday, February 16, 2015

IT News Week 2 of Feb 2015

For week 1 of Feb 2015.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Feb 13, 2015 - Kaspersky: Over a quarter of phishing attacks in 2014 targeted users’ financial data
  • PR - Feb 13, 2015 - Aspect Software Appoints Alfred D. Lallana, Jr. as New Country Manager
  • PR - Feb 12, 2015 - Emerson Network Power Launches SmartCabinet™ in Malaysia
  • PR - Feb 12, 2015 - Nexusguard announces opening of new DDoS mitigation centers in London and Singapore
  • PR - Feb 11, 2015 - RS Components Global Distribution Agreement with Connectivity Expert Weidmuller
  • PR - Feb 11, 2015 - McAfee : 1 in 4 Singaporean men have flirtatious messages from others on their phones

Email team@it-sideways.com for more info.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Sunway Medical Centre Invests RM12 million In New IT System

Press release : 13 Feb 2015, K.L

Sunway Medical Centre (“SunMed”) has selected Hitachi Sunway Information Systems Sdn Bhd (“Hitachi Sunway”) to implement a next generation Hospital Information System (“C-HIS”) by Telstra Health effectively kick-starting the hospital’s 5-year digital transformation programme.

The new robust HIS system will enable SunMed to replace the traditional paper-based approach of physical medical records handling with Electronic Medical Records (EMR) for seamless record transfer to-and-from the point-of-care.

With C-HIS, SunMed will be the first to introduce the use of tablet PCs to doctors, pharmacists and nurses to enable optimal mobility and flexibility when treating patients in both inpatient and outpatient environments.

C-HIS will facilitate updates to the hospital’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system to incorporate goods and services tax (GST), integration of picture archiving and communication system (PACS) for economical radiological films’ management, as well as consolidation of information across multiple systems used by various hospital departments.

Monday, February 09, 2015

FanXT Launched Fantasy Soccer with Football Association of Malaysia

Press release: Jan 20, 2015 - K.L


Malaysian soccer fans now have the joy to assemble a strong first eleven consisting of their own home ground heroes. Just Mobile Sdn Bhd, also known as FanXT (Malaysia MSC Status Company) in collaboration with Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) have officially launched the much awaited FAM Fantasy Soccer based on the Malaysia Super League. The development of the game is supported by Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), who are also known as SKMM through the Content Industry Development Fund (CIDF) grant that was awarded to Just Mobile back in 2013. It’s a creditable effort by FAM to essentially be aware of the rising interest that football followers embrace on the game where Malaysians are expected to get smitten with this swiftly burgeoning online game. Over the years, tremendous support is offered to FAM for being the utmost pillar for the growth of national football.

The evolving workforce of the 21st Century

MDeC shares insights on how a younger and more digitally-savvy workforce is changing the way we work.

The number of youth in the workforce continues to increase, thereby shaping the landscape of work today and the years to come. According to the ‘Millennials at work: Reshaping the workplace’ study by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) conducted in 2011, millennials will form 50% of the global workforce by 2020. The continued influx of a new generation of workers will definitely bring new capabilities and outlook to the current workforce, influencing the way things are done and changing the dynamics of the workplace.
Sumitra Nair, Director, Youth Community & Initiative, MDeC

Sumitra Nair, Youth Division Director of MDeC said “The current digital competency of Malaysian youth will continue to greatly impact the workplace of the 21st Century. According to the ‘Measuring the Information Society 2013’ report by International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Malaysia was ranked fourth highest in terms of percentage of digital natives globally, as more than 70% of our youth have had at least five years of exposure to the Internet. This advantage, when harnessed appropriately, will serve to steer the nation towards becoming a fully-developed digital economy, with the youth continuing to play a leading role in this.”

The trends are:
  1. Tech-Driven Youth
  2. Personal vs Professional Goals- work life balance
  3. More Job Opportunities - entrepreneurship as alternative career option
  4. Dispelling the Myth: Millennials lack work ethics- the need for digital work ethics
Email team@it-sideways.com for more info.

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Wing Cloud Builds State-Of-The-Art Data Center on Brocade Cloud Networking Foundation

Press release: 30 Jan 2015 - K.L.

This news is pretty interesting to me because it touches on best practices.

The Guizhou Provincial Government has set a target to develop the provincial capital, Guiyang, into one of China’s top-tier hubs for cloud computing and Big Data by 2020, by leveraging infrastructure such as abundant hydropower and well-developed transport links. To align with this initiative, Wing Cloud High Technology Ltd (Wing Cloud) - a cloud computing service provider, was established last year with the aim of becoming an innovation hub for the province, and invested an initial 300 million yuan (US$48 million) to build an 8,800 square-meter data center that can support up to 12,000 servers and multitenant cloud computing operations.

In order to build an Ethernet fabric that could scale to thousands of ports within a single Layer 2 domain, Wing Cloud deployed a pair of Brocade VDX® 8770 Switches as spine switches in conjunction with more than 100 Brocade VDX 6710 and VDX 6740 leaf switches that provide wire-speed 1 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and 10 GbE top-of-rack connectivity to servers hosting virtual machines. In addition to the data center Ethernet fabric, Wing Cloud also deployed highly scalable Brocade MLXe-16 core routers to support extremely reliable and secure high-bandwidth connections to customers. The entire infrastructure is managed through Brocade Network Advisor, an easy-to-use network management platform for Brocade switches and routers across the entire network lifecycle.

All Brocade networking devices deployed by Wing Cloud support key Software-Defined Networking (SDN) protocols, including OpenFlow and VXLAN/NVGRE. The Brocade VDX 8770 switches and MLXe-16 routers also operate seamlessly under the Brocade® Vyatta Controller, a quality-assured edition of OpenDaylight and the industry’s leading open source SDN controller.

OMG - Google Docs is just too good

Google Docs is just too good - seriously.

Have you ever created a document with images using MS Word and wanted to publish it to the Internet ?

High chances you will be publishing it to a blog or site with Content Management System (CMS) using Joomla.

Conventionally, this publishing task is tedious because it requires explicit conversion of the formats of the content and the images - images must be uploaded separately to the server using FTP or the CMS administration page before linking it back to the published article.

Just yesterday, I discovered that there is a semi-automated way to accomplish this task - to leverage on Google Docs.

Korea's 11street Invests Over RM35million and Set to Make a Debut in Malaysia in April 2015

Korea’s largest online marketplace 11street set to make a debut in Malaysia in April 2015 and investing over RM35 million (USD10 million) to drive sellers’ participation. Here are some key highlights on this press release:-

Hoseok Kim, CEO of 11street, Malaysia
  • Established in Korea since 2008, 11street is one of the top global e-commerce marketplaces with presence in Turkey and Indonesia. 11street has a staggering number of 22 million sellers serving over 40 million consumers worldwide with annual gross merchandise value of USD6 billion (RM19.8 billion).
  • Malaysian version of 11street (www.11street.my) will be hosted by Celcom Planet Sdn Bhd (‘Celcom Planet’). Celcom Planet is a joint venture between Celcom Axiata Berhad and SK Planet -a leading Korean e-commerce open marketplace provider, which is also a wholly-owned subsidiary of mobile operator- SK Telecom, to enter into the Malaysia’s e-commerce market.
  • 11street in Malaysia aims to deliver local consumers a trustable and convenient e-commerce platform where they can shop for a variety of products. It will also be the first online marketplace in Malaysia that promotes not only physical products but also deal offerings such as e-vouchers under a single platform.
  • 11street plans to bring 11,000 Malaysian sellers on-board by 2015 and RM35 million Malaysian Ringgit will be invested this year in various programs to drive sellers recruitment effort

Saturday, February 07, 2015

IT News Week 1 of Feb 2015

For week 4 of Jan 2015, the most exciting news was the announcement of Connected Safety and Security solutions by Cisco.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Feb 6, 2015 - Get real time data on flood activity with the Togetherwithu app
  • PR - Feb 6, 2015 - Tata Comm. signs $20 million Global WAN deal with KION Group
  • PR - Feb 6, 2015 - Kaspersky : Spammers are Exploiting the Recent Tragic Events in France to Earn Money
  • Ovum - Feb 5, 2015 - Attention now turns to getting regulatory approval
  • PR - Feb 5, 2015 - EMC Launches VSPEX BLUE Hyper-converged Infrastructure Appliance
  • PR - Feb 5, 2015 - UniMap Perlis Charts Journey to the Cloud on Juniper Networks MetaFabric
  • PR - Feb 4, 2015 - Independent Research Firm Cites Sophos as a Leader in Its New Endpoint Encryption Report
  • PR - Feb 3, 2015 - ESI International Releases Top 10 Trends in Business Analysis
  • PR - Feb 2, 2015 - ENTIRETEC partners with LG to provide customers with content media services and cloud strategies for industries
  • PR - Jan 30, 2015 - Oracle Launches Financial Services Cloud

Email team@it-sideways.com for more info.

Oracle: Enterprise Big Data Predictions, 2015

By Christopher G. Chelliah, Group Vice President and Chief Architect, Exadata and Key Accounts, Oracle Asia Pacific

Large companies realize that the big data bell tolls for them, not just for startups. 2015 will be a big year for big data in the enterprise. Here are Oracle’s top 7 predictions:

1. Corporate boardrooms will talk about data capital, not big data.

Christopher G. Chelliah
Data is now a kind of capital. It’s as necessary for creating new products, services and ways of working as financial capital. For CEOs, this means securing access to, and increasing use of, data capital by digitizing and datafying key activities with customers, suppliers and partners before rivals do. For CIOs, this means providing data liquidity – the ability to get data the firm wants into the shape it needs with minimal time, cost and risk.

2. Big data management will grow – up. 

Hadoop and NoSQL will graduate from experimental pilots to standard components of enterprise data management, taking their place alongside relational databases. Over the course of the year, early majority firms will settle on the best roles for each of these foundational components. The demand for data liquidity will compel architects to find new ways to make the full big data environment – Hadoop, NoSQL, and relational technologies – act as a mature enterprise-grade system.

3. Companies will demand a SQL for all seasons. 

SQL is not just a technology standard. It’s a language based on 100 years of hard thinking about how to think straight about data. Applications, analysts, and algorithms rely on it daily to run everything from fraud analyses to freight forwarding. Companies will demand that SQL works with all big data, not just data in a Hadoop, NoSQL (Oh, the irony!), or relational silo. They’ll also demand that this big data SQL works just like full-fledged modern SQL that their applications and developers already use. This will put pressure on nascent Hadoop-only SQL to mature overnight.