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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

MyIX Experiences Significant Membership Boosts; International Sign-Up include Google Inc.

Persatuan Pengendali Internet Malaysia, the operator of Malaysia Internet Exchange (known as MyIX) today announces its membership increase of 76% from 25 members in early 2011 to 44 members as at to-date.

This update information was revealed by Chiew Kok Hin (pic), Chairman of MyIX at the Enterprise IT News Cloud Forum 2011 held in Kuala Lumpur recently, who also shared that this achievement was just within 10 months since it embarked on an awareness campaign to boost MyIX’s role in the routing of the country’s domestic Internet data traffic.


“This encouraging membership increase is important because it also translates to higher utilization of the Internet Exchange’s total bandwidth utilization by almost 50% percent. Initiated in 2006, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (SKMM) has so far put an investment to build the total of eight (8) nodes around the country; so we are working to ensure that its capacity is optimized.”

Chiew was delivering the Keynote address to an IT delegation of over 90 participants, where he shared the crucial role of Internet uptime and performance ‘connectivity’, for businesses to be able to leverage ‘Cloud Computing’ as a business model.

MyIX’s awareness campaign includes revamping its website to be more user-friendly, going on marketing road show, and participating in events like the Integrated Engineering Carnival 2011 organized by the Engineering Union of University Technology Mara.

International Tie-Ups for MyIX

Over the past months, MyIX has also captured the attention of major international broadband provider carriers. “Large, foreign giant like Google Inc is connected to MyIX and potential companies like Verizon Communications Inc and Akamai Technologies Inc are now aware of MyIX and see bigger picture commercial viability of operating in this region whilst being connected to Malaysia’s domestic Internet exchange,” said Chiew.

He explained that having the memberships of international broadband carriers hugely benefited MyIX as it helps promote the cross-sell of the national Internet exchange’s bandwidth capacity and connectivity routes to foreign ISPs operating at regional and international levels.

Moving forward, MyIX plans to move expand its membership to include ISP from APAC countries.

“Whether we do it directly by ourselves in marketing MyIX, or via leveraging our foreign ISP partners, I see MyIX becoming a much more active Internet exchange – to play an important role in increasing the standard of Internet broadband connectivity in this region.”

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Redefines the Economics for Enterprise Campus Networking

Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) today announced the introduction of new enterprise networking solutions that help organizations adapt to demanding new applications and ever-changing business requirements.

The first of these new products is the Brocade® ICX™ 6610 Switch, a high-performance Ethernet access switch that combines chassis-like reliability and performance with the flexibility and affordability of a stackable switch. Optimized for today's demanding applications and mobile workforce, it delivers five times the stacking bandwidth of the leading competitor. In addition, the Brocade ICX 6610 provides 8×10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) uplink ports and the highest aggregation bandwidth in its class. As a result, the Brocade ICX 6610 offers a 35 percent improvement in total cost of ownership (TCO) compared to competitive offerings as well as a longer functional product life for an improved return on investment (ROI).

"We are impressed with what we have seen so far in the Brocade ICX 6610. The number of interfaces and layout of the switch allow for a great deal of flexibility in how we can deploy it. For a small sized network staff we need simple, reliable technology that scales and fits our business and the ICX 6610 can meet that," said Roger Holtsmith, network supervisor, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic.

Continuing its goal of improving the economics for aggregation and core networks, Brocade also announced new blades and significant performance and scalability enhancements for the Brocade FastIron® SX Series of chassis-based aggregation and core switches. The new high-density 8×10 GbE blades set a new standard for price-performance value, enabling the Brocade FastIron SX to scale up to 128 ports of 10 GbE. Featuring hitless failover to provide the highest levels of availability, the Brocade FastIron SX is ideal for today's business-critical campus LAN environments. Additional new features include Multi-Chassis Trunking (MCT) for active-active resiliency that delivers twice the bandwidth of traditional active-passive redundant designs, plus MACsec and Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE)-ready hardware for investment protection.

As the demands on enterprise IT have exploded in recent years, organizations are relying on applications such as video conferencing, unified communications and collaboration to improve productivity and enhance communication with customers and partners -- making a reliable and high-performance network a key business enabler. Any disruption to the network infrastructure can lead to lost productivity and a loss of customer confidence and revenue. Other key challenges for the IT organization include overpriced networking solutions that introduce unnecessary complexity and further stress already-tight budgets, aging hardware that can't support new business and application requirements and the proliferation of a wide variety of mobile devices that require always-on network access.

"In a time where many network offerings are either over-engineered, complex and expensive, or just can't meet the current needs of the campus environment, customers should consider alternative vendors that offer the right level of functionality for today at a fair price -- with seamless, non-disruptive upgrade paths for the future to extend the useful life of your investment," said Mark Fabbi, vice president and distinguished analyst for Gartner.

According to a recent report from Gartner, "... too many enterprises overpay for their network solutions. Despite all efforts by network managers to 'future-proof' their networks, too many enterprises complain about insufficient agility and flexibility when they need to adjust to changing business needs."(1)

Commitment to Channel Partners

With the introduction of these new networking solutions, Brocade is reinforcing its commitment to the channel by continuing to provide Brocade Alliance Partner Network (APN) partners with innovative, industry-leading solutions that enable them to offer highly reliable enterprise networking solutions to their end customers. To provide partners with the support and resources to effectively sell Brocade solutions, the APN program offers a broad range of benefits, including access to Brocade technical experts via the Implementation Help Desk and flexible use of marketing development funds, which are intended to promote deeper levels of customer engagement and increased profitability.

"Brocade's uniqueness lies in its ability to execute with innovation within both the SAN Fibre Channel and Ethernet network infrastructure realms, and its adept execution. Brocade innovations, such as 100 GbE, Ethernet fabrics and the new Brocade ICX 6610 Switch, allow us to deliver solutions that scale to our customers' business requirements, while lowering their overall TCO within their data center, wired and wireless LAN environments," said Rodney Turner, co-founder and president, Layer 3 Communications. "In today's budget-constrained world, the cost factor is top-of-mind with end customers. Working with Brocade enables us to drive our business forward, while staying competitive in an increasingly crowded marketplace."

Pricing and Availability

The Brocade ICX 6610 will be available this month directly through Brocade and its channel partners with a starting price of $5,595 USD. The new Brocade FastIron SX Series modules will also be available in November 2011, with a starting price of $4,495 USD. Multi-Chassis Trunking (MCT) will be available in early 2012 for the Brocade FastIron SX Series. As an extension to these product introductions, Brocade is also announcing a price reduction for Brocade FCX Series stackable switches effective immediately. Customers can enjoy a price benefit on average of 20 percent for these products.

These new products and other Brocade networking solutions will also be available through Brocade Network Subscription, which revolutionizes network acquisition by giving customers the flexibility to scale up and down according to actual network utilization -- with minimal risk and no capital outlay. With Brocade Network Subscription, customers pay for their network infrastructure on a monthly basis, allowing them to align network capacity with actual usage and thereby reducing costs and mitigating capital risk. Learn more at www.nonetworkcapex.com.

Videos:

Video featuring Jason Nolet, VP, Data Center and Enterprise Networking, Brocade, on the launch of the Brocade ICX 6610 and other product news.

Video featuring Rodney Turner, President, Layer 3 Communications, on the company's partnership with Brocade and new enterprise network solutions.

2-Minute Explainer Video

Which Tablet PC To Buy In Malaysia ? #3

Refer to

Which Tablet PC To Buy In Malaysia ? (Apple, BlackBerry, HTC, Acer, AsusTek, Creative, Samsung, Motorola, HP, MSI).

Which Tablet PC To Buy In Malaysia ? #2 (Fujitsu, Sony, Dell, Huawei)

Brand Model OS Web Pricing Desc Links Remarks
Amazon Kindle Fire Android OS 2.3 (customized) Firefox, Chrome US$199 1 GHz TI OMAP 4 4430 (dual core), 8 GB storage, 512 MB RAM, 7" multi touch gorilla glass display, 1024 × 600 at 169 ppi, 16 million colors. Capacitive touch sensitive, PowerVR SGX540, Micro USB 2.0 (type B), 3.5 mm stereo socket,802.11b/g/n WiFi Url Cheaper than iPad. As competitive as iPad due to availability of Amazon Appstore, streaming movies and TV shows, and Kindle's e-books
Motorola E1 Tablet Android 2.3.4 (hardened) Firefox, Chrome Nil Dual core 1GHz each plus graphics accelerator, 1GB RAM,4GB Flash plus 4GB microSD (total of 8GB flash memory); user accessible microSD card slot (supports up to 32GB), 7 in. capacitive; 1024 x 600; 350 NIT; Corning® Gorilla® Glass, Capacitive multi touch, 4620 mA rechargeable Smart Li Ion (userreplaceable,rapid resume), two USB interfaces: 1 USB 2.0 OTG connector (docking connector) and 1 USB 2.0 Host connector (expansion module port); HDMI out; communication via cradle and expansion ports; USB 2.0 host via expansion module, WiFi, bluetooth, GPS Url Built for enterprise, 24 x7 usage. Front and back camera (supports barcode scanning), Motorola RhoElements for cross platform application, durable design to withstand multiple bumps and drops during a workday, optional hand strap for comfortable full-shift handling
Quad Aakash tablet Android 2.2 Firefox, Chrome US$35 (RM105) 366 MHz processor, Flash memory 2 GB-32 GB microSD slot, 800 × 480 px 7 in (18 cm) diagonal, Multi-touch resistive touchscreen, headset controls, WiFi , GPRS, two USB ports Url Cheapest tablet in the world, targeted market are Indian public and educational sectors. Improvised model to be released on February 2012, projecting that specifications will include a revised screen, a front-facing camera and improved RAM.
Toshiba REGZA Tablet Android™ 3.1 Honeycomb Firefox, Chrome Nil High resolution 10.1 capacitive LCD panel with LED backlight, 1,280 x 800 pixels (16:10) and multi-touch support,NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2, RAM 1GB DDR2, Internal memory up to 32 GB, 1xUSB 2.0, miniUSB, HDMI®, SD Card Reader, docking port, Wi-Fi™ (802.11b/g/n), Bluetooth®, HSPA+(3.5G)*, GPS, 3D Accelerometer, gyrometer, electronic compass, ambient light sensor, front and rear camera. Url Meant for mobility, optimized performance for entertainment.Supports Toshiba Resolution+, Toshiba AutoView Technology, Toshiba Audio Enhancement Technology, Toshiba Media Player supporting a wide selection of video, picture and audio formats


Conclusion:
  1. Android rules now. Java programming is gaining back momentum.
  2. Motorola E1 tablet looks cool. It is my choice out of this comparison. This is the second tablet offering from Motorola. The first one was Motorola Xoom.
  3. Seems like only Nokia hasn't announced any tablet product yet.
  4. The market has now 16 brands with more than 16 different models of tablets to choose from.
More Updates on Tablet PC, Mobile Platform:
  1. Adobe Enables 3D Games With Flash Player 11, AIR 3
  2. Samsung Galaxy recorded more than 10 million users worldwide.
  3. Celcom offers exclusive plans for Media Professionals;Celcom Biz for Media. To facilitate the media’s inherent needs such as 24 hours access to information and internet connectivity that enable them get a story from the streets onto the web.
  4. Yes and Samsung To Offer The Best Value in Performance and Mobility. Yes and Samsung are offering a special package that combines Malaysia’s fastest 4G mobile router, the Yes Huddle, with Samsung’s latest tablet, the GALAXY Tab 8.9.
  5. Motorola Mobility Shareholders Approve Acquisition by Google. Now awaiting regulatory filings and other approvals. The whole deal may only happen by early 2012.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Toshiba Resolves Around Your Life

1.) Toshiba Unveils Its New Range of Android Powered 7-inch & 10-inch REGZA Tablets

Toshiba Singapore Digital Products & Services Group today unveiled the company’s first Android™-powered tablets, REGZA Tablet AT1S0 and AT100. Featuring brilliant hi-resolution touch display, the REGZA Tablets offer a complete tablet experience with entertainment-optimized features in an incredibly portable design that fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. Toshiba will offer the REGZA tablets in two form factors – 7-inch and 10-inch, and will be available in the fourth quarter of 2011 in South and South East Asia.
  • Android™ 3.1 Honeycomb
  • High resolution 10.1‖ capacitive LCD panel with LED backlight, 1,280 x 800 pixels (16:10) and multi-touch support
  • NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2
  • RAM 1GB DDR2
  • Internal memory up to 32 GB
  • 1xUSB 2.0, miniUSB, HDMI®, SD Card Reader, docking port
  • Wi-Fi™ (802.11b/g/n), Bluetooth®, HSPA+(3.5G)*
  • GPS, 3D Accelerometer, gyrometer, electronic compass, ambient light sensor
  • 5.0 MPixel camera (rear), 2.0 MPixel camera (front)
  • Toshiba Resolution+, Toshiba AutoView Technology, Toshiba Audio Enhancement Technology
  • Toshiba Media Player supporting a wide selection of video, picture and audio formats
  • Starting from 765g
2.) Toshiba Unveils PORTÉGÉ Z830 Series as the World’s Lightest & Thinnest1 13.3-Inch Ultrabook.

Toshiba Singapore Digital Products & Service Group (DS) today unveiled the PORTÉGÉ Z830 Series, the company's first Ultrabook™ using 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ processors. Weighing a mere 1.12kg1 and only 15.9mm thick, the PORTÉGÉ Z830 series is about 20 percent lighter and 40 percent thinner than the award-winning ultraportable PORTÉGÉ R830 series. These new systems offer impressive portability, durability and essential features with truly smart styling. The Z830 series devices will be available during the fourth quarter of 2011 in South and South East Asia.
  • 2nd generation Intel® Core™ Processor for Ultrabook™
  • RAM: up to 6 GB DDR3
  • 128 GB SSD
  • 13.3'' HD display with LED backlighting, 1,366 x 768 pixels
  • WLAN, Bluetooth™ 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet LAN
  • 1x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, SD Card Reader, RGB, HDMI®
  • Matt A4 tile keyboard large multi-touch touch pad
  • 1.3 megapixel webcam
  • Stereo speakers enhanced with Toshiba Audio Enhancement Technology
  • Fingerprint reader*
  • Magnesium casing with honeycomb reinforcement
  • Toshiba Eco Utility, Toshiba Media Controller, Toshiba PC Health Monitor
3.) The art of smart entertainment: Toshiba introduces its first all-in-one desktop PC

Toshiba Singapore Digital Products & Service Group (DS) today announced the Qosmio DX730, Toshiba‟s first all-in-one desktop. The Qosmio DX730, featuring a large 23” Full HD multi-touch display, is a complete entertainment hub providing high-end audio, video and computing performance as well as premium computing capabilities to manage and create content. It offers a „front-row seat‟ experience for watching DVD movies and slide shows, and playing games. The Toshiba Qosmio DX730 will be available during the fourth quarter of 2011 throughout South and South East Asia.
  • Full-HD 23” LCD panel with LED backlight, 1,920 x 1080 pixels (16:9)
  • CPU: Intel® Core™ i7 Quad Core, Intel® Core™ i5 Dual Core
  • GPU: NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 540M, 1GB (DDR3) video ram
  • RAM: up to 16GB DDR3 (1333MHz)
  • HDD with up to 2 TB capacity
  • DVD Super Multi drive or Blu-ray ROM drive*
  • HDMI®-In, 4x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0 (1x USB 3.0 supports Sleep-and-Charge), HDMI® out*
  • Multi-Card reader
  • WLAN (802.11b/g/n), Bluetooth® 3.0+ HS, Gigabit Ethernet
  • Onkyo® Stereo speakers with Subwoofer, Dolby® Advanced Audio™
  • 1.3 M Pixel Web camera with Face Recognition
  • Resolution+, Toshiba Media Controller, Toshiba Bulletin Board & Reeltime , Touch Applications
  • Wireless RF Keyboard and Mouse
For more information

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Juniper Network's Innovation Achievement (Update To Date)

Refer to 'Malaysia Technology News'

Juniper Network recently published its innovation and contribution to the computer network industry.
  • Advanced Security Technologies – The new security functionality for mobile devices, including smart phones and iPads, and data centers protects the network and the integrity of the information it carries.
  • Internet2 – Juniper donated $2.5 million to support the development of the new, nationwide 100 Gigabit-per-second (Gbps) network that will enable advanced networking features for more than 200,000 public institutions.
  • A New Chipset – The Junos® Trio chipset requires less cooling and drives down energy consumption per unit of bandwidth, while increasing capacity and throughput.
  • The Next-Generation Core Router - The Juniper Networks® T4000 Core Router consumes just 2.7 watts of power per Gigabit of processed traffic.
  • A New "3-2-1" Architecture – Juniper's approach to data center networks reduces the amount of equipment deployed in the data center, from three layers to two and ultimately to one, reducing waste, energy consumption, operational costs and complexity.
Check out more on the Juniper's Corporate Social Responsibility and report.

PayPal and CyberSecurity Malaysia’s Top Tips for Shopping Safely Online this Festive Season

In view of the numerous cyber-attacks affecting Malaysians, PayPal and CyberSecurity Malaysia are urging Malaysians to be smarter and safer about sharing their personal information online.

PayPal today released the first ‘PayPal Online and Mobile Safety Insights’ study in Malaysia, and interesting tips for a safer online experience.

And PayPal in collaboration with CyberSecurity Malaysia, through its outreach programme CyberSAFE (abbreviation of Cyber Security Awareness for Everyone), today announced that December 2011 will be promoted as the “Safe Online Shopping Month”.
  • Audit, Audit, Audit - Think twice before doing anything.
  • Employ password etiquette - Make use of stronger password.
  • Beware of phishing emails - Do not simply trust everything from email.
  • Protect your digital footprint and use a digital wallet when transacting online - make use of Paypal to buy online.
  • Browse safely, look for trusted sites - always look for the padlock icon on
    sites before entering your account information and password. Also look for
    websites that start with “https” as they provide an additional layer of
    encryption often used for online payment transactions and for sensitive
    transactions in corporate information systems.
  • Check your e-statements: - Always monitor your eletronic accounts which include eBanking, credit cards and etc.
  • Lock and password protect your phone
  • Beware of smishing - smishing means sms phishing.
  • “APP-ly” common sense – When choosing apps to download, use common
    sense. Purchase or download apps from well-known, reliable companies or
    do your research – such as checking reviews- before downloading an app
    from an unknown source. Use the most up-to-date version of an app.
    Unknown or repackaged apps can be armed with malware able to steal
    details from a user’s phone.
  • Install updates ASAP - software updates such as Windows update, should be installed whenever available. Software updates not only fix bugs but also strive to make software hardened.
Also refer to
Check out more on Paypal.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Google, SKMM, .My Domain Registry and ITrain to Help 50,000 Malaysian Businesses Get Online

For any Malaysian business today, having a website is as important as having a phone. Yet, four-fifths of Malaysian small businesses still don’t have a website -- which means they are invisible to two-thirds of the Malaysian population as well as the rest of the global market who are online.

17.5mil Malaysians regularly turn to the Internet to research local shops and services. They look for what to eat online, they go online to find information about movies, they search for a plumber, and they do research for their next gadget purchase online.

SME Corp figures show that out of the 700,000 Malaysian SMEs that are currently operating in Malaysia, only 100,000 have a website.

These businesses are not online because it’s either too expensive, too complicated, or they just don’t have the time.

What is GMBO?

It stands for ‘Get Malaysian Business Online’, a nation-wide initiative to help SMEs to get the businesses online, initiated by Google Malaysia and supported by Suruhanjaya Komunikasi dan Multimedia Malaysia (SKMM) .my Domain Registry and ITrain.

How does GMBO work?

GMBO offers participants a free website, free domain hosting (for the first 10,000 signups) and subsidised training, making it quick and easy to go online. People without a website can ‘walk in’ and register online and get an online presence in as little as 30 minutes.

How will GMBO help businesses grow?

All participating businesses will receive a free website which we believe is the first step in being found by customers. Today, more and more customers are going online for everything - banking, shopping, information etc. Research has found that Malaysians spent RM1.8 billion shopping online in 2010 (Nielsen 2011) and that figure is expected to grow to RM5 billion by 2014. Once a business is online, they are connected to the world. We want to help them to be successful by ensuring each business is aware of the free online tools available to them so that they can start realizing the true potential of the Internet.

Why launch GMBO in Malaysia?


Only 100,000 out of the 700,000 Malaysian SMEs have a website, yet research shows that many Malaysians go to the Internet to find products, services and local business information before they decide on their purchases. We see this as a great opportunity to directly assist small and medium sized businesses to go online and grow.

Why should Malaysian businesses go online?

GMBO takes away the barriers that stop most Malaysian businesses from going online - it’s free, it’s quick and easy and it offers a sustainable support network to help businesses go online and grow. So why go online? Because everyone benefits - individuals, families, businesses of all sizes, consumers, our economy, society and ultimately, Malaysia.

Why is a website necessary?

Malaysia currently has 17.5 million Internet uses and expected to reach 25 million by 2015 covering more that 75% of the population. Consumers understand the value of the Internet this is because most consumer in Malaysia use the Internet before purchasing a product, but businesses are still not seizing the opportunity. There’s an assumption that ‘Internet businesses’ are like Google or Facebook, but actually every business is an Internet business -- even if you sell nasi lemak.

What kind of support can participating businesses expect to receive?

Participating SMEs will be equipped with:
  • A free, easy to update website with free web-hosting
  • A free or discounted .com.my domain for their first year upon sign-up. The first 10,000 SMEs will get the domain free. Consecutive annual renewals are at a heavily discounted RM23 annual fee.
  • Free Ongoing business tips and education
  • Free online advertising and listing on Google Maps.
  • An RM200 AdWords coupon for all 50,000 sign ups that create their web presence.
What happens if a business already has a website? Can they take part?

Absolutely. Even if you have a website but it’s not really working out for you, we’d like to help. GMBO training welcomes people who want advice on their existing site(s) and will provide hands on consultation to help businesses understand how to optimize their sites and take advantage of a variety of existing online tools

What if I want a more sophisticated website than this basic site? Can I upgrade? 

The GMBO website is designed to make it easy for small businesses to get online so they can be found by prospective customers and participate in the digital economy. At some point, participating businesses may want to build a more sophisticated website and will be able to copy their images, files and data from this website so that their web designer can re-use them.

What data am I required to submit?

You are required to submit your email address and work phone number to set up a website. You can then choose to submit more information about your business to include on your website. No billing information is required. After 1 year, you can choose to maintain your website for RM23/year.

What are the exact features of the GMBO product (the website)?

Our website creation tool called Business SiteBuilder lets you set up and maintain a website easily and in 30 minutes, so that your business information can be found online. The website lets you display photos, shares files and display your business location on a Google Map. It’s free to set up your website and hosting is free for the first 10,000 SMEs. After 12 months, if you choose to maintain your domain name there is an annual renewal fee of RM23.

What is Business Sitebuilder?

Business Sitebuilder is a Google platform which is a tool for website building. Available for the first time in the region, it is absolutely free-of-charge. Business Sitebuilder allows you to create your desktop browser and mobile-optimised web site, list your products and services, accept orders and be sent notifications of queries and orders, and maintain the store items and inventory. Feature includes:
  • Accept SMS and email orders
  • Easy install, easy maintain
  • Store on the Cloud with web hosting from Google
  • Sort items by NAME, PRICE by clicking at header
  • Click at thumbnail to see more detail picture
  • Store Gadget size can be adjusted and scrollable to fit your web design

It Pays to Partner – The Channel Profits with Brocade

Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) has announced the introduction of several new channel initiatives designed specifically to enhance partner enablement and profitability. The new initiatives encompass a wide range of updates to the Brocade Alliance Partner Network (APN) program, including elements tailored to attract new partners who are looking for a compelling vendor alternative, as well as new aspects to better reward existing APN partners.

The APN program updates represent Brocade's ongoing commitment to the channel in helping partners establish and maintain viable business models to continue driving success. As the channel remains an area of strategic focus for Brocade, the company has invested significant monetary resources -- approximately three times the historical annual spend -- to implement and support the APN program. Specifically, Brocade announced today:

Enablement funding for new partners to accelerate engagement with Brocade
  • Expansion of the reseller Value Incentive Program (VIP)
  • Updated deal registration discounts to further protect presales investments
  • Enhanced enablement tools
  • Renewed focus on lead and demand generation activities
The continual maturation of cloud technologies, coupled with end customers' growing interest in integrating virtualization and cloud solutions into their IT environments, represents a tremendous opportunity for channel partners. End customers are increasingly looking to the channel for guidance and technical expertise to help them successfully navigate the journey to the cloud.

For distributor and reseller partners, who by virtue of their position within the channel ecosystem are best equipped to deliver these value-added solutions and services, this industry trend presents both a world of possibilities and increased pressure to adapt and refine their business objectives. Brocade continually evolves its APN program to help partners maintain a profitable business model and attain higher levels of in-house expertise at minimal monetary cost.

"Data center infrastructure vendors clearly recognize the vital role that the channel plays during any period of major IT transformation, and the transition to the cloud is no exception," said Chris Ilg, director of Market Research, Infrastructure Channels and Alliances at IDC. "IDC estimates that worldwide spending on private IT cloud services will top $13 billion by the end of 2011, and shrewd vendors are those who are adapting and augmenting their programs with inventive elements that bring value to a wide range of partners."

Recognizing the inherent capabilities of its partner base and the key attributes of the markets they serve, Brocade designed its APN program updates with built-in flexibility, enabling greater numbers of partners to gain value from the program. In particular, Brocade has introduced the following new partner initiatives:  

Enablement Funding for New Partners

To attract and invigorate new partners, Brocade is committed to providing new APN partners with enablement funding to help streamline and accelerate their engagement with Brocade. These funds can be used for a multitude of activities, including demand generation and marketing activities, technical and sales training and the development of lab environments. Enablement funding is granted based on the alignment of a joint business plan between Brocade and participating partners.

Expansion of Value Incentive Program (VIP)

With an emphasis on partner profitability through growing skill sets and expertise, Brocade continues to expand its VIP with these core tenets in mind. As part of this approach, Brocade has added the Service Provider Specialization to its growing roster of technology-centric designations. Designed to help partners address the growing demand for skilled networking expertise within the service provider space, the Service Provider Specialization encompasses the technical and practical training necessary to help partners become trusted IT advisors to their end customers. Additionally, APN Elite resellers can now leverage the benefits of a revised cumulative discount structure that offers payout at a lower threshold, enabling them to realize greater levels of profitability.  

Updated Deal Registration Discounts

In an effort to further protect partners' presales investments and help realize greater levels of profitability, the Brocade deal registration program now provides a higher discount level for all IP product sales. In addition, Brocade adapter products have been integrated into the SAN Deal Registration program, supporting partners that focus on building converged network architectures.  

Enhanced Enablement Tools

Recognizing that partners will require a variety of resources throughout their engagement with Brocade, the company has rolled out new tools designed to help partners sell Brocade solutions. For new partners, Brocade has introduced an easy-to-use Onboarding Portal, which provides partners with the tools and information they need to initiate their partnership efforts with Brocade. All information contained within the portal is tailored to the needs of new partners and is intended to accelerate their integration into the APN program. In addition, Brocade has instituted updates with respect to its demo equipment program. Specifically, Brocade has significantly increased the discount on its demo equipment while simultaneously revising guidelines governing the use of marketing development funds (MDF), enabling partners to apply these funds to cover any qualifying expenses for demo equipment. Under the new APN demo discount schedule, this change enables partners to acquire demo gear at little to no cost.  

Renewed Focus on Lead and Demand Generation Activities

Brocade has updated its lead and demand generation management processes to provide partners with wider access to qualified leads that increase sales success and shorten the sales cycle. To accomplish this, Brocade has fine-tuned its demand generation processes to identify qualified leads and efficiently funnel them to APN partners. In addition, inside sales and telesales resources have been repurposed to focus their efforts on lead generation for the channel. The delivery of qualified leads will enable partners to focus their resources on the sales process, thereby reducing time spent on the customer discovery phase.

"The cloud era has forced the channel to undergo a major transformation, which is both a source of opportunity and consternation for resellers and distributors," said Gina Tan, Regional Director, South East Asia at Brocade. "As part of Brocade's long-term commitment and overall company strategy of leveraging the strength of the channel, these new initiatives further enable partners to grow their skill sets, differentiate themselves and adapt with agility to changing market dynamics."

The Brocade APN program updates take effect immediately. To learn more, visit www.brocade.com/apn.

Monday, November 21, 2011

MY S.O.S, keeps YOU in charge, ALWAYS, even in times of trouble

The general yet basic emergency help lines, 999, 944, 991, 112, which almost everyone knows of, which most probably in times of emergency, when quick response is needed, fails to fulfill its cause.

With the MY S.O.S app, smartphone users can now access rather a variety and detailed list of emergency contact numbers, such as funeral services, the various government departments, hotels, taxi services, hospitals, cinemas, banks, highway breakdowns, the general line of nearby police stations, general complaint telephone numbers that covers electricity and water cut, potholes on roads, water pipe leakages, and so forth. List of very important yet hard to find contact numbers that is infact, comes off as very handy to fellow Malaysians.

This mobile app, basically, brings together all the possible emergency contact numbers that would at one way or another, come in handy to Malaysians. Smartphone users could download this simple yet extremely functional and handy App, for FREE. And it’s available for iPhone, Android and Blackberry smartphones.

App Downloads

iPhone/iPad Version

MySOS - http://itunes.apple.com/my/app/my-sos/id470132689?mt=8

Android Version

MySOS - https://market.android.com/details?id=com.phonelist

Blackberry Version

MySOS - http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/63328?lang=en

By Just Mobile.

Getting the Most Bang for Your Gadget Bucks with an HP Coupon and More

It’s hard to be in love with gadgets and technology. You want the newest, biggest, fastest, best, most interesting stuff that comes out, but you don’t always have the money to make it happen. Sometimes you wait for HP to put that computer on sale so you can use that HP coupon you’ve been saving, but the timing didn’t work out. Other times you need to have the latest and greatest, regardless of cost. Fortunately, there’s a time for everything, including when to buy the tech you need. All the big purchases have different strategies for getting the best price.

Game Consoles

If you’re a console gamer, you know how hard it is to wait for something new. If you’ve been waiting for a while to get an Xbox, it’s time to wait just a bit more. The current generation system is about to be phased out, which means great deals for people with patience. The same holds true for games. If you can wait just once, you can make it so you’re always one version behind everyone else. You might lose some cred when talking to your gamer pals, but you’ll also have money in your pocket.

TVs

The beginning of the year, starting in February and going through March, is the time to shop for a new TV. The demand for televisions goes up around the holiday time because people are getting them for gifts or in sales where the prices are supposedly the best. In reality, Black Friday and other deals are usually for the low-end options that are cheap to begin with. In February, some of the high-end TVs start being discounted to make room for newer models. Add in less demand, and stores are usually willing to cut you a good deal just to get more space for the big-ticket items.

Phones

If there’s one category that’s hard to pin down, it’s the smartphone market. Every phone that comes out is more powerful by leaps and bounds, and it seems like the advancement is never going to slow. You can make that work in your favor if you strategize a little. Your first option is to get a heavily discounted phone by signing up for a contract with your carrier. Most carriers are willing to give you a good deal if you’re willing to guarantee your business with them for the next two years. This is the route to take if you want to get the newest phone out there, but remember that you won’t be eligible for another discount until your contract is up. The speed at which advancements are being made also means that new phones (and versions of old ones) are coming out all the time. The best time to get a good deal on an older phone is the day the new version comes out. You might sacrifice a few features, but it’s well worth it to your wallet.

You’ve probably noticed a trend. Waiting pays. Keep that in mind the next time you’re planning a big tech purchase.

By ryanf@blogcontentguild.com

NETGEAR Launches Revolutionary Storage for SMB and Home Users in Malaysia

NETGEAR®, Inc., leading US-based networking company launched its new version of network attached storage (NAS) systems for highly value-conscious SMBs and home users.

NETGEAR’s ReadyNAS systems (ReadyNAS® Duo and ReadyNAS NV) are ranked World Leader by Gartner in the sub-RM15,000 price brand for unified storage products.

According to NetGEAR’s ASEAN Regional Director, Soo Kean Thai, the new storage versions cost 30% less than similar products at twice the data access speeds. The NETGEAR storage products also have a long 3-year warranty and 24/7 support.

The NAS storage market grew over 37% to USD3.7 billion n 2010 (Gartner), becoming important as more digital content are accessed and backed up via mobile devices worldwide. “Many SMBs are experiencing a drastic increase in digital content such as imagery and archival records within the medical or professional service applications,” shares Soo.



NETGEAR ReadyNAS systems truly redefine reliability, affordability and simplicity of storage systems. The updated user-interface the creation of secure private/ personal clouds for as few as 8 mouse clicks – so that SMB and home users can store and access music, photos, videos and documents from anywhere in the world, and interact with more mobile devices.”

Other Competitive Features

Both NETGEAR ReadyNAS systems are an industry first being equipped by USB 3.0 ports, provide 20% faster backups, and include hot-swap disk drive bays and automatic capacity expansion.

The updated photo sharing application allows the private sharing of print-quality photos, without 3rd party services or fees. Both NAS storage systems allow the direct streaming of music, HD movies and photos to TVs, game consoles and TiVo.

Secure Data Access: The mobile app (‘ReadyNAS Remote’) for the iOS, Android, PC and Mac platforms deliver secure 128-bit SSL-level access to the NETGEAR ReadyNAS storage.

The retail prices for NETGEAR ReadyNAS® Duo and ReadyNAS NV start at RM600 and RM1200 respectively.

NETGEAR Penetrates into Malaysia

On 9th November 2011, NETGEAR announced its partnership with local IT-distributor Convergence Networks to establish its presence in Malaysia. According to Soo, the company is embarking on an aggressive partnership and marketing focus to expand the leading-US brand’s reach into the ASEAN markets via established regional value-added resellers and distributors.

"Convergence Networks has long been a top-notch IT distributor of IT solutions for the Malaysian enterprise market. We see them as instrumental in building our brand in the growing mid-range networking, storage and security equipments local market.”

In Malaysia, NETGEAR provides IT storage and networking offerings to SMBs and end consumers/ home users. Currently, the brand is also present in Singapore and Indonesia, with plans to establish in Thailand in 2012.

For more information about NETGEAR’s ReadyNAS systems, kindly contact Mr. Lee at lee@convergence.com.my.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

LucidChart Nov 2011 Updates

1.) Quick shape replacement

Quickly replace one shape with another seamless, without affect the whole structure.

When the shape changes, all of the text, connected lines and other properties will be preserved. This currently works for flowchart and BPMN shapes.

2.) Easy step insertion

Drag a new shape from the toolbox onto the existing line, it will show you the potential connection points. When you release, it will automatically insert that shape into the flow.

3.) Spell Check

When you are typing and misspell a word in LucidChart, it will now be underlined in red.

4.) Support for JIRA.

JIRA is a software development tool for issue management and planning agile development Atlassian..

This plugin is available at no additional cost for LucidChart Team accounts.

Video.

5.) Support for Confluence 4

Confluence 4 is a collaboration platform by Atlassian.

This plugin is available at no additional cost for LucidChart Team accounts.

Video.

More on LucidChart.

Friday, November 18, 2011

The Biggest Internet Giants Concern Over Possible Net Neutrality Threat

SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act), which is supported by music and film industries, threatens the net neutrality of the Internet industry in USA with possibility of content censorship.

I would never believe this would have surfaced out of a country which premises its foundation on freedom and human rights.

This is a testing time for USA, with Google and Facebook and others all lobbying to prevent what is considered as draconian enforcement, and the world is watching heavily. If Internet freedom is not uphold successfully in USA, I doubt the future of net neutrality.

Much is said than done, the rise of SOPA is not merely related to content. It is also related to business power.

The bill also contains clauses that would force search engines to stop listing infringing sites in their indexes. This means that Google and other search engines will have to revamp their philosophy and lose power of autonomous system over to policy-oriented system.

It demonstrates that content providers are serious to wrestle more control over their businesses from channels such as search engines and social media sites which have proven to be in a commanding position and the latter is making much more business revenues.

The fact is that channels require contents, pretty much like an engine requires fuel to burn and vice versa.

The world is watching.

Refer to 'Google, Facebook warn against new US piracy legislation' for more details.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

50 Years of Information Technology

Online IT Degree has this article on 50 Years of Information Technology where for each decade (starting from 1950s), poignant moments of time that pushed the industry further and linked to some academic papers by authoritative professionals are highlighted.

Chief among them:

In 1950s, A.I (Artificial Intelligent) has been theorized.

In 1960s, the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET) is the closest precursor to the Internet was announced.

In 1970s, Intel 4004 was released, the world’s first general microprocessing machine.

In 1980s, MS-DOS, Macintosh, IBM PC and the Morris Worm, the first Internet virus, was released in 1988.

In 1990s, the World Wide Web, Yahoo and Intel Pentium processor.

In 2000s, Google, weblog (blog).

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Asia Pacific IT Decision Makers Look to Ethernet Fabrics to Realize Cloud Ambitions

A new research report from Frost & Sullivan shows that with rapidly increasing usage of server virtualization, enterprises across Asia Pacific are now looking at Ethernet fabric technology to help fully realize the benefits of business agility, operational efficiencies and lower costs. Commissioned by Brocade® (NASDAQ: BRCD), Think flat with Ethernet Fabric - Importance of a Flat Network Architecture in Cloud Implementation is based on findings from a survey of 328 IT decision-makers from across the region.

The report revealed that two-thirds of the organizations surveyed have adopted server virtualization, of which 46 percent are now running production environments on virtual machines. More than a third of respondents said their organizations planned to pilot an Ethernet fabric architecture within the next six months and a further 25 percent said they intended to do so within 12 months.

"What jumps out from this new report is just how fast Asia Pacific enterprises are now moving towards cloud computing architecture," said John McHugh, Chief Marketing Officer of Brocade. "They are certainly not all there yet but road-maps are in place and there is a high level of awareness about the issues they need to address. Creating a data center networking architecture that is simple, secure, flat and virtualized is a top priority for the region's IT decision makers."

With virtualization initiatives underway at most companies covered by the Frost & Sullivan survey, 35 percent of respondents said their organizations had already adopted some form of cloud computing with private clouds more common than either the public or hybrid cloud delivery models. While software-as-a-service adoption has been steadily growing in Asia Pacific in the past decade, Frost & Sullivan's analysts found adoption of cloud-enabled infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service seeing a huge spurt in the past 12 months.

"Rolling out cloud computing is complex, which is why it is recommended that organizations address the data center network challenges head on rather than waiting for bottlenecks to appear," said Andrew Milroy, Vice President - ICT Practice for Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific.

"That means virtualizing the network layer; optimizing infrastructure through flat architecture; introducing VM-aware automation to enable elastic scaling; and pro-active management to maximize availability and minimize opex. We therefore see Ethernet fabric becoming the critical data center network technology due to its scalability, flatness and efficiency."

Anticipating these needs in 2010, Brocade introduced its vision -- Brocade One -- of a cloud and data center architecture with Virtual Cluster Switching (VCS) as the core technology for building large, high-performance and flat Layer 2 fabrics to better support server virtualization. Leveraging Brocade VCS fabric technology, Brocade VDX Data Center Switches are now being deployed as the Ethernet fabric foundation at leading-edge cloud data centers across the region.

For more information on the research paper, please go to: http://www.brocade-apac.com/thinkflat

Friday, November 11, 2011

EITN: Your Independent Marketing Analysis Companion

EITN performs content aggregation on ICT news that is most relevant and up to date.

EITN is useful to help CEO, CIO, CTO and CMO to identify trends, know what your competitors are up to and serve as a channel to measure your own progress against the industry that you are in business.

EITN carefully filters out content and publishes only those related to enterprise IT. It makes value for money because it represents what the ICT world is thinking up to date.

For instance, since its inception, EITN has found the following interest facts, information which will take one many hours of hard work to compile; passion is necessary.

Top 5 market trends based on frequency of news, press releases
  • Cloud computing - 16% of enterprise IT news over a period of 3 months
  • Security
  • Networking
  • Storage
  • Business Analytics
Top 5 Most Aggressive Companies (worldwide) based on frequency of news, press releases
  • Oracle - 14.8% of enterprise IT news over a period of 3 months
  • SAP
  • IBM
  • HP
  • F5 Networks
EITN is useful to be your single point of reference for consultation before making the next decision. Google search can help a little but not directly because Google is too broad and unfocused.

So check out Enterprise IT News to save your time.

Application Delivery Controller Is More Effective In Safeguarding Enterprise Application Security

Refer to 'Enterprise IT News'

F5 Networks 2011 ADC Security Study measures the effects of increasingly complex network and application attacks on enterprise organizations, and details the security practices that enterprises are adopting to guard against these threats.

The study suggests that threats are getting harder to defense and older methods are failing. Application Delivery Controller (ADC) is considered to be the preferred method to defense against such attacks.

Common attacks are:
  • DNS Attack
  • DDoS - network layer and application layer
  • Encrypted data attack
The effects of DNS and encrypted data attacks are wide-sweeping across industries, with the typical cost per organization for a 12-month period being $682,000, according to the survey. More than 50 percent of enterprises claimed loss of productivity, 43 percent of respondents reported loss of data, and 31 percent reported loss of revenue. Other costs that enterprises incur from attacks include loss of customer trust, regulatory fines, and theft of money or goods. Recommendations from the study.
  • Unify the security framework
  • Understand attack context
  • Respond and adapt
  • Scale to combat attacks
  • Build a robust community

Honda Shows Off Improved Asimo Robot

Honda started development of Asimo back in 1986 under its Research & Development Wako Fundamental Technical Research Center in Japan. The name is an acronym for "Advanced Step in Innovative MObility"

The robot has a child-like behaviour which mimics the movement of a energetic boy, walking back and forth over the demonstration as if playing hide and seek.

The new Asimo has improved hands, allowing individual movement of each finger, which was proudly shown off as the humanoid opened a Thermos bottle and gracefully poured juice into a paper cup.

Honda said elements of technology developed for Asimo was used to develop a robotic arm in just six months with the intention of helping with the nuclear crisis in northeastern Japan.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Tiny Evolta Robot Competes in Triathlon

The Evolta robot (hand-sized toylike robot) by Panasonic, powered by merely just three rechargeable AA-batteries, will swim, bicycle and run for a total of approximately 143 miles.

It is going to compete in Hawaii's gruelling Ironman Triathlon course.

It has garnered a few significant achievements under its belt such as:

1.) In 2008, an it climbed 1,739 feet up the Grand Canyon in under seven hours.

2.) It also broke the Guinness world record for the greatest distance travelled by a remote-controlled car by completing the Le Mans race in 2009.

3.) The tiny robot proved its endurance once more by walking 310 miles from Tokyo to the old Japanese capital of Kyoto in 2010.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Google+ Pages: connect with all the things you care about

In life we connect with all kinds of people, places and things. There’s friends and family, of course, but there’s also the sports teams we root for, the coffee shops we’re loyal to, and the TV shows we can’t stop watching (to name a few).

So far Google+ has focused on connecting people with other people. But we want to make sure you can build relationships with all the things you care about—from local businesses to global brands—so today we’re rolling out Google+ Pages worldwide.

People + pages, better together 

Google+ has always been a place for real-life sharing, and Google+ Pages is no exception. After all: behind every page (or storefront, or four-door sedan) is a passionate group of individuals, and we think you should able to connect with them too.

For you and me, this means we can now hang out live with the local bike shop, or discuss our wardrobe with a favorite clothing line, or follow a band on tour. Google+ pages give life to everything we find in the real world. And by adding them to circles, we can create lasting bonds with the pages (and people) that matter most.

For businesses and brands, Google+ pages help you connect with the customers and fans who love you. Not only can they recommend you with a +1, or add you to a circle to listen long-term. They can actually spend time with your team, face-to-face-to-face. All you need to do is start sharing, and you'll soon find the super fans and loyal customers that want to say hello.

A number of pages are already available (see below), but any organization will soon be able to join the community at plus.google.com/pages/create.

Direct Connect from Google search

People search on Google billions of times a day, and very often, they're looking for businesses and brands. Today's launch of Google+ Pages can help people transform their queries into meaningful connections, so we're rolling out two ways to add pages to circles from Google search. The first is by including Google+ pages in search results, and the second is a new feature called Direct Connect.

Maybe you're watching a movie trailer, or you just heard that your favorite band is coming to town. In both cases you want to connect with them right now, and Direct Connect makes it easy—even automatic. Just go to Google and search for [+], followed by the page you're interested in (like +Angry Birds). We'll take you to their Google+ page, and if you want, we’ll add them to your circles.

Direct Connect works for a limited number of pages today (like +Google, +Pepsi, and +Toyota), but many more are coming. In the meantime, organizations can learn more about Direct Connect in our Help Center.

With Google+, we strive to bring the nuance and richness of real-life sharing to software. Today’s initial launch of Google+ Pages brings us a little bit closer, but we’ve still got lots of improvements planned, and miles to go before we sleep. So stay tuned.

F5 Supports Mobile Traffic Growth with New DNS Services

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced intelligent DOMAIN NAME SYSTEM (DNS) services for Communications Service Providers (CSPs) to scale their DNS infrastructures more efficiently with significantly reduce costs - so as to enable more quickly deploy new revenue-generating services.


With its DNS services, F5 meets its vision for Service Delivery Networking (SDN) by providing a unified platform for CSPs to deliver voice, data, and video services on a single IP-based network, “Currently, CSPs are realizing that their existing DNS infrastructures can’t sustain the huge mobile traffic demand, let alone handle the increases from voice over IP and other new service offerings,” said Kevin Chin, Country Manager for F5 Networks (pic).

Chin added “The traditional approach of adding more DNS servers no longer solves the problem—it’s prohibitively expensive, can’t scale linearly, and can’t deliver the capacity needed to handle millions of DNS requests per second.”

Today, the average high-performance DNS server only handles about 120,000 requests per second. F5’s new DNS services responds to more than 15x the volume of requests handled by traditional DNS servers.

F5 Solution Highlights

Leveraging F5’s carrier-grade DNS services, CSPs can build flexible, reliable, and secure IP networks that meet future traffic demands, reduce complexity and costs, to deliver quality of experience for subscribers. Benefits include:
  • High-performance DNS services – F5’s chassis-based systems deliver high performance, responding to more than 15x the volume of requests handled by traditional DNS servers.
  • Unparalleled scalability – By handling millions of DNS requests per second, F5’s DNS solution significantly offloads existing DNS servers. This enables CSPs to more efficient use network resources and eliminates the need to continually add more DNS servers to meet increasing traffic demands.
  • Policy-based global traffic management – User requests and application services can be distributed across data centers based on business policies, network conditions, and application performance for a more intelligent and responsive DNS infrastructure.
  • High availability of applications and services – F5’s DNS solution provides global server load balancing to help ensure high availability of mission critical applications and services. This reduces customer churn and protects average revenue per user (ARPU).
  • Superior security – Because F5’s DNS services can handle an extremely high volume of requests per second, the DNS infrastructure is able to withstand DDoS attacks. It can block known malware sites to ensure DNS responses are delivered from trusted sites.
  • Reduced complexity and cost – Providing intelligence, high performance, and unmatched scalability, F5’s DNS solution helps CSPs simplify their DNS infrastructures and more effectively manage their capital expenditures.

Sourcefire Extends Intrusion Prevention to Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Platform

Sourcefire, Inc. (Nasdaq: ‘FIRE’), the creator of Snort® and cybersecurity vendor, announces its plans to add support for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization to Sourcefire’s enterprise IPS (Intrusion Prevention System) portfolio.

Sourcefire has joined the Open Virtualization Alliance (OVA), in line with the company’s strategy to deliver heterogeneous hypervisor support to customers.

*The OVA is an organization founded by Red Hat, IBM, HP and Intel to foster the adoption of the open source Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) hypervisor, upon which Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization is based.

“We are very pleased to welcome Sourcefire into the OVA and include their support of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization. Customers will have the ability to protect their virtualized environments with easy-to-deploy, advanced IPS,” says Navin Thadani, senior director, Virtualization Business at Red Hat.

With this joining of OVA, Sourcefire’s Virtual Sensor and Virtual Defense Center solutions support at least three leading virtual environments - Red Hat, Xen and VMware.

Ivan Wen, Country Manager for Sourcefire Malaysia says, “Sourcefire’s support for heterogeneous environments provides added flexibility to enterprises and cloud computing companies that rely on virtualization platforms for a range of applications – especially at remote sites where physical resources may be limited, or in data centers where little rack space remains.”

Monday, November 07, 2011

Enterprises in Asia Pacific Not Prepared for “Big Data”

Refer to 'Malaysia Technology News'.

More than 50% of some of Asia Pacific’s large enterprises that participated in a recent survey are not anticipating or planning for the advent of 'big data'.

This generates a window of opportunity for cloud computing adoption, creating win-win situation for both vendors and consumers because cloud computing caters for scalability, plug and play and lowest cost of adoption for 'big data'

The survey results are published in a HDS-sponsored IDC white paper titled “The Changing Face of Storage: A Rethink of Strategy that Goes Beyond the Data”. The survey was conducted by IDC from August to September 2011 with 150 IT executives from large enterprises in Australia, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia and Singapore. HDS commissioned the survey to better understand their storage management challenges and strategies.

Besides seamless-natured adoption capability of cloud computing and its lower cost of adoption, other benefits of having data and information in the cloud includes more capability and potential for future analytics and business insight.

The survey reveals top three concerns of IT executives in such area, which are:
  1. Data growth
  2. Increasing utilization level
  3. Challenges of managing storage for virtualized servers.

Of the respondents, 67% believe their current storage infrastructure is sufficient for the next 12 months; however, 72% do not have a strategy to cope with the anticipated growth of unstructured data – the large multimedia, internet-based or other types of multi-gigabyte “big data” that is now increasingly important as a competitive resource for data mining and other business uses.

Indeed, 64% stated that business needs for deeper analysis outpace the ability of their systems to ensure the data they have is relevant, timely and useful. Their data growth is outpacing their ability to effectively manage it.

Many IT executives believe that adoption of latest technologies and increase in terms of investment in IT will actually help, even though many do not have concrete action plans yet.

In terms of latest technologies adoption, Virtualization is the most adopted technology (by 60% of respondents), followed by disaster recovery (44%) and data encryption for security (37%).

Besides that, the top concerns on adopting cloud storage are security (48%), followed by loss of control, pricing, and data sovereignty.

Interestingly, the survey also reveals Malaysia to be the country which ranked top in terms of least adoption and least concerned with virtualization. Malaysian prefer to make use of server optimization rather than cloud adoption to tackle data management and alignment of IT costs to business budgets is a key challenge in IT adoption.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Microsoft Hints That Intelligent Systems Is The Next Information Age

Refer to 'Enterprise It News'.

Microsoft hints that after cloud computing, the next will be intelligent systems.

This is to be powered by embedded devices (hardware with micro processor and firmware built-in) to be vastly available in the next 5 years.

By 2015, shipments of embedded devices will surpass those of phones, PCs and servers combined. Developers around the world are building intelligent systems for manufacturers, retailers, healthcare providers and a host of other industries.

When all devices are capable of making decisions and connect to the Internet, it is possible that all devices can connect to information superhighway made possible by cloud computing to get information to be further utilized.

Cloud computing is still new even though the concept has been around for some time. The world is just seeing and waiting for major adoptions.

More on cloud computing.

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Tech Blog Malaysia Statistics (Oct 2011)

As usual, check out the analysis for 2010.

For month of Jan 2011.
For month of Feb 2011.
For month of Mar 2011.
For month of Apr 2011.
For month of May 2011.
For month of June 2011.
For month of July 2011.
For month of Aug 2011.
For month of Sep 2011.

For month of Oct 2011, we have the followings.
  • Latest ICT trend
  • Latest PC trend
  • A logo of Singapore's education institution
  • Cisco routing protocol comparison
  • MS Windows issue with MSSQL 2005 express updates
  • Crystal Report 8.5 issue
  • Comparison of prepaid broadband package
Overview
  • Total monthly traffic increased by as much as 8.9%.
  • Traffic from referring sites decreased by 0.29%.
  • Google still top contributor (70.34%).Up from last month.
  • Top 5 countries (Malaysia, US, India, Singapore, Indonesia). Refer here.
  • New visitors 86.94% (up from last month).

Thursday, November 03, 2011

SAS one of the World’s Best Workplaces

SAS secured the No. 2 spot on the elite “Top 25 World’s Best Multinational Workplaces” inaugural list from Great Place to Work®. SAS, the leader in business analytics software and services, was highlighted among the best for health care, child care and work-life balance.

SAS CEO Jim Goodnight said, "While we are delighted to receive this recognition, as a business leader I am most honored to know that the ranking is based on the feedback of our own employees around the world. Everything we do grows out of that philosophy. The real reward is what employees give back to the company and our customers."

SAS is recognized worldwide by Great Place to Work. SAS corporate headquarters in the United States and SAS Norway were both No. 1 on their country lists of " Best Companies to Work For " in 2010 and 2011.

To be eligible, companies must appear on five or more national Great Place to Work lists in the past year and have more than 5,000 employees worldwide, with at least 40 percent working outside the company’s home country. Companies on the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces list are rated by their employees to be among the best companies, and have excellent HR policies and practices that support a culture of trust.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

PayPal Opens Global Operations Centre in Malaysia to Support Significant Demand for Online Payments Worldwide

PayPal today officially opened the doors to its new global operations centre in Malaysia. This new facility offers service and support in English to PayPal’s customers across Asia and provides additional risk and financial services operations for PayPal’s business globally. Further Asian language support will be added in the near future. Hiring at the facility is well ahead of schedule with 200 staff already on-site. The company plans to hire up to 500 employees by end of 2013.

The facility is strategically located at 1 First Avenue, Dataran Bandar Utama, which is a Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) status building developed to support the growth of high-tech companies in Malaysia. To expand its facility, PayPal is recruiting Internet-savvy university graduates and providing extensive training programmes on site. Interested candidates can apply online for customer service representatives and operational specialist positions at http://www.ebaycareers.com/home.html.

“As PayPal’s business continues to grow globally, we are also expanding our operations and customer support to ensure we can deliver a great customer experience for anyone with a PayPal account,” said John McCabe, PayPal’s senior vice president of global operations. “We couldn’t be more pleased to open this new facility in Malaysia to help support our growth and better serve our customers in Asia and around the world.”

“We are happy to welcome PayPal to Malaysia as it puts the country on the global map for e-commerce and brings hundreds of higher-value jobs in the Internet and finance industries to our country,” said Dato’ Mukhriz Tun Dr Mahathir, Deputy Minister (Trade), Ministry of International Trade and Industry. “As a global leader in the payments industry with a well-known reputation as a quality employer, PayPal is the type of high-growth multinational company that we want to attract, invest and grow in Malaysia with our globally competitive workforce, world-class business environment and excellent technology infrastructure.”

“PayPal has an excellent track record in Malaysia with several global and regional firsts, including our partnership with Maxis for online bill payment and mobile commerce, our alliance with RHB for real-time top-up and send money services, and our co-branded prepaid card with MOL,” said Rupert Keeley, PayPal’s senior vice president for Asia Pacific. “Today’s grand opening ceremony is a milestone for the region as we expand our capabilities to help millions of consumers and merchants pay more safely online, and increasingly, on mobile devices.”

PayPal’s new facility in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia joins other global operation centres located around the world including Berlin, Germany; Chandler, U.S.A.; Dublin, Ireland; Omaha, U.S.A.; Shanghai, China; and Sao Paulo, Brazil. The company is noted for its exceptional work environments and its commitment to both employees and the local community.