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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Ingram Micro to Distribute Silver Peak WAN Optimization throughout APAC

Silver Peak Systems and Ingram Micro Inc. (NYSE: IM) today announced distribution agreements across Asia Pacific (APAC) that include offering Silver Peak’s leading data center class wide area network (WAN) optimization products to resellers and customers in Australia, Brunei, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

“With increased adoption of virtualized Infrastructures and more centralized, cloud-based applications, there is a good growth opportunity for Silver Peak data center class WAN optimization,” said Shailendra Gupta, senior EVP and president, Asia Pacific for Ingram Micro. “Silver Peak’s advanced solutions and keen desire to work with the channel provide a good complement to our portfolio. We are hopeful that this alignment will bring value to our customers throughout the region.”

Silver Peak virtual and physical appliances provide the highest-capacity and most comprehensive options for deploying WAN optimization anywhere—from data centers, to branch offices, and to the cloud. Silver Peak’s Virtual Acceleration Open Architecture (VXOA) also aligns well with Ingram Micro’s virtual infrastructure offerings from companies such as VMware (vSphere), Citrix (XenServer), Microsoft (Hyper-V), and KVM. This enables enterprises throughout Asia Pacific to accelerate and optimize IT initiatives while reducing WAN infrastructure costs, including added costs for multiprotocol label switching (MPLS), Internet virtual private networking (VPN) and satellite WANs common to the region.

“APAC is a critical region for WAN optimization because of highly distributed IT environments and the inherent lower-quality WANs,” said Arturo Cazares, senior vice president of worldwide sales for Silver Peak. “By teaming with Ingram Micro and our reseller partners throughout the region, we will help customers cost-effectively maximize their WAN resources and accelerate the adoption of business-critical applications between data centers, branch offices, and the cloud.”

As part of the new value-added distribution relationship, Ingram Micro and Silver Peak are co-investing in dedicated technical support staff, market development, and cross-trained sales engineers.

Malaysian finalist in Google Science Fair 2012

Ivan Ang Jie Xiong from Georgetown, Penang is one of the 90 regional finalists of Google Science Fair 2012.

His 15-16 year old category submission, the MechSorter and the Automated Paper Recycling System is an automated recycling system that sorts out objects according to conductivity, color and weight into selected storage bins with a view toward conservation of global resources. This prototype was designed entirely using LEGO blocks.

The Google Science Fair is an annual online science competition seeking curious minds from around the globe open to everybody between the ages of 13 to 18. All that’s needed is an idea. Because geniuses are not always A-grade students, Google welcomes all mavericks, square-pegs and everybody who likes to ask questions.

This year, Google received fantastic projects from thousands of entries from over 100 countries, and have narrowed it down to 90 regional finalists.

In the next stage, 15 global finalists will be flown to the Google HQ in California, USA for a celebratory Science Fair event and the final judging round which will take place on 23 July 2012.

The grand prize winner will win a 10-day scientific trip to the Galapagos Islands with National Geographic Expeditions, a US$50,000 scholarship from Google and real-life work opportunities in either Lego, CERN or Google. The winner’s school will enjoy digital access to Scientific American for one year, commencing July 2012.

For more information on the Google Science Fair 2012, please go to http://www.google.com/intl/en/events/sciencefair/about.html

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Symantec Announces 2012 Malaysia Partner Award Winners

Symantec (Nasdaq: SYMC) announced the winners of the 2012 Malaysia Partner Awards at an exclusive Partner Appreciation Dinner held at The Westin Kuala Lumpur last week with more than 100 partners.

At the ceremony, 19 awards were presented to Symantec partners who demonstrated outstanding performance and market expertise, as well as dedication and commitment in offering Symantec’s security, storage and systems management solutions. The award winners were selected based on a number of criteria including achievement of Symantec Specialisations, overall performance in revenue, deal registration, technical and marketing investments, and customer service excellence.

“The Symantec Malaysia Partner Awards acknowledge the outstanding performance and commitment of our partners who have demonstrated a deep investment in Symantec in meeting the needs of our diverse range of customers in Malaysia. In line with our commitment to maintaining the highest standards of service, we hope these Awards will serve to recognize the partners that are helping us achieve ever greater levels of excellence,” said Alex Ong, senior country manager, Symantec Malaysia.

“Symantec is committed to raising the business value we offer every Symantec partner in Malaysia by helping them increase sales opportunities and accelerate their growth and profitability. In turn, this synergy increases the value our partners offer to our joint customers,” added Ong.

The full list of award winners is as follows:
  • Top Distributor Achievement in Specialisation FY12 – Glocomp Systems (M) Sdn Bhd
  • Top Operation Excellence Distributor of the Year FY12 –Ingram Micro Malaysia Sdn Bhd
  • Top Distributor Product Manager of the Year FY12 – Annie Wong, Glocomp Systems (M) Sdn Bhd
  • Top Storage Partner of the Year FY12- CSC Malaysia Sdn Bhd
  • Top Security Partner of the Year FY12 – Cuscapi Berhad
  • Top Enterprise Partner of the Year FY12 – Hewlett-Packard (M) Sdn Bhd
  • Most Promising Enterprise Partner of the Year FY12- CBSA Berhad
  • Top Government Partner of the Year FY12 – Mesiniaga Berhad
  • Most Promising Government Partner of the Year FY12 – GITN Sdn Bhd
  • Top SMB Partner of the Year FY12 – Software EXC (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
  • Top Mid Market Partner of the Year FY12 – Fujitsu (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
  • Distributor of the Year FY12 – Glocomp Systems (M) Sdn Bhd
  • Strategic Deal of the Year FY12 – YTL Communications Sdn Bhd
  • Top Storage Services Partner of the Year FY12 – Infowhiz Solutions (M) Sdn Bhd
  • Top Security Services Partner of the Year FY12 – Securepath Sdn Bhd
  • Most Promising Services Partner of the Year FY12 – Baseline Systems
  • Top Partner Achievement in Specialisation FY12 – Integrasi Erat Sdn Bhd
  • Top Security Solution Architect of the Year FY12 - Chee En Drew, Mesiniaga Berhard
  • Top Storage Solution Architect of the Year FY12 – Falah Abdul Aziz, CSC Malaysia Sdn Bhd

NVIDIA Cloud GPU Technologies Redefines Computing Industry for 3rd Time

NVIDIA kicked off the GPU Technology Conference (GTC) by unveiling its third industry-shaping innovation since its founding 19 years ago -- technologies that accelerate cloud computing using the enormous computing capabilities of the GPU.

Five years in the making, NVIDIA's cloud GPU technologies are based on the company's new Kepler GPU architecture, designed for use in large-scale data centers. Its virtualization capabilities allow GPUs to be simultaneously shared by multiple users. Its ultra-fast streaming display capability eliminates lag, making a remote data center feel like it's just next door. And its extreme energy efficiency and processing density lowers data center costs.

NVIDIA's introduction of cloud GPU technologies follows its 1999 invention of the GPU, which revolutionized visual computing, and its 2006 creation of CUDA®, a parallel-processing technology enabling dramatic acceleration of computing performance.

"Kepler cloud GPU technologies shifts cloud computing into a new gear," said Jen-Hsun Huang, NVIDIA president and chief executive officer. "The GPU has become indispensable. It is central to the experience of gamers. It is vital to digital artists realizing their imagination. It is essential for touch devices to deliver silky smooth and beautiful graphics. And now, the cloud GPU will deliver amazing experiences to those who work remotely and gamers looking to play untethered from a PC or console."

The enterprise implementation of Kepler cloud technologies, the NVIDIA VGX™ platform, accelerates virtualized desktops. Enterprises will use it to provide seamless remote computing that allows even the most demanding applications to be streamed to a notebook or mobile device.

The gaming implementation of Kepler cloud technologies, NVIDIA GeForce GRID, powers cloud gaming services. Gaming-as-a-service providers will use it to remotely deliver magical gaming experiences, with the potential to surpass those on a console.

NVIDIA issued separate press releases today describing both the VGX platform and GeForce GRID, as well a press release focused on new NVIDIA Tesla® GPUs built on the Kepler architecture that set a new standard for high performance computing.

Joining Huang on stage at GTC were executives representing key partners supporting NVIDIA's cloud technologies. They included: David Yen, general manager and senior vice president of the Data Center Group at Cisco; Brad Peterson, technology strategist, and Sumit Dhawan, group vice president and general manager, at Citrix; David Perry, CEO and co-founder of Gaikai; and Grady Cofer, visual effects supervisor at Industrial Light & Magic.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Why Organization Needs to Implement Ethernet Fabric ?

Network infrastructure have not kept pace with server virtualization, creating bottleneck.

Data center networks need to evolve to be more virtualized, flat, intelligent and automated. The network fabric must mirror the transformation in the computer architecture for organizations to fully realize the benefits of business agility, operational efficiencies and lower costs.

Key findings:
  • Server virtualization has crossed the inflection point with 67% of organizations adopting it. 46% of organizations that have virtualized are running production environments on virtual machines (VM).
  • 35% of organizations are using cloud in one form or the other. Private cloud is the most popular deployment model with 40% of cloud users using this delivery model.
  • Network virtualization, flattening the data center network architecture and simplifying network management are top priorities for IT decision makers.
  • Ethernet fabric architecture is becoming critical due to its scalability, flatness and efficiency.

Frost & Sullivan recommendations:

To better support their virtualization and cloud infrastructure, customers need to:

  • Virtualize the network layer for seamless creation of resource pools.
  • Optimize the network infrastructure through flat architecture, protocol enhancement and open frameworks.
  • Automate the network to be VM aware and enable elastic scaling with automated provisioning of resources.
  • Pro-actively monitor and manage the network to increase availability and reduce operational costs.
We all know that cloud computing is normally deployed into three flavours namely public, private, and hybrid clouds.

The adoption of private clouds has grown significantly in the last few months. This is due to the ability of private clouds to offer several benefits of public clouds while addressing the disadvantages associated with this kind of deployment.

Out of 35% of organizations who are using cloud, 14% are using private cloud, 9% are using hybrid cloud and 12% are using public cloud.

To implement private cloud effectively, Frost & Sullivan recommends four (4) steps.

1.) Consolidate

To consolidate infrastructure, virtualization of servers, storage, application and network infrastructure should be performed.

According to Frost & Sullivan, 67% of organizations in the APAC have performed some forms of virtualization.

While server virtualization can solve many challenges of traditional server computing, it poses new issues around the network and storage infrastructure. Existing data center network architectures that are reliant on spanning tree protocol (STP) with hierarchical three-tier architecture may not be well suited for virtual workloads and growing east-west traffic.

Therefore, the network fabric must be deployed which supports an environment that is simple, secure, flat and virtualized; virtualization ready.

2.) Optimize

Optimization needs to be performed towards network, storage and service management.

Three (3) things needed to be done. 1.) Protocol enhancement, 2.)Architecture redesign, 3.) Adoption of Open Frameworks.

3.) Automate

Cloud automation needs to be performed, four (4) key areas have been identified.

4.) Manage

Pro-active monitoring and analytics need to be implemented to activaly maintain and improve the infrastructure.

Brocade's Offerings to Enable Cloud Ready Network

1.) Brocade One

2.) Virtual Cluster Switching (VCS)

Conclusion:

Network infrastructure needs to keep pace with the trend of adoption of virtualization and deployment of cloud computing infrastructure.

For more information, refer to 'Malaysia Technology News'

Flamer: The most complex malware threat since Stuxnet and Duqu

On a par with Stuxnet and Duqu, Symantec’s Security Response team is analysing a new highly sophisticated and discreet threat: W32.Flamer. The analysis so far reveals that the malware was built with the ability to obtain information from infected systems primarily located in the Middle East. As with the previous two threats, this code was not written by a single individual but by an organised well funded group of personnel with directives. The code includes multiple references to the string ‘FLAME’ which may be indicative of either instances of attacks by various parts of the code, or the malware’s development project name.

The threat has operated discreetly for at least two years with the ability to steal documents, take screenshots of users’ desktops, spread via USB drives, disable security vendor products, and under certain conditions spread to other systems. The threat may also have the ability to leverage multiple known and patched vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, in order to spread across a network.

Initial telemetry indicates that the targets of this threat are located primarily in Palestinian West Bank, Hungary, Iran, and Lebanon. Other targets include Russia, Austria, Hong Kong, and the United Arab Emirates. The industry sectors or affiliations of individuals targeted are currently unclear. However, initial evidence shows the victims may not all be targeted for the same reason. Many appear targeted for individual personal activities, rather than their company of employment. Interestingly, in addition to particular organisations being targeted, many of the attacked systems appear to be personal computers being used from home Internet connections.

The recent Symantec’s Internet Security Threat Report 17 saw the number of targeted attacks increase dramatically during 2011 from an average of 77 per day in 2010 to 82 per day in 2011. The report also projected that targeted attacks and APTs will continue to be a serious issue and the frequency and sophistication of these attacks will increase.

Analysis and investigation into the various components is ongoing and additional more in-depth technical details as well as attack information will be published soon.

More details can be found in the Security Response blog.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Forbes: Sourcefire the Fastest Growing Security Company

Sourcefire, Inc. (Nasdaq: FIRE), a leader in intelligent cybersecurity solutions, today announces that it is the fastest growing security company on Forbes’ 2012 Fast Tech 25 List, the magazine’s annual list of America's 25 Fastest-Growing Tech Companies.

Overall, Sourcefire® was named the 11th fastest growing tech company nationally. This year’s placement is a testament to Sourcefire’s global growth and industry-leading innovation, as the company was recognized in the No. 15 slot in 2011 and was in the No. 18 slot in 2010.

According to Ivan Wen, Country Manager of Sourcefire Malaysia, the company’s sustained focus on innovation coupled with executing on the Agile Security™ vision has allowed the business to consistently expand its customer adoption and make them the fastest growing security company on Forbes’ in 2012.

“In line with the global recognition on Sourcefire’s growth performance, we also see the company is growing steadily in Malaysia as to fulfill the local demands for Intrusion Prevention Systems with advanced malware protection.

Forbes examined more than 5,000 publicly traded technology companies, seeking companies with at least USD150 million in revenues and a market value of at least USD500 million. Firms were also required to show sales growth of at least 10 percent for each of the past three fiscal years and three-to-five-year estimated earnings-per-share growth rates more than 10 percent. Companies were then ranked on their three-year average sales growth rates.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

BYOD Has High Potential

I am excited about BYOD (bring your own device), it gives start-up with more opportunities than ever.

Throughout history, many gold mines were uncovered and depleted.

This trend is one of it.

Basically BYOD is an item the umbrella of a bigger trend called consumerization of IT which means the merging of enterprise IT with consumer IT and this is what Apple has been championing for years.

Apple has always been in the consumer market while Oracle, SAP and etc have always been in the enterprise market. Microsoft is actually in both.

I also believe that media-oriented channels will play a bigger role in enterprise IT sales whereby people are no longer convinced by corporate sales person as single point of reference, they will perform analytics before deciding. This brings us back to the long tail which states that people are buying most of what others want to buy, but no matter how unpopular a product is, there will always be some hit and these unpopular but surviving products form the long tail.

BYOD should hit the public sector within the near future and US president Obama agrees with this.

Therefore, enterprise CIOs, before they make any decision, they will keep performing analysis until it became politically correct to make the purchase. The long tail is the decision maker.

It is a great timing for this to happen now, with big companies such as IBM and SAS alike all evangelizing on big data and analytics.

Refer to 'Malaysia Technology News' for latest updates on the dynamism of the ICT industry, focusing on enterprise IT.

And more on trends.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Angel Fundings Depleting Fast

But where is it actually ?

Cradle proposed that those with more money should take initiative to pump in more money into venture capitalist funds and the obvious target is the private sector. But why would they want to do that ? Technically they can do that because they have the money. It is like asking Genting Group to give out RM 100 million for development grant so that they can pay less taxes ? Or is it more like telling rich people to give back society in order to reduce inequality ?

Crowd-funding is an approach where people pool money and resources together, typically via the Internet, to support a particular project, company or cause.

Crowd-funding is good to revitalize public services project, such as those related to solving traffic jams and etc. This can be interesting. The problem is who wants to be responsible for the success and failure of a project ? The project leader must be someone with a privately attached company with above average income pay and someone with another 10 more years in his IT career, this will encourage him to complete these type of public funded project with full capacity and dedication in order to move to the next level which will see his or her retirement. In retrospect, if the project leader is someone at retirement stage, the project may not blossom to its full capacity.

In another report, it is said that VCs fail to do better than their predecessors because of their money manager mentality, and they aren't capable of advising entrepreneurs on how to viably commercialise their products.

To comment on this, I believe that opportunities are getting smaller in a sense where most innovation have been invented. If you look at the success of Google and Facebook, it all premise on the idea of a great product, great timing, first mover advantage, globalized and VC. But VC is just the fuel for the engine, the chicken and egg scenario is the engine must be invented first, and that it can go with any type of fuel as long as it is abundant.

Cradle commented that currently there are only nine (9) venture capitalist funds in the market, it used to have 3 times more.

Good luck, the trend is not on VC now, especially in Malaysia. It should not be the focus, maybe just a bonus. We should create products which will have a large number of users and then only to think about going the next step.

It is an open ended world out there and it is limitless and literally without permanence. The challenge comes in the nature where every moment business opportunity is changing and shifting.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Tablet Traffic Has Grown 10 Times Faster Than Smartphone Traffic

Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:ADBE) today announced findings from its most recent Adobe® Digital Index report examining how global website traffic and engagement differ when the visitor is on a tablet, smartphone or personal computer (PC). The report found that tablet devices will generate more Web traffic than smartphones by early 2013 and that consumers find browsing websites on tablets nearly as engaging as on PCs.

The results indicate that tablets have become a channel very distinct from smartphones. While apps have proven a highly valuable and important component of a mobile strategy, companies would be well served to invest in optimizing mobile Web pages for the growing and affluent* tablet demographic. Key report findings include:
  • The share of website visits from tablets grew approximately 10 times faster than the rate for smartphones in the first two years after market introduction and grew more than 300 percent in the last year. This rapid growth is driven by both higher rates of tablet shipments and a disproportionately higher number of website visits per tablet than smartphones.
  • Tablets’ share of website traffic will exceed smartphone traffic by early 2013 and reach 10 percent of total website traffic in 2014.
  • Although consumers consider the tablet website experience to be nearly as engaging as that of PCs, they use PCs to visit websites three times as frequently as tablets.

“As businesses rethink their digital experiences to include mobile strategies, tablets are emerging as the consumer device of choice,” said Brad Rencher, senior vice president and general manager, Digital Marketing Business, Adobe. “Digital CMOs are wise to take a mobile first approach to optimize their digital content and marketing initiatives with a focus on the tablet experience because the consumer demands it.”

This study significantly expands on the findings from the initial Adobe Digital Index report on the value of tablet users to retail companies released in January of this year, which suggested that in 2011 tablet users spent more per purchase than other online customers. This study analyzed 23 billion visits to the websites of 325 companies from the North America, Western Europe (Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom) and Asia (China, India, South Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand).

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Community Computer Equipment Organizations

Here are 10 organizations which provide computer equipment for people in need.
  1. Computers With Causes – Part of the faith-based, non-denominational, non-profit Works of Life Ministries, this program takes donated computer equipment and distributes it to families in need, while providing tax benefits to the donors.
  2. DellReconnect – A partnership between Dell Computers and Goodwill Industries, it is a computer recycling program providing a place for people to take their old equipment and find it a new home, while providing jobs.
  3. Recycles.org – A non-profit recycling and re-user network that works as a conduit between donors and those in need of their unused but still functional computers. Donors who volunteer their unused equipment are paired with parties who have specifically requested it.
  4. Computer Recycling Center – A program of CRC Computer Repair Center™, they donate recycled computers to Computers & Education™ to be used in public charity or community programs. They offer free drop-offs, free pick-ups and free shipping (for laptops).
  5. World Computer Exchange – WCE provides computers and technology to schools, universities, community centers and libraries in developing countries around the globe. Prior to shipping, computers are loaded with technology and curriculum for education in many important areas such as agriculture, health and education.
  6. National Cristina Foundation – Provides technology including computer equipment to students at risk, economically disadvantaged or physically handicapped individuals. The non-profit organization serves all 50 states and Canada.
  7. Computers for Charities – UK-based charity founded in 1994, has distributed over 250,000 computer systems to 105 countries and the UK. In addition to the IT donations, CFC also provides humanitarian aid and support. Charities include schools, prisons, churches, hospitals and orphanages.
  8. Computers for Youth – CFY offers assistance and computer donations to low-income students and families. Their programs assist teachers, parents and students in maximizing the student’s learning experience.
  9. InterConnection – The mission of InterConnection: a non-profit organization that helps charitable organizations worldwide achieve their missions by providing them refurbished desktop and laptop computers.
  10. Salvation Army – Among its many other charitable programs, the Salvation Army accepts and distributes computer technology to needy persons worldwide. Clothing, furniture, financial gifts, automobiles, even airline miles are all optional means of donating to the Salvation Army.
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Serene Siah, MD of SAP Malaysia Resigned

Serene Siah, MD of SAP Malaysia has just tendered her resignation today.

For one, SAP Malaysia has been hiring aggressively over the past few months. They have been successfully pinching senior staff from competitors with their deeper pockets and ability to offer more attractive portfolio promises.

IBM Accelerates Business from Supply to Demand

IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced new software designed to improve data sharing and automate complex marketing and supply chain processes in the cloud. As a result, marketers can improve customer service, increase marketing effectiveness and reduce operational costs.

The new offerings leverage IBM’s Cloud expertise and cloud collaboration networks to accelerate the flow of business-to-consumer transactions by automating and synchronizing supply and demand engines. IBM manages massive amounts of data and client transactions in cloud environments, including more than $100 billion in commerce transactions a year and 4.5 million daily client transactions.

Building on these extensive capabilities, IBM is introducing IBM Commerce on Cloud, the industry’s first integrated enterprise class e-commerce solution in the cloud that spans marketing, selling and fulfillment. Designed to help chief marketing officers (CMOs) and e-commerce executives quickly set up and maintain an on-line storefront, it also helps companies of all sizes deploy the same customer digital buying experience as the most advanced retail brands in the world.

IBM Commerce on Cloud is an integrated platform for generating customer interest and then offering, selling, transacting and fulfilling orders in the cloud. It offers companies the benefits of cloud economies, such as low up front capital investment, pay-for-use models, and instant and ongoing scalability, to businesses of all sizes. While purchase motivations are different for B2B and B2C companies, their sales and marketing programs are becoming virtually identical.

Smarter Commerce helps organizations that are struggling to meet the rising consumer demands brought upon by rapidly changing digital marketplace, automate their buying, marketing, selling and service processes.

In addition to IBM Commerce on Cloud, IBM also has enhanced several of its on-cloud collaboration networks to accelerate collaboration and digital information sharing across demand and supply processes to offset the unpredictable nature of commerce.

To improve retailer-consumer packaged goods collaboration and execution, IBM is introducing new pricing and trade promotion collaboration capabilities for DemandTec. This will allow a network of more than 15,000 members such as ConAgra Foods and PETCO to share information to improve merchandising and marketing plans, enabling better sales forecasts, lowering process inefficiencies and costs.

To help companies more effectively collaborate on marketing activities, IBM is offering a new certified Digital Data Exchange Partner program which allows marketers to more effectively manage their marketing, promotions and customer behavioral analytics. Marketers can gain an integrated view of information being developed across ad networks, survey vendors, testing vendors, and email service providers to gain insights and better execute their marketing programs and services. The exchange also includes a “gold tag” approach designed to ensure that analytics and marketing partners are all operating off of the same, relevant data.

With the Digital Data Exchange partner program, IBM is allowing retailers and third party digital marketing providers to relay behavioral data to analyze and enhance specific processes and improve the customer experience. The program supports new categories for visitor experience management, digital marketing, retargeting, voice of the consumer surveys and search marketing. For example, a major financial services firm could extend their digital marketing ecosystem of tools and solutions within minutes instead of days or weeks by adding online surveys to better understand their site visitors or their retargeting capabilities for a second chance at converting prospects, among other benefits.

To expedite supply chain processes, IBM is making it easier and faster to access, share and process information in real time, especially in emerging markets where growth rates are highest. IBM B2B Cloud Services is currently available across a community of 300,000 trading entities and more than 90 public and private networks, is now available in 34 new countries, including Australia, Brazil, India, New Zealand and all the Central and Eastern European countries.

Stronger supply chain collaboration brings a host of benefits. Via a secure connections to IBM B2B Cloud Services, Lenovo built a unified foundation to connect and collaborate with a broad ecosystem of customers and partners. This capability enabled the company to cut annual costs by improving freight and inventory management, reduce time to onboard a partner and increase visibility into complex supply chain relationships.

Genome from Yahoo! Solution For Online Marketing Campaigns

Yahoo! (NASDAQ:YHOO), the premier digital media company, today announces Genome from Yahoo! (www.genomeplatform.com), an online advertising solution that combines Yahoo! data with interclick's third party data and advertisers' first party data along with a premium media footprint to provide marketers with the most complete, custom audience solution in the industry. Anticipated to be available in July 2012, Genome is the culmination of a strategy that was put in place last year with the display ad agreement with Microsoft and AOL as well as the acquisition of interclick, which Yahoo! acquired in December 2011, to create a next generation audience buying solution with greater targeting and personalization capabilities.

Genome, designed to leverage data to improve advertiser ROI, can provide marketers with actionable insights enabling them to conduct campaigns that help meet their objectives, and overcome an ever-evolving set of industry challenges that include the proliferation of data, fragmentation of technology, and outdated planning and buying techniques. Genome can help marketers organize and navigate the chaos of the data ecosystem while delivering results that can build brand value, increase conversion rates, and grow revenue. Genome combines the best of the technology, data, analytics and media from Yahoo! and interclick; from Yahoo! — premium media and unmatched user data with proven targeting capabilities— and interclick — unified technology stack, third-party data partnerships and expertise in analytics and audiences.

Genome is designed to bring to market a comprehensive online advertising solution that can benefit the entire advertising industry. Key features of this next generation audience buying solution include:
  • Unmatched data set: In order to provide a multi-dimensional view of consumers, Genome provides access to an expansive and diverse data set comprised of Yahoo!'s proprietary data — including registration, search and behavioral data — as well as integrated advertiser information, and data from industry-leading partners.
  • Premium media footprint: Genome allows marketers to directly access Yahoo!'s guaranteed and non-guaranteed premium inventory, as well as inventory available from the Yahoo!, AOL, and Microsoft partnership announced in November, and comScore Top 1,000 publishers - all in transparent and brand safe environments.
  • Actionable insights and analytics suite: From predictive modeling techniques to information design, Genome's analytics helps marketers sort the big data landscape. This portable suite leverages leading campaign and user analytics to anticipate, optimize, and measure audience performance, turning insights into actionable media executions; marketers can carry their strategies across media plans with partners.
  • Best-in-class audience technology: This proprietary data valuation technology is designed to work with massive data volumes, real-time marketplaces, and multi-vendor solutions, with increased efficiency to help meet marketers' marketing goals. Genome's core technology is OSM, an innovative and interconnected technology stack that manages diverse data sources to provide an innovative approach to uncovering optimal audiences at scale, resulting from Yahoo!'s acquisition of interclick.
  • Privacy: As a recognized leader in developing privacy-enhancing tools for consumers and a member of the NAI and DAA, Yahoo! understands the importance of consumer trust and privacy. Yahoo! provides transparency about our data collection and use practices and extends several tools to empower consumers to manage their experience, such as a global opt-out, Ad Interest Manager for visibility and control over specific interest categories, and we're now among the first in the world to support Do Not Track.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Brocade Delivers 100 Gigabit Ethernet Solutions for Software-Defined Networks

Brocade (Nasdaq: BRCD) outlined its strategy for software-defined networking (SDN), a technology gaining broad support across network operators and enterprises on a global basis. In support of its SDN strategy, Brocade also announced that it has integrated hardware based OpenFlow support in the Brocade® MLX® Series of routers and related Brocade NetIron® platforms, enabling customers to deploy SDN at wire-speed 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) performance.

OpenFlow is a protocol standardized by the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) and a key component of SDN. OpenFlow enables programmatic control of network infrastructures and rapid network service development and deployment.

The strategy Brocade introduced today will guide the company’s SDN investments, marketing and partner relationships to deliver highly flexible, end-to-end networking solutions. The focus of these solutions will be on network virtualization, automation and simplification in large-scale data centers, along with traffic engineering and flow management on high-speed networks. The Brocade strategy provides a clear upgrade path to SDN, leveraging existing network investments and enabling network operators to start now with a low level of risk as they begin to provide services in a highly predictable, non-disruptive manner.

The Brocade SDN strategy includes the following key technologies and capabilities:
  • Resilient and auto-forming Ethernet fabrics will enhance SDN. Brocade VCS® Fabric technology is optimized for virtualized applications through its active-active topology and virtual machine (VM)-aware intelligence that enables seamless VM mobility without manual configuration, including the network policies associated with each VM. In addition, multiple switches that make up the fabric can be managed and programmed as one logical switch, dramatically reducing operational complexity and improving SDN controller scalability. Finally, VCS fabrics, with a self-forming and self-healing architecture, are highly resilient to help increase availability.
  • Network virtualization via overlay technologies will offer flexibility to networks, enabling on-demand infrastructure in highly scalable multi-tenancy environments. Brocade products have a tunnel technology-agnostic design that supports overlay technologies such as Network Virtualization using Generic Routing Encapsulation (NVGRE),, STT, and VXLAN as well as emerging standards.
  • Brocade will be the industry’s first network vendor to deliver OpenFlow in hybrid mode. With Brocade Hybrid Mode, customers can simultaneously deploy traditional Layer 2/3 forwarding with OpenFlow. This unique capability enables network operators to integrate OpenFlow into existing networks, giving them the programmatic control offered by SDN for specific flows while the remaining traffic is handled as before. The Brocade hardware support for OpenFlow enables customers to apply these capabilities at line rate in 10 GbE and 100 GbE networks.
  • With programmatic control of network infrastructure through partnerships with a broad set of OpenFlow controller vendors, Brocade enables service innovation via open APIs. Specifically, Brocade is delivering industry-standard OpenFlow for Layer 2/3 forwarding and the Brocade OpenScript™ engine for Layer 4/7 switching to unlock the network to increase service velocity for highly customized services.
  • Brocade is providing a single common cloud management and orchestration interface through northbound standards-based plug-ins and standards-based RESTful interfaces. The plug-ins to cloud management frameworks—including Cloudstack, Microsoft System Center, OpenStack, and VMware vCenter/vCloud™ Director —provide comprehensive orchestration capabilities for cloud service delivery and automated operations.

In support of this strategy, Brocade is delivering an SDN-ready product family that enables customers to build a network infrastructure today that will serve as the foundation for their SDN architecture in the future. These products include the Brocade VDX® family of data center switches, Brocade ADX® Series application delivery switches, Brocade MLX Series of 100 GbE routers, Brocade NetIron CER Series routers and Brocade NetIron CES Series switches.

Brocade is also building an ecosystem of partners for SDN through strategic investments, solution designs and interoperability testing. Brocade recently unveiled an OpenFlow lab in Japan designed to demonstrate Brocade and partner technologies to aid in the development of tested and validated solutions. Brocade is also a member of the Indiana Center for Network Translational Research and Education (InCNTRE), which seeks to advance development, increase knowledge, and encourage adoption of OpenFlow and other standards-based SDN technologies. Brocade has also participated in a number of industry multi-vendor demonstrations with NEC, including at the Open Networking Summit (ONS) in Santa Clara, CA in April 2012, and Interop Las Vegas in May 2012.

EASY.MY ‘Virtual’ Mall Touches 6,000 Online Stores

Exabytes Network (Exabytes) announced its expansion of virtual mall Easy.my, increasing the scale of merchants to over 6000. Exabytes expects to grow their merchant list to at least 10,000 by year end in its pursuit to build and maintain the nation’s largest virtual mall.

Easy.my is home to more products and services which are typically found in a physical mall as packages for outdoor adventures are on sale on the site as well. Products categories include Wellness, Beauty, Outdoor adventures, Home living, Sports and Leisure to name a few.

With a staggering number of over 50,000 products on the Easy.my virtual mall, Exabytes has set plans in motion to extend their services to other channels. Of late, there is an increased trend toward support for multichannel retail and Exabytes is responding to the trend by investing in mobile technology as well as social media to engage customers as well as empower vendors.

More specifically, Exabytes’ plans to grow in line with the mobility trend include Facebook applications created to cater to Gen-Y’s tendency to browse leisurely through mobile devices.

For more information, refer to 'Malaysia Technology News'

Beware of Facebook IPO Scams

If you are offered exclusive access to subscribe to Facebook’s IPO shares, there’s a good chance that it is a scam.

Symantec Security Response recently spotted a 419 scam message offering a "FACEBOOK (IPO) SUBSCRIPTION PARTNERSHIP PROPOSAL". The use of an all uppercase heading is a common hallmark of such 419 scams.

This scam claims to be sent from a finance firm with offices in multiple locations worldwide. The exact nature of the scam is unclear. The scam mentions loaning money under "soft" or generous terms to buy Facebook shares and then selling them back to the finance firm at a price higher than the original purchase price.

As shown in the screenshot below, a strong indication that it is a scam is the email address which the scammer is soliciting replies to. It is an amateurish-looking address at a common free Web-based email provider. A legitimate company would almost certainly use an email address from its own domain rather than a free Web-based address. The email address and name in the "From" header of the message are also different to the email address and name used in the message body.

Given the high profile nature of this IPO, Symantec expects scammers to take advantage of it in the same way that they have taken advantage of previous news stories and events.

For more information on the above, please click this link to the Symantec’s Security Response blog post at http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/419-scammers-take-advantage-facebook-ipo

Symantec advises Internet users to follow these best practices to avoid falling prey to similar scams:
  • Do not click on suspicious links in email messages.
  • Avoid providing any personal information when answering an email.
  • Frequently update your security software (such as Norton Internet Security 2012) which protects you from online phishing.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Android.Opfake Makes Another Run

Android.Opfake is malware written for Android devices that masquerades as various apps and content, including an installer for the Opera Web browser and a pornographic movie, which requires the user to pay for them. It demands payment for the app or content through Short Message Service (SMS) messages.

The creators of the Android.Opfake threat have taken the art of social engineering to new heights as they continue to peddle their wares.

In short, Symantec recently discovered several dummy sites being used to peddle the malware, which is being disguised as games such as Temple Run and Cut the Rope. The attackers have even gone so far as to include images of actual devices playing the games in an attempt to convince unsuspecting users that the malicious versions are actually legitimate.

In addition, Symantec has published a new whitepaper detailing the inner workings of the Opfake malware and how on the surface the threat may appear to utilize a legitimate business model to generate revenue, but a technical analysis reveals the unforeseeable risks it creates for end users. The paper can be found here: http://www.symantec.com/content/en/us/enterprise/media/security_response/whitepapers/android_opfake_in_depth.pdf.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Oracle: Social Media Users Expect Rapid Live Help

Oracle released the results of its “Consumer Views of Live Help Online 2012” report, which surveyed more than 3,000 consumers worldwide regarding their use of customer service channels including call centers, live chat, click-to-call and email.

Compared with a similar survey conducted in 2009, consumers go online more frequently, are more likely to use Live Help and have higher expectations for customer service via social media and Web sites.

Key Findings

  • Social media users expect rapid response: More than half of Twitter users worldwide expect a personal response within two hours of tweeting a question or complaint and 51 percent of Facebook users expect a same-day response to questions or complaints posted via the social media site. As consumers spend more time online, they rely more on Live Help: Half of consumers worldwide browse and research products online daily, nearly double the number reporting daily habits in 2009. Consumer use of online customer service is also on the rise, as 50 percent of consumers use of Live Help compared with 37 percent in 2009.
  • In China, consumer use of online support jumps dramatically: 76 percent of Chinese consumers are online daily to browse or research products (vs. 49 percent worldwide) and 60 percent say they use Live Help to reach customer service (vs. 50 percent worldwide).
  • Latin American consumers are most likely to expect a social media presence: 84 percent of consumers surveyed in Mexico and Brazil use Facebook and 63 percent of those using Facebook said they expect companies to have a presence there.
  • Consistent with findings in 2009, Live Help remains among the three most important features consumers expect to find at a company’s Web site, along with detailed information about products and services and access to personal account information.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Sophos Offers Partners New Complete Security Suites

In response to partner and customer demand, Sophos introduced new Complete Security Suites; Web Protection, Data Protection and Complete Security. These suites offer Sophos partners the tools they need to help their clients address the evolving security challenges IT departments are facing due the consumerization of IT, the rise of advanced persistent threats, and an increase in malware.

The Complete Security Suites combine key functions like endpoint, data and web and email protection, along with mobile device management and protection for Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint. The new offerings give partners a competitive edge in the industry—one vendor, one license, ease of management and deployment. And the array of market-leading solutions creates even more secure environments for their clients at a greater value.

The Complete Security Suites will also shorten the sales cycle for Sophos partners as clients no longer have to evaluate individual solutions in order to solve each security challenge. Instead, they are able to offer solutions that work together—across all points—from a trusted provider.

“We recognize that partners are operating in a competitive environment, so they need tools that will help them meet their clients’ demands for stronger security systems,” said Stuart Fisher, Managing Director for Asia Pacific at Sophos. “We have built this complete security system for IT because IT teams shouldn't have to spend time determining which of their point security products is at fault every time they have a problem, only to find that the problem is that the point products don't work together. With our suites, customers know it’s always Sophos securing them, and they can be confident that they will be backed by both our industry-leading support and our excellent partners.”

New x86 Solutions Optimized for Smarter Computing Workloads

IBM (NYSE:IBM) announced powerful new server solutions aimed at helping x86 clients accelerate the journey to Smarter Computing. Designed to support the requirements of fast-growing businesses, the new products give data center managers the speed, performance and flexibility they need to implement and manage new and existing workloads.

The new products round out one of the industry's most comprehensive portfolios of x86 offerings. This lineup includes an energy-efficient blade server with breakthrough networking flexibility and a compact, affordable rack system that fills the price and performance gap between traditional two-processor servers and four-processor systems for handling high-performance computing and database-intensive applications. IBM also announced several new entry systems for small-to-mid-size infrastructure workloads.

Roland Hagan, vice president and business line executive, IBM System x business said, "Unlike many of our competitors, IBM offers clients a range of solutions from economical infrastructure, to performance optimized solutions, to expert integrated systems to help any size enterprise address its top business challenges."

IBM's newest blade server is the IBM BladeCenter HS23E, an affordable, energy-efficient platform for small to mid-sized organizations, offering breakthrough networking flexibility with built-in support for multiple networking technologies. With up to eight networking ports of Ethernet and other advanced networking protocols, the HS23E can deliver up to 42 percent better compute performance that previous generation servers. In addition, a free IBM FastSetup download automates server setup to reduce hands-on server deployments from days to minutes.

IBM unveiled a new category rack server, the IBM System x3750, a streamlined, entry four-processor offering created for technical computing and other floating-point intensive workloads. The x3750 offers IBM exclusive eXFlash storage technology and innovative "pay-as-you-grow" compute capability to clients who are outgrowing their dual processor systems and need faster database performance, and the ability to manage huge data volumes to gain business insights in seconds rather than hours. IBM has engineered the System x3750 to provide up to 25% more memory performance than comparable systems.

IBM rounded out its new portfolio of entry-to-mid level x86 offerings with new value rack servers that include the storage-dense IBM System x3630 M4, designed for cloud and department-level virtualization, virtual storage, and database workloads, and the IBM System x3530 M4, a new cost-optimized, dense, dual-processor system that is ideal for financial applications, web services, retail point-of-sale, and network infrastructure workloads. These new rack servers extend the IBM portfolio to new customers by lowering the cost of entry for two-processor workloads.

IBM also announced the new IBM Flex System x220, an entry-level compute node that further expands the flexibility and choice of compute options for the recently announced IBM Pure Systems family of expert integrated systems. Performance of the IBM Flex System x220 is tuned for entry virtualization applications and infrastructure workloads such as office email and collaboration. Its advanced management capabilities offer clients real-time system and workload management capabilities out of the box on day one.

SAS unveils SAS High-Performance Analytics

SAS, the leader in business analytics software and services, today announces the availability of SAS High-Performance Analytics software for Malaysia enterprises and business organizations.

SAS High-Performance Analytics, appliance-ready software for Teradata and Greenplum, performs complex analytics processes on big data, slashing analysis time from days to hours, from minutes to seconds, on billions of rows of data.

SAS High-Performance Analytics, which began shipping last year, will be enhanced in August with the new text-mining support to provide companies with insight gained from unstructured data in emails, social media, call center logs, documents and other information.

SAS Malaysia’s Managing Director, Andrew Tan shares that High-performance analytics is the most significant SAS technology advance in at least 10 years. “Business leaders don’t want to wait overnight to process data. They want information as quickly as possible and they want it in a format that makes sense to them and they want to access it when they need it wherever they are. They want to deal with transforming their business now.”

According to Forrester Research, on average, data doubles every 18 months for critical applications, while for some, such as telecommunication call-data-record applications, it can quadruple in the same period.

In the past, we relied heavily on transactional and electronic commerce data, but today new types of workloads are entering the organizational landscape, ranging from mobile, social media, instrumented data, metering data to documents, audio, and video.

Unstructured data, accounting for more than 80 percent of today’s data, can be difficult to analyze, often swamping traditional computer architectures. SAS High-Performance Analytics enables organizations to address “big data,” to reveal hidden relationships within structured and unstructured data –in order to uncover potential opportunities, such as new lines of business, untapped customer segments, client satisfaction issues and profits.

“Enterprise data assets have grown exponentially in recent years, and these massive amounts of structured and unstructured data require two things to be valuable for decision making,” said Surya Mukherjee, Senior Analyst at Ovum. “First, the data volume must be abstracted from users so that they can analyze very large data sets without having to worry about the plumbing. And second, these insights must be delivered quickly to decision makers before a business opportunity is lost or a risky situation develops into a catastrophe.”

“High-performance analytics like those offered by SAS have the potential to generate significant value from data, providing answers in near-real time and delivering competitive advantage,” Mukherjee said.

Banks, Telcos, Retailers and Manufacturers stand to gain from High Performance Analytics Tan further shares, “Enterprises are finding real value in faster answers. With high-performance analytics applied to their text data, companies can greatly improve decision making.”

“For example, a large financial services firm with millions of customer accounts and thousands of products can merge customer call center transcripts with demographic and financial data to improve response rates from marketing campaigns with SAS. Add to that the speed of SAS High-Performance Analytics, and marketers can interactively adjust and fine-tune scenarios to find the best way to reach customers.”

SAS High-Performance Analytics could be highly beneficial in many other scenarios, such as in financial service, manufacturing and telecommunication:-
  • Using SAS High-Performance Analytics, a major US retailer delivers store-specific pricing involving more than 270 million item prices every week. What once took more than 30 hours to compute now takes two with SAS High-Performance Analytics. The retailer can then optimize its prices more frequently, respond to market conditions and maximize revenue.
  • An Asian bank valued its complex capital markets portfolio of 100,000 instruments across multiple time horizons with more than 100,000 scenarios in less than 30 minutes with high-performance analytics technology from SAS, calculating on-demand, intra-day portfolio risk.
  • A manufacturer could use SAS to build predictive models from product and parts catalogs, which contain millions of items with full text descriptions. The models could then be used to match new customer service requests with appropriate information, and prioritize ordering needs in near-real time.


Getting insights faster than ever

Tan further shares that every business is facing an overload of information. The challenge is making it actionable in an ever shrinking window of opportunity. “Being able to process data very quickly is one thing but it is another thing if we can process information faster using analytics which gives people a peek into the future of their respective business. SAS is different in that respect as SAS High-Performance Analytics enables fast processing of analytics not just data.” “With in-memory analytics, we are taking complex analytical processes such as credit risk scoring or marketing optimization or value at risk calculations and reducing its processing time from hours to minutes.” The SAS High-Performance Analytics product family includes other solutions, such as SAS High-Performance Risk, SAS Visual Analytics and its patent-pending SAS® LASR™ Analytic Server.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Chrome Store For Malaysia

Google launched the Chrome Web Store in Malaysia. The Chrome Web Store is an open marketplace for web-based applications. Whether you’re using a Chromebook or the Chrome browser on a traditional computer, the web store gives you an easy place to browse, discover and purchase the best apps on the web. It also gives developers a dedicated place to showcase and monetize their web applications.  Since the Chrome Web Store launched less than a year ago, we’ve expanded into more than 30 countries, and we’re now seeing millions of installations per day from the store.

Web apps make the web fun, useful and entertaining. However, discovering the best applications on the web -- like a great game of virtual basketball -- can be a challenge because there has never been a dedicated place to search and browse for them. Now, with ratings, reviews and a user-friendly interface, the Chrome Web Store gives users an easy place to discover and purchase these web apps.

Sajith Sivanandan, Country Manager, Google Malaysia said, “We’re especially excited that the new Chrome Web Store includes several apps designed especially for Malaysians, created by local developers.”

For news and current affairs, check out the The Star, Malaysiakini and The Malaysian Insider apps. For travel booking and information, there’s the Air Asia app. For technology news and views in Malay, the Amanz.my Chrome app will keep you up to date. And, for your personal finance needs the Maybank app is also available.

Of course, there’s Angry Birds and Battle Stations too, as well the popular file storage app Box, photo editing tools like Pixlr, and the Google Docs suite.

You can also find in the Chrome Web Store lots of extensions and themes to help you customize your web browsing experience. Extensions are custom features and functionalities that you can add to Chrome. Unlike apps, extensions like PrayOnTime -- which displays the Islamic daily prayer times for your location -- are always available no matter what website you’re on. Themes change the appearance of the background of your Chrome browser to give it a personal touch.

In the Chrome Web Store, apps and extensions are presented in a wall of images when you visit the store, so you can quickly scan the store and find interesting things to try out. Apps and extensions are easy to install (watch a video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=8y_Hn2aT8Ck) — just hover over an image and click “Add to Chrome.” You can also choose from hundreds of eye-popping themes.

“For Malaysian developers, the launch of the Chrome Web Store means they’ll be able to easily build and distribute their apps to the more than 200 million people around the world who already use Chrome,” Sajith adds. “A check with GS Statcounter informs us that Chrome is used by 44% of desktop Internet users in Malaysia.”

Chrome users will now find it much easier to discover and add new apps, extensions and themes to their web browser, across a variety of categories. And as more developers come on board, you can expect to see apps from great local publishers, content creators and companies.

Brocade Names New Vice President for Asia Pacific

Brocade® (NASDAQ: BRCD) announced the appointment of Charlie Foo to the role of vice president for Asia Pacific (APAC) effective immediately. Foo succeeds Deb Dutta to assume the region’s top role responsible for charting the company’s overall growth strategy across Asia Pacific and will be based in Singapore reporting directly into Ian Whiting, senior vice president of Worldwide Sales.

An industry veteran with more than 20 years of sales management and leadership experience, Foo was most recently senior director of the Brocade Partner Business Group for APAC where he drove the company’s regional business strategy for growth and diversification, and led the partner strategy with distributors, resellers, OEMs and global systems integrators across the region. He joined Brocade in January 2007.

Brocade is widely regarded for its industry leading networking solutions, providing service provider infrastructure, campus LANs, cloud-enabled data centers and storage networking. According to Forrester Research*, APAC is a growth region for IT with total investments in region expected to exceed $500 billion (USD) in 2012, a 10 percent increase from $460 billion in 2011, making it the third-largest IT market in the world. Investments for networking and communications infrastructure are also expected to grow in 2012 to almost $100 billion driven by the proliferation of smartphones and other powerful mobile devices as well as data center build-outs and modernization projects.

“Charlie is a dynamic leader with deep knowledge of the APAC market and is highly experienced in creating and implementing market-leading partner initiatives and strategies,” said Ian Whiting. “During the past five years, Charlie has built and led a robust and successful partner organization throughout the region, which is instrumental in accelerating our IP business growth and maintaining our SAN leadership position in the region. As APAC continues to take on an increased significance for our global business, we are confident that this region will quickly emerge as one of our primary growth engines under Charlie’s leadership.”

Prior to joining Brocade, Foo was regional director of Channel and Alliance for Asia Pacific/Japan at Veritas-Symantec. He also assumed senior regional leadership positions at IBM Corporation (software Group, Asia Pacific), Compaq Computers Asia/Pacific and Singapore Computer Systems. He holds an MBA from the University of Dubuque, Iowa, USA.

“Brocade is committed to serving this region’s customers with the best resources and support available, and continually investing heavily in the region to help them take full advantage of their investments and trust of Brocade networking solutions,” said Foo. “I am excited to take on this new role to help further our success across the region through working closely with our customers and partners. We are looking forward to the opportunities that APAC brings in 2012, particularly in areas of big data analytics and cloud services where spending is expected to increase for the delivery of agile business services.”

Monday, May 14, 2012

AIMS Group Achieves Dual Certification Milestones

AIMS Group announced that they have achieved two ISO certifications: ISO 9001: 2008 for Quality Management System and ISO 27001:2005 for Information Security Management Systems.

AIMS Group announced today that they have achieved two ISO certifications: ISO 9001: 2008 for Quality Management System and ISO 27001:2005 for Information Security Management Systems.

These internationally recognized certifications are awarded to organizations that has implemented and followed a comprehensive system that addresses all areas of an organization’s operations.

CEO of AIMS Group, Mr. Chiew Kok Hin says, “With these certifications, it is a statement of assurance to our valued customers that the facilities and functionalities of our data centre is more than equipped to deliver quality, efficient management and stringent data security.”

“Both the achievements will further motivate AIMS to continue improving our processes. At present, we are pursuing for yet another certification; the ISO/IEC 20000.”

He further reiterated, “I am very pleased that we have achieved these certifications as we have always taken our responsibilities for securing sensitive information seriously, especially where customer data is concerned. We hope that in working to comply with the ISO standards will streamline processes and operations ensuring top notch quality services and solutions to our customers. In addition, we also hope that the certifications will also be viewed as an indication to a growth in revenue.”

These certifications exhibits AIMS’ commitment to lead by example, by continuing to comply with specific standards it demonstrates data integrity which is pertinent to AIMS, standing as the most densely populated carrier neutral data centre in the country.

According to SIRIM as of end of December 2009, at least 1,064,785 ISO 9001 certificates had been issued in 178 countries and economies while ISO/IEC 27001 certifications has reached almost 13,000 in 117 countries. With the ISO 27001 certification, AIMS Group has joined the ranks of 40 other companies in Malaysia as of mid-2011, that are ISO/IEC 27001 certified. Their certification is aligned with the government call for ISO/IEC 27001 certification primarily for critical information infrastructure

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Facebook To Focus on Mobile For 2012

Facebook make it a point that the mobile platform must be properly taken care of in order to capitalize on the advertising industry.

For more information, refer to Reuters.

Malaysia has one of the biggest smartphone users in the world. A survey commissioned by Google in Oct 2011 found that
  • 1 in 3 Malaysians say they would rather give up their TV than their smartphone.
  • On a daily basis: 43% of Malaysian smartphone users go onto the mobile Internet.
  • 68% say they never leave home without their smartphones and 58% say they first access information on their smartphones and then follow up to find more info on their laptops / PCs.
Another interesting thing to look at is Facts and Figures about Smartphones in Malaysia which was published Oct 2011 where it is found that the typical smartphone user: 25-34 years old, high educated and working.

Like Google, Facebook business model is very unconventional. Google made most of its software free by heavily invested into R & D while not making direct income from it products. Nevertheless, over the years Google has transitioned itself from a total dependent on the advertising business by diverting into other business activities such as manufacturing mobile phones, enterprise products and etc.

The real Facebook business model is still a debate. Most people would believe that it is advertisement, but if we look carefully, I don't see much advertisement hanging around my own page. Some says it is charging Facebook app developers a fee for its platform. My last analysis feels that it can also be in the business of providing intelligence.

Sonru Online Interview Automated Recruitment

Sonru is a SaaS solution for online recruitment. It caters for automated online interviews by having pre-recorded and unattended interview process.

Sonru's video interviewing solution replicates a real live interview. Interviewers create and send (via email) competence-based interviews to candidates (specifying the time allowed to read and answer each questions) - interviewer and candidate do NOT need to be online at the same time.

Candidates record their video responses to the questions in the own time and own location. Stopping halfway through is not an option.

The results of the 'interview' will then be evaluated and shared with colleagues to facilitate for candidate selection. It is a one stone kill many birds weapon.

Sonru is being brought to the Malaysian audience by PowerUpSuccess, a company involves in providing human capital development services.

Sonru is fully integrated with Taleo, a cloud-based SaaS Talent Management solutions which was acquired by Oracle Feb 2012. Taleo was initially targeting SMBs and its core modules include recruiting, performance, compensation, learning, career advancement and talent intelligence.

Therefore, customers need not have the pre-requisite of having in-house talent management solution in order to reap full benefits of Sonru. As the matter of fact, the synergy with Taleo provides customers with a full suite of solution.

Signing up to Sonru is in many ways similar to signing up to a public hosted blog service.

It targets companies of all sizes, competiting with HR recruitment agencies for middle-tier head-hunting market segments. Comparing to head-hunters, Sonru provides customers with better costs saving of up to 80%.

Sonru is Irish originated and its APAC CEO is Mr. Luke Falvey who is based in Singapore.

For more information, refer to 'Malaysia Technology News'

Friday, May 11, 2012

Fujitsu's LifeBook Runs On 3rd Gen Intel Platform

Fujitsu, the No.1 Global Tablet PC Vendor (*Source IDC by worldwide shipment), today launched the first LIFEBOOK to incorporate the new mobile Intel® platform. Symphony at your fingertips – the newest LIFEBOOK LH772 orchestrates and fulfils multimedia and entertainment desires.

Ms. Yap Hui Hui, Country Manager Malaysia, Fujitsu PC Asia Pacific Ltd. (FPCA) said “Fujitsu stays dedicated to our Japanese roots and the Takumi philosophy with the new LIFEBOOK LH772, which is the perfect epitome of style and function.”

“We endeavour to keep our ‘Made in Japan’ promise of premium quality and shall continue to deliver great surprises and exciting products to our customers throughout the year in 2012.”

The Takumi Philosophy (匠)

Ultimate dedication, expertise and experience to create the perfect Fujitsu LIFEBOOK

The new 2012 Fujitsu range of LIFEBOOK is intrinsically designed with the Takumi Philosophy which embodies 4 key elements: –
  1. The Infinity Mark as a badge of excellence and innovation;
  2. The distinctive F-Line Keyboard outline that illustrate craftsmanship and attention to details;
  3. A minimalistic, Zen-like Rounded Profile to signify simplicity and undivided focus on quality; and
  4. User-Centric Shared Details in the forms of a perfectly clean and levelled palm rest and a dichromatic, double injection colour isolation keyboard, a chrome on/off power button and clear indications of the ports on the sides of the keypad for ease of use and a class of sophistication.

The LIFEBOOK LH772 – SYMPHONY AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

LIFEBOOK LH772 is infused with Made-In-Japan multimedia powerhouse ONKYO® Box Speakers to deliver the ultimate sound with crystal clear clarity and visual quality experience like never before. The DTS UltraPC II Plus™ Sound System minimises sound interference that enables a vast distinction in audio pleasure.

Driven by the powerful, new 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ Processor, i7 Quad Core on the Intel® Chief River Platform with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology Boost Technology 2.0, the LIFEBOOK LH772 integrates a dedicated 2GB NVIDIA® Optimus™ graphics and a 14-inch High Definition SuperFine LCD screen, to bring you the perfect balance of performance and long battery lifespan.

The Japanese Takumi design philosophy in the LIFEBOOK LH772 is housed in 3 beautiful urban colours of Shiny Black, Urban White and Cosmos Pink.

The key strength in Fujitsu’s innovations is the ability to incorporate user-centric features in our notebooks.

Further to all the features, the LIFEBOOK LH772 comes with the new Face Sense Utility that intelligently pauses or resumes applications or activities on the LIFEBOOK when human presence is detected.

Along with this it is ergonomically designed with full-sized dichromatic keys and 10-key number pad and an exquisitely designed textured palm rest to prevent any residual fingerprint while giving a luxurious feel at the same time.

Another key innovation is the Japan patented technology dust filter which is an effective total ventilation solution that allows easy cleaning and maintenance, thus resulting in prolonging the LIFEBOOK’s operational life.

RM500 mil syariah-compliant CIF Fund for Entrepreneurs

It is always the best time to engage with public services at times when it is near election.

Some sources claim that the next election for Malaysia is just about the corner, very near.

PM Datuk Seri Najib announced a RM500 mil fund for entrepreneurs, part of the Commercial Innovation Fund (CIF).

It will be available for application by July 2012.

The implementation of CIF will be jointly managed and monitored by SME Corp Malaysia and the Association of Islamic Banking Institutions Malaysia.

Najib said the government had also set up a RM10mil SME Emergency Fund to help entrepreneurs who were affected by natural disasters such as floods, storms, drought and landslides

More for details.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

MSSQL 2008 Export Tool Failure Inserting Into Read Only Column

First of all, if you get 'Unexpected Unrecover error'.



The solution can be found at here.

Edit "C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\100\DTS\Binn\DTSWizard.exe.config" (run Notepad, etc. as Administrator), and comment out/delete



After that you may encounter error 'Failure Inserting Into Read Only Column'.

This usually happens when the destination column is a identity column type.

To solve this issue, make sure you skip those columns which are identity column type by marking it as 'ignore'.

Short Term Contract .NET Programmer Needed

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High pay.

Location: Selangor and KL Malaysia.

Suitable for entrepreneurs looking for short stint while waiting for something big.

Interested people please email to brandonteohno1@yahoo.com or team@it-sideways.com

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Yahoo! Small Business Launches Marketing Dashboard

Yahoo! Small Business announced the launch of Yahoo! Marketing Dashboard, a free tool that helps entrepreneurs discover new marketing opportunities to grow their businesses, while getting a clear picture of their marketing results, online reputations, and website performance, all in one place.

Designed specifically with the small business owner in mind, the Yahoo! Marketing Dashboard provides a clear, consolidated picture of a business's marketing results and reputation, making it easier to discover new insights and develop new ideas for growth. The tool also enables small businesses to easily analyze website metrics and maintain accurate and comprehensive business listings across the Web. With all these key business metrics accessible in one location, small business owners with limited resources can spend more time focusing on their core businesses and less time buried in multiple interfaces and spreadsheets.

Some of the key features included in the free Yahoo! Marketing Dashboard include:
  • Search engine and directory listings: Enables monitoring and provides recommendations on new listing opportunities, covering over 100 sites (including Yelp, Yahoo! Local, and more)
  • Online reputation management: Pulls information from up to 8,000 sources (including Facebook and Twitter)
  • Site traffic analysis: Enables users to understand key website performance metrics (including Google Analytics)
  • Small business-focused news and advice: Provided from Yahoo! Small Business Advisor
  • Campaign tracking: Provides email marketing, SEO, and SEM campaign tracking (must subscribe to these services)
  • Support: 24/7 in-house free customer support

Additionally, business owners can opt for paid premium services within the Yahoo! Marketing Dashboard that enable them to enhance their marketing and analysis. For example:
  • Local Visibility Pro: Small businesses can increase their online visibility by submitting their business information to over 100 search engines and directories
  • Reputation Management Pro: Users get more comprehensive data, plus the ability to track their competitors, receive email alerts, and share positive customer comments via social channels or email
  • Integrated campaign tracking: Small businesses can also attract new customers by taking advantage of marketing services from featured, best-in-class third party marketing vendors, including Constant Contact and OrangeSoda, and display and monitor results from campaigns with those vendors from within the Yahoo! Marketing Dashboard

Yahoo! Small Business customers are already seeing the benefits of the Yahoo! Marketing Dashboard. "I am excited about the possibilities that the Marketing Dashboard presents," said C. Wayne Holsapple, Specialty Fireplaces. "It shows me potential that I wasn't even aware of before and it changes the way that I will direct my advertising dollars."

The Yahoo! Marketing Dashboard and Yahoo! Small Business Advisor are the most recent additions to the suite of tools from Yahoo! Small Business that provide resources to help small businesses grow.

Terilogy Becomes SevOne Master Distributor For APAC

SevOne, the leader in network performance management, today announced it has expanded its partnership agreement with Terilogy, a Japan-based leading global provider of service assurance solutions, by appointing the company as a master distributor in the Asia-Pacific region. This expanded relationship solidifies Terilogy’s strategic relationship with SevOne, and provides infrastructure foundation for Asian expansion.

Terilogy has invested to meet the growing demands of Asia-Pacific based companies that recognize the importance of immediate visibility as to how their IT infrastructure is performing,” stated Terilogy Chief Operating Officer Nubuo Miyamura, “SevOne is the recognized market leader as they deliver significant business value and platform differentiation. The network has become the keybusiness platform for numerous companies and SevOne, in real-time, proactively and reliably assures peak performance at all times.”

Under the partnership agreement,Terilogy will recruit and manage resellers while continuing to resell and support SevOne’s performance management solution through Terilogy Japan, where SevOne is integrated into its complete suite of best-of-breed network infrastructure solutions and technologies. The company employs a team of highly experienced sales and technical support engineers and will also be managing professional servicestraining and specialist professional services support to resellers.

“Asia-Pacific companies have a fast-growing appetite for next generation performance management technologies. This is evident by the immediate interest for SevOne’s solutions that Terilogy has been experiencing," said Bill Conners, SVP of Worldwide Sales and Business Development for SevOne. "With its heritage and knowledge of the local business issues and concerns, it made perfect sense for us to take the next step with Terilogy and formalize our relationship into a master distributorship agreement. Both of our companieswill benefit as we focus on expanding on our success and growing our worldwide customer base and market penetration.”

OSX.FalshBack.K Was Created For Google Ad-Click

Refer to previous introduction on the OSX.FalshBack.K.

Symantec has just published a more detailed overview and inner workings.

It is interesting to take note this time that the ultimate goal of the OSX.Flashback.K Trojan is to generate money through ad-clicking.

It works on the basis of generating dynamic URLs as a form of reporting-back-to-the -HQ. These URLs are known as C & C (command and control) server addresses.

Once the HQ gained control of the infected PC, it will perform hijack on Google Ad-click.

This security threat makes a good case study for computer science and software engineering.

Augmented Reality

Marco Tempest says "It is like technological magic; a perfect medium to investigate magic."

 Marco Tempest is a professional technological illusionist and live-show presenter.

In this video, Marco uses Kinect sensor to deliver a live augmented reality presentation.




Finger crossed ?

Monday, May 07, 2012

Dell SharePoint Optimization

Dell’s SharePoint Infrastructure Optimization solution takes a comprehensive Microsoft® SharePoint® infrastructure approach which consolidates SharePoint unstructured content, backup, and archive datasets on the Dell™ DX Object Storage Platform, thus improving end user performance, enabling better manageability, reducing capital and operational expenditures and increasing SharePoint service quality.

After externalization of large content such as Word documents, PDFs, etc., from the SharePoint SQL Server database to the Dell DX Object Storage Platform using the DocAve Extender component, backing up a SharePoint site collection was 29x faster than backing up the non-externalized site collection, and restoring it was 32x faster. Routine SharePoint operations (browse, search, upload, and download) were 17% - 40% faster once this large content was moved to the external storage.

SharePoint is a multi-faceted platform that is being utilized at an increasing rate by corporations as a mechanism to manage and gain value from enterprise content. The growth of this content in the form of unstructured data and the increased reliance on SharePoint is challenging IT to adequately architect the underlying infrastructure to match and grow with business usage.

To help with this, storage and data management solutions can be deployed alongside SharePoint deployments in order to deal with the above mentioned data growth.

1.) Dell DX Object Storage Platform:

The DX Object Storage Platform is a new generation of storage platform that combines ease of management with scalability and resilience. It’s unique manner of storing data, be it SharePoint content, a backup dataset, or an archived SharePoint site as an object and not a collection of bytes, provides surprising ROI and TCO benefits that can be breakthroughs for IT departments.

The idea is to perform offloading of BLOB, backup, and archive flows from the main SharePoint environment to DX Object Storage Platform.

2.) AvePoint’s DocAve Software Platform:

DocAve provides a fully integrated and scalable software solution for organizations to streamline and simplify tasks associated with managing SharePoint environments, help comply with stringent SLAs including aggressive RTOs and RPOs for protecting SharePoint content, improve SharePoint performance for global users, optimize SQL resources, and can reduce risks associated with managing complex SharePoint environments

This study is simulated using the Medium SharePoint 2010 Farm. SharePoint is implemented in four servers: two SharePoint Front End Web Servers for high availability, a SharePoint Application Server, and a SharePoint SQL Server Database server.

DX Object Storage Cluster is included, consisting of primary and secondary DX6000 Cluster Services Nodes, and two DX6012 Storage Nodes with 12 1 TB disks each.

SharePoint roles are assigned to the various servers to maximize performance and availability. The Admin and Crawl components are assigned to the application server while the search Index is spread across both web front end servers, with each web front end server’s Index portion mirrored on the other web front end server. This provides higher performance (by spreading the work across multiple servers) as well as high availability.

DocAve's Functionality

1.) Extender

The Remote BLOB Store (RBS) feature of SQL Server 2008 can improve SharePoint functionality immensely by removing the binary large objects (BLOBs) such as large PDF files from the SQL Server database and storing them on external storage, replacing them with stubs. DocAve software contains an RBS provider through their Extender functionality, which has been certified with the Dell DX Object Storage Platform.

2.) Archiver

With DocAve Archiver objects meeting certain criteria – when last accessed, size, etc. - can be moved from SharePoint to the DX Object Storage Platform and maintained there according to a specified retention policy.

3.) Backup/Restore

DocAve Granular Backup and Restore provides for full or incremental backup of any specified sites, site collections, or content databases, to the DX Object Storage Platform.

Results

1.) Backup and Restore Performance

Backing up the Extended site collection was 29x faster than backing up the non-Extended site collection, and restoring it was 32x faster.

2.) Load Performance

The results of the test are shown in the next table. Using DocAve Extender to move BLOBs from SQL Server to the Dell DX Object Storage Platform results in performance improvements of from 17% to 40%.

For more information, refer to 'Enterprise IT News'

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Dachis Group Launches Content Insight Functionality

Dachis Group, the world's leading social software and solutions firm, announced the launch of Content Insight and the integration of the Facebook® Insights API into its social analytics platform, providing brands with a way to measure the impact of conversation streams and determine the most effective content for their pages.

The new Content Insight capability is now available to customers of Dachis Group's Social Performance Monitor software-as-a-service (SaaS) product.

Dachis Group also announced that they are one of only a few companies out of 231 in total certified in three of four groups within the newly updated Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer (PMD) Program. The Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer Program helps developers build products that make social marketing easier and more effective for big brands looking to leverage the power of social marketing on Facebook for engagement at scale.

"We're proud to collaborate with Facebook on this service and excited to be able to surface deep conversation data for our customers," said Erik Huddleston, EVP Product and CTO, Dachis Group. "Executives are demanding real ROI measurement for social spend and Likes and Followers are no longer a satisfactory measure of performance. Brand marketers need better insight into which actions and messages are moving the needle on the business outcomes that matter."

The Promise of Social for Brands

For brand marketers, the rise of social networks like Facebook, with its 800 million users, brings both the promise of unprecedented access to customers and insight, and the challenge of how to make sense of the data and scale customer engagement.

Brands and companies set up Facebook Pages to market themselves and engage with customers. But until now, they've only had blunt instruments to measure the value of their investments--the number of Likes or Fans--to measure how well they're doing. Facebook Insights API gives brands better understanding into how well their Pages are reaching Facebook users and Dachis Group Content Insight uncovers which conversations the brand is having on Facebook are the most effective.

The Evolution of Facebook's Partner Program

When Facebook introduced the Preferred Developer Consultant (PDC) program in December 2009, Dachis Group companies comprised three of the seven inaugural members. The program was created to provide brands and organizations with a trusted list of companies experienced in integrating and creating Facebook products and technologies.

As Facebook's network grew, Dachis Group expanded to become one of the largest of the 90 partners, creating more than 500 custom Facebook applications, tabs, and Facebook connect integrations for global clients.

Today, Facebook rolled out its new Preferred Marketing Developer Program as part of its Facebook Marketing Developer Spring Summit. The program recognizes companies that have developed technologies in one or more of the following specialty areas:
  • Insights: Page and post analysis, benchmarking, KPI tracking, and other tools for measuring performance across Facebook objects.
  • Pages: Post scheduling and targeting, moderation, permissioning, and other tools to manage Facebook Pages.
  • Apps: Services and platforms for building socially enabled integrations-customized or self service.
  • Ads: Advanced ad creation, campaign management, and reporting capabilities.

Dachis Group is certified to be included in three of the four partner classifications, including: Insights, Pages, and Apps.

How Dachis Group Leverages Facebook Data

As part of the Facebook Insights program, Dachis Group has launched its Content Insight service as a component of its Social Performance Monitor SaaS application.

Dachis Group's Content Insight analyzes all of a brand's Facebook posts, correlates it with other data flows, provides a rich collection of measures, and applies semantic analysis to show number of views and sentiment for each post and comment. Content Insight also integrates with Advocate Insight, Dachis Group's latest SaaS application, to show whether a Facebook visitor is one of the brand's advocates.

For each post, Content Insight provides:
  • Post Reach: The number of unique people who have seen the post.
  • Engaged Users: The number of unique people who have clicked anywhere on your post.
  • Sentiment: A measure from -100 to 100 capturing the overall sentiment for the post.
  • Virality Score: The number of unique people who have created a story from your Page Post as a percentage of the number of unique people who’ve seen it.
  • Post PTAT: "People Talking About This" is the number of unique users who have created a "story" about a page in a seven-day period, such as liking a page or posting on a wall.