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Sunday, August 17, 2014

ICT Happenings Week 3 of Aug 2014

News for Week 2 of Aug 2014, the biggest news was the announcement that WD Expanded NAS Storage Offerings with 6 TB, 5-Platter Hard Drive.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Aug 15, 2014 - WFT EducationⓇ launches Cloud Workshops and Seminars in Educational Institutions across India
  • PR - Aug 15, 2014 - PAX will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) from the 31 October – 2 November 2014.
  • PR - Aug 15, 2014 - Kaspersky & Mensa launch Global Think Test
  • PR - Aug 15, 2014 - Rackcorp Selects Brocade Ethernet Fabric As Strategic Foundation for Data Center Network
  • PR - Aug 15, 2014 - WD's My Book Duo Offers Superior Performance and Data Protection
  • PR - Aug 14, 2014 - AMD Unleashes World's Most Powerful Server GPU for HPC
  • PR - Aug 13, 2014 - Gartner: PBS Software Positioned in Magic Quadrant for Structured Data Archiving and Application Retirement
  • Ovum - Aug 13, 2014 - Ovum forecasts global OC market to grow 8% in 2014
  • PR - Aug 12, 2014 - Oracle Sees Increase in Demands for Marketing Analytics in ASEAN
  • PR - Aug 12, 2014 - Huawei Collaborates With TM R&D In Joint Innovation Efforts To Develop Next-Generation Access Technologies
  • PR - Aug 12, 2014 - Affiliate Junction to Drive Retail Revenue Growth At Least Tenfold for over 9,000 Businesses



PR - Aug 15, 2014 - WFT EducationⓇ launches Cloud Workshops and Seminars in Educational Institutions across India

WFT Cloud EducationⓇ, a leading IT Training firm in India, today announced the launch of several cloud workshops and seminars in major institutions across India to promote cloud awareness and, to stress on the need for cloud education. Several Engineering & Science colleges in India pursue a rigid and rather age-old curriculum, which often keeps graduates less informed about the current technology trends. With an initiative to better educate college students about current market expectations, WFT Cloud EducationⓇ hosted several cloud workshops within colleges here in India.

An interview held with the management team within WFT Education revealed several important insights, which were focused towards the need for a vendor agnostic, time-proof and tailor made curriculum for students currently studying in colleges. The team also expressed its concern about the unemployed engineering graduates which has raised to more that 100,000 in the academic year 2013 – 2014. The reason for such a huge deficit in the number of employers is not the employers themselves; instead it is because of the lack of skills, which graduates fail to possess when they seek employment.

PR - Aug 15, 2014 - PAX will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) from the 31 October – 2 November 2014

Melbourne will be the home to the largest games festival in the world. The Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) will be returning to Australia this year to celebrate all things tech with console gaming, computer games and table top games.

In 2013, Melbourne became the first city outside of North America to hold a PAX festival. The event was sold out in days and was so successful, PAX Australia, returns to Melbourne once again from 31 October – 2 November 2014 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC).

Three day international passes are only available for those outside of Australia and can be purchased for RM 450 (AUD 150). There are also exclusive accommodation discounts available for those travelling to the show. Night time events and special activities all throughout the city of Melbourne will showcase the creative, quirky and inventive city that has become home to the only games festival of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

PAX , Melbourne 2013PAX, Melbourne 2013

PR - Aug 15, 2014 - Kaspersky & Mensa Launch Global Think Test

The Global Think Test is made up of a series of online brain games, quizzes and puzzles, specially created to let participants hone their combination, calculation skills and thinking abilities.

“Being alert and focused can help you win computer games, but can also help you keep cybercriminals at bay. We can avoid so many threats by simply being alert,” says Eugene Kaspersky, Chairman and CEO Kaspersky Lab. “If something is too good to be true, it most probably is. And in most cases there are tell-tale signs that a website is fake. If you’re not distracted by other things and are trained to stay focused, you should be able to spot them.”

As the online world is increasingly populated with threats, common sense plays an extremely important role. Users need to be able to identify a potentially dangerous situation quickly – and often that means acting contrary to our normal instincts. As social beings, we are led by basic principles such as trust, authority, helpfulness, curiosity and reciprocation, all of which can be abused by cybercriminals. Therefore, we need to train our brains to make the right decisions fast, and Kaspersky Lab has designed the Global Think Test to see if users have what it takes.

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PR - Aug 15, 2014 - Rackcorp Selects Brocade Ethernet Fabric As Strategic Foundation for Data Center Network

Australia-based high-end hosted services provider RackCorp has started transitioning its data center operations to a new network foundation based on advanced Ethernet fabric infrastructure from Brocade. The company, which operates from 21 data centers across nine countries, has embraced the Software-Defined Networking (SDN) capable family of Brocade® VDX® switches and VCS® Fabric technology to meet the high-availability and increasingly high-bandwidth requirements of its global client base.

With the help of Brocade architecture planning, initial fabric deployments have been made at RackCorp data centers in Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth, Australia as well as Hong Kong to support dedicated server, virtual server, and cloud computing services.

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PR - Aug 15, 2014 - WD's My Book Duo Offers Superior Performance and Data Protection

WD, a Western Digital company, and world leader in storage solutions for the connected life, today introduced My Book® Duo, the newest member of its award-winning line of desktop storage solutions for home and office.

Utilizing two drives, hardware-level RAID and USB 3.0, My Book Duo delivers massive capacity and file transfer speeds not available on single-drive solutions. Available in 4 TB[1], 6 TB, 8 TB and 12 TB capacities, My Book Duo also comes with software that creates secure local, cloud and system-level backups for complete data protection.

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PR - Aug 14, 2014 - AMD Unleashes World's Most Powerful Server GPU for HPC

AMD today announced the AMD FirePro™ S9150 server card – the most powerful server Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) ever built for High Performance Computing1. Based on the AMD Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture, the first AMD architecture designed specifically with compute workloads in mind, the AMD FirePro S9150 server card is the first server card to support enhanced double precision and break the 2.0 TFLOPS double precision barrier1,2. With 16GB of GDDR5 memory – 33 percent more than the competition3 – and maximum power consumption of 235 watts, AMD FirePro S9150 server GPUs provide supercomputers with massive compute performance while maximizing available power budgets.

AMD FirePro


The AMD FirePro S9150 server card is supported by a powerful software ecosystem, enabling developers to better harness its compute performance. In addition to AMD support for OpenCL™, including support for OpenCL™ 2.0 planned later this year4, AMD today announced a collaboration with Pathscale to support OpenMP 4.0 for AMD FirePro S9150 and selected other AMD FirePro graphics cards.

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PR - Aug 13, 2014 - Gartner: PBS Software Positioned in Magic Quadrant for Structured Data Archiving and Application Retirement

PBS Software GmbH announced that for the first time they have been positioned the furthest for completeness of vision and ability to execute in the Niche Players Quadrant in Gartner's "Magic Quadrant for Structured Data Archiving and Application Retirement". The Magic Quadrant is Gartner's central report for assessing manufacturers. It is compiled independently by Gartner based on a comprehensive catalog of criteria, is held in high esteem, and is therefore often used as a selection criterion in sales situations.

According to Gartner "By 2017, structured data archiving will represent one-fifth of the information governance efforts in enterprises" Increasingly, IT leaders are retiring applications as they respond to demands to move to the cloud, consolidate data centers and improve agility. Structured data archiving, from vendors such as PBS, address the management of aging data, application consolidation and retirement.

Ovum - Aug 13, 2014 - Ovum forecasts global OC market to grow 8% in 2014

The global optical components (OC) market posted revenues of US$6.8bn in 2013, up 3% from the 2012 level. The gain was due to strong datacom sales driven by hyperscale data centers, 100G coherent demand, and unexpected growth in sales of transceivers for fiber-to-the-antenna applications for 4G build-outs, according to global market research firm Ovum.

Figure: Global optical components market forecast by segment

OC sales will grow in 2014 following a respectable 1Q14. The market posted a 1% decline sequentially but grew 7% compared to the year-ago period. The lower 1Q14 result is due to new lower telecom prices being implemented. Demand for 100G components for coherent transmission in WAN, datacom transceivers at 10 and 40G, and fiber-to-the-antenna transceivers is expected to continue. Traffic continues to increase, and high-speed optics being used in new applications are helping to drive the market forward.

PR - Aug 12, 2014 - Oracle Sees Increase in Demands for Marketing Analytics in ASEAN

Oracle Corporation, the world's leading ICT solutions provider, today outlined an emerging trend that is driving the demands for business analytics solutions in ASEAN for marketing functions during a media briefing session held at Bangsar Shopping Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Francis Han, general manager for business analytics of Oracle ASEAN highlighted that today’s marketers in ASEAN are facing tremendous pressures within organization to be data-driven in their decision making.


Building on its commitment to help marketing teams to execute marketing activities that have a measurable impact on revenue, Oracle is extending the industry’s most comprehensive Marketing Cloud to offer marketers an unparalleled ability to deliver an enhanced customer experience.

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PR - Aug 12, 2014 - Huawei Collaborates With TM R&D In Joint Innovation Efforts To Develop Next-Generation Access Technologies

Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Telekom Research & Development Sdn Bhd (TM R&D), a wholly owned subsidiary of Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM), at TM Convention Center. The MoU aims to launch joint innovation efforts to co-develop next generation access technologies for both fixed-line and wireless connectivity in Malaysia. Through this collaboration, both parties will share research facilities and encourage knowledge transferring, as well as establish a joint lab within the TM Innovation Center, in Cyberjaya within the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) of Malaysia.



Left to right:
  • Dr. Leroy G. Blimegger Jr, President of Huawei Assurance & Managed Services
  • Mr. Zakaria Ahmad, General Manager of TM Research & Development
  • Giorgio Migliarina, CTIO of Telekom Malaysia
  • Dr. Gopi Kurup, Chief Executive Officer, TM Research & Development
  • Dato’ Danapalan TP Vinggrasalam, Chairman of TM Research & Development
  • Mike Wang, CEO of Huawei Malaysia
  • Zou Zhilei, President of Huawei Carrier Business Group
  • Zhou Jianjun, Vice President of Huawei Southern Pacific Region

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PR - Aug 12, 2014 - Affiliate Junction to Drive Retail Revenue Growth At Least Tenfold for over 9,000 Businesses

I Synergy Universal Sdn Bhd, the company that developed and manages Affiliate Junction (AJ), the leading affiliate network in Malaysia that offers performance-based affiliate marketing solutions, has announced that the company is now moving into the third phase of business growth with new plans and intensified focus to increase retail revenue for near 9,000 AJ Affiliates and over 700 merchants, as well as to introduce AJ into overseas markets.

Senior industry representatives at the Affiliate Summit 2014

(L-R) Pn. Syuibah Abirah - Manager Strategy & Planning of B40; Digital Malaysia (MDeC); En. Nordarzy Razak - General Manager of B40; Digital Malaysia (MDeC); Ms. Kelly Lau; Vice President of LAUBROS Holdings (M) Sdn. Bhd.; Mr. Ong Yew Chee; Director; Business Services & Building Material Section/ Franchise Unit; China/ Trade and Services Promotion Division; Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE); Dato' Lawrence Teo; Founder of Affiliate Junction/ Group CEO of IS Group of Companies; GAA Mohammad Yazid; GAA Mohd Hafiz; GAA Muhammad Dayan

MyKad Smart Shopper Program (MSSP), the anchor affiliate program under AJ, is a multi-merchant retail affiliate program that uses MyKad as members’ identification, where members can get membership privileges, while AJ Affiliates who refer these members to the merchants are incentivised through the program’s system.

Under its third phase developments, Merchants can now leverage the convenient use of wireless Electronic Data Capture (EDC) terminals instead of desktop computers. These MSSP Terminals are programmed with proprietary MSSP functions to securely capture member retail transactions and facilitate redemptions.

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