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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

IT News Week 4 of Apr 2015

For week 3 of Apr 2015, the most interesting news was the announcement of global expansion for Symantec Incident Response Services.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Apr 23, 2015 - TIBCO Releases Live Datamart 2.0 - The Latest Version of the Industry's First Data Mart for Fast Data
  • PR - Apr 23, 2015 - Singapore - Present App Receives Funding SGD$500,000
  • PR - Apr 22, 2015 - PIKOM approves fixed broadband rates reduction
  • Ovum - Apr 21, 2015 - Ovum says Data Center Interconnect a booming market for suppliers
  • PR - Apr 21, 2015 - MDeC Supports Public and Private Universities to Bridge Talent Gap in Data Analytics Industry
  • PR - Apr 20, 2015 - NCR Names New Sales Leaders to Drive Financial Services Business in Southeast Asia
  • PR - Apr 20, 2015 - Barracuda Strengthens Worldwide Partner Programme
  • PR - Apr 17, 2015 - Juniper Networks Introduces the Industry’s Fastest Firewall ​
  • PR - Apr 17, 2015- VMware Unveils EVO:RAIL in ASEAN
  • PR - Apr 16, 2015 - Brocade Investing in India as Additional Base for New IP Innovations
  • PR - Apr 16, 2015 - Building leadership skills in the fight against cybersecurity threats
  • PR - Apr 16, 2015 - Sophos Redefines Enterprise Mobility Management
  • PR - Apr 15, 2015 - Tata Communications launches Media Ecosystem to drive broadcast innovation
  • PR - Apr 15, 2015 - RS Components introduces the latest Weller all-in-one assembly/rework stations



PR - Apr 23, 2015 - TIBCO Releases Live Datamart 2.0 - The Latest Version of the Industry's First Data Mart for Fast Data

TIBCO Software Inc., a global leader in infrastructure and business intelligence software, recently announced the release of Live Datamart 2.0. The second generation of the Live Datamart concept pioneered by TIBCO delivers continuous analytics, enabling business end users to see and act on conditions as they change, in real-time.

TIBCO brings significant improvements with Live Datamart 2.0. Some of the upgrades include Continuous Query Processor improvements, Internet of Things support and new API libraries for mobile and web Access.

PR - Apr 23, 2015 - Singapore - Present App Receives Funding SGD$500,000

Singapore-based startup, Present app, which has just announced SGD$500,000 in funding from prominent Singaporean investors.

Present app is a social video diary that lets users crystallize life’s fleeting moments through a variety of features, allowing users to effortlessly start recording, and preserving the authenticity of the moment. The app allows videos of up to two minutes, which the Present team has studied to be the optimum length for attention span—long enough to tell a coherent narrative, but just short enough to leave off unnecessary volume that clogs up the narrative of the video. Users are left with a concise, pure moment, preserved.

The funding has been raised from notable investors from Singapore, including James Teo, Executive Chairman of Eastgate Technology, and Bobby Lim, Director of Tai Sin Electric. CEO Peter Draw plans on using the funding towards strengthening the Present app team, and gearing up for the app’s launch later this year by optimizing existing features, and introducing new ones, that all go towards Present’s vision to capture all of life’s precious moments.

PR - Apr 22, 2015 - PIKOM approves fixed broadband rates reduction

The National ICT Association of Malaysia (PIKOM), as the ‘Voice of the ICT Industry’ lauds the government’s decision to reduce fixed broadband rates between 10% and 57% as announced on 15 April 2015 as it will have a catalytic effect on eCommerce while spurring the growth of the local economy.

Ovum - Apr 21, 2015 - Ovum says Data Center Interconnect a booming market for suppliers

Revenues for data center interconnect (DCI) continue to grow at a rapid pace according to a recently completed market study* by Ovum, a global analyst firm. 2014 revenues of US$2.5bn grew more than 16% from 2013. Nearly one-half of all DCI spending in 2014 was from communications service providers (CSPs) but the Internet content provider (ICP) segment grew 64% on the year.
  • Enterprise IT evolution to cloud and the explosive growth of video is driving strong growth in data center builds and fundamentally changing how networks are constructed.
  • The ongoing surge in DC build-outs has made DCI the fastest growing application for optical networking (ON) equipment. DCI revenues grew 16.2% in 2014, surpassing US$2.5bn.

PR - Apr 21, 2015 - MDeC Supports Public and Private Universities to Bridge Talent Gap in Data Analytics Industry

Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), lead agency in driving the National Big Data Analytics (BDA) Initiative, today announced support from seven public and private institutes of higher learning in Malaysia to offer data science courses to university students, graduates and working professionals for careers in data analytics.

Big Data Week KL, 2015


To support and facilitate the demands of the local Data Analytics industry, these universities will be offering undergraduate and post-graduate data science and computer science courses with data and business analytics specialisations, starting July 2015 onwards. The institutes of higher learning are Asia Pacific University (APU), Malaysia Multimedia University (MMU), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Sunway University, Monash University, University Institute Technology Mara (UiTM) and University Teknologi Petronas (UTP).

MDeC also introduced a Data Science specialisation using Massive Online Blended Learning Approach (MOOC), an online course using content from Johns Hopkins University, in collaboration with Coursera, leader in providing universal access to education. This data analytics course is an extension to MDeC's existing MyProcert, a government-subsidised professional certification

PR - Apr 20, 2015 - NCR Names New Sales Leaders to Drive Financial Services Business in Southeast Asia

NCR Corporation, today announced two new senior sales executive appointments to drive its financial services business growth in Southeast Asia and Singapore. Yiannos Papadopoulos, current AMEA channel vice president, will take up a new role as vice president for financial services, sales in Southeast Asia, reporting to Joao Perez, senior vice president, global sales for financial services. While, Midge Pan is appointed managing director for financial services in Singapore and he will report to Yiannos.

Midge PanYiannos

In his new role, Yiannos will be based in Singapore and be responsible for driving NCR’s strategy to leverage new growth opportunities for software and services business in the financial industry in the Southeast Asia region. During his 16 years with NCR, Yiannos has held senior leadership roles of increasing responsibilities, including region leader for the retail business in the Middle East, general manager for NCR South Africa, channels managing director for Middle East and most recently managing the channel financial business globally.

As managing director for financial services in Singapore, Midge will continue to deliver values to NCR’s strategic customers in the market through NCR’s innovative technology and work towards adding new customers.

PR - Apr 20, 2015 - Barracuda Strengthens Worldwide Partner Programme

Barracuda Networks, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-connected security and storage solutions, announces that it has enhanced its channel programme to provide the necessary structure and tools to allow resellers to successfully sell and support Barracuda solutions worldwide.

The new programme is designed to accelerate profitability for loyal partners, and to attract new, motivated partners.

Thiban Darmalingam, the Regional Manager for Barracuda in Malaysia says, “Over the years we’ve added a tremendous amount of innovative technologies to our solution portfolio to provide our channel partners with the best possible options to solve security and storage challenges for customers.”

In an effort to reward and better support VARs at all levels of the partner programme, Barracuda has introduced a new level – Premier and adjusted the revenue and training requirements at all levels. The enhanced programme establishes global consistency with more levels for greater participation, and rewards partner loyalty at each of the new levels – Premier, Preferred, Authorized and Registered.

PR - Apr 17, 2015 - Juniper Networks Introduces the Industry’s Fastest Firewall ​

Juniper Networks announced new hardware for its Juniper Networks® SRX5800 Services Gateway that will deliver unprecedented performance necessary to secure traffic on high speed networks. These new improvements will increase available Internet Mix (IMIX) firewall throughput up to 2 Terabits per second (2 Tbps), to empower service providers and large enterprises to minimise the potential for security bottlenecks as they manage increased and unpredictable demands for bandwidth placed on their networks.

Juniper Firewall Increases Network Throughput

PR - Apr 17, 2015- VMware Unveils EVO:RAIL in ASEAN

VMware announced the availability of VMware EVO:RAIL™ for the ASEAN region through its qualified EVO:RAIL Partners. VMware EVO:RAIL is a hyper-converged infrastructure appliance that helps IT organizations streamline the deployment and scale-out of software-defined IT infrastructure at the speed of business.

In partnership with Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, Hitachi Data Systems, HP and NetApp, VMware EVO:RAIL will be offered through these partners’ channels as a single SKU covering hardware, software, and support and services costs, with single point-of-contact support by these Qualified EVO:RAIL Partners.

PR - Apr 16, 2015 - Brocade Investing in India as Additional Base for New IP Innovations

Brocade today announced that it is making new investments in India as an additional base to support the company's New IP innovations. Brocade announced the opening of a new state-of-the-art Development Centre in Bangalore, and stated it will invest US$300 million in India over the next five years. The new Centre reaffirms Brocade's commitment to accelerating growth in one of the world's fastest-growing economies, and will play an important role in the development of networking innovations based on the New IP architecture.

Brocade believes India is the ideal test bed for the New IP architecture as enterprises and service providers in India are receptive to open standards and are well positioned to leap directly to the New IP technologies over proprietary, legacy networking equipment. The Centre will enable Brocade India to showcase proofs-of-concept and pilot projects for customers and partners -- while contributing to the development of next-generation, fabric-based and software networking solutions.

PR - Apr 16, 2015 - Building leadership skills in the fight against cybersecurity threats

Saïd Business School, University of Oxford has launched the first executive education programme that sets out to address cybersecurity issues from the perspective of what company leaders need to know. The Cyber Risk for Leaders Programme is designed to arm senior executives with the knowledge and strategies to deal with the increasing cybersecurity threat.

‘It’s not just about how you respond to that four-in-the-morning phone call,’ said Professor Sadie Creese, Co-Director of the programme and Professor of Cybersecurity in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford. ‘It’s about preparing the organisation as a whole to live with and minimise the risks associated with today’s digital business environment. That calls for leadership, which is why we have developed this programme specifically for leaders.’

The 2.5-day programme will take an inter-disciplinary approach combining IT expertise from across the University of Oxford with business disciplines. However, rather than teaching executives technology, the programme will give participants the tools to assess their position and develop strategic operations in an electronically enabled environment; understand the cyber risks to which their organisation is exposed; ask the right questions of their technical and HR teams and be a more intelligent “consumer” of the advice; and communicate the risks to the leadership team and/or board.

The programme is based on cutting edge, rigorous Oxford research into cybersecurity through the Corporate Insider Threat Detection (CITD) project and the Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre. GCHQ has categorised Oxford University as an Academic Centre for Excellence in Cyber Security Research.

PR - Apr 16, 2015 - Sophos Redefines Enterprise Mobility Management

Sophos today announced the availability of Sophos Mobile Control 5 (SMC 5), which provides policy-based device management across iOS, Android and Windows Phone. Sophos Mobile Control 5 also automates tasks for configuring access and security settings, to save time and effort. Policies can be managed remotely, and the self-service portal makes it easy for ordinary users to enrol their own devices.

The product covers mobile device management, mobile application management, mobile content management, and mobile email management. It includes Sophos Secure Workspace, the company's encrypted file-sharing system, and it integrates with Sophos UTM to block network access by devices that are out of compliance, and distribute updated network configuration settings. Available for on-premises deployment or hosted by Sophos or a managed service provider, pricing is on application and it is licensed on a per-user basis, with free trials available.

PR - Apr 15, 2015 - Tata Communications launches Media Ecosystem to drive broadcast innovation

Tata Communications, a leading provider of A New World of Communications™, today announces its Media Ecosystem, that combines traditional video contribution services with IP-based connectivity to create a highly innovative global media platform. The new ecosystem enables seamless global transport and management of content as a cloud-based managed service and supports global media distribution requirements, OTT and mobility applications.

The cloud based Media Ecosystem includes asset management, workflow management, cloud-based playout, automation and control, storage and OTT platforms as a service. These functions are underpinned by a combination of Tata Communications’ unique network services offerings including its leading IP network, Content Delivery Network (CDN) and Video Connect. In an industry first, Tata Communications’ unique IZO™ Internet WAN service which offers business-class SLAs across internet connections has also been integrated, widening the opportunities for professional video sharing.

PR - Apr 15, 2015 - RS Components introduces the latest Weller all-in-one assembly/rework stations

RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers, has introduced the WXR 3 range of all-in-one rework stations, the latest additions to Weller’s WX family of products. Compatible with all of Weller’s WX ‘intelligent’ tools, the WXR 3 is a 600W 3-channel rework offering exceptional performance and a number of new innovative features including traceability and bench top control.

WXR 3 Series


Three different kits are available that offer the choice of 65W or 120W WXP soldering irons, 120W horizontal (WXDP) or vertical-use (WXDV) desoldering tools and a 200W WXHAP Hot Air Pencil. All the kits, WXR 3030, WXR 3031 and WXR 3032, feature a self-contained vacuum air pump, a vacuum pickup unit that allows accurate component placement, WX tools with motion sensor control, and three safety rests.

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