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Sunday, July 05, 2015

IT News Week 1 July 2015

For week 4 of Jun 2015, the most interesting news was the announcement of Converged Supercore Architecture with PTX1000 by Juniper Networks.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Jul 3, 2015 - Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus students make it to the World Finals of Imagine Cup!
  • PR - Jul 2, 2015 - CORVALLIS, Ore. - Tough tail of a seahorse may provide robotic solutions
  • PR - Jul 2, 2015 - 11street Reveals Online Search for Baby Car Seats Spike as Balik kampung Exodus Approaches
  • PR - Jul 2, 2015 - Acronis has been recognized in the top 20 of the world’s most attractive cloud providers
  • PR - Jul 2, 2015 - Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP HANA® Available on Amazon Web Services
  • PR - Jul 2, 2015 - AMD Ushers in a New Era of PC Gaming with Radeon™ R9 and R7 300 Series Graphics Line-Up
  • PR - Jul 1, 2015 - Kaspersky Lab and ISA combine their efforts to protect critical infrastructure
  • PR - Jul 1, 2015 - Acronis partners Iconz-Webvisions To Deliver Cloud Backup Solution in Singapore & Malaysia
  • PR - Jun 30, 2015 - Huawei awarded “Biggest Contribution to 5G Development” at 5G World Summit 2015
  • PR - Jun 29, 2015 - Blue Coat Is a ‘Secure Web Gateway’ Leader
  • PR - Jun 29, 2015 - Hampshire, UK - M2M Adoption in Far Eastern & China Markets to Account for 1 in 5 of All Global Deployments by 2019
  • PR - Jun 25, 2015 - Brocade and Sugon Partner to Bring New Converged Networking Innovations to China



PR - Jul 3, 2015 - Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus students make it to the World Finals of Imagine Cup!

Four Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus students have made it for the World Finals of Microsoft’s Imagine Cup, to be held in Seattle, Washington from 27 to 31 July 2015. Imagine Cup is Microsoft’s global student technology program and competition which allows students across all disciplines to use their creativity, passion and knowledge of technology to create applications, games, and integrates solutions that can change the way we live, work, and play.

Participants of Imagine Cup celebrate after the conclusion of the National Finals. Swinburne Sarawak Team also won MCMC’s Imagine Cup National Final category winner cash prize, pictured with John Tay, Director, Digital Lifestyle and Society, MCMC (Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission)


The talented foursome – Landon Chia, Stella Wang, Sim Jia Ying and John Hii – formed team “SwinDesign” and created a horror role playing game called “Tou: The Sacrifice”, which won them the seat in the Games category for the World Finals. Inspired by folklore and rituals of the Melanau tribe in Sarawak, the game allows players to navigate and search for clues, solving puzzles to proceed to the further levels. Players of Tou: The Sacrifice will primarily move around scenes in 2D Parallax, creating an illusion of depth in a 2D scene; while in selected environments, players will experience a 3D environment, creating a gyroscopic effect.

PR - Jul 2, 2015 - CORVALLIS, Ore. - Tough tail of a seahorse may provide robotic solutions

One of the ocean’s oddest little creatures, the seahorse, is providing inspiration for robotics researchers as they learn from nature how to build robots that have capabilities sometimes at odds with one another – flexible, but also tough and strong.

Their findings, published today in the journal Science, outline the virtues of the seahorse’s unusual skeletal structure, including a tail in which a vertebral column is surrounded by square bony plates. These systems may soon help create technology that offers new approaches to surgery, search and rescue missions or industrial applications.

Such applications, he said, might include laparoscopic surgery, in which a robotic device could offer enhanced control and flexibility as it enters a body, moves around organs and bones, and then has the strength to accomplish a surgical task. It could find uses in industrial system, search and rescue robots, or anything that needs to be both resilient and flexible.

PR - Jul 2, 2015 - 11street Reveals Online Search for Baby Car Seats Spike as Balik kampung Exodus Approaches

11street (www.11street.my), one of the largest online marketplaces in Malaysia, recently analysed trending products on their website last week which interestingly reveals that:
  • 81 percent increase in online search for baby car seat increased as Ramadhan begins – showing a positive sign of rising awareness of child passenger safety across country. The trend among parents surfing on 11street goes in line with the recent urge expressed by Malaysian Consumers Association to enforce car seats for carrying infants and children in vehicles.
  • Search for Bluetooth earphones rose two fold (more than 200 percent) as hands-free devices should be a priority as well since it enables drivers to make calls safely with minimal disruption.
  • Data also shown that with the upcoming festivities, other indispensable items such as powerbanks and travel bags have gained in popularity. This indicates that Malaysians are already starting to prepare for Raya to ensure that they can enjoy endless entrainment on the go and easily carry their belongings for their ‘balik kampung’ journey.

PR - Jul 2, 2015 - Acronis has been recognized in the top 20 of the world’s most attractive cloud providers

Acronis, a global leader in new generation data protection, today announced it has been recognized in the top 20 of the world’s most attractive cloud providers.

The CRN Cloud 100 rating included Acronis in The 20 Coolest Cloud Storage Vendors segment. CRN acknowledged the company’s cloud storage products and introduction of new capabilities in 2014, such as high-speed provisioning and high-speed search of NAS environments.

The acquisitions of nScaled for disaster-recovery-as-a-service and BackupAgent for service provider solutions were also noted as a factor in increasing the company's cloud capitalization.

Serguei Beloussov, CEO, Acronis

“This market segment grows at a speed of 33 percent per year worldwide and is expected to reach $57 billion by 2019, according to experts. Since the cloud technology is the main development direction for Acronis, it is only natural for us not to hold back when fighting for a share in this vast market,” Serguei Beloussov, founder and CEO of Acronis said.

PR - Jul 2, 2015 - Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP HANA® Available on Amazon Web Services

Red Hat, Inc., the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP HANA® has expanded its availability to Amazon Web Services (AWS). This availability as a listing in the AWS Marketplace provides customers with additional deployment options for their big data workloads, adding more choice to an ecosystem of hardware and cloud configurations. In addition to Red Hat Enterprise Linux, customers can also use their own subscriptions to deploy on AWS with Red Hat Cloud Access for Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, JBoss Enterprise Web Server, OpenShift by Red Hat and Red Hat Gluster Storage.

Announced in June 2014 as the foundation of an enhanced collaboration between Red Hat and SAP, Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP HANA offers an open, scalable, integrated and highly available platform featuring the industry-leading reliability, quality and stability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

PR - Jul 2, 2015 - AMD Ushers in a New Era of PC Gaming with Radeon™ R9 and R7 300 Series Graphics Line-Up

AMD today ushered in a new era of PC gaming, unveiling its line of next-generation AMD Radeon™ graphics cards. The AMD next-generation graphics cards mark a technology turning point in PC gaming, bringing super high resolutions, exceptional VR experiences, smoother gameplay, support for new, advanced APIs like DirectX® 12 and Vulkan™, and groundbreaking form factors to gamers everywhere through a top-to-bottom line of GPUs that fit virtually every need and budget.

AMD introduces the new Radeon™ R9 Fury Series Graphics, Radeon™ R9 300 series graphics card and Radeon™ R7 300 series graphics card.

PR - Jul 1, 2015 - Kaspersky Lab and ISA combine their efforts to protect critical infrastructure

Kaspersky Lab and the International Society of Automation (ISA) have announced the launch of a joint education initiative aimed at raising the awareness of industrial automation equipment operators about cyber threats. As part of the initiative, the Kaspersky Industrial Protection Simulation will be included in select ISA training programs.

“The training developed by Kaspersky Lab sets the audience in a unique atmosphere which enables the delivery of hands-on experience of securing critical infrastructure facilities against cyberattacks taking into account all the subtle nuances. Furthermore, it is equally well-customized to satisfy the needs of IT specialists, as well as engineers and top managers, who oftentimes do not see the necessity to take special measures on securing the production which has already been certified to the fullest possible extent. We look forward to the real-world experience and value this hands-on simulation will add to our future training offerings”, says Dalton Wilson, Director – ISA Education & Certification.

PR - Jul 1, 2015 - Acronis partners Iconz-Webvisions To Deliver Cloud Backup Solution in Singapore & Malaysia

Acronis®, a global leader in new generation data protection, announced a new partnership with Iconz-Webvisions, a leading Cloud and Managed Services provider for services such as virtual servers, co-location and dedicated servers, as well as managed services such as backup, security, disaster recovery and monitoring. Iconz-Webvisions will cover the Singapore and Malaysia markets for the Cloud Backup of Acronis.

Mr Jan-Jaap Jager, Executive Vice President of APJ & Emerging Markets, Acronis, said: “We are pleased to partner with Iconz-Webvisions for the markets in Singapore and Malaysia. With their long-established alliances with globally renowned IT vendors and broad-based distribution network, we believe that our partnership will allow more comprehensive coverage and support for Acronis’ suite of disaster recovery and data protection solutions to service the needs of the businesses in this region.”

PR - Jun 30, 2015 - Huawei awarded “Biggest Contribution to 5G Development” at 5G World Summit 2015

Huawei was awarded “Biggest Contribution to 5G Development” at 5G World Summit 2015 for its continuous innovation and industry contributions to 5G particularly for the new air interface technologies.

With the rapid development of mobile broadband and the Internet of Things, the oncoming massive number of connections between people to people, people to machine and machine to machine will quickly begin to blur the boundary between the physical world and the digital world. By 2020, an everything-connected world will become a reality with 5G becoming the key enabling technology. Although the standardization of 5G will begin in 2016, 5G technology has been a very hot topic for quite some time. The major challenge with 5G is determining how to achieve the vision of 10Gbps throughput, 1ms latency and 100 billion connections. With its extensive experience in 2/3/4G and industry-leading 5G researches, Huawei was able to win the first 5G award in the industry.

PR - Jun 29, 2015 - Blue Coat Is a ‘Secure Web Gateway’ Leader.
Blue Coat Systems, Inc., a market leader in enterprise security, announced for the eighth consecutive year that research and advisory firm Gartner, Inc. has recognised it as a world leading brand in Secure Web Gateways. Blue Coat was one of only three brands placed by Gartner in the Leaders Quadrant.

According to Ivan Wen, Country Manager of Blue Coat Malaysia, the Secure Web Gateway is the architectural foundation for best-in-class security, providing real-time intelligence and policy-driven security capabilities.

PR - Jun 29, 2015 - Hampshire, UK - M2M Adoption in Far Eastern & China Markets to Account for 1 in 5 of All Global Deployments by 2019

Research from leading hi-tech analysts Juniper Research forecasts that the Far East and China region will account for 22% of global cellular M2M connections by 2019; a substantial increase from 15% in 2014.

The new research - M2M & Embedded Devices: Strategic Analysis and Vertical Market Forecasts 2015-2019 - found that concerted efforts by China’s major carriers, particularly in smart metering and connected cars, will account for the rise of connected devices in China. However, traditional M2M markets in North America and Western Europe will retain the majority of connected device revenues.

PR - Jun 25, 2015 - Brocade and Sugon Partner to Bring New Converged Networking Innovations to China

Brocade announced a new OEM partnership, with Dawning Information Industry Co Ltd ("Sugon") – which is a leading high-performance computing vendor formed under the purview of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

The partnership is focused on incorporating Brocade® VCS® Fabric technology with Sugon's data center solutions specifically for the Chinese market, and it aims to address the growing demand for software networking solutions in China while helping both companies gain market share.

Sugon, which had large-scale deployment experience in China, will integrate Brocade VDX® 6740 Switches featuring VCS Fabric technology, with its 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE)/16 Gbps Fibre Channel converged network switch module, in its flagship blade server. The embedded switch module is capable of supporting 10 and 40 GbE requirements for cloud computing, Big Data analysis, and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), as well as supporting 16 Gbps Fibre Channel requirements for the deployment of high-performance data centre networking solutions.

Sugon customers in China will benefit from integrated solutions that enable innovation-centric, software-enabled networking, providing the agility to scale their infrastructure up, down, and across to support today’s demanding compute models.

The partnership will help customers in the banking and finance, telecommunications and service provider, education, and public sectors, all of whom need to deliver capacity and resources that scale with flexible and open network infrastructures. According to IDC, China’s IT spending is expected to reach $256 billion by 2018, which is a nearly 20 percent increase over 2014, with 10 percent of the total IT spending to be directly related to smart city projects.

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