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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

IT News Week 3 Sep 2015

For week 2 of Sep 2015, the most interesting news was the announcement of the yearly Malaysian Cybersale.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Sep 17, 2015 - Upgrading to Latest AMD Processor Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Personal Computing Use by 50%
  • PR - Sep 17, 2015 - Kaspersky: Businesses Pay More to Recover from a Security Breach if Virtual Infrastructure is Affected
  • PR - Sep 17, 2015 - Elitecore’s 24online product Introduces CRM and Mobile APP for ISP
  • PR - Sep 16, 2015 - Pierre Cheung Named SVP and GM of Greater China for Viacom International Media Networks
  • PR - Sep 15, 2015 - PacHosting Extends Services to Include Acronis Backup Cloud
  • PR - Sep 15, 2015 - Red Hat Named a Leader in Mobile Infrastructure Services by Independent Research Firm
  • PR - Sep 14, 2015 - Genesys Named a Worldwide Leader in IDC MarketScape on Contact Center Infrastructure and Software
  • PR - Sep 14, 2015 - Aruba Networks (HP) Positioned in Leaders Quadrant of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Wired and Wireless LAN Infrastructure
  • Ovum - Sep 14, 2015 - London - 10Mbps has become the new minimum to support customer broadband expectations
  • PR - Sep 8, 2015 - VIACOM Launches 'Viacom Play Plex' Suite of Branded Mobile TV Apps
  • PR - Sep 8, 2015 - Axios Systems recognized in the 2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant for IT Service Support Management Tools



PR - Sep 17, 2015 - Upgrading to Latest AMD Processor Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Personal Computing Use by 50%

Results of an AMD carbon footprint analysis of its 6th Generation A-Series Accelerated Processing Unit (APU), codenamed “Carrizo”, show that using the new processor can result in a 50 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to the previous generation APU. The study results are based on the widely accepted Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHGP) established by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), and were announced today during an AMD sponsored media panel on energy efficient information technology.

PR - Sep 17, 2015 - Kaspersky: Businesses Pay More to Recover from a Security Breach if Virtual Infrastructure is Affected

Businesses pay a significant premium to recover from a cyber attack, if virtual infrastructure is affected during the incident. Enterprises pay more than US$800,000 on average to recover from a security breach, which is twice as much compared to incidents involving only physical infrastructure. This is one of the key findings of a special report on the Security of Virtual Infrastructure prepared by Kaspersky Lab, based on a worldwide survey of 5,500 companies conducted in cooperation with B2B International in 2015.

According to the report, SMBs experience the same pattern as enterprises. On average SMBs reported damage of more than $26,000 for an attack on their physical infrastructure. The involvement of virtual infrastructure in a security breach however, drives the cost up closer to $60,000.

PR - Sep 17, 2015 - Elitecore’s 24online product Introduces CRM and Mobile APP for ISP

Elitecore Technologies, the global provider of 24online Service Management System (SMS) announces the roll out of CRM (Customer Relationship Management) and Mobile applications.

24online CRM comes up with features like trouble ticketing, workflow management, calendar & alerts with admin dashboard which will help the ISPs streamline internal as well as external business processes. The CRM is integrated with the 24online billing server so it can be deployed seamlessly without high network level challenges and disruptions. It will enable ISPs to have enhanced customer experience based on analytics and reporting. With the help of 24online CRM solution, ISPs can optimize their customer engagement processes to the next level.

In order to enhance the ease of use and connectivity on the move, 24online comes up with feature rich mobile app for 24online admin and subscribers. Using the admin app, users managing 24online can perform user renewal, user disconnection, live user search, user internet plan, check system health and generate reports. Reporting feature includes number of user registration details, package wise registration and renewals.

he mobile app for subscribers will enable them to auto-login through app whenever they want to access Internet, without using the browser. Users can manage their data usage, internet plan, bills and renewals using the mobile app. As 24online is integrated with secured payment gateways, users can also renew their plan.

PR - Sep 16, 2015 - Pierre Cheung Named SVP and GM of Greater China for Viacom International Media Networks

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Asia announced today that Pierre Cheung has been appointed Senior Vice President and General Manager of Viacom International Media Networks for Greater China, effective 24 September 2015.

In this position, Cheung will be based in Beijing, and reports directly to Mark Whitehead, VIMN Asia's Executive Vice President and Managing Director. He will oversee the management and operations of the Greater China office, across VIMN's brands and business including MTV, Nickelodeon, digital media, program sales and consumer products, while developing VIMN’s long-term strategic plan in China. Cheung will be working closely with Whitehead to seek out new opportunities and revenue streams that will bring VIMN’s presence in these key markets to the next level.
Pierre Cheung, SVP and GM, Viacom

"Pierre is a highly-skilled leader who will be able to manage both the creative and business aspects of a company such as ours. Having worked with Pierre previously, I am confident his tenacity, expertise in the market and strong sales background, will bring many new opportunities in Greater China as he focuses on accelerating the company’s growth strategy in this territory. “– Mark Whitehead

Cheung’s 14-year tenure with BBC Worldwide included his most recent years as Vice President and General Manager for Greater China where he was in charge of BBC Worldwide’s channel and content distribution, local production, affiliate distribution and brand development activities across China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. He was also responsible for BBC Worldwide’s format and brand licensing for those markets. Prior to joining BBC Worldwide, Cheung had worked for a number of other leading media businesses in Asia including Television Broadcast Limited (TVB), Chinadotcom Corporation and 24/7 Media Asia Ltd.

PR - Sep 15, 2015 - PacHosting Extends Services to Include Acronis Backup Cloud

PacHosting today announced that Acronis Backup Cloud is now integrated into their infrastructure to offer leading edge Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS) products to their Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) customers.

According to a 2014 Disaster Recovery Study from IDC*, 70 percent of SMBs do not have sufficient protection for their critical data. This partnership enabled PacHosting to address this market need and offer advanced backup solutions to freelancers and SMB on a pay-as-you-go basis.

PacHosting customers can simply create a Backup Plan through a centralized dashboard for entire machine or specific file directory, and view activity history and backup schedule for their laptops, desktop PC, Mac and servers. The dashboard allows customers to define backup subject, backup copy destinations, schedule and data retention periods.

Jan-Jaap Jager, EVT APJ & Emerging Markets, Acronis

“Cloud backup addresses a critical data protection need for today’s SMBs and provides a unique opportunity for service providers to expand their portfolios with innovative new services – the cloud is enabling this to happen” said Jan-Jaap Jager, EVP APJ & Emerging Markets / President Acronis International at Acronis.

For PacHosting customers, Acronis Backup Cloud gives the ability to completely backup physical servers and virtual machines, including operating systems and data, with an option to choose both local and cloud storage destination for dual data protection.

PR - Sep 15, 2015 - Red Hat Named a Leader in Mobile Infrastructure Services by Independent Research Firm

Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced it has been named a leader in “The Forrester Wave™: Mobile Infrastructure Services, Q3 2015” by Forrester Research, and received the highest score among all vendors for the strategy category—an assessment of each vendor in terms of its vision, customer satisfaction, speed to market, and alliances.

Following its evaluation of Red Hat's current offering, strategy, and market presence, Forrester ranked the company as a leader in mobile infrastructure services, cited for promoting its “strengths in enterprise data connectivity, offline synchronization, and an outstanding vision for the future of the product that is exciting many clients.”

PR - Sep 14, 2015 - Genesys Named a Worldwide Leader in IDC MarketScape on Contact Center Infrastructure and Software

Genesys, an global omnichannel customer experience and contact center solution leader, announces its position as a leader in International Data Corporation’s “IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Contact Center and Infrastructure and Software 2015 Vendor Assessment.”

Genesys was recognised for its highly rated cloud contact center capabilities and increased cloud focus through acquisitions and organic growth as well as product line innovation and go-to-market strategies. The combination of the Genesys Customer Experience Platform with its strategic cloud investments and product innovation are what allows it to continue to thrive as a market leader, according to President and CEO of Genesys, Paul Segre.

IDC MarketScape vendor analysis model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of ICT suppliers in a given market. As ICT’s premier vendor assessment tool, it provides in-depth quantitative and qualitative technology market assessments of ICT vendors for a wide range of technology markets.

PR - Sep 14, 2015 - Aruba Networks (HP) Positioned in Leaders Quadrant of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Wired and Wireless LAN Infrastructure

Aruba Networks, an HP company, today announced that in Gartner Inc.’s latest “Magic Quadrant for Wired and Wireless LAN Infrastructure” report, Hewlett Packard (Aruba Networks) has been positioned in the Leader’s quadrant for the fourth consecutive year.

The 2015 “Magic Quadrant for Wired and Wireless LAN Infrastructure” marks the fourth time that Gartner has combined wireless and wired LAN infrastructure into one report. Each year, Aruba has appeared in the Leader’s quadrant.

In the new Magic Quadrant report, Gartner continues, as it has previously, to evaluate vendors based on two criteria: completeness of vision and ability to execute. It includes a summary of each vendor, as well as an assessment of each vendor’s strengths and weaknesses.

Ovum - Sep 14, 2015 - London - 10Mbps has become the new minimum to support customer broadband expectations

In order to support their expectations of their broadband experience, the majority of fixed line consumer broadband users surveyed need a download speed of at least 10Mbps.

According to new research by Ovum* looking at fixed line consumer broadband, the best consumer experience is supported by three key factors: a download speed of at least 10Mbps; a stable and relaible network that delivers content with a wait time of no more than 3 seconds; and outstanding customer service that can resolve most customer issues at the first point of contact.

The research, which combined a consumer survey with quantitative market data on the fixed broadband market in 30 countries, confirmed the rise of SD and HD video as a commonplace application that is driving the end-user experience, and hence the need for networks to be able to support high-quality video delivery.

According to Michael Philpott, Practice Leader, Consumer Services and co-author of the report, “demands on broadband service provided to consumers is compounded by the rise in connected devices. Homes in mature markets were found to typically have up to four devices connected to the network, all of which have the potential to support a wide range of applications.”

PR - Sep 8, 2015 - VIACOM Launches 'Viacom Play Plex' Suite of Branded Mobile TV Apps

Viacom has today announced the launch of Viacom Play Plex, a suite of mobile TV apps allowing its distribution partners to offer smartphone and tablet users around the world access to the best content from ALL its international TV brands, anytime and anywhere. Starting in the fourth quarter of 2015, the Viacom Play Plex apps will be available to launch in every one of the 180 international territories in which Viacom owns and operates TV channels*. There will be a separate mobile Play app for each of Viacom’s major international TV channel brands – Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Channel, Spike and BET – offering video-on-demand (VOD) access to a range of current and library content, as well as a live, local linear stream of the relevant channel, and other content including games for Nick Play.

PR - Sep 8, 2015 - Axios Systems recognized in the 2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant for IT Service Support Management Tools

Axios Systems has been placed in the “Magic Quadrant for IT Service Support Management (ITSSM) Tools” report published by the global industry analyst Gartner (i).

With over 400 ITSM vendors offering ITSM products, the ITSSM Magic Quadrant has evaluated the 10 solutions that meet Gartner’s criteria. As stated in the report, “IT service support management tools are vital for infrastructure and operations organizations to manage support and delivery of IT services. This Magic Quadrant research profiles key vendors of enterprise ITSSM tools to help I&O leaders make better selections.”

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