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Thursday, October 15, 2015

IT News Week 3 Oct 2015

For week 2 of Oct 2015, the most interesting news was the announcement of hybrid cloud by IBM.


For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Oct 14, 2015 - LASER COMPONENTS Detector Group has introduced two new IR detectors: IG19 and IA35
  • PR - Oct 14, 2015 - New SimpliVity Omnistack 3.0 Delivers Unparalleled Performance for VDI
  • PR - Oct 14, 2015 - ARMONK, NY - IBM Expands Data Discovery and Q&A Power of Watson Analytics
  • PR - Oct 13, 2015 - WD to Transition WD Green HD Models Into WD Blue Family
  • PR - Oct 13, 2015 - Boosts Up Singaporean Spending With Malaysian Local Merchants
  • PR - Oct 13, 2015 - Acronis Welcomes Steve Goh as Vice President/GM of Sales for Asia-Pacific & Emerging Markets
  • PR - Oct 9, 2015 - Malaysia’s Ebizu Bags 2015 Company of the Year Recognition by Frost & Sullivan
  • PR - Oct 9, 2015 - Companies expanding in Asia fuel UOB’s cash management growth
  • PR - Oct 9, 2015 - RS Components delivers affordable in-car video to protect responsible road users
  • PR - Oct 7, 2015 - Huawei and DOCOMO Collaboration Succeeds with World’s First Large-Scale Field Trial of 5G New Radio Access Technology
  • PR - Oct 7, 2015 - Bloomberg's inaugural Technology Conference Asia to be held in Singapore@Nov 4, 2015
  • PR - Oct 7, 2015 - Brocade Expands its Strategic Wireless Partnerships to Deliver Best-in-Class Campus Networks



PR - Oct 14, 2015 - LASER COMPONENTS Detector Group has introduced two new IR detectors: IG19 and IA35

The IG19 is a new x-InGaAs photodiode with a peak wavelength at 1.75 μm. Thus, it is ideal for applications that cannot be fulfilled spectrally with a regular InGaAs photodiode. The IG19X1000S4i with a 1 mm chip diameter in a TO-46 housing is the standard product.

IA35 describes a heterostructure photodiode on an InAs substrate with a relatively wide peak at 2.8 μm. The curve of the spectral response can be seen in the figure. The IA35S500S4i is available. This detector with a 0.5 mm chip is designed especially for uncooled operation and a spectral range of up to 3.5 μm (20% cut-off).

PR - Oct 14, 2015 - New SimpliVity Omnistack 3.0 Delivers Unparalleled Performance for VDI

SimpliVity, a leader in hyperconverged infrastructure revolutionizing enterprise IT, today announced the release of new VDI performance results, validated by the Enterprise Strategy Group and Login VSI .

SimpliVity’s VDI solution is powered by the company’s recently announced OmniStack 3.0 Data Virtualization Platform, which made numerous enhancements to scalability and performance for single-site and multi-site deployments.

The solution’s new performance results highlight:
  1. Superior user experience through unmatched VDI performance
  2. Linear scalability from pilot to production with cost-efficient VDI deployments
  3. Enterprise-grade data protection and resiliency for VDI workloads

PR - Oct 14, 2015 - ARMONK, NY - IBM Expands Data Discovery and Q&A Power of Watson Analytics

Today IBM introduced new data discovery and question-and-answer capabilities for Watson Analytics that will make it even easier for users to extract insights from their data. IBM also announced widespread adoption, with half a million business professionals registering for this groundbreaking data exploration and visualization service since its introduction less than a year ago.

Watson Analytics’ rapid ascent into one of the most popular self-service analytics platforms in the world has been fueled by its unique ability to put cognitive capabilities into the hands of business users, and enable a new era of unbiased analysis. IBM Watson Analytics helps individuals unlock the value of data they already have in their systems, as well as new valuable external data sources they may not even know they need.

Ventana Research recently recognized IBM Watson Analytics as the leader in Business Analytics with its Technology Innovation Award. The awards recognize the technologies that have had, or have the potential to have, the most striking positive impact on business.

In collaboration with 10 industry partners, IBM is introducing new data discovery models – called Expert Storybooks – that help guide users on how to understand, learn and reason with different types of data sources to surface the most relevant facts and uncover patterns and relationships for predictive decision making.

For example, the Twitter Storybook will help users analyze social media data from Twitter to measure reputational risk, and also get a better understanding about how social sentiment could reveal drivers behind fluctuations in stock prices in real time.

PR - Oct 13, 2015 - WD to Transition WD Green HD Models Into WD Blue Family

WD®, a Western Digital Corporation company and a worldwide leader in storage solutions, will be transitioning WD Green® hard drive models into the WD Blue® family of drives. The company is simplifying the hard drive selection process for customers by streamlining its model families for mainstream PCs to only the WD Blue line.

All currently shipping WD Green models will remain available through their lifecycle, as they transition to the WD Blue label. WD Black® models will remain in the PC drive family, yet designed for high-performance applications such as gaming and workstations and for those building high-end systems for creative professionals.

“The market for mass storage has expanded broadly beyond the PC,” said Margaret Koh, Sales Director, Asia South, WD. “Every application for storage requires different hard drive attributes for optimal data recording and preservation, and every drive WD designs has a specific purpose. What can be easier for customers than matching a color to their application? Moving forward, they will only need to know whether they are building PC, high-performance, NAS, video surveillance or datacenter systems.”

PR - Oct 13, 2015 - Boosts Up Singaporean Spending With Malaysian Local Merchants

iPay88 Sdn Bhd  today announces that it has been a year since its milestone partnership with eNETS - Singapore’s leading online payment gateway

The partnership which has been in effect for about a year now since October 2014, was formed with the main objective of establishing an official and integrated payment system network between two of the largest online gateway brands of both countries.

Essentially, this iPay88–eNETS partnership has allowed Singapore Internet banking account customers from OCBC, UOB, DBS, POSB, Citibank and Standard Chartered Bank, directly debit their accounts for online purchases with Malaysian eCommerce merchants.

PR - Oct 13, 2015 - Acronis Welcomes Steve Goh as Vice President/GM of Sales for Asia-Pacific & Emerging Markets

Acronis®, the global leader in new generation data protection, today announced the appointment of Steve Goh as Vice President/GM of Sales for Asia-Pacific & Emerging Markets. In this role, Mr. Goh is responsible for deploying and executing Acronis strategy, growing sales, and extending the company’s footprint in these regions.

Mr. Goh will focus on restructuring, building, and motivating teams and driving growth via Channel & Alliances Sales, as well as Direct and Enterprise Sales.

Seteve Goh, VP, APAC & Emerging Markets, Acronis

Mr. Goh comes with 25 years of experience in the IT industry holding several senior management positions in sales and marketing. He brings along great experience driving business growth across Enterprise, Small Medium, Public Sector, OEM and Retail business segments. Steve was based in China, driving partner ecosystem and helping companies to grow in Greater China region. He also held position of Dean at Microsoft China University, growing the talent pool in China, and helping the company be successful as part of China’s growing economy.

Over the past 13 years, Mr. Goh worked for Microsoft Asia, being responsible for a number of portfolios in the Enterprise, SMB, and, OEM segments in Singapore and China, consistently exceeding sales targets by developing and adopting new programs, streamlining partner management and increasing partner satisfaction.

PR - Oct 9, 2015 - Malaysia’s Ebizu Bags 2015 Company of the Year Recognition by Frost & Sullivan

Ebizu, a Malaysian technology startup, was named the 2015 Asia Pacific BLE in Connected Retail Company of the Year by Frost & Sullivan. The Award recognizes Ebizu’s solid vision and execution in empowering retailers with online to offline capabilities using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons, enabling them to reach and engage shoppers on the go with promotions, vouchers and loyalty campaigns.

Rohit Maheswaran, Co-founder & Director, Ebizu

Spearheading the use of beacon in the retail industry in Malaysia and the South East Asia region, Ebizu has already gained the reputation for empowering businesses with evolved and convenient consumer connection platforms, driving proximity marketing and loyalty with ease. To date, Ebizu has over 8,000 beacons installed in the region with thousands more being installed over the next year. With the infrastructure in place, Ebizu is also building a mobile ad network using a range of lifestyle, games and chat apps that will soon allow app developers to monetize their apps in physical locations.

PR - Oct 9, 2015 - Companies expanding in Asia fuel UOB’s cash management growth

United Overseas Bank’s (UOB) focus on supporting companies expanding and investing in Asia has fuelled the Bank’s cash management business.

In the first six months of this year, UOB grew its cash management revenue by 42 per cent year-on-year as the Bank provided regional solutions to help more of its clients manage liquidity and working capital across geographies. These clients are global and Asian companies which recognise the economic potential of Asia, its growing middle class and its need for infrastructural development.

Ms So Lay Hua, UOB’s Group Head of Transaction Banking, said that the Bank is committed to help its clients seek long-term expansion in Asia which is today the world’s top recipient of Foreign Direct Investments.

PR - Oct 9, 2015 - RS Components delivers affordable in-car video to protect responsible road users

RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers, has introduced two full-HD in-vehicle video recorders (dash cams) to its affordably priced, high-quality RS portfolio, enabling businesses to access the benefits of real-time video evidence and black-box event recording.

The new RS dash cams enable business road users to prove culpability in accidents or other emergencies, and so avoid losses due to threats such as poor driving or deliberate crash insurance fraud. The recorded video, with time, date, audio and 3D G-sensor data also included, provides the evidence that can help resolve disputes quickly and reduce legal costs. The cameras are also ideal for personal use or for leisure activities, such as recording driving experiences to post on social media.

PR - Oct 7, 2015 - Huawei and DOCOMO Collaboration Succeeds with World’s First Large-Scale Field Trial of 5G New Radio Access Technology

Huawei has announced the world’s first successful large-scale field trial of 5G new radio access technologies. The field trial was conducted jointly with NTT DOCOMO, Inc., Japan’s largest mobile service provider. Experts from both companies participated the field trial in an outdoor test site in Chengdu, China. As an on-going field trial, Huawei was able to stream live video of trial activity to its booth at the CEATEC JAPAN 2015 trade show at Makuhari Messe in Chiba.

Today’s trial represents the first large-scale Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO) technology test, with a concurrent connectivity of 24 user devices in the macro-cell environment on the sub-6GHz frequency band, in conjunction, it is also the first time to validate the performance of Sparse Code Multiple Access (SCMA) and Filtered OFDM (F-OFDM) in the field, both of which are 5G new air interface technologies proposed by Huawei.

PR - Oct 7, 2015 - Bloomberg's inaugural Technology Conference Asia to be held in Singapore

Bloomberg announced that its inaugural Bloomberg Technology Conference Asia will be held in Singapore on Wednesday, 4 November 2015 at Capella in Sentosa. The summit will feature disruptors of technology and powerbrokers of leading companies including Didi Dache President Jean Liu, SAP Asia Pacific Japan President Adaire Fox-Martin, IDA Singapore Managing Director Jacqueline Poh, Wantedly CEO Akiko Naka, and Microsoft Asia Pacific CTO Erick Stephens, who will gather to bring one-of-a-kind conversations on the latest technology trends and innovations that could challenge traditional industries.

Bloomberg's Technology Conference Asia is the centrepiece of a multi-platform editorial initiative that leverages Bloomberg’s unparalleled breadth of media resources, including print, digital, television and radio to bring one-of-a-kind conversations on the latest technology trends and innovations that could challenge traditional industries. It's an extension of Bloomberg's annual technology conference that convenes the industry's power brokers in San Francisco.

Speakers confirmed to date include:
  • Adaire Fox-Martin, President, Asia Pacific Japan, SAP
  • Adrian Lee, General Manager, Southeast Asia, OnePlus
  • Akiko Naka, CEO, Wantedly
  • Albinder Dhindsa, Co-Founder & CEO, Grofers
  • Ali Potia, Associate Principal, McKinsey
  • Andrew House, President and Group CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Bálint Orosz, Head of Apps Product, Skyscanner
  • Cong Lin, CEO, YouChe.com
  • Dan Neary, VP Asia Pacific, Facebook
  • David Lynch, Managing Director and Head of Technology and Operations, Hong Kong and Mainland China, DBS Bank (Hong Kong)
  • Erick Stephens, CTO Asia Pacific, Microsoft
  • Frank Wang, Founder & CEO, DJI
  • Hamish Moline, Vice President APAC Merchant Services Southeast Asia, Paypal
  • Hanno Stegmann, CEO Asia, Rocket Internet
  • Jacqueline Poh, Managing Director, IDA Singapore
  • James Giancotti, CEO, Oddup
  • Jean Liu, President, Didi Dache
  • Jixun Foo, Managing Partner, GGV Capital
  • Mantosh Malhotra, Managing Director, Southeast Asia & Pacific, Qualcomm
  • Nagesh Devata, Senior Vice President & Group Head of Merchant & Acceptance Development, Asia Pacific MasterCard
  • Nick Nash, Group President, Garena
  • Quinn O’Brien, VP Worldwide Brand Strategy, Content & Design, Lenovo
  • Raman Singh, President, Emerging Markets, Mundipharma
  • Raphael Strauch, Managing Partner, Nova Founders Capital
  • Robby Swinnen, VP Sales & Marketing Group, Asia Pacific & Japan, Intel
  • Stephen Wong, CEO, Asia Miles
  • Steve Leonard, , Executive Deputy Chairman, IDA Singapore
  • Vikas Saxena, CEO, Nimbuzz
  • Vinnie Lauria, Co-Founder, Golden Gate Ventures

PR - Oct 7, 2015 - Brocade Expands its Strategic Wireless Partnerships to Deliver Best-in-Class Campus Networks

Brocade introduced its Open Mobility Solutions Program to address the need for advanced future-proof capabilities to support growth and new technologies, such as Software-Defined Networking (SDN), while offering customers a unified wired and wireless experience through strategic partnerships with leading wireless network vendors.

Brocade has collaborated with best-in-class wireless partners to integrate the Brocade ICX® switches with their solutions. Not only are the joint solutions tested to ensure interoperability, but to help ensure compatibility, Brocade has recently completed third-party certification testing with the leading wireless network vendors, including Aerohive, Aruba, and Ruckus. Integration between Brocade products and wireless products allows customers to unify the management and security of their wired and wireless networks. In addition, unified technical support provides a single point of contact for questions or problem resolution.

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