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Thursday, October 22, 2015

IT News Week 4 Oct 2015

For week 3 of Oct 2015.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Oct 22, 2015 - Laser Components Announced Availability of Pulsed Laser Diodes
  • PR - Oct 21, 2015 - BT Selects Caringo to Power Global Cloud Storage Service
  • PR - Oct 21, 2015 - Western Digital Corporation Announces Decision from China’s Ministry Of Commerce Enabling Integration Of Substantial Portions Of HGST And WD Subsidiaries
  • PR - Oct 21, 2015 - Versatile and adaptive connector system for Ethernet-based cabling now available from RS Components
  • PR - Oct 21, 2015 - Hitachi Data Systems Announces New Oracle Database 12C Solutions to Enable the Real-Time Data-Driven Enterprise
  • PR - Oct 20, 2015 - Comodo Makes Acronis Backup Cloud its First Backup Solution for The Comodo ONE Managed Services Platform
  • PR - Oct 20, 2015 - The New HTC One is Brilliant
  • PR - Oct 19, 2015 - Brocade Announces Continued Momentum for Storage Networking in China
  • PR - Oct 19, 2015 - Microsoft Malaysia begins Surface Pro 4 pre-orders via the Microsoft Online Store on Lazada
  • PR - Oct 15, 2015 - Aspect spearheads the Champions quadrant in Frost & Sullivan report
  • PR - Oct 15, 2015 - UOB sharpens focus on supporting the growth of financial institutions in Asia



PR - Oct 22, 2015 - Laser Components Announced Availability of Pulsed Laser Diodes

LASER COMPONENTS has implemented its pulsed laser diodes in a small, shielded metal housing; operation of the so-called CUBE modules only requires a trigger signal and a standard 12 VDC voltage supply. The CUBE can be easily integrated into an optical bench.

The L-Cube : Pulsed Laser Diode - it looks really sexy !!

The L-CUBE houses powerful pulsed laser diodes, available in three wavelengths: 850 nm (up to 10 W), 905 nm (up to 200 W), and 1550 nm (up to 40 W). Both the power and the pulse length between 30 ns and 150 ns can be flexibly adjusted, either via rotary potentiometers directly at the housing or digitally on the computer via an RS232 port. This provides great leeway in picking the device parameters and also makes it possible to vary certain parameters during operation.

OEM versions and custom modules of all CUBE models are available upon request.

PR - Hitachi Data Systems Announces New Oracle Database 12C Solutions to Enable the Real-Time Data-Driven Enterprise

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), today announced a new portfolio of converged infrastructure and software solutions for Oracle Database 12c environments. These solutions, which include Hitachi UCP 6000 for Oracle Real Application Cluster (RAC) and Hitachi Database Infrastructure Evaluation Tool (DIET)

Hitachi DIET, developed by top Oracle Database experts at HDS and used with more than 800 global companies over the past eight years, is a simple-to-use, powerful utility that helps customers improve Oracle database performance and increase utilisation of the underlying storage, compute and network infrastructure. With just a few clicks, DIET provides a detailed graphical analysis and expert recommendations on how to address areas within an Oracle Database environment that often lead to significant reductions in capital and operational expenses as well as improved performance. DIET is a powerful way to streamline existing infrastructure and kick-start the transformation to the cloud and a real-time data-driven enterprise.

As one of only nine Global Diamond Partners with Oracle, the close collaboration between companies gives customers access to complete, end-to-end solutions optimized for any Oracle environment.

PR - Oct 21, 2015 - BT Selects Caringo to Power Global Cloud Storage Service

Caringo® today announced that BT has implemented Caringo Swarm as the object-based storage component of its BT Compute Storage offerings, extending storage, data protection and sharing to BT customers across the globe.

BT Compute Storage powered by Caringo Swarm with enterprise-level, object-based cloud storage gives customers all the benefits of cloud storage with enhanced security and durability. With enterprise-class, end-to-end protection, performance and reliability, BT Compute Storage powered by Caringo Swarm simplifies life for organizations by making it easy to host sensitive data in their country while meeting rigorous compliance regulations.

BT Compute Storage powered by Caringo Swarm is the first part of the company’s “Cloud of Clouds” offerings. Dedicated nodes are available in the UK and Germany, with planned expansion to all 18 countries in which BT’s IaaS platform is hosted (Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa and the Americas).

“We are excited to be working closely with BT to offer cloud storage services to customers around the globe,” said Jonathan Ring, CEO and founder of Caringo.

PR - Oct 21, 2015 - Western Digital Corporation Announces Decision from China’s Ministry Of Commerce Enabling Integration Of Substantial Portions Of HGST And WD Subsidiaries

Western Digital® Corporation announced a decision from China's Ministry of Commerce, which enables the company to integrate substantial portions of its HGST and WD subsidiaries under Western Digital Corporation. As a unified entity, Western Digital's extensive technology capability, deepened patent and product portfolios, and talented global team will further drive its ability to innovate and lead in the changing data storage industry.

The agency's decision is the result of an ongoing dialogue regarding the "hold separate" restriction associated with Western Digital's acquisition of HGST in March 2012. As part of the agreement with MOFCOM, and in order to leverage the rich storage industry heritage of each long-standing brand, Western Digital will continue to offer both HGST and WD product brands in the market and maintain separate sales teams for two years from the date of the decision.

PR - Oct 21, 2015 - Versatile and adaptive connector system for Ethernet-based cabling now available from RS Components

RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, today announced availability of a wide range of products based on the new Ha-VIS preLink® technology from HARTING, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-performance connector products. The highly innovative cabling system offers reliable termination technology, a simple and time saving installation process, and the potential to revolutionise the installation of cables for industrial networking, premises cabling and other machine-control applications.

Compatible with a range of profiles including all Ethernet-based automation profiles and future-proof 8-core cabling for Gigabit Ethernet, the HARTING Ha-VIS preLink is a modular connector system that uses a rapid-termination technique allowing users to either pre-assemble cables or to buy already prepared cables and install them quickly and simply on-site. Allowing much preparatory work to be completed in advance, making the job quicker, more efficient and cost effective, the connector system also has the potential to reduce the equipment, training and testing burden on installers, making it a highly attractive alternative to traditional termination methods.

PR - Oct 20, 2015 - Comodo Makes Acronis Backup Cloud its First Backup Solution for The Comodo ONE Managed Services Platform

Acronis®, the global leader in new generation data protection, today announced an agreement with Comodo, a global innovator and developer of cybersecurity solutions, to incorporate Acronis Backup Cloud into the Comodo ONE managed services platform. Managed service providers who are interested in taking advantage of the Acronis Backup Cloud offering will be able to access the technology directly from the Comodo ONE app store, enabling them to rapidly bring new secure data protection services to market, and to help grow revenue.

Comodo ONE is an integrated platform that offers Patch Management, Remote Monitoring and Management, and Service Desk, free of charge to small businesses, large enterprises, and managed service providers. The platform recently added Device Management and an application store to benefit its customers.

The Acronis Backup Cloud module is available now in the Comodo ONE AppStore, which can be accessed by free registration to Comodo ONE here: https://one.comodo.com/signup/

PR - Oct 20, 2015 - The New HTC One is Brilliant

HTC today unveiled the latest addition to the award-winning HTC One family, the HTC One A9. Built for people who want a better choice, the HTC One A9 is a smartphone that combines striking design on the outside with the newest features of Android 6.0 Marshmallow with HTC Sense on the inside to create an unrivaled smartphone experience.

New curves, refined edges, and precision-cut ridges on the power button flawlessly combine with the super-thin metal frame giving the phone a natural and lightweight feel.

A stunning fusion of metal and glass, a 5-inch, edge-to-edge, 2.5D Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4, Full HD AMOLED screen cascades into the metal frame, giving you brighter and more vivid colors for brilliant graphics and gaming, even in direct sunlight.

HTC One A9 is renowned for its camera capabilities

Your best camera is the one you use whenever the moment strikes, so it should be able to capture stunning shots in any situation. The HTC One A9’s front and rear cameras, coupled with powerful yet simple editing tools, mean epic photos and videos are only a tap away. Its main 13MP rear camera features Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), which automatically minimizes hand shake and corrects vibrations to give you a crystal-clear picture every time. Meanwhile, the front UltraPixel camera delivers the best self-portraits in any lighting condition, using HTC’s UltraPixel sensor to capture 300% more light than conventional smartphone cameras.

PR - Oct 19, 2015 - Microsoft Malaysia begins Surface Pro 4 pre-orders via the Microsoft Online Store on Lazada

Microsoft Malaysia has begun pre-orders of the highly anticipated Surface Pro 4 starting today via the company’s online store hosted on Lazada

The Microsoft online store on Lazada will act as a one-stop shop for various Microsoft software and hardware, and marks the first time the company is directly partnering with Lazada in the Asia-Pacific region to expand its reach.

Surface Pro 4

The online store officially launches on 27 October and will be a one stop center for all Microsoft products made available in Malaysia – from Windows and Office, Microsoft phones, accessories, as well as laptops, tablets, and 2-in-1 products

PR - Oct 19, 2015 - Brocade Announces Continued Momentum for Storage Networking in China

Brocade has expanded its relationship with Huawei, and Brocade® Gen 5 Fibre Channel director and fixed-port switches are now being sold globally by Huawei and its network of channel partners in addition to the embedded Fibre Channel switches integrated with Huawei x86-based blade servers.

Brocade switches are integrated and qualified with Huawei OceanStor enterprise servers and storage arrays for mission-critical workloads. Huawei OceanStor storage systems are setting a new benchmark for high-end storage to provide advanced data services for mission-critical workloads. Solutions featuring OceanStor storage and Brocade SAN fabrics are being sold by Huawei into various industry sectors—such as government, finance, carriers, energy, transportation and manufacturing—to meet rigorous needs across a wide variety of applications such as large-scale database OLTP/OLAP and cloud computing.

PR - Oct 15, 2015 - Aspect spearheads the Champions quadrant in Frost & Sullivan report

Aspect Software, a leading award-winning cloud provider of fully-integrated consumer engagement, workforce optimization, and back-office solutions, has been honored with the leadership position in the Champions Quadrant in the recent ‘Frost & Sullivan Industry Quotient Matrix 2015 Contact Center Outbound Systems Vendors report’.

Aspect’s leadership ranking is a result of its stellar performance in empowering the entire customer interaction process through a broadened solutions portfolio and deployment options, expanding partnerships, and a vertically focused market strategy. With predictive dialing technology using sophisticated algorithms, Aspect’s flagship Aspect Unified IP is improving contact center efficiency and enriching the customer experience.

David Toh, Sales Director for Indonesia & Malaysia, Aspect Software said, “Social media is a big trend in Malaysia with almost 35% of the population signed on as Facebook users in 2014. Reaching out to customers via social media is a strategy that is increasingly recognized by companies as vital for providing a holistic customer experience. With more channels being opened up, it can be challenging to provide customers a seamless experience. Omni-channel solutions help businesses provide a consistent brand message across all channels, as compared to multi channel solutions where there is a lack of contextual handover."

PR - Oct 15, 2015 - UOB sharpens focus on supporting the growth of financial institutions in Asia

United Overseas Bank (UOB) is sharpening its focus on supporting the growth of financial institutions expanding and investing in Asia.

In the first six months of 2015, UOB’s Financial Institutions Group’s (FIG) revenue rose 41 per cent year-on-year as the Bank tapped on its Asian expertise and network to help its FIG clients meet their funding, trade financing, cash management, hedging and capital market needs across the region.

These clients comprise banks and non-bank financial institutions (FIs) such as insurance companies, global funds, sovereign wealth funds and pension funds.

One example of UOB’s collaboration is with a state-run Indonesian bank – Indonesia Eximbank (IEB). UOB was one of the mandated lead arrangers, underwriters and bookrunners (MLABs) on a US$1 billion syndicated loan. The loan was used by IEB to provide financing to support Indonesia’s cross-border trade.

PR - Oct 12, 2015 - Smart phones and Big Data driving growth of mobile learning in Asia

Global technology innovators will join senior education experts from across the region at the Bett Asia Leadership Summit 2015, a leading education technology conference taking place next month in Singapore. Delegates will discuss global advancements in education, challenges and key trends such as the disruptive technologies that are blurring the boundaries between classrooms and workplaces in Asia.
  • Singapore to play host to major gathering of senior education leaders, experts and influencers from across the region on 17-18 November 2015 at the Marina Bay Sands Singapore
  • Focus on challenges facing educators in the region and how technology impacts these
  • Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) a key partner of the event
  • Bett’s worldwide partner Microsoft also participating in the event

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