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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

IT News Week 2 Nov 2015

For IT News Week 1 Nov 2015, the most interesting news was the announcement of ultra-low power connectivity solution by Tata Comm.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Nov 11, 2015 - Hitachi Data Systems Redefines IT Infrastructure Performance with New Flash Portfolio
  • Ovum - Nov 11, 2015 - Ovum sees telcos becoming established players in the pay-TV market
  • PR - Nov 10, 2015 - Consumer Drone Sales to Reach Almost 4m this Year, Rising to 16m Annually by 2020
  • PR - Nov 9, 2015 - Microsoft and Red Hat to deliver new standard for enterprise cloud experiences
  • PR - Nov 9, 2015 - Ulleung County Office in South Korea Deploys Acronis Backup Advanced In a Remote Island Location
  • PR - Nov 6, 2015 - HP Announces Multiple Industry Firsts in New Portfolio to Extend Commercial PC Leadership
  • PR - Nov 6, 2015 - Microsoft Empowers Customers through Local Cloud and A Wave of New Cloud Partnerships
  • PR - Nov 6, 2015 - STERLING HEIGHTS, Michigan - BAE Systems Receives $245.3 Million U.S. Army Contract to Continue M109A7
  • PR - Nov 4, 2015 - Juniper Networks Introduces Junos Software Disaggregation to Dramatically Expand Customer Choice and Network Automation
  • PR - Nov 3, 2015 - IBM Study: C-suite Executives See “Uberization” As Primary Competitive Threat
  • PR - Oct 29, 2015 - Jabra Answers Your Call For The Best of Voice, Music & More With Four New Audio Solutions
  • PR - Oct 29, 2015 - SM and PM Patch Cables from 450 to 1550 nm
  • Ovum - Oct 28, 2015 - BT/EE given the regulatory nod, while Three/O2 looks increasingly uncertain
  • PR - Oct 28, 2015 - Parents Under Pressure To Protect Both Young and Old Online, Kaspersky Lab’s Survey Shows
  • PR - Oct 28, 2015 - MAPA Professionnel gloves range from RS Components protects hands, preserves dexterity
  • PR - Oct 28, 2015 - Huawei Consumer BG Appoints Ms. Abigail Sarah Brody as Chief Designer of User Experience (UX)
  • PR - Oct 27, 2015 - CORVALLIS, Ore. - “Spring-mass” technology heralds the future of walking robots



PR - Nov 11, 2015 - Hitachi Data Systems Redefines IT Infrastructure Performance with New Flash Portfolio

Specifically to meet the needs of business users, HDS’ software-defined flash solutions help dramatically improve the performance of business-critical applications by eliminating storage bottlenecks and consistently delivering sub-millisecond response, providing the building blocks needed to deploy the data centre infrastructure that business demands.

Designed to ease the transition to an all-flash infrastructure, Hitachi Data Systems has introduced a new and expanded line-up of all-flash and hybrid flash arrays, performance optimisation software and data analytics capabilities; focused on cost & performance. These include the all-flash Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) F series, enhanced models of the Hitachi VSP G series, next-generation Hitachi flash modules with inline data compression (FMD DC2) and enhanced Hitachi Automation Director and Hitachi Data Center Analytics tools for improved response times.

Ovum - Nov 11, 2015 - Ovum sees telcos becoming established players in the pay-TV market

Telecoms operators now provide around one-fifth of the world’s pay-TV subscriptions. Operations owned or controlled by telcos accounted for 140 million retail pay-TV customer connections globally at the end of 2014 and this total soared to 177 million during 2015 – equivalent to 19% of the total pay-TV subscriber base (up from 14% year-on-year), according to global analyst firm Ovum.

According to Ovum’s latest research*, the Telco TV subscriber base is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4% to 2020 (compared with 2% across the wider pay-TV market), reaching 210.4 million. While IPTV will remain the dominant means of delivering Telco TV, traditional cable and satellite platforms will also continue to play a big role.

Ovum defines Telco TV as any subscription-based pay-TV operation provided directly by an operator whose core business is the provision of voice telecoms and/or broadband access services. As such, the Telco TV universe includes a large proportion of cable and satellite as well as IPTV customers.

PR - Nov 10, 2015 - Consumer Drone Sales to Reach Almost 4m this Year, Rising to 16m Annually by 2020

A new study from Juniper Research has found that reduced component cost, increased competition and a greater number of use cases will together push the number of consumer drones shipped globally to more than 20 million per annum, up from less than 4 million this year.

The new research – Drones: Consumer & Commercial Applications, Regulations & Opportunities 2015-2020, observed that usage had already extended beyond the core base of hobbyists, spurred by the drop in retail price and the increased functionality of the devices. It observed that most consumer drones now offered the capability for live streaming of photos and video.

Meanwhile, the research noted that while companies like DJI currently dominate the mid-priced and prosumer UAV market, an increasing number of players were targeting the low-tiered sector. New entrants include companies that have grown out of the toy radio-controlled model aircraft industry, such as China-based companies Syma Toys and Hubsan, and those that supply complementary devices and components to the UAV market, such as GoPro.

PR - Nov 9, 2015 - Microsoft and Red Hat to deliver new standard for enterprise cloud experiences

Microsoft Corp. and Red Hat Inc. on Wednesday announced a partnership that will help customers embrace hybrid cloud computing by providing greater choice and flexibility deploying Red Hat solutions on Microsoft Azure.

As a key component of today’s announcement, Microsoft is offering Red Hat Enterprise Linux as the preferred choice for enterprise Linux workloads on Microsoft Azure.

Expanding on the preview of .NET on Linux announced by Microsoft in April, developers will have access to .NET technologies across Red Hat offerings, including Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, jointly backed by Microsoft and Red Hat. Red Hat Enterprise Linux will be the primary development and reference operating system for .NET Core on Linux.

PR - Nov 9, 2015 - Ulleung County Office in South Korea Deploys Acronis Backup Advanced In a Remote Island Location

Acronis®, a global leader in new generation data protection, today announced that Ulleung County Office, situated in a remote island in the North Gyeongsang Province, South Korea, 120 km east of the Korean Peninsula in the Sea of Japan, implemented Acronis data protection technology across their entire IT infrastructure, increasing infrastructure resilience to data loss and reducing dependence on mainland technical support services.

Because of the remote location, prompt technical support services are not readily available to the Ulleung County Office, and historically data loss and system failure incidents resulted in prolonged downtime periods, halting the most administrative, welfare and education services provided to the county’s residents. The downtime also affected the infrastructure functionality supporting the islands’ sustainable development, tourism, agriculture and fisheries services.

Ulleung County Office selected Acronis Backup Advanced with the Universal License, enabling them to cover the entire range of IT hardware and software, including VMware-powered hybrid environment, and to respond to changing data protection needs quickly and easily — without the extra costs.

PR - Nov 6, 2015 - STERLING HEIGHTS, Michigan - BAE Systems Receives $245.3 Million U.S. Army Contract to Continue M109A7

The U.S. Army awarded BAE Systems a contract option worth $245.3 million to complete the low-rate initial production (LRIP) of the M109A7 self-propelled howitzer and M992A3 ammunition carrier.

The M109A7 program is a significant upgrade over the vehicle’s predecessor, the M109A6 Paladin Self-Propelled Howitzer. It uses the existing main armament and cab structure of the M109A6, but replaces the vehicle’s chassis structure with a new design that increases survivability and allows for the integration of Bradley common drive-train and suspension components. Additionally, the system leverages technologies developed under the Crusader and Non-Line-of-Sight Cannon programs such as a 600 volt on-board power generation, distribution & management system, coupled with high-voltage gun drive and projectile ramming systems.

The state-of-the-art “digital-backbone” and power generation capability provides significant growth potential for future payloads as well as accommodating existing battlefield network requirements. The upgrades ensure commonality with the existing systems in the U.S. Army’s Armored Brigade Combat Team, including the BAE Systems built Bradley Fighting Vehicle and Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle.

PR - Nov 6, 2015 - HP Announces Multiple Industry Firsts in New Portfolio to Extend Commercial PC Leadership

HP today unveiled its newest PCs from the company’s Elite product family, including the HP EliteBook 705 series – the thinnest and lightest notebooks in their class – a stylish All-in-One (AiO), and updates to its entire desktop line featuring the world’s smallest business-class desktop with two firsts for HP – integrated wireless charging built into the stand and an AiO fingerprint reader – the HP EliteOne 800 G2 AiO is redesigned with new materials to be sleeker and thinner than the previous generation, ideal for more modern workspaces.

PR - Nov 6, 2015 - Microsoft Empowers Customers through Local Cloud and A Wave of New Cloud Partnerships

Last Friday, Tata Communications was announced as one of Microsoft’s key cloud service and infrastructure partners, as local cloud adoption of Microsoft Cloud services gains momentum in India. The announcement was made during a keynote speech delivered by Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President, Cloud & Enterprise Group, Microsoft, on the second day of Future Unleashed, Microsoft’s largest ever customer conference in India.

We would like to highlight a quote from Julie Woods-Moss, CEO of NextGen Business and CMO Tata Communications, who shared:

“This new era of hybrid cloud seamlessly enables customers to mix and match the best of private and public clouds from Tata Communications and Microsoft – accelerating organization-wide digital transformation. Tata Communications believes in the power of partner ecosystems in enabling customers to achieve new levels of innovation and efficiency. Our latest partnership with Microsoft builds on our existing relationship, where Microsoft Azure and Office365 interconnect to our leading IZO™ platform, the most comprehensive cloud enablement platform available. And today our continued commitment and partnership will enable customers to adopt their cloud of choice – confidently and securely.”

PR - Nov 4, 2015 - Juniper Networks Introduces Junos Software Disaggregation to Dramatically Expand Customer Choice and Network Automation

Juniper Networks today unveiled at its NXTWORK 2015 Customer Summit, a disaggregated version of Juniper Networks® Junos® software to provide customers with ultimate choice in data center deployment options. Through disaggregation of Junos software, customers will have the ability to deploy third-party network services or applications directly on Juniper platforms as well as have the option to program directly to Juniper systems using the supported Open Compute Project (OCP) defined software model.

PR - Nov 3, 2015 - IBM Study: C-suite Executives See “Uberization” As Primary Competitive Threat

The trend of “uberization” or industry disruption caused by an unlikely competitor has become a dominant concern of the C-suite, finds a new IBM study.

In just two years, the percentage of C-suite leaders who expect to contend with competition from outside their industry increased by more than a quarter -- rising from 43 percent in 2013 to 54 percent today.

C-suite leaders from the highest performing companies are 24 percent more likely to be focused on cognitive computing. The study recommends enterprises use predictive and cognitive analytics to help forecast what might happen with a greater level of confidence and get ahead of unseen competitors.

PR - Oct 29, 2015 - Jabra Answers Your Call For The Best of Voice, Music & More With Four New Audio Solutions

From industrial strength durability, unbeatable sporty style to suave sophistication and superior sound, Jabra, the world leader in innovative audio solutions today launched four brand new headsets to suit the different demands of today’s modern lifestyle. The media launch saw the launch of the Jabra Sport PaceTM, Jabra STEELTM, Jabra Halo FusionTM and Jabra EclipseTM.

(L-R_) Jasmine Teo (Channel Sales & Marketing Specialist) & Margaret Ang (Regional Sales Manager) presenting the new Jabra products

The Jabra STEEL, a Bluetooth® headset specifically designed for rough working environments. The superior, state-of-the-art headset has been developed using Jabra’s 145 years of R&D expertise in delivering audio innovation.

Jabra STEEL has been tested rigorously, by exposing it to high drops on to hard surfaces, testing it for water (and other liquid, such as paint) and dust ingress, as well as vibration, temperature and squeeze testing; all of which make it the right tool for rugged environments.

PR - Oct 29, 2015 - SM and PM Patch Cables from 450 to 1550 nm

LASER COMPONENTS set up an in-house production facility for fiber optic single-mode cables. The cables are equipped with FC/PC or FC/APC connectors and can be produced from the standard telecom wavelength at 1550 nm to a wavelength of 450 nm.

Also manufactured are IEC-specified patch cords and pigtails as well as connector assemblies on provided materials – both with conventional single-mode (SM) and polarization-maintaining (PM) fibers. The R&D team even takes over the complete development of customized fiber-optic modules.

LASER COMPONENTS offers the highest precision demanded especially in patch cords for short wavelengths that have low core and mode-field diameters in the range from 3-4 μm. Through particularly good adjustment methods, extensive measuring equipment, and more than 15 years of experience in the assembly of optical fibers, it is also possible to process and use special fibers. The patch cords are ideally suited for applications in sensor technology or spectroscopy, in measurement modules, pump lasers, and data transmission.

Ovum - Oct 28, 2015 - BT/EE given the regulatory nod, while Three/O2 looks increasingly uncertain

Comments by Matthew Howett, Practice Leader, Regulation, Ovum

Of course the more challenging transaction to win regulatory approval will be that of Three/O2. Across Europe the sentiment for greater industry consolidation has waned following suspected price increases in markets where the number of mobile players fell from 4 to 3, and where as a result of the changing of the guard at the EU competition authority, a higher bar has been set to win the necessary approval.

Rivals to both BT and EE have been calling for the structural separation of the incumbent to remove any possible incentive for BT to prioritise its own retail divisions, particularly in relation to the supply of mobile backhaul products. The CMA has considered this as part of its review, however sees no substantial lessening of competition.

Separately however, Ofcom is still considering the future structure of BT as part of its digital communications review. While Ofcom continues to stress that all options are being considered, it's felt that a full structural separation is likely to be disproportionate to fix any shortcomings of the current arrangement. We will know more in January 2016 when Ofcom is set to publish its initial conclusions.

PR - Oct 28, 2015 - Parents Under Pressure To Protect Both Young and Old Online, Kaspersky Lab’s Survey Shows

New research by Kaspersky Lab and B2B International reveals that 30% of parents feel they have no control over what their children see or do online, with 38% concerned that their children’s Internet-dependency is becoming an addiction. Added to this, many adults worry that their own, digitally-active parents and grandparents could be equally vulnerable.


Over half (52%) of respondents believe that the threats their children face online are increasing. The top concern is the risk of kids encountering inappropriate or explicit content (45%), with nearly two-thirds (60%) convinced that kids have unrestricted access to such content.

Other worries include the likelihood of kids coming across and communicating with dangerous strangers (41%) and sharing too much personal information about themselves (40%). 38% are afraid that kids can become addicted to the Internet and spend too much time online.

PR - Oct 28, 2015 - MAPA Professionnel gloves range from RS Components protects hands, preserves dexterity

RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has introduced a broad selection of MAPA Professionnel industrial gloves for handling and cut protection, featuring “Grip and Proof” Technology that gives superior user safety and dexterity.

Grip and Proof provides an answer to the fact that 90% of professional skin complaints are eczema or dermatitis caused by irritation or allergies. The range now available includes the Ultrane 500 gloves, which combine high abrasion resistance with tactile sensitivity for performing exacting tasks in industries such as automotive assembly, light engineering, electronic component assembly, maintenance and handling, and cosmetics preparation.

PR - Oct 28, 2015 - Huawei Consumer BG Appoints Ms. Abigail Sarah Brody as Chief Designer of User Experience (UX)

Huawei Consumer Business Group (BG) today announced the appointment of Ms. Abigail Sarah Brody as Chief Designer of User Experience (UX). In her new role, Ms. Brody will lead a team of 80 UI designers in developing creative UI design experiences and the look and feel for Huawei Consumer BG’s range of leading smart device products. In conjunction with Ms. Brody’s appointment, Huawei Consumer BG is also in the process of establishing a UX R&D design studio in Silicon Valley or San Francisco in the United States.

Ms. Brody is a graduate of the Art Center College of Design (ACCD) in Pasadena, California, one of the top design colleges in the United States. Prior to joining Huawei, Ms. Brody provided senior expertise and design strategy consulting services to various well-known technology and IT brands. Earlier in her career, she served as Vice President of Global Design at eBay/PayPal, as well as Creative Director at Apple where she developed and designed numerous landmark products in the course of a decade while working with the late Steve Jobs, most notably the first release of the iPhone and iOS1.

PR - Oct 27, 2015 - CORVALLIS, Ore. - “Spring-mass” technology heralds the future of walking robots

A study by engineers at Oregon State University suggests that they have achieved the most realistic robotic implementation of human walking dynamics that has ever been done, which may ultimately allow human-like versatility and performance.

The system is based on a concept called “spring-mass” walking that was theorized less than a decade ago, and combines passive dynamics of a mechanical system with computer control. It provides the ability to blindly react to rough terrain, maintain balance, retain an efficiency of motion and essentially walk like humans do.

The system is also efficient. Studies done with their ATRIAS robot model, which incorporates the spring-mass theory, showed that it’s three times more energy-efficient than any other human-sized bipedal robots.

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