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Friday, February 19, 2016

IT News Week 3 Feb 2016

For IT News Week 1 Feb 2016.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Feb 19, 2016 - Hitachi Data Systems Releases its Most Secure Enterprise File Sync, Share and Collaboration Solution To Date
  • PR - Feb 19, 2016 - UOBAM’s United ASEAN Discovery Fund outperforms its benchmark by more than eight per cent in its first year
  • PR - Feb 18, 2016 - Winjit State of the Art IOT Gateway
  • PR - Feb 18, 2016 - New WD Prosumer NAS Storage Targets Creative Pros
  • PR - Feb 17, 2016 - VulkanT API-enabled RadeonT Software driver to unleash new, rich visual gaming experiences
  • PR - Feb 17, 2016 - EnterpriseTV is Launched as Malaysia’s Latest Internet TV Channel
  • PR - Feb 17, 2016 - Circus Social Partners With Datasift To Give Customers Across Asia Access To Facebook Topic Data
  • PR - Feb 16, 2016 - COUNT® T - Single Photon Counter for Time-correlated Applications
  • PR - Feb 16, 2016 - CommunicAsia, EnterpriseIT and BroadcastAsia 2016
  • OVUM - Feb 16, 2016 - Ovum’s analyst among top Architect Analyst Power 100
  • PR - Feb 15, 2016 - 11street collaborates with UITOX (Taiwan) to bring many more products to Malaysia
  • PR - Feb 10, 2016 - Acronis Accelerates Revenue Growth for Service Providers, Distributors and Resellers with New Cloud Partner Program
  • PR - Feb 9 , 2016 - Villepinte, France - DRONE VOLT robotized drones through its Software for iOS "DRONE VOLT PILOT®"
  • PR - Feb 4, 2016 - IBM Launches Cloud Data and Analytics Marketplace for Developers


PR - Feb 19, 2016 - Hitachi Data Systems Releases its Most Secure Enterprise File Sync, Share and Collaboration Solution To Date

Hot on the heels of the announcement of their next-generation hyper-converged scale-out platform for big data powered by Pentaho earlier this week, HDS have announced version 2.1 of the Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) Anywhere – which allows service providers and IT organizations to quickly and easily deliver the most secure content mobility solution offered by HDS to their users under their own brand.

Featured at Mobile World Congress 2016, new capabilities for file sync, folder sharing and end-user data protection, HCP Anywhere v.2.1 allows external parties to upload data to shared HCP Anywhere folders, enhance team folders, and evolve beyond file sync and share with new data protection tools for end-user files. The new release includes enhancements that further improve the security, ease of use, and intelligence of underlying storage and network resources.

“Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) Anywhere is already in use by one of the largest telcos in Malaysia, and we anticipate that the new security features of the content mobility solution will make it easier for Malaysian service providers and others to deliver and extend the utility of their cloud service offerings to end-user customers, “said Wee Kai Teck, Managing Director of Hitachi Data Systems Malaysia.

PR - Feb 19, 2016 - UOBAM’s United ASEAN Discovery Fund outperforms its benchmark by more than eight per cent in its first year

UOB Asset Management Malaysia has delivered double-digit growth for investors of the United ASEAN Discovery Fund (the Fund) with reported returns of 17.09 per cent, beating its target benchmark of 8.4 per cent. The average return of similar funds within the same period is 3.13 per cent.

Launched just over a year ago, investors received net income distribution of 2.5 sen per unit. The Fund invests in equities and equity-related securities of small-and-medium-sized companies listed, trading or with substantial business in ASEAN countries.

Ms Lim Suet Ling, Chief Executive Officer, UOBAM (Malaysia) said the manager’s regional investment expertise and strong bottom-up stock selection skills were instrumental to the Fund’s success.

PR - Feb 18, 2016 - Winjit State of the Art IOT Gateway

The state of the art IOT Gateway facilitates deployment and management of smart and secure IoT Solutions connected through the cloud & offers the flexibility to innovate and transform business at an economical cost across multiple operating systems and protocols.

Equipped with Intelligent analytics, the gateway seamlessly manages the lifecycle of an IoT deployment. Provisions to connect to a legacy system enables IoT infrastructure, networks, embedded systems and third party apps, thus helping businesses transform.

Winjit IoT GDM provides visualisation, monitoring and control through tools that are easy to handle and can be easily integrated into the exiting systems. It smoothens the interaction between smart application and services. It incorporates security and privacy on every level with an unexposed OS. Some of the key features of the IOT Gateway are:-
  • A lightweight OS based on Arch Linux
  • Open source API’s Access
  • Interactive Dashboard & Local Analytics
  • Live Data Stream to Cloud
  • Scheduled Data Stream to Cloud
  • Actionable Triggers & Notifications
  • Offline Data Storage
  • Optimised Data Sync

The robust connectivity features include:-Sensors to Gateway facilitated through WiFi,ZigBee,BLE,LoRa*

Gateway to Cloud : HTTP/S

Protocol Support : REST,MQTT, SOAP

The IoT gateway will be demonstrated at the prestigious Mobile World Congress which opens on 22nd February at Barcelona.

PR - Feb 18, 2016 - New WD Prosumer NAS Storage Targets Creative Pros

Western Digital Corporation, a world leader in connected storage solutions, today updated its prosumer solutions with My Cloud EX2 Ultra, a high-performance, two-bay network attached storage (NAS) system. The My Cloud EX2 Ultra NAS is designed from the ground up for creative professionals and prosumers that need to automatically sync content across computers, easily share files and folders and enjoy multiple backup options so they can create their own personalized digital library with ease.



My Cloud EX2 Ultra has been upgraded with a powerful 1.3 GHz dual-core processor enabling users to get ultra-fast transfer rates for high performance and smooth video streaming. Users also have access to 1 GB of DDR3 memory, allowing them to multitask with ease and leverage applications for HD media streaming, surveillance and much more.

Several data management and security features allow users to select a preferred method for managing and protecting their movies, photos, music and digital files. Drive management options include RAID 0, RAID 1; JBOD and spanning modes, while data protection options include NAS to NAS, USB, cloud or LAN/WAN backup. The My Cloud EX2 Ultra NAS comes preconfigured in RAID 1 mode to help protect data right from the start and is easily configurable into other data protection modes.

PR - Feb 17, 2016 - VulkanT API-enabled RadeonT Software driver to unleash new, rich visual gaming experiences

With this transition to public availability of the Vulkan 1.0 API specifications, AMD will be releasing a beta version of our Vulkan™ API-enabled Radeon™ Software driver. This new driver, in-concert with Radeon™ graphics hardware, enables PC game developers to remove historical software bottlenecks which will unleash new, rich visual gaming experiences.

As a complement to OpenGL™, descended from AMD’s Mantle, and forged by the industry, Vulkan™ is a powerful low-overhead graphics API that gives software developers deep control over the performance, efficiency, and capabilities of Radeon™ GPUs and multi-core CPUs. Compared to OpenGL, Vulkan™ substantially reduces API overhead, which is background work a GPU or CPU must do to interpret what a game is asking of the hardware.

PR - Feb 17, 2016 - EnterpriseTV is Launched as Malaysia’s Latest Internet TV Channel

EnterpriseTV (www.enterprisetv.com.my) today debuts as the country’s latest Internet TV station, with the objective of becoming the default Internet TV channel for news and events for Malaysia’s public sector.

EnterpriseTV is a private endeavor that intends to fulfill the existing gap for an independent and easily accessible digital channel - that focuses on the activities, policies, initiatives and personalities in the government ministry.

Its news content will primarily focus on the Malaysian government’s on-going efforts and initiatives as undertaken by the various ministries, agencies and divisions.

PR - Feb 17, 2016 - Circus Social Partners With Datasift To Give Customers Across Asia Access To Facebook Topic Data

In a world where social media is part of everyday life, data analytics company, Circus Social, announced the exciting launch of “Audience Maps” today. The platform will give clients unparalleled access to the much-awaited Facebook topic data about specific activities, events, brand names, and other subjects that people are sharing on Facebook.

“Audience Maps” is a novel and privacy-safe platform that will provide marketing professionals with real insights as to what drives customer decisions and answer compelling business questions, thus, enabling marketers to better engage with their customers and brand-manage.

PR - Feb 16, 2016 - CommunicAsia, EnterpriseIT and BroadcastAsia 2016

The CommunicAsia2016, EntepriseIT2016 and BroadcastAsia2016 will be held from 31 May – 3 June 2016 at Marina Bay Sands Singapore.

Major tech trends that are the pillars of today, and tomorrow’s smart cities and smart enterprises such as the Internet of Things (IoT), smart technologies, cybersecurity, big data analytics, mobility, TV Everywhere and many more are represented by more than 1,840 global companies at the events.

“Smart cities and enterprise development have moved from concept to application, with our everyday lives becoming smarter and more mobile. In line with the growing importance of IoT and smart cities building amongst businesses in the region, CommunicAsia2016, EnterpriseIT2016 and BroadcastAsia2016 have gathered the biggest names in technology and innovation that are driving rapid digital transformation in Asia, and around the world. At the latest installation of NXT cluster @CommunicAsia, participants will see a significant focus on IoT and smart cities, with exhibitors showcasing next generation intelligent and intuitive solutions that will enable businesses to become smarter, more connected, more equipped and future ready to harness the opportunities arising from Asia,” says Victor Wong, Project Director of Communication Events from event organiser, Singapore Exhibition Services.

PR - Feb 16, 2016 - COUNT® T - Single Photon Counter for Time-correlated Applications

In time-correlated single photon counting (TCSPC), single photons are not only counted, but the time of detection is also determined based on a reference signal. Here, a laser pulse generally serves as a reference. This method is a statistical counting method.

Single photon counter for time-correlated applications

LASER COMPONENTS now offers a single photon counting module for time correlated applications: The COUNT® T is equipped with an avalanche photodiode (active area of 150 μm) produced in house and features a high detection efficiency of >80% and a temporal resolution of up to 350 ps.

In addition to fluorescence lifetime measurement (FLIM), the timing module is used in time-resolved fluorescence and single-molecule spectroscopy, as well as LIDAR applications.

OVUM - Feb 16, 2016 - Ovum’s analyst among top Architect Analyst Power 100

Ovum’s Mike Sapien, Principal Analyst, Enterprise was recently ranked number 2 among ARchitect Power 100. Sapien was ranked based on his activity level among all Architect users and sustained the “buzz” in the industry today.

The ARchitect Analyst Power 100 rankings are based on factors which include both the frequency and the recency of interactions, emails, and captured research & media.

Sapien leads the design, development, and implementation of Ovum’s research and advisory services on enterprise network services and managed solutions in North America with a major emphasis on the tier 1 carriers, providers, infrastructure vendors and large enterprise customers. He works directly with these clients to help them understand and implement recommended strategies, especially taking into account new emerging technologies, based on Ovum research, his years of consulting experience, and his extensive telecom services expertise. He is a regular contributor to Ovum’s enterprise research, and provides analysis of industry, vendor, and product trends including managed services such as SIP trunking, unified communications, data analytics, and managed security and Hybrid WAN services.

PR - Feb 15, 2016 - 11street collaborates with UITOX (Taiwan) to bring many more products to Malaysia

11street today announced its latest collaboration with UITOX, the first ever largest online marketplace in Taiwan to introduce 200 élite brands from Taiwan along with around 150,000 products from Taiwanese sellers.

This partnership signifies the launch of TW Street, UITOX’s official store on 11street, bringing popular fashion brands like OB Design, Pazzo, Toki Choi, and beauty brands such as 1028, Dr Wu, Forbelovedone, Dr Doruxi, and renowned Taiwanese food such as pineapple cake, Gong sugar, red bean water and more.

(L - R) Henry Ho, 11street’s General Manager of Merchandising; Sean Oh, 11street’s General Manager of Seller Development; Bruce Lim, 11street’s Vice President of Merchandising; Charlie Jeon, 11street’s COO; Hoseok Kim, 11street’s CEO; Robert van Lith, UITOX’s Regional Director; Miko Teck, Country Manager of UITOX Malaysia; Eityin Ang, UITOX’s Account Manager and Wai Lun Choong, UITOX’s product executive together witness the collaboration between 11street and UITOX during the memorandum of understanding signing ceremony.

11street’s chief executive officer, Hoseok Kim shared that based on observations, the demand for popular overseas products in Malaysia is increasing especially for cosmetics, accessories such as watches, clothing, electronic gadgets, jewelry and personal care goods, which is reflected in the country’s import patterns and the growing needs by consumers.

PR - Feb 10, 2016 - Acronis Accelerates Revenue Growth for Service Providers, Distributors and Resellers with New Cloud Partner Program

Acronis ®, the global leader in hybrid cloud data protection, today announced its new Acronis Partner Program for Cloud. An extension of the Acronis Global Partner Program, the Acronis Partner Program for Cloud is uniquely designed to accelerate cloud data protection services revenue with a subscription model for service providers, distributors and cloud resellers. The program provides leading solutions, resources, programs and incentives to help Acronis partners profit from the huge market growth predicted for cloud data protection services, which include backup, disaster recovery and file sync and share. According to IDC, the Data Protection & Disaster Recovery software market will grow to $8.1 billion by 2019.*

The Acronis Partner Program for Cloud supports any deployment model, including service provider-hosted, Acronis-hosted and hybrid, and any business model with licensing flexibility. This includes turnkey cloud data protection services with minimal integration that are quick to deploy and easy to use, as well as offerings that are more deeply integrated into partner technology and services portfolios.

The Acronis Partner Program for Cloud uses multiple tiers to distinguish and reward a partner’s sales performance, certification commitment and marketing collaboration. Incentives include stackable profit margins, incremental margins for deal registration, rebates and incremental accelerators. The program also features simplified partner on-boarding, free web-based sales tools and enablement programs, technical training, marketing programs and demand generation support, as well as co-op and market development fund programs.

PR - Feb 9 , 2016 - Villepinte, France - DRONE VOLT robotized drones through its Software for iOS "DRONE VOLT PILOT®"

DRONE VOLT SOFTWARE, a new division at DRONE VOLT, launches its new and innovative drone piloting application, DRONE VOLT Pilot®. This simple and intuitive application provides novice drone pilots with many new features that will enrich their user experience. One of the major benefits of DRONE VOLT Pilot® is that it is able to automatically create and save flight plans. DRONE VOLT makes automation easy and allows a large number of pilots, of all levels of expertise to use it. DRONE VOLT Pilot® is available today on the Apple App Store.


PR - Feb 4, 2016 - IBM Launches Cloud Data and Analytics Marketplace for Developers

IBM today announced a broad expansion of its Cloud Data Services portfolio with more than 25 services now available on the IBM Cloud that are designed to help developers build, deploy and manage web and mobile applications and enable data scientists to discover hidden trends using data and analytics in the cloud. The hybrid cloud services can be deployed across multiple cloud providers and are based on open source technologies, open ecosystems that include company and third-party data, and open architectures that allows data to easily flow amongst the different services.

In addition to self-service capabilities for everything from data preparation, migration, and integration, to tools for advanced data exploration and modeling, IBM introduced the following new cloud data services today:
  • IBM Compose Enterprise: A managed platform designed to help development teams build modern web-scale apps faster by enabling them to deploy business-ready open source databases in minutes on their own dedicated cloud servers.
  • IBM Graph: The first fully managed graph database service built on Apache® TinkerPop that provides developers a complete stack to extend business-ready apps with real-time recommendations, fraud detection, IoT and network analysis uses.
  • IBM Predictive Analytics: A service that allows developers to easily self-build machine learning models from a broad library into applications to help deliver predictions for specific product use cases, without the help of a data scientist.
  • IBM Analytics Exchange: An open data exchange that includes a catalog of more than 150 publicly available datasets that can be used for analysis or integrated into applications.

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