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Saturday, September 17, 2016

IT News Week 3 Sep 2016

For IT News Week 2 Sep 2016.


For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Sep 15, 2016 - Brocade Delivers Innovative New Routing Solution Designed for the Digital Era
  • PR - Sep 14, 2016 - Malaysia ranks 23rd in the world on Waze 2016 Global Driver Satisfaction Index
  • PR - Sep 14, 2016 - MACH-ing a unique internship for the digital generation
  • PR - Sep 14, 2016 - Siemens launches new lean paperless manufacturing solution, reduces engineering and operation effort
  • PR - Sep 13, 2016 - Barracuda Backup Enhancements to Further Safeguard Against Ransomware Attacks
  • PR - Sep 12, 2016 - Biostar Tops ITX Series With Flagship Racing Z170GTN Motherboard

PR - Sep 15, 2016 - Brocade Delivers Innovative New Routing Solution Designed for the Digital Era

Gartner forecasts that 6.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide in 2016, up 30 percent from 2015, and will reach 20.8 billion by 2020. In 2021, video will account for about 70 percent of mobile data traffic. With cloud services, video streaming, Internet of Things (IoT) and mobile connectivity growing at exponential rates, organizations must ensure that the infrastructure they deploy today can support dramatic future traffic growth. At the same time, as network operational complexity continues to grow, improved visibility and automation are becoming essential to achieving business agility.

To meet these requirements, Brocade today announced the Brocade® SLX™ 9850, a next-generation data center routing solution designed to support the exponential growth in network traffic and deliver the advanced functionality that organizations require as they accelerate their digital transformation.

The SLX 9850 router includes embedded Brocade SLX Insight Architecture™ to deliver pervasive network visibility for unparalleled insight to meet increasingly stringent service levels. The SLX 9850 also takes advantage of Brocade Workflow Composer™ to provide server-based, DevOps-style network automation that integrates across IT domains for end-to-end workflow automation. The extensible SLX 9850 provides industry-leading density, scale and performance for 10/40/100GbE data center use cases.

PR - Sep 14, 2016 - MACH-ing a unique internship for the digital generation

Microsoft Malaysia’s (“Microsoft’s”) Intern to MACH (Microsoft Academy of College Hires) organized its third annual TechFemme event, to celebrate gender diversity in technology and inspire more young women to pursue a career in IT.

Held on 10 September at Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus, the Malaysia version of the APAC-wide event saw distinguished speakers such as Datin Rowena Florece, HR Director, Microsoft Malaysia; Jasmine Begum, Director of Corporate, External & Legal Affairs, Microsoft Malaysia and Emerging Markets; Sulin Lau, Head of Marketing Services, Maxis Berhad; Kym Lim, Managing Director, HP Malaysia and Jessica Li, co-founder of Dah Makan, speaking to a crowd of about 150 university students.

Organizing TechFemme is an example of how Microsoft creates a customized learning experience for its interns through its robust Intern to MACH program. The Intern to MACH program is aimed at building a strong talent pipeline for Microsoft Malaysia, and adding to the diversity of the organization.

The over 150 participants at TechFemme 2016, held at Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus on 10 September.

PR - Sep 14, 2016 - Malaysia ranks 23rd in the world on Waze 2016 Global Driver Satisfaction Index

Where in the world are the best and worst places to be a driver? The overall Driver Satisfaction Index is made up by analyzing millions of monthly active Waze users in 38 countries and 235 metros to critique their traffic conditions, road safety, driver services, road quality, socio economic climate & Wazeyness from satisfying (10) to miserable (1).

The Netherlands comes out on top with an average satisfaction score of 7.54 with France and America coming second and third respectively. Propping up the table is El Salvador who rank as the worst place to drive in the world based on this index with a satisfaction score of 2.85, they are followed closely by Guatemala and the Philippines.

Malaysia’s ranking has slipped from last year to 23rd which puts us in the lower end of the satisfaction index unfortunately, however out of all global countries, we scored highly on road quality with Malaysia posting a road quality satisfaction of 9.03, the 6th best score in the world and way and above the global average of 6.71!

On further probing it was found that Malaysia’s slip down the rankings was due to further countries being added that ranked higher. Additionally, the Wazeyness, Road Safety and Traffic Indices indicated drops from the previous year.



PR - Sep 14, 2016 - Siemens launches new lean paperless manufacturing solution, reduces engineering and operation effort

Siemens, a global powerhouse in the areas of electrification, automation and digitalisation, has launched Version 6.1 of the SIMATIC IT eBR, which is at the heart of its Manufacturing Operation Management for the life sciences industries.

The new version offers two main features:
  • A new web-based MBR (Master Batch Record) module which facilitates the management of key process parameters
  • Native integration with the Siemens automation layer (SIMATIC PCS 7 process control system and HMI systems)

Product quality and safety are top priorities for the life sciences industry. At the same time, many companies need to cut costs and increase innovation. Siemens offers a paperless manufacturing solution for enhancing both efficiency and product quality, while at the same time bringing down risk and costs.

Adnan Abdul Rahman, Head of Automation & Engineering at Siemens Singapore, said, “Here in Southeast Asia, especially in countries such as Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, we are seeing increasing interests in paperless manufacturing solutions from the pharmaceutical sector. We look forward to working with our customers to identify and implement the best solution for their needs.”

PR - Sep 13, 2016 - Barracuda Backup Enhancements to Further Safeguard Against Ransomware Attacks

Barracuda Networks, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-connected security and storage solutions, announces new enhancements to its Barracuda Backup product line to enable faster backup and recovery performance, enhance public cloud support, and expand storage capacity for customers – all at competitive price points.

The new Barracuda Backup version 6.3 provides customers with improved performance to more efficiently protect their data with a single solution regardless of whether data resides in physical, virtual or Office 365 SaaS environments. Available in both physical and virtual Barracuda Backup appliance, customers can now boost initial backup speed and recovery performance, while shortening restore windows to improve recovery time objectives.

Thiban Darmalingam, the Regional Manager of Barracuda in Malaysia shares, “This is especially important today where rampant ransomware attacks continue to increase risks of data theft.”

PR - Sep 12, 2016 - Biostar Tops ITX Series With Flagship Racing Z170GTN Motherboard

BIOSTAR is pleased to announce its latest and greatest motherboard to join the prestigious RACING series motherboard family with the unveiling of the BIOSTAR Z170GTN mini-ITX motherboard. Everything that makes the RACING series motherboards from BIOSTAR now comes in a tiny form factor giving you all the power you need without compromising size and space. Gamers who want unrestricted performance but want a compact machine for their entertainment and gaming needs, the BIOSTAR RACING Z170GTN delivers everything you need.


The BIOSTAR RACING Z170GTN allows full control of your system with support for unlocked 6th-generation Intel Core processors allowing you to fully maximize the capability of your system and increase performance. Support for memory speeds up to DDR4-3200 allows high-speed memory to compliment the overclocked system for improved responsiveness. The Intel Z170 chipset allows a full array of connectivity including rich USB3.0 connection and high-speed storage via built-in U.2 connector with up to 32Gbps bandwidth for next-generation storage allowing users to utilize the fastest storage platforms of today for super-fast access to data so games load faster so you can get to the action quicker.



With upgraders in mind, BIOSTAR has placed a legacy PS/2 port in the RACING Z170GTN to allow players who prefer legacy peripherals to still use their devices on this motherboard. Video display output via DVI and HDMI are present with four (4) USB3.0 ports for high-speed connection to modern devices. A vertical M.2 slot allows a Wi-Fi card to be installed for added flexibility of wireless network connection or added high-speed solid-state storage.

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