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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Canvas by Instructure Announces Integration with Microsoft

Jul 27, 2016:

Canvas by Instructure, a leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) technology company that makes software which makes people smarter, recently announced at InstructureCon, an integration with Microsoft Office 365 to provide instructors and learners around the world with an improved educational experience.
Mitch Benson, VP of Products, Canvas

The Canvas and Microsoft integration provides seven main points of interoperability that make using Office 365 and Canvas seamless.
  • Submit files directly from Office 365 into Canvas Assignments.
  • Access Office 365 documents through SpeedGrader to add feedback.
  • Link Office 365 documents anywhere you use the Rich Content Editor.
  • Include Office 365 documents in your Modules.
  • Create Collaborations using any type of Office document.
  • Create and grade assignments in your Microsoft OneNote Class Notebook, then push those grades to Canvas.
  • Sign in to Canvas with your Office 365 login using single sign-on.
Canvas has millions of active users and is employed by hundreds of universities and colleges in 40 countries. This integration with Microsoft follows other critical Canvas innovations, including a transformation of their user interface.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

IT News Week 5 Jul 2016

For IT News Week 4 Jul 2016.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Jul 29, 2016 - Cyberbullying Causes Depression, Nightmares and Anorexia, Kaspersky Lab Research Shows
  • PR - Jul 28, 2016 - MIMOS collaborates with Dynatrace to enhance digital performance of government projects
  • PR - Jul 28, 2016 - Introducing OnePlus 3 - It's About Time
  • PR - Jul 28, 2016 - Brocade Names Abdul Aziz Ali as Country Manager for Malaysia
  • PR - Jul 27, 2016 - IBM Security Tackles Insider Threats with User Behavior Analytics
  • PR - Jul 27, 2016 - Western Digital Announces World's First 64 Layer 3D NAND Technology
  • PR - Jul 27, 2016 - Sophos Demonstrates Partner Commitment at “Discover Sophos Synchronisation” Partner Roadshow
  • PR - Jul 25, 2016 - Sunway City Ipoh - The Best Sunday Ever at Lost World of Tambun

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Red Hat Summit 2016 Highlights - New Innovations

Jul 26, 2016:

We live in a time of great change, and technology is a big catalyst in this transformation. In fact, thanks to technology, the rate of change around us continues to accelerate, creating significant challenges across the spectrum of IT, business, and society.

In the words of Jim Whitehurst, our CEO, “People recognize that they are not capable of innovating at the pace they want to innovate; and they recognize that paddling harder isn’t working.” In order to overcome these challenges, fresh thinking and creative solutions are needed, and it can be too much for one person or an individual organization to address them alone.

That’s why we must now find new ways to work together. We need to embrace the notion that participation is the new innovation. To do that, we need to be willing to toss out our conventional thinking about how work gets done.

It’s just like an orchestra. While each and every individual musician is talented, the role of the conductor is to bring those individuals together in a way to produce something that is greater than any one of those musicians could produce on their own.

Here, we highlight the key technology updates discussed at Red Hat Summit 2016 in San Francisco where participation was the theme of the week.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Brocade Delivers Industry-First Gen 6 Fibre Channel Directors For The All-Flash Data Centre

Jul 26, 2016

Brocade today announced the industry’s first Gen 6 Fibre Channel directors for mission-critical storage connectivity and business resiliency solutions designed for the all-flash data center.

New innovations in Brocade’s Gen 6 Fibre Channel portfolio include:
  • The industry-first Gen 6 Fibre Channel director family delivers breakthrough application performance, data center-proven reliability and increased business agility to accelerate data access, adapt to evolving requirements and drive always-on business operations. The Brocade X6 directors provide up to 384 32 Gbps line rate ports and up to 32 128 Gbps UltraScale™ ICL connectivity ports delivering a total system bandwidth of 16 Tbps. Breakthrough 32 Gbps performance accelerates application response time by up to 71 percent over previous solution eliminating IO bottlenecks and unleashing the full performance of flash and next generation NVMe-based storage.
  • The Brocade SX6 extension blade for Fibre Channel, FICON and IP storage replication moves more data over distance faster and enhances security without compromising performance. With up to 80 Gbps application throughput per platform and line-rate encryption, the Brocade SX6 is designed for the most demanding environments. This purpose-built solution delivers business resiliency at scale with 32 Gbps Fibre Channel and 1/10 GbE IP storage replication over 1/10/40 GbE IP WAN connections to handle the unrelenting growth of data traffic between data centers.
  • Fabric Vision technology overcomes the traditional limitations of network monitoring by introducing IO Insight, the industry’s only integrated network sensor that provides deeper visibility into the IO performance of storage infrastructure. This enhanced visibility enables quick identification of degraded application performance at host and storage tiers reducing time to resolution. IO Insight proactively monitors IO performance and behavior to gain unparalleled insight into potential issues and help maintain service levels.
  • Fabric Vison technology will include VM Insight for unparalleled end-to-end visibility into the storage performance of individual VMs. This feature optimizes VM performance and availability in a virtualized data center. VM Insight uses standards-based VM tagging to enable monitoring of VM-level application performance issues in a Gen 6 Fibre Channel SAN. Using this information, storage administrators can establish baseline application performance and identify anomalies in order to fine-tune the infrastructure to meet service level objectives. VM Insight also enables quick correlation with other Fabric Vision metrics to identify the root cause of problems before operations are affected.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Delivering Business Outcomes Through Zero Maintenance

By Srinivasan Thiagarajan, Assistant Vice President, Global Managed Services, Cognizant

Application maintenance is one of the most critical services delivered by IT service delivery organizations with various engagement forms ranging from fixed-bid, to managed services, to business outcome-based models.

Among the many operational challenges corporations continually face is the question of how much time and money they should allocate to application maintenance. It is imperative for organizations to free up their IT maintenance budgets to allocate funds to fuel business growth.

In today’s digital age, responsiveness and agility are vital for businesses to remain competitive in consumer-focused market conditions. With a complex application landscape and infrastructure bloat, it is going to be all the more challenging to serve the business purpose.

To address these challenges, businesses need to look beyond the traditional practices of IT cost optimization. The application portfolio needs to be modular and componentized to handle any changing business requirements. The infrastructure should be optimized to meet the “right” demand. And finally, IT should be able to deliver value and make an impact on business performance and not merely focus on IT service level agreements (SLAs).

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Kaspersky : New study reveals the Internet is a source of family conflict and disconnect

Jul 15, 2016:

The way we live our digital lives at home is having a big impact on our family relationships, according to new research from Kaspersky Lab and iconKids & Youth. With people spending ever more time online, a fifth of parents and children say that the Internet and connected devices can be a cause of family tension.

The research, which surveyed over 3,700 families in seven countries, provides an insight into how the digital world is disrupting traditional family dynamics. Whereas in the past parents were the first port of call for children seeking answers to questions or advice, one-in-four (23%) of the parents surveyed say that their kids now prefer to go online rather than talk to them.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

IT News Week 4 Jul 2016

For IT News Week 2 Jul 2016.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • Symantec Security Response - Jul 22, 2016 - Spam bots drive Tinder's Users to sign up on adult webcam and erotic video websites
  • PR - Jul 21, 2016 - Intralinks Appoints Allan Robertson to Drive Asia Pacific Growth
  • PR - Jul 21, 2016 - MDEC, Iverson and Cloudera upskilling lecturers to nurture next generation of data professionals
  • PR - Jul 20, 2016 - ASUS x DirectD Grand Opening Concept Store in Subang Jaya
  • PR - Jul 19, 2016 - BIOSTAR Equips Gamers for VR Gaming Experience with GeForce GTX 1080 Graphics Card
  • PR - Jul 15, 2016 - IMS Health Chooses Cloudera Enterprise to Support Big Data Factory for Life Sciences and Healthcare
  • PR - Jul 14, 2016 - Sunway Lagoon Ghostbuster Adventure
  • PR - Jul 14, 2016 - HTC Malaysia Announces Two New Innovative Smartphones to Malaysians
  • PR - Jul 14, 2016 - Shenzhen, China - Huntkey Announces Sponsorship of CEST
  • Schroders : Jul 11, 2016 - Multi-Asset Insights: Have central banks lost their potency in determining exchange rates?

Monday, July 18, 2016

Barracuda Expands Cloud-Ready Next-Generation Firewall Technology

Jul 18, 2016:

Barracuda Networks, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-connected security and storage solutions, announces the availability of Barracuda NextGen Firewall F-Series version 7.0, which is expressly designed for organizations adopting cloud-based applications, operating dispersed network environments, and leveraging public cloud platforms

Barracuda NextGen Firewall Version 7.0 provides security and reliability in these environments, especially for organizations leveraging public cloud platforms like Microsoft Azure and Amazon AWS.

Barracuda NextGen Firewall is designed from the ground-up for the cloud era and enables intelligent network perimeters at headquarters, remote and branch offices, and satellite locations to deliver secure, direct, business quality access to applications hosted in private and public cloud environments while minimizing the need to backhaul traffic. Barracuda NextGen Firewall goes beyond next-generation security with features to also improve connectivity and performance.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Mind the Gap: The app-data gap is stifling more than just productivity

Jul 11, 2016 - By Mark Lazarus, Director of Technology, Nimble Storage

In today’s innovation-powered economy, ideas need to travel at the speed of thought. Business users now expect immediate access to data without interruption, demanding information at their fingertips anywhere and at any time. However, when the delivery of data to applications is disrupted, a gap is created – the app-data gap. This app-data gap not only has a negative impact on user experience, but also has repercussions on the business outcome and the organizational effectiveness.

According to a global study conducted by Nimble Storage on nearly 3,000 IT professionals and business users, nearly 75 percent of Southeast Asian respondents reported that the speed of applications they use significantly impacts their ability to perform their best in the workplace, with more than half (57 percent) of them saying that they lose more than 10 percent of their workday waiting on technology to deliver the information they need.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Giada N60E-O: New Intel® Xeon® D Server Motherboards Announced

July 12th, 2016, Shenzhen, China

Giada Technology, the industry leader in embedded systems and expert in server technology, today officially announces the N60E-O compact server for warm cloud storage applications powered by Intel Xeon-D processors which offer scalable performance on a tiny form factor.

Broadwell-DE Processor

Balancing value, performance and integration, the Giada N60E-O features an onboard Broadwell-DE based Xeon-D processor which is intended for entry-level enterprise storage applications particularly warm data storage. The Xeon D-1540 features 8-cores with 16 threads with an impressive TDP rating of 45W offering a great balance of performance and power draw making for a highly efficient setup.

Compact and Compatible Mini-ITX Form Factor
The Giada N60E-O features the compact mini-ITX form factor (170x170 mm) for compact chassis but is compatible with most general tower-types, rack-mounted cases and mini NAS server chassis. Users can adapt the Giada N60E-O to their particularly dimensions without shifting chassis of their server.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

IT News Week 2 Jul 2016

For IT News Week 5 Jun 2016

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Jul 14, 2016 - Penang - HP Opens New Ink Supplies Manufacturing Facility in Malaysia
  • PR - Jul 13, 2016 - Red Hat Cloud and Containers
  • PR - Jul 12, 2016 - Travel stimulates higher-risk behavior online among consumers, says Kaspersky Lab report
  • PR - Jul 12, 2016 - Acronis Backup Cloud Extension for Microsoft Azure and Azure Stack
  • PR - Jul 12, 2016 - Brother Monochrome Laser Series Engineered for Businesses
  • Mergemarket - Jul 12, 2016 - Technology, Media & Telecommunications(TMT) report for H1 2016
  • PR - Jul 11, 2016 - Sophos Named a Visionary in Gartner Magic Quadrant Report for Enterprise Mobility Management Suites Three Years in a Row
  • PR - Jul 7, 2016 - BIOSTAR Announces TB85 Motherboard, Made for Mining
  • Schroders - Jul 7, 2016 - EM and Brexit: should we worry?
  • PR - Jul 5, 2016 - Colour Your World With The HTC Desire 830 Dual Sim
  • PR - Jul 4, 2016 - Shenzhen, China - Huntkey Launches the First Tea Maker
  • PR - Jul 4, 2016 - Oracle Delivers the Power of Engineered Systems to Organizations of All Sizes
  • PR - Jun 22, 2016 - Hitachi Data Systems Announces New Converged and Hyperconverged Solutions
  • PR - Jun 20, 2016 - Transcosmos Increases its Stake in UNQ, the Leading E-Commerce Distributor in China
  • PR - Jun 17, 2016 - Oracle and Snapchat measure impact of snap ads on sales in stores

Friday, July 08, 2016

How human-centric design thinking can power creative problem-solving and drive change

By Theo Forbath, Vice President, Digital Transformation, Cognizant Digital Works and Kipp Lynch, AVP, UX Research and Design, Cognizant Digital Works

The lone scientist working in a lab discovers a breakthrough and changes everything; a sudden inspiration comes in a dream; a brainstorming session among the company’s best and brightest leads to the next killer app―all these scenarios might make a good movie, but they seldom reflect reality.

Creativity and problem-solving are not individual endeavours, nor do they occur in isolation. Fortunately, companies are beginning to embrace new ways of fostering innovation. Instead of approaching a new product or service creation by defining a set of requirements, many companies are seeking first to understand the human needs behind the product or service, to develop an overall experience.

This approach―often called ‘design thinking’―is based on developing a thorough understanding of what the user goals are from multiple viewpoints―emotional, psychological and behavioural. Through an iterative process of observation, ideation, rapid prototyping and testing, design thinking can help to craft an experience that is meaningful to the person engaged with it, one that seamlessly meshes the physical and digital interactions of people, processes and things. Design thinking is a mindset that draws on the interaction of all these components.

Friday, July 01, 2016

Microsoft’s Collaboration with the Prisons Department of Malaysia

Jun 30, 2016:

Microsoft Malaysia announced a three-year partnership with the Malaysian Prisons Department (under the purview of the Ministry of Home Affairs), to provide approximately 500 juvenile inmates, aged 16 to 21, across 13 prison schools, digital literacy and upskilling opportunities in digital inclusion, entrepreneurship and capacity building.

The main objective of this collaboration was to prepare these individuals for employability, and to pursue further educational opportunities upon their release. Microsoft also shared that the collaboration would see these inmates receiving benefits through programs with Microsoft volunteers, student partners and NGO partners such as Yayasan Generasi Gemilang. Inmates from the prison schools would be trained to use basic computer programs such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel. The company is also looking at providing training to teachers from the prison in the areas of digital literacy, which would help them to impart the necessary skills required to improve leaning outcomes.