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Monday, October 31, 2016

IT News Week 5 Oct 2016

For IT News Week 4 Oct 2016.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Oct 28, 2016 - Gamdias Unveils The Floating Design Mechanical Keyboards: Hermes Series
  • PR - Oct 27, 2016 - Microsoft launches Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016
  • PR - Oct 27, 2016 - IPServerOne Receives Coveted ISO27001 Certification
  • PR - Oct 26, 2016 - REDtone and Huawei Develops Joint Business Innovation and Cooperation to Build a Better Connected Cloud Service
  • PR - Oct 26, 2016 - #MYCYBERSALE 2016 achieves RM 211 mil in Gross Merchandise Volume
  • PR - Oct 26, 2016 - Mick Hollison Joined Cloudera as CMO
  • PR - Oct 25, 2016 - Singapore - MediaMath is first external partner to integrate Google AdX Programmatic Guaranteed
  • PR - Oct 25, 2016 - On the path to Industrie 4.0: Siemens showcases concrete customer applications
  • PR - Oct 24, 2016 - Taipei, Taiwan - BIOSTAR Announces VR-Ready and Gaming Solution with its GTX 1060 Graphics Card with Dual-Fan Design

Hitachi Data Systems Introduces New, Enhanced Flash Storage Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) Lineup

Oct 26, 2016 - :

In today’s digital economy, it is critical that customers receive information in real time and that businesses recognize maximum cost-efficiency from their operations. To meet these needs, Hitachi Data Systems today announced an expanded Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) lineup, powered by next generation Hitachi Storage Virtualization Operating System (SVOS) and backed by a 100% data availability guarantee.

The expanded VSP lineup is designed to deliver better customer experiences and return on investments and deliver performance, resiliency and workload scalability beyond what is offered by other platforms. The new SVOS 7 has been engineered with an improved flash-aware I/O stack and selectable data services, including enhanced QoS, new adaptive data reduction and support for all-flash cloud tiering. SVOS 7 is available on all new and existing Virtual Storage Platform G series and F series systems. Existing customers can take advantage of SVOS 7 and its deduplication and compression features through a nondisruptive upgrade.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Closing in on the Data Skills Gap

By Matthew Johnston, Area Vice President, ASEAN & Korea, Commvault

The world in which we live, play and work is transforming right before our eyes. In today’s rapidly changing business and technology landscape, companies need to keep up quickly, or else risk being disrupted.

The ability to succeed in this digital era means increasing the speed at which ideation, innovation and collaboration can happen. While technology plays a big part in this equation, it’s not just the machines that make the magic happen, businesses need talented people equipped with a data-first mindset to transform your data into a powerful strategic asset.

According to Singapore’s Economic Development Board, the data analytics sector alone is set to contribute at least $1 billion to the economy each year by 2017. However, while 94 percent of Southeast Asia's business leaders agreed that it is important to have a data-savvy workforce, there is a skills gap that needs to be addressed in order for organisations to fully move ahead with a data-driven culture. Only 39 percent of those polled felt that they have employees with relevant data skills to help them identify and achieve business outcomes.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Affiliate Junction Debuts New Programs and Advertisers

Oct 24, 2016 :

Affiliate Junction (AJ) now comes with new affiliate programs and advertisers providing sports ticketing, employment services, call-center assistance, telecommunications as well as healthcare services. Among the new advertisers that have come on board AJ include brands such as OPPO and GetDoc.

AJ is an affiliate marketing platform in Malaysia that offers offline and online affiliate marketing solutions for businesses through a single network. Utilising comprehensive performance based marketing approach, AJ affiliates are incentivised when they successfully channel customers and new leads to AJ merchants and advertisers. To-date, AJ has over 500 merchants and more than 20,000 affiliates.

Dato’ Lawrence Teo, Chief Executive Officer of I Synergy International (M) Sdn Bhd (iSYNERGY) who launched the new AJ at the Putrajaya Convention Centre recently said, “We have a host of advertisers that covers a broad spectrum of services, with our new affiliate programs under AJ. Affiliates can now promote the advertisers of each respective program to users. For every successful promotion, the affiliates will earn commission. It is a win-win for all parties”. AJ is operated by iSYNERGY that provides affiliate marketing solutions for enterprises from all industries to enable them to leverage on cost-effective performance-based marketing channel and strategies.

Monday, October 24, 2016

MyIX Marks 10th Anniversary with Upgrade of Central Node to 100Gbps

Oct 17, 2016 - K.L -

Malaysia Internet Exchange operated by the ‘Persatuan Pengendali Internet Malaysia’ – an initiative under the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission ('MCMC') in conjunction with its 10th anniversary, recently held its 1st Internet Peering Forum, with the watershed event facilitating interaction towards greater co-operation among key Internet, ISP and telco players; in the shared vision of improving the country’s Internet eco-system and state to a leadership position in the ASEAN region.

With Internet traffic traversing through the National Internet Exchange nodes recording a new high point of 170.474 Gbps, industry participants agreed that apart from adoption of new innovative approaches, the needs of the nation must be prioritised together with commercial interests.

MyIX 2016-2017 Executive & Steering Commitee

MyIX Chairman, Chiew Kok Hin said, “If Malaysia is to truly achieve a world-class Internet eco-system and Internet peering hub, MyIX members must increase their cooperative spirit and work together in facilitating an overall more efficient Internet traffic exchange. This was recommended by the panel during discussions and it was heartening to see our members responding positively to the panel’s suggestion.”

The panel during the one-day event comprised of former MCMC Chairman, Dato' Mohamed Sharil Mohamed Tarmizi and TIME dotCom's Commander-in-chief, Afzal Abdul Rahim.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

IT News Week 4 Oct 2016

For IT News Week 3 Oct 2016.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Oct 21, 2016 - CyberSecurity Malaysia and Kaspersky Lab Seal Memorandum of Understanding On Countering Cyber Crimes
  • PR - Oct 20, 2016 - HPE Services Revamps the Office Meeting Experience
  • PR - Oct 20, 2016 - Nokia mobile fronthaul solution supports edotco Malaysia customer transition to Centralized RAN to meet demand for mobile broadband
  • PR - Oct 20, 2016 - ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe is now available in Malaysia
  • PR - Oct 19, 2016 - Brace yourself for the Virtual Reality Ride of Your Life with ‘The Riding Dead’
  • PR - Oct 19, 2016 - BAE Systems Takes Home 'Cyber Security Company of the Year' Award from Cybersecurity Malaysia
  • PR - Oct 19, 2016 - RICOH Announces MSC Status at 80th Bash
  • Teabox - Oct 19, 2016 - BANGALORE, INDIA - Teabox Unveils The TeaPac
  • PR - Oct 17, 2016 - NTT Data Group Adopts Malaysian Technology To Penetrate International Online Payment Market

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Malaysian Budget 2017 Commentaries

The government of Malaysia has just announced the Budget 2017 coined as a balanced deal.

Here are some commentaries gathered across the ICT industry.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Western Digital Ships More than 10 Million Helium-Filled HDDS

Oct 18, 2016 -

Helping the world harness the power of data, Western Digital Corporation today announced that it has shipped more than 10 million helium-filled hard disk drives (HDDs) since the company first introduced the HelioSeal platform four years ago. First shipped in 2013, Western Digital’s HelioSeal platform has consistently pushed the envelope in terms of capacity and total cost of ownership (TCO) benefits, becoming the highest density HDDs, best suited for massive scale-out workloads.

“Extreme capacity hard drives are increasingly a key value enabler for enterprise applications and Western Digital continues to be a technology and time-to-market leader in terms of delivering capacity-optimized enterprise HDDs,” said John Chen, vice president, TRENDFOCUS. “As cloud and traditional enterprise customers continue to develop applications that make use of all of their accessible data, high density drives will be a crucial component that enables cost-effective storage of that data at scale. Western Digital’s HelioSeal platform has proven to be a key differentiator that addresses high capacity needs.”

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Kaspersky Lab Releases Flagship Kaspersky Internet Security 2017 – Multi Devices

Oct 11, 2016 :

Kaspersky Lab presented the latest version of its flagship security solution Kaspersky Internet Security 2017. The solution gives users additional opportunities to manage their Internet protection and to ensure their data safety.

Kaspersky Internet Security Multi Device is the security solution for the whole family; it protects Windows, Mac, and Android users against malware, dangerous sites, online tracking, fraud and money theft.

The need for a top-notch multi-device security solution has never been greater in Malaysia as a growing number of users employ devices other than the traditional desktops and laptops to access digital content. This includes smartphones and tablets

Monday, October 17, 2016

IT News Week 3 Oct 2016

For IT News Week 2 Oct 2016.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Oct 14, 2016 - GEMFIVE delivers first iPhone 7 in Malaysia
  • PR - Oct 14, 2016 - Ensuring the Price is Right with Windows 10
  • PR - Oct 14, 2016 - Kaspersky Lab Raises Cybersecurity Issues at its Conference for Asia Pacific Region
  • PR - Oct 13, 2016 - Fujitsu Turns to Brocade Workflow Composer to Enhance the Functionality of its Virtual Desktop Service
  • PR - Oct 12, 2016 - Western Digital Introduces WD Blue and WD Green Solid State Drives
  • PR - Oct 11, 2016 - AccuWeather Launches Exclusive Crowdsourced Weather Feature AccUcast Worldwide in Android App
  • Symantec - Oct 12, 2016 - Multiple Banks Attacked by Carbanak-Linked Group
  • PR - Oct 12, 2016 - Intel Malaysia’s ‘PC Does Better’ Campaign
  • PR - Oct 12, 2016 - Hitachi Enterprise Cloud Changes the Game for Enterprise Cloud Deployment
  • PR - Oct 11, 2016 - Huawei and UC Berkeley Announce Strategic Partnership in Basic Research into AI
  • PR - Oct 10, 2016 - Carbon Black and IBM Delivers Rapid Response Tool to Address Critical Endpoint

Sunday, October 16, 2016

PIKOM BUDGET 2017 ‘Wish List’ For ICT Sector

Oct 13, 2016 -

In view of the upcoming Budget 2017, the National ICT Association of Malaysia (PIKOM) as the ‘Voice of the ICT Industry’ proposes the following recommendations to the Malaysian government for inclusion in the budgetary plans for the coming year.

Specifically, given the current economic challenges and rising living costs, PIKOM urges the government to improve the affordability and availability of ICT goods and services as a means to benefit the man-on-the-street. Given the prevalent usage and consumption of ICT today on a daily basis, the following measures recommended below will have a cascading effect not just on spurring the ICT industry but to also benefit almost every Malaysian. In addition, given the government’s welcomed move to introduce coding in schools, it is all the more imperative to ensure that ICT goods and services are affordable for Malaysia’s over 5 million schoolchildren not forgetting their families.

1.) GST Zero-Rated for ICT Products and Services

The impact of GST coupled with the weakening of the Ringgit has resulted in a slowdown for the local ICT retail sector. While it has impacted the retail sector, the most affected are the SME companies who contribute some 31% to National GDP employing about 56% of the local workforce. Prior to the implementation of GST, prices of ICT products did not attract any sales tax which has changed from 1 April 2015. This has resulted in consumer demand for ICT goods and services decreasing as prices became more expensive.

PIKOM recommends that ICT products and services be Zero-Rated. As ICT is used by almost all Malaysians, the will have a direct impact students, families, professionals, most notably on the lower and middle income groups. The 6% is a tremendous saving that will directly boost ICT demand but also encourage the continued development of a connected and knowledge based community.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Microsoft announces global expansion for HoloLens

Oct 12, 2016 - REDMOND, Wash. -

Today, Microsoft Corp. announced that Microsoft HoloLens, the world’s first self-contained holographic computer, is now available for preorder in Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, with devices starting to ship in late November.

The news comes while HoloLens is experiencing tremendous excitement and interest from developers and commercial customers and partners around the globe.

Microsoft HoloLens

“Since the launch of Microsoft HoloLens, we have seen really passionate developers and world-class companies develop groundbreaking computing experiences — experiences only possible on HoloLens” said Alex Kipman, technical fellow, Microsoft Windows and Devices Group.

500,000 Download Rogue ‘Pokémon Go’ App that Takes Control of Android Phones

Sep 15, 2016:

Kaspersky Lab experts have discovered a new malicious app on the Google Play store: “Guide for Pokémon Go”, capable of seizing root access rights on Android smartphones and using that to install/uninstall apps and display unsolicited ads. The app has been downloaded more than 500,000 times, with at least 6,000 successful infections. Kaspersky Lab has reported the Trojan to Google and the app has been removed from Google Play.

The global phenomenon of Pokémon Go has resulted in a growing number of related apps and, inevitably, increased interest from the cybercriminal community. Kaspersky Lab’s analysis of the “Guide for Pokémon Go” Trojan has uncovered malicious code that downloads rooting malware, securing access to the core Android OS for the purposes of app installation and removal as well as the display of advertising.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Cloudera’s Analytic Database Enables Unrivaled Elastic Scale, Agility, and Performance for BI and Analytics in the Cloud

Sep 28, 2016:

Cloudera, the global provider of the fastest, easiest, and most secure data management and analytics platform built on Apache Hadoop and the latest open source technologies, today released benchmark results that validate that Cloudera’s modern analytic database solution, powered by Apache Impala (incubating), not only delivers unprecedented capabilities for cloud-native workloads but does so at better cost performance compared to alternatives.

Impala uniquely offers elastic scalability, better flexibility, and direct Amazon S3 query ability unavailable from traditionally-architected systems such as Redshift. With a modern design, Impala decouples data and compute to provide the same high-performance SQL analytics whether cloud-natively over data in S3 or across a wide range of on-premise and cloud storage options. Furthermore, Impala enables all these capabilities while also delivering up to 275% more cost-efficiency and up to 10x greater performance compared to Amazon’s analytic database, Redshift, equating to more value all within an open platform

Using queries from the TPC-DS industry standard benchmark, Cloudera compared Impala running on the cloud (both cloud-natively over S3 and over local EBS storage) to Amazon Redshift (only able to run over its own storage on dedicated AWS instances). Results from the benchmark show:
  • Impala is over 200% less costly and over 10x faster on S3 compared to a general purpose tuned Redshift
  • Impala is still 8% less costly and 90% faster on S3 compared to a pre-tuned Redshift for specific fixed reporting queries
  • Impala is 28-275% less costly and 42-400% faster on EBS compared to either pre-tuned or general purpose tuned Redshift

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Team Explorer For Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 : Fatal Error During Installation

Installing Visual Studio 2015 Enterprise Edition on Windows 10 Pro, the following exception was encountered.

Setup Failed !
Install cannot continue because some required components failed.

Team Explorer For Microsoft Visual Studio 2015
Fatal Error During Installation

Microsoft NuGet - Visual Studio 2015
Package failed


1.) Common Issue:

First of all, this is a common issue. The solution is described in the following URL.

The same installer worked in Windows 7 Pro - I was able to use the same installer to install Visual Studio 2015 successfully under Windows 7 Pro, however, this issue happens to Windows 10 Pro.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Unable to Rollback from Windows 10 ? Go for a Clean Install

After upgraded from Window 7 Pro to Windows 10 Pro during the free upgrade period, it resulted my PC (Thinkpad T440p) to be working partially efficient and sluggish, whereby issues such as shut down becomes restart was encountered.

Besides those, I also found that overall, using web browser become slower compared to in Windows 7 Pro.

Other observations include searching for 'Device Manager' would end up 'No result found'.

I did consider performing a clean install of Windows 10 on the PC altogether. Nonetheless, I wasn't sure where and how to get a license key for Windows 10, notwithstanding the Windows 7 Pro license key which came with the laptop purchase.

Today, I decided to downgrade back to Windows 7.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Acronis launches new Acronis True Image 2017 with unlimited mobile and Facebook data backup

Oct 3, 2016:

Acronis is delighted to announce the availability of the award-winning Acronis True Image 2017 in Malaysia! The new Acronis True Image 2017 now includes Facebook backup, unlimited mobile backups and also remote backup for your family.

The Fastest Acronis True Image ever :

Monday, October 10, 2016

Commvault : Five Fundamentals of Holistic Data Management

Oct 5, 2016:

Commvault chairman, president and CEO, N. Robert Hammer, opened the company’s inaugural customer conference, Commvault GO 2016, focused on the five fundamentals that enable enterprises to gain a holistic data management strategy.

The need for a holistic data management strategy has been brought on by the move to the cloud, application explosion, increasing demand for security and compliance, and anywhere computing. With data at the center of everything, enterprises now more than ever need the ability to activate data regardless of where it resides.

IT News Week 2 Oct 2016

For IT News Week 5 Sep 2016.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • Mergemarket Group - Oct 7, 2016 - TMT trend report Q1 to Q3 2016
  • PR - Oct 5, 2016 - OutSystems Boldly Cuts Mobile Application Development Time in Half with Low-Code Platform
  • PR - Oct 5, 2016 - Fusionex GIANT to be Incorporated into APU Syllabus
  • PR - Oct 5, 2016 - Sunway Lagoon: 'Face Your Fears' at Nights of Fright 4
  • PR - Oct 4, 2016 - GameStart 2016: Back with SWAG (and more)
  • PR - Oct 4, 2016 - Microsoft Advances Cybersecurity Investments in Asia-Pacific with Transparency Center and Cybersecurity Center Launch
  • PR - Oct 4, 2016 - Comm. network from Nokia supports safe and reliable operations on new LRT line
  • PR - Oct 4, 2016 - Brocade Appoints Joe Poehls as Principal Systems Engineer for Asia Pacific Japan
  • PR - Oct 4, 2016 - Spiking Energy Consumption by Data Centres, Will Be a Global Warming Issue
  • PR - Oct 4, 2016 - Taipei - Gamdias Announces Launch of RGB Gaming Peripheral Line
  • PR - Sep 30, 2016 - MBPJ Adopts G-Asiapacific Cloud-Computing Solutions

Sunday, October 09, 2016

World Robotics Report 2016 announces collaborative robots as market driver

Oct 4, 2016 :

The World Robotics Report 2016, recently released by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) forecasts that compact, user-friendly collaborative robots will become a key driver in the automation market. The report predicts the worldwide annual sales of industrial robots to increase by at least 13 percent on average per year from 2017 to 2019. Human-robot collaboration will have a “breakthrough” in this period, enabling robots and humans to work safely side-by-side without any fences, while increasing production efficiency and quality.

“As the market leader of the cobot industry, Universal Robots welcomes the report which confirms the validity of our mission: lowering barriers and enabling automation in areas previously considered too complex or costly,” said Chief Commercial Officer of Universal Robots, Daniel Friis.

“Our installed base of more than 10,000 cobots worldwide illustrates the dramatic growth potential of this game-changing automation technology. We enable small and medium-sized enterprises to optimise their competitiveness on the global stage with an industry leading payback period.”

Industries predicted by IFR to adopt cobots at an increasing rate include automotive, the plastics industry, electronics assembly and the machine tool industry. These are all key sectors in Southeast Asia, and where Universal Robots is seeing strong traction.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Kaspersky Lab Presents the First Cybersecurity Index

Sep 27, 2016 :

Do you know how safe – or unsafe – it currently is online? How many people run the risk of falling victim to cybercriminals today, without suspecting it? And how many have fallen victim already? To assess the situation Kaspersky Lab is launching its Kaspersky Cybersecurity Index – the first global index to measure the current cyberthreat levels faced by Internet users.

Kaspersky Lab has previously joined forces with B2B International to carry out regular large-scale online surveys in different countries, in order to evaluate how Internet users behave online, what their concerns are, what issues they face and how they defend themselves against possible threats. The Kaspersky Cybersecurity Index is based on this data, collected from thousands of users across the globe.

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Calling out to Malaysia’s Excel Ninjas, the Excel World Championship is here!

Sep 26, 2016 - Kuala Lumpur

Microsoft announces the Malaysia leg of the Excel World Championships. Excel fans can show off their skills as they work through questions focusing on data management, data visualization and formula writing. Students, consultants, working professionals and Excels fans alike are encouraged to join the trials, from 3 October 2016.

The key dates for #ExcelChampMY championship are:
  • Trial Round: 3 – 7 October 2016
  • Quarter finals: 12 – 21 October 2016
  • Semi-finals: 27 October 2016
  • Finals: 18 November 2016

Monday, October 03, 2016

IT News Week 5 Sep 2016

For IT News Week 4 Sep 2016.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Sep 30, 2016 - Scuderia Toro Rosso Extends Sponsorship Agreement with Acronis
  • PR - Sep 30, 2016 - MTV International Announces New Original Snapchat Series
  • PR - Sep 29, 2016 - Canvas Creates Industry’s First Mobile Annotation Capability for Best-in-Class Learning Management
  • PR - Sep 29, 2016 - Microsoft: Turning digital classrooms into reality
  • PR - Sep 28, 2016 - MyIX Records New High Point of 170Gbps for Internet Data Exchange in Malaysia
  • PR - Sep 27, 2016 - Openreach Selects Huawei to Help Deliver G.FAST Ultrafast Broadband in the UK
  • PR- Sep 26, 2016 - ASUS Announced First ROG Concept Store in Malaysia!
  • PR - Sep 26, 2016 - Silver Peak Appoints Tricia Png as Regional Director of ASEAN

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Data privacy: Gotta catch ‘em all

Michael Bishop, Regional Counsel, APAC, Commvault

Michael Bishop 
Pokémon Go is all the rage at the moment. Many gamers in Asean – Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam – can already be seen catching the Pokémon characters when the app launched in the region recently. Despite some commentators expressing concerns about the privacy implications of the app and others like it, the game is estimated to have been downloaded over 100 million times worldwide. However, there continue to be wide-ranging concerns over the manner the app is said to gain access to users’ private data.

While the app has used the disruptive nature of Augmented Reality to drive a further paradigm shift in how we use and interact with technology, it has also raised broader privacy concerns over the type and volume of information collected by the app. As a lawyer and technophile, I am both excited by the possibilities of Augmented Reality and concerned over these wider privacy implications.

The personal data and information collected by the app is a critical, strategic business asset and a rich source of innovation and value. Companies that best manage that asset while enriching customer experience, do so through a holistic data management policy. That policy should offer a meaningful data privacy experience through informed consent and collection, rigorous data security measures that prevent unauthorised access, and compliance with applicable laws and regulations.