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Friday, April 28, 2017

IT News Week 5 Apr 2017

For IT News Week 4 Apr 2017.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Apr 27, 2017 - Western Digital Ships 4th-Gen Helium Hard Drive
  • PR - Apr 27, 2017 - Iskandar Puteri, Johor - Outsourcing Malaysia Launches Southern Office in Iskandar Malaysia
  • PR - Apr 26, 2017 - Mizuho Financial Group Partners with Cognizant to Develop a Distributed Ledger Solution for More Efficient and Secure Trade Finance
  • PR - Apr 26, 2017 - Catch Superstar Lilly Singh Live in Malaysia
  • PR - Apr 25, 2017 - Taipei, Taiwan - BIOSTAR Announces New AMD RADEON RX GPUs
  • PR - Apr 25, 2017 - Kaspersky Lab joins INTERPOL-led cybercrime operation across ASEAN
  • PR - Apr 25, 2017 - Boosting Server Protection with Next-Gen Anti-Ransomware CryptoGuard Technology by Sophos
  • PR - Apr 25, 2017 - LinkedIn reaches 500 million members with growth driven by developing markets in Asia Pacific
  • PR - Apr 24, 2017 - Ruckus Wireless Unveils Experience Management Capabilities with New SmartZone OS Release
  • PR - Apr 24, 2017 - Independent Lab MRG Effitas Confirms Acronis True Image Leads Competition on Ransomware Protection, Performance and Usability
  • PR - Apr 18, 2017 - Goyang, South Korea’s Smart City Enhances Safety with a World Class Safety Surveillance Implementation in Korea
  • PR - Apr 17, 2017 - Malaysians Love Shopping Internationally, says 11street

PR - Apr 27, 2017 - Western Digital Ships 4th-Gen Helium Hard Drive

Western Digital Corp. today announced that it has begun shipping its fourth-generation helium-based hard drive with its 12TB HGST-branded Ultrastar® He12 hard drive. The Ultrastar He12 12TB hard drive is the next generation of the company’s award-winning high capacity enterprise-class drive with HelioSeal technology, providing customers with a data storage solution addressing the expansive information management needs and demanding performance requirements of today’s enterprise, cloud and hyperscale workloads.



Known for high quality, the enterprise-class Ultrastar He12 HDD features an industry-first eight-disk design, to deliver 12TB capacity using PMR technology in a standard 3.5-inch form factor. It is the world’s highest capacity hard disk drive for active random workloads.

Ultrastar He12 Helium HDD
  • HelioSeal: Western Digital’s fourth generation, based on exclusive HelioSeal technology, bringing the highest capacity HDD to market much sooner than competing technologies
  • World’s first 8-disk design, 12TB capacity, available with either 12Gb/s SAS or 6Gb/s SATA interface
  • Data Security: Instant Secure Erase, sanitize and safely redeploy HDDs using the Instant Secure Erase feature
  • SED Features: Help protect end user data with encryption (Self Encrypting Drive)
  • Reliability: Amongst the industry’s highest MTBF rating at 2.5M hours

PR - Apr 27, 2017 - Iskandar Puteri, Johor - Outsourcing Malaysia Launches Southern Office in Iskandar Malaysia

Outsourcing Malaysia, a chapter of the National ICT Association of Malaysia, launched its southern office in Iskandar Malaysia in tandem with the rapid growth of the GBS (Global Business Services and Shared Services & Outsourcing “SSO”) industry in Iskandar Puteri, Iskandar Malaysia.

The office, part of OM’s initiative to establish world-class GBS eco-systems across Malaysia, will facilitate the growth of the local industry while enticing the world to Malaysian shores. The Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) and i2M Ventures Sdn. Bhd – a wholly owned subsidiary of Khazanah Nasional Berhad are among OM’s strategic partners responsible for the development of strategic investment promotion initiatives for the Global Business Services (GBS) and Shared Services & Outsourcing (SSO) sector in Iskandar Puteri, Iskandar Malaysia.

(L-R:) OM Director Justin J Anthony, Deputy Chair of OM Anthony Raja Devadoss, Managing Director i2M Ventures Sdn. Bhd. Zulfiqar Zainuddin, CEO of MIDA Dato’ Azman Mahmud, OM Chairman Cheah Kok Hoong, General Manager of Johor State Investment Centre (JSIC) Tuan Haji Mahadon Marnin, CEO of Iskandar Investment Berhad (IIB) Datuk Khairil Anwar &  CFO of Medini Iskandar Malaysia (MIM) Zulaifah Abdul Ghani at the launch of Outsourcing Malaysia’s New Southern Office in Iskandar Puteri, Johor

GBS ISKANDAR is an initiative by i2M Ventures and it is a specialised programme to facilitate businesses to locate GBS Operations in Iskandar Puteri, Iskandar Malaysia. With GBS ISKANDAR, companies will be able to enjoy expert facilitation in order to meet their GBS location requirements, covering key areas such as talent, infrastructure, livability and incentives.

PR - Apr 26, 2017 - SG - Mizuho Financial Group Partners with Cognizant to Develop a Distributed Ledger Solution for More Efficient and Secure Trade Finance

Cognizant today announced that it has been selected by Mizuho Financial Group, one of the largest financial institutions in the world, to develop a distributed ledger solution to make trade finance more efficient and secure.

Cognizant will use Corda, a distributed ledger platform developed by R3, a consortium of the world’s largest financial institutions, to digitize trade documents such as letters of credit and bills of lading. This will provide Mizuho Financial Group and its customers with a framework to explore the use of distributed ledger technology to reduce fraud, delays and other business risks arising from costly paperwork, and provide enhanced visibility to all parties involved in the trade and transport value chain.

The engagement marks the expansion of a strategic partnership between Mizuho Financial Group and Cognizant to leverage distributed ledger technology for building new work processes to make transactions and digital interactions more secure, efficient and cost-effective, thereby delivering superior experience to customers.

PR - Apr 26, 2017 - Catch Superstar Lilly Singh Live in Malaysia

The Highest-paid woman on YouTube will meet and greet fans this May 23 followed by an exclusive comedy show in Malaysia.
  • She has 11,335,721 subscribers on YouTube.
  • Over 1 Billion Views (1,848,564,209 to be exact).
  • She was named in FORBES 30 under 30.
  • Winner of MTV Fandom Award.
  • 3 Streamy Awards.
  • 2 Teen Choice Awards and most recently
  • 2017 People’s Choice Award winner for Favourite YouTube Star.


Lilly Singh: How to be a Bawse Tour

PR - Apr 25, 2017 - Taipei, Taiwan - BIOSTAR Announces New AMD RADEON RX GPUs

BIOSTAR is thrilled to announce its latest lineup of graphics card for gamers featuring the 2nd-generation Polaris architecture from AMD coupled with excellent gaming performance and higher clock speeds. Introducing the new BIOSTAR RADEON RX 500 series GPUs designed to be the perfect graphics upgrade for those looking to play modern games and experience VR at compelling prices and the prodcuts will be exclusively for Asia Pacific and China region.

BIOSTAR RADEON RX 580

The new BIOSTAR RADEON RX 500 series GPUs include the latest flagship RX 580, together with the mainstream RX 570 and RX 550. The new GPUs feature support for DX12 and Vulkan API. Combined with technologies to help improve visual performance and display technologies to improve the overall gaming experience, gamers will fully enjoy their gaming experience with the new RADEON RX 500 series.

Gamers can now enjoy streaming, sharing and capturing their gameplay with Radeon ReLive with their BIOSTAR RADEON RX 500 GPUs. The Radeon ReLive software allows gamers and content creators to enjoy smooth gaming and recording simultaneously even on entry-level hardware, featuring support for 4K resolution at either 30 or 60FPS using HEVC and H.264 codecs. Radeon ReLive integrates with many of the popular game streaming platforms in the world right now!

PR - Apr 25, 2017 - Boosting Server Protection with Next-Gen Anti-Ransomware CryptoGuard Technology by Sophos

Sophos, a global leader in network and endpoint security, today announced, that its next-generation anti-ransomware CryptoGuard technology is now available with its Sophos Server Protection products. With this optimisation, Sophos Server Protection now has signature-less detection capabilities to combat ransomware - similar to Sophos Intercept X for endpoints. In September 2016, Sophos launched Sophos Intercept X with CryptoGuard, which stop the spontaneous encryption of data by ransomware within seconds of detection.

By adding CryptoGuard to server security, Sophos is closing a critical gap by preventing ransomware attacks that could come in through rogue, guest or remote access users or other weaknesses in a company’s network. For example, if a company allows bring-your-own-laptops on the network, remote access for employees or is victimised by an insider cyber threat, servers become highly susceptible to ransomware. Additionally, network shares on servers are high-value targets as they contain proprietary financials, personally identifiable information and other key data, and should be protected as such.

Sophos Server Protection products with CryptoGuard capabilities now includes Central Server Protection Advanced on the cloud-based Sophos Central platform and Sophos Server Protection Enterprise, which is managed with a traditional on-premise console.

PR - Apr 25, 2017 - LinkedIn reaches 500 million members with growth driven by developing markets in Asia Pacific

LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network, has registered more than half a billion members across 200 countries. In Asia Pacific, the membership base has reached more than 118 million, growing almost six-fold since the company launched the APAC headquarters in Singapore six years ago.

India remains as LinkedIn’s largest market in Asia Pacific, and second globally with more than 42 million members. In Southeast Asia, the membership base has grown to more than 22 million members up from 20 million last quarter – including Indonesia with more than 8 million members.

Globally, LinkedIn now represents a community of professionals with over 10 million active jobs, 9 million companies, and more than 100,000 articles posted every week, helping these professionals stay informed on news and views that impact the workplace.

PR - Apr 25, 2017 - Kaspersky Lab joins INTERPOL-led cybercrime operation across ASEAN

Kaspersky Lab today announced its participation in a groundbreaking INTERPOL-led cybercrime operation involving public and private sectors across the ASEAN region. Nearly 9,000 botnet command and control (C2) servers and hundreds of compromised websites, including government portals were identified from the activity.

The operation was carried out from the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) in Singapore, the research and development facility of the world’s largest police organization.

Cybercrime investigators from Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam gathered together at the IGCI to exchange information on specific cybercrime situations in their respective countries. An additional cyber intelligence report was contributed by China.

Experts from Kaspersky Lab cooperated with the INTERPOL to share fresh cyberthreat discoveries and to formulate recommended actions along with six other private companies, namely Cyber Defense Institute, Booz Allen Hamilton, British Telecom, Fortinet, Palo Alto Networks, and Trend Micro.

Being the only vendor able to detect the infection at the time, Kaspersky Lab provided the INTERPOL team with an exclusive report on a WordPress plugin vulnerability that has affected thousands of websites in the region, including those belonging to government agencies, universities, NGOs, and private businesses.

PR - Apr 24, 2017 - Ruckus Wireless Unveils Experience Management Capabilities with New SmartZone OS Release

Ruckus Wireless, a part of Brocade, today announced version 3.5 of its SmartZone™ Operating System (OS).

With more than 30 new features and enhancements, SmartZone OS 3.5 makes it easier than ever for IT to improve the end-user experience and to better align security and policy posture with a diverse user device constituency. New capabilities also enable enterprises and managed service providers to easily and securely implement complex network architectures and multi-tier business models.

Since their introduction in 2015, SmartZone controllers have been deployed by more than 2,000 enterprise and service provider organizations that are collectively managing more than 600,000 APs.

The virtual SmartZone Data Plane (vSZ-D) works in conjunction with virtual control and management appliances, enabling a high-throughput distributed data plane.

SmartZone OS 3.5 provides IT with tools to better ensure quality experience.

PR - Apr 24, 2017 - Independent Lab MRG Effitas Confirms Acronis True Image Leads Competition on Ransomware Protection, Performance and Usability

Acronis is proud to announce that the recently launched Acronis Active Protection™—part of the Acronis True Image 2017 New Generation—has been independently tested to be the most comprehensive protection against the evolving threats of ransomware.

MRG Effitas compared Acronis True Image 2017 New Generation, CrashPlan Home 4.8.0, EaseUS TODO Backup Home 10.0, Genie Timeline Home 2016, IDrive 6.5.1.23, Macrium Reflect Home 6.3.1655, NovaBACKUP 18.5 Build 926, and Paragon Backup and Recovery 16.

“These results confirm our internal testing,” said John Zanni, CMO of Acronis. “Acronis True Image is the fastest home backup on the market and the only product that is able to protect itself, and the data, from ransomware. The same anti-ransomware technology is currently being rolled out across the full range of our business products and we’ll continue to invest in R&D, making data protection fast, easy, complete — for everybody.”​

PR - Apr 18, 2017 - Goyang, South Korea’s Smart City Enhances Safety with a World Class Safety Surveillance Implementation in Korea

Milestone Systems today announced the successful implementation of a seamless 24/7 security surveillance solution for Goyang City in South Korea. As one of the 10 most dynamically developing cities in the world, Goyang is now safer than ever, as civil safety staff are equipped with Milestone’s integrated IP video solution to crack down on crime-prone districts and blind spots in the city.

Requiring a comprehensive, integrated overhaul of its previous security solutions, Milestone worked with Omecca, a Milestone Platinum Partner, to implement an scalable, flexible, and reliable integrated surveillance solution within two weeks. All video cameras were replaced with the new system, allowing each staff member to monitor approximately 100 cameras simultaneously using the carousel feature and comprehensive XProtect Smart Wall overview. Since the initial installation of 2,500 video cameras, an additional 2,200 cameras have been added – bringing the total number of cameras to 4,700 at present.

Benjamin Low, VP for APAC, Milestone Systems

Benjamin Low, Vice President for APAC at Milestone Systems, comments, “We understand the importance of public safety in Goyang, the smart city of Korea. The upgrading of Goyang’s video management software to a flexible and future proof one is a huge step to that, and we’re delighted to have worked with one of our Platinum partners, Omecca, to help Goyang achieve their safe city vision.”

PR - Apr 17, 2017 - Malaysians Love Shopping Internationally, says 11street

Following the rousing end to our ‘Shop The World’ campaign, 11street has noted some interesting facts and insights from consumers who shopped during the period. The campaign saw 11street bringing in over a variety of international branded products from 5 countries – China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and the USA – to enable consumers to shop for products that are not available in local brick and mortar stores.

While some product categories were expected to top the line, 11street revealed that Malaysians have taken a sudden interest in purchasing books and media online. Some other insights include:
  • Korea, Taiwan and the USA are top favourite countries for Malaysians to buy from, whereby these tree countries has the highest number of purchases
  • Seven out of 10 products bought on the 11street platform during the campaign period were not available at local brick-and-mortar stores
  • Johoreans are the second highest online shopper in Malaysia after Klang Valley, with 95% of their purchase consisting of skincare and make-up items
Check out the Shop The World infographic.

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