ICT Happening Updates Week 1 of Mar 2013

The most significant news for Week 2 of Feb 2013 was launching of first GPS enabled taxi in Malaysia and Taxi Booking App by Sunlight Unicablink.

Now, in case you missed them, the most important happenings for last one week or two were:
  • New HTC One wins global mobile award for best new handeset while Nexus 7 wins best mobile tablet at MWC 2013.
  • FalconStor research finds companies inadequately prepared for IT disasters.
  • Epson announces faster speed performance for its popular dot-matrix printers.
  • VMware: 66% of Malaysians prefer to work for companies that allow technological freedom.
  • Microsoft releases next-generation Office 365 for Business.
  • Brocade names Jeff Lindholm as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales.
  • Silver Peak study finds data explosion driving need for more off-site data replication.
  • P1 offers 125GB extra with P1’s 4G broadband plans.
  • Garter: Oracle in Leaders Quadrant for Data Warehouse Database Management Systems.
  • Gartner: Brocade in Visionaries quadrant for data center infrastructure.

Barcelona, Spain, Mar 1, 2013 - Nexus 7 Wins Best Mobile Tablet Award at MWC 2013

The Nexus 7 has been recognised as the Best Mobile Tablet at this year’s Global Mobile Awards. It is the first tablet to receive this honor, with the award category being just introduced this year. The Global Mobile Awards is an annual event held in conjuction with Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest and most prestigous mobile conference.

The judges had this to say about the 7-inch Google and ASUS tablet: “This tablet has brought credibility to the 7-inch category and taken it to the mass market, with the perfect combination of performance and portability. A great all-rounder.”

Barcelona, Spain, Mar 1, 2013 - New HTC One Wins Global Mobile Award for Best New Handeset at MWC 2013

HTC One_Stealth Black, Glazier Silver
HTC’s newly launched HTC One was presented with the GSMA award for the best new mobile handset, device or tablet. Voted for by a panel of industry experts from the media and analyst communities, the award recognises the mobile device that the judges believe holds the most promise for success in the market this year, providing game-changing features, design or functionality. With its sleek design, revolutionary home screen experience, superior audio and breakthrough camera technology, the HTC One has made a significant impact at this year's Mobile World Congress, impressing judges and delegates alike.

HTC One was launched earlier last month in London on 19th Feb 2013.


KUALA LUMPUR, February 28, 2013 — IDG Research and FalconStor Software Find Companies Inadequately Prepared for IT Disasters

FalconStor Software, Inc., a market leader in disk-based data protection, announced the results of its independent “Disaster Recovery Trends and Metrics” quick poll, which was conducted in partnership with IDG Research Services. Featuring responses from 189 IT managers and executives, the survey found that 42 percent are still not adequately armed with modern disaster recovery solutions, even though they experienced at least one instance of data loss in the past year.

The survey also found that tape backup was the most pervasive data backup solution, with 23 percent of large enterprises, 48 percent of medium enterprises and 27 percent of small businesses relying on this technology.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 28 February 2013 – Epson’s Most Popular Dot Matrix Printers Now Faster

Building on its reputation as the world’s top dot matrix printer maker, Epson has introduced its next-generation narrow carriage dot matrix model: the Epson LQ-310. This new printer is an upgraded version of its best-selling LQ-300 models, and features greatly improved speed and reliability.

Epson LQ-310 narrow carriage, 24-pin dot matrix printer

It features a 128KB input data buffer memory that is double that of its predecessors. This enables the 24-pin LQ-310 to achieve high printing speeds of 347 characters per second at 12 CPI – or almost 40% faster than the previous models.

The Epson LQ-310 also has improved reliability ratings that are an astonishing 67% higher than its predecessors that were already renowned for their dependability. This new model is rated for a mean time before failure (MTBF) of 10,000 POH (power on hours) compared to the older models’ 6,000 POH.

Epson recently celebrated its 20th anniversary of Micro Piezo Technology.

KUALA LUMPUR, 28 February 2013 — VMware: 66% of Malaysians Prefer to Work for Companies that Allow Technological Freedom

VMware, Inc., the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, today announced the results of the VMware New Way of Life 2013 study which highlights the work-style and lifestyle habits of an increasingly mobile workforce in the post PC era.

According to the survey, seven in ten respondents in Malaysia value technological mobility in their role and 85% bring their personal computing devices to work. However, 74% say their IT departments do not provide them with relevant support to use these devices effectively in the workplace.

Commissioned by VMware and conducted by Acorn Research, the New Way of Work Study surveyed over 2,100 people in 12 countries across Asia-Pacific, including 150 responses from Malaysia.

Laurence Si, country manager, VMware Malaysia

According to the 2013 study, Malaysian employees who are empowered to use the technology of their choice at work say they are faster to respond to change (76%), more productive even when outside of the office (75%), and more efficient (71%).

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Redmond, Feb 27,2013 - Microsoft Releases Next-Generation Office 365 for Business

Microsoft Corp. today announced worldwide availability of a major new update to its Microsoft Office 365 services for business. Microsoft’s most complete Office cloud service to date has new features and offerings tailored to the needs and budgets of small, medium-size and large organizations. In addition to updated Microsoft Lync Online, Microsoft Exchange Online and Microsoft SharePoint Online services, business users can now get the rich Office applications they are familiar with, on up to five devices, delivered as an always up-to-date cloud service. Office 365 features enhanced enterprise social capabilities with SharePoint and Yammer today, and Lync-Skype connectivity for presence, instant messaging (IM), and voice by June. The new Office 365 service is available today in 69 markets and 17 languages and will be available in an additional 20 markets and 16 languages in the second quarter of this year.

Trial version available.

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Feb. 26, 2013 - Brocade Names Jeff Lindholm as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales

Brocade announced the appointment of Jeff Lindholm to the position of senior vice president of Worldwide Sales to be effective on March 4. In this role, Mr. Lindholm is responsible for leading the development and execution of the company’s overall global sales strategy spanning across all Brocade networking products and solutions. Mr. Lindholm will report directly to Brocade CEO, Lloyd Carney.

Jeff Lindholm

With more than 30 years of experience in the high-tech industry, Mr. Lindholm has held a number of sales and marketing leadership positions at networking and telecommunications technology companies. At Juniper Networks, he served in key executive roles including the senior vice president of Worldwide Sales as well as the chief marketing officer. Mr. Lindholm was also senior vice president of Sales and Marketing at Bigband Networks, where he oversaw the direct sales organization and led market development of next-generation video technologies.

Singapore. February 26, 2013 – Silver Peak Study Finds Data Explosion Driving Need for More Off-Site Data Replication

An explosion of data being stored by businesses and the need to protect that data in the wake of recent natural disasters has nearly three-quarters (72%) of organizations seeking to do more off-site data replication according to WAN Acceleration Fast-Tracks Data Protection And Disaster Recovery, a February 2013 commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Silver Peak Systems. The study also showed that two-thirds (66%) of businesses believe they are limited by their wide area network (WAN) performance, which is preventing them from fully utilizing off-site data replication.

According to the study, as data volumes and replication distances grow, it becomes increasingly difficult to put in place an efficient and reliable disaster recovery (DR) plan. The study found that 65% of businesses have more than 100 terabytes of data company-wide, and 39% have more than a petabyte. More than half of all respondents (54%) said that data replication takes too long and nearly half (44%) are not meeting their recovery time and recovery point objectives (RTO/RPO). This explains why approximately one-third of data (34%) is not replicated at all, leaving that data at risk, and why most respondents (53%) stated that upgrading their current DR plans within the next 12 months is a high or critical priority.

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Petaling Jaya, 25 February 2013 – P1 Offers 125GB Extra with P1’s 4G Broadband Plans

Malaysia and SEA’s 4G pioneer Packet One Networks (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (“P1”) today introduced new broadband plans that offer substantially more quota at an affordable price. The plan is designed to meet the Internet lifestyle demands of today’s consumers who require more and more bandwidth.

According to P1 CEO Michael Lai, bandwidth or usage quota for the Internet is like petrol for the car. The more you have, the further you can explore. He added, “A lot of people today surprised by their high bandwidth consumption and how much it’s costing them. Usage quota can deplete fast just from audio streaming, downloading of large files, or if you engage in peer-to-peer file sharing among others.”

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Feb 25, 2013 - Gartner Positions Oracle in Leaders Quadrant for Data Warehouse Database Management Systems

The Oracle Exadata Database Machine is at the core of Oracle’s data warehouse offering that also includes components such as Oracle Database, Oracle Advanced Analytics, Oracle OLAP, Oracle Big Data Appliance and industry-specific Data Models. Together, these solutions provide Oracle’s customers with the most complete, fast, reliable and cost-effective platform for data warehousing, big data and business analytics.

Oracle Exadata Database Machine delivers game-changing performance, compression and availability for Oracle Data Warehouses.

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Feb. 20, 2013 - Brocade Positioned in “Visionaries” Quadrant on Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Center Infrastructure

Brocade, the leader in fabric-based data center networking solutions, today announced it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the “Visionaries” quadrant in the 2013 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Center Network Infrastructure report.

According to Gartner, vendors placed in the Visionaries quadrant have “demonstrated an ability to increase the features in their offerings, to provide a unique and differentiated approach to the market. A Visionary has innovated in one or more of the key areas of data center infrastructure, such as management (including virtualization), security (including policy enforcement), SDN and operational efficiency, as well as cost reductions.”