ICT Happening Updates Week 2 of Apr 2013

The most significant news for week 2 of Feb 2013 was Oracle launched industry’s first one-stop platform for monitoring and managing improved social interactions.

Now, in case you missed them, the most important happenings for last one week or several weeks ago were:
  • Brocade delivers HyperEdge Architecture as upgrade for Campus Networks to support mobility trend.
  • Tata Communications delivers unified communications for Mott MacDonald.
  • ECS, Samsung Malaysia seal B2B distribution agreement.
  • Sourcefire appoints John Becker as Chief Executive Officer.
  • Cebu Pacific names Samuel Chew as the Juan Blogger Ambassador.
  • InMobi Wins a Stunning Six Awards at first Mob-Ex Awards
  • ASUS announces the Android 4.2 update for the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700.
  • IBM announces new innovations for Big Data.
  • P1 wins gold for Media Strategy at The Marketing Excellence Awards.
  • HTC Malaysia Opens New Service Center at Berjaya Times Square.
  • EMC appoints Tom Zack as President for SEA.
  • Silver Peak releases DIY software for accelerating offsite replication.
  • CommAsia2013,EIT2013,BroadcastAsia2013 - 18 to 21 June 2013 @Marina Bay Sands Singapore.
  • Oracle launches new SPARC servers with the world’s fastest microprocessor.

Kuala Lumpur,April 10, 2013 – Brocade Delivers HyperEdge Architecture as upgrade for Campus Networks to support mobility trend

To provide the agile, application and services-centric campus network organizations need today, Brocade has delivered the Brocade® HyperEdge™ Architecture, an evolutionary approach to campus network design. By automating and simplifying the campus network, and creating a holistic wired and wireless infrastructure, the Brocade HyperEdge Architecture enables organizations to harness the productivity gains and competitive edge that mobility, cloud-enabled services and new applications can offer.

Basically, a Campus Network or CAN (Corporate Area Network) is bigger than LAN but smaller than WAN.

Brocade HyperEdge Architecture Distributed Services, Consolidated Management and Distributed AP Forwarding features are available now with the latest releases of Brocade FastIron 8.0 and WiNG 5.4.2. No additional licenses are required to enable these services. The Brocade ICX 6430-C will be available June, 2013 with a starting list price of $1,095 USD. The Brocade ICX 6650 is available now with a starting list price of $19,200 USD. The Brocade Mobility 1220 and 1240 Access Points will be available in May, 2013 at starting list prices of $625 and $1,245, respectively. The Brocade RFS9510 controller will be available in June with a list price of $39,995 USD. The new Brocade FastIron SX management module, shipping in June 2013, will be available at a starting list price of $3,995. The new Brocade ICX 6610 DC power supply and Brocade FCX uplink modules are available now at list prices of $1,100 USD and $1,795 USD, respectively.

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New York & Mumbai – April 10th 2013 – Tata Communications delivers unified communications for Mott MacDonald

Tata Communications, a leading provider of A New World of Communications, today announced that it has been selected by Mott MacDonald as its global telecommunications partner for the next five years in a deal worth over $20 million. Tata Communications was chosen as a result of its comprehensive range of integrated and unified communications solutions – solutions that will allow the diverse global management, engineering and development consultancy to consolidate its multiple regional systems onto a single platform. The move will create new levels of global collaboration as well as a solid competitive advantage.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 9 April 2013 – ECS, Samsung Malaysia seal B2B distribution agreement

Malaysia’s leading ICT distributor ECS ICT Berhad and Samsung Malaysia Electronics (SME) Sdn. Bhd. (Samsung Malaysia) have signed a business-to-business (B2B) distribution agreement that will see ECS distributing the global leading consumer electronics provider’s entire range of IT and mobility products to the enterprise market.

Under the agreement, Samsung notebook PCs, tablet PCs, smartphones and phablets (like the Galaxy Note II) will be distributed by ECS’s subsidiary – ECS Astar Sdn Bhd’s nationwide network of resellers and corporate dealers – to the Malaysian business community.

The two parties are no strangers to each other, as the domestic ICT distribution market leader has long been a distributor of Samsung’s pioneering technologies, including its notebooks, tablet PCs, LCD monitors, Large Format LCD and etc.

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COLUMBIA, MD, Apr 9,2013 - Sourcefire Appoints John Becker as Chief Executive Officer

Sourcefire has appointed John Becker as Chief Executive Officer effective immediately. In addition, Sourcefire today announced that Kevin Klausmeyer has joined its Board of Directors as an independent director.
John Becker, CEO, Sourcefire

Mr. Becker said, "I am honored and excited to be named Sourcefire's CEO. As a board member, I have witnessed firsthand how Sourcefire has established itself as an outstanding organization based on innovation, industry leading solutions, a diverse go-to-market model and a strong company culture. I look forward to building on this solid foundation as we continue to drive the future of network security, capture our significant market opportunity, and grow the Company." Mr. Becker remains a member of the Board.

Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sourcefire, Mr. Becker was CEO of ScienceLogic, a provider of network monitoring software, from April 2012 through March 2013. Previously, Mr. Becker was the CEO for Approva Corporation and Cybertrust. Mr. Becker holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Richmond.

KUALA LUMPUR 4 April, 2013 – Cebu Pacific Names Samuel Chew as the Juan Blogger Ambassador

“The Search for the Cebu Pacific Juan Blogger” in Malaysia and Singapore is complete! Today, Samuel Chew from Malaysia was named as the first ever blogger ambassador for Cebu Pacific Air, the Philippines' largest national flag carrier.

Samuel Chew of seraphsam.com

"Samuel’s very creative and entertaining safety demo dance video represents Cebu Pacific’s young and fun culture. Readers of his blog will soon be able to learn more about Cebu Pacific and how fun it is in the Philippines over the course of the year. We look forward to welcoming Samuel to the Philippines soon,” said Candice Iyog, Cebu Pacific Vice President for Marketing and Distribution.

As the "CEB Juan Blogger," Samuel (from seraphsam.com) and a friend will travel to four destinations in the Philippines, where they will enjoy two nights hotel stays in each destination with compliments from Agoda.com. They will explore key cities in the Philippines including Manila and Cebu, as well as two of the 32 other domestic destinations CEB flies to, such as Iloilo, Clark, Palawan or Davao.

Singapore, 4 April 2013 -InMobi Wins a Stunning Six Awards at first Mob-Ex Awards 

InMobi, the world’s largest independent mobile advertising network and technology provider, swept six awards for mobile campaigns they executed in partnership with several top agencies and their clients. The first ever Mob-Ex Awards in Singapore on 21 March 2013 led the celebration of the vibrant mobile marketing scene. It was a night to remember for InMobi whose mobile rich media campaigns won the most awards by any single non-agency company.

On awards night, InMobi won awards in Best Mobile Ad Solution, Best In-App Advertising, Best Direct Response, Original Mobile Content and Use of Mobile Channels. In the In-App Advertising category InMobi won two awards.

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KL, Apr 3, 2013 - ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 — Leading Android 4.2 Update in High-End Tablets

ASUS today announced the Android 4.2 update for the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700. The Android 4.2 update will be released to Transformer Pad Infinity owners over the air, and is available from 3rd April. This new version of Android enhances performance and stability, as well as provide multiple user account logins along with other functions that improve the user experience. ASUS is committed to providing the best customer experience, and is leading the Android 4.2 update in high-end tablets.

The ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity is one of the most successful ASUS tablets, with the ability to transform to a full notebook PC with the innovative mobile dock. Also, the Transformer Pad Infinity is the first Full HD tablet to get updated to Android 4.2, Jelly Bean.

Upgrade to Android Jelly Bean 4.2
  • Multiple account login for up-to 4 user accounts
  • ASUS Screen Saver in DayDream Feature

New app:
  • ParentalLock
  • NewCamera AP

New function:
  • Lockscreen wallpaper

  • New UI for ASUS IME.
  • Set Ethernet settings as default ON.

ARMONK, N.Y. - 03 Apr 2013 - IBM Announces New Innovations for Big Data

IBM announced new technologies designed to help companies and governments tackle Big Data by making it simpler, faster and more economical to analyze massive amounts of data. New data acceleration innovation results in as much as 25 times faster reporting and analytics.
  • BLU Acceleration - combines a number of techniques to dramatically improve analytical performance and simplify administration.
  • IBM PureData System for Hadoop - designed to make it easier and faster to deploy Hadoop in the enterprise

The new system can reduce from weeks to minutes the ramp-up time organizations need to adopt enterprise-class Hadoop technology with powerful, easy-to-use analytic tools and visualization for both business analysts and data scientists. In addition, it provides enhanced Big Data tools for monitoring, development and integration with many more enterprise systems.

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PETALING JAYA, Tuesday, 2 April 2013) – P1 Wins Gold For Media Strategy at The Marketing Excellence Awards

Packet One Networks (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (“P1”), Malaysia and Southeast Asia’s leading 4G operator fondly known for its edgy and catchy marketing campaigns has added another feather to its cap as it took home the Gold for ‘Excellence in Media Strategy’ at The Marketing Excellence Awards for its ‘Tukar Tak Tukar’ campaign. P1 was also the finalist in the ‘Excellence in Advertising’ category for the same campaign.

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MALAYSIA, 2 April 2013 – HTC Malaysia Opens New Service Center at Berjaya Times Square

HTC, a global designer of smartphones, today launched its new HTC Service Centre located at Berjaya Times Square Shopping Mall - Level 7 Lot 7-45, as part of the expansion strategy to enhance customer service for the growing base of HTC users in Malaysia. Mr SK Wong, Country Manager of HTC Malaysia and Mr Jinson Chiang, Head of Global Customer Service Operations were present to witness the launch and ribbon cutting ceremony that officialised the opening the centre.

(L-R:) Lawrence Lee - SK Wong - Jinson Chiang With Models

The 1050-square feet HTC Service Centre will serve as a point of liaison for both HTC’s partners and users. Meanwhile the centre will offer after-sale services, training support, redemption as well as an experiential corner showcasing HTC’s latest handheld devices and accessories.

The new Berjaya Times Square HTC Service Centre will be operating on weekdays from 10:00am to 7:00pm.

KL, Apr 2, 2013 - EMC appoints Tom Zack as President for SEA
Tom Zack, EMC, SEA

EMC announced that 27-year IT industry veteran Thomas (Tom) Zack has been appointed President of sales and customer operations for EMC’s South East Asia (SEA) region. In his new role, Zack will focus on strategy and business development to extend and further accelerate EMC’s growth and continued leadership in the region by delivering and supporting the full range of EMC products, services and solutions in established and new markets, and enhancing partner and channel relationships.

The appointment represents a milestone for EMC’s next phase of business growth in SEA. Zack will play a key role in ensuring that EMC remains deeply focused on helping customers and partners transform IT and deliver IT as a Service through cloud computing, use Big Data to change business models and achieve new levels of innovation, and do so with highly-trusted and secure IT environments.

Singapore. April 2, 2013 – Silver Peak Releases DIY Software for Accelerating Offsite Replication

Silver Peak Systems, the leader in accelerating data over distance, today introduced a new family of downloadable software products that are purpose-built for storage professionals to accelerate their offsite data replication workloads. The new Silver Peak VRX-2, VRX-4 and VRX-8 software products are part of Silver Peak’s Velocity solution, which combines unmatched data acceleration technology with flexible pricing to deliver 20x faster replication performance (on average) over any distance.

It is targeting offsite high-speed large volume data replication limited by the wide area network (WAN) performance.

This means that if your organization does not have branches which host servers remotely, you are not the target market.

If your enterprise-wide organization hosts all servers in a data center under one roof, you are not the target market.

But if your enterprise-wide organization deploys a 'rojak' scenario, high chances you may need it to achieve real time data replication.

Based on my experience, these solution offerings are affordable in it own classification.

The reason is that even though databases will come with own data replication module, nevertheless they don't actually address solution for WAN optimization. Furthermore, Silver Peak's Velocity solutions are optimized for VM and industrial storage solution such as NetApp? ,Dell Compellent, Dell EquilLogic and etc.

In other words, these solutions not only are capable of replicating databases real-time, it actually replicates the whole hard disk for disaster recovery purposes - it is meant for usage by data centers.
  • VRX-2 – Replication capacity of up to 60 GB/hr for US$2,764/year
  • VRX-4 – Replication capacity of up to 300 GB/hr for US$8,297/year
  • VRX-8 – Replication capacity of up to 1.5 TB/hr for US$38,731/year

KUALA LUMPUR, 28 March 2013 – CommAsia2013,EIT2013,BroadcastAsia2013 - 18 to 21 June 2013 @Marina Bay Sands Singapore

Singapore Exhibition Services (SES) will be organising CommunicAsia2013, EnterpriseIT2013 and BroadcastAsia2013 – Asia’s largest and most established information and communications technology (ICT) and media communications events, from 18 – 21 June, 2013 at the Marina Bay Sands Singapore.

CommunicAsia2013, EnterpriseIT2013 and BroadcastAsia2013 are the premier launch pad in the region which consistently attract the world’s leading companies to showcase the latest game-changing technologies and products that will shape the future of communications.

Malaysia Pavilion during 2012

Strong Malaysian presence is expected at this year’s CommunicAsia, EnterpriseIT and BroadcastAsia, with participation by key industry players including Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), MEASAT, Cyberview, Media Prima, Altobridge and BTI Systems.

A joint panel discussion has also been conceptualised. The ‘Thought-Leaders Panel’ of C-level executives will bring together telco companies like global satellite operator MEASAT, as well as broadcast companies like multi-media and content creator, Media Prima Berhad, to identify opportunities for collaboration between the telecom and broadcast industries.

Malaysia will also be strongly represented at the conferences. Key local speakers include Suresh Sidhu, Group COO from Celcom Axiata, Paul Brown-Kenyon, CEO of MEASAT and Wee Jonn Leow, Co-Founder / Managing Director of Zalora Malaysia who will be presenting at CommunicAsia2013 Summit. Brian Lenz, Chief Innovation Officer from Astro and Dato Amrin Awaluddin, Group Managing Director of Media Prima Berhad will be presenting their views at the BroadcastAsia2013 International Conference, and Michael Lake, CEO of Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios will be speaking at the BroadcastAsia2013 Creative Content Production Conference.

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Kuala Lumpur, March 26, 2013 – Oracle Launched New SPARC Servers with the World’s Fastest Microprocessor

Oracle Corporation, the world's leading IT solution provider, launched a set of high-end SPARC systems with new SPARC T5 and M5 servers running Oracle Solaris.

According to John Fowler, executive vice president of Systems Oracle that the company has refreshed its SPARC family with the world’s fastest processor and launched the world’s fastest single server for Database, Java and multi-tier applications.

John Fowler, EVP, Systems Oracle

Oracle’s new SPARC T5 servers have set 17 world records and are the world’s best platforms for enterprise computing at any scale, delivering the best value for database and enterprise applications.

Oracle’s SPARC T5-8 server has a 2.5x price performance advantage over the IBM P780 3-node cluster, when including hardware and software costs. Oracle's SPARC T5-8 server has a 7x price advantage over a similar IBM Power 780 configuration for database on a server-to-server basis.

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