ICT Happening Updates Week 4 of May 2013

The most significant news for week 3 of May 2013 was Google I/O 2013.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • 'Lazada Raya' celebration.
  • Silver Peak counter-offers Riverbed Customers with software-based alternative.
  • WD to demonstrate Solid State Hybrid Drive At COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2013.
  • Brightstar to distribute latest LG Optimus smartphones.
  • VMware announces IaaS platform: vCloud Hybrid Service.
  • Brands and retailers in APAC struggle to bring E-Commerce offerings to market quickly.
  • WeChat announces key milestones.
  • Gartner: APAC led worldwide mobile phone sales to growth in Q1 2013.
  • MSC Malaysia continues strong growth with RM33.53 billion in revenue.
  • Exabytes offers Malaysian SMBs business websites start-up at zero cost.
  • Silver Peak Software added to NEC SDN Application Center.
  • David Meyer of Brocade elected Chairman of the OpenDaylight Project Technical Steering Committee.
  • Reuters reported that Yahoo's board approves $1.1 billion Tumblr acquisition: WSJ.
  • Barracuda Networks' copy offer 15GB of free cloud storage.
  • HP powers Music Matters Live & YouTube FanFest@20-24 May, Singapore.
  • HP maintains momentum in digital graphics printing at China Print, Beijing.
  • Brocade announces On-Demand Data Center strategy.
  • hybris named a leader in magic quadrant report by leading industry analyst.

KUALA LUMPUR, 23 May 2013 – A 'Lazada Raya' Celebration

Lazada Malaysia, the nation’s premier online shopping mall is offering Malaysians plenty of reasons to celebrate this upcoming Hari Raya season as it announced its “Giveaway Extravaganza” contest to thank and reward customers in appreciation for a successful first year in the Malaysian market.

Having recently celebrated its first year anniversary in April, Lazada Malaysia has enjoyed tremendous success, increasing its total customer base by 20 per cent month-on-month (MoM).

The contest, which will run from 20th May until 20th June 2013, is set to reward lucky participants with more than RM120,000 worth of prizes, including the grand prize of a sporty Mazda2 hatchback.

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Singapore. May 23, 2013 – Silver Peak Counter-Offers Riverbed Customers with software-based alternative

According to the Riverbed website, Steelhead xx20 series products will become end-of-life early next year. Customers with Steelhead models 520, 1020, 1520, 2020, 3020, 3520, 5520, 6020, and 6120 will be forced to upgrade to more expensive, newer Riverbed hardware products.

By switching to Silver Peak VX virtual software products, Riverbed Steelhead WAN optimization customers can achieve to 86% cost savings.

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Kuala Lumpur, 23 May 2013 – WD to Demonstrate Solid State Hybrid Drive At COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2013

WD, a Western Digital company and world leader in storage and connected-life products, today announced that it will demonstrate its solid state hybrid drives (SSHD) and 5 mm ultra-slim hard drive technologies in tablet and other thin-and-light devices at the COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2013 trade event, held in Taiwan from June 4 to June 8, 2013. The innovations will be a part of WD’s exhibit showcasing its latest storage technologies and solutions addressing thin-and-light mobile devices, cloud datacenter computing and the connected lifestyle.

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Kuala Lumpur, 22 May 2013 - Brightstar to distribute latest LG Optimus smartphones

Brightstar Corporation, the world’s largest wireless distribution company and leader in services for the wireless industry, today announced that LG Electronics Malaysia (LG) has appointed Brightstar Malaysia as its national distributor for selected models from LG’s increasingly advanced Optimus smartphone family.

Effective May 2013, Brightstar Malaysia is distributing the immensely popular LG Optimus G, Optimus L9 and Optimus L5 II devices to all major smartphone retailers in the country. These new models – featuring the latest Android™ operating system and Google™ app functionality – fulfil users’ desire for stylish smartphones that combine outstanding hardware, world-class high definition displays and an engaging yet friendly user-centric user experience (UX), all in a sleek design.

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KL, May 22, 2013 - VMware Announces IaaS Platform: vCloud Hybrid Service

VMware vCloud® Hybrid Service™, an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud operated by VMware and built on the trusted foundation of VMware vSphere®, giving customers a common platform to seamlessly extend their data center to the cloud.

VMware vCloud Hybrid Service will be available in June through an Early Access program, with general service availability in the US expected in Q3 2013.

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KUALA LUMPUR, May 22, 2013 –Brands and Retailers in APAC Struggle to bring E-Commerce Offerings to Market Quickly

eCommerce in Asia Pacific is growing at a fast pace and by the end of 2013 is expected to overtake North America as the region with the world’s highest B2C eCommerce revenues. Despite this positive backdrop, brands and retailers face a high level of complexity and many barriers to success when establishing B2C eCommerce offerings in the region.

Over the past four years, Asia Pacific Digital has been building a scale eCommerce services group across the region. Headquartered in Singapore and with 14 offices across Asia Pacific, over 750 employees provide brands and retailers with an end-to-end eCommerce solution capable of reaching over half a billion consumers in China, South East Asia and Australasia.

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Kuala Lumpur, MAY 21, 2013 - WeChat Announces Key Milestones

WeChat continues its momentum in the mobile social communication space with the announcement today that it has achieved a major milestone with 50 million registered user accounts. Designed for the international market, WeChat provides users an innovative way to communicate with friends from all around the world. The rapid growth of WeChat is attributed to its strong adoption in markets with large populations. WeChat has topped the charts as the most downloaded application on Apple’s App Store and Google Play in a number of markets including India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico and The Philippines. As of this week, WeChat Malaysia has reached a significant growth in user accounts, increasing its penetration rate of Malaysian smartphone users from 60% to breaking the 70% mark.

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Kuala Lumpur, 21 May 2013 –Gartner: APAC led worldwide mobile phone sales to growth in Q1 2013

Worldwide mobile phone sales to end users totaled nearly 426 million units in the Q1 2013 out of which 210 million units = smartphones.

APAC region itself totaled 226 million units, 6.4 percent increase year-on-year and helped the region increase its share of global mobile phones to 53.1 percent year-on-year.

In terms of smartphones brand; Samsung no.1, Apple no.2 and LG Electronics no.3

It was also reported that in terms of OS, Android recorded 156 million units for Q1 2013. Earlier on during Google I/O 2013, Google reported that 900 million of Android activation (devices had been deployed) as at worldwide Q1 2013.

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Kuala Lumpur, 21 May 2013 –MSC Malaysia continues strong growth with RM33.53 billion in revenue

MSC Malaysia announced revenue for the MSC Status ICT companies, which was RM 33.53 billion which was an increase of 5.7% from 2011, while exports grew to RM 11.6 billion which reflected a 14% rise from the previous year.

This resulted in MSC Malaysia’s contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) standing at RM11.3 billion, recording a significant double digit growth of 18% from 2011.

In the area of job creation, 9,700 jobs were created in 2012 which represented a 28% growth over 2011 bringing the total number of jobs created since inception to 128,850.
  • InfoTech Cluster - 44% (RM 14.66 billion)
  • Shared Services and Outsourcing (SSO) cluster- 31% (RM 10.45 billion)
  • Creative Multimedia cluster - 21% (RM 6.99 billion)
  • Institutions of Higher Learning and Incubators cluster- 4% (RM 1.44 billion)

The Shared Services & Outsourcing Cluster led job creation in 2012 with 7,388 new jobs, accounting for 76% of total new jobs.

According to information from Outsourcing Malaysia (OM), SSO business activities include IT services, shared services and business process outsorcing (BPO), regional headquarters, research and development (R&D), training and environmental management.

Malaysia ranks top 3 as the preferred location globally where over 130 Shared Services & Outsourcing companies in MSC Malaysia are responsible for establishment of over 250 call centres in the country as at Oct 2012. These companies include the likes of ACS, BMW, DHL, HSBC, IBM, Intel, Motorola, Nokia, Shell and Unisys.

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Kuala Lumpur, 20 May 2013 –Exabytes Offers Malaysian SMBs Business Websites Start-Up At Zero Cost

Exabytes Network Sdn Bhd, Malaysia’s largest web hosting provider, today introduces “Instant Website Bundle”, a complete website start-up package for SMBs to establish their own websites at zero cost under the “Get Malaysian Business Online” (GMBO) business grant initiative.

Being part of the Exabytes’ ‘OnlineLahTauke!’ campaign, the “Instant Website Bundle" package allows SMBs to set up their own business domain that comes with a professional website and unlimited email accounts within 14 days.

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Singapore. May 20, 2013 –Silver Peak Software Added to NEC SDN Application Center

Silver Peak Systems, the leader in accelerating data over distance, today announced it has joined NEC Corporation of America (NEC) to include its data acceleration software as part of NEC’s new Software-Defined Networking (SDN) Application Center. The NEC SDN Application Center focuses on solutions that address customers’ top-of-mind network concerns. Silver Peak software enables customers to accelerate individual workloads and applications beyond a single data center with point-and-click simplicity.

The NEC SDN Application Center is a SDN platform which supports OpenFlow. NEC delivers it through its ProgrammableFlow Network Suite - SDN controller.

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia. – May 20, 2013 – David Meyer of Brocade Elected Chairman of the OpenDaylight Project Technical Steering Committee

Brocade announced the appointment of David Meyer, Brocade Service Provider CTO and Chief Scientist, as the chair of the OpenDaylight Project Technical Steering Committee (TSC). Meyer’s election reinforces the Brocade commitment to the OpenDaylight Project, as well as the industry initiative to accelerate customer adoption of Software-Defined Networking (SDN) technologies.

OpenDaylight is a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project that unites industry leaders with the goal of a common and open SDN platform for developers to utilize, contribute to and build commercial products and technologies.

David Meyer,  CTO and Chief Scientist, Brocade

The Technical Steering Committee provides technical leadership for OpenDaylight, overseeing the integration of best of breed technology and inter-collaboration across all OpenDaylight projects to ensure release quality and the establishment of best practices.

The committee will also specify and coordinate the release dates for OpenDaylight project code.

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Reuters, May 19,2013 - Yahoo's board approves $1.1 billion Tumblr acquisition: WSJ

Reuters reported that Yahoo Inc's board has approved a deal to buy blogging and social networking site Tumblr for $1.1 billion in cash.

This is good news for bloggers. And it shows that blogs presents a big deal for big data. To me, it is the future of media when currently it comes under the category of social media.

Have you checked out Let's Blog in Love ?

In a separate report by Reuters, CEO Marissa Mayer explained that having Tumblr will increase its users-base and will ensure longer business continuity.
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Kuala Lumpur, May. 17, 2013 - HP Powers Music Matters Live & YouTube FanFest

HP will power the award-winning Digital & Music Matters taking place in Singapore from 20-24 May. This year’s week-long conference and entertainment event will feature the Asia debut of the YouTube FanFest with HP bringing the best underground talent from across the globe to Singapore. The YouTube FanFest with HP is designed to give fans and digital media industry professionals the opportunity to get up close and personal with stars who are driving the global YouTube ecosystem.

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, 17 May 2013 – Copy “Copies” Google to offer 15GB of Free Cloud Storage

Copy is the latest online cloud storage space provider to join companies like Dropbox and Google in the cloud storage industry.

90 days since its public debut, Barracuda Networks Inc. today announced that it will be increasing the amount of free cloud storage space for Copy from 5GB to 15GB. Since its launch Copy has attracted nearly half a million users worldwide and is rapidly growing in numbers.

“Copy’s ‘No Limit’ Referral programme lets users earn 5GB of additional free storage space both for themselves and the referred user. On average our users are earning well over 60GB of free storage, with the largest referrers earning space in the 10s of TBs,” adds said Thiban Darmalingam, the Regional Manager for Barracuda in Malaysia.

It also cater for “Fair Storage for All” initiative, which allows users are to ‘split the bill’ for shared folder. For instance, if 3 users shared a folder which contains 12 MB, then each users will then share the size, which is 4MB.

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Kuala Lumpur, May 16, 2013 — HP Maintains Momentum in Digital Graphics Printing at China Print, Beijing

HP was one of the key exhibitors at the recently concluded China Print. Preceding China Print, 1000 customers, partners, and Asian media participated in the annual Dscoop Asia conference held in Beijing. During this event HP made three key announcements related to the digital and graphics printing category. Please find below a quick summary for each of these announcements-

1) HP Customers Celebrate Outstanding Innovation And Creativity With Digital Printing
  • 55 printing companies across Asia Pacific were recognized for their outstanding innovation and creativity in labels and packaging, signage, and commercial printing categories.
  • Four printing companies received the Grand Winner accolades for outstanding print work with HP Sign & Display and HP Indigo technologies. 
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2) HP Digital Graphics Printing Portfolio Positions Asia Pacific Printing Companies For Success
  • A number of companies have been integrating the use of the HP Indigo 1000 Digital Press to achieve greater efficiencies and productivity.
  • HP is also experiencing strong growth momentum in Asia Pacific, with demand coming from existing and new customers for its full digital graphics printing portfolio.
  • HP continues to expand its digital portfolio to help ensure it provides both the breadth and the end-to-end capabilities that printing companies need to be successful.
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3) HP Drives Accelerated Momentum Of HP Indigo 1000 Digital Press Worlwide.
  • HP announces the accelerated adoption of the B2-format HP Indigo 10000 Digital Press which helps printing companies worldwide grow their businesses through increased efficiency and a wider range of digital print applications.
  • Printing companies around the world are taking advantage of the HP Indigo 10000 Digital Press, with installations now complete in 11 countries
  • A new red-fluorescing invisible ink for the HP Indigo 7000, 7500 and 7600 Digital Presses has been launched and it is useful for tracking and anti-counterfeiting features. 
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia. – May 16, 2013 - Brocade announces On-Demand Data Center strategy

The On-Demand Data Center strategy enables customers to simplify and automate their networks, as well as dramatically improve network efficiency, utilization and performance.

This strategy unites physical and virtual networking to enable On-Demand data center.

Brocade is supporting this strategy by delivering new hardware and software advancements across its entire data center networking portfolio.

In the mean time, Brocade VCS Fabric offers a plugin for OpenStack.

This will allow customers to deploy network capacity and services in their cloud-based data centers far more quickly than with legacy network architectures and provisioning tools.

Brocade also announced that it has surpasses 1,100 VCS Fabric Customers Worldwide - 250,000 ports shipped sets foundation for the on-demand data center

All these are premised on the larger concept of SDN.

Singapore, 16 May, 2013 - hybris Named a Leader in Magic Quadrant Report by Leading Industry Analyst

hybris, the world’s fastest-growing commerce platform provider, today announced that for the second year running it has been included as a Leader in Gartner’s latest ‘Magic Quadrant for E-Commerce’ (dated 8 May 2013). Following substantial growth in 2011, hybris has further consolidated its position as the market’s dominant independent e-commerce and omnichannel vendor which it believes has helped to achieve its leadership placement in the Gartner report.

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