ICT Happening Updates Week 3 of Oct 2013

The most significant news for Week 1 of Oct 2013 was Cisco delivered network convergence system to power "Internet of Everything".

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • New compact PoE switch from Brocade targets federal market.
  • Silver Peak releases software updates: Virtual Acceleration Open Architecture (VXOA) 6.2
  • WD introduces new Ultra-Compact Network Storage.
  • ASUS announces Next-Generation Fonepad 7
  • IBM: Dynamically Managing Network Bandwidth in a Cloud
  • OpenNet: Affected fibre cables at Bukit Panjang Exchange restored
  • HP expands Z Workstation Portfolio, unveils world’s first workstation ultrabook
  • NS BlueScope hosts inaugural green archictecture gathering amongst VIETNAM architects
  • Hitachi Sunway makes the first Hitachi Storage Sale in SEA
  • hybris names as a B2B commerce leader by global independent research firm
  • AMD unleashes R9 series graphics cards with AMD Radeon R9 270X and AMD Radeon R9 280X
  • FalconStor® CDP and FalconStor® NSS 7.5 solutions now available and shipping
  • European IT Services Leader Saves Costs by Optimizing Global Network with Silver Peak
  • Oracle introduces new x86 servers
  • 10.10 mystery deal by Groupon Malaysia.
  • Philips launches ideas competition campaign “Innovation That Matters to You” in Malaysia
  • Bosch launches new DIVAR IP recorder family with integrated Dynamic Transcoding Technology.
  • Tata Comm. launches mobile messaging exchange service.

Oct 17, 2013 - New Compact PoE Switch from Brocade Targets Federal Market

I've been INFORMED by PR firm that Brocade has announced an addition to the company's campus networking portfolio with the Brocade® ICX® 6450-C Switch, which delivers enterprise-class features in a compact form, and supports the simplification and automation provided by the Brocade HyperEdge™ Architecture.

The Brocade ICX 6450-C further expands the company's comprehensive core-to-edge switch portfolio, a key factor in the recent announcement with Aruba to deliver secure integrated wired and wireless mobility solutions for enterprise and public sector customers based on open standards and Software-Defined Networking (SDN) principles.

List pricing of the Brocade ICX 6450-C Switch is $1595 with the first customer shipment on October 11, 2013 and general availability on October 31, 2013. Brocade networking solutions are available direct, through Brocade channel partners and via Brocade Network Subscription.

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Wendy Lang
Tel: +65 6317 2464

Oct 17, 2013 - Silver Peak releases software updates: Virtual Acceleration Open Architecture (VXOA) 6.2

I've been INFORMED that Silver Peak, today released its Virtual Acceleration Open Architecture (VXOA) 6.2, which adds a new deployment wizard and storage-specific reporting to its Velocity Replication Acceleration (VRX) software products. The enhancements help storage managers more quickly and easily deploy Silver Peak replication acceleration software to meet recovery point objectives (RPOs) when moving data for disaster recovery.

Silver Peak VRX software products offer the flexibility of running on any common hypervisor. The software improves replication throughput by an average of 20x. The Silver Peak VRX software products are available for free 30-day, fully-supported trials on Silver Peak’s software marketplace.

Original reference.

Tony Tan
Client Services Director
Tel +65 6317 6709 / Mob +65 9048 6981
Tony Tan

Kuala Lumpur – 17 October 2013 –WD Introduces New Ultra-Compact Network Storage Plus Servers

I've been INFORMED by PR firm that managing a business is a great challenge for small and medium enterprise (SME) owners as there are various aspects of business to attend to. A robust storage solution for data and information will certainly lighten the weight, so that more efforts can be invested in developing the business. Always at the forefront of storage solutions, WD has expanded its small- and medium-sized (SMB) storage solution portfolio with the new WD Sentinel™ DS5100 and WD Sentinel DS6100 (S-series) ultra-compact network storage plus servers.

Five models of WD Sentinel S-series appliances are available. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP) start at RM9,999 for the WD Sentinel DS5100 4 TB network storage plus server. The WD Sentinel DS6100 series, on the other hand, is priced from RM13,999 for the 8 TB variant. Both series are distributed by Amble Action Sdn Bhd. WD Guardian™ Services, which offer flexible, affordable and hassle-free technical support, are available for periods of one or more years.

WD Sentinel S-series serves as a NAS (Network Area Storage) solution.

Original reference.

Mimi Wong
Senior Manager, Public Relations
Email : mimi.wong@wdc.com

Oct 16, 2013 - ASUS Announces Next-Generation Fonepad 7

I've been INFORMED by ASUS that today announced the Fonepad 7, an updated version of the 7-inch Android device with full voice telephony for people who want smartphone features with a tablet-size screen. ASUS Fonepad 7 features a new non-slip finish and faster HSPA+ 3G with up to 42Mbit/s download speeds.

Fonepad 7 is powered by an Intel® Atom™ Z2560 processor with Hyper-Threading technology for seamless multi-tasking performance with Android 4.2. The 7-inch display has a crisp 1280 x 800 resolution with IPS (In-Plane Switching) technology for wide viewing angles and excellent daylight visibility, while dual-front speakers with ASUS SonicMaster audio technology ensure high-quality sound.

Original reference.

Steven Wong
Technical PR Marketing
Tel: (03) 2141 6650 / (016) 2108 255

Oct 10, 2013 - IBM: Dynamically Managing Network Bandwidth in a Cloud

I've READ from;IBM,no-follow,http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/42147.wss; that IBM received U.S. Patent #8,352,953 for dynamic allocation of cloud resources based on networking bandwidth requirements and availability.

Oct 10, 2013- OpenNet: Affected fibre cables at Bukit Panjang Exchange restored

I've been INFORMED by PR firm that restoration process at OpenNet’s Bukit Panjang Central Office (CO) is completed ahead of schedule. At this point in time, OpenNet has restored all of the affected cables that were damaged during the fire.

While all cables are repaired, we are still working with our Service Providers to ensure customer connections are functional. We sincerely apologize to all our customers for the inconvenience caused during this incident.

shruti.soni@hkstrategies.com D : +65 6390 3345 M : +65 8571 1069

MALAYSIA, 10th October 2013 —HP Expands Z Workstation Portfolio, Unveils World’s First Workstation Ultrabook

I've been INFORMED by PR firm that HP announced the expansion of its Z portfolio of professional workstation and display products. This includes the introduction of the world’s first workstation Ultrabook™—the HP ZBook 14—and the industry’s first line of workstations to offer Intel’s Thunderbolt technology for high-speed data transfer.

The new portfolio includes three new HP ZBook Mobile Workstations, five new HP Z Displays, and processor and graphic enhancements to the award-winning line of HP Z Desktop Workstations.

Wai Mun Loh and Frankie Chan with  HP ZBook Mobile Workstations

Ideal for professionals in engineering, CAD, architecture, design, animation, film, education, government and healthcare, the HP Z portfolio of products has been engineered, tested and certified for professional applications.

The HP Z series of mobile workstation cum Ultrabook comes in the price range between RM 3,999 to RM 8,000.

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Amanda Yap
O +603-2094-0760 | F +603-2094-4760
E amanda.yap@fleishman.com

Oct 10, 2013 - NS BlueScope hosts INAUGuRAL green archictecture gatherinG amongst VIETNAM architects

I've been INFORMED by PR firm that NS BlueScope Malaysia (formerly known as BlueScope Steel (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.) together with NS BlueScope Vietnam recently hosted its first green architecture gathering with a group of architects from Vietnam to highlight the development of green architecture and buildings in Malaysia.

Gala Dinner Participants

Since the introduction of Malaysia’s Green Building Index (GBI) in 2009, over 69 million square feet of buildings in Malaysia have been certified as green building and the GBI tool itself has become one of the fastest growing tropical green tools in the world. Following that, the development of green buildings in Malaysia has attracted the attention of our neighbouring countries when a group of well-established and talented architects visited Malaysia just recently.

The gathering attended by notable architects from Vietnam shared knowledge and experience about the practices, processes and materials with which creates truly sustainable environment, highlight the development of green architecture and buildings in Malaysia as well as sustainable building materials that prioritises reductions in energy consumption and wastage.

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Cohn & Wolfe XPR
Kiranjeet Kaur / Yvonne Loke
E: kiranjeet.kaur@cohnwolfe.com / yvonne.loke@cohnwolfe.com

Oct 9, 2013 - Hitachi Sunway Makes The First Hitachi Storage Sale in SEA

I've have been INFORMED that today announce that it has sealed its first significant IT storage sale since its joint venture establishment between Hitachi Systems, Ltd. and Sunway Technology Sdn Bhd earlier this year in April.

The storage consolidation project consists of Hitachi Unified Storage (HUS) 130 storage systems implementation and support services valued at close to RM1 million is made to Sunway Shared Services Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Sunway Berhad (“Sunway”). The sale took place after the company underwent its standard procurement selection process that involved three vendor brands of which HSIS participated as a value-add IT distributor.

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Hitachi Sunway Information Systems Sdn Bhd
Jasmine Tham
(+60) 12 205 3829

Oct 9, 2013 - hybris names as a B2B commerce leader by global independent research firm

I've been INFORMED by PR firm that hybris has been named as a leading B2B commerce vendor in Forrester Research, Inc.’s latest Wave report on B2B Commerce entitled: “The Forrester Wave™: B2B Commerce Suites, Q4 2013” dated October 7, 2013.

According to the report; “Customers are attracted to hybris for four key reasons: 1) the modern Java-based architecture; 2) the embedded enterprise product content management (PCM) capabilities; 3) the embedded and rapidly maturing order management capabilities; and 4) the flexibility of the “Framework.” …. hybris’ modern, service-orientated architecture makes it easy for developers to extend and customize the solution to cater to unique B2B requirements and process workflows. … hybris also now offers an on-demand model.”

A copy of the report can be downloaded at http://www.hybris.com/en/forrester-wave-q4-2013

Edward Lim
Tel: (65) 6545-5645

Oct 9 , 2013 - AMD Unleashes R9 Series Graphics Cards with AMD Radeon R9 270X and AMD Radeon R9 280X

I've have been INFORMED by PR firm that AMD today launched AMD Radeon™ R9 270X and AMD Radeon™ R9 280X, GPUs engineered from the bottom up to enable a new era of hyper-realistic ultra resolution gaming. AMD Radeon™ R9 Series graphics cards are designed for enthusiast gamers who demand high-performance hardware that shatters the boundaries of realism and performance. Based on AMD’s award-winning Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture, the AMD Radeon R9 Series graphics cards receive a boost from Mantle, an industry-acclaimed technology developed by AMD to enable today’s top game developers to harness the GCN-powered cores of both PCs and consoles.

AMD Radeon R9 270X and AMD Radeon R9 280X graphics cards will be available on Oct. 11, 2013.

Original reference.

Jaron Chen
T. +603 7494 0292

Oct 8, 2013 - FalconStor® CDP and FalconStor® NSS 7.5 Solutions Now Available and Shipping

I've been INFORMED by PR firm that In line with the company’s aim to provide smarter, more efficient solution to datacenters and storage infrastructures; FalconStor has introduced the new FalconStor® CDP and FalconStor® NSS 7.5 Solutions that offer enhanced features for intelligently moving, storing, and protecting data without burdening production resources. The RecoverTrac tool has more flexibility to automate failover and failback with greater accuracy in any physical, virtual, or hybrid environment; thus increasing efficiency for datacenter and storage management.

Original reference.

Seetha Subramany
FalconStor Software, Inc.

Oct 7, 2013 - European IT Services Leader Saves Costs by Optimizing Global Network with Silver Peak

I've been INFORMED by PR firm that the leading IT services companies in Europe, Steria requires rapid delivery of data and network services to 80 global locations in 12 countries. As its business grows and data volumes increase, Steria understood that upgrading bandwidth to all of its locations would not cost-effectively address the company’s long term goals and would not overcome the adverse impact of long distance, shared wide area network (WAN) connections.

Silver Peak was selected because of the software-based approach to network optimization that gives Steria flexibility to deploy virtual or physical solutions with equal performance, features and functionality. While Steria deploys Silver Peak physical appliances today, the company is very interested in Silver Peak’s Software-for-Life upgrade program that allows Steria to transition its hardware WAN optimization licenses to software as the company transitions to virtualization.

Original reference.

Tony Tan
Client Services Director
Tel +65 6317 6709 / Mob +65 9048 6981
Tony Tan.

Oct 7, 2013 - Oracle Introduces New x86 Servers

I've been INFORMED by PR firm that Oracle today launches the new x86 servers, based on the latest Intel® Xeon® processors E5-2600 v2 product family, for business organizations.

The Oracle’s new Sun Server X4-2, Sun Server X4-2L and Sun Blade X4-2B systems are now available in the market for a broad range of mission-critical business workloads, such as database, middleware and enterprise business workloads in virtualized environments, as well as high-density, clustered computing in an enterprise cloud environment.

Also, the new servers offer additional customer value, allowing a choice of Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux and Oracle VM at no extra cost. They also provide complete stack management with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Ops Center at no additional cost with Oracle Premier Support services.

Original reference.

Judy Wong
Pi PR Consultancy Sdn Bhd

Oct 7, 2013- 10.10 Mystery Deal by Groupon Malaysia

I've been INFORMED by PR firm that the popular Groupon Goods Midsummer Mystery Deal which originated from United States (US) has now expanded to the shores of Malaysia, courtesy of Groupon Malaysia (MY)! 

Rafiq Razali - Country General Manager of Groupon Malaysia

With over a thousand items up for grabs, Groupon Malaysia subscribers who purchase this deal will be in for a surprise. They will not have a clue of what will be in store for them; until the Mystery Deal is delivered. It would be an adventurous investment for fans of Malaysia’s number one social e-commerce platform.

Starting from the 10th of October 2013 at 10am, random items specially selected for the Groupon Mystery Deal will be sold for only RM10.10. Possible treats for lucky Groupon customers range from digital cameras to household appliances. 

Original reference.

Clara Goh
Head of Marketing Communications
Telephone: +603 7949 0888, Mobile: +6017-5110154
E-mail: clara.goh@groupon.com

Oct 3, 2013 - Philips launches ideas competition campaign “Innovation That Matters to You” in Malaysia

I've been INFORMED by PR firm that Philips Malaysia announced the launch of Innovation that matters to you, the Malaysian leg of its Asia-Pacific campaign aimed at creating healthier homes and safer cities in the country. Underlining Philips’ commitment to develop meaning innovations to help improve the health and well-being of communities across Malaysia, the campaign provides an avenue for Malaysians to contribute innovative and meaningful ideas through the campaign website, http://philips.to/innovationMY on how Malaysians can address these challenges.

Submitted ideas will be collected and sifted through by a panel of judges which includes Philips, Agensi Inovasi Malaysia (AIM) and University Putra Malaysia (UPM). The panel will shortlist six (6) selected ideas for public voting based on practicality and sustainability and the winning idea will be implemented by Philips Malaysia together with the public and stakeholders.

In the next six week leading up to 14 November, Malaysians can log in to www.meaningfulinnovation.asia/Malaysia to share their ideas on how to address issues under the two pre-selected sub-themes – Healthy Homes and Safer Cities.

The judging panel would shortlist ideas that best addresses health and well-being challenges impacting the Malaysian society. Of these ideas, three ideas from each sub-theme will be further shortlisted for public voting from 27 November to 10 December 2013.

Here are the steps to contribute your ideas:

  1. Contribute your idea for healthier homes and safer cities.
  2. Six Ideas will be shortlisted by ‘Innovation That Matters To You’ campaign approved experts.
  3. Take the initiative to share out your favourite idea to garner support.
  4. One winning idea, as voted by you, by Malaysian, will be implemented by Philips.

Original reference.

Denise Ng Seow Feng
O +603-2094-0760 | M +6012-9040801
E seowfeng.ng@fleishman.com

Oct 4, 2013 - Bosch launches new DIVAR IP recorder family with integrated Dynamic Transcoding Technology

I've been INFORMED by PR firm that Bosch has recently launched the new DIVAR IP recorded family with integrated Dynamic Transcoding Technology. Consisting of an all-in-one video management system as well as storage solution, the system perfectly combines a network recorder, storage array, client workstation and integrated software to deliver optimum video surveillance capabilities.

Present market demands necessitate smooth and instant access to high-quality surveillance video. Users have come to expect equal degrees of comfort and performance when being away from the office or control center. With the launch of four new DIVAR IP video recorders, Bosch offers customers different recording solutions. Users can choose to adopt simple yet scalable storage solutions or scalable all-in-one solutions for small to large-sized security systems.

Original reference.

Zairynn Yazmi
Senior Officer, Corporate Communications
Robert Bosch Sdn Bhd
DID: +603 7966 3137, Mobile: +6012 269 7474
Email: zairynn.yazmi@my.bosch.com

Oct 3, 2013 - Tata Comm. Launches Mobile Messaging Exchange service

I've been INFORMED by PR firm that Tata Comm. today launches its Mobile Messaging Exchange service. The exchange will enable Over-the-top (OTT) providers and SMS aggregators to connect to a large community of MNOs globally, while allowing MNOs to monetise the SMS traffic with an added layer of security. This service provides a mutually favourable and profitable solution for all the stakeholders in the value chain.

The new Mobile Messaging Exchange stands to create an effective ecosystem built on efficiency, trust and transparency. It will not only bridge the user communities served by the OTT and SMS aggregators, who want to reach more mobile subscribers, but also MNOs, who want to monetise this traffic. This secure and stable service will help MNOs protect their network and subscribers from spam and fraud resulting from unauthorised A2P SMS.

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Joanne Lee