Posts Tagged ‘APAC’

CenturyLink: Hybrid IT services crucial for digital transformation

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

The Hybrid IT Readiness Report is the result of a CenturyLink study that shows that 75% of organisations already outsource managed services as business growth remains a priority.

The CenturyLink Asia Pacific Hybrid IT Readiness Report 2016 surveyed 600 decision-makers across six key APAC markets in September 2016. The full report can be downloaded here.

The CenturyLink Asia Pacific Hybrid IT Readiness Report 2016 surveyed 600 decision-makers across six key APAC markets in September 2016. The full report can be downloaded here. Click on image to enlarge.

The study from CenturyLink indicates that hybrid IT is the pervasive IT infrastructure model for organisations in Asia Pacific, including Japan (APJ).

“Digital disruption is changing the way we approach business today globally. In particular, IT departments are experiencing tremendous change as organisations turn IT into a driving force for all aspects of the business, including the customer experience.” said Gery Messer, managing director, Asia Pacific, CenturyLink.

This as a vast majority are taking transformative steps to match workloads to their best execution venue across a blend of in-house and third-party services.

According to the CenturyLink Asia Pacific Hybrid IT Readiness Report 2016, 73 percent of organisations are aware of the hybrid IT deployment model.

75 percent of them already outsource at least one or more data center, network, security or applications services to third-party managed service providers.

In addition, 84 percent of organisations cite security as the key driver to consider managed service providers.

“As more organisations turn to a blend of in-house and third-party IT services, it is important for leaders to address concerns on security. They need to carefully assess their technology partners to ensure that security capabilities are well embedded in all of their offerings – managed hosting, managed services, network solutions, colocation and cloud. Only then will they be able to help IT transform into a secure hub for innovation,” elaborated Messer.

“As more organisations turn to a blend of in-house and third-party IT services, it is important for leaders to address concerns on security. They need to carefully assess their technology partners to ensure that security capabilities are well embedded in all of their offerings – managed hosting, managed services, network solutions, colocation and cloud. Only then will they be able to help IT transform into a secure hub for innovation,” elaborated Messer. Click on image to enlarge.

The report also found that service delivery improvements involving data centers (63 percent) and network (52 percent) are key drivers for executives to outsource IT services.

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Opening: Adyen expands presence in APAC with new Singapore HQ

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Adyen’s new premises in Singapore will serve the company’s customers in the region.

The expansion in Singapore is a result of Adyen’s continued momentum and commitment to the region. Adyen currently has three offices in the region, including Shanghai and Sydney.

The expansion in Singapore is a result of Adyen’s continued momentum and commitment to the region. Adyen currently has three offices in the region, including Shanghai and Sydney.

Adyen today announced its continued commitment to businesses in the region with the expansion and move to a new Singapore office.

“Asia Pacific is the most active e-commerce market in the world and Adyen sees enormous potential to enable e-commerce and omni-channel businesses in this region,” said Warren Hayashi, President, Asia Pacific at Adyen.

The office in Singapore will remain as a regional headquarters for the payment solutions company as it increases its presence in Asia Pacific.

Located in the heart of Singapore’s Central Business District, the close to 500 square meters’ office space will provide modern end-to-end payment infrastructure for leading global companies.

Adyen has been empowering businesses such as Cathay Pacific, Daniel Wellington and Spotify with the ability to accept a variety of payment methods from consumers in Asia Pacific, including local and alternative payment methods.

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Kathrein eyeing growth in APAC

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Kathrein, an internationally leading specialist for reliable, high-quality communication technologies, sees APAC at the forefront of the digital revolution and is strengthening its presence in the region.

Ashwini Bakshi, a senior professional with a strong track record in communication technologies, joined Kathrein as Managing Director APAC at the beginning of this year. His mandate is to set up a new regional headquarter in Singapore and to steer business and sales activities in Asia-Pacific.

Ashwini Bakshi, a senior professional with a strong track record in communication technologies, joined Kathrein as Managing Director APAC at the beginning of this year. His mandate is to set up a new regional headquarter in Singapore and to steer business and sales activities in Asia-Pacific.

Kathrein is showcasing its expertise and capabilities in the fields of indoor and broadcast mobile communications, at CommunicAsia, Asia’s largest integrated ICT event (31 May to 3 June 2016).

“We are very excited to be in APAC. Asia-Pacific is one of the most vibrant regions in the world. We have been active in Asia-Pacific for several decades, tracing back to the 1960s when we completed first broadcast projects. More recently, with the onset of mobility, we have been supplying mobile communication antennas to leading network operators in APAC,” says Ashwini Bakshi, Managing Director of Kathrein’s regional operations.

With its passion to connect, Kathrein offers superior value to customers on three levels: technology, business and end-user.

Based on the company’s expertise across multiple segments, the privately-owned company offers the technical capability to master increasing complexity and convergence.

From a business perspective, investments into Kathrein solutions minimise Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) while maximising Total Value of Ownership (TVO).

And finally, being at the sharp edge of the network, Kathrein’s quality and reliability solutions have a strong impact on end-user experience and customer satisfaction.

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Research: GlobalWebIndex finds mobile networking booming with WeChat users

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

WeChat has the youngest demographic out of all competing social communications apps, with one third of its global users aged 16 to 24. Andrew Ng attended the media brief for tech4tea.com.

Jason Mander, Head of Trends, GlobalWebIndex, briefing on major trends of the social media scene. To the left is Jowie Law, Director of Global Communications at Tencent, the parent company of WeChat. Photo credit: Andrew Ng.

Jason Mander, Head of Trends, GlobalWebIndex, briefing on major trends of the social media scene. To the left is Jowie Law, Director of Global Communications at Tencent, the parent company of WeChat. Photo credit: Andrew Ng.

A recent research by GlobalWebIndex (GWI), a market research company specialising in online consumer behaviour claims that 80% of WeChat’s young users said it was critical for them to be contactable at all times.

“WeChat has witnessed a remarkable growth rate during this period especially among the youth generation, with WeChat’s efficient and entertaining platform continuing to attract users on a massive scale. We are excited about WeChat’s strong growth momentum both globally and throughout Singapore, and expect to see it adding more users in the coming quarters,” said Jason Mander, Head of Trends at GlobalWebIndex.

GWI is a multi-market research company, covering 32 markets and representing 89% of the global Internet population.

Focusing on Singapore specifically, WeChat is most popular with 16 to 34 year olds, with this age group dominating nearly half of the WeChat user base.

According to GWI, WeChat had experienced significant growth with an active user base increase of 156% globally, and a staggering 499% in Singapore between Q1 2013 to Q3 2014.

Nearly a quarter (23%) of the world’s Internet users and 39% within the APAC region now actively use the app.

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SingTel and FireEye launch Managed Defence Solution in APAC

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

The partnership will see both companies invest up to US$50 million over the next five years to launch the first Managed Defence Solution powered by FireEye in APAC to help enterprises contain rising cyber-attacks.

Bill Chang (left), CEO, SingTel Group Enterprise and David DeWalt (right), Chairman of the Board and CEO, FireEye.

Bill Chang (left), CEO, SingTel Group Enterprise and David DeWalt (right), Chairman of the Board and CEO, FireEye.

The money will be used to build infrastructure, recruit people and to train them into security experts.

This initiative is part of the overall cyberdefence strategy that SingTel has envisaged in the modern threat environment.

The strategic partnership between SingTel and FireEye promises to enhance the cyber security eco-system in Asia Pacific and will cover:

  • Significant investments related to new Advanced Security Operation Centres (ASOCs) in Singapore and Australia.
  • The launch of the first SingTel Managed Defence solution powered by FireEye in APAC.
  • Building up cyber security expertise, including training up to 150 professionals to operate the ASOCs.
  • Setting up new data stores in the region.
  • Increasing awareness and knowledge of next generation cyber threats through the biannual APAC-focused threat advisory reports by SingTel and FireEye.

More details on each of the above facets of the partnership can be found below, extracted from the press release.

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China Huaxin acquires Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

The acquisition places Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise on a long term growth trajectory. The acquisition amounted to 202 million Euros in cash proceeds to Alcatel-Lucent.

Matthieu Destot, Vice-President of Sales for Asia Pacific (4th from right); Amit Bathla, Head of Marketing, APAC (first from right); celebrating the birth of their new company - together with their staff in Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise.

Matthieu Destot, Vice-President of Sales for Asia Pacific (4th from right); Amit Bathla, Head of Marketing, APAC (first from right); celebrating the birth of their new company – together with their staff in Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise.

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) has announced that it has successfully closed a transaction with China Huaxin Post & Telecommunication Economy Development Center (“China Huaxin”) for the divestment of its Enterprise division.

“As a ‘new’ company our core mission is to help companies transform the way people communicate, harnessing capabilities offered by ever smarter devices and new use models. We see success as creating long term value and customer relevancy by delivering business outcome to customers and partners through technology and business innovations,” commented Michel Emelianoff, Chief Executive Officer, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise.

Following the divestment, Alcatel-Lucent will maintain a minority stake in a newly-formed holding company, incorporated in France.

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise will also continue to work with Alcatel-Lucent on a privileged business relationship basis.

The transaction will now enable Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise to benefit from a strong and recognised investor, providing the means and resources necessary to strengthen its ambition including leadership positions in enterprise communications while accelerating investment in new areas of net growth.

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise will continue to invest and innovate in the core markets where it is already recognized as an undisputed leader, namely enterprise communications and networking – while exploring new market opportunities in select, high-growth countries, vertical solutions and cloud services.

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Infograhics: How FIFA World Cup 2014 played out in Twitter

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Twitter recorded 672 million Tweets for the 32-day, 64-match World Cup, with Neymar, Messi, Suarez, Ronaldo, Robben and Oscar the most mentioned players around the world.

Most mentioned players on Twitter around the world.

Most mentioned players on Twitter around the world.

Fans shared the most during the Brazil vs Germany semi-final match.

Here are the top five most-tweeted matches from the #WorldCup:

  1. Brazil (@CBF_Futebol) vs. Germany (@DFB_Team) on July 8: 35.6 million Tweets.
  2. Germany (@DFB_Team) vs. Argentina (@Argentina) #WorldCupFinal on July 13: 32.1 million Tweets.
  3. Brazil (@CBF_Futebol) vs. Chile (@ANFPChile) on June 28: 16.4 million Tweets.
  4. Netherlands (@KNVB) vs. Argentina (@Argentina) on July 9: 14.2 million Tweets.
  5. Brazil (@CBF_Futebol) vs. Colombia (@FCFSeleccionCol) on July 4: 12.4 million Tweets.
Top mentioned players on Twitter in APAC.

Top mentioned players on Twitter in APAC.

Three of the top five most-tweeted moments occurred during Brazil’s devastating 7-1 semi-final loss to Germany on July 8, while the other top moments came in yesterday’s final match.

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Virtualisation demand drives rapid growth for Veeam Software in APAC

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Veeam has reported 67% (Q3 2012) year-on-year growth in APAC and has 50,000 customers around the world.

Veeam Software develops solutions for VMware backup, Hyper-V backup, and virtualisation management.

Veeam Software develops solutions for VMware backup, Hyper-V backup, and virtualisation management.

Veeam Software is a provider of backup, replication and virtualisation management solutions for VMware vSphere and Windows Server Hyper-V.

“What makes Veeam so successful is that it’s been built from the ground up specifically for virtualised environments, and hence is designed with the ability to innovate at an extremely fast rate while meeting the most stringent data recovery and protection objectives,” said Don Williams, Regional Director APAC, Veeam Software.

The company has capitalised on market opportunities for virtualisation, disaster recovery and cloud technologies in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region.

This is consistent with the findings of the VMware Cloud Index 2012 which underscored the importance and growth of cloud computing in the region.

Strong demand in APAC has resulted in a year-on-year revenue growth of 48% in Q3 2012 from new licenses.

Veeam’s cloud services business has seen a particularly strong uptake this year, having grown 58% in the last quarter alone. Veeam’s customer base has increased by 28% in the region this year.

Veeam’s presence in Pan Singapore has seen a 110% YoY increase in revenue growth and 86% YoY growth in new licenses revenue in the third quarter.

Simple and speedy data restoration in times of recovery.

Simple and speedy data restoration in times of recovery.

Veeam has recently opened new offices in Singapore and plans to expand further across the region in 2013, having already doubled the headcount in the Singapore team.

Veeam at VMware’s vForum

Raymond Goh, Senior Systems Engineer at Veeam in Singapore.

Raymond Goh, Senior Systems Engineer at Veeam in Singapore.

I had a chat with Raymond Goh, Senior Systems Engineer at Veeam in Singapore, during VMware’s vForum in Singapore.

Raymond gave me a rundown of Veeam’s solutions for data protection and comprehensive systems management for virtualisation.

Two aspects of Veeam’s offerings impressed me during our conversation.

The scalability and flexibility of its solutions means that it can cater to both large enterprises and organisations, as well as smaller SMBs.

The ability of Veeam’s solutions to work simultaneously with both VMware and Hyper-V solutions translate to cost savings for customers who operate both in a mixed virtual environment, since Veeam does not charge separately for catering to two environments.

Solutions from Veeam Software

Veeam Backup & Replication is Veeam’s solution for VMBackup, while Veeam ONE is a single solution for real-time monitoring, resource optimisation and management reporting for VMware and Hyper-V.

Veeam Software develops solutions for VMware backup, Hyper-V backup, and virtualisation management.

Veeam also provides free virtualisation tools.

The Veeam Management Pack (MP) and Smart Plug-in (SPI) extend enterprise monitoring to VMware through Microsoft System Center and HP Operations Manager.