Posts Tagged ‘cloud’

Jack Ma Letter on Alibaba Departure & Succession Plan

Monday, September 10th, 2018

Alibaba Group Holding Limited today announced that one year from today – on September 10, 2019 – chief executive officer Daniel Zhang will succeed Jack Ma as chairman of the board of Alibaba Group. Below is a letter that Ma has issued to Alibaba’s customers, employees and shareholders.

Jack Ma, Executive Chairman, Alibaba Group. Source: www.alibabagroup.com.

Jack Ma, Executive Chairman, Alibaba Group. Source: www.alibabagroup.com.

Jack Ma will continue as executive chairman of the company over the next 12 months to ensure a smooth transition of the chairmanship to Daniel Zhang.

Ma will complete his current term as a member of Alibaba Group’s board of directors until its annual general meeting of shareholders in 2020.

Ma is a lifetime partner in the Alibaba Partnership and is a member of its partnership committee.

The Alibaba Partnership currently comprises 36 partners who are also members of senior management of Alibaba Group or its affiliates.

Pursuant to the articles of association of Alibaba Group, the Alibaba Partnership has the right to nominate a majority of the directors to the board of the company.

Below is a letter that Ma has issued to Alibaba’s customers, employees and shareholders.

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Event: Alibaba Cloud Summit in Singapore

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

Alibaba Cloud held its Alibaba Cloud Summit in Singapore. It is the first summit in Asia Pacific that’s outside of China and Hong Kong.

Alibaba Cloud & National University of Singapore sign MOU to support the Smart Nation initiative. (From left to right) Raymond Ma, General Manager, ASEAN, ANZ, Alibaba Cloud; Dr. Min Wanli, Chief Machine Intelligence Scientist, Alibaba Cloud; Yeming Wang, Business President, Alibaba Cloud; Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister-in-Charge of the Smart Nation Initiative; Professor Bernard Yeung, Dean, NUS Business School; Professor Mohan Kankanhalli, Dean, NUS School of Computing; Associate Professor James Pang, Co-Director, NUS Business Analytics Centre.

Alibaba Cloud & National University of Singapore sign MOU to support the Smart Nation initiative. (From left to right) Raymond Ma, General Manager, ASEAN, ANZ, Alibaba Cloud; Dr. Min Wanli, Chief Machine Intelligence Scientist, Alibaba Cloud; Yeming Wang, Business President, Alibaba Cloud; Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister-in-Charge of the Smart Nation Initiative; Professor Bernard Yeung, Dean, NUS Business School; Professor Mohan Kankanhalli, Dean, NUS School of Computing; Associate Professor James Pang, Co-Director, NUS Business Analytics Centre.

The event, attended by around 1,000 participants, was graced by Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister-in-Charge of the Smart Nation Initiative.

The agenda included the following highlights.

  1. The signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding with the National University of Singapore.
  2. The launch of nine new solutions for the first time outside of China, some of them being the first of their kind in the industry.
  3. Announcement of an ASEAN Partner Alliance Programme, aiming to recruit 150 solution partners and train 600 sales and technology talents over the next 12 months.

Participants also got the chance to hear from Alibaba Cloud and industry experts on the latest advances in AI and Machine Learning.

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New arrival: Western Digital launches 3 new storage devices

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Western Digital launched in Singapore today the WD My Cloud Home, SanDisk iXpand Base and SanDisk Ultra microSD 400GB. Capacities and prices below.

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Three new storage solutions from Western Digital launched in Singapore.

  • WD My Cloud Home: from S$249 (2-8TB)
  • SanDisk iXpand Base: from S$139 (64-256GB)
  • SanDisk Ultra microSD 400GB: S$459

Detailed price list below.

The three new storage devices are targeted at various facets of backing up and sharing the photos and videos captured by the numerous mobile devices that an individual or a household captures.

Details from the press release and price lists below.

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Singapore-wide locker network based on IBM Blockchain/Bluemix

Monday, October 24th, 2016

IBM empowers Singapore startup – FreshTurf – with Blockchain and Bluemix for island-wide federated lockers network.

Working in the IBM Bluemix Garage, FreshTurf plans to create and deploy unique logistics app with blockchain and cloud.

Working in the IBM Bluemix Garage, FreshTurf plans to create and deploy unique logistics app with blockchain and cloud.

IBM is working with Singapore start-up FreshTurf in the Singapore location of its IBM Bluemix Garage network.

“As a startup, we wanted a partner and mentor who would guide us through the journey of adopting blockchain and building with cloud, while also helping us to grow. During the Design Thinking workshop, we had access to technical expertise, consulting and guidance through working with the IBM Bluemix Garage which allowed us to quickly build our concept. The IBM Bluemix Garage’s methods of Design Thinking, use of cloud and agile development practices served as the foundation of our startup,” said Jarryl Hong, Co-Founder, FreshTurf.

Using IBM Cloud and Blockchain technologies, FreshTurf has been working with IBM Bluemix Garage developers and designers to create a network of storage lockers for shipping and parcel delivery throughout Singapore.

This locker ledger network is designed to help improve the “last mile” of delivery services for consumers and businesses, or the final leg of a package’s journey to a customer’s home.

Blockchain is a technology for a new generation of transactions which establish accountability and transparency while streamlining business processes.

Fueled by and built on Bluemix, IBM’s cloud platform, IBM and FreshTurf aims to build a distributed ledger platform prototype specifically designed to manage commercial transactions between merchants, logistic vendors, locker companies and consumers.

Not only can the application of blockchain technology help provide visibility across the fulfilment chain, allowing users to track their parcel and delivery status from the convenience of their phone, it can help stakeholders to conduct shipping transactions in a highly secure and trusted environment.

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Event: Cloud Expo Asia, Data Centre World & Cloud Security Expo in Singapore

Friday, October 14th, 2016

The 2016 installments of the Cloud Expo Asia and Data Centre World returned to Singapore (12-13 October) for the fourth year running, with new co-located event Cloud Security Expo this year.

Three three expositions are hosted at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, attracting an industry gathering of business technology professionals in Asia.

Three three expositions are hosted at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, attracting an industry gathering of business technology professionals in Asia.

Also new is Smart IoT Singapore, focused on showing how the Internet of Things is transforming the business world, with presentations from the region’s leading partners, including AWS, Digital Reality and SP Telecom.

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Ericsson & Equinix help enterprises leverage multi-cloud advantages

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Ericsson and Equinix have developed a joint offering for enterprises to reap the true benefits of hybrid cloud and multi cloud adoption. The offering leverages the Equinix Cloud Exchange (ECX) and Apcera platform from Ericsson.

The joint offering leverages the Equinix Cloud Exchange (ECX) and Apcera platform from Ericsson.

The joint offering leverages the Equinix Cloud Exchange (ECX) and Apcera platform from Ericsson.

The initial target enterprises will be finance and insurance companies in South East Asia and Oceania to help solve their challenges on data compliance and regulation and at the same time give the agility that enterprises need.

Highlights of the joint offering

  • Ericsson to provide Apcera Platform to deploy any application, on any cloud infrastructure, at speed, without the risk.
  • Equinix to provide secure high performance interconnections to multiple clouds via Equinix Cloud Exchange.
  • Initial target enterprises will be finance and insurance companies in South East Asia and Oceania to help solve their data compliance and regulation challenges.

The finance and insurance industry have strict compliance regulations on data and this brings limitations for them to deploy a multi-cloud strategy.

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IoT: LILEE Systems announces fog computing gateways and cloud network solution for distributed, mobile, and industrial enterprise environments.

Monday, September 19th, 2016

The new TransAir STS Series Gateways and T-Cloud Management Platform combine to offer high-performance IoT (Internet of Things) innovations to new markets.

LILEE STS gateways offer multiple wired and wireless connectivity options and are installed in distributed assets, such as a bus or retail store.

LILEE STS gateways offer multiple wired and wireless connectivity options and are installed in distributed assets, such as a bus or retail store.

LILEE Systems, provider of advanced mobile connectivity solutions and emerging innovator in cloud-based network solutions, announced today its new platform for mobile and fixed distributed enterprises, such as bus fleets and retail franchises, which includes multiple first-to-market capabilities.

“A new generation of intelligent connectivity, provisioning, and management solutions are needed to drive adoption of IoT into a wider range of markets, such as first responders, retail, and smart cities,” said Vikrant Gandhi, industry director of Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) at Frost & Sullivan.

LILEE’s TransAir STS series gateways and T-Cloud platform enable organisations to more rapidly and reliably network, track, control, and interact with their mobile and fixed assets to improve operations and reduce costs.

LILEE STS gateways offer multiple wired and wireless connectivity options and are installed in distributed assets, such as a bus or retail store.

They include an onboard application engine that enables enterprise applications to run in a fog-computing architecture; i.e., integrating on-site and in-cloud computing.

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Acronis celebrates 2nd HQ Anniversary with Scuderia Toro Rosso

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

Acronis’ presence in Singapore has created new opportunities for local businesses and resulted in a triple-digit percentage growth of Acronis Cloud Business.

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The “A”-shaped table in the conference room of Acronis’ global HQ office in Singapore at Suntec Tower 3.

Acronis, a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection celebrated the second anniversary of its Headquarters in Singapore, marking the two most successful years in the company’s history.

“The digital world is all around us. Just like the world’s-first Smart Nation program in Singapore, Scuderia Toro Rosso fully depends on data. Our success on the track depends on data availability, making data protection a critical element in our business. We are proud to celebrate the two years since the re-opening of Acronis International Headquarters in Singapore, because much of Acronis’ cutting-edge technology is developed right here in their R&D center in Singapore,” said Scuderia Toro Rosso Team Principal Franz Tost.

In July this year Acronis became the first Singaporean IT company to sponsor a Formula 1 team – the Scuderia Toro Rosso Team.

Two years ago the members of the Scuderia Toro Rosso attended the opening ceremony as guests.

Today Scuderia Toro Rosso shared the celebrations as a long-term partner and consumer of Acronis technology.

Acronis was founded in Singapore in 2003.

Since reopening the International Headquarters in Singapore two years ago, Acronis has invested heavily in building local capability through creating jobs, importing world-class talent to the Singapore-based R&D center, and forming lasting partnerships with local universities and the nation’s development agencies.

In February this year Acronis announced the start of a joint collaboration with A*STAR’s Data Storage Institute, aimed at pushing the limits of data protection technology and cloud-based storage.

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New arrival: Acronis Backup 12 data protection solution

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

The new Acronis Backup 12 is available as a yearly subscription (see rates here) or as a perpetual license at US$89 (S$121).

The new Acronis Backup 12 expands data protection to the Cloud, across physical and virtual systems, and onto mobile devices; with support for 15 platforms, including Microsoft, Amazon, Android, Apple, Linux, and VMWare vSphere.

The new Acronis Backup 12 expands data protection to the Cloud, across physical and virtual systems, and onto mobile devices; with support for 15 platforms, including Microsoft, Amazon, Android, Apple, Linux, and VMWare vSphere.

Acronis, a provider of hybrid cloud data protection, has announced Acronis Backup 12, the company’s new solution that protects businesses’ full digital image.

“Data is the lifeline of today’s digital businesses – without it your company will not survive. With Acronis Backup 12, businesses get the complete protection required in this new digital world with the ability to control their data no matter where it resides combined with the power to get it back faster than ever before in the event of a loss or an outside attack,” said Serguei Beloussov, co-founder and CEO at Acronis.

With most business assets now being digital and not confined to a single device or location, businesses need a backup solution that is designed to provide complete data protection to support this new way of operating.

Acronis claims that the Backup 12 is unlike any other solution with its ability to backup and protect company data in today’s hybrid cloud IT environments – whether it resides in the cloud, on-premises, across virtual and physical systems, in remote systems, and on mobile devices.

Acronis Backup 12 is available in Singapore by contacting a local Acronis partner.

More details in the press release below.

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IBM SolutionsConnect: Garage Track 1 – Accelerate Speed of Innovation

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Businesses compete today in an increasingly digital marketplace, with stakeholders that expect innovative, personalised and efficient interactions with modern digital businesses via interconnected digital technologies.

Brent Michael Nulf shares how enterprises can accelerate their speed of innovation through the adoption of APIs and Microservices.

Following the two keynote presentations at the one-day thought leadership conference by IBM in Singapore, there were two concurrent one-and-a-half-hour Garage Tracks, one on accelerating the speed of innovation and the second on insights-driven IT. I followed the former to find out more about how to extend infrastructure investments to drive innovation. This is the first presentation in this Track.

Following the two keynote presentations at the one-day thought leadership conference by IBM in Singapore, there were two concurrent one-and-a-half-hour Garage Tracks, one on accelerating the speed of innovation and the second on insights-driven IT. I followed the former to find out more about how to extend infrastructure investments to drive innovation. This is the first presentation in this Track.

Brent Michael Nulf – who is a Business Unit Executive for MobileFirst Platform & Cloud, Asia Pacific, IBM Corporation – cited Starbucks, Peugeot and CitiBank as examples of companies that had reaped huge returns by disrupting through digitisation of their businesses.

The world’s most successful digital enterprises – such as Google, Facebook, Netflix, Twitter, eBay, Salesforce.com – are leveraging an API-base architecture to enable innovation and power growth.

Valuable business assets are exposed as APIs that are consumed by App Developers to develop innovative apps that result in a delightful experience for customers.

However, within enterprises, a fine balance needs to be struck between the demands by the lines of business for fast speed and agility in the digital ecosystem, against the slower pace of the IT departments for integration and scaling of the core enterprise to ensure stability.

The answer to this “Multi-Speed” conundrum is Microservices, which involves the implementation of the SOA architecture to create small autonomous services that work well together.

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