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Fujitsu partners with Equinix on Singapore cloud datacentre #cloudasia

Source: Business Cloud News

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Fujitsu has set up another datacentre in Singapore this week amidst what it sees as increasing demand for cloud services in Singapore and neighbouring countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

The datacentre, hosted in Equinix’s western Singapore facility, will host Fujitsu’s portfolio of cloud services and offer a number of new connectivity features “currently under development” that would allow enterprises to federate with other cloud platforms.

The recently announced datacentre is Fujitsu’s third in Singapore, and it already operates over 100 worldwide; the company’s cloud services are hosted from six datacentres globally.

The company said it chose to add another datacentre in Singapore because of its strategic location and attractiveness to large multinational firms.

“In recent years, companies increasingly are embracing cloud services as a platform to support the accelerating pace of business in Asia. In particular, because of its low level of natural disaster related risk and its position as an international network hub with reliable broadband network lines, Singapore is often chosen as the location for integrated systems operations by many companies that are pursuing multinational business expansion,” the company said in a statement.

Fujitsu is the latest cloud vendor to view Singapore as a relatively untapped market for cloud services. This week CenturyLink, which recently expanded its managed services presence in China, added public cloud nodes to one of its Singapore datacentres.

Apart from locally established multinationals and the booming financial services sector, the Singapore Government has also shown itself to be looking to invest more in both using cloud services and growing usage of cloud platforms in the region.

According to Parallels, local SMBs are also hopping onto cloud platforms with reasonable pace. The firm believes the SMB cloud services market in Singapore is projected to hit $916M in 2017, with a three-year CAGR of 21 per cent.


 

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CenturyLink expands public cloud in APAC #cloudasia

Source: Business Cloud News

American telco CenturyLink has expanded the presence of its
public cloud platform to Singapore in aCloud-datacentre bid to cater to growing regional demand for cloud services.

CenturyLink, which recently expanded its managed services presence in China and its private cloud services in Europe and the UK, is adding public cloud nodes to one of its Singapore datacentres.

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“The launch of a CenturyLink Cloud node in Singapore further enhances our position as a leading managed hybrid IT provider for businesses with operations in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Gery Messer, CenturyLink Managing Director, Asia Pacific.

“We continue to invest in the high-growth Asia-Pacific region to meet increasing customer demand,” Messer said.

The company said it wants to cater to what it sees as growing demand for cloud services in the region, citing Frost & Sullivan figures that show the Asia-Pacific region spent almost $6.6bn on public cloud services last year. That firm predicts annual cloud services spending in the region will exceed $20bn by 2018.

The move also comes at a time when the Singapore Government is looking to invest more in both using cloud services and growing usage of cloud platforms in the region.

Last year the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) said it was working with Amazon Web Services to trial a data as a service project the organisations believe will help increase the visibility of privately-held data sets.

The agency also signed a Memorandum of Intent with AWS that would see the cloud provider offer usage credits $3,000 (US) to the first 25 companies to sign up to the pilot, which will go towards the cost of hosting their dataset registries or datasets.

It’s also announced similar partnerships in the past with Pivotal and Red Hat.


 

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Cloud Asia Forum Day One Gallery

Here are the best photos from an excellent first day of Cloud Asia Forum, Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Hong Kong. Be sure to join us on day two!

Deploying IaaS and Cloud in the Asian Financial Sector

August ChanAugust Chan is Head of IT at Delta Asia, and is participating in a cross-industry panel session at Cloud Asia entitled What Challenges Does X Industry Face When Adopting the Cloud, alongside Senior Representatives from Swiss Re and City University of Hong Kong. The session promises to offer a diverse approach to Cloud implementation, adding value for enterprises from all industry verticals.

Looking at August’s specific vertical, the financial sector, we looked at how Delta Asia has implemented Cloud computing so far, what models they have chosen to deploy at this stage, and why. He details that, as Delta Asia’s businesses are highly regulated (including banking, brokerage, insurance), they are vigilant in adopting Cloud, in view of possible (often time-consuming) regulator challenges, questions over compliance, and other non-technical considerations. In terms of rollout, they are ‘cloudifying’ peripheral systems first (that is, non-core systems such as their information portal and marketing-related applications). Cost effectiveness is one of the main objectives of their cloud strategy, with other main reasons being fast provision and easy scalability. August concludes that “all things considered, at this stage, IaaS is what we are working at”.

Looking more closely at those main objectives, we ask what cost and organisational benefits August expects to see from implementation. With IaaS being a relatively simple cloud adoption, he states that they can maintain lot of controls on the platform running on the ‘rented’ infrastructure, while the ‘landlord’ will handle the hardware availability, maintenance, aged equipment replacement. He goes on to say that “other than the cost saving by avoiding up-front capex investment, we are expected to be able to cope with some short-notice changes in business requirements, such as time-to-market and scalability”.

Many enterprises have concerns before adopting Cloud, and it was no different for Delta Asia. The reasons being that, in August’s words, for a highly regulated industry, those current and possible future regulatory requirements, internal due care and compliance considerations drove them to think about the security and control of data, the location and accessibility of it, and exit planning. But they always remind themselves to “get a good control on what you have and on what makes your business run. We are thus still at the IaaS stage”.

To conclude, we consider the enterprise landscape in Asia as a whole; are enterprises in the region taking full advantage and seeing benefits from technologies such as Cloud? August’s response is straightforward: “Obviously not.  I see many companies not utilizing cloud when it may be more cost effective than all in-sourcing”. So what advice would he offer for enterprises looking to develop their IT infrastructure? “I would suggest when you need to procure a new server or commission a new system, try thinking about cloud; don’t necessarily go for cloud, but think if cloud can help or not before spending on your capex”.

You can discuss this with August Chan and all of our industry experts at Cloud Asia, taking place in Hong Kong on 24-26 November. Enterprises can claim a complimentary full conference pass, with exhibition passes complimentary for all company types.

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Cloud Asia 2014 | Speakers & Sessions Announced | Full Brochure Launch #CloudAsia

15045-Cloud-Asia-LogoWe are pleased to bring you the updated event brochure for Cloud Asia, including the current agenda and speaker line-up!

Why attend Cloud Asia?

•    1 trip + 500 Delegates = efficient use of your personal & business time
•    100 +  Speakers = fast lessons with the minimum effort
•    50 x (Sponsors + Exhibitors) = Quick updates + LIVE software building demos & deployments
•    Visit the stands you want & only see the newest solutions you need= No tiresome product pitches at Cloud Asia!
•    Enterprise Apps + Advanced Data Analytics + Cross Device Software Knowledge = Bundles of facts to take back to the office.
•    Best in class SME, enterprise & government organisation IT experts dominating the agenda = Bundles of business cards!
•    Telco and OTT cloud providers – they’re coming along so you can tell them how they can improve the services and deliver what you want!
•    Application developers who have that je ne sais quoi when it comes to supporting the cross device software needs of today’s enterprises and SMEs!
•   Forms part of the 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) China – Hong Kong.

Still need convincing? Download the event brochure today and see why Cloud Asia is the leading content led conference and exhibition for the Enterprise IT & Telco Cloud Market in Hong Kong!

We guarantee you will be networking, learning, and contributing to the development of industry actions alongside pioneering technology developers such as AWS, Google, EMC, Microsoft, AppDirect, Vision Solutions, Orange Business Services, PCCW, and crucial enterprise & SME IT decision makers!

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Join the APAC Cloud Industry’s Leadership recognition awards #Cloudasia

Following the successful Cloud World Series Awards which took place in London this year, the Cloud Asia Awards are a celebration of the drive, innovation and hard work in the global cloud computing industry.

This year’s awards will take place the evening of day one and will feature 4 categories, recognising services from across the Cloud ecosystem. Similarly to the Cloud World Series Awards the Cloud Asia Awards will be judged by world-class experts whom will be announced shortly so watch this space!

Once you’ve signed up to attend the show, if you’d like to add your company’s branding next to the list of technology trailblazers entering the awards, click here and find out more about how to enter!

Entry deadline is Monday 13th October 2014!

500+ senior IT decision makers will come together across 3 days at the Sheraton Hotel in Kong Kong where the Awards ceremony will take place. Meet with 50 + Sponsors and Exhibitors who will showcase quick updates and  LIVE software building demos and deployments!  Visit the stands you want and only see the newest solutions you need (no tiresome product pitches at Cloud Asia!).

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 Winners will enjoy…

A Winner’s Trophy presented at the Cloud Asia Awards networking evening on the 25th of November 2014
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Inclusion in the Cloud Asia Awards Winners press release
Being featured on the Cloud Asia Awards Winner’s website
Being featured in a Cloud Asia Awards Winners HTML posted to the full Cloud Asia mailing list
Being able to use “Winners of Cloud Asia Awards” logo and icon on their own promotional materials.

In a constantly evolving industry, with so many cutting-edge Cloud providers and new entrants to the market, competition at this year’s awards is set to be the most fierce yet!

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to recognise excellence and progress in the sector!

Enter here today >>

Featuring 4 key categories:

-Best Cloud Service
-Best Cloud Application
-Best Cloud Platform
-Best Cloud Security Solution

Entry deadline is Monday 13th October 2014!

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Cloud and Digital Services: Enabling Trading at the Speed of Light

Ahead of Cloud Asia, we speak to Rocky Scopelliti, Group General Manager, Industry Centre of Excellence, Telstra, Australia in order to determine some of the winning steps companies should be taking when approaching data analytics.

Rocky Scopelliti Head ShotWhen thinking about those companies that are successful in terms of their data analytics, there are inevitably some common characteristics in terms of their approach to them, and the company-wide policy with regard to them. Rocky is in agreement with this, stating that for these companies “their analytics support a strategic, distinctive capability, while the approach to, and management of, analytics is enterprise-wide”. What’s more, “Senior management are committed to the use of analytics; and the company makes a significant strategic bet on analytics-based competition”.

It’s not just the responsibility of the enterprise, however; ICT organisations have a vital role in enabling more competitive and effective data analytics, by creating an environment for them to succeed. Looking at a specific vertical – Financial Services – this is something that Telstra refer to as a Smart Connected Financial Services World. This, according to Rocky “will enable data analytics to benefit financial institutions; it will be used to respond to the changing competitive environment, and how the design of experiences will be valued by consumers, delivering growth. Demand for ‘trading at the speed of light’ and the need for shaving nanoseconds of latency has seen organisations like Telstra make significant investments in cable systems linking global markets and exchanges”. Trading at the speed of light is paramount, where a fraction of a second can cost millions. As global technology infrastructure develops even further, consumers across all verticals will inevitably become more demanding – what will be next, retailing at the speed of light? Data mining at the speed of light?

Looking specifically at what Telstra can offer to enable a Smart Connected Financial Services World, they have a wide range of cloud and leading edge digital services to enable institutions to reduce risk, improve productivity and create growth. When discussing this, Rocky makes the point that “Our research demonstrates that there is very strong customer demand for the personalisation and convenience that relationship managers typically provide. Unfortunately, direct relationship management is relatively expensive and is typically restricted to very high value customers”. However, there are several options: “Contact.Me brings together the best of a virtual IPA and a real, but remote, relationship manager in a single, engaging interface. Also we have Branch.Me, which is all about personalising the customer’s experience while they are visiting the branch – should they opt in for this level of service. In terms of a personalised customer experience, we have Digital.Me, it isn’t just about using analytics to help the customer manage their finances more easily and effectively, it’s also about creating a platform that will allow providers to offer new services that customers will value”.

Finally, talk turns to this November’s Cloud Asia event, where Telstra are the exclusive Enterprise Cloud Partner. Rocky’s reasons for Telstra’s participation at this important industry meeting place are that “Cloud Asia brings together new insights from leaders breaking new ground. I look forward to contributing my thought leadership on how Cloud can create new business models to compete in an increasingly data-fused environment”.

We look forward to it too. You can join Rocky, and all our event participants, by registering today. With a free-to-attend expo, and complimentary conference passes for enterprise, make sure you’re part of the conversation.

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Asia-Pacific Cloud Computing: who is ready, who is dedi and who is steady?

The Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA) published its third Cloud Readiness Index in 2014, assessing 14 countries in the region against ten criteria, including broadband quality and data sovereignty, which indicate the infrastructural and regulatory preparedness for cloud computing adoption. This assessment indicated three distinct groups forming in terms of development: Ready Leaders, Dedicated Improvers and Steady Developing.

The big improvers in the Index, each moving four places up the rankings, were New Zealand, Australia and Thailand. A commonality between these countries is having a governmental ICT and Cloud policy. Primary among these is New Zealand’s “cloud first” policy, which is explained as “where State services agencies would be expected to adopt approved cloud services either when faced with new procurements, or an upcoming contract extension decision”. Lim May-Ann, Executive Director of the ACCA, stated that “a proactive government-led cloud first policy will have profound and productive implications right across the economy – as we are now seeing from the policies adopted by the successful economies”.

Ready, Dedi and Steady

In making the country assessments, the ACCA saw three development-stage groups emerging. Firstly, the Ready Leaders, comprising Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and South Korea. These economies look at fresh approaches, and foster innovation and creativity when looking at the next generation of cloud computing services. Looking at individual strengths, the broadband quality in South Korea and Hong Kong is consistently excellent; Japan and Singapore score highly when it comes to protecting intellectual property, and Australia and New Zealand have developed whole-of-government cloud computing policies.

The next band of economies are the Dedicated Improvers, consisting of Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines; economies that, while showing good levels of growth and development, are less developed in some areas. Nevertheless, there are indicators of excellence in each of these states: the Philippines in terms of freedom of information access; Taiwan in international connectivity and business sophistication; Thailand in green policy and power grids, and Malaysia with a low data centre risk index.

Finally, there is the Steady Developing group, which includes China, Indonesia, India and Vietnam. While these countries may be the lowest-ranked, the ACCA stresses that they are still showing good development, particularly in terms of physical infrastructure and government policy. The ‘Broadband China’ policy is forecast to provide nationwide coverage by 2020; free city-wide wifi services have been rolled out in various Vietnamese cities thanks to public-private partnerships; Indonesia’s tax e-billing system has been a success and India’s nascent GI Cloud initiative (aka ‘Meghraj’) is showing promise.

Given the speed and nature of the development across the entire region, it will be of great interest to see how the rankings look in 2015. As Bernie Trudel, Chairman of the ACCA says, “in a region where you have to run just to keep pace, these countries will need to keep their eyes on the goalposts to stay the course”.

Asia Cloud Computing Readiness Index 2014

See the Asia Cloud Computing Association website for more information.

The ACCA is a supporting association of Cloud Asia in Hong Kong, November 24-26 2014.

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25 Ways to Become a More Intelligent Consumer of Cloud Services

Five principles for cloud services adoption and 20 secrets of project success

Steve Hodgkinson is Ovum’s APAC Research Director, and in this report he summarizes five principles and 20 things that enterprise and public sector agencies should consider to make a success of cloud services procurement and implementation.

Recommendations for enterprises

We recommend that agency executives use this report to inform and challenge their thinking about how to approach cloud services adoption. There is a wide range of experience levels across agencies. Some agencies have extensive experience of cloud services adoption and are already experts, while others have little experience, and will benefit from reading and discussing the 25 ways in which they may become more intelligent consumers of cloud services.

Readers are encouraged to provide feedback directly to the author if they disagree with the 25 points or have additional insights to offer.

Recommendations for vendors

We recommend that cloud service providers consider how their service offerings and approach to engaging with prospects and clients align with the 25 points. In particular, vendors should note the points around the imperatives for agencies to test drive solutions and have a “prenuptial agreement” for data and a plan B. Although it may seem counterintuitive, the best way to make agency executives feel comfortable about “getting into” a cloud service is to make it easy for them to both “get in” and “get out.” The best way to win and maintain a customer relationship is to focus on delivering an affordable service that meets “cloudy is as cloudy does” expectations.

You can download this report from the Cloud Asia website. The 5th Annual Cloud World Forum Asia is taking place at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers in Hong Kong from 24-26 November 2014. Join 500+ IT decision makers, application developers, mobile network operators, operators, ISVs, Cloud Service Providers and technology specialists in data analytics and consumer insight, application management, virtualisation, system integration, mobile device management, security, business intelligence, CRM, ERM and ERP solutions.

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Cloud Service Providers to Watch in Asia-Pacific in 2014 #cloudasia

Ovum Asia Report 2014There is widespread and growing interest in cloud services among enterprises in the Asia-Pacific region, and this has attracted the attention of a variety of ICT providers. Cloud has been propelled to the top of some of these providers’ strategic agendas, and many are investing in datacenter build outs in the region…..

To download this report produced by Ovum, please visit: www.asia.cloudworldseries.com/cloud-service-providers-to-watch-in-asia-pacific-in-2014

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