Advanced UPS battery system launched by South Korea’s Kokam

A new advanced battery system for Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) has been launched by South Korea’s Kokam.

The battery system is designed to support mission-critical facilities like data centers where seamlessly switching to full backup power supplies during power outages is crucial.

“With data center growth and grid instability, the UPS battery market is experiencing considerable expansion,” said Ike Hong, the President of Kokam.

The advanced solution uses innovative cell technology to achieve higher energy density and an increased power output of 8 C-rate.

“The launch of our new advanced battery system for the UPS battery market is aimed to provide a cost-effective and advanced solution to address the current grid stability challenges,” added Mr. Hong.

Kokam's new UPS battery system
Kokam’s new UPS battery system

With up to a 46% smaller footprint and 20% lighter design compared to traditional lead-acid systems, the new UPS battery is said to decrease total cost of ownership, which is already up to 40% less than conventional systems.

The South Korea-based lithium-ion battery and integrated energy solution provider was acquired by SolarEdge, a global leader in smart energy technology, in 2018. Since then, Kokam was awarded contracts to supply 40 MWh of energy storage systems in South Korea.

The country’s Government is giving incentives for the wide-spread installation of energy storage systems, as they plan to generate 35% of its power from renewable sources by 2040.

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NTT to strengthen hybrid and multi-cloud enterprise strategies with Megaport partnership

NTT Ltd. has announced an expanded partnership with Megaport to strengthen their hybrid and multi-cloud strategies for enterprises.

The global technology services provider will deploy Megaport’s Point of Presence at its Tai Po Data Center in Hong Kong as part of the agreement.

“Our deepened partnership with Megaport is a result of rising demand for more secure, reliable and agile hybrid cloud solutions within our data center networks in Hong Kong,” said Steven So, the EVP of Group ICTI for Data Center Services at NTT Ltd in APAC.

Hybrid and multi-cloud solutions are predicted to dominate, as cloud computing is expected to be the platform of choice for emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, blockchain and the Internet of Things.

“The deployment of an additional PoP is an important milestone for us to deliver unparalleled end-to-end solutions that help enterprises navigate digital transformation through unprecedented uncertainty,” added Mr. So.

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the need for remote working and dependence on cloud-based technology for enterprises.

The new Megaport PoP is an expansion from NTT’s existing PoP at their Financial Data Center in Hong Kong. The partnership will enable direct, scalable, and secure connections to cloud service providers, including Alibaba Cloud, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud, Nutanix Xi Cloud, Salesforce and SAP.

The PoP provides a single port, supporting multiple virtual connections to allow businesses to connect to their chosen cloud provider, or build a hybrid or multi-cloud infrastructure.

The dual PoPs at the NTT Financial Data Center and Tai Po Data Center are said to enhance resiliency and reduce the risk of downtime through dual PoP solutions.

The extended partnership between NTT and Megaport adds to the cloud connect services offered by the two organisations in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.

This month, NTT also announced expansion plans for India, Indonesia and Malaysia as well as a new Private Cloud for Enterprise service in Hong Kong and Singapore to help clients meet growing demands in their digital transformation journeys.

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Silicon Valley’s Plug and Play form partnership with PTT to digitally transform Thailand

Plug and Play Tech Center, the world’s largest corporate innovation platform, has announced a strategic partnership with PTT Public Company Limited to digitally transform Thailand.

Under PTT’s Powering Thailand’s Transformation initiative, the partnership will create an international Innovation Ecosystem to enable PTT to become more than just a manufacturer and distributor as a state-owned oil and gas company.

“The collaboration provides a great opportunity for PTT to increase its innovative potential and help see more substantial results by learning from Plug and Play and its corporate partners worldwide,” said Worawat Pitayasiri, the Senior Executive Vice President for Innovation and Digital at PTT.

Plug and Play, headquartered in Silicon Valley, is an early investor in tech giants like Google, PayPal and Dropbox.

“This will help drive PTT to make strides alongside other innovative companies on the global stage and lead Thailand to advance to an international level,” added Mr. Pitayasiri.

Through the partnership, PTT will look to attract potential partners at large global firms and tech startups through Plug and Play’s accelerator platform and partnership channels, providing direct contact to tech companies.

“We are delighted that PTT will be collaborating with Plug and Play under the Smart City Program,” said Shawn Dehpanah, the Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Innovation for APAC at Plug and Play.

The Smart City Program will bring together leading corporations from various industries, including energy and sustainability, real estate, mobility, IoT and digital health. These collaborations will help provide solutions for PTT’s innovation strategy, which range from battery storage technologies, renewable energy, new mobility, and pushing Thailand towards Industry 4.0.

By working with Plug and Play, PTT will be able to obtain data from different startups and tech firms to extend the company’s S-curve with its ExpresSo team and empower innovation.

PTT ExpresSo has three blueprints to digitally transform energy, mobility and industry.

Their New Energy blueprint involves building businesses with alternative energy for sustainability and security by adopting technology for effective maintenance of solar cells, for example. 

The New Mobility angle focuses on improving domestic transport systems to reduce pollution for better quality of life for people, including battery production for electric cars. 

And the New Industry concept looks to drive Thailand’s capacity to compete under Industry 4.0 management and maintain national economic security such as artificial intelligence systems for factories.

This partnership continues PTT’s venture into digital transformation, as PTTEP, a national petroleum exploration and production subsidiary of PTT, awarded American multinational corporation, Halliburton, with a digital transformation contract to design and implement a series of projects last week.

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PLDT and Philippine Air Force team up to train ‘cyber warriors’ against security threats

PLDT, a major telecommunications company in the Philippines, has signed an agreement with the Philippine Air Force to provide cybersecurity training for their ‘cyber warriors’.

Along with subsidiaries, ePLDT and Smart Communications, PLDT Group will enhance the military service’s cyber operations by upgrading the security of their digital infrastructures using ePLDT’s Security Operation Center, which provides the Philippine Air Force with their own dashboard to monitor cybersecurity operations.

“We are one with the government in ensuring that our country is safe from cyber threats,” said Manuel V. Pangilinan, PLDT chair and CEO.

The training will take place through lectures and hands-on management and operation sessions, working side-by-side with PLDT’s cybersecurity team.

This agreement is the latest in a line of efforts by PLDT to improve the country’s cybersecurity following the launch of a Cybersecurity Council chaired by Mr. Pangilinan to protect enterprises in the infrastructure and telecommunications space from the rising tide of cyber threats.

A first by a Philippine conglomerate, the Council complies with the Data Privacy Act and Cybercrime Prevention Act in the Philippines, requiring companies to safeguard customer data.

The Council is composed of representatives from Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation, Metro Pacific Hospital Holdings, Maynilad Water Services, Manila Electric, Philex Mining, Makati Medical Center, MediaQuest Holdings, Metropac Movers, PLDT Global, MVP Rewards and Keralty Philippines.

PLDT and Smart Communications also became involved in the Asian Institute of Management’s Cybersecurity Executive Course to help organisations manage cyber threats and build cyber-resilient infrastructures.

Securing smooth work-from-home arrangements during the pandemic

This week, PLDT’s information and communications technology arm, ePLDT, introduced a new cloud service to provide a simplified and secure platform to remotely manage desktops and cloud applications during work-from-home arrangements.

The Virtual Desktop solution aims to provide employees with secure access to corporate data and applications authorised by the company.

“Our aim at ePLDT is to help businesses accelerate their digital transformation, especially today as they navigate through the pandemic,” said Jovy Hernandez, the President and CEO of ePLDT.

The Virtual Desktop uses Microsoft Azure to deliver the security and simplified management promised by the cloud service.

“Our focus throughout this unprecedented time has been on making sure our customers, partners and communities around the world remain connected, productive and secure,” said Andres Ortola, the Country General Manager of Microsoft Philippines.

ePLDT has currently deployed 1,000 units of their Virtual Desktop solution within the PLDT group to allow a smooth and secure work-from-home arrangement.

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Vietnam sets aggressive digital transformation ambitions to become global powerhouse

With the entire ASEAN region hit hard by the global pandemic, the Vietnam Government has set aggressive digital transformation ambitions to become a global powerhouse.

The Ministry of Information and Communications introduced eight core programs for the next five years.

“The ICT industry can create a pair of wings for the country to fly. One wing is digital technology and the other is communication,” said Minister Nguyen Manh Hung, adding that if a country wants to develop and make breakthroughs, it needs spiritual strength.

The core programs look to transform Vietnam’s postal system and telecommunications infrastructure to promote the country’s digital economy. This will include deploying 5G, having one smartphone per person, one fiber-optic line per household as well as cloud infrastructure, artificial intelligence, digital identity platforms and the Internet of Things for industries.

To drive this innovation, Ho Chi Minh City’s Department of Information and Communications has signed an agreement with the US Trade and Development Agency to provide technical assistance for the building of a smart city operations center. 

With a total investment of more than US$1.4 million, this center is among four pillars in a master plan to transform Vietnam’s southern economic hub, which will act as the ‘brain’ of a smart city to collect and analyse real-time data and information to help decision-makers govern, plan, and shape the future development of the city.

The core programs will also focus on transforming Vietnam’s e-government to a digital government where all activities will be performed digitally and create more interaction between the Vietnamese population and the state. To achieve this, Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc urged ministries to have 30% of their online public services reach level 4 by the end of this year.

Public service level 4 allows users to fill in and send application forms to committees entirely online, however many ministries and localities have less than 10% of their public services online.

The Ministry of Information and Communications proposed increasing local budget spending on information and technology from the current rate of 0.3% to at least 1% to promote the e-Government.

The said transformation efforts are to be promoted by all as ‘a revolution of the whole nation’ and will go hand in hand with the protection of digital sovereignty by its people and the media.

As digital transformation projects can expose vulnerabilities that can be exploited by hackers and threat actors, the Government intends to turn Vietnam into a cybersecurity powerhouse by mastering the ecosystem of cybersecurity products.

As of 2019, Vietnam ranked 50th in the International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU) global cybersecurity index rankings, rising sharply from 100 in 2017.

‘Make in Vietnam’ to boost digital ambitions

Included in the Ministry’s core programs is the ‘Make in Vietnam’ initiative, which aims to promote the domestic ICT industry where digital products are birthed in the country.

There are currently 50,000 technology businesses in Vietnam, with many solutions being produced by young enterprises and experts. And the country has big ambitions to double this number to 100,000 by 2030, which will account for 20% of the GDP.

Last year, the total revenue of the whole ICT industry was estimated at nearly US$135 billion, more than double compared to 2015. The sector also contributed over US$4.3 billion to the state budget.

In a draft strategy by the Ministry of Information and Communications, the Government has set ambitions to be placed in the top two countries in ASEAN and within the top 50 in the world for technology and innovation by 2030.

The Ministry said hitting these targets would be challenging, given the country’s heavy dependence for core technology on foreign countries, the low added value of IT products and limited innovation capacity and competitiveness, together with increasing competition from international IT companies.

To overcome these challenges, the first solution is to improve the legal framework to create a favourable environment for digital technology companies. The country will also focus on strengthening research and development capacity, developing a robust market for digital technology companies, and building a data industry and digital technology ecosystem.

The second solution is to work with other nations in the ASEAN region to bounce back strongly from the pandemic using digital technologies. For example, Vietnam is seeking experience from Indonesia in digitalisation and how to enact relevant policies.

“With its great potential in IT, Vietnam is sharing experiences and also learning lessons from other regional nations to develop itself into a veritable digital economy and the ASEAN into a big digital economy. This will help the ASEAN address emerging challenges,” said an official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Vietnam’s efforts to develop a pro-business e-government and a digital economy have received applause from the international community, especially amid a surge in the pandemic hurting economic growth.

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Leap Solutions becomes first cloud provider in Thailand to achieve data privacy ISO

Leap Solutions Asia has become the first cloud computing provider in Thailand to achieve the ISO certification for data privacy management.

This emphasises the stability and security of the cloud service by showing readiness for the Personal Data Protection Act in Thailand.

“Leap Solutions takes personal data protection matters very seriously, whether the data belongs to staff, clients, or partners,” said Nacharie Rujirat, the Managing Director of Leap Solutions, which is part of TCC Technology Group.

The ISO/IEC-27701 is a new standard by the International Organization for Standardization and the International Electrotechnical Commission to provide guidance for establishing, implementing, maintaining and continually improving a Privacy Information Management System (PIMS).

“This ISO/IEC-27701:2019 certification guarantees our effective personal data management, helping us meet clients’ needs. This also relates to conforming with the recent PDPA Privacy Act,” said Ms. Rujirat.

The Thai Personal Data Protection Act 2019 (PDPA) came into effect in May 2020 as Thailand’s first consolidated data protection law, similar to the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The PDPA empowers consumers of data with the rights to erase data and the right to be informed about how their data is used.

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Dramatic surge set for edge computing market, driven by industrial enterprise adoption

The multi-access edge computing market is set to grow at an incredible annual rate of 157.4%, generating US$7.23 billion by 2024, which dwarfs the 2019 revenue of US$64.1 million.

The edge computing solution from operators in wireless networks is expected to be utilised by 90% of industrial enterprises in the next three years, predicts Frost & Sullivan.

“The recent launch of the 5G technology coupled with MEC brings computing power close to customers and also allows the emergence of new applications and experiences for them,” said Renato Pasquini, the Research Director for Information & Communication Technologies at Frost & Sullivan.

While only being in its nascent stage, edge computing offers shorter latencies by being close to where the data originates, which also provides robust security, responsive data collection and lower operating costs.

This is particularly important in a world where industrial industries are becoming increasingly hyper-connected with growing adoption of the Internet of Things, smart factories, remote monitoring solutions, autonomous robotics and vehicles.

The demand for edge computing is also growing, as data-driven organisations and governments increasingly require significant streams of data for real-time analytics.

“Going forward, 5G and multi-access edge computing are an opportunity for telecom operators to launch innovative offerings and enable an ecosystem to flourish in the business-to-business segment of telecom service providers using the platform,” added Mr. Pasquini.

Within the multi-access edge computing ecosystem, software edge applications promises the highest annual growth, followed by telecom operators, infrastructure-as-a-service providers, and edge data center colocation services.

However, Frost & Sullivan identified a number of challenges restricting the growth of the market, including an underdeveloped ecosystem in different verticals, limiting the number of solutions and applications available.

The implementation of multi-access edge computing also requires heavy initial capital investment and lacks standardisation, which currently limits the number of cities that can adopt this technology.

How can you tap into the edge computing market?

The multi-access edge computing market is expected to drive new revenue-generating use cases, particularly for telcos in the application of 5G wireless technology, despite delays in the rollout of networks due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To tap into this lucrative market, Frost & Sullivan made a number of suggestions. Telecom operators, for example, should work on solutions and services to meet requirements for connected and autonomous cars, which could include advancements in 5G technology.

In order to make this a reality, telecom operators are advised to partner with cloud providers and organisations like AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, and IBM Cloud that work with artificial intelligence and machine learning to design autonomous cars and drone delivery. 

System integrators could also tap into 5G by providing end-to-end solutions, which the research firm noted would be a significant value addition for enterprises, as 5G requires specialised skill sets.

By combining 5G with new specialised hardware-based mobile edge computing technologies like edge routers and data centers, these solutions can meet the market’s streaming media needs, as telecom operators must address the rising consumption of high-definition video streaming on mobiles.

Frost & Sullivan urged companies in the space to capitalise on the innovation opportunities utilising 5G and multi-access edge computing, including augmented reality, virtual reality, ultra-high-definition streaming and cloud gaming.

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Indonesia to build Government Cloud as part of digital transformation efforts

Indonesia is set to build a Government Cloud platform as part of the state’s digital transformation plans, announced the Director General of Information & Communication Technology Applications, Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan.

The Government has taken French and South Korean foreign loans and/or grants to build two data centers and a government network, CNN Indonesia reported.

“We are discussing whether two is enough. There may be three, but this has not been decided yet,” said Mr. Pangerapan.

During a video conference on Tuesday, it was revealed there are 2,700 data centers and server rooms, but only 3% were declared eligible as data centers, while the rest are simply minimalist server rooms.

“Without good network technology, we are very vulnerable to attack. That’s why we will design a Government network,” said Mr. Pangerapan.

The data centers constructed by the Government will be connected to existing facilities at the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology, the Registration of the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Finance.

“We will operate the data centers later to become a connected Government Cloud service,” added Mr. Pangerapan.

The data center and Indonesia Government Cloud will be managed by the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology in the form of a Technical Implementing Unit and a Center for Electronic-Based Government System Infrastructure (SPBE).

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Legrand Data Center Solutions launches in India to address $404m market

Legrand India has announced the launch of Legrand Data Center Solutions in the country to address a market size of US$403.8 million (3000 crores).

The data center solutions provider will bring together a portfolio of global brands, including Legrand, Cablofil, Numeric, Raritan and Server Technology under a single specialist team.

“Data centers in India are growing at a very fast pace. We are witnessing a growth of about 8.5%,” said Tony Berland, the Managing Director and CEO of Legrand India.

Companies across India are accelerating their digital adoption, with unprecedented levels of data consumption and surging cloud uptake. 

Data centers are crucial in meeting these rising digital demands by hosting critical applications and performing crucial tasks, which consume a huge amount of energy.

“We felt it is time to demonstrate our focus and support the data center market in India and make it future-ready,” said Mr. Berland.

Legrand Data Center Solutions provide modular, scalable and customisable solutions that are designed for agility in hyperscale and micro data centers. They have provided solutions to global players, including Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Colt and Equinix. 

“We are not diversifying. We are bringing multiple brands under one umbrella in India,” said Sanjay Motwani, the Business Head at Legrand Data Center Solutions.

Legrand Data Center Solutions aims to become a preferred vendor of choice in three to five years’ time, as data localisation laws in India continue to increase the needs for data centers.

“With the government sharing the cause for data center infrastructure development, there is more and more reason to believe that Legrand Data Center Solutions will have a compelling growth story unfolding for itself,” said Mr. Motwani.

Headquartered in Mumbai, Legrand currently has an employee base of 6,000 in India with an ambition to expand to new frontiers and establish leadership. Today, data centers account for 10% of the Legrand Group turnover.

Earlier this month, property consultancy firm JLL revealed data center capacity will grow from 375 MW to 1,078 MW over the next five years due to increasing adoption of new technologies and impacting data localisation laws.

India’s data center market is poised for a bright future with more hyperscale and colocation data centers as long as the country commits to data localisation laws and harnesses the true power of cloud computing and Industry 4.0 technology like 5G, edge computing and the Internet of Things.

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India’s TVS Automobile Solutions to develop ‘platform of platforms’ with Google Cloud

TVS Automobile Solutions, a leader in India’s automotive aftermarket, has partnered with Google Cloud to develop a ‘platform of platforms’ tailored to empower small entrepreneurs.

The initiative hopes to bring vehicle owners, retailers, garages and insurance companies into one digital ecosystem to provide service, automotive parts and roadside assistance.

“We can bring 30,000-40,000 small fragmented businesses … on our digital platform, thereby scaling up their businesses, generating new demand and managing services,” said G Srinivasa Raghavan, the Managing Director of TVS Automobile Solutions.

TVS Automobile Solutions, which is part of the $8.5 billion TVS Group, will offer a range of solutions, including connected vehicles, diagnostics and predictive service management and part replacement on the cloud to its 20,000+ retailers, 15,000 garages and over two million independent vehicle owners.

“We could provide on-demand, at-home, on-premise or any service requirement with an agreed turnover time for our customers,” said Mr. Raghavan.

The digitally transformed, ‘one-of-a-kind’ platform will deploy Industry 4.0 technology like artificial intelligence and machine learning to execute the said services.

“Besides placing requirements on the platform, retailers can search, pick and choose across one million parts provided and suggested by TVS ASL,” said Mr. Raghavan.

Mr. Raghavan believed the initiative will be seen as an accelerator in digitising the global aftermarket landscape.

As part of the partnership with Google Cloud, TVS ASL has migrated their data center infrastructures and public cloud deployments onto the tech giant’s platform.

“TVS ASL is unlocking the potential of its business data at scale using machine learning to automate and optimise it’s supply chain, and leveraging managed services so they can focus on their engineering effort on IT-led business initiatives that will pave the path for a strong digital future,” said Karan Bajwa, the Managing Director of Google Cloud India.

The aftermarket industry in India is estimated by TVS Automobile Solutions to be worth US$10 billion and grew at an annual rate of 10% in the last five years. The automotive aftermarket player expects the new digital platform will help them grow their market share of 4% to 10% by 2023.

The first phase of TVS ASL’s ‘platform of platforms’ is expected to be implemented in October.

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AWS to deliver 99.999% durability with new io2 volumes in Asia Pacific

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the general availability of io2 in Asia Pacific.

The next generation Provisioned IOPS SSD volumes for Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) are designed to deliver 100x higher volume durability of 99.999% compared to the previous 99.9% durability offered by io1.

“Customers rely on highly durable AWS block storage to keep their business-critical applications running at any scale,” said Mai-Lan Tomsen Bukovec, the Vice President of Block and Object Storage at AWS.

This higher durability reduces the likelihood of storage failures and improves application availability by making primary copies of data more resilient.

“For new customers where five nines of storage durability is critical to migrate on-premises business critical applications to AWS, io2 brings together performance, durability, and agility all in a single EBS volume,” added Ms. Tomsen Bukovec.

Compared to io1, customers requiring high availability of CRM and online transaction systems  can drive 10x higher input/output operations per second (IOPS) to improve performance without increasing storage cost.

“We need to provision more storage to meet the IOPS requirements, adding to our cost. But with the 10x increase in IOPS per GB ratio, we can easily enable peak performance at a much lower cost than we ever could with traditional SAN hardware vendors,” said Mohammad Shaikh, the Director for Scientific Computing Services, Cloud Computing and DevOps at Bristol Myers Squibb, a global biopharmaceutical company.

AWS identified that customers often provision more storage than needed to meet IOPS requirements for applications like SAP HANA, Microsoft SQL Server, Splunk, Apache Cassandra, IBM DB2, MySQL, PostgreSQL, and Oracle databases. This resulted in higher spends than customers would otherwise incur.

“Our commitment to our core value of customer success includes ensuring Salesforce applications are available whenever our customers need them,” said Paul Constantinides, the Executive Vice President of Engineering at Salesforce.

The io2 volumes are priced the same as io1 volumes, keeping the same predictable cost for EBS customers.

“The impact of downtime for our customers is high. The new IOPS to GB ratio means we’re actually paying less for performance per GB,” said Chris Bunch, the GM for AWS Practice at Cloudreach, a company specialising in implementing and managing public cloud solutions for enterprise customers across Europe and North America.

Customers can create new AWS io2 volumes or upgrade existing volumes to io2 using Elastic Volumes, which modify the volume type without any downtime for applications running on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud.

“As our customer base has grown, we have started relying more and more on the availability of this platform to guide our strategic decisions. So, higher volume durability is critical for minimizing any downtime,” said Ulrich Dangel, the Principal Infrastructure Architect at Rapid7, a leading provider of cloud security analytics and automation.

The new AWS io2 volumes are now available in Mumbai, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo.

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Alibaba Cloud sees 50% surge in demand to keep Singapore SMEs running during Circuit Breaker

Once Singapore began Circuit Breaker measures to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic by locking down the country in April, Alibaba Cloud saw a 50% surge in demand for cloud-based technologies.

Businesses, especially small and medium enterprises, embraced cloud computing to continue operations and enable remote working when Singapore’s general mobility came to a standstill.

“When COVID-19 stuck, we felt the struggle and the pain faced by Singaporean local companies,” said Derek Wang, the General Manager of Alibaba Cloud Singapore.

Alibaba Cloud sought to guide local enterprises in Singapore through digitalisation and digital transformation journeys by sharing their know-hows and expertise.

Despite the unprecedented impact caused by COVID-19 on the economy and businesses, Singapore’s SMEs demonstrated their resilience and willingness to embrace cloud computing technologies.

Feeding Singapore on the cloud

With panic buying spreading across the world and shoppers being stranded at home during the pandemic, food and goods delivery services played a critical role in feeding Singapore.

To support the spikes in demand, RedMart, a leading online supermarket in Singapore under Alibaba subsidiary Lazada, ran Alibaba Cloud’s digital infrastructure to maintain delivery records and customer satisfaction.

“Alibaba Cloud has helped RedMart manage our software applications in a flexible, reliable, and cost-effective manner,” said Ashish Awasthi, the Executive Vice President of RedMart.

RedMart implemented Alibaba Cloud database and Elastic Compute Services to virtualize, store, network and secure their infrastructure, which increased their efficiency.

The online supermarket was said to be able to keep costs down for customers by achieving a low total cost of ownership.

Keeping Singaporean retailers in business

As queues reduced to almost zero and shutters closed on shops, heartland retailers were tragically affected by lockdown.

To maintain business continuity and reach customers, traditional brick-and-mortar organisations were forced to go digital.

Alibaba Cloud partnered with SCash to help businesses become an omnichannel operation to enable rapid digital transformation.

“Our partnership with Alibaba Cloud will provide our customers with much needed infrastructure, skills and cost-effectiveness to go digital,” Michael Lee, the Chief Executive Officer of SCash.

More than 170 heartland enterprises signed up for the Alibaba Cloud-SCash initiative, including traditional Chinese medicine halls, fashion outlets, and hawker stalls.

Ensuring staff health and well-being

The health of all individuals is of critical importance, making social distancing, temperature checks and contact tracing paramount during the pandemic.

Alibaba Cloud partnered with JET Workflow to assist SPACElogic, an interior design service in Singapore, in conducting self-check-ins and temperature monitoring from smart devices much like the SafeEntry services implemented by the Singaporean Government.

“Our workers are our greatest asset; therefore, we are very pleased to work with Alibaba Cloud to use technology to help ensure their safety at the workplace,” said Roland Ang, the Regional Director of Strategy and Development at SPACElogic.

This cloud-based solution enabled SPACElogic to look after their workers’ well-being while continuing normal business activities.

Educating Singapore’s students

Once schools closed to contain the spread of COVID-19, students and teachers turned to online learning.

BambooCloud, a cloud-based online learning platform in Singapore, experienced pressure on their existing digital infrastructure due to the sudden increase in online traffic.

“We believe online learning is the future of education. By equipping ourselves with the reliable technology infrastructure provided by Alibaba Cloud, we are able to expand our business to serve more customers on demand especially during COVID-19,” said Yu Hao, Chief Executive Officer of BambooCloud.

BambooCloud deployed Alibaba Cloud’s elastic, scalable and flexible infrastructure to deliver a smooth learning experience that is cost-effective and easy to deploy.

Back in 2003, when the SARS epidemic hit, Alibaba decided to go all-in on technology investments when they were still a SME on the verge of launching their Taobao e-commerce platform.

With this similar experience, Alibaba Cloud launched a US$30 million Anti-COVID-19 SME Enablement Program to accelerate cloud adoption and provide much-needed relief during the pandemic.

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Former Equinix and Facebook staff at Digital Edge partner with Stonepeak to commit $1bn for a new diversified data center platform in Asia Pacific

Digital Edge and Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners have committed US$1 billion to form a new diversified, independent data center platform.

Digital Edge is a group of seasoned senior executives formerly with Equinix, Facebook, Tata Communications and Macquarie who will focus on acquiring and developing carrier-neutral data centers across Asia Pacific.

“We are very excited to partner with Stonepeak and to have completed the initial capacity acquisitions to fulfill our vision of bridging the digital divide in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Samuel Lee, the CEO of Digital Edge who previously served as President of Equinix’s Asia Pacific business from 2005 to 2019.

Headquartered in Singapore, Digital Edge announced the closing of two initial investments in Japan-based data centers, a key market for the new data center company.

“The transactions in Tokyo and Osaka give the platform a dual footprint offering to customers in Japan’s two primary data center markets,” added Mr. Lee.

The potentially disruptive data center company aims to deliver innovative data center and interconnect solutions in order to make customer deployments easy in complex, evolving environments.

Digital Edge will develop a 12 MW facility in central Osaka in partnership with Keihanshin Building Co. and Kanden Energy Solution Co., Inc. The data center in Tokyo is a strategic partnership with ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation, which will begin with their Mejirozaka Data Center.

“The Asia Pacific digital infrastructure market is among the fastest growing in the world, with demand continuing to outpace supply,” said Brian McMullen, the Senior Managing Director at Stonepeak, an infrastructure-focused private equity firm.

Stonepeak is the majority owner of Cologix, a leading carrier-neutral data center platform in North America, which recently announced the acquisition of vXchnge’s 16,000 square foot data center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Stonepeak has also established a presence in Asia Pacific over the past three years with investments across multiple sectors, including this one with Digital Edge.

“We are delighted to partner with Samuel and his team, who bring unparalleled experience and an exceptional track record of development, and are investing in Digital Edge to help us achieve our shared vision for the region,” added Mr. McMullen.

Samuel Lee is also joined at Digital Edge by a long list of senior executives and key data center players, including his prior senior team at Equinix:

  • Kei Furuta, former Managing Director for North Asia at Equinix
  • Andrew Rigoli, former VP of Corporate Development and Strategy and Interim General Manager for Singapore and Southeast Asia at Equinix
  • Jonathan Chou, former VP of Corporate Development for Asia Pacific at Equinix
  • Jay Park, former vice president of data center design engineering at Facebook 
  • John Freeman, former Chief Legal and Compliance Officer at Tata Communications
  • Jonathan Walbridge, former Managing Director of Macquarie

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NETS and Singtel partner to transform digital payments using AWS cloud

NETS has announced plans to transform digital payment experiences by partnering with Singtel and Amazon Web Services (AWS).

As Singapore slowly opens up following the pandemic lockdown, allowing general travel to Brunei and New Zealand, the collaboration will enable Singaporeans to make purchases at more retail outlets whilst abroad in Asia Pacific using the Network for Electronic Transfers.

“NETS will be well-positioned to facilitate cross-border commerce by integrating ASEAN+ travel corridors whilst making payments simple and easy for consumers,” said Lawrence Chan, the CEO of NETS Group.

Foreign visitors in Singapore will also be able to make seamless payments using NETS’ merchants in the country using overseas e-wallets and services.

“The initiative will spur cross-border digital payment growth for overseas payments partners, particularly micro merchants, and help them leverage this to expand their market beyond domestic borders,” added Mr. Chan.

The Network for Electronic Transfers will leverage AWS’ cloud computing platform and Singtel’s ConnectPlus Managed Network to accelerate its expansion across Southeast Asia.

“Our ConnectPlus Managed Network will enable NETS to dynamically allocate enterprise resources across multiple locations, optimising network performance and operational efficiency to offer secure, swift and reliable cross-border financial transactions,” said Lim Seng Kong, the Managing Director for Singtel Enterprise Business and Group Enterprise at Singtel.

The cloud gateway service offered by Singtel will enable NETS to deploy and manage its virtual private clouds, while AWS cloud services are expected to provide NETS with quick and locatised connectivity for potential partners to access their cross-border payment services.

“We look forward to collaborating with NETS to innovate new services faster, maintain operational excellence, and provide secure and seamless payment services to customers around Southeast Asia,” said Conor McNamara, the Managing Director of ASEAN at AWS.

NETS will take advantage of AWS’ database, containers, serverless storage and security.

The collaboration between NETS, Singtel and AWS will look to tap into Southeast Asia’s unbanked population, which is forecast to be worth US$1 trillion by 2025. This population will need more access to digital financial services, as the region becomes more tech-savvy and more expectant of convenient and accessible digital services.

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Microsoft’s Malaysia data center is 40% complete

Microsoft’s Malaysia data center is 40% complete, the state government has announced.

The data center based in Kulai district is expected to stimulate the economy through new investments and provide job opportunities in Johor state.

“The data center will attract Microsoft network companies to come to Johor to invest here … that is the advantage of developing the data center,” said Hasni Mohammad, the eighteenth Menteri Besar (Head of Government) of Johor.

It was also revealed that the state government had received interest from an unnamed Japanese company to build a data center in Johor.

“Many parties have contacted the state government, that want to explore new sectors for investment … this is because Johor is unique and has many potentials to be developed,” said Hasni during the launch of Johor Fights Against Dengue 2020 campaign.

Hasni was confident that the people of Johor will be able to make full use of the Internet and digitalisation opportunities available as a result of Microsoft’s project to make Johor a successful state.

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$4.9bn investment opportunity for India’s data center market following tripling in capacity

India’s data center market is expected to present a US$4.9 billion investment opportunity, following a tripling of data center capacity by 2025.

Research by property consultancy firm, JLL, revealed data center capacity will grow from 375 MW to 1,078 MW over the next five years due to increasing adoption of new technologies and impacting data localisation laws.

“India’s data center market will outperform over the next five years, supported by a combination of growing digital economy, increased investor interest and stable long-term returns,” said Ramesh Nair, the CEO and Country Head for India at JLL.

Source: JLL

Rising demands in the data center industry has been accommodated by colocation data centers offering lower costs, greater security and scalability.

The additional 703 MW of forecasted capacity will require 9.3 million square feet of space, opening up greenfield investments for real estate developers. 

This new capacity will support industries who are becoming increasingly dependent on digital infrastructures, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, including banking, e-commerce, social media and education.

“Powered by the transition to work from home arrangements during lockdown, the country’s data center industry became the backbone of the digital economy and ensured a level of business continuity and sustained large portions of the country’s education system,” said Rachit Mohan, India Head for Data Center Advisory at JLL.

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India’s data centers provided an immense boost to the digital economy during the first half of 2020, with a 14% rise in daily data center consumption seen during lockdown. And in the second half of the year, India is expected to see an additional 57 MW, which is twice that of the 27 MW of new supply in the first half.

“Given shifts in the economy, we will continue to see data consumption increase manifold for the foreseeable future,” said Mr. Mohan.

To manage the increasing consumption, India’s total data center supply increased by 8% to 375 MW in 2020 so far, with investments made by Equinix, Web Werks, Yotta as well as upcoming moves by Carlyle and NTT.

“Mumbai is expected to see highest capacity addition as it continues to be the preferred choice for large cloud players because of its infrastructure advantage,” said Dr Samantak Das, the Chief Economist and Head of Research and Real Estate Intelligence Services at JLL.

The cities of Chennai and Hyderabad also have potential to be data center hubs, due to low development costs, reliable power supplies, cloud computing demand and submarine cable landing stations.

Source: JLL

Just last week, Orient Link and NEC Corporation announced an agreement to build a MIST submarine cable system that will deliver high-quality, low-latency networks to India, as the nation charges forward with its digital transformation roadmap.

Looking forward to the future, India’s data center market is poised for a bright future with more hyperscale and colocation data centers as long as the country commits to data localisation laws and harnesses the true power of cloud computing and Industry 4.0 technology like 5G, edge computing and the Internet of Things.

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Globe 5G makes cloud gaming breakthrough in the Philippines

Globe Telecom has made a successful breakthrough in cloud gaming tests using its highly anticipated 5G mobile network.

In partnership with multi-cloud digital innovations company, Apper.ph, the tests explored the possibility of enabling gamers to play high-performance games without needing a console or high-powered computer.

“The continuous roll out of Globe 5G will not only change the way we play our favorite games, but this is also a leap to a lot of other possibilities that this technology can bring,” said Coco Domingo, Globe’s Vice President for Strategic Platforms and Partnerships.

Globe’s ultra fast 5G technology was married with cloud technology to successfully test BANDAI NAMCO’s Tekken 7 with substantially low latency and close to zero lag.

The qualities of zero lag and latency are highly sought after by players and cloud gaming providers, as any reduction in performance could lead to losing a game and a poor user experience.

Dr. Thomas King, the Chief Technology Officer at the global Internet Exchange operator, DE-CIX, said: “Considering the increasingly realistic looking graphics of current games, it is clear that enormous amounts of data have to be transported from the server to the output medium.”

When gaming takes place wholly in the cloud, it is essential that latency is kept to a minimum to ensure that services succeed with the user, especially when every millisecond counts, said Dr. King.

To achieve this, technologies like 5G and edge computing are adopted to make sure that data is processed and transported as closely to the gamers as possible.

Globe became the first mobile operator in Southeast Asia to introduce a commercially available 5G network with AirFiber in 2019 and introduced Globe 5G to customers in February 2020 with the launch of the first mobile device in The Philippines.

Earlier this year, Globe expanded their cloud portfolio with a US$4 million investment to acquire ‘substantially all assets’ of US-based premier AWS partner Cascadeo.

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OLL and NEC to build MIST cable across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and India

Orient Link (OLL) and NEC Corporation have signed an agreement to build a MIST submarine cable system to directly connect Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and India.

The system will span 8,100 kilometers and will deliver more than 216 terabits per second.

“Globally, India and Southeast Asia are among the world’s fastest-growing economies,” said Yoshio Sato, the CEO of OLL.

The Asia region has experienced accelerated digital investment driven by data center growth, mobile penetration, 5G expansion and the rise of cloud services.

“I am very pleased to announce the launch of MIST, providing a truly connected India to our clients around the world, delivering high-quality, low-latency networks to the people in India as the nation charges forward with its digital transformation roadmap,” added Mr. Sato.

Data consumption by half a billion digital users is reaching unprecedented levels and cloud adoption is surging in India, contributing to an increasing amount of data traffic across submarine cables and demand for interconnected data centers.

“Not only will MIST respond to the growing demands for data center interconnectivity across countries in the Southeast Asia region, but it ultimately allows for OLL to grow its offering and expand into India and beyond,”

OLL, a strategic joint venture company led by NTT Group, hopes the new system will further enhance and contribute to communications network expansions from Asia to improve network redundancy, ensure highly reliable communications and expand onward connectivity options in the Bay of Bengal.

NEC, a Japan-based multinational IT and electronics company with extensive experience in implementing submarine cable systems, was selected by OLL as their supply partner.

“We are honored to be selected as the supplier for MIST together with our local affiliate in India,” said Atsushi Kuwahara, the General Manager of NEC’s Submarine Network Division.

Together with their India affiliate, NEC Technologies India Private Ltd, Mr. Kuwahara hopes to fully capitalise on their regional expertise in Southeast Asia and India to ensure the successful completion of the submarine cable in the third quarter of 2022.

Back in June, Asia Direct Cable (ADC) and NEC announced the construction of another high-performance submarine cable that would connect China (Hong Kong and Guangdong province), Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam by the fourth quarter of 2022.

ADC is a global consortium of leading communications and technology companies, including CAT, China Telecom, China Unicom, PLDT Inc., Singtel, SoftBank Corp., Tata Communications and Viettel.

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How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected technology adoption in the BFSI market?

With economic downturns and recessions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic hitting the world, it is a unique and uncertain time for the BFSI sector, as more and more services are going digital.

Banking, financial services and insurance organisations are activating business continuity and risk management plans to survive the impacts and challenges of COVID-19.

“Somehow, over the past three years, the practices of risk management got deprioritised, so that the other priorities like customer centricity or digital innovation world take more importance,” said Michael Araneta, the Associate Vice-President for IDC Financial Insights.

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, Mr. Araneta believes it is important for BFSI organisations to revisit risk managements plans and consider cybersecurity, which could lead to being as extensive as capital related issues regarding liquidity and asset liability management.

“This is really just a matter of activating your risk management plans, but also ensuring that you are well equipped to take on the operational aspects of this crisis,” said Mr. Araneta.

Which technologies did the BFSI sector adopt to react to the pandemic?

To react to this pandemic crisis, BFSI companies began to increase investments and priority in digital technologies to ensure their operations were running 24 hours, 7 days a week.

“The critical technologies they obviously would be using are productivity tools, but more importantly, productivity tools that are on the cloud,” said Mr. Araneta.

It was crucial for these cloud-based technologies to be made as reliable, secure, and accessible by staff as quick as possible, even if they were working remotely.

“The ability of the organisations to sustain operations on uninterrupted basis is very important,” said Mr. Araneta.

Along with cloud applications, the next set of technologies to be prioritised concerned cybersecurity and threat intelligence, as the nature of security threats had already started to change alongside the rise of digitalisation, fintechs and insurtechs long before the pandemic.

“Many of these technologies are already available, it’s just really a matter of making sure that you adopt them in a safe and secured manner,” warned Mr. Araneta.

To take a more proactive approach during this crisis, Mr. Araneta also identified the growing importance in the need to observe data analytics, new types of data and make decisions based on the data.

“The ability of the institutions to analyse data on a real-time basis, so that they can proactively react to the trends in the market became very important,” added Mr. Araneta.

As one of the largest technology research organisations, IDC’s financial insights studied the big BFSI industry trends and developments coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic. One of their major findings was that the financial data we used to rely on does not work anymore.

“The data that we used to rely on to make decisions in 2019 are completely different from the data that we need for 2020,” observed Mr. Araneta.

He speculated that this could be due to the changing conditions and macroeconomic situation that has changed the way that businesses are built.

The key is to remain adaptable and adjust to new working environments, customer needs and technologies to make sure that these are a good fit for your organisation.

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Halliburton awarded digital transformation project by Thailand’s PTTEP

Halliburton has successfully been awarded a digital transformation contract by Thailand’s state-owned petroleum exploration and production company, PTTEP.

The American multinational corporation will design and implement a series of projects as part of PTTEP’s Advanced Production Excellence (APEX) Initiative.

The APEX Initiative will look to improve operational efficiency and production in four offshore fields, including Arthit, Greater Bongkot South, Greater Bongkot North and the Myanmar Zawtika Field.

“Effectively leveraging and implementing digital technologies improves efficiency to increase production, reduce operating expenses and maximize the value of the operator’s portfolio,” said Mr. Nagaraj Srinivasan, the Senior Vice President of Landmark and Halliburton Digital Solutions.

Landmark is a Halliburton business line that provides Exploration and Production professionals with software-driven lifecycle insights using open architecture, hybrid cloud environments and digital twin.

Landmark will deploy its DecisionSpace Production Suite using cloud computing technology to store data rather than onboard the offshore fields. Their DecisionSpace Enterprise Platform will integrate Honeywell Forge, a powerful analytics software solution providing real-time data and visual intelligence, so PTTEP can implement more productive and efficient work processes.

“We look forward to collaborating with Honeywell to support PTTEP on its digital transformation journey,” added Mr. Srinivasan.

The software solutions are designed to use advanced physics and data science-based models to manage offshore wells and points of delivery. A multitude of operations will also be optimised using the solution, including short-term production planning, flow assurance and sand production monitoring and control, condensate stabilisation and fuel gas optimisation.

The financial terms of the deal between Halliburton, one of the world’s largest oil field service companies, and PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited (PTTEP) were not disclosed.

In February 2020, Halliburton was awarded a digital transformation contract with Pertamina, the largest Indonesian oil and gas company, using Landmark’s hybrid cloud offering.

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FLOU Cloud launched on Indonesia’s 75th Independence Day as multi hybrid cloud service supported by Telkom Group

FLOU Cloud, a multi hybrid cloud service, has been launched with support by Telkom Group during Indonesia’s 75th Independence Day.

Supported by the state-owned telecommunications conglomerate, the new cloud computing service is aimed at providing small and medium enterprises as well as startups with ‘next generation cloud’ technology to accelerate business growth.

“FLOU Cloud is our breakthrough by using high-end technology to manage hybrid multi cloud with high capacity and high capabilities,” said Tanto Suratno, the Business and Sales Director of FLOU Cloud.

The solutions offered by FLOU Cloud include compute, storage, network and security as well as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS).

The services are supported by IT infrastructure in more than ten Uptime Institute Tier 3 and Tier 4 certified data centers and more than 15 local and international network providers and carrier neutral data centers.

“Many companies have been affected by COVID-19. Although some are starting to rise and make updates in their business, information technology-based solutions are very important so that SME operations can continue during this pandemic,” said Mr. Suratno.

Cloud adoption in Indonesia is rising exponentially, leading to the country being considered a ‘hotspot’ for hyperscale data center investment within the next five years. The country is expected to experience investments worth over US$1 billion at an annual growth rate of 11% between 2019 and 2025.

This is already happening with moves being made by major players, including AWS, Alibaba Cloud, Equinix, Google, NTT, Princeton Digital Group, and SpaceDC.

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Web Werks launches star data center in Pune, India

Web Werks celebrated a moment of pride, as they unveiled their fourth data center in India.

The national data center provider announced the launch of their second facility in the city of Pune.

“This puts us in the top three data center players in Pune,” celebrated Nikhil Rathi, the CEO of Web Werks.

The new data center spans 35,000 square feet and 5MW of power in its first phase.

“Despite all the odds that surfaced due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the subsequent lockdown, and limited manpower to deploy, the construction work has been completed,” added Mr. Rathi.

Combined with their first data center in Pune, the two data centers now offer a total capacity of 10MW, with rich interconnectivity to major telcos and direct connectivity with the National Internet Exchange of India.

“Web Werks is geared to meet the growing demand for data centers in Pune to serve the needs of both customers in and outside Pune,” said Mr. Rathi.

The new data center was built and designed to Uptime Institute Tier 3 standards and are geared to meeting growing cloud infrastructure demands in the country. The facility will also act as a disaster recovery zone for the existing Web Werks data centers in Mumbai and Delhi.

“We thank our current customers, vendors, and partners who have supported us throughout. We look forward to welcoming our first set of customers in the coming months,” said Mr. Rathi.

Both Pune data centers will also be sustainably powered through Web Werks’ mission to be carbon neutral and contribute to global go-green initiatives.

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NTT Global Data Centers to expand into India, Indonesia and Malaysia

NTT Ltd. has announced plans to expand its Global Data Centers division in nine locations, including India, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Japan’s largest telecommunications company and one of the world’s largest data center providers will provide over 400 megawatts of IT load across all nine markets upon completion of the new data centers.

“Organizations today demand an ever-expanding global platform to reach their growing digital business objectives,” said Masaaki Moribayashi, the Senior Executive Vice President of Services for NTT Ltd.

NTT selected locations to support interconnected ecosystems around ‘the world’s most important business and government hubs’.

“Our data centers will include the latest data center technology for security, reliability and energy efficiency,” added Mr. Moribayashi.

All nine new data centers will be set up for clients to use renewable energy if they choose, as NTT has committed to investing in a sustainable future for the planet.

“We are pleased to leverage our deep construction expertise and the strength of our capital resources to extend our line of data center facilities – with more to come,” said Ryuichi Matsuo, the Executive Vice President for NTT’s Global Data Centers division.

When will NTT’s new data centers go live?

One of the first of NTT’s nine data centers to be completed will be in Mumbai, India, which is expected to go live by this quarter. The Mumbai 7 Data Center will offer a 25MW IT load and will be the third facility in NTT’s Chandivali campus.

Also this quarter, NTT will open data centers in London and Tokyo as well as Oregon and Virginia in the United States.

In the fourth quarter of 2020, NTT aims to open its fifth data center in Cyberjaya, Malaysia. The new Cyberjaya 5 Data Center will have a 5.6MW critical IT load, designed to meet the requirements of hyperscalers and high-end enterprises.

The telecommunications giant also plans to go live with new facilities in Munich, Germany and Chicago, USA.

Finally, in the first half of 2021, NTT will go live with Indonesia’s largest data center known as Indonesia Jakarta 3 Data Center. The new campus in Bekasi, Indonesia will be capable of 45MW of critical IT load once fully developed.

“By increasing our global footprint during this pandemic, we can support our clients as their demand increases for reliable, robust cloud services, cloud communications, digital entertainment and new technology such as artificial intelligence,” said Mr. Matsuo.

In 2019, NTT created their new Global Data Centers division, combining subsidiaries, including e-shelter, Gyron, NetMagic, DPA, Nexcenter and RagingWire.

The nine new data centers by NTT will add to their current 500,000 square metres of colocation space across 160 data centers located in more than 20 countries and regions.

Earlier this month, NTT also announced the launch of a new Private Cloud for Enterprise service in Hong Kong and Singapore today to be a core component of their Intelligent Data Center and hybrid cloud capabilities.

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Discover power and cooling innovations keeping data centers alive

Power and cooling solutions for data centers are of critical importance to keep facilities and businesses online, especially as need the for data centers and greater data capacities continue to grow.

But running data centers are having worrying impacts on the environment by consuming approximately 1%-3% of the world’s electricity supply and pumping out 2% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

With social responsibilities to protect the environment and reduce energy costs rising, operators in Southeast Asia are exploring power and cooling solutions, including floating data centers, solar power and hybrid cooling.

That’s why the data center power market is set to exceed ~US$27 billion by 2024 and the value of data center cooling is expected to run past ~US$20 billion by 2024.

For our next digital event in our Data Center Series, you are invited to explore the latest sustainable designs and innovative power and cooling solutions to solve the pressing energy supply and environmental concerns.

Are you listening to your data center?

Metering and monitoring data center innovations are crucial for making sure facilities are up and running effectively and efficiently.

During a pre-show interview, we will be joined by Clinton Marshall, the Deputy Director for Solutions and Channel Development from our Platinum Sponsors at Legrand Data Center Solutions in Asia Pacific.

Mr. Marshall has vast experience in designing, consulting and implementing industry best-practice approaches to data center capacity, energy and infrastructure management.

“[Join me] to learn how power monitoring and measurement can be effectively used to meet demands, while simultaneously delivering an IT environment that is able to achieve evolving business, usage, regulatory, and financial goals,” said Mr. Marshall.

Mr. Marshall will also present a thought leadership presentation during the digital event.

Explore best practices and strategy for sustainable data centers

Many Governments around the world are implementing carbon neutrality regulations and green data center standards to improve efficiency and sustainability.

In our first panel session, we will be joined by Tamás Balogh, the Director of H1 systems, our Silver Sponsor.

Mr. Balogh is a data center infrastructure expert and consultant who has worked on several dozens of data center facility projects from scratch.

“I look forward to sharing our insights on how data centers can become more sustainable without compromising their SLA or budget,” said Mr. Balogh.

Mr. Balogh will also share information about H1 System’s recent prototype data center project in Europe as well as how the results from the project can be applied to more tropical environments in Asia Pacific.

“The current global crisis of COVID-19 and climate change crisis impacts our life significantly, and more and more directly,” added Mr. Balogh.

He identified that the ICT sector is making rapid changes to adapt to the situations similar to Governments, which impact the data center industry.

“Being prepared for sustainable data centers won’t be just an option in the future which makes present times very interesting,” said Mr. Balogh.

Mr. Balogh will be joined by Joshua Au, the Head for Data Centre and Information Technology Shared Services at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).

As an expert and active member of the data center industry, Mr. Au will share how data centers can run with as little waste as possible, particularly considering that some facilities currently aste up to even 90% of the electricity they pull from the grid.

Discover power and cooling innovations keeping data centers alive

Data capacity demands are rising across the world, as more businesses are digitally transforming and Internet penetration is rising. This increases the need for higher power density and effective cooling in data centers.

With these rising demands, Southeast Asia’s cooling market is expected to grow to 926 million dollars by 2024 and the APAC power market is expected to grow by 8% annually.

To further explore the future trends and innovations in the data center power and cooling market, we will be joined by Mr. Marshall from Legrand Data Center Solutions and Wong Ka Vin, the Managing Director from DC1st, in our second panel session.

Mr. Marshall has gathered significant ‘real world’ customer insight and experience in developing best practice approaches to resolving challenges and reducing the complexity of day-to-day data center operations.

Mr. Wong brings with him over 30 years of executive management and leadership roles in the ICT industry and experience of designing and constructing data centers in Singapore and Indonesia.

Both panel sessions will be moderated by James Rix, the Associate Director of Arcadis UK, who is well versed in running data center projects across the whole data centre stack within 14 different countries around the world.

Register now to join your industry peers on Thursday 27 August to put these innovations under the microscope, as we strive for an efficient and environmentally friendly data center future.

Zoom opens first Southeast Asia data center in Singapore following exponential growth

Zoom Video Communications has opened its first data center in Southeast Asia with a new facility in Singapore.

The new data center in Singapore brings the video conferencing provider’s total to 18 facilities worldwide, Reuters reports.

The company also plans to hire more employees in Singapore, including engineers and sales staff, said Abe Smith, the Head of International at Zoom.

Zoom’s boom brings security concerns

Zoom’s video conferencing services have seen huge increases in users, as countless people across the world have been forced to work from home due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Mr. Smith said there was a 65-fold increase in users of its free services and a tripling in paying customers in Singapore since January.

More than 400 schools in the city state have also been using the platform, particularly following the country’s circuit breaker in April.

But the company has also come under fire over privacy and security issues.

Security researchers this year discovered that Zoom rerouted some calls through its servers in China, despite some of these coming from outside the country, putting data localisation and privacy laws into question.

But Zoom said this took place in “extremely limited circumstances”. To rectify the concern, Zoom said it had taken its mainland China data centers off an approved list of backups for users outside China and gave users the option to choose where their calls are routed.

What is the weak link in your cybersecurity strategy?

Southeast Asia is becoming a prime target for cybercriminals, with rapidly growing digitalisation and interconnectivity in the region.

But who or what is the weakest link in your cybersecurity chain making your business vulnerable to cyber attacks?

Register now to find out how you can protect your business and data from the growing threat of cybercriminals on Thursday 3 September.

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Asia’s $3bn Cloud Gaming opportunity needs strong IT infrastructure and edge data centers to become a reality

Cloud gaming is a US$3 billion opportunity for Asia, but for the game streaming technology to take off, it needs strong and reliable IT infrastructure like edge data centers to become a reality.

This is what we discovered during our first GameTech digital event with experts from Tencent, OVHcloud and Nazara Technologies.

“Asia is a very interesting continent where you have established and evolved games, to very young, casual or first-time gamers. That makes it very exciting,” said Manish Agarwal, the CEO of Nazara Technologies.

Tech giants like Google, Amazon, Alibaba Cloud and Tencent are looking to take on established players in the gaming industry such as Microsoft, Sony, EA and NVIDIA as well as cloud gaming pioneers Vortex, LiquidSky, Parsec and Shadow.

“The beauty of a lot of these countries in Asia is they have no preconceived baggage of what gaming should be. The adoption of the new age technologies is going to be super fast, because what gaming offers is a pure, uninhibited, unhindered interactive entertainment,” added Mr. Agarwal.

However, for cloud gaming to be affordable by providers, it is important to reduce friction of price points, lag and latency, processing and optimising infrastructure.

“Asia is a very value conscious market. Cloud gaming is poised for the big boys who have very, very deep pockets because it entails building technology infrastructure, consumer acquisition retention and content acquisition,” said Mr. Agarwal.

The critical importance of reliable IT infrastructure and edge data centers for cloud gaming

To ensure a successful cloud gaming future, strong and reliable IT infrastructure is of critical importance to ensure low latency and lag, which is absolutely necessary for gamers who need a seamless experience.

As a result, user experience depends on the last mile speed, meaning that the end user needs to connect to its nearest location with high speed connections.

Davy Wang, the Chief Solutions Architect of Tencent Cloud, said: “Tencent has built a lot of data centers and edge locations all over the world and we are trying to build as much as possible for the bandwidth to make sure that the connections between data centers, the user and pop locations will be big enough and the performance will be high.”

Mr. Wang expected cloud gaming will consume more resources than traditional games because everything needs to be processed on the cloud, consuming CPU, memory and hard disks. Tencent optimised multi tenancy to make good use of their hardware resources and lower the cost of operation.

OVHcloud invests heavily in their network to enable seamless and affordable gaming. This is why their network capacity almost doubles every few years to respond to the constantly growing number of gamers in Asia.

James MacKenzie, the Technical Product Manager at OVHcloud, said: “Since I’ve been working here, it’s about almost five times as big as it was. Globally, today, we have about 30 data centers with 34 points of presence.”

OVHcloud also works with startups and partners like AMD to develop solutions that could empower the future of cloud gaming.

“Even though sometimes it’s not 100% there yet, there is technology that is emerging where we can get our hands on it, test it, and see if it’s going to work for these new use cases,” added Mr. MacKenzie.

Looking forward to the future, both Mr. Wang and Mr. MacKenzie agreed that advancements in edge data centers and 5G as well as virtual reality and augmented reality could have a significant impact on the cloud gaming industry.

5G in particular could fulfil the mission of cloud gaming by enabling gamers to play anywhere at any time since cloud gaming is similar to video streaming platforms like YouTube or Netflix for end user devices, so even the oldest of phones could have the potential to play high performance games.

How will cloud gaming impact the future of game design?

For the cloud gaming industry to be successful, content is still king. If the games available on cloud platforms are poor, then the future of cloud gaming could be in question.

In our next GameTech digital event on Tuesday 27 October, we will focus on how cloud infrastructures and cloud gaming will transform the way games are designed.

Register now to explore how we can work together to create your next favourite game on the cloud!

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Toyota and Amazon Web Services partner to build cloud-based mobility services

Toyota and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have announced they are expanding their global collaboration to build a cloud-based platform.

Japan’s automotive manufacturer and Amazon’s cloud computing unit will develop Toyota’s Toyota’s Mobility Services Platform (MSPF) for the next generation of data-driven mobility services in their cloud-connected vehicles.

“Connectivity drives all of the processes of development, production, sales and service in the automotive business,” said Shigeki Tomoyama, the Chief Information and Security Officer as well as Chief Production Officer at Toyota Motor Corporation.

The collaboration with AWS will extend to Toyota’s entire enterprise, building a foundation for streamlined, secure data sharing and accelerate its move to Connected, Autonomous, Shared and Electric (CASE) mobility technologies.

“Expanding our agreement with AWS to strengthen our vehicle data platform will be a major advantage for CASE activities within Toyota,” added Mr. Tomoyama.

The new platform will enable Toyota to collect data from connected vehicles to influence design and development as well as new services like behavior-based insurance, maintenance notifications, and ride or car sharing.

“Toyota is able to innovate quickly across its enterprise and continue to lead the automotive industry in delivering the quality of experiences that customers expect,” said Andy Jassy, the CEO of AWS.

The deal by AWS marks the e-commerce giant’s newest move into the transportation industry following last month’s partnership announcement with Volkswagen to build cloud platforms where business customers can buy and sell industrial applications.

AWS is also partnered up with automotive suppliers and providers like Aptiv, Panasonic Corp. Nvidia Corp., Uber and Avis.

Explore how edge data centers are driving future innovations

The advent of Industry 4.0 technologies like artificial intelligence, 5G and the Internet of Things is bringing increasing the number of connected devices and new innovations in autonomous vehicles, virtual and augmented reality in retail and entertainment, and robotics for manufacturing and healthcare.

But to enable lower latency for vastly more connected devices, edge data centers are needed to bring IT resources closer to the user.

Register now to explore how we can work together to tap into the potential of edge data centers to transform your business.

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Vietnam’s agriculture industry is looking sweeter as top sugar manufacturer moves to the cloud

SBT, a top performer in Vietnam’s sugar industry, has adopted Oracle Cloud ERP to support its mission in globally producing clean agriculture products.

The agriculture corporation chose to adopt Oracle Fusion Cloud Enterprise Resource Planning to optimise their supply chain and improve financial management efficiency.

“Our goal is to lead smart agricultural development in Vietnam within the next three years,” said Dang Huynh Uc My, Vice Chairman for the Board of Directors at SBT.

SBT, also known as Thanh Thanh Cong Bien Hoa Joint Stock Company, will implement Oracle Cloud ERP across their business units in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Singapore.

“SBT will continue to align our in-depth agricultural experience and skilled manpower with smart technologies,” added Ms. Dang.

The sugar manufacturer looks to meet its goal of harmonising the interests of farmers, factories and customers by implementing Farmer Relationship Management, Customer Relationship Management and eOffice applications whilst remaining compliant with current regulations.

“The agriculture industry in Vietnam is on the cusp of the fourth industrial revolution, with digital transformation leading the way for businesses like SBT to realise their goals,” said Nguyen Thi Mai Hoa, the Head of Applications at Oracle Vietnam.

Vietnam’s digital economy grew by 40% in 2019 and could add US$162 billion to its GDP by going digital. The Government is also supporting digital transformation campaigns by increasing investment, speeding up reforms encouraging businesses to adopt new technology, committing to building smart cities and providing universal internet connectivity.

“However, today’s business climate remains unpredictable. To better respond to changing market conditions, organizations can’t be held back by disparate on-premise business systems – they need to have a clear view of their business on a single data platform,” added Mr. Nguyen.

Along with their partnership with Oracle, SBT reached a strategic cooperation agreement with KPMG Vietnam to drive forward their digital transformation plans.

SBT was also named as one of the top 50 leading brands in 2020 and in the list of 100 largest public companies by Forbes Vietnam.

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Make cloud-first happen with Oracle

Adopting and migrating to cloud technologies is becoming a top priority for many organisations in Malaysia.

The Government has been active in encouraging cloud adoption by creating a data exchange hub for ministries and plans for smart cities. As a result, the cloud computing market in the country is expected to be worth US$3.7 billion by 2024, growing at a rate of 13% per year.

Register now to discover how you can be a part of Malaysia’s cloud-first future on Tuesday 25 August!

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DBS Bank and AWS join forces to digitally transform 3,000 staff with AI training

DBS Bank has joined forces with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to train more than 3,000 staff members in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), in an effort to digitally transform its business.

The Singapore-based bank and cloud computing giant will run tutorials and a virtual racing league on the newly launched DBS x AWS DeepRacer League where staff can compete with their own coded autonomous race car.

DBS’ Chief Data and Transformation Officer, Paul Cobban, said: “We have never believed in limiting digital expertise to a small team.”

The bank’s newest digital initiative follows their continuous efforts to scale up their digital learning tools to digitally transform their operations and stay ahead of the technology curve.

“We wanted to adopt a different approach from our previous digital and data skills revolutions. In line with our ethos of keeping work and learning fun, we sought to introduce gamification elements to better engage our employees,” added Mr. Cobban.

This is not the first time that DBS has been involved in AWS’ DeepRacer Leagues, as their Executive Director of Technology, Ray Goh, beat out other F1 professionals to become a global champion at the F1 ProAm Event in May.

“I’m delighted to be able to do Singapore and DBS proud, and more importantly, to inspire my colleagues to join me in developing a deeper level of mastery in AI and ML,” celebrated Mr. Goh.

Four other DBS employees successfully placed in the global top 20 at the same F1 event, and another six have successfully qualified for the AWS DeepRacer Championship Cup, which will be held in Las Vegas at the end of the year.

The new corporate league by DBS and AWS is expected to be the largest run by an Asia-based organisation.

How will cloud gaming impact the future of game design?

As we discovered in W.Media’s first GameTech digital event, our speakers from Tencent Cloud and OVHcloud revealed the critical importance of IT infrastructure and edge data centers in enabling a cloud gaming future with almost zero latency and lag.

In our next GameTech digital event on Tuesday 27 October, we will focus on how cloud infrastructures and cloud gaming will transform the way games are designed.

Register now to explore how we can work together to create your next favourite game on the cloud!

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Equinix buys Mapletree Industrial’s Singapore data center for $91.2m

Equinix Singapore has agreed to buy Mapletree Industrial Trust’s Singapore data center for US$91.2 million (S$125 million).

Equinix Singapore gave notice to Mapletree that they wish to purchase the SG3 data center, for which they had been a fully leased tenant of since 2015.

The seven-storey data center was the only facility in Mapletree’s portfolio that provided Equinix with the option to purchase the data center.

The US$91.2 million sale price was valued by Savills Valuation and Professional Services on March 31 2020, taking into account a 23.3% premium over the development cost of US$74 million (S$101.4 million).

Mapletree announced in a Singapore Exchange filing on Friday that the data center brought in approximately 2.2% of the real estate investment trust’s gross revenue for the year ending March 31 2020.

The deal between Equinix Singapore and Mapletree is expected to be paid in cash by the fourth quarter of 2020, subject to the approval of JTC Corporation, the government agency responsible for industrial development.

Proceeds from the sale will be used to fund other Mapletree investments, reduce any existing debt or make distributions to unit holders.

The SG3 data center located at 26A Ayer Rajah Crescent, near Queenstown in Singapore, is Equinix’s largest data center in Asia Pacific, spanning 35,000 square metres and containing a 5,000 rack capacity.

Mapletree began constructing the data center in 2013 within the one-north business park, close to Equinix’s SG1 data center, enabling dark fibre interconnection.

The deal to purchase SG3 follows Equinix’s US$161 million expansion plan into India with their acquisition of two GPX data centers as well as a US$51m investment to support digital transformation in Hong Kong.

The global interconnection and data center company also announced a US$1 billion joint venture with Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, GIC, to build three hyperscale data centers in Japan.

Uncover the importance of interconnectivity with W.Media

Interconnectivity in data centers has accelerated, as the need for connected devices and digital transformation is rapidly rising.

For a region like Asia Pacific that is rapidly going digital, data center providers are working hard to design connected platforms that enable global teams to collaborate with less downtime and latency.

Register now for our ‘Interconnecting into the Future’ digital event to discover how interconnectivity can help you reach your digital transformation desires.

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