LinkedIn denies reports of data breach

LinkedIn has denied the reports of data breach which claimed that the data of over 700 million users was put for sale online by a hacker.

Media reports suggested that the data contained personal details of LinkedIn users, including their phone numbers, physical addresses and others. On June 22, the hacker posted a sample of data of one million users on a hacker forum, the report added.

LinkedIn has responded to the reports by issuing a statement on their website.

“Our teams have investigated a set of alleged LinkedIn data that has been posted for sale. We want to be clear that this is not a data breach and no private LinkedIn member data was exposed.

Our initial investigation has found that this data was scraped from LinkedIn and other various websites and includes the same data reported earlier this year in our April 2021 scraping update,” the company said.

The company further added “Members trust LinkedIn with their data, and any misuse of our members’ data, such as scraping, violates LinkedIn terms of service.

When anyone tries to take member data and use it for purposes LinkedIn and our members haven’t agreed to, we work to stop them and hold them accountable.”

Also read: Can AI protect companies from data breaches?

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NXP Semiconductors and Jio collaborate to implement 5G NR O-RAN solution

NXP Semiconductors N.V and Jio Platforms Ltd. (JPL) have announced a collaboration to implement a 5G NR O-RAN small cell solution that incorporates NXP’s Layerscape family of multicore processors.

The combined solution will power new RAN networks that will deliver high performance, enabling a wide range of 5G use cases for broadband access as well as Industry 4.0 and IoT applications, including tele-medicine, tele-education, augmented/virtual reality, drone-based agricultural monitoring and more, the company said.

JPL has leveraged the performance and flexibility of NXP’s Layerscape processors in its new 5G NR solutions. The combination enables a powerful offering that has successfully tested at 100 MHz channel bandwidth in the 3.5 GHz spectrum with peak data rates of 1 Gbps+.

This translates to increased performance for a wide range of segments, enabling innovative applications in smart cities, smart homes, health and education, and significantly enhanced user experience in data download rates for all mobile users.

As a result, JPL’s 5G NR radio solutions are well suited for next-generation RAN networks, providing increased indoor and outdoor performance and enabling a wide range of 5G use cases, the company added.

“The NXP processor platform is an important component of Jio’s 5G journey. 5G New Radio solutions require flexibility in terms of the platform features, efficiency and rich tooling, which NXP brings to the table.

Along with NXP, Jio Platforms has developed state-of-the art radio products, which are compliant to the 3GPP as well as to the O-RAN standards. We have a history of close collaboration with NXP, and we look forward to strengthening it further.” said Aayush Bhatnagar, senior vice president, Jio Platforms.

The company further pointed out that NXP’s Layerscape family of multicore processors provides high levels of integration and delivers strong performance leveraging the combination of Arm 64 bit cores, networking and security offload engines with wide high-speed SerDes interfaces for highly integrated system implementation.

Hardware networking offload include switching, timing, parsing and Quality of Service (QoS), providing offload for eCPRI C/U- and S-Plane offload including virtualized and containerized L1/L2 applications.

“The collaboration with Jio to develop, test and deploy 5G solutions underscores the power of our Layerscape products and the growing ability of NXP’s antenna-to-processor portfolio to accelerate new 5G deployments.

Jio and NXP are both focused on technology and innovation leadership, and this combined systems integration demonstrates our shared vision to deliver efficient 5G NR solutions to the India market,” said Tareq Bustami, senior vice president and general manager, Network Edge at NXP Semiconductors.

Also read: Mastercard announced that it has invested in Instamojo, an India-based payment firm for small businesses. This investment will help digitise online stores and will provide a hassle-free payment process.

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Mastercard invests in India based payment firm to digitise online stores in India

Mastercard announced that it has invested in Instamojo, an India-based payment firm for small businesses.

This investment will help digitise online stores and will provide a hassle-free payment process.

Instamojo started as a payments processor for small businesses today, it offers end-to-end solutions for businesses looking to set up an online shop or digitise its processes.

Its onboarding process helps sellers launch without spending too much time on paperwork, and its payments gateway, which is integrated with the online shops, helps them start accepting orders from the get-go.

The platform also offers credit facilities, marketing tools, inventory tracking applications, and logistics, among other things, as part of its digital service added a media report.

This investment is a step taken to ease the work process of merchants in establishing an e-commerce business and empowering them with improved digital payment acceptance facilities.

This will help in reaching a wide range of customers. Ever since the COVID19 pandemic began people have started preferring digital modes of payment.

“While we started as a payments solution for the small business, we have broadened our purview since then and now we are focussed on the larger picture of providing the small businesses with a platform which helps them to start, manage and grow their business online.

It is no longer restricted to just payment collection, but also about starting their own online store, collecting payments and shipping their products. Hence, creating an entire ecosystem of conducting business with ease for the small businesses.

With players like Mastercard showing confidence in us, helps us broaden our horizon further, said Sampad Swain, CEO and co-founder, Instamojo.

“MSMEs and gig workers are an important part of our Indian economy. Mastercard is committed to supporting them with the company’s strategic investment and partnerships to help them unlock the power and potential of digital commerce,” said Rajeev Kumar, Senior Vice President, Market Development, South Asia, Mastercard.

Recently, Amazon Payment Services (APS), a payment processing services provider in the Middle East and North Africa (MNEA) has collaborated with Zurich International Life Limited in order to offer the benefits of digital payments for its consumers in the Middle East

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Why there is Resistance from companies when moving Core applications to the Cloud

Change is something that people always resist. Moving your applications to the cloud is no different.

Cloud migration brings a lot of change and disruption often with significantly new systems, processes and even leadership.

At W.Media’s digital event ‘South Asia Cloud Security Market Insights’, these were discussed in detail by a panel moderated by Mubin Shaikh, Partner & Leader, Cyber Security, BDO in India. The panellists included Mansi Thapar, Global Head- Information Security, DPO, Jaquar Group. Tirthankar Dutta, VP & CISO- Star & Disney India, The Walt Disney Company. Shaik J Ahmed, GM & Head- Information Security, Renault Nissan, Technology Business Center India and Parag Deodhar, Director- Information Security- APAC, VF Corporation.

“A lot of resistance is coming in organisations for moving their core applications to cloud. Things are now changing and because of the COVID-19 pandemic, organisations are understanding the importance of cloud. Still, there are risks involved. Earlier, to migrate to cloud the resilience structure was there and there was a fault-tolerant server so there wasn’t a problem.

But now while migrating to cloud, the application will first need to be shifted to a web-based application. There has to be in-built resilience. Understanding the cloud is an issue, as there is also a shortage of skills. There is still a lack of talent in the area of cloud which leads to some resistance.

The third issue is data, the data is not being shared with anyone else so now organisations concern is focused on how the integrity of data is being safeguarded. “With proper security control and policies the process of migration can be an easy journey,” said Mansi Thapar, Global Head- Information Security, DPO, Jaquar Group.

 

Resistance for moving critical apps

 

Organisations wish to migrate to cloud but when it comes to their critical applications there is some resistance, pointed out Mubin Shaikh, Partner & Leader, Cyber Security, BDO in India.

“Every time when we do anything related to cloud engagement, we first do a risk assessment. We need to understand what kind of data is hosted by a particular asset. The classification of the data will tell you the classification of the asset. We try to understand what data is hosted on a particular asset and why we need to migrate to cloud,”  said Tirthankar Dutta, VP & CISO- Star & Disney India, The Walt Disney Company.

“There is always something called cost-benefit analysis, we can have more and more cloud adoption. It is also important to decide if everything has to be moved to cloud as there are different costs associated with it. For example, the traditional anti-virus running for a data centre will not work for cloud, an additional cost needs to be added in this area.

If I decide to move something to cloud there also has to be a firewall, anti-virus and other aspects will cost money. When the cost is calculated, the security cost is also attached to it. The organisations should be aware of the additional costs that they might have to spend, the compliance level should not reduce,” added Dutta.

Mubin Shaikh further pointed out that when the migration is budgeted organisations sometimes don’t think about the security costs they only focus on the functionality costs which is one of the key challenges of migration to cloud computing.

“When the automobile industry is moving to cloud they need to adapt a CSA (Cloud Security Alliance) framework and WPC (Wireless Planning & Coordination) is more on the forefront of connected tech. The CPA (Certified Public Accountant) certification is important for data migration. These are some of the certifications which are important when the automotive industry is migrating to cloud,” said Shaik J Ahmed, GM & Head- Information Security, Renault Nissan, Technology Business Center India.

Read Part 2 of Cloud Migration Security Challenges & Mitigation Strategies.

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Rapid Digitalisation post the pandemic: W.Media’s South Asia Cloud Security Markets Insights

On 23rd June, the experts from the tech industry gathered virtually and discussed, as well as debated topics like cybersecurity, cloud, cloud migration amongst others in W.Media’s digital event ‘South Asia Cloud Security Market Insights’.

The attendees got a chance to network with tech leaders from India. Over 500 people had attended the digital event.

Renowned speakers were a part of this event including Rama Devi Lanka, Director- Emerging Technologies, OSD, Government of Telangana. Trithankar Dutta, VP & CISO- Star and Disney India, The Walt Disney Company. Mansi Thapper, Global Head, Infosec DPO, Jaquar Group. Ambrish Singh, CISO, Godrej & Boyce. Thilini Wijewardhana, Head of Security Operations & Technology, Cryptogen. Sapan Talwar, SVP & CISO, Tower Research Capital. Vikram Mehta, Ex- CISO, MakeMyTrip/Goibibo, Shree Parthasarathy, Managing Partner- Consulting, Technology & Transformation, Grant Thornton LLP and Satyanandan Atyam, CRO, Tata AIG General Insurance Co. Ltd to name a few.

The keynote session titled ‘Cloud Adoption by the Government- Challenges and Opportunities’ focused on the plans and the efforts that the Telangana Government is making in order to make the officials more aware of the cloud computing technology and its benefits along with the opportunities that it has created. “During the pandemic, we have seen that digitalisation is taking place at a very fast pace. With the acceleration in the process of digital transformation, organisations and governments are finding it unviable to maintain their own IT infrastructure.

Most organisations including the government departments are moving to cloud, either fully or hybrid and this growth is taking place at a large scale. Therefore, cloud security is highly imperative in the current scenario,” said Rama Devi Lanka.

The panel session titled ‘Cloud migration security challenges and mitigation strategies’ focused on the adoption of security tools and various challenges faced by the organisations while migrating to cloud. The panel discussion included insights from technology professionals on ways of tackling the cybersecurity issues during the process of migrating to cloud.

The final panel sessions for the day titled ‘Securing your cloud environment- Outlook for the future’ focused on the different approaches that the organisations could opt for in order to ensure the cybersecurity for organisations while migrating to cloud. Other areas such as the role of cloud adoption, moving core applications to cloud, data protection, emerging technologies and security and other areas were discussed.

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Zoot launches new Data Centre in Australia

Zoot Enterprises, a global provider of advanced origination, acquisition and decision management solutions, has announced a new data center in Sydney Australia.

This is in line with its next phase of global expansion plans, the company. The Sydney data centre will be Zoot’s fifth data centre, and extends the company’s global presence to three continents.

Zoot already operates data centres in Bozeman Montana, Billings Montana, Frankfurt Germany and Amsterdam in the Netherlands. The Sydney data centre began operations this month, the company said.

Zoot provides flexible, scalable decisioning technology solutions to companies in the financial, retail and medical industries. The company’s worldwide client base includes top-ten financial institutions, auto manufacturers, retailers, hospitals and global payment providers.

Tony Rosanova, President and CTO of Zoot said: “This data centre expansion is being driven by client needs, and is testament to our willingness and our flexibility to go above and beyond for our customer family. We are also proud to have built the center with our own framework, which allowed us to deploy this country-specific solution within weeks instead of months.”

Zoot built the new centre with its latest technology infrastructure, which gives customers ultimate control, flexibility and speed to market. The new Australian data centre will ensure that companies doing business on that continent have a secure transaction environment that meets local requirements for onshore restriction of data.

Sydney and Singapore are among the world’s biggest data centre markets, according to real estate services company Cushman and Wakefield, which has ranked the world’s best cities for data centre facilities in terms of land considerations, ecosystem advantages, and political and regulatory circumstances.

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Equinix sets 100% Renewable Energy targets by 2030

Digital infrastructure company Equinix has committed to becoming climate-neutral and has set a science-based target (SBT) for emissions reduction across its global operations and supply chain by 2030.

To achieve this objective, Equinix has set itself a target of using 100 per cent renewable electricity by 2030 and achieve its RE100 goal which was set in 2015.

Aligned with the Paris Climate Agreement, this commitment is a critical step to ensure that Equinix continues to advance investments and innovations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and keep global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, the Nasdaq-listed company said in a statement.

The expected impact of these sustainability efforts on the broader digital ecosystem is sizable, and Equinix’s many and diverse customers are expected to benefit from the greening of their digital supply chains, the statement added.

The targets are supported by Equinix’s leadership and strategies across renewable energy, green finance, public policy advocacy, and leading design and operations.

Equinix’s approved emissions reduction target by the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi) builds on the company’s strong track record on sustainable growth and innovation, including achieving over 90 per cent renewable energy coverage for its data centres from 2018 to 2020.

 

Sustainability push

 

As part of its science-based target, Equinix is aiming to reduce its Scope 1 and 2 emissions (direct and indirect from electricity) by 50 per cent by 2030 against a 2019 baseline.

Additional carbon emission reductions will be achieved through driving energy efficiency savings, reducing refrigerant loss, phasing out high global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants and investigating the replacement of diesel generators with cleaner on-site generation technologies.

Equinix is also committing to partnering with top suppliers by engaging with those responsible for 66 per cent of Equinix’s Purchased Goods and Services and Capital Goods supplier-related emissions, to set their own science-based targets by 2025. The company will also address fuel- and energy-related activities (FERA) with the aim to reduce the carbon associated with the delivery of power to its sites by 50 per cent by 2030.

 

Going beyond mandates

 

Beyond achieving its science-based targets, Equinix aims to reach climate-neutrality by 2030 across its Scope 1 and 2 emissions. The company plans to take advantage of select carbon offsets and investigate new innovations, such as biodiesel, green hydrogen and other lower carbon on-site generation technologies.

To date, Equinix has issued $3.7 billion in green bonds toward environmentally sustainable projects across green buildings, renewable energy, energy and water efficiency, waste and clean transportation. Equinix is a founding member of the EU Climate Neutral Data Centre Operator Pact, as well as a founding board member of the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA).

The company is committed to designing and operating with an environmental focus, and in 2020 invested $14 million to set up a global Energy Efficiency Centre of Excellence dedicated to driving improved efficiencies across its sites.

Also, Equinix will require that 66 per cent of its suppliers by emissions—within the categories of Purchased Goods and Services and Capital Goods—will have science-based targets by FY2025, and Equinix will achieve a 50 per cent absolute reduction in Scope 3 emissions from fuel and energy-related activities by 2030. The company is also targeting 100 per cent climate-neutrality across Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2030.

Hriday Ravindranath, Global CTIO, BT said: “BT has been leading on climate action for almost three decades and we’ve pledged to be a net-zero emissions business by 2045. We were one of the first companies in the world to adopt science-based targets and we’re now using 100 per cent renewable electricity worldwide. We’re delighted to see our partner Equinix, with whom we deliver cloud solutions to multinational customers, announce their own ambitious targets.” Michael Winterson, Chairman, EUDCA

“Data centres are essential infrastructure of not only the digital economy but of the entire global economy. We as an industry have a duty to ensure we are constantly finding new sustainable solutions to how we source and utilise energy, water, heat and refrigerants. Equinix’s commitment to sustainable innovation in how they will achieve these Science Based Targets will accelerate the industry’s goals of offering climate-neutral services to customers by 2030.”

Raouf Abdel, EVP Global Operations, Equinix said that digital infrastructure is the backbone of today’s economy and allows people to work and connect from anywhere and everywhere.

“We share the urgency of governments, the industry, and our customers that innovation and action are essential to ensure data centres are more sustainable and reduce carbon emissions quickly to address the impacts of global climate change. Our recent Global Tech Trends survey illustrated this with an increase in demand for greater transparency in IT infrastructure. We have seen this with the over 100 per cent increase in requests for our Green Power Reports (GPRs), which empower customers to track progress against their own sustainability goals and reporting efforts.”

Heidi Huusko, Senior Manager, United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), one of the Science Based Targets initiative partners isof the view that by setting ambitious science-based targets grounded in climate science, Equinix is taking action to prevent the most damaging effects of climate change.

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Alibaba cuts carbon emission per order by 18% during Mid-Year Shopping Festival

Alibaba has disclosed its latest green innovation for its annual 6.18 Mid-Year Shopping Festival (“6.18”), a large-scale campaign on its retail platforms including Taobao and Tmall.

Carbon emission per order during the 6.18 sales has been cut by 18 per cent compared to last year, highlighting Alibaba’s ongoing efforts in pursuing sustainability through the adoption of green technology. This is the first time that the company has amde such a disclosure.

 

Using AI-based algos, clean energy

 

Alibaba said that it achieved this by its enhanced algorithm, which has been deployed to support Alibaba’s popular retail platform with its AI features including image search and personalisation recommendation.

The algorithm upgrade, underscored by Alibaba’s innovative machine learning technology has resulted in a remarkable reduction of computing resources while delivering optimal shopping experience.

The increased use of clean energy – such as wind and photovoltaic power in data centres, as well as green logistics featuring smart packaging and rooftop photovoltaic power stations – have also contributed to the reduction in energy consumption.

“In addition to using more renewable energy in our cloud facilities, we are also investing in our proprietary AI technology to cut down the amount of carbon emissions from our e-commerce platforms. To make our sustainability strategy more effective, we have been working on both the back-end infrastructure and front-end application, with a mission of making the 6.18 sales a low-carbon event and achieving carbon neutrality for our business in the near future, ” said Li Cheng, Chief Technology Officer, Alibaba Group.

“As a responsible corporate citizen and technology pioneer, we shall be pursuing not only business values, but also social values that encompass environment friendliness and ecological sustainability. Moving forward, we would like to share our energy-efficient technology with our customers and partners, so we can contribute to a greener future together.”

Alibaba Cloud’s data centre in Zhangbei County in Northwestern China, which plays a major role in supporting Alibaba’s e-commerce business, recorded a reduction of over 8,000 tons of carbon dioxide during the 6.18 sales thanks to its increased use of wind power, the company said.

Since 2018, Alibaba has participated in a wind power trading program in Zhangbei, which encourages businesses entering into electricity trading contracts with wind power enterprises.

As of May this year, the total electricity generated from wind energy that was purchased through the program by Alibaba, reached 450 million kilowatt-hour.

This resulted in a reduction of nearly 400,000 tons of carbon dioxide. Alibaba Cloud’s other data centre in Inner Mongolia also increased its use of wind and photovoltaic power to 45 per cent of the total energy mix as of May this year, jumping from 38 per cent last year.

Cainiao Network, Alibaba’s logistics arm, also revealed that through its energy-efficient distribution centre, smart packaging algorithm and rooftop photovoltaic power station, the carbon emissions from its value chain during the 6.18 sales have been reduced by over 13,000 tons.

Ele.me, Alibaba’s local service platform, delivered 20 million food takeaway orders without plastic cutlery during the 6.18 sales. As a result, the total energy saved by not supplying cutlery approximates 400 tons of carbon emission, equating to planting 22,000 Haloxylon trees.

How security is a concern when migrating to the cloud

The use of cloud computing is becoming ubiquitous because of its inherent advantages- from flexibility to simple onboarding.

But on the other hand, there are growing security issues such as the ones experienced by banks in Australia. Are there lessons for companies in other geographies?

W.Media’s digital event ‘South Asia Cloud Security Market Insights’discussed ‘Cloud Migration Security Challenges & Mitigation Strategies’. The panel was moderated by Mubin Shaikh, Partner & Leader, Cyber Security, BDO in India. The panellists included Mansi Thapar, Global Head- Information Security, DPO, Jaquar Group. Tirthankar Dutta, VP & CISO- Star & Disney India, The Walt Disney Company. Shaik J Ahmed, GM & Head- Information Security, Renault Nissan, Technology Business Center India and Parag Deodhar, Director- Information Security- APAC, VF Corporation.

 

Regulatory Risks

 

Regulations in different countries are constantly evolving. There is GDRP (Gross Domestic Regional Product), and now CCDA (Cisco Certified Design Associate) which has come in.

Most Asian countries have their own regulations and they talk about data localisation, cross water data transfer, and other requirements. India is also now coming out with its own privacy laws.

“When we are in a business that decides to start using cloud and decides to store information data on cloud, along with the company data depending on the application they use and the customers they serve there could be customer data which could include personal details that could be stored on cloud.

It becomes important for businesses to understand the regulatory requirements for their specific companies or businesses and keep that into account while creating their cloud migration strategy,” said Parag Deodhar, Director- Information Security- APAC, VF Corporation.

He further added that it is important for organisations to understand where their data is going and which cloud service they will opt for whether it is the SaaS or PaaS service.

The organisations often believe that the cloud service provider is GDPR compliant or the cloud service provider has the ISO certification and think that these factors lead to security. But it originally depends on the service that the organisation is opting for and where the data is getting stored. Proper risk assessment from a regulatory and data privacy perspective is extremely important.

Other considerations, GDPR for example provides customer’s right to forget, which means if the customer doesn’t want their data to be shown or wants you to delete it from your systems.

“How will you ensure that when the data is stored on cloud then from an availability perspective it is stored on different cloud databases. There are requirements related to incident management, right to audit and others. Depending upon the kind business and regulations, keeping the requirements in mind one needs to decide the strategy of cloud migration accordingly,” added Deodhar.

 

Migration Challenges with latest technologies

 

“If you look at all the data stored on cloud and all the applications, APIs are becoming popular. The service providers, analytics providers, and others will use these APIs and the data will go out of your databases through these APIs.

It is important to secure these APIs as well. From an analytics perspective, it is not just AI/ML but also from a data perspective which has triggered cybersecurity where data leaks are used for monetisation that becomes a challenge for all companies.

“It is important to keep the basics in mind, it is important to understand the data flow, where the data is going and follow the data. The data protection has to be data-centric, one cannot look at it from an application, system, or infrastructure perspective.

Just follow the data trail and understand what data is getting stored where. Store the data where it is required. If the organisation needs to store confidential data on cloud it is important to make sure that the right technology is in place and encryption is in place,” added Deodhar.

He further pointed that there are various security tools available but it depends on the organisation, based on their requirements. It is also important to look at the basics and follow the data trail and know what data is being used and where it is being stored and secure it accordingly. Doing a risk assessment is important.

Read Part 1 of Cloud Migration Security Challenges & Mitigation Strategies.

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Indian Scientists develop nanochannels that can eliminate unwanted energy waste

Indian scientists have developed electrically configured nanochannels that can eliminate unwanted energy waste and promise wave-based computing.

This can revolutionise on-chip data communication and processing in the future, the Ministry of Science and Technology of India said.

Conventional electronics is composed of logic circuits having a large number of transistors interconnected by metallic wires. The data carried by electric charges suffer undesirable heating limiting its integration density.

Spintronics, also known as spin electronics, or the study of the intrinsic spin of the electron and its associated magnetic moment, in addition to its fundamental electric charge, in solid-state devices offer to harness electron spins.

Their collective precession can carry information encoded in its amplitude, phase, wavelength, and frequency without any physical motion of particles, eliminating unwanted energy waste and promising wave-based computing, the government added.

Professor Anjan Barman and co-workers from the S. N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, an autonomous institute under the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, have developed electrically reconfigured parallel nanochannels that tune the behaviour of spin waves in nano-structure elements.

They have done this by periodically tailoring the property that confers a preferred direction on the spin of a system, also called anisotropy using the electric field technically called the principles of voltage-controlled magnetic anisotropy. This work has been published in the journal ‘Science Advances’.

The government further added that in the recent research, spin-waves were efficiently transferred through these nanochannels, and this could be switched ‘ON’ and ‘OFF’ and its magnitude altered by a meager voltage of few volts.

The team believes that in the future, these nanochannels can be engineered further to transfer specific bands of frequencies through designed parallel channels towards the development of on-chip multiplexing devices.

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Middle East ICT market to reach almost $100 bn by 2025: Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan’s recent analysis report titled ‘Innovative Business Models Spur Growth of Middle East ICT Market, Outlook 2021’, points that the Digital transformation initiatives undertaken by the government and enterprise’s acceptance of disruptive technologies are set to accelerate the Middle East ICT market growth.

As a result, it is expected to reach $95.05 billion by 2025 from $84.23 billion in 2020 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.4 percent.

“Rising demand for technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and internet of things (IoT), will drive market growth. 5G, classrooms of the future, eGovernance, next-generation healthcare, smart cities, smart mobility, and smart tourism are key focus areas for governments and enterprises.”, said Shibapriya Saha, Program Manager at Frost & Sullivan.

She further added that as enterprises in the Middle East move to the cloud-based model, the region will become one of the most profitable markets for global cloud and data center providers.

Industry and technology convergence is redefining organizational boundaries, and the focus is on developing innovative, cross-industry business models, such as FinTech (financial services), EdTech (education), and MarTech (marketing).

Iraq, Oman, and Egypt will drive the next wave of growth in the Middle East.

Qatar, along with Egypt, will witness the fastest growth, while Saudi Arabia will remain the largest market throughout the forecast period. In addition, the improvement of diplomatic ties between UAE and Israel, the revival of the relationship between Qatar and other GCC countries will provide a significant boost to regional economies, the report added.

 

Middle East ICT Market Highlights

 

To monetise 5G investment, operators are gradually shifting focus from the consumer segment to the business segment by developing enterprise-centric service portfolios.

In October 2019, STC became the first operator in the region to launch an exclusive 5G connectivity service for enterprises. Key solutions provided by STC are dedicated access to data and internet, and on-demand services, such as CCTV and cloud PBX.

In the Middle East, 5G services became available from 2019. The first commercial launch of 5G mobile networks happened in Qatar (Ooredoo in May), UAE (Etisalat in May and du in June), and Bahrain (BATELCO in June).

In June, several operators also launched the 5G-based fixed wireless access (FWA) service; for instance, Zain, Ooredoo, and STC in Kuwait; STC in Saudi Arabia; du in UAE; and STC and BATELCO in Bahrain.

As leading global data centre and cloud computing providers look to expand capacity and strengthen their geographic footprint in the Middle East, they are making significant investments in cloud infrastructure.

In June 2019, Microsoft launched its first data centers in the Middle East in Dubai and Abu Dhabi; in July 2019, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) opened three data centers in Bahrain.

Tapping the growing demand for M2M and IoT applications, including fleet management, geo-location, and gas, water, and electricity telemetering, operators in the region have been investing heavily in the expansion of IoT networks.

For example, in October 2019 Vodafone Qatar launched a nationwide narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT) network.

Following the formal recognition of Israel in Q4 of 2020, UAE re-established diplomatic ties with Israel, and Egypt followed the suit.

This was a major milestone and will have a significant impact on the regional economies. Emerging opportunities are expected to be driven by technology exchange, cross-country trade, and co-investment in national projects.

Industries, such as retail, construction, professional services, hospitality, and trade are expected to be the first ones to ride the wave.

 

Growth Prospects

 

5G networks’ ability to provide massive machine-type communication will accelerate its adoption in the GCC IoT/M2M (machine to machine) industry and will support use cases such as connected cars, grid management, fleet management, utility meter reading, and track-and-trace systems for logistics.

The adoption of IoT will primarily be driven by the manufacturing and industrial sectors as they look toward adopting and implementing concepts such as Industry 4.0 and predictive maintenance.

Banking, retail, and healthcare are expected to be the forerunners in the large-scale adoption of AI in the Middle East. These are labor-intensive sectors and will provide immense scope for industrial automation.

Business risks associated with cyber-attacks and the consequent negative impact on enterprises’ brand value and perception will drive future cybersecurity investment in the Middle East.

The growing consumer appetite for on-the-go gaming and the surge in in-app micro-transactions will support the development and the transformation of the eSports and gaming industry in the region.

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Mindspace Business Parks REIT becomes first Indian real estate entity to pledge to RE100

K Raheja Corp and Blackstone-backed Mindspace Business Parks REIT has become the first Indian real estate entity to pledge to RE100 initiative.

RE100 is a global initiative bringing together the world’s most influential businesses committed to 100 per cent renewable electricity.

It has joined the global RE100 initiative led by Climate Group in partnership with CDP. Additionally, Mindspace Business Parks REIT has made a commitment to transform to 100 per cent of renewable electricity across areas serviced and maintained by it by 2050, the company said.

Mindspace REIT will also make renewable energy accessible to tenants who choose to avail of the green power. The announcement strengthens the entity’s commitment towards mitigating environmental impact across project lifecycles, in sync with the mission of RE100, which is to accelerate change towards zero carbon grids at scale, it said.

The first Indian real estate entity to pledge to RE100, Mindspace Business Parks REIT has set phase-wise targets for the transformation. It will source 35 per cent of total energy requirement from renewable sources by 2025, 50 per cent by 2030, and 100 per cent by 2050.

Two of the Business Parks in the REIT are already equipped with solar panels to generate clean energy. The entity currently sources approximately 10 per cent energy through renewable sources like solar energy and renewable energy certificates (RECs).

With this move, it endeavours to fortify its commitment to sustainability, by sourcing power through green energy tariffs and solar energy, the company said.

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Yotta Infrastructure partners with Norway based storage solutions provider Piql

Yotta Infrastructure has partnered with Norway based data storage technology developer Piql to launch Yotta Preserve for the Indian market.

With the help of Piql’s approach of using a photosensitive film to store digital information that can survive for any length of time Yotta Preserve aims to address the issues of governments departments, museums, the movie industry, banking and healthcare institutions and other sectors that practically need to preserve their information forever, the company said.

Data has been growing at an enormous rate and due to an increase in the data storage capacities, the long-term storage capabilities are still not prevalent.

Entities still need to make multiple copies of their data, and the life of data storage devices is limited. Piql’s film-based preservation technology has been tested to last for centuries with guaranteed future accessibility.

This means that no matter what technology is available in the future, all preserved films will be restored in authentic form and quality, the company said.

This collaboration will give organisations in India end-to-end data preservation and archival service from Yotta.

Underlining the benefits of Yotta Preserve the company pointed that in Yotta Preserve the data archived/stored is unalterable, secure and there is no data loss and the longevity of the storage is infinite.

This is the only kind of data storage service that is offline, digital, and migration-free and also uses photosensitive film piqlFilm to store data. Thus, the data is stored in physical mode and additionally is searchable just like a digital storage medium.

“This is another innovative service that we are delighted to introduce in our growing portfolio.  Different Industries require to archive data for future reference,” said Sunil Gupta, Co-founder and CEO, Yotta Infrastructure.

“We are pleased to collaborate with Yotta and have Piql’s technology and services available through such a well-known and trusted brand portfolio.

One of the highlights of this service is that one can also archive valuable information at the Arctic World Archive (AWA) in Svalbard. It is a declared demilitarized zone by 42 nations and one of the safest places on earth.

AWA is home to manuscripts from the Vatican Library, political histories, masterpieces from different eras (including Rembrandt and Munch), scientific breakthroughs and contemporary cultural treasures,” said Rune Bjerkestrand, Managing Director, Piql.

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Princeton Digital Group invest US$1B to built 100MW Data Center Campus in Japan

Singapore-based Princeton Digital Group (PDG) today announced its plan to build one of the largest hyperscale facilities in Tokyo, Japan, with a total investment value of USD 1 Billion. Japan is the fifth market that the company has entered in since its formation 4 years ago. With this investment, PDG marks a major milestone in its plan to build a 600 megawatts (MW) portfolio across the region.

The new campus at Saitama City will have close to 100 MW of critical IT capacity across two phases of 48.5 MW each. Saitama City is one of the major commercial centers of the Greater Tokyo area. Located 30 km north of central Tokyo, the PDG Saitama campus has a total land area of 33,047 m². The facility is designed to serve leading hyperscalers in Japan, one of the most dynamic cloud markets in the world. 

PDG has already secured the land and power with construction to begin later this year. The facility will be built to the latest hyperscale design and standards, with unrivalled scalability, connectivity and reliability.

Also Read: https://w.media/princeton-digital-group-sets-aggressive-data-center-expansion-plans-to-complement-new-infrastructure-strategy-china

“The Asia Pacific region is set to be the largest data center market in the world, and this announcement underscores our vision to be the market leader in this region,” said Rangu Salgame, Chairman and CEO of Princeton Digital Group. “Over the last four years, through our unique three-pronged strategy of acquisitions, carve-outs and greenfield development, we’ve built a strong portfolio of data centers across key Asian markets such as China, Singapore, Indonesia and India. PDG has become a partner of choice for hyperscalers across multiple countries. Our entry into Japan and, in particular, Tokyo demonstrates our continued ability to enter new markets that matter to our customers.”

Tokyo is the largest data center market in Asia outside of China and is still in the early stages of growth, particularly in terms of entry and expansion of global hyperscalers. According to Structure Research, Greater Tokyo’s hyperscale colocation market is expected to reach USD1.6 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 25.1% between 2021 and 2025.

“The Greater Tokyo market is projected to see accelerated demand from hyperscale data center deployments moving forward from what we believe is a convergence of several critical factors that include Japan’s sizeable addressable market as the 3rd largest country in the world by GDP, the absence of a domestic hyperscale cloud platform that presents an ideal competitive landscape between both US and Chinese hyperscale cloud providers, as well as being a key connectivity aggregation and distribution hub for submarine cables landing from the US West Coast to access the rest of the Asia Pacific region”, said Jabez Tan, Head of Research, Structure Research.

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PLDT-backed Voyager Innovations to venture into Digital Banking

Voyager Innovations, a digital and financial services firm, which runs PayMaya, one of the Philippines’ most popular payment and financial services apps plans to venture into digital banking.

In line with this, it has raised US$167 million for its expansion plans. The investments have come from private equity firm KKR & Co and Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings and PLDT.

NYSE-listed PLDT is the Philippines’ largest fully integrated telco company and offers a wide range of telecommunications and digital services across the Philippines’ fiber optic backbone and fixed line and cellular networks.

Currently, Voyager serves 38 million Filipinos through its consumer platforms that include e-wallet and digital payments, also has received investments from World Bank Group’s International Finance Corp (IFC).

The fintech firm said it applied for a digital banking license with the Philippine central bank, which has so far granted three firms approval to operate.

Only a third of Filipinos have a formal bank account, among the lowest in Asia, opening up huge avenues for growth in the fintech sector. The Philippines is a key market for innovation and disruption in the financial sector, as 60 per cent of the population own a smartphone and 67 per cent use the Internet.

The broadband infrastructure in Philippines is also making considerable headway. Mobile and internet speed in the Philippines has improved considerably, according to a latest speed test report by internet metrics site Ookla.

Ookla’s latest Speedtest Global Index Report revealed that mobile speed in the Philippines has moved up seven places to rank 77th globally, whereas fixed broadband speed jumped fifteen places to rank 65th globally.

The Philippine government, with its National Broadband Program initiative is looking to accelerate the deployment of fibre optic optic cables and wireless technology across the country, especially in remote areas considered unprofitable by the private sector.

Earlier this month, Philippine fiber internet provider Converge ICT Solutions (Converge) announced that it will build a new data centre in the country’s Cebu province. Located in the city of Mandaue in Cebu, the data centre is expected to cost $20.8 million (1 billion Philippine Pesos).

The facility forms part of Converge’s expansion in the Visayas and Mindanao Islands. Read: https://w.media/converge-data-centre-cebu-province/

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Why is there a shortage in the semiconductor industry

More bad news is expected in the semiconductor industry. Intel Corp. Chief Executive Officer Pat Gelsinger has predicted that there will be a shortage of semiconductors that’s hurting a whole lot of industries- from automotive to consumer electronics.

“I don’t expect the chip industry is back to a healthy supply-demand situation until 2023,” according to a report in Bloomberg. “For a variety of industries, I think it’s still getting worse before it gets better. I think it will bottom out in the second half of this year before starting to improve,” he said.

This could be a blow for the data centre industry.

 

What’s causing the shortage?

 

One of the main reasons for this shortage is a tsunami of demand for semiconductors in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, as businesses across the world adopt digital.

However, the industry has not been able to keep pace with this demand as chip-making factories were impacted by lockdowns. Lockdowns and changes in the way that large chunks of the world’s population work has speeded up a shift to digital systems that has further stretched the semiconductor industry’s ability to keep up with the flood of orders, according to Gelsinger.

Gelsinger said Intel’s ownership of its factories has left it better placed to keep up with demand than other companies that out-source production, but supply of the other components of computers has fallen short.

Longer term, the chip industry is positioned for a period of growth, Gelsinger predicted. Over the next decade, the increasing uses for chips – including 5G phone systems, electric vehicles and expanded artificial intelligence – will drive strong demand, he said.

 

Measures taken

 

On their part, countries have been taking measures to counter this shortage. With the global semiconductor industry facing a shortage, South Korea has announced a plan to invest $450 billion (510 trillion Korean won) to supercharge the country’s chipmaking industry.

Read: https://w.media/south-korea-to-pour-in-450-billion-to-become-global-chipmaking-leader/

South Korea is a powerhouse of memory chips, led by Samsung Electronics Co., the world’s largest memory chip maker, and houses other chipmakers such as SK Hynix Inc., which account for 20 per cent of the country’s exports.

Further, South Korean Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki said the government is studying ways to increase tax benefits and policy support for the semiconductor industry to help local chipmakers sharpen their competitive edges.

Read: https://w.media/south-korea-may-consider-expanding-of-tax-credit-for-chipmaking-industry/

Natural diasasters have also played a role in recent semiconductor shortages. In March, Japan sought help from some Taiwanese semiconductor manufacturers, after a Renesas Electonic Corp-owned Naka chip plant in northeast Japan was hit by fire, due to a power surge in one of the machines.

Read: https://w.media/japan-seeks-help-from-taiwanese-semicon-companies-after-recent-fire/

Some, in the industry believe that these shortages are a result of the economic forces at play- a more mature industry eventually does not produce high growth rates and tends to be cyclical.

Broadcom Inc. CEO Hock Tan earlier this month stuck to his position that the current supply crunch hasn’t changed the industry into the high-flier one. Tan said that fundamentally chip production is a mature industry that will return to lower growth.

Then there is the trade war issue between China and the US. “Chinese companies learned a lesson after Chinese telecom firms ZTE and Huawei were sanctioned by the US – that is they need to resolve the foreign stranglehold on chip-making technology. As they are rushing into this sector, China’s semiconductors industry is likely to see a strong boost in three years,” Xiang Ligang, director-general of the Beijing-based Information Consumption Alliance, told the Global Times.

According to Chinese local media reports, 7-nanometer chips developed by tech giant Baidu-backed automotive intelligence technology company ECARX will soon enter mass production. Further, TCL, a top Chinese television maker, has registered a new subsidiary that will focus on businesses including chip design and new material development, all of which signal entry of Chinese companies in the sector.

Read: https://w.media/more-chinese-planning-forays-into-semiconductor-manufacturing/

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User’s data wiped out after Malware hits Western Digital’s devices

A malware wiped out data of users using storage solutions major Western Digital’s devices.

The company is advising its customers who use its My Book Live and My Book Live Duo products to disconnect them from the internet.

In a statement, the company said “Western Digital has determined that some My Book Live and My Book Live Duo devices are being compromised through the exploitation of a remote command execution vulnerability. In some cases, the attackers have triggered a factory reset that appears to erase all data on the device.”

They further added that they are reviewing log files that they have received from affected customers to further characterise the attack and the mechanism of access.

The log files that they have reviewed show that the attackers directly connected to the affected My Book Live devices from a variety of IP addresses in different countries. This indicates that the affected devices were directly accessible from the Internet, either through direct connection or through port forwarding that was enabled either manually or automatically via UPnP.

“Our investigation of this incident has not uncovered any evidence that Western Digital cloud services, firmware update servers, or customer credentials were compromised. As the My Book Live devices can be directly exposed to the internet through port forwarding, the attackers may be able to discover vulnerable devices through port scanning,” the company added.

The attacker triggered the factory reset, however, the company has obtained a sample of an affected device and is investigating further.

Some customers had reported that data recovery tools may be able to recover data from affected devices, and the company is also investigating the effectiveness of these tools.

The My Book Live series was introduced to the market in 2010 and these devices received their final firmware update in 2015.

The company has recommended its users to disconnect the My Book Live and My Book Live Duo from the Internet to protect the data on their devices.

The company also added that the My Cloud OS 5 and My Cloud Home series are not affected by this breach as they use newer security architecture and have recommended that the My Cloud OS 3 customers should upgrade to OS 5 in order to continue receiving the latest security updates.

On Thursday, a number of users started threads on the WD community forum stating they were unable to access their data. One such thread received over 150 replies within a day after it was posted, including from users who said they had lost years’ worth of photos, documents, and data, a media report added.

The report further added that some posted user logs showing that their devices had been restored to factory settings, while others said the passwords they used to access the drive were no longer working.

My Book Live, which was launched in 2010, is a personal network-attached storage device that allows users to access their files from different devices connected to the same network, or remotely over the Internet.

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Reliance collaborates with Google, Microsoft for 5G and Cloud

In the 44th AGM of Reliance Industries, Mukesh Ambani, MD & Chairman of Reliance Industries announced the collaboration that the company is entering in with Google to bring in 5G solutions.

Ambani said that the company is testing a full new commerce solution in partnership with Facebook, it has also operationalised the Jio-Azure Cloud Centres of 10-Mw capacity in partnership with Microsoft.

“Jio became the first operator out of China to cross 400 million subscribers in a single country. Jio is world’s 2nd largest data carrier handling monthly traffic of over 600 crore gigabytes a month. This is nearly a 45 percent growth in data consumption in the last year,” said Mukesh Ambani.

“India has about 300 million mobile users who are still unable to escape from the inefficient 2G services. Even a basic 4G smartphone remains unaffordable for these users. Therefore, an affordable 4G smartphone is essential”, he added.

 

Partnerships with Google & Microsoft

 

He further underlined the partnership between Reliance and Google for co-developing a feature-rich affordable smartphone that aimed at providing internet access to people.

“Google and the Jio teams have jointly developed a breakthrough smartphone that we are calling the ‘Jio Phone Next’.

Jio Phone Next is a fully-featured smartphone, supporting applications from Google and Jio along with the Android play store, which will allow users to have access to android apps.

The Jio Next phone is powered by the optimised version of the android optimising system, developed by Jio and Goggle especially for the Indian market,” added Ambani.

Ambani further added that Jio now has a 100 percent home-grown comprehensive 5G solution for standalone 5G network rollout in the country. Jio has successfully demonstrated speeds of over 1GB per second in trials using Jio 5G solutions.

He also added that Jio has received regulatory approval and trial spectrum for 5G field trials, and the company is testing 5G standalone network at its data centres across India and at trial sites in Mumbai, added a media report.

“We are confident of being the first to launch full-fledged 5G services. And because of our converged, future-proof architecture, Jio’s network is uniquely positioned to quickly and seamlessly upgrade from 4G to 5G.

To develop the end-to-end 5G ecosystem we are now working with leading global partners to develop a full range of 5G-capable devices.

The Jio 5G technology is well-positioned to create compelling applications for consumers and enterprises spanning Healthcare, Education, Entertainment, Retail and other key verticals of the economy,” Ambani said.

The  Jio Next Phone will consist of the latest features like the Google Assistant, automatic read-aloud of screen text, language translation, smart camera with augmented reality filters, and more. It will be available in the market from September 10, 2021.

“We are taking our collaboration further with a new 5G partnership between Google cloud and Jio. It will help more than a billion Indians to connect to faster and better internet, support businesses in their digital transformation and help Jio build new services in sectors like health, education and others, laying out a foundation for the next phase of India’s digitisation,” said Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google.

He further added that as a part of this partnership Reliance will shift its co-retail businesses to Google’s cloud infrastructure. They will be able to take advantage of Google’s AI and Machine learning, e-commerce and demand forecasting offerings. The offerings of Google cloud will help businesses to scale up and respond to customer demands.

“Jio will use Google cloud’s cutting edge solutions to power Jio’s 5G technology.” Added Ambani.

He further pointed out that with Microsoft the company has operationalised 10 MW capacity of Jio-Azure cloud data centres in two cities Jamnagar and Nagpur.

Jio is now onboarding the initial group of pilot customers and plans to expand the data centre capacity and service offerings to a growing number of SMEs and start-ups over the coming quarter.

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ALTBalaji posts 42 percent subscription growth in FY21

India-based Media company Balaji Telefilms OTT platform ALTBalaji recorded a 42 percent subscriptions growth in FY21.

A total of 4.7 million subscriptions were sold for the year as compared to Rs 3.4 million in FY20, the company said in its quarterly results.

The overall financial performance of ALTBalaji was impacted because of the restrictions imposed due to the ongoing pandemic on the TV and movie business.

Balaji Telefilms consolidated revenue stood at Rs 293.7 crore for FY21 as compared to Rs 573.6 crore. The TV business returned to more normal production in Q4 with 223 hours of content produced in the quarter.

“ALTBalaji continues to drive subscription growth and we added 4.7m subscriptions during the year, the highest since our launch four years ago.

We have also done strategic content-sharing deals with two large OTT players to drive creative synergies. We will continue to see strong subscriber additions with over 40 shows greenlit”, said Shobha Kapoor, MD, Balaji Telefilms.

She further added that after the initial setback in the first half of FY21 their TV business has shown good recovery in terms of production hours and they hope to maintain the same.

In the movie business, production for some projects are at various stages of completion. The company is closely monitoring the availability for theatrical releases as well and direct to digital launches.

“Overall the business has performed well in very challenging conditions and I am confident we will build from the base created,” added Kapoor.

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Etisalat and Ericsson to deploy high-band 5G in the UAE

Etisalat has partnered with Ericsson to deploy 5G millimeter wave (mmWave) across its commercial network.

The 5G high-band commercial deployment will help in achieving high performance 5G downlink data speeds of 4.2Gbps and latency of 8 milliseconds (ms).

Etisalat has built a 5G network infrastructure that can be enabled with superior performance, including ultra-high speeds and ultra-low latency to enable the digital transformation in the country and the wide implementation of use cases related to industry 4.0, automation and Internet of Things (IoT).

The UAE leadership is a driving force in accelerating the digital vision along with the telecom regulatory authority TDRA (Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority) becoming one of the first to allocate mmWave spectrum to be used for 5G technology deployment across the country, the company said.

5G mmWave delivers a high spectrum and capacity, making it ideal for Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) to deliver fast, fiber-like Internet speeds wirelessly over the last mile, and for crowded hotspots such as stadiums, malls, and large indoor events that require high peak rates. It also includes wide spectrum segments available for 5G along with lower latencies.

“Etisalat has always been at the forefront of the telecom industry, and we continuously work to provide our customers with the best possible digital experience.

This deployment is in line with our overall vision to Drive the digital future to empower societies’ empowering our customers with the experience of ultrahigh quality 5G connectivity. Moving ahead we look forward to expanding this technology further on demand for all customer segments,” said Haitham AbdulRazzak, Chief Technology Officer, Etisalat.

“We are proud to have introduced 5G mmWave as part of the UAE’s digital infrastructure. Etisalat is always working towards providing the best and ensuring the latest technology is available to all our customers.

The partnership with Ericsson is a key milestone in our 5G journey that will support the automation and massive bandwidth demands of futuristic technologies and advanced use cases,” said Saeed Alzarouni, Senior Vice President Mobile Network, Etisalat.

“We look forward to supporting Etisalat in harnessing the opportunities that new technologies like 5G can present for the people of the UAE. In combination with established solutions, such as Fixed Wireless Access, largely untapped mmWave frequencies can help meet the increased demands for high-quality connectivity while facilitating exciting use cases from advanced video streaming and online gaming with augmented and virtual reality experiences to industrial IoT and smart factories,” said Ekow Nelson, Vice President and Head of Global Customer Unit Etisalat at Ericsson Middle East and Africa.

The 5G standardisation focuses on certain requirements to provide connectivity for superior services, such as enhanced mobile broadband to smartphones and other mobile devices for video streaming and real-time online gaming, as these have extreme requirements on availability, latency, and reliability.

The company further added that in response, 5G radio frequency ranges were widened to meet the need for enhanced mobile broadband and performance.

The 5G radio frequencies now include all those previously held by 4G, as well as more frequencies up to 6GHz (Sub-6) and the high-band (mmWave) spectrum beyond 24GHz.

The next wave of 5G expansion will allow businesses of all types to reap the benefits of enhanced mobility, flexibility, reliability and security, making emerging technologies outlined for the future development of the UAE such as autonomous driving, automated factories, robotic process automation, virtual and augmented reality possible.

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What attracted Reliance, Amazon to move to Telangana

During the COVID-19 pandemic, various organisations including the government departments have been migrating to cloud. However, while doing so, several questions come up security tops the list.

In a keynote address on Cloud adoption by Gov- Challenges and Opportunities at W.Media’s South Asia Cloud Security Market Insights event, Rama Devi Lanka, Director- Emerging Technologies & OSD, ITE & C Department, Government of Telangana said,

“During the pandemic, we have seen that digitalisation is taking place at a very fast pace. With the acceleration in the process of digital transformation, organisations and governments are finding it unviable to maintain their own IT infrastructure.

Most organisations including the government departments are moving to cloud, either fully or hybrid and this growth is taking place at a large scale. Therefore, cloud security is highly imperative in the current scenario.”

According to industry body NASSCOM, the cloud market is expected to be around USD $ 7. 1 billion in 2020. The government is realising the potential of this industry.

“We launched a dedicated data centre policy which is first of its kind in India for facilitating data centre investments in the state and we are offering broad incentives as a part of this data centre policy which includes dedicated land for data centre campuses, access to the dual power grid which will ensure uninterrupted power supply and the necessary options for backup power supply is also available. Access to high-speed fiber networks and availability of water for cooling purposes is also available,” she said.

In certain countries including India, the availability of water is a challenge.

“We have tailor-made incentive packages for major projects. These are some of the broad incentives that we offer and because of these incentives various companies have come to Telangana or Hyderabad which is the capital of Telangana and have set up their data centres. The major investments are by AWS, Reliance and others,” added Rama Devi Lanka.

She further pointed out that most of these companies offer cloud services and as a progressive state, using the emerging technologies for citizen service delivery, the technologies include AI, blockchain, IoT, drones and others. They wanted to leverage cloud because of its inherent benefits and invective friendly state along with offering certain businesses with CSPs.

“The government of India has an empanel of 17 cloud providers that various government organisations can procure services from. A certain amount of due diligence has been done on the technical capability, compliance and other areas.

Leveraging the Meghraj policy of the Government of India, our Government went a step ahead and brought out a policy mandating all the departments to move to cloud. The Meghraj policy does not mandate but is a strategic direction given to various government organisations,” added Rama Devi Lanka.

Cloud offers various opportunities including increased speed of agility, pay for what you consume, access to various other services and other benefits. It becomes important for the government to develop applications on the run and deploy them.

 

Doubts about Cloud

 

“The first doubt that comes to any government official is regarding the security of cloud. They believe that the public cloud is not as secure as an on-premise cloud or infrastructure.

Officials sometimes fail to understand that security is a shared responsibility between the department and a cloud service provider, unlike the traditional infrastructure where everything is left on the system integrator,” said Rama Devi Lanka.

The cloud model redefines and simplifies the roles that the organisations, departments and vendors need to carry out.

The cloud service providers take responsibility of the infrastructure that is under their control up to the operating level system, they are responsible for managing, operating and controlling the components from the host operating system and the virtualisation layer down to the physical security.

There is a framework for the government officials to understand the process of migrating, adopting and procuring cloud.

There are various security frameworks that the government has worked upon to make it easier for officials to migrate to cloud.

“Customers can implement native services with CSP or can choose third party security solutions based on the security profile. There are various cloud security solutions available, we are undertaking various workshops for government officials to make them understand that cloud offers continuous compliance.

They are monitoring the tools to understand the health of the system, having visibility into who made the changes and from which location in near real-time and allows the government and organisation to detect any misconfiguration or non-compliances and rapidly respond to risks. We have also established a centre of cybersecurity,” she said.

“Telangana is the first state to come out with a policy on cybersecurity and this centre of excellence is incubating startups in cloud security and product solutions. We are working with cloud service providers to procure the required security solutions,” added Rama Devi Lanka.

There are various security solutions but the threat landscape of cloud is always evolving. During the pandemic, there were various instances of data breaches that happened. The cloud security market has a huge potential and is likely to see exponential growth, concluded Rama Devi Lanka.

Nomination Window: 1st June – 31st July

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Reliance to invest $10 billion in new energy

Reliance Industries aims to achieve net-zero carbon emission by 2035 and has lined up to invest $10 billion (Rs 75,000 crore) in new energy.

At Reliance Industries 44th AGM, Chairman and MD, Mukesh Ambani said that moving toward renewable energy, Reliance industries plans to invest a total of this Rs 75,000 crore outlay in its new green and clean energy business in the next three years.

“As one of the biggest energy markets in the world, India will play an important role in transforming the global energy landscape,” said Mukesh Ambani, Chairman & MD, Reliance Industires.

He further added that the new energy business will bridge the green energy divide.

Reliance will also be launching a Green Energy council, with experts who will help in achieving the goals along with the help of partnerships with global universities, startups from the USA, Australia, and Asia, and technology companies.

“We have started work on developing the Dhirubhai Ambani Green Energy Giga Complex on 5,000 acres in Jamnagar. It will be amongst the largest such integrated renewable energy manufacturing facilities in the world, said Ambani.

He further added that Reliance plans to build four Giga Factories to manufacture and integrate all critical components of the New Energy ecosystem, solar photovoltaic module factory for the production of solar energy, advanced energy storage battery factory for the storage of intermittent energy, electrolyser factory for the production of green hydrogen, fuel cell factory for converting hydrogen into mobile and stationary power.

Over 60,000 crores will be invested in the new energy and materials business. Reliance is also planning to create an end-to-end renewable energy ecosystem.

The company also plans to establish and enable at least 100 gigawatts (GW) of solar energy by 2030, a significant part of this will come from the rooftop and de-centralised solar installations in rural areas.

According to reports, India’s current installed renewable energy capacity is 92.54 GW, excluding large hydro projects, according to reports.

Addressing the shareholders, Ambani said that the commencement of work on developing the Dhirubhai Ambani Green Energy Giga Complex on 5,000 acres in Jamnagar, Gujarat.

Along with this, Ambani also said that RIL will invest an additional 15,000 crore in the value chain, partnerships, and future technologies, including upstream and downstream industries. Thus, our overall investment in the New Energy business will be 75,000 crores in 3 years.

Reliance will build two additional divisions to further strengthen this ecosystem. First, a dedicated Renewable Energy Project Management and Construction Division. Second, a dedicated Renewable Energy Project Finance Division.

The first one will provide end-to-end solutions for large renewable plants across the world. It will enable and partner with thousands of green MSME entrepreneurs who can deploy kilowatt to megawatt-scale solutions in the agriculture industry, residences, and transportation.

The second will provide financial solutions for stakeholders in the ecosystem. The goal will be achieved by enabling a platform for long-term global capital at the most attractive terms.

“With these new initiatives, Reliance will put Gujarat and India on the world solar and hydrogen map. All our products will proudly proclaim ‘Made in India, by India, for India, and for the world,” he concluded.

Nomination Window: 1st June – 31st July

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Electricity demand to increase by 50%: Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric released a research report focusing on an understanding of how digitised and smart applications will be powered in the future.

The report titled Digital Economy and Climate Impact predicts IT-sector-related electricity demand is expected to increase by nearly 50 percent by 2030. Yet, as the electricity system decarboniser, emissions would not increase by more than 26 percent by that time.

To help mitigate this rise in emissions, the Schneider Electric Sustainability Research Institute recommends continued efforts in achieving efficiencies on the IT and energy sides at both the component and system levels.

The report was released virtually from Schneider Electric’s Boston Hub, and highlights how the rise of edge computing requires a specific focus as these systems are expected to be less efficient than hyperscale data centres from a PUE standpoint, the company said.

“When the world locked down it also logged on and internet traffic soared. It’s misleading to assume that digital activity will inevitably result in a deeply problematic increase in CO2 emissions.

The analysis from the Schneider Electric Sustainability Institute puts to rest many of the worst-case scenario claims predicting IT-related electricity use will double every five years.

That said, as an industry, we must remain vigilant in finding new sources of sustainability gains while ensuring resiliency as digital keeps life moving forward,” said Pankaj Sharma, EVP, Secure Power, Schneider Electric.

 

Updates to its UPS

 

Schneider Electric also announced the updates regarding its EcoStruxure IT data centre infrastructure management software and Galaxy VL 3-phase uninterruptible power supply (UPS).

The introductions are designed to advance the industry in meeting sustainability goals while increasing resiliency of IT and data centre infrastructure.

Increasing demands on digital consumption, which are explored in the new research report, create a more complex hybrid environment inclusive of enterprise, cloud and edge data centres.

To address the management challenges of a hybrid IT environment, Schneider Electric has announced updates to its EcoStruxure IT software to increase efficiency and resiliency, the company added.

New granular remote device configuration features enable users to change configurations on one or more devices – including the new Galaxy VL UPS unit – from one centralised platform with EcoStruxure IT Expert.

This update, combined with previously released software insights on device security health, enables the user to identify faulty devices or configurations and address them in a matter of clicks, keeping their hybrid IT environment secure.

Environmental monitoring systems ensure users have attention on data centre and IT deployments from anywhere, anytime.

With this update, users can push mass configurations remotely for NetBotz cameras 750 and 755 efficiently increasing security across the critical infrastructure.

Redesigned Galaxy Lithium-ion battery solution enables greater space savings, faster recharge and installation and enhanced safety, the company said.

Lithium-ion batteries reduce the total cost of ownership by doubling battery life, lowering installation and maintenance costs, plus reducing cooling needs, as they operate at higher temperatures than VRLA.

The included real-time battery management system improves battery system visibility, predictability, and manageability. The modular, touch-safe design simplifies maintenance and increases operator safety.

“Schneider Electric has been focused on sustainability for the past 15 years and was recently named the most sustainable corporation in the world. We have embraced the mindset that future innovation will deliver better efficiency across the broader connectivity landscape.

By making smart intentional choices, our industry can help mitigate how much electricity and emissions result from the rising appetite for digital technologies,” added Sharma.

Nomination Window: 1st June – 31st July

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Singapore govt to increase tech infra push; spend S$3.8 billion

The Singapore Government has lined up some game-changing measures, which include higher spending in tech, a higher involvement of SMEs in government projects, adoption of cloud and artificial intelligence (AI).

As a part of this, the government has decided to spend up to an estimated S$3.8 billion on info-communications technology (ICT) procurement this year, an almost 10 per cent increase from FY20’s procurement value of S$3.5 billion.

This spending will go towards transforming government digital services used by both citizens and businesses, and re-engineering government digital infrastructure to support modern application development.

In a related development, South Korea’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Chung Eui-yong and UK’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab were in Singapore on Thursday (June 24) for separate working visits, said Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).

They met Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan separately and discussed usage of tech in combating COVID-19.

This is Mr Chung’s first visit to Singapore in his capacity as South Korea’s foreign minister, said MFA. Mr Chung and Dr Balakrishnan discussed ways of expanding and deepening cooperation between Singapore and South Korea, including in new emerging areas such as fintech and the digital economy, as both countries work towards COVID-19 recovery.

 

High SMEs involvement in Gov projects

 

Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) will be able to participate in close to 83 per cent of the total potential procurement opportunities, government officials said.

Also, the increase in ICT procurement spending will create more opportunities for SMEs, with more than 80 per cent of ICT contracts to be made available through streamlined procurement methods. These procurement methods will improve SMEs’ access to Government ICT procurement opportunities.

For instance, the government has incorporated dynamic contracting in bulk tenders to allow new suppliers and requirements to be introduced throughout a contract period. Barriers of entry for SMEs are also lowered as government agencies put out more cloud-based services and smaller system projects that allow suppliers with a lower financial grading to bid.

One of the SMEs to benefit is Simple Solution Systems, an IT solutions provider which won the agile application development and user experience design bulk tender for the whole of government.

Anurax Lian, Managing Director, Simple Solution Systems, said: “Being an SME, we face very stiff competition in attracting top tech talent. The bulk tender has levelled the playing field for SMEs, helping us to attract, nurture and retain local IT talent, and provide them with a platform for career growth and exposure in the public sector.”

 

Transforming Gov Digital Services

 

An estimated S$2.7 billion (70 per cent out of S$3.8 billion) will be spent on 250 projects to transform, integrate and streamline digital services across different sectors to create a more digitally empowered nation. Some of the projects include:

The Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority’s new national business registry and regulatory system that will leverage data and digital technology to deliver seamless and anticipatory service to businesses and improve regulatory compliance;

GovTech’s LifeSG app that will provide users with a personalised dashboard comprising key information, upcoming appointments with government agencies, and consolidated information on benefits and support.

The LifeSG Eligibility Checker, which helps users find eligible Government assistance or schemes without having to navigate through multiple government websites and information, will continue to be updated. More improvements will also be made to the app personalisation engine to better recommend relevant services and content to users;

The GoBusiness platform, which has helped an average of more than 150 Food and Beverage establishments each month to register for their business licences, with time savings of between 10 and 14 days in turn-around time.

Developed by the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Smart Nation and Digital Government Group, the platform will be expanded to be a go-to place for business-to-government interactions in Singapore and provide personalised assistance and recommendations for new and existing business.

 

Digital Gov & Cloud Infrastructure

 

Of the S$2.7 billion expected to be spent on digital application services, 44 per cent will be developed on the cloud in FY21. Some of the projects include:

The State Courts’ Community Justice and Tribunals System (CJTS) – an electronic online case filing and management system which enables court users to submit their claims and documents, make payments, select their court date, view documents submitted by the other party, and monitor their case developments entirely online.

SmartGym – a collaboration between Sport Singapore and GovTech to capture workout data on the ActiveSG app and website for citizens.

The SG Cares Digital Kampong, which aims to connect donors, volunteers and non-profit organisations by providing a more convenient giving experience.

Led by the Ministry of Culture, Community & Youth and the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre, the SG Cares Digital Kampong project will have three key developments – the development of the SG Cares Digital Kampong Platform (centralised repository and API capabilities); the enhancement of the SG Cares app (“go-to” mobile app for giving); and the enhancements of Giving.sg (to provide comprehensive features connecting givers and receivers in the giving eco-system).

To date, the government has close to 600 systems on cloud and is on track to have 70 per cent of eligible systems on the cloud by FY2023.

To further support modern application development, over S$100 million will be invested into the Singapore Government Technology Stack (SG Tech Stack) in the next two years. SG Tech Stack will streamline and simplify the software development process, helping government agencies to accelerate their modernisation and digitalisation plans.

A key product of SG Tech Stack is SHIP-HATS, the government’s continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD) platform to deliver secure, high quality, cost-efficient digital services to citizens and businesses. To date, 120 systems across 30 agencies are using SHIP-HATS.

 

Increase in AI projects

 

Over S$500 million (13 per cent out of S$3.8 billion) will be spent to accelerate the adoption and deployment of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for the public sector.

To support government agencies in deploying AI, GovTech has built various central platforms to support common use cases in the area of video analytics, natural language processing, fraud analytics and personalisation to help agencies reduce the cost of onboarding AI solutions.

One such high-impact AI project is the Ministry of Education’s (MOE) development of a customised AI-Automated Marking System (AI-AMS) as a longer-term solution to provide all upper primary and secondary students with quick, personalised and actionable feedback for their English Language writing.

The AI-AMS will be delivered through the Singapore Student Learning Space (SLS) platform. Analytics from the system will help students monitor their own learning and enable teachers to track and diagnose students’ learning progress, and design timely and targeted interventions.

Nomination Window: 1st June – 31st July

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Surbana Jurong to deploy one of the largest Integrated Facilities Management platforms at Temasek Polytechnic campus to reduce carbon emissions

Surbana Jurong has been appointed to deploy one of Singapore’s largest Digital Integrated Facilities Management (IFM) Services platforms on Temasek Polytechnic’s 30-hectare campus.

With the help of its appointed Internet-of-Things (IoT) service provider UnaBiz, Surbana Jurong will deploy more than 3,000 sensors across the campus.

This will help in providing real-time accurate data to a digital twin that can identify faults, anticipate risks and predict changing facility conditions with unprecedented accuracy, the company said. Further, the Digital IFM platform will collect and monitor data from the air conditioning and mechanical ventilation system to ensure that temperature and humidity levels remain healthy for students and campus staff.

 

Cost-effective operations

 

Sensors installed at various locations around the campus will also be able to keep tabs on the number of persons in specific facilities to ensure that capacity limits are not breached. Data collected from these occupancy sensors will also help the campus manager identify usage patterns and potentially re-configure the campus to be more cost-effective to operate.

Temasek Polytechnic had called for a tender to develop a digital integrated facilities management services platform as part of the polytechnic’s digitalisation plans to improve work processes and operational efficiencies for the entire campus including landscape, linkways and 49 buildings on site.

By aggregating the data collected from the various mechanical & electrical systems on the facilities management platform, Temasek Polytechnic will be able to monitor energy usage and identify opportunities to reduce costs and lower carbon footprint.

Gary Png, Director, Estates & Facilities Management in Temasek Polytechnic said, “We are pleased to be able to work with Surbana Jurong and its technology partner UnaBiz to realise a substantial part of our FM Digitalisation Plan, which will allow for more efficient building operations, while lowering our carbon footprint.

We have 49 buildings spread across a 30-hectare campus, so it makes practical sense to pursue and implement smart FM solutions across campus. This will not only be sustainable and save on resources, but will also benefit our students from the Diploma in Integrated Facility Management, who will be getting hands-on learning and working experience. By using such real data in decision-making, they will be exposed to the future of facility management, moving forward”.

Setting up the digital facilities platform is in line with the Building and Construction Authority’s Integrated Digital Delivery (IDD) vision to integrate building operations and maintenance work processes digitally. The IDD is a key thrust in the Construction Industry Transformation Map and is aligned to Singapore’s efforts to train a highly-skilled workforce to use technology throughout the entire life cycle of a project from planning to design, construction and operations.

James Chan, Managing Director of SMM Pte Ltd, Surbana Jurong’s Facilities Management arm, said, “Building on our experience as Temasek Polytechnic’s facilities management service provider for the last six years, we are stepping up our service delivery with an innovative digital solution which includes Surbana Jurong’s proprietary 24K platform.

One distinct benefit of our solution will be enabling Temasek Polytechnic to receive real-time information of the environment as well as the health condition of the various mechanical and electrical systems, and to rectify them before they become faulty or waste unnecessary energy and cost as a result.”

Jonathan Tan, Managing Director of UnaBiz Singapore, said, “The convergence of Digital Twin, IoT, and Machine Learning allow facility managers to transform data into actions. Real-time access to accurate data combined with Building Information FM Model, empower facility managers to respond to issues immediately, or even better, provide a high degree of prediction accuracy to prevent breakdowns, optimise building performance and increase energy efficiency, the key drivers of sustainability at large.”

Last month Surbana Jurong and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to advance the national effort to transition the labour-intensive Facilities Management industry to a higher-value, productive one powered by data analytics, predictive maintenance and smart solutions.

Read: https://w.media/surbana-jurong-and-institute-of-technical-education-to-partner-for-new-age-talent-in-built-environment-sector/

Nomination Window: 1st June – 31st July

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Malaysia’s Axiata and Norway’s Telenor to form $15 billion telco merge

Malaysia’s Axiata Group and Norway’s Telenor ASA have announced that both parties, after a successful conclusion of a due diligence exercise, sealed an agreement that would see a telco merger of $15 billion (RM20 billion).

The new merger company, Celcom Digi Berhad, will see both Axiata and Telenor holding an equal 33.1 percent stake. Celcom Digi Berhad will also continue to be listed on Malaysia’s stock exchange, Bursa Malaysia.

This merger represents both parties’ larger ambition to capture the fast growing mobile network market in Southeast Asia. Prior to the merger, Axiata Group, which operates Celcom, and Telenor, which operates Digi, were the second and third largest telco players in Malaysia. Both companies came together for advanced talks of a merger in April.

Axiata and Telenor said that the merged entity “will be commercially stronger and more resilient, with greater scale to invest in improved network coverage and quality.”

Both companies will also aim to invest $60 million (RM250 million) over five years to build an Innovation Centre in Malaysia’s capital city of Kuala Lumpur, as well as drive digital transformation in the country with accelerated adoption of 5G, AI, and IoT technologies.

Celcom Digi Berhad’s biggest competitor will now be Maxis, the largest telecommunications company in Malaysia.

The transaction is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2022.

When companies move to cloud, Security responsibility cannot be outsourced

The increased adoption of cloud computing comes with security issues, which organisations need to address.

In a panel discussion titled ‘Cloud Migration Security Challenges & Mitigation Strategies’, which was a part of W.Media’s ‘South Asia Cloud Security Market Insights’, the panel was moderated by Mubin Shaikh, Partner & Leader, Cyber Security, BDO in India touched upon many such issues.

The panellists included Mansi Thapar, Global Head- Information Security, DPO, Jaquar Group. Tirthankar Dutta, VP & CISO- Star & Disney India, The Walt Disney Company. Shaik J Ahmed, GM & Head- Information Security, Renault Nissan, Technology Business Center India and Parag Deodhar, Director- Information Security- APAC, VF Corporation.

“In the last 12 to 14 months, the COVID19 pandemic has accelerated the process of digital transformation by 2 to 3 years and cloud computing is an important aspect of this journey,” said Mubin Shaikh, Partner & Leader, Cyber Security, BDO in India.

Cloud is going to expand and get better with each passing day. But it is important to focus upon the building aspects of it. For instance, dealing with challenges and working on security-related issues.

He further added that the balance sheet of major companies like AWS, IBM, Microsoft, and others in the cloud business is growing 30 to 40 percent from year to year, which means that there is an increase in the number of organisations migrating to cloud.

 

Key Challenges of migrating to cloud

 

It is important to develop an awareness first, panellists felt. There are different types of cloud models, it could be public, private or hybrid. It is important to have an understanding of all three. There are different kinds of services that a cloud provider offers IaaS, PaaS and SaaS and all of them have a different responsibility matrix.

“People have a perception that if their organisation is moving to cloud, the responsibility of security is gone and the cloud provider will handle everything which is not the case,” said Mansi Thapar, Global Head, Information Security, DPO, Jaquar Group.

She further added that it is important to first decide the kind of cloud service that the organisation needs. In the case of IaaS it is important to know what the organisation will manage as there is a misconception that everything will be done by the cloud provider which is not true.

The organisation has to look into it, it is like a colocation. Only in SaaS, the responsibility of the organisation is data and the rest of everything is taken care of by the cloud provider.

It is also important to analyse the kind of compliance that the organisation falls into and if the cloud provider is able to fulfill that.

The next important step to keep in mind is what kind of data will be migrated. It is important that an organisation starts the process of migration with the least critical data. The API systems in cloud are totally different and while migrating to cloud it is important to make sure that the data is encrypted.

 

Automobile sectors & Cloud

 

Connected tech gives the users mobility, navigations and other features. For new-age features of the vehicle, it is important to adopt cloud computing. It is a mandatory requirement that every automotive company has come across.

“Organisations have moved to streamline these operations of migrating to cloud and making use of the process of digitisation and taking a step ahead of reaching out to the customers,” said Shaik J Ahmed, GM & Head- Information Security, Renault Nissan Technology Business Center India.

He further added that there are a few challenges that one could face while adopting cloud in the automotive area, especially in the mobility tech area.

The first one is having access reviewed on a streamlined basis, the second one is securing the digital identity which moves from on-premise to cloud. This is like having the proactive monitoring of each and every area hosted in the public or private cloud.

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Australia’s NSW Government to invest over $1.5 billion on state digital transformation

Australia’s state government of New South Wales has unveiled a $1.5 billion digital transformation budget that will accelerate the state’s digital infrastructure upgrade.

As part of the 2021-2022 State Budget, the Digital Restart Fund will allocate $1.56 billion (AUD$2.1 billion) to the rollout of new digital products and services over the next 12 months, with the state’s Data Analytics Centre receiving $29 million (AUD$38.3 million) over the next four years.

Victor Dominello, the New South Wales state Minister for Digital and Customer Service, said that the funding will allow governments to build on popular digital products, such as NSW’s Digital Driver Licence, FuelCheck, and Park’n’Pay, ad well as uplifting the state’s cyber and information security systems.

“We want to save customers time and money when interacting with the Government, and technology is a critical part of the solution as we’ve seen with the Service NSW App, the NSW QR Code system and Dine & Discover vouchers,” he continued.

Other state departments that will receive funding for infrastructure upgrade include the Department of Education, the Department of Planning Industry and Environment, the Office of Premier and Cabinet, and the Ministry of Health.

Strong revenue growth from NVIDIA’s Data Centre biz makes analysts bullish

Improved sales of data centre processors as demand increases from cloud computing services and enterprises has given NVIDIA a significant boost.

In the first quarter of 2022, the semiconductor giant reported a revenue of $5.66 billion, an 84 per cent year-on-year surge, beating analysts’ estimates by a wide margin.’

“We are convinced that data centre business has begun to re-accelerate due to hyperscale digestion, a resumption of enterprise activity and rising virtualisation,” said Raymond James analyst Chris Caso in a note to clients.

Caso said his assessment is based on channel checks and conversations with NVIDIA management post-earnings. Data centre revenues was up 79 per cent year-on-year with $2.05 billion, driven primarily by NVIDIA’s acquisition of Israeli-American tech hardware manufacturer Mellanox. NVIDIA announced the acquisition of Mellanox in 2019 for $6.9 billion, and the transaction was completed in April 2020.

 

AI & ARM acquisition

 

Caso is also impressed with NVIDIA’s position in the artificial intelligence (AI) area, which he has mentioned as string.

“Longer term, we don’t see credible threats to NVIDIA’s dominance in AI, which we believe will allow them to continue the track record of a 27 per cent revenue CAGR (compound annual growth rate) over the past six years,” Caso said.

NVIDIA had last year, announced a deal with ARM, which sparked off an immediate backlash in the semiconductor industry, where ARM has long been a neutral player licensing key intellectual property to customers who are otherwise intense rivals.

These include the likes of Qualcomm, Samsung Electronics and Apple.

Nomination Window: 1st June – 31st July

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5G Networks enters into deal with modular data centre operator DXN for access to dark fibre

Telco 5G Networks has entered into deal with modular data centre operator DXN for access to dark fibre and IP Transit offerings.

This partnership will enable DXN to provide business continuity capabilities. ASX-listed DXN said the deal positions it to take full advantage of 5GN’s fibre and data centre connectivity solutions to offer customers a holistic strategy for business continuity.

“Like many of our wholesale customers, DXN are seeking more responsive, agile digital infrastructure partners to enable their continued growth and flexibility – and 5GN provides exactly that,” said 5G Networks sales director Garry White.

“At DXN-SYD01, our Sydney based data centre, we’ve built a facility that is geared towards flexibility,” DXN connectivity hub director Michael Smith said.

“Over the past 6 months, we have focused on customer centric solutions with bespoke options for connectivity and physical space. That is why 5GN has been such a strong fit for us as a strategic partner.” G Networks launched its wholesale business earlier this year to increase its suite of wholesale services for MSPs to include data centre and connectivity services, IP transit, and cloud services.

IP Transit provides direct peering with Tier-1 carriers, backbone and content providers using internet access through 5GN points of presence (PoPs), with the capacity for up to 600Gb of data.

In May DXN bagged two contracts to build a cable landing station for Sub.Co and Solomon Islands Submarine Cable Company (SISCC). Read: https://w.media/dxn-to-build-a-cable-landing-station-for-sub-co-solomon-islands-submarine-cable-company-worth-c1million/

Since early this year, the Asia Pacific region has witnessed significant developments when it comes to fibre deployments. In March, Keppel Midgard Holdings Pte. Ltd. (KMH), a subsidiary of Facebook Inc. and PT. Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin), a subsidiary of PT Telkom Indonesia (Persero) Tbk have entered into a joint build agreement to jointly own and develop the Bifrost Cable System.

This is the world’s first subsea cable system that directly connects Singapore to the West coast of North America via Indonesia through the Java Sea and Celebes Sea.

Read: https://w.media/keppel-facebook-and-telin-to-jointly-own-develop-high-speed-transmission-cable-across-the-pacific-ocean/

Nomination Window: 1st June – 31st July

The W.Media Asia Pacific Cloud & Datacenter Awards is the region’s flagship awards programme, recognising achievements and excellence across all mission critical technology sectors. We are opening the awards to organisations four regions and nineteen categories to encompass the entirety of APAC’s Cloud & Datacenter ecosystem.

Is there a team, project, or individual who you believe has made outstanding contributions to the industry this year? Find out more about how to submit your nomination here.