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I was corresponding a bit with an acquaintance of mine from India about Cloud Computing. A division of his company produces small cloud events in India. But nothing huge so far. Meanwhile, an Indian colleague of mine who's currently in Singapore has told me how aggressively vendors are pursuing cloud business in India, particularly to the SMB sector, which comprises companies that don't have the resources to have big capital expenditure budgets. Cloud could be a savior to them, as they get onto the pay-as-you-go bus. Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! But, as much as I like developing nations and the potential of cloud for them, the Big Kahuna is still found in the Big Apple, with Cloud Expo, opening April 19 at the Javits Center in New York. This is not an event with a single track, or a few tracks. There are, in fact, eight of them... (more)

Cloud Computing Server Farms? In Doha?

Doha, Qatar is known in the business world as having served as the location as the launching point of current WTO negotiations. The "Doha Round of Talks" began in November 2001, and continue. The country remains a serious place about business. Although its oil revenues have triggered an impressive construction boom, it has not gone over the top with megaprojects as in neighboring Dubai; the emirate of Qatar has a stated commitment to build an information-savvy society. Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! Cloud Computing was therefore a topic at hand at a recent conference in Doha. One of the key presenters was MEEZA (the Arabic word for "advantage"), a government-funded joint venture that provides managed data services, delivers SaaS, and has developed a large data center called M-Vault 1 that is located at the Qatar Software Technolog... (more)

Can We Cut the Cloud Computing Overhype?

Hype is the enemy of success. But people just can't seem to help themselves, so new developments are invariably hyped. This is as true in the technology business as in any business in the world. Cloud Computing is the latest new development to get hyped mercilessly. Two years ago, a handful of companies were talking about a new way of doing things, a way that was in essence Grid Computing with Attitude. But Grid Computing sounds geeky and borgish; something best left for simulating nuclear explosions, perhaps. Today there is not a single technology company lacking a Cloud Computing strategy, whether real or ostensible, as far as I can tell. All these solutions are either unique, compelling, or ideal. The situation reminds me a bit of hyperinflation; when there are too many units of currency (or units of hype) to meet market needs, each unit has little or no value. ... (more)

Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly – Week of February 9, 2014

Welcome to Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility in Asia.  Asia is predicted to be the fastest area of growth for enterprise mobility between now and 2016. Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read M2M News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobile Cyber Security News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly Looking for an enterprise mobility solution?  Read the Mobile Solution Directory Here! Software firm VMware has announced it will acquire enterprise mobility management provider Airwatch.  IDC Asia/Pacific believes this will “fundamentally change the future of VMware's end user computing business in Asia/Pacific”.  Read Original Content A group of mobile operators in the Asia Pacific region has unveiled a n... (more)

Election 2010, Philippines Style

Election season is in full swing here in Manila. The current president, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (known as GMA) cannot be re-elected as president, even as it seems she wants to be. So several major names—and in the Philippines, you always run into the same major names—are competing for leverage and public affection in these months before the voters go to the polls in May 2010. The big news recently was the withdrawal of Sen. Mar Roxas from consideration. Roxas, who family names is among the most elite of the elite here, has been praised fulsomely for his principled decision. The praise is flowing because his decision has cleared the way for fellow Liberal Party Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III to make his bid for the president’s office in Manila’s Malacanang Palace. The reality is that Roxas was running a poor fourth in the polls, with about 9 percent of voters sayin... (more)

Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana) and Floods Hit the Philippines

I was lucky that Typhoon Ondoy did not affect my apartment. We are out in Pampanga two hours from Manila but we did not have a flood in my little neighborhood. But so many people died in this typhoon, and now the world knows what can happen in the Philippines. We get more than 20 typhoons each year and they cause many problems. Typhoon Feria back there in June damaged many houses in Samar Province where I am from. I was visiting then and it was very scary. You know we don't have a radio there or any way to know when a typhoon is coming. We just hope for the best and we know that no one will help us. Two other typhoons in August and September gave us rain for more than one week. A lot of floods and some people died then, too. But I think that nobody outside of the Philippines knows about these things unless they are very, very bad. As I said, my family and friends ... (more)

Typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng Wreak Economic, Political Havoc in Philippines

The images were beamed to a worldwide audience: a big typhoon had hit the Philippines, several hundred people drowned, and floods covered much of the nation's capital, Manila. "Ketsama" (or "Ondoy" as it was known locally) had dumped a month's worth of rain in about 12 hours. In a country that is hit by about 20 typhoons each year, this one caused the most destruction seen in decades. In addition to tremendous loss of life and property, the storm and its aftermath have caused, and continue to cause, a very serious loss of credibility to the presidential administration of Gloria Magapacal-Arroyo. GMA, as she is known, had already been facing relentless, severe criticism for years, fueled by allegations of massive corruption, a travel budget that includes serial travel to all corners of the world for purposes that often seem opaque, and a fecklessness that makes her ... (more)

MDeC CEO Badlisham Ghazali Helps Drive Innovation, Malaysia's Knowledge-Based Economy

Datuk Badlisham Ghazali is the CEO of  Malaysia’s Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC).  (“Datuk” is an honorific term in Malaysian society that can be used as a rough approximation of “Sir” in the UK.) MdeC is responsible for the country’s MSC, or Multimedia Super Corridor, as it was known when it was conceived in 1996. The MSC covers an area of about 175,000 acres, stretching approximately 30 miles from the famed Petronas Towers in the center of Kuala Lumpur, through a planned “Silicon Valley” region that encompasses the district of Sepang (and the palnned cities of Cyberjaya and Putrajaya), to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. A comprehensive story about the MSC would require at least one book. For now, we just decided to focus on getting some initial thoughts from Mr. Ghazali. With a renewed, recent focus on the potential of Southeast Asia as a major ... (more)

"Avoid Big Consulting" for Cloud Computing Initiatives

Virtualization Track at Cloud Expo My appreciation of David Linthicum's writing increased yet again when I found a piece on the Intertubes that he wrote about some Big Rules for cloud computing. One of his basic premises is to avoid the big consultant shops. To wit, he writes: "Most big consulting firms lead with well-polished presentations and, perhaps, some pretty smart people. However, when it comes time to do the real work, you're staring across the table at very inexperienced individuals whose knowledge of cloud computing is limited by the number of article printouts they could read on the plane flight out." My experience is that this is the approach these thieves, er, firms use in every project they've ever undertaken. I have now forgotten more screwed-up, vastly over-spent installations than most people remember about grand plans from grand consultants that... (more)

Mantrasys Awarded Software Product Development Contract

Mantrasys on Tuesday announced a software development partnership with Health-care product company based in Birmingham, AL. Under this partnership MantraSys will provide a turnkey solution to the company's primary product. These solutions will use Mantrasys's mSource methodology and will cover all phases of the software development cycle - all the way from competitive analysis and requirements to implementation. Mantra team will develop an entire new application that will replace company's current dated 6 year old product. New product will be developed in Microsoft.NET technology with SQL Server database. It will be a feature rich windows application that will have a 2-way link to the cloud for reporting and Business Intelligence (BI) functionality. Company plans to roll out the first version of this product in late summer to its 2000+ users from all over the world.... (more)

Dell Chases Cloud Computing with SaaS, Managed Services Play

You might say Dell and Managed Services are real compatible. In any case, there's an emerging story about how the Austin giant has made a slight, semantic change in its managed services division, renaming the former ProManage Managed Services to the much more elegant and simple Dell Managed Services. Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! There are several discussion threads about Dell and managed services in the storage blogosphere--which is, believe it or not, one of the most impassioned (and funniest) little worlds in the world--as well as among several analysts. Dell, never a technology innovator, has made its historical mark by continuously redefining logistics. From selling computers to a few individuals in a dorm room, then to the masses via mail order, then to corporations through a direct supply chain that was simple and ef... (more)