ManpowerGroup Deploys WatchGuard’s XTM

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ManpowerGroup, the world leader in innovative workforce solutions, has deployed two of WatchGuard’s XTM 1050 appliances in high availability (HA) mode. With WatchGuard’s XTM 1050 appliance in HA mode, ManpowerGroup is able to centralize internet connectivity and its management.
ManpowerGroup required an uninterrupted connectivity across all the branches located at multiple locations. With more than 500+ employees in India spread across 13 locations, the critical challenge was to provide centralized connectivity and management from their headquarter at Gurgaon (Haryana). The bigger challenge for ManpowerGroup was to monitor employee internet usage at the branches so that bandwidth gets used only for business purposes. ManpowerGroup wanted to set up their IT security policy and ensure that it was uniformly administered across branches, which set in motion a search for the right firewall.
ManpowerGroup chose WatchGuard’s XTM 1050 in HA mode at Gurgaon in order to centralize internet connectivity and its management. With the installation of XTM 1050 appliances in HA mode, internet connectivity with the branches was established through MPLS. Bandwidth delivery from a central location led to its consolidation, resulting in 30% – 40% savings. Centralized administration ensured uniformity in application of security policies across branches. Application access improved appreciably after the XTM 1050 boxes were installed. A firewall throughput of 10 Gbps and VPN throughput of 2 Gbps made application access seamless. The GAV (Gateway Anti-Virus), IPS and application blocking features, which form a part of WatchGuard’s UTM offering, ensure that ManpowerGroup is continuously protected from various threats. Patches, updates, and new policies could be deployed from the central location. Centralized management ensured that all IT activities of employees across branches could be monitored at the click of a button and made firewall administration across multiple clients easy.
Srikanth Rengarajan, Executive Director and President, at ManpowerGroup India said “With WatchGuard we could achieve connectivity and centralized management of all branches. There was a steady improvement in the application access. Firewall administration across multiple clients and uniform implementation of IT security policies across all branches were made easy. The resultant savings in bandwidth costs and the ability to get employees to focus on business were icing on the cake.”
Mohit Puri, Country Manager – India / SAARC at WatchGuard said, “ManpowerGroup’s biggest concern was the centralized connectivity and its management. We would like to thank ManpowerGroup for the confidence that they had in our technical and support team. Our XTM 1050 in HA mode has helped them to address their problems wherein they have uninterrupted connectivity across multiple locations.”

Corning Selects Wipro to Provide Enhanced IT Capabilities, Services

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Wipro Limited (NYSE:WIT), a leading global information technology, consulting, and outsourcing company, today announced that it has been selected by Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW), a world leader in specialty glass and ceramics, to provide a multi-year information technology infrastructure program.
Through this strategic collaboration, Wipro will make Corning’s information technology services more resilient to market volatility, and enhance performance and operational efficiency. The solution will be delivered as a multi-year managed service from Wipro’s global delivery and data centers.
“We are delighted to be chosen as the strategic IT provider for Corning Incorporated and to enable it to deliver advanced IT capabilities. The relationship between Corning and Wipro is anchored by the synergy of our core corporate values and we look forward to fostering an environment to support Corning in achieving its growth objectives,” said N. S. Bala, Chief Executive, Manufacturing & Hi-Tech Industry SBU, Wipro Limited.
“Wipro provides information technology capabilities that enable scalability, technology enhancements, and resourcing flexibility in a cost-effective package. We look forward to this collaboration and view Wipro’s role as critical in the delivery of our IT strategy,” said Kevin McManus, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Corning.
Note: The deal was mentioned in Wipro Limited’s Q4 FY13-14 financial results announcement press release dated April 17, 2014, for the quarter ended March 31, 2014, with a description of Corning Inc but without naming the company.

Team ROCCAT announce new Sponsorship with AMD

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ROCCAT and AMD announced a new global sponsorship, making AMD co-sponsor of Team ROCCAT, ROCCAT’s professional eSports arm which features both League of Legends and StarCraft II teams. Branding of streams and player outfits are included as part of the collaboration. The deal will also see ROCCAT and AMD co-operate during exhibitions and events in the future.
Mark Reed, Director of Marketing EMEA at AMD comments: “We were looking for a professional organization with the potential to win tournaments – and that’s what we found with Team ROCCAT. Our goal is to provide the best eSports action, which is just what every fan out there wants – and deserves.”
ROCCAT founder and CEO René Korte on the partnership: “We are delighted that AMD shares our enthusiasm for competitive gaming. We are looking forward to the growth of the team’s success together with our new sponsor.”
Team ROCCAT’s StarCraft II pro HyuN recently won WCS America Season 1 while the League of Legends Team is about to enter the second split of Riot’s LCS Europe Summer Season.

India’s Hardcopy Peripherals Market Grows Marginally in 2014Q1- IDC

Posted by News Room On Monday, May 19, 2014 0 comments
Despite the slowdown in the consumer segment, a recovery in the India Hardcopy Peripherals (HCP) market was seen in 2014 Q1. The growth was primarily driven by the Government’s procurement and supported by the Medium and Large Enterprises in India.  According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), HCP market in India grew1.5% sequentially in 2014Q1 and reached 801, 000 units in terms of shipments. This was largely driven by the Government’s buying in the Laser segment, which recorded a significant sequential growth of 12.8%. But on the other hand, Inkjet segment performed weakly due to low consumer demand across all price band segments, resulting in a marginal growth of 1.5%.
Mohammed Riyaz Ahmed, Market Analyst at IDC India, says, “Excluding the Government business, the demand of Laser printer is slowing among the Medium and Large Enterprises due to the combination of national and state elections where Enterprises decided to hold their purchase till the new Government is in.However, overall business from this segment was stable due to the financial year-end purchase, where corporate would like to use up their remaining budgets. All these factors collectively led to the growth of the Laser market.”
“All the leading vendors had a bit of inventory issues earlier. But later in the second half of the quarter,a lot of new campaigns and marketing activities were seen in the Inkjet HCP* market. As a result, a recovery is expected in the next quarter with vendors targeting back to school season,” Says MohitRaizada, Senior Market Analyst, IDC India.
Dell Software today announced the release of two products that reflect the company’s ongoing commitment to satisfying the top backup and recovery challenges of mid-size and large enterprises. Dell’s cross-platform enterprise data protection solution, features upgrades including a new web-based GUI, significantly enhanced scalability, and greater performance through tight integration with the new high-capacity, high-performance DR6000 deduplication appliance.
The latest addition to Dell’s DR series of deduplication appliances, the DR6000 is designed specifically for larger enterprises, offering users more than double the raw capacity and greater scalability than the DR4100, which is optimized for small- to mid-size organizations. With few tasks plaguing organizations more than backup, Dell has made significant investments in its backup and recovery product line over the past two years to help speed and simplify the task.
Dell now offers a comprehensive portfolio that enables organizations to speed backups and restores, scale their backup tasks to match their business needs, and spend less time monitoring and managing backups. Dell Software’s data protection solutions are used globally by more than 83,000 customers who depend on them to add value to the business by minimizing downtime and data loss, while also reducing costs and complexity.
Murli Mohan, General Manager, Dell Software Group said “Large enterprise are generating tons of critical data which has to be protected, backed up and restored as and when needed to match various business needs. In the current business environment across verticals, CIOs are required to deploy solutions which are efficient and can deliver the best services to theircustomers. At Dell, we have been constantly listening to customer’s pain points and feedback and have been innovating and developing products that add value to our customers.

McAfee India commemorates May 15th – 16th as Community Service Day

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More than nine hundred Employees Join Hands to Make a Difference to their Local Communities McAfee part of Intel Security, the world’s largest dedicated security technology company organized a series of welfare initiatives on May 15th and 16th, 2014 under the aegis of its annual ‘Global Community Service Day’. The two day long series of events saw participation from more than nine hundred McAfee employees from sales,marketing, product management and R&D functions for a range of community welfare initiatives across Mumbai, Gurgaon and Bengaluru.
Commenting on this initiative, Jagdish Mahapatra, Managing Director- India and SAARC, McAfee, part of Intel Security said, “At McAfee, corporate citizenship is a persistent commitment and we are proud that our ethos is reflected in the tremendous participation from our employees towards this initiative. In addition to the community service day events, our Cyber-education program institutionalised since 2013 regularly delivers cyber education lessons to Indian school-aged children by McAfee employee volunteers. With over 5000 students in Bengaluru and Mumbai already trained under the program, we urge more schools to embrace this initiative as we scale up the program over the next one year”.

Microsoft brings CODESS to India

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CODESS, a community for women coders established by Skype in March 2013 to explore ways to promote gender diversity in the engineering field, was brought to India today by Microsoft. Around 30 women with 2-8 years of experience in development, testing and project management from various companies attended the event at Microsoft’s development center in Bangalore.
CODESS India is one in a series of CODESS events worldwide. For a long time, engineering has been perceived as a male dominated industry, with women active in these areas often treated as exceptions. Things are slowly changing, with more and more women now choosing careers in engineering. The mission of CODESS is to provide a platform for women coders to  share personal and professional experiences, network, and learn from one another. The CODESS team delivers events and workshops for female software engineers from academia all the way through to the executive level. With previous events across Eastern and Western Europe, Asia and the US, CODESS is now making its way across the different engineering communities throughout the world, and its first India stop was at Bangalore today.
Themed The Future of Work and Play, CODESS India, which was organized by WinSpire, the women’s networking team at Microsoft India Development Centerin Bangalore, provided the attendees the opportunity to learn about future technology trends from Microsoft leaders and external speakers, attend a special session on game development conducted by a Microsoft team from the UK and watch some cool demos. The by-invitation only event, which started at 11amand closed at 4pm today, also gave the attendees the opportunity to meet experienced and like-minded female engineers from within the software industry.
“At Microsoft, diversity is at the core of our culture. Emphasis on diversity and inclusion enables us to build a workforce and create a work environment that fosters talent and creativity and welcomes different experiences, perspectives, and capabilities. Gender diversity is a key component of that, with several initiatives in place focused on advancing it. India is one of our largest R&D centers outside Redmond. The R&D workforce in India is 2200 plus, and we have taken up several D&I initiatives to achieve a balanced workforce. Leadership commitment and environment sensitization to D&I, networks for women, Springboard, Digigirlz are just some of these programs,” said Vikram Manocha, Head of HR, Microsoft India (R&D) Pvt Ltd.
Elaborating on CODESS, Manocha said: “CODESS is unique in that it focuses only on women coders. The objective is to create a forum for these women that provides them with mentoring, networking and any other support they need to further their technical careers. We want everyone to feel like they can reach out and have a candid conversation with other women in technology who may have interesting perspectives based on their experience. I am extremely fortunate to be here today, at the first ever CODESS event here today.”
In her session titled Reflections, Kalpana Margabandhu, Director, India CIO Lab and BT/IT Location Executive, IBM India, shared some learnings from her 32-year technology career. She stressed the importance of personal integrity and the ability to decide early on in life what is important to a woman, so that she canmake appropriate choices and pace her career accordingly. Self-awareness and constant learning from experiences help a person grow in her desired direction, she said. Kalpana believes events like Codess are very important for women to be able to discuss, talk about their unique challenges and find solutions. Even in the case of innovation, there is always this inherent fear of not knowing what to do but when paired with someone else, increased confidence can help you do a much better job, she said.
Sharing her own learnings, Pragati Ogal Rai, Chief Technology Evangelist, Paypal, said that women must learn to be assertive and ask for what they want, as leadership appreciates and respects people who know what they want and have the confidence to ask for it. Open and direct communication is the right way to do this, she said. She also stressed the importance of being open to change and trying out new ideas as a woman progresses in her career.

Rx Infotech Expands Leadership Team to Drive Growth

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Rx Infotech has announced that it has expanded its leadership team by appointing National Sales Manager and General Manager. Both will be key drivers of the ambitious growth that the company is targeting this fiscal.Rakesh Goel is appointed as National Sales Manager, has a decade of experience in driving sales in major and upcountry markets. Prior to joining Rx Infotech, Mr Goel has worked with Acer India managing Delhi and Rajasthan markets for TFT and Projector businesses. He also has worked with Iris. With strong hands-on knowledge of the market in Tier I and Tier II cities, Goel will spearhead sales and service support all over India.
Sanjay Kathuria is appointed as General Manager – New Initiatives for Rx Infotech. He will be instrumental in driving the strategy for adding new product lines at Rx Infotech. With over 14 years of experience at various levels as a consistent performer, Kathuria has always exceeded expectations. Kathuria has done a fruitful stint with Neoteric as Group Business Manager and driving sales for over eight consumer centric brands. He has a good caliber of handling sales assignments, and is versatile in handling various portfolios.
Atul Gupta, Founder & Director of Rx Infotech Private Limited said, “We are extremely happy to say that we are expanding our team by appointing two versatile and proven professionals. India is a vast market for IT and our business is growing extremely well over past years. I hope both Rakesh and Sanjay’s experience in sales will drive the growth company is targeting and will help in entering the untapped markets further. With their efforts, we believe we are a few steps away from being one of the top brands in the market.”

BenQ expands Eye-care technology across entire VA LED range of Monitors

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BenQ announced the expansion of its Eye Care Technology across its entire range of VA LED monitors which will benefit the long-term vision of end users by incorporating Flicker-free technology and Low Blue Light (LBL).  Initially adopted in EW series of monitors last year, Eye Care Technology is now available across 18 VA LED models in India
BenQ Eye-care aims to produce technology offering consumers a better choice for the health of their eyes.    The technology now provides consumers with the ability to filter out blue light at levels which correspond directly to the task they’re performing while at the computer. The BenQ LBL (Low Blue Light) technology provides the user with four preset LBL modes: Multimedia, Web surfing, Office and Reading modes, reducing blue light emission up to 70%. Whilst for gaming models, there are up to 18 LBL modes.
“By introducing Eye Care Technology amid all our models we are leading the charge to downgrade the adverse impact technology is having on our eyes. We are the first to incorporate ‘Eye-care’ into monitors making BenQ a better choice in terms of health, while also producing superior image quality and functionality” said Country Head for BenQ India, Rajeev Singh.
BenQ Eye-care is a standard inclusion across a range of business, home, professional, entertainment, stylish and gaming monitors, released in December 2013 in India with Flicker-free technology.  In 2014 BenQ Eye-care is fully implemented with the inclusion of 18 Low Blue Light (LBL) modes.

Axis introduces outdoor-ready 360° Panoramic Camera

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Axis Communications launches the compact and competitively priced AXIS M3027-PVE, a 5-megapixel fixed dome that offers a 360° or 180° overview of wide areas. The IK10 vandal resistant, day/night network camera is designed for indoor as well as outdoor use. Examples of suitable installations are inside or outside hotels, boutiques, restaurants and offices.
“With the introduction of AXIS M3027-PVE, we further strengthen our lineup of discreet and affordably priced fixed domes by adding a 360° / 180° panoramic outdoor-ready video surveillance solution. It offers price-sensitive market segments the option of using just one camera to get the big picture,” says Erik Frännlid, Director of Product Management, Axis Communications. “The camera also has substantial capacity for intelligent video applications and supports a wide range of video management software including the complimentary AXIS Camera Companion.”
AXIS M3027-PVE, which is the latest addition to the lineup of outdoor-ready AXIS M30-VE cameras, can be mounted on ceilings, soffits or under porches for a 360° overview and on walls for a 180° view. The camera provides de-warped views such as panorama, double panorama and quad views, as well as view area modes where users can digitally pan, tilt and zoom in on areas of interest. Multiple streams in H.264 and Motion JPEG can be sent simultaneously. AXIS M3027-PVE offers I/O ports for connection to external devices.
All cameras in the AXIS M30 Series come focused at delivery, which means short installation time. They support Power over Ethernet (IEEE 802.3af), which eliminates the need for power cables and reduces installation costs.

MSI's announces their New Intel 9 Series Chipset

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At a special event in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, MSI Senior Vice-President, Henry Lu, informed the press present that 2013 was MSI’s best year since 2008. Furthermore, in Q1 2014, MSI actually managed to double its profits year on year. This is certainly impressive news considering the general state of the affairs with regards to the PC market. 
At an event that's being held in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, MSI introduced us to their latest products, beginning with a speech from Henry Lu, Senior Vice President and Founder of MSI. In his opening speech, Lu said that 2013 was a great year for MSI, but 2014 would be an even better year, thanks to their clear motherboard classification and their strong gaming notebook lineup
Henry Lu - MSI Senior Vice-President and Co-Founder

To better explain MSI’s products, several other individuals were invited to the stage, including Tim Lee, SEA/MEA Component Sales Director, Maxine Chang, Motherboard Product Manager. Vincent Hou, Graphics Cards Product Manager & Austin Yang, Barebone Product Marketing.
Lee explained more about the company’s GAMING series of motherboards while Chang spoke about the overclocking and mainstream motherboards.
If you’re unfamiliar with MSI products, their GAMING products have a red color scheme, while their overclocking and mainstream motherboards are yellow and blue respectively.
According to Lee, the GAMING series sports a number of improvements. The first is in terms of aesthetics, where the heatsinks and general design of the board have been given a more aggressive look. Secondly, he reinforced the fact that even the most affordable MSI GAMING motherboard offers features like the Killer network controllers and powerful audio technology like Audio Boost II. One of the more exciting features found on select MSI GAMING motherboards is the availability of an onboard Digital-to-Analog Conveter (DAC). Called the Xtreme Audio DAC, this technology makes use of the C-Media CM6631 HD audio processor, which helps to significantly improve the audio quality, regardless if it’s in games, movies or music.
In case you aren’t familiar with MSI’s segmentation, their products are divided into three distinct categories: overclocking (in yellow), gaming (in red) and classic or mainstream (in blue). 

Some of the Interesting features were showcased. Guard Pro, which is a new feature that helps to increase the overall stability of the motherboard by offering a unique type of circuit protection – when it detects the CPU running close to 100 degrees Celsius, the motherboard automatically reduces the frequency of the CPU to avoid shutting down. There’s also a new feature called USB Steel Power, which ensures that the motherboard supplies a steady stream of voltage to the USB ports. This feature is incredibly important for bitminers who constantly plug in USB drives to transfer and/or store this virtual currency.M.2 and SATA Express ports were also seen on a few yellow boards and so was the Xtreme Audio DAC powered by the C-Media CM 6631 HD Audio Processor. Please click the photos below to expand images and have a closer look.

Even in the Graphic card  there was latest developments. Re-introducing the MSI Gaming App, which helps users to easily set the card in OC mode, Gaming mode and Silent mode. The more interesting bit that was showcased today though, was the RADAX Fan technology, which is already implemented in cards like the MSI R9 270X Gaming 2GB ITX
And now we come to the Nightblade – a barebones PC aimed at DIY gamers.
MSI Nightblade – a barebone PC that comes in several SKUs. The Nightblade has a mini-ITX form factor, but it supports full-sized, high-end graphics cards like those based on the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti and AMD Radeon HD 290X.
To prove that it is well built , a model was asked to stand on it.Currently, there are Z87, B85 and Z97 variants of this barebone PC on the market.
If there is one segment of the PC enthusiast market that MSI hasn’t forgotten about, it’s definitely the overclocking crowd. Besides launching a series of motherboards for the Z97 platform, MSI has also added a number of features to make overclocking a lot simpler, regardless if you’re a newbie or a seasoned veteran. MSI has always cited support of overclocking as one of its core principles, and this is one of the reasons why it has so much support in the enthusiast community.

ASUS has launched Essence STX II and Essence STX II 7.1, two new Hi-Fi-grade sound cards designed to delight audiophiles with 124dB signal-to-noise-ratio (SNR) clarity and a 600ohm-headphone amplifier. Essence STX II and STX II 7.1 build on the success and huge popularity of ASUS Essence STX – the world’s first consumer sound card to deliver 124db SNR audio clarity plus 600ohm headphone amp, and the long-term holder of the number-one position in Head-Fi’sSound Cards charts, as voted by highly-satisfied users globally.
Commenting on the launch, Ives Chiu, ASUS Product Manager for the Audio Sector in the Multimedia Business Department, said, “Four years after the debut of Essence STX, ASUS remains committed to delivering ever better high-end sound cards to delight the most demanding audiophiles. Drawing on years of experience in developing Essence One, Essence STU and Essence III, Essence STX II delivers meticulous design, quintessential performance and profound musicality — elements that shape the spirit of the whole Essence Hi-Fi series.”
Keeping the audiophile spirit and philosophy alive, the new Essence STX II and STX II 7.1 cards both feature a remarkable 124dB SNR for line-out connections and 120dB SNR for headphone listening. Precision clock is controlled by a temperature-compensated crystal oscillator (TCXO)clock source, optimized power delivery is assured with low-dropout (LDO) regulators and WIMA® capacitors deliver balanced sound.
With an amplifier capable of delivering impeccable output for up to 600ohm headphones, an additional gain control for in-ear monitor (IEM) headphones, high-quality MUSES operational amplifiers (op-amps) and an included op-amp swap kit, ASUS once again demonstrates its ability to redefine the sound card market.  Essence STX II 7.1 even has the ability to output true 7.1-channel surround sound, via the included simple-to-fit daughterboard.

Jabra shares new ways of working

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Work life has substantially changed and is continuously changing. There are now new ways of working, according to Jabra, the world leading hands-free and innovative audio solutions provider.“With technology transforming and transcending by the minute, it becomes crucial that we ride on these waves of changes in order to keep up. The sooner we acknowledge that these changes are happening, the faster we can adapt our own responses to them and maximize the opportunity for ourselves, our companies and our shareholders,” said Holger Reisinger, Jabra Global Vice President for Business Solutions.
He furthered that Jabra is at a unique position to view these changes in the workplace. “As a global leader in the devices that push this future of work forwards, we work closely with the major technology platform developers. Every day, we talk to the brands that are re-imagining the modern workplace because they buy our headsets and speakerphones.  We also brush up against a good number of thought leaders because we make it our business, too, to know what’s going on,” Resinger added. In the course of finding out how to leverage on latest technologies, Reisinger said that they are able to identify three megatrends that define new ways of working:
With the dawn of smart phones, computers, printers and mobile phones are no longer tools that are only available strictly through a company’s IT department. These days, employers have acknowledged that workers have their own smart phones (sometimes more than one or two); and that they will not think twice in using them for work.
“This ‘consumerization of IT’ or, ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) – has dramatically changed not just on what devices you will find in your board room, but the nature of work itself,” explained Reisinger. “Five years ago, it may be a rare occurrence to find a co-worker bringing in his own personal laptop to the work place. Today, it’s not just increasingly common—it’s the norm. Workers no longer have to come to their offices to be productive because their smart phones, laptops and tablets are powerful enough to accomplish office work.”
In a recent 2013 study conducted in the Philippines by VMWare, it shows how BYOD has been picking up and being embraced by workers in the country. According to the study, about 81% of the workers own two or more mobile devices; while 85% of them actually bring these devices to their work place. The study also revealed that BYOD has actually made it more efficient for workers to work out of the office; that they are able to respond faster to change; and have made workers less stressful.

Cyberoam snaps up big wins with key government agencies and PSUs

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Cyberoam is steadfast to convert its alliance with NICSI, a Government of India enterprise under the Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, to partner more government agencies, departments and PSUs to become a supplier of choice for network and IT security. The company has been putting incessant efforts with NICSI & NIC to understand evolving cyber security challenges and network performance needs for various government agencies and infrastructure. This has resulted in Cyberoam grabbing several prestigious wins including CERT-In (Indian Computer Emergency Response Team), Air India and Narcotics Control Bureau.
“We are committed to remain a long term trusted partner with NICSI & NIC and are glad to support their efforts in making mission-critical government networks, connected infrastructure and IT ecosystem more secure and optimized for performance and compliance for changing times,” said Sunil Sharma, VP Sales & Operations, India and SAARC, Cyberoam. “More importantly, we see it as our onus to work hand-in-glove with NICSI & NIC to assess network security needs from the ground up, as required for many PSUs, government agencies and offices. It is also rewarding to work with the agency that understands that proactive network security is a critical component of a comprehensive national cyber security strategy,” he further added.
Following the roll out of India’s first ever comprehensive Cyber Security policy, concerned nodal agencies overseeing national security has been promoting increased awareness, mandating proactive security steps for various government offices and public sector organizations. RBI, for example, has implemented several guidelines for information and network security for banking and allied organizations.
“Air India evaluated its security objectives, performance needs and IT infrastructure and approached NICSI to offer the Products based on the AI requirements. Cyberoam was shortlisted after thorough internal scrutiny of the available products.  Cyberoam has demonstrated committed support to collaborate effectively for fulfilling AI concerns. They have optimal network security technology with advanced features for today’s security needs. We value their diligence in accomplishing the Projects at AI in Delhi and Mumbai at our Corporate Headquarters and Safdarjung Airport Delhi respectively.” Said Mukesh Sareen, DGM – IT, Air India Limited.
While A.S.A Krishnan, Sr. Director, Dept. of Electronics & IT, CERT-In says, “CERT-In has been using Cyberoam’s UTM product and we appreciate Cyberoam’s commitment to understand the requirements of CERT-In and implement the same in the product to achieve integration with existing security infrastructure.”
As more government offices and establishments embrace IT, leverage virtualization and consider cloud to accelerate ICT-led socio-economic initiatives, they will experience greater need for proactive and reliable network security, resilient and high performing networks and deep reporting capabilities. Cyberoam continues to strengthen its alliance with NICSI & NIC and aims for a greater role in securing government IT ecosystem against targeted attacks and new threat actors and cyber adversaries.
Toshiba announces the MD03ACA-V series, a high-capacity hard disk drive (HDD) for surveillance applications. Toshiba’s purpose-built line of 3.5-inch HDDs is available in capacities up to 4 TB. The 6Gb/s SATA drives spin at 7200rpm and support the industry-standard 512n sector lengths with RV compensation to keep performance under multiple HDD configuration, making the MD03ACA-V series best suited for customers looking for 24/7 video surveillance storage.
The robust design of the MD03ACA-V series provides storage to various video recorders, including surveillance digital video recorders (SDVR), surveillance network video recorders (SNVR) and Hybrid SDVR, delivering 24/7 operation with a mean time to failures (MTTF) of 1 million hours. With up to 4TB of storage, the Toshiba’s MD03ACA-V enables support for higher resolution data streams, addresses the need for longer surveillance video retention periods, multi-streaming capabilities, wider temperature resistance and uninterrupted write applications.
“Video surveillance continues to play an important role in broad range environments,” said Mr. Kashiwabara, Senior Manager of Marketing Sec., Toshiba Digital Media Network Taiwan Corporation. “The MD03ACA-V series of drives are for surveillance applications and are designed to deliver high-definition video playback, and operate in 24×7 of surveillance environments.
Toshiba’s MD03ACA-V series is currently distributing across India through Rashi Peripherals. Rashi Peripherals is currently present across the country with its 58 branches and 60 service centers which helps customer to be accessible to Toshiba products even in the farthest corners of the country.

Quick Heal Participated in Top IT events in India

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Quick Heal Technologies Pvt. Ltd. is marking its presence through their association with top events happening in the country. Quick Heal participated in two key events in Mumbai.Times Supper Expo, India’s biggest and most successful consumer exhibition was held from 04th-20th April, 2014 at Bandra – Kurla Complex, Mumbai. Quick Heal tied itself with this event to reach out the end customers to give them real fee and experience of the products. Quick Heal observed a large number of footfalls in its stall, where they were given live product demonstration and pre-purchase experience. Wide acceptance and appreciation was observed by end customers for the products.
Quick Heal also participated as an IT Security Partner in the Security Watch India (SWI) event held on 10-11 April 2014 at Hotel Sofitel, BKC, Mumbai. Security Watch India, is a not-for-profit organization that addresses issues in the space of the relatively new homeland security sector.
This one day conference by Security Watch India was on the topic “Leveraging Innovative Security Solutions for Banks and Financial Institutions” and discussed the various security threats faced by the banking and financial institutions and the solutions to mitigate these threats. From Quick Heal-Swanand Dattaram Shinde -Education Director -Cyber Security, Quick Heal participated as the speaker. Quick Heal also took the Exhibitor space and gave live Demonstration and product experience to the event attendees.
The event was profiled only for CTO’S, Security & IT managers, Vigilance and Digital surveillance teams and saw attendance of them from well-known organizations.Abhijit Jorvekar, Director, Sales and Marketing, Quick Heal said, Events and exhibitions helps checking the market pulse, it broadens our customer insight and helps re-engineering our products and services. We have an elaborate plan for below the line activities in India and outside India which will be reflected in the coming times”.

Genius introduces new earphones

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Addressing the music connoisseur’s problem, the all new earphones from Genius, the HS-M200 features an in-ear sound isolation design, which blocks background noise, so that you can focus on your music. The one button in-line microphone and remote let you easily answer calls and control music playback. The 10mm driver unit delivers powerful sound. Listening to music is now an enjoyable experience.
Commenting on the launch, Gaurav Mathur, Country Business Head (India), Genius, said, “ At Genius, we constantly strive to transform and better the lives of our customers globally, through cutting edge R&D which is evident in the 1300+ patents we hold. Keeping in line with this ethos, we have introduced the all new HS-M200 earphone, which features sound isolation design to block all background noise, delivering high quality, uninterrupted and crisp audio .You can easily switch between calls and music playback with the one button in-line microphone and remote. Affordably priced, the HS- M200 works with most smart phones and will certainly appeal to all music lovers  “

HyperX Memory Supports New Intel Processors, Chipset

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HyperX announced its memory product lines: FURY, Genesis, Predator and Beast, offer a series of dual-channel kits compatible with the new Intel fourth-generation Core i5 and i7 processors and Intel 9 series chipset. HyperX worked closely with leading motherboard partners to guarantee compatibility and the highest performance.
Compatible Intel HyperX memory is available in frequencies ranging from 1333MHz to 2800MHz, and in various combinations from 8GB to 32GB in kits of two and four. A complete list of dual-channel compatible kits is available here. HyperX memory is 100-percent tested and backed by a lifetime warranty, free technical support and legendary Kingston reliability.
HyperX is the high-performance product division of Kingston Technology encompassing high-speed DDR3 memory, SSDs, USB Flash drives, and headsets. Targeted at gamers, overclockers and enthusiasts, HyperX is known throughout the world for quality, performance and innovation. HyperX is committed to eSports as it sponsors over 20 teams globally and is the main sponsor of Intel Extreme Masters. HyperX can be found at many shows including China Joy, PAX, Davao Cyber Expo, and TGS & Big Fest.

MSI, Proud Winner of COMPUTEX d&i awards 2014

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[Taipei, Taiwan] MSI, the leading motherboard brand, announces today that its Z97 XPOWER AC motherboard is the winner of a COMPUTEX d&i award 2014. Winning entries will be showcased at the COMPUTEX d&i awards pavilion during COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2014 and at world-renowned exhibitions such as IFA 2014, GITEX 2014, CES 2015, MWC 2015 and CeBIT 2015. “It’s an absolute honor to win this award! For MSI, this award is undoubtedly a testament to its innovative spirit and product design capabilities. With lots of customer-driven innovations in the works, MSI will keep extending its capabilities to provide groundbreaking solutions.” says Ted Hung, MSI Vice President of Motherboard Sales Division. As uplifting as the award-winning news is MSI’s launching of Intel Z97 and H97 motherboards. According to MSI, its Intel 9-series motherboards come in GAMING, OC and Classic editions with no less than 26 models across Mini-ITX, microATX and ATX form factors, catering to virtually every user including gamers, overclockers, high-end enthusiasts, mainstream consumers, etc.

Specifically tailored for extreme overclockers around the globe, the Z97 XPOWER AC motherboard features sophisticated design, high reliability and rich functionality. Integrating the Intel Z97 chipset, Intel 5th/4th gen Core processor and intelligent OC tools, the Z97 XPOWER AC supports multiple graphics cards and gives overclockers all tools to conquer extreme overclocking records. To ensure high reliability, it also comes with robust Military Class components, DigitALL PWM controller, XPOWER Thermal Design and enhanced OC PCB design. Sophisticatedly designed with rich functionality, the Z97 XPOWER AC is well equipped with smart buttons and switches, versatile I/O ports, Audio Boost technology and exclusive overclocking technologies, making it an ideal choice for both overclockers and power users.

COMPUTEX d&i awards honor excellent designs and innovations and have been an essential part of COMPUTEX TAIPEI, the largest computer exhibition in Asia and the second largest in the world. Since 2008, these awards have won industry acclaim for ushering in a new wave of design concepts. This year, TAITRA (Taiwan External Trade Development Council) once again partners with iF (International Forum Design), the most influential institution for industrial design, to organize the 7th COMPUTEX d&i awards. An international jury of professionals has discussed and evaluated all submitted entries in a dedicated, critical and constructive manner, to make sure all award winners are best-of-the-best innovations worthy of the name. The proud recipient of this award in Components + Parts category, MSI Z97 XPOWER AC packs the latest overclocking technologies and gives overclockers an edge to push new frontiers in overclocking.

Spectrum Group Organised 3rd Annual Partner Conference in Dubai

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Spectrum Group organized a three day Annual Partner Conference in Dubai called Tech Convergence 2014, to felicitate its channel partners for their efforts and contribution towards its success in MEA and India.Around 250 partners from India and MEA attended the 3rd Annual Partner Conference and were awarded for their continued determination and tenacity in the dazzling event held at the esteemed Hotel Le-Meridien, Dubai.
Tech Convergence 2014 began with a keynote speech by Ajay Singh Chauhan-CEO, Spectrum Group, who briefed the entire IT fraternity on the successful establishment of Spectrum group and its expansion plans for coming future.“We are glad to express our gratitude to all our channel partners, whose efforts and support has led us to become one of the major player in the distribution business. We seek their endless support and determination. Spectrum believes that the ultimate strength of a distributor lies in its network. We  assure all our partners that Spectrum will continue to invest in resources and create world class infrastructure to enhance customer satisfaction, generating new business and attaining better margins. This is just another milestone. It’s a long way to go ahead and we have to work together for mutual benefits,” said Ajay Singh Chuahan, CEO, Spectrum Group.
Ajay also talked about the partner program – Comguard Channel Accelerate and Comguard Commit specifically, that will soon be implemented in MEA.Senior Management and head of specific divisions from vendors gave presentations and shared the details on new their respective product lines.Alex Ramanesh -Channel & Enterprise Sales Manager ,Kaspersky Lab Middle East and Turkey; Derek Jackman-Senior Regional Sales Manager, IXIA  ; Pavol Golha – Regional Sales Manager, GFI and Graham McIntyre – Channel Sales Manager, GFI; Kiran Deshpande – Co-founder & President, Airtight Networks were among the key speakers.
“Such events create bonding among vendors and partners to work together towards success for common interest,” said Alex Ramanesh -Channel & Enterprise Sales Manager , Kaspersky Lab Middle East and Turkey.Pavol Golha – Regional Sales Manager, GFI explained the significance of the event, saying, “There are certain things that partners know, since they are the final face to customers. We are the vendors, we know about the product since we hold it first. When we make a business strategy we need input from all the sides. We need to consider every step and stage. Such events give us that opportunity to communicate and fill the gap.”

ASRock Announces Intel 9 Series Super Alloy Motherboards

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ASRock Inc. unveils the brand new Intel 9 series motherboards with ASRock Super Alloy technology! Packing the Intel Z97 / H97 chipsets, ASRock 9 series Super Alloy motherboards provide great compatibility and fully support the 5th, New 4th and 4th Generation Intel Core Processors in Socket 1150. The product lines include the Extreme series for high-end PC, the Fatal1ty Killer Gaming series for elite gamers, and the OC Formula series for OC enthusiasts.
Derived from the “built for stable and reliable” designing concept, ASRock does not compromise on any details. The 9 series motherboard are specially designed with ASRock Super Alloy technology, including 12K Platinum Capacitors with the longest lifespan in the industry, the next-gen NexFET MOSFET, Dual-Stack MOSFETs (DSM), Premium Alloy Chokes, and XXL Aluminum Alloy Heatsinks. Clearly, ASRock has shown its ambition to redefine the horizon of motherboard craftsmanship.
Supreme 12K platinum capacitors with the longest life spans in the industry. These high class capacitors possess not only eye-catching appearances, but also ultra durability of at least 12,000 hours. Compared to other counterparts on high-end motherboards that merely have life spans of around 10,000 hours, these platinum capacitors have 20% longer life spans and provide more stability and reliability.
The next-generation NexFET MOSFETs control the power supply to DRAM slots more efficiently. They provide lower RDS(on) 2.9 mΩ, delivering higher efficiency and lower temperature. NexFET MOSFETs in memory areas are specially designed for protecting them from electrostatic discharge and offering up to 7.5 times the ESD protection levels compared to traditional MOSFETs.
Dual-Stack MOSFET (DSM) is another innovative MOSFETs design. The silicon die area is increased by stacking two dies into one MOSFET. The larger the die area, the lower Rds(on). Compared to traditional discrete MOSFET, DSM with larger die area provides extreme lower Rds(on) 1.2 mΩ, so the power supply for the CPU Vcore is more efficient.
The new generation alloy chokes effectively increase up to 90% saturation current and feature a highly magnetic and heat resistant design, making the motherboard more efficient, stable and reliable. Compared to other motherboards that adopt iron powder chokes, Premium Alloy Chokes highlight a special alloy formula which is able to reduce up to 70% core loss.
The extra large aluminum alloy heatsinks take away heat dramatically. As the MOSFETs and chipsets areas are well covered by these massive heatsinks to protect them from overheating, MOSFETs and chipsets can perform with lower temperature, and your motherboard and system will be more stable and reliable.
With these luxurious onboard components, all 3 product lines of ASRock 9 series Super Alloy motherboards possess not only splendid appearances and outstanding performance, but also excellent stabilities and reliabilities. Whether you are a high-end PC user, a hardcore gamer, or a pure OC demon, as long as you are looking for a new motherboard to take advantage of the next generation of Intel® technologies, ASRock 9 series Super Alloy motherboards are definitely the best products that you should never overlook!

3i Infotech Releases Premia 11j Life Insurance Suite

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3i Infotech announced the release of its latest version PREMIA 11j, a comprehensive core Insurance solution for Individual and Group Life business. Premia 11j covers end to end automation of insurance life cycle across customer acquisition, underwriting, re-insurance, policy administration, distribution management, persistency and claims management. The solution is built on a state of the art Java platform & robust Oracle database to deliver a Scalable, Stable, functionally & technologically superior product.
Premia 11j Life Insurance addresses both Conventional and Takaful markets across Asia Pacific, South Asia, Middle East and Africa. The solution provides insurers with unparalleled flexibility to manage product offerings and distribution across a wide spectrum of the sector. Premia 11j provides comprehensive rating engine, inbuilt product configurator, integrated workflow, document management and powerful reporting. Premia interfaces and renders a full and flexible real-time self-service for the community of participants, agents, brokers and sponsors through its Premia E-Portal & Zeus Mobility framework.
Many Insurers are constrained by traditional legacy systems which are expensive, difficult to maintain & need to build multiple surround applications to address their business need. The integrated approach of the system provides a single multi-line platform for insurance companies, improving total cost of ownership. PREMIA 11j Life Insurance provides insurers with a compelling technology advantage in a dynamic business environment where regulatory and social drivers are reshaping the Life Insurance market. As Insurers continue to reinvent their business model to address these opportunities & challenges, a powerful core insurance platform helps in managing the business processes dynamically. The key focus of the solution is to render a full and flexible real-time self-service for the community of participants, brokers and sponsors.
According to Madhivanan Balakrishnan,MD & Global CEO, 3i Infotech Ltd, “Complexity of business operations and need for the technology modernization are amongst the biggest hurdles to accelerate growth today. Leveraging the single system approach of Premia 11j, life insurance sector can choose to deploy a solution based on business priorities. This ensures simplified transformation journey and faster realization of modernization benefits. This also reiterates our commitment and deep understanding of the Life Insurance vertical across the targeted markets.”

ndia among top 10 spam sources in Q1 2014- Kaspersky Lab

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In the first quarter of 2014 spammers started imitating messages from mobile applications. They especially like the popular mobile messengers WhatsApp, Viber and Google Hangouts: notifications purportedly sent from these applications were used to spread both malware and harmless adverts. The rising popularity of mobile devices means that phishing attacks targeting Apple IDs are becoming more frequent.
Many gadget owners are used both to synchronization of their contacts and to the fact that messages from mobile applications can arrive via email, so few would be suspicious of the fact that WhatsApp is not directly linked to an email service. This lack of caution could prove costly, since the attached archive contained the notorious Backdoor.Win32.Androm.bjkd, whose main function is to steal personal data from users.
Altaf Halde, Managing Director, Kaspersky Lab – South Asia said, “The bad guys constantly develop new ways to attack your smart phones and computers in order to steal personal information. Most popular malicious programs are now multifunctional, they can steal data from the victims computer, make the computer part of a botnet or download and install other malicious programs without the user’s knowledge. This is why it is extremely critical to update your operating system, web browser and to keep security software up-to-date. This will reduce the probability of cybercriminals running bad programs onto your computer or mobile device. Kaspersky Lab would also like to remind users that hacked email accounts can allow attackers access to all the information stored in your mailbox including other logins and passwords. We recommend you to use strong passwords and two-factor authentication if possible.”
“Recently we have seen a growth in the number of attacks targeting mobile users. Gadgets have become popular even among those who had little interaction with computers and are less familiar with computer security. This opens up new vectors of attacks for spammers and phishers. To protect themselves, users should remember not to open emails from unknown senders and especially not to click any links in these emails, which inevitably pose a risk to user security. Clicking unsafe links threatens user security regardless of which device is used – they pose a danger to desktop computers and mobile gadgets alike,” said Darya Gudkova, Head of Content Analysis & Research Department at Kaspersky Lab.

F-Secure appoints DoBuy Technologies as Sub Distributor for South India

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F-Secure announced its partnership with DoBuy Technologies as their new Sub Distributor for South India. As part of the signup, DoBuy Technologies will carry F-Secure’s Business Suite and Protection Service for Business across entire South India for SMB segment.
Amit Nath, Country Manager, India & SAARC – F-Secure said, “F Secure is expanding its partner base to reach out to the SMB and Mid-Enterprise segment in South India. We would be extensively targeting growth for our Enterprise solutions this year. We are pleased to welcome DoBuy Technologies as our Sub distributors. We look forward to leverage their expertise in Networking & Security and skilled resources to further expand our reach in multiple locations in southern region and strengthen our partner ecosystem.
Paul Vijayakumar, Vice President, India – DoBuy Technologies said “With our clear focus towards partner satisfaction with best solutions and the right products integrated and backed by the best support, we will be able to help our customers effectively protect their business assets across cloud and physical environments with F Secure products.”
DoBuy Technologies, with its focus in Information Security & Storage Products and Services, have built expertise in all these technologies over the years and have very good success stories in each of these domains. Primary reason to this is the consultative & solution based approach towards requirement of the partners. With a decade of experience, by a team of dynamic professionals in sales, marketing and technology, “DoBuy Technologies” had marked its foot print in distribution business across cities like Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Coimbatore, and Madhurai.

NVIDIA announces $150,000 grant for recognizing groundbreaking Solutions

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NVIDIA has announced its Global Impact Award – a new annual grant of $150,000 for groundbreaking work that addresses the world’s most important social and humanitarian problems.The grant will be awarded to a researcher or an institution, which is using NVIDIA technology to achieve breakthrough results, having broader impact on society. This includes, but is not limited to, the areas of disease research, drug design and development, medical imaging, energy and fuel efficiency, weather prediction, natural disaster response and cyber security.
In India, NVIDIA works with over 250 targeted research and higher education institutions and enables them to find solutions to complex computing problems faster, using the inherent power of NVIDIA GPUs.  Indian Institutions identified as CUDA Research Centers and CUDA Center of Excellence are carrying out world-changing researches in various domains.
Researchers, non-profit research institutions or universities based anywhere in the world may apply. The submission should be done on or before December 12, 2014 and winner will be awarded on April 28, 2015 at the company’s GPU Technology Conference.

IBM to deploy new cloud Services

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IBM announced that Pvt. Ltd, a global knowledge process outsourcing (KPO) company based out of India has chosen IBM to help build a private cloud environment that supports a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) for its 2,000 employees. The private cloud deployed on IBM Systems will increase productivity significantly.
Availability is of utmost importance to Evalueserve, which provides clients with customized research conducted by professionals with industry-specific technical skills and deep domain expertise. Evalueserve clients include investment banks, insurance companies, private equity firms, leading consulting firms, law firms, and intellectual property firms. Its employees need timely access to client applications and data in order to provide consulting, research and analytics services through a global network of knowledge centers in Chile, China, India, and Romania. The company found that keeping pace with evolving needs of clients was putting a strain on its existing IT infrastructure, specifically its server and storage resources.
“Operating at maximum capacity, our server and storage resources were finding it hard to keep up with our growing business needs,” said Sachin Jain, CIO, Evalueserve. “IBM helped us create a scalable and flexible cloud infrastructure which can easily support our growth for the next 10 years.”
IBM worked with its business partner Avnet Electronics Marketing Asia (Avnet EM Asia) and IBM Premier Business Partner Integrated Tech9labs Pvt. Ltd. (Tech9labs) to develop a private cloud solution using IBM Systems, Storage and the IBM Virtual Desktop for Smart Business solution. The upgraded IT platform was capable of supporting a private cloud and a virtual desktop infrastructure for nearly 2,000 users.
The new platform helped Evalueserve to optimize existing infrastructure resources in a virtualized environment, which provided its employees quicker access to client research data. It also significantly reduced energy costs leading to improved ROI on existing IT infrastructure.
Evalueserve has reported an overall reduction in management effort needed for creation of VDI. The solution helped the company improve system availability and flexibility, which in turn led to accelerated client response times.“Managed Service Providers (MSPs) are turning to IBM to help them identify and resolve client problems proactively,” said Siddhesh S Naik, Country Manager for System x, India and South Asia. “IBM technology creates a resilient, high-performance IT infrastructure for Evalueserve which in turn enables their employees to access data quickly.”

COMPASS to Launch Eastern IT Directory

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COMPASS has decided to publish the IT Directory for IT Dealers, Vendors and Members across Eastern India, in the year 2014.This directory will be published with new caliber and design that will help the industry and propel more growth prospects. With much more information and data, this directory will be a ready reckoner and a must for all people across various industries. It will be available in both Hard copy as directory and also in soft copy.
It will include the IT Dealers, Vendors and Members listed in various IT associations across the entire Eastern India. We will involve all the IT associations of Eastern India to get data of their members and provide separate section for each association.
“Amit Sharma has been appointed as the Chairman‐ IT Directory. We are sure that after completion of the IT Directory, it will be an asset to all members and other associates in the years to come,” said, Pawan Jajodia, President, COMPASS.

Avaya announced Avaya Contact Center Select

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Avaya announced Avaya Contact Center Select, the latest addition to its customer experience management solutions for midsized businesses. Avaya Contact Center Select offers sophisticated, multichannel contact center capabilities with the simplicity needed by a midsize organization.
Findings of a recent Avaya survey reveal that organizations of all sizes across Asia Pacific that have adopted good Customer Experience Management (CEM) strategies have witnessed profit changes in the last 12 months, with 64 percent acknowledging an increase in loyalty.
With fewer resources than their large-sized counterparts, midsize companies are often challenged to provide multichannel customer care with technologies typically built for larger enterprises. Avaya fills the gap in purpose-built midmarket communications and collaboration solutions to enable both mid and large enterprises to equally address the needs of their most strategic assets: their customers.
Avaya Contact Center Select is the first of a new category of products from Avaya — enterprise-class solutions that are optimized for the midmarket and work with the Avaya IP Office Platform.

Nikon celebrates four momentous product wins at TIPA Awards 2014

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Nikon is pleased to announce that four of its products were honoured in the prestigious Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) Awards 2014, with the titles of ‘Best D-SLR Entry-level’, ‘Best D-SLR Professional’, ‘Best Rugged Camera’ and ‘Best Premium Camera’.
TIPA has also awarded ‘Best Rugged Camera’ to the Nikon 1 AW 1, the world’s first*1 digital camera with interchangeable lenses that are both waterproof and shockproof, and ‘Best Premium Camera’ to the Nikon Df, a full-frame camera that combines advanced imaging technologies and classic mechanical dials for an iconic edge.
TIPA Awards are independently voted each year by 29 photographic magazines, from 16 countries across five continents. The jury’s decision factors on innovation, the use of leading-edge technology, design and ergonomics, ease of use as well as price / performance ratio, in determining the winner of each category.

McAfee and Partners Launch

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In observance of the annual World Password Day on May 7th, McAfee, part of Intel Security, and its partners are leading an effort to help educate consumers worldwide on the importance of password safety in the wake of the multiple global security breaches. Consumers are encouraged to take the World Password Day pledge to change or strengthen their passwords by using the newly launched,, a dedicated destination for password education, powered by Intel Security.
Ninety percent of all passwords are vulnerable to being hacked.1 In the wake of recent high-profile data breaches, it is important now more than ever for consumers to be vigilant about strengthening and changing their passwords to protect their personal information. Last year, more than 170 organizations supported World Password Day by sharing password safety messages. Over 1 million passwords were assessed and 32,000 people took the pledge to strengthen their passwords. This year, McAfee along with Dell, Acer, Lenovo, Toshiba, Terra, UOL, CCE, Windstream, Positivo Informática’s Digital Business Area and others are encouraging consumers once again to take the time to educate themselves about password safety and be more proactive about securing their personal information.
To accompany World Password Day, consumers can now visit to learn more about password safety. The site includes features such as, a password blaster web video game, password strength meter, McAfee’s Heartbleed bug checker tool, animated educational slideshow, tips and tricks for upgrading passwords, and the Official World Password Day pledge.
“Security breaches large and small are becoming rampant across the world, so consumers need to be aware of just how important it is to use multiple strong passwords,” said Michelle Dennedy, Chief Privacy Officer at McAfee, part of Intel Security. “Our goal this World Password Day is to educate consumers on ways they can proactively protect their identities, and other personal information and assets, through a series of simple steps.”

ASUS launches Z97 and H97 Series Motherboards

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ASUS announced a full range of ASUS-branded motherboards powered by the brand new Intel Z97 Express and H97 Express chipsets, and including support for 4th, New 4th, and 5th-generation Intel  Core™ processors (Haswell, HaswellRefresh, Haswell Refresh K-series/ Devil’s Canyon). ASUS Z97 and H97 Series motherboards are fully-featured and perfect for any desktop PC build, whether it’s a high-performance PC, a potent gaming rig or a multimedia entertainment center. With ASUS-exclusive technologies to enhance performance and reliability, plus support for the latest ultra-high-speed SATA Express and M.2* storage technologies, the ASUS Z97 and H97 Series take PCs to the next level.
“Since its founding in 1989, ASUS has prided itself on the outstanding quality of its motherboards. And today, 25 years later, our approach has seen us grow into the world’s best-selling and most award-winning motherboard brand. Taking into account the feedback and needs of today’s computer users, we’re proud to introduce our comprehensive 9 Series motherboard launch line-up. Whether for professional use, gaming, content creation, servers or simple, everyday computing, our motherboards cover every task,” said Jackie Hsu, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Worldwide Sales, ASUS Open Platform Business Group.
ASUS Z97 and H97 Series motherboards feature a gleaming new design, with a unique and distinctive perfectly circular heat-sink on the next-generation Platform Controller Hub (PCH) chip. Anodized in a light gold color, this heat-sink is the signature visual feature of the new range. These design elements combine to project an understated, subtle and smooth image that exudes undeniable superiority, and which is perfectly suited to this comprehensive new range of ASUS motherboards. Z97 and H97 motherboards are suitable for any build, whether it’s a productivity, gaming or entertainment PC.

Thecus NAS servers now has Advanced File Transfer Protocol Solutions

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Apical, distributor for solution based product line, announced that Network attached storage expert Thecus NAS servers are now featured with advanced solutions of FTP.Wing FTP Server is a highly functional, easy-to-use, and secure FTP server solution that is now available for all Intel Thecus NAS.
This new addition to the Thecus App Center supports a comprehensive number of file transfer protocols, providing end-users with extended flexibility in how they connect to the server. Wing FTP Server also provides administrators with a streamlined web-based interface with which to access and control the server from anywhere in the world. Administrators can also monitor server performance and online sessions from the web UI, and even set the system to send email notifications about various events taking place on the server.
This professional, secure, and multi-protocol file server is provided as a 30-day trial and Thecus users are eligible for a discounted license after this period.

Jagannath Patnaik takes up Global distribution for Max Secure Software

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Jagannath Patnaik announces the launch of his own venture ‘NNR IT Solutions’. The Company will be the Global Distributorfor Max Secure Software’s Anti-Virus and Mobile Security range of products.This agreement to distribute Max Secure range of products in India and Overseas was signed on 2ndMay 2014 during the inauguration NNR IT Solutions head quarters in Pune. Via this agreement NNR IT Solutions will help Max Secure to grow its business and strengthen its position in the Indian IT market. NNR will help Max distribute its products and services to channel partners and customers across the Country.
Commenting on this occasion, Sanjay Pradhan, Founder & CEO – Max Secure Software said, “We are happy to associate with NNR IT Solutions toreach out to a large number of channel partners in India and Overseas. NNR will help us represent our security software range of products of IT security solutions that address PC and Mobile concerns faced by users and businesses every day. We are sure with NNR IT Solution’s expertise in channel distribution, we will boost our sales in India and Overseas this year. This partnership will enable the Company to enhance its product portfolios and would provide access to the attractive opportunity in the SOHO and SME segment though a strong channel network and will also create a greater brand recall.”
N. Jagannath Patnaik, CEO, NNR IT Solutions further added, “Its indeed a proud moment for me and my team. With our expertise in channel development over the years and considering our longstanding relationship with our partners we look forward to have a deeper penetration in the Indian market to reach out to the end customers. We aim to make Max Secure Software one of the top 3 Security software players in India by the end of this year.”
India is expected to have the largest Internet user base in the World by 2015. The Indian market has tremendous potential for Antivirus solutions and NNR IT Solutions would effectively tap into that space. Over the years, Jagannath’s role as a technology evangelist has been reckoned with, for spreading awareness and inculcating the habit of usage of Antivirus software amongst Indian users. His keen sense of understanding the market pulse has helped him secure a great relationship across IT Dealers, VARs and distributors. He has been instrumental in bringing software piracy down in India by a great extend.

F-Secure appoints Amit Nath as Country Manager India & SAARC

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F-Secure announced a key appointment to strengthen the company’s position in India. Amit Nath has joined F-Secure as Country Manager, India & SAARC and will be responsible for company’s India relations, strategy and growth for channels mid market and enterprise business.
Amit has over 17 years of IT industry experience across different verticals like Sales, Marketing, Operations, Program Management and Management functions. With his strong background in security industry and his strategic and operative experience, he will be responsible for positioning of F-Secure as a strong and channel – driven Security Company.
Commenting on his new role, Amit Nath said, “I am excited to join F-Secure which has over 25 years of industry leadership and a long history of technology innovations in providing security solutions. I look forward to support and drive F-Secure’s growth in India through channels and bringing innovative business model for the channel community. I intend to build F-Secure as a great security channels company which serves as a partner to all mid-market companies facing any security challenge.”
Paul Palmer, VP APAC, Customer and Market Operations at F-Secure Corporation, said “India has always been a major focus area for F-Secure, and with Mr. Amit Nath at the helm, we are hoping to scale our India business to greater heights. As a veteran in the security industry, Nath knows all the fine details of the Indian market and is the best person to expand our operations here. We are looking forward to his leadership at India as we map our expansions in the country.”
Prior to joining F Secure, Amit Nath has served as Regional Director, India & SAARC at Positive Technologies and before that he was with Trend Micro as Country Manager India and SAARC. In his earlier roles, he has also worked as RSM North at Dell India, Regional Account Manager – GCP based in Kuala Lumpur at Dell and Global Program Manager – India & APAC (Global Accounts) at Dell. He holds a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering and Masters in Business Administration from Symbiosis, Pune.
IBM announced that for the fifth consecutive year, IDC ranked the company number one in worldwide market share for enterprise social software.  According to IDC’s analysis of 2013 revenue, the worldwide market for enterprise social software applications grew from $968 million in 2012 to $1,242 million in 2013.
Today more organizations aspire to become a Social Business. Leading organizations – including 75 percent of the Fortune 100 – are transforming how they connect, collaborate and get work done using IBM enterprise social software.
“Customers are increasingly assuming that all applications must be social,” said Anmol Nautiyal, Director, IBM Social Business & Smarter Workforce, India/South Asia. “IBM’s focus on a core social networking platform to support application environments, such as Smarter Commerce and Smarter Workforce aligns well with this customer intent.”
“The transparent nature of today’s business environment, combined with the integration of social, cloud and analytic capabilities into everyday processes, has fueled the emergence of a Smarter Workforce. We’re thrilled to be recognized by IDC as the market share leader for the fifth consecutive year as our clients continue to harness Social Business to accelerate innovation, increase agility and remove boundaries to collaboration.”, he added.
IBM’s Social Business portfolio, including its industry leading IBM Connections and Smarter Workforce technologies, allow organizations to integrate social solutions with critical business applications and people-centric processes that empower employees, increase workforce productivity and deliver exceptional customer service.  Deployed on cloud  or on premises, these solutions also enable business leaders like the Chief HR Officer (CHRO) to attract and retain top talent when combined with social workforce analytics that ensure the organization has the skills and expertise to meet emerging market demands.
One such company is Polaris FT, which is transforming the way its 12,500 employees connect, communicate and collaborate to drive greater workforce productivity, by adopting IBM’s leading enterprise social collaboration platform. Instead of relying solely on email to drive essential business tasks and project coordination, the new platform allows Polaris FT to leverage the collective knowledge of every employee to fuel new innovation, ideation and future business growth.  This includes a significant reduction in the time it takes to on-board employees new to the company.

WD Partners with National Association for the Blind

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WD partnered with the National Association For The Blind (NAB) in India to provide Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) to visually challenged children. The project, spread across 2 months and supporting about 60 children of the 5-18 age group of, was implemented at the NAB institution where students with visual and hearing challenges along with their supervisors were introduced to DMT.
“WD is proud and honored to work with the The National Association For The Blind. The NAB has been instrumental in empowering the visually challenged population of India since 1952,” said Subroto Das, Director – India & South Asia, WD. “We look forward to studying the progress and impact of this noble project.”
DMT has demonstrated potential in developing expression and in channeling physical energy, and has proven therapeutic for children with visual and hearing challenges. The project’s objective is to enhance self-confidence, to aid in expression building, to overcome the phobia of communicating and to reduce the risk of muscle and bone disease.WD previously worked with the Smile Foundation for the third edition of the Ramp for Champs initiative where it sponsored the education of 125 underprivileged children for a year.

Symantec Unveils New Advanced Threat Protection

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Symantec announced an entirely new approach to advanced threat protection (ATP), unveiling a roadmap of integrated solutions that demonstrates the security innovation power that only it can deliver to help customers solve their most complex problems. This approach is fueled by two new offerings, Symantec Managed Security Services -Advanced Threat Protection and Symantec Advanced Threat Protection Solution, which correlate alerts and intelligence across a range of security technologies to deliver more comprehensive attack prevention. Symantec’s holistic methodology captures the benefits achieved when security technologies work together, transforming the complex fight against advanced threats into a manageable function that delivers stronger protection and more value to businesses.
Symantec’s innovative security technologies and global intelligence already provide strong advanced threat protection, and the company will build on this core heritage to develop defenses that protect as sophisticated attacks evolve. The company’s new ATP efforts will be informed by what Symantec has learned about advanced threats though its existing endpoint solutions that protect a base of 200 million endpoints, and from its current email and web security solutions that review over 8.4 billion email messages and 1.7 billion web requests a day.
“There is a significant need in the market for greater advanced threat protection, and many vendors do not have the holistic coverage or full-functionality needed to adequately detect and respond to targeted attacks,” said Jon Oltsik, senior principal analyst, Enterprise Security Group (ESG). “Symantec is well positioned to deliver an end-to-end advanced threat solution by building on the technologies it offers today, integrating across its portfolio, and delivering it as a service enhanced by an evolving partner ecosystem. By leveraging its global intelligence and building-in completely new incident response capabilities, Symantec can really address a multitude of enterprise cybersecurity requirements.”
Targeted attacks are rising, cybercriminals are more ruthless than ever, and the multifaceted equation required to protect against these threats has only become more difficult. While the promise of network security-based solutions as the answer to advanced threats gains increasing attention, IT departments are still left grappling with massive amounts of incidents, too many false positives and a laundry list of manual processes to be tackled without the staffing and skill sets needed to win, leaving organizations exposed and vulnerable.
“To successfully defend against the types of targeted attacks we’re seeing today, you need to expand the focus from prevention to detection and response,” said Brian Dye, senior vice president of Symantec Information Security. “Network security alone isn’t going to solve the problem. Adversaries are targeting all control points from the gateway to email to the endpoint. Organizations need security across these control points working together, with incident response capabilities and global information intelligence, to beat the bad guys. Symantec is bringing that powerful arsenal to market.”

ZOTAC Appointed Kaizen Infoserve as Service Provider

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ZOTAC International has appointed Kaizen Infoserve Pvt Ltd as its service provider for motherboards and mini pc’s PAN India. ZOTAC launched in India 7-years ago and became the number one VGA brand in 2013. ZOTAC ZBOX mini-Desktop PCs are the first mini-Desktop PCs to enter the Indian market with Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 options.
“ZOTAC has grown leaps and bounds since we started in 2007.In order to expand our  reach in tier 2 and tier 3 cities we have tied up with Kaizen. This tie up will result in better service to ZOTAC customers and deeper reach in the Indian market. Kaizen has more than 30 service centers and the expertise for motherboards and mini pc’s”, says  Deepak Gupta, country manager for ZOTAC India.
Kaizen Infoserve provides tech support to many technology hardware companies apart from ZOTAC. It’s tech support reach includes Europe, USA, Middle East, Asian countries, India and the Indian Sub-continents. In the coming year, ZOTAC plans to launch many more innovative products such as the ZBOX Steam Machine, Epic Gaming Series and ZBOX Sphere.

DELL Launches Back to School Campaign in tier 2 and tier 3 Cities

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Dell India  announced the launch of BACK TO SCHOOL 2014, an initiative to re-iterate Dell’s focus on empowering the education segment in tier 2 and tier 3 cities. The campaign kicks off in April, continuing through May till June, 2014. Even as school students step into their summer vacations, these offers enable parents to equip their children and provide learning content and tools that will help them prepare for the beginning of the new school year.
To re-invigorate the bright young minds of school students, Dell is providing a combination of offers which will help intensify and spark their curiosity. These offers available on the Dell Inspiron AIO and
Desktops include a partnership with Edurite to provide the Edurite Self Learn Smart Education pack and Bata gift vouchers.
The Back to School campaign is a one in of a series of outreach programs planned in 2014. These programs have been designed to expand the influence of technology with a strong focus on Tier-2 and Tier-3 towns, where the computing experience has only partially made its way into the homes of young school students. With its flagship Go Rural program, Dell intends to take the PC directly to the masses in Tier 2 & 3 cities. With its unique ‘Show & tell’ format, the customers get to experience the
latest technology products on the go.
Dell believes that it is the ambition of the school and college-going student generation and their determination to success in achieving their passions that is fueling the technology offerings of today.”Back to School is an extension of our existing focus on the school-going student community. It is based on the belief that with technology, school students have the support they need to expand their horizons when it comes to studies and are enabled to achieve more. At Dell, we strive to create the ideal companion in gaining knowledge, while also making the process of education exciting, entertaining and enlightening, ” said P. KRISHNAKUMAR, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND GENERAL MANAGER, CONSUMER & SMALL BUSINESS, DELL INDIA. _”It is to heighten this spirit, and to further our efforts with the increasingly aware & aspiring student population in Tier 2 and Tier 3 markets, that we have come out with an array of exciting offers centered on school students.”

SanDisk Introduces Highest Capacity microSDXC Memory Card

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SanDisk Corporation announced the new 128GB2 SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I memory card, the world’s largest capacity microSD card in India. Smaller than the size of a fingernail, the new SanDisk Ultra microSDXC card enables consumers to use their phones and tablets as if storage limitations were never a concern, allowing users to capture thousands of songs and photos, and hours of video on a single, removable card.
“SanDisk’s high-performance 128GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC memory card will reshape the way users interact with their devices,” said Stuart Robinson, director, Handset Component Technologies, Strategy
Analytics. “Until now, consumers had to spread out their content between multiple products because the memory on those devices was not able to hold enough data in one place. This 128GB microSD card is going to be popular as the preferred removable storage option, giving users fast, secure and reliable access to their personal data archives.”
“The technology used to design the 128GB Ultra microSDXC card is well in line with what mobile users expect, and demonstrates SanDisk’s commitment to mobility,” said Christopher Chute, research director,Worldwide Digital Imaging, IDC. “Being able to fit this much capacity into a microSD card smaller than a fingernail is a game changer, and expands the possibilities of what people can do with their mobile devices. The 128GB Ultra microSDXC card frees users from constant concerns around storage limitations.”

AUDIO-TECHNICA Introduces Next-Gen M-Series Headphones

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AUDIO-TECHNICA has remastered its critically acclaimed M-Series line of professional monitor headphones: the ATH-M20X, ATH-M30X], ATH-M40X  and ATH-M50X. Taking cues from the sound and proprietary design of A-T’s acclaimed ATH-M50 professional monitor headphones, the new ATH-M20x, ATH-M30x and ATH-M40x deliver accurate audio and outstanding comfort, perfect for long sessions in the studio and on-the-go. The ATH-M20x, ATH-M30x and ATH-M40x all feature 40mm drivers with rare earth magnets and copper-clad aluminum voice coils, as well as a circumaural design that contours around the ears for excellent sound isolation in loud environments. The ATH-M50x (featuring 45mm drivers) has the same sonic signature as the original ATH-M50 and adds refined ear pads and three detachable cables.
The ATH-M20x headphones are a great introduction to the critically acclaimed M-Series line. Modern design and high-quality materials combine to deliver a comfortable listening experience, with enhanced
audio and effective isolation. These headphones are an excellent choice for tracking and mixing.
ATH-M30x headphones combine modern engineering and high-quality materials to deliver a comfortable listening experience, with enhanced audio clarity and sound isolation. Tuned for highly detailed audio, with strong mid-range definition, these versatile monitoring headphones are ideal in a variety of situations. Designed primarily for studio tracking and mixing, they offer added features for increased portability, making them a great choice for field recording.  Both the ATH-M20x and ATH-M30x feature a convenient single-side cable exit with a permanently attached 3m cable.
The high-performance ATH-M40x professional headphones are tuned flat for incredibly accurate audio monitoring across an extended frequency range. The studio experience is enhanced with superior sound isolation and swiveling earcups for convenient one-ear monitoring, and professional-grade earpad and headband material provides exceptional durability and comfort. The collapsible design offers space-saving portability and storage, and the headphones come with two detachable cables (a 1.2m-3m coiled cable and 3m straight cable). Engineered with pro-grade materials and robust construction, the M40x excels in professional studio tracking and mixing, as well as DJ monitoring.
The original ATH-M50 has been praised by leading audio engineers and journalists worldwide, and now the ATH-M50x features the exact same coveted sonic signature as the original, with the addition of refined earpads and three detachable cables (a 1.2m-3m coiled cable, 3m straight cable and 1.2m straight cable). From the large aperture drivers to sound isolating earcups and robust construction, the M50x provides an unmatched experience for the most critical audio applications, including recording, broadcast, DJ, live sound and personal listening. The ATH-M50x is available in black, white (ATH-M50xWH) and limited-edition blue (ATH-M50xBL).

Umang Bedi Received Prestigious ‘40 under 40’ India’s Hottest Business Leaders Award 2014

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Adobe announced that its Managing Director for South Asia, Umang Bedi has been awarded the prestigious ‘40 under 40’ award by The Economic Times and Spencer Stuart at an award ceremony organized at the Four Seasons hotel in Mumbai.
Umang was felicitated by Deepak Parekh, Chairman, HDFC who was also the chair of the jury. The other esteemed members of the jury included Anjali Bansal, Managing Director, Spencer Stuart India, Subodh Bhargava, Chairman, Tata Communications, Sanjeev Bikhchandani, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Info Edge India, Harish Manwani, Chief Operating Officer, Unilever, Non-Executive Chairman, Hindustan Unilever Ltd., D Shivakumar, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo India and Dr. Janmejaya Sinha, Chairman, Boston Consulting Group, Asia Pacific.
Speaking at the occasion, Umang Bedi, Managing Director, South Asia, Adobe said, “This recognition is truly an honor and I thank The Economic Times, Spencer Stuart and the esteemed jury members for this award. I am humbled to be named amongst such innovative and intellectual business leaders.  I dedicate this award to the employees of Adobe’s India business who have contributed to my success and the success of the company.”
As a business leader, Umang is responsible for Adobe’s business operations – growing the sales and marketing functions, driving strategic partnerships and alliances, expanding the channel partner ecosystem and driving cloud services opportunities within the enterprise, government, education and SMB sector in the South Asia region.
The felicitation ceremony also saw the launch of a report showcasing the winners and their contribution. The report was unveiled by Vinod Mahanta, Chief Editor, Corporate Dossier, The Economic Times.

Oracle Introduces Oracle Solaris 11.2 – Engineered for Cloud

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Oracle introduced Oracle Solaris 11.2, a modern cloud platform that melds efficient virtualization, application-driven software-defined networking (SDN) technology and a full OpenStack distribution. This powerful combination of an enterprise-class operating system and other components creates a highly efficient, compliant, secure, open and affordable software platform for cloud computing.
With deep integration among Oracle Database, Java and Oracle Applications, businesses can use Oracle Solaris 11.2 to deliver the most reliable, high-performance, efficient and secure IT services and accelerate time-to-market for new deployments. Oracle Solaris is an important component of Oracle’s Systems business.
Oracle Solaris 11.2 is a complete, integrated and open platform engineered for large-scale enterprise cloud environments. It combines OpenStack, SDN technology, clustering, and virtualization with a proven enterprise-class OS, all in a single product. Customers can simplify their IT infrastructure and deliver reliable, high-performance, efficient, compliant and secure cloud services to their end customers at low cost. Oracle Solaris 11.2 incorporates a complete OpenStack distribution, bringing OpenStack functionality to Oracle Solaris environments and managing other hypervisors and infrastructure in the data center.
Oracle Solaris 11.2 allows IT organizations to now deliver services from “zero to cloud” in minutes rather than weeks, with enterprise-grade reliability, security, and performance. Oracle Solaris 11.2 features simpler, faster lifecycle management capabilities than previous releases. For example, one customer reported 16x higher administrator productivity with Oracle Solaris compared to Red Hat.
Oracle Solaris 11.2 offers an integrated hypervisor on both SPARC and x86 for zero-overhead-virtualization, in addition to its current Solaris Zones capabilities.Oracle Solaris 11.2 introduces application-driven Software Defined Networking that integrates with Oracle Java, Oracle Database and Oracle Applications in order to deliver application-level quality of service. Oracle Solaris 11.2 is the latest in a series of innovations from Oracle’s growing Systems business designed to enable customers to become more agile and reduce cost by simplifying their IT using Oracle hardware and software engineered together. Thousands of customers worldwide are running Oracle Solaris 11 on Oracle servers and Engineered Systems today.
Together with SPARC servers, Oracle Solaris continues to excel with new performance records with Java, Oracle Database and in virtualized environments. Oracle Solaris 11.2 provides investment protection with binary compatibility that has allowed customers to run their existing apps over multiple generations of Oracle Solaris.
Customers can seamlessly upgrade to Oracle Solaris 11.2 within minutes and take full advantage of the new cloud capabilities. Oracle Solaris 11.2 is engineered to deliver record-breaking performance and efficiency when deployed with Oracle ZFS Storage Appliances. Oracle Solaris 11.2 Beta is now available for download via Oracle Technology Network (OTN).
“Oracle’s relentless innovation offers customers the strongest cloud product portfolio in the industry. By engineering the OS, the virtualization, SDN and OpenStack together, Oracle Solaris 11.2 provides a complete cloud solution,” said John Fowler, executive vice president, Systems, Oracle. “It’s a complete platform for simple, efficient, secure, compliant and open enterprise cloud deployments that can help customers accelerate their businesses and capitalize on the potential of cloud computing while reducing cost.”
“Cloud computing is creating an entirely new set of expectations for enterprise-class infrastructure software,” said Al Gillen, Program VP, Servers and System Software, IDC. “Where once offering the piece parts — the OS, virtualization and networking — was a sufficient starting point, having an integrated solution is becoming more of the expectation for enterprise customers looking to build a private cloud. With Oracle Solaris 11.2, Oracle offers an enterprise-ready solution that includes OpenStack based management, and makes enterprise cloud deployments easier and more affordable.”

Intel Outlines Opportunities for Partners at 2014 Asia Solutions Summit

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Around 500 Intel Technology Partners from Asia Pacific and Japan meet in Singapore this week at the 2014 Intel Solutions Summit (ISS). This week’s event is the fourth of five on the global ISS schedule, the company’s largest partner event.Ferhad Patel, director, reseller channel organization (RCO), Asia Pacific and Japan at Intel said the computing industry is undergoing rapid transformation, and that this presents a diverse and growing range of opportunities for the company’s channel partners.
“Intel’s strategy is to embrace computing in all its forms,” said Patel. “We are taking Intel Architecture into new markets, like IoT, while the 2 in 1 form factor is expanding into new verticals like education.” “Meanwhile, compelling new form factors such as mini PCs and all-in-ones (AIOs) are challenging traditional assumptions about desktops and driving renewed excitement,” Patel said.
ISS provides Intel’s Channel community with access to key marketing and business strategies, leadership, and information regarding specific customer solutions designed to help partners succeed in the marketplace. Along with informative learning opportunities, ISS is an ideal setting for partners to garner valuable knowledge from their peers and from Intel. Valuable programs include keynotes, the product and solution showcase, the annual Channel awards, education sessions and networking opportunities.

Acer Launches ICONIA W4 3G on Facebook

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After successfully launching the ICONIA W4, Acer India, the country’s leading PC vendor, has introduced its latest 3G enabled ICONIA W4 tablet on Facebook. The tablet is being launched in India ahead of other countries, following the remarkable response received by its predecessor in the region.
Launching the tablet on Facebook is an innovative first-of-its kind initiative by the company. Recently Acer’s Facebook page recorded a million fans, an important milestone in its social media journey. To celebrate this accomplishment and reward the company’s loyal fan base, the company has introduced a pre-book offer for its fans where they can pre-book their favorite tablet and avail a special offer worth Rs. 2999. With the 64GB tablet, consumers can take home the stylish crunch cover worth Rs. 2999 absolutely free.
Acer has introduced a specially designed app for this offer. To avail the offer, participants can visit the official Facebook page of Acer India, and register their details on the app. Additionally, consumers can also log into the app, participate in an exciting contest to answer questions about the tablet, and stand a chance to win the ICONIA W4 3G tablet.
The Windows 8.1 powered tablet, ICONIA W4 3G comes with the Generation Intel® Atom™ Quad Core processor, offering faster tablet performance as well as battery life up to 10 hours for web browsing and up to 8 hours for video playback. Packed with pre-installed Microsoft Office Home and Student edition 2013, the tablet also features the IPS and Zero Air Gap technologies that provide enhanced clarity and brightness.
“The world of computing is brimming with newer devices spurred by the consumer need for constant connectivity. Our recently launched ICONIA W4 has redefined industry norms by becoming the device-of-choice for a wide cross-section of consumers. Constantly raising the bar for technological excellence, we bring to you the 3G version of our latest tablet, the ICONIA W4. The tablet is a fully powered, pocket-sized office, and will comprehensively address the consumer requirements for mobile productivity and immersive entertainment”, commented Harish Kohli, Managing Director, Acer India.
Announcing the launch, Rajendran, Chief Marketing Officer, Acer India, said, “Consumers are travelling, working on their latest presentations, and talking to their friends, often all at the same time. This is the raison d’être for the tremendous success of our portable computing devices, the ICONIA W4 being the most recent one. Expanding our tablet portfolio, we are extremely pleased to introduce the 3G variant of the ICONIA W4 tablet. 3G capability means three times more productivity and entertainment, and the ICONIA W4 3G packs even more power to this incredibly popular device.”