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Complete Transition to Touchscreen Will Take A Few More Years—If At All

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The evolution of the smartphone has paved the way for touchscreen technology to grow. The tablet PC market has erupted in the past year or so, and one can argue that the segment is made possible with the optimisation of touchscreen. With the introduction of Windows 8, we’re seeing the first widespread use of touchscreen for laptops. Some are saying that it won’t be long before other household appliances or industrial tools are given touchscreen interfaces. Continue Reading

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TM SME Launches Unifi BIZ50 and BIZ30 Plans

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Telekom Malaysia Bhd (“TM”) introduced two new high speed broadband products specifically for the small and medium enterprises (SME) market last week. The new products – UniFi BIZ30 and BIZ50 bring high-speed connectivity via its fibre network at affordable prices.

TM currently has nearly 500,000 SME customers, and targets to convert 10% to BIZ30 and BIZ50 customers within the first year.

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Carlos Lacerda is New Managing Director for Microsoft Malaysia

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Carlos Lacerda. Image credit: Microsoft Malaysia

Microsoft continues some shifts in its executive line-up after the much-publicised abrupt exit of turnaround artist Steven Sinofsky, with the appointment of a new Managing Director for Malaysia. The new MD, Carlos Lacerda, will lead the company’s efforts to chart business, innovation and thought leadership. Former Microsoft Malaysia head honcho, Ananth Lazarus, moves up to a more regional role as Partner Sales Lead for the Asia Pacific Region.

Carlos is no stranger to Microsoft having previously served in various leadership roles for Microsoft’s business groups as well as sales and marketing functions in Europe.

“I am thrilled to join the Microsoft Malaysia family. This couldn’t be a better year to come on board – especially with this year being the 20th anniversary of Microsoft’s commitment to Malaysia as well as a tremendous year of innovation for the company. I look forward to working with the rest of the team in bringing to life our pledge of Transforming Malaysia Together and take Microsoft Malaysia forward into the next phase of our history,” said Carlos.

Under Ananth’s leadership, Microsoft Malaysia has seen its business and market leadership grow, becoming a trusted advisor to the Malaysian Government on ICT-related matters, and lead many transformation initiatives in the area of education, businesses and lives that Microsoft is renowned for.

Congratulations to both Carlos and Ananth on their new roles!

 

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Microsoft Appoints Carlos Lacerda As Managing Director For Malaysia

Business, innovation and thought leadership will be channeled towards Microsoft’s commitment to transform Malaysia together

KUALA LUMPUR, 14 November 2012 – Microsoft has announced Carlos Lacerda as its new Managing Director for Malaysia, who will lead the company’s effort to chart business, innovation and thought leadership to positively transform Malaysian education, businesses and lives. Microsoft also announced the appointment of Ananth Lazarus to his new role as Partner Sales Lead for the Asia Pacific region.

“I am thrilled to join the Microsoft Malaysia family. This couldn’t be a better year to come on board – especially with this year being the 20th anniversary of Microsoft’s commitment to Malaysia as well as a tremendous year of innovation for the company. I look forward to working with the rest of the team in bringing to life our pledge of Transforming Malaysia Together and take Microsoft Malaysia forward into the next phase of our history,” said Carlos.

Carlos is no stranger to Microsoft having previously served in various leadership roles for Microsoft’s business groups as well as sales and marketing functions in Europe. He then left in 2009 to become Chief Executive Officer at Farminveste, IPG, a holding company with interests in various industries including pharmaceuticals, information technology (“IT”), real estate, healthcare, market research as well as E-commerce, online information and advertising. Beyond his responsibilities as Farmvinveste CEO, Carlos also serves in various industry advisory boards.

Commenting on the newly appointed MD for Microsoft Malaysia, Microsoft APAC President Tracey Fellows added “Carlos was identified through an extensive search within and outside Microsoft. I see in Carlos a blend of great leadership, an ability to learn new industries and manage change in challenging economic conditions. At the same time, he has a real passion for Microsoft – the people, the products, and our impact. All this has made him an excellent choice for this role. Carlos joins an already diverse and dynamic management team in Malaysia, and I have full confidence in his leadership of the team towards a stronger growth trajectory.”

Meanwhile, outgoing managing director for Microsoft Malaysia, Ananth Lazarus will move on to lead the company’s Partner Sales function in the Asia Pacific region, based in Singapore. Under Ananth’s leadership, Microsoft Malaysia has seen its business and market leadership grow, becoming a trusted advisor to the Malaysian Government on ICT related matters, and lead many transformation initiatives in the area of education, businesses and lives. Ananth’s sustained focus on customers and partners also led to Microsoft Malaysia having the highest customer satisfaction ratings in the Asia Pacific Region.

As the new Partner Sales Lead for Microsoft Asia Pacific, Ananth will be responsible for the region’s partner strategy to grow share, platform adoption and readiness. He will also be accountable for joint field pipeline engagement, helping Microsoft’s partners across the region in various.

“Taking on the Managing Director role in Malaysia was in many ways very rewarding for me personally. Having spent about six years here, leading Microsoft Malaysia became more than a job: I have had the pleasure of seeing Malaysia leverage technology to transform itself into a leading nation today. Now, with my new role, I have been tasked to further influence an important part of Microsoft’s business which I’m very passionate about. I am looking forward to leading a part of the businesses that has grown in complexity and opportunity over the last few years. Even so, while I am excited to be given this opportunity, Malaysia will continue to stay very close to my heart,” said Ananth.

Commenting on Ananth’s appointment to his regional role, Tracey Fellows said, “Through Ananth’s leadership, Microsoft Malaysia has grown its business in the last three years with a positive impact across education, businesses and lives. This is an encouraging feat considering the opportunities and growth of the market as well as the very competitive nature of our business. He has successfully led the effort to attract top notch talent, while having a relentless focus on addressing customer and partner needs. I am very pleased to see him take on this new and expanded role.”

Carlos will assume his responsibilities as Managing Director for Microsoft Malaysia upon completion of the necessary work authorization processes.

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Intel Celebrates 40 Years of Excellence in Malaysia, Throws Street Carnival in Penang

Intel Penang. Image credit: MaxIT

Intel Penang. Image credit: MaxIT

Intel celebrated its 40 years of excellence and success in Malaysia by throwing a big Street Carnival at its Penang campus grounds, involving over 7,000 of Intel employees. The 40-year journey is a significant milestone for the microprocessing giant.

Managing Director of Intel Malaysia, Robin Martin, was quick to iterate that the ongoing success of Intel was attributed to the hard work and dedication by its employees both past and present. Intel accorded special recognition to ten long service employees – all who have been Intel Malaysia team members for an astounding 39 years.

Since its establishment on the island in 1972, Intel Malaysia has grown strongly from an assembly plant with a staff of 100 to being Intel’s most complex offshore sites. When it first started operations, Intel’s initial investment was $1.6 million (RM5.6 million). It has now grown to more than US$4 billion (RM12.22 billion).

Intel Malaysia currently runs its operations with key competencies that support Intel Corporation’s various platforms, including its role as one of Intel Corporation’s largest Assembly, Test and Manufacturing (ATM) facilities. ATM facilities contribute contribute significantly to Intel Corp’s high volume manufacturing business.

“As Intel continues to grow in Malaysia, we will seek to move Intel Malaysia up the value chain to focus on high-value activities such as design & development and R&D. Our goal is for Intel Malaysia to be innovation-driven, in line with the government’s vision of becoming a high-income economy,” said Robin.

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Intel Celebrates 40 Years of Excellence in Malaysia

 Intel Malaysia recognizes employees’ contribution to its four decades of success with Street Carnival 

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Intel celebrates 40 years in Malaysia with a Street Carnival on Intel Penang campus grounds.
  • In conjunction with the 40th anniversary celebrations, the company honors ten long service employees for their dedication and determination throughout their service of 39 years.
  • Intel remains committed to its operations with an employee base of over 9,000 people.
  • Intel continues to look forward to being a partner in nation building, in line with the government’s vision of becoming a high-income economy.

GEORGE TOWN, October 15, 2012 – The rain could not dampen their spirits, as more than 7,000 Intel employees celebrated Intel’s achievements and success over 40 years of operations in Malaysia. Intel’s 40th anniversary Street Carnival, held within Penang campus grounds, marked the culmination of a year-long celebration that kicked off with a launch event earlier this year.

“Our people are our greatest assets. Today marks a significant milestone for Intel in Malaysia and we attribute our ongoing success to all our dedicated employees, both past and present,” said Robin Martin, Managing Director of Intel Malaysia.

Intel also accorded special recognition to ten long service employees – who have worked and journeyed with Intel Malaysia for 39 years now.

“We are very proud to have ten valued employees who have spent the bulk of their working lives with us. The fact that they have been with us for nearly four decades is a testament of Intel’s reputation as a great place to work. We truly value their dedication and determination throughout these years,” Robin said.

Steven Loh, one of the ten long-service employees, joined Intel as a technician in June 1973. Since then, he has built his career and undertaken various technical roles in the company. Today he assumes the position of a Senior Platform Design Engineer with the Intelligent Systems Group, working on Intel latest and most advanced technologies with other Intel counterparts around the world.

“Intel is not just a place of work for me – this is where I’ve gained new skills and knowledge. It feels great to be part of the global Intel family. Every single day is still an exciting journey for us all at Intel,” said Loh.

Since its establishment here in 1972, Intel Malaysia has grown from an assembly plant with a staff of 100 to being one of Intel’s most complex offshore sites. Intel’s initial investment of US$1.6 million (RM5.6 million) when it first started operations has now grown to more than US$4 billion (RM12.22 billion).

Today, Intel Malaysia runs its operations with key competencies that support Intel Corporation’s various platform challenges. This includes its role as one of Intel Corporation’s largest Assembly, Test and Manufacturing (ATM) facilities contributing significantly to Intel Corporation’s high volume manufacturing.

In addition, Intel Malaysia has built strong credentials in design and development with two design centers in Malaysia under the Intel Architecture Group: a Chip Design Center in Penang and a Board Design Center in Kulim. Furthermore,  Intel Malaysia plays a strategic role as the regional and global centre for shared services in IT, Finance and Human Resources.

Intel Malaysia’s operations are currently conducted out of a high-tech campus with 10 buildings on the island as well as on the mainland in Kulim, Kedah.

“As Intel continues to grow in Malaysia, we will seek to move Intel Malaysia up the value chain to focus on high-value activities such as design & development and R&D. Our goal is for Intel Malaysia to be innovation-driven, in line with the government’s vision of becoming a high-income economy,” said Robin.

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HP Introduces ProLiant Gen8 Servers, Made for Shift to Cloud

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HP recently unveiled two new HP ProLiant Generation 8 (Gen8) four-socket servers that deliver increased performance in less space and offers a return on investment within three months. The new products are the industry’s first four-socket servers to incorporate HP ProActive Insight Architecture.

The HP ProLiant BL660c and DL560 Gen8 servers significantly reduce maintenance time through high levels of automation and continuous monitoring of system health, translating to more than 30 days of administrative time-saving in a year.

The HP ProLiant BL660c offers four-socket density in half the size of the previous generation server, effectively reducing server footprint in the data center through a three-to-one server consolidation rate. As a result, total cost of ownership is reduced by up to 30%.

The HP ProLiant DL560 Gen8 server on the other hand provides space-minimising four-socket server in a 2U form factor without compromising performance, scalability or expansion requirements.

The servers are building blocks for HP Converged Infrastructure – the multi-processor setup meeting demands of high-end computing power that is required for end-to-end virtualisation and provides the foundation for private and hybrid clouds.

The new servers deliver:

  • Improved storage performance with the first integrated PCIe 3.0 storage technology, providing twice the input/output bandwidth and up to six times faster performance than previous generations.
  • Enhanced VM support with a memory design that is five times more dense than competitive offerings and delivers lower latency than previous generations.
  • Up to 50 percent better memory performance than competitive offerings, enabling more consolidation of virtual applications on fewer servers.

Pricing and availability
The HP ProLiant DL560 Gen8 and HP ProLiant BL660c Gen8 are available worldwide with starting prices of $5,912 and $7,970, respectively.

HP’s premier Europe, Middle East and Africa client event, HP Discover, takes place Dec. 4-6 in Frankfurt, Germany.

 

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HP Introduces ProLiant Gen8 Servers That Enhance Virtualized Performance, Facilitate Move to Cloud 

Ultradense four-socket servers reset performance bar

KUALA LUMPUR — Oct. 31, 2012 — HP today unveiled two new HP ProLiant Generation 8 (Gen8) four-socket servers that facilitate customers’ move to cloud while delivering increased compute power in less space and  a return on investment within three months.(1)

The industry’s first four-socket servers to incorporate HP ProActive Insight Architecture, the HP ProLiant BL660c and DL560 Gen8 servers significantly reduce the time spent on maintenance tasks through high levels of automation and continuous monitoring of system health, saving IT staff more than 30 days of administration time a year.(2)

Clients are continuously virtualizing their compute-intensive applications in order to achieve greater utilization and efficiency, and to facilitate the move to private and hybrid clouds. Many clients have virtualized the basic infrastructure and smaller workloads, but a challenge still remains with more complex and higher-end workloads. Clients often face performance bottlenecks, data-center footprint and power limitations, and inadequate memory capacity from traditional two-socket servers.

As building blocks for HP Converged Infrastructure, these multiprocessor servers satisfy the need for high-end compute power that enables clients to extend end-to-end virtualization and provide a foundation for creating private and hybrid clouds.

With a three-to-one server-consolidation rate(3) and reduced server footprint in the data center, the HP ProLiant BL660c Gen8 server offers four-socket density in half the size of the previous generation, and reduces total cost of ownership (TCO) by up to 30 percent.(4)

Additionally, the HP ProLiant DL560 Gen8 server provides a space-minimizing four-socket server in a 2U form factor without compromising performance, scalability or expansion requirements.

New server capabilities in a powerful, compact footprint 

The HP ProLiant BL660c and HP ProLiant DL560 Gen8 servers were designed to drive better performance for complex, virtualized environments so clients can access their data faster, optimize their system to achieve higher-performing workloads and add more virtual machines (VMs) per server. The new servers deliver:

  • Improved storage performance with the first integrated PCIe 3.0 storage technology(5), providing twice the input/output bandwidth(6) and up to six times faster performance than previous generations.(7)
  • Enhanced VM support with a memory design that is five times more dense than competitive offerings(8) and delivers lower latency than previous generations.(9)
  • Up to 50 percent better memory performance than competitive offerings, enabling more consolidation of virtual applications on fewer servers.(10)

The new servers drive a balance of economics and density for customers, while optimizing application performance to help speed innovation and business growth. For example, ZTE Corporation, one of the world’s largest smartphone vendors, needed to break through its capacity limitation and enhance the adaptability of the traditional data center in order to be able to keep up the business rapid growth.

“We needed to modernize our data centers in order to keep up with rapid growth and to ensure continued service to our customers across 140 countries,” said Yu Yuan, product manager, ZTE Corporation—Guangdong NewStart Technology Service Ltd. “We chose the HP ProLiant DL 560 Gen8 server over the competition because it offered increased virtual machine densities to reduce space and cost, while improving performance, which enabled us to develop a platform to build private clouds.”

Built on HP Proactive Insight Architecture

HP ProLiant Gen8 servers redefine expectations and economics in the data center by leveraging HP ProActive Insight Architecture to offer the new four-socket servers unprecedented lifecycle automation. A direct connection to the HP Insight Online portal accelerates problem resolution and reduced unplanned downtime. Through self monitoring, self diagnosing and proactive support, clients can resolve problems up to 66 percent faster.(11)

The advanced technologies of the HP ProLiant Gen8 portfolio, tested in real-world data centers and built with 150 client-inspired design innovations, eliminate common server problems that cause failures, downtime and data loss.

Pricing and availability

The HP ProLiant DL560 Gen8 and HP ProLiant BL660c Gen8 are available worldwide with starting (US) prices of $5,912 and $7,970, respectively.

HP’s premier Europe, Middle East and Africa client event, HP Discover, takes place Dec. 4-6 in Frankfurt, Germany.

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FalconStor Opens APAC Regional Office in Singapore, Continues Global Expansion

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FalconStor Software, Inc. (“FalconStor”), a market leader in disk-based data protection, has announced the official opening of its Asia Pacific (APAC) regional headquarters in Singapore. The award-winning US-based data protection expert also has offices in Malaysia, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, China, Hong Kong, and Australia.

According to FalconStor, Singapore was selected because of its outstanding infrastructure and strong trade links.

The regional headquarters will be spearheaded by Suresh Nair, FalconStor APAC’s general manager and vice president of sales and marketing, who will coordinate and support FalconStor’s APAC intiatives.

Aside from enhancing sales operations in APAC, the regional headquarters will house technology experts in financial, human resources and IT support functions. It will also house training facilities for partners to upgrade skills to better serve customers. An new solutions center for partners to demonstrate products is also integrated.

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FalconStor Opens APAC Regional Office in Singapore, Continues Global Expansion

KUALA LUMPUR, October 22, 2012 –  <http://www.falconstor.com/> FalconStor Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: FALC), a market leader in disk-based data protection, today announced the official opening of the company’s Asia Pacific (APAC) regional headquarters in Singapore. FalconStor currently has offices in Malaysia, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, China, Hong Kong, and Australia.

“FalconStor has experienced growth throughout APAC due to the wide acceptance of FalconStor’s award-winning data protection and recovery solutions, and we expect it to be a key driver of the company’s future growth,” said Jim McNiel, president and CEO of FalconStor Software. “Our investment in the Singapore office demonstrates our commitment to our regional channel partners, to their customers and to the APAC business community at large.”

Because of its outstanding infrastructure and strong trade links, Singapore is an ideal location for FalconStor to grow its share of the APAC market for data protection, replication and recovery.

Spearheaded by Suresh Nair, general manager and vice president of sales and marketing of Asia Pacific for FalconStor, the new Singapore headquarters will coordinate and support FalconStor’s initiatives in APAC countries. The new office establishes a strong company presence to meet the growing demand for world-class data protection and recovery solutions; and it offers comprehensive local and regional sales support and resources, including:

  • A sales operations center that houses the local sales team and technology experts as well as regional financial, human resources and IT support functions.
  • Training facilities for partners to upgrade their skill set to serve their customers.
  • A new solutions center for partners to demonstrate products and to stage complex solution designs for customers.

“The new Singapore office significantly enhances our sales operations in APAC,” said Suresh Nair. “In addition to our core set of sales support services, the office provides customers the ability to test our solutions before they make a buying decision. Ultimately, our active presence in Singapore will help us build stronger relationships with our partners and customers, which will strengthen our leadership in the region.”

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