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Malaysia on the fast lane to become Cloud Computing Hub – Malaysia Cloud & Datacenter Digital Summit 2020

Malaysia Cloud & Datacenter Digital Summit, organized by W.Media, took place virtually on October 8, 2020.

The digital event saw the coming together of more than 200 IT (Information Technology) and DC (Datacenter) professionals, business leaders, and other technology enthusiasts who discussed the future of the cloud, datacenter, 5G, IoT (Internet of things) in South East Asia, particularly Malaysia.

Cloud and datacenter were at the center of discussion and were closely knitted in almost all panel discussions and thought leadership presentations.

Let’s look at some of the key highlights of the digital event.

Malaysia Cloud & Datacenter Digital Summit 2020 – the major highlights

As mentioned in the starting of this write-up, cloud and datacenter technologies were one of the hot topics of discussion at the event.

Let’s explore the reason why.

Malaysia stands at the very edge of transforming into a full-fledged cloud computing hub and many factors or driving forces are leading towards this mega shift. In the budget 2020, the Malaysian government earmarked a whopping amount of MYR 21.6 bn into the National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan (NFCP). This move indicates the government’s focus on accelerating digital transformation by promoting more cloud adoption and roll-out of 5G connectivity through Malaysia.

The event included key sessions by leading cloud and datacenter professionals who shared their views on the digital future of Malaysia and the growth drivers.

Let’s look at some of the key session highlights.

Role of Enterprise Architecture (EA) in driving digital transformation across organizations

In his opening presentation, Aaron Tan DaniChairman, IASA ASIA PACIFIC, shared how a well-defined EA blueprint can help organizations successfully implement their digital transformation goals. Quoting a prediction by Gartner, “By 2025, organizations will predominantly focus EA on delivering business outcomes from the perspectives of their business ecosystem” he said digital transformation has become the need of the hour. According to him, 2025 is this year- 2020 only, due to the COVID-19 induced push for getting digitally transformed.

Source: Malaysia Cloud and Datacenter Digital Summit, 2020

He further shared key designs of EA principles that can drive digital transformation across organizations, as well as the key challenges faced by enterprises when moving from computerization to digitalization.

Importance of cybersecurity and risk assessment during cloud migration

Highlighting the key cloud migration challenges and risk assessment, Sina Manavi – Group AIA, shared how cloud migration is not as easy as it sounds. Presence of multiple vendors, agents, servers, administration overheads, integration issues, etc. make the process a bit complex for the first-time movers. He shared a few cloud migration challenges faced by almost every organization willing to step into the cloud:

  • What security controls to use?
  • Building a cloud security framework
  • Building a data protection framework
  • Planning for legacy apps, asset inventory, etc.
  • Access to automation tools and integration capabilities

He further shared a few solutions to overcome the above challenges. According to him, setting up a cloud risk management and governance framework can simplify the cloud migration. He also emphasised the role of cloud service providers in helping organizations swiftly move towards the cloud.

Source: Malaysia Cloud and Datacenter Digital Summit, 2020

Lack of knowledge and cloud data management – key challenges to cloud adoption in Malaysia

In his session, Malaysia Cloud-First Strategy, IR. Wan Murdani Mohamad, shared Malaysia’s direction in accelerating cloud adoption from 2017 to 2021. The Malaysian government has set a target of achieving 50% cloud adoption by the year 2024. The focus in 2021 would be on the implementation of cloud-first strategy in the public sector.

To accelerate cloud adoption, Malaysia is focusing on two high impact domains – Governance and People. Formation of cloud computing committees and upskilling competencies across people through cloud awareness program are key strategies to speed-up the cloud adoption across the Malaysian economy.

He further stated lack of knowledge, skills, and experience in the cloud followed by cloud data management complexities as the key challenges that can hinder cloud adoption.

Digital Infra and cloud – the key drivers of datacenter growth in Malaysia

In his thought leadership presentation, Sabarinathan Sampath – SVP & COO, ZNet Technologies, shared his outlook on the datacenter growth in South East Asia, specifically Malaysia, and how cloud and digital infrastructure plays a key role in driving this growth.

Source: Malaysia Cloud and Datacenter Digital Summit, 2020

The presence of digital infra components like 5G, automation tools, cloud computing, and APIs can make businesses agile and help them in providing great user experience and build long-lasting customer relationships.

With its proactive measures to drive cloud adoption – from improvements in connectivity, energy sustainability, and business sophistication to enabling MYR 16 billion revenue opportunity for service providers with the advent of 5G, Malaysia is on a fast lane to cloud adoption.

Apart from key sessions and presentations, the event also had interviews of Wan Murdani Mohamad, MDEC, Vidit Arora, Securonix and interactive panel discussions like:

  • Next-gen Cybersecurity – How can Malaysia do better?

The participants were Alvin Teoh, MDEC; Peter Leong, Technology Program Director; Vidit Arora, Securonix; and Moderator: Fong Choong Fook, LGMS

  • Data Centers at the Crossroads: Transformational Strategies

The participants were Ong Chin Seong, PIKOM; Tan Tze Meng, MDEC; Mohamad Rejab bin Sulaiman, TM One; Rhys Cole, Powershield; and Moderator: James Rix, Arcadis UK

The event was sponsored by MDEC, Open Computing Singapore, HR.Exchange, Securonix, Insyghts Security, etc. DHN was one of the media partners.

Overall, it was an insightful event with a lot of takeaways for those in the cloud, datacenter, and technology domains.

If you missed the live event, you can watch the on-demand session to know more about the topics that were discussed.

If you’re looking to attend more such cloud and datacenter focused events, get ready to join Thailand Cloud and Datacenter Digital Summit on 4th November 2020. Register for this upcoming cloud event through this special link.

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Microsoft empowers Indian startups to scale globally with new initiative and venture fund expansion

Microsoft is expanding its venture fund M12 to India to create new value for startups and venture capitals (VCs) and help them keep up with the pace and direction of innovation.

M12 is a venture fund of Microsoft that invests in innovators who align their focus on cutting-edge technologies enabling digital transformation. The team of M12 comprises experienced VCs and Microsoft veterans who can support and scale companies by leveraging the expansive resources of Microsoft.

“Microsoft has been playing a vital role in shaping and nurturing the startup community in India and across the world. With our intelligent tech expertise, deep focus on trust and unique global go to market partnering, we empower unicorns and startups to scale sustainably at a global level. We remain excited about India’s entrepreneurial startup potential and will continue to accelerate it as a growth engine for the economy,” Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India.

Startups play a crucial role in India to bring innovation and disruption in several areas, create new jobs, and provide technical solutions. It eventually improves the lives of people. Microsoft is well-positioned to assist the startups in India to help them evolve from market ready to enterprise ready.

The tech giant believes that expansion of M12 will help Indian startups to adopt the next phase of growth. It is already supporting startups to become enterprise-ready with Microsoft for Startups initiative.

Microsoft for Startups provides opportunities for startups to reach all over the world through Microsoft’s cloud marketplace, enterprise sales team, and partner ecosystem. The initiative also allows startups to co-sell with Microsoft sales teams and access the top tech VCs in the global arena and mentorship from industry veterans.

Microsoft claims that its Microsoft for Startups initiative has already closed over 120 co-sell deals in just 18 months.

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Latest release of Red Hat Process Automation to bridge gaps between IT developers and business analysts

Delivers new capabilities for both IT and business users to participate in application development, enabling organizations to better meet the digital transformation imperative

Red Hat, Inc., the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the latest release of Red Hat Process Automation, introducing new capabilities designed to address functional and knowledge gaps between IT developers and business analysts, enabling them to apply domain-specific expertise to the development of applications that automate processes and decisions to more rapidly adapt to a changing business environment.

According to industry analyst firm Forrester, “The way we do business is changing, and there is a major push underway to reframe organizational operational processes around digital transformation efforts. The nature of core organizational processes is changing to meet customer expectations and keep up with the increasing threat of more automated, disruptive competitors.”[1]

As a result of this shift, and the increasing role of software as a catalyst for competitive differentiation, both business and development teams are now on the front lines of digital transformation. Red Hat Process Automation enables these teams to work together–each contributing their own unique expertise, and each using tools and technologies tailored to their skills–to create modern, cloud-native applications aligned with key business objectives.

To support this collaborative and integrated approach, the latest release of Red Hat Process Automation introduces a collaborative environment where individuals can make changes to project assets independently and simultaneously. Using these shared workspaces can lead to a more efficient, iterative and agile development process.

New capabilities designed to help users more easily model processes and decisions, and build applications to automate them, include:

  • An integrated modeler for building Decision Model Notation (DMN) compliant decision models;
  • An editor specifically designed for creating case management models (currently in Tech Preview);
  • Test scenarios that enable users to define, test and validate decision models before moving them into production. Test scenarios work with both traditional models, created with rule and decision table editors, and with DMN models created with a DMN editor.
  • Rule models that can be compiled into an executable form that are designed to improve start-up and execution times, and as a result, applications can better conform to the needs of cloud and Function-as-a-Service environments.

Red Hat Process Automation has been optimized for deployment on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, the industry’s most comprehensive enterprise Kubernetes platform, giving IT developers and business users a common infrastructure for building and scaling microservice-based applications across hybrid and multicloud environments. Combined with other Red Hat Middleware on OpenShift, Red Hat Process Automation helps create an application environment where developers can innovate with higher productivity yet at the same time create solutions that are more reliable in production.

A new Red Hat-certified Kubernetes Operator simplifies this task by automating the installation, configuration and management of Red Hat Process Automation on OpenShift, which not only can reduce the workload on operations staff but can also improve the resiliency of process automation services.

The overall business automation value chain encompasses a spectrum of technologies. Process automation, which primarily includes capabilities for business decisions and processes, can be augmented with tools designed to automate specific, repetitive tasks, such as Robotic Process Automation (RPA). Red Hat is collaborating with RPA innovators to help customers better meet business objectives through end-to-end automation.

Also read: Red Hat Quay 3 brings support for Windows containers and multiple architectures

Availability

Red Hat Process Automation is available now. Customers can get the latest updates from the Red Hat Customer Portal.

Supporting Quotes

Mike Piech, vice president and general manager, Middleware, Red Hat

“We’re excited about how Red Hat Process Automation extends the development productivity and operational reliability benefits of our application environment vision to encompass direct participation of business stakeholders.”

Ciro Velasquez, head of Enterprise Architecture & Integration, Tecnológico de Monterrey

“Becoming a process-driven organization is fundamental for the transformation process we engaged with some years ago. Red Hat Process Automation allows our teams to focus on process optimization and its outcomes, measuring our effectiveness in achieving our goals.”

Marc Aché, CTO, Engineering, WorkFusion

“The combination of WorkFusion and Red Hat Process Automation enables companies to expand their level of automation for business processes. With Red Hat managing the end-to-end process and WorkFusion orchestrating labor-intensive manual tasks with intelligent automation technology, more aspects of enterprise operations can be fully automated — which can lead to lower costs with greater agility and competitiveness.”

Mike O’Boyle, head of sales, Europe, Crossvale

“Today, where every business is an IT business, their demands grow and so too does the complexity of handling the data. Customer experience is vital to future business and the latest edition of Red Hat’s Process Automation technology has been core to helping Crossvale build Panorama, delivering omnichannel integration across applications and workflow. Now our customers can better streamline and simplify operational complexity while being able to maintain regulatory compliance.”

Carl Lehman, principal analyst, Architecture, 451 Research

“It’s inadequate to merely enable efficiency through process automation. Digital businesses must also consistently make better and faster decisions. Digital automation platforms, like that offered by Red Hat, allow business and IT professionals to jointly design, prototype and deploy ‘smart’ applications equipped with decision models that enable intelligent process automation while more reliably producing consistent business outcomes.”

[1]              Forrester, “The Growing Importance of Process to Digital Transformation,” May 8, 2018

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50% of employees use apps and software not approved by the enterprise: Igloo report

Employees are confident about the security of the tools and systems implemented by their companies. But their behavior is risky when it comes to sharing confidential information. As per a recent report by Igloo, 69% of employees use email for storing or sharing confidential information.

Igloo, a leading provider of intranet software & digital workplace solutions, surveyed over 2,000 individuals at companies with 250+ employees. In the report titled “2019 State of the Digital Workplace”, the company said that push for the digital transformation in the enterprise is rapidly accelerating.

Below are the key findings of Igloo’s 2019 State of the Digital Workplace report:

  • Remote employees feel left out because of traditional technologies

Today, the remote working culture is trending as more and more companies allow employees to work from outside the office. But the remote workers face several challenges.

As per the report, 69% of remote workers said that they faced challenges which aren’t faced by the employees who work from the office.

They feel missing out on information (56%), being excluded from meetings (54%), and struggling to access important documents (43%).

These challenges can be solved by adopting a modern and digital workplace.

  • Knowledge-sharing and collaboration practices remain risky

91% of employees are confident about the collaboration tools provided by the company that they would allow only authorized individuals. However, their behavior is risky when it comes to sharing confidential data. 69% of them use emails to store or share that data, 45% use shared document drives, and 38% use intranet. Only 14% of employees use secure FTP.

50% of employees use apps that aren’t approved by the enterprise. Of them, 55% use non-approved apps to avoid being tracked by the company, while 62% use these for ease of use.

Also read: 97% of enterprises perform data backup at least once a year: Acronis’ World Backup Day survey

  • Majority of intranet solutions aren’t meeting collaboration needs

80% of employees said that they use the intranet, majorly for communication, collaboration, and information sharing. However, respondents said that they found it difficult to find the resources that allow them to do so.

A lot of them reported difficulty in finding the right documents. 43% said that they chose to avoid sharing a document with a colleague because they found it difficult to find the document.

To download the full “2019 State of the Digital Workplace” report, click here.

Images source: Igloo

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Join the defining leadership forum for data center, cloud & edge at Datacloud India & SAARC 2019

Microsoft and IDC’s joint research titled Unlocking the Economic Impact of Digital Transformation in Asia Pacific predicts that by 2021, digital transformation alone will add around USD 154 billion to India’s GDP, and will increase the growth rate by 1% every year. Globalization speed, digital systems, evolving business models and markets are leading India towards a digital economy.

This digital revolution, also regarded as ‘the internet economy’, will generate new growth avenues and present the largest business opportunity in the coming 30 to 40 years.

India has proven leadership in the digital technologies, the cloud, data center, edge, colocation and IT infrastructure space.

Take a look at the following figures:

  • The total Indian data center infrastructure market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.30% during the period from 2015-2020. 2
  • India Offers $100 Billion Intelligent Edge Opportunity,- Anant Maheshwari President, Microsoft India 3
  • India’s information technology services market is forecasted to grow from around $17 billion in 2016 to around $28 billion in 2020. 4
  • India’s cloud market is expected to be worth $ 4.1 billion by 2020. 5

To explore the value of building and investing in the data center, cloud, edge and other IT infrastructure across this competitive and fast-growing economy, Datacloud is coming to India this year.

Capacity and Datacloud has partnered for the most defining communications and data infrastructure summit of IndiaDatacloud India 2019.

A look at Datacloud India 2019

Capacity India & SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Corporation) have come together with one of the leading digital infrastructure conference series – Datacloud, to provide businesses with an unparalleled opportunity to meet and connect with the region’s entire edge, cloud, voice and content ecosystem. The alignment is a joint effort to promote India and its surrounding regions as a huge growth opportunity market for the respective partners.

Capacity India & SAARC 2019 will bring together regional and international carriers, subsea and terrestrial cable operators, content providers, cloud SPs, data centres, vendors, aggregators and government bodies, and local telecom providers in India and the Indian subcontinent.

Datacloud is a global event offering thought leadership across critical IT infrastructure markets – data centers, cloud, hyperscale, edge etc. It is a one-stop platform for exploring international networking and deal-making opportunity.

In this inaugural event, attendees can meet the leaders of data center businesses, explore the latest investment opportunities and collaborate with others to build and deploy critical cloud facilities in the exponentially growing market.

The co-located Capacity India & SAARC 2019 will further extend this opportunity to connect with telco audience.

Things you should know before heading for Datacloud India 2019:

  • While the Capacity India & SAARC be taking place on 12th February, the inaugural Datacloud India & SAARC will be held on 13th February at Westin, New Delhi.
  • With a shared exhibition space, you can attend individual content stream as well as network, both at the same time.
  • The two co-located events will be accessible with one premier networking event pass.

Key topics of discussion at Datacloud India & SAARC 2019 and Capacity India & SAARC 2019

The hot topics of discussion include but do not limit to the following:

  • Trends and forecasts for Indian and SAARC telecom market
  • Interconnection opportunities in India and beyond
  • What does it mean to evolve as a digital economy
  • Digital innovation as an Economic Foundation
  • Ways to better manage your cloud infrastructure
  • Impact of Edge on cloud and data center services
  • Data Center design

A look at speakers

  • Ajay Mishra, Director Digital Transformation Consulting, Ericsson
  • William Barney, CEO – Reliance Communications
  • Gulzar Azad, Country Head Connectivity India – Google
  • Pawan K. Sharma, Head IT operations – Tata Motors
  • Bikram Singh Bedi, Head of India – Amazon Web Services
  • Rajeev Seoni, CIO – EY
  • Narender Sen, Founder & CEO, RackBank Datacenters
  • Vikas Kanungo, Senior Consultant World Bank – The World Bank
  • Manoj Paul, MD India – GPX Global

DHN is the official media partner for Datacloud India 2019.

Register today using code DHNINDIA19 and avail 15% discount. Don’t miss your chance to network with the drivers of data center, cloud and edge in India & SAARC.

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RP tech India enters into cloud business with acquisition of ZNet Technologies

The partnership enables RP tech India to provide ZNet’s cutting edge Cloud Computing solutions to Enterprise and SMB customers.

RP tech India (a division of Rashi Peripherals Pvt Ltd) today announced the acquisition of Cloud Services Provider ZNet Technologies. With this partnership, RP tech India will now offer ZNet’s cutting edge Cloud services and solutions to potential SMB and Enterprise customers in India.

According to the terms of the acquisition, RP tech India will take a majority stake in ZNet and will invest in enhancing R&D capabilities and upskilling technical manpower to support latest technologies like Cloud, IoT, AI etc. ZNet will continue to operate as an independent legal entity and various existing brands of ZNet will continue to operate as normal.

Founded in 2009, ZNet Technologies is the leading provider of IT and Cloud solutions. The company offers a wide range of services from domains to high-end Cloud infrastructure managed services under the ZNetLive brand. It offers infrastructure services from leading cloud vendors like Microsoft, AWS, Alibaba, Google and its own Data Centre based offering to its customer base. ZNetLive powers well over 90K+ websites and applications globally and is one of the very first Microsoft CSP in India.

On boarding ZNet Technologies, Mr. Kapal Pansari, Director at RP tech India said, “This partnership is a win-win for both RP tech India and ZNet. RP tech India’s vast IT distribution network and financial backing, supplemented with ZNet’s Technical expertise at the back-end will help propel this partnership to become the leading distributor of end-to-end IT infrastructure including new age cloud services in the next 24 to 36 months.”

Also read: ZNet becomes authorized Plesk distributor in India

Commenting on the partnership, Mr. Munesh Jadoun, Director of ZNet Technologies said, “With the commoditization of cloud, we want to be able to use RP tech India’s distribution channels to take cloud services to the masses. ZNet is well equipped to deliver multi-cloud services efficiently, with highly-skilled Certified Cloud Professionals and by using our own Cloud Services Automation and Billing Platform (RackNap). We will work closely with major cloud providers, ISVs to drive cloud consumption. With Digital Transformation gradually becoming the norm for businesses, we can accelerate this transformation for our customers with our capabilities.”

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Accelerate digital transformation—with low code, or no code

Mobile app development has emerged as an essential part of every organisation’s digitalisation strategy. Thanks to the easy availability of feature-rich and affordable devices, there has been a humongous growth in demand for tablets, phablets and smartphones. With consumers as well as business professionals becoming increasingly dependent on the mobile internet, the need for mobile apps has been on the rise across industries.

App development roadblocks

App building delivers a host of benefits. These include speeding up of operations, ability to introduce new products and services (and doing that fast), improving customer satisfaction, and outperforming the competition. While organisations are aware of these benefits, two key obstacles—high costs and talent shortage—seem to be hampering their progress.

It is said that of nearly 15 app development requests that an enterprise CIO receives, just one gets approved with budgetary support. This happens due to the readiness constraints of cost and talent shortage that CIOs experience.

The success decelerators

According to a study by research and consultancy firm Clutch, the calculated median cost at $100/hour for iPhone app development stood at $25,275.00 to $114,300.00. The median cost at a higher rate of $150/hour hovered between $37,912.50 and $171,450.00. An estimate by Business of Apps places the total average cost of developing an Android app at $23,000. Whichever survey estimate you look at, app building appears to be an expensive affair.

The availability of app development skill-sets is another challenge faced by the organisations. The App Association discovered in a survey that there were more software developer openings in the United States than qualified people to fill them. The US market alone had nearly 2.23 lakh openings for software developers.

Crossing the chasm

A few forward-thinking organisations can be seen employing a new type of solution, a low-code rapid app development platform, also known as low-code/no code platform or low-code platform (LCP), to address the app development issues successfully.

The online IT glossary WhatIs.com defines LCP as a visual integrated development environment which allows citizen developers (i.e. business users with basic HTML knowledge) to drag-and-drop application components, connect them together and create a mobile or web app. This modular approach allows business analysts, office administrators, small-business owners and other people who are not software developers to build and test applications quickly.

As LCP allows citizen developers to build apps without much coding, it reduces an organisation’s dependence on developers, thus addressing the talent shortage issue to a great extent. Not having to hire specialised app development resources also means the other major hurdle—of development costs—also stands eliminated effectively.

Hassle-free development

A good low-code platform product usually comes with all the essential integrations to ensure seamless communication of the new app with the existing internal and third-party applications used by the organisation. It comes with built-in support for adding custom-code, CLI, user authorisations and security controls. The modern container app architecture that generally comes with a good LCP product also eliminates the hassles of updates, upgrades and app visibility issues that an organisation faces, thus improving user adoption rates.

As business teams can develop the apps they want without taking too much of IT department’s effort and without incurring additional hiring costs, the organisation can authorise nearly every app development request, thus expanding the scope of mobility-led digital transformation by leaps and bounds.

Suggested reading: Speed-boost your digital transformation with API gateway

A word of caution

With low-code platform, users are empowered with a tool that promises to eliminate several hassles. However, the users must have the clarity in their minds about the specific purpose that every app is expected to serve. The CIO’s team can play the role of a guide helping citizen developers speedily navigate to successful completion of their app development projects.

Guest Author: Jinen Dedhia, Co-founder & MD, DronaHQ

Jinen heads Sales, Finance and Operations at DronaHQ.  He is a passionate techie and is constantly evolving DronaHQ features and solutions to address enterprise customer needs. Prior to co-founding DronaHQ, Jinen was with Wipro Technologies where he worked on wireless VOIP technologies, VOIP switches, IVRs, anti-phishing solutions and m-ticketing among other technologies.

Jinen is a computer engineer from Sardar Patel College of Engineering, Mumbai. He enjoys playing chess and table tennis.

Linkedin profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jinendedhia/

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HPE Aruba to support Make in India and Digital India initiatives with its new manufacturing plan

Aruba Networks, a leading provider of next-generation networking solutions, is going to start manufacturing of its wired and wireless solutions in India.

Owned by Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Aruba has invested around $300 million in India over the last five years for the development of its products. With the new initiative, the company will support the Indian government’s Make in India and Digital India practices.

“The fast-growing Indian economy and highly skilled talent pool are critical to the growth of Aruba worldwide. We are committed to fostering the development of the country and its people, through expanding manufacturing in the region. It is a matter of great pride for me personally to lead Aruba and to play a foundational role in its success,” said Keerti Melkote, co-founder and president of Aruba.

“Data and connectivity are catalysts for growth in India, and Aruba is excited to play an important role in the growth story. We are already investing about $60M USD annully in R&D and this will grow.”

The Make in India and Digital India practices aim to digitally transform the country by connecting people, services and devices. These initiatives need wired and wireless connectivity and reliable infrastructure. Other than connectivity, these services and infrastructure will provide location services, emergency response systems, and crowd management.

The connectivity infrastructure will also deliver training to Indian citizens, and drive employability and entrepreneurship. Thus, the country will become one of the largest consumers of wireless solutions.

With its new move, HPE Aruba will manufacture the products that can meet the market demands and accelerate the initiatives of Indian government to digitally transform the country.

“We are fortunate to have such a rich ecosystem of product development, software development and innovation in India,” said Santanu Ghose, director – India, Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company.

“JAM – jan-dhan, Aadhar, and mobile-connectivity have been hailed as the building blocks for economic growth as we march towards being a $3 trillion economy by 2020.  Ubiquitous data connectivity will play a big role in this growth story, and Aruba, with its strong intellectual property and mobile-first philosophy, is ideally poised to facilitate this growth.  The manufacturing capability in India will give us added advantages to rapidly innovate networking solutions that will also deliver benefits and new experiences for other parts of the world as well.”

Initially, the products manufactured by HPE Aruba will be targeted for only Indian market but will grow over the time to be exported to other countries as well. Aruba’s this idea will make India an export hub, eventually supporting the Make in India initiative.

Also read: BSNL moves into IoT market with Unlimit partnership

“Wi-Fi network infrastructure is now a key enabler of technological empowerment for Indian Higher Education Institutions (HEIs),” said Professor Vivek Singh, BHU, Varanasi.

“I am quite hopeful that Aruba’s plan to start network hardware manufacturing in India will be a significant step towards localization, improving cost structures and enhancing the overall user experience. This will help ensure the rapid development and acceleration of the digital transformation process of Indian HEIs”.

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IAMCP Announces Finalists in the 2018 Global Partner-to-Partner Awards Program

International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners Congratulates All Finalists in the 2018 IAMCP Member Awards Program. Winners and Runners-Up to be announced at Microsoft Inspire in Las Vegas Tuesday, July 17th at 4 PM.

The International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners is delighted to recognize the top partners in the IAMCP global community for achieving excellence in partner-to-partner (P2P) solutions that drive customer value.

Partners continue to drive innovation by taking advantage of the new opportunities that digital transformation and cloud technologies enable,” said award committee chairperson and former IAMCP President, Gail Mercer-MacKay. “Microsoft continues to build the best platforms for partners to invent new solutions that enable enterprises to thrive. Our IAMCP partner ecosystem encourages brilliant minds to work together where all of us can achieve more than what any of us could achieve individually.”

Partners submitted applications that identify the innovation, methods and new solutions they are co-creating to help customers compete. Solutions submitted include cloud computing, marketing innovation, collaboration and messaging, data analytics and business intelligence offerings. Regions represented include APAC, LATAM, EMEA, US and Canada. Through partnering, IAMCP members are shaping how businesses go to market around the world.

Finalists include ActionPoint, FMT Consultants, T4S Partners, AssureSign, New Horizons Learning Group, C3 Integrated Solutions, Bond Consulting Services, CEM Business Solutions, Dynamic Consultants Group, General Networks, ITK Solutions Group, Nerdio, Wintellect, Profisee, Queue Associates, Inc., Spektra Systems LLC, Metisc, VeriPark, Corporativo IT, Point Alliance Inc., Chaumont Systems Dev Inc (CSDi), Full Contact Selling, Dapasoft, IT Cloud Solutions, Optimus Information, SherWeb, RackNap, TechGyan, Unissoft Technology Co Ltd., Mint Management Technologies, Exclaimer, Insight Technology Solutions AB, Acando AB, AccTech Systems, PE Dintsis, Connecting Software KG, PE Bredikhin, CAD R&D Progress, The Cloud Factory, Technology Associates, DAQUAS, Mercato Solutions Ltd., Kabel, Appxite, 1ClickFactory, Trustmarque, Hilal Computers Bahrain and Netsol Technologies.

The finalists have been recognized with logos to acknowledge their accomplishment. Regional and global winners will be announced in a special ceremony at Microsoft Inspire 2018 in Las Vegas. Due to the high number of entries, there will be gold, silver and bronze winners this year.

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Fortinet sees Bradford acquisition as key factor to secure expanding multi-vendor wired and wireless environments

Earlier this month, the leading cybersecurity solutions provider Fortinet completed the acquisition of network access control vendor Bradford Networks.

The acquisition is aimed at extending the micro segmentation and security to the mobile edge and internet of things (IoT) through its flagship security solution called Fortinet Security Fabric.

In this era of digital transformation, businesses are increasingly employing IoT devices, enterprise mobility, as well as BYOD (bring your own device). Thus, the number of wired and wireless enterprise network access is increasing, which is broadening the attack surface, raising internal provisioning and management, and increasing compliance costs.

According to Gartner, there will be 4.2 billion connected devices globally in the enterprises environment in 2018, with the number growing further to 7.5 billion in next two years.

“As large organizations continue to see high growth in network traffic and the number of devices and users accessing their networks, the risk of breach increases exponentially,” said Ken Xie, founder, chairman of the board and chief executive officer, Fortinet.

Cybercriminals find the opportunity to exploit these devices as the attack surface is enlarging every day. the network breaches will affect more than 1.5 billion people by 2020. In such a state, the enterprises are seeking solutions which can broaden the visibility and security for their complex networks.

By acquiring Bradford, Fortinet will enable enterprises to achieve visibility of all the endpoints, users, trusted and untrusted devices and applications that access the network including IoT and headless devices. It will also help enterprises to establish dynamic controls to ensure that the devices are authenticated or authorized.

“The integration of Bradford Networks’ technology with Fortinet’s security fabric enables large enterprises with the continuous visibility, micro-segmentation and access control technology they need to contain threats and block untrusted devices from accessing the network,” added Ken Xie.

The integrated solution will enhance the security of IoT devices through device micro segmentation, dynamic classification of devices by type and profile, and enabling automatic policy assignment.

Fortinet Security Fabric will now also be able to control the threats and cybersecurity events in seconds by automating the workflow integrations.

Also read: It costs $715,000 to mitigate a DNS attack in 2018: EfficientIP report

“We are excited to join with Fortinet, the leader in network security to deliver exceptional visibility and security at scale to large enterprise organizations. Bradford Networks’ technology is already integrated with Fortinet’s Security Fabric including FortiGate, FortiSIEM, FortiSwitch and FortiAP products to minimize the risk and impact of cyber threats in even the toughest security environments such as critical infrastructure – power, oil and gas and manufacturing,” said Rob Scott, chief executive officer, Bradford Networks.

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