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Johannesburg, South Africa – Huawei is set to build its Public Cloud in South Africa to provide cloud services to all Sub-Saharan African countries. This is another significant move by the leading global leading ICT solutions provider to accelerating its cloud business across the world.

South Africa is an important piece of HUAWEI CLOUD’s globalisation map. According to the plan, Huawei will hold a launching ceremony on 14th November in Cape Town for its first African station in Johannesburg.


Huawei believes cloud services are essential for digitization of economies. Huawei Cloud is committed to providing open, flexible, easy-to-use and secure cloud services, laying a solid foundation for a fully connected, intelligent world by bringing digital to every person, home and organisation.

HUAWEI CLOUD

Another Jigsaw Puzzle Piece of Globalization

Since it was established in March 2017, the Huawei Cloud Business Unit (BU) has unveiled more than 120 cloud services in 18 major categories. These cover more than 60 general solutions including SAP, high-performance computing (HPC), Internet of Things (IoT), Security, DevOps and more than 80 industry scenario solutions; covering manufacturing, e-commerce, gaming, finance and Internet of Vehicles (IoV).

In 2018, HUAWEI CLOUD officially launched the Hong Kong, Russia and Thailand Stations. By end September 2018, HUAWEI CLOUD had provided services in Asia Pacific and partner public cloud services in Europe and Latin America, outside of the Chinese market. Huawei Cloud and Huawei partner public cloud are available in 14 countries and regions, and will be available in most of major the regions around the world by end of 2018.

Referring to globalisation strategy, Deng Tao, Vice President of Huawei Cloud BU said, HUAWEI CLOUD was globalised since its inception because Huawei had been providing its products and technologies in the form of cloud services to partners like Deutsche Telekom (Germany), Orange (France), Telefonica (Spain) and China Telecom.

“Based on Huawei’s 30 years of ICT infrastructure experience and nearly 10 years of continuous R&D in cloud computing technologies, Huawei Cloud can provide a one-stop solution to large enterprises; addressing their challenges in digital and cloud transformation, as well as to small and medium-sized companies that aim to expand their business.” Deng said.

From AI to EI

This month, Huawei launched its comprehensive Artificial Intelligence (AI) strategy and full-stack, all-scenario AI portfolio which is designed to provide powerful support for Huawei Cloud EI (Enterprise Intelligence), an AI service platform for enterprises and governments, was released in September 2017.

To turn AI into a practical reality, Huawei come up with the concept of EI. The company believes that a cloud will prosper only when it helps customers create value on an ongoing basis.

Talking about how to combine industry insight with AI, Jia Yongli; General Manager of EI Product Department of Huawei Cloud BU said, Huawei Cloud EI is a scenarios-based service.

“Huawei Cloud EI drives industry modernisation in three scenarios, including repetitive and high-volume work, tasks that require expert experience and work that needs multi-domain collaboration. These will help improve efficiency, pass on expertise, and break the limits of human intelligence,” according to Jia.

On April 17, 2018, Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), the world’s top open source community in cloud technology, officially announced Huawei election to the Technical Oversight Committee (TOC), making Huawei the first Asian company to be admitted into the CNCF TOC. In May, HUAWEI CLOUD became an SAP-certified platform for deploying SAP HANA and SAP NetWeaver.

Huawei predicted that there would be five major cloud platforms in the world and promised that it would be one of those five. HUAWEI CLOUD is positioned to be an open, cooperative, mutually-beneficial and customer-centric ecosystem that creates values. The needs of enterprises in business development have become more complex and diverse, as they need not only to develop new applications on public clouds but also migrate some of their traditional services to public clouds, while continuing to provide support for these services. Huawei Cloud is committed to working with partners to build sustainable partnerships that can lead to an open ecosystem to better meet customers’ needs.

For more information, please visit Huawei online at www.huawei.com

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LONDON – OnApp has launched version v6.0 of the OnApp cloud management platform. More information and demos are available at https://onapp.com/v6.

OnApp v6.0 includes the new version of OnApp Accelerator, which delivers up to a 100% performance improvement for websites hosted in OnApp clouds. It also introduces Buckets, a combined Role-Based Access Control and billing engine that gives cloud service providers total flexibility in how they package and price their cloud services; new Software-Defined Networking capabilities; enhanced cloud workload import capabilities; enhanced notifications and cloud automation features; support for VMware vCenter; and improved export for usage data, to simplify integration with Business and Operational Support Systems.


“OnApp makes cloud easy for Telcos, MSPs and other service providers who have struggled to make cloud profitable – either because of the cost and complexity of building and managing their own open source clouds, or because of the commercial limitations of reselling hyperscale clouds like AWS,” said Tim Meredith, OnApp’s Chief Commercial Officer. “The new version of OnApp makes it even easier to build a cloud with OnApp, integrate cloud billing models with your existing billing systems and processes, and get to market fast with your own accelerated cloud services.”

OnApp v6.0 includes the new version of OnApp’s patented website acceleration technology. OnApp Accelerator delivers up to a 100% performance improvement for websites hosted in OnApp clouds, by automatically optimizing web content and distributing it to 20 locations on a global Content Delivery Network (CDN) managed by OnApp.

“We believe everyone should have great web performance – and with OnApp you get that for free,” said Ditlev Bredahl, OnApp CEO. “Our patented Accelerator technology makes websites up to twice as fast with zero effort. If your business depends on your website, you don’t need to know how to set up a CDN, and don’t have to pay extra for a CDN service – you just need to host your site with an OnApp cloud provider. OnApp Accelerator is a great value-add for service providers and helps make their customers’ e-commerce sites more profitable too. For customers who have more complex content delivery needs, like streaming video, we still offer a fully customizable CDN platform – but for the vast majority of website owners, Accelerator finally democratizes website performance.”

About OnApp
OnApp software makes cloud easy for MSPs, Telcos and other large service providers. The OnApp cloud platform enables service providers to sell the complete range of Infrastructure-as-a-Service products through an intuitive ‘single pane of glass’ user interface – including on-premises private cloud, hosted private cloud, public cloud, bare metal, containers, CDN and Disaster Recovery – and embraces multiple virtualization platforms, cloud locations and cloud infrastructure types, to create a simple, efficient, frictionless customer experience.

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PARIS – Acorus Networks, specialized in protecting enterprise and service providers’ network and web platform infrastructure from distributed denial-of-service attacks (DDoS), is raising $6 million from Elaia Partners, Partech and Kima Ventures. This funding round will contribute to Acorus Networks’ mission to protect customers whose business activity relies on the Internet, in fields such as banking, e-commerce, gambling, government and healthcare.

According to IDC Research’s recent US DDoS Prevention Survey, more than 50% of IT security decision makers admit that their organization had been the victim of DDoS attacks 10 times in the past year. Of these attacks, more than 40% lasted longer than 10 hours. Now that DDoS-as-a-service (DaaS) is available at low prices, it is easier than ever for anyone malicious to launch a DDoS attack, multiplying the risk faced by companies.


In 2014, Benjamin Schilz and Raphael Maunier decided to launch Acorus Networks to address this growing phenomenon with a unique approach. Both co-founders have proven track records: Benjamin is a telecommunications engineer with a background in cloud security and web hosting and an entrepreneur at heart. Raphael is one of the co-founders of France-IX, the premier internet peering service provider in France, with 20 years of experience in the telecom and network industries. Their vision is to develop an innovative & customizable solution to address complex, sophisticated DDoS issues for enterprise and service provider companies alike. Acorus Networks has built a large-scale, agile and robust infrastructure enabling different and complementary methods of both web and network DDoS detection and mitigation that guarantees high availability and performance.

“As an online retailer, the availability of our website is critical. In the event of unavailability, every minute results in a loss of revenue and a deterioration of our brand image. Acorus Networks’ detection and filtering systems operate at the front end of our infrastructures in order to permanently protect us against denial of service,” said Romain Broussard, IT Director at CDiscount.com.

“High-traffic websites, e-sport and live events are recurring targets for DDoS attacks. The flexibility of the Acorus Networks solution and its ability to adapt to our specific needs, as well as the recognized expertise of the team, are at the origin of our choice. “said David Bordas, Hosting and Network Infrastructure Manager at Webedia.

“The DDoS protection and mitigation market continues to grow by more than 20% each year, there is no slowing down of these malicious attacks that hurt customers in indirect or indirect cost. Since Acorus’ solution is designed to answer specific industry needs, it has already met with success among leading brands. The Acorus Networks team’s unparalleled experience in understanding system availability needs and their unique solution has helped them land some of the largest online brands, we are proud to be joining them on this journey.” said Reza Malekzadeh, General Partner at Partech.

“As cyberattacks grow (4000 attacks per day), so do cybersecurity business opportunities. We’ve known Acorus for some time, since they protected Scoop.it, a portfolio company, from a massive attack. I am impressed by their vision, their technology and the reputation the team has built. We are very proud and excited to be on board and confident that Acorus Networks is heading toward international success”, said Marc Rougier, Partner at Elaia Partners.

About Acorus Networks
Acorus Networks specializes in protecting enterprises from distributed denial-of-service attacks (DDoS), a service especially important for companies whose business activity, data or image depends on the Internet.
Acorus benefits from its own protection centers worldwide and provides innovative, nonintrusive security solutions to its customers to ensure high upstream availability of their network and web infrastructures. Acorus’ clients include hosting services, e-commerce sites, media companies, carriers, banks, governments and healthcare companies, among others. A customized portal allows clients to visualize their legitimate traffic in real time and counter DDoS attacks manually or automatically.

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CHICAGO, IL – ServerCentral, a leading provider of managed IT infrastructure solutions, today announced its VMware-powered Enterprise Cloud has received compliance certification with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).

“When there’s a chance to improve security, we want everyone to have it — no extra fees, no migration. If you work with ServerCentral, you get the best protection we can offer as soon as we can offer it,” said Tom Kiblin, Vice President of Managed Services at ServerCentral. “PCI DSS certification — the industry gold-standard for securely processing credit cards — is no different.”


ServerCentral’s annual AT-101 SOC 2 Type II audit serves as a foundation for reaching the latest PCI designation (version 3.2.1) and for helping customers meet their own compliance requirements:

“We really didn’t have to change a lot, which is a testament to how seriously we take security,” said Joe Johnson, IT Director and Compliance Officer at ServerCentral. “We were already following the proper protocols; we simply needed to organize our existing processes in the manner required for the PCI Security Standards Council.”

ServerCentral services that are also in scope for PCI DSS compliance include Colocation and Disaster Recovery. ServerCentral is constantly working to expand PCI DSS coverage across its Private Cloud, Hybrid Cloud, and Dedicated Server services.

If your application requires PCI DSS certification or you are looking for help with your PCI DSS compliance requirements, visit https://www.servercentral.com/compliance to see how ServerCentral can help.

ServerCentral’s Enterprise Cloud is architected for applications with premium performance requirements. To learn more, visit https://www.servercentral.com/enterprise-cloud/ and https://www.servercentral.com/compliance/.

About ServerCentral
ServerCentral is a managed IT infrastructure solutions provider. Since 2000, leading technology, finance, healthcare, and e-commerce firms have chosen ServerCentral to design and manage their mission-critical IT infrastructure in data centers across North America, Europe, and Asia. Whether it’s colocation, managed services, or a cloud, ServerCentral designs the optimal solution for each client.

About the PCI Security Standards Council
The PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) leads a global, cross-industry effort to increase payment security by providing industry-driven, flexible and effective data security standards and programs that help businesses detect, mitigate and prevent cyberattacks and breaches. Connect with the PCI SSC on LinkedIn.

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Singapore – Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, today launched a new suite of product offerings for the global market in the areas of cloud architecture, machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT) and security. These products will meet the needs of the retail industry in the region who are looking to digitize their operations under the New Retail concept that marks the seamless integration of online and offline. Alibaba Cloud is poised to strengthen its collaboration with customers and partners across different industries with these new offerings.

The launch of ASEAN Partner Alliance Programme is another highlight at Alibaba Cloud Summit – Infinity 2018. The alliance aspires to develop a sustainable ecosystem to empower more technology vendors, service providers, system integrators, ISVs and start-ups to accelerate their digital transformation initiatives. The program aims to recruit 150 solution partners and to train 600 sales and technology personnel in the next 12 months to fuel the growth of the ecosystem.


Derek Wang, Chief Solution Architect, Alibaba Cloud International said: “Asia Pacific is a unique market, and as a global cloud services provider with an Asian origin, we are committed to leverage our knowledge and experience to build a sustainable regional ecosystem and enrich our offerings to meet the needs of our customers in this digital age. This new suite of offering includes products that are highly efficient, cost effective, and some of them are the first of their kind in the industry.”

The new products fall into a number of inter-related categories. In relation to data technology and AI, Alibaba Cloud is launching two key products – Data Lake Analytics is an effective serverless service for customers to turn their cloud storage data into insights in Data Lake scenario; PAI is Alibaba Cloud’s proprietary machine learning platform that enables customers with limited AI background easy access to Alibaba Cloud’s AI capabilities. IoT Platform, a platform and toolkit will also be introduced to the global market.

Infrastructure and security will continue to be crucial as the fundamental consideration for enterprises undertaking cloud migration. In view of this, Alibaba Cloud will launch Anti-Bot Service, which is a software solution that protects users from online scalpers and crawlers. Hybrid Backup Recovery is a cost-effective, easy-to-use online backup service to protect critical business data while Dedicated Host provides customers with regulatory, stability and business standard requirements to enjoy a dedicated hosting service on a public cloud.

Alibaba Cloud’s partner network is an important strategic asset, as shown by the number of new offerings. With China Unicom Global, Alibaba Cloud is launching Smart Access Gateway that supports a multiple location enterprise network. Others are Apsara Stack, the next generation hybrid cloud solutions, delivered in collaboration with HPE, and Elasticsearch, which is an open source tool developed by Elastic and available on Alibaba Cloud.

“These products all have specific features that meet an identified need within the flourishing retail market in Asia Pacific region. E-commerce is witnessing considerable growth and Alibaba Cloud, leveraging Alibaba Group’s development, can offer a mature ecosystem to support the regional retail sector. Using these products will help merchants deploy their resources more effectively, and gain deeper consumer insights. The technology available can also give our consumers better protection against fraud and an improved shopping experience,” added Wang.

Alibaba Cloud invested significant resources in the global market especially Asia Pacific to support the region’s digital transformation, offering a larger range of solutions to local businesses and SMEs. Last month, the company launched the second Availability Zone and the first cloud based Anti-DDoS Scrubbing Center in Malaysia, providing customers with new levels of protection against DDoS attacks.

The new products and solutions will all be demonstrated at the Alibaba Cloud Summit – Infinity 2018.

About Alibaba Cloud
Established in 2009, Alibaba Cloud (www.alibabacloud.com), the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, is among the world’s top three IaaS providers according to Gartner, and the largest provider of public cloud services in China, according to IDC. Alibaba Cloud provides a comprehensive suite of cloud computing services to businesses worldwide, including merchants doing business on Alibaba Group marketplaces, start-ups, corporations and government organizations. Alibaba Cloud is the official Cloud Services Partner of the International Olympic Committee.

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, today announced the launch of their second availability zone (“Availability Zone B”) in Malaysia to expand its cloud footprint and bolster its cloud capacity, serving increasing customer demand locally and in the region. The new zone complements Availability Zone A which was launched last year in heightening cloud security and ensuring business continuity through resilient cloud infrastructure.

Alibaba Cloud will also continue to invest in Malaysia by setting up the first cloud based Anti-DDoS Scrubbing Center in August. The center will mitigate risks and offer customers the highest level of protection against stronger DDoS attacks. The new center will feature a variety of security functions including Anti-DDoS Pro, a service that defends against all types of DDoS attacks.


“I welcome Alibaba Cloud’s effort to further support and enhance Malaysia’s digital economy. The world moves ever closer towards e-commerce and we see a considerable surge in demand by local industries to participate in this new economy on a global platform. Malaysia is now pushing ahead with efforts to strengthen its infrastructure with a view towards making access to the Internet a basic human right and categorising facilities which enhance access to broadband as a public utility. The success of our trade on a global platform with assistance of companies like Alibaba Cloud depends on an efficient Internet environment. The advanced technology afforded by Alibaba Cloud opens new opportunities, which I believe will quite substantially benefit Malaysia in its efforts to raise competition and efficiency in this new industry,” said Gobind Singh Deo, Malaysia’s Minister of Communications and Multimedia.

In addition to ensuring high availability and resiliency, Availability Zone B offers payment hardware security modules (HSM), elastic computing, database, networking and monitoring services. It is also certified for SAP hosting, the German-based global market leader in enterprise application software.

“Alibaba Cloud is committed to bringing elastic, scalable and secure cloud products and services to our Malaysian customers. The launch of our Availability Zone B and Anti-DDoS Scrubbing Center will enable us to offer even greater security and choice for our customers. At the same time, the launch will facilitate knowledge sharing with local enterprises and talents on how to use Alibaba Cloud technology to achieve a highly secure and resilient cloud infrastructure,” said Kenny Tan, Malaysia General Manager at Alibaba Cloud.

These new developments in Malaysia come on the back of a number of initiatives by Alibaba Cloud. Earlier this year, the company announced the collaboration with Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) in the Malaysia City Brain Initiative to create a smart city powered by AI and big data.

About Alibaba Cloud
Established in 2009, Alibaba Cloud (www.alibabacloud.com), the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, is among the world’s top three IaaS providers according to Gartner, and the largest provider of public cloud services in China, according to IDC. Alibaba Cloud provides a comprehensive suite of cloud computing services to businesses worldwide, including merchants doing business on Alibaba Group marketplaces, start-ups, corporations and government organizations. Alibaba Cloud is the official Cloud Services Partner of the International Olympic Committee.

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