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Update: Singapore Exchange allows listing of Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPAC) on its mainboard tejasvi Wed, 09/08/2021 – 16:44 Read more about Update: Singapore Exchange allows listing of Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPAC) on its mainboard Log in or register to post comments Singapore Exchange (SGX) recently announced new rules that will enable Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs) to list on the Mainboard of the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (Mainboard) effective 3 September 2021. The post Update: Singapore Exchange allows listing of Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPAC) on its mainboard appeared first on Web Hosting | Cloud Computing | Datacenter | Domain News.
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Contabo has just opened a new Data Center in Singapore. The German company, known for their aggressively priced VPS, has announced the launch on their blog this morning. “In pursuit of expanding global availability of our services we are adding a brand-new region in Asia on top of the existing Regions in Europe and the US.” said Aleksander Kuczek, CRO of Contabo in a statement. The move by Contabo seems to be aimed at disrupting the status quo in Asia, where computing power is by far more expensive than in Europe or US. The arrival of a low-cost Virtual Server Provider will provide the alternative for people in Asia who don’t want to choose between the attractive price and a low-latency server location. This will put a considerable pressure on other providers present in Singapore like OVH or Vultr to review their prices to remain competitive. In their launch announcement, Contabo explained how they are going to apply the same standards they follow in Germany in the new data center….
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PALO ALTO, CA – VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), a leading innovator in enterprise software, today released the results of its first U.S.-focused cybersecurity threat report, entitled: “Extended Enterprise Under Threat,” based on a survey of 250 U.S. CIOs, CTOs and CISOs.

The research found an increase in both cyberattack volume and breaches during the past 12 months in the U.S. This has prompted increased investment in cyber defense, with U.S. businesses already using an average of more than nine different cybersecurity tools, the survey found.


Data for the report was compiled in March and April 2020 by an independent research company, Opinion Matters, on behalf of VMware Carbon Black.

Key survey findings from U.S. respondents:

  • 92% said attack volumes have increased in the last 12 months, the survey found.
  • 97% said their business has suffered a security breach in the last 12 months. The average organization said they experienced 2.70 breaches during that time, the survey found.
  • 84% said attacks have become more sophisticated, the survey found.
  • 95% said they plan to increase cyber defense spending in the coming year.
  • OS vulnerabilities are the leading cause of breaches, according to the survey, followed by web application attacks and ransomware.
  • US companies said they are using an average of 9 different security technologies to manage their security program, the survey found.

Common breach causes in U.S.

The most common cause of breaches in the U.S. was OS vulnerabilities (27%). This was jointly followed by web application attacks with 13.5% and ransomware with 13%. Island-hopping was the cause of 5% of breaches.

Rick McElroy, Cyber Security Strategist at VMware Carbon Black, said: “Island-hopping is having an increasing breach impact with 11% of survey respondents citing it as the main cause. In combination with other third-party risks such as third-party apps and the supply chain, it’s clear the extended enterprise is under pressure.”

Complex multi-technology environments

US cybersecurity professionals said they are using an average of more than nine different tools or consoles to manage their cyber defense program, the survey found. This indicates a security environment that has evolved reactively as security tools have been adopted to tackle emerging threats.

Said McElroy: “Siloed, hard-to-manage environments hand the advantage to attackers from the start. Evidence shows that attackers have the upper hand when security is not an intrinsic feature of the environment. As the cyber threat landscape reaches saturation, it is time for rationalization, strategic thinking and clarity over security deployment.”

Supplemental COVID-19 survey in U.S.

The latest research was supplemented with a survey on the impact COVID-19 has had on the attack landscape1. According to the supplemental survey of more than 1,000 respondents from the U.S., UK, Singapore and Italy, 88% of U.S. cybersecurity professionals said attack volumes have increased as more employees work from home. 89% said their organizations have experienced cyberattacks linked to COVID-19 malware.

Key findings from the supplemental U.S. COVID-19-focused survey:

  • 89% said they have been targeted by COVID-19-related malware.
  • Inability to institute multifactor authentication (MFA) was reported as the biggest security threat to businesses during COVID-19, the survey found.
  • 83% reported gaps in disaster planning around communications with external parties including customers, prospects, and partners.

Said McElroy: “The global situation with COVID-19 has put the spotlight on business resilience and disaster recovery planning. Those organizations that have delayed implementing multi-factor authentication appear to be facing challenges, as 32% of U.S. respondents say the inability to implement MFA is the biggest threat to business resilience they are facing right now.”

U.S. survey respondents were asked whether COVID-19 had exposed gaps in their disaster recovery plans, and to indicate the severity of those gaps. Their responses showed that:

  • 83% of respondents reported gaps in recovery planning, ranging from slight to severe.
  • 83% said they had uncovered gaps in IT operations.
  • 84% said they encountered problems around enabling a remote workforce.
  • 83% said they’ve experienced challenges communicating with employees
  • 83% said they had experienced difficulty communicating with external parties.
  • 63% said the situation uncovered gaps around visibility into cybersecurity threats.

Said McElroy: “These figures indicate that the surveyed CISOs may be facing difficulty in a number of areas when answering the demands placed on them by the COVID-19 situation.”

Risks directly related to COVID-19 have also quickly emerged, the survey found. This includes rises in COVID-19 malware which was seen by 89% of U.S. respondents.

Said McElroy: “The 2020 survey results suggest that security teams must be working in tandem with business leaders to shift the balance of power from attackers to defenders. We must also collaborate with IT teams and work to remove the complexity that’s weighing down the current model. By building security intrinsically into the fabric of the enterprise – across applications, clouds and devices – teams can significantly reduce the attack surface, gain greater visibility into threats, and understand where security vulnerabilities exist.”

Read the full executive summary here: https://www.carbonblack.com/resources/global-threat-report-extended-enterprise-under-attack-index/

About VMware’s Intrinsic Security Strategy

Security sprawl – too many products, agents, and interfaces deployed across an organization – has created complexity for security management, opening organizations to significant risk. Most security innovation over the past decade has focused on identifying and reacting to individual attacks. Little innovation has focused on hardening infrastructure itself to make it more secure or using the infrastructure to better protect an organization.

The way forward is an intrinsic security approach that combines detecting and responding to threats, in addition to hardening infrastructure. VMware makes security intrinsic from endpoint to cloud, leveraging the infrastructure to provide visibility for apps, users and devices, and combining that with leading threat detection and response capabilities to deliver a unique (and better) approach to security.

About VMware
VMware software powers the world’s complex digital infrastructure. The company’s cloud, app modernization, networking, security, and digital workspace offerings help customers deliver any application on any cloud across any device. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, VMware is committed to being a force for good, from its breakthrough technology innovations to its global impact. For more information, please visit https://www.vmware.com/company.html

VMware and Carbon Black are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and other jurisdictions.

Main Survey Methodology
Carbon Black commissioned a survey, undertaken by an independent research organization, Opinion Matters, in March 2020. 3,012 CIOs, CTOs and CISOs, including 250 from the U.S., were surveyed for this global research project across multiple countries including: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, The Nordics, Singapore, Spain, the US and the UK. Companies were from a range of industries including: financial, healthcare, government, retail, manufacturing, food and beverage, oil and gas, professional services, and media and entertainment.

COVID-19 Survey Methodology
1 COVID-19 survey methodology: The COVID-19 survey was conducted by Opinion Matters in March and April 2020. 1002 CIOs, CTOs or CISOs from Italy, Singapore, the UK and the US were asked for their views on the security and operational challenges of COVID-19.

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SINGAPORE – Red Hat Inc., the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that Ingram Micro, Inc. has been appointed as distributor for the Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider (CCSP) program supporting ASEAN countries (Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand) and Hong Kong. As part of the program, Ingram Micro will work with Red Hat to qualify, recruit and onboard partners as Certified Cloud and Service Providers.

The Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider program includes hundreds of cloud, system integrator and managed service providers in Asia Pacific — along with software developers and hardware manufacturers that use Red Hat products and technologies to host physical and virtual machines, set up private and public cloud environments, and provide managed application and container development services. The appointment of Ingram Micro comes in response to this growing interest in managed, multi and hybrid cloud solutions in the region.


According to IDC1, Asia Pacific spending on public cloud services and infrastructure is expected to increase almost three times over the forecast period with a five-year compound annual growth rate of 33% reaching USD 77.6 billion by 2023. The Red Hat CCSP program empowers solution providers in the region with the flexibility and scalability to meet evolving customer needs through open, cloud-based technologies.

Red Hat’s CCSP designation is awarded to partners that meet testing and certification requirements to deliver a scalable, supported and consistent environment with security features designed for enterprise cloud deployments. The globally unified CCSP program assures customers, ISVs and partners that a given solution has been validated by Red Hat product experts so cloud implementations begin with a solid foundation for success.

Certified Cloud and Service Providers can gain access to Red Hat solutions that not only offer a more secure, scalable platform for building public and private clouds, but also empower DevOps to develop, deploy, and manage diverse applications more seamlessly. Some such solutions are Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform and Red Hat OpenStack Platform. Providers can use these solutions to improve operational efficiency and flexibility, expand hybrid cloud service offerings, and offer scalable and highly available third-party ISV applications on Red Hat technologies.

About Red Hat
Red Hat is the world’s leading provider of enterprise open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to deliver reliable and high-performing Linux, hybrid cloud, container, and Kubernetes technologies. Red Hat helps customers integrate new and existing IT applications, develop cloud-native applications, standardize on our industry-leading operating system, and automate, secure, and manage complex environments. Award-winning support, training, and consulting services make Red Hat a trusted adviser to the Fortune 500. As a strategic partner to cloud providers, system integrators, application vendors, customers, and open source communities, Red Hat can help organizations prepare for the digital future.

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HONG KONG – Digital Realty (NYSE: DLR), a leading global provider of data centre, colocation and interconnection solutions, announced today the development of a new, carrier-neutral data centre in a purpose-built facility in Hong Kong – to be named Digital Realty Kin Chuen (HKG11). The move marks another significant expansion of PlatformDIGITAL™ across Asia Pacific, closely following the recent groundbreaking of Digital Realty’s new data centre in Seoul, Korea. The Hong Kong facility will enable customers to rapidly scale digital transformation strategies by deploying critical infrastructure with a leading global data centre provider at the heart of a growing community of interest.

Digital Realty entered Hong Kong in 2012 with the acquisition of Digital TKO (HKG10), located within the Tsueng Kwan O industrial estate and capable of delivering up to 18 megawatts of critical IT capacity. The new facility is strategically located in Kwai Chung, Hong Kong’s rapidly developing new data centre cluster and the primary auxiliary location outside Tseung Kwan O, providing the ability to cater to diverse, multi-site workloads. Upon completion, the new, 21,000 square-metre building will deliver up to 24 megawatts of critical IT capacity.


The new data centre will support the continued development of Hong Kong as a key technology and data hub and drive the adoption of cloud computing services and solutions across the region. The facility is expected to be built out and ready for global and regional customers by mid-2021.

“Our investment in Hong Kong is another important milestone on our global platform roadmap, enabling customers’ digital transformation strategies while demonstrating our commitment to supporting their future growth on PlatformDIGITAL,” said Digital Realty Chief Executive Officer A. William Stein. “As we continue to expand in Asia, the launch of our second facility in Hong Kong underscores its importance as a major data hub, providing customers with the coverage, capacity and connectivity requirements to support their digital ambitions.”

The HKG11 facility will be built up to a total of 12 floors, eight of which will be dedicated for customer deployments. The new facility will also offer superior connectivity through close access to various facilities-based operators.

“Hong Kong is a regional leader in cloud readiness and has significant potential for further cloud adoption along with a strong base of customers with an appetite for digital technologies,” added Mark Smith, Managing Director, Asia Pacific for Digital Realty. “We are delighted to launch our new facility, which will go a long way towards meeting the rapidly growing demand and bringing value to customers across the region, especially from China.”

Hong Kong is well placed among Asian cities in terms of cloud readiness. The city claimed the top spot in the recent Cloud Readiness Index (CRI)1 based on cloud infrastructure, security, and regulation, according to the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA). The index found that Hong Kong is already a strong regional performer in fundamental readiness areas such as cloud regulation and infrastructure. An opportunity exists for the city to strengthen areas such as cloud governance and security to spur broader and faster cloud adoption, according to the study.

Digital Realty is one of the world’s largest owners, developers and operators of highly reliable data centre facilities. The new Hong Kong development will strengthen Digital Realty’s presence within the Asia Pacific region, where the company currently operates a network of industry-leading data centres located in Tokyo, Osaka, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney and Melbourne and recently broke ground on its first facility in Seoul, currently scheduled to open for customers by the end of 2021.

About Digital Realty
Digital Realty supports the data centre, colocation and interconnection strategies of customers across the Americas, EMEA and APAC, ranging from cloud and information technology services, communications and social networking to financial services, manufacturing, energy, healthcare and consumer products. To learn more about Digital Realty, please visit www.digitalrealty.asia, or follow us on Twitter at @digitalapac and visit our industry insights at https://www.digitalrealty.com/insights/blog.

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London, UK and Amsterdam, Netherlands – Leaseweb UK, a leading hosting and cloud services company, today announces the official opening of a new data center facility in Slough, Berkshire to expand its service offering in the UK. Leaseweb currently has a capacity of 200KW and will service new as well as existing customers hosted at its LON-11 and LON-12 facilities in central London.

The new facility is the third addition to Leaseweb’s data center locations in the UK and is undertaken in partnership with storage and information management services company Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE:IRM), which acquired Leaseweb’s sister company EvoSwitch in 2018. In joining an important UK connectivity hub in the home counties, Leaseweb UK will offer competitively priced colocation services to a wider customer base and expanded Disaster Recovery (DR) services to existing customers including service management software specialist TOPdesk.


The growth in adoption of data-driven strategies to derive business value has led to increased demand for as-a-service offerings such as those provided by Leaseweb UK. Gartner has predicted that ‘by 2025, 80% of enterprises will migrate entirely away from on-premises data centers’, in favour of colocation and cloud hosting solutions.

Eltjo Hofstee, Managing Director of Leaseweb UK comments: “Leaseweb’s expertise in these areas puts us in a strong position to leverage this trend and help businesses position their workloads based on their needs, from colocation, to dedicated servers or to being a hybrid cloud service partner. Adding a facility in Slough enables us to tap into one of the biggest connectivity hubs in the UK outside of London, therefore enhancing our ability to deliver according to these needs.”

In addition to Slough, Leaseweb operates data centers in London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Washington DC, New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Dallas, Miami, Singapore, Hong Kong and Sydney.

About Leaseweb
Leaseweb is a leading Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provider serving a worldwide portfolio of 17,500 customers ranging from SMBs to Enterprises. Services include Public Cloud, Private Cloud, Dedicated Servers, Colocation, Content Delivery Network, and Cyber Security Services supported by exceptional customer service and technical support. With more than 80,000 servers under management, Leaseweb has provided infrastructure for mission-critical websites, Internet applications, email servers, security, and storage services since 1997. The company operates 19 data centers in locations across Europe, Asia, Australia and North America, all of which are backed by a superior worldwide network with a total capacity of more than 5.5 Tbps. Leaseweb offers services through its various subsidiaries, which are Leaseweb Netherlands B.V. (“Leaseweb Netherlands”), Leaseweb USA, Inc. (“Leaseweb USA”), Leaseweb Asia Pacific PTE. LTD (“Leaseweb Asia”), Leaseweb CDN B.V. (“Leaseweb CDN”), Leaseweb Deutschland GmbH (“Leaseweb Germany”), Leaseweb Australia Ltd. and Leaseweb UK Ltd.

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