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  • Aditi Technologies, a software product and application development services provider, has acquired Seattle-based cloud-computing start-up, Cumulux.
  • Cumulux, founded in 2008 by former Microsoft employees Paddy Srinivasan and Ranjith Ramakrishnan, provides cloud computing services to customers such as US automaker Ford Motor, power generation equipment maker General Electric and Unicef, the United Nations Children’s Fund.
  • Aditi is betting its business on the cloud. We expect over 50% of our future revenues to come from cloud computing”, said Pradeep Rathinam, chief executive officer of Aditi Technologies. He declined to reveal the deal size.
  • Bangalore-based Aditi, a $90-million privately held company with 1,400 employees, focuses on industries such as financial services, online, mobile, gaming and bioinformatics.
  • For Aditi, founded by technology entrepreneur Pradeep Singh, the acquisition will help the company offer cloud solutions to customers such as Swiss bank UBS, Royal Bank of Scotland, Nomura and Barclays Capital.

The size of the UK’s data centre industry is unsurprising, according to one leading industry expert.

It is estimated that data and server racks cover 7.6 million square metres in the country – which is the equivalent of 900 full-size football pitches.

This equates to more than two million data cabinets.

Commenting on the popularity of the UK as a data centre destination, George Rockett co-founder and chief marketing officer of DatacenterDynamics, said: “I’m not surprised by the status or size of the UK data centre market.In energy consumption terms, the UK’s entire data centre portfolio is expected to use up in the region of 6.4 GW of energy – which would be enough to power millions of homes.


  • Huawei, a China-based leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, is considering Gujarat for setting up its manufacturing base. The move which is seen as a fallout of Gujarat chief minister, Narendra Modi’s recent goodwill visit to China also has the company considering on a move to set up an research and development center (R&D) with specific focus on e-Governance and a future technology solutions lab in Gujarat.
  • The global telecommunications giant might bring its technical knowhow for setting up a data center, the smart city project for Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar, creating a Government data base in Cloud technology and building linkages with educational institutions,” the state government said in a statement.
  • Huawei has strengthen its position in India by providing end-to-end network solutions to all the top 10 Indian telecom operators over the last decade.
  • During the five-day visit to China between November 8 to12, Gujarat chief minister laid a foundation to many future plans that will in turn strengthen the business, economic and cultural ties between China and Gujarat. Among the other highlights of the trip include plans of introducing and bettering air connectivity between Ahmedabad and the Chinese cities of Beijing Shanghai and Chengdu.
  • The China Rail Engineering has plans to lead a delegation to Gujarat in the next few months to assess the potential and scope for participation through metro or high-speed trains. The two also plan to work on affordable and sustainable housing technology in a bid to create affordable mass housing and make urban areas slum free.

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Media Tablets and Beyond.

  • Users can choose between various form factors when it comes to mobile computing. No single platform, form factor or technology will dominate and companies should expect to manage a diverse environment with two to four intelligent clients through 2015. IT leaders need a managed diversity program to address multiple form factors, as well as employees bringing their own smartphones and tablet devices into the workplace.

 

  • Enterprises will have to come up with two mobile strategies – one to address the business to employee (B2E) scenario and one to address the business to consumer (B2C) scenario. On the B2E front, IT must consider social goals, business goals, financial goals, and risk management goals. On the B2C front, which includes business to business (B2B) activities to support consumers, IT needs to address a number of additional issues such as surfacing and managing APIs to access enterprise information and systems, integration with third-party applications, integration with various partners for capabilities such as search and social networking, and delivery through app stores.

 

Mobile-Centric Applications and Interfaces.

  • The user interface (IU) paradigm in place for more than 20 years is changing. UIs with windows, icons, menus, and pointers will be replaced by mobile-centric interfaces emphasizing touch, gesture, search, voice and video. Applications themselves are likely to shift to more focused and simple apps that can be assembled into more complex solutions. These changes will drive the need for new user interface design skills.

 

  • Building application user interfaces that span a variety of device types, potentially from many vendors, requires an understanding of fragmented building blocks and an adaptable programming structure that assembles them into optimized content for each device. Mobile consumer application platform tools and mobile enterprise platform tools are emerging to make it easier to develop in this cross-platform environment. HTML5 will also provide a long term model to address some of the cross-platform issues. By 2015, mobile Web technologies will have advanced sufficiently, so that half the applications that would be written as native apps in 2011 will instead be delivered as Web apps.

 

Contextual and Social User Experience.

  • Context-aware computing uses information about an end-user or objects environment, activities, connections and preferences to improve the quality of interaction with that end-user or object. A contextually aware system anticipates the user’s needs and proactively serves up the most appropriate and customized content, product or service. Context can be used to link mobile, social, location, payment and commerce. It can help build skills in augmented reality, model-driven security and ensemble applications. Through 2013, context aware applications will appear in targeted areas such as location-based services, augmented reality on mobile devices, and mobile commerce.

 

  • On the social front, the interfaces for applications are taking on the characteristics of social networks. Social information is also becoming a key source of contextual information to enhance delivery of search results or the operation of applications.

 

Internet of Things.

  • The Internet of Things (IoT) is a concept that describes how the Internet will expand as sensors and intelligence are added to physical items such as consumer devices or physical assets and these objects are connected to the Internet. The vision and concept have existed for years, however, there has been an acceleration in the number and types of things that are being connected and in the technologies for identifying, sensing and communicating. These technologies are reaching critical mass and an economic tipping point over the next few years. Key elements of the IoT include:

 

  • Embedded sensors: Sensors that detect and communicate changes are being embedded, not just in mobile devices, but in an increasing number of places and objects.
  • Image Recognition: Image recognition technologies strive to identify objects, people, buildings, places logos, and anything else that has value to consumers and enterprises. Smartphones and tablets equipped with cameras have pushed this technology from mainly industrial applications to broad consumer and enterprise applications.
  • Near Field Communication (NFC) payment: NFC allows users to make payments by waving their mobile phone in front of a compatible reader. Once NFC is embedded in a critical mass of phones for payment, industries such as public transportation, airlines, retail and healthcare can explore other areas in which NFC technology can improve efficiency and customer service.

 

App Stores and Marketplaces.

  • Application stores by Apple and Android provide marketplaces where hundreds of thousands of applications are available to mobile users. Gartner forecasts that by 2014, there will be more than 70 billion mobile application downloads from app stores every year. This will grow from a consumer-only phenomena to an enterprise focus. With enterprise app stores, the role of IT shifts from that of a centralized planner to a market manager providing governance and brokerage services to users and potentially an ecosystem to support entrepreneurs. Enterprises should use a managed diversity approach to focus on app store efforts and segment apps by risk and value.

 

Next-Generation Analytics. Analytics is growing along three key dimensions:

 

  • From traditional offline analytics to in-line embedded analytics. This has been the focus for many efforts in the past and will continue to be an important focus for analytics.
  • From analyzing historical data to explain what happened to analyzing historical and real-time data from multiple systems to simulate and predict the future.
  • Over the next three years, analytics will mature along a third dimension, from structured and simple data analyzed by individuals to analysis of complex information of many types (text, video, etc…) from many systems supporting a collaborative decision process that brings multiple people together to analyze, brainstorm and make decisions.
  • Analytics is also beginning to shift to the cloud and exploit cloud resources for high performance and grid computing.
  • In 2011 and 2012, analytics will increasingly focus on decisions and collaboration. The new step is to provide simulation, prediction, optimization and other analytics, not simply information, to empower even more decision flexibility at the time and place of every business process action.

 

Big Data.

  • The size, complexity of formats and speed of delivery exceeds the capabilities of traditional data management technologies; it requires the use of new or exotic technologies simply to manage the volume alone. Many new technologies are emerging, with the potential to be disruptive (e.g., in-memory DBMS). Analytics has become a major driving application for data warehousing, with the use of MapReduce outside and inside the DBMS, and the use of self-service data marts. One major implication of big data is that in the future users will not be able to put all useful information into a single data warehouse. Logical data warehouses bringing together information from multiple sources as needed will replace the single data warehouse model.

 

In-Memory Computing.

  • Gartner sees huge use of flash memory in consumer devices, entertainment equipment and other embedded IT systems. In addition, it offers a new layer of the memory hierarchy in servers that has key advantages — space, heat, performance and ruggedness among them. Besides delivering a new storage tier, the availability of large amounts of memory is driving new application models. In-memory applications platforms include in-memory analytics, event processing platforms, in-memory application servers, in-memory data management and in-memory messaging.

 

  • Running existing applications in-memory or refactoring these applications to exploit in-memory approaches can result in improved transactional application performance and scalability, lower latency (less than one microsecond) application messaging, dramatically faster batch execution and faster response time in analytical applications. As cost and availability of memory intensive hardware platforms reach tipping points in 2012 and 2013, the in-memory approach will enter the mainstream.

 

Extreme Low-Energy Servers.

  • The adoption of low-energy servers — the radical new systems being proposed, announced and marketed by mostly new entrants to the server business —will take the buyer on a trip backward in time. These systems are built on low-power processors typically used in mobile devices. The potential advantage is delivering 30 times or more processors in a particular server unit with lower power consumption vs. current server approaches. The new approach is well suited for certain non-compute intensive tasks such as map/reduce workloads or delivery of static objects to a website. However, most applications will require more processing power, and the low-energy server model potentially increases management costs, undercutting broader use of the approach.

 

Cloud Computing.

  • Cloud is a disruptive force and has the potential for broad long-term impact in most industries. While the market remains in its early stages in 2011 and 2012, it will see the full range of large enterprise providers fully engaged in delivering a range of offerings to build cloud environments and deliver cloud services. Oracle, IBM and SAP all have major initiatives to deliver a broader range of cloud services over the next two years. As Microsoft continues to expand its cloud offering, and these traditional enterprise players expand offerings, users will see competition heat up and enterprise-level cloud services increase.

 

  • Enterprises are moving from trying to understand the cloud to making decisions on selected workloads to implement on cloud services and where they need to build out private clouds. Hybrid cloud computing which brings together external public cloud services and internal private cloud services, as well as the capabilities to secure, manage and govern the entire cloud spectrum will be a major focus for 2012. From a security perspective new certification programs including FedRAMP and CAMM will be ready for initial trial, setting the stage for more secure cloud computing. On the private cloud front, IT will be challenged to bring operations and development groups closer together using “DevOps” concepts in order to approach the speed and efficiencies of public cloud service providers.

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  • A Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Enterprise Data Services Market 2010 news analysis reveals that the market for enterprise data services is robust and it estimates that revenues will almost double and reach $27.20 billion in 2017.
  • The analysis goes on to state that despite having the benefit of advanced technology, enterprise data services appears to be hindered by the rapid uptake of enterprise mobility, which is rather attractive to small and medium businesses.
  • In addition, with an increase in the adoption of cloud computing consolidation of data centers, Ethernet is being adopted for data center-to-data center connectivity because of the huge bandwidth requirement and faster throughput speeds. Hence, over a period of time, the larger branches that are still using multi-protocol switching (MPLS) will gradually change over to Ethernet.
  • However, multi- protocol switching IP virtual private networks are used to connect the smaller branches.
  • Old technologies such as asynchronous transfer mode, frame relay and leased circuits are being cast aside in favor of the new IP Ethernet. High-end MPLS circuits also seem to be fighting a losing battle, especially where speeds in excess of 100 Mbps is required and will probably give way to Ethernet once it becomes more ubiquitous.

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  • In a bid to strengthen its presence in the European market, India’s third-largest information technology services company Wipro Technologies opened a data centre in Meerbusch, Germany, with an investment of euro15 million (Rs 100 crore). The opening of the centre fits into the company’s strategy of going local in European market.
  • Meerbusch data center enables us to be closer to our European customers. This would help us in providing managed services and cloud offerings to our European customers who want our local presence there,” T K Kurien, CEO of IT business said.
  • As a part of the company’s restructuring in January, Kurien had also charted out a programme for the company called going local and be close to the customers. As per the strategy, the company has even appointed separate business heads for countries like Germany and France.
  • Europe is the second-fastest growing geography for the company after the APAC region.
  • According to a recent study by the Deutsche Bank and Value Leadership Group, the slowdown in economic activity in Europe, could spur the large European banks to increase their business activity with Indian IT services companies more than the global companies.

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  • One of the biggest costs in a data centre is power cost. Power is needed to fire the servers and storage systems. And since these systems heat up, power is again required to cool the systems with air-conditioning.
  • In the dot-com era, data centres consumed 1 or 2 MW. Now it’s common to find facilities that require 20 MW, and already some of them expect to use ten times as much in the years to come. For countries, data centre power consumption is expected to put an enormous burden on their power grids.
  • Not surprisingly, an enormous amount of innovation, right from the semiconductor level, is today going into finding solutions to reduce power consumption in computing systems. IBM’s India Software Lab in Bangalore has just contributed towards that. It has developed a system to run data centres on solar power, and is making it commercially available, perhaps the first such commercial offering in the world.
  • Until now, no one has engineered solar power for efficient use in IT,” said Rod Adkins, senior VP of IBM’s systems and technology group, who was in Bangalore last week. “We’ve designed a solar solution to bring a new source of clean, reliable and efficient power to energy-intensive, industrial-scale electronics.
  • The first implementation is being done at the Bangalore lab itself. A solar power array has been installed, spread over more than 6,000 sft of the lab’s rooftop. Kota Murali, chief scientist at IBM India, says the installation is capable of providing a 50-kilowatt of electricity for up to 330 days a year, for an average of five hours a day. The advantage of solar power is that it is DC (direct current), unlike grid power that is AC (alternating current).
  • Processors run on DC, so when you use grid power, you need to convert AC to DC. In the process of that conversion, you lose about 13% of power. On the other hand, when you do a DC to DC conversion, the loss is only 4%. So you have a saving of close to 10%.

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