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News and developments around the Indian enterprises. This section offers information around enterprise mobility, cloud deployments, security solutions and other such deployments at business houses and enterprises.

Enterprise

Vodafone, SAP Join hands To Develop Industrial IoT Solutions

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Two global technology majors – SAP and Vodafone – have joined hands to develop industrial IoT solutions (IIoT) for enterprises. They will also join forces to push for the faster adoption of such solutions across Indian enterprises, a company statement said.

The firms will develop such IIoT solutions using SAP Leonardo and Vodafone’s IoT Managed Connectivity Platform, reports M2MCafe.

The partnership between the two global technology leaders will help enhance digital adoption by enterprises in India by providing solutions that leverage the latest in technologies including Cloud, Analytics and Internet of Things (IoT). Vodafone and SAP have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work together and offer a host of innovative packages comprising connectivity solutions, business application software, end-to-end device management and support services, making it easy for enterprises to embark on their digital journey.

“Enterprises of all sizes are seeking to embrace new-age technologies for higher efficiency,” said Neeraj Athalye, Head – Innovation & Digital Strategy Group, SAP Indian Subcontinent. “The offerings provided by Vodafone Business Services are truly complementary to the SAP Leonardo portfolio — our enterprise-grade offering for digital innovation. With this we aim to equip our customers with end-to-end solutions that will shift business value from ‘things to outcomes’.”

“We are delighted to announce our association with SAP. As customers digitize, industrial IoT is at the center of their programs. Working in collaboration with SAP, we offer an end to end partnership across IoT and analytics which enables meaningful insight and focused outcomes,” said Nick Gliddon, Director – Vodafone Business Services.

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Cloud

Tata Comm, Primestream Team Up To Offer Media Solutions

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Tata Communications has joined hands with Florida based media asset management firm Primestream to launch an enterprise-grade Media Asset Management (MAM) solution. The new platform enables broadcasters, content owners and enterprises to capture, produce, manage and deliver media content on a global scale.

The new cloud-based offering is global and scalable, enabling end-to-end workflows from capture to delivery for media businesses anywhere in the world.

The solution enhances the efficiency of video production, file sharing, editing and publishing workflows, and makes collaboration between global teams more seamless. This is because it combines a cloud-based version of Primestream’s Xchange MAM solution, with Tata Communications’ cloud storage platform and high-performance Video Connect network. The service also features advanced file acceleration and an expandable object storage solution – ideal for disaster recovery or content archiving – all for a predictable monthly fee.

“Organizations across the world are experiencing rapidly expanding requirements to share content and metadata between sites at various stages of production,” said Claudio Lisman, President and CEO of Primestream. “The joint offering of Tata Communications and Primestream enables a centralised system that delivers new, efficient metadata-driven workflows to customers across the world. Working closely with Tata Communications is part of our commitment of building the most accessible, powerful and easy to use Dynamic Media Management platform in the cloud.”

“Sports, entertainment and news organizations are under pressure to bring their global audiences more and more content, live, 24/7, across different digital platforms, and in new formats such as UHD and live 360-degrees,” said Brian Morris, Vice President and General Manager, Media & Entertainment, Tata Communications. “In this high-pressure environment, it’s no longer viable for production teams to work in silos, with files scattered around on different hard drives across geographies. Our joint offering with Primestream unifies and simplifies Media Asset Management from capture to distribution, helping to meet audiences’ insatiable appetite for new video content, and more powerful viewing experiences.”

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Enterprise

Tata Comm To Deploy 5000 Smart Meters For MGL

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Tata Communications has bagged a contract from Mahanagar Gas Ltd (MGL) to deploy IoT enabled smart meters in Mumbai. The new smart meters will give households and businesses unprecedented visibility and control over their gas usage, and enable MGL to enhance operational efficiencies.

MGL, one of India’s leading natural gas distribution firms will deploy 5000 such smart meters under this project.

“We want to help our customers better understand their energy use, save money and reduce their carbon footprint – while improving our own operational efficiencies,” said Rajeev Mathur, Managing Director Mahanagar Gas Limited. “Smart meters connected to Tata Communications’ IoT network will enable households and businesses to access insights on their gas usage in real-time using an interactive online dashboard.”

According to various reports, the global smart gas meter market is set to grow from around $1.59 billion in 2016 to $2.27 billion by 2021. It is also expected that there will be around 130 million smart meters across India in the next three years.

MGL’s new smart meters will be equipped with reliable, secure connectivity provided by Tata Communications’ public Internet of Things (IoT) network. This infrastructure is based on an ultra-low-power, long-range LoRaWAN network, which enables MGL to simultaneously monitor thousands of smart meters. It means that its customers won’t have to manually check their gas meter readings – instead the smart system will automatically track their gas usage.

“Our recent India-wide research found that the home is where people expect IoT to make a big difference, with over 90% of people surveyed saying that they would like to use IoT to monitor their home appliances remotely in real-time, for example,” said VS Shridhar, Senior Vice President and Head for Internet of Things, Tata Communications. “Smart metering is one of many IoT-enabled applications that could transform how people live and engage with the world around them, and how businesses operate and engage with their customers. We look forward to working with MGL and other innovative utility companies, as they harness the power of IoT to improve the way they serve their customers and manage all aspects of their operations.”

Tata Communications is building the foundation for IoT in India with the world’s largest IoT network, spanning nearly 2,000 communities and touching over 400 million people in total. To-date, the company has rolled out the LoRaWAN network in 38 cities, with more cities planned for implementation over the next two years.

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Cloud

Nuage Networks To Build Cloud Infra For China Mobile

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Nokia’s Nuage Networks has been chosen by China Mobile (Suzhou) Software Technical Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Mobile, as the SDN platform for China Mobile’s public and private enterprise cloud services offering. The platform is based on the Nuage Networks VSP and includes cloud implementations on virtual machines, Kubernetes (K8S) containers and OpenStack Ironic-based bare metal servers.

In order to address the growing appetite for cloud services among its enterprise customers, China Mobile Communications Company (CMCC) is expanding its software-defined networking (SDN) support for new private/public cloud services.

In the past two years, Nokia Shanghai Bell, Nokia’s joint venture in China, helped deploy the Nuage Networks VSP solution to deliver China Mobile’s public and private cloud services in 10 data centers, the largest deployment containing over 1,000 servers. Nokia Shanghai Bell ranked No.1 and won 55% share in this project. This project cemented Nokia Shanghai Bell’s status as the leading SDN vendor powering CMCC existing cloud services.

The new services, enabled by the Nuage Networks VSP, allows CMCC to expand its offer to include new public, private and hybrid cloud services such as hosting workloads on either Kubernetes (K8S) containers or on bare metal servers.

“Having a strong relationship with CMCC based on the work we’ve already done with them, we were especially pleased to be chosen to continue with this important project. The Nuage Networks solution allows CMCC to offer some very dynamic, high performing and attractive cloud services for their customers,” said Sunil Khandekar, CEO for Nokia’s Nuage Networks.

An important aspect of the Nuage Networks VSP is the inherent flexibility of the platform. Along with OpenStack, the platform supports multiple cloud management systems, hypervisor and workload types. A centralized policy manager and SDN controller automate the configuration, management and optimization of virtual networks, including security services that provide tenant isolation and access controls to individual applications and workloads. The Nuage Networks VSP combines policy based automation, large scale and high performance with multi-tenancy, resiliency and comprehensive end-to-end security.

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Data Analytics

Here Is An AI-powered Chatbot To Answer Cricket Queries

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Indian start-up develops new AI-powered chatbot solution to answer complex cricketing queries

Chennai based AI startup Roanuz has launched a AI-powered chatbot or virtual assistant, called Cricket Bot API, to offer you answers on cricket queries. The virtual voice assistant is powered by advanced context-aware conversational capabilities and can respond in 300 milliseconds

One can ask simple as well as complex questions to the AI-powered chatbot and can get instant answers. Questions like ‘When Dhoni is playing again?’ or ‘How many matches has South Africa won while playing at home? ‘ are some examples of questions that can be asked to the chatbot.

This AI-powered virtual assistant, programmed to give context-relevant answers in both text and voice, is capable of executing near-real-time exchange, increase user self-service efficiency and deliver smooth conversational customer experiences.

The bot addresses an exhaustive set of information, from live and historical data on matches to player and team stats. The data-intelligent API covers info related to all ICC Men’s International matches from 2012, Indian Premier League, Big Bash League, Caribbean Premier League, Pakistan Premier League, Bangladesh Premier League, Ram Slam T20 Challenge, Tamil Nadu Premier League, Karnataka Premier League, Women’s T20I Tri-Series, Kenyan Premier League until date, Champions League T20 and Big Bash League to name a few.

“Having a wide coverage of relevant information, the bot has the ability to respond to different topics such as player profile, recent matches, player vs. team, team vs. team and live updates,” explains Anto Binish Kaspar, Founder & CEO, Roanuz.

The team at Roanuz has processed over 1.2 million balls (12,15,814 to be exact) until now, which means the API has been fed with approximately 5-million records as an input for the bot to answer questions related to modern-day cricket. This one-of-a-kind intelligent bot with analytical capabilities is taking around 1,500 milliseconds to respond at present, and this time is expected to dwindle to 300 milliseconds.

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Data Analytics

InMobi Partners GeoEdge to Improve Mobile Advertising Experience

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Partnership protects users from ad quality threats and arms publishers with powerful machine learning solutions to wage war against malicious mobile advertising

Mobile advertising platform has joined hands with GeoEdge, a provider of ad security and verification solutions for the mobile advertising ecosystem, to ensure high ad quality and a clean marketplace that offers a safe and engaging user experience.

The mobile advertising industry is battling several challenges around ad quality with a rise in auto-redirect, auto pop-up and other malicious ads appearing over the past year. InMobi and GeoEdge have independently worked tirelessly to ensure the mobile apps are safe and free of malicious ads that may otherwise damage the user experience, or negatively impact the trust between publishers and their audiences.

This partnership emphasizes InMobi’s continued investment in its machine learning based real-time solutions with partners such as GeoEdge, with its rapid independent review, to bolster all defenses against ad quality issues. GeoEdge’s technology is integrated with InMobi to ensure that every single creative meets the ad quality guidelines established by the publishers, removing any that don’t, and to guarantee a positive end user experience.

“InMobi has a reputation of creating award-winning ads that users want to see, and we have invested heavily in this area to create a seamless user experience that will also benefit our publisher partners,” said Abhay Singhal, co-founder and Chief Revenue Officer at InMobi. “While every player in the industry is eager to ensure buyers are shielded from the sell side fraud, we don’t want to forget our trusted partners on the sell side. By deploying GeoEdge, we are fully committed to solving this trust-eroding issue that affects the whole ecosystem.”

“Their focus on ad quality and high standards to send every creative through GeoEdge’s technology, as another level of defense to their internal efforts, reflects not only their dedication to help publisher partners, but also their ambition to be at the forefront of this fight against poor quality advertisements,” said Amnon Siev, CEO at GeoEdge.

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Security

Black Hat Predicts Major Data Breach In Asia In Two Years

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A new Black Hat study say nearly 60% of Asia-based cybersecurity professionals fear malicious attacks on the horizon from Russia, China and North Korea

A majority of information security professionals in Asia expect to see major, cross-border compromises in enterprise networks and critical infrastructure in the next year or two, and most do not feel confident in their ability to defend against these impending threats.

These concerns and more are outlined in Black Hat Asia’s first-ever research report, Cybersecurity Risk in Asia. The report, compiled from a survey of nearly 100 current and former attendees at Black Hat Asia, provides insights on critical information security issues pertaining to Asian cyber defenses and vulnerabilities. The results closely mirror the responses of Black Hat attendees in the United States and Europe – raising further concern for cybersecurity on a global level.

Critical Infrastructure Risks Attacks by 2020

Nearly 70% of those surveyed expect an attack impacting critical infrastructure across multiple Asian countries will happen within the next two years. As in Black Hat surveys conducted in the USA and Europe, security professionals in the Black Hat Asia study are concerned that recent incidents in their region may indicate that a major breach of critical infrastructure is forthcoming. Past attacks in the Middle East and Asia have spanned damage to industrial control systems, data theft for surveillance purposes, and hacking of computers used to support critical infrastructure in Asian countries.

What InfoSec Professionals Fear

In recent years, Asia has seen not only continued mass, opportunistic attacks via malware, but also attacks that are highly targeted and focused on specific objectives such as data theft or extortion via ransomware. These trends and more are the reason almost 60% of respondents cited targeted attacks as their biggest concern – specifically, malicious actors in Russia, China, and North Korea.

Lack of People, Resources Is Central Problem

When asked, more than 30% believe the primary reason cybersecurity strategies fail in Asia is because of a shortage of skilled professionals. This skills shortage, coupled with a lack of budget, makes for a dangerous combination that leaves many Asian security organizations under confident in their ability to defend their own organizations’ critical data from cyber-attack.

The report also calls out that security professionals in Asia are more willing to job-hop than their counterparts in the United States and Europe, but they express a similar frustration in gaining the attention of upper management on top security priorities. More than 50% of Asian cybersecurity professionals say they are either actively looking for a new job or open to it.

Weaknesses in Security

Among weaknesses keeping information security professionals up at night, nearly 40% believe end users who violate security policy or fall prey to phishing and social engineering scams are what’s leaving their organizations most vulnerable to compromise. Professionals also cite spending as an issue, with nearly 30% stating that compliance-related spending consumes the greatest portion of security spending.

These concerns are cited even with the implementation of the APEC Privacy Framework, which requires companies in the 27 countries that form the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation region to adhere to certain privacy guidelines. 30% of respondents view the framework as having created more work for them, but 14% say it hasn’t done anything to improve privacy.

Black Hat is one of the most well-known and established conference of cybersecurity researchers and enterprise information security professionals. Tapping into its expert community, Black Hat gained insights from professionals in Asia ranging from CEOs, CSOs, CIOs and other members of the C-suite, directors of information technology and information security, network admins and security staff.

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Security

Ruckus Launches IoT Suite Of Security Solutions

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Ruckus Networks has launched a suite of security solutions for IoT networks, called Ruckus IoT Suite, which enables organizations to readily construct a secure IoT access network that consolidates multiple physical-layer IoT networks into a single network. The Ruckus IoT Suite further speeds time-to-return-on-investment (ROI) and reduces deployment cost by allowing for the use of common infrastructure between the wireless local area network (WLAN) and the IoT access network.

According to market research firm IDC, IoT edge infrastructure is emerging as a key growth domain and an enterprise priority to support the burgeoning IoT applications space. Within the IoT edge infrastructure market— expected to reach nearly $3.4B by 2021— network equipment is the fastest-growing segment, with compound annual growth (CAGR) in excess of 30%, driven by the need for application continuity and high performance coupled with reliable and secure connectivity.

“Secure IoT network deployments in the enterprise have not yet taken off due to a fragmented market with point solutions serving one-off applications or use cases,” said Rohit Mehra, vice president, network infrastructure, IDC. “A multi-standard IoT access network that leverages existing hardware, software and security capabilities at the edge is a must for most organizations to deploy IoT. The Ruckus IoT Suite addresses these specifics and is a good first step to enabling broader multi-mode IoT network rollouts.”

“Organizations are looking to the IoT to help improve operational efficiencies, increase revenue and enhance the customer experience, but their ability to do so is constrained by today’s siloed IoT networks,” said Dan Rabinovitsj, president, Ruckus Networks. “Ruckus is addressing the market by providing the critical ‘glue’ between the world of sensors, cameras and things with the world of big data and analytics. Not only have we addressed the fragmentation at the PHY layer, we have created an open API to both public and private clouds which permits easy and secure integration with a variety of partners.”

The Ruckus IoT suite will be available commercially from the second quarter of 2018, the company said.

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Cloud

Cisco HyperFlex Gets MultiCloud Support

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Cisco today announced platform update for its HyperFlex platform that delivers performance and simplicity for any application, on any cloud, at any scale. The enhancements added to Cisco HyperFlex include support for Microsoft Hyper-V, stretch clusters, containers, and new multicloud services that enable applications to be deployed, monitored and managed in any cloud. The result is a platform that uniquely enables development and deployment of both traditional and cloud-native applications on a common hyperconverged platform.

Other hyperconverged solutions neglect the crucial roles that networking and distributed file systems play in the performance and scaling of clustered servers. Cisco redefined hyperconvergence with a complete end-to-end approach that engineers high performance server and networking technology, with a purpose-built filesystem. The result is industry leading performance that enables customers to efficiently support a broader array of applications, including databases and mission critical ERP workloads.

“HyperFlex’s approach enables high performance of Microsoft SQL and Oracle databases and critical applications with faster delivery of the environment, lower costs, and more effective management,” said Edivaldo Rocha, CEO, CorpFlex.

The latest release of Cisco HyperFlex builds on this superior architecture and expands the opportunity for customers to simplify more. “Customers tell us they need operational simplicity, effortless scalability, and the ability to serve the unique needs of each of their applications,” said Liz Centoni, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco’s Computing Systems Product Group. “The new HyperFlex platform underscores our commitment to continuously simplify and improve data center operations and help organizations thrive in a multicloud world.”

Applications are at the heart of digital transformation. The changing application landscape demands support for both traditional, monolithic workloads as well as distributed microservices architectures. In addition, the ability to enable a multicloud operating environment is quickly becoming a data center requirement. According to IDC’s July 2017 CloudView Survey, 85 percent of respondents are evaluating or using public cloud, while among current cloud users 87 percent have taken steps towards a hybrid cloud strategy and 94 percent plan to use multiple clouds.

Organizations are rapidly adopting hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) to help simplify their environments. HCI is one of the fastest growing segments in the data center space with a 5-year CAGR (2016-2021) of 30.2 percent (Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Converged Systems Forecast Tracker, 3CQ17). Cisco Hyperflex is being adopted as the platform of choice for enterprise IT, accelerating this market transition with more than 2000 customers globally.

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China Unicom Deploys Huawei CloudFabric To Build Private Cloud

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Chinese operator China Unicom Monday announced that it has selected Huawei CloudFabric solution to build its first ever private cloud resource pool. The move marks a significant step for China Unicom in enabling its business transformation in the cloud era.

The development of cloud computing technologies and services has enabled China Unicom to expand its businesses. Traditional data centers are no longer aligned with larger numbers of servers and the requirements for quick provisioning of new services. In response to increasingly complex business demands, China Unicom has joined forces with Huawei to build an intelligent and simplified private cloud resource pool using the CloudFabric solution.

The private cloud resource pool, built by Huawei, encompasses an extensive data centre network resource pool with Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN) technology to increase the number of servers from 1,000 to over 5,000 and raise network resource utilization by 90%. In addition, Huawei used SDN controllers to facilitate automatic network configuration, significantly shortening the new service provisioning cycle from months to days. Operating efficiency also improved by more than 50%.

“Huawei is dedicated to innovation and research aimed at enabling Carriers’ Cloud Transformation,” said Wang Lei, General Manager of Huawei’s Data Center Network Domain. “The CloudFabric system deployed by Huawei and China Unicom simplifies service deployment and O&M and enhances flexibility. As a leader in the ICT industry, Huawei’s cooperation with China Unicom signifies a new phase of our joint innovation in the digital transformation era.”

Huawei CloudFabric solution has now been deployed at more than 1,200 data centers in over 120 countries. By building agile, open, and secure cloud data centers for customers, Huawei is committed to helping operators and enterprises gain a competitive edge in the cloud service market

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