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    [EN] Azure: 13 regions in Asia, 38 worldwide


    Microsoft has announced 38 Azure regions across the globe


    Microsoft opens two new Azure regions (Seoul and Busan) in South Korea


    Laurent Giret

    Microsoft has just announced that its Azure cloud computing platform is now available from two new regions in South Korea. Following these latest investments, the technology giant now has 13 Azure regions in the Asian continent and 38 regions worldwide, “more than any other major cloud provider,” claimed the company.

    “The new Azure regions, located in Seoul and Busan, deliver world-class reliability and performance combined with local data residency,” explained the company. “This includes replication of data in multiple regions across Korea, giving customers reliable data protection for business continuity in both pure cloud and hybrid scenarios.”

    According to Microsoft Korea CEO Al Koh, the new Azure regions are already driving adoption of the Microsoft Cloud in the area. “Hundreds of organizations have signed up to use these new Azure regions to gain access to a comprehensive and complete set of cloud services to empower their digital transformation and accelerate local innovation,” he explained.

    A recent survey from RightScale highlighted that Azure is slowly but surely gaining ground on market leader Amazon Web Services (AWS). According to the data collected last month from 1,002 IT professionals, overall Azure adoption grew from 20 to 34% of respondents year-over-year while AWS adoption stayed flat at 57% of respondents during the same period.

    https://www.onmsft.com/news/microsof...in-south-korea

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    Asia to build 70 hyperscale data centres over the next three years

    All countries across the region are expected to see an expansion in data centre offerings with some markets set for a growth rate of up to 36%.

    João Marques Lima
    20 February, 2017

    Asia is posed for a wave of hyperscale data centre openings set to top 70 new facilities over the next three years driven by market demand for cloud computing and internet services.

    According to researchers at BroadGroup the market in Asia is set to continue to expand with growth in capacity and power availability across all countries over the same period of time.

    In countries such as Malaysia, growth could be as high as 36%. Outsourcing to third party data centres by companies local to the region is also expected to be sustained.

    Asia accounted at the end of 2016 with more than 20% of the world’s 300 hyperscale data centres, according to Synergy Research. The figure is expected to top 400 facilities by the end of 2018.

    The region is expected to grow its stake on the global stage to around 30-32% based on the projected 70 facilities.

    Omer M. Wilson, Senior Director of Marketing, APAC at Digital Realty said: “The Asia Pacific region is at the forefront of the digital economy. Many of the markets here are mobile-first which require companies to have a robust IT infrastructure in order to cope with the substantial consumer demand.

    “Naturally, the need for data centres is surging. We see a significant opportunity for colocation to close the gap and meet this demand, especially in locations such as China, Hong Kong, Singapore and India where it is critical for them to have effective and efficient ways of running large data centre operations.

    “We expect Asia to continue registering high growth in the colocation market as companies from across the region (and also those entering from other parts of the world) look to agile and flexible data centre solutions that can help them scale up and enable their digital transformations.”

    Making the case for China specifically, Wing-Dar Ker, President of Shanghai Blue Cloud Technologies, a wholly-owned subsidiary of 21Vianet Group, said that internet companies in China are investing billions into their own cloud businesses in coming years, seeking to take advantage of a market with 680 million internet users.

    He said: “Cloud computing is a strategic priority for the Chinese government, which has piloted cloud schemes in a number of cities, will only drive the growth of data centres further.

    “The average growth rate of data centres in the next two years is expected to be 35% or above and market demand for cloud computing and internet services combined with a willingness to invest will drive infrastructure build-up in the next few years.”

    BroadGroup is this week hosting the first Datacloud Asia and Datacloud Awards in the region at the Capella Hotel, Sentosa Island in Singapore. Data Economy is the official media partner and will be at the event reporting live.

    https://data-economy.com/asia-build-...-data-centres/

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    Singapore: The robot city


    Singapore’s central business district

    The “fourth industrial revolution”, an era of unprecedented automation and connectivity, could reshape the urban environment and have profound impacts on society at large

    Pete Guest
    February 17, 2017

    This is one vision of the near future. Chain bars gradually filling up with a Tuesday night post-work crowd. Travelators idling outside the Subway and Starbucks that click on when you approach, ready to carry you from the ‘food centre’ to the ‘fitness zone’. On the walls, bright and cheerful signs telling the residents to eat right and be happy for the sake of their health.

    This is Mapletree Business City on Singapore’s west coast, a gleaming black-glass business park bulging with manicured greenery, and the centre of the city-state’s ambitious plans to become a ‘smart nation’, roping its transport, health and housing systems together using data and connected devices – the so-called ‘internet of things’ – and exploiting advances in automation to reduce the number of people needed to keep the country running.

    “We do believe we’re entering the fourth industrial revolution,” says

    Jacqueline Poh, CEO of GovTech, the government agency managing the programme. “We believe in the idea that we need to be a far more advanced digital economy.”

    The country, which is small, compulsively orderly and highly connected, has established itself as a test bed for data-driven, autonomous urban systems. On the National University of Singapore campus, Airbus drones are delivering packages, part of a trial that will eventually extend out to the port, and potentially even ships waiting off the coast. Self-driving taxis are being tested in a 6.5-square kilometre part of the One-North business district. In October, the government put out tenders for autonomous street cleaners and self-driving buses.

    In August, the deputy prime minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam came out to open an ‘autonomous café’ of hot-food vending machines, heralding it as a milestone in the country’s mission to reduce the number of workers it needs to staff its food and beverage businesses – known as “F&B”, in acronym-obsessed Singapore.

    The country has good reasons to throw itself wholeheartedly into the so-called “fourth industrial revolution”, a term that was popularised by the World Economic Forum, and describes a new shift in the structure of the global economy characterised by “extreme automation” and connectivity between people, systems and things. Singapore shares the demographic challenges of Asia’s other “Tiger Economies”. Population growth has slowed, life expectancy has increased, and today its age dependency ratio – the number of over-65s per working age individual – is 16 per cent. In 2006, it was just over 11 per cent. By 2030, one in five people will be over retirement age.

    “That has challenges in the sense of how do we maintain a productive workforce,” Poh says. “As a small country, we cannot import unlimited amounts of talent, or workers from other countries, simply because this is the size we are. And we’re already very dense.

    “But we can also find ways to make older Singaporeans an opportunity for us. We can find ways in which to ensure that Singaporeans are active and productive, and healthy, and in the workforce, and doing useful things for as long as they can.”

    The country, which is half the size of London with half its population, has built upwards to find room for its population within its limited space, and has worked hard to build closed loops within its infrastructure. Its infamously draconian laws on littering are in part down to a philosophy that cleanliness and civil order are intrinsically linked, and in part because so much of the city’s water is recycled that it needs to keep the drains clean.

    Facing many of the same challenges as other cities around the world – of environmental sustainability and energy use, shifts in the size and structure of its labour force, and financial forces that divorce land values from quotidian economic activity – Singapore has embraced technology and internalised the concept of the ‘smart city’.
    The smart city vision, blending data and connectivity to optimise services and infrastructure, has been around in its current form for at least a decade, but with the rapid development of technology in recent years has leapt from corporate brochures into reality.

    Those brochures promise efficiency of movement around conurbations that are cleaned and managed to algorithmic perfection. For some urban experts, they invoke a degree of disquiet that the cities optimised by these processes risk being dehumanised; that the taxi drivers and the café staff being freed up for other labour, or replaced entirely, by automation provide rare moments of human interaction in an increasingly atomised society.

    As Marcus Foth, the founder of the Urban Informatics Lab at the Queensland University of Technology in Australia, says: “It’s important that we agree that it’s not just about consuming services and being moved from A to B, life in a city is far more complex and rich, and there are so many other facets to life that play out in a city that we need to put into the equation.”

    The vector for the spread of the smart cities idea was the technology companies and consultancies who, having saturated the corporate market with their technology solutions, moved onto municipal governments, according to Foth. “They’re in a way selling the same products that they were selling [to companies] in the ’70s to cities, optimising whatever is at hand.”

    This, he says, leads to a conveyor-belt approach – “people who were seen as residents, all of a sudden, they’re seen as consumers, as clients that are consuming services, and the local government is the service provider.”
    Applying the same data-led approach to managing a company to a city is very problematic, raising serious questions about the agency of citizens, and about the conflict between what an algorithm determines to be the best decision for the aggregate, and how individuals experience that decision.

    “There’s a whole bunch of different risks with big data and big data analysis. One is that there seems to be an assumption in so many different stakeholders’ minds that the quantity of data is correlated to the quality of insight. That isn’t true,” he says. “The other one is this notion that big data is objective because it’s so large and it comes from so many different sources.”

    That, he says, is also not true – algorithms are built around human-designed models, which themselves are supported by subjective assumptions.

    Usman Haque, an architect who works on citizen-centric urbanism through his consultancy Umbrellium, foresees other problems. “When we introduce technical processes that make decisions on our behalf – and I’m thinking here about systems for traffic, as much as about autonomous vehicles – it’s a question that the incentive becomes for people to say ‘I didn’t make the decision, it was the algorithm’,” he says. “Essentially, it’s the abdication of responsibility I’m worried about.”

    The basic formulation of what Haque says was that the “first phase” of smart cities lent itself to an opaque, top-down approach that presents simple solutions to complex problems. It is now, he hopes, being replaced by a more pragmatic, human-led approach.

    “This idea that technology can iron out all the wrinkles is actually a bit of a worrying one,” he says. “Because in a sense a lot of the issues that we face, whether they’re part of our democratic process, or our social process, or even how we deal with climate change, are so complex, that when you try to reduce them to a simple linear algorithm that gives a simple yes-no answer, it falls down.”

    https://www.raconteur.net/current-af...the-robot-city

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