Cloud Computing

Submarine cable operator surfaces as cloud computing host

Bill Barney is the former chief executive of Hong Kong-based Pacnet. Photo: Felix Wong

Global Cloud Xchange, a provider of business communications services, plans to sharpen its focus on China and other emerging markets as it builds an extensive “cloud computing” infrastructure.

Thursday, 20 March, 2014, 6:03pm

Amazon adds new stratum to China cloud

The logistics center of internet retail giant Amazon in Leipzig, eastern Germany, is seen on November 25, 2013. Photo: AFP

I don't write too much about cloud services in China, mostly because I think the market is too immature despite Beijing's strong promotion of the industry.

19 Dec 2013 - 11:07am

Microsoft to promote cloud computing in China

Illustration: Martin Megino

Microsoft is betting that its focus on "cloud computing" services and smart mobile devices will spur more growth for the company in China. The software giant has stepped up promotion of its cloud service, Windows Azure, and Office 365, as well as smartphones that run its Windows Phone 8 platform and media tablets with its touch-ready Windows 8 operating system

29 Jun 2013 - 5:35am

Rivals Microsoft and Oracle team up on push into cloud

Oracle chief executive Larry Ellison (left) said Oracle had forged alliances with Microsoft and Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer says Oracle and Microsoft have collaborated in the past. Photo: Reuters

Microsoft said it would support Oracle software on its cloud-based platforms, a tie-up aimed at improving the rivals’ chances against nimbler Web-based computing companies chipping away at their traditional businesses.

25 Jun 2013 - 11:10am

Microsoft's online Office targets small firms

Office 365

Microsoft has expanded its collaboration with Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN) to deliver Office 365, the "cloud computing" version of its popular productivity software, to thousands of small businesses across the city.

14 Mar 2013 - 7:47am

Microsoft and HKBN launch 'cloud computing' service for Office software

William Yeung of HKBN and Horace Chow of Microsoft celebrate the joint launch of the Office 'cloud' service in the city. Photo: Edward Wong

Microsoft has teamed up with Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN) to bring the "cloud computing" version of its Office productivity software to millions of households across the city.

The two companies yesterday jointly introduced Office 365 Home Premium software as a service, which allows consumers to subscribe for as low as HK$2 a day, less than the cost of a tram ride.

22 Feb 2013 - 5:02am

Data hosting company follows the cloud

Illustration: Martin Megino

Rackspace Hosting has a fairly simple modus operandi: it leases space in data centres to host and help manage company websites and applications, such as e-mail.

15 Dec 2012 - 3:12am

Xiaomi ties with Kingsoft in cloud

Xiaomi is building up its product and service portfolio in the run-up to an offshore IPO that could come as soon as next year.

High profile smartphone maker Xioami is making headlines with word that it has purchased a stake in a unit of software maker Kingsoft...

3 Dec 2012 - 9:02am

Baidu expects slower earnings growth in December quarter

Baidu, the leading internet search services provider on the mainland, expects to record slower growth this quarter amid a sluggish economy.

The company yesterday forecast revenue in the quarter to December to be between 6.15 billion yuan (HK$7.64 billion) and 6.34 billion yuan, representing a 37.6 to 41.8 per cent year-on-year rise.

31 Oct 2012 - 4:12am

Project delays and fierce competition push ZTE into the red in third quarter

ZTE, the mainland's second-largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer, reported a net loss of 1.95 billion yuan (HK$2.42 billion) in the third quarter, its first quarterly loss since listing in Hong Kong in 2004.

The company blamed the poor result on delays in overseas projects, a change in the procurement system of domestic operators and low-margin contracts.

26 Oct 2012 - 2:50am

Cloud-based networks are power-hungry beasts

Illustration: Oliver Raw

We talk about "the cloud" as if it were a magical, even invisible, force. But exactly what is it? Even the simplest definition of the cloud - a place for data to be stored remotely instead of locally - doesn't always apply. For Hong Kong in particular, the cloud is anything but remote.

12 Oct 2012 - 9:19am 1 comment

Clouds clear for tech workers

The term 'the cloud' means many different things to many different people. To some, it's where their Instagram pictures are stored. To businesses it can mean the Google servers where their documents are shared.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:58pm

Digital Realty's HK site takes China plans forward

Digital Realty Trust, the world's largest builder and wholesale provider of data centres, moved forward its expansion plans in China after completing the acquisition of a 164,000 square foot industrial site in Tseung Kwan O this week.

18 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Working just got easier

Just as serviced offices allow people to work flexibly in terms of hours and location through virtual offices, and allow companies on shorter leases to easily expand or cut back in fully-equipped business centres, a new internet technology is offering similar services in the clouds.

25 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Managing IT risk to spark fresh hires

The development of the internet and its growing role in business increasingly expose enterprises to all kinds of threats.

15 Jun 2012 - 12:00am