Stories by Tan Ee Sze

HyperSCSI touted for low-cost SANs

A new Ethernet-based network storage protocol, designed for the transfer of SCSI (small computer system interface) data and commands over networks, is being positioned as a lower-cost alternative for localized storage area network (SAN) implementations.

IDC: Asia-Pacific weathers global telecom turmoil

Despite the turmoil wracking the global telecommunications market, the sector has fared relatively well in the Asia-Pacific, chalking up 20 percent growth in 2001 and keeping on track for a 12 to 15 percent compound annual growth rate over the next five years.

Asia views the Quantum convergence

Snap servers and Superloaders meet in the mid-tier enterprise as Quantum Corp. amalgamates its network attached storage (NAS) and tape businesses to tap on this potentially lucrative market.

Singapore's ICR plans multi-mode 3G on silicon

As multiple 3G (third-generation) handset operating modes jostle for market acceptance, the Institute for Communications Research (ICR) has teamed up with semiconductor company STMicroelectronics NV to develop a silicon-based solution that will support these different forms of wireless air interface access.

IDC: ERM popular among A-P users

Enterprise relationship management (ERM), customer relationship management (CRM), system infrastructure and collaborative technologies have the highest priority on enterprises' investment agenda, according to a recent survey by International Data Corp. (IDC).

ASPLinux plans easy installation for Asian users

Singapore-based software development company ASPLinux Pte. Ltd. has made ease of installation a key feature of ASPLinux 7.0, and is aiming to make its Linux distribution the most widely used in Southeast Asia.

Memory and real estate defines Java midlets

Storage, the user interface, and the tradeoff between portability and tight access to native device features -- these are some of the issues developers have to contend with when writing applications for mobile devices.

Linux going mainstream in Asia: IBM

Linux will play a greater role as a platform for workload consolidation as it moves into mainstream enterprises this year, according to IBM Corp.

Budgeting for e-security

A cost-effective electronic security budget has to be based on overall business objectives rather than on point solutions such as firewalls, dial-back modems, a public key infrastructure or a single sign-on.

Itracs sensor leads to intelligent wiring

A Singaporean inventor has come up with a patent-pending system that automatically discovers and monitors port connectivity in data centers and wiring closets. This ensures accurate, up-to-date network documentation without the need for network administrators to manually update moves, adds and changes.

ASPs also need to pay as they go

The bandwagon has been trundling along for a couple of years now, but a lot more work needs to be done before the application service provider (ASP) business really gets anywhere.

IT Manpower the Biggest Challenge: Andersen

Businesses have to pay more attention to intangibles which can contribute up to 80 percent of their market value, said Richard Boulton, worldwide managing partner, Business Consulting, for Arthur Andersen LLP.

Machines Will Be Main Web Users, Says Negroponte

The next two years will see a significant shift from people being the primary users of the Internet to an increase in machines talking to machines. There will be "more Barbie dolls connected to the Internet than Americans in the near future," said Nicholas Negroponte, founder and director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab.

Itanium is compatible, but with a catch

Compatible, but with a catch. In a press update on Intel's new 64-bit processor, the company's Asia-Pacific Itanium program manager, William Wu, has given the assurance that existing 32-bit operating systems will be able to run on the Itanium platform, albeit without the performance enhancements of a 64-bit system.
However, the source code of 32-bit applications will have to be recompiled in order for them to run on a 64-bit Itanium-based operating system.

Dollars and SANs

Storage area networks (SANs) will contribute 44 percent of Singapore's external storage systems revenue in 2004, with network attached storage (NAS) making up 25 percent and the rest coming from direct attached storage (DAS). This will be a reversal of the current situation, in which revenue from DAS surpasses SAN by about six times.