96.2% of businesses in Asia Pacific see cloud as critical to meeting immediate business needs amongst pandemic uncertainty

NTT’s Hybrid Cloud Report reveals the main drivers behind hybrid cloud adoption  

NTT Ltd., the global technology services company, released its 2021 Hybrid Cloud Report, which highlights the critical need for business agility, and the role hybrid cloud has had on helping businesses achieve this. 

Before Covid-19, many companies had embarked on digital transformation journeys, but the pandemic highlighted that many were not as agile as they had previously thought. The pandemic laid bare deficiencies in businesses’ cloud infrastructure, security and network architecture capabilities, hindering their ability to adapt and remain agile. 

The pandemic has forced a cultural mindset shift with global organizations adapting their agility plans from recovering infrastructure and applications to getting office-based workers set up and working from home. Despite this uncertainty, the pandemic has provided a significant opportunity to accelerate digital transformation initiatives. 

The report, which conducted research with 950 decision-makers in 13 countries across five regions – including Singapore, Hong Kong, India in Asia Pacific (APAC), highlighted the increasing reliance on technology and found that: 

  • A business lifeline: 90.0% of APAC businesses agree that pandemic has forced its business to rely on technology more than ever before
  • The benefits of hybrid cloud are already clear: With 60.3% of APAC organizations globally already using, or piloting hybrid cloud
  • Hybrid cloud is the future: The study found that a further 31.6% of APAC respondents plan to implement a hybrid solution within 12-24 months

It is clear that hybrid cloud is now seen as critical to data-driven processes and real-time decisions both now and in the future. 

Hybrid cloud, when implemented correctly, drives efficiencies

During such an uncertain time, businesses are continuing to tighten their purse strings and look to hybrid cloud to increase cost efficiency and drive the organization’s overall performance. The report found that an improved speed of deployment of apps and services is the biggest driver (38.8%) of hybrid cloud adoption in APAC, especially given the shift to a distributed workforce model where businesses in this region now need to access data and applications in new, different and often complex ways. According to APAC respondents, the second largest motivation for hybrid cloud adoption is an overall improvement of business agility (38.3%), followed by a more efficient total cost of IT operations (34.0%).

After working with NTT to implement a hybrid IT infrastructure, Christophe Le Caignec, Head of IT Operations, at Lefebvre Sarrut Services, said: “‘Our infrastructure now lets us focus our time and resources on application development and lifecycle management, helping us to bring new services to market much more quickly.”

Businesses, however, need to implement hybrid cloud in a way that will optimize environments to maximize efficiencies. This is why over half of organizations (53.6%) strongly agree on the need to engage with experts, such as managed cloud providers.

Overcoming hurdles

Beyond maximizing cost efficiencies, businesses are also charged with changing attitudes to security and compliance and the complexities of implementing hybrid cloud. The report found that more than half of the respondents in APAC (51.2%) claim that the difficulties in managing data security is the greatest barrier to adopting hybrid cloud. To overcome these barriers when working in such complex environments, organizations must choose the right environment that will securely host their mission-critical applications across public and private clouds; and work with a partner who understands the industries they’re working in to ensure compliance. 

The report found that network performance and a shortage of skills were also regarded as sizeable barriers to hybrid cloud adoption. Both, if not appropriately addressed, when implementing the cloud, could undo the benefits it offers. 

Rob​ Lopez, Executive Vice President, Intelligent Infrastructure at NTT Ltd., comments “As businesses look to navigate the new year, they must look to hybrid cloud environments that are optimized for agility, security and supported by the right network architecture while also meeting compliance requirements. This is the foundation upon which cloud is successful and will enable businesses to weather any form of disruption that comes their way.”

Partnering for success 

Industry collaboration and working with external experts will provide businesses with the right knowledge and skills to set up their hybrid cloud environments for agility. When we asked APAC respondents about the types of partner used, 70.8% of businesses said they engaged with systems integrators, while 55.4% engaged with specialist information security consultants or managed security service providers (MSSPs), highlighting the importance of security to cloud deployments. 

To find out more about NTT and our hybrid cloud services, visit our website.

NTT offers Cyber Threat Sensor to clients in wake of SolarWinds attacks 

As multiple vulnerabilities are discovered, NTT provides 30 day trial at no charge 

NTT Ltd., a leading global technology services company, has announced it is offering qualified clients a free-of-charge specialized sensor capability*. This will enable enterprises and public sector agencies to make an initial determination of their risk and potential means to mitigate attacks related to the recent SolarWinds incidents. 

In December 2020, a supply chain attack through SolarWinds’ commonly-used network management software allowed malware to be distributed to at least 18,000 organizations around the world. Additional threats have also since been identified, potentially exposing organizations’ applications and data. NTT’s view on these recent attacks can be seen here.

In response to these supply chain attacks, NTT will provide companies that believe themselves to be at risk of compromise with their 30-day trial of our Specialized Sensor for SolarWinds Detection and Alerting across all platforms other than Azure, at no charge. 

This offering includes:

  • Deployment of a specialized sensor in AWS and Google Cloud Platform environments for the detection of Indicators of Compromise (IOCs) specific to the SolarWinds breach.   
  • Near real time notification to a client’s security organization in the event a compromise is detected.
  • An actionable incident report delivered automatically, immediately upon detection of IOCs linked to the SolarWinds compromise. 

Organizations can then engage with NTT for a more in-depth review, analysis, recommendations, and remediation including a rapid incident compromise assessment. NTT can also provide ongoing managed security services such as Security Operations Center as a Service (SOCaaS) and develop a Strategy for Supply Chain Security Assurance, to help clients monitor their technology assets and reduce risk from future threats. 

Matt Gyde, President and CEO, Security Division at NTT Ltd., says, “Threat actors have exploited disruption during the COVID-19 crisis to launch an accelerated wave of cyberattacks around the world. The SolarWinds incidents were orchestrated by sophisticated operators and exploit the broad distribution of commonly-used software packages. NTT has now moved to proactively offer clients a way to identify potential problems in their technology infrastructure and take the steps needed to close those gaps.”

“At NTT our ongoing commitment is to make the world a better place through the power of technology, as we all navigate the new normal, we have an opportunity to build a better, connected future. With innovation, the possibilities to use technology for good are endless,” concludes Gyde.

For more information regarding the offer please visit our website here. 

*Current and prospective clients that meet NTT’s criteria are eligible for this offer.

SHAREit tops and amongst the fastest-growing media publishers in Southeast Asia and the Middle East in H2 2020 

A one-stop-shop for the user’s digital entertainment needs – more than 500 million people use SHAREit each month.

Manila, Philippines  SHAREit, the world’s largest file sharing, gaming, and content streaming application, has been once again ranked as the No. 1 fastest-growing media publisher in Southeast Asia and the Middle East for H2 2020 in the AppsFlyer’s latest Performance Index. Appsflyer also ranked SHAREit as a top media publisher not only in emerging markets like Africa (ranked second), but in developed markets like Western Europe (ranked third), Eastern Europe (ranked fourth) and Latin America (ranked fifth) in its Growth Index. The Performance Index by AppsFlyer is a tool for app marketers to see the performance ranking of mobile media sources.

The achievement follows SHAREit’s remarkable performance in Edition XI (covering H1 2020) of the AppsFlyer Performance Index, according to which it ranked at the top in the Middle East and Southeast Asia with an impressive 160% growth rate in the app install pie in H1 2020. The rankings highlight SHAREit’s unique product offering and a wide array of features that not only make the application popular amongst customers, but also an indispensable resource for marketers.

Karam Malhotra, Partner and Global Vice-President at SHAREit, said: “The power of the user voice has never been as loud and clear as it is today, as they want choice, flexibility and anytime access to personalized digital content via their mobile phones. Our holistic platform offers a smart and unique blend of content discovery, consumption, gaming, and sharing in line with heightened customer expectations as we strive after refining the SHAREit experience to be useful, convenient and seamless. We’re thrilled to be named the fastest-growing media publisher in the Middle East and Southeast Asia– it’s another testament to SHAREit’s commitment to providing flexibility, autonomy and utility to our users while helping advertisers grow their business leveraging the SHAREit community.”

SHAREit’s primary feature is the peer to peer file transfer, allowing users to share pictures, music, and more, with other devices without using an active internet or Bluetooth connection. Being the first app channel partner of Google Play, it also ensures secure application transfers with Peer-to-Peer Offline App Sharing – letting users share apps via SHAREit, adding them to the user’s Play Library and managing app updates when the device comes back online.

SHAREit has also established itself as a one-stop content platform, providing users with a gaming, content discovery and consumption platform. SHAREit has a dedicated gaming center on the application, which offers HTML5 games, gaming videos and an option to download hot games. With games across all genres, it has one of the largest catalogues of mobile games from developers across the globe.

SHAREit’s remarkable growth has also emerged in the Philippines as the application has seen a significant 15% month on month increase in daily active users since the lockdown began in March 2020, having gained nearly 40 million monthly active users in the country. SHAREit was also recognized by AppAnnie’s The State of Mobile 2021 Report, ranking 6th in most used, and 8th in most downloaded applications in the Philippines, making it one of the most popular and fastest-growing apps in the country today.

With consistent advances in terms of content, SHAREit has successfully leveraged the popularity of local regional content to establish itself as the hub for short-format videos and has hence seen its user base spike worldwide with growing engagement levels. SHAREit now boasts a highly engaged user base of over 1.8 billion users globally speaking 45 languages in about 200 countries and regions. The application currently has more than 500 million monthly active users globally.

For more information, please visit: http://www.ushareit.com/

Stylish “Bakuna Ready/Vaccine Ready” Outfits for your Vaccine Appointment

It’s been a while since my last blogpost, now we’ve entered Season 2 of ECQ. A lot things has changed and can’t believe how time flies. Update: After a year, Philippines had the most number of Covid-19 cases. As of today, April 2, 2021 a record of 15, 310 new Covid-19 cases . YIKES!

Another update, vaccines had already arrived in the Philippines. I haven’t got my vaccine yet since the priority are front liners. But I’ve came up with a list of stylish “bakuna/vaccine ready” tops you can wear on your upcomimg vaccine appointment. My recos are blogger/nurse/fashion student approved!

Shoulder cut outs – If you are conscious of your arms, the cut out details always gives that edgy touch. Note: on the arm coverage for the perfect injection site

Tip: You can bust out your tops you haven’t used in awhile and DIY like I did! Check out this old hoodie I found in my closet and I designed it with cut outs, also turned it into a crop top – perf for an athleisure look.

 

 

Venus cut – A more feminine look! It’s stylish, convenient and hassle free. Ready to strut your vaccine shot pose!

[Photo credits to owner]

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Sleeveless/ strapless – One of the most convenient, EFFORTLESS and hassle free 🙂 Plus, it’s Philippine weather friendly.

 

 

 

 

Bandeau or tube top – Same as for sleeveless/ strapless but for the RISQUE.

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Off shoulder – This one wouldn’t be on my top list (It’s a cute top, I know haha!) but depending also on how much it covers the arms. Your medical practitioner may kindly ask to tug down the sleeve a little more.

Safe example of arm coverage [Photo credits to owner]
Note:  For those who can relate especially those in the medical field – during my time, according to our nursing fundamentals the basis to point the best injection site is about 2-3  fingers from the shoulders. (Kindly comment below if it has been updated, it’s been awhile since I practice- advance apologies)