Alibaba cloud revenue climbs 93 percent to $710M

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Alibaba Group's cloud revenue has climbed 93 percent in its first quarter ended June 30, to hit US$710 million. The Chinese internet giant also points to Southeast Asia and South Asia as key targets of its international expansion, especially amidst the China-US tariff war. Commenting on its cloud revenue for the quarter, Alibaba said growth was fuelled by adoption of its higher value-added service as well as growth in paying customers. However, the business unit saw a US$74 million loss in adjusted EBITA margins, as the Chinese internet giant continued to make investments in its cloud footprint. Alibaba Cloud currently operates eight datacentre regions in China as well as 10 international datacentre regions, of which eight are located in Asia-Pacific including Singapore, Australia, Indonesia, and Malaysia.


Oracle needs multi-cloud strategy, wider datacentre footprint in APAC

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SAN FRANCISCO--Oracle needs to expand its datacentre footprint in Asia-Pacific and outline a clear multi-cloud strategy, especially as the majority of enterprises in the region are expected to deploy across different cloud environments. Driven by the architectures on which applications run on, businesses would end up running cloud platforms from different vendors, according to Chris Morris, IDC's vice president of cloud services and technology group for Asia-Pacific excluding Japan. For instance, a suitable analytics engine might be available on one cloud environment, while another enterprise software would be optimised on a different cloud platform. Moreover, not all applications were available in every region, forcing companies to opt for different cloud vendors to access the best software for their business needs. This sourcing decision meant organisations often had to deal with managing a multi-cloud environment, said Morris, pointing to an IDC study that revealed more than 70 percent of Asia-Pacific enterprises would have a multi-cloud strategy by 2018.


Census reports highlight government IT incompetence

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As details of the train wreck that was Australia's 2016 online Census have emerged, ZDNet has observed how it was a confluence of failure, indeed, an omnishambles of fabulous proportions. On Thursday, though, came two reports that not only provided further evidence of incompetence at the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), but they were also official. Their subtitles said it all. One, the report of the Senate Standing Committees on Economics inquiry into the Census, was subtitled "Issues of trust". Two, the Review of the Events Surrounding the 2016 eCensus [PDF] by the Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on Cyber Security Alastair MacGibbon, was subtitled "Improving institutional cyber security culture and practices across the Australian government".


Alibaba Cloud opens second data centre in Japan

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Alibaba Cloud has opened its second data centre in Japan, doubling its capacity in the country where it is seeing growing demand for big data analytics with machine learning capabilities. The new facility runs on 25G network infrastructure, an upgrade from its original 10G network, and P100 card GPU-based GN5 Instance to process graphics for machine learning. Between the two local data centres, Alibaba said its cloud unit would be able to offer more than 50 services, including elastic computing, image search, database, networking, disaster recovery, and storage services. It added that these could cater to key sectors such as e-commerce, games, media, manufacturing, and Internet of Things. Its machine learning specialist also urges need for governments looking to build smart cities, such as Singapore, to ensure its citizens benefit from such initiatives.


Japan census report shows surge in elderly population, many living alone

The Japan Times

The number of elderly people in Japan has increased, while the average family has shrunk in size, census data released Wednesday reveal. The number of elderly people aged 65 or older accounts for 26.7 percent of the 127.11 million total population, up 3.7 percentage points from five years ago, a summary report of the 2015 national census shows. Meanwhile, the size of the average family has continued to shrink, according to the figures. The 68-page report, conducted by the internal affairs ministry, also showed that the average number of household members fell from 2.82 in 1995 to 2.39 in 2015. Accordingly, single-person households have grown to occupy 32.5 percent of the total 51.88 million households, making it now the largest segment of the population, the report showed.