DigitalOcean Brings Developer-Loved Cloud To India

  • World’s 2nd Largest Cloud Computing Provider, Built for Developers
  • Datacenter in Bangalore set for the second quarter of this year
  • To have an initial investment of up to $5M to build local facility and operation in 2016

February 22, 2016 – Bangalore, India –  DigitalOcean, the developers’ cloud computing platform, today announced their plan to open a datacenter in India this coming summer. Headquartered in New York City, DigitalOcean has catered to the developer community by offering on-demand cloud computing resources that can be deployed in seconds at a great price point. In 2015 DigitalOcean became the 2nd largest hosting company in the world, as per Netcraft, a cloud infrastructure research firm.

Today, India is home to the fastest growing ecosystem of startups and entrepreneurs, with approximately 4,000 startups launching this past year alone. Considering the number of software developers throughout India will grow to over 5 million by the year 2018 – surpassing the number of developers in the United States – it’s clear that the region is one of the most important technology markets in the world. DigitalOcean is planning to have an initial investment of up to $5M to build out it’s local facility and operation in 2016.

We’re here to help the booming economy in India continue to grow and succeed” says Ben Uretsky, CEO and Co-Founder of DigitalOcean. “There’s no better way to build and launch your business than on top of cloud. Entrepreneurs should be focused on their product and keeping their customers happy, not managing hardware and servers – that’s where we come in.”

KartRocket, India’s leading e-commerce enabler that raised $6 million in Series B funding just last month, has been using DigitalOcean’s cloud for the past two years. “DigitalOcean’s made it extremely simple for our team of developers to scale our application, as we’ve gained traction and more customers over the past years. It’s the simplest cloud platform in the market for developers and startups to launch their apps on,” says Saahil Goel, Co-Founder and CEO of KartRocket. “Their support team is also very communicative. We couldn’t be happier.”

Akhi Gupta, CTO and Co-Founder of the popular property-listings startup NoBroker, says, “They make it extremely simple to spin up servers. We know exactly what our bill will be at the end of the month. Other major cloud services have offered us free credit to leave, but we’ve rejected these offers because we love DigitalOcean.”

The Droplet – the company’s branded term for a cloud server – is a powerful compute resource that comes packaged with memory, storage, and bandwidth. Pricing begins at $5 per month and billing is calculated on an hourly basis, guaranteeing that companies only pay for infrastructure resources that are actually being used. The flexibility to quickly spin up servers via the company’s simple control panel or API is part of the special DigitalOcean experience.

We have big plans for 2016,” says Moisey Uretsky, Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder of DigitalOcean. “We are actively working on a robust storage solution, as well as a monitoring solution, to complement our current product offerings. Developers in India will have first access to these cutting-edge technologies in our new datacenter in Bangalore.”

Key facts about DigitalOcean

  • Intuitive Control Panel – DigitalOcean’s control panel makes configuring cloud servers and development frameworks simple and intuitive.

  • Active Developer Community – DigitalOcean’s community pages are continually updated and moderated. Developers will find numerous tutorials, a robust Q & A section, and many community projects.

  • Cloud infrastructure starting at $5 per month – DigitalOcean’s simple pricing model starts at $5 per month and offers hourly billing. Never be surprised by your invoice with predictable and transparent pricing as you scale.

  • SSD-only cloud – DigitalOcean’s servers use only high-performance Solid State Disks. Their speed directly benefits the performance of hosted websites and applications. All DigitalOcean cloud servers are live and configurable in less than one minute.

  • Snapshots – Backup your data and easily restore your server to a previously saved state. Users can create snapshots at anytime and even migrate them between different datacenter regions and other user accounts.

  • Team Accounts – Team Account Management allows multiple users to share a single DigitalOcean account. With this feature, the account owner can invite members to join their existing account and gain access to create, destroy, and manage Droplets without getting access to administrative or billing settings. Additionally, each member will have separate logins, eliminating the need to share passwords.

  • Floating IPs – Architect your application for high availability with Floating IPs. This feature makes it simple to quickly move an IP address from one server to another.

  • SLA for 99.9 percent availability – DigitalOcean guarantees the highest availability of its cloud servers.

About DigitalOcean

DigitalOcean, Inc. (http://www.digitalocean.com / @digitalocean) is a cloud infrastructure provider focused on simplifying web infrastructure for software developers. The company is headquartered in New York City with datacenters throughout the world. For more information, please reach out to press(at)digitalocean(dot)com

Quantum Xcellis Scale-out Storage Earns Honors for Video Surveillance and Security

Award Recognizes Leadership in Advancing Video Surveillance Storage Technology and Highlights Visionary Xcellis Solution

Bangalore – Quantum Corp. today announced it received the Innovative Security Products award for the newXcellis™ high-performance scale-out tiered storage solution at the 2015 Top 10 Innovative Security Products Award Ceremony. The award recognizes companies advancing the state of the art in storage technologies designed to enhance security.

Explosive Growth in Video Surveillance Storage

The video surveillance market has seen rapid change and growth in the last year with the accelerated adoption of high-definition cameras, longer retention times for video-based data and the implementation of sophisticated analytical tools. Yet, tight budgets and high storage costs have forced security managers to make difficult trade-offs effecting their security mission. The need for an intelligent, scalable platform to store, manage and protect video data efficiently and cost-effectively to maximize its value has never been greater.

Xcellis Scale-out Storage Designed for Video Surveillance and Security Applications

Quantum, through its Xcellis scale-out storage solution, provides a simple-to-manage surveillance storage foundation that can grow under a single file system designed specifically for video applications. This foundation enables a tiered approach to storage architectures for surveillance and security applications, which leverages high-performance disk, high-capacity disk, file-based tape and the cloud. The tiered system enables customers to meet their total capacity needs more cost-effectively and optimize their storage infrastructure based on budget, retention policies and access requirements, yet make it easy to manage under a single file system, reducing IT intervention and management costs.

The Top 10 Innovative Security Products Award Ceremony focuses on the latest innovations in public security solutions in China. Hosted by the Shenzhen Security and Protection Industry Association, CPS.com.cn, China Public Security Magazine and journalists of Smart China, this year’s event took place Jan. 7 at Window of the World in Shenzhen, China.

Supporting Quotes

·         Yan Jun, Manager of Public Security Industry Association and CPS Magazine: “We are honored to recognize Quantum by awarding them a 2015 Top 10 Innovative Security Products award. Quantum Xcellis scale-out storage helps organizations in China capture more video surveillance video at higher resolutions while substantially reducing costs.”

·         Wayne Arvidson, Vice President, Surveillance and Security Solutions, Quantum: “Customers who adopt intelligent, scalable storage as the foundation of their new surveillance and security system leave more budget for cameras, analytics and other tools focused on the mission of protecting people and property.”

Additional Resources

·         Learn more about Quantum video surveillance solutions: www.quantum.com/solutions/video-surveillance/index.aspx

·         Read about Xcellis workflow storage: www.quantum.com/products/scale-out-storage/xcellis/index.aspx

 

$400B ‘Make in India’ Opportunity: ESDM Industry Visionaries Issue a Clarion Call to Make it a Reality

  • Focus more on Talent Development, Startup growth, Academia Involvement, and IP creation, says IESA Action Plan

  • Only 3,500 electronics manufacturing units and therefore the need to set up more unit in India for reaching zero import

  • The National Electronics Policy calls for $100Bn investments in this sector, which will result in 28 Mn jobs

Bangalore, India: February 4, 2016: India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), the premier trade body, representing the Indian Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM), today concluded IESA Vision Summit 2016, its annual industry leadership conclave, with an Action Plan for achieving the $400B ‘Make in India’ ESDM opportunity. The Action plan constitutes of 4 components – Talent Development, Strengthen Startup Ecosystem, Industry-Academia involvement and IP Creation.

Chief Guest for the occasion, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India said, “The industry has a fairly big challenge to meet. There is lack of balance between demand and supply of electronics in India and this is a serious concern. Electronics is the third biggest import after crude oil and gold. There are only 3,500 electronics manufacturing units and therefore the need to set up more units in India for reaching zero import. The National Electronics Policy calls for $100Bn investments in this sector, which will result in 28 Mn jobs. But, between 2000 and 2014-15, we have had only $1.53 Bn coming in this sector while 100% FDI in this sector has been given.”

Manufacturing is the second 5 year plan and the government tried to address it through National Manufacturing Policy. However, presently its contribution to GDP is only 12% – 14%. Services sector contributes to 50% GDP but that is not creating jobs. Manufacturing contribution should be 25% by 2022. We are hopeful National Knowledge Network, National Optical Fibres, Digitization program, Broadband push, will generate more demand and employability. Startups today are looking at application based technology to facilitate the consumer. Space technology, R&D towards core Science, Physics based Science, Earth Science are the areas where India has strengths. Technology needs to come there too,” added Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman.

Guest of Honour, Shri. Krishna Byre Gowda, Minister for Agriculture, Govt. of Karnataka, stated, “Bangalore has been spearheading the growth of ESDM sector, along with creating new opportunities, new avenues and hence, employability. The agricultural markets need to be integrated with the help of technologies. There are 155 markets spread out across Karnataka and commodities are traded at different rates, bringing a disharmony in the ecosystem. However, with technology integration, it is possible to have one unified single online based agriculture market across the country. Presently, technology penetration in agriculture is still at a very low level and it needs to be relooked.”

The government of India has given a clarion call of ‘Make in India’ to boost the nation’s domestic manufacturing sector as well as to produce for the export market. The demand for electronics hardware in the country is projected to touch USD 400 billion by 2020 as indicated in the Task Force Report. This creates a unique opportunity for companies in the ESDM (Electronic System Design & Manufacturing) sector to look at India as their next destination to cater to the domestic Indian demand as well as act as an exports hub.

With ‘Make in India’ wave in the ESDM landscape, the industry realised the need for developing talent in order to address the $400B opportunity. India is a diversified nation and each state has their own priorities. The industry assumes immense requirement for skilled manpower, mostly engineers and hence, necessitate a pool of talent equipped for the electronics ecosystem.

Today, India trains around 1.5 million engineers per year, more than what the US and China jointly produces. However, 15% of the engineers who graduate, find a job immediately and hence, there is a need for a paradigm shift in the way the various technical courses are structured. It is also essential that the engineering graduates are made trade worthy through collaboration with industries and an exposure to industrial working conditions,” said Vinay Shenoy, Chairman, IESA.

The government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative is projected to make India a preferred manufacturing destination encompassing 25 sectors that includes ESDM, automobileschemicalsIT , aviation, design manufacturing, renewable energy and several other sectors that rely heavily on electronics, expanding the opportunities to create employment, purchasing power, spending and supply. As India attempts to become a manufacturing nation, the ESDM start-up ecosystems are uniquely positioned to drive innovation and deliver path-breaking products. Start-ups also have the advantage of being able to focus on niche, cutting-edge technologies while also managing to remain extremely nimble.

IESA, realising the true potential of the startup ecosystem, has been spearheading various initiatives with the industry to identify startups in the electronics and IoT space in order to make them flourish with the required mentorship, incubation and help them to derive their go-to-market strategy and scale their ideas into sustainable businesses.

Over the last two decades, we have witnessed the growth of services space which have definitely taken the nation to a high-growth economy, taking the start-up ecosystem along with them. Now, with government’s ‘Make in India’ agenda, we are seeing a similar transition in the ESDM landscape and the start-ups are carrying the baton of ‘Make in India’ success,” said, M.N. Vidyashankar, President, IESA.

India’s strength in design is well-acknowledged around the world. Despite its strength, the nation has been struggling in terms of IP creation and hence, the industry needs to increase their investments in R&D to enrich India’s intellectual capital.

The Indian business fraternity needs to rise to the occasion and help the nation to create new benchmarks in the global IP ecosystem,” added Mr. Vidyashankar.

$400B ‘Make in India’ Opportunity: IESA taking the Lead

DEFENCE ELECTRONICS POLICY

IESA is mandated by Ministry of Defense (MoD) to write a first ever detailed “Defence Electronics and System Design Policy” along with Nasscom and same shall be released soon. IESA with Roland Berger also released the whitepaper ‘Defence Electronics Market- Perspectives and recommendations’ at Deftronics 2015 in Delhi which is firmly believed to be a yardstick for India’s defence electronics sector in recent time to come.

START-UP INITAITIVES

  • At an exclusive innovation showcase event, organized at the Intel campus in Bangalore, 16 start-ups, selected from a strenuous scrutiny process of 60 preliminary applicants, were provided a platform to showcase path breaking IoT innovations in their respective domains. The objective was to create and foster an ecosystem to promote start-ups that develop fabless semiconductor and electronic products especially around connected devices or IoT. A jury panel further shortlisted Cardiac Design Labs for a sponsored visit to the prestigious SRII Global Conference in 2015 at San Jose, California.

  • IESA, TiE and MediaTek Labs held a joint event to promote and support start-ups and entrepreneurs in fabless semiconductor and electronic products in the IoT or connected devices space in 2015. Five selected startups and six student innovators showcased their path breaking IoT innovations across healthcare and farming sectors.

  • IESA along with DeitY, STPI, Delhi University and CMR has set up an Incubation Centre – “Electropreneur Park” in New Delhi. The incubator has been set up in the varsity’s South Campus with an investment of Rs. 21 crore. 5 City Roadshows were conducted and 300+ applications were received. 20 proposals were shortlisted for evaluation by Project Evaluation Team and out of which 5 have been selected.

TALENT CIG

A subset of IESA initiated by a group of dedicated experienced engineering professional who felt the need to work towards uplifting the current education structure to produce better next generation engineers (Electronics & Computer Science) who will focus on adding value to the corporate world with the skills acquired though learning process. Talent CIG currently consists of senior semi-conductor industry veterans with in depth knowledge and experience in their respective fields.

Opportunities Galore, ESDM Industry Scales Up for $400B ‘Make in India’ Prospect

  • Demand for electronics is estimated to reach US$400 billion by 2020, while the production is expected to grow around US$100 billion by the same year
  • 50 mobile manufacturing units setup in the last 10 months, 20,000 jobs have been created and 9 mn mobile phones per month capacity built in India
  • 159 ESDM production units established in India in 2015 and technology sector expected to be $1 Tn opportunity in India in the next 5-7 years

Bangalore, India: February 3, 2016: India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), the premier trade body, representing the Indian Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM), today commenced IESA Vision Summit 2016, its annual industry leadership conclave, with a commitment to evolve the ESDM industry into a $400B ‘Make in India’ opportunity. The Summit theme “Indian Semiconductor & ESDM Ecosystem: Scaling up for $400B Make in India Opportunity” recognises the need to elevate focus on the immediate opportunities in the indigenous ESDM landscape.

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The proceedings were presided over by Dr. Ajay Kumar, Additional Secretary, DeitY, Govt. of India along with Dr. Omkar Rai, Director General, STPI, Govt. of India and Shri RK Misra, Founder Director, Centre for Smart Cities.

During his speech, Dr. Ajay Kumar, Additional Secretary, DeitY. Govt of India said, “It is the easiest time in Indian history to start and grow a company in India and the government is keen on involving tech and ESDM sector in order to spur the ecosystem. Digital India will provide more impetus to the Electronics sector in India. Between December 2014 and December 2015, India added 100 mn internet users, more than any other country in the world. India achieved its first 100 million internet users in 15 years. There were 159 ESDM production units established in India last year and the technology sector is expected to be $1 Tn opportunity in India in the next 5-7 years – $400 Bn of hardware, $350 Bn of Software and $250 Bn of Telecom and IoT. The tech sector could potentially contribute 25% of India’s GDP.”

“There is a huge opportunity for innovation with Local languages. We cannot scale any technology products and solutions if the devices and services are not talking to 1.25 Bn people in their local languages. Govt. has released a draft policy for supporting local languages and making machine-translation into local languages a reality in India,” he added.

Also commenting on the occasion, Dr. Ajay Kumar added, “We have seen 50 mobile manufacturing units setup in the last 10 months, 20,000 jobs have been created and 9 mn mobile phones per month capacity built in India. Electronic Development Fund and Innovation Fund are two different funds to help accelerate electronics manufacturing and innovations in the country and both are operational. EDF is managed by Canara Bank Venture Fund, while IF is managed by SIDBI. The government has allowed 100% FDI in Medical Electronics, 49% FDI in defence (higher on a case-to-case basis) to bring momentum in indigenous electronics manufacturing,”

Delivering the theme address was Nicholas Brathwaite, Founding Partner, Riverwood Capital, a globally-renowned private equity firm which has shown immense interest in India’s ESDM startups.

“We are on the edge of hardware revolution and it’s going to be more complicated than the app revolution. ‘Make in India’ is a broad vision but the agenda should be ‘Make FOR India’ with focus on Indian priorities. The ecosystem needs to drive affordability, low power and spectrum consumption, and explore expertise and entrepreneurial skills available in the country. However, ‘Make in India’ should not just focus on catering to local Indian market and reducing imports but should have a global outlook. We will have a number of electronics hardware companies from India in the next 10-15 years.

Competition will come from global companies and not just local companies. And, these companies will have Indian personnel, just like most of the tech companies in Silicon Valley have at least one Indian in the senior management.”

“India should invite global talent to come, participate in the India’s growth story. These individuals will bring global understanding, competitive ability and scalability potential. India has achieved excellence in improving the productivity of skilled workforce and now, it’s time for the nation to replicate this for unskilled workforce. We are living in the era of “fast eating the slow” and speed matters in this rapidly changing global environment,” concluded Nicholas Brathwaite.

The 11th edition of IESA Vision Summit has received participation from the Government of India and witnessed the highest ever participation from State governments, with representation from Karnataka, Kerala, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

Last year witnessed India’s Electronics System Design & Manufacturing (ESDM) aspirations gaining wide visibility world over, driven by the forecast of $400B local electronics consumption. The aggressive ‘Make in India’ push internationally has helped the Indian ESDM ecosystem to elevate its agenda from conviction to action, thereby bringing stronger interest in investment into the nation with a strong focus on domestic manufacturing, indigenous design, innovation, creation of IP assets,” said Vinay Shenoy, Chairman, IESA.

The Digital India & Start-up India initiatives gained further momentum, along with efforts to improve skills across the various segments – from PhDs to shop floor workers, all of which are essential for Innovation-Engineering-Manufacturing of Electronics in India,” he added.

The Vision Summit 2015 theme was “Make in India: Vision to Reality” and focussed on the need for accelerating investment promotions, international alliances, start-up ecosystem and policy implementation to strengthen India’s contributions in Design-led Electronics Manufacturing. Since

then, IESA has spearheaded many international delegations, formed international alliances, partnered with central and state governments on policy formation and recommendation, and has taken a slew of measures to strengthen the ESDM start-up ecosystem.

M. N. Vidyashankar, President, IESA said, “Investment in the electronics manufacturing sector has jumped over six-fold to reach Rs 1.14 lakh crore in 2015, and this re-established the need for initiating dialogues to seize the$400B ‘Make in India’ opportunity. With aggressive engagement from government, industry bodies and industry, we have witnessed the transition of India as a Global manufacturing destination. The involvement of various state governments are noteworthy as they have utilized their edge on natural resources, infrastructure and offered multiple levels of benefits in driving domestic electronics manufacturing to help the nation in achieving the status of an ESDM powerhouse.”

ESDM startups are key to India’s $400B ‘Make in India’ opportunity. IESA would focus on creation of more and more startups and will provide them with platforms to establish themselves in the ESDM ecosystem,” added Mr. Vidyashankar.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Founder, The Art of Living, will present the prestigious IESA Technovation Awards 2015 for excellence in Electronics System Design and Manufacturing across various categories. The platform has provided an opportunity to the finalists to make their product pitches to the investors and prominent industry thought leaders. Moreover, IESA, with support from Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), has conducted a half day workshop, with government representatives, industry veterans and academia expounding on various aspects of intellectual property rights such as IPR protection, commercialization and patent filing procedures. A boot camp for start-ups was organised on how to apply for DeitY Support for Patent Protection in ESDM and on patent filing procedures and related strategies.