NetApp Launches NetApp Excellerator, A Startup Accelerator Program For The Era Of Digital Transformation

Applications for NetApp Excellerator program are now open for start-ups from areas related to IOT, cloud, big data and analytics, machine learning, virtualization, data security, data management and storage. 

INDIA, June 7, 2017:  NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced the launch of the NetApp Excellerator program, the company’s first startup accelerator in Bangalore. NetApp is the leader in data insight, access, and control for hybrid cloud environments. Through the NetApp Excellerator program, the company wants to share its unique perspective and experience around data with startups, and invest in solutions that will help enterprises through this era of digital transformation.

The program was launched today at the new 15-acre NetApp campus at Bangalore in the presence of Mr. Mohandas Pai, guest of honour and keynote speaker, partners, venture capitalists, startups, and customers.

With the launch of this program, applications for the four-month-long program are now open for startups. Selected startups will receive technology and business mentorship as well as access to markets and investors to realize the full potential of their ideas and products in the global market place. Applications are invited from startups working in the areas related to IOT, cloud, big data and analytics, machine learning, virtualization, data security, storage and data management, and other adjacent areas.

Commenting on the launch Deepak Visweswaraiah, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, NetApp India said, “The tech industry is going through a transformational shift with data right at the center. Given NetApp’s rich legacy of innovation in the data management space, and the fact that we were once a startup ourselves, we recognize that some of the most creative, breakthrough ideas will happen within India’s thriving startup ecosystem. Through the NetApp Excellerator program, we would like to encourage and support these start-ups and provide them with an opportunity to graduate to their next phase of growth.”

The NetApp Excellerator program will provide startups with access to collaboration and productivity tools, co-working space out of the company’s global center of excellence in Bangalore as well as networking opportunities with potential investors, partners, and customers. Selected startups will have access to NetApp platforms and technologies, tools, co-working space, HR, marketing, legal and tech support. NetApp will provide an equity free grant of USD 15,000 to these startups upon completion of the program. What is more is that the startups can own their IP (Intellectual Property) and NetApp would not seek a stake in the same.

Ajeya Motaganahalli, Director NetApp India, who will be driving the program said, “Through the NetApp Excellerator program, we seek to engage with promising entrepreneurs contributing to diverse set of tech areas. We will assist these startups with guidance on building business relevance, exposure to our technology, partners and customers, as well as venture capitalists, and explore opportunities where we can take them to market. Our goal is to simply foster innovation and push these brilliant ideas forward.”

Established in the technology neighborhood of Bengaluru at close quarters with the best industry ecosystem, the NetApp Excellerator program will be hosted at the company’s center of excellence in Bangalore. Working in close proximity with one of NetApp’s largest R&D teams and best engineering talent will also help the startups draw inspiration and realise their full potential. For more information on this program, please visit http://startup.netapp.in .

 

EY launches DigiGST™, an intelligent tax automation tool for GST, hosted on Microsoft Azure

 Highlights

  • DigiGST™ is a unique technology tool from EY  that integrates services of both Application Service Provider (ASP) and GST Suvidha Provider (GSP)
  • Combines EY’s tax domain expertise, technology capabilities and sector knowledge
  • Hosted on the highly secure local Microsoft Azure cloud in India with a multi-layered security architecture for greater resilience
  • Scalable and flexible infrastructure capable of handling large volumes of transactions and unpredictable data patterns
  • Offers 24/7 and 365 days monitoring and control of data security by two ISO 27001 certified EY Security Operations Centres (SOCs) in Chennai and Trivandrum

Bengaluru, 31 May 2017: EY, the leading global professional services organization, today announced the launch of DigiGST™, its integrated GSP-ASP solution that provides organisations with end-to-end GST compliance support. DigiGST is hosted on the highly secure Microsoft Azure platform and combines EY’s tax domain expertise, technology capabilities and deep Sector knowledge.

“The launch of GST is perhaps India’s most significant and complex economic reform the largest yet most complex change in the world and technology will play a critical role in this transformation journey. DigiGST™ combines our tax knowledge and technology expertise in a way that it adds value to businesses, helping them fully realise the benefits of GST while meeting compliance requirements in the most digital or user-friendly way”, says Rajiv Memani, Chairman, EY India and Chairman, Global Emerging Markets Committee, EY.

The GST Network (GSTN) will be the technology backbone of the new GST regime and it is estimated that over 8 million taxpayers will upload in excess of 3 billion invoices in a month on the GSTN. This is unique to India’s GST network as this level of transaction volume has not been managed in any other tax governance system anywhere in the world.

DigiGST™ is built on a fault tolerant and secure Microsoft Azure cloud platform that has the world’s best standards for cloud privacy. This solution uses intelligent tax automation supported by industry specific algorithms and a reliable and resilient technology platform that is capable of handling a large volume of transaction data.

Bertrand Launay, Chief Operating Officer, Microsoft India, said, “Microsoft Azure cloud offers the most consistent, familiar and stable environment through local datacenters for EY’s intelligent tax automation tool, DigiGST™. It ensures protection of business-critical data with managed cloud backups and disaster recovery as a built- in service. Microsoft Azure is ISO/IEC 27018 certified and has the world’s first code of practice for cloud privacy. Its multi-level security and flexibility will further support the scalability and resilience of the DigiGST™ solution.”

“Tax compliance work in India has hitherto been about manual extraction and processing of transaction data, and submitting returns to the tax authority in a prescribed manner. This is set to change with GST. Built by our professionals with deep tax domain and sector knowledge in collaboration with our technology experts, DigiGST™ helps businesses optimise the benefits of GST. We have the largest pool of Indirect Tax (IDT) professionals powered by over 800 GST practitioners across 14 cities. India’s GST is the biggest and most ambitious digital tax reform carried out by any country, making DigiGST™, the largest intelligent tax automation project of EY anywhere in the world”, says Sudhir Kapadia, Partner and National Tax Leader, EY India.

EY’s GSP will connect with the GSTN system seamlessly over a secured leased-line and upload taxpayer data in JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) format using Application Programming Interface (APIs) and the license key accorded by the GSTN. EY ASP will provide all the value-added services to make GST compliance easier. Only GSPs and ASPs together can provide seamless end-to-end GST compliance services to taxpayers. The DigiGST™ uses robust in-memory multilevel reconciliation for timely error detection and appropriate credit availment to taxpayers thus reducing their working capital blockage.

“Today, organisations are faced with the challenge of ensuring robust GST compliance and governance while their internal and external systems stabilize, as they prepare for the GST rollout. Our DigiGST™ solution is purpose-built to offer timely GST compliance of a company’s entire business ecosystem including supply-side vendors and delivery, including distribution partners. This solution is designed to be scalable and flexible to handle the large data volumes expected to flow through the system in traffic patterns that are likely to be uneven and unpredictable. DigiGST is also highly customisable with a rules engine that can adjust to a company’s sector and structural complexities including tax positions”, says Harishanker Subramaniam, Partner and Indirect Tax Leader, EY India.

Companies today are concerned about safety of their data and are keen to know how ASPs and GSPs will ensure data integrity and security while they interact with the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems to extract transaction records. The DigiGST™ solution while being customisable, automated and intuitive is also highly resilient, providing the best security infrastructure and complying with the highest accepted industry standards. At each layer of the infrastructure and application, controls have been established to ensure data confidentiality and integrity. While the GSTN mandates all GSPs to be ISO 27001 certified, EY’s ASP solution too complies with the ISO 27001 data security standards. DigiGST™ ensures that the entire value chain from taxpayer system to the EY ASP to the EY GSP platform and server works like a single secure data pipeline. DigiGST™ offers role-based access control privileges to prevent any individual other than the one assigned by the company leadership to interact with the complete dataset. This solution uses data virtualisation to prevent data manipulation and theft by individuals with access to the solution interface. EY’s two ISO 27001 certified Security Operations Centers (SOCs) in Chennai and Trivandrum with highly mature detection and response capabilities will provide 24/7 monitoring and control of data security as part of the DigiGST™ service offering.

Samsung Redefines TV Picture & Design With the Launch of QLED TV in India

Introduces world’s first TVs with 100% Colour Volume, HDR 2000 nits of brightness, One Remote Control and an innovative design solution called Invisible connection 

Bangalore, India – May 24, 2017 – Samsung Electronics today unveiled its flagship premium line-up of QLED TVs in Bangalore and showcased its innovative TV, The Frame, redefining the future of home entertainment with cutting-edge TV technology and style.

Caption Mr. Rajeev Bhutani, Vice President, Consumer Electronics Business, Samsung India and Actress Ms. Pranitha Subhash at the launch of Samsung QLED TV in Bangalore.The ‘TV of Light’, a name given to Samsung QLED TV for its delivery of optimal brightness levels and stunning visual experience, is ushering in a new era of televisions and transforming the living room of tomorrow with its focus on the lifestyle TV concept. With this, India’s number one TV brand will further consolidate its leadership in the market.

QLED TVs come with four global first innovations. They achieve 100% Colour Volume, the HDR 2000 functionality brings out hidden details, an Invisible Connection keeps your living room clutter free and One Remote Control offers an intuitive experience. Along with these, the No Gap Wall-mount and the optional easel-like Studio Stand light up the aesthetics of your home. Fusing a slim, sleek and premium metal body with a nearly bezel-less display, QLED TVs set the tone for exceptional sophistication.

Samsung also showcased its newest innovation – The Frame. Instead of fading to black like a conventional TV, The Frame’s display transforms into a work of art, letting users select from a collection of more than 100 art pieces in 10 different categories, including landscape, architecture, wildlife, action, drawing and more. Paired with numerous options for art layouts and colours, as well as customizable accessory options including interchangeable bezels and an optional Studio Stand, it truly complements the user’s living space. 

“QLED TV, powered by Samsung’s quantum dot technology, provides true-to-life images that no other TV can match. It empowers you to think about the television in a new way, bringing art and entertainment into new parts of your home. The QLED TV is as beautiful when turned off as it is when it’s on and will help us grow the demand for premium TVs as well as our market share in India even further,” said Mr. Rajeev Bhutani, Vice President, Consumer Electronics Business, Samsung India.

QLED TVs have been designed with the consumer in mind and focus on addressing three key consumer pain points through solutions known as Q Picture, Q Style and Q Smart.

Q Picture: Turns Light into Perfect Colour

The newly-announced QLED TV takes quantum dot technology to the next level with advancements in light efficiency, stability and a wider colour spectrum. With new metal alloy quantum dots, the QLED TV addresses all major aspects of picture quality, including Colour Volume, brightness, bold contrast and viewing angle. QLED TV can express accurate colour and achieves a 100% Colour Volume – the highest in the market today, earning accreditation from Verband Deutscher Elektrotechniker (VDE), one of Europe’s largest technical-scientific associations.

QLED TV’s advanced HDR 2000 functionality allows users to see every hidden detail as it was meant to be seen, with no loss or distortion of colour. In addition, QLED TV’s rich, deep black levels and bold contrast provide a consistent viewing experience regardless of a room’s lighting.

Q Style: Design Your Space

This year, Samsung introduced new design elements that can fit into any home regardless of the interior aesthetics or setup. The all-new Invisible Connection cable helps manage unsightly cords and clutter with a refined, single cord system. Consumers can now design their space with a single optical cable that brings all devices together, reclaiming the living room space once occupied by set-top boxes and external devices.

Samsung has also introduced the No Gap Wall-mount, which brings the TV flush against the wall, closer than ever before. For those who do not wish to mount their TV onto the wall, there is also a range of Samsung TV stands. Consumers can use the stylish metal stand that accompanies the TV or buy the Studio Stand that is designed like an easel and is an ideal accompaniment for any artist-inspired living space.

Q Smart: Control Devices and Content with One Remote Control

Samsung is focused on the continued evolution of its much-lauded Smart TV offering, giving people the simple, unified user experience they want for all their entertainment content. With the Samsung One Remote, consumers can control most connected TV devices with just one remote control. The enhanced Samsung One Remote now supports more devices and offers voice control capabilities across more Smart TV features.

In addition, Samsung’s latest Smart View App allows users to seamlessly share content from their smartphone to the TV. Users can enjoy a more personalized experience with the new ‘Smart Hub’ interface on the ‘Smart View’ app. The Smart View app supports both Android and iOS mobile devices.

QLED TVs will be launched in three series, Q9, Q8 and Q7, in 55 inches (138 cm), 65 inches (163 cm), 75 inches (189 cm) and 88 inches (223 cm), starting May 2017. QLED TVs will be priced between

INR 3,14,900 and INR 24,99,900 in India.

Consumers can pre-book their QLED TVs between May 2 and May 21 to avail the special pre-book offer of a free Samsung Galaxy S8+ (Gold). For more details on the pre-book offer, consumers can visit: www.samsung.com/in/microsite/qledtv/

LG launches the much anticipated Full Vision G6 in India

Flagship Smartphone Features Bold New Screen Aspect Ratio, Ergonomic Excellence, Glass Metal Design and Superb Durability

New Delhi, April 24, 2017LG Electronics India has launched its much awaited flagship smartphone, the LG G6, that features a bold new display format complimented by a cinematic viewing experience, exceptional screen to body ratio, wide angle cameras, water and dust resistant and more. Designed in response to consumer feedback and user opinions, the G6 is a much refined approach to premium smartphones, with a focus on the features consumers want, most notably a big screen that actually fits in one hand.

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Mr. Kim-Ki-Wan, Managing Director LG Electronics India said, We are immensely proud to introduce our flagship smartphone, the LG G6 in India. The product has been designed in response to the feedback that we got from our consumers. We are persistent in seeking that all our products enable peoples’ lives to become easier and which will help them work smarter. With LG G6, we live up to our promise of offering breakthrough technology and distinctive features along with great aesthetics.”

Mr. Amit Gujral- Head Corporate Marketing, LG Electronics India said,LG G6 is a perfect example of our focus on innovation and continued investment in delivering truly compelling smartphone experience to our consumers. The LG G6 is a perfect blend of all that consumers’ desire- minimalistic design, ergonomic excellence and superb durability. We are confident that this product is the best in its league.”

Commenting on the partnership, Mr. Noor Patel, Director Category Management, Amazon India, said “We are delighted to be the partner of choice for one of most anticipated phone of 2017, the LG G6 and offer our customers a chance to own the exclusive access to the smartphone. Smartphones are one of the fastest growing product lines and have repeatedly been one of the top selling categories on Amazon.in. As a customer obsessed company we are constantly looking at increasing our selection and offering the best products to our customers.”

LG and Jio collaboration is not just a partnership, It is a way of celebrating togetherness. It is our endeavor to ensure that under this collaboration, LG and Jio users get the best experience and best value every single day. It will unleash the best experience across 4G voice, video, high speed internet and digital services that will empower the Indians to do greater things.” stated Mr. Sunil Dutt, President, Reliance Jio.

The key features of the LG G6 are:

Excellent viewing experienceOne of the most important aspect that users consider when deciding on a smartphone is the display quality it offers, that majorly dictates how their overall experience with the phone will be. LG G6 flaunts a 5.7-inch QHD+ (2,880 x 1,440 resolution) FullVision display, and for the first time ever in a smartphone, an 18:9 screen aspect ratio. Compared to conventional 16:9 aspect ratio displays, the 18:9 format offers more viewing space and a more immersive experience when streaming videos and playing games.

More to See, Less to HoldThe seamless design which offers a slim width, rounded display, flat camera and a metal frame in 3 colors are some of the other features that ensure one-handed usage, secured grip, increased speed and accuracy, premium feel, manageability while outdoors, pocket-ability and durability. Complimented by narrow bezels, the upper bezel is minimized by rearranging the camera, sensor and speaker in a row on the front upper side. The rounded corners of both the body and display not only unify the design but also dispersing the impact if the phone is dropped. The new UI 6.0 with control functions located at the bottom of the screen allows for more convenient single-handed operation.

In fact, ergonomics research teams led by Dr. Andris Freivalds at Pennsylvania State University and Dr. Ji Yong-gu at Yonsei University tested the LG G6 for stability when holding the phone, comfort in various postures and actions, as well as muscle fatigue when using the smartphone for long periods. The LG G6 received the highest marks in all test categories.

Transform Your Mobile Viewing Experience with Dolby Vision- The LG G6 is the first smart phone to feature Dolby Vision technology which supports HDR 10, both of which are standards for High Dynamic Range (HDR). With this upgrade, the picture quality is enhanced with the colors being both dark and brighter than ever before, revealing greater detail for a truly immersive viewing experience. A special treat for the consumers who love to access content online has been introduced in the smartphone. HDR content from Netflix and Amazon can now be watched on the G6 in stunning HDR quality. Amazon will also increasingly create 18:9 content for a cinematic viewing experience on the 18:9 QHD+ display.

Get More In, Leave Nothing Out –The G6 comes with a dual wide angle camera to ensure that your clicking experience is a pure delight. G6’s 5MP front camera covers a wide range of 100 degrees for more inclusive selfies. Plus, the wide angle camera reduces edge distortion, which makes for more natural images. Its 13 MP rear camera covers 125 degrees lens on the wide angle to capture panoramic shots that regular phones cameras can’t. The G6 delivers an outstanding and unique camera experience by creating seamless transitions when zooming in and out between the wide-angle and standard camera lenses even during 4K video capture.

Square Up and ShareAnd to view selfies, wefies, wide angle pictures and even the ones in the new Square Camera Mode, recent LG G6 photos appear in one window in film mode which means users don’t need to move to their gallery to review them. The G6 provides a Square Camera function which divides the 18:9 ratio display into two identical squares. The LG G6 can also take perfectly square photos in 1:1 ratio, ideal for Instagram, Snapchat and other social media apps. Users can also choose other ratios, such as 4:3, 16:9 and 18:9. Users can also take pictures in 1:1 ratio in one window, while checking, editing and uploading pictures in another window immediately after shooting. What’s more, users can create GIFs by combining between 2 and 100 photos from the gallery.

Built for the Unexpected –The G6 is the top notch in its league when it comes to reliability. It is durable, water and dust-resistant and battery safe. The IP68 water and dust resistance makes it safe to be immersed in up to 1.5 meters of water for as long as 30 minutes. While full screen with glass and minimal bezel is prone to breakages, G6 has passed MIL-STD 810G tests—26 different angle drop tests from chest height. It supports QC 3.0, enabling users to charge up their phones in less than an hour.

Google Assistant, now at your service –The smartphone has built-in Google Assistant that works seamlessly and intuitively with LG apps, empowering users to get fast answers, manage everyday tasks, enjoy the best music and videos and search the G6 more quickly and efficiently than ever.

3 variants (64 GB) are available in black, white & platinum priced at 55,000/-.

Key Specifications: *

The key features of the LG G6 smartphone are:

  • Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 821 Processor
  • Display: 5.7-inch 18:9 QHD+ FullVision Display (2880 x 1440 / 564ppi)
  • Memory: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM / 64GB UFS 2.0 ROM / MicroSD (up to 2TB)
  • Camera: Front 5MP Wide (F2.2 / 100°) and Rear Dual: 13MP Wide (F2.4 / 125°) / 13MP Standard OIS 2.0 (F1.8 / 71°)
  • Battery: 3,300mAh (embedded)
  • Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Size: 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9mm
  • Weight: 163g
  • Network: LTE-A 3 Band CA
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 4.2 BLE / NFC /
  • USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible)
  • Colors: Astro Black / Ice Platinum / Mystic White
  • Other: Water and Dust Resistant / Fingerprint Sensor / UX 6.0 / Dolby Vision™ / HDR10 / Qualcomm Quick Charge™ 3.0 / 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC

GODADDY LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE BUILDER FOR SMALL BUSINESSES IN INDIA

  • Mobile friendly website builder to help small businesses and entrepreneurs grow their ventures online
  • Create a powerful website in under an hour, available free for one month 

New Delhi, March 29, 2017 – GoDaddy, the world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures, today announced the launch of GoDaddy’s new Website Builder combining a mobile optimized website builder with an integrated set of marketing and e-commerce tools, making it easy for small businesses in India to attract visitors and drive results.

Easy to use and affordable, the new website builder enables a small business, to design a fully functional and professional website in just under an hour with no technical expertise, even using their smartphone. GoDaddy’s new Website Builder features an integrated suite of online tools to help small businesses and entrepreneurs create an audience for their business and drive traffic to their website. Considering that internet access in India is mobile-first, websites created on GoDaddy’s new Website Builder are built from the ground up to be fully responsive on phones and tablets, in addition to laptops and desktops. Customers can choose from more than 1,500 ideas or industries with robust support from GoDaddy’s award-winning customer care to assist customers, as they build out their digital presence.

According to a recent GoDaddy[1] survey in India, small businesses perceive setting up a website and selling online to be complex and something that requires deep technical expertise. GoDaddy’s new Website Builder enables users to design a professional looking website by simply typing in their name and industry or an idea, and get a near-complete website, populated with relevant sections and professional images. Powered by smart algorithms and machine learning, the website builder helps customers with continuous activity updates and ways to improve results and evolve their businesses throughout their lifecycles.

“GoDaddy’s new Website Builder is an innovative website building solution that is fundamentally changing the approach to website creation and is helping customers get noticed, reach larger audiences, and help drive sales,” said Andrew Low Ah Kee, Executive Vice President, GoDaddy International. “In India, over 34 million small businesses are still offline[2] as a result of the belief that they need technical expertise and not yet recognizing benefits of being visible online. GoDaddy’s new Website Builder is designed to help small businesses in India create a professional online identity with ease, helping to grow their business online.” 

Key features of the new Website Builder:

  • Easy to get started: Fully responsive and easy to use, the new Website Builder ensures a mobile friendly experience that lets small businesses focus on achieving their goals, rather than worry about the site designs. Its intuitive user interface helps anyone, from a restaurant owner or a home entrepreneur to a design beginner, to easily customize and update their sites on the go. The new website builder lets you publish the website with instant auto-SSL encryption ensuring easy setup process.
  • Smart algorithms and machine learning: The website builder surfaces insights and actions for the users to help them achieve their goals. For instance, upon logging in, customers receive engagement and activity updates to improve results in a dashboard view. Advice ranging from attaching their website to a social network to developing a geographic-targeted Facebook advertising campaign will be shared with the users to amplify their online presence and reach more audiences to drive real results.
  • Online store to grow ventures: With online shoppers in India set to cross 100 million mark in 2017[3], the ability to be able to trade online is most important of any small business. GoDaddy’s new Website Builder’s integrated Online Store includes everything needed to set up an ecommerce platform, with a focus on driving sales. New improvements allow customers to make purchases swiftly with a streamlined mobile checkout with reduced taps and swipes. GoDaddy’s Website Builder’s integrated product and inventory management capability helps in further simplifying the selling experience. 
  • Integrated marketing solutions: The new Website Builder with integrated marketing features enables small businesses to quickly improve their Google search rankings and help jumpstart email marketing campaigns. This means even those with no email marketing experience can powerfully engage with both existing and potential customers.
  • Social media integration: Social integration allows users to link their website to Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms, integrating social media capabilities into their marketing campaigns.

The new Website Builder is available in four different pricing options following a one month free trial:

  • Personal – INR 99/month
  • Business – INR 479/month
  • Business Plus – INR 679/month
  • Online Store – INR 999/month

To learn more about GoDaddy’s Website Builder, visit: https://in.godaddy.com/websites/website-builder 

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ZTE launches the much anticipated Blade A2 Plus in an exclusive partnership with Flipkart

3 February 2017, Bangalore – ZTE, the leading global mobile device maker, officially launched its Blade A2 Plus mid-range premium smartphone device in India in an exclusive partnership with Flipkart. Designed to meet the needs of today’s smartphone users, Blade A2 Plus focuses on what matters most to users today, eye catching design, vivid full HD display and a high quality camera, all in the palm of one’s hand. Flipkart being India’s largest e-commerce firm, brings the best-in-class devices to the users and gives them a comprehensive experience.

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 “ZTE has established high-trust and credibility of consumers and clients globally through its path breaking innovation, customization and high-quality services. We are committed to establish ZTE in the Indian market by launching innovative products at disruptive prices to connect with the consumers,” said Sachin Batra, CMO, ZTE India Terminal.

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Blade A2 Plus

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The Blade A2 Plus sports a 13-megapixel main camera sensor, which will produce high quality photos and it can capture 1080p high definition video. Its 8-megapixel front camera makes it a great choice for selfies. The device runs on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system out of the box and is fueled by a 5000 mAh capacity battery inside, which has talk time of 22 hours, significantly longer than 12 hours. Mi-Favor, by ZTE, runs on top of Android on this device, offering a customized experience.

The ZTE Blade A2 Plus features a 5.5-inch Full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels resolution) LCD capacitive touch screen display with a pixels density of 404PPI. Under the hood, the device is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6750T processor clocked at a speed of 1.5GHz. It comes equipped with 4GB RAM and Mali T860 GPU for the graphics. With VoLTE integrated, Blade A2 Plus will support higher quality calls and will connect calls much faster than a traditional GSM or CDMA call. It has a built-in 32GB internal memory storage, which can be expanded via dedicated microSD card slot. The device is available at Rs. 11,999/-

“With a young, tech-savvy audience, about 69 million consumers purchased their products online and it is expected to cross 100 million by 2017. Our Blade-series smartphone, ZTE Blade A2 Plus comes with 4G LTE, VoLTE support and host of other features at an effective price. Through this phone, we take the first step to reach millions of Indians who are going digital. By eliminating multiple external factors, we want to bring the best phones that industry has to offer and at an effective price,” said Sachin Batra, CMO, ZTE India Terminal. “Our partnership with Flipkart is in line with our growth strategy for this market and we hope to leverage Flipkart’s strength and widen the reach for our products.”

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Speaking on the partnership, Mr. Ajay Yadav, VP – Mobiles at Flipkart, said, “Flipkart has been continuously redefining the smartphones segment by partnering and launching products with innovative offerings. Our association with ZTE is another step in that direction.

The Blade A2 is a product that checks all the right boxes when it comes to customer expectations – a good camera, long battery life, great looks and aggressive pricing. We are sure this new phone will be well received by our customers.”

NetApp Delivers Innovation for the Hybrid Cloud Era with New Bengaluru Global Center of Excellence, Startup Accelerator Program

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Highlights: NetApp Global Center of Excellence drives customer success in data-driven world, builds key skills across startup ecosystem to further company’s Data Fabric strategy.

BENGALURU, India, January 18, 2017:  Expanding its leadership in helping customers thrive in a changing technology landscape, NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced the opening of its Bengaluru, India, Global Center of Excellence to further innovation in data management for the hybrid cloud era.

The new engineering facility, located in the technology hub of Whitefield, is home to one of the company’s largest research and development (R&D) teams. It also houses the company’s first startup accelerator program, called Escape Velocity, that will help nurture technology startups. As one of the first all-steel buildings in India, the facility and its surrounding campus are a model for sustainable design.

“Bengaluru is the technology, science, and knowledge capital of India and this is a matter of great pride for all of Karnataka. The State Government offers its complete support to technology companies in establishing their centers here. I am very happy that NetApp has invested in a great future with their new campus.” said Mr. Siddaramaiah, Chief Minister- Government of Karnataka on this occasion. Mr. Siddaramaiah inaugurated the center in a ceremony attended by government and civic officials, NetApp employees and senior company leaders from around the globe.

“The innovations that come from our Bengaluru Global Center of Excellence will help customers around the world get ahead of the competition by enabling their data-powered digital transformation strategies” said NetApp CEO George Kurian. “Our continued investment in India, with its highly skilled talent, collaborative government and global business partners, strengthens our ability to succeed in the new era of hybrid cloud.”

Talented team helps customers maximize value of data

NetApp has been in India for 15 years, fueling advancements in the company’s portfolio of flash, cloud, and next-generation data center solutions that help manage and protect the world’s data. The Bengaluru team’s mission includes expanding NetApp’s line-up of Data Fabric solutions and services that maximize control and improve the secure movement of data across the hybrid cloud. The diverse skills of employees and partners available at the new center will further innovations in these areas. NetApp India has been ranked as one of the top 50 best places to work since 2009, and the new campus provides an inspiring, collaborative and state-of-the-art environment for its engineers to develop new offerings even faster.

Startup Accelerator Program expands Data Fabric ecosystem 

The new NetApp startup accelerator program, Escape Velocity, will house and help nurture technology startups. “The digital revolution is creating a need for partnerships to fully support customer needs,” said Deepak Visweswaraiah, managing director of NetApp India and head of NetApp’s worldwide Data Fabric and Manageability Group. “As we evolve our Data Fabric approach, the Escape Velocity program will help to share our technology expertise and business acumen with innovative startups who will add to the robust cloud data management ecosystem our customers need. With our support, these startups will be on a path to win in a dynamic global IT environment.”

New facility designed for collaboration and sustainability

The Global Center of Excellence is uniquely designed to create a collaborative environment that inspires employees to be their best. With a 12,000-square-foot data center and engineering laboratory, employees can access the latest and most sophisticated technologies across the world. The 15-acre campus incorporates a million square feet of workspace that supports multiple collaborative options with hi-tech conferencing capabilities, a 1,000-seater auditorium, and informal meeting areas to foster teamwork.

The center is also one of the first all-steel buildings in India. It was built with 7,000 metric tons of nearly 100% recyclable steel, which reduced water waste during construction. Sustainable features are built into every design feature to optimize energy usage creating carbon savings of over 12000 tons per year, which is same as planting as many trees a year. In addition, the construction processes applied resulted in a saving about 1500 tons of CO2. With over 70% of land area free for open, green spaces, and all possible water recycled through an “eco-pond”, the campus is a benchmark for green buildings.

Beyond its work amenities, the campus supports multiple recreational and convenience options to support employees’ active lifestyles. Sports offerings include football and tennis, and for personal fitness, a gymnasium and yoga program. A “mall street” allows employees to buy daily conveniences, pay bills, book tickets and visit doctors at work. To enhance the quality of life for employees, NetApp subsidizes transport and cafeteria food and has benefit options that support employees moving closer to the campus.