Posts tagged ‘Asia’

Make your aging air conditioner cool again with this pile of sensors

October 7, 2014 9:27 am


Many folks who reside in South East Asia will agree that during the summer, air conditioners can be temperamental at times — your room’s either too cold or not cold enough. As a result, users — including this author in Hong Kong — end up having to pick up the remote control every now and then to adjust the temperature. This is exactly what Hong Kong’s Ambi Labs is trying to solve: This startup has just launched its Ambi Climate device on Kickstarter, and the idea here is that you’re adding a small hub that uses local weather data plus sunlight, air flow, temperature, humidity and movement detection, in order to adjust the air conditioner accordingly with its infrared transmitter (Ambi Labs says it can quickly add your remote to the database if it’s missing). With the room temperature staying more consistent, you’re saving both energy and the hassle of finding the remote. %Gallery-slideshow230935%

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October 3, 2014 11:33 am


Upstart OTT providers are taking on traditional multichannel providers in the fight for Asia Pacific’s video customers, panelists of a CASBAA and SNL Kagan webinar said.

OTT is taking on traditional multichannel providers with diversified revenue models including advertising, SVOD, premium rental, and download-to-own.

SNL Kagan posits that the top-ranking countries in APAC for OTT viability are South Korea, Japan, China, Australia and Taiwan.

Factors including a well-established telecom infrastructure, an open regulatory environment, diverse international content, strong local broadcaster presence, and residential purchasing power, can also boost OTT viability.

The APAC region trails only North America and Western Europe in terms of pay TV penetration – and hence TV Everywhere availability – and it also is in third place in terms of SVOD uptake and revenue, where North America and Western Europe again lead.

But pay-TV operators in APAC increasingly are leveraging TV Everywhere deployments to build product competitiveness and create additional value for existing subscribers. Among the value adds: Live streaming channels and VOD libraries rolled out to smartphones, tablets, computers, smart TVs and game consoles.

Industry pundits see TVE as something pay-TV providers can use to blunt the challenge of cord-cutting in light of OTT evolution.

“Video competition in Asia Pacific is growing more intense by the day as new OTT entrants stir the pot with innovative business models and content offerings,” said Ben Reneker, an SNL Kagan associate director. “Incumbent providers must continue to react aggressively with TV everywhere rollouts to ensure long-term competitive viability. Now is not the time to stand still.”

CASBAA is the Association for digital multichannel TV, content, platforms, advertising and video delivery across geographic markets throughout the Asia-Pacific.

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Akamai SOC + PLX SOC + Akamai Cloud Security Solutions = Complete Peace of Mind

September 18, 2014 8:00 am

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Over the last five months, the services and support management teams from Akamai have been working hard on integrating the Akamai and Prolexic Security Operation Center (SOC). Given the progress that we’ve made along the way, we think it would be timely for us to talk about how this effort from both companies could help our customers against the ever-changing attack sphere.
Renny addressed some of the complementary areas of product offerings between Akamai and Prolexic. In many ways, this is similar to the Prolexic and Akamai SOC as well. While both companies have significant services and support organizations, the Akamai teams focused heavily on configuring the automated capabilities of Akamai’s security products to proactively mitigate attacks whereas the Prolexic SOC was well-renowned for its ability to quickly respond to DDoS attacks when engaged by a customer. Pulling these teams together, along with the concept of automatic protection supplemented with human mitigation, has allowed us to create a powerhouse of security expertise with a gamut of skills, ranging from emergency attack support, implementation and integration, and consulting on a suite of security products. Combining this with the largest service delivery teams that are focused on other Akamai’s products such as site acceleration and media services makes it easy and fast for a customer to ensure that they are getting the most value from their Akamai relationship.

  • Organization: Centralizing the global SOC under a single leader has helped us focus on building SOC expertise while developing consistent processes and workflows, all of which will help provide a high-quality support experience to the customers.
  • Geographical Expansion: While we’re building new SOCs in Europe and Asia to serve the local needs of customers in their local languages, we’re simultaneously growing our 24×7 operations in Florida. Our new centers in Europe and Asia will promote a hybrid ‘follow-the-sun’ model, allowing us to effectively combine ‘local’ touch with ‘centralized efficiency’.
  • Platform: Prolexic and Akamai historically followed different processes when it comes to managing security incidents. We’re picking the best of both worlds by consolidating SOC workflows and applications for ticket and alert management. By doing this, we’re ensuring standard communication protocols, incident management, audit trails, and the operationalizing of routine activities. Having a standard platform globally will help the SOC to prioritize the different activities (routine, proactive, and threat mitigation) while promoting situational awareness throughout the company.
  • Tools: In order to support the gamut of security products and to help the SOC personnel function as effectively as possible, we’re doubling down on our investment in SOC tools. This includes newer and better abilities to isolate attacks, alerting capabilities, gather logs, etc.
  • Operational Metrics: Finally, we’re in the midst of developing a core set of metrics by which we can manage and measure the performance and effectiveness of all the SOCs. This includes separate but related metrics for all of the SOCs activities – provisioning, project management, incident management, customer satisfaction and proactive support.

In summary, this is a very exciting time for us as the leadership team managing security services. While the security landscape is ever-changing and attacks are becoming more sophisticated and damaging, we’re confident that the changes we’ve put in place will enable us to protect our customers more effectively by combining our industry-leading products with our world-class people and expertise. And, by the way, we’re hiring security professionals worldwide – if you want to work in a world-class organization focuses on Internet Security, please check out our

This is a post from Mani Sundaram, Patrice Boffa, and Roger Barranco, leaders of the Global Service Delivery team.

CMMB Vision to launch mobile multimedia services throughout Asia

September 9, 2014 11:20 pm

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CMMB Vision Holdings has announced that it has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to acquire capacity on two new satellites that will provide mobile multimedia services to China and other Asian markets.

Linux Systems Exploited for DDoS Attacks

September 3, 2014 7:56 am


Linux users have a new threat to worry about.

According to Akamai’s Prolexic Security Engineering Research Team (PLXsert), the bad guys have discovered a weakness in Linux systems they can exploit to expand their botnets and launch DDoS attacks. PLXsert released an advisory outlining the danger this morning.

  • The full advisory is available HERE.
  • Also read Akamai Security Advocate Dave Lewis’ CSOonline blog post about the threat.

The favored target in this attack is the entertainment industry, though other business sectors are at risk.

In this attack scenario, vulnerable Linux systems are infected with IptabLes and IptabLex malware. Attackers manage to compromise large numbers of Linux systems by exploiting vulnerabilities in Apache Struts, Tomcat and Elasticsearch.

Attackers use the Linux vulnerabilities on unmaintained servers to gain access, escalate privileges to allow remote control of the machine, then drop the malware into the system. This allows them to hijack those systems, which are then pulled into botnets used to launch DDoS attacks.

Stuart Scholly, senior vice president and general manager of Akamai’s Security Business Unit, calls this a significant development because the Linux operating system is rarely used in DDoS botnets.

“Linux admins need to know about this threat to take action to protect their servers,” he said.

Here are some of the raw details from the advisory:

A post-infection indication is a payload named .IptabLes or. IptabLex located in the /boot directory. These script files run the .IptabLes binary on reboot. The malware also contains a self-updating feature that causes the infected system to contact a remote host to download a file. In the lab environment, an infected system attempted to contact two IP addresses located in Asia.

Command and control centers (C2, CC) for IptabLes and IptabLex are currently located in Asia. Infected systems were initially known to be in Asia; however, more recently many infections were observed on servers hosted in the U.S. and in other regions. In the past, most DDoS bot infections originated from Russia, but now Asia appears to be a significant source of DDoS development.

Patching and hardening Linux servers and antivirus detection can prevent an IptabLes or IptabLex infestation on Linux systems. Meanwhile, PLXsert is providing customers with bash commands to clean infected systems.
PLXsert also shares a YARA rule in the threat advisory to identify the ELF IptabLes payload used in an observed attack campaign.

Account for Risk in your ROI for Web Application Firewalls

August 26, 2014 12:57 pm


Earlier this week, we published a new white paper titled, “Weighing Risk Against the Total Cost of a Data Breach,” on Ordinarily, a white paper wouldn’t be a particularly interesting subject for a blog post, but this one explores a topic that has generated a lot of questions from our customers – how do I financially justify a Web application firewall solution to my management?
We normally get this question from technology people who know that they need a solution to protect their Web applications against bad things like SQL injections, cross-site scripting, or remote file inclusions, but don’t know how to tie that protection to the business goals that their upper management cares about. This question is particularly vexing because a Web application firewall doesn’t follow the same ROI model that our customers are used to using when evaluating a technology solution. A Web application firewall doesn’t increase revenue, productivity, or customer engagement. Nor does it reduce CAPEX or OPEX in a regular, predictable manner.

What a Web application firewall does do is reduce risk. It reduces the risk of a harmful event occurring – in this case, of a data breach that can present a financial cost several orders of magnitude greater than of the solution itself. The white paper dives into all of the different sources that can contribute to that cost and offers a simple (and industry-accepted) formula to estimate it up front.

Does it provide an exact calculation of those costs? No – we’ve found that this is different for every customer and varies between industries, size of organization and region or geography. For example, in the US (and in Europe), the costs are particularly high, while in Asia the costs are more contained but seem to be rising.

Does implementing a solution guarantee that a data breach will never occur? Again, no – Bill Brenner recently made a great post that, while tongue-in-cheek, tried to explain that no security solution is ever 100 percent effective. In addition, we’ve seen that attackers utilize a variety of methods to get past IT defenses, including social engineering tactics like spear phishing, malware installed at the point of sale, as well as exploiting vulnerabilities of Web applications. However, Verizon’s 2014 Data Breach Investigations Report showed that more data breaches went through the Web application in 2013 (35 percent) than any other category, making it the largest risk to organizations and the area that we recommend our customers address first.

What the white paper does is present a method through which you can estimate the financial cost of a business-threatening event against your organization, allowing you to then weigh that against the cost of a solution and the risk that such an event will occur. This can be a great resource to help justify the purchase of a Web application firewall that can help you better protect your data. Because at the end of the day, a Web application firewall is all about reducing the risk and possible financial impact of a data breach, and having a better understanding of the financial impact and a sound method to estimate it upfront can only lead to a more informed decision.

Bare metal goes global in London, Hong Kong

August 6, 2014 10:36 am

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Bare metal remains to go-to choice for companies running data-intensive applications, such as big data and analytics solutions, online gaming and mobile advertising platforms. As businesses scale their operations worldwide, the need for global availability of these applications has increased. To meet this demand, Internap’s bare metal offering is now available in our London and Hong Kong data centers.

Big data and latency-sensitive applications run better on bare metal than in traditional virtual cloud environments, as demonstrated by our customers and the latest Cloud Spectator benchmarking report. In addition to significant cost savings, the findings also show the benefits of running big data workloads on high-performance NoSQL databases such as Aerospike and Internap’s bare-metal servers. As the need for powerful, transaction-intensive applications becomes an integral part of business strategy, a high-performance infrastructure that includes bare metal can enable optimal performance.

Here are some recent articles highlighting the expanded availability of bare metal in Europe and Asia, as well as the benefits of incorporating bare metal into your hosting environment.

EnterpriseTech: Big Data Prefers Bare Metal

Recent benchmark tests by Cloud Spectator compare bare metal servers with similar high-performance virtual public cloud configurations. The findings reveal lower latency, higher throughput and more cost-efficiency, particularly for “fast big data” workloads running Aerospike’s in-memory NoSQL database on bare metal servers. The test results speak for themselves – check out the full report here.

Cloud of Data (blog): Internap joins Jungle Book song chorus

Many companies claim to offer bare metal solutions, but few are considered to be true contenders in this sector. However, according to Paul Miller’s article, bare metal may be a “bare necessity” for today’s cloud providers. Bare metal reminds us that “the ‘traditional’ virtual machine isn’t the only way to run a data centre”.

Data Center Knowledge: Internap Expands Bare-Metal Cloud Servers to London, Hong Kong Data Centers

With bare metal now available in London and Hong Kong, Internap has addressed the increased demand for globally distributed data-intensive applications. Global locations also include Amsterdam, Singapore, Dallas, New York and Santa Clara. The bare metal offering is backed by Internap’s patented Managed Internet Route Optimizer (MIRO) technology, which continuously monitors Internet performance and routes traffic along the best available path.

Download the Cloud Spectator Benchmarking Report to learn more about the benefits of running big data workloads on bare-metal servers.

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Staff Favorites July 2014: featuring “Barcelona Go!” by Rob Whitworth

August 5, 2014 11:47 am


July is dead and gone. All we’re left with are memories — sweet, sweet memories. Oh, and all these great videos! They, unlike many of the characters in this strangely violent month of Staff Pick Favorites, will live forever and ever — or at least until the Internet shuts down.

It wasn’t all flaming arrows, jealous lovers, and botched robberies though. This month, we also celebrated a wonderfully humanistic look at a great Spanish city with the newest time-lapse film from Rob Whitworth. Rob is a wizard behind the laptop, and we corresponded with him to learn more about his indelible approach to things moving in fast motion.

Rob, you’ve become a very distinctive voice in time-lapse circles due, obviously, to your great footage, but also your inventive method of virtual zooms and transitions. Can you talk about where the inspiration for this technique comes from and a bit about how you developed your proficiency in After Effects?

Cities are amazing; there’s so much going on. I love standing on a roof top 200-300 meters up looking down on all the activity. It’s often too hard to choose what to shoot — I want to capture it all. One second, it’s the epic cityscape, and next second, I want to be at street level pushing through the crowds, dodging cars. Any transition / trick / grimy rooftop location that allows me to push this a little further… yes, please.

More broadly, it’s about the impossible. Time lapse is impossible; it shows us the world, as we can’t see it. I love that. The crazy camera moves and transitions are just an extension of this, moving the camera and threading together different scenes in new ways.

My background is in photography so Photoshop is a program I got to know very well. As I moved into video, it became clear to me that After Effects is the Photoshop of video, so I set about learning it. At first, a few tutorials came in handy, but most of it comes from trying stuff… and lots of cups of coffee. I tend to be one of those people who prefers to spend two hours working something out, as I’m too impatient to watch a five-minute tutorial. This is probably another reason I’ve learned to do stuff in less-standard ways.

How much of the final piece are you planning out ahead of time versus in post-production? Barcelona Go! feels perhaps more “scripted” than previous pieces of yours.

Storyboarding is everything. It took me a few videos to realize this, but gradually, video by video, the percentage of it that is planned prior to shooting has increased. By having it planned out ahead of time, you’re allowed to be more ambitious with the tricks. You can always deviate and try other things, but it’s important to have an underlying story. It becomes ever more crucial when working with other people and, in particular, clients, where things like access and model schedules need to be agreed upon in advance.

I think when I started shooting I was a lot less certain as to what would work. There was a point when I realized I was spending so much time trying to second-guess what I might need later that I was skimping on the main shoots, and shooting lots of safeties. I love the precision of arriving at a location and shooting exactly and only what you need.

I would say the Barcelona video is pretty much to the storyboard. A couple of the sequence orders were confirmed later, and I dropped one scene as it didn’t work as well as I hoped, but otherwise I’d say by and large they match.

The other area in which planning comes into its own is when deadlines get tight. I always shoot a ton of extra footage, but it’s so much quicker just working up the shots you planned as part of the storyboard.

Do you pay attention to trends in time lapse? I saw that beginning with your Shanghai piece you began to incorporate on-the-ground hyperlapses, and that the technique is quite important in Barcelona Go!. Where do you go for inspiration or to learn about new techniques?

There is this amazing website everyone should check out where so many inspirational videos are posted — it’s called… Vimeo. I must admit, I go through phases of watching a bunch of videos and then phases of focusing on my own work. Hyperlapse was definitely something that appeared in time lapses a few years back and instantly had me hooked. Suddenly, the means to move the camera from location to location seamlessly was possible. Thanks, Vimeo.

Your profile tells us that you are based out of Shanghai. How does an Englishman end up in China, and what is it about the area that you love?

Can’t say I always love Shanghai, but it is fricking amazing. Shanghai is what I imagine New York was in the 1920s or London in the 1860s — it really has a feeling of where everything is happening. To see Pudong (the Manhattan of Shanghai) is to be awe-stricken — “Man can build these things.” It feels great to be a part of it.

I draw a lot of inspiration from Asia more broadly; it’s so different from England / UK / Europe, where I grew up. There is a palpable sense of progress and emerging confidence. I think it’s infectious.

I moved to Asia well over three years ago now. I was previously based in Central Vietnam, where my girlfriend (now wife) was working for an NGO. When I arrived, I spent a bunch of time working on different ideas and techniques, culminating in my first viral video, “Traffic in Frenetic HCMC”.

“Barcelona Go!” was commissioned by the local tourism board and your Shanghai piece was as well, correct? How do you secure these jobs? Do you go out and pitch for them, do you have a rep? Or, do the opportunities come to you?

I launched my first video from a laptop in central Vietnam, it was picked up by a few website, got Staff Picked by Vimeo, and within three days, it had received 700k plays. Whilst it hasn’t been non-stop exciting commissions since then, one project has led to another. What always surprises me is how much stuff doesn’t happen, and often how long it takes things to go ahead. Very often, it’s the projects you’ve long since forgotten about that end up going ahead.

The Barcelona video was part of a really far-sighted project of the Catalan tourism board. They commissioned five filmmakers to make videos covering different areas of Catalonia. We were given total creative freedom and as well as some amazing location access. I think they’re happy with the results. Myself and Pau’s videos (his is called Girona) received staff picks (thanks) and collectively they have generated a bunch of interest and media attention.

I’m in a privileged position at the moment where fantastic projects such as these come from people who are excited by my existing work and have an idea for a project within their organization.

What can fans expect next from you?
Fans… funny, I think my mum has already seen most of my latest stuff however me and JT Singh (who I worked with on the Shanghai video) will be releasing a video set in Pyongyang, North Korea on Thursday. This one will be on his Vimeo channel. I’m also going to be working on an epic project in Dubai. I can’t say much at the moment however I’m pretty sure it’s going to be on a scale only Dubai knows.

HBO Streaming May Expand To Countries In Europe And Asia

August 4, 2014 2:08 pm


Despite increased interest in online video streaming services in the United States, HBO doesn’t have any immediate plans to offer its premium …

No status quo in clouds

August 4, 2014 12:08 pm


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