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Red Hat Partners Are Driving APAC Hybrid Cloud Adoption

Red Hat Partners Are Driving APAC Hybrid Cloud Adoption!

Red Hat just announced that their partners are driving a rising interest for hybrid cloud in the Asia Pacific region.

Here is everything you know about their update on the Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Providers program!

 

Red Hat Partners Are Driving APAC Hybrid Cloud Adoption

At Red Hat Forum 2019, Red Hat revealed that there is a rising interest for hybrid cloud in Asia Pacific, driven by an increasing number of cloud and managed service providers joining the Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Providers program.

The Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Providers program currently have over 300 cloud, system integrators and managed service providers in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Thailand, The Philippines and Vietnam.

Red Hat shared a list of some APAC cloud and managed service providers that have recently enrolled in the program :

  • Australia : Bulletproof
  • China : Shanghai DaoCloud Network, Shanghai Yungoal Infotech
  • India : Cyfuture India Pvt. Ltd, Netlabs Global IT Services Pvt. Ltd, GAVS Technologies, Kaar Technologies, Sensiple Software Solutions
  • Japan : BBC Co Ltd, i2ts Inc.
  • Korea : Codefarm
  • Singapore : Fujitsu Singapore
  • Thailand : Internet Thailand Public Company Limited
  • The Philippines : Micro-D International
  • Vietnam : Sao Bac Dau Telecom JS

These Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Providers can gain access and leverage Red Hat solutions like Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform and Red Hat OpenStack Platform, to improve operational efficiency and flexibility, as well as expand their hybrid cloud and ISV solutions.

 

Red Hat Innovation Awards For HLB + Alliance Bank!

Red Hat also announced that the two winners for the Red Hat Innovation Awards 2019 :

  • Digital Transformation and IT Optimisation : Hong Leong Bank
  • Digital Transformation and Agile Integration : Alliance Bank

 

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Red Hat Ansible Making Automation Mainstream

At an exclusive event, Kingsley Wood and Richard Koh from Red Hat shared how organizations in the Asia Pacific region have begun to embrace automation as an essential component of digital transformation, adopting Red Hat Ansible as their automation solution.

 

Red Hat Ansible Making Automation Mainstream

An essential component of any enterprise’s digital transformation is automation. In Asia Pacific, there is increased interest in using automation to simplify menial tasks and reduce human errors. Driving that is the realisation that automation can drive revenue growth, enhance customer experience, improve productivity and manage risk.

Automation can streamline and greatly simplify workflow, which not only increases efficiency but also reduces errors. To achieve this, many enterprises deploy Red Hat Ansible.

Red Hat Ansible is an open source, agentless IT automation technology that can improve current processes, migrate applications for better optimization. It also provides a simple language to help facilitate DevOps practices across an organization.

According to Kingsley Wood, Director, Infrastructure Business Group, Red Hat Asia Pacific, key sectors in Malaysia that can reap the benefits of automation include the Financial Services Industry, Education and Telecommunication.

Speaking on a local customer, Richard Koh, Senior Director, Enterprise Sales and Strategic Business Development, Red Hat Southeast Asia, Taiwan and Hong Kong (SEATH) shared that by deploying Red Hat Ansible, Grab, Southeast Asia’s leading ride-hailing platform, eliminated 40 percent of its downtime and increased its aggregate up-time to 99.99 percent.

Red Hat Ansible also enabled Grab to gain greater infrastructure scalability and stability, as well as simplified management for its growing engineering team.

Organizations that deploy Red Hat Ansible will be able to invest more time in their business and services, whilst leaving repetitive tasks to software. That is what automation is all about.

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Red Hat Q4FY2018 Global Revenue Announced!

KUALA LUMPUR, March 27, 2018 Red Hat today announced that the Red Hat Q4FY2018 global revenue is $772 million (approx. RM2.99 billion).The Asia Pacific region (APAC), of which Malaysia is part of contributed to this earnings as 17 percent of Red Hat’s total bookings came from the APAC region.

 

Red Hat Q4FY2018 Global Revenue & APAC Contribution

Damien Wong, Vice President and General Manager for Red Hat Southeast Asia, Taiwan and Hong Kong (SEATH), shared that application development and emerging technologies saw an encouraging growth as it accounted for $173 million (approx. RM670 million) of the global Red Hat Q4FY2018 revenue.

Speaking on Malaysia’s journey towards advancing its Digital Economy, Damien shared that the Digital Economy is indeed critical to the country’s growth and success. In line with that, the policies and initiatives that are already in place today are encouraging the adoption of technology and fueling the country towards a more advanced and matured Digital Economy. By engaging with industry partners such as Red Hat, the transformation speed of the country’s economy can be spurred.

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Apart from that, Damien also elaborated on industry trends in Malaysia and the region that are a clear reflection of the steady rate of open source adoption.

These trends include continuous innovation as businesses realize that incremental innovation is just not enough anymore; strong spending for IT as Gartner predicts that Malaysia’s IT spending is set to increase by 5.7 percent to RM65.2 billion this year (2018), compared with RM61.6 billion last year; and upward mobile adoption as it creates unique markets and business models that cater to a new generation of consumers embracing a mobile-centric world.

In Malaysia, Red Hat has been helping numerous organizations to reduce IT costs and downtime and also innovate as well as modernize legacy IT infrastructures. Some of these organizations include Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia (SSM), Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), CTOS Data System Sdn. Bhd. and Grab (Southeast Asia).

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Red Hat Launches Open Innovation Labs in Singapore

KUALA LUMPUR, September 27, 2017 Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT) today announced the launch of its first Red Hat Open Innovation Labs in the Asia-Pacific region in Singapore

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Red Hat Launches Open Innovation Labs in Singapore

Red Hat Open Innovation Labs help customers integrate people, methodology, and technology to catalyze innovation and solve business challenges in an accelerated fashion by working collaboratively in an immersive, residency-oriented lab environment with Red Hat experts at the new physical lab in Singapore or in a pop-up lab at a customer’s site.

Through Red Hat Open Innovation Labs, IT teams work closely with Red Hat consultants, engineers and subject matter experts to modernize existing applications or create new ones with open source and DevOps. The typical Red Hat Open Innovation Labs residency lasts anywhere from one to three months and provides IT professionals with the technologies, methods, and skills to accelerate business initiatives.

Through hands-on instruction, teams can also learn how to adopt agile development methodologies, DevOps practices, and get immediate and direct experience with the open principles and open culture that underlie many open source communities.

As digital transformation reshapes industries, organizations of all sizes and across industries are rethinking their approach to innovation and how technology can help them compete more effectively. Red Hat Open Innovation Labs launched in 2016 based on customer interest in applying Red Hat’s vast open source expertise to help them solve these business and IT challenges. Red Hat Open Innovation Labs provides a prescriptive environment designed for customers to develop applications with speed, agility, scalability and increased security.

As part of the Red Hat Open Innovation Labs engagement, customers can use microservices, deploy them in containers, and deliver them using DevOps methodologies across physical, cloud and mobile environments to more quickly scale up or down on-demand and help meet new requirements. In addition to its location in Singapore, Red Hat also has physical Red Hat Open Innovation Labs in Boston and London.

Core features of an Open Innovation Labs residency include:

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  • Solve legacy problems or entirely new challenges: Customers can take advantage of mentoring and technology to help their organization design and develop solutions to modernize legacy applications or take on entirely new challenges developing applications, architectures, and features for mobile, cloud, microservices, and more.
  • Work on real business problems from day one: Using Red Hat’s push button infrastructure and automated development environments, customers can quickly start development, resulting in quicker time to value and measurable outcomes.
  • Learn to work the open source way: Customers can collaborate with Red Hat experts and with the open source community on upstream projects using an agile-based methodology, open source tools, and best practices for application development.
  • Innovate anywhere: With a more secure cloud environment, any authorized team members can work together from anywhere at any time. Development can happen at a customer’s site, in an Open Innovation Labs facility, or virtually.

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SSM Wins The 2017 Red Hat Innovation Award!

October 3, 2017 – According to Red Hat, the percentage of businesses with advanced digital transformation strategies and implementations will rise in the next few years. As rapid application development is a necessity now, open source is increasingly being seen as a default choice for organizations in Malaysia and the region, enabling them to keep up with the evolving technology landscape.

 

The 2017 Red Hat Forum

Speaking at the 2017 Red Hat Forum Media Briefing here, Damien Wong, Vice President and General Manager at Red Hat ASEAN shared that though every organization has its own unique set of needs and obstacles when it comes to their digital transformation journey, Red Hat has noted three common challenges amongst its customers across numerous industries.

The challenges that have been identified are determining a cloud strategy that complements the business; building and delivering new applications faster; and utilizing the technology that is currently in place whilst bringing it up to speed to meet the overall business needs.

 

SSM Wins The 2017 Red Hat Innovation Award!

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As organizations in Malaysia and the region have to build new applications to meet ever-evolving business demands, it is crucial for them to innovate continuously through rapid development and modern operations. In line with this, today, Red Hat named Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia (SSM) as the winner in Malaysia for the 2017 Red Hat Innovation Awards (APAC) for their outstanding and innovative usage of Red Hat solutions.

SSM recently embarked on a journey of developing a new and advanced gateway for the registration of companies and businesses in Malaysia. SSM now uses Red Hat’s Middleware solution, Red Hat JBoss Fuse to simplify and speed up the registration process by reducing manual registration handling with an automated online system.

By deploying Red Hat JBoss Fuse, SSM is now better positioned to meet current and future integration needs, and reduce manual touch points, automate processes, and connect assets for improved efficiency.

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The BitScout Free Cyber Forensics Tool Revealed!

At the end of his Palaeontology of Cyberattack keynote, the Kaspersky APAC Director of GReAT, Vitaly Kamluk, announced the public availability of his cyber forensics tool – BitScout. This is a free and open-source tool that can be used for the remote forensic investigation or collection of data from a compromised system, without risk of contamination or loss of data.

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The BitScout Cyber Forensics Tool

BitScout was “created independently of the Kaspersky Lab product line” and is “outside [the] scope of [the] company’s business operation“. Vitaly intended for the BitScout tool to be used by cybersecurity researchers, high-tech crime units of law enforcement agencies (LEA), as well as educational institutions.

Legitimate owners of compromised systems may cooperate and help security researchers find the infection vector or other details about the attackers. However, it is a longstanding concern the need for security researchers to travel long distances to collect crucial evidence (e.g. malware samples) from infected computers can result in expensive and delayed investigations.

The longer it takes for an attack to be understood, the longer it is before users are protected and perpetrators identified. However, the alternatives have either involved expensive tools and a knowledge of how to operate them, or the risk of contaminating or losing evidence by moving it between computers.

To solve the problem, security researchers can now use BitScout to remotely collect key forensic materials, acquire full disk images via the network or locally attached storage, or simply remotely assist in malware incident handling. Evidence data can be viewed and analyzed remotely or locally while the source data storage remains intact through reliable container-based isolation.

 

The BitScout Advantage

Kaspersky Lab experts work closely with law enforcement agencies across the world to help in the technical analysis of cyber investigations. This gives them a unique insight into the challenges LEA personnel face when fighting modern cybercrime.

The cybersecurity landscape is now so complex and sophisticated that investigators need tools that can adapt and scale to the demands of the job. BitScout is a good example of this. It can be adjusted to the particular needs of an investigator, and improved and upgraded with additional features and custom software.

Most importantly it comes free of charge, based on open-source solutions and is fully transparent: instead of relying on third party tools with proprietary code, experts can use the Bitscout open-source code to build their own swiss-army knife for digital forensics. The list of BitScout features includes:[adrotate group=”2″]

  •  Disk image acquisition even with un-trained staff
  •  Training people on the go (shared view-only terminal session)
  •  Transferring complex pieces of data to your lab for deeper inspection
  •  Remote Yara or AV scanning of offline systems (essential against rootkits)
  •  Search and view registry keys (autoruns, services, plugged USB devices)
  •  Remote file carving (recovering deleted files)
  •  Remediation of the remote system if access is authorized by the owner
  •  Remote scanning of other network nodes (useful for remote incident response)

BitScout is freely available at Vitaly Kamluk’s GitHub code repository here.

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The Red Hat Mobile Application Platform Revealed!

Red Hat is the world’s leading provider of open source solutions to major enterprises worldwide. But one thing people may not be aware of is that they also provide a mobile application platform. The Red Hat Mobile Application Platform is open source, of course, in keeping with the Red Hat philosophy.

Red Hat recently invited us to an exclusive media briefing event on the Red Hat Mobile Application Platform, hosted by Damien Wong (Vice President & General Manager of Red Hat ASEAN), and Gerald Khor (Head of Mobile Business Development, Red Hat Asia Pacific).

Find out what else is great about the Red Hat Mobile Application Platform (RHMAP), and why enterprises need to adopt such a platform to drive and maintain their mobility solutions.

 

Maturing Enterprise Mobility In The ASEAN Region

Damien Wong kicked off the event with an overview of a recent Red Hat-commissioned IDC study of the maturity of enterprise mobility strategies in three ASEAN countries – Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Here are some key takeaway points :

  • Only 1 in 3 Singaporean organisations have a vision and roadmap for mobility
  • [adrotate group=”2″]1 in 3 Indonesian organisations consider mobility important to their business, but are resource-constrained.
  • Banks are at the forefront of mobile adoption.
  • 2 in 5 banks align mobility with their organisation’s overall vision and goals.
  • The top 3 factors that influence enterprise mobility implementations are
    a) Improving customer experience
    b) Gaining competitive advantage
    c) Improving employee productivity
  • 76% of the organisations either have a budget in place, or intend to invest in mobile applications within the next 24 months

 

The Red Hat Mobile Application Platform Revealed!

Then Gerald Khor revealed the key advantages of the Red Hat Mobile Application Platform.

Here are some key takeaway points :

  • The Red Hat Mobile Application Platform allows for faster development. For example, a rail infrastructure company took just 8 hours to deploy a production-ready mobile app to thousands of field workers.
  • [adrotate banner=”4″]RHMAP is an agile infrastructure for integration and automation with mobile applications.
  • RHMAP allows multiple teams to collaborate on building and launching mobile solutions.
  • RHMAP also allows for easier management and updating of mobile apps that have been deployed.
  • Customers can build apps using the Red Hat Mobile Application Platform, or their toolkit of choice (BYOT).
  • The RHMAP also connects to backend systems using a range of common MBaaS (Mobile Backend as a Service) services.
  • The apps developed using the Red Hat Mobile Application Platform can be delivered via public or private app stores.

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Red Hat 2016 Year End & 2017 Outlook Commentary

by Damien Wong, Vice President and General Manager, Red Hat ASEAN

2016 proved to be an eventful year for Red Hat. As the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, Red Hat plays a key role in helping organizations around the world transform as open source becomes a de facto standard for innovation in IT. As a nod to the role we play, Red Hat was again named to Forbes’ list of the “World’s Most Innovative Companies” earlier this year.

Red Hat’s innovativeness was manifested in several ways this year. We advanced the company’s open hybrid cloud portfolio with key innovations in containers, OpenStack, virtualization, application development, cloud management, storage, and more. Underscoring this, we were also recently recognized as a “Leader” in Gartner’s 2016 Magic Quadrant for Full Life Cycle API Management and in The Forrester Wave Report for Hybrid Cloud Management Solutions and Mobile Infrastructure Services.

In open source, the ecosystem plays a key role in offering customers broader choice. We are pleased to share that Red Hat advanced collaboration with key industry leaders, including Ericsson, Google, and Microsoft this year.

Taking a look back, in 2016 and the year prior, we also saw local enterprises signing on for Red Hat’s Training and Certification programs to help their IT teams be well-prepared to tackle critical real-world scenarios. In addition, we also recognized a local customer, Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) as the 2016 Red Hat Innovation Awards APAC winner for Malaysia. TNB was awarded for embarking on an IT transformation journey to modernize its IT environment that was previously based on proprietary UNIX systems, into a modern open source platform based on Red Hat solutions.

Aside from that, in 2016, we also witnessed many organizations in Malaysia being receptive to the idea of embarking on a digital transformation journey by using new ways of developing, delivering and integrating applications as a response to the digital disruption we are seeing across industries. Through digital transformation, organizations are meeting growing customer expectations for digital services, and moving to technology solutions – including open hybrid cloud solutions – that can help them improve business agility, flexibility and scalability.

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IDC also predicts that digital transformation in Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) may attain macroeconomic scale over the next three to four years, changing the way enterprises operate and reshaping the global economy. According to IDC, by 2020 half of the A1000 (APAC 1000 enterprises) will see majority of their business depending on their ability to create digitally-enhanced products, services and experiences. 2017 is expected to be a defining year for digital transformation.

I am optimistic that in the coming year, many organizations will make moves in order to better compete in the digital economy. Knowing there is a need to transform, I believe many CIOs will develop a holistic digital strategy in the upcoming year. This should not only focus on IT infrastructure, but more so around the remodeling of their businesses to be more agile and innovative. In relation to this, open source technologies present an ideal approach in terms of flexibility, a reinvention of processes, faster innovation through ecosystem collaboration, and scalability.

Open source is fundamentally about being part of an ecosystem of IT leaders, advocates, developers, and partners who work together to build the future of IT. We believe that businesses in Malaysia will continue to see Red Hat as an enabler – delivering the speed, flexibility, and innovation that they need in order to thrive in the age of the customer.

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The Power Of Participation At Red Hat Forum 2016

Red Hat just held their 6th Red Hat Forum here in Kuala Lumpur on the 6th of October 2016. The theme at Red Hat Forum 2016 was “Power of Participation“, building on Red Hat’s vision of enterprises transforming themselves and/or creating new innovations by participating in and collaborating on open source software.

At an exclusive media event, Chris Wright and Damien Wong from Red Hat, as well as Frederic Giron of Forrester, gave us an overview of what was covered during Red Hat Forum 2016. Check it out!

Left to right : Frederic Giron (Forrester), Chris Wright (Red Hat) and Damien Wong (Red Hat)

 

The Red Hat Forum 2016 Media Briefing

Damien Wong, Vice President and General Manager of Red Hat ASEAN, kicked off the media briefing session with an overview of the Red Hat Forum, and the Red Hat Forum 2016 theme of the “Power of Participation“. He also announced the winners of the 2016 Red Hat Innovation Awards in the Asia Pacific region.

Next, Red Hat Vice President and Chief Technologist, Chris Wright, dove into how open source collaboration will help enterprises transform themselves to adapt to a fast, flexible future. A future where more services will be processed in the cloud, served on the Internet, and consumed on mobile devices.

Finally, Frederic Giron, Forrester Vice President and Research Director Serving CIOs, gave an overview of the Red Hat-commissioned ‘Open Source Drives Digital Innovation‘ survey of 450 CIOs in Asia Pacific.

 

Red Hat Q2 FY2017

Two weeks ago, Red Hat announced their financial results for the second quarter of the fiscal year 2017. Here are some key points :

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Revenue : Total revenue for the quarter was $600 million, up 19% in U.S. dollars year-over-year, or 18% measured in constant currency.

Operating Income : GAAP operating income for the quarter was $82 million, up 7% year-over-year. After adjusting for non-cash share-based compensation expense, amortization of intangible assets, and transaction costs related to business combinations, non-GAAP operating income for the second quarter was $137 million, up 11% year-over-year.

Net Income : GAAP net income for the quarter was $59 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, compared with $51 million, or $0.28 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. After adjusting for non-cash share-based compensation expense, amortization of intangible assets, transaction costs related to business combinations, and non-cash interest expense related to the debt discount, non-GAAP net income for the quarter was $101 million, or $0.55 per diluted share, as compared to $88 million, or $0.47 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter.

Cash : Operating cash flow was $97 million for the second quarter, a decrease of 21% on a year-over-year basis. Total cash, cash equivalents and investments as of August 31, 2016 was $2.0 billion after repurchasing approximately $127 million, or approximately 1.8 million shares, of common stock in the second quarter.

You can check out more details in the Red Hat Quarterly Fact Sheet for Q2 FY2017.

 

Red Hat Outlook Guidance

For the full FY2017 :

  • Revenue guidance is expected to be $2.415 billion to $2.435 billion in U.S. dollars.
  • GAAP operating margin is expected to be approximately 13.8% and non-GAAP operating margin is expected to be approximately 23.0%.
  • Fully-diluted GAAP earnings per share (EPS) is expected to be approximately $1.35 to $1.37 per share. Fully-diluted non-GAAP EPS is expected to be approximately $2.23 to $2.25 per share. Both GAAP and non-GAAP EPS assume a $1 million to $2 million per quarter forecast for other income. Both GAAP and non-GAAP EPS also assume an estimated annual effective tax rate of 27% before discrete tax items and 184 million fully-diluted shares outstanding.
  • Operating cash flow guidance range is expected to be approximately $800 million to $820 million.

For Q3 FY2017 :

  • Revenue guidance is $613 million to $623 million.
  • GAAP operating margin is expected to be approximately 13.4% and non-GAAP operating margin is expected to be approximately 23.3%.
  • Fully-diluted GAAP EPS is expected to be approximately $0.34 per share. Fully-diluted non-GAAP EPS is expected to be approximately $0.58 per share. Both GAAP and non-GAAP EPS assume a $1 million to $2 million forecast for other income. Both GAAP and non-GAAP EPS also assume an estimated annual effective tax rate of 27% before discrete tax items and 184 million fully-diluted shares outstanding.

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