Friday, September 9, 2011

IDC: Nokia, LG see significant Q2 shipping decline, Apple continues to grow

from Engadget:

>>Nokia, while still the world's largest handset maker, suffered a significant blow, with shipments dropping from 111.1 million in Q2 2010 to 88.5 million; the company's market share was similarly down, hitting 24.2 percent, compared to last year's 33.8 percent. LG Electronics was the only other manufacturer to see a loss, with shipments dropping to 24.8 million from 30.6 million in 2010.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Equinix Appoints Alex Tam as Managing Director for Greater China

20-year technology veteran to drive business development

HONG KONG – September 8, 2011 – Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), a provider of global data center services, today announced the appointment of Alex Tam as managing director of Equinix Greater China. Tam joins Equinix as a 20-year veteran of the ICT industry in Asia Pacific and has held senior management roles with British Telecom (BT), iAdvantage, Hutchison Telecommunications and Hongkong Telecom. He will draw on his extensive experience to support the growth of Platform Equinix in Hong Kong and Shanghai, and capitalize new business opportunities presented through trends towards outsourcing, business continuity and cloud-based service delivery.

Tam recently worked for BT as the general manager of data centers, Hong Kong. At BT, he was responsible for establishing the company’s Hong Kong data center operation and for developing the data center and IT outsourcing services strategy. Prior to BT, he was the CEO of iAdvantage where he spearheaded the data center business in Hong Kong and China.

Samuel Lee, president, Equinix Asia-Pacific commented: “Equinix has a ten-year track record in the Hong Kong market as a trusted business partner. Alex is a great addition to our team and absolutely the right person to drive the growth of Platform Equinix in Hong Kong and China.

“We have invested substantially in expanding our HK1 International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data center over the past three years and our second Hong Kong IBX data center, HK2, will commence operations in the third quarter this year. HK2 will give us additional capacity to meet the needs of our existing customers and attract new customers that are looking for a global and highly available platform with dynamic business ecosystems and the broadest choice of networks available.”

“I am very pleased to be joining Equinix at such an exciting time in its growth,” commented Tam. “Equinix’s strategy of building network-neutral data centers on a global platform is certainly paying dividends. The company is experiencing healthy demand in Hong Kong and there is a huge amount of potential in China, as our customers in Europe and Hong Kong look to expand their businesses on the Mainland. I’m looking forward to working with the team to drive sales in order to maximise the numerous opportunities and contribute to the success and growth of Platform Equinix in Asia.”

Tam holds a M.Sc. degree in Global Business from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and a B.Sc. degree in Engineering from The University of Hong Kong.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

RTS selects Equinix as data centre provider in Germany

RTS Realtime Systems Group, a leading global trading solutions provider, today announced that Equinix, Inc. has been chosen as the provider of its newest low latency global data center in Germany, extending its reach on Platform Equinix™.

The RTS data center, which offers hosting and co-location services, will be located at Equinix's FR2 International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) in Frankfurt, enabling RTS to continue to offer low latency sensitive clients the fastest access to Eurex® and Xetra® markets.

Last year, Deutsche Börse AG selected the state-of-the-art Equinix Frankfurt facility as its new main data center to operate as the primary co-location site for customers of Eurex, one of the world's leading derivatives exchanges, and Xetra, the leading pan-European trading system for the cash market of Deutsche Börse.

RTS offers connectivity across asset classes to more than 135 exchanges globally, with co-located, ultra-low latency access to more than 65 of these venues. Its ASP (application services provider) hosting, trading, matching and risk management solutions are available via the exchange's global data centers in key markets worldwide, including Frankfurt, Chicago, New York and London. Four of these centers are now located in Equinix facilities.

"Our customers in Germany, Europe and across the globe rely on RTS and its partners to offer them the fastest, most robust connectivity to key exchanges and trading systems such as Eurex and Xetra. From this new strategic location, RTS customers are able to connect directly to Eurex and Xetra access points and minimize the critical round-trip time from the server to the matching engine and back to the server," said Christian Zahm, Frankfurt-based RTS sales director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Jörg Rosengart, general manager of Equinix Germany, added: "In recent years, the volume of electronic trading has grown exponentially. In response to this development, the infrastructure we provide in our data center offers financial service providers direct connectivity with minimal latency. We are delighted that RTS has placed its trust in Equinix and can take advantage of our expertise in providing data center services to the financial sector."

Digitimes Research: Apple to lead in 2011 smartphone shipments

from Digitimes:

>>Global smartphone shipments for 2011 will reach 462 million units, rising 60% from the 288 million shipped in 2010, according to Digitimes Research.


Combined shipments from the world's top-5 smartphone companies in 2011 are forecast to exceed 333 million units, which will account for 72% of total units expected to be shipped. The proportion came to as high as 85% in 2010, when the top-5 vendors shipped a total of 244 million units, Lin observed.


Source: Digitimes Research, September 2011

NTT Com to Strengthen PoP in Tokyo


>>NTT Com also upgraded its PoP in Equinix data center on September 7, and plans to launch its new PoP in @Tokyo data center on September 26, both in Tokyo. The two facilities are expected to meet the needs of a wide range of customers, including content providers, ISPs and telecom carriers both within Japan and overseas.