New figures show increasing Chinese influence across Asia Pacific cloud markets

Amazon may still have an iron grip on cloud infrastructure across all geographies – but in Asia Pacific (APAC) at least, Chinese cloud providers are closing the gap.

That’s according to a new study from Synergy Research, which argues the top three players in China are now in the top six across APAC as a whole. Alibaba is ranked at #2, while Tencent is at #4 and Sinnet at #6, with Amazon, Microsoft and Google filling the odd numbers in that order.

Across China, where local business reigns supreme, it may not be a surprise to note that the top six players are all local. Baidu sits just outside the medals, with China Telecom and China Unicom rounding off the six. For the rest of APAC, however, positions four to six are held by Asian vendors, but only one of them Chinese; Alibaba (#4) is followed by Japanese firms Fujitsu and NTT.

The analysis makes for an interesting exploration of market drivers across the Asia Pacific region. As far as budgets go, Synergy notes that China is ‘by far’ the largest country market and is growing ‘much faster’ than the rest of the region. Tencent, while not in the top six for the rest of APAC, is noted to be ‘moving beyond its home market.’ Synergy rates Alibaba as the seventh largest player taking into account both public infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS). For the former, it would evidently be higher, if Gartner and other Synergy research is anything to go by.

According to the most recent analysis from the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA), this time last year, China ranked a lowly #13 in cloud readiness, with only Vietnam stopping it from propping up the table altogether. Naturally, issues such as connectivity and sustainability scored poorly given the vastness and disparity of the country. Freedom of information was another weakness.

As Synergy noted this time last year, Alibaba had moved into second place across APAC. Yet while the potential is there, a bumpy road lies ahead. IDC argued in July that the vast majority of Asia Pacific organisations remained early in their cloud maturity with either ‘ad hoc’ or ‘opportunistic’ initiatives most likely.

“While China remains a very tough proposition for the world’s largest cloud providers, the Chinese cloud providers are riding on the back of huge growth in their local cloud market,” said John Dinsdale, a chief analyst and research director at Synergy. “Language, cultural and business barriers will cause some of those Chinese companies to remain tightly focused on their home market, but others are determined to become major players on the global stage.”

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Nation’s Capital Pentecostal Visionary Leader, Radio Personality- Clarence Groover Dies at 79

Clarence Groover, Sr.

Known for his famous words, “My Lord and My God”

Bishop Clarence Groover, Sr., pastor and founder of the Fisherman of Men Church in Washington, DC, passed away on Monday May 6, 2019. A viewing will be held on May 27, 2019 from 4pm-9pm at the Fisherman of Men Church, 3641 Georgia Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20010. ([http://www.fishermanofmenchurch.org)

The home going celebration will be held on May 28, 2019 at the Bible Way Church, 1100 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001. Viewing will be from 9am-11am, and service will start promptly at 11am. *His interment will be held privately.

Bishop Groover was the Diocese Bishop of the Mid-Atlantic Diocese of the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith Inc. (COOLJC), overseeing churches and missions in the Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia region. He was appointed as Bishop in 1991 by the late Chief Apostle, W.L. Bonner. With this appointment, Bishop Groover was given the charge to oversee five churches, and within 28 years he established an additional twenty-five churches into the Mid-Atlantic Diocese. Bishop Groover also served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for W. L. Bonner College, and International Financial Secretary and Chairman of the Information Technology Committee for COOLJC.

Bishop Groover was the pastor of the Fisherman of Men Church in Washington, DC for 49 years. He hosted a weekly radio broadcast on Sunday nights at 11:30pm on Radio One station WYCB 1340 AM. He has been on the air for 40 years and is distinguished in having the longest running weekly radio broadcast on WYCB. Bishop was known for his famous words, “My Lord and My God” and was never ashamed to praise the Lord. He has touched millions of lives through the broadcast and has ministered to people all over the world.

Bishop Groover worked for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as a mathematician and Assistant Data Processing Engineer for the Orbiting Astronomical Observatory Satellite (OAO-A2), and Lead Software Analyst on the Energetic Particle Explorer series “D” (EPE-D) Satellite. He retired as Vice-Provost and Chief Information Officer at Howard University, holding the highest technology office at the University.

In 2017, Bishop Groover began documenting his unique journey in an autobiography Bitter Waters Made Sweet, to be released in 2019. In his book, Bishop Groover illustrates his triumphs over adversity, and recounts how he made what was seemingly impossible become possible. Although he faced many trials and hardships over the course of his life, throughout every struggle he found a way to success by determination and through his faith.

He will be remembered as a humble, remarkable man of God with great integrity, intelligence, innovation, and inspiration. He leaves to cherish his memory, his beloved wife Nettie Groover, devoted daughter Judy Nanette Groover and loving grandson Roy Russell IV. Three of his children (Sonya, Anita, and Clarence, Jr.) preceded him in death. He cared deeply for his family, his church, and his community, and always lent a helping hand to those in need. He touched countless lives through his ministry and will be greatly missed by all.

For more information contact Judy Groover at 202-361-3939 or jgroover(at)rockmediaconcepts.com.

TmaxSoft bets big on cloud computing

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Park Dae-yeon, chairman of TmaxSoft, speaks during a press conference at the Press Center in Seoul, Thursday. / Courtesy of TmaxSoft
By Baek Byung-yeul

TmaxSoft unveiled its new cloud computing services targeting the global market and announced its bid to list the shares of its affiliates on the NASDAQ by 2023, the chairman of the local IT firm said Thursday.

“We are planning to launch a cloud computing stack that combines infrastructure, a platform and app in July for the first time in the industry,” Park Dae-yeon, chairman of TmaxSoft, said in a press conference at the Press Center in central Seoul.

Park said the Tmax Cloud Stack service is designed to help people develop their own applications.

“Google, Amazon and Facebook have been operating their services using their own cloud computing platforms. They invested an enormous amount of money to develop their own platforms. But using the Tmax Cloud Stack, anyone who doesn’t even know much about cloud computing can produce high-quality applications,” he said.

The firm will also launch CloudSpace, a tool to develop and manage cloud-based applications, and CloudOffice, a cloud-based document management service in July.

With its cloud computing services, Park said the firm will list the shares of its affiliates ― TmaxData and TmaxOS ― on the Nasdaq by 2023. He expects the new cloud computing service can help the firm post sales of 100 trillion won ($84 billion) by 2030.

“We plan to post sales of 100 trillion won by 2030 and become one of the top five cloud computing companies in the world,” he said.

To develop the cloud computing services, Park said the firm invested 170 billion won, and 700 researchers out of a total of 800 took part in the development project.

Established in 1997, TmaxSoft has concentrated on middleware software products that can translate between different programs and database platforms. Park said the cloud computing business has potential to become Korea’s next economic growth engine.

“Many people still think cloud computing is downloading or sharing files from a server. I think cloud computing is the strongest weapon that can take charge of the country’s future,” he said.

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