A Focus on Start-Ups: Rutronik24 Establishes Team to Support Innovative Companies




Hong Kong, China, February 21, 2019 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - Rutronik24, the sales organization of Rutronik Elektronische Bauelemen-te GmbH, set up a dedicated team called #8222;BaseCamp“ to focus on start-ups, dealing exclusively with the needs and projects of young, innovative companies. In addition to supplying components, the team also offers comprehensive and individually tailored consulting services.

To Andrea Bissinger, Director Sales Global at Rutronik24, supporting start-ups is only logical: “Rutronik24 fo-cuses on small and medium-sized companies with corresponding needs – so start-ups are precisely our target audience. All of our processes are tailored exactly to their requirements. This allows us to support young entre-preneurs and their projects with customized solutions. Thanks to our large network, this not only includes the required components and consulting services, but we also help put them in touch with suitable partners, such as for production, marketing and sales” says Bissinger. This is why Rutronik24 participates in festivals such as Innolution Valley, the Hannover Messe trade show, and various start-up events in order to network and build relationships with interested partners.

A new button has been added to www.rutronik24.com that allows start-ups to contact the sales organization’s newly formed start-up team directly. Marek Fuchs, Team Leader Field Sales at Rutronik24, is the first point of contact for founders and leads the three-person team. “I like to try out new things myself and enjoy thinking outside the box – and that goes for our entire team. We look forward to collaborating with start-ups from a variety of sectors in new ways and hopefully helping them both bring their product to market and make their company a success.”

About Rutronik (www.rutronik.com)
Rutronik Elektronische Bauelemente GmbH is the third largest distributor in Europe (European Distribution Report 2017) and the number eleven worldwide (SourceToday, May 2018). The broadline distributor supplies semiconductors, passive and electromechanical components as well as boards, storage, displays wireless products. The company's primary target markets are the automotive, medical, industrial, home appliance, energy and lighting industries. The ranges RUTRONIK EMBEDDED, RUTRONIK SMART, RUTRONIK POWER and RUTRONIK AUTOMOTIVE provide customers with specific products and services in groups tailored to the respective applications. Expert technical support for product development and design-in, individual logistics and supply chain management solutions as well as comprehensive services complete its scope of performance.

The company, founded by Helmut Rudel in 1973 in Ispringen, Germany, now has over 70 subsidiaries in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Rutronik employs more than 1,600 staff worldwide and achieved Group sales of 950 million euros in the fiscal year 2017.

The rutronik24.com e-commerce platform gives users access to the online catalog, the Procurement Area and the Product Change Notifications (PCNs) with just a single login. The online catalog provides an overview of all products including#8218; detailed data sheets, and intelligent search functions make selection easier. The mass quotation‘ link allows customers to use their parts list for convenient purchasing. In the Procurement Area, customers can obtain a quick overview of their current and past orders, tenders, article lists, safety stock level, contracts, consignment stock and traceability. The current catalogs, procurement information, PCNs and also a wide range of media are available for downloading.

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Press contact:
Rutronik Elektronische Bauelemente GmbH: Sebastian H#246;r, Public Relations, Tel: +49 7231 801-1679;
E-mail: sebastian.hoer@rutronik.com

Techworks Asia Ltd: Claire Walker / Karrie Lee
Tel: +852 2525 8038 / 2525 3980
Email: claire@techworksasia.com / karrie@techworksasia.com

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Ruckus Introduces ICX 7850 Switch for 100GbE Edge-to-Core Networks




Hong Kong, China, February 21, 2019 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - Enables multi-gigabit networks with pay-as-you-grow model suitable for education, government and enterprise environments

Ruckus Networks, an ARRIS company, has announced the availability of its new ICX 7850 switch: an edge-to-core solution for the next decade of enterprise networking.

Ruckus’ stackable ICX 7850 delivers high-density aggregation for 10GbE, 25GbE, 40GbE, 50GbE, and 100GbE using existing customer investment in fiber cabling, making it suitable for large, secure enterprise edge networks in education, government and enterprise settings. The pay-as-you-grow design enables enterprise-scale networks to keep pace with advances in wireless technologies – such as 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6), IoT and LTE – to accommodate continued multi-gigabit network growth.

“The ever-increasing need for Wi-Fi connectivity is taxing network cores, but the solution to keeping up with the proliferation of devices and advances in wireless technology does not need to be complex or expensive,” said Linda Hui, Managing Director, Ruckus Networks, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. “The Ruckus ICX 7850 switch simplifies multi-gigabit network upgrades and reduces the total cost for enterprises through its ability to scale quickly and linearly to address current and future network demands.”

Simple, Pay-As-You-Grow Model and Management
The ICX 7850’s advanced stacking capabilities can scale up to 12 switches, which rivals the density of traditional chassis-based data center and enterprise switches. The hitless stack failover, multi-chassis trunking, and in-service software upgrades eliminate downtime. The available SmartZone#8482; network controller enables configuration, monitoring, and troubleshooting for the entire Ruckus ICX switch portfolio and wireless access point network. This highly scalable approach is easier to manage with reduced power and cooling requirements and a lower total cost of ownership.

“We are seeing a clear shift towards multigigabit access in enterprises, which makes the introduction of the Ruckus ICX7850 very timely,” said Brandon Butler, Senior Research Analyst, Enterprise Networks, IDC. “More data-intensive devices and applications continue to stress the core of the enterprise network and are driving a move to 100GbE network infrastructure. Ruckus’ ICX 7850 and management solutions address these issues and when complemented with the company's SmartZone network controller, the company is able to manage access points and switches in a ‘single pane of glass,’ simplifying network management and operational efficiency.”

“Ruckus’ ICX 7850 switch outperformed our existing core network chassis with easy installation and a much smaller footprint,” said Matt Mercer, Director of Network Services, Troy University. “Our new network, powered by the ICX 7850, is now able to deliver demanding student services for the next decade.”

Security and Encryption
The ICX 7850, along with all switches in the Ruckus portfolio, support the latest security standards and encryption technologies. ICX switches have been deployed in the U.S. federal government for over two decades and comply with the most stringent security standards and federal certifications including FIPS, Common Criteria, CSfC, and JITC. The ICX 7850 also supports Media Access Control Security (MACsec), a Layer 2 security technology, based on symmetric cryptographic keys, to provide point-to-point security on Ethernet links between nodes.

Adapts to Existing Infrastructure
Many organizations, particularly school districts with older, existing networks that have OM1 or OM2 fiber optic cables require Long Reach Multimode (LRM) optics to achieve the 10 Gbps connections needed for today’s bandwidth requirements. The ICX 7850 provides investment protection and an upgrade path for customers with older fiber infrastructure by providing support for LRM optics with select family members.

Availability
The ICX 7850 switch is now available and will be demonstrated in booth 2022 at AFCEA West 2019, February 13-15, 2019, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California.

About Ruckus Networks
Ruckus Networks, an ARRIS company, is redefining connectivity around the globe. With our partners, we build secure wired and wireless access networks for organizations that place a premium on connectivity experiences for end users as well as simplicity. Follow Ruckus on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube and subscribe to our blog.

About ARRIS
ARRIS International plc (NASDAQ: ARRS) is powering a smart, connected world. The company's leading hardware, software and services transform the way that people and businesses stay informed, entertained and connected. For more information, visit www.arris.com.

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Autotalks and CEVA Collaborate on World’s First Global V2X Solution




Hong Kong, China, February 20, 2019 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - Autotalks chipset leverages CEVA-XC SDR DSP to unify DSRC and C-V2X in a single solution, reducing development, integration and certification effort for global V2X deployment

CEVA, Inc. (NASDAQ: CEVA), the leading licensor of signal processing platforms and artificial intelligence processors for smarter, connected devices, and Autotalks, a world leader in V2X (Vehicle-to-Everything) communications solutions, announced today that the companies collaborated to add C-V2X Rel. 14/15 support to the CEVA-XC DSP based Autotalks chipset, making it the world’s first and only available solution capable of supporting both DSRC and C-V2X direct communications. The solution was demonstrated at CES 2019 by leading automotive tiers HARMAN, Valeo and others.

V2X communication is heading to mass-market adoption as the world’s largest OEMs announced intentions to equip their new car models with the technology. In recent years, V2X diverged into two different technologies, DSRC and C-V2X, with fundamentally different architectures, making it difficult to harmonize a single global solution. Autotalks, leveraging the software-defined capabilities of the CEVA-XC DSP in its chipset, addresses the need for a global solution by equipping its mass-market ready 2nd generation chipsets with C-V2X in addition to their native support of DSRC, at the highest security level.

Amos Freund, VP RD at Autotalks, commented: “Autotalks and CEVA have enjoyed a long and successful relationship, with their unique expertise in cellular and communication DSPs perfectly complementing our wireless know-how. The CEVA-XC DSP allowed us to quickly and seamlessly implement C-V2X support on our chipset in addition to DSRC, resulting in the world’s first and only truly secure global V2X solution.”

Michael Boukaya, vice president and general manager of the wireless business unit at CEVA, stated: “We are proud to have collaborated with Autotalks to extend their leadership in V2X communication solutions and become the first company in the world to support both C-V2X and DSRC on their automotive qualified AEC-Q100 grade 2 chipset. This use case perfectly illustrates the benefits of using a powerful programmable vector DSP like our CEVA-XC for communication SoCs, allowing new features and standards to be implemented in software on existing silicon.”

Autotalks’ deployment-ready, 2nd generation V2X chipset is the world’s first available solution which supports both DSRC based on 802.11p/ITS-G5 standards and C-V2X based on 3GPP specifications. The chipset allows customers to easily toggle between DSRC and C-V2X communications. The new chipset isolates V2X from the cellular Network Access Device (NAD), thus providing domain separation security, scalability and potential cost-optimizations of Telematic Control Unit (TCU) deployments. The separation of V2X from in-vehicle infotainment ensures that the safety related purpose of the V2X system is not compromised. Furthermore, V2X isolation combined with Autotalks’ recognized cyber security leadership enables a truly secure platform. Autotalks’ global V2X chipset is currently available for customer and partner C-V2X demonstrations. Autotalks will present in Mobile World Congress taking place in Barcelona on 25th-28th of February in Hall 5 Stand 5E71.

About Autotalks
Autotalks (www.auto-talks.com), which was founded in 2008, is a V2X chipset market pioneer and leader, providing customers worldwide with state-of-the-art V2X solutions. Autotalks helps reduce collisions on roadways and improve mobility with its automotive qualified chipsets. The chipsets offer the most advanced, truly secure and highest performing global V2X communication solution designed for autonomous vehicles. Autotalks’ advanced technology, to be mass deployed in the coming years, complements the information coming from other sensors, specifically in non-line-of-sight scenarios, rough weather or poor lighting conditions. It significantly improves overall road safety, effectively coordinating vehicles, self-driving cars, motorcyclists and pedestrians.

About CEVA, Inc.
CEVA is the leading licensor of signal processing platforms and artificial intelligence processors for a smarter, connected world. We partner with semiconductor companies and OEMs worldwide to create power-efficient, intelligent and connected devices for a range of end markets, including mobile, consumer, automotive, industrial and IoT. Our ultra-low-power IPs for vision, audio, communications and connectivity include comprehensive DSP-based platforms for LTE/LTE-A/5G baseband processing in handsets, infrastructure and cellular IoT (NB-IoT and Cat-M) enabled devices, advanced imaging and computer vision for any camera-enabled device, audio/voice/speech and ultra-low power always-on/sensing applications for multiple IoT markets. For artificial intelligence, we offer a family of AI processors capable of handling the complete gamut of neural network workloads, on-device. For connectivity, we offer the industry’s most widely adopted IPs for Bluetooth (low energy and dual mode) and Wi-Fi (Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n), Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) and Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) up to 4×4). Visit us at www.ceva-dsp.com and follow us on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.

Contact:

CEVA
Richard Kingston
Tel: +1 650-417-7976
richard.kingston@ceva-dsp.com

Autotalks
Alon Mlievski
Tel: +972 50-4438778 CEVA Media Contact
Claire Walker / Karrie Lee
Techworks Asia Ltd
Tel: +852 2525 8038 / 2525 3980
claire@techworksasia.com
karrie@techworksasia.com

Source: ChinaNewswire.com

Connet Continues to Grow Asian Footprints with Expanded Vietnam Data Center Hub




Hong Kong, China, January 31, 2019 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - Connet Continues to Grow Asian Footprints with Expanded Vietnam Data Center Hub

Helps local enterprises gain access to global markets

Leading global internet service and security solution provider Connet announced its plan to grow the Vietnam market with expanded data center hub.

Vietnam has experienced some of the fastest economic growth in the world in recent years. The country has been making a strong push to attract new facilities to their country. In light of the growing trend and needs for enterprises' business expansion in Asia, Connet opened its office in Vietnam in 2012.

"Vietnam is now one of the most fastest growing emerging markets, globally. The year 2018's robust growth is expected to spill over into 2019." said Cecil Yuen, Business Director Asia and General Manager, Hong Kong, "Positive growth figures proved that we have made a right decision to have invested three data centers in Vietnam. Moving forward, we are seeing a lot of momentum for our complete product profolio of cloud, security and data center solution."

"Connet Vietnam has experienced a rapid business growth in 2018 with a 32% increase in revenue compared to the same period on the previous year." said Tony VU, Head of Business Development, Connet Vietnam, "Our clients are switching to us for the integrated networking solutions and world-class services."

Connet's client profolio for Vietnam includes Crowne Plaza Danang , Li Lai International Hotel, FTS Services and a variety of manufacturing company.

"Connet is committed to providing the highest level of quality and service to our clients. We are building a future-ready regional and global network to continue to support enterprises' global growth strategy and provide clients with even more choice and flexibility for their IT journeys." added Tony.

About Connet
Connet Inc. is a regional Internet Services Provider (ISP) with Managed Security Services (MSS) to global customers. The company operates advanced networks with unmatched breadth across Asia Pacific. For more information, please visit http://www.consp.com ,google.com/+Consp

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SolarWinds Announces Free Flow Tool Bundle, Designed to Streamline Complex Network Management




Hong Kong, China, January 31, 2019 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - New tools help technology professionals gain greater visibility into network infrastructure

HONG KONG – January 31, 2019 – SolarWinds (NYSE:SWI), a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, today unveiled SolarWinds#174; Flow Tool Bundle, a set of free analysis tools designed to quickly distribute, test, and configure NetFlow Traffic Analyzer, helping technology professionals gain greater visibility into their network infrastructure. Built to support their industry-leading network management portfolio1, the new SolarWinds Flow Tool Bundle is available immediately and can be installed on Windows#174; 7, 8, and 10, Windows Server#174; 2012 R2, 2016, and 2019.

“The development and general availability of the Flow Tool Bundle demonstrates our continued commitment to providing free tools to the technology professional community,” said Brandon Shopp, vice president product management and strategy, SolarWinds. “By engaging with our users in forums like the THWACK community, we are able to build products designed to address the needs of today’s tech pros, providing them with the tools to succeed in dynamic and distributed environments.”

Free Flow Tool Bundle Highlights

SolarWinds Flow Tool Bundle integrates two new tools with an existing free flow tool:
#8226; NetFlow Replicator can help tech pros more easily distribute flow data to multiple destinations for traffic or security analysis and configure random sampling of flow data packets to help reduce the load on the monitored system and collector.
#8226; NetFlow Generator simulates network flow data so tech pros can test and validate their configurations. This functionality is especially helpful when testing the behavior of more complex network entities, such as load balancers, firewall rules, and alert trigger conditions.
#8226; NetFlow Configurator remotely configures and activates NetFlow v5 on supported Cisco#174; devices. With this tool, tech pros can easily set up the router to send NetFlow records to their collector.

Key features include:
#8226; Replicate IPv4 and IPv6 flow data to multiple destinations
#8226; Generate simulated flow traffic to aid in flow tool troubleshooting
#8226; Test and validate configurations
#8226; Remotely and quickly configure NetFlow v5
#8226; Activate NetFlow and find bandwidth hogs

Additional Resources
#8226; SolarWinds Free Tool Overview: The Flow Tool Bundle (Video)
#8226; SolarWinds Flow Tools Bundle Quick Reference Guide
#8226; Flow Tool Bundle Download
Connect with SolarWinds
#8226; THWACK#174;
#8226; Twitter#174;
#8226; Facebook#174;
#8226; LinkedIn#174;

1Source: IDC-defined Network Management Software functional market. IDC’s Worldwide Semiannual Software Tracker#174;, October 2018

#SWIproducts

About SolarWinds
SolarWinds (NYSE:SWI) is a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT infrastructure management software. Our products give organizations worldwide, regardless of type, size or IT infrastructure complexity, the power to monitor and manage the performance of their IT environments, whether on-premises, in the cloud, or in hybrid models. We continuously engage with all types of technology professionals—IT operations professionals, DevOps professionals, and managed service providers (MSPs)—to understand the challenges they face maintaining high-performing and highly available IT infrastructures. The insights we gain from engaging with them, in places like our THWACK online community, allow us to build products that solve well-understood IT management challenges in ways that technology professionals want them solved. This focus on the user and commitment to excellence in end-to-end hybrid IT performance management has established SolarWinds as a worldwide leader in network management software and MSP solutions. Learn more today at www.solarwinds.com.

The SolarWinds, SolarWinds Design, Orion, and THWACK trademarks are the exclusive property of SolarWinds Worldwide, LLC or its affiliates, are registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and may be registered or pending registration in other countries. All other SolarWinds trademarks, service marks, and logos may be common law marks or are registered or pending registration. All other trademarks mentioned herein are used for identification purposes only and are trademarks of (and may be registered trademarks of) their respective companies.

#169; 2019 SolarWinds Worldwide, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Hong Kong accounting firms are quicker to adopt automation tools in daily practice




Hong Kong, China, January 29, 2019 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - 59.5% of locally-based firms are already using data automation apps compared to 25.8% in Singapore

HONG KONG, 29 JANUARY 2019 – Xero, the global small business platform, released its annual Accounting Industry Report for 2019. The report sheds light on the best practices of pacesetting firms1 to serve as benchmark for other firms to maximise their success in 2019 and beyond. Based on the findings, Hong Kong accounting firms are quick to adopt technology when compared to their counterparts in Singapore.

Furthermore, the report found that a larger number of accounting practices in Hong Kong (59.5%) are using data automation apps compared to their counterparts in Singapore (25.8%).

The adoption of such apps is especially popular with pacesetting companies who make up the top 15% of the market, boasting high growth and revenue rates, with 81% of such firms in Hong Kong declaring that they use automation apps when compared to just 34.5% in Singapore.

Xero surveyed 97 accounting and bookkeeping companies in Hong Kong and 157 in Singapore, asking their views across a range of different areas including opportunities for practices in technologies relating to compliance2, simple advisory3 and complex advisory4. The feedback also included views on the performance of apps used by pacesetting practices leading the market in terms of growth, and the priorities of said pacesetting firms in comparison to other firms.

The findings of the report also reveal that financial performance results in Hong Kong are higher than in Singapore with Hong Kong-based companies averaging HKD 2,739,000, compared to Singapore at HKD 1,384,268 (SGD 242,600) in total advisory revenue.

This shows that a higher adoption rate of automation tools in accounting firms positively impacts their ability to devote more time to higher-valued advisory services. Presently, the biggest users of automation tools are practices that provide complex advisory services (42.9%), followed by simple advisory services (33.3%) and basic compliance services (24%). The report also reveals a higher retention rate for high-value clients, with only 6.8% of client departures in the last 12 months. The figure in Singapore is lower with only 3.1% departures.

Accountancy firms that have been proactive in embracing new technology to aid the operational and profit-making functions of their business make around 20% more revenue than the industry average, doubling in total advisory revenue, whilst the cost to serve a single business client is around 80 hours less. However, Singapore-based companies are expected to quickly catch up in 2019 with 52.4% indicating they are considering implementing data automation tools in comparison to just 32.1% of Hong Kong-based firms.

The report outlines how the Hong Kong market has a bigger appetite for advisory services when compared to Singapore, which is estimated to have generated a revenue of over HKD 1.9 billion in 2018. Demand for simple and complex advisory services (50.2% of total revenue) is on par with compliance services (49.8% of total revenue), for example: compared to Singapore, revenue from compliance services (70.4%) is significantly higher than simple advisory (14.6%) and complex advisory (15%) services, indicating that routine year-on-year compliance work is still an intricate part of Singaporean accounting practice.

Accounting firms that would move into providing advisory practices look to prioritise the implementation of timesaving methods to reduce the time they spend chasing clients for documents and information (68.5%), documenting processes and creating workflows (66.7%). Another key area outlined in the report is that building advisory services can serve up to 50% – 70% more of their clients (38.9%) in a shorter space of time given that SMEs are increasingly looking for further support from their accounting advisors on forecasting, budgeting, cash flow and business planning, as well as startup mentoring and assistance with business development.

Kevin Fitzgerald, Regional Director for Asia, Xero, said, “With the increase in technology penetration giving rise to increased adoption of automation tools, we are seeing routine tasks giving way to more strategic, analytical work. The accounting industry is no exception as we see automation tools being an integral part of the workflow of accounting firms in Hong Kong and Singapore, and we expect this trend to continue in the next 24 months. By automating administrative jobs, accounting firms are getting into position to extend their capabilities beyond basic compliance services, to providing advisory services which is currently growing in demand. As accountants evolve into business advisors for their small business clients, we see our role here at Xero as an enabler and supporter for our accounting partners, helping them achieve success by leveraging market-leading applications, and banking and fintech partners in our ecosystem.”

Media Contact
Xero Communications
Semantha Tan
semantha.tan@xero.com

Text100 Hong Kong
Rose Chan/Winnie Ngai
xeroHK@text100.com

About the Accounting Bookkeeping Industry Report
The latest in Xero’s series of industry reports and pacesetter books, the Accounting Bookkeeping Industry Report presents a close-up look at five important areas to help practices gain insight on the opportunities, technologies and approaches of leading practices in comparison to other firms. The study was conducted as an online survey of accounting and bookkeeping practices in Singapore and Hong Kong.

About Xero
Born in the cloud, Xero is a beautiful, easy-to-use platform for small businesses and their advisors. The company has 1.6 million subscribers in over 180 countries and a thriving ecosystem seamlessly integrating with 700+ apps. On the inaugural 2018 Financial Times FT1000 High-Growth Companies Asia Pacific list, Xero was the fastest growing tech company in the $200 million+ segment. Xero won Technology Provider of the Year at the British Small Business Awards in 2016 and was rated by Canstar Blue as Australia’s best accounting software four consecutive years, 2015-2018.

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MELON 2019: ALIENS ON THE GALACTIC SILK ROAD? Asian leading Sci-Fi convention embarks on its third mission in Hong Kong




Hong Kong, China, January 29, 2019 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - The third Asian Sci-Fi festival Melon 2019: Aliens on the galactic Silk Road? will be held at JW Marriott, Hong Kong on Saturday, March 23rd, 2019. Front and center at Melon this time will be a focus on Aliens.

Once again the leading Sci-Fi conference will once again bring together many of the world’s foremost creative thought leaders to discuss the future of science fiction writing, filmmaking and gaming. Melon 2019 will also explore the latest scientific research, innovative technology such as AI development, space exploration, entrepreneurship and much more.

Fritz Demopoulos, founder of Melon said, “We are delighted to bring this innovative event back to Hong Kong. The 2018 event was a great success with over 25 speakers from around the globe who shared their thoughts and ideas with hundreds of participants. This year, we’ll explore the world of Aliens – Fact or Fantasy? And we’ll share and exchange knowledge between all our participants.

Melon 2019 will showcase more than 20 thought-provoking sessions including keynotes, panel discussions, freestyle presentations, seminars and workshops, also the not-to-be-missed networking events to meet with speakers in person.

Melon 2018 was applauded by speakers and audiences alike, being seen as the up-and-coming Sci-Fi get-together to attend. Keynote speaker and U.S.-based prolific Sci-Fi author Allen Steele said, “Melon is Hong Kong’s preeminent ideas festival focused on science fiction, innovation and the future,” and “it was intellectually stimulating without losing its sense of fun.”

Conference details:
Conference name: Melon 2019: Aliens on the Galactic Silk Road
Date: March 23rd, 2019
Time: 08:00 – 17:00
Venue: JW Marriott Hong Kong
Organizer: The Queen’s Road Foundation
Ticketing: Registration is now open with the early bird rate on offer until January 31st, 2019
Enquiries: info@melon-x.com
Website: www.melon-x.com
Speakers: https://www.melon-x.com/speakers
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/225015255115275/

Source: ChinaNewswire.com

Valentine’s Menu from Belgian Beerhouse “FRITES”




Hong Kong, China, January 29, 2019 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - Hong Kong January 23, 2019 – February the month of romance marks a special day, for you to shower your loved one. FRITES Belgian beerhouses will offer a delicious menu specially created for the occasion. Embark on a European-styled culinary journey that will leave your taste buds tantalised.

This Valentine's Day, Belgian beerhouse `FRITES’, will be launching a limited Valentine's Day menu on 14 February 2019. Begin the night with a COMPLIMENTARY glass of PROSECCO or HOEGAARDEN ROSEE on arrival. The starters are a choice of two entrees that are both delicate in presentation and delectable in taste, Creamy Porcini Soup (wild mushroom and black truffle) or Salmon Gravlax (Blini, caper, red radish, salmon roe and mustard cream). The main course is a selection of THREE heart-warming choices, Lobster Tagliatelle (#189; Boston lobster, bisque, tomato, chilli and basil), Belgian cultured Moules Champenoise (Kinkawooka mussels, champagne, fennel, lemon and saffron) or the well-known Beef Wellington (Puff pastry-wrapped USDA 1855 black angus eye fillet, with mushroom duxelle, potato rosti, beet and baby carrot). Last but not least, you will finish with the Red Velvet Chocolate Lava Cake.

The Valentine’s Day dinner menu will be available exclusively on February 14th from 6pm – late. It is priced at HK$598 for one or HK$998 for two and is available at all FRITES venues. FRITES is located in Central, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, and Quarry Bay. The success of these events deems it ESSENTIAL to book early to secure a table.

For details: www.frites.hk

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About FRITES Management Ltd.
FRITES was established in 2007 as part of the Concept Creations group. Concept Creations has been widely regarded as one of the city’s leading restaurant management companies and has remained true to its founding principles by consistently establishing venues that are unique and innovative, such as Tapeo, Chicha and of course FRITES.
Having gained extensive experience in Australia, the management team underpins the creation of each venue with three core values – authenticity, hospitality and quality – key principles to success in Hong Kong’s highly competitive food and beverage industry. With a no-compromise attitude to ingredients, strict attention to detail and a desire to deliver a consistent experience, the operational teams ensure high standards are maintained at all times. Concept Creations has valued being an employer of choice and believes that offering quality training and benefits to its employees has resulted in the comfortable, welcoming and hospitable ambience each venue is known for.
Today Concept Creations has divested its interests in their other brands to focus on expanding its flagship Belgian beerhouse FRITES. Initial plans aim to put FRITES on the map in other areas around Hong Kong before eyeing expansion into other countries in the region.

FRITES Belgian beer houses feature
the largest selection of Belgian beers in Hong Kong
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具備卓越安全防護的Fortinet SD-WAN解決方案持續獲得市場增長




Hong Kong, China, January 28, 2019 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - 透過獨立測試、新客戶和應用案例,在單一整合方案體現出最佳保安和最佳SD-WAN的價值

香港 – 2019年1月16日

Fortinet產品及解決方案高級副總裁John Maddison表示:「以今天的保安威脅概況而言,無論在任何網絡部署的情況下,安全從來都是首要條件。Fortinet將最佳軟件定義廣域網絡(SD-WAN)功能整合至Fortinet下一代防火牆(next-generation firewall),並持續不斷地進行創新與優化,為客戶提供在直接互聯網連接時必需的先進威脅防護。我們把保安和SD-WAN功能緊密結合,簡化管理流程,確保更安全的部署和有助減低成本。愈來愈多企業已採用FortiGate Secure SD-WAN,相信客戶的需求與我們的目標方向一致。」

新聞摘要
網絡保安服務供應商Fortinet#174; (納斯達克:FTNT),提供領先全球的廣泛、全面和自動化網絡安全解決方案,今天公佈有關FortiGate Secure SD-WAN解決方案的最新客戶與合作夥伴名單、市場增長概況和它的獨立測試結果。

企業對於維護SD-WAN部署困難重重
市場調查研究機構Gartner最近發佈了一份名#29234;《調查分析:解決保安和數碼問題以維持SD-WAN的快速增長》報告,詳述保安為何是WAN的首要考慮。該調查報告指出,客戶不斷追求更卓越的WAN性能和可視性,同時卻引伸出另一個重要的挑戰,就是保安問題。事實上, 72%的受訪者表示對於WAN而言,保安是他們最關注的問題。1 愈來愈多企業在他們的SD-WAN部署中採用直接互聯網連接,這將衍生很多安全問題,而資訊安全總監(CISO)更需密切介入,以確保任何SD-WAN部署順利運作。同時,很多SD-WAN供應商都不會為這些部署提供所需的先進保安功能。報告亦顯示,目前大部分SD-WAN供應商只支援基本功能,例如狀態防火牆和虛擬私人網絡(VPN),他們缺乏卓越的保安功能如入侵預防系#32479;、惡意軟件分析和沙盒,並只能依賴他們的網絡安全合作夥伴彌補不足。1 因此,很多企業都愈趨希望在WAN邊緣加入最佳的企業級保安防護,以提升他們的安全效能,亦透過減少供應商合作數目來降低成本。調查亦發現企業未來將會投放大量資源於互聯網出口網關保安(internet breakout security)。1

Fortinet提供真正安全的SD-WAN
結合先進優越的保安功能,Fortinet的FortiGate Secure SD-WAN解決方案能將其他供應商的SD-WAN產品上整合在單一產品內。。在獨立測試的支援下,為客戶提供優質的語音和視像體驗、高虛擬私人網絡吞吐量(VPN throughput)和最高性價比。Fortinet所提供的SD-WAN功能由內部自主開發,並會整合於每個FortiGate下一代防火牆。特製保安處理器與來自FortiGuard Labs的威脅情報進一步確保安全是Fortinet SD-WAN解決方案的重要一環。

最近有關Fortinet SD-WAN的第三方亮點報導:
#8226; Gartner廣域網絡邊緣(WAN Edge)基礎架構魔力象限報告:Fortinet在首個廣域網絡邊緣基礎架構魔力象限報告中,於挑戰者(Challengers)象限中,願景規劃完整性(completeness of vision)位列最前端。*
#8226; 在Gartner Peer Insights獲得最多評論:截至2018年12月14日,在廣域網絡邊緣基礎架構的市場領域上,Fortinet於Gartner Peer Insights的所有網絡保安服務供應商中獲得最多評論。按此獲得更多資訊。
#8226; NSS Labs SD-WAN推薦評級:在首個NSS Labs軟件定義廣域網絡測試報告中,Fortinet是唯一獲得 SD-WAN「推薦」評級的網絡保安服務供應商。

FortiGate Secure SD-WAN為企業提供最有效的保安防護:
很多全球企業均採用FortiGate Secure SD-WAN, Fortinet的SD-WAN 高性能設備為客戶提供以下四個重要優勢:

#8226; #1: 為客戶提供企業級的保安防護,支援直接網絡連線的需求
隨著頻寬的要求日漸提高,很多企業正在從多協定標籤交換(MPLS)轉移到網際網絡以提高頻寬並縮減營運成本。可是,企業在透過直接的網絡連線以存取應用程式時,這正會大大增加網安風險的問題。FortiGate Secure SD-WAN具備下一代防火牆保安系統,除了全面阻隔網絡攻擊外,同時亦為客戶提供高質素的保安體驗。

#8226; #2:仔細透徹偵測網路加密流量,促進企業數碼化轉型的發展
為提升營運效率,企業採用軟件即服務 (SaaS)應用程式越來越多。但是,隨著應用程式的技術轉變,加密流量已達到所有網絡流量超過72%最新閾值,黑客正在利用這一趨勢並將惡意程式隱藏在加密流量中。FortiGate Secure SD-WAN是唯一採用專用安全處理器的產品之一,為WAN 邊緣裝置提供卓越的 SSL 檢測效能,偵測惡意程式流量,同時提供對應用程式的高可視性。

#8226; #3: 軟件定義分支 (SD-Branch) 的安全防護
雖然SD-WAN具備應用程式自動化及敏捷度的特性,有助簡化網絡操作,但同時卻缺乏與其他分支設備的整合性。通過使用Fortinet的安全接入點和交換機,客戶能夠無縫地將SD-WAN的應用擴展至SD-Branch。透過實施統一安全性、可視性及管理性的部署,Fortinet將持續創新,為客戶提供更進一步的整合,包括FortiGate, FortiAP 及 FortiSwitch,大幅簡化作業程序。

#8226; #4:實現安全評級服務的合規性
FortiGate Secure SD-WAN提供業界首個符合合規要求的安全評級服務,讓客戶更有效掌握已部署的保安狀態、與業界同行進行比較,並對管理企業分支使用直接互聯網連接所引致的安全風險進行評估。

Fortinet客戶對Secure SD-WAN解決方案之評價:
倫敦地區天主教學校董事會創新及協作技術服務經理Chris Dale 表示:「多年來,我們一直善用雲端策略去進行數碼化轉型。在整個過程中,隨著系統的升級或更替,我們已全面轉移至雲端平台上。一項名為加拿大安大略教育部寬頻現代化計劃 (The Ministry of Education Broadband Modernization Project),旨在推動所有安大略省內的學校轉而使用軟件定義廣域網絡 (SD-WAN),這個計劃意味著我們必須加快轉型,並與其他學校同步透過互聯網直接連繫。經過一輪串就服務供應商的篩選後,我們選用了FortiGate Secure SD-WAN的方案,因為它能以單一產品同時兼顧優越的SD-WAN)和保安功能。此解決方案能夠降低學校層面系統整體的複雜性,並為所有網點提供「單一窗格」(Single plane of glass) 式的系統可視性,有效減低管理廣域網管理(WAN)的總體成本。」

Kawartha Pine Ridge 學校董事會資訊科技總監事Dan Fitzgerald表示:「KPR希望通過使用SD-WAN 解決方案來減省 WAN的成本,但是大多數解決方案都很昂貴,並且未能提供我們所需的下一代防火牆(NGFW)網絡保安功能。在云云服務供應商中,我們選用了Fortinet的FortiGate Secure SD-WAN,因為它為我們提供了最好的SD-WAN解決方案,能以單一整合產品提供卓越的網絡保安功能。其不僅大幅降低了我們管理WAN的成本,還幫助我們簡化了了WAN的複雜性,並為我們在應用層面上提供了關鍵的可視性和操作排序。」

教育行業網絡工程師表示:「我們想要一個能內置於防火牆中的解決方案,以便於部署和節省成本。在評估了所有供應商之後,我們最終選用了Fortinet,採用其SD WAN產品。進行了產品概念驗證後,我們發現與多協定標籤交換(MPLS)系統相比,使用SD-WAN方案實際上減少延遲的問題。移除MPLS讓我們每月可以節省至少1萬美元,這是我們投資的巨大回報。 SD-WAN不僅功能卓越,而且整體Fortinet產品組合間的相互配合,大大改善了我們整體網絡保安,為我們提供更多洞察力。」 (資料來自Gartner Peer Insights)

於服務行業的國際資深IT保安人員表示:「Fortigate SD-WAN是一個卓越的解決方案,其高度靈活性和易於操作的優勢,讓我們可以移除MPLS,並簡化我們在全球的運營。」(資料來自Gartner Peer Insights)

Fortinet合作夥伴對其Secure SD-WAN解決方案之評價:
ePlus安全解決方案副總裁Lee Waskevich 表示:「ePlus為客戶提供廣泛的服務組合,並能夠支援一系列的SD-WAN應用,幫助客戶連接和保護多雲端架構。Fortinet的 Secure SD-WAN部署讓客戶有效在其SD-WAN產品上加強保安防護效能。我們對於Fortinet卓越的獨立測試結果非常滿意,除了具備SD-WAN及如SSL檢測的保安功能外,還為我們提供企業級的防護。」

PowerMax360網絡服務總監 Brent Baker 表示:「作為Fortinet Platinum的長期合作夥伴,我們的目標是為客戶提供最高水平的保安和技術支援。我們見證Fortinet FortiGate Secure SD-WAN的崛起,結合網絡安全性、WAN網絡連接及「單一窗格」(Single plane of glass) 管理模式,為客戶提供一個能有效節省成本的獨特解決方案。Fortinet具備最適合的SD-WAN方案,讓我們能夠為客戶提供最好的SD-WAN及保安功能,協助我們從WAN的轉型路上取得重大成功。」

相關資訊
#8226; 於博客此閱讀更多有關IT領導者們關注SD-WAN的安全性
#8226; 按此閱讀Gartner 《調查分析:解決保安和數碼問題以維持SD-WAN的快速增長》報告
#8226; 按此查看Gartner Peer Insights,了解Fortinet FortiGate SD-WAN服務在廣域網邊緣(WAN Edge) 基礎架構市場上的評價。
#8226; 欲了解更多有關Fortinet FortiGate安全SD-WAN解決方案的資訊。
#8226; 欲了解更多有關FortiGuard Labs和FortiGuard保安服務產品目錄的資訊。
#8226; 欲了解更多有關FortiGuard安全評級服務的資訊,該服務提供最佳的安全審核和實踐。
#8226; 登記訂閱FortiGuard威脅情報週刊。
#8226; 閱讀更多有關我們的網絡安全專家計劃 (Network Security Expert program),網絡安全學院計劃 (Network Security Academy program)或FortiVets計劃 (FortiVets program)的資訊。
#8226; 閱讀更多有關Fortinet Security Fabric或第三代網絡安全 (Third Generation of Network Security) 的資訊。
#8226; 於Twitter、LinkedIn、Facebook、YouTube及Instagram 關注Fortinet。

備註
1 Nareesh Singh,「調查分析:解決保安和數碼問題以維持SD-WAN的快速增長」[Survey Analysis: Address Security and Digital Concerns to Maintain Rapid SD-WAN Growth]。刊於《高德#32435;行業洞察》[Gartner Peer Insights] ,截自 2018年11月12日。

關於Fortinet
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Source: ChinaNewswire.com

BT FIRST GLOBAL TELCO TO RECEIVE DOMESTIC TELECOMS LICENCES IN CHINA




Hong Kong, China, January 25, 2019 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - BT FIRST GLOBAL TELCO TO RECEIVE DOMESTIC TELECOMS LICENCES IN CHINA

BT today announced that it has become the first international telecommunications company to receive nationwide licences from the China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
The two ‘value added licences’, China nationwide Domestic IP-VPN licence and China nationwide Internet Service Provider (ISP) licence, enable BT China Communications Limited to contract directly with its customers in the country and bill them in local currency.
The value added licences represent a major step for BT in China where many of its multinational customers require secure and reliable connectivity to expand within the country.
Bas Burger, CEO of Global Services, BT, said: “We are delighted with this major benefit for our customers. Thanks to cooperation between the governments of the PRC and the UK, we are now able to offer a nationwide service in China that can be scaled up to match the ambitions and needs of our customers. Being able to service and bill locally significantly simplifies the process of delivering connectivity and other communication services. It is what our customers expect from us and we are very grateful for the opportunity to do this as of today.”
International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox MP said: “I am very pleased that close cooperation between the UK and Chinese governments has resulted in BT securing these licences which will enable it to operate across the country. This major milestone exemplifies the vital work of my international economic department to open up markets and ensure that UK firms are represented on the global stage.”

Source: ChinaNewswire.com