Stories by Anuradha Shukla

Booming demand for digital data storage space

The current explosion in digital content, coupled with a steep decrease in the price of digital storage, has touched off a growing demand for ever greater digital data storage space, announced Gfk Asia, a global provider of technology and retail market data in Asia.

Media tablets shipments in Asia Pacific to reach 9.6M in 2014: IDC

Media tablet shipments in the Asia Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ) region are all set to grow from 1.3 million units in 2009 to 9.6 million units in 2014, according to research firm IDC. This growth represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 65 per cent. IDC has identified Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore as key nations for media tablet sales in the near term. Both China and South Korea will offer major opportunities for vendors towards the end of the forecast period. Multi-function entertainment devices The media tablets feature 7-12 inch color displays, harness ARM-based processors and use operating systems such as Apple's iOS and Google's Android OS. Apple's iPad is currently the hot favourite among media tablets, but IDC forecasts that both PC and mobile phone makers are making efforts to introduce more such products in the market. Bryan Ma, associate vice president, Asia Pacific devices and peripherals research at IDC said that although media tablets are set to occupy a space between smart phones and portable PCs, they will not replace either. In addition to complementing PCs as media consumption devices, media tablets will allow seamless sharing of content with mobile phones. Ma added that media tablets are currently marketed as multi-function entertainment devices, and their success will depend greatly on the availability of local applications and content. Asian brands Commenting further on media tablets, Ma said these devices are certainly popular right now but the coming months will be critical for the category's evolution. This is significant because early adopters will evaluate the usefulness of the product. E-Book content is not as readily available in Asia as in Western countries, but Ma notes that simple Web surfing and gaming apps could still provide enough of a value proposition to allow the category to move forward here. "IDC remains cautiously optimistic about the longer term potential of the media tablet segment. In Asia, in particular, the iPad is likely to spark off intense competition from Asian brands, leading to a wealth of offerings in varying price tiers," said Ma. "With operators migrating towards 4G networks in the coming years, media tablets will further become a strategic vehicle for increased mobile data usage. There are certainly roadblocks, but the media tablet appears here to stay."

PC market grows in Asia Pacific

The Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) PC market grew 32 per cent year-on-year in the fourth quarter of 2009 according to IDC, a global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets.

IBM launches cloud academy

IBM has announced a global forum for educators, researchers and information technology (IT) personnel from the education industry. The new IBM Cloud Academy will help these professionals to pursue cloud computing initiatives, develop skills and share best practices. These efforts will help them to reduce operating costs while improving quality and access to education.

IT outsourcing popular among insurers in Asia Pacific: IDC

Insurance carriers in the Asia Pacific are known for their reluctance to spend on IT but the latest report from IDC Financial Insights indicates a change in scenario. The increasingly challenging marketplace is encouraging insurers to forego the tendency to look inwards rather than outsource.