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Megaport and AMS-IX Partner to Provide Global SDN-enabled Elastic Interconnection and Internet Exchange Service

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-Partnership creates robust interconnection platforms globally that allows multi-cloud connectivity, peering and elastic API-driven capacity ordering.

BRISBANE, Australia /PRNewswire/ — Software-based elastic interconnectivity provider, Megaport Limited (ASX: MP1) (Megaport) today announced its US subsidiary has signed an alliance agreement to become the exclusive global elastic cloud interconnection partner for Amsterdam Internet Exchange, B.V. (“AMS-IX”). AMS-IX will in turn provide its Internet Exchange (“peering”) service in key Megaport-enabled markets across the globe.

Denver Maddux, CEO, Megaport. Credit: Paul McMillan
Denver Maddux, CEO, Megaport. Credit: Paul McMillan


The partnership brings together the strengths of Megaport and AMS-IX to provide a wide range of interconnection use-cases, including multi-cloud connectivity, exchange of IP traffic “peering”, API-based ordering and right-sizing of capacity based on customer requirements. Customers can access the AMS-IX peering service across the Megaport fabrics, while customers of AMS-IX’s Internet Exchanges can take advantage of Megaport’s elastic connectivity solutions to network and cloud service providers.

The partnership brings Megaport’s elastic cloud interconnection services to existing AMS-IX markets includingAmsterdam and addresses industry fragmentation of internet peering services by connecting the two companies’ fabrics to create greater reach to key peering locations.

“AMS-IX has a long history of building critical mass of peering partners on their Internet Exchanges,” said Megaport Chief Executive Officer, Denver Maddux. “They operate one of the largest Internet Exchanges in the world. Connecting the AMS-IX and Megaport fabrics creates greater opportunity for Internet peers to reach desired content, cloud services and end-user networks,” he continued.

Job Witteman, AMS-IX Chief Executive Officer, said the partnership will bring a new level of capability to AMS-IX’s footprint. “Building on Megaport’s drive to deliver elastic connectivity globally, AMS-IX is excited to partner and expand our independent and distributed peering model as well as boosting the AMS-IX brand globally.”

Megaport and AMS-IX will begin offering their services to each other’s customers in Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area in the U.S., as well as Hong Kong.

About Megaport

Megaport is a global leader and pioneer in elastic interconnection. Since commencing operations in January 2014, Megaport has experienced strong growth and is already servicing over 200 customers in six markets in Australia,Singapore and Hong Kong. This growth has been driven by the continuing increase of data consumption as well as significant demand by enterprises in adopting cloud computing services. Megaport has been built by a management team with diverse and global operational experience building and operating networks outside of Australia, includingthe United States, Canada, Europe and other markets in Asia such as Singapore and Japan. To learn more about Megaport, please visit:

About AMS-IX

Established in the early 1990s, AMS-IX (Amsterdam Internet Exchange) is a neutral, non-profit and independent Internet Exchange based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Close to 4.5 Terabits per second (Tbps) of peak Internet traffic is being exchanged between more than 750 IP networks at AMS-IX, making it the largest Internet Exchange in the world.

The AMS-IX platform provides high-quality IP interconnection and peering services for all types of IP traffic, from regular IP data, Voice over IP, mobile Internet traffic to video. Peering allows these networks to offer their end-users (consumers and companies) stable, fast and cost-efficient Internet services.

AMS-IX additionally hosts the first mobile peering points worldwide: The Global GPRS Roaming Exchange (GRX), the Mobile Data Exchange (MDX) and the first interconnection of IPX networks (Inter-IPX). AMS-IX deploys two exchanges abroad: AMS-IX Hong Kong in the Asia Pacific region and AMS-IX Caribbean in Curacao. AMS-IX’s affiliate AMS-IX USA Inc. deploys AMS-IX Bay Area, AMS-IX Chicago and AMS-IX New York in the United States.

Media enquiries about Megaport:

Wendy Hill
Sapphire Communications
M: +61427 173 203

Media enquiries about AMS-IX:

Pauline Hartsuiker
T: +31 (0)20 305 89 99
M: +31(0)6 4893 1648

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January 15, 2016 at 5:22 pm

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Epsilon Named a Leader in Customer Loyalty Solutions for Large Organizations

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — Epsilon, the global leader in creating connections between people and brands, today announced that it was named a Leader in the January 2016 report “The Forrester Wave™: Customer Loyalty Solutions For Large Organizations, Q1 2016” by Forrester Research, Inc.

The report stated that Epsilon “has the most experience in the space handling large-scale programs…Marketers across industries will appreciate the expansive nature of Epsilon’s offering and its knowledge of loyalty technology and the market“.

Epsilon received the top score in Strategy, which evaluated each vendor’s vision and road map against customer satisfaction, demonstrated R&D investment and company performance, with respect to client growth, expansion and retention. Epsilon also received the top score possible, amongst the companies evaluated, in the sub-category of Partnerships and tied for the highest score in Company Performance.

For Current Offering, Epsilon received the second highest score in the Technology Platform Capabilities sub-category for its loyalty solution platform, Agility Loyalty. The report specifically cites Epsilon’s commitment to increasing transparency and marketer control by significantly overhauling the interface and building a developer portal.

Forrester states in the report that “In step with Forrester’s vision of loyalty beyond the program, Epsilon’s road map looks to further integrate its loyalty capabilities with its total set of marketing solutions to provide more useful customer insights and extend marketers’ reach and recognition of loyal customers“.

“Epsilon is pleased to be assessed by Forrester on the strength of our loyalty offering and to be recognized as a leader,” said Andy Frawley, Chief Executive Officer, Epsilon. “The loyalty paradigm is shifting from the mindset of loyalty as a program focused on transactions to a complete solution centered on customer experience and member engagement. The investments Epsilon has made in loyalty and customer experience allow our clients renowned brands like Citi and Hilton  to use valuable customer insights to recognize, reward and engage loyal customers.”

For the full report “The Forrester Wave™: Customer Loyalty Solutions For Large Organizations, Q1 2016” click here.

About Epsilon

Epsilon is the global leader in creating connections between people and brands. An all-encompassing global marketing company, we harness the power of rich data, groundbreaking technologies, engaging creative and transformative ideas to get the results our clients require. Recognized by Ad Age as the #1 World CRM/Direct Marketing Network, #1 U.S. Digital-Agency Network and #1 U.S. Agency from All Disciplines, Epsilon employs over 7,000 associates in 70 offices worldwide. Epsilon is an Alliance Data company.

Epsilon International is an operating unit of Epsilon, with local offices in Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan,Singapore, U.K., France, Germany and Ireland. For more information, visit:, follow us on Twitter @EpsilonAPAC or email to

Asia Pacific Media Contact:
Rickie Hobbie
+852 3589 0717

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January 15, 2016 at 4:41 pm

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Learn to Choose Wine Like An Expert at ProWine ASIA 2016

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — One of the key factors that have driven the growth of the wine market in Asia is the evolution of the middle class in this region, who bring with them greater disposable income and an increased emphasis on the quality of life. Expected to grow by 22.84 per cent from 2013 to 2017, the number of new prospective wine drinkers in this market and the correlated increase in spending is set to grow further year-on-year.

With wine infiltrating Asian lifestyles and deeper prominence placed on wine education, ProWine ASIA 2016 caught up with Ms. Lisa Perrotti-Brown recently to get some tips on how to discern good quality wines.

Ms. Brown is the author of “Taste Like A Wine Critic: A Guide to Understanding Wine Quality” and a Master of Wine (MW) – a title held by only a select few hundred experts worldwide. She was in town to lead an exclusive Wine Quality Seminar for Singapore’s leading players in the wine and spirits sector, including Cold Storage, AA French Wine, Boncru Fine Wines, Asia Wine Network, Gerard Bertrand, Cellarmaster Wines, Grand Vin, The Wine Company, Vinum Fine Wines, Wine Connection, Pernod Ricard and many more.

Organised by The Wine Advocate, a global wine publication featuring consumer advice of wine critic Robert M. Parker, Jr, the Seminar made up of theory and tasting sessions that offered participants insights of what constitutes a good wine, was sponsored by Messe Düsseldorf GmbH and supported by Singapore Exhibition Services.

According to Ms. Brown, accessing a wine’s relative level of excellence happens at the point of tasting, while the quality of wine will result from its development and processing from grape to glass.

Qualities of a good wine

Some of the indicators of wine quality include its fruit ripeness (as manifested in the wine), intensity and concentration, balance, and length of finish. For example, good quality wine should have ripe, approachable tannins and fully expressed flavour compounds as opposed to a dilute, overly sour and/or astringent / “hard” wines.

Balance refers to the wine’s components all existing in harmony and complementing each other so that no single aspect is obtrusive on the palate. This means that a wine should appear “seamless” in the mouth with no obvious “edges” such as too much acidity, oak or tannins.

The length of finish measures how long the wine’s taste lingers after it has been swallowed or spat. Great wines have long, pleasant and often complex finishes, which means that you may taste the flavours of the grapes or fruits that are in the wines for a minute or more after swallowing.

Other factors that come into play will include the wine’s ability to age, its regional typicality, value for money, the situation (e.g. with food), and its uniqueness.

How to tell a wine fault

Naturally the first thing in determining the quality of wine is if there is presence of any faults. The more common ones include cork taint (TCA) and oxidation, and can be detected when an aroma or flavour in the wine appears ‘off’ or just wrong.

Cork taint occurs when 2,4,6 – Tricloranisole or TCA, generated by naturally-occurring fungi that often exist in the crevices of wood or cork, comes into contact with chlorine compounds present in pesticides, cleaning agents, wood treatments, etc.  When cork taint occurs, the wine will give out a musty, moldy aroma. Controlling the source of TCA has proved extremely difficult and currently there are no remedies.

Another wine fault is the oxidation or reduction of the wine – which happens when wines are either exposed to too much oxygen or too little respectively.

When oxidation occurs, this usually results in a breakdown of its attractive colour. Whites go a dull brown/straw, roses go brown/orange, reds become paler with an orange/brown rim. Chilling grapes and juice helps to slow oxidation. Though interestingly, oxidation is being infused into the wine style of Vin Santo, Tokaji, Vin Jaune andTawny Port.

Reduction on the other hand, may result in the wine smelling like rotten eggs, garlic or onions, or the aroma of burnt tyres. In remedy, swirling or decanting the wine in question can help to dissipate the malodorous compounds.

‘Getting it’

Choosing a good bottle of wine really boils down to observation and evaluation of its quality. While building up on wine tasting experience may mean a faster pick up of the wine’s qualities, nuances and ‘getting it’, it is still most important that an individual enjoys the wine, and in essence, comprehend the wine.

Inaugural edition of ProWine ASIA 2016 to be launched in Singapore

ProWine ASIA 2016 – the newest ProWein satellite event for Southeast Asia will be staged in Singapore from 12 to15 April 2016 at the Singapore Expo, Hall 10. Spanning an exhibition area of 5,000sqm and backed by strong international participation from 17 countries and regions, including Australia, Austria, Argentina, Canada, Chile,France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain and USA, the event will showcase a wide array of products and services.

Trade visitors to the event can also look forward to participating in more than 300 tasting sessions, master classes, in-depth seminars, lectures and presentations hosted by various key industry players. They will also get a chance to take part in specially crafted workshops that will cover topics including autochthonous grape varieties and the diversity of wine.

Online visitor registration is now open. More information is available at

ProWine ASIA 2016 is co-located with Food&HotelAsia2016 (FHA2016), Asia’s premier trade event for the food and hospitality industry.

Event at a glance:

ProWine ASIA 2016


12 – 15 April 2016 (Tuesday – Friday)


Singapore Expo, Hall 10

Opening Hours:

10am – 6pm
(12 – 14 April 2016, Tuesday – Thursday)

10am – 4pm
(15 April 2016, Friday)


Free Admission for business and trade professionals


Visitor registration:

Source: Singapore Exhibition Services

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January 15, 2016 at 3:41 pm

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FHA2016 International Conference to Broach Key Trends Driving Growth in Asia Pacific’s Food and Hospitality Industry

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-Additional 43 million tourists expected to enter the marketplace annually from 2010 to 2030

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — According to Cushman & Wakefield’s Hotel Views 2015 reporti, in the first eight months of 2014, the Asia Pacific region saw five percent more international tourists over the same period in 2013, with an excess of 1.1 billion visitors expected by the end of 2014. The South Asia sub region experienced impressive growth in par with North America at eight percent. In addition, according to UNWTO forecasts, between 2010 and 2030, an additional 43 million international tourists will enter the marketplace every yearii.

With the impact of the regional hospitality industry growing annually in terms of GDP contribution, technology integration and employment generation, FHA2016 International Conference, Asia’s largest and most influential biennial learning and networking event for the food and hospitality industry, will address key new trends in the hotels and resort management, food services and food manufacturing industries.

“Despite the fact that the hospitality industry delivered strong results this year, 2016 will present some unique industry challenges due to uncertain economic conditions, increasing visitor numbers and global political disruption. FHA2016 International Conference provides a premier and timely platform for those involved to discuss and address these issues with experts from Asia and beyond,” says Ms. Jaime Ng, Director, Conferences, at organiserSingapore Exhibition Services.

Over the course of the three-day conference from 12 – 14 April 2016 at Singapore Expo, conference delegates will have the opportunity to meet, network and exchange best practices with over 600 participants from top hotels, resorts, food manufacturing, food retailing and technology firms from across the Asia Pacific region and beyond. They will also hear from international experts on a broad range of trends affecting the food and hospitality industry in 2016. New key topics to be addressed at FHA2016 International Conference include:

Hotels & Resorts Management

  • New hospitality and destination investment projects pipeline in APAC
  • Choosing operating, owning and franchising models
  • Smart technology integration for improving operational efficiency
  • Achieving a “Total Hotel” Revenue Management Strategy

Food Services

  • Creating, launching and reviving restaurant concepts
  • Regional expansion strategies for F&B brands
  • Menu engineering and new trends
  • ROI opportunities in innovative outsourcing of culinary preparations
  • Sustainable kitchen space design

Food Manufacturing

  • Updates on regional Food Safety Legal Framework and its impact on businesses
  • Understanding new contaminants and implementing food traceability measure to avoid food safety breaches
  • Techniques in mass food traceability campaigns
  • Removing vulnerable links in your food supply chain.

In addition, keynote addresses from leading international experts such as CBRE Hotels, Cushman & Wakefield, InterContinental Hotels Group, Jumeirah Hotels Group, METIER 3 Architects, Panorama Group, Pullman Hotels & Resorts, to name a few, will speak on a number of key issues affecting the industry including:

  • The changing demographics and trends in hospitality development
  • South East Asia hospitality investment climate
  • The role of regional stakeholders in delivering a safe and sustainable F&B industry

The programme will also include a number of panel discussions on exciting food and hospitality topics such as:

  • Identifying the next hospitality investment destinations
  • Major innovations that will shape guest acquisition and retention strategies
  • How are International and Asian hoteliers, and OTAs adapting to compete in a crowded market
  • Future trends in F&B innovation and development

To complement the international conference programme, five new workshops and two site visits have been incorporated into the 2016 agenda, ensuring an unparalleled learning environment for delegates.

Mr. Ishak Chandra, CEO – Strategic Development and Services at Sinar Mas Land comments, “As we move into 2016, we expect the hospitality industry to experience significant growth, development and brand expansion across the Asia Pacific region. Despite some potential challenges such as geopolitical instability and fluctuating economic growth — the industry is thriving with exciting investment opportunities in many geographies across the region. FHA2016 International Conference and more specifically, the Hospitality Investors Think-Tank panel discussion on Wednesday 13 April will discuss these opportunities and is a must attend event for those looking to invest in the region.”

More than 500 trade attendees, from hotels and resorts, food services, food manufacturers and solution providers, attended the FHA2014 International Conference. These included delegates from the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore, Alfa Land Group, Durban ICC, Mandarin Orchard Singapore, Mintel, Omakase Burger, PT. Surya Mutiara Kencana Pratama, Southern Airports Services Company, Registrar Corp, The Henry Hotel and many others.

“Being in the hotel industry for several years has taught me that constant update and innovation is the only way to be sustainable in the market. This conference has given me the insights and trends that I am looking for. Good line-up of topics and speakers!” said Ms. Libby Federico, Director of Sales and Marketing of The Pearl Manila Hotel, FHA2014 International Conference delegate.

Conference at a glance:

FHA2016 International Conference


12 – 14 April 2016 (Tuesday – Thursday)


Singapore Expo


Registered delegates only



Source: Singapore Exhibition Services

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January 15, 2016 at 3:23 pm

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