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ICONZ-Webvisions Announces DR Support for Azure

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-Enterprises can now tap on Microsoft Azure as a disaster recovery site
SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — ICONZ-Webvisions (iWV), a leading Cloud and Managed Services provider, has announced the availability of Microsoft Azure as a disaster recovery (DR) platform for its DR-as-a-Service (DRaaS) customers.

Powered by Zerto, a pioneer in the field of ‘IT Resilience’ that provides continuous availability and disaster recovery software solutions, the support for DRaaS to Azure will enable enterprise-class DR to the cloud with cost effective use of cloud economies of scale, while removing the overheads of having to manage and provision DR sites altogether.

“The support for Amazon Web Services, and now Microsoft Azure, in our DRaaS offering builds on the continuing trend of businesses looking to utilise the cloud as a disaster recovery site,” said Mr Albert Wong, Group CEO of iWV.

“Our customers will be able to replicate and recover files and virtual machines simultaneously from both cloud services, with Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs) in seconds and Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs) in minutes,” he added.

The new DRaaS to Azure feature is part of Zerto’s Virtual Replication 5.0 software that was announced just last month. “Zerto has transformed the way organisations think about their overall IT strategies to improve their IT resiliency,” says Andrew Martin, Director, APAC & Japan, Zerto Ltd.

“We have changed the business continuity and DR space, by not only redefining its true business role, but making it easy for cloud service providers such as iWV to offer unparalleled DRaaS capabilities to its clients,” he added.

With DR, it’s business as usual

As Singapore gears up to become the world’s first Smart Nation, growing concerns over cyber security are inevitable as more enterprises deploy sensor networks, Internet of Things (IoT) devices and mobility solutions, which can increase the number of endpoints for perpetrators to launch cyber attacks.

In the event of a cyber incident, or a disaster like a flood or fire, organisations must make sure that they can restore business operations as quickly as possible, especially for those in regulated industries with strict compliance laws. However, many are still struggling with coming up with a DR plan.

According to the 2014 Disaster Recovery Preparedness Benchmark Survey conducted by The Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council, 75% organisations worldwide have failed to make the grade for disaster recovery preparedness, thus putting their business operations at risk by not being able to recover IT systems in the event of a disaster. This does not bode well for modern enterprises that depend on IT to power their businesses.

In addressing such gaps, organisations can turn to iWV DRaaS to quickly restore business applications and data through several layers of protection, ranging from simple backup restore to near synchronous replication.

iWVs’ DRaaS offering also takes enterprises through an Assessment and Planning process to ascertain their current DR status before making recommendations tailored to their business requirements, such as RTOs and RPOs.

Additionally, enterprises can take advantage of the 40-seat DR room available at iWVs’ premises where they can relocate to following a disaster — an integral part of any DR plan.

One organisation that has leveraged iWV’s DRaaS is Singapore legal services firm RHTLaw Taylor Wessing. The firm, which runs most of its IT operations in-house, is aware of the ever-present possibility of system failure or events such as flash fires which could destroy critical systems in its server room. It turned to iWVs’ DRaaS to rapidly restore its business applications and data by falling over to a dedicated virtualised environment according to its DR requirements. “We have to look at the entire picture — the pervasiveness of our IT infrastructure and how we handle our work every day. If the system is down for three days, and if within these three days you have a closing and you cannot close because all your documents are locked up, what are you going to say? It is unimaginable. There is a certain amount of pain that we are trying to avoid,” said Deputy Managing Partner Azman Jaafar.

At Cloud Expo Asia, the region’s largest gathering of the top cloud expertise held from October 12 to 13, iWV will be showcasing a range of security, backup and DR solutions for enterprises. Attendees can look forward to a promotional bundle that includes a one-month free trial on iWV DRaaS and DR Room worth up to $5,500. For more details, visit iWV at stand O19 or email

About ICONZ-Webvisions

Headquartered in Singapore, ICONZ-Webvisions (iWV) is a leading Cloud and Managed Services provider for services such as virtual servers, co-location and dedicated servers, as well as managed services such as backup, security, disaster recovery and monitoring. With more than 20 years of experience, the company serves more than 40,000 customers including Cycle & Carriage, Drew & Napier, OSIM, Hong Leong Finance, MCL Land, etc. For more information, go to

For more information contact:

Kuah Sok Khim
Group Marketing Director
ICONZ-Webvisions Pte Ltd
+65 6868 1166

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October 12, 2016 at 5:32 pm

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Hertz Offers Exclusive Car Rental Discounts to Singaporean and Malaysian Drivers Travelling to the United States

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SINGAPORE/PRNewswire/ — Hertz, the global car rental provider, has announced that customers from Singapore and Malaysia renting in the US will be able to enjoy a 15% discount on cars from the Hertz Prestige and Adrenaline Collections, as well as other top-of-the-line vehicles.

2016 Ford Shelby GT-H from Hertz Adrenaline Collections
2016 Ford Shelby GT-H from Hertz Adrenaline Collections

This exclusive promotion is available at convenient U.S. airport locations for rentals of five days or more, booked and collected before December 31, 2016. To benefit from the discount, customers need to simply quote PC# 310054 at time of reservation. Full terms and conditions of the offer available at

Eoin MacNeill, Vice President, Hertz Asia Pacific, said: “This is a great opportunity for our customers from Singapore and Malaysia to enjoy the elegance and comfort that characterize our Prestige Collection vehicles and the thrill of driving a sports car from our Adrenaline Collection. These vehicle ranges feature some of the most desirable models, including the latest Shelby GT-H Mustang and the Cadillac Escalade 4WD. We are confident that our car-enthusiasts customers will welcome this chance of discovering some of the U.S. fascinating cities behind the wheel of an exhilarating car at a discounted price.”

The Adrenaline Collection offers a variety of high-performance sports cars, ideal for holidaymakers looking for both a superior driving experience and convenient booking. The Prestige Collection provides a range of comfortable, luxury vehicles, suited to families and groups. Vehicles from both collections can be reserved on

The undoubted star of the promotion is the 2016 Ford Shelby GT-H, available for rent, subject to special rental qualifications, at 17 selected airport locations in the U.S., including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas and Orlando.

Some of the high-end car models included in the promotion are:

Adrenaline Collection: 2016 50th Anniversary Edition Hertz Shelby GT-H Mustang, Chevy Camaro SS, Dodge Challenger R/T
Prestige Collection: Cadillac Escalade 4WD, Infiniti QX70, Mercedes GLK350
SUV: Chevrolet Suburban, Dodge Journey
Convertible: Chevrolet Camaro Convertible
These and other vehicles from Hertz extensive fleet can be booked at

Hertz’s local Hertz Reservation Centre:

Singapore customers can visit, call 1800 370 3388 or email

Malaysia customers can visit, call (60) 3 2715 8383 or email

Self-drive tips and itinerary suggestions, available on and

About Hertz Global Holdings

Hertz Global operates the Hertz, Dollar, Thrifty global care rental brands as well as regional brands in approximately 10,000 corporate and licensee locations throughout approximately 150 countries in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and New Zealand. Hertz Global is the largest worldwide airport general use car rental company with approximately 1,635 airport locations in the U.S. and more than 1,320 airport locations internationally. Product and service initiatives such as Hertz Gold Plus Rewards, NeverLost®, Carfirmations, Mobile Wi-Fi and unique vehicles offered through the Adrenaline, Dream, Green and Prestige Collections set Hertz Global Holdings apart from the competition. Additionally, Hertz Global owns the vehicle leasing and fleet management leader Donlen Corporation, operates the Hertz 24/7 hourly car rental business in international markets and sells vehicles through its Rent2Buy program. For more information about Hertz Global, visit:

For media enquiries, please contact:
Bing Zhen CHUA (Ms)
Marketing Specialist — Brand & Product, Asia
Hertz Asia Pacific Pte Ltd | 350 Orchard Road #14-08 Shaw House
Phone: 65 6370 3362 | Reservations: 65 6370 3388 |

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October 12, 2016 at 5:12 pm

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MediaTek Labs and SAC Collaborate to Launch New HDK and Extend the LinkIt(TM) Development Platform for RTOS to Wearables

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-New MT2523-based Hardware Development Kit for Bluetooth connected Wearables with fast, accurate positioning
HSINCHU, Taiwan /PRNewswire/ — MediaTek today announced the availability of the LinkIt™ 2523 Hardware Development Kit (HDK) for developers looking to create advanced wearable products. Based on the MediaTek MT2523G chipset, the HDK – produced by Silicon Application Corp (SAC) – offers dual-mode Bluetooth, comprehensive GNSS standards support and industry leading performance in terms of time-to-first-fix, accuracy and power consumption. The HDK is ideal for developers looking to create more sophisticated wearables such as smartwatches, fitness trackers, health monitors, emergency locators and more.

This new HDK – the second for the LinkIt Development Platform for RTOS – takes advantage of the platform’s common tool chain and set of APIs. It offers developers the ability to create a range of IoT devices using a common software development kit, the MediaTek LinkIt SDK v4. With the HDK launch, the SDK has also been updated to include a new smaller, more efficient Bluetooth stack and various improvements to support the MT2523 chipset variants.

The goal of the LinkIt Development Platform for RTOS is to make it easy for developers to create code that powers a range of wearables and IoT devices. The new HDK puts MediaTek leading technology in the hands of professional developers to create exciting and compelling wearable products.

The LinkIt 2523 HDK is developed by SAC, one of MediaTek’s value-added resellers of chipsets and modules, using a hardware board reference design from MediaTek. The HDK provides an easy-to-use IoT development board for the design, prototyping, evaluation and implementation of commercial wearables projects.

The board offers developers a range of essential features to ensure devices are market ready. Key features of the board include:

Robust connectivity with support for dual-mode Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy with integral antenna.
Fast, low-power, high-precision positioning with integral HDK antenna for GPS and SMA connector for GLONASS, Galileo and BeiDou.
Integrated display and versatile peripheral options, including I2C, master and slave SPI, master and slave I2S, PCM, UART, 12-bit ADC and PWM which can be used for a broad range of wearables, including smartwatches, fitness trackers and wristbands incorporating various sensors.
Low power consumption achieved by highly integrated SoC using 55nm ultra-low power (ULP) technology from TSMC with Power Management Integrated Circuit (PMIC), and multiple frequency and voltage modes.
Flexible power options for external battery and USB (5V) charger.
Additional onboard memory (eMMC) or the option to use a microSD card.
Key features of the LinkIt Development Platform for RTOS include:

Based on the popular FreeRTOS with additional open-source modules (source code available).
Supports chipsets based on the ARM Cortex-M4 architecture, offering high performance, low power connectivity.
Supports multiple chipsets/hardware, including the MT7687F Wi-Fi SoC and the MT2523 Bluetooth/GNSS chipset family.
Development and debugging in ARM Keil μVision, IAR Embedded Workbench and GCC.
The LinkIt™ 2523 HDK is available for purchase at

More information is available from MediaTek Labs at and

About MediaTek

Since 1997, MediaTek has been a pioneering fabless semiconductor company and a market leader in cutting-edge systems-on-chip (SoC) for mobile devices, wireless networking, HDTV, DVD and Blu-ray. Our tightly-integrated, innovative chip designs help manufacturers optimize supply chains, reduce the development time of new products, and extend a competitive edge in crowded markets. Through MediaTek Labs, the company is also building a developer hub that will support device creation, application development, and services for the Internet of Things era. By building technologies that help connect individuals to the world around them, MediaTek is enabling people to expand their horizons and more easily achieve their goals. We believe anyone can achieve something amazing. And we believe they can do it every single day. We call this idea Everyday Genius and it drives everything we do. Visit for more information.

MediaTek Press Office:

Kevin Keating, MediaTek

Joey Lee, MediaTek

+1- 206-321-7295

+886 3-567-0766 # 31602

San Diego, CA 92121, USA

Hsinchu City 30078, Taiwan

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October 12, 2016 at 4:10 pm

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VIETWATER 2016 Expo & Forum is Only One Month Away

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HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam /PRNewswire/ — Today marks one month before Vietnam’s Leading international water supply, sanitation, water resources and purification event takes place — VIETWATER 2016, which will be held on 9-11 November 2016 at Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center (SECC), 799 Nguyen Van Linh, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. This is not just a big exhibition in water supply, wastewater treatment and sewerage sectors, but a very special event providing important insights and the latest trends of the water and waste water industry.

Vietwater 2015 VIP Tour Visit
Vietwater 2015 VIP Tour Visit
Three-day technical free to attend seminars will be held inside the halls of VIETWATER 2016, covering 40 topics related to practical case studies on water supply and wastewater treatment solutions from local and international enterprises. Many leading brands have confirmed to present and share their experiences at the seminars. These companies include Hydro-Vacuum S.A, Ebara Vietnam Pump, Swing Corporation, Vina World Link, JFE Engineering, Tsurumi, GEC, Kobelco-Eco Solution, Corrosioneering Group, Osaki Precision, Tencate Geosynthetics Asia, Binder Group, Saltfree Desalination, Pacific Environment, Servelec Technologies and many more. Find out the full agenda and secure your seat at

In addition, the first international conference with the theme “Sustainable Water Supply & Sewerage Development Solutions in the context of Climate Change: Water Resource Degradation, Drought, Saline Intrusion” will be held on 10 November 2016. It will bring together top-notch experts from the Ministry of Construction, Vietnam Water Supply and Sewerage Association and International Water Association, to provide a general overview of Vietnam’s recent water situation and insights from foreign countries. Please see more details at

During the three-day exhibition, VIETWATER 2016 will open a new gateway to the latest water solutions, innovations and technologies from over 400 leading exhibitors from 38 countries (Click to view the updated list of exhibiting companies). Also featured are cutting-edge technologies at 13 international pavilions including the EU, France, Germany, Australia, Finland, Belgium, Japan, mainland China, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Thailand and Taiwan, amongst others. All will be showcasing at VIETWATER 2016.

Mark your calendar! Come, find new solutions and drive your business productivity by using the latest industry insights. Please register now at

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About UBM Asia (

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is the largest trade show organiser in Asia and the largest commercial organiser in China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has strong global network of 30 offices and 1,400 staff in 25 major cities. We operate in 21 market sectors with 235 exhibitions and conferences, 28 targeted trade publications, 18 vertical portals for over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world.

The Representative Office of UBM ASIA in Ho Chi Minh City
6th Floor, KN Building, 74 Nguyen Khoai, Ward 2
District 4, Ho Chi Minh City
T: +84 8 5401 2718
F: +84 8 5401 2717

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October 12, 2016 at 4:03 pm

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Hong Kong’s Largest Ever Chinese Ink Painting Exhibition Calls for Entries

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-International Mega Art Event “Ink Global” to be Held in August Next Year Featuring the World’s Best 500 Ink Paintings
HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — Hong Kong’s art scene is attracting more and more international art events. The city’s largest ever international Chinese ink painting exhibition, “Ink Global”, organised by the Young Artists Development Foundation, will be held 2 – 8 August 2017. The exhibition, taking place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, will be open to the public with free admission. This pioneering global art event showcasing the profoundness and excellence of ink painting will gather 500 masterpieces from elite artists worldwide.

Professor Jao Tsung-I’s calligraphy of the Chinese event title of INK GLOBAL unveiled by Officiating Guests, (From left) Ms Peng Jie, Director of the Department of Publicity, Cultural and Sports Affairs, Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the HKSAR; Mrs Nellie Fong, Chairman of Young Artists Development Foundation; Ms Florence Hui, Under Secretary for Home Affairs; Dr Kwok Homun, Curator of Ink Global and Dr Louis Ng, Deputy Director (Culture), Lecture and Cultural Services Department.
Professor Jao Tsung-I’s calligraphy of the Chinese event title of INK GLOBAL unveiled by Officiating Guests, (From left) Ms Peng Jie, Director of the Department of Publicity, Cultural and Sports Affairs, Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the HKSAR; Mrs Nellie Fong, Chairman of Young Artists Development Foundation; Ms Florence Hui, Under Secretary for Home Affairs; Dr Kwok Homun, Curator of Ink Global and Dr Louis Ng, Deputy Director (Culture), Lecture and Cultural Services Department.
Through the “Ink Global” Exhibition, the Young Artists Development Foundation aims to promote the development of ink painting and enhance its position in the international art circle by selecting and showcasing 500 masterpieces from elite artists around the world.

Spanning an area of 150,000 square feet, “Ink Global”, themed with contemporary ink paintings, will be the largest ever and one of the best art exhibitions in Hong Kong, mainland China and overseas.

The Organiser is deeply honoured to receive the calligraphic inscription contributed by Professor Jao Tsung-I. “Ink Global” is also a platform for artists of different ages and from different countries to exchange their insights and experiences with others. While the exhibition is estimated to attract 150,000 local and overseas art lovers and visitors, It is also a community event celebrating the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong S.A.R.

Hong Kong’s largest ever ink painting exhibition

The kick-off ceremony was officiated by Ms Florence Hui, Under Secretary for Home Affairs; Mrs Nellie Fong, Chairman of the Young Artists Development Foundation; Dr Kwok Homun, Curator of Ink Global; Ms Peng Jie, Director of the Department of Publicity, Cultural and Sports Affairs, Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the HKSAR; and Dr Louis Ng, Deputy Director (Culture), Lecture and Cultural Services Department, together with the support from ink masters, including: Professor Wucius Wong, Mr Wong Hau Kwei, Mr Lam Wu Fui, Mr Shen Ping, Mr Hung Hoi, Mr Wang Qiu Tong, Mr Chan Shingkau, Mr Chiang Ming-shyan as well as Mr Dong Xiaoming, Honorary Chairman of the Shenzhen Municipal Federation of Literary and Art Circles and Ms Angeline Yiu, Director of the Jao Tsung-I Foundation.

Mrs Nellie Fong, Chairman of Young Artists Development Foundaiton, says, “‘Ink Global’ aims to promote the development of ink painting and enhance its position in the international art circle by showcasing 500 masterpieces from worldwide elite artists. The exhibition, supported by the Hong Kong Government and Professor Jao Tsung-I, will greatly enrich the city’s art scene and further promote Hong Kong to be the ‘Asian hub of ink painting.’

“It is our pleasure that Hong Kong S.A.R government officials and ink painting experts in Hong Kong, the Mainland and Taiwan are accepted to be Advisors of Ink Global, including Professor Jao Tsung-I, Mrs Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of HKSAR Government; Mr Liu Dawei, Chairman of China Artists Association; Mr Wang Mingming, President of the Beijing Fine Art Academy; Mr Feng Dazhong, President of the China Gongbi Painting Association; Mr He Jiaying, President of Chinese National Academy of Gongbi Painting; Mr Tian Liming, Vice President of Chinese National Academy of Arts, Mr Dong Xiaoming, Honorary Chairman of the Shenzhen Municipal Federation of Literary and Art Circles; Professor Wucius Wong, Hong Kong renowned ink master; Mr Liu Kuo-Sung, Taiwan Contemporary Ink Master and Mr Chiang Ming-shyan, representative of Taiwan Arts Sector.”

Call for Entries Starts from 1 November; the Exhibition Features 500 Inspirational Masterpieces of Ink Painting

Starting from 1 November 2016, the first-ever “Ink Global” in Hong Kong calls for entries. The exhibition targets to showcase 500 inspiring ink paintings selected from all the submissions, enhancing Hong Kong’s position in the world of ink painting and promoting the city to be the “Asian hub of ink painting.”

Dr Kwok Homun, Curator of Ink Global, spoke at the kick-off ceremony, “‘Ink Global’ will gather and exhibit 500 masterpieces from exceptional artists worldwide, including around 100 established artists and 400 from the public. We are looking for top-notch works with prominent art presentation, high skill level and competence. There is no limitation on style, themes and techniques chosen for the creation.”

With a plan to comprise the judging panel with 15 to 20 influential figures from the art circle, the panel now includes the organising committee: Ms Florence Hui, Under Secretary for Home Affairs; Dr Louis Ng, Deputy Director (Culture), Lecture and Cultural Services Department; Mrs Nellie Fong, Chairman of the Young Artists Development Foundation; Dr Kwok Homun, Curator of Ink Global; together with the art experts, incluing Dr Lesley Lau, Head of the Art Promotion Office; Mr Kuiyi Shen, Professor of Art History and Director of Chinese Studies Program at University of California, as well as ink masters Professor Wucius Wong, Mr He Baili, Mr Lam Wu Fui, Mr Wong Hau Kwei, Mr Shen Ping, Mr Hung Hoi, Mr Wang Qiu Tong and Mr Chan Shingkau. The judging panel will select 400 pieces of works by online assessment.

Enrollment begins on 1 November 2016, with a submission deadline on 28 February 2017. Those who are interested can enroll and submit their painting by uploading a digital file of the painting to the online submission system. One submission is allowed per individual. All submitted paintings should be in the size of 6-foot xuan paper (96.5x178cm, with a total area around 1.5 square meters) or 8-foot xuan paper (123x249cm, with a total area around 2.5 square meters). Combinations of paintings are accepted. Enrollment details and results will be announced at

A Platform for Art Sharing and Recognising Art Talents

The exhibition features modern, contemporary and 20th century ink painting, generally classified into portraits, landscapes, birds, flowers, fishes, insects, animals and contemporary ink painting. It provides a platform for artists at different ages and from different countries to showcase their works, promoting the exchange of arts and cultural ideas, as well as enhancing individual artistic accomplishments. Potential art masters will be identified and promoted on an international level. The organiser will produce an album, “Ink Global Masterpieces Collection”, featuring the exhibits, which is going to be an important document in Oriental art history.

Free Admission to an Exceptional Art Exhibition

“Ink Global” will be open to the public with free admission for citizens and art lovers to participate in the largest and the best-ever ink painting exhibition. The audience will be able to learn about the long history and art development of Chinese culture through the appreciation of works of ink painting.

The exhibition will bring along activities including art seminars with on-site demonstration by masters and guided tours, giving the audience a chance to learn and take a closer look of the masters.

About the Young Artists Development Foundation

The Young Artists Development Foundation aims to provide opportunities for art-loving youths to enrich their knowledge and insights by different types of activities. Current programmes include Master Workshops, HK Territory-wide Youth Painting Day, Overseas Art Tour and the Winning Paintings Exhibition. For more information please visit

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October 12, 2016 at 11:36 am

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