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HCL Infosystems Partners With Sanovi To Offer DRaaS

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HCL Infosystems, Services and ICT systems integration, distribution and hardware company, has announced its partnership with Sanovi Technologies, Disaster Recovery Management (DRM) solutions, to offer Disaster Recovery services to Indian Enterprises.

With this engagement, Sanovi becomes a HCL Blu Enterprise Cloud partner as the technology provider for DR Management solutions. The Disaster Recovery as a Service powered by Sanovi Cloud DRM (Disaster Recovery Management) on the HCL Blu Enterprise Cloud platform will be available to organizations across the country to meet their business objectives.

The partnership will enable large, medium and small enterprises be Disaster-proof through real-time monitoring, automated IT Disaster Recovery Processes and comprehensive reporting. The Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) will be available on HCL Blu Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure which includes operations related to server, network and database installation, management and monitoring. The service is not only for customers whose primary data center is hosted with HCL Infosystems but also for others who have their primary data centers in-house or with other data center providers. Customers who have both virtual as well as physical servers can avail of this service. Sanovi and HCL Infosystems will collaborate in joint go-to-market initiatives, marketing and promotional efforts as well as in training.

The Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) provided jointly by HCL Infosystems and Sanovi, will also be equipped to create an entire failover site infrastructure for customers. The service will also help address critical IT DR issues including those of interoperability owing to heterogeneous operating environments. Other features include continuous monitoring, automating manual DR processes, comprehensive reporting capabilities and flip of switch fail over and fall back options. A team of highly skilled and trained resources from HCL Infosystems will provide support for customer requests or issues.

Casio Launches New Edifice Watch ERA-200
Casio India has unveiled a new addition to its Edifice series of metal watches, which captures the essence of speed and intelligence. The new ERA-200 is an addition to the Active Racing Line series, which evokes a sense of motor sports energy.

The ERA-200 is the first model in the Edifice line to be equipped with a direction sensor, wherein the user needs to simply press the direct compass button, located at the 3 o'clock position, and the second hand immediately points north, no matter what mode the watch is in. The hands are powered by independent motors, making it possible for each one to perform multiple functions.The new model is also equipped with a bearing memory that saves a preset destination bearing, enabling wearers to quickly check if they are on course.

The  ERA- 200 has a host of additional features such as water resistance up-to 100 metres, world time up-to 31 time zones, 5 daily alarms,  full auto calendar, 12/24 hour format, button operation tone on/off, LED backlight (Super illuminator), auto light switch, selectable illumination, afterglow and a 2 year battery life.

The ERA- 200 comes with a 2 years warranty. It is priced at Rs 12,995 (resin band) and Rs 14,995 (metal band) and is available across India at Casio's exclusive outlets as well as leading multi brand watch stores.

Huawei Partners With Airtel To Offer Internet In EasyCabs
Huawei, datacards player in India along with its partner Bharti Airtel, has announced a new offer for the people of Delhi/NCR.

As part of the joint offer, the passengers of EasyCabs in the region can enjoy a high-speed online Airtel 3G experience while on-the-move and at no charge, on Huawei’s E355 Wi-Fi data card. At present, the passengers in Delhi NCR can avail this offer in 100 EasyCabs.

The offer will be valid from June 28 to September 27, 2013 in Delhi NCR.

Huawei has partnered with Flipkart to make the product available in more than 200 cities and towns across India. Customers can also buy Huawei E355 datacard from multiple online channels like Flipkart, Homeshop18, Snapdeal, Tradus and offline stores across India in IT stores and multi-brand mobile stores. The Huawei dongle will also be available at select Airtel retail stores.

Spice Rolls Out Cloud Services, Redefines Mobile Convergence
Spice has brought Spice Cloud, Mobile Synchronization Service onto the consumer’s smartphones. Spice, driven by the need to constantly innovate technology for its consumers, has become the first Indian brand to launch Cloud service.

It gives the consumer access to data on multiple devices. Spice Cloud exclusively features retrieving the call log facility, making it stand out in a Cloud crowd available globally. Users can access files, big or small, on the go; make a backup; share it with million others with Spice cloud storage services.

Spice Cloud provides Spice consumers with Cloud Backup of 2GB free Data storage and seamless access to user photos/ documents / media files and contacts across the devices along with advanced security and anti-theft features.  Users can access them all using the web interface at www.spicecloud.in.

Stellar Virtuoso Pro powered by a Dual Core processor succeeds the highly successful Stellar Virtuoso. Powered with a 1 GHz Dual Core Processor and Jelly Bean 4.1, the Spice Stellar Virtuoso Pro is enabled with SRS audio. This device enables users to capture the moments in supreme clarity with a 5 megapixel Auto Focus rear camera and a 1.3 MP front camera.

With the price of Rs 7,999, the Spice Stellar Virtuoso Pro will be available across India through all major retail stores and www.saholic.com.

Nokia Siemens Networks Introduces FDD LTE, Extends Partnership With MTS
Nokia Siemens Networks is extending its partnership with Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) by deploying Frequency Division Duplex – Long Term Evolution (FDD LTE) in the Moscow and Central Russia regions during the third quarter of 2013.

The operator utilises its 2600 MHz and 800 MHz frequency bands for increased capacity, addressing the growing demand for mobile broadband services. Under the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks will be the sole supplier of FDD LTE radio access, IP core network equipment and services.

Under the three-year contract, Nokia Siemens Networks will upgrade the existing Single RAN platform, based on its award-winning and high-capacity Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station.The multi-technology Single RAN solution enables easy upgrading of the existing radio network for a fast LTE rollout. Nokia Siemens Networks will also deploy its NetAct network management system for consolidated configuration, monitoring and network optimization. When providing the FDD LTE radio network, Nokia Siemens Networks enables IP Multimedia Subsystem improvement capabilities for voice evolution at MTS.

Tata Housing’s Espana Sojourn With La Montana Sets Sail
Tata Housing Development Company, real estate developer, has launched their latest experiential campaign – ‘Spain to Spain’ commencing.

This Spanish culture based campaign is initiated for Tata Housing’s award winning-project, La Montana near Talegaon, a Mediterranean themed development which offers 2 BHK apartments of 1053 sq.ft. starting at Rs 4600 per sq.ft.

The campaign is created to bring live the Mediterranean lifestyle at the project site and let the visitors truly experience the culture of Spain. It aims at showcasing a beautiful extension of Spain in your Pune home backyard which is aesthetically designed to include porticos, classic arches, cut stone facades and terra-cotta railings around the entire township. This exudes an aesthetic Spanish aura with several ongoing activities which include the celebrated La Tomatina festival with artificial tomatoes, bull fighting, flamenco dance art and more.

Tata Housing will reach out to consumers and prospective buyers through inventive print ads, creative outdoor, digital and social media platforms successfully engaging with enthusiasts to participate and witness a lifetime of a Spanish fiesta. Visitors at the venue will not only get to experience the Spanish fiesta but will also stand a chance to win a fully paid-up trip to Spain  at a time when the real La Tomatina is getting unfurled in the Valencian town of Buñol. The winners will be selected through a lucky draw and the holiday will include a completely magical Spanish Holiday package supported by Spain Tourism.

Canon Ties Up With Monotech Systems
Canon India, digital imaging company, has announced the strengthening of its partnership with Monotech Systems for its Wide Format printing business.

Monotech is already a partner with Canon since last four years and is specifically handling imagePROGRAF business of Canon. With this new engagement, Monotech will now be equipped to sell and service Oce Arizona and Oce Technical documents systems products along with imagePROGRAF.

Monotech is the national partner for Canon for the Wide Format products in India and currently the only partner to sell and service Oce range of products. Southern region is one of the largest markets for Graphic Arts business and quick print shops. Technical document systems (TDS) products are primarily sold to quick print shops and a total of 50 per cent of sales which comes from this business.

Elaborating further on the engagement Puneet Datta Director Professional Printing Products group, Canon India said, “Since joining forces, Canon and Océ have jointly developed new products and worked to strengthen their marketing and service capabilities. Now that Océ has become a wholly owned subsidiary, both companies will work to maximize synergies with the aim of creating the overall No. 1 presence in the printing industry. Océ is a global leader in Technical Document Systems & Display Graphic Systems and in India for the technical document system products we have been leading the market. 

With the Monotech partnership, we will be able to strengthen our presence across India for the comprehensive range of Wide Format Printing Products. Monotech has been able to understand and appreciate the ambitions of Canon and we are pleased that they have shown quite a focused approach by developing a dedicated sales & service business unit to handle such products from Canon. This will help Canon to penetrate its business in smaller towns and establish our strong foothold in India. Our world-class & patented technologies built into the state-of-the-art and most reliable products will get us a competitive edge.”

Asia Powercom Unveils India's Slimmest Powerbank
Asia Powercom, power protection company, has launched slimmest Powerbank - AsiaPower AP4000A.

It has one USB charging output port, 4000 mAh battery capacity.

Tejas Sheth, Country Manager at Asia Powercom, said "We are happy to launch the India's slimmest Powerbank. AsiaPower AP4000A power bank can be carried on a trip, to listen to songs, make calls or play unlimited games without the fear of running out of battery on the move.  It can also be used to charge camera to continue taking photos. Best of all, the slim design easily slips into a pocket or bag, eliminating the need for multiple chargers. A nifty and useful lifestyle accessory that everyone will find it indispensable."

AsiaPower AP-4000A comes with the price of Rs 1,799 and available ex-stock with one year replacement warranty.

Canon Develops New Dual Pixel CMOS AF Technology
Canon, a digital imaging space, has announced the development of Dual Pixel CMOS AF, new autofocus technology for digital SLR cameras.

Dual Pixel CMOS AF, a phase-difference AF technology on the image sensor plane, employs a CMOS sensor on which all of the effective pixels are able to perform both imaging and phase-difference AF to achieve dramatically improved AF performance during Live View shooting and when shooting movies.

As digital SLR cameras have evolved in recent years in terms of functionality and performance, shooting styles have become more diverse, with an increasing number of users no longer relying exclusively on the viewfinder when shooting, but rather confirming images on the camera’s LCD monitor when capturing images using the Live View function and when shooting movies.

Canon’s newly developed Dual Pixel CMOS AF, an innovative new image-plane phase-difference AF technology, employs a CMOS sensor on which all of the effective pixels are able to perform both imaging and phase-difference AF. Each individual pixel (the smallest structural unit capable of outputting an image signal) on the CMOS sensor incorporates two independent photodiodes (elements that transform light into electrical signals) which output signals that can be used for both imaging and the phase-difference AF.

Compared with the EOS 100D , which employs Hybrid CMOS AF II, the EOS 70D, the first camera to feature the new AF technology, not only achieves an approximately 30 per cent faster focusing speed but also delivers improved Movie Servo AF tracking for continuously smooth focusing during movie shooting, even when filming quickly moving subjects.

BlackBerry Announces BuyBack Offer For BlackBerry Z10
BlackBerry has announced an exclusive buyback offer on the purchase of BlackBerry Z10 smartphone. Customers in India can exchange their old phones for a new BlackBerry Z10 smartphone and avail discount of Rs 3000 – 11000. Additionally, the amount after deduction of discount amount can be paid through 9 easy monthly installments at 0 down payment, 0 per cent interest and 0 processing fee.

This offer on BlackBerry Z10 is available in 17 cities including Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Baroda, Chandigarh, Chennai, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, New Delhi, Noida, Pune and Surat across 1400 outlets. This is a limited period scheme and is applicable on all purchases made by or before July 31st. To avail the EMI offer after cash deduction, customers can use their credit cards (American Express, Axis Bank, Citibank, HDFC Bank, HSBC Bank, ICICI Bank, Kotak, SBI and Standard Chartered).

This lucrative scheme on BlackBerry Z10 is in line with BlackBerry’s commitment towards the Indian market and will help the brand to reach out to more number of potential customers.

Tata Comm Launches Cloud-based Broadcast-Quality Video Transcoding, Delivery Service
Tata Communications, a leading provider of A New World of Communications, today announces that it has launched the world’s first cloud-based broadcast quality video transcoding and delivery service. The new content transformation service has already been selected by Viacom18, a joint venture between Viacom Inc. and the Network18 Group, to provide high-definition (HD) content transcoding and delivery via the cloud. Developed in partnership with Harmonic, the service allows Viacom18 to maximise its return on investments made in creative programming and to tackle piracy by enabling simultaneous syndication play-out anywhere in the world.

The new service offers content creators, service providers and media professionals an integrated end-to-end workflow for moving content files to the cloud and transcoding them into broadcast quality formats ready for immediate delivery and transmission globally. This drastically reduces the delivery time compared with traditional solutions that rely on the physical transport of media.

Viacom18 is currently using the service for the daily transcoding and delivery of HD Masters of leading Indian soap programmes to its customers in Pakistan for same-day syndicated play-out. Before, Viacom18’s customers had to broadcast content from previous soap seasons, leaving a gap where some viewers could only obtain content from unauthorised sources to stay up-to-date with their favourite shows. Same-day distribution of play-out eliminates this problem, and maximises the value of the content for the broadcaster. In addition, this increases the value of the rights owned by Viacom18, allowing it to maximise the revenue generated from each show.

ShopClues Appoints Vishal Sharma As VP – Strategic New Initiatives

ShopClues.com, online retail store has announced the appointment of Vishal Sharma, as the Vice President - Strategic New Initiatives. As VP-Strategic New Initiatives, Vishal will work closely with Sandeep Aggarwal, CEO & Founder and the other core team members as a valuable resource in developing and executing strategic outreach initiatives.

Vishal is a veteran in the industry, with more than 18 years of experience in business development. He has held key leadership positions in established organizations like – GE, Standard Chartered and Indiamart prior to joining ShopClues.