Jul 21, 2020

Naver latest tech company to exit Hong Kong

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APAC
Hong Kong
Naver
Harry Menear
2 min
Foreign tech companies have been pausing or terminating their relationships with Hong Kong in the wake of a new security bill
Foreign tech companies have been pausing or terminating their relationships with Hong Kong in the wake of a new security bill...

On Monday, Naver - one of South Korea’s leading tech firms, and the country’s alternative to Google - announced plans to move one of its backup data centres from Hong Kong to Singapore. 

The data centre is responsible for backing up sensitive information and key data that is stored in its primary data centre in Chuncheon, the capital of Gangwon province - which lies to the Northeast of Seoul. Naver reportedly maintains its overseas facilities in the event of Korean infrastructure being compromised, either by an attack from the DPRK or a natural disaster. 

The company, which is Korea’s sole domestic competitor in the country’s cloud market, said that it had decided on the move following the passage of Hong Kong’s new security law, which was passed by the Chinese government earlier in the month. 

“Naver is relocating a data center that backs up an important set of data from Hong Kong into Singapore to better store and manage users’ data in line with an operational direction toward strengthening data protection,” said a Naver representative on the company’s blog, reported by the JoongAng Daily.

Widespread concerns over data security and privacy have prompted Naver’s withdrawal from Hong Kong, as consumers and enterprises have raised complaints about the Chinese government’s ability to access personal information contained within Hong Kong’s borders. 

Despite maintaining that no such leaks of personal information had occurred, Naver “deleted all backup data saved at the center in Hong Kong early this month and completed formatting the server," the company said to representatives of Yonhap News Agency this week. 

Naver is not the only tech giant to distance itself from the troubled Administrative Area. Two weeks ago, social media platform Tik Tok announced that it was pulling out of Hong Kong due to difficulties remaining compliant with the new security measures. Hong Kong - along with Macau and Taiwan - is one of the few places where Chinese citizens have access to Western social media platforms and websites. 

However, major US tech companies, including Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Twitter and Zoom, have all suspended the processing of requests for user data from the Hong Kong authorities while they study the new law, which may have the PRC government the power it needs to bring its satellite territories behind the “great firewall” that has created a completely different internet in mainland China compared to the rest of the world. 

Whether this development marks the beginning of the end for Hong Kong’s identity as a regional tech and IT hub, or whether the country will bounce back, remains to be seen. 

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Jun 20, 2021

Schneider Electric reveals new IT Innovation report

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datacentres
CompanyReport
DigitalEmissions
3 min
Schneider Electric has released the Digital Economy and Climate Impact report revealing new innovations for sustainability and resiliency in data centres

Schneider Electric has released a new IT innovations report titled “Digital Economy and Climate Impact”, with the aim of gaining an understanding of how digitised and smart applications will be powered in the future. The company says that the report predicts that IT sector-related electricity demand is expected to increase by almost 50% by 2030. 

Despite this, the report also shows that emissions would not increase by more than 26% by the same year, following the decarbonisation of the electricity system. In an attempt to reduce this rise in emissions the Schneider Electric TM Sustainability Research Institute recommends continued efforts in achieving efficiencies on the IT and energy sides at both the component and system levels. 

The report highlights how the rise of edge computing technologies require a “specific focus” due to these systems being less efficient than hyperscale data centres. “When the world locked down, it also logged on and internet traffic soared,” said Pankaj Sharma, EVP, Secure Power, Schneider Electric. 

“It’s misleading to assume that digital activity will inevitably result in a deeply problematic increase in CO2 emissions. The analysis from the Schneider Electric Sustainability Institute puts to rest many of the worst-case scenario claims predicting IT-related electricity use will double every five years. That said, as an industry, we must remain vigilant in finding new sources of sustainability gains while ensuring resiliency as digital keeps life moving forward”, he added. 

As well as the release of the report, Schneider Electric also announced several updates to its EcoStruxure IT data center infrastructure management software, Galaxy VL 3-phase uninterruptable power supply (UPS), introducing an industry-leading single-phase UPS, the APC™ Smart-UPS™ Ultra. All introductions are designed to advance the industry forward in meeting sustainability goals while increasing the resiliency of IT and data centre infrastructure, the company said. 

Managing hybrid data center and edge IT environments

Also showcased in Schneider Electric’s report are the increasing demands on digital consumption. According to the company, these create a more complex hybrid environment inclusive of enterprise, cloud, and edge data centres. Addressing the unique management challenges of a hybrid IT environment, Schneider Electric has announced updates to its EcoStruxure IT software to increase efficiency and resiliency, including:

  • Increased remote management capabilities: New granular remote device configuration features enable users to change configurations on one or more devices – including the new Galaxy VL and APC Smart-UPS Ultra single-phase UPS units – from one centralised platform with EcoStruxure IT Expert. This update, combined with previously released software insights on device security health, enables the user to identify faulty devices or configurations and address them in a matter of clicks, keeping their hybrid IT environment secure.
  • Improved environmental monitoring: Environmental monitoring systems ensure users have eyes and ears on data centre and IT deployments from anywhere, anytime. With this update, users can push mass configurations remotely for NetBotz cameras 750 and 755 quickly and efficiently increasing security across the critical infrastructure.
  • Enhanced remote capacity modeling and planning: With EcoStruxure IT Advisor’s new capabilities, users can remotely compare an unlimited number of racks and easily identify available capacity, view what assets are deployed and their dependencies.

Sharma concluded: “Schneider Electric has been focused on sustainability for the past 15 years and was recently named the most sustainable corporation in the world. We have embraced the mindset that future innovation will deliver better efficiency across the broader connectivity landscape. By making smart intentional choices, our industry can help mitigate how much electricity and emissions result from the rising appetite for digital technologies”.

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