Wednesday, March 4, 2015
US, Iran resume talks after Netanyahu warning
The US and Iranian foreign ministers began a third day of talks over Iran’s nuclear program on Wednesday, Reuters reported. US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran’s Mohammad Javad Zarif resumed the meeting just hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had warned that the deal being negotiated was a serious mistake. The US-Iranian discussions are being held in the Swiss lakeside town of Montreux, with an aim to work out a framework deal by late March.
Snowden could return to US only if situation was in ‘judicial field’
Former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden could return to the US if his situation was in the judicial rather than political sphere, RIA Novosti quoted his lawyer Anatoly Kucherena as saying on Wednesday. Politicians’ statements show that a fair trial of Snowden is impossible in the US, Kucherena said. He told a news conference on Tuesday that he has teamed up with US and German lawyers to work on the issue, but gave no further details, AP reported.
Netanyahu calls his speech ‘practical alternative to Iran deal
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said his speech to the US Congress gave a “practical alternative” to a possible Iranian nuclear deal. Netanyahu spoke in Israel on Wednesday after US President Barack Obama said the Israeli leader had offered no viable alternative to preventing Iran from getting nuclear weapons, AP reported. His alternative would extend the breakout time for Iran to create a bomb, Netanyahu said. It would maintain sanctions until Tehran stops “its sponsorship of terrorism around the world, its aggression against its neighbors and its calls for Israel’s destruction,” he added.
Person in custody over Maryland shootings – FBI
A person believed responsible for shootings along highways over the last two weeks in the Baltimore-Washington area is in custody, the FBI said early Wednesday. The shootings include bullets that damaged a National Security Agency building. A person was taken into custody in Anne Arundel County on Tuesday night, county police said in a Facebook statement posted on Wednesday morning from a verified account, AP reported.
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The Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA) to host State Minister for IT, Mr. S.R. Patil at Industry and Eminent Persons Dialogue at its Q1 Meeting on 5 Mar 2015 in Bangalore
The premiere APAC industry association for cloud computing is in Bangalore to meet local players, and launch a new research report,“Asia’s Financial Services: Ready for the Cloud — A Report on FSI Regulations Impacting Cloud in Asia Pacific Markets”
4 March 2015, BANGALORE – The Asia Cloud Computing Association will be in Bangalore on 5 Mar to host an Industry and Eminent Persons Dialogue, and launch a new report on cloud adoption by the financial services industry. The Association represents key stakeholders in the cloud computing ecosystem, and provides a vendor-neutral platform to discuss implementation and growth strategies for accelerating cloud computing throughout the Asia Pacific.
This is the first time that the ACCA is visiting India. “We elected to visit Bangalore as it is home to the technology heartbeat of India,” says Ms Lim May-Ann, Executive Director of the Asia Cloud Computing Association. “As the apex cloud computing association in Asia, we knew we had to make visiting the country a key priority for our 2015 plans.”
“We are pleased to be hearing about the Digital India plans from State Minister Shri S. R. Patil,” added Mr Bernie Trudel, Chairman of the ACCA. “We have been following India’s budget discussions, and are pleased to hear the continued focus on inclusive growth, and the focus on technology – such as cloud computing – as the backbone for government processes and systems.”
“The ACCA continues to provide an excellent bridge for networking between private sector players, and a platform for public-private dialogue in the cloud industry,” says Mr. Aman Neil Dokania, Vice-Chairman of the ACCA, and Vice-President and General Manager for Cloud, HP Asia Pacific and Japan. “As hosts of ACCA’s meeting in Bangalore, we extend a warm welcome to all participants from the India cloud ecosystem to our Industry and Eminent Persons Dialogue, and look forward to a fruitful discussion on the building, management and consumption of cloud for business success in India.”
The ACCA holds quarterly meetings in different Asia Pacific markets. This is the ACCA’s 2015 Q1 meeting, and will be held on 5 Mar 2015 at the ITC Windsor Hotel. For more information or interview requests, please contact Ms Aparajita Rao at firstname.lastname@example.org or +91-88613 72461
About the Asia Cloud Computing Association
The ACCA is an industry association that represents stakeholders of the cloud computing ecosystem in Asia. Our mission is to accelerate the adoption of cloud computing through Asia Pacific by helping to create a trusted and compelling market environment, and a safe and consistent regulatory environment for cloud computing products and services. Through dialogue, training, and public education, the ACCA provides a vendor-neutral platform to discuss implementation and growth strategies, share ideas, and establish policies and best practices relating to cloud computing.
More about ACCA Leadership
|Bernie Trudel, Chairman|
|Bernie has been in the ICT industry for over 25 years. He is currently the Cloud CTO at Cisco Asia Pacific, where he has been involved in a number of technical roles for the last fourteen years.|
Prior to Cisco, Bernie worked for as an IT consultant in Europe and ANZ during which he advised enterprises and service providers on their Wide Area Network architecture. Bernie is an Electronic Engineer from Canada, where he started his career as a hardware design engineer and earned two patents for his innovative work.
Aman Neil Dokania, Vice-Chairman
|Aman Neil Dokania is vice president and general manager of Cloud Division for HP Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ). In his current role, Aman is responsible for HP cloud across APJ, for private, public and hybrid solutions. He is driving HP’s regional leadership in cloud ecosystem development through partnering with leading ISVs, SIs, Service Providers and channel communities delivering customer centric solutions for both build and consume services for cloud. He plays a key role in driving HP’s strategy on HP Helion (HP Cloud), HP OpenStack, HP BladeSystem and CloudSystem. Prior to this, Aman spearheaded sales for HP Bladesystem, management and virtualisation business in APJ. He also developed and executed growth strategies for HP India’s Enterprise Storage and Server business, which were established as best practices for emerging markets.|
|Before moving to Asia, Aman was responsible for driving future specifications for the HP BladeSystem c-Class in the United States. He also led the development and introduction of HP’s first management software and introduced the concept of lights-out management, for which he holds a patent for related technology. Aman holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from St. Xavier’s College (India) and a master’s degree in business from Oregon State University, and he is a Kellogg Scholar of Marketing from Northwestern University.|
|Lim May-Ann, Executive Director|
|May-Ann is currently the research director at TRPC and the chair of ACCA’s public policy regulatory working group. She has over a decade of experience in development, tech policy and communications across the Asia Pacific, working with organisations on thought leadership, government relations and stakeholder outreach efforts. Her career has spanned a number of regional and global institutions, including the World Bank, the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA), and the Singapore Internet Project. She is an active member of a number of trade associations and civil society groups. Through TRPC, she has worked with the Asia Internet Coalition (AIC), an advocacy group comprising Internet companies lobbying for free and open Internet policies, and is active in the Internet Society (ISOC), recently having been appointed as ISOC Ambassador to the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Oct 2013. May-Ann lectures on Internet and ICT Policy at the National University of Singapore (NUS).|
To Celebrate International Women’s Day 2015,
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