Friday, July 14, 2017

Apple Builds its first Data Center in Guizhou, China

Apple Inc on Wednesday (12 Jul 2017) announced that they are going to build its first data center in China, in partnership with a local internet services company, to comply with tougher cyber-security laws introduced last month.

The critical facilities will set up in Guizhou with the help of Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry Co. Ltd., and represents a portion of Apple's planned $1 billion investment into the province.

"The addition of this data center will allow us to improve the speed and reliability of our products and services while also complying with newly passed regulations," Apple said in a prepared statement. "These regulations require cloud services be operated by Chinese companies so we're partnering with GCBD to offer iCloud."

In April, China also announced a law requiring businesses transferring over 1,000 gigabytes of data outside China to undergo yearly security reviews, with potential blocks on exporting economic, technological and scientific data.

Apple was quick to note that its data protection protocols, viewed by some as the industry standard, will not be impacted by China's laws. The authorities also said the law is not designed to put foreign firms at a disadvantage and is drafted in reaction to the threat of cyber attacks and terrorism.

"No backdoors will be created into any of our systems," Apple said. The comment seemingly addresses fears that Chinese government agencies might use the cybersecurity law as an invitation to engage in snooping activities.

Earlier this week, Apple said it planned to open a new data center in Denmark. An earlier center in the country, announced in 2015, will come online this year.

Other foreign firms that oversee cloud businesses, including Inc and Microsoft Corp, already have data centers in China.

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Join the Technical Visit + CPD Course in Electrical Design for Mission Critical Supply

Electrical Design for Mission Critical Supply (2-day)
(10 - 11 August 2017, approved CPD course by CIBSE UK)

Mission critical facilities have particular power requirements that significantly impact how they are designed and operated. You will gain insight into the critical supply system, from power components to distributions and efficiency; from power requirements to sizing, design, testing and commissioning:

-- Concept on primary supply and secondary supply
-- Power flow in mission critical supply system
-- Features of major equipment for critical supply

> Uninterrupted power supply and power storage
> Backup generator
> Automatic transfer switch
> Static transfer switch
> Isolation transformer

-- Efficiency assessment
-- Power quality review
-- Configuration diagram of critical supply (N+1 / 2N) design & analysis
-- Review of cable sizing to incorporate harmonics content
-- Earthing system design
-- Testing and commissioning requirements
-- Brief of Systems Merging Appraisal Test (SMAT)

The sessions detail about the power system components that support typical data centers or mission-critical infrastructure. It prepares individual to fully understand the high voltage systems' design & build by exploring the international best practices and sharing the instructors' experience.

Speakers' Profile -

Date: 10 - 11 August 2017 (Thursday - Friday)
Time: 10:00 – 17:30

Venue: Ground Floor, Innocentre, 72 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong
(Next to the Hong Kong Productivity Council)

Fee: Special rate for CIBSE / HKIE all membership classes
Language: Cantonese (with English Course Materials)

For details, please refer to

Half Day Technical Visit / Showroom Tour

Sponsor - APC by Schneider Electric (

Further to the critical facilities design course, a half-day showroom tour is arranged to demonstrate the critical power, cooling facilities and data center management solutions by one of the world’s leading equipment provider. The tour also provides an interactive environment and opportunities for the engineers to exchange professional views on mission-critical facilities with a hands-on and immersive experience.

Date: 25 August 2017 (Friday)
Assembly Time: 15:45 - 16:00
Assembly Point: 11/F, Kerry Centre, 683 King's Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong

* Pre-registration required
* Seats are limited. Priority will be given to the CPD course's participants.

Enrollment & Registration

Kindly complete and return an Application Form together with a crossed cheque made payable to “Strategic Media Asia Limited” - Room 403, 4th Floor, Dominion Centre, 43 - 59 Queen's Road East, Hong Kong.

About the Organizer

Strategic Media Asia Limited (SMA) is one of the approved CPD course providers of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) UK. For details, please visit or (Knowledge Blog).

Adverse Weather Arrangement - Events in the morning, afternoon or evening will be cancelled if typhoon signal No. 8 or above or black rainstorm warning is still hoisted after (or is announced by the Hong Kong Observatory to be hoisted at / after) 6:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. respectively. Delegates will be notified when the class will be made up as soon as possible.

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