Daily Archives: March 23, 2016

Le SE en nuage FusionSphere d’Huawei réussit le test SUSE YES CERTIFIED

SHENZHEN, Chine, 23 mars 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Le système d’exploitation (SE) en nuage ouvert FusionSphere d’Huawei a récemment réussi le test de certification SUSE YES CERTIFIED. En tant que logiciel d’informatique en nuage, FusionSphere d’Huawei basé sur OpenStack est compatible avec des serveurs, des systèmes de stockage, et des plateformes de virtualisation traditionnelles diversifiés ainsi que le logiciel d’application d’entreprise afin de fournir des fonctionnalités de virtualisation et de gestion pour la clientèle des entreprises et des opérateurs. L’Open Telekom Cloud lancé par Deutsche Telekom au CeBIT 2016 a adopté le FusionSphere d’Huawei comme son logiciel d’architecture de système pour l’ouverture, la convergence et l’agilité de FusionSphere.

Le test SUSE YES CERTIFIED est très respecté dans le secteur et il représente la compatibilité des produits SUSE avec des produits de tiers. Une liste complète des produits avec la marque YES CERTIFIED est d’une grande valeur pour les utilisateurs, partenaires, clients et utilisateurs finaux de SUSE.

Dans le test SUSE YES CERTIFIED avec FusionSphere d’Huawei, les machines virtuelles (MV) sont SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server 12 pour AMD64 & Intel64, la carte mère est Tecal RH2288H V2-8S, l’unité centrale (CPU) est 2 Intel Xeon® Processor E5-2620 v2 2.10 GHz, la RAM de plateforme hôte est de 96 GB, les hôtes de MV de 64 bits est de 8 GB, et la mémoire maximum unique testée par hôte est de 64 GB. Tous les hôtes de virtualisation complète (FV) sont testés au moyen de pilotes de paravirtualisation (PV) installés. Les pilotes SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 sont fournis avec FusionSphere.

Grâce à la combinaison flexible de composants, FusionSphere est appliquée à la virtualisation, au nuage privé, au nuage public et au nuage hybride. L’informatique en nuage d’Huawei vise à construire une architecture ouverte et un écosystème mutuellement bénéfique afin de rendre la transformation informatique des entreprises plus simple. À la fin de décembre 2015, Huawei a déployé plus de 1,4 million de machines virtuelles dans 108 pays et régions, celles-ci offrent des services à de plus de 2500 clients gouvernementaux et du secteur public ainsi que des opérateurs, les secteurs de l’énergie, des finances et d’autres industries. Actuellement, FusionSphere a passé les tests de compatibilité de plusieurs partenaires tels que Microsoft et de Standard Software (logiciels standards).

Pour plus d’informations sur le test, veuillez visiter : https://www.suse.com/nbswebapp/yesBulletin.jsp?bulletinNumber=144101.

À propos d’Huawei

Huawei est l’un des principaux fournisseurs mondiaux de solutions dans le domaine des technologies de l’information et des communications (TIC). Se fondant sur l’innovation orientée vers le client et sur des partenariats ouverts, Huawei a créé un portefeuille de solutions TIC de bout en bout qui confère à ses clients un avantage concurrentiel pour les réseaux de télécoms et d’entreprise, les dispositifs et l’informatique en nuage. Pour plus d’informations, veuillez visiter le site Web d’Huawei à www.huawei.com ou suivez-nous sur :


Asia Most Exposed to Disaster Risk; Africa Likely to Suffer More


Asia has the largest number of people exposed to natural disasters, but African countries are the most vulnerable to them, largely because of political instability, corruption, poverty and inequality, a new global assessment shows.

India has a billion people at risk, with China, Bangladesh, Indonesia, the Philippines, Japan and Pakistan also ranked among the 10 countries with the most people exposed to natural hazards, according to data compiled by Verisk Maplecroft, a U.K.-based risk management company.

In all, 1.4 billion people in South Asia are exposed to at least one major natural hazard, from severe storms to flooding and earthquakes, researchers said.

But the list of countries most vulnerable to disasters – in terms of their ability to prepare for, respond to and recover from them – is topped by African nations, particularly conflict-plagued South Sudan, Burundi and Eritrea.

“Recent or prolonged conflict can erode societal resilience,” warned Richard Hewston, an analyst with Verisk Maplecroft who led the development of the natural hazards data.

Much vulnerability in Africa and elsewhere is the result of poor governance – including corruption – and an inability to implement policies to reduce disaster risk, Hewston said.

“For example, in India and Pakistan, to some extent, there are building codes in place but they are very weakly implemented. You see construction going on, on the sides of landslide-prone mountains or in flood plains,” he said. “In theory, there’s urban planning,” he added. “So clearly corruption is an issue.”

In Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong, more than 85 percent of people are exposed to at least one kind of natural hazard, researchers noted. But all three countries are classed as having low vulnerability, and together recorded less than 32,000 deaths from natural disasters since 1990.

Haiti, on the other hand, is not as exposed to potential disasters but is considered highly vulnerable, having suffered over 230,000 deaths since 1990, many in a major 2010 earthquake.

City banking

Data on cities shows that Manila is the most exposed city, with almost all of its 23 million people in the path of cyclones and many also facing tsunamis or earthquakes, researchers said.

Seven other major cities in Japan, Indonesia, China, Bangladesh and India – particularly Tokyo, Jakarta and Dongguan in China – also have large populations at risk, they found.

The fast pace of development in Asian countries such as Bangladesh, Pakistan, India and the Philippines has done little to cut that region’s disaster risk, researchers noted.

Some of the most vulnerable countries have shown strong economic growth, but infrastructure and welfare systems that could protect people remain weak, as does governance, they said.

In Nepal, for instance, a massive 2015 earthquake not only caused widespread damage and deaths, but cut off communications and transport from many outlying communities to the capital.

“People who survived and were injured were left to cope on their own, with no emergency services and no food,” Hewston said.

Most crucially, reducing vulnerability to disasters, particularly in places with large exposure to natural hazards, will depend on tackling poverty and inequality, he said.

Providing education and healthcare and giving more people access to services can improve their incomes and knowledge, and help them move from precarious places to safer ones, which are typically more expensive to live, he added.

Good business

With losses from natural disasters now averaging more than $100 billion a year worldwide, many businesses are looking into ways to minimize the threats to their factories, workers and supply chains, the Verisk Maplecroft report said.

Already private investment accounts for 70 percent to 85 percent of investment in disaster risk reduction worldwide, it said. That suggests private spending could help supplement government efforts in many places, particularly as businesses are trying to protect not only their facilities and supply chains but their workers and customers too.

“You can have really [strong] infrastructure at your site and you might be untouched, but if there’s no power and no one can get to work, you’ve got no workers,” Hewston noted. “There needs to be a holistic approach.”

As a result of the new global agreements last year to reduce disaster risk, curb climate change and achieve new Sustainable Development Goals, “there’s more and more a push for businesses to be involved, to engage at the local level”, he said.

Source: Voice of America

China Launches Charm Offensive for First Overseas Naval Base


China has launched an unusual charm offensive to explain its first overseas naval base in Djibouti, seeking to assuage global concerns about military

expansionism by portraying the move as Beijing’s contribution to regional security and development.

The message is in stark contrast to Beijing’s more bellicose stance on the South China Sea, where its claims on a vital trade waterway have raised hackles across Asia and the United States.

China has repeatedly said it does not seek a U.S.-style “hegemony” by extending its military reach, including through bases abroad.

Now that it appears it may be doing precisely that, the government has been quietly briefing on its rationale for the Djibouti base and using state media to address fears of China’s aims.

“China is explaining it as part of the ‘one road, one belt’ strategy, to help link Ethiopia to the sea,” said one Western diplomat who has been briefed by Chinese officials on the Djibouti base, referring to China’s New Silk Road strategy.

That involves opening trade corridors across continents that will help bolster the Chinese economy and connect it with the rest of the world.

A $4 billion railway will connect Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa to Djibouti’s new Chinese-invested port, where a military facility will be located, according to Chinese media.

A second diplomat, also been briefed by China on the plans, said it was an “unusual” move by the normally secretive Chinese government to try and bring a degree of transparency to its plans.

“China does not want to be seen as a threat,” the diplomat said.

Indian alarm

In a lengthy statement to Reuters, China’s Defense Ministry confirmed it had communicated its intentions about Djibouti to “relevant countries and international organizations”, reiterating the facility was mostly for resupply purposes for anti-piracy, humanitarian and peacekeeping operations.

“What needs to be stressed is that China upholds a path of peaceful development… and has never engaged in an arms race or military expansion. This will never change.”

Djibouti, which already hosts military facilities for the United States and France, has echoed Beijing’s line that the base will be used for refueling and other logistical support to fight piracy and protect trade routes.

But it also says the West should not be worried if China seeks “military outposts”, given that Western nations have had them for years around the world.

Construction began in February in the country of fewer than a million people, striving to be an international shipping hub.

Djibouti’s location on the northwestern edge of the Indian Ocean has fueled worries in India that it will become another of China’s “string of pearls” of military alliances and assets ringing India, including Bangladesh, Myanmar and Sri Lanka.

Indian military officials told Reuters that China’s naval presence in Djibouti would add another dimension to India’s military contingency planning, so far confined to land and air operations stemming from a decades-old border dispute with China across the Himalayas.

Together with China’s involvement in Pakistan’s Gwadar port, another potential military base, the role of China’s navy would be greatly enhanced and posed a threat to the Indian navy, Indian army brigadier Mandip Singh said in a paper for the government-funded Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses.

“Djibouti also enables China to base its long-range naval air assets there. And these are capable of maintaining surveillance over the Arabian Sea as well as India’s island territories off the Western coast,” he wrote.

The Western diplomat briefed on the Chinese plans added: “If I were Indian, I would be very worried about what China is up to in Djibouti.”

A U.S. State Department spokesman said late last year: “We look forward to gaining greater clarity as to the roles and purposes of this new facility, and note that China participates in international counter piracy actions in the Gulf of Aden.”

String of African pearls

More bases may be on the way, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi hinted at this month’s annual meeting of parliament.

There are several African ports which China and Chinese firms are helping to build and develop. Commercial in nature, they all could berth Chinese naval ships one day.

One Chinese diplomatic source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the idea for the Djibouti facility came up last year when China’s navy evacuated foreigners from Yemen.

The Chinese frigate involved had to give most onboard supplies to those evacuated, leaving it with the problem of finding new supplies. Unlike the United States, China has no permanent resupply bases.

“It’s a supply facility pure and simple,” the source said.

With Beijing keen not to call Djibouti a military base, state-run media has reined back using the term to describe it.

The Global Times, an influential tabloid, quoted Chinese experts shortly after Wang spoke as saying China was not building a military base in Djibouti, only a supply facility.

Djibouti’s government, meanwhile, is keen to develop military cooperation with China.

“China is already well prepared to support Djibouti, to increase its military capabilities and guarantee its security,” Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan said during a visit to Djibouti in 2014, in comments carried on the website of Djibouti’s embassy in Beijing.

Source: Voice of America

Growing shortage of health care workers in developing countries

Pretoria – President Jacob Zuma says health workforce shortages are growing in developing countries, including South Africa.

The President said this on Wednesday at the official launch of the High-Level Commission on Health, Employment and Economic Growth in Lyon, France.

President Jacob Zuma is co-chair of the commission, along with French President Francois Hollande.

He said highly trained health care workers often migrate to advanced economies where they are readily absorbed, never to return.

“By training millions of health care workers all over the world and creating employment opportunities, we will go a long way to address the triple challenge of unemployment, poverty and inequality faced by developing countries,” he said.

The President said it will also contribute positively to the response to global epidemic outbreaks as recently witnessed with Ebola in West Africa.

“We know that communicable diseases do not respect international boundaries, nor do they need any visa to travel across countries.

“It is our hope that this commission will come up with recommendations which will make a difference in the lives of people across the globe, particularly for women and youth who continue to carry a disproportionate burden brought about by poverty, unemployment and inequality,” he said.

He said the work of the commission goes to the heart of implementing the global 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.