Making art accessible and supporting young artists with continued partnership between LASALLE and The Connoisseur Concerto

Press Releases   •   Dec 12, 2018 12:25 +08

Art Moves IV – ARTPOD opens on 13 December 2018 with works by 14 recent BA(Hons) Fine Arts graduates from LASALLE College of the Arts. Two of them – Gerald Tay and Amirah Raudhah Razali – are recipients of the tcc-LASALLE Artist-Curator Alumni Award. Each will receive a $25,000 sponsorship from tcc, and curate the fourth edition of the Art Moves project under the mentorship of Dr S. Chandrasekaran, Head of LASALLE’s McNally School of Fine Arts.

“This year’s theme of ARTPOD aims to nurture people’s appreciation of art. In an environment such as a cafe, people are able to encounter and interact with art in a very accessible manner, thereby dispelling the notion that art is only for certain individuals,” shared Gerald.

Art Moves began as a project between LASALLE and The Connoisseur Concerto (tcc) in 2015 to enable people to encounter art outside of a traditional gallery setting, and to give fresh art graduates an opportunity to establish their names. Season III marked the most successful yet, with 8 artworks sold by the end of the one-year exhibition.

“We are heartened by the response our alumni have received from the public. Such support is crucial in an artist’s formative years, when they are just establishing their practice. At LASALLE, we create opportunities to help our students and alumni kickstart their careers,” said Dr Chandrasekaran.

To further broaden the perspective of patrons, each tcc outlet will be centred around a different subject and feature specific artists. For instance, winner of Chan+Davies Art Prize 2018, Dipali Gupta, will showcase two of her works at tcc Ion Orchard where the focus is on Digital Spaces. Said works are part of her acclaimed O Her! Series that explores worldly desires through recreated vanitas. Another example is Leslie Low’s drawings and documentation of flowers, and these can be discovered at tcc Circular Road, where the theme is Forever and a Day.

Other engaging activities to look forward to within Art Moves IV include workshops on embroidery, printmaking, and painting – the details of which will be released in early 2019. For this festive season though, patrons can enjoy 10% off any artworks at participating tcc outlets.

Exhibition Information

Art Moves IV – ARTPOD
BA(Hons) Fine Arts, Class of 2018, LASALLE College of the Arts

Opening night
Thursday, 13 December 2018, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
tcc Circular Road, 51 Circular Road, Singapore 049406

Exhibition duration: Thursday, 13 December 2018 – Saturday, 30 November 2019
Website http://www.artmoves.com.sg
Facebook: sg.artmoves
Instagram: @artmoves.sg

Artworks will be exhibited at the following tcc boutique cafes:

  1. International Building
    360 Orchard Road #01-01 International Building, S238869
    Theme: Colourfield, featuring Jessica Chan and Masuri Mazlan
  2. Circular Road
    51 Circular Road, S049406
    Theme: Forever and a Day, featuring Odelia Tang, Leslie Low and Nerissa Tan
  3. Novena Square
    238 Thomson Road #01-56/58 Novena Square, S307683
    Theme: Craft, featuring Alysha Shah and Donna Lu
  4. The Pier @ Robertson
    80 Mohamed Sultan Road, The Pier @ Robertson #01-01/02, S239013
    Theme: Shapes and Lines, featuring Gerald Tay, Ian Leong and Harshnee Jay
  5. Great World City
    1 Kim Seng Promenade, #01-29 Great World City (Office Tower), S237994
    Theme: Catching Feelings, featuring Amirah Raudhah Razali
  6. Ion Orchard
    2 Orchard Turn #B2-49 ION Orchard, S238801
    Theme: Digital Spaces, featuring Tristan Lim, Anna Chan and Dipali Gupta

Biographies of artists and details of artworks can be found in Annex A.

About LASALLE
LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore is a leading tertiary institution in cutting edge contemporary arts and design education and practice. The college offers over 30 undergraduate and post-graduate programmes in art, design, film, animation, fashion, dance, music, theatre, arts management, artist education, art therapy, Asian art histories, and creative writing.

Its faculty is led by a community of award-winning artists, designers, educators and researchers, and their practice-led research sets LASALLE apart as an international centre of excellence. Critically acclaimed alumni form the core of the cultural and creative sectors in Singapore and increasingly internationally.

Founded in 1984 by de la Salle Brother Joseph McNally – a visionary artist and educator – LASALLE is a not-for-profit, private educational institution. LASALLE receives tuition grant support from the Singapore Ministry of Education. Its degree programmes are validated by Goldsmiths, University of London.

About tcc
The Connoisseur Concerto (“TCC”) is Singapore’s leading gourmet café chain with art boutique caffès located island-wide. Launched in 2003, TCC was conceived to popularize the art of coffee drinking complemented with gourmet food within art-inspired surrounds. Armed with the mission to achieve the perfect brew, TCC aims to deliver more than just a great cuppa.

With an extensive selection of high-quality and creative coffee beverages, from the classic black coffee and ice-cold frappés to exotic liqueur coffee, the menu also boasts a wide variety of other beverages that are rich in flavours and provide a visual treat.

TCC also offers a comprehensive food menu that fits every dining occasion – from light snacks to hearty meals, candlelight moments to family celebrations. And no meals are complete without TCC’s signature Seafood Aglio Olio – a perennial favourite amongst patrons, and the Dark Devotion dessert – a lavish dark chocolate cake oozing with smooth chocolate lava.

The TCC dining experience thoughtfully creates an inspiring space for coffee lovers and diners. As an ardent advocate of the Art, TCC at Circular Road, named “The Gallery”, is a dedicated exhibition space all year round.

For Media Enquiries, please contact:

Sabrina Zhang
Division of Communications
LASALLE College of the Arts
6496 5221
sabrina.zhang@lasalle.edu.sg

Ivan Chua
Senior Marketing Executive
Sarika Connoisseur Café Pte Ltd
6804 6346
ivan_chua@theconnoisseurconcerto.com

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New Survey Reveals 41% of APAC Enterprises Unaware of Object Storage

Press Releases   •   Dec 11, 2018 11:28 +08

Singapore – To better understand the current state of the object storage market in the Asia Pacific region, Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), has partnered with global research firm IDC to survey close to 4,000 IT professionals and executives in the region. A recently published white paper entitled, “Digitalization of the Business with Object Storage,” highlights the key findings from this regional survey. The IDC survey reveals low awareness of object storage among enterprises in the region, with 41% of surveyed enterprises not aware of the technology.

Digital transformation is a focus for enterprises across the region, and an integral part of this is the emphasis on data – making it the key to thriving against fierce competition in the digital era. IDC forecasts that global data will grow to 163 zettabytes by 2025. The majority of this data will be unstructured from sources that include social interactions, emails, transactions, music, videos, photos, IoT, augmented and virtual reality, and many more.

Data Storage a Key Issue for APAC Business

When asked about the top priorities for data storage, respondents across the region indicated the following capabilities as the most important for their organizations to support:

  • Information security (25%)
  • Analytics of unstructured data (11%)
  • Multicloud platform adoptability (9%).

In addition to this, 60% of enterprises are storing data with the hope that in the next two years they will be able to use analytics to gain business insights from this data.

On average, enterprises in APAC store their data for five to seven years, with one-fifth choosing to store it for over 15 years. In Singapore, 40% of businesses plan to store their data for 5-7 years, while 15% of businesses plan to store their data forever, suggesting further pressure to manage and govern tremendous amounts of data created and accumulated over time.

It is evident that enterprises in the region are facing huge issues concerning data storage costs and functionality. Data storage solutions are expected to store and manage large amounts of data for longer periods of time. Moreover, enterprises expect these solutions to offer integrated intelligence and analytics features to help them realize the potential value of their data through manipulation, aggregation and visualization.

Modern Data Management for the Digital Age

Object-based storage architectures enable enterprises to deal with the drastic growth of data while improving ease of use, providing flexibility to scale capacity and performance independently to address provisioning management issues, and to meet a variety of workloads.

The top technology reasons respondents indicated for the deployment of object storage in APAC were to:

  • Address scalability issues due to relentless growth in unstructured content (15%)
  • Reduce complexity by eliminating complex hierarchical file structures (13%)
  • Ease data migration and infrastructure refresh (12%)

Historically, object storage has been used as a data archive tier due to its scale and compliance features. The survey revealed that 67% and 64% of respondents indicated that they are using object storage to aggregate and store big data repositories, and to optimize their backup and recovery capabilities respectively.

Treating an object storage solution as a big data reservoir or scalable and centralized data hub enables analytics-based applications to blend structured and unstructured data together for business intelligence and visualization workloads. The custom metadata that object storage solutions attach to files as a form of detailed enrichment gives unstructured data more context and makes it easier to search. Aggregating unstructured and structured data together improves the enterprise’s ability to gain more relevant insights from a more complete set of data.

The survey further examines the top business drivers for enterprises to deploy object storage in the future:

  • Achieving flexibility to add storage capacity as business grows (18%)
  • Reducing storage management costs (16%)
  • Increasing business agility (13%)
  • Improving data analytics capability for faster decision making (12%)

Despite the wide range of benefits object-based storage offers, the IDC survey reveals low awareness among enterprises in the Asia Pacific region, with 41% of surveyed enterprises not aware of the object storage technology. Among the countries surveyed, Singapore sees the lowest awareness at 52%.

Overcoming Adoption Hurdles

As the survey findings indicate,the three most common obstacles for adopting object storage are:

  • Application compatibility (52%)
  • On-premise business applications that do not necessarily require infinite scalability (44%)
  • Stringent data protection and recovery (43%)

As reflected in the results, enterprises who choose to test or adopt object storage are more likely to realize the benefits of the technology in their specific business requirements and use-cases. For more details on the cost benefits of object storage, the IDC white paper reviews three case studies of customers who achieved cost savings from 30% to 70% when using object storage solutions.

“We believe the findings of this survey have pinpointed the opportunities and future of data storage infrastructure across APAC. With the explosive growth of unstructured data and rapidly changing business demands in the digital age, enterprises inevitably require the support from flexible and agile storage solutions,” said Daniel Chong, senior vice president and general manager, APAC, Hitachi Vantara. “Based on our work with clients, we have seen object-based storage continue to be the solution to traditional storage struggles. It is clear that we must educate and work closely with enterprises across the region to develop and deploy tailored solutions to unleash the full benefits of object storage and facilitate digital transformation.”

HCP Portfolio Solves Data Challenges

The Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) portfolio addresses today’s data challenges while being highly adaptive to the future needs of businesses. The portfolio is based on an object storage solution with the ability to manage and govern data to the edge of the business, support a highly mobilized and distributed workforce, tier to public and hosted cloud layers, and offer an integrated data intelligence foundation. The benefits of these products include:

  • Hitachi Content Platform(HCP) to address the new challenges in storing digital information with centralized and cost-effective management and governance features for multistructured data, minimizing the risk of data loss, and making data easier to access with object storage concepts.
  • HCP Anywhereto address the demands of the end-user with collaboration, file synchronization, files sharing, and file protection without compromising the requirements of the business.
  • HCP Anywhere Edgeas a means to bridge the gap between traditional storage architectures (NAS) and object storage with the added benefits of pushing data to the edge (remote office) and to the cloud.
  • Hitachi Content Intelligence to help organizations understand the context and content of data impacting their business with a scalable and performant solution to connect, understand and explore repositories to extract fact from data and be in the know.

To learn more, please refer to the IDC white paper “Digitalization of the Business with Object Storage”.

About this research

The data in this report is derived from a 2018 IDC survey of executives from large enterprises who identified themselves as responsible for, or familiar with, the IT investments of their companies. IDC ran a short screener survey of almost 4,000 respondents to assess their familiarity with object-based storage. From these 4,000 respondents, IDC recruited 518 respondents to complete a more comprehensive user behavior survey. These 518 respondents are familiar with and have tested object-based storage for their organization although not all of them have deployed object-based storage. Respondents were based in Australia, China, Hong Kong, India and Singapore, and represented a range of industries. IDC also conducted interviews with senior executives from several clients of Hitachi Vantara who are current users of object-based storage to gather additional content on their decision to deploy object-based storage and the benefits and challenges they have experienced.

About Hitachi Vantara

Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., helps data-driven leaders find and use the value in their data to innovate intelligently and reach outcomes that matter for business and society. We combine technology, intellectual property and industry knowledge to deliver data-managing solutions that help enterprises improve their customers’ experiences, develop new revenue streams, and lower the costs of business. Only Hitachi Vantara elevates your innovation advantage by combining deep information technology (IT), operational technology (OT) and domain expertise. We work with organizations everywhere to drive data to meaningful outcomes. Visit us at www.HitachiVantara.com.

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About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges, combining its operational technology, information technology, and products/systems. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2017 (ended March 31, 2018) totaled 9,368.6 billion yen ($88.4 billion). The Hitachi Group is an innovation partner for the IoT era, and it has approximately 307,000 employees worldwide. Through collaborative creation with customers, Hitachi is deploying Social Innovation Business using digital technologies in a broad range of sectors, including Power/Energy, Industry/Distribution/Water, Urban Development, and Finance/Social Infrastructure/Healthcare. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.

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Hitachi Vantara Delivers More Valuable Data Insights with Pentaho 8.2

Press Releases   •   Dec 05, 2018 10:30 +08

Singapore – Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), today announced Pentaho 8.2, the newest release of the company’s data integration and analytics platform software, providing new, out-of-the-box integration with Hitachi’s industry-leading object storage platform, Hitachi Content Platform (HCP). Pentaho 8.2 better integrates Hitachi Vantara’s portfolio of products and enables users to address key industry use cases with access to unstructured data from HCP. This release also enables customers to manage a hybrid cloud environment in new ways and expands support for the analytic ecosystem.

Pentaho 8.2 Makes Unstructured Data Available for Analytics

According to Harvard Business Review, less than half of an organization’s structured data is used in making business decisions, and less than 1% of unstructured data is used in any way at all. With Pentaho’s new integration with HCP, users can now build data pipelines that include structured and unstructured data sources – such as text, video, audio, images, social media, clickstreams and log files – allowing data analysts and data scientists to generate better insights that drive more business value. Pentaho 8.2 opens new industry use cases in areas such as:

  • Banking: Financial services institutions can address compliance requirements by correlating trading transaction data with email communications.
  • Healthcare: Medical researchers can make new drug discoveries by blending patient data and medication history with unstructured MRI scans.
  • Retail: Retailers can analyze the shopping preferences of each guest and the traffic flow of each in-store brand by combining in-store video footage with point-of-sale data.
  • Public Safety: Law enforcement can combine video footage with crime reports, enabling faster access to evidence and improved decision-making while staying compliant with regulations.

Easier Hybrid Cloud Data Management

With so many alternatives for data lakes – including NoSQL databases, public cloud options from Microsoft Azure, Amazon and Google, and on-premises object stores – organizations are taking a closer look at the best way to spend on data management and govern this data to comply with regulations. Pentaho 8.2 delivers access to new and better ways to manage data when used together with Hitachi Content Platform. For example, users can now onboard data into HCP, which functions as a data lake. Then they can use Pentaho to prepare, cleanse and normalize data within HCP. Pentaho may then be used to make the logical determination of which prepared data is appropriate for each cloud target.By reducing unnecessary data sent to the cloud, organizations can now better manage costs with Pentaho 8.2.

Expanded Analytics Ecosystem Support

Pentaho 8.2 expands support for its growing ecosystem of third-party products and technologies that help organizations optimize their data pipeline and analytics projects:

  • AMQP support: Pentaho customers can access this popular messaging protocol that helps organizations read and publish streaming data from edge devices to the cloud for addressing emerging IoT use cases.
  • Improved Google Cloud security: Support for customer managed encryption keys (CMEK) gives Pentaho users additional protection by controlling their own data encryption keys while accessing data in Google Cloud Storage and Google BigQuery.
  • Python Step: Pentaho 8.2 users can operationalize machine learning and deep learning models built with Python and make API calls to popular libraries such as scikit-learn and TensorFlow.
  • OpenJDK support: Pentaho customers can now switch from OpenJDK, which now comes with commercial terms, to a free and open source version of OpenJDK.

Supporting Quotes

“With Pentaho 8.2 and Hitachi Content Platform, we’re able to leverage both structured and unstructured data on a single platform to send cleansed, prepared data to AWS and Microsoft Azure, and will achieve a 20-30% compute cost reduction and a 50%-60% storage cost reduction as a result,” said Andrew Buffone, director of data management at CARFAX Canada. “We’re also able to better govern both the structured and unstructured data we deliver to our business and data science teams by managing it all in one place.”

“Supporting modern data analytics projects involves the creation of agile data pipelines that are able to rapidly and automatically integrate both structured and unstructured data from multiple sources and make it available for multiple use cases,” said Matt Aslett, research vice president of data, AI and analytics at 451 Research. “Given its portfolio of products, such as Pentaho 8.2, Hitachi Vantara is well placed to help customers become more data-driven, especially in industries with an abundance of unstructured data.”

Product Availability and Resources

About Hitachi Vantara
Hitachi Vantara, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., helps data-driven leaders find and use the value in their data to innovate intelligently and reach outcomes that matter for business and society. We combine technology, intellectual property and industry knowledge to deliver data-managing solutions that help enterprises improve their customers’ experiences, develop new revenue streams, and lower the costs of business. Only Hitachi Vantara elevates your innovation advantage by combining deep information technology (IT), operational technology (OT) and domain expertise. We work with organizations everywhere to drive data to meaningful outcomes. Visit us at www.HitachiVantara.com.

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Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges, combining its operational technology, information technology, and products/systems. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2017 (ended March 31, 2018) totaled 9,368.6 billion yen ($88.4 billion). The Hitachi Group is an innovation partner for the IoT era, and it has approximately 307,000 employees worldwide. Through collaborative creation with customers, Hitachi is deploying Social Innovation Business using digital technologies in a broad range of sectors, including Power/Energy, Industry/Distribution/Water, Urban Development, and Finance/Social Infrastructure/Healthcare. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website athttp://www.hitachi.com.

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REQUIEM FOR CHANGE — Singapore Premiere of a Visceral Physical Theatre Piece at LASALLE

Press Releases   •   Nov 14, 2018 12:03 +08

Inspired by Naomi Klein’s earth-shattering book This Changes Everything, the David Glass Ensemble, LASALLE College of the Arts (Faculty of Performing Arts) and East 15 Acting School presents a global collaboration. Requiem for Change is an epic devised work about the titanic struggle between late-Capitalism and Climate Change; potentially the last great story of humanity. According to the UN’s recent report on Climate Change we have only 12 years to reverse the perils of global warming--and the world is watching.

This performance by a cast of 12 LASALLE actors and musicians will be running at the Singapore Airlines Theatre from November 20 - 24. The production is directed by David Glass, and features original music by John Sharpley, lighting design by Tommy Wong and costume design by Leonard Choo.

Requiem for Change tells the story of mankind through the history of one family. Klein is an investigative journalist researching Capitalism’s effect on Climate Change, while her sister Naomi is a reclusive cellist who is battling nature to become pregnant. Naomi’s husband, Mahler is struggling to write a requiem to be performed at the close of the World Climate Change Summit in November 2016. Requiem for Change moves across fragments of time — from the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps in 1945, to the story of Nature, Naomi and Mahler’s young daughter, in today’s world. It chronicles the biggest global undertaking ever envisaged and enacted by human beings to save the planet and ourselves.

In keeping with the subject and the urgency of the situation, the piece has been developed internationally by young performers whose lives will be affected by the choices and actions we are taking—or failing to take—now. Over the course of two years, David Glass and his ensemble have worked with the same group of students to develop the piece in the UK at East 15 Acting School and in Singapore at the LASALLE College of the Arts, concurrently. The final year students at East 15 Acting School had premiered their version of the work in December 2017 under the title This Changes Everything. Now, the final year Acting students at LASALLE College of the Arts are preparing to present their Requiem for Change. Each group of students have contributed the nuances of their own artistry, leading to two pieces of theatre that are united, and yet uniquely individual.

In addition to the production, LASALLE College of the Arts, under the Faculty of Performing Arts, is hosting Urgency: A Forum for Change (on Saturday, 24 November at 4.30pm) to discuss and debate the calamity of climate change raised by the recent UN report and the increasingly deteriorating condition of our environments. Climate change experts, government officials, artists, students and the public-at-large are invited to use the Forum to register collective alarm and seek ways to force more public accountability to ensure Change.

Requiem for Change does not seek to preach. It is a visually and emotionally charged piece of physical theatre for the heart and mind, balancing satirical farce and epic tragedy. The story unfolds with the audience on three sides on the actual stage of the Singapore Airlines Theatre, reminding the audience that we are ‘actors’ in this global drama of survival and that we have the power to affect the future of the planet.

Requiem for Change will be running from November 20 - 24 at LASALLE’s Singapore Airlines Theatre on 1 McNally Street. Free tickets will be released through Peatix.com. The show times are as follows:

Wednesday, November 21 at 8pm
Thursday, November 22 at 8pm
Friday, November 23 at 8pm
Saturday, November 24 at 2pm and 8pm

“Energetic and visceral, uses the physicality of the performers to full effect, skilfully weaving together a strong visual language with narrative. David Glass has created an epic yet intimate production, which engages the audience to question their humanity, through stories which are personal and universal.”
—Tracey Low, Producer - Manchester International Festival

“The images and set pieces were totally stunning. This is clearly the beginning of an important piece of epic theatre.”
—Mike Alfreds, Theatre Director

“David Glass remains one of the pioneers and key figures of British and International Theatre.”
—John McGrath, Artistic Director - Manchester International Festival

LASALLE College of the Arts

LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore is a leading tertiary institution in cutting edge contemporary arts and design education and practice. The college offers more than 30 diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in fine arts, design communication, interior design, product design, film, animation, fashion, dance, music, theatre, arts management, arts pedagogy and practice, art therapy, Asian art histories, and creative writing.

Its faculty is led by a community of award-winning artists, designers, educators and researchers, and their practice-led research sets LASALLE apart as an international centre of excellence. Critically acclaimed alumni form the core of the cultural and creative sectors in Singapore and increasingly, internationally.

Founded in 1984 by De La Salle Brother Joseph McNally – a visionary artist and educator – LASALLE is a not-for-profit, private educational institution. LASALLE receives tuition grant support from the Singapore Ministry of Education. Its degree programmes are validated by Goldsmiths, University of London.

David Glass Biography

David Glass is an international award-winning solo performer, theatre director, writer, designer, filmmaker, teacher and creative thinker.

He is a leading international theatre teacher and has taught and influenced three generations of theatre makers in 73 countries including Simon McBurney (Complicite), Emma Thompson (Actress), Amit Lahav (Gecko Theatre), Hayley Carmichael and Paul Hunter (Told by An Idiot), Tom Morris (Warhorse) and John McGrath (Artistic Director Manchester International Festival) among others. He was also the first Mime to teach Footlights review in Cambridge, influencing a generation of actors and comedians such as Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie and Emma Thompson to think with their bodies.

In 1999 he established David Glass Ensemble and has toured to 32 countries including Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast which won him TMA Best Director award in 1992. He spearheaded theatrical adaptations of films including Les Enfant de Paradis –with Mike Alfreds-and Fellini’s La Dolce Vita.

His Lost Child Trilogy broke the mould of how theatre could be made. It was a collaboration with over 6000 street children in 22 countries.

Always visually stunning and provocative, his recent work includes an acclaimed production of Bleak House, a site specific Hotel version of The Shining, an epic work of physical theatre inspired by Naomi Klein’s seminal work on Capitalism and climate change titled This Changes Everything, and an outrageous work on the the Feminine Principle just as the MeToo movement was unfolding called The Brides. Always planting new seeds David has also helped establish Hong Kong’s Theatre Ash with his hugely visual work based on Kowloon Walled City titled City Of Darkness, which opened the Yogyakarta International Festival 2018.

David continues to work Internationally in 24 countries. The reformed Ensemble has strong partnerships with many institutions globally including Bath Spa University, East 15 Acting School, LASALLE College of the Performing Arts, the Central Academy of Dramatic Art Beijing, The Haque Centre for Acting and Creativity Singapore, Damansara Performing Arts Center in Malaysia, Marphy’s Playhouse Chengdu, National Theatre Of Serbia, Artogether Guangzhou, and Athens Festival. The ensemble’s reach is growing as he focuses on the coming generation of artists around the world.

As he enters his fortieth year in the arts David believes, more than ever, in a fast changing world, that the arts and creativity is the only possible way forward. He believes that culture creates windows, doors and bridges. The way forward is to empower through creative learning for ‘the young’ who will grow that future. He is a citizen of the world who resides in London.

Contact: Elisabeth Gunawan (Betty)
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A Global Collaboration Against Climate Change Between LASALLE College of the Arts (Singapore), the David Glass Ensemble and East 15 Acting School (UK) “History came knocking at your door. Did you answer it?” - Naomi Klein

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Hitachi Vantara Recognized by Gartner as a Leader in 2018 Magic Quadrant for General-Purpose Disk Arrays

Press Releases   •   Nov 14, 2018 10:30 +08

SINGAPORE – Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), today announced it has once again been named a Leader in Gartner’s 2018 Magic Quadrant for General-Purpose Disk Arrays (GPDA), where the company was evaluated for its completeness of vision and ability to execute in the hybrid storage array market.

Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) G series hybrid storage arrays were part of this assessment. This builds on the company’s July 2018 announcement that Hitachi Vantara was recognized as a Leader in the 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Solid State Arrays, based on its all-flash storage configurations: the VSP F series.

Hitachi VSP systems are backed by a 100% data availability guarantee1 and share a common architecture and management tools. Functional enhancements have focused on improving ease of use, increasing capacity and providing tighter integration with VMware and cloud providers. Combined with Hitachi Vantara's AI-powered analytics and IT automation software, Hitachi VSP systems help enterprises modernize their data centers with unprecedented agility, scalability and operational efficiencies.

“It’s an honor to be recognized again by Gartner as a leader in both general-purpose and solid-state arrays. We believe readers of the 2018 Magic Quadrants for Solid-State Arrays and General-Purpose Disk Arrays will find the evaluations underscore Hitachi’s proven reputation and continued execution in delivering high performance and reliable storage arrays backed by world-class service and support,” said John Magee, vice president, Portfolio Marketing at Hitachi Vantara. “Over the past year, we’ve seen the enterprise storage market continue to transition rapidly toward all-flash storage solutions as customers seek to accelerate digital innovation in their organizations. Our single family of hybrid and solid-state storage systems helps customers simplify that transition – whenever they choose – without having to learn a new platform.”

Both Gartner’s 2018 GPDA Magic Quadrant and SSA Magic Quadrant evaluations were performed on earlier generations of Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform systems: the VSP F400, F600 and F800 and VSP G200, G400, G600 and G800 models. In May 2018, Hitachi Vantara replaced these systems with the announcement of the Virtual Storage Platform F and G series 350, 370, 700, and 900 models, which occurred after the evaluation cut-off date for these Magic Quadrant assessments.

To download a complimentary copy of the 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for General-Purpose Disk Arrays, visit: https://www.hitachivantara.com/ext/gartner-magic-quadrant-general-purpose-disk-arrays.html (registration required).

Hitachi strongly encourages enterprise buyers to also read the Gartner 2018 Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays evaluation, which was published in July 2018 and is available for complimentary download here: https://www.hitachivantara.com/ext/magic-quadrant-for-solid-state-arrays-2018.html(registration required).

Gartner Magic Quadrant for General-Purpose Disk Arrays, Stanley Zaffos, Roger W. Cox, Valdis Filks, Santhosh Rao, 8 November 2018.

1 Subject to terms, conditions, and best practices. Please consult your Hitachi Vantara Representative for details.

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Hitachi Vantara today announced it has once again been named a Leader in Gartner’s 2018 Magic Quadrant for General-Purpose Disk Arrays (GPDA), where the company was evaluated for its completeness of vision and ability to execute in the hybrid storage array market.

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Arm Neoverse: The modern cloud to edge infrastructure foundation for a world of a trillion intelligent devices

Press Releases   •   Oct 31, 2018 14:26 +08

Arm Neoverse represents a new unifying brand identity and vision for the Arm-based technology powering tomorrow’s infrastructure from the core datacenter to the edge

Hitachi Vantara Completes REAN Cloud Acquisition

Press Releases   •   Oct 24, 2018 10:41 +08

SINGAPORE Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), today announced the completion of its acquisition of REAN Cloud LLC, a global cloud systems integrator, managed services provider and solutions developer of cloud-native applications across big data, machine learning and emerging internet of things (IoT) spaces. Through this acquisition, Hitachi Vantara gains critical capabilities and industry-leading expertise in cloud migration and modernization, instantly elevating its cloud offering portfolio and managed services capabilities. 

Directly complementing the strength of its Hitachi Enterprise Cloud (HEC) and on-premises deployments, Hitachi Vantara’s solutions offer unified cloud management for workloads across public, private and hybrid cloud environments. By combining REAN Cloud’s expertise in public cloud and intelligent data governance with its robust global delivery ecosystem, Hitachi Vantara will now be better positioned to meet the growing infrastructure and analytics-based needs of its customers.

According to Gartner Inc.: “Most Gartner clients are facing the challenge of adopting public cloud services while maintaining existing IT responsibilities for on-premises infrastructure and private clouds. To meet this challenge, the IT department must evolve into a broker of IT-based services by blending traditional services with both public and private cloud services. Gartner calls this evolution ‘hybrid IT.’”[1]

Hitachi Vantara aims to address this gap with its new offerings, providing cloud migration and managed services that enable customers to operate across hybrid and multicloud infrastructure. Additionally, 47Lining, acquired by REAN Cloud last year, provides deep capabilities in cloud-based analytics and machine learning that powerfully expand Hitachi Vantara’s ability to maximize data-driven value for its customers focused on vertical IoT solutions.

“In the last year, we have expanded our investment in agile and flexible infrastructure as an engine for driving our customers’ digital transformations,” said Brian Householder, chief executive officer of Hitachi Vantara. “This acquisition underscores our commitment to meeting the ever-changing needs of the digital enterprise, as well as pioneering offerings that set the standard for excellence within intelligent analytics.”

“We are thrilled to welcome REAN Cloud into our Global Services organization,” said Bobby Soni, chief solutions and services officer at Hitachi Vantara. “Adding REAN Cloud to our portfolio strengthens the value we bring to transformation projects through advanced multicloud and analytics capabilities, and also extends our fully managed offerings targeting deep domain use cases.”

About REAN Cloud
REAN Cloud, a global cloud systems integrator and Managed Service Provider (MSP), is a Premier Consulting Partner in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN) and a Microsoft Azure Silver Partner. REAN Cloud offers managed services and solutions for hyperscale-integrated IaaS and PaaS providers, and is one the few systems integrators capable of supporting the entire cloud services life cycle. Backed by extensive security DNA and deep compliance IP and expertise, REAN Cloud specializes in helping enterprise customers that operate in highly regulated environments – Financial Services, Healthcare/Life Sciences, Education and the Public Sector – accelerate their cloud investments while extracting maximum value from use of the cloud itself.

About Hitachi VantaraHitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., helps data-driven leaders find and use the value in their data to innovate intelligently and reach outcomes that matter for business and society. We combine technology, intellectual property and industry knowledge to deliver data-managing solutions that help enterprises improve their customers' experiences, develop new revenue streams, and lower the costs of business. Only Hitachi Vantara elevates your innovation advantage by combining deep information technology (IT), operational technology (OT) and domain expertise. We work with organizations everywhere to drive data to meaningful outcomes. Visit us at www.hitachivantara.com.

About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges, combining its operational technology, information technology, and products/systems. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2017 (ended March 31, 2018) totaled 9,368.6 billion yen ($88.4 billion). The Hitachi Group is an innovation partner for the IoT era, and it has approximately 307,000 employees worldwide. Through collaborative creation with customers, Hitachi is deploying Social Innovation Business using digital technologies in a broad range of sectors, including Power/Energy, Industry/Distribution/Water, Urban Development, and Finance/Social Infrastructure/Healthcare. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.

[1] Gartner, Utilizing Hybrid Architectures for Cloud Computing, Alan D. Waite, November 10, 2017 

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Deal Strengthens Hitachi Vantara’s Ability To Accelerate Customers’ Digital Transformation Journeys

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LASALLE’s Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore Unveils Dissolving margins and Moving Pledges Exhibitions

Press Releases   •   Oct 17, 2018 17:35 +08

Exhibitions feature works from 6 Singapore artists which explore the role of art in contemporary society LASALLE’s Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore will open 2 exhibitions on 19 Oct. Titled Dissolving margins and Moving Pledges, both exhibitions explore the role of art in contemporary society and are part of the lead up to Singapore’s first contemporary Asian art histories conference.

Former GIC and Grab Executive Joins Horangi Cyber Security as Chairman to Harness AI in Cyber Security

Press Releases   •   Oct 15, 2018 10:44 +08

Horangi Cyber Security announced today that Kevin Lee has joined the company as Executive Chairman. In his new role, Kevin will work on deepening Horangi’s cybersecurity capabilities by harnessing AI and machine learning to enhance the Horangi platform and build out a world-class executive team.

Vitafoods Asia 2018 showcased growing trends in Nutraceuticals

Press Releases   •   Oct 03, 2018 16:12 +08

Vitafoods Asia 2018 was a resounding success, bringing together the nutraceuticals industry from all parts of the globe to build valuable business connections. The exhibition grew by over 40% this year, and 2019 looks to expand further as 70% of the booths for the 2019 edition pre-sold at the show, with many of those exhibitors upsizing their stand space.

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