uAfrica.com rolls out African expansion plan

By admin, 15 lipca, 2014, No Comment

uAfrica.com, a leading South African eCommerce technology company, today announced the launch of the first phase of its expansion plan into the rest of Africa. The first phase targets Nigeria with a trial Proof of Concept (POC) partnership with MTN Business customers who will be able to develop their own online shops through uAfrica.com. Phase two will see uAfrica.com launch their services in Kenya and later on in Uganda with key business partners established in both these regions.

“uAfrica.com’s goal is to enable 1000 online stores outside of South Africa in the next 12 months,” said Andy Higgins, the Managing Director of uAfrica.com. “We have also identified Nigeria as one of our biggest markets in Africa and predict that in time they will outgrow South Africa and become our biggest market in Africa, so we’re thrilled to have launched our pilot project to such an enthusiastic response with our Nigerian partners.” Higgins concluded.

Two large online retailers, Konga.com and Jumia.com.ng, have lead the charge in the Nigerian online retail space by offering their consumers the convenience of being able to purchase a range of goods online that they also deliver. uAfrica.com however, has targeted SMEs specifically to support local entrepreneurial merchant start-ups within the market. Initially uAfrica.com will offer basic online storefront services followed by additional services around payments, logistics and marketing support and will later launch a multi-channelled selling solution to these customers. An important element of uAfrica.com’s basic product offering is the ability to trade via their mobile devices as research shows that many potential, first-time eCommerce customers will use their devices to first engage in the online retail environments.
Interesting challenges uAfrica.com will be facing when entering these markets but challenges which will make them market leaders in these territories in the longer term include:

  • Payments, although outside of South Africa Cash On Delivery (COD) is the most widely used form of payment and
  • Logistics, as the maize of informal roads and walkways create undefined addresses to households with some consumers even resorting to pinning their delivery location on a Google map.

Predictions about why industry experts foresee Nigeria’s eCommerce industry to lead the African online retail environment can be partly attributed to the huge growth forecast for Nigeria with their GDP being the largest in Africa, the fact that millions of dollars have been invested by global companies into Nigerian eCommerce retailers Konga.com and Jumia.com.ng, and the fact that Lagos has only two physical shopping malls servicing between 20 to 25 million people – numbers that will be tricky if not impossible to maintain long term and which is why uAfrica.com is keen to service the market. uAfrica.com is resolute to assist local entrepreneurs and SMEs to claim their piece of this pie.

OpenWeb to turn ADSL market upside down

By admin, 9 lipca, 2014, No Comment

Local ISP OpenWeb has launched Hybrid Uncapped, a broadband offering that is set to revolutionise the ADSL market. Due to customer increased demand, OpenWeb now offers Capped-Unshaped Premium daytime broadband with Uncapped-Shaped up to 6Mbps data after hours.

OpenWeb CEO Keoma Wright says Hybrid Uncapped will be filling a large gap in the market. “Clients are demanding premium Capped bandwidth during office hours and uncapped data after hours. We have finally made this request a reality.”

Hybrid Uncapped is available in various packages ranging from 50GB to 200GB and starting at only R299 per month. 50GB Hybrid Uncapped will provide customers with 50GB’s of Capped-Unshaped Premium daytime (weekdays 7am – 7pm) bandwidth and Uncapped-Shaped up to 6Mbps data all other times.

Once customers reach their cap, daytime speed will be limited to 384k but after hour speeds will remain untouched. However, they can top-up at any time.

Clients can purchase the accounts via debit order or credit card and it can be purchased as a once-off account or monthly. Should a client purchase via credit card, OpenWeb will provide instant activation.

“We are so excited with all the new developments taking place at OpenWeb. We will be turning the ADSL market upside down in the next few months. Watch this space, our clients will be so proud,” concludes Wright.

For more information and pricing contact OpenWeb on 0861 22 44 66 or email admin@openweb.co.za or visit http://www.openweb.co.za

Presenting ConvergeSA 2014: The Converged Communications Conference

By admin, 7 lipca, 2014, No Comment

By Andy Moller

Africa’s most prominent VoIP communications conference returns this year with a new title, ConvergeSA, and will take place at the Bytes Conference Centre in Johannesburg on 15 August, 2014.

ConvergeSA is a one day conference and networking event that brings together the leaders in the South African converged communications industry. The event was formally hosted under the name ‘VoiceSA’ as far back as 2010 and has proved its position as the leading professional communications conference in SA with over 300 industry professionals attending. Now the event returns under the title ConvergeSA to encompass all elements of the converged communications industry.

“The telecommunications industry in South Africa has undergone massive transformation in the last decade from constant change in the regulatory environment to rapid technology innovation in converged communications,” says Adrian Bush, Director of Even Flow Distribution (the Presenting Sponsor), “ConvergeSA is South Africa’s only industry conference that explores the landscape of SA’s evolving business communications industry.”

The event provides attendees with an opportunity to hear from the leading industry players on a wide range of topics, from what further changes we can expect in the regulatory environment to insight into what technology developments can be expected in the years to come. It also provides a unique opportunity to network and collaborate with other industry professionals.

Delegates can expect to benefit from:

  • Presentations and panel discussions from leading industry professionals
  • An interactive exhibition showcasing next generation communication solutions
  • A lively networking event to connect, collaborate and communicate
  • Free beer at the post event gathering… need we say more!

For the best that business communication infrastructure has to offer, be sure to book your ConvergeSA 2014 ticket as soon as possible. You can also sign up for the ConvergeSA Newsletter to stay in the loop of further developments.

Our Keynote Speaker will be announced in next week’s ConvergeSA Newsletter.

Our current sponsors are:

  • Yealink – Platinum Sponsor
  • snom – Silver Sponsor
  • Even Flow – Presenting Sponsor
  • MyBroadband – Media Sponsor
  • WhichVoIP – Media Sponsor

Lower your IT Costs

By admin, 30 czerwca, 2014, No Comment

In the past, in order to get a business up and running, a company would need to ensure that the necessary hardware and software is purchased.

Typically, a business would employ the use of an IT service provider, or in-house IT to assist in the setup and maintenance of the IT environment.

The initial capital outlay for a business to purchase IT hardware and software can be massive, making it often prohibitively expensive, especially for a small business, to take full advantage of the latest technologies in the market.

On top of the expense of purchasing hardware and software, it is often costly for a business to keep that hardware and software up to date.

Stepping into 2014 – we are living in an always on world dominated by mobile technologies, from smart phones, to tablets, and nowadays, even wearable tech. People no longer only have a PC at home with a feature phone.

These days, the average office worker might have a smart phone, a tablet for on the go, a PC at home and a laptop at work. We are living in a world where we expect access to devices and our data anytime, and from anywhere.

As consumers, we have also become accustomed to having access to the latest and greatest gadgets and devices. These devices have also become more accessible to us through payment plans provided to us by our cellular service providers.

What is the Cloud?

Put simply, cloud computing refers to a user connecting to a network to access data or applications. If you use services such as Facebook or Twitter, you’re in the cloud. There are three models to cloud computing, namely public, private and hybrid.

Cloud services

Cloud services

Lower IT Costs with Public Cloud Services

By purchasing a service hosted in the public cloud, organisations free up precious cash flow associated with setting up physical server infrastructure. In the long term, the organisation is able to save money associated with the upkeep and maintenance of the IT investment.

Instead, it is the responsibility of the service provider to ensure that hardware and software is maintained and kept up to date. This is precious cash flow that can then be injected into other, more core activities for an organisation.

Since there is no ownership of hardware and software when purchasing a public cloud service, this transaction is seen by the business as an operational expense.

It is absolutely imperative for any organisation to build a predictable expense model so that the organisation is better able to budget for any expenditure that might occur during the course of business.

Public cloud services are typically paid on a usage or user model, meaning that the more an organisation consumes, the more they pay.

Do Business Better

The modern office worker has become accustomed to having their personal data on the go from their personal lives.

Work shouldn’t be any different. Cloud storage services ensure that people will be able to access data from anywhere, from almost any device, as long as they are connected to the Internet.

There are also a range of tools available that will help you to simplify the processes of your business.

Software is offered as a service, meaning that the software is constantly maintained, giving users access to the latest versions of software which translates into near instant access to the latest productivity benefits.

What is Office 365?

Office 365 is a service provided by Microsoft that offers a full enterprise grade business IT solution at a small business price point. It includes access an email server, the ability to share calendars, collaboration tools, as well as web conferencing facilities.

On top of this, you get Office Professional Plus that a single user can install on up to five devices, including PCs, Macs, tablets and smart phones.

Office 365

Office 365

Office 365 plans

Office 365 plans

Office 365 plans

How can I Buy Office 365?

Office 365 can be purchased in one of two ways:

1. Online Purchase

You can buy Office 365 directly from Microsoft from the Office 365 portal. You’re able to make monthly payments, which are automatically deducted from your credit card.

When purchasing Office 365 online, be sure to nominate your service provider, so that they are able to assist you in managing your Office 365 service.

2. Through a Service Provider

Purchase Office 365 through an Open agreement from your IT service provider. Office 365 is offered as an annual purchase; however, speak to your service provider about finance options to break the annual payment down to a monthly payment.

Office 365 Misconceptions, Frequently Asked Questions

1. You need to be connected to the Internet to access Office 365.

False – Your PC simply needs to be online once per month for the desktop copy of Microsoft to speak to the Server to check that the user still has an active O365 subscription. Once verified, you continue to use Office Professional Plus as you normally would… it lives on your PC.

The user will install a OneDrive Pro folder on their PC. This allows you to save files to the folder. The folder sits on your hard drive, but every time you have an Internet connection, your files will automatically sync to the cloud.

This is an easy backup solution for your important documents and no active back up is needed. If your PC’s hard drive crashes, you can simply download the OneDrive folder from the cloud and be up and running in no time. It is important to know that this will not back up settings on your PC, but is meant entirely to be a backup solution for your important files.

With regards to Exchange Online and Lync Online – these are services that would typically require access to the Internet to function normally. As such, this does not change in a hosted service environment – you will still need to have an Internet connection in order to receive emails and to be able to get access to instant messaging and web-conference.

The benefit of a hosted service, however, is that the service is not dependent on the Internet connection at your office. Simply put, if your Internet is down, you can simply relocate to another location with a working Internet connection and continue to work without interruptions.

2. My data is sitting in the public cloud. Therefore, it cannot be secure.

False – Microsoft consistently sets a high bar around privacy practices that support global standards for data handling and transfer. Microsoft does not scan email or documents stored on its servers to build analytics or to mine data. Your data sitting in Microsoft’s servers remains your data – you are able to export your data from the Microsoft services at any point in time.

Microsoft Office 365 services are also compliant with South Africa’s Protection of Personal Information (POPI) legislation, which dictates that South Africans will only be allowed to store their data outside of South African datacentres if the datacentres complies with policies that are equal to, or better of South Africa’s.

Further to this, Microsoft has built a high level of redundancy into their servers. What this means is that should the datacentre experience any issues, you will be automatically re-directed to another datacentre. This prevents the situation of data loss, which can often occur in a scenario with an on-site server.

3. Office 365 is a subscription. Why should I buy into a subscription instead of an Office package that I own?

Office 365 subscription

Office 365 subscription

4. What devices can I access Office from?

Microsoft offers its Office 365 service on PCs, Mac, tablets and smart phones. Office is available for iPhone, iPad, Android phones, Windows tablets and Windows phone.

5. How long is my Office 365 subscription active for?

Office 365 subscriptions are active for 1 year (365 days) from the time of activation. During that time, you will gain access to the service, including all service updates and improvements applicable to your plan.

Purchasing Office 365 through the Open program means that you are purchasing a full year of the service.

What Are My Next Steps?

Get in touch with your IT service provider and discuss your business and IT objectives. Doing so will help your service provider to offer a better service and solution tailored for the unique needs of your organisation.

In deciding to make a move into the cloud, you will also need to think about how to prepare your organisation for the transition – this might include training for staff in order to better leverage off the new technologies on offer. Ensure that your IT service provider has built a service offering, built on a solid understanding of the Office 365 service.

If you require any more information, or want to set up a demo of how Office 365 works, get in touch with us at:

Johannesburg
Jenna Lea Edwards – JennaLeaE@rectron.co.za
Noma Games – NomaG@rectron.co.za
Anje Pretorius – AnjeP@mustek.co.za

Durban
Yolanda Clark – YolandaC@rectron.co.za or YolandaC@mustek.co.za

Cape Town
Simon Kruger – SimonK@rectron.co.za
Levi Chamberlain – LeviC@rectron.co.za or LeviC@mustek.co.za

Bloemfontein
Michael Henson – MikeH@rectron.co.za

Port Elizabeth
Rencia Bezuidenhout – RenciaB@rectron.co.za or RenciaB@mustek.co.za

Office 365 in the cloud from Rectron

By admin, 27 czerwca, 2014, No Comment

In the past, in order to get a business up and running, a company would need to ensure that the necessary hardware and software is purchased.

Typically, a business would employ the use of an IT service provider, or in-house IT to assist in the setup and maintenance of the IT environment.

The initial capital outlay for a business to purchase IT hardware and software can be massive, making it often prohibitively expensive, especially for a small business, to take full advantage of the latest technologies in the market.

On top of the expense of purchasing hardware and software, it is often costly for a business to keep that hardware and software up to date.

Stepping into 2014 – we are living in an always on world dominated by mobile technologies, from smart phones, to tablets, and nowadays, even wearable tech. People no longer only have a PC at home with a feature phone.

These days, the average office worker might have a smart phone, a tablet for on the go, a PC at home and a laptop at work. We are living in a world where we expect access to devices and our data anytime, and from anywhere.

As consumers, we have also become accustomed to having access to the latest and greatest gadgets and devices. These devices have also become more accessible to us through payment plans provided to us by our cellular service providers.

What is the Cloud?

Put simply, cloud computing refers to a user connecting to a network to access data or applications. If you use services such as Facebook or Twitter, you’re in the cloud. There are three models to cloud computing, namely public, private and hybrid.

Cloud services

Cloud services

Lower IT Costs with Public Cloud Services

By purchasing a service hosted in the public cloud, organisations free up precious cash flow associated with setting up physical server infrastructure. In the long term, the organisation is able to save money associated with the upkeep and maintenance of the IT investment.

Instead, it is the responsibility of the service provider to ensure that hardware and software is maintained and kept up to date. This is precious cash flow that can then be injected into other, more core activities for an organisation.

Since there is no ownership of hardware and software when purchasing a public cloud service, this transaction is seen by the business as an operational expense.

It is absolutely imperative for any organisation to build a predictable expense model so that the organisation is better able to budget for any expenditure that might occur during the course of business.

Public cloud services are typically paid on a usage or user model, meaning that the more an organisation consumes, the more they pay.

Do Business Better

The modern office worker has become accustomed to having their personal data on the go from their personal lives.

Work shouldn’t be any different. Cloud storage services ensure that people will be able to access data from anywhere, from almost any device, as long as they are connected to the Internet.

There are also a range of tools available that will help you to simplify the processes of your business.

Software is offered as a service, meaning that the software is constantly maintained, giving users access to the latest versions of software which translates into near instant access to the latest productivity benefits.

What is Office 365?

Office 365 is a service provided by Microsoft that offers a full enterprise grade business IT solution at a small business price point. It includes access an email server, the ability to share calendars, collaboration tools, as well as web conferencing facilities.

On top of this, you get Office Professional Plus that a single user can install on up to five devices, including PCs, Macs, tablets and smart phones.

Office 365

Office 365

Office 365 plans

Office 365 plans

Office 365 plans

How can I Buy Office 365?

Office 365 can be purchased in one of two ways:

1. Online Purchase

You can buy Office 365 directly from Microsoft from the Office 365 portal. You’re able to make monthly payments, which are automatically deducted from your credit card.

When purchasing Office 365 online, be sure to nominate your service provider, so that they are able to assist you in managing your Office 365 service.

2. Through a Service Provider

Purchase Office 365 through an Open agreement from your IT service provider. Office 365 is offered as an annual purchase; however, speak to your service provider about finance options to break the annual payment down to a monthly payment.

Office 365 Misconceptions, Frequently Asked Questions

1. You need to be connected to the Internet to access Office 365.

False – Your PC simply needs to be online once per month for the desktop copy of Microsoft to speak to the Server to check that the user still has an active O365 subscription. Once verified, you continue to use Office Professional Plus as you normally would… it lives on your PC.

The user will install a OneDrive Pro folder on their PC. This allows you to save files to the folder. The folder sits on your hard drive, but every time you have an Internet connection, your files will automatically sync to the cloud.

This is an easy backup solution for your important documents and no active back up is needed. If your PC’s hard drive crashes, you can simply download the OneDrive folder from the cloud and be up and running in no time. It is important to know that this will not back up settings on your PC, but is meant entirely to be a backup solution for your important files.

With regards to Exchange Online and Lync Online – these are services that would typically require access to the Internet to function normally. As such, this does not change in a hosted service environment – you will still need to have an Internet connection in order to receive emails and to be able to get access to instant messaging and web-conference.

The benefit of a hosted service, however, is that the service is not dependent on the Internet connection at your office. Simply put, if your Internet is down, you can simply relocate to another location with a working Internet connection and continue to work without interruptions.

2. My data is sitting in the public cloud. Therefore, it cannot be secure.

False – Microsoft consistently sets a high bar around privacy practices that support global standards for data handling and transfer. Microsoft does not scan email or documents stored on its servers to build analytics or to mine data. Your data sitting in Microsoft’s servers remains your data – you are able to export your data from the Microsoft services at any point in time.

Microsoft Office 365 services are also compliant with South Africa’s Protection of Personal Information (POPI) legislation, which dictates that South Africans will only be allowed to store their data outside of South African datacentres if the datacentres complies with policies that are equal to, or better of South Africa’s.

Further to this, Microsoft has built a high level of redundancy into their servers. What this means is that should the datacentre experience any issues, you will be automatically re-directed to another datacentre. This prevents the situation of data loss, which can often occur in a scenario with an on-site server.

3. Office 365 is a subscription. Why should I buy into a subscription instead of an Office package that I own?

Office 365 subscription

Office 365 subscription

4. What devices can I access Office from?

Microsoft offers its Office 365 service on PCs, Mac, tablets and smart phones. Office is available for iPhone, iPad, Android phones, Windows tablets and Windows phone.

5. How long is my Office 365 subscription active for?

Office 365 subscriptions are active for 1 year (365 days) from the time of activation. During that time, you will gain access to the service, including all service updates and improvements applicable to your plan.

Purchasing Office 365 through the Open program means that you are purchasing a full year of the service.

What Are My Next Steps?

Get in touch with your IT service provider and discuss your business and IT objectives. Doing so will help your service provider to offer a better service and solution tailored for the unique needs of your organisation.

In deciding to make a move into the cloud, you will also need to think about how to prepare your organisation for the transition – this might include training for staff in order to better leverage off the new technologies on offer. Ensure that your IT service provider has built a service offering, built on a solid understanding of the Office 365 service.

If you require any more information, or want to set up a demo of how Office 365 works, get in touch with us at:

Johannesburg
Jenna Lea Edwards – JennaLeaE@rectron.co.za
Noma Games – NomaG@rectron.co.za
Anje Pretorius – AnjeP@mustek.co.za

Durban
Yolanda Clark – YolandaC@rectron.co.za or YolandaC@mustek.co.za

Cape Town
Simon Kruger – SimonK@rectron.co.za
Levi Chamberlain – LeviC@rectron.co.za or LeviC@mustek.co.za

Bloemfontein
Michael Henson – MikeH@rectron.co.za

Port Elizabeth
Rencia Bezuidenhout – RenciaB@rectron.co.za or RenciaB@mustek.co.za

Early bird to attend Europe’s leading Military Satellite Communications event expires next week

By admin, 27 czerwca, 2014, No Comment

SMi’s 16th annual Global MilSatCom event takes place on the 4th – 6th November 2014, London, UK

The Global MilSatCom conference and exhibition is Europe’s leading military satellite communications event bringing together over 400 of the industry’s key senior military representatives who use MilSatCom in their operations alongside the world’s leading SatCom solutions providers and operators.

This industry-leading event will feature 3 days’ worth of high-level keynote addresses, thought provoking presentations and interactive panel discussions to allow attendees the opportunity to hear about the newest technologies to help them develop more secure satellite communications.

This year’s event will focus on current operational challenges faced by MilSatCom end-users such as difficulty of establishing SatCom capability when troops have just been deployed; managing MilSatCom on difficult terrain and the issue of securing cost-efficient MilSatCom and how to overcome these challenges through international cooperation with both military and civil projects.

Places are extremely limited for this event.

The £300 early bird offer expires on the 30th June so those interested in attending are advised to register early to avoid disappointment. Click here to secure your seat today.

Key reasons to attend Global MilSatCom 2014:

  • Two NEW keynote addresses – Hear from:
    Lieutenant General (Rtd) Anil Chait, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC, Chief of Integrated Defence Staff Chairman, Government of India Ministry of Defence
    Major Cihan ERCAN, Satellite Project Officer, Turkish Armed Forces
  • Over 30 key presentations from senior military and government representatives including: DGA France, The Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAInBw), Italian Ministry of Defence, Danish Defence, Ghana Armed Forces, US Air Force, Canadian Department of Defence, Brazilian Armed Forces, US Naval Research Laboratory, CONAE plus many more
  • NEW NATIONS to speak include: Turkey, India, Argentina, Tanzania and Ghana
  • Network with over 100 senior military representatives from across the world
  • Region-focused conference agenda for more specialised content:
    Day 1 will focus on EU including the Host Nation, Day 2 – the Americas including Latin America and Day 3 – will feature presentations from the three main regions Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa.
  • Two NEW interactive workshops:
    A – Role of Satellite in Operational Situational Awareness-Latest Technological Trends – Hosted by Catapult Satellite Application
    B – Satellite Interference- Technology and Tools – Hosted by Satellite Interference Reduction Group.

 

Click here to view the agenda

With the event selling out for the past 10 years, make sure you secure your seat today and save £300.

For further information please visit www.globalmilsatcom.com or contact the team on +44 (0) 20 7827 6054.

Data roaming SIM card launched for use in 95 countries

By admin, 26 czerwca, 2014, No Comment

Smart-i recently launched a product that we hope will change the way people access the internet and using data whilst roaming. Traditional data roaming means that when your data enabled device moves beyond the geographical reach of your “home” network, your device will switch to a different network in your new area. The Smartsim solution reaches far beyond this traditional concept of roaming and rather towards the idea of having one “home” network in multiple countries.

Visitors to foreign countries mainly have two options if they wish to use data on their smartphones, modems or tablets. The first option is to contact their local service provider and activate international data roaming on their local SIM card. The second, less appealing option, is to buy a SIM card from another service provider once they have reached their destination.

The latter may seem like a more affordable alternative but it can be risky. Most countries have laws similar to our local RICA laws, making it difficult and sometimes impossible for foreigners to buy SIM cards without the correct documentation. Roaming with your local SIM card will thus be more convenient, but it comes at a price. Some networks will charge as much as R128.00 per MB when you use their SIM card in North America, Europe or Asia.

Smartsim offers a third alternative. The Smartsim data SIM card can be purchased online and used in at least 95 countries across the globe. Countries include most European countries, the United States, Australia and some Asian, African and South American countries. In essence, it will be like using the same network while in any of these 95 countries. There is no need to register or activate this SIM card every time you visit a new country. Furthermore, buying data bundles for the Smartsim card can be done online, giving users complete control and avoiding the bill shock that comes with roaming on your local SIM card. The cost of using data on the Smartsim card ranges between R1.02 per MB to R4.25 per MB, depending on the size of the bundle purchased. Smartsim offers you the choice to load bundles from as little as 100 MB to 1 GB at a time thereby further assisting users in controlling their mobile data roaming charges.

For more information on the Smartsim data roaming SIM card you can visit www.smartsim.co.za

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Dell brings leading flash economics to new mid-tier storage array series

By admin, 25 czerwca, 2014, No Comment
  • New Dell Storage array series, designed for mid-tier deployments, extends Dell’s intelligent data placement technology with an all-flash solution costing up to 72 percent less than competing arrays
  • New flash and hybrid arrays support diverse workload demands, including support for up to 10,000 Microsoft Exchange user mailboxes in a single 2U SAN
  • Dell expands software-defined storage portfolio with planned series of Web-scale converged appliances 

Dell today announced it will bring its high-end storage capabilities to mid-sized deployments with the creation of a new series of full-featured, enterprise storage arrays. Dell also shared details of its growing software-defined storage (SDS) ecosystem and plans to broaden its portfolio with new Dell converged server and storage appliances.

The new Dell Storage SC4000 Series arrays demonstrate Dell’s continued innovation to bring full-featured, enterprise-class storage to cost-efficient, high-performing, mid-tier solutions. With these new arrays, customers can achieve impressive all-flash performance – costing up to 72 percent less than competing pure flash arrays – or a highly cost-efficient combination of high-end flash performance and low-cost disk storage all in one array. The storage array series joins Dell’s customer-driven, enterprise data centre portfolio of purpose-built solutions designed to make IT more efficient and practical.

“The Dell Storage SC4000 Series is redefining the economics of enterprise storage, offering the advanced capabilities of larger-scale enterprise storage and outstanding price for performance to help customers with mid-tier storage needs become more competitive,” said Brad Pulford, Dell enterprise solutions group director. “While Dell continues to make huge strides in evolving our storage portfolio with industry leading value propositions for customers seeking innovative SAN technology, we’re also supporting organisations opting for a revolutionary approach to data management by growing our portfolio of software-defined storage and converged solutions.”

New Dell Storage Arrays Bring Large-Scale, Enterprise-Class Features to Smaller Deployments

Supporting customers seeking high-performing and cost-efficient storage arrays at a smaller scale, the new Dell Storage SC4000 Series arrays will debut with the enterprise-class Dell Storage SC4020, a 2U, 24-drive storage area network (SAN). These enterprise-class arrays leverage technology from both the Dell Compellent and EqualLogic family of products, incorporating full-featured Dell Compellent Storage Center 6.5 array software and the EqualLogic iSCSI software stack. The new series supports both Fibre Channel and iSCSI connectivity and is designed to offer the same advanced capabilities as larger SANs in a solution sized and priced for mid-sized deployments.

The Dell Storage SC4020, which can scale to more than 400 terabytes of raw capacity, supports a wide range of workloads for organisations, across all industries and sizes, seeking a high-performing, mid-sized SAN entry point or a remote or branch office storage solution. For example, the Dell Storage SC4020 can host up to 10,000 Microsoft Exchange 2013 user mailboxes in a single 2U SAN with 24 hard disk drives or can achieve nearly 120,000 IOPS (input-output operations per second) with less than one millisecond latency for OLTP or mixed workloads.

The new arrays will launch with the same intelligent data placement capability as the Dell Compellent SC8000 that moves data among traditional rotating drives, write-optimised flash (SLC), and read-optimised flash (MLC) drives to optimise overall storage costs. Customers can achieve all-flash performance for the price of 15K disk technology with real time tiering between flash drive types, thereby reducing storage costs and gaining from all-flash performance to support applications, such as OLTP database workloads, where previously all-flash storage might have been deemed cost prohibitive.

The Dell Storage SC4020 also provides an excellent replication partner for Dell Compellent SC8000 arrays, allowing customers to seamlessly connect and manage arrays together with a single, centralised management interface that can help simplify operations and reduce total cost of ownership. The new Dell Storage array series also offers customers:

  • Unprecedented value with a highly efficient SAN and compact size,  making it ideal for mid-sized needs or remote or branch office deployments
  • Enterprise-class performance with dual controller capability and SAN optimised for all-flash or hybrid SSD/HDD configurations
  • World class intelligence with advanced levels of automation and control to auto-tune the customer’s storage environment
  • Advanced software capabilities such as real-time automated tiering, replication, thin provisioning, snapshots and centralised management for multiple local and remote SANs
  • Perpetual software licensing that enables customers to pay only once for software features, even across hardware upgrades
  • Unified storage with the ability to manage both block and file storage, with the Dell Fluid File System, from a single management console
  • World class Dell Copilot support services that provide a combination of centralised support and 24×7 active system monitoring to help improve system performance and stability

Dell Grows Software-Defined Storage Portfolio

Dell also today announced growing support for a diverse set of software-defined storage solutions, broadening its partner ecosystem with a new go to market relationship with Nutanix. With the new agreement, Dell plans to offer customers the Dell XC Series of Web-scale Converged Appliances, which combine compute, storage and networking into a single offering, powered by Nutanix software. The new appliances will benefit customers seeking an integrated IT approach, offering simple deployment, management and scale as needed.

As SDS begins to find its way into the enterprise storage and the larger software-defined data centre discussions, some organisations are looking to move towards revolutionary solutions where the components – compute, storage and networking – are tuned to work together for optimised application performance and ease of management and scale through automation and IT orchestration.

With a focus on delivering end-to-end data centre capabilities, Dell offers customers multiple SDS options, along with its partners, where Dell hardware, services and support are integral to the solutions. Dell’s broad and open approach to SDS includes integration with open source platforms and leading hypervisor vendors to provide a breadth of customer-centric SDS solutions to address various business needs.

Availability:

  • The Dell Storage SC4000 Series will be available worldwide during the third quarter of 2014.
  • The Dell XC Series of Web-scale Converged Appliances have planned worldwide availability during the fourth quarter of 2014.

 

New Veeam Cloud Connect gives service providers an easy way to host backups for Veeam’s 100,000+ customers

By admin, 12 czerwca, 2014, No Comment

For Veeam resellers and customers, it provides an easy, efficient and secure way to move backups offsite; included in new Veeam Availability Suite v8

Veeam Software, innovative provider of solutions that deliver Availability for the Modern Data Centre, announced Veeam Cloud Connect, part of the new Veeam Availability Suite v8, which will be generally available in Q3, 2014. The new functionality gives service providers a direct pipeline to benefit from the Veeam ecosystem, which includes over 100,000 customers. Veeam customers get a fully integrated, secure and efficient means to move backups to an offsite backup repository managed by the service provider of their choice, but without the upfront capital investment of an offsite infrastructure.

“To ensure complete data centre availability in the event of any disaster, Veeam recommends that IT follow the 3-2-1 rule: three copies of data on two different kinds of media, one of which is offsite,” said Ratmir Timashev, President and CEO of Veeam. “Veeam Cloud Connect enables IT to fulfill the offsite requirement without having to invest in offsite infrastructure or management, and presents new opportunities for service providers and Veeam resellers to build recurring revenue, offer additional services and establish relationships with new customers.”

New Opportunities for Service Providers

Both current Veeam Cloud Providers (VCPs) and new Veeam service providers can leverage Veeam Cloud Connect to grow their customer base and recurring revenue streams. Setup only requires a single server and takes less than 10 minutes, providing all the infrastructure management capabilities a service provider needs to offer an offsite repository service to Veeam customers.

Plus, pricing has been tailored to meet the specific needs of service providers. Instead of an up-front perpetual license, Veeam offers service providers monthly per VM licensing. Finally, Veeam customers can search for and contact nearby service providers through an integrated Web portal in Veeam Availability Suite v8, bringing new customers right to the service provider’s doorstep.

Features for service providers include:

• Cloud gateway: Virtualises all traffic between the customer and the service provider through a single port, creating a convenient way for customers to connect with cloud resources through firewalls.
• SSL connection: Reliable, secure connection over SSL eliminates extra costs, complexity and management overhead—maintaining VPN infrastructure is no longer necessary.
• Multi-tenancy: Manage multiple customers, cloud repositories and cloud gateways from one all-inclusive management and reporting console.
• Resource management: Allocate storage for each customer, while leveraging built-in reports and alerts to track storage consumption, manage expiration dates, and send automatic renewal reminders.
• Scale-out architecture: Easily scale Veeam Cloud Connect infrastructure by deploying multiple cloud gateways, thus enabling automatic load balancing and high availability.
• End-to-end encryption: All data is protected in-flight with SSL, and customers can additionally encrypt data at-source (before it leaves their network perimeter) and still get all the benefits of Built-in WAN Acceleration.
“We have provided offsite backup and disaster recovery for Veeam customers since 2011,” said Matthew Chesterton, President of OffsiteDataSync, a Rochester, NY-based cloud solutions company and a Gold Veeam Cloud Provider. “By supporting multi-tenancy and eliminating the need for VPN connections, Veeam Cloud Connect makes it easier to offer these services at scale. Our hosting and Veeam expertise, along with the new Cloud Connect functionality and Veeam’s huge presence in the market, will allow us to quickly acquire new customers, resulting in additional growth of our company’s overall profitability.”

“Our customers are increasingly telling us that their applications and data centres need to be available 24-7,” said Helene Caraux, Cloud Product Manager at OVH, a Platinum Veeam Cloud Provider. “With Veeam Cloud Connect, we can play an important role in making that happen by providing them with a simple, secure and affordable way to move backups offsite to our repository. It enables additional availability and security services for us as well as additional peace of mind for our customers. Thanks to Veeam, it’s a win for both of us.”

New Offsite Options for Veeam Customers

Veeam Cloud Connect enables Veeam customers to send backups offsite to a hosted repository through a reliable, secure SSL connection with no additional Veeam licensing required. It’s a simple way to protect against the risk of catastrophic data loss without owning, managing and maintaining hardware at a second site, or struggling with data transfer and security issues of public cloud backup. Instead, IT can find a service provider they trust to host their offsite backups. IT only pays for what it uses.

Additional features for Veeam customers include:

• Complete visibility and control: Access and recover data from hosted backup repositories directly from the Veeam backup console. Track cloud repository consumption and receive reminders for hosted storage renewals.
• Modern backup architecture: Fully leverage Veeam’s Modern Data Center availability technology, including Backup Copy jobs with Built-in WAN Acceleration, forever incremental backups, GFS (grandfather-father-son) retention policies and more, to master the “3-2-1 rule”―all built into one product.
• End-to-end encryption: Rest easy by encrypting data in-transit and at rest in the cloud repository.
Veeam Cloud Connect will be available as part of the Veeam Availability Suite v8, which will be generally available in Q3, 2014. Veeam Availability Suite v8 will be showcased at VeeamON: The World’s Premier Data Center Availability Event, taking place 6-9 October 2014 at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, NV. Veeam will bring together industry-leading experts, Veeam customers and partners who will learn about enabling the Always-On Business. Registration is now open.

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Speakers Announced for the 2014 eCommerce Conference

By admin, 11 czerwca, 2014, No Comment

International and Local Industry Experts Confirmed for uAfrica.com’s eCommerce Conference Later This Year

uAfrica.com, a leading South African eCommerce technology company, is proud to announce the speakers for the annual South African eCommerce Conference which will take place at Gallagher Convention Centre on the 4th September 2014. Leading international and local industry experts have been confirmed as guest speakers for the conference which will offer delegates a menu of eCommerce experience, insight, expertise and wisdom to tap into.

“The 2014 South African eCommerce Conference is an opportunity for anyone who wants to learn more about eCommerce in South Africa. Any business owner that is currently running any online retail, commerce activity or anyone planning to operate within the eCommerce space will gain valuable insight from local and international industry leaders,” said Andy Higgins, Managing Director of uAfrica.com.

The eCommerce Conference speakers hailing from all corners of the globe include: John Lawson (USA), author of “Kick Ass Social Commerce for E-prenuers” and founder of Colderice Media which is an eCommerce education, training and consultant agency; Brennan Loh (Canada), Head of Business Development at Shopify; Paul Greenberg (Australia), Executive Chairman and CEO of NORA, The Voice of New Retail in Australia; Warrick Godfrey (Ireland), Vertical Specialist in eCommerce for Facebook Sub-Sahara; Malvina Goldfeld (Israel), Head of Business Development Africa at PayPal; Luke Mckend (SA), Country Director of Google South Africa and Arthur Goldstuck (SA), Head of local leading technology research company, World Wide Worx.

Tech geek, Aki Anastasiou will guide delegates throughout the day as the Master of Ceremonies for the eCommerce Conference, introducing the international and local speakers who will cover the following topics:

  • The latest International trends in online and offline retail
  • South African Internet and eCommerce statistics
  • The rapid uptake of mobile commerce in Africa
  • Harnessing the opportunity around social commerce
  • Developments in online payments
  • The future of logistics and warehouse management solutions
  • Lessons from long standing experts in the local eCommerce industry
  • Case studies across these topics to showcase the learnings from major industry players

The eCommerce Conference will also provide a platform for the announcement of the uAfrica.com South African eCommerce Survey and Awards results. Categories for these industry accolades include:

South Africa’s Favourite eCommerce Website
Best eCommerce Store
Best Shopping Process
Best Customer Service
Best eCommerce Services Platform
Best Small eCommerce Business

To take part in the South African eCommerce Awards 2014 survey visit: http://www.ecommerceawards.co.za/win-an-ipad/

To register for the 2014 eCommerce Conference visit: http://www.ecommerceconference.co.za/

Join in the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #eComSA.

 

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