Archive for Sierpień, 2011

Case Study: High-speed data links help to keep freight moving

By admin, 25 sierpnia, 2011, No Comment

Cosren Shipping, a subsidiary of China’s Cosco Africa, ships around 4000 containers a month between South Africa and far East destinations including Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore and Yantian in Shenzhen.

“When a client arrives at a depot to collect a container we need certain information from our head office to complete all the paperwork and release the cargo,” says Cosren’s Finance Manager Derek Clarke. “If cargo doesn’t get released on time we are liable for additional storage charges. So the data links between our depots in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg need to be fast and reliable.”

Cosren approached Vox Orion to propose a new wide-area networking solution after realizing that the network service it was buying from another vendor was both too slow and too expensive.

“Vox Orion offered a better-priced and more flexible solution,” says Clarke. “Our previous provider transmitted all our data across their own backbone and we didn’t feel we were in control. Now we have direct Diginet links between our three depots, with ADSL service as a failover.”

Once past the initial teething problems, Clarke says the Vox Orion solution has performed very much as Cosren wished. “We have in fact had to use our ADSL failover a couple of times, and it has kicked in as it was supposed to. It may not be as fast as Diginet, but it has kept the business going.”

Cosren’s IT manager is also able to manage the company’s ADSL usage directly via a secure login to the Vox Orion website.

“We have made a substantial saving since moving to Vox,” adds Clarke. “With our previous provider we were spending around R35,000 a month on telecommunications – now it’s half that. At the same time, we have a faster, more responsive, more manageable network.”

HP enhances Converged Storage with new Storage Federation Technology

By admin, 25 sierpnia, 2011, No Comment

HP today expanded its Converged Storage portfolio with HP Peer Motion, new federated storage software that enables clients to transparently move application workloads between disk systems in virtualised and cloud computing environments.

HP also introduced new HP P10000 3PAR Storage Systems with powerful features for the delivery of enterprise IT within public and private clouds, called IT-as-a-Service. These features include multitenancy for workload consolidation, expanded thin technologies for efficient capacity utilisation and autonomic load rebalancing to drive enterprise agility.

IDC estimates that by 2012, 85 percent of new applications will be specifically designed to be accessed in the cloud. Agile delivery of these virtualised and cloud-based applications requires linking multiple storage systems together to act as a single entity. Called storage federation, this capability can eliminate the extra layer of virtualisation appliances and, as a result, decrease cost, administration overhead and service-level risk within the data centre architecture.

“Legacy storage systems architected 20 years ago were never designed for the dynamic IT-as-a-Service world, forcing organizations to use expensive and inefficient bolt-on virtualisation approaches,” said Tumi Pooe, Storage Business Unit Manager, Enterprise Servers, Storage and Networking, HP South Africa. “The true peer-based storage federation in HP Converged Storage solutions can handle the inherent unpredictability of always-on, multitenant environments while reducing expense, management overhead and risk to service levels.”

Agility to deal with unpredictable demands

New HP Peer Motion software, available for HP LeftHand and HP 3PAR Storage Systems, delivers the industry’s first peer-to-peer storage federation capabilities that span from a virtual storage area network (SAN) software appliance to midrange and high-end storage systems. HP 3PAR and HP LeftHand Peer Motion software enables clients to:

  • Ensure constant productivity and redistribute workloads nondisruptively in response to an unpredictable environment with federated workload balancing.
  • Increase return on investment with federated Thin Provisioning, which transparently moves application data to systems with available capacity, reducing the need for future storage purchases.
  • Improve productivity by moving data from retiring arrays to new systems nondisruptively with federated asset management, which eliminates downtime or service interruption during storage asset refresh activities.

“Our research is telling us what IT executives all over the globe already suspect, namely that taking the same approach with storage in next-generation data centers won’t deliver the results needed,” said Steve Duplessie, founder and senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group, a full-service IT analyst and business strategy firm. “The new HP 3PAR platform scores at or near the top of every open-systems criteria we’ve considered for tier 1 storage for this new data centre model.”

Simplified management without sacrificing performance

Clients can be confident that the innovation which made 3PAR unique is continuing as part of HP. Less than a year following HP’s acquisition of 3PAR, the company is introducing the HP P10000 3PAR Storage System with two new models, the V400 and V800 (HP 3PAR V-Class).

The HP 3PAR V-Class is a powerful, mission-critical storage system that simultaneously supports mixed, unpredictable and multitenant workloads on a single high-performance array. This unique capability is delivered by the HP 3PAR Gen4 ASIC, which simplifies management by:

  • Consolidating unpredictable workloads, such as financial trading and virtualised application deployments, without the need for manual separation of diverse workloads onto different storage resources or storage systems.
  • Providing 1.5 times greater port connectivity and disk resources, as well as up to three times greater performance for sequential workloads such as data analytics, versus previous 3PAR systems.
  • Autonomically load balancing all data within the array in one click as new resources are added to the system, raising the performance and service-level availability of all volumes on the system.

Efficiency to meet the demands of explosive data growth

Clients using competitive storage arrays typically achieve written data utilisation rates as little as 10 to 20 percent. The HP 3PAR V-Class eliminates the need to purchase unnecessary disk space by fully leveraging available capacity with:

  • Three times greater bandwidth for fat-to-thin conversion, which allows clients to quickly move their data to more efficient thin volumes, achieving greater capacity utilisation.(3)
  • Identification and reclamation of unused storage capacity in granular increments as an application writes and deletes data with a new “nano reclamation” engine.
  • Remote data replication that detects and eliminates unused space in traditional volumes, reducing network and remote capacity needs.

Dimension Data releases Q3 results

By admin, 25 sierpnia, 2011, No Comment

Dimension Data Holdings plc, a global specialist solutions and services provider which was acquired by NTT last year, today released its results for the quarter ended 30 June (Q3).  Group revenue rose 4.7% to $1.46 billion, with Services growing by 10.9% and Product by 0.2%.  Gross margin was up 1.4% to 21.5%, with gross profit  increasing by 12.0%. Operating profit of $74.0 million was 14.7% up on Q3 in 2010.

Revenue in Dimension Data’s Systems Integration (SI) business grew 3.5% in constant currency. Product declined by 2.3%, off the back of generally slower trading conditions in the USA and Europe. The company said Q3’s growth is in relation to a more demanding prior year comparative, as the Group experienced a strong return to growth during the second half of FY10.  Services in the SI business grew by 12.0%%, with Managed Services up by 12.6% and Professional Services by 11.0%.
The results for the Group’s other businesses were solid with Internet Solutions increasing revenues by 5.1% and a strong 20.6% increase in operating profit.   Plessey finished Q3 21.2% up on revenues, and  Express Data’s revenues, including acquisitions, grew 11.4%.

Year to date 30 June 2011 (nine months
Group revenues for the first nine months of the year to end-June were up 13.4% in constant currency to $4.2 billion, with Product growing by 13.1% and Services by 13.6%.  In reported USD terms, the revenue growth would be several percentage points higher, given the relative weakness of the US Dollar during the period.
The Group’s Systems Integration year to date revenue increased 13.7%, while operating profit grew 13.3% at an operating margin of 4.3%.   Dimension Data’s other businesses were also steady:  Internet Solutions’ revenues increased 6.9% with operating profit up 3.3%; Plessey grew strongly at both the revenue and operating profit level off a very low base in the prior year; while Express Data turned in a good performance to date growing revenues by 19.5% (excluding acquisitions 15.9%).
Overall, Group operating profit for the nine months trading was up by 14.2% to $203.7 million.

Commenting on the Group’s performance, Brett Dawson, CEO of Dimension Data Holdings plc said, “Overall, the Group achieved an excellent nine months of trading compared to the results of the IT industry in general,  and the business continues to show growth from a revenue and profitability point of view over the 2010 financial year.   After a very strong first half, we saw a softening in revenue in our third quarter.  This was reasonably consistent across all regions.   Close attention to margins and the cost base has driven the improvement of operating profit up 14.7% in the quarter.”

Dawson said the Group’s services value proposition continues to gain traction in the market and the company has seen a number of significant wins in Managed Services and IT Outsourcing.  “We are also investing aggressively in expanding the scope of our service offerings – both organically and through acquisitions.

“During the quarter, we acquired OpSource to accelerate our cloud strategy. Our focus on cloud services aligns to our long-standing strategy to become a services-led business.  Over the past few years, we have been building cloud-related skills and capabilities in the areas of virtualisation, data centre and storage, managed services and hosting, and IT outsourcing – all critical to enabling cloud architectures for our clients.  OpSource will provide the Group with a significantly enhanced value proposition for our clients.  In addition, last year’s acquisition of Integral Axon, cements our competitive position in New Zealand. Our other strategic acquisition of Simms enhances our online capability and our ability to distribute Apple technology in Australia,” explained Dawson.

Digital Life Expo set for December 2011

By admin, 25 sierpnia, 2011, No Comment

The  DigitalLife Expo 2011, South Africa’s premier digital lifestyle showcase, is taking place from 2-4 December 2011 at the Coca-Cola Dome, Northgate.

A show for the whole family, DigitalLife Expo brings to life cutting-edge technology and demonstrates its practical application in the home, on the move and at the office. It offers the most complete consumer digital experience in South Africa, and offers the broadest range of brand new technologies in the same place, at the same time, in the country.

Experience the latest home entertainment systems that bring new dimensions to television and movie viewing. Get to grips with the latest in connected cars, home security and home automation. And explore the new frontiers of virtual worlds, gaming, mobile technologies, smartphones and tablets, cameras, music and art

The expo features informative workshops and a series of Digi Zones that allow you to literally step into the future of our digital world, alongside an entertainment programme and events – all hand-selected by tech guru Simon Dingle, the expo’s dedicated content manager.

This year’s show takes place just before the festive holidays, making it the perfect opportunity to stock up on gifts for your family. Take advantage of exclusive show offers and the most competitive prices on new technology around. Let the kids try out the latest digital devices and choose their ‘must-have’ digital accessories and devices. Everyone will be spoilt for choice with hundreds of digital products on offer, experts on hand to assist you in comparing products, prices and technologies, and a place to find the solutions that you need to bring the excitement and inspiring possibilities of digital living – home.

DigitalLife Expo allows you to truly experience technology as never before, in the most interactive and entertaining digital environment. It provides a tangible sense of the technology consumers around the world are embracing today, and will be living with tomorrow.

If it’s new, ground-breaking and at the forefront of the digital revolution, you’ll find it at DigitalLife Expo 2011.

Diarise these dates and times for the ultimate digital lifestyle experience:

2-4 December 2011; Friday, 2 December: 10h00-19h00; Saturday and Sunday, 3 and 4 December: 10h00-18h00.

Tickets cost R70 for adults, R30 for pensioners and children under 12 enter for free.

Altech Technology Concepts refocuses partner programs

By admin, 24 sierpnia, 2011, No Comment

The partner program is in line with Altech Technology Concepts’ (ATC) strategy to broaden the company’s reach and extend its communications technology offering across sub-Saharan Africa.

“Our expertise lies in physical link provision, Internet access, managed services, VPN implementations, virtualisation, storage and VoIP”, says Wayne de Nobrega, CEO of Altech Technology Concepts. “There are more than 600,000 SMEs in South Africa. To meet the increasing demand for these services in the SME and corporate sectors, we have created a robust program that speaks to the needs of our partner network”

The program is available nationally and consists of the following three types of partners:

  •  Referral partners: Referral partners, possibly with limited technical ability, simply introduce ATC to companies that are in need of communications solutions. In return they receive a once-off referral commission upon conclusion of the deal.
  • Business partners: Business partners will sell ATC services such as Internet access, managed cloud services, VPN and VoIP services amongst others. This means partners can build an annuity-based revenue stream from their customers. ATC will enable them to provide customers with the peace of mind that comes from having a high-speed, voice and data optimised backbone network, with high capacity and redundancy, backed by a service level guarantee.
  • Wholesale partners: The wholesale partnership agreement enables resellers to buy access, infrastructure and solutions as a white-labelled solution from ATC. They can then sell ATC services under their own brand and are given solution pricing based on a sliding scale of revenue levels or usage dependent on the requirements. This wholesale program allows service providers or systems companies to create, market and invoice their own offerings while utilising the quality network backbone provisioned by ATC.

“ATC was created by entrepreneurs and is still driven by that entrepreneurial spirit”, continues de Nobrega. “That’s what positions us perfectly to provide the personal touch and flexibility that our partners need.”

“We pride ourselves on being easily accessible when it comes to support. Partners can be confident that their customers will be serviced speedily and efficiently,” concluded de Nobrega.

Because ATC is not limited or burdened by laborious admin or excessive bureaucracy, the decision making is quick and efficient. The communications service provider is well known for their response and agility in adapting to customers’ needs and the ever changing landscape, ensuring that they, but more importantly their customers, are always one step ahead of the game.

Orange Business Services sponsors Gartner Symposium/ITxpo Africa 2011

By admin, 24 sierpnia, 2011, No Comment

Orange Business Services continues with its commitment to the African corporate market, and is sponsoring the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo Africa 2011 for the third time. The business services arm of France Telecom Orange will use the opportunity to outline its vision of cloud computing and how it can help businesses in Africa.

In addition to having a stand at the event, Rudolf Sarah and Philippe Jacquier from the Orange cloud computing consulting team will speak at the conference on August 24, 2011, in a session entitled ‘How cloud computing revolutionises IT’.

In the session, they will explain how cloud computing is going to change the IT industry by enabling users to pay for only what they use, and removing the complexities surrounding business applications and infrastructure resources. They will also give delegates working examples and case studies, and demonstrate how simple it is for businesses in Africa to harness the benefits of cloud computing.

Lionel Reina, vice president EEMEA at Orange Business Services, commented: “Africa is a key market for us, and this event is one of the most important gatherings of senior IT executives this year. At this exciting time for business, we’re going to be discussing the challenges companies are currently facing and how technology, including cloud computing, can help them achieve their business goals.”

The Gartner Symposium/ITxpo Africa 2011 runs August 23-25, 2011 in the Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town, South Africa. The programme will highlight how new and evolving information technology can revolutionise the way in which ICT not just supports the enterprise but becomes an integral part of the enterprise. This includes cloud and social computing, the consumerisation of IT, business intelligence and data mining, and unified communications.

Samsung extols mirrorless camera technology

By admin, 24 sierpnia, 2011, No Comment

In this digital age, having great memorable photos is usually attributable to having the most expensive digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera with the biggest lens mounted to its front. This however is not so, where today the combination of important features with design that appeals to consumers’ needs is something that manufacturers are continuously evaluating in order to provide the consumer with the ultimate in camera technology. It is with this in mind that camera developers have engineered a technology, both with compact and SLR enthusiasts in mind, which not only focuses on these key aspects, but also simplifies the internal processes involved in taking that all important image – mirrorless technology to be exact.

Says Mark Geldenhuys, Business Leader for Digital Imaging at Samsung Electronics South Africa; “At Samsung we believe that this technological development is bound to revolutionise the digital imaging space and allow for a renewed mindset with regards to photography – where mirrorless technology closes the divide between what a compact camera has to offer compared to that of a DSLR camera.”

In fact, research indicates that while in 2010 there were only 1 million users of the mirrorless technology worldwide, this is forecasted to grow to a staggering 9 million users by 2013, which is likely to be higher than the growth of the DSLR market for the same period. DSLR sales are expected to remain flat at 7 million units per annum with mirrorless technology sales set to increase to 15 million units worldwide. “We have already noticed the growth in the Asian and UK markets reaching 30% and 20% respectively and through this, it is evident that this type of technology is becoming increasingly popular and will continue to grow, especially as more leading camera brands start adopting this type of technology – which will soon become a reality we believe,” continues Geldenhuys.

For many years industry experts have stressed the importance of the mirror’s function in being able to create the image desired where traditionally the light enters the camera through a lens which is transferred via a mirror to the pentaprism and then exits to the optical viewfinder. When the picture is taken, the mirror is moved up and light hits the imaging surface or digital sensor. However, the larger market adoption of this technology can certainly be attributed to the fact that in contrast, mirrorless cameras, although still in the beginning stages, lessen this process allowing for the reduction in size of the camera body itself – creating a slimmer, more manageable imaging device – coupled with the fact that consumers are becoming very tech savvy locally. Additionally, the elimination of these elements allows for the lens to be closer to the image sensor, which further assists in reducing the size of the camera.

However, Geldenhuys states; “While the market trend has been to provide smaller, more compact cameras, it should be realised that a camera should not be seen as just another fancy gadget to add to the pile, but rather a device that can create a passionate photography experience accessible to all photographers – which is what Samsung base their camera offering on.” Samsung have developed a range of mirrorless cameras which incorporate simple usability, a range of superior features, exceptional high performance as well as a professional design. Some of the key features Samsung’s mirrorless technology cameras boast are the ‘I-function’ feature, exclusive to Samsung, and increased APS-C size sensor size (16MP) as well as an electronic view finder and panoramic mode – exclusive to Samsung.

Concludes Geldenhuys “As the spectrum of digital technology continues to evolve, the importance of creating cameras that not only focus on a slimmer, sleeker design but also continue to uphold a high level of performance to create those clearer yet richer images, will remain key to developments and the success of the industry going forward. At Samsung we are committed to  just that – developing the latest in imaging technology to meet the needs of each and every photographer out there, moving beyond conventional digital camera trends to drive innovations that will better enable the consumers to get the most out of their cameras – professionally, at a fraction of the size and cost.”

Ukash vouchers now available to Standard Bank customers

By admin, 24 sierpnia, 2011, No Comment

Ukash, the Global eMoney Network, has announced that Standard Bank internet banking account holders will now be able to buy Ukash vouchers directly from their accounts, enabling them to shop online without revealing personal details.

Standard Bank is a leader in state-of-the-art customer banking solutions in South Africa and offers the Autopay system, which enables its account holders to pay online for goods and services directly from a linked account. Now enabling Ukash, Standard Bank’s Autopay allows consumers in South Africa to shop and pay online with “cash” wherever Ukash vouchers are accepted.

Geraldine Mitchley, Product owner of Autopay said “The initiative with Ukash increases the number of outlets where Standard Bank Autopay customers can shop securely online without a credit card.  Giving Standard Bank Internet Banking customers access to secure online shopping and money transfers through AutoPay matches the bank’s customer focused approach”.

David Hunter, Chief Executive Officer of Ukash, explains: “Our aim is to provide a safe and secure environment for consumers to use cash electronically, and this relationship adds simplicity to our product offering, by enabling Standard Bank account holders in South Africa to obtain Ukash vouchers. The e-cash market is the fastest growing sector in the payments industry across the world and we can see that Standard Bank leads the way for that in South Africa.”

Dell announces new EqualLogic Storage solutions

By admin, 24 sierpnia, 2011, No Comment

Dell has announced new Dell EqualLogic storage solutions and supporting software to help customers address the data management requirements of increasingly dynamic, virtualised data centers, as well as details of new integration across its storage portfolio with the forthcoming VMware vSphere 5 virtualisation and cloud infrastructure platform.

The announcements represent another milestone in the continued evolution of Dell Fluid Data solutions, designed to help customers more effectively manage valuable business information in virtualised data centers.

“Organisations of all sizes continue to place a priority on boosting IT asset efficiency while improving IT responsiveness to business pressures. Ever greater exploitation of virtualisation is a key element in these efforts, and the deployment of flexible and intelligent storage systems is frequently the key to successful efforts,” said Richard Villars, vice president of storage and IT Strategies at IDC.  “Dell’s continued investment in advanced yet cost effective storage solutions along with a continued expansion of its enterprise service and solutions organisation, puts the company in a strong position to help IT organisations get the most from their data centers, today, and in the future.”

New Dell EqualLogic Storage Platform Extends Fluid Data Architecture

In support of customers’ growing storage demands, Dell introduced the EqualLogic PS6100 and PS4100 family of virtualised, IP-based storage offerings (iSCSI). Together with new Dell EqualLogic firmware version 5.1, Dell offers customers its next generation of EqualLogic storage solutions that seamlessly integrate into existing environments without downtime or a major overhaul. This helps customers to focus on managing their storage and not the manual process of upgrading infrastructure.

This launch marks the introduction of 2.5-inch drive support for the EqualLogic product line, providing greater density that enables users to store more in less space. Additionally, customers can gain up to 60 percent performance improvement on typical workloads with the EqualLogic PS Series compared to the previous generation EqualLogic arrays.

EqualLogic PS Series arrays, regardless of generation, work together to automatically manage data, load balance across all resources, and expand to meet growing storage needs. Dell provides these capabilities without requiring customers to “rip and replace” their storage environment during each upgrade cycle as they would with other vendors.  New storage arrays include:

  • EqualLogic PS4100 Series — ideal for small-to-medium businesses or remote office locations with growing storage needs. The SANs, supporting up to 36TB in a single array and 72TB in a single group, can scale as storage demands increase by seamlessly adding additional PS4100 or PS6100 arrays into an EqualLogic group.
  • EqualLogic PS6100 Series — designed to provide mid-sized customers with a scalable storage environment, up to 72TB in a single array and 1.2PB in a single group, that can easily accommodate both high-performance and high-capacity drive options. The PS6100 family is ideal for customers looking for a storage solution to support the storage demands of a highly virtualised data center environment where the seamless movement and protection of virtual machines, applications and data is crucial.

With the newly redesigned, compact form factor, PS6100 customers can achieve the same performance for their typical workload using half the number of arrays, and receive 50 percent more expansion capacity when compared with the previous generation EqualLogic arrays.

Dell also has begun shipping the new EqualLogic FS7500, the company’s latest NAS solution that works with EqualLogic PS Series arrays to deliver the only scale-out, unified storage platform for mid-size deployments. The FS7500 uses the Dell Scalable File System, which offers several advanced features including cache monitoring, load balancing and multi-threading for fast I/O processing.

Dell and VMware Partner for Industry-Leading Integrated Solutions

Dell and VMware have expanded their strategic partnership over the past decade, collaborating on engineering integration and solutions development since server virtualisation first emerged. As customers’ virtual environments have grown, Dell and VMware have worked together to develop specifications for storage infrastructures, such as the VMware vSphere Storage APIs for Array Integration, and have delivered highly virtualised data center and storage solutions to meet joint customer needs.

For example, the latest EqualLogic firmware version 5.1 includes thin provisioning awareness for VMware vSphere to help users save valuable recovery time and help mitigate the risk of potential data loss. Dell is one of VMware’s largest global resellers, helping enable the company to uniquely address customers’ virtualised storage needs.

In support of the forthcoming VMware vSphere 5, Dell today introduced a new set of VMware specific enhancements for Dell EqualLogic, Dell Compellent and Dell PowerVault storage customers. These will roll-out through Q3 and Q4 and include:

  • Dell EqualLogic Host Integration Tools for VMware 3.1 — provide customers with enhanced storage visibility and datastore management as well as improved performance and availability through tight integration with VMware vSphere 5, VMware vSphere Storage APIs for Storage Awareness, VMware Storage Distributed Resource Scheduler (SDRS), and VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.
  • Dell Compellent Storage Replication Adapter for VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5 — supports automated failback from a disaster event and new workflows for planned migrations and downtime. Dell also is updating its Compellent plug-in support for VMware vSphere 5 to help customers more easily link their Compellent storage environment with virtualised resources.
  • Dell PowerVault Integration with VMware vSphere 5 — adds certification and enables customers to manage multiple PowerVault MD3200/MD3600 series of storage arrays from a single VMware vCenter Server instance using the vCenter Plugin for Dell PowerVault MD. The Dell PowerVault MD storage arrays (iSCSI and Fibre Channel) also support VMware vSphere Storage APIs for Storage Awareness. The PowerVault MD3600f/MD3620f series of storage arrays support VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 4.1 and 5 using the Dell PowerVault Storage Replication Adapter (SRA).

New Software Enhancements Deliver Enterprise Storage Sophistication with SMB Simplicity

Dell today introduced additional capabilities to help customers gain insight into their storage environment and also better integrate with Microsoft virtualisation offerings. Offering integrated, all-inclusive software, the EqualLogic platform retains its ease of management as the system scales. New solutions that bring enterprise-class functionality to smaller implementations include:

  • Dell EqualLogic SAN Headquarters 2.2 software — includes new multi-site support so customers can easily monitor the health and activity of their storage environment across different geographies. The solution provides ongoing, real-time diagnostic information to enable customers to optimise and tune their system for performance and efficiency.
  • Dell EqualLogic Host Integration Tools for Microsoft 4.0 — re-designed to enhance the usability experience with new features including centralised data protection and more efficient management of multiple Microsoft hosts and virtual machines. Enhanced Clustered Shared Volume (CSV) support has been designed to streamline data protection for CSVs and improve capacity utilisation.


“The new EqualLogic capabilities mark a significant next step in the evolution of the Dell Fluid Data architecture and extend Dell’s leadership in virtualised IP-based storage solutions that are easy to manage,” said Kobus de Beer,  Dell South Africa, enterprise brand manager. “The new storage arrays and virtualisation tools can help our customers run highly optimised and efficient data centers by automating configuration and improving performance without forcing forklift upgrades.”

“VMware and Dell have proven time and time again that the integration of storage infrastructures and virtual environments can have a dramatic impact on a customer’s ability to increase flexibility while streamlining IT management,” said Narayan Venkat, vice president, product management, storage, VMware. “Our joint engineering efforts to integrate Dell storage solutions with the VMware platform continue to help customers grow their environments, meet business needs, and more efficiently manage business requirements without adding complexity or cost.”


  • Dell EqualLogic PS4100 and PS6100 Series and EqualLogic FS7500 are available from August 22.
  • Dell EqualLogic Host Integration Tools for VMware 3.1, Dell EqualLogic Host Integration Tools for Microsoft 4.0, and SAN Headquarters 2.2 software are in beta now and planned for release this year. These applications and tools are available at no additional charge for EqualLogic customers with valid support contracts.
  • PowerVault software enhancements are planned for a September 2011 release, at no additional charge for existing customers.

BlackBerry Card reader achieves Security certification from U.S. Government

By admin, 24 sierpnia, 2011, No Comment

Research In Motion has announced that the BlackBerry Smart Card Reader has achieved FIPS 140-2 certification level 3 – the highest certification achieved by any wireless smart card reader on the market. Smart cards support security programs like the U.S. Department of Defense’s Common Access Card (CAC) program and the Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12) which calls for a mandatory, government-wide standard for secure and reliable forms of identification issued by the federal government to its employees and to the employees of federal contractors. FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) certifications are assigned by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

“Our customers value the robust security provided with BlackBerry products and services and smart card readers are particularly important within the government sector,” said Scott Totzke, Senior Vice President, BlackBerry Security at Research In Motion. “This advanced certification of the BlackBerry Smart Card Reader for the U.S. Federal Government demonstrates our ongoing commitment to meet and exceed the expectations of our government customers.”

The BlackBerry Smart Card Reader is designed to work with personal identification cards issued by government organizations or other high-security organizations. Users insert a smart card into this lightweight reader and wear it on a lanyard as a two-factor authentication device for secure access to BlackBerry smartphones, desktop computers and facilities.  BlackBerry smartphones and desktop computers automatically lock when the user’s smart card is not in proximity.

FIPS 140-2 level 3 certification of the BlackBerry Smart Card Reader also verifies advanced security features of the smart card reader itself, such as tamper evidence and self destruction of critical security parameters upon device breach.

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