Archive for Wrzesień, 2011

HP announce new technology at global Imaging and Printing Conference

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HP also announced that customer adoption of its cloud-enabled, web-connected print technologies has reached the mainstream, with more than 10 million printers sold to date.

“HP’s history of innovation runs deep, and we continue to leverage that legacy and build on it for future growth,” said Vyomesh Joshi, executive vice president, Imaging and Printing Group, HP. “While printing in the traditional sense will continue to be integral to what we bring to the world, we are disrupting the market with leading innovations beyond the page as well.”

Scanning of 3-D objects; tools and services for SMBs

Micro and small businesses need the best tools to market and operate their businesses, especially when faced with potentially rapid growth. HP’s innovations help these businesses keep pace with the speed of customers:

  • To capture images of 3-D objects and scan documents, the HP TopShot LaserJet Pro M275 is an affordable desktop companion that’s ideal for small businesses or home offices. It is equipped with HP TopShot Scanning, a revolutionary technology that captures six separate images of a document or 3-D object and produces one final seamless image of exceptional quality. With this technology, SMBs can quickly produce high-quality images for immediate use in printed materials or on the web.
  • The new HP Officejet Pro 8600 e-All-in-One series and HP Officejet Pro 8100 ePrinter deliver professional-quality colour documents for up to 50 percent lower cost per page than laser printers,(1) and enable printing from virtually anywhere when using mobile devices with HP ePrint.(2) Enhanced with new inks, which resist highlighter-pen smearing, two-sided borderless printing and cloud solutions that can help businesses grow beyond the page.
  • New HP Business App, such as Biz Card Scanning and Receipt Scanning Apps from Shoeboxed, allows SMBs and micro businesses to focus on business impact.
  • rom Scheduled Delivery Apps, business managers can receive actionable and specific guidance on becoming better leaders from Manager Tools, creators of an award-winning business podcast, and receive a full Wall Street premarket summary from RTT News, a global leading provider of financial newswires.

HP also is making its proven enterprise-level technologies accessible to SMBs. After its recent acquisition of Printelligent, a leader in managed print services (MPS), HP is rolling out HP Partner Managed Print Services, the first of several channel-enabled MPS offerings that HP plans to launch over the next year. In addition, HP has added several HP Document Solutions – including HP Access Control Express, HP and Nuance eCopy ShareScan and HP and Capella FormPort to its portfolio for the solutions specialist channel to sell.

New HP LaserJet printers, Scanjet printer for businesses of all sizes

HP introduced two HP LaserJet printers and an HP Scanjet printer that facilitate mobility and workflow for businesses.

  • HP LaserJet Enterprise 600 M601, M602 and M603 printer series – a secure, network managed and easy-to-use web-enabled monochrome printer series engineered to help businesses increase efficiency on high-volume document printing.
  • HP LaserJet Enterprise 500 color M551 series – an HP ePrint-enabled printer ideal for enterprise and SMB work teams who want professional-quality colour and advanced print management tools.
  • HP Scanjet Enterprise 8500fn1 Document Capture Workstation – a scanner optimised for workgroups with high-volume scanning needs, featuring an easy-to-use, large colour touch screen.

Enterprise services and solutions

To simplify complex office processes and improve how enterprise customers work, HP introduced new and enhanced solutions and services offerings. HP Document Processing Services help clients grow their business, drive process transformation, reduce costs and increase productivity. The suite of document solutions offers customers the option to outsource all or portions of their document management functions, allowing information access from anywhere, anytime and via any channel.

HP Access Control Express with HP Access Control Mobile Release is a bundled solution of simple, effective tools that help slash printing costs and keep data secure, while increasing user confidence and productivity.

Additionally, the HP Solution Business Partner Program showcased announcements from Hyland, Jetmobile and Pharos.

Empowering global marketers

The new HP Smart Marketing Suite is a document workflow solution that addresses the inefficiencies facing enterprise marketing leaders. The solution consists of a suite of software and services that optimise and automate marketing content workflows, from creative brief to activation, resulting in time and cost savings that can be directed to increasing marketing effectiveness. To develop the offering, HP partnered with Omnicom Group Inc., a global leader in advertising and marketing communications.

Mobile solutions for consumers and businesses

HP is making the mobile print experience even quicker and easier, so customers can stay focused on the tasks at hand – whether they are at home, at work or simply on the go. HP’s new and enhanced mobile solutions allow people to bring print into their digital lives no matter where they are.

  • The new range of Photosmart and ENVY110 e-All-in-One printers offer consumers flexible ways to print their photos and documents simply by sending an email with the files to their ePrinters. With a stylish and compact design, these printers fit into any home environment.
  • For SMBs, the industry-first HP ePrint Wireless Direct offering allows users to connect directly to supported HP printers without the need for network or internet connections. Users can simply walk up and connect to a printer from any Wi-Fi-enabled mobile device with a peer-to-peer connection.
  • The new HP ePrint Home and Biz app unifies the HP ePrint experience with a mobile app for Apple iOS, Android or Symbian smartphones and tablets, available at no additional cost, making it easy for customers to print documents and photos.
  • The HP ePrint Mobile Driver makes it easier to print from notebook PCs to HP-enabled printers. Users simply “File and Print” to any registered ePrint-enabled printer.
  • The new HP Printer Control mobile app for Apple iOS devices delivers wireless access and control of a printer through a robust mobile printing experience. Customers can scan photos and documents to Facebook, Google Docs and scan to email from their mobile devices. They also can monitor printer and supplies status.
  • In a mobile printing first, the cloud-unified HP ePrint app for BlackBerry smartphones allows BlackBerry users to print with one app to three cloud solutions: HP ePrint-enabled printers, HP Enterprise printers and HP Public Print Location printers. The app is available from 31 October 2011.
  • P ePrint Enterprise mobile printing version 1.6 now gives mobile device users the ability to leverage print job retention and PIN release functionality found in over 50 HP LaserJet devices, whereby a user sends documents to supported HP printers from their mobile device, releasing the documents to the output bin only when they enter their unique release code at the printer.

Vodafone and Swisscom extend partnership

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This partnership will enable both companies to fully support the communications needs of large businesses and multinational companies and continue to offer beneficial roaming arrangements to Vodafone and Swisscom customers.  The companies will also jointly source and deploy a full range of products and services targeted at the business and consumer markets.

Under the terms of the agreement, the companies will continue to jointly procure phones, network equipment, service platforms and other technology infrastructure.

Morten Lundal, Vodafone’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: “Switzerland is an important communications market and we are pleased to be extending our partnership with Swisscom, the market leader. The agreement enhances our ability to serve our international customers headquartered in Switzerland and to continue to offer them a full range of international products and services.”

Christian Petit, Head of Residential Customers Swisscom, said: “It is a partnership for the benefit of our customers. It brings together the leading international communications group and Swisscom’s leading position in the Swiss market so our customers will enjoy the best of both worlds. This smart, industry cooperation adds value and I am sure it will bring great benefits to both companies.”

With more than 42 members – including this partnership with Swisscom – Vodafone’s Partner Market programme has become the world’s leading mobile communications alliance.

sustainableIT launches Carbon reporting cloud app

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The solution, said to be the first of its kind in South Africa and developed by local consultancy sustainableIT, provides organisations with the ability to manage and report on their carbon emissions at a fraction of the cost of traditional consultancy based approaches.

How does it work?

TheCarbonReport.com is a cloud based offering which guides an organisation through an intuitive process and builds an emissions inventory based on the globally accepted Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Reporting and Accounting Standard.

The offering is priced as an annual subscription which varies based on the complexity and size of the organisation and provides not only the ability to capture a carbon inventory but also to report on it through a fully featured reporting tool.

A ‘walk through tour’ is also offered at no charge which gives users the ability to evaluate the solution before signing up to the service.

The solution also offers validation of metrics as well as certification of audits if required.

This is not another calculator

Teresa Legg, director at sustainableIT describes the solution as ”not just another calculator”. “What we have done with The Carbon Report is build an intuitive toolset that allows organisations of any size or complexity to build an auditable carbon inventory and report on it. There are few, if any, tools out there that do this as simply or as cost effectively as we have managed.”

Reporting is done with strict adherence to the GHG protocol and has been developed in such a way that ownership of the process can be retained internally.

The calculation and reporting complexity of traditional footprinting has been absorbed within the tool so as not to confuse the end user but still deliver a quality report as output.

Broaden the base

The offering is aimed at organisations of any size or complexity. “Every business has to start focusing on the triple bottom line of people, profit and planet”, explains Legg. “Understanding your carbon footprint provides a measure of your impact and allows you to develop concrete plans to reduce emissions and ultimately eliminate unwanted costs in your business”, she concludes.

The process of carbon footprinting just got a lot easier and business needs to start focusing on emissions reduction opportunities if it is to remain globally competitive in a rapidly changing low carbon economy.

Tellumat brings ShoreTel solutions to SA

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The division, which has connected over two million ports in two decades, has been a ShoreTel partner for two years. “We chose the critically-acclaimed ShoreTel range based on its ability to disrupt and lead the communications industry with new technology for a new era,” says Bennie Langenhoven, managing executive of Tellumat Communication Solutions.

“The Mobility Solution completes the exciting value proposition of pure Internet Protocol-based unified communications [UC], as it allows roaming workers to be accessible via their choice of device, based on intelligent presence and to participate in office collaboration via a rich application environment.”

Pocket power

Langenhoven says as the mobile workforce continues to grow, organisations are facing skyrocketing mobile phone costs, especially on international trips. Many also struggle to reach workers while they’re on the go – whether on the other side of the globe or simply on another floor.

The ShoreTel Mobility solution extends voice and UC applications to a wide range of single- and dual-mode (cellular and Wi-Fi-cellular) handsets, including BlackBerry, iPhone and Nokia.

“This turns handsets into fully converged devices that can be set up to make and receive calls from both the enterprise and personal cellular numbers, while automatically selecting the best network,” he continues.

In addition, fast and automatic midcall handover from deskphone to WiFi to GSM, helps optimise cost, call quality and battery life without end-user involvement. “This keeps connectivity on the go brilliantly simple,” says Langenhoven.

ShoreTel Mobility Solution benefits

The ShoreTel Mobility Solution offers a range of benefits that give enterprises the edge:

  • Cut roaming charges by up to 80% on overseas or otherwise remote sites, combining WiFi access (often free) to the corporate VPN with local cellular breakout rates.
  • High-quality, low cost in-building coverage, by leveraging the enterprise wireless LAN.
  • Extended coverage to home and public WiFi hotspots with secure encrypted TLS/SSL.
  • Increased user productivity
    • Greater responsiveness and accessibility
    • One number, one voicemail and one caller ID via one four-digit extension – even while abroad
    • Access to corporate directories
  • All the power of the desk phone and enterprise PBX functionality extended to the mobile.
  • Simplified UC by infusing location awareness and mobile context into UC applications, allowing colleagues of mobile workers to make a choice of channel and person when seeking collaborative assistance.

ROI

Langenhoven says more than 50% of mobile calls, from within the enterprise to staff, are made to mobile numbers.

“It is a major cost driver, so a mobility solution to augment UC pays for itself very quickly, offering excellent return on investment.”

Industry is willing to partner with Government on Infrastructure protection

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A study commissioned by Symantec in 2010 shows that companies running critical infrastructure such as energy and telecommunications are willing to engage with government to develop critical infrastructure protection (CIP) programmes.

The survey included 1,580 enterprises in 15 countries worldwide, the median company having between 1,000 and 2,499 employees. Symantec focused on six key critical infrastructure segments: energy, banking & finance, communications, IT, healthcare, and emergency services. The goal was to find out how aware critical infrastructure companies were of government efforts in this area and how engaged and enthusiastic private enterprise was about working with government.

Nearly all of the companies (90 percent) said they have engaged with their government’s CIP programme, with 56 percent being significantly or completely engaged. In addition, two-thirds have positive attitudes about programmes and are somewhat to completely willing to co-operate with their government on CIP.

“A country’s critical information infrastructure is characterised as businesses and industries whose importance is such that if their cyber networks were successfully breached and disabled, it could result in a threat to national security,” says Gordon Love, Regional Director, Symantec. In some countries, upwards of eighty-five percent of the nation’s critical infrastructure is owned by private corporations.

“The sharp increase in targeted attacks we have seen this year, especially in the South African financial sector, sends a clear signal that co-operation and mutual support are even more important if we are to be able to live and work safely online,” says Love. “Greater co-operation between the private sector and government is key if critical services are to be assured in the event of disasters or attacks that can cause data loss and bring operations to a halt.”

Recommendations to ensure resiliency against critical infrastructure cyber attacks:

Develop and enforce IT policies and automate compliance processes. By prioritising risks and defining policies that span across all locations, organisations can enforce policies through built-in automation and workflow and not only identify threats but remediate incidents as they occur or anticipate them before they happen.

Protect information proactively by taking an information-centric approach. Taking a content-aware approach to protecting information is key in knowing who owns the information, where sensitive information resides, who has access, and how to protect it as it is coming in or leaving your organisation. Utilise encryption to secure sensitive information and prohibit access by unauthorised individuals.

Authenticate identities by leveraging solutions that allow businesses to ensure only authorised personnel have access to systems. Authentication also enables organisations to protect public facing assets by ensuring the true identity of a device, system, or application is authentic. This prevents individuals from accidentally disclosing credentials to an attack site and from attaching unauthorised devices to the infrastructure.

Manage systems by implementing secure operating environments, distributing and enforcing patch levels, automating processes to streamline efficiency, and monitoring and reporting on system status.

Protect the infrastructure by securing endpoints, messaging and Web environments. In addition, defending critical internal servers and implementing the ability to back up and recover data should be priorities. Organisations also need the visibility and security intelligence to respond to threats rapidly.

Ensure 24×7 availability. Organisations should implement testing methods that are non-disruptive and they can reduce complexity by automating failover. Virtual environments should be treated the same as a physical environment, showing the need for organisations to adopt more cross-platform and cross-environment tools, or standardise on fewer platforms.

Develop an information management strategy that includes an information retention plan and policies. Organisations need to stop using backup for archiving and legal holds, implement deduplication everywhere to free resources, use a full-featured archive system and deploy data loss prevention technologies.

Recommendations for governments to promote critical infrastructure protection:

Governments should continue to make resources available to establish critical infrastructure protection programmes.

The majority of critical infrastructure providers confirm that they are aware of critical infrastructure programmes.

Furthermore, a majority of critical infrastructure providers support efforts by the government to develop protection programmes.

Governments should partner with industry associations to develop and disseminate information to raise awareness of CIP organisations and plans. Specific information should include how a response would work in the face of a national cyber attack, what the roles of government and industry would be, who the specific contacts are for various industries at a regional and national level, and how government and private business would share information in the event of an emergency.

Governments should emphasise that security alone is not enough to stay resilient in the face of today’s cyber attacks. In addition, critical infrastructure providers and enterprises in general should also ensure that their information is stored, backed up, organised, prioritised, and that proper identity and access control processes are in place.

Airbus increase computing capacity with HP

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In the final phase of a four-year high-performance computing (HPC) deployment, Airbus has taken delivery of two HP PODs, making this the world’s largest industrial HPC system and one of the first confirmed commercial HPC container contracts. This deployment is the 29th biggest computer in the world according to the official TOP500 Supercomputer list published on June 20.

Manufactured and tested by HP, the modular HP PODs were delivered to Airbus sites in Toulouse, France and Hamburg, Germany. Each POD contains all the elements of an HP Converged Infrastructure. This includes servers, storage, networking, software, management as well as integrated power and cooling. A total of 2,016 clustered HP ProLiant BL280 G6 blade servers enable the two 12 meters-long containers to deliver the equivalent of nearly 1,000 square meters of data centre space.

The HP PODs have enabled Airbus to quickly expand data centre capacity, boosting computing performance for aircraft development while saving space and energy. Compared to an installation in a nearby customer data center, the water-cooled HP PODs consume up to 40 percent less power. With a near-optimum Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) rating of 1.25 from The Green Grid™ consortium*, Airbus decreased operating expenses while delivering power capacity in excess of 15 KW/m2.

HP Enterprise Services provides data centre services for Airbus, while HP Technology Services managed the transportation, deployment and commissioning at the customer site. For this project, HP managed the preparation of the new infrastructure, the technology decisions and the technical elements of the transition.

HP Converged Infrastructure is a key foundation of the Instant-On Enterprise. The Instant-On Enterprise embeds technology in everything it does to serve customers, employees, partners and citizens with whatever they need, instantly.

Bytes partners with Realtime for Zimbabwe data centre

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The company is part of Bytes Technology Group, wholly owned by JSE-listed Altron.

The partnership will allow Realtime Africa to deliver virtualised dynamic data centres to its regional customers. The first phase will target the Zimbabwean market, to be followed by Zambia as a second phase.

The Realtime data centres will provide a shared, unified architecture that is the foundation for cloud computing and the realisation of IT as a service. Together, Realtime and Bytes will provide integrated products, solutions and services to give effect to this vision for the vast number of existing and potential customers in the region.

“Virtualisation has transformed data centres,” says Winston Mutasa, MD of Realtime Africa. “It will allow our customers to respond faster to changing business requirements, and reduce their overall data centre costs.”

The Bytes/Realtime partnership presents customers with:

•             One virtualisation platform;

•             One consolidated server infrastructure;

•             One converged data centre fabric;

•             One unified storage architecture;

•             One data centre infrastructure to manage; and

•             One common shared dynamic infrastructure

“CEOs today are faced with a number of challenges,” says Mutasa. “They have to do more with less, with more than two thirds of their budgets allocated to simply keeping the lights on. This limits their scope for innovation. Despite this, they need to adapt quickly to business changes. They typically lack a future-driven IT architecture, along with the associated skills to deliver vital management information. Today’s IT managers have huge pressure to reduce capital expenditure, severe power issues, cooling and space constraints, along with the fact that they must deal with multiple vendors which delays problem resolution. We solve all these problems and with our single point of contact call centres, there can be no finger pointing.”

Realtime’s new-generation data centres will be focused  on providing IT as a service, adds Mutasa. “We have moved from delivering a vertical point solutions to a horizontal infrastructure which fulfils a business need and can expand or contract as required. Most importantly, it is funded via monthly opex as opposed to capex.”

In terms of the partnership, Realtime will deliver virtualised operating infrastructure; unified server and communications infrastructure, open storage architecture; and Realtime and Bytes will provide the systems integration skills required to make it all work.

“As a preferred partner for HP, IBM, Dell, Cisco, Microsoft, Oracle and VMware, we have deep expertise across all technologies and can provide complete assessment, design, and implementation services,” says Mutasa.

One of the early success stories regarding the new, virtualised approach is of Tucson, Arizona-based Tucson Electric Power, which reduced its server base from 300 to 80. In the process, it saved $3 million in server/storage hardware, quadrupled storage capacity without increasing headcount, avoided $1,1 million in labour costs by simplifying management, and reduced restore time from two days to 10 minutes. “Our region will be no different and our customers will go from having inadequate management information systems, to the best, quickly and easily, all funded by manageable monthly operational costs,” Mutasa adds.

“It is this kind of success story that has caught the imagination of regional companies and organisations. We have had a terrific reception to our virtual data centre vision and we expect it to take off rapidly.”

Together, Realtime and Bytes design, implement and manage customised IT solutions through the integration of hardware, networks and software systems from global technology leaders. The consortium is focused on providing clients with world-class solutions and services based on platforms, processes and methodologies from acknowledged industry leaders, specifically Cisco, VMWare and Netapp.

Consol and T-Systems sign SAP migration deal

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T-Systems will supply Consol with information and communication services in a deal worth R25 million.

As with many companies, Consol was challenged to balance over- or under-provisioning of infrastructure due to the length of their investment cycles. The move to dynamic ICT services removes these capacity issues, as T-Systems’ cloud services are optimised to deliver flexible, automated provisioning, when and where required.

Consol looked to T-Systems to provide a solution which could harness the benefits of their existing virtualised and hosted environment and meet global standards for cloud services while also making commercial sense. The solution had to pass rigorous hurdle rates in the Consol business case.

T-Systems in South Africa has been Consol’s major ICT outsource partner since 2005.  Says Mike Arnold, CEO of Consol Glass, “For us, the relationship with T-Systems in South Africa has evolved from that of a mere supplier to a strategic alliance where there is an alignment of needs.”

He continues “T-Systems offers support that leverages its global standards and best practices, is implemented locally and backed by a strong team.  The advantage of a partner such as T-Systems is the global support. However, the local team instilled our trust and confidence in the cloud services offering. As a customer we can now benefit from this expertise and are rest assured that we meet local legislative requirements.”

Says Johan du Plessis, CIO of Consol Glass, “T-Systems not only offers the cloud infrastructure but also delivers the platform, along with the capability to maintain and deliver ongoing support. In addition, they also provide value-added services on top of the standard offering. Today, very few service providers can run a SAP environment in a stable manner while tweaking, optimising and fine tuning it to meet your growth expectations; T-Systems can.”

“Cloud provision with guaranteed service quality is still a new concept in South Africa, so navigating any possible risks involved was done jointly.

That makes this agreement very significant for T-Systems, and we’re extremely proud of our partnership with Consol,” says Gert Schoonbee, Head of Sales at T-Systems in South Africa. “Many providers add to the ‘hype’

around cloud service concepts and components, however T-Systems is able to deliver the full cloud services solution, and this deal is proof of that,” concludes Schoonbee.

Ruckus Wireless provides Peermont with Wireless coverage

By admin, 28 września, 2011, No Comment

The contract, which came into effect in May 2011 after a successful proof of concept at Umfolozi Casino, saw Ruckus Wireless working closely with local Big Dog partner, First Technology, to help to design, install and manage the Ruckus Wireless solution at the D’oreal Grand Hotel.

“Given the hotel’s 5 floors and unique construction meant that particularly the guests’ living area was almost always obstructed, resulting in poor Wi-Fi coverage,” said Ernst Karner, Group IT Manager for Peermont. “The existing solution consisted of 30 ineffective APs deployed throughout the building and while initial suggestions were to increase the number of APs, we quickly concluded that this was not a cost effective solution. As such, we were looking for a provider who could offer us superior connectivity and due to Ruckus Wireless’s advanced ZoneFlex Access Points (APs) with ‘beamforming technology’, the company met the selection criteria in terms of infrastructural stability, connectivity and flexibility.”

Ruckus ZoneFlex 7962 dual-band APs with ‘beamforming technology’ kept the number of concurrent connections low, which allowed for the deployment of cost effective repeaters. The ZoneFlex 7962 is based on adaptive antenna technology that extends signal range 2 – 4 times while minimising packet loss by con­stantly routing Wi-Fi transmissions over the high­est performing signal paths. It is the world’s only enterprise-class AP that concurrently supports Automatic Interference Mitigation (AIM), spatial multiplexing and adaptive antenna technology.

“It was instantly noted that reliable coverage of previously difficult to reach areas could now be covered and the Hotel has been able to significantly reduce guest complaints,” added Karner.

In addition to the Access Points, a simple and intuitive management interface was provided with the Ruckus Wireless ZoneDirector controller, capable of managing up to 500 ZoneFlex Smart Wi-Fi access points from a sin­gle location. The Ruckus ZoneDirector 3000 is designed for simplicity and ease of use as it inte­grates the Ruckus Smart/OS application engine that delivers advanced features such as smart wireless meshing, high availability, hot spot authentication, elegant guest networking and dynamic Wi-Fi security – essential for any hotel operation.

“With the proliferation of mobile devices and tablet computers in use by consumers and business travellers alike, there has come increased pressure on hotel operators to provide steady, reliable wireless broadband access while also ensuring there is plenty of bandwidth to go around,” says Michael Fletcher, Sales Director for Ruckus Wireless, Sub-Saharan Africa. “With the Ruckus solution we were not only able to provide reliable coverage of previously difficult to reach areas with our beamforming technology, but we were also able to meet guest and business requirements, providing improved ROI. We were also able to future proof the Hotel’s connectivity as the ZoneFlex 7962 is able to constantly find the best RF paths for each packet, and as such, D’oreal Grande Hotel should not have to worry about constant site surveys as the environment changes.”

Given this success any new Peermont resort/casino development will be outfitted with Ruckus WLANs and with ZoneDirector controllers and existing properties in the Peermont stable will be retrofitted and upgraded to Ruckus solutions, as and when required.

“Our solutions were extensively tested during the proposal and selection processes and were proven to deliver to the high standards required by Peermont. We believe through a comprehensive understanding of their business requirements, we are able to tailor our services to their needs and deliver on their highest expectations,” concludes Fletcher.

NetXactics to distribute and supports NETASQ UTM solutions in SA

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“We believe the time is right for NetXactics to move forward with a broader range of security solution sets, the first of which is NETASQ, a leading European network security vendor best known for UTM security appliances,” says Brett Myroff, CEO of NetXactics.

“NETASQ is a visionary in the UTM space, offering high levels of network security to customers ranging from SMBs to large private and public organisations, and boasting almost 80 000 installations worldwide,” he adds.

Unified Threat Management solutions have evolved to address the fundamental need of IT managers to maximise both security and its return on investment. “The proven answer to this challenge is to consolidate multiple technologies in a single all-in-one solution,” says Myroff.

Such consolidation can potentially reduce both capital as well as operating expenses, as the number of devices and their associated management overhead are reduced. However, unless certain factors are taken into consideration, such solutions may also represent an unacceptable compromise.

According to IDC, more than 40% of security breaches arise from errors in firewall configuration, and so with the additional functions of UTM, this problem may be compounded.

“All too many UTM solutions, while performing acceptably as firewalls, struggle to maintain adequate performance when other critical protection such as intrusion prevention or antivirus is enabled. As network traffic increases to meet the growing demands of the business, so the performance of these solutions degrades further and IT managers resort to disabling essential layers of security.  Another area where many traditional solutions currently fall short is that of control.

“NETASQ ensures critical levels of protection are enabled by default, while the product architecture delivers this protection without compromising performance, security or control. By hiding unnecessary complexity, the chances of leaving a security hole through misconfiguration are drastically reduced and the resulting level of protection increased,” Myroff says.

“NETASQ is rated as a Visionary in the UTM GARTNER Magic Quadrant. Our aim is to establish partnerships with best-in-class distributors to ensure high levels of service in each of the markets we operate in and increase our delivery capability across the globe, ” says Dominique Meurisse, executive VP Sales of NETASQ. “We are proud to partner with NetXactics for distribution in sub-Saharan Africa.”

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