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ISPA Launches iWeek talent search

By admin, 19 kwietnia, 2012, No Comment

The Internet Service Providers’ Association of SA (ISPA) has embarked on its annual search for the Internet industry’s best and brightest who are invited to speak at iWeek 2012.

Taking place in September 2012, the industry’s annual get together that attracts speakers and delegates from several countries worldwide, will this year be hosted in Century City, Cape Town.

The Call for Papers specifies that the initial proposal to be considered as a speaker for iWeek should be submitted to ISPA by the end of May, with the final deadline for submission of the speaker’s profile and presentation content being 30 June 2012.

Presentations should be no longer than 30 minutes and should cater for a few questions afterwards. Most talks will be streamed live via the web and all presentations will be posted on the iWeek website subsequent to the event.

“Potential speakers should note they will be speaking to an interesting mix of the most competent individuals from the greater Internet industry. Furthermore, iWeek is in its 11th incarnation which by itself implies high standards,” said Jaap Scholten, co-Chair of ISPA.

There is always tremendous competition for speaking slots at iWeek and several proposals have already been received.

ISPA plans to offer three content streams at iWeek 2012. Potential speakers should be cognisant of the fact that their presentations should address: business trends, legislation & governance or technical advances in the Internet industry. Examples of topics up that would be considered for discussion include the pointers below.

The business trends track is focused on what lies ahead for ISPs: Where is the business case for an ISP these days and where will it be in the near future? Who are the up-and-coming examples of planning for the future? Build or sell? Financing equipment through investment or leasing? Diversify or focus? Where will the “un-capped” frenzy end? Is there space for multiple VoIP providers, or will we consolidate into three or four major players? How to provide a CDN at globally competitive rates? How do you market SaaS to SMBs?

The legislation & governance track is there to help ISPs figure out how to capitalise on markets that are opening up from a governance point of view such as Whitespace and Local Spectrum. Where are we going with Privacy, Copyright and Spam? How do ISPs remain compliant on a budget? 10 Regulatory issues you can’t ignore.

The technical advances track will be delving into the new technologies that are busy defining the tasks and efficiencies of today’s ISPs. Ranging from the much-hyped Cloud to Billing Systems, IPv6 to High-speed Fibre, these talks have to provide ISPs’ technical staff with information on subjects that will make their customers happier and their engineering lives easier. Topics such as Building the Cloud, turning it into Off-site Storage, or even a Content Delivery Network. What to do with the insatiable P2P network demands. How can we provision more cost-effective National Bandwidth?
Please visit http://www.iweek.org.za/iweek-2012-speakers/ for further information.

G-Technology exhibits its G-RAID with Thunderbolt at NAB

By admin, 19 kwietnia, 2012, No Comment

External storage specialist G-Technology – represented in South Africa by leading ICT distributor, Syntech SA – will take advantage of
the National Association of Broadcasting (NAB) expo, the leading digital media show to be held in Las Vegas, USA, from 16th April, by exhibiting its much-vaunted G-RAID with Thunderbolt.

The G-RAID with Thunderbolt comes in 4TB, 6TB and 8TB capacities and packs two 3.5″ drives at 7200RPM each as single 2TB, 3TB or 4TB drives. The RAID 0 and Thunderbolt combo allows for crazy-fast data transfer rates. Daisy-chaining multiple drives together offers even more speed potential, said Ryan Martyn, a director of Cape-based Syntech SA.

He said G-Technology will also be exhibiting the G-Connect, a wireless storage solution for the iPad and iPhone.

Martyn said it includes a 500GB hard drive with both WiFi and Gigabit ethernet network connectivity. The device allows you to share a single internet connection among multiple users (e.g., hotel room), or works as a media server to a customer’s wireless devices as well.

Syntech, established in 2002, offers a wide range of product lines and has become recognised for its focus on professional storage and memory with high performance products such as Patriot, ATTO, OCZ, Sonnet, G-Technology and Rocstor. These products are specifically imported to service media rich environments including clients within the film and production, photography and architectural industries.

RIM Introduces a New, Easy to Use and Easy to Own BlackBerry Smartphone for India

By admin, 19 kwietnia, 2012, No Comment

Sleek, stylish, affordable BlackBerry Curve 9220 puts Indians in control of their social life

Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced its most affordable BlackBerry® 7 smartphone for customers in India. The new BlackBerry® Curve™ 9220 smartphone offers all the market-leading BlackBerry messaging and social-centric features that people love in India. Designed to be easy to use and easy to own, this compact and sleek smartphone provides many conveniences and applications to help keep users connected to the people and information that matter most to them. It also offers the longest lasting battery life yet in a BlackBerry Curve model, allowing users to make the most of their day.

“India is a very important market for RIM and we are extremely proud and excited to officially unveil and launch the new BlackBerry Curve 9220 for the first time here in India,” said Carlo Chiarello, SVP, Smartphone Business at Research In Motion.

“The new BlackBerry Curve 9220 offers a unique mobile experience that young Indians will love thanks to its affordable pricing and unmatched messaging and social connectivity features,” said Sunil Dutt, Managing Director for India at RIM.

The BlackBerry Curve 9220 has everything a user needs to stay socially connected throughout the day. It even features a dedicated BBM™ key, bringing the power of RIM’s popular mobile social network up in an instant. The Facebook® for BlackBerry and Twitter® for BlackBerry apps are included as well as Social Feeds, which allows users to post updates to multiple social applications simultaneously and capture updates from news sources (RSS), social apps and instant messaging apps all in one consolidated view.

BlackBerry® 7.1 OS supports the full complement of BlackBerry services and the smartphone’s built in Wi-Fi® can provide smooth and fast Internet browsing without incurring mobile data usage costs. It also includes a built-in FM radio, allowing users to tune into their favorite local stations, and listening to the FM radio does not require a data plan or use data services.

The user experience with this compact and sleek smartphone is further enhanced with a long lasting battery, giving users up to 7 hours of talk time or up to 28 hours of music playback or FM radio listening on headphones.

Free applications for download

As part of the launch in India, BlackBerry Curve 9220 customers can download a selection of apps from BlackBerry App World worth 2500 Rupees, for free*. The offer is valid until June 30, 2012 and includes a wide range of apps that will roll out in a phased manner, including utilities, games and other apps. Pencil Camera, Photo Studio Pro, Horoscope Oracle – Follow Your Lucky Stars, Drive Safely Pro and Ultimate Cricket are just a few of the popular apps that will be available through this promotional offer.

The BlackBerry Curve 9220 will be available from April 19th for purchase from authorized retailers and distributors across India. It is expected to be available in other markets starting in the coming weeks. For more information please visit: http://in.blackberry.com/Curve

* Separate data charges may apply for users on limited data plans.

Master Data Management delivers expressor v 3.6 to the local market

By admin, 19 kwietnia, 2012, No Comment

Expressor 3.6 Product Release Introduced Affordable, High-performance Data Processing Solution for Big Data Warehouses and Analytics.

Master Data Management, a specialist in data governance, data quality, data integration and Master Data Management (MDM) solutions has announced the availability of expressor v 3.6, which features several major areas of enhancement for the company’s data integration platform.

In this new release, the expressor Engine now offers superior data processing performance necessary to address Big Data requirements by introducing partition-parallelism capabilities into the 3.x product line. The core of the patented expressor Engine architecture is based on a multi-process approach, where each operator within an expressor Dataflow is treated as a separate multi-threaded process that runs in parallel. This unique Engine design enables the expressor Engine to scale linearly for high-performance processing ensuring that expressor can effectively scale into larger hardware configurations. Expanding on performance and Big Data, expressor 3.6 also introduces Teradata’s native TPT protocol for high-performance data loading into the Teradata appliance. Both partition-parallelism and TPT support are available as part of a new edition, expressor 3.6 Enterprise Edition.

Says Gary Allemann, MD at Master Data Management: “As the benefits of data mining Big Data are increasingly realised, companies will further incorporate this as part of their Business Intelligence (BI) and data analytic efforts. However, processes masses of data can impact performance and result in poor performance, leading to delays and frustrations. expressor’s latest development is addressing this challenge.”

“We have recently completed a set of high-performance benchmark tests at the Teradata Labs,” says Steve Frechette, VP of Engineering at expressor. “The TPC-H test results are very impressive and show linear scaling of the expressor Engine achieving load speeds in excess of 500,000 rows per second in a single disk configuration.”

Configuring the expressor Engine for partition parallelism is extremely simple. Developers design their ETL operations as in previous versions of the product, and then graphically specify the level of parallelism for each operator as well as the processing algorithm that best meets their application needs. Beyond that, any additional optimisation is handled automatically by the expressor Engine.

In addition to the high-performance data processing enhancements, expressor 3.6 features over 40 significant user interface and usability improvements ranging from visual icon enhancements, to context sensitive help suggestions, to the Dataflow canvas tool enhancements, to multi-select artifact improvements. These latest enhancements further simplify the creation and editing of expressor Dataflow applications.

“We continue to roll out major new functionality at a rapid pace,” comments Michael Waclawiczek, VP of Marketing of expressor. “With our bi-directional support for QlikView in expressor 3.5 and the new performance features in 3.6, we now offer a very powerful technology solution stack for any data warehousing and business intelligence initiative.”

DOVADO Launches DOMA for Homes and Small Businesses

By admin, 19 kwietnia, 2012, No Comment

Swedish Mobile Broadband Pioneer Unveils New
4G-capable Router to Suit Larger Footprint

DOVADO, the supplier of mobile broadband routers and software, today announced DOVADO DOMA, a 4G-optimized USB Router to succeed the previous field-proven 3GN model. The device is the newest addition to the DOVADO router portfolio and allows people to share 4G/LTE or 3G mobile broadband with ease via Ethernet and Wireless LAN, providing access to all computers and wireless-enabled devices throughout the home or office.

Based on the DOVADO 3GN design, upgraded features include boosted throughput of 4G/LTE (surpassing 70Mbps on the downlink), the capability to re-power an inserted USB modem to prolong the uptime of the Internet connection, and double the WLAN speeds to 300Mbps. Like all of the DOVADO routers, the DOMA supports a growing range of USB modems, with over a dozen models capable of 4G/LTE from all corners of the world.

The DOVADO DOMA contains a SmartUSB port capable of re-powering the inserted USB modem in the event of any failures. It also houses four Ethernet LAN ports, combined with a WAN port along with dual WLAN antennas, providing 300Mbps speed for local wireless connectivity. The DOVADO DOMA can also be instructed to execute tasks via SMS such as a full restart, a cycle of the Internet connection, as well as provide reports or notifications of any unexpected events.

“Much like the 3GN before it, the DOMA is perfectly positioned to target the small enterprises, as it contains multiple LAN ports, high throughput and can satisfy their uptime criteria due to the SmartUSB port that was introduced with the DOVADO TINY,” said Thomas Axaeus, CEO of DOVADO Europe AB. “DOMA is also remarkably simple to configure as it will auto-detect information from the USB modem’s SIM card. Being able to offer this capability will significantly boost our brand and further position our routers as user-friendly. The operator deployment volumes during the past couple of years continue to reflect this.”

DOVADO’s focus on firmware development ensures that firmware updates are available for free from DOVADO or mobile operator websites, and include support for new USB modems, enhancements and innovative features that maximize on the strengths of mobile broadband.

DOVADO DOMA will be available early May and to coincide with its launch, Dovado recently announced Bridge Mode support in the form of a 6.0 firmware upgrade. This feature disables NAT routing and connects existing network and security infrastructure transparently to 4G/LTE, ensuring a fiber–like experience for the customer. For further information on the DOVADO DOMA, visit www.dovado.com/doma.

New Backdoor Proves to Be an Advanced Persistent Threat for Mac Users

By admin, 19 kwietnia, 2012, No Comment

The notorious Flashfake Trojan that helped to create a botnet of 700k+ Mac computers may be the most prominent example of vulnerabilities in a Mac OS X environment, but it is certainly not alone. Kaspersky Lab’s researchers have discovered another malicious program that targets Apple computers, which has subsequently been confirmed as an Advanced Persistent Threat. Unlike the Flashfake Trojan, which has uncovered the theoretical dangers of an unprotected Mac OS X environment, the new malware known as Backdoor.OSX.SabPub.a is a real example of how a vulnerable Apple computer could be fully controlled by cybercriminals.

The new backdoor was spotted in the wild in early April 2012. Similar to Flashfake, it used certain vulnerabilities in Java Virtual Machine. The number of users infected with this malware is relatively low, which also suggests this backdoor is used in targeted attacks. After activation on an infected system, it connects to a remote website for instructions. The command and control server was hosted in the US, and used a free dynamic DNS service to route the infected computers’ requests.

Subsequent events confirmed the initial theory that SabPub was part of a targeted attack. Kaspersky Lab’s experts set up a fake victim machine, infected by the backdoor, and on theof 15 April 2012 discovered some unusual activity. The attackers seized control of the infected system and started analysing it. They sent commands to view the contents of root and home folders and even downloaded some of the fake documents stored in the system. This analysis was most likely performed manually, and not using some automated system, which is unlikely in the widespread “mass-market” malware. Therefore, it can be confirmed that this backdoor is an example of an Advanced Persistent Threat in active use.

During the analysis of the backdoor, more details were uncovered about the infection vector of a targeted attack. Kaspersky Lab’s researchers have found six Microsoft Word documents, all of them containing the exploit. Two of them drop the SabPub payload. The attempt to open another four documents on a vulnerable system leads to infection with another Mac-specific malware. The contents of one of the SabPub-related documents contained direct references to the Tibetan community. Meanwhile, the obvious connection between SabPub and another targeted attack for Windows-based machines known as LuckyCat points to diverse and widespread criminal activity with the same origin.

Alexander Gostev, Chief Security Expert at Kaspersky Lab, commented: “The SabPub backdoor once again reveals that not a single software environment is invulnerable. The relatively low number of malware for Mac OS X does not mean better protection. The most recent incidents like Flashfake and SabPub indicate that the personal data of unprotected Mac users is also at risk, either because cybercriminals understand the rising market share of such machines, or because they are hired for the direct task of attacking Apple computers.”
The Backdoor.OSX.SabPub.a malware, along with the relevant exploits, is detected and remediated by Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011 for Mac. More details about this Backdoor are available in the initial report and follow-up analysis at Securelist.com.

DCC and WD now stream your media wirelessly

By admin, 19 kwietnia, 2012, No Comment

New Western Digital TV Live Delivers Premium Entertainment Experience with Quality Internet Services and Personal Videos, Photos and Music Streaming Wirelessly to your TV

The new, thinner, sleeker and overall better looking WD TV Live Hub, now stocked by distributor Drive Control Corporation (DCC) promises to greatly simplify the way home users stream and play media through their televisions. The new streaming media player now features wireless connectivity, allowing you to easily connect to the Internet wirelessly or through an Ethernet connection. Based on the high performance 802.11n wireless connectivity standard, the latest version supports the most demanding high definition video applications.

“The trend towards multimedia and a connected home is definitely picking up in South Africa,” says Zandre Rudolph, Retail Manager at DCC. “Consumers are getting a lot more tech savvy and are increasingly looking for the latest advancements in technology when upgrading their IT systems.”

The WD TV Live features WD’s newest intuitive user interface that delivers quality Internet content from video services to Internet radio and social networking from companies like YouTube, Facebook, Picassa Web Albums and TuneIn Radio, directly to your TV in Full-HD 1080p resolution. WD TV Live also includes Fun Spot Games, a casual gaming service that offers everything from arcade and card games to puzzles, strategy and quizzes, including Sudoku, Black Jack and Poker. The new service offers quality video content from users, independent content creators and premium partners, including high-quality and HD video.

Additionally, users can also save their photo’s, videos and music on their home entertainment systems as the WD TV Live supports a wide range of file formats for streaming content from any connected USB drive. These include the WD My Passport and My Book product families, digital camcorder or camera, network drive such as the My Book Live personal cloud storage, and any networked PC or Mac computer in the home.

Says Rudolph, “How users can optimize the use of their WD TV Live will depend on their preferences and connectivity capabilities. 3G is an alternative to ADSL and is further driving the uptake of the latest technology for home users. But what differentiates this brand is the ongoing development that leverages existing technology to enhance a users experience. For example, the WD TV Live comes with an application which enables you to turn your iPhone into a remote for your streaming media player.”

“WD is committed to providing our customers with a premium entertainment experience that includes seamless streaming of personal media and the best of the Internet directly to the highest quality screen and sound system in the home,” says Jim Welsh, executive vice president and general manager for WD’s Branded Products and Consumer Electronics groups. “By marrying advanced features of the new wireless WD TV Live with quality content from service providers, we are excited to deliver on that commitment.”

The new WD TV Live streaming media player is available from resellers and small independent retailers for R1099,00 inclusive of V.A.T.

RIM announces BlackBerry Mobile Voice System Support for OpenScape Voice

By admin, 19 kwietnia, 2012, No Comment

Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced that BlackBerry® Mobile Voice System (MVS) 5.1 now supports OpenScape Voice V6 from Siemens Enterprise Communications. The solution allows customers to access desk phone functionality on their BlackBerry® smartphone.

BlackBerry MVS, together with OpenScape Voice, can be used to provide a comprehensive Fixed-Mobile Convergence (FMC) solution for BlackBerry smartphone users. Siemens Enterprise Communications customers will now be able to place and receive desk phone calls on their BlackBerry smartphones and enjoy the convenience of single number reach, extension dialing and phone features such as hold, transfer and ad-hoc conferencing.

For connection with OpenScape Voice, customers can use AudioCodes Mediant Gateway, which will allow BlackBerry MVS to be used with mobile as well as Wi-Fi® networks, such as the Enterasys Wireless solution from Enterasys Networks, a Siemens Enterprise Communications company. With BlackBerry MVS, calls are routed through the company’s phone system, and administrators can set IT policies and controls to take advantage of least-cost routing and save on long-distance and international roaming charges. Call routing through the corporate phone system can also help with adherence to company policies and regulatory compliance requirements.

Alan Panezic, VP, Enterprise Product Management & Marketing at RIM, said, “Mobile and flexible working is now commonplace around the world and BlackBerry MVS gives companies the means to further leverage their corporate phone system and better support employees while they are away from their desks. Giving users a wireless extension of the corporate phone system via their BlackBerry smartphones can improve workforce productivity, save costs on long-distance and international roaming charges and reduce employee cell minute usage by allowing Wi-Fi-based phone calls from work, public hotspots and at home.”

Rick Puskar, Senior Vice President, Global Portfolio Management at Siemens Enterprise Communications, said, “Siemens Enterprise Communications is pleased to add BlackBerry MVS support to our rich OpenScape UC portfolio. Mobility continues to be an area of innovation for us, and BlackBerry MVS will help our joint customers increase their mobile productivity and simultaneously drive overall cost-efficiencies. This solution provides a simplified communications experience which ultimately benefits both IT departments and their end-users.”

In addition to support for Siemens Enterprise Communications, BlackBerry MVS supports corporate phone systems from Mitel, Avaya, Nortel and Cisco. For more information about BlackBerry MVS, please visit www.blackberry.com/mvs.

G-Technology makes a splash at NAB

By admin, 17 kwietnia, 2012, No Comment

External storage specialist G-Technology – represented in South Africa by leading ICT distributor, Syntech SA – has come up with an inventive marketing move by launching a new ‘G-Team’ Ambassador Programme, a move orchestrated to feature leading producers, cinematographers and photographers. The G-Team is to be presented – and the programme kick-started – at the National Association of Broadcasting (NAB) expo, the leading digital media show to be held in Las Vegas, USA, from 16th April.

Known for delivering premium external storage solutions engineered to meet the needs of the content creation and Apple Mac community, G-Technology has put together a talented group of professional producers, cinematographers and photographers who are pushing creativity beyond the limits. Craig Nowitz, a director of Syntech SA, said the G-Team will be “reaching out” to the market through tradeshows, online tutorials and seminars. The G-Team will be sharing stories, ‘how-tos’ and tips and tricks behind their profession, their creative process, and their workflows – giving insight and inspiration to current and future generations of digital artists.

Syntech, established in 2002, offers a wide range of product lines and has become recognised for its focus on professional storage and memory with high performance products such as Patriot, ATTO, OCZ, Sonnet, G-Technology and Rocstor. These products are specifically imported to service media rich environments including clients within the film and production, photography and architectural industries.

Debunking the myth of unified communication’s expense

By admin, 17 kwietnia, 2012, No Comment

Modularity, TCO and efficiency offer superior business case

BY Bennie Langenhoven, Managing Executive, TELLUMAT COMMUNICATIONS*

There is a common perception that unified communications (UC) is expensive, leading many customers to defer the buying decision. Customers often see this as unnecessary bells and whistles without understanding the business benefits they bring. On the contrary, UC solutions offer a superior business case and multiple benefits.

Parts make the whole
The primary reason for the misperception is the sheer number of functions and applications brought together by UC – voice, e-mail, instant messaging, conferencing, collaboration, mobile, presence, location, and a growing range of others.

In truth, UC solutions are modular, and need not attract a big upfront cost at all.
• Composite by their very nature, UC solutions may form a coherent whole, but originated separately.
• Almost all companies already have some UC components installed, so platform vendors follow an add-on approach to product design and development.
• New UC applications like social communications and communications-enabled business processes continue to develop. To accommodate growth, UC platforms are built on open standards, allowing easy coupling and decoupling of components and piecemeal, cost-effective build-out.

UC’s TCO is low
It is important to understand that many of the costs of a system do not yet accrue at the time of acquisition and implementation. The hidden costs of owning a TDM system, for example, mean its total cost of ownership (TCO) is much higher than that of a UC system, among others because upgrading or adding to it is more costly and disruptive than altering or extending a standards-based IP-based system.

Among UC systems, architecture further has a significant impact on both upfront and ongoing costs (including moves, adds and changes, training and telephone system management):
- Pure IP systems have the benefit of reduced complexity, making them easier and less resource-intensive to implement and manage than the ‘cobbled-together’ systems of legacy vendors.
- Systems built on open architecture integrate seamlessly and easily with business applications and processes, further reducing the cost of implementation.
- A distributed architecture with federation means the addition of a single appliance can achieve redundancy, rather than replicating the system in its entirety.
- This approach to redundancy further means scalability is simply a matter of adding more appliances. This is a clear example of investment protection, while less scalable systems need to be replaced in totality when companies outgrow them.

UC enhances efficiency
Besides UC’s scalability, small businesses will also like its productivity and efficiency. CEOs and other senior people in small companies are invariably involved in operations, frequently multi-tasking on internal and external-facing activities, including sales.

The mobility and presence management features in advanced UC solutions allow executives to be reached wherever they are, even if the caller only knows their office number. This has roaming benefits too – executives who travel overseas can be reached via their office number, with the IP-based PBX connecting the parties via a free Voice over IP call. The call can either break out on a local WiFi network in the destination country (at the overseas branch or guest network), or on the local GSM network, without running up enormous roaming costs.

Always being available in this way, either to collaborate with colleagues or engage with customers, not only increases executives’ efficiency – it ensures that opportunity cost is kept to a minimum. Best of all, the customer experience is seamless, which improves the image of the company and the experience of its customers.

In short, to deny oneself the cost savings and value of UC is a mistake in the longer term. Start building now; a piecemeal approach will keep even upfront costs to a minimum.

* Tellumat is the South African distributor of ShoreTel systems, whose offerings are cloud-ready.

 

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