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The Internet and Mobile Show Africa 2012

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The Internet and Mobile Show Africa

11th – 12th September 2012

Sandton Convention Centre

Johannesburg, South Africa

Come to the Internet Show 2012 and gain more than just great ideas for your next marketing campaign! Sponsors and Exhibitors at the show will be showcasing their solutions for the online and digital market.

NXT\ Digital Innovation will be giving away a complete digital makeover to one lucky visiting organization and who knows you might be able to grab a free piece of pizza for the A1LRealizations stand while they show you their new APP!

Download the Show APP and Join the Conversation

Here is the link to the APP in the APP Store (iTunes):

http://itunes.apple.com/app/the-internet-show/id545284547?mt=8

Here is the link to the APP in the Google Play Store:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.yudu.ReaderAIR3241279

Twitter: @theinternetshow

Blog: http://blogs.terrapinn.com/internetshow/

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Followers-digital-marketing-ecommerce-social-3863024

The Internet Show Africa is co-located with The Mobile show, bringing you face-to-face with key customers and prospects.

2012 brings a new, fresh conference format.

Social Media World , Digital Advertising World , Content Management World , Cloud Computing World , The Mobile Show

Pre-register yourself and your team now to receive free Google Adword vouchers – vouchers will expire on 31st August 2012. Free vouchers only available to first 2000 visitors.

Register for the exhibition and Free seminars:

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VMware Showcases Advancements in End User Computing at VMworld® 2012

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Company offers first look at the VMware Horizon™ Suite, an integrated platform for the Mobile Workforce 

VMware demonstrates holistic solution to deliver legacy desktops as a centrally managed service harnessing VMware View® and Wanova Mirage™ 

Yesterday at VMworld® 2012, VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, previewed the alpha version of the VMware Horizon™ Suite, a new platform that will offer a flexible corporate workspace in the cloud for mobile workers to connect from anywhere using any device.  VMware also demonstrated how the combination of VMware View® and Wanova Mirage™ will enable customers to transform the legacy Windows desktop for the cloud Era.

“Migration to Windows 7 and 8, bring your own device (BYOD), and the cloud are challenging IT organisations with new complexities and risks,” said Boaz Chalamish, senior vice president and general manager, End-User Computing, VMware.  “VMware’s continued investment and innovation in end-user computing will help IT organisations free the desktop, redefine the corporate workspace and embrace a new way of working in the post PC era.” 

Introducing the Horizon Suite: The Platform for the Mobile Workforce

As IT organisations struggle to manage devices, applications, data and users in the post-PC era, they need solutions that will help them evolve from managing devices to managing user experiences across multiple devices. Today, VMware demonstrated the alpha of the VMware Horizon Suite, showcasing how it will help customers deliver the multi-device workspace and give end-users secure access to applications and data from anywhere.

The VMware Horizon Suite will bring together technologies from Project Octopus, Project AppBlast, ThinApp, VMware Horizon Application Manager™ and VMware Horizon Mobile™ into a truly integrated management platform for the mobile workforce. The VMware Horizon Suite will provide a flexible platform that uniquely combines the principles of identity, context and policy to separate personal and business workspaces, enable consistent access to applications and data across any personal device.

Through a central Web management console, the VMware Horizon Suite will allow IT to customise a service catalog for all company data and applications.  Horizon Suite will understand a user’s attributes and environment (device, location and connectivity level) and enforce policies across applications, data and desktops. This will allow IT to deliver Windows, Android, iOS, Web and SaaS applications in a single workspace and give end-users self-service access to applications and data from anywhere. Horizon Suite alpha will also allow end-users to securely access and share their data and files from any device.

“The dramatic influx of mobile devices and applications is quickly subverting existing IT policy and management,” said Brett Waldman, Senior Research Analyst at IDC. “Modern solutions will need to have an integrated approach that holistically manages users, applications and devices to satisfy radically changing requirements to be well accepted by today’s IT organisations.”

VMware View and Wanova Mirage: Centralised Desktops for the Mobile Workforce

As workers become increasingly mobile, IT must provide anywhere, anytime access to the traditional Windows desktop.  With the recent acquisition of Wanova, VMware and its partner community can now offer centralised desktop management solutions that address the requirements of IT organisations to help them transform legacy Windows desktops into a service:

  • Managing virtual and physical desktops – Hosting desktops in thedatacenter using VMware View comes with many benefits including simplified systems and application management, increased security and control, and higher availability and agility. The addition of Wanova Mirage extends the benefits of managing desktops in the cloud by also allowing local system execution on physical desktops and laptops. Mirage clones the images of the endpoints in the datacenter and runs them locally.  This gives customers all the benefits of centralised management and recovery while allowing users to work offline and preserve an uncompromised user experience. Together, these two solutions can support enterprises comprised of any combination of task or knowledge workers.
  • View “Rapid Desktop” program gains momentum – Today, Cisco, Dell, HP, and Intel join the growing eco-system of OEM, technology and channel partners that are helping to develop and sell VMware View appliances. Theseeasy-to-deploy VDI appliances host between 25 and 500 virtual desktops that can be provisioned quickly, making them ideal for small and midsize businesses (SMBs) and scalable for larger organisations.
  • New VMware View solutions – VMware today introduced two new solutions designed to help IT administrators best architect their environment and ensure all components selected work together for quick managed desktop deployment. VMware View Business Process Desktop and Branch Office Desktop have been tested in labs to ensure product interoperability and performance and are supported with reference architectures, tools and services from VMware and VMware technology partners to minimise guesswork around VDI.

“Delivering desktops as a cloud service from the data center using VMware View® makes centralised endpoint management simple and easy,” said Prasad Calyam, research director of networking and virtualization, Ohio Supercomputer Center/OARnet, Ohio State University. “VMware’s expanded desktop capability using central image management for local execution with the acquisition of Wanova Mirage™ will offer another way to support mobile workers in an organisation.”

Pricing and Availability

The beta version of Horizon Suite is expected to be available in Q4 2012.

VMware View Business Process Desktop is available immediately and Branch Office Desktop will be available in Q4 2012. For more information about VMware View solutions, visit http://www.vmware.com/solutions/desktop/.

VMware View appliances are available immediately through the Rapid Desktop Program. Information about pricing, participating OEMs, technology and resellers can be found at http://www.vmware.com/solutions/desktop/rapid-desktop.html.

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Kaspersky Lab Publishes New Research about Wiper, the Destructive Malware Targeting Computer Systems in April 2012

By admin, 30 sierpnia, 2012, No Comment

In April 2012, a series of incidents were publicly reported about a destructive malware program, codenamed Wiper, which was attacking computer systems related to a number of oil facilities in Western Asia. In May 2012, Kaspersky Lab’s research team conducted a search prompted by the International Telecommunications Union to investigate the incidents and determine the potential threat from this new malware as it related to global sustainability and security.

Today Kaspersky Lab’s experts published the research that resulted from the digital forensic analysis of the hard disk images obtained from the machines attacked by Wiper.

The analysis provides insights into Wiper’s highly effective method of destroying computer systems, including its unique data wiping pattern and destructive behavior. Even though the search for Wiper resulted in the inadvertent discovery of Flame, Wiper itself was not discovered during the search and is still unidentified. In the meantime, Wiper’s effective way of destroying machines may have encouraged copycats to create destructive malware such as Shamoon, which appeared in August 2012.

Summary Findings:

  • Kaspersky Lab confirms that Wiper was responsible for the attacks launched on computer systems in Western Asia in April 21 – 30, 2012.
  • The analysis of the hard disk images of the computers that were destroyed by Wiper revealed a specific data wiping pattern together with a certain malware component name, which started with ~D. These findings are reminiscent of Duqu and Stuxnet, which also used filenames beginning with ~D, and were both built on the same attack platform – known as Tilded.
  • Kaspersky Lab began searching for other files starting with ~D via the Kaspersky Security Network (KSN) to try and find additional files of Wiper based on the connection with the Tilded platform.
  • During this process Kaspersky Lab identified a significant number of files in Western Asia named ~DEB93D.tmp. Further analysis showed this file was actually part of a different type of malware: Flame. This is how Kaspersky Lab discovered Flame.
  • Despite Flame being discovered during the search for Wiper, Kaspersky Lab’s research team believes Wiper and Flame are two separate and distinct malicious programs.
  • Although Kaspersky Lab analysed traces of the Wiper infection, the malware is still unknown because no additional wiping incidents that followed the same pattern occurred, and no detections of the malware have appeared in Kaspersky Lab’s proactive protection.
  • Wiper was extremely effective and could spark others to create new, “copycat” types of destructive malware, such as Shamoon.

Forensic Analysis of Wiped Computers

Kaspersky Lab’s analysis of the hard disk images taken by the machines destroyed by Wiper showed that the malicious program wiped the hard disks of the targeted systems and destroyed all of the data that could be used to identify the malware. The file system corrupted by Wiper prevented computers from rebooting and caused improper general functioning. Therefore, in every machine that was analysed, almost nothing was left after the activation of Wiper, including the chance of recovering or restoring any data.

However, Kaspersky Lab’s research revealed some valuable insight including the specific wiping pattern used by the malware along with certain malware component names and, in some instances, registry keys that revealed previous file names that were wiped from the hard disk. These registry keys all pointed to filenames that began with ~D.

Unique Wiping Pattern

Analysis of the wiping pattern showed a consistent method that was conducted on each machine that Wiper was activated on. Wiper’s algorithm was designed to quickly destroy as many files as effectively as possible, which can include multiple gigabytes at a time. About three of four targeted machines had their data completely wiped, with the operation focusing on destroying the first half of the disk then systematically wiping the remaining files that allowed the disk to function properly, resulting in the system finally crashing. In addition, we are aware of Wiper attacks that targeted PNF files, which would be meaningless if not related to removal of additional malware components. This was also an interesting finding, since Duqu and Stuxnet kept their main body encrypted in PNF files.

How the Search for Wiper Led to the Discovery of Flame

Temporary files (TMP) beginning with ~D were also used by Duqu, which was built on the same attack platform as Stuxnet: the Tilded platform. Based on this clue, the research team started looking for other potentially unknown filenames related to Wiper based on the Tilded platform using KSN, which is the cloud infrastructure used by Kaspersky Lab products to report telemetry and to deliver instant protection in the forms of blacklists and heuristic rules designed to catch the newest threats. During this process Kaspersky Lab’s research team found that several computers in Western Asia contained the filename “~DEF983D.tmp”. This is how Kaspersky Lab discovered Flame; however, Wiper was not found using this method and is still unidentified.

Alexander Gostev, Chief Security Expert of Kaspersky Lab, said: “Based on our analysis of the patterns Wiper left on examined hard disk images, there is no doubt that the malware existed and was used to attack computer systems in Western Asia in April of 2012, and probably even earlier – in the December of 2011. Even though we discovered Flame during the search for Wiper, we believe that Wiper was not Flame but a separate and different type of malware. Wiper’s destructive behavior combined with the filenames that were left on wiped systems strongly resembles a program that used the Tilded platform. Flame’s modular architecture was completely different and was designed to execute a sustained and thorough cyber-espionage campaign. We also did not identify any identical destructive behavior that was used by Wiper during our analysis of Flame.”

For the full research post on Wiper, please visit https://www.securelist.com/en/blog/208193808/What_was_that_Wiper_thing

 

Altech Autopage Cellular introduces innovative learning in the classroom

By admin, 29 sierpnia, 2012, No Comment

Altech Autopage Cellular, in conjunction with Media 24’s Streetwise Challenge, is changing students’ lives, one school at a time.

As part of the company’s 2012 CSI initiative, Altech Autopage Cellular will be investing in the wonders of technology whilst improving the quality of education in local schools, starting with Boitumelong Secondary School in Tembisa.

The Streetwise Solution is a unique text-based, low-cost email and information terminal that connects underprivileged schools to live online reference material. This includes encyclopedias, email, current news, curriculum-based worksheets and a host of other learning tools from reputable content developers.

“South Africa must remain globally competitive in an age when innovation, technology and entrepreneurship are vital to economic growth. As such, technology must be used within the classroom to inspire and engage students when their minds are at their most responsive stage of development,” says Boyd Chislett, Altech Autopage Cellular CEO.

Of the 26 000 schools in South Africa, more than 18 000 do not have access to the Internet. Altech Autopage Cellular aims to improve access to the Internet, one school at a time.

Boitumelong is the first of five schools scheduled to receive the technology investment from Altech Autopage Cellular. The company has invested in 30 terminals, branded carrier bags, a shared USB printer, and a secure storage cabinet. This includes SIM cards, GPRS costs and all hosting costs.

To ensure that the Streetwise Solution is successfully implemented, the Altech Autopage Cellular investment includes the cost of a community member to serve as a Streetwise champion to ensure the success and sustainability of this project. The champion will provide intensive hands-on support to the school and encourage the use of Streetwise by teachers and learners. Working part time at the school, the champion will be available to train users, assist with Streetwise lessons and to ensure that Streetwise is always ready for action.

To quote former president, Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” As such, Altech Autopage Cellular is going the extra mile to become a part of the change every South African would like to see in our country.

Annasa Energy lights up Western Cape with PPO

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Energy management consultancy, Annasa Energy has implemented Project Portfolio Office (PPO), an online project portfolio management (PPM) and collaboration application, in order to assist in the rollout of two million compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) to the public of the Western Cape.

According to Tsholo Matlala, MD of Annasa Energy, the organisation opted for PPO to assist with project and data management around the installation of the bulbs. “As part of its Efficient Lighting Programme, which involves the large scale exchange of CFLs in the residential sector, Eskom appointed Annasa Energy, as a company that provides for the implementation of energy efficiency solutions, to assist in helping Cape Town-based residents to reduce energy consumption.

“Through Annasa Energy, five consultancies have been tasked with physically replacing incandescent light bulbs with CFLs, as well as collection of the old bulbs for disposal. We needed PPO to help keep track of the entire process – from the number of CFL bulbs installed, to the removal and crushing of the incandescent bulbs.”

Matlala maintains that PPO’s strength, in this case, lies in its ability for live information updates. “Consultants in the field can update the system as bulbs are replaced, meaning that we can tightly control progress and effort as well as provide accurate, current reports to Eskom.

“Due to PPO, management of progress and effort can be speedily verified, within one day, as opposed to a five day wait when using our previous offline system. In addition, cash flow management is greatly improved, meaning reduced payment times for contractors.”

Guy Jelley, Project Portfolio Office CEO, says that PPO’s collaboration abilities are key to this project, with access needed by Eskom, Annasa Energy, the consultancies and the bulb crushing company. “Using PPO allows project teams and stakeholders a far greater visibility of the status of work, projects, programmes and portfolios. It creates a collaborative environment for teams to work, plan and complete projects together and provides the required communication and alerts to keep teams informed.

“By the same token, PPO’s planning and task management features are also critical to Annasa Energy’s success in this instance. Solid planning and effective task management are crucial to the successful delivery of any project, and PPO facilitates this by providing accountability and visibility, allowing team members to update tasks and providing immediate progress updates, as well as generating real time e-mail alerts and reminders of task progress and status,” Jelley states.

ACTNET exhibits GMC Inspire printing and communications solution at the Africa Print Expo

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…as Ricoh wins the mega stand award…

ACTNET, the enterprise output management and content solutions company, unveiled a communications and printing solution – that is said to boost direct mail responses by up to 35% – at the Africa Print Expo, held from the 22nd – 24th August at the Sandton Convention Centre.

The GMC Inspire solution – distributed in South Africa by ACTNET – was on show at the Ricoh stand, which won the Best Mega Stand award at the Africa Print Expo.

Gary du Plooy, in charge of marketing at ACTNET, said GMC Inspire is an ideal software solution for production printing environments – “hence the invitation to exhibit on the Ricoh stand“.

Du Plooy said that by using GMC Inspire users can design the most dynamic communications while controlling the content. “The solution is ideal for direct marketing because messages can be effortlessly personalised, with end users saying that it assists to boost direct mail response rates by up to 35%.“

GMC Inspire talks to almost any data source, including CRM, ERP, SAP, ECM, Web-based data – even integrating with social media sites. The solution is able to tweak and combine data on customer preferences, lifestyles and business transactions – and provides a rich, single view of each customer for ‚relevant, targeted customer communications.“

Du Plooy said that GMC Inspire enables businesses to design the “innovative and dynamic “communications – including adverts and direct mail – while controlling content to ensure compliance and brand consistency.

For further information, please contact Gary du Plooy; tel. 011 267 6444; fax. 011 267 6499; e-mail garyd@actnet.co.za

Samsung launches GPRS Smart dual-SIM phone in emerging markets

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Chief Hero – a cost-effective and durable phone for Africa

Samsung will expand its range of low-cost mobile phones with the introduction of the Samsung Chief Hero, a GPRS Smart dual-SIM phone designed for cost-sensitive users.

“Following the successful launch of our Chief range earlier this year, we have seen that there is a need for mobile phones that suit the unique needs of developing countries and more importantly, Africa,” says Jaco van Zyl, Product Manager: HHP Business Groupat Samsung Africa. “As such, the Samsung Chief Hero mobile phone is a Smart dual-SIM phone that is targeted at these markets.”

A significant percentage of mobile phone users in Africa carry multiple SIM cards to take advantage of the different pricing plans on offer from the various operators. By allowing these users to automatically switch between two SIM cards without having to carry an additional handset or turn off the phone to swop out a SIM, Samsung is helping to meet a critical need in the market with Smart Dual SIM technology which allows both SIM cards to be active and ‘always on’.

Always On

The Samsung Chief Hero supports GPRS dual band technology and with a 1000mAh battery, boasts an 11-hour talk time and 550 hours of standby time. And with the Dual-SIM Always On functionality, you will never miss a call. Couple this with the 1.8” TFT screen, MP3, and FM Radio, the Samsung Chief Hero keeps you in touch wherever you go.

The phone also supports an additional 13 languages including Yoruba, Swahili and Igbo. Easily share your life with friends using Facebook JAVA, enjoy web browsing, and MMS/SMSing in your own language!

“Whether users want to take advantage of different calling plans, or want to keep their business and personal calls separate, Always On Smart dual-SIM handsets provides the convenience of two cell phones with one-mobile solution. There is a perception that low-cost mobile phones are not reliable. Samsung is proud to say that our Chief Hero is not only cost-effective and reliable, but it is also ultra-durable – and with great battery life, and African local language support – the Samsung Chief Hero is certainly designed with the African consumer in mind,” concludes van Zyl.

The Samsung Chief Hero mobile phone will be available from early September.

A step by step guide to creating the digital connected home

By admin, 29 sierpnia, 2012, No Comment

By Zandré Rudolph, Retail Business Unit Manager at Drive Control Corporation

The concept of the “connected home” is all the buzz in the technology space, and there are a growing number of different products that incorporate connectivity. From home entertainment to streaming audio and video, to mobile phones, tablets and networked storage, and even home appliances, light fixtures and heating – the possibilities for the connected home are endless. For many people, the problem is knowing where to start, what products they need and how to go about creating the network they want to suit their requirements now and in the future. However, creating the connected home is not as complicated as it first appears. This step by step guide will help you make the most of your technologies and embrace the possibilities of a digital, connected home.

Step 1: The connection

The first step in creating the connected home is obviously the connection. One thing that all ‘smart’ technologies have in common is their use of Internet connectivity to communicate, so this step is a critical foundation. South Africa has traditionally been very expensive in terms of bandwidth and connectivity, but this is no longer necessarily true. The number of users has grown exponentially and prices have come down dramatically in the past few years.

When it comes to choosing a connection, there are several available options. These include ADSL, 3G and other wireless connectivity, and even satellite, each with its own pros and cons. Satellite is currently the fastest method, but this speed comes at a price. Wireless connectivity offers the ability to take your connection anywhere, but data costs tend to be fairly high and are often not viable for large downloads or always on connectivity. ADSL offers a balance of speed and price, and there are many options available, from uncapped to high speed and everything in between.

The choice of connection comes down to your needs as well as your budget. You need to consider what you want to do with your connected home. Do you simply want a network that can be shared by multiple users throughout the home, or do you want to be able to stream video and music live? Do you want to download large amounts of data, but do not necessarily need super fast speeds to do this? Once you have decided what you want to do in your connected home, you can approach service providers and shop around for the best deal that gives you the optimal balance of speed and price.

Step 2: Setting up the network

Once you are connected, you need a router. The router is vital for creating a network that will provide access to the Internet throughout the house. Wireless is the cheapest and easiest route to go in terms of a network, since for most homes creating a wired network would involve digging up floors to lay cable. However wireless can prove problematic in multi-story homes or homes with complex layouts, as the range often does not penetrate through floors, around corners and through multiple walls.

In these instances repeaters and range boosters can be used, but this does not solve the problem of interference, which wireless networks can also be subject to. Ethernet over Power (EoP) adaptors offer a highly cost effective solution. Using existing power lines and outlets, EoP devices can simply be plugged into sockets and connected devices can be hard wired to these devices for a stable connection. Using a combination of wireless router, repeaters and EoP, a complete network can be created throughout the house that caters for both wireless devices such as tablets and smartphones, and devices that can used a wired network, such as televisions, desktop computers, set top boxes and so on.

Step 3: Selecting your connected devices

Many of today’s gadgets rely on connectivity to function, including smartphones and tablet PCs. Making the most of the connected home means incorporating these devices, along with smart televisions that can access the Internet directly, media players and so on, to create a complete, smart, connected home entertainment centre and network.

Devices such as set top boxes, which provide satellite programming, gaming consoles, hubs, media centres and so on can all be connected using your network to bring entertainment to every corner of the home. Tablets in the kitchen can be used to search for and view recipes and cooking demonstrations, televisions can stream content from media servers, and any number of devices can connect and download content.

Step 4: Adding storage

Connectivity may be the heart of the connected home, but storage is just as important in the digital age, where digital content generation has exploded. From social media to downloads, music, movies, photographs and more, everything has turned into data, and in order to share and stream this throughout the connected home, you need centralised, networked storage.

While certain media servers will include storage, this is often not enough for entire families, and because of the nature of the data backup is always advantageous. Using networked storage with the capability to create a private cloud enables you to save and store content on a centralised server and access it from anywhere in the world. This also allows for storage to be expanded to meet growing needs, as photographs are only getting bigger and HD videos and music take up more storage than ever.

Step 5: Creating the digital experience

The connected home is all about creating a digital experience where everyone in the house has access to content regardless of the device they use, supporting sharing and collaboration. It is an extension of our digital lifestyle, driven by content and connection, and is the next step in the evolution of the truly smart home. More and more devices are beginning to incorporate connectivity and intelligence, from fridges to washing machines and other appliances, even lights that can be remotely switched on. The smart home is the future, but at the heart of this entire evolution lies connectivity. Without connectivity, the connected home is not possible, and without sufficient storage space for all the required programs and applications, the connected home cannot evolve into a smart home. 

FNB partners with Cell C to sell SMS and Data Bundles

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FNB and Cell C today announced that FNB Cellphone Banking customers are now able to buy Cell C SMS and Data bundles on the channel. Until now, the only Cell C product that was offered was prepaid airtime. FNB is the first and currently the only bank to enter into a partnership with Cell C to enable its customers to purchase SMS and Data Bundles.

Shadrack Palmer CCO, of FNB Cellphone Banking says, “This is an opportunity for us to increase our product and service offering to meet the needs of all our customers, especially on products that are currently in demand in the market. It is also an opportunity for us to attract new customers.”

According to The Mobile Consumer in SA 2012 Report, which was released in July 2012, the spending on Data has grown by 50% since 2010. The report further indicates that 11% of consumers of data purchase prepaid data bundles with 15% of them being on contract. South Africa still remains one of the fastest growing mobile communications markets in the world with just over 12 million active data users, and the number is set to increase.

Karin Fourie, Cell C’s Executive Head of Communications says, “Our aim is to leverage on the current growth in the data market and to form partnerships with relevant industry players to help us address the needs of our customers. Our data and SMS bundles are the most competitive in the market and we are confident that our customers as well as FNB customers will benefit greatly.”

FNB customers are able to purchase these Cell C SMS and Data bundles using FNB Cellphone Banking as well as Cellphone Banking customers with access to the FNB APP. These customers can also make payment using their eBucks.

The offering will also be rolled out to the FNB facebook APP under the “Top Me Up” functionality at a later stage. The daily limit for airtime and data bundle purchases through the facebook App is currently R60. 

HP adds new solutions for VMware vCloud Suite

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New solutions enable VMware users to rapidly build, secure and protect hybrid cloud environments

HP recently announced it is expanding its HP Converged Cloud portfolio with new solutions for VMware vCloud® Suite 5.1, enabling clients to transform traditional virtualization deployments into open private and hybrid cloud environments with less risk and complexity.

Introduced in April, HP Converged Cloud extends the power of the cloud across infrastructure, applications and information to provide clients with choice, confidence and consistency. As the industry’s first strategy and portfolio based on a single open architecture, HP Converged Cloud enables the integration of any combination of private, managed and public cloud, as well as traditional IT. This combination provides workload portability as well as dynamic scaling.

HP has helped more than 1,000 clients transition from virtualization to cloud computing with solutions engineered by HP and its partners.(1) The expanded HP Converged Cloud portfolio, built on HP Converged Infrastructure and HP Converged Management and Security, has been optimized for VMware vCloud Suite 5.1, and includes new capabilities that enable clients to:

  • Reduce complexity and accelerate building and managing cloud with preintegrated solutions.
  • Fast-track cloud adoption with comprehensive security and compliance controls that can be automatically applied to virtual machines.
  • Decrease the risk of data loss with automated policy-based data protection.

“As organizations move from a virtualized environment to a private or hybrid cloud, they may face significant challenges with security, performance and the management of multiple, heterogeneous computing models,” said Frank van Rees, Enterprise Group Lead and Country MD, HP South Africa. “Extending HP Converged Cloud with comprehensive, integrated solutions for VMware vCloud Suite 5.1 enables clients to embrace secure cloud computing with less risk and greater choice.”

“With VMware vCloud Suite 5.1, organisations will have reliable, flexible cloud solutions that enhance business agility while also addressing individual enterprise needs quickly and efficiently,” said Raghu Raghuram, executive vice president, Cloud Infrastructure and Management, VMware. “VMware vCloud Suite 5.1 and HP Converged Cloud solutions will enable our joint customers to accelerate their journey to the cloud, giving enterprises a proven, integrated solution that provides a competitive edge in a rapidly evolving market.”

HP accelerates cloud transformation, management with new capabilities

The expanded HP Converged Cloud offerings include the integration of VMware vCloud Suite 5.1 with HP CloudSystem, helping clients rapidly transform virtualized resources into self-service private and hybrid cloud environments. To accelerate time to value, HP offers customers preintegrated cloud solutions.

Combined with VMware vCloud Suite 5.1, HP CloudSystem doubles virtual-machine density, reduces network complexity and provides flexibility to support any workload.

New HP CloudSystem capabilities integrated with the VMware vCloud Suite 5.1 include:

  • HP CloudSystem optimized for VMware—provides faster time to revenue with preintegrated solutions that include HP Converged Infrastructure and cloud management from HP and VMware.
  • Auto-flexing feature—reduces response time to business requests and improves overall service levels by enabling VMware administrators to provision hardware for vCloud Director® to automate the scaling of converged infrastructure. With this technology, customers can cut the time required to add a virtual host from four hours to 15 minutes.(2)
  • Virtual-machine importing—simplifies clients’ path to the cloud by easily importing running virtual machines into an HP CloudSystem without downtime or reconfiguration.
  • HP Cloud Maps for VMware—accelerates the design of cloud services and automates the deployment of virtual applications using prepackaged, optimized HP CloudSystem templates.

New HP security solutions help overcome barriers to cloud adoption

The expanded HP Converged Cloud portfolio also includes the HP Cloud Protection Program and Consulting Services, which delivers a comprehensive security solution across network, storage and server virtualisation layers that can be designed and implemented in less than three weeks.(3) The new service identifies an effective mix of HP and VMware cloud-security capabilities that addresses common barriers to the adoption of cloud services, while enabling compliance controls. Management capabilities include cloud, virtualisation of the network, and storage virtualisation layers.

For VMware clients challenged with addressing the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS) in virtual environments, HP also offers the industry’s first converged PCI Compliance Security Solution Stack for virtual and cloud environments. The solution accelerates the path to compliance covering a majority of 200 security-based PCI DSS controls,(4) removing security hurdles associated with achieving PCI compliance and access to cloud.

New enterprise-class data-protection solution extends support to the virtual cloud

HP Data Protector, the industry’s first and only backup and recovery solution supporting federated deduplication for the enterprise, now delivers integrated protection for VMware vCloud Director. This new solution features patented HP StoreOnce deduplication technology, and dynamically provides one-touch policy-based protection for VMware’s multitenant cloud environment. These capabilities help vCloud customers and service providers eliminate the risk of data loss from applications, both on premises and now in the virtual cloud.

Availability

Select expanded HP Converged Cloud solutions are available through HP and its worldwide channel partners; the remaining solutions are expected by the end of the calendar year. HP also will offer all VMware vCloud Suite editions with HP Converged Cloud solutions through HP sales and channel partners in late third calendar quarter.

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