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Veeam Announces Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SharePoint

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Veeam Disrupts Microsoft SharePoint Backup and Recovery Market; Registration for Free Public Beta Now Available

Veeam Software (, innovative provider of backup, replication and virtualisation management solutions for VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V, announced Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SharePoint, a new capability that anyone may try out in an upcoming free public beta. Registration ( to participate in the public beta is now open.

In the past, IT had to procure expensive add-on tools for granular recovery of items from Microsoft SharePoint backups. Veeam is disrupting this market. Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SharePoint will be included at no additional charge in both the next release of Veeam Backup Free Edition and in Veeam Backup & Replication v7, which will become generally available in the second half of this year.

Ratmir Timashev, President and CEO at Veeam Software, says: “With Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SharePoint, finding and restoring individual SharePoint items takes just a couple of minutes. It’s yet another example of Veeam disrupting the market. Just as we did with Veeam Explorer for Exchange, Veeam will include these new capabilities in Veeam Backup Free and Veeam Backup & Replication at no additional charge, enabling IT to replace expensive SharePoint discovery tools that charge per user.”

Microsoft SharePoint has become ubiquitous throughout business IT, from small businesses to global enterprises. When an employee needs a file that’s been corrupted or deleted, the help desk seldom has a quick solution because recovering the file often requires restoring the entire SharePoint database. Retrieving an individual item can take hours or even days.

When it comes to e-discovery, Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SharePoint enables users to zero in on exactly the information required to quickly locate and restore individual SharePoint items.

Robert Amatruda, Research Director, Data-Protection and Recovery, at IDC says: “Companies of all sizes have come to depend on Microsoft SharePoint to power employee collaboration on critical files and other business content. If the help desk cannot find and recover individual SharePoint items quickly from backup files, it hurts productivity. Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SharePoint offers an elegant solution to the problem.”

Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SharePoint gives IT an intuitive interface to look inside SharePoint backups, all without the use of agents. Capabilities include:

  • Browsing SharePoint databases within compressed, deduplicated image-level backups of SharePoint virtual machines (VMs) without having to restore the entire database;
  • Searching for specific SharePoint items with rich search capability for e-discovery purposes;
  • Recovering and exporting items directly to the original SharePoint server, or sending items as email attachments to specific users; and
  • Support for SharePoint running on both Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere.

Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SharePoint is the latest in a series of innovations from Veeam that enable IT to browse, search and recover individual items. Previously released features include:

  • U-AIR (Universal Application Item Recovery): General purpose application item-level recovery. Introduced in Veeam Backup & Replication v5 in October 2010.
  • Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Exchange: Quickly find and restore individual Exchange items directly from the backup file without the need for a full restore. Introduced in Veeam Backup & Replication v6.5 in October 2012.
  • Veeam Explorer for SAN Snapshots: Quickly restore any or all of a VM directly from a SAN snapshot. Introduced in Veeam Backup & Replication v6.5 in October 2012.

Availability & Pricing:
Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SharePoint will be available soon in public beta. To register, please visit . This capability will be included in the new version of Veeam Backup Free Edition and in Veeam Backup & Replication v7 when they become generally available in the second half of this year.

Africa seeks transaction security cost control

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The African market is increasingly seeking more cost-effective solutions to the challenge of effectively securing electronic transactions, says Stanchion Payment Solutions. 

By Max Gysi; Director for New Business at Stanchion Payment Solutions

The pan-African market is increasingly price sensitive, yet as its electronic transaction capabilities grow, it has a growing need to implement world class, cost-effective transaction encryption and security solutions suited to local conditions.

With Africa’s unbanked fast gaining access to new payment channels, connectivity booming and vast amounts of broadband now reaching the continent, there has been dramatic growth in electronic payment solutions being rolled out across the continent. But securing those transactions is critically important.

Security is top of mind for enterprises across Africa. Even a small breach can cost an organisation millions in direct costs and reputational damage. Therefore security and compliance are critical, and organisations are aware of this.

However, organisations are also becoming more price sensitive amid global economic downturns.

The feedback we are getting from our market is that the security on electronic transactions has to be world class, but the cost to performance ratio has to be good. Going forward, it will be increasingly important.

To secure transactions effectively, encryption appliances are used to protect transaction data. They need to be tamper proof to prevent fraud and loss.  With end to end encryption solutions, sensitive data must be protected from the point of capture, throughout the payment process.

In many cases, achieving this requires running and maintaining a large number of encryption devices and regularly travelling to the devices for maintenance. This can be time consuming and costly. In some organisations, a production site may be in one city and the DR site in another city – or even another country. The time and cost involved in travelling to manage devices make remote management capabilities highly attractive.

This is why we believe Futurex’s entry into the local market couldn’t have come at a better time. Futurex, a global firm specialising in encryption for secure transactions, is now represented in South Africa by Stanchion Payment Solutions. It comes to market with a 30-year track record of delivering secure, robust, compliant and cost-effective data encryption solutions.

Within months of its arrival in South Africa, three major organisations in South Africa and Tanzania have already implemented Futurex solutions – an indication that the market has been waiting for an industry leading yet cost-effective alternative.

The Futurex Hardware Security Module (HSM) generates keys and manages them between two parties in an industry standard secure manner. Futurex’s End to End Encryption (E2EE) solutions secures sensitive cardholder data from the point of capture, combining existing EFT standards with innovative algorithms to allow the PAN and track data to be encrypted without requiring any changes to message protocols or transports. The solutions are scalable, cost effective and feature remote management capability, which eliminates the cost of travel to the operational site.

In addition, Futurex devices operate at up to 8000 transactions per second, which means the number of devices necessary can be significantly reduced. Companies previously running 15 to 20 devices could therefore scale this number down to around four devices that need to be managed.

Because the solutions are highly scalable and updated via rapid firmware upgrades, organisations eliminate the need for regular hardware replacements.

With the arrival of Futurex in the local market, organisations now have a choice when it comes to world leading transaction security solutions. We expect to see significant growth in the year to come – both in South Africa and across Africa.

Spammers get back to work according to Kaspersky Lab

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Spam in February 2013

After a lull of several months’, spammers stepped up their activity in February. According to Kaspersky Lab data, the proportion of spam in email traffic grew by nearly 13 percentage points and averaged 71% for the month, higher than the average for January and the last three months of 2012.

Italy was the country targeted most by malicious emails in February. The country’s share of mail antivirus detections grew by 9.4 percentage points and averaged 14.4%, pushing long-term leader the US into 2nd place.

Fake notifications from different financial organisations remain one of the most popular tools for distributing malware via email. This trick was especially popular in Italy where the spammers most often utilised Trojan-Banker.HTML.Agent.p which came 2nd in February’s Top 10 malicious programmes spread via email. This Trojan appears in the form of a HTML page imitating registration forms of well-known banks or e-pay systems which are used by phishers to steal users’ credentials for online banking systems.

One company name that is especially popular with the fraudsters is Google. In February, they launched a mass mailing that included the Google name notifying users that their resume was under consideration. To avoid any confusion, the recipient was encouraged to open the attached file to check their resume was correct. The attachment was a zip archive containing malware designed to steal passwords and other confidential data on the user’s computer.

There were major shifts in the geographical distribution of spam flows. In February, South Korea was the main source of spam sent to European users: the volume of junk email originating from that country grew 27.7 percentage points and averaged 50.9%. Last month’s leader China (3%) fell to 6th place in February with a considerable drop of 36.6 percentage points. Such significant changes in the share of spam produced by these two countries may be due to the fact that a group of spammers started distributing from a different botnet.

In February, the US topped the rating of the leading sources of spam worldwide. The amount of spam sent from China halved resulting in a drop to second place. As was the case in January, South Korea came third.

Sources of spam around the world by country

Sources of spam around the world by country

Sources of spam around the world by country

“Such a dramatic increase in the amount of spam in February hardly marks the beginning of a new trend. It was most probably caused by a decline in the share of junk email during the January holidays when many of the computers used in botnets to distribute spam were turned off. Moreover, the proportion of unsolicited messages in February was still slightly lower when compared with the average for the whole of 2012. In any case, we don’t expect any more dramatic changes in the near future,” said Darya Gudkova, Head of Content Analysis & Research, Kaspersky Lab. “Of special concern right now is the fact that the majority of malicious attachments in spam are programmes designed to steal users’ credentials for online banking systems. They appear in the form of HTML pages imitating registration forms. Users should be especially careful with such emails and the attachments should not be opened; online banking pages should only be accessed via a browser.”

The full version of Kaspersky Lab’s Spam Report for February 2013 is available at

Extron Excited to Engage at Mediatech Africa

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Extron Electronics is a leading international manufacturer of professional AV system integration products, creating waves on local soil with the recent opening of their new office in Johannesburg and their participation as exhibitors at Mediatech Africa. With offices around the world and an EMEA office in The Netherlands providing long- standing support to the African ProAV market, the decision was made to establish a physical presence in South Africa to increase support and provide easy access to training.

“One of the exciting things we have experienced recently is the positive reaction we are getting from our customers who have attended the first training classes in our Africa office. The classes help us build a strong relationship with our customers and help attendees’ gain the skills they need to grow their businesses”, remarks Jérôme Guéras, Vice President of Sales, EMEA.

Staff from both the newly opened South African office and the EMEA office, will be representing Extron at Mediatech, and are looking forward to introducing a wide range of products to the Africa ProAV market. Mediatech Africa provides a pivotal platform for key players in the media and entertainment industries to showcase products and interact with customers. Says Guéras: “It is the logical step now that we have a presence in Africa to further engage with customers on multiple occasions. Mediatech Africa is an established show that will allow us to easily access the right people.”

Mediatech visitors who are involved in designing and integrating systems for AV switching, distribution, streaming, and control, will find an array of interesting products on show at the Extron stand at this year’s advanced technology trade show. Products that will be on display include XTP Systems for Digital AV signal distribution, a range of audio products including XPA amplifiers and the new DMP 128 audio processor with ProDSP™. In addition, they will display a lineup of MediaLink® Controllers and TouchLink®Touchpanel control systems.

Mediatech Africa will take place at The Coca-Cola Dome in Johannesburg from 17 – 19 July and will host a dynamic variety of brands and leading exhibitors. For more information on how to be a part of this interactive industry event visit Register online before 7 July 2013 and avoid paying R50 at the door. Enquire at if you would like to book a stand.

The Networking Big Three

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By Kobus de Beer, enterprise brand manager at Dell

At a time when IT budgets remain relatively flat, IT organisations are faced with a number of major shifts in networking that cannot be ignored. Finding ways to keep pace with this shifting landscape and the rapid drumbeat of innovation is a challenge certainly, but even for those without limitless budgets, it’s not one which has to prove insurmountable. IT organisations must be pragmatic but also consider their technology choices carefully, protecting existing investments through the use of open technologies and looking at which projects need to be prioritised in line with the business’ priorities.

Broadly speaking there are three major trends within the networking space that are currently shaping the industry; convergence, distributed networking and software defined networks. These topics are not new to the table, but having been discussed for some time, they are now beginning to hit the mainstream in terms of the maturity of the technology and where they are on the corporate agenda.

What characterises and differentiates the networking space in its ability to respond to these trends is that, unlike the server space, prices haven’t been driven down by a standardised low-cost architecture like the x86 platform which opened up and diversified the market. Despite CIOs being more cost-conscious than ever before, the networking market has instead remained a market dominated by one major player that has set the pricing agenda in its own favour and successfully locked customers into its technology.

New and open technologies are however emerging, and with them choice is now becoming an option. As CIOs begin to look at developing their networking strategy to benefit from new and innovative approaches, fresh and lower-cost options to traditional architectures are starting to change the game.


Convergence is not wholly a networking issue but its impact on the way networks are managed and – just as importantly – who manages them, should not be underestimated. Previously IT functioned in silos, with server, storage and network admins going about their business relatively independently. When someone within the organisation wanted a new resource provisioned, working across these silos to make that happen could be a painful an unnecessarily cumbersome experience.

Virtualization eased this issue to an extent through its ability to cut across domains and break up these traditional silos. However, this move has created a new role – the virtualization admin – challenged with managing a plethora of different technologies from a multitude of vendors. They have built their virtualization infrastructure using the traditional approach of selecting individual platforms (server, storage, and networking) on a best-of-breed basis and managing the virtual infrastructure using existing system management tools optimised for the individual platforms and for physical environments.

In the last several years, a new paradigm for an x86 virtual computing infrastructure called converged infrastructure has gained initial acceptance. An ideal converged infrastructure is an integrated system of compute, storage, networking that is managed holistically by a single software tool and provides pools of virtualized resources that can be used to run applications, virtual desktop infrastructure and private clouds.

There are a few key features which true converged infrastructure solutions should offer:

  • Modular infrastructure: modular servers, virtual networking, and intelligent, automated storage platforms connected with merged SAN and Ethernet fabrics.
  • Converged management: unified infrastructure operations for infrastructure teams using simple and intuitive tools for repetitive, common tasks.
  • Delivery models: flexible means for customers to deploy converged systems, ranging from fully pre-integrated systems to a do-it-yourself (DIY) approach.
  • Full reference architectures: flexible blueprints to deploy enterprise applications, VDI, and private cloud solutions.

Where there is some disagreement is around who ‘owns’ the converged infrastructure. Most networking vendors understandably want to keep control in the hands of network admins, or at least come at the issue from a very networking-centric perspective. These solutions will allow a network admin to manage servers, but not necessarily vice versa.

A truly converged solution should offer both options – server admins should be able to manage the network, while network professionals should have access to the server infrastructure. Flexible tools at the switching layer can offer this ability to be configured to fit a networking based domain or put control in the hands of server admins. Again, this openness is key to delivering the flexibility required by the business.

Software defined networking

Although the technology is still in its infancy, software defined networking (SDN) is widely touted to revolutionise network infrastructures on the same scale as virtualization in the server market. Traditional networking has been unable to offer the flexibility that networking managers require today – there is little to no ability for developers to modify or transform networking devices to provide deep integration between applications and the network infrastructure. Networking switches have always worked by routing data using the CPU built into the networking hardware, which has meant that IT staff have had relatively little control over the flow of data across a network.

The emergence of SDN has provided IT administrators with a controller which is decoupled from switch from which they can harness and shape data traffic flows without having to manually configure individual networking pieces of hardware. Administrators can take control over entire networks of switches from this single control plane providing a flexible virtual network architecture that can keep pace with modern IT demands. This provides a far more pragmatic approach to network management which eliminates hours of manual routing and managing policy, whilst providing the ability to respond far more quickly to business demands.

SDN is relatively new as a concept, but the benefits are well speculated – networking managers anticipate far diminished reliance on expensive proprietary networking switches and routers as SDNs can be configured on less expensive hardware. However the main benefits are from a managerial flexibility standpoint and Dell has been working with SDN providers to build in the technology into its Force10 portfolio so that customers are armed with the right tools when SDN becomes a more mainstream reality.

From traditional to distributed architectures

Several developments have rendered the traditional centralised, monolithic chassis-switched network unfit for the modern business’ requirements. Firstly, the workforce has become extremely disperse and mobile. Secondly, virtualization and cloud computing have resulted in much higher server-to-server traffic flow than before. Finally, enterprises now have vastly larger volumes of data to process, store, and analyse than was previously the case.

Monolithic networks are simply not architected to efficiently handle this new type of dispersed ‘horizontal’ traffic. Traditional networks are designed to handle linear ‘north-south’ traffic in and out of the datacentre. Scaling up these networks is a costly and painful process – adding switches from one vendor until all the slots are filled and then performing a potentially disruptive rip-and-replace forklift upgrade. Core switches are the heartbeat of the network, so enterprises have invariably ended up being locked-in to their switch vendor long-term.

Alternative distributed approaches, which are more easily scalable, are now beginning to hit the market. Compared to the traditional design, the distributed core architecture can be scaled through low-cost Ethernet switches while the architecture improves reliability by eliminating the single network point of failure and providing better performance for any-to-any traffic flow.

However, not all distributed networks are equal and many networking vendors have taken proprietary approaches to building distributed networking equipment, locking customers in just as completely as the monolithic approach. The core may be distributed, but with proprietary standards, protocols and OS’, the network must be managed as a complete entity, without any scope for interoperability. However, an open standards approach to distributed core architectures allows for a much greater degree of flexibility, allowing IT organisations to mix and match components based on their needs and budgetary capabilities.

Be open to be successful

The pace of change in networking is exciting and is creating opportunity for transformation. For too long end-users have been locked into technologies and cost cycles which have stifled innovation. The rise of open standards, frameworks and architectures, and a growing realisation that proprietary models do not have the customers’ best interest in mind is giving way to new solutions to old and new challenges alike. In the new world of networking, the future is bright, the future is open.

Lenovo sets sight on Africa

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  • Outlines expansions and growth strategy across the continent
  • Empowers Africa channel with Lenovo Partner Network Program launch
  • Showcases latest PC+ innovations for businesses and consumers in Africa

A Lenovo delegation, led by Graham Braum, Lenovo Africa general manager, met with representatives from government and private organizations, as well as business partners in Namibia, Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana, to reinforce Lenovo’s commitment to Africa and outline the company’s business and PC+ strategy in the continent. As the global corporation marks its milestone achievement in securing the number two position in the market among PC manufacturers worldwide, it recognises the strategic importance of Africa in becoming the number one PC manufacturer worldwide paying special attention to the African continent.

Recently, IDC found that Lenovo has taken the number two position in the EMEA PC market, fueled by the company’s growth and success in Russia, Germany, Denmark and Lebanon, where the company is ranked first. With the planned expansion in Africa, the manufacturer aims for the number one spot.

The African continent is one of Lenovo’s key growth markets and this Africa roadshow re-affirms our commitment to customers and partners in Africa,” said Braum. “The ICT sector is continuously developing in Africa and technology plays a key role in the development and economic growth of countries; that is why, it is important for Lenovo to bring innovative smart connected devices to Africa to empower businesses and consumers. This further complements our mission to become the leader in PC+, by addressing the increasing demand to stay connected on different devices.”

“Expanding our operations across Africa is in line with our global ‘Protect and Attack’ strategy where we attack areas of greatest potential and protect areas where we have a strong lead. It has laid a solid foundation to make Lenovo number one in the PC industry and a leading global personal technology company in the PC+ age,” added Braum.

During the Africa roadshow, Lenovo launched the Lenovo Partner Network program, designed to skill-up channel partners and strengthen relations across the Middle East and Africa. The introduction of the program provides existing and new partners with in-depth knowledge and tools to enhance their relationship with Lenovo, including access to a free online resource and a loyalty reward scheme.

“Our channel partners are fundamental to the success of our business as we strive towards becoming the number one PC manufacturer in the world. The channel is our primary route to both the enterprise and consumer market and it is important that our partners understand Lenovo products and capabilities. Our partner relationships are the crux of our success both globally and in Africa; we invest heavily in this relationship and ensure our product portfolio and program is designed to enable our partners’ success,” commented Graham.

The Lenovo team also showcased the latest ‘THINK’ and ‘Idea’ innovations, designed to empower small and medium businesses (SMBs), enterprises and consumers in Africa and introduced Lenovo’s range of award-winning devices such as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, the Lenovo Yoga and the ThinkPad Twist, Thinkpad Helix and ThinkPad Tablet 2.

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is Lenovo’s premier Ultrabook™ weighs less than three pound and packs a high resolution 14-inch display into a 13-inch laptop design. While incredibly light thanks to its carbon fiber construction, it retains ThinkPad’s renowned durability for use in practically any environment. The X1 Carbon provides eight hours of battery life and industry-best charge times with Lenovo RapidCharge technology.  Equipped with optional 3G mobile broadband and hotspot technology, users can stay connected virtually anywhere, anytime. The X1 Carbon also includes a multi-gesture glass surface touchpad, HD face-tracking camera, dual array microphones and Dolby-tuned audio for crisp and clear sound.

The Thinkpad Twist and Thinkpad Helix are both high-functioning convertible machines which can act as both tablets and laptops. This distinct design affords users the versatility they need to adapt to any situation, whether in the office or out in the field.

The newly released Thinkpad Tablet 2, designed for Windows 8 and powered by Intel’s next generation CPU technology, extends the benefit of Lenovo’s convertible technology, allowing users to work the way they want with multi-finger touch support, pen input and an attachable keyboard and dock for a more PC-like computing experience.

As small businesses are forming the basis of Africa’s economic growth, all products include dedicated software tools specifically designed for small businesses, which includes Lenovo Solutions for Small Business powered by Intel Small Business Advantage and Lenovo Cloud Storage by Sugar Sync.

In addition, Lenovo has invested extensively in its MiDH (Mobile Internet and Digital Home) division, with tablet and smartphone being an extremely important part of Lenovo’s PC+ strategy. Lenovo will continue to differentiate via innovation to drive convergence across multiple devices to enhance user experience with these products, and will continue to evaluate the Africa continent on when and in what scale to market.

The future of the database administrator in a cloud computing world

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By Jaroslav Cerny, CEO at RDB Consulting 

One of the many areas where services are beginning to move towards the cloud is in the database, as cloud providers, either public or private, can remove many of the time consuming tasks around installing, configuring and provisioning the database. These roles are typically assigned to the database administrator (DBA), and one of the questions this raises is around the future of the DBA and their role in a cloud environment.

While cloud providers may take on a large proportion of the mundane tasks associated with the database, this by no means negates the position of the DBA. Instead, it allows the DBA to move from a tactical position to more of a strategic role, focusing on tasks that will add value to the business rather than being exclusively assigned to the day-to-day maintenance and running of infrastructure. For many reasons, the role of the DBA will continue to be an important one in the cloud environment, but DBAs need to be prepared for a shift from a highly technical role, to one that adds greater business value down the line.

The typical role of the DBA generally revolves around planning, designing, configuring and implementing databases and database platforms, as well as high availability and disaster recovery for each database. It also includes maintenance and monitoring of databases and platforms, performance tuning, workload balancing and security. In the cloud environment, all of these duties are transferred to the cloud service provider. However, this does not mean that the role of the DBA will become obsolete in a cloud environment.

Of the many responsibilities of a DBA, the list above is by no means all encompassing, and people in this position often perform many other advisory and functional roles. One of these is providing advice on the sizing of databases and servers. While cloud databases allow for instant scalability, the organisation needs to understand how big or small they will need to scale in order to meet current needs. The DBA, whether in-house or outsourced, will have the technical knowledge and understanding of the business to provide assistance in this regard.

Configuration of the database, while this can be left to the cloud provider, is another task that benefits from the expertise and experience of a DBA. This task involves a wide variety of processes, including determining the optimal balance and size of blocks for reading and writing of data, as well as setting the required parameters for parallel processing. Tuning the configuration with additional memory and processors is also a job that requires knowledge of business needs.  A DBA will have the necessary understanding of the business and its requirements to perform these tasks, and will therefore ensure that the cloud provider delivers the optimal configuration.

Once applications are in place, the cloud provider can then perform the necessary monitoring of performance, a task that was traditionally also within the stable of the DBA’s role. The DBA can then use the monitoring and reporting delivered by the cloud provider to query performance issues and ensure they are resolved.

Another critical role of the DBA is to ensure database security remains at optimal levels. Enterprise databases typically store large volumes of confidential, sensitive or private data about employees, customers, intellectual property and more. Keeping this information secure is critical, and the DBA is essential in ensuring both implementing and maintaining database security policies and practices. In light of the impending Protection of Personal Information (PoPI) Act, this role is even more important.

Finally, the aspect of responsibility and accountability also needs to be considered. If all databases reside within the cloud, who is responsible when these services are down? If the responsibility is shared, often the outcome is that nobody ends up taking responsibility, and a ‘blame game’ ensues that could cause detrimental downtime. There needs to be an accountable person or persons to ensure that downtime can be kept to a minimum, particularly where mission-critical business data is concerned. The DBA is the ideal person to fulfil this role in the cloud environment.

So, in a cloud database environment, is a DBA still necessary? The answer to that question is a definite yes. The DBA’s tasks within the cloud environment may change, but there remains a very prominent role for this resource to play. The role of DBAs will move up the value chain, from tactical infrastructure-oriented tasks towards a more strategic role of advisor, analyst and support provider.

Kathea announces new Polycom VVX 600 business media phone

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Kathea, a distributor of video communications solutions, has announced the next-generation business media phone from Polycom. The Polycom VVX 600 and Polycom VVX Camera delivers the familiar tap-and-swipe usability of smart phones and tablets to the desktop, while offering advanced Unified Communications & Collaboration (UC&C) features and a new optional video camera that accelerates the speed of business and enables face-to-face collaboration via video conferencing.

With the new Polycom VVX 600 solutions, workers have a flexible and intuitive phone that integrates seamlessly with popular UC&C productivity applications and Bluetooth headsets for hands-free privacy. Users can also join video conferences via the optional Polycom VVX Camera, which Polycom also unveiled for both Polycom VVX 600 and Polycom VVX 500 business media phones.

“Mobility in the workplace has increased substantially and the need to integrate technology into today’s smartphones and tablets is vital. The unveiling of Polycom’s VVX 600 business media phones has targeted the user who is continuously on the move and requires innovative technology in their business environment, further providing functionality and affordability,” says Mandy Pretorius, Product Manager – Voice at  Kathea.

“The simple and intuitive experiences people have with their mobile devices are shaping their expectations for the workplace,” says Jim Kruger, Senior Vice President, Solutions Marketing, Polycom. “The Polycom VVX 600 represents a new generation of solutions that merge consumer-like simplicity with enterprise-class reliability, performance and UC&C integration. Now organisations from SMBs to the largest enterprises can put Polycom’s renowned HD voice and video on desktops at a very affordable price.”

The Polycom VVX solution includes several new enhancements:

  • Larger multi-touch screen. Featuring a touch screen interface on a desktop phone, the Polycom VVX 600 incorporates a 4.3-inch LCD screen that is 23 per cent larger than other business media phones for ease of use and greater functionality.
  • Easier and faster access to contacts. The Polycom VVX 600 supports up to 16 line appearances for speed dialling, as well as access to corporate directories, instant messaging and presence status.
  • Built-in Bluetooth integration. Now Polycom VVX 600 users can conduct calls with the same Bluetooth headset that they use with their smart phone.

The VVX 600 will feature the recently announced Polycom UX (new user experience), which delivers the industry’s best video collaboration experience with more than 20 new user innovations and features, including  a completely redesigned user interface, the industry’s most lifelike HD image quality, and innovative only-from-Polycom video, content sharing and audio features, all while minimising IT management and support requirements.  For IT managers, Polycom’s zero-touch provisioning and Web-based configuration tool make the VVX 600 simple to deploy and easy to administer, upgrade and maintain. Because organisations can deploy VVX 600 solutions on their existing networks without having to upgrade their call control platforms, the new phone reduces cost of ownership.

Collaborating Face-to-Face in Seconds
The new VVX business media phone also accommodates the Polycom VVX Camera, an optional 720p HD video camera that transforms Polycom VVX 600 and VVX 500 business media phones into cost-effective, high-resolution video collaboration environments. Users install the camera simply by plugging it into the integrated USB port at the top of the phone, and no software drivers are required, which means they can join a video conference in a matter of seconds. With this interoperable video solution, users can easily tap into their organisation’s infrastructure to collaborate face-to-face with colleagues, partners and customers across a broad range of standards-based video platforms. Video features include a privacy shutter, adjustable tilt, multiple video screen modes, side-by-side and PIP (picture-in-picture) window modes, and adjustable frame rates.

Accelerating the Speed of Business
The Polycom VVX 600 solution improves personal productivity by providing access to the key workplace applications that users rely on daily directly from the phone. Through a built-in Web browser, users can view and manage their calendars, receive meeting reminders and alerts, and search the corporate directory. The Polycom VVX 600 also features open APIs to enable third-party applications developers to integrate the VVX 600 with business and UCC applications, and personalised information tools. Additionally, VVX 600 users can access content using the included video playback feature.

In addition to daily use on the desktops of executives, managers and administrative staff, the Polycom VVX 600 phone can transform a variety of environments:

  • Healthcare providers can equip phones with the VVX Camera to offer remote therapy or follow-up consultations for patients with chronic conditions.
  • Banks can use camera-equipped phones to engage customers with remote loan specialists, brokers and title processors.
  • Retailers can offer in-store customers a chance to speak face-to-face with a remote technical support or customer care representative.
  • Distributed organisations can use the phones to conduct regular meetings with branch managers, warehouse managers and other field personnel.
  • For almost any company, Polycom VVX 600 phones can serve as virtual receptionists in an office lobby.

For many organisations, such as law firms with offices, clients and partners around the world, using enterprise-quality video and voice technology is the best way to remove distance barriers for real-time collaboration.

The Polycom VVX 600 business media phone is part of Polycom’s next-generation portfolio of video endpoints.

The Polycom VVX600 business media phone and Polycom VVX Camera is available from Kathea. To operate the camera, the VVX500 and VVX600 media phones require UC Software 4.1.3, which will be available to customers immediately through a download at no charge.

A new breed of tablets – the new Dell Latitude 10

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The Dell Latitude 10, available from distributor Drive Control Corporation (DCC), ushers in a new breed of tablets, combining the convenience of the small and thin form factor with the power of a PC into a device that is ideal for the serious business user. Featuring easy management and security to help integrate onto the corporate network, and a durable, stylish design, the Latitude 10 tablet gives business the power of a go-anywhere, always on connectivity and productivity solution.

“With Windows 8 and intuitive touch screen functionality, as well as Intel’s next generation Intel Atom System on Chip (SoC) processor and 2GB RAM, the Latitude 10 is everything a user could want in a tablet and more. The 10.1” LED display is made of patented Gorilla Glass and has a wide viewing angle with capacitive 10-finger touch and optional stylus, for ultimate ease of use,” says Frank Lumley, Dell Business Unit Manager at DCC.

For IT and network managers, the headache of management has been taken care of. The Dell Latitude 10 integrates seamlessly, allowing the device to be managed as any other PC within the organisation using existing remote systems management solutions or Dell KACE appliances. World-class security includes Intel’s Platform Trust technology, which ensures data protection and a lock slot that helps to prevent theft. Optional security features include Trusted Platform Management (TPM 1.2), a fingerprint and smart card reader combo and Dell Data Protection and Encryption. These features, along with the backup of proven support and configuration services, ensure that the Latitude 10 delivers the reliable service and long-term stability needed for business.

“While the Latitude 10 offers features and functionality that appeal to business, the end user has not been forgotten. The device itself is highly portable, only 10.5mm thick and weighing just 658g, and boasts a convenient, removable battery with a choice of sizes so users can stay up and running for up to 10 hours. The device also features a durable yet stylish reinforced magnesium alloy frame for the ultimate combination of good looks and durability. An optional productivity dock even allows power users to get a desktop-like experience,” says Lumley.

Always-on connectivity is assured with multiple options including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and optional mobile broadband. A convenient full-size USB port and SD memory card enable effortless access to collaboration tools for added productivity. Connecting to the optional dock provides an additional four USB ports as well as Gigabit Ethernet and HDMI.

“Tablets have taken the world by storm, and consumers have embraced the ability to connect anytime anywhere. This functionality has now been brought up to business standard with the Dell Latitude 10, which offers the power of a PC with the convenience of a tablet. It delivers connectivity, easy management and business level security through a familiar Windows interface that gives access to all of the business applications professionals need on the go,” Lumley concludes.

The Dell Latitude 10 will be available immediately at a recommended retail price of R10 300.00 including VAT.

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