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SA and IT outsourcing – what to expect in the coming years

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By Dr Andrew Hutchison, expert for intelligent networks at T-Systems in South Africa

With the South African IT services market expected to reach R53.3 billion by 2015, according to BMI TechKnowledge’s (BMI-T) South African IT Services.

Market Sizing and Forecast it is safe to say there is still considerable opportunity for IT players in their respective specialist fields, be it vendor, service provider or integrator.

However, it is the outsourcing market in particular that has enjoyed significant support over the last three years and will continue to provide a lucrative playing field in the coming two years. This statement is also echoed by a report released by KPMG: South African Sourcing Pulse Survey:Shared Services & Outsourcing Advisory Practice, Management Consulting in September 2012 which indicates that the outlook for domestic outsourcing is looking favourable in terms of adoption.

Why outsourcing?

Considering the above figures, why is the SA outsourcing market such a strong force, particularly in light of global economic pressure? For one, the outsourcing market continues to grow through its dynamic evolutionary nature which in turn allows it to meet the varying demands of organisations.

It is specifically the managed services and hosting segment that are enjoying some strong adoption. Managed services enable clients to choose what outsource services they require such as end user device management or security instead of necessarily outsourcing the entire IT stack.

This also gives the market the flexibility of outsourcing different services that are tailored to meet company requirements.

However, the mantra remains the same: with an outsource partner, organisations benefit from the use of specialist systems and insight that offers the latest in technology advancements and can ultimately impact the way they run their daily operations.

Full outsourcing services take this one step further, whereby outsourcers take ownership of, and responsibility for, managing all or very large parts of the customer’s information infrastructure and operations according to a service level agreement (SLA).

Driving the evolution

But, it is not only the outsourcing market that is evolving on its own – external technology influences are also dictating the way it is developed and implemented.

Take Unified Communications and Collaboration (UCC), for example. The convergence of IT and telecoms, mobile workforce support and the constant need for broad network connectivity are playing a significant role in the adoption of wireless and mobile technologies.

This is resulting in continuing developments in the UCC space, hence the changes in traditional IT infrastructure and network design.

Here, it makes complete sense to partner with a UCC outsource provider who can take the guesswork out of unifying the myriad of connectivity and communication options such as videoconferencing, messaging, telephony and VoIP.

However, where outsourcing will really come into play in the next few years is to address the complexity of IT environments which show no signs of abating or simplifying for that matter. Whilst a lot of organisations do have IT departments to support businesses processes they don’t always have the skilled resources to handle the increasingly complex IT infrastructure.

Outsource service providers have a major role to play here; businesses can outsource their environments in order to optimally focus on their core businesses while gaining access to best-of-breed technology expertise. It also then becomes the service provider’s responsibility to ensure that training occurs, certification levels are maintained and that technical expertise and optimisation is available for the outsource client’s benefit.

Overall, the research group IDC states that general IT spending in South Africa will steadily increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.2% over the coming years to reach $17.42 billion (around R150 billion) by 2016. As indicated, the IT services market represents a significant part of this growth.

Outsourcing will no doubt play a critical role in the above growth and, importantly, in the manner in which IT services are provided in SA today. Outsourcing allows local organisations to truly embrace the advancements that come with technology, be it cloud computing, mobility or UCC, but with the confidence and benefit of using a partner organisation which is completely focused on these technology business enablers. There is no doubt that outsourcing will remain a major force in the coming years.

Fraud Awareness Week casts spotlight on white-collar crime

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Bytes Universal Systems joins ranks of supporters for November 3-9 awareness campaign

Organizations lose an estimated 5 percent of their annual revenues to fraud, according to a 2012 study by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). To help shine a spotlight on this global problem, Bytes Universal Systems, as a corporate sponsor of ACFE South Africa, is participating in International Fraud Awareness Week, 3-9 November, 2013, as an official supporter to promote anti-fraud awareness and prevention.

Fraud is a global problem, but it’s one that is particularly relevant in South Africa. White-collar crime is on the rise, and South Africa is now ranked 64th out of the 182 countries listed on Transparency International’s corruption perception index. Fraud is another barrier for start-up businesses to face, and thus affects much needed job creation. The Minister of Justice, Jeff Radebe, recently confirmed that fraud was a priority for government and announced record number of investigations and arrests in this area. The opening this week of the first annual anti-corruption conference of the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) by Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini further highlighted the scope of the problem.

“Fraud is a scourge in our country,” says Mark Neethling, divisional manager: Business Solutions at Bytes Universal Systems. “Bytes in partnership with the ACFE and vendors of software to detect financial crime are working together to spearhead initiatives to combat fraud on a number of fronts.”

In its 2012 Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse, the ACFE found that:

  • Fraud schemes are extremely costly. The median loss caused by the occupational fraud cases in the ACFE study was R1,400,000. More than one-fifth of the frauds involved losses of at least R10 million.
  • Schemes can continue for months or even years before they are detected. The frauds in the study lasted a median of 18 months before being caught.
  • Occupational fraud is a global problem. Though some findings differ slightly from region to region, most of the trends in fraud schemes, perpetrator characteristics and anti-fraud controls are similar regardless of where the fraud occurred.
  • Small businesses are especially vulnerable to occupational fraud. These organizations are typically lacking in anti-fraud controls compared to their larger counterparts, which makes them particularly vulnerable to fraud.
  • Tips are key in detecting fraud. Occupational frauds are much more likely to be detected by tip than by any other means. This finding reinforces the need for promoting awareness to foster an informed workforce.

For more information about increasing awareness and reducing the risk of fraud during International Fraud Awareness Week, visit FraudWeek.com.

The 2012 Report to the Nations is available for download online at the ACFE’s website: ACFE.com/RTTN. The Report is in PDF format.

Hitachi Data Systems unveils powerful solutions for the SAP HANA platform

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HDS to showcase enhanced portfolio solutions with SAP Technology at SAP TechEd 2013. Introduces new consumption model for SAP HANA

Hitachi Data Systems Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., today announced its expansion of Hitachi solutions for SAP at SAP TechEd and a new European consumption model for procuring technology that runs SAP HANA. The enhanced portfolio includes solutions specifically designed for the performance, business continuity, data protection, and scalability of SAP-enabled platforms.

The new consumption model is for EMEA only* and offers customers the ability to scale their use of SAP HANA through a per-node-per-month solution for 3 to 5 years, based on Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform. For example customers can deploy 4 nodes (at 512GB each) with the upgrade option to 16 nodes for R34, 486.20 for 48 months.* This offers customers a flexible pricing option whereby they have complete cost visibility of their SAP environment and unmatched performance and scalability.

“We are deeply committed to enabling our SAP customers to maximise their investments in SAP solutions like SAP HANA platform and offer a new way for them to invest in it which is both flexible and scalable,” said Wayne Dick, Business Development Manager Sub Saharan Africa, Hitachi Data Systems. “Our new consumption model is unique to our EMEA customers and allows them to enjoy the benefits of SAP HANA platform with a clear and predictable cost overview.

Our new solutions provide high-performing, real-time analytics, mission-critical ERP, and scalable cloud architectures, all while protecting data with robust business continuity for 24/7 mission-critical application delivery. HDS has over 2 decades of experience delivering highly reliable solutions for SAP environments, and we look forward to continuing to partner with SAP to help our customers to foster innovation and competitive advantage.”

The latest Hitachi Data Systems solutions and capabilities, designed to accelerate SAP time-to-value, application performance, and mission-critical data availability, are:

  • Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) Select for the SAP HANA Platform, SAP Business Suite on HANA solutions: SAP customers making the transition to SAP Business Suite on HANA can now run ERP workloads on Hitachi Converged Platform optimised for workload-specific performance, reliability, and support for disaster recovery. The SAP-certified Hitachi UCP Select for the SAP HANA Platform, SAP Business Suite solution – available in 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB editions – enables rapid deployment for Business Suite on SAP HANA.
  • Capability for Hitachi UCP Select for SAP HANA: SAP customers with large data analytic requirements are now able to benefit from the latest certification of 1 TB nodes for SAP HANA environments. Now, UCP for SAP HANA supports up to 16 TB of real-time analytical workloads or up to 80TB of uncompressed, traditional data.
  • Hitachi UCP Select for SAP HANA with Hitachi TrueCopy Synchronous Replication for SAP HANA for disaster recovery: Hitachi has certified Hitachi TrueCopy, a continuous, non-disruptive, host-independent remote data replication solution for SAP HANA persistent storage data protection, for mission-critical SAP HANA environments that depend on second site failover to maintain SAP HANA data availability.
  • Hitachi Accelerated Flash for business warehouses on SAP HANA: Hitachi UCP Select for the SAP HANA Platform supports Hitachi Accelerated Flash for enterprises, providing non-volatile memory, environmental characteristics (power and space), and is up to 46% lower cost per bit, improving overall performance for business warehouses on SAP HANA.
  • SAP HANA tailored data center integration: Hitachi offers the availability and support to run SAP HANA in a customer’s tailored server and storage combination to reduce hardware and operational costs. Hitachi customers have the flexibility to deploy SAP HANA using Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) or Hitachi Unified Storage VM in conjunction with their preferred SAP HANA server and hardware vendor selections to optimise time-to-value.
  • Hitachi storage product line integration with SAP NetWeaver Landscape Virtualisation Management 2.0, enterprise edition: SAP customers moving their on-premises solutions to the cloud are able to provide better support for their cloud-based SAP Landscapes with Hitachi storage integration with SAP NetWeaver Landscape Virtualisation Management 2.0, enterprise edition.
  • Hitachi UCP Select for the SAP HANA Platform integration with Symantec NetBackup: SAP HANA customers are able to add further protection for the HANA database with Hitachi UCP Select for the SAP HANA Platform integration with Symantec NetBackup. This new solution helps to protect customers against data loss due to disk failures or database corruption.
  • Hitachi reference architecture for Apache Hadoop big data infrastructure based on Cloudera Hadoop distribution: SAP HANA customers seeking additional business value from their corporate data can center their Hadoop strategy around a Hitachi reference architecture based on Hitachi x86 rack servers and the Cloudera Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS). SAP HANA customers can now quickly deploy a tailored big data solution with specific guidelines based on Hitachi engineering test methodologies with predictable and reliable results.
  • Hitachi reference architecture for deploying SAP ERP 3-Tier using VMware vSphere 5.1, Hitachi x86 blade servers and Hitachi Unified Storage VM: Hitachi provides guidelines for the deployment of SAP ERP with the flexibility to optimally leverage compute and storage resources with the incorporation of VMware vSphere for production environments and non-production environments.

Hitachi Data Systems customer success stories include:

oXya – Hitachi Data Systems reports its relationship with SAP critical applications hosting provider, Oxya, which has deployed customer SAP instances on Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Pro for VMware vSphere. oXya expertly manages the intricacies of mission-critical, 24/7 SAP environments for over 230 hosted enterprise customers and 190,000 SAP users.

Asia Capital Reinsurance Group – Hitachi Data Systems reports its Hitachi UCP Select for the SAP HANA platform implementation at Asia Capital Reinsurance Group. Driven by business requirements to consolidate its data warehouse environment, manage growing data volumes, and leverage big data analytics for better decision making, Asia Capital Reinsurance Group selected the Hitachi converged solution. The Hitachi UCP solution handled high performing SAP HANA reporting capabilities, easily scaled to meet growing data volumes, and enabled easier system management.

*The new consumption model applies only to HDS businesses that offer Hitachi Global Financial Service: France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, the UK, South Africa, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Italy.

** These four nodes to run traditional compressed database data of up to 10TB on UCP Select for SAP HANA.

 

 

 

Sage Pay predicts cloud computing to change conventional solutions for SMMEs

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Local and globally aligned provider of secure online transaction processing services, Sage Pay, says the industry faces an “interesting period” over the next five to 10 years.

“A new set of entrepreneurs is emerging in South Africa,” says Sage Pay managing director Charles Pittaway. “People are moving online and younger businesses are more inclined to make use of the internet for their business solutions. It is a mindset and reflects what users are comfortable with.”

Pittaway adds that SMME businesses have limited resources for complex systems and seek to have all their business, payroll and accounting systems integrated to conduct their business through multiple platforms. He contends that Cloud computing and connected services have broadened the capability of standalone vertical products and are interacting with other services.

The new set of entrepreneurs seeks Cloud accessibility and Web mobility on the basis of cost effective subscription and ‘pay for what you use services’. “The new generation in business wants mobility, flexibility, time and cost savings. While SMEs tend to accept recommendations via word of mouth (for example, their accountants) they don’t really know how to differentiate between what will and won’t work for them.”

Pittaway sees the Cloud as the way forward, a fundamental shift that will see the Cloud becoming the absolute norm. “It is a natural movement as young entrepreneurs want their lives to be fully automated. There is a five to 10 year adaption gap between the average age of social media users and senior business people, however in the next few years there will be a major shift in that ratio.”

Companies urged to strengthen defences in face of increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks

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Fraudsters and hacktivists currently have the upper hand in the world of cyber crime, and organisations have been urged to strengthen their defences to protect their assets against this continuously evolving challenge.

That’s the recommendation of Adam Bangle, Vice President for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at RSA, The Security Division of EMC.

“Looking at the changing threat landscape and how individuals and governments need to respond to that, we are witnessing a substantial increase in the sophistication of attacks perpetrated by highly organised groups,” Bangle says.
“Some are of criminal intent, while others are hactivisits whose primary motivation is to be disruptive. We have not yet seen terrorist-orientated attacks but the threat remains. Companies need to be aware.”

The increasing sophistication and resourceful of these attacks enables criminals to mask their activities, with the result that it can take up to a year for attacks to be uncovered – by which time it is too late for damage to be prevented.

Bangle mentions a recent case in South Africa where data from customers’ bank cards was compromised by international criminal syndicates which infected electronic payment terminals in fast food outlets with a malicious software bug called Dexter.

“Although there have been similar attacks in the US and Europe, this particular bug was specifically compiled for South Africa,” he says. “Criminals look at South Africa as a potential market because it has similar banking systems to those used in the US and Europe, and the dominant business language is English, so it’s relatively easy to launch similar attacks.”

These factors also lead to a high incidence of phishing in South Africa. “As North American companies strengthen their defences, attackers will move to softer targets, and South African organisations need to be alert to that. South African banks have first-world systems, but they can’t afford to be complacent. As volumes increase in e-commerce transactions, retailers will have to fortify their defences,” Bangle says.

Commenting on the level of awareness in the country, Bangle says people are alert to the security challenges they face on an organisational level.

“People want to understand more – the options available, as well as the technology and skills needed to increase their defences,” he says. “It’s incredibly encouraging to see that the South African marketplace is sophisticated, alert, proactive and taking appropriate countermeasures. However, enterprises need to move with speed, as right now the hackers and fraudsters definitely have the upper hand.”

RSA assists organisations in leveraging Big Data and deploying their data in a security context to create intelligent, driven security systems which are agile by nature. In addition, the company recognises the need for new security skills to optimise the potential of the increasingly sophisticated security systems which enterprises are compelled to deploy.

“We work with individuals to train and retrain in the new systems of security analytics,” Bangle says. “In 2014, I believe organisations will have to reassess how they spend their budget. It is likely that we will see a shift as companies spend less on prevention and more on detection as well as on the expertise and skills of people operating their security systems.”

 

 

Microsoft’s CityNext to help transform SA’s cities

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South Africa’s major cities are home to more than two-thirds of the country’s population, and generate more than 60% of the country’s GDP – but they are facing a range of complex challenges, fuelled largely by a massive migration to urban areas.

Although cities host industries and businesses that create much of the country’s wealth, they are often unable to raise the resources required to deal with the problems associated with an expanding population, including the need to modernise aging infrastructure, provide critical services to citizens, and deal with socio-economic issues like unemployment, social inequality, poverty, crime and disease.

Help could be at hand, though. This week, Microsoft revealed a bold initiative to use a range of technology – including cloud technology, mobile devices, data analytics, and social networks – to help South African cities become more prosperous, despite struggles with urban decay and budget demands.

The initiative, Microsft CityNext, aims to use cities’ existing technology infrastructures to connect functions like energy, water, infrastructure, transportation, public safety, tourism, recreation, education, health and social services, and government administration. An important element of the programme will be a focus on helping cities create small businesses, develop skills and reduce unemployment.

Launching Microsoft CityNext in Cape Town this week, Microsoft South Africa managing director Mteto Nyati said technology could play a key role in not only helping city managers provide critical services to growing populations, but also address the burgeoning socio-economic challenges faced by cities.

“The bigger picture is that cities can become the engine-rooms that will drive Government’s National Development Plan objective of eliminating poverty and reducing inequality by 2030. This is where we can drive real impact around areas like enterprise development, empowering our youth through job creation and skills development, creating a safer and more secure South Africa and improving service delivery.”

One potential Microsoft CityNext customer, the Western Cape Government is investing in more modern technology capabilities to help it operate more efficiently and to roll out services that will enable better interaction with its citizens.

Lance Williams, Chief Information Officer of Western Cape Government, said the ultimate beneficiaries of a more sophisticated technology infrastructure would be the citizens of cities, who would enjoy more responsive and transparent government services, many delivered online.

“You can’t evolve to an organisation that provides citizen-centric services without the right technology foundation,” said Williams. “These higher-level services rely on a modern infrastructure, which we now have. The exciting part for us has just begun.”

A key focus area for Microsoft CityNext is safety and security, with the emphasis on helping cities protect their citizens in times of crisis. When critical information is allowed to flow seamlessly between government, businesses, and citizens in emergency situations, people will more readily get the resources they need to deal with the crisis.

Microsoft’s Nyati is particularly excited by Microsoft CityNext’s ability to drive citizen-focused education and social programmes that he says can make “a real impact” on the lives of city-dwellers. Many of the socio-economic programmes contained within Microsoft CityNext link to Microsoft’s 4Afrika initiative, which was launched this year to help accelerate Africa’s economic development and to improve its global competitiveness by empowering African youth, entrepreneurs, developers and business.

“Helping South Africans to become entrepreneurs can play a critical role in tackling unemployment, by empowering our people to become the job creators and economic drivers of the future,” said Nyati. “If we can work with cities to help small companies to succeed in the first 3-5 years of their lives, we will help grow job creation and economic development significantly. This will have a major impact on the well-being of cities and entire communities.”

Nyati said Microsoft would also be work with its vast network of solution partners to help cities transform their operations and infrastructure; engage their citizens and businesses; and accelerate innovation and opportunity.

“According to IDC’s Smart City Maturity Model, many cities are now in the first stages of implementing smart technology solutions as part of a 10- to 15-year path to realising full transformation potential. The result of ‘smart city’ initiatives will ultimately enable cities to attract businesses and citizens to build more vibrant city landscapes and competitive economies,” he said.

Harness the power of Windows 8 with new Dell touch screen notebooks

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Now you can truly harness the power of Windows 8 with the latest range of Dell Inspiron notebooks, available from distributor Drive Control Corporation (DCC). Featuring vivid, intuitive touch screen capability, the Dell Inspiron 3521 and Dell Inspiron 5521 bring your Windows 8 experience to life, allowing you to swipe, tap and drag on screen while having all of the benefits and power of a keyboard and a full featured notebook.

“The Windows 8 Operating System (OS) has been optimised for touch yet many notebook and PC users running this OS cannot take full advantage of all of its features and functionality without touch screen functionality. The new Dell Inspiron devices bring you the best of both worlds thanks to an High Definition (HD) LED backlit touch display that offers brilliant resolution and an enhanced user experience, all packaged in a powerful, portable, high performance notebook,” says Nitesh Devanand, Dell Consumer Product Specialist at DCC.

The Dell Inspiron 3521 and 5521 both feature 4th Generation Intel Core processors for maximum performance, and support up to 16 Gigabytes (GB) of Random Access Memory (RAM) and up to 1 Terabyte (TB) of hard disk space, making these notebooks ideal for everyday work and office tasks. On-board graphics, tray-loading DVD drive, a built-in HD webcam and microphone, and stereo speakers with Waves MaxxAudio 4 processing mean that they are also perfect for watching videos, playing games and interacting socially.

The notebooks also feature Dell Wireless-N, Bluetooth and integrated Ethernet 10/100, along with an 8-in-1 media card, two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports for a range of connectivity options and accessories. You can also connect to an HDMI-capable TV or monitor for even more entertainment options. The notebooks are all packaged into a lightweight body just 2.5cm think and feature a 15-inch diagonal screen.

“The combination of powerful performance, ultimate portability, impressive specifications and the innovative touch screen make these notebooks perfect for both work and play. A stylish brushed aluminium finish looks good in any environment, and a host of accessories are available to customise your experience to suit any need,” Devanand concludes.

The Dell Inspiron 3521 and 5521 are available immediately from resellers and leading retailers nationwide for a recommended retail price starting at R8 999.00 including VAT.

Kaspersky Lab patents technology for detecting malware hidden with packers

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Kaspersky Lab has announced that it has been granted a US patent on a system which helps to detect malware modified using packers or encryptors which have not previously been identified by researchers. The technology is already integrated into the company’s key security solutions for home and corporate users.

Packers and encryptors (which can be regarded as a type of packers) create a container file which includes a version of the original programme and code needed to unpack or decrypt it.

Cybercriminals use these tools to modify malware in order to complicate its detection by security solutions. The technique enables them to change a programme’s binary files as a way of evading signature-based scanners. Even if a security product’s antivirus database includes a signature for the original malware sample, it will be unable to detect the compressed version of the malicious programme.

Programmes modified using popular packers can be detected using heuristic rules; however, if attackers create their own packer with a unique algorithm, detecting the threat is a much more difficult task. Kaspersky Lab’s newly-patented technology provides a method of analysing objects which creates a special profile for each new packer, providing a general description of its behavior. The profile subsequently enables the security solution to detect malware modified using a packer based on the operations it performs when launched.

In practice, the technology works as follows: first the antivirus solution determines – using its own set of rules – that the suspicious file under analysis may have been modified using an as-yet-unknown packer, then the solution turns to the technology patented by Kaspersky Lab. This technology in turn emulates the execution of the file being scanned and logs all the operations performed by the code responsible for decrypting and launching the malware. These operations are sorted and undergo machine analysis in order to create templates describing the packer’s behaviour. In the final stage, a profile is created based on the data generated, which can be subsequently used to detect other files modified using the packer in question.

“While in the past analysing the behavior of packers was generally impractical, this technology makes it possible to analyse objects in greater detail and as a result improves the quality of protection enjoyed by users. In addition, the technology provides a method for describing the behaviour of as-yet-unknown packers in a form that can be used by a security solution and at the same time remains intelligible to analysts,” commented Maxim Golovkin, a Kaspersky Lab malware expert and the author of the newly-patented technology.

The newly-patented technology is already implemented in flagship Kaspersky Lab products such as Kaspersky Internet Security and Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business.

The innovative nature of the technology is confirmed by patent 8555392 issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Kaspersky Lab’s research and development department has a staff of about one thousand people, enabling the company to develop cutting-edge technologies, many of which are patented. As of early October 2013, the company’s patent portfolio included 174 patents issued in the US, Russia, the EU and China. A further 211 patent applications were under consideration.

 

New and improved APC Smart-UPS range now available from DCC

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APC’s range of award-winning Smart-UPS products for the small business, available from distributor Drive Control Corporation (DCC), has just improved, with the arrival of two new Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) models. These UPS’ are both available in a standalone and rack mount option and are designed specifically for the protection of sensitive small business equipment. The discontinued SC1000I has been replaced by the SMC1000I and the SMC1000I-2U, and the SC1500I has been replaced by the SMC1500I and the SMC1500I-2U, with the new models offering enhanced features, improved availability, ease of management and serviceability.

“Technology has become increasingly sensitive and mission critical, and this, combined with the instability of power in South Africa, means that UPS solutions are more important than ever to protect data and IT equipment for all types and sizes of businesses. The new, improved APC Smart-UPS range for the small business offers an affordable solution with all of the features and functionality these organisations need to avoid the negative effects of voltage fluctuations, power outages and other power issues,” says Elrica Quick, APC Product Specialist at DCC.

All Smart-UPS solutions ensure protection of equipment and enable organisations to continue operations during power outages, with the different models designed for different power loads and installations. The SMC1000I is a 600 Watts/1000 VA USB interface freestanding UPS with input and output of 230V, while the SMC1000I-2U is the same model in a 2U rack space unit. The SMC1500I and SMC1500I-2U are 900 Watts/1500 VA UPS solutions available in freestanding and 2U rack space unit, providing protection for higher load capacity.

All the models feature Boost and Trim Automatic Voltage Regulation (AVR), which provides higher application availability by correcting low and high voltage conditions without using the battery. Value for money is enhanced thanks to intelligent battery management, which maximises battery performance, life, and reliability. Temperature-compensated battery charging also prolongs battery life by regulating the charge voltage according to battery temperature.

All models also offer power conditioning to protect connected loads from surges, spikes, lightning, and other power disturbances, automatic restart of connected equipment upon the return of utility power, automatic self-testing of the battery to alert users as to when it needs to be replaced, and disconnected battery notifications to warn users when a battery is not available to provide backup power. Audible alarms actively alert users if the unit is on battery, if the battery is low or if there is an overload condition.

“The APC Smart-UPS solutions have been designed to be easy to use and manage, with predictive failure notifications providing an early-warning that components need to be replaced. Furthermore, they feature user-replaceable, hot-swappable batteries for additional ease and convenience. This means that the UPS’ will always be available to protect equipment from power issues and as a result, prevent loss of data. The devices also enable a quick recovery from overload events, allowing small businesses to continue to work through outages or save documents and shut systems down safely. This allows users to resume work soon after outages providing maximum productivity regardless of power problems,” Quick concludes.

Both APC SMC1000I and SMC1500I models are available immediately from selected DCC resellers for a recommended retail price starting at R4 900.00 inclusive of VAT.

 

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