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OMG! Can all your customers see your impressive new tablet app?

By admin, 14 grudnia, 2013, No Comment

Although smartphones are appearing more widely on the continent, they still account for less than 30% of cellphone users. With approximately 8 million laptop or PC users accessing the internet versus more than 5 times that number of cellphone users in SA, and with mobile internet and USSD access available to 90% of the user base in Africa, it seems pretty clear that an effective communication strategy in Africa needs to include content that is accessible via a wide variety of mobile devices.

New media organisation, Ole! Media Group is alert to the possibility that Africa’s leading companies risk failing in their customer communications by focusing only on the “shiny baubles” of smartphone and tablet apps when most of their customers still use basic feature phones.

While the group sees temptation is growing for brand marketing managers to impress their bosses with expensive new technology features, they caution that marketers may be ignoring the most effective – and often cheapest – marketing routes in the process.

Although smartphones are appearing more widely on the continent, they still account for less than 30% of cellphone users. With approximately 8 million laptop or PC users accessing the internet versus more than 5 times that number of cellphone users in SA, and with mobile internet and USSD access available to 90% of the user base in Africa, it seems pretty clear that an effective communication strategy in Africa needs to include content that is accessible via a wide variety of mobile devices.

“Being at the cutting edge of technology is important and you have to plan ahead. But don’t be so beguiled by its ‘coolness’ that you lose track of where your customers are right now,” says Desere’ Orrill, CMO and co-founder of OMG.

“In our role as marketers and communicators, we have to talk to the target audience through their chosen channels, and for so many of them that still means SMS, feature phone browsers and even USSD.”

Focusing not only on the PC, tablet and smartphone audience, what distinguishes OMG is its ability to engage effectively Africa’s non-smartphone-toting population.

“Whether via USSD, SMS, smartphone app, PC or TV, what ultimately drives bottom line success is what you give people. It’s not about the platform but about how you use the platform that matters. If you get this right, you engage and retain your audiences.”

Ole! Media Group was created this year through the coming together of three digital companies that provide complementary communications solutions for brands, publishers and agencies: TEAMtalk media – creator of one of Africa’s largest digital content hubs, with a focus on sports editorial and data publishing and syndication: MobiMedia – mobile content and marketing specialists; and AddSwitch – a provider of holistic digital advertising strategies and solutions. Combined, OMG presents a unique offering that is forging digital inroads on the African continent.

Nictus selects Magic end-to-end Enterprise Mobility Solution

By admin, 14 grudnia, 2013, No Comment

Nictus’ financial services division, Corporate Guarantee, to create integrated mobile apps for representatives and customers

Magic Software Enterprises Ltd. (NASDAQ: MGIC), a global provider of software platforms for enterprise mobility, cloud applications, and business integration, announced today that Nictus Ltd. has chosen Magic’s End-to-End Enterprise Mobility Solution to create integrated mobile apps for thousands of its Corporate Guarantee (South Africa) employees and customers.

Providing short-term insurance solutions, Nictus’s insurance arm, Corporate Guarantee is using Magic to create mobile apps that combine relevant data and processes from its custom CRM and Sage Accpac ERP applications. Customers will gain one-touch access to their account information where they can view and edit their profile and product portfolio. Representatives and front-line employees will be empowered with fast reliable access to comprehensive and up-to-date customer information and management dashboards.

“Ease of use and fast time-to-market has made us a long-time Magic customer. By enabling us to provide integrated mobile apps that facilitate highly personalized customer service, a key element to earning long-lasting and repeat business, Magic’s enterprise mobility solution is an important part of our growth strategy,” says Brian Brudvig, Group IT Consultant for Nictus Group. “Thanks to Magic’s multi-platform capabilities that let us leverage a single development effort to create native business apps for the most popular smartphones and tablets, we can serve the greatest number of customers securely and cost-effectively.”

“Magic’s end-to-end enterprise mobility solution, including our application development, back-end system integration, management and broad professional service capabilities, provides all the critical requirements businesses need to deploy and manage successful business apps,” said Daniel Hall, country manager of Magic Software SA. “We’re excited to enable customers, like Nictus, make the move to mobility quickly and confidently.”

Kaspersky Lab makes its forecasts for the coming year

By admin, 14 grudnia, 2013, No Comment

Kaspersky Lab’s experts have made their predictions about 2014. Not surprisingly, much of what they have seen in their crystal balls is connected to the fall-out from Edward Snowden’s revelations.

End user forecast:
Cybercriminals will target:

- your privacy
After the Snowden scandal of 2013, people are determined to keep their private life under wraps despite the attentions of intelligence agencies around the world. That means protecting the information stored on their computers and devices and ensuring their online behaviour remains confidential. This will lead to greater popularity for VPN services and Tor-anonymisers as well as increased demand for local encryption tools.

- your money
In 2014, Kaspersky Lab’s experts expect cybercriminals to continue developing tools to steal cash – directly or indirectly. To plunder pockets directly, the fraudsters will further refine their tools designed to access the bank accounts of mobile device owners (mobile phishing, banking Trojans). Mobile botnets will be bought and sold and will also be used to distribute malicious attachments on behalf of third parties. To support indirect thefts, it is likely that we will see more sophisticated versions of the Trojans which encrypt the data on mobile devices, preventing access to photos, contacts and correspondence until a decryption fee is handed over. Android-based smartphones will no doubt be the first to be targeted.

- your Bitcoins
In 2014 Kaspersky Lab’s experts expect considerable growth in the number of attacks targeting Bitcoin users’ wallets, Bitcoin pools and stock exchanges. Find out how to keep your Bitcoins safe here.

Business forecast:

- for Internet service providers
A number of popular Internet services have already announced the implementation of additional measures to protect user data, for example, encryption of all data transmitted between their own servers. Implementing more sophisticated protection measures will continue, and is likely to become a key factor when users choose between rival web services.

- for cloud storage providers
Hackers are targeting cloud service employees, seeing them as the weakest link in the security chain. A successful attack here could hand cybercriminals the keys to huge volumes of data. In addition to data theft attackers may be interested in deleting or modifying information – in some cases manipulated misinformation could be worth even more to those who commission the attacks. This is an on-going trend.

- for software developers
The theft of popular product sources (gaming industry, mobile apps developers, etc.) gives attackers an excellent opportunity to find vulnerabilities in the products and then to use them for their own fraudulent purposes. In addition, if cybercriminals have access to the victim’s repositories, they can modify the programme source code and embed backdoors into it.

- for rivals
Snowden’s leaks have demonstrated that one of the goals of cyber espionage between states is to provide economic aid to “friendly” companies. This factor has broken down ethical barriers which initially restrained business from using unconventional methods to compete with their rivals. In the new realities of cyberspace, businesses are contemplating the possibility of conducting this kind of activity for themselves. Companies will employ cyber-mercenaries, organised groups of qualified hackers who can offer bespoke cyber-espionage services.

The World Wide Web forecast:
“The Internet has begun to break up into national segments. Snowden’s revelations have intensified the demand for rules prohibiting the use of foreign services. Individual countries are no longer willing to let a single byte of information out of their networks. These aspirations will grow ever stronger and legislative restrictions will inevitably transform into technical prohibitions. The next step will most likely be attempts to limit foreign access to data inside a country. As this trend develops further it may lead at some point to the collapse of the current Internet, which will break into dozens of national networks. The shadowy Darknet then will be the only truly world-wide web”, says Alexander Gostev, Chief Security Expert, Global Research & Analysis Team.

Several countries have adopted or are planning to adopt legislation prohibiting the use of foreign services. In November, Germany announced that all communications between the German authorities would be fully locked within the country. Brazil has announced its plans to build an alternative Internet channel so as not to use the one that goes through Florida (USA).

The full report is available on securelist.com

Cell C makes an investment in the future of SA through its children

By admin, 12 grudnia, 2013, No Comment

Following the company’s sponsorship of the Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens rugby tournament and as part of a larger investment in the Nelson Mandela Bay area, Cell C will be donating a much-needed R25 000 to the Port Elizabeth branch of SOS Children’s Village.

The SOS Children’s Village has been working in Port Elizabeth since 1989 and provides homes for children in the area who have no one else to care for them. SOS also provides a high-quality education from nursery to secondary level, followed by vocational training and support for young adults as they prepare for independence.

“Through our Believe campaign we are hoping to create a sustainable belief in the potential of South Africa, and that means giving its children the best possible future we can provide,” says Cell C Executive Head of Marketing, Doug Mattheus.

Through this sponsorship, Cell C hopes that these children will be given the chance to shine, no matter their start to life.

While the company’s primary investment is in the Port Elizabeth branch of the organization, Cell C will also be bringing a little cheer to children hosted at other branches of SOS Village nationwide.

The company will be hosting parties for these children and volunteers from Cell C’s staff complement will be bringing special treats to these occasions and sharing in a day of entertainment with them.

The parties will take place at the SOS Children’s Villages in Gauteng, Pretoria, Western Cape, Kwa-Zulu Natal and Eastern Cape.

“We wanted to do something really special for these children, who would otherwise not be able to experience the simple joy of a jumping castle. We’re looking forward to treating the children with face painters, balloons, stilt-walkers and many other party favours,” says Mattheus.

Cell C hopes that it will be a day they never forget.

When Cell C launched its Believe campaign, the company decided it had to be linked to making South Africa a better place through social investment and this sponsorship forms part of that.

Dell’s continued software innovation empowers customers to tackle BYOD

By admin, 12 grudnia, 2013, No Comment
  • Dell EMM provides unified BYOD security and management
  • Dell’s Connected Security gets “more connected”
  • Toad Business Intelligence and analytics solutions unlock greater insights
  • New data protection solutions deliver scale, speed and ease of use
  • New SaaS solution for application performance monitoring  improves performance of web and mobile applications

Dell Software today announced technology innovations that address a host of pressing IT challenges. New solutions and technology integrations within Dell’s mobility/BYOD offerings provide customers the tools to increase workforce productivity, while also ensuring secure control over corporate assets. Continued integration of Dell’s network security and identity and access management technologies further enhances security for users, regardless of location or access need, while Dell’s modern business intelligence and analytics solutions are helping universities simplify their complex data environments. Two key enhancements to its data protection portfolio round out Dell’s newest innovations aimed at keeping corporate assets safe, and the business agile and profitable.

Enterprise Mobility Management

Dell is building on earlier announcements with a unified solution that provides mobile device management (MDM), mobile application management (MAM), mobile content management (MCM), and a Secure Remote Access gateway (SonicWALL/SRA) to establish secure endpoints.

Engineered together, these components comprise Dell’s end-to-end Enterprise Mobility Management solution, supporting enterprise customers’ biggest challenges in dealing with “Bring your own” or “Choose your own” environments. This offering blends world class security technologies, new digital workspace applications and a flexible deployment model with mobility services to help expedite time to value. Dell EMM provides IT with a comprehensive management experience to configure and define security and compliance policies for iOS and Android smartphones; Windows, Android and iOS tablets; Linux, Mac and Windows laptops and desktops; as well as thin and zero cloud clients.

  • Today, companies use separate, often disjointed products for security, network services, software and hardware management across multiple OS platforms
  • With Dell EMM, customers can take advantage of an integrated mobility solution for secure endpoint management of devices and workspaces, while ensuring an excellent user experience
  • Dell EMM includes strategic IP from Dell SonicWALL, Dell Credant, Dell KACE and Dell Wyse to address security and encryption, policy management, user self-service and compliance reporting requirements. The result is a comprehensive mobile enablement solution that elevates data security and mobile workforce productivity
  • Dell EMM has interwoven secure remote access from SonicWALL SRA (Secure Remote Access) and encryption from Dell Data Protection| Encryption to ensure elevated protection and lowest risk exposure
  • Dell EMM also includes Dell Data Protection I Virtual Edition, a virtual management server and console app for VMware that allows customers to quickly and easily deploy and manage end point protection
  • For corporate-owned devices, Dell delivers a secure, managed environment for all endpoints, enabling customers to view all their devices and simplify systems management
  • Dell EMM will be sold as an annual software subscription license starting in Q1 2014 in the US and Canada

Security

Dell’s comprehensive Connected Security portfolio offers a breadth of security solutions to connect and protect customers from endpoint to datacenter to cloud. Solutions easily scale with customers’ business, and provide a depth of features that outperform point-product offerings. At this year’s Dell World Conference, Dell announces continued innovation and progress on its Connected Security strategy with the following milestones:

  • Dell SonicWALL’s network security, secure mobile access, and email security solutions combine to contribute greater information to Dell SonicWALL’s Global Response Intelligent Defense (GRID) Network, which gathers input from millions of sensors and informs actionable defenses against the increasingly connected threat approaches that are exploiting vectors across multiple threat categories today
  • The integration of Dell™ Enterprise Single Sign-on with the Dell™ Mobile Clinical Computing solution provides enterprise single sign-on capabilities optimized for the unique needs of healthcare environments
  • The integration of Dell™ Defender and Dell™ SonicWALL Secure Remote Access simplifies deployment of two-factor authentication with the Secure Sockets Layer virtual private network (SSL VPN)
  • The new integration between Defender and Dell Cloud provides two-factor authentication for administrators managing Dell cloud instances
  • The connection of the Dell KACE K1000 Systems Management Appliance with technology from Dell™ Authentication Services streamlines operations by enabling Active Directory-based single sign-on for KACE end users and administrators, who now can use a single credential and password to log in to Active Directory just once
  • The recently announced Dell™ InTrust 10.7 integration  with Dell SecureWorks enriches SIEM with intelligent data feeds that capture crucial aspects of user activity on Windows systems, detecting internal threats in less time and with less overhead
  • The connection of Privileged Password Manager and Privileged Access Suite for Unix with the new InTrust enables organizations to correlate a user’s privileged activity with their general user activity for a full picture of what they are doing with their access
  • All security product integrations/connections and updates are available now

Analytics

Dell™ Toad™ Business Intelligence Suite is part of Dell’s Software’s Information Management portfolio, which makes it possible for organizations to simplify complex data environments and unlock the power of information. Toad Business Intelligence Suite empowers both technical and non-technical users to easily access, prepare, analyze and share data from almost any source to improve decision-making, and maximize the value of the organization’s existing IT and business intelligence investments. The suite includes Toad Intelligence Central, which allows users to combine data across multiple sources, locations and formats, and then collaborate on logical data views through two desktop tools: Toad™ Data Point for analytic data provisioners, and Toad™ Decision Point for business analysts.

  • Higher Education is an example of one industry that is using data to transform itself. Because educational institutions constantly struggle to connect to all of their disparate data sources ─ and simplify business intelligence ─ they need to gain a complete picture of their data to enable the best possible decision-making
  • Notable universities deploying Toad Business Intelligence Suite to alleviate this challenge include Kennesaw State University and Concordia University
  • At Kennesaw, Toad Business Intelligence Suite regularly saves HR teams up to 20 hours per week on data provisioning and validation, and increases reporting productivity threefold while empowering administrators to make faster, more informed decisions
  • At Concordia University, the solution improved productivity for both technical and non-technical users by providing the right tool for the right user
  • Toad Business Intelligence Suite is available worldwide, and has been proven across many different verticals

Data Protection

Dell Software continues to invest heavily in its data protection portfolio to address the evolving needs of mid-size and large enterprises. Few tasks plague organizations more than backup, as poor performance, overwhelming complexity, and lack of scalability remain huge challenges. Dell now offers a portfolio of solutions that address those challenges, enabling organizations to speed backups and restores, scale their backup to match their business needs, and spend less time monitoring/managing backups.

  • NetVault Backup 10 features a new web-based GUI, significantly enhanced scalability, and tight integration with the DR6000 appliance
  • The DR6000 is a new model within Dell’s series of DR deduplication appliances. It will be sold in addition to the existing DR4100 appliance, offering more than double the raw capacity, significantly enhanced speed and scalability, and new global management capabilities that give administrators the power to manage all of their DR appliances from one console
  • NetVault Backup pricing starts at $2,700 USD per terabyte of front-end data, while the DR6000 starts at a list price of $58,000 for 9TB of usable capacity.  Both NetVault Backup 10 and the DR6000 will be available worldwide in the first quarter of 2014

Application Performance Monitoring

Dell moves into Software as a Service for application performance monitoring with the release of the next generation of its APM solution, designed to provide answers to improve the performance of web and mobile applications. Dell’s first commercial self-serve APM solution, the new offering will deliver insight into ─ and visualizations of ─ web and mobile application performance through built-in analytics and machine learning capabilities.

  • Dell’s APM SaaS solution will provide time to value in minutes with no setup effort required. It easily identifies the most relevant alarms based on impact to business results, and finds the “needle-in-the-haystack” answers to performance problems
  • Utilizing a fine-granularity data analysis approach, the product comprehensively quantifies business impact and instantly guides application support teams to the root cause of application issues. While other APM vendors talk about big data, Dell believes big data is just a piece of the equation ─ big answers are the key to ensure business success
  • Dell currently seeks global participants for the beta program of its new APM SaaS solution
  • The beta program will start in February 2014

Availability:

  • Dell Software solutions are available through the channel
  • Dell Enterprise Mobility Management will be available through the channel in 2014

 

 

 

 

Attix5 eases multi-platform integration challenges with Microsoft South Africa

By admin, 12 grudnia, 2013, No Comment

To conjoin its most critical development and support tools into a unified platform, Attix5, a data protection and security provider, has implemented Microsoft’s Team Foundation Server (TFS) technology and its supporting platforms.

Historically, the company had relied heavily on an array of solutions to administer core elements such as source control, requirements tracking and bug tracking, but the evolving cross-platform nature of the organisation’s products and projects demanded a more integrated approach.

“We looked a various alternatives and after a thorough investigative process identified Microsoft technologies as the most effective answer to the challenge of our internal integration,” says Theodor Kleynhans, General Manager of Development, Microsoft South Africa.

Microsoft’s TFS is a collaborative platform that sits at the core of Microsoft’s application lifecycle solutions by supporting multiple development practices, Integrated Development Environments (IDE) and platforms both locally or within the cloud.

This, Kleynhans says, was best complimented by Microsoft Team Explorer Everywhere (TEE), which provides the tools and plug-ins required to access TFS from Eclipse-based environments and non-Windows platforms.

Kleynhans adds that Microsoft Visual Studio (VS), an IDE was flagged as the de facto solution to create custom graphical interfaces for websites, web applications and other services in native and managed code for platforms supported by Microsoft Windows, Windows Mobile, Windows CE, .NET Framework, .NET Compact Framework and Microsoft Silverlight.

The benefits associated with Attix5′s decision to implement Microsoft TFS and its supporting platforms have been considerable, cites Kleynhans.

“Our developers, testers and product managers are really pleased with the web interface and version control that TFS offers. It has taken some time to create custom scripts that integrate with our development tools but the platform is now working smoothly and has certainly enhanced our productivity as an organisation,” he adds.

Microsoft’s TEE and VS has only served to augment this integration, says Kleynhans.

“Software development and IT management environments require essential tools in order to achieve production targets and identify potential difficulties. These solutions have really plugged in to our internal infrastructure. They complement TFS well and have simplified the development and support process the development and support process considerably,” he concludes.

Private Property breaks new ground with Microsoft Windows Azure

By admin, 12 grudnia, 2013, No Comment

Residential classifieds service portal, Private Property, has pioneered a new approach to online business with the support of Microsoft Windows Azure – an open and flexible cloud platform.

Established over a decade ago, Private Property is South Africa’s most popular online classifieds service for real estate agents, private sellers, prospective buyers and landlords. With over one million monthly unique visits, it has swiftly become the ‘gold standard’ property guide for the local market.

“During the course of its IT infrastructure life cycle interacting with a Microsoft SQL database, additional services and solutions were simply ‘bolted on’ as and when required,” explains Simon Bray, Chief Executive Officer at Private Property.

By 2012, he says, the infrastructure supporting the portal could simply no longer be expanded. This obstacle was further exacerbated by the portal’s domestic hosting agreement, as locally situating such a popular website had become extremely expensive.

Private Property’s technical team began investigating potential commercial grade public cloud solutions using on premise hardware as well as a more favourable leased environment.

The group identified Microsoft Windows Azure – an open and flexible cloud platform that enables enterprises to swiftly build, deploy and administer applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed data centres, as the most appropriate solution.

Bray comments that although this model departed from Private Property’s traditional on premise, locally hosted approach, it offered several benefits from a scale, cost and usability perspective. Additionally, the portal’s long-standing status as a Microsoft house bolstered its choice to opt for Windows Azure.

“Azure’s ability to scale our server resources on demand has allowed us to build a portal that can easily and cost-effectively handle the changing network load,” he adds.

“The cost benefit associated with Windows Azure’s cloud environment compared to local offerings is roughly eight times more affordable. This has allowed us to reallocate resources to other essential elements – enabling Private Property to grow as the demand increases. This, I believe, has been the most important gain for Private Property,” concludes Bray.

 

Cares for Claire

By admin, 11 grudnia, 2013, No Comment

Cares for Claire (https://www.facebook.com/groups/caresforclaire/) is a non-profit company that was set up to raise funds for an 18-month old girl suffering from Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukaemia.

Her grandfather Gary Hart is campaigning to try and get enough money together for the bone marrow transplant she needs to keep her alive. This is the only known cure and the cancer has a 100% mortality rate if untreated.

Claire is currently under the care of the Red Cross and her medical aid, as well as the state, has turned down her request for the international procurement of bone marrow cells.

There are two potential donors in Israel and with enough funding, they will need around R300,000 depending on the exchange rate, she may be able to get a transplant as soon January or February next year.

Mr. Hart has created a Facebook page where people can keep track of the progress and read the files on the most recent medical reports: https://www.facebook.com/groups/caresforclaire/

Anyone looking to assist can contact Gary via this Facebook page.

HP unveils cloud innovations to help customers thrive in a hybrid world

By admin, 11 grudnia, 2013, No Comment

HP today expanded its cloud portfolio with new solutions and services that offer enterprises greater agility, simplified management and improved security for their hybrid environments.

As enterprises embrace new delivery models, one of the biggest decisions chief information officers (CIOs) need to make on their cloud journey is determining where applications or workloads should live—on traditional IT or in the cloud. Often, applications will continue to live across multiple environments, and hybrid delivery becomes an imperative. Research indicates that 40 percent of enterprises say they are currently in a hybrid environment(1) and 75 percent of IT executives plan to pursue a hybrid cloud delivery model by 2016.(2)

HP is focused on delivering hybrid solutions that bridge traditional IT with private, public and managed clouds. New solutions announced this week build on this strategy, including the introduction of the next-generation HP CloudSystem, HP’s flagship offering for building and managing private clouds.

HP was recently ranked as a leader in the Forrester Wave report for Private Cloud Solutions:

“HP leads the pack. [It provides] a clean and navigable interface that wraps substantial depth and breadth of capabilities into the fewest number of interfaces,” writes Lauren E. Nelson, analyst, in a recent Forrester report. “Unlike other vendors in this space, HP adds functionality into a single interface as a rule without making the overall experience less intuitive.” (4)

Enterprise-grade, open hybrid cloud solutions and services

The next-generation HP CloudSystem includes a new consumer-inspired user interface, simplified management tools and an improved deployment process that enable customers to set up and deploy a complete private cloud environment in just hours, compared to weeks for other private cloud solutions. As the foundation of a hybrid cloud solution, HP CloudSystem bursts to multiple public cloud platforms, including three new ones: Microsoft® Windows® Azure, and platforms from Arsys, a European-based cloud computing provider, and SFR, a French telecommunications company.

HP CloudSystem integrates OpenStack™-based HP Cloud OS technology, the foundation for HP’s hybrid cloud architecture, providing customers a hardened, tested OpenStack distribution that is easy to install and manage. The next-generation CloudSystem also incorporates the new HP Hybrid Cloud Management Platform, a comprehensive management solution that enables enterprises and service providers to deliver secure cloud services across public or private clouds as well as traditional IT.

Also launching this week, the HP Hybrid Cloud Management Platform integrates HP Cloud Service Automation (CSA) version 4.0 and includes native support for both HP CloudOS with OpenStack and the open-source standard TOSCA (Topology and Orchestration Specification for Cloud Applications), enabling easier application portability and management of hybrid and heterogeneous IT environments.

To help customers architect and implement a hybrid cloud strategy, HP is adding a new hybrid-design capability to its global professional services capabilities. HP Hybrid Cloud Design Professional Services offer a highly modular design approach to help organisations architect a cloud solution that aligns with their technical, organisational and business needs. The new consulting services help customers evolve their cloud strategy and vision into a solution based on delivering business outcomes and ready for implementation.

HP is expanding its Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) offering, which is already helping hundreds of customers worldwide take advantage of the economics of a public cloud with the security and control of a private cloud solution. The new HP VPC Portfolio provides a range of VPC solutions, from standardised self service to a customised, fully managed service model. All HP VPC solutions deliver the security and control of a private cloud in a flexible, cost-effective, multitenant cloud environment. The latest version of HP Managed VPC now allows customers to choose among virtual or physical configurations, multiple tiers of storage, hypervisors and network connectivity types.

As part of its overall hybrid delivery, HP offers HP Flexible Capacity (FC), an on-premises solution of enterprise-grade infrastructure with cloud economics, including pay-for-use and instant scalability of server, storage, networking and software capacity. Now HP FC supports existing customer third-party equipment for a true heterogeneous environment. HP CloudSystem also can burst to HP FC infrastructure for customers needing the on-demand capacity without the data ever leaving the premises.

“The reality today is that CIOs want and need the benefits of cloud computing, but they are dealing with the complexities of a hybrid IT environment,” said Rudie Raath, Chief Technologist & Country Manager: Presales, Cloud & Strategic Pursuit, HP Enterprise Group, South Africa. “HP Cloud solutions provide enterprises with a holistic and simplified approach for deploying, securing and managing workloads across hybrid delivery models, ensuring a successful cloud journey.”

Pricing and availability

All of the HP Cloud solutions and services can be purchased from a single HP cloud sales team or account manager, making it easier for customers to plan and purchase from HP.

  • The next-generation HP CloudSystem will be available worldwide in the first half of 2014.
  • HP Hybrid Cloud Design Professional Services and HP FC are available worldwide with pricing based on geographic location and service customisation.
  • Availability of the HP VPC Portfolio varies: HP Public Cloud VPC is available in the United States. HP Managed Virtual Private Cloud is available worldwide and reseller services will be introduced in APJ in December and in other geographies based on market demand.
  • HP Hybrid Cloud Management Platform will be available worldwide in January 2014 starting at $19,600.

 

Evolve AV and PVision help Sun City go digital

By admin, 11 grudnia, 2013, No Comment

Audio visual system integrator, Evolve Audio Visual, recently installed a selection of digital displays from display supplier PVision at Sun International’s Sun City resort and casino main hotel. The displays will cut the entertainment venue’s print costs for marketing materials, allow for time-sensitive marketing and enable the venue to communicate with patrons more effectively and efficiently.

EvolveAV installed two of PVision’s 70-inch displays — each weighing 130kg — three metres above the casino’s games floor draw area for use in a monthly lucky draw for most valued guests (MVGs). The displays are used to run games that form part of the monthly draw event and are used to promote the lucky draw during the rest of the month.

EvolveAV had to custom manufacture the mounting bracket system and the installation of the displays and all cabling took a day and a half to complete and sign-off.

EvolveAV also installed a 55-inch PVision Vertical Poster Display, which provides information to patrons and allows the venue to update its marketing materials far more rapidly than printed posters. All three displays are connected to Sun International’s locally developed Customer Information System (CIS) and dynamic content is delivered in a visually-rich and vibrant medium.

“We’ve enjoyed a strong working relationship with Sun City for more than two years by supplying them with AV solutions and have previously assisted them with display solutions in the gaming area,” said Mat-thews von Brandis, EvolveAV MD.

“The quality and range of products, their affordability and the after-sales support made PVision the obvious choice,” Von Brandis added.

Sun City primarily uses printed posters for internal advertising, but Von Brandis says the new 55-inch vertical-format display kiosk demonstrates Sun City’s intention to move to digital solutions from printed media and its recognition of the value they offer.

The digital display runs the same content as the printed posters, but allows Sun City to run content from multiple posters in one area, allowing for better customer engagement.

“Although digital displays require a high initial capital investment they reduce printing costs and are far more sustainable. Moreover, with a digital display you can run as many posters as you like in a single ses-sion or location, allowing you to communicate more information and update it more frequently. This allows you to react to current events or make changes to content with minimal effort and almost no cost.”

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