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Optimise data centre performance with specialised enterprise hard drives

By admin, 27 marca, 2014, No Comment

By Ruben Naicker, WD Product Specialist at Drive Control Corporation

Data is a critical component of doing business and as such, data centres are at the heart of today’s organisation. Ensuring you have enough capacity to store volumes of information as well as efficiently run the applications that enable business is key to success. With these factors in mind, it stands to reason that ensuring you have the correct hard drives to support your data centre is absolutely vital. Using the incorrect hard drives for the job can have a host of repercussions, from performance degradation right through to application failure and even data loss. To simplify the task of optimising data centre performance and protecting data, WD offers a range of data centre Hard Disk Drives (HDDs), each engineered for specific data centre scenarios. These drives can be used in combination to deliver the right balance of performance, reliability, scalability and capacity.

WD Xe drives for performance

WD Xe drives offer high-density performance storage for demanding applications, offering the industry’s best in class performance and highest reliability. They are ideal for demanding applications such as Online Transaction Processing (OTP), high-performance databases, database queries, analytics, video post-production and virtualised servers.

WD Xe comes in 2.5-inch form factor for high-density enclosures, maximising storage space and delivering lower power than larger form factors. WD Xe also comes pre-mounted in a 3.5-inch performance carrier, protecting investments in large form-factor equipment while allowing for upgrade to the latest in enterprise-class HDD technology. The drive’s Serial Attached Storage (SAS) interface contributes to its high performance, high availability and increased manageability.

Xe drives are designed for applications where performance and reliability are overriding criteria, offering the industry’s highest reliability rating at 2.0M hours Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) and a five year warranty. Xe drives are available in capacities of 300 Gigabyte (GB), 450GB, 600GB and 900GB.

WD Re drives for durability

WD Re drives are data centre capacity HDDs offering durable capacity storage for high-availability deployments and data warehousing. Available in a 3.5-inch form factor in either SAS or Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) interface with capacities from 250GB to 4 Terabyte (TB), Re drives offer the industry’s highest capacity, class-leading reliability and ten times the workload capability of desktop drives. WD Re is the workhorse of the WD’s data centre portfolio, designed for high-availability storage arrays such as Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID), which demand the most robust storage devices available. WD Re’s high performance, capacity and reliability make it ideal for data warehousing/mining and high-performance computing.

WD Re drives are also well suited to Online Analytical Processing (OLAP), high-reliability cloud storage and high-availability RAID arrays. If capacity without compromising on reliability is the requirement, Re drives are the right data centre drives for the job, with heavy workload capability, 24x7x365 reliability, 1.4M hours MTBF (SAS) / 1.2M hours MTBF (SATA) and a five year warranty.

WD Se drives for scalability

WD Se drives offer optimal storage for Network Attached Storage (NAS) and scale-out architectures. The drives are designed to deliver the ideal combination of capacity, reliability and workload capability, offering a cost-effective solution for large-scale cloud deployments and entry to mid-range arrays for low workload applications.

The drives are ideal for any multi-bay enclosures, from entry-level servers to mid-range NAS and bulk cloud storage. With Advanced Format and a SATA interface, the Se drives deliver the lowest cost per GB of the WD enterprise drive portfolio, offering flexibility and value across all medium workload applications. These drives are ideal for bulk cloud storage, social networking, NAS, Big Data, replication-based distributed file systems, backup and archiving.

Available in a 3.5-inch form factor with a maximum capacity of 4 TB, Se drives are the right blend of performance and power, with 24x7x365 reliability, an impressive 800 000 hours MBTF and a five year warranty. For data centre environments where application deployment requires enterprise-class features and can withstand lower performance and reliability for a more cost effective solution, WD Se is the right data centre storage device.

WD’s data centre storage portfolio with Xe, Re and Se drives is designed to meet the needs of today’s data centres, with drives that offer the right combination of performance, capacity, reliability and workload capability at the right cost per gigabyte. With drives that serve all types and sizes of data centres, from traditional enterprise to scale-out architectures and large scale NAS, the WD Enterprise range delivers the building blocks of an effective, optimised datacentre.

Digital I/O module available from RS Components brings simple remote monitoring and control to industrial automation

By admin, 26 marca, 2014, No Comment

RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products, is stocking the new ED-588 industrial specification input/output (I/O) module from Brainboxes, a leading developer and manufacturer of PC communication cards.

The ED-588 is a remote Ethernet to digital I/O (DIO) device featuring eight non-isolated digital input channels and eight digital output channels, with an integral DIN rail mount and slim shape (22.6mm wide) that uses minimal space. The module contains a powerful ARM 80 MHz 32-bit CPU, offering robust, intelligent control capability to enable system interface on the factory floor. The ED-588 has a gateway RS485 serial port that can be used to connect to industry-standard NuDAM, eDAM and ADAM modules – a staple of process control systems.

A wide range redundant dual power input (+5VDC to +30VDC) accommodates variation in the +24VDC factory floor supply and allows alternative power sources. A second power supply can be fitted as a back-up to prevent down time should one power source fail. Power can also be sourced using 5 Volt power from any computer USB port for configuration away from the installation site. A watchdog feature allows independent known good states to be set for power up, comms link watchdog, and hardware watchdog. Programmable time range allows full control. Removable, individually numbered colour coded blocks and ports ease installation and simplify wiring.

Capable of driving high current and high voltage loads, the ED-588 is ideal for inductive, capacitive and resistive loads such as CNC machines, stepper motors, heating ventilation and air conditioning. Operating at an extended temperature range of between -30ºC and +80ºC enables the device to cope with extreme changes of temperature in harsh environments. The CPU temperature and power supply status can be monitored via the web interface or programmatically through ASCII commands.

The ED-588 is implemented using a Microsoft® Windows® COM port driver that is compatible with industry standard software packages such as LabView, MATLAB®, and Agilent VEE, and supports a range of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) including Microsoft .NET – C#®, Visual Basic®, C++ and JavaScript. Drivers are available for the latest operating systems including Windows® 8, and the user interface enables monitoring and control from Android devices.

Eamonn Walsh, Managing Director of Brainboxes, said, “Brainboxes started in the industry making DIO cards, and they are so reliable we have customers still using them nearly 30 years on. We are returning to our roots in offering solutions for Digital In/Out, keeping the same reliability and quality of build but with new features that meet the needs of the modern process and control environment. The ED-588 is the first of many products in our upcoming range of remote I/O devices.”

“The ED-588 will benefit process control engineers who need real-time status updates of devices in the field. It is simple to use, can be installed in minutes, and meets the increasing demand for devices that are capable of remote monitoring and control via a network using any device,” said Kevin Shield, Global Head of Automation and Control, RS Components.

Stronger economy fuelling Metrofile growth in Mozambique

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Strong economic growth in Mozambique has contributed to a significant business uptake at Metrofile Records Management Mozambique – a group company of JSE-listed Metrofile Holdings Limited.

The Mozambican economy grew by 6.5% in the first six months of 2013, compared to the same period last year, with the strongest growth of 23.3% being recorded in the financial services sector.

According to Artur Martins General Manager of Metrofile Records Management Mozambique – a group company of JSE-listed Metrofile Holdings Limited, the positive economic growth in the country has required Mozambican businesses to catch up to international standards of information and records management.

This uptake is proven by the significant growth of the Metrofile Records Management Mozambique branch (first established in the capital city of Maputo in 2008) which has achieved its 5 year forecasted growth in only one year, says Martins. “This has resulted in the company having to increase its capacity to cater for this continuous growth. Only a year ago the branch moved to new facilities with two warehousing spaces (12000m2 each) and we are now looking for a third warehouse.”

This adoption of information and records management solutions is especially evident in the Mozambican banking sector. “All banks have to comply with legislative requirements for information and records management in order to avoid the overall rating of the country being downgraded, so effective records management is becoming increasingly critical as the economy grows.”

He highlights that Mozambican banks are required to keep accurate records for a period of between 15 to 20 years, compared to South African banks which are only required to store documents for up to five years. “The amount of paper that has to be stored for 20 years is significant. As markets mature and the economy continues to grow at a fast pace, companies are opting to outsource this service to specialists as they do not have the necessary resources or skills to effectively manage this growing amount of information and records.”

Martins says the market is also maturing with regards document management trends as there is a bigger uptake of data storage services in the country. “This means companies in Mozambique are slowly starting to adhere to the digital document format, proving the market is aligning itself more closely to international trends.”

We anticipate further growth as businesses become more aware of the business benefits of effective information and records management solutions, concludes Martins.




Fortinet delivers FortiGate network security platform on Amazon Web Services Cloud

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FortiGate-VM on AWS to Help Customers Extend Enterprise Security Into Their Public Cloud Deployments

Fortinet® – a world leader in high-performance network security – today announced that the company’s flagship award-winning FortiGate® security platform is now available on Amazon Web Services (AWS), a division of, Inc., in the AWS Marketplace.

FortiGate-VM is strategically designed to help customers better mitigate potential blind spots by implementing critical network security controls including bi-directional stateful firewalling, intrusion prevention and VPN within their virtual private cloud (VPC). Today’s announcement marks the fourth Fortinet security solution available on AWS.

Last year, the company announced the availability of FortiManager-VM and FortiAnalyzer-VM on AWS, which enable customers to deploy security management and reporting to all FortiGate and FortiGate-VM security technologies running at the edge, in internal networks, at remote offices, within core data centres or deployed in the cloud. And they’re able to do it from a single, centralized management platform. In 2012, the company released FortiWeb-VM for Web application security, which helps secure Web applications and meet compliance requirements.

“Our unique and innovative business model delivers a secure and reliable payment model that helps prevent fraud for our customers and their loved ones,” said James Burns, director of security for True Link Financial. “Since we had already invested in Fortinet security solutions for our corporate network, when it came to processing credit card and other financial transactions securely in our data centre, we were confident we could rely on FortiGate-VM on AWS to provide protection, performance and encrypted communications for our mission-critical services.”

“We are pleased to see Fortinet continuing to expand its offerings on AWS through AWS Marketplace with their FortiGate platform,” said Brian Matsubara, Head of Global Technology Alliances, Amazon Web Services, Inc. “By bringing their security platform to AWS, Fortinet is providing scalable network security controls to customers around the world.”

Twitter followers of Fortune Global 100 companies are more connected and influential

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Technology and Automobile Industries Have Most Socially Connected Twitter Followers; Healthcare and Retail Industry Lag

Individuals who follow Fortune Global 100 companies on Twitter are more connected and more influential than the average Twitter user, according to research that analyses the influence and demographics of people using the social media platform. A detailed presentation and analysis of the findings is available here. This study follows Burson-Marsteller’s Twiplomacy research, which analyses the influence and reach of world leaders on Twitter.

The research, produced by Burson-Marsteller, a leading global public relations firm, and StatSocial, a leading social media analytics platform and data provider formerly known as PeekAnalytics, found that those who follow the world’s large companies have, on average, 735 connections across all social media platforms compared to just 300 average connections for those who do not.

In addition, those who follow the world’s largest global corporations on Twitter are:

  • Male: 1.3 times more likely to be male than the average Twitter user.
  • Older: 1.3 times more likely to be between 46 and 55; and 1.4 times more likely to be between the ages of 36 and 45.
  • Global: Fifty-four percent of the followers of large global companies are from the United States, but followers of large global companies are 1.3 times more likely to be from the United Kingdom and 6.4 times more likely to be from Mexico than the followers of the average Twitter account

Followers of large global companies on Twitter are also more likely to be interested in automobiles (1.2 times), business (1.2 times), technology (1.2 times) and politics (1.09 times) compared with average Twitter users.

In addition to increased social connections, followers of the Global Fortune 100 are 3,274 times more influential than average Twitter followers. Follower influence, however – defined as how well connected the followers are across 60 social sites – varies by industry. According to the study, companies in the technology and automotive sectors have the most socially connected and influential followers. Their followers are approximately 1,300 times more influential than the average Twitter user. Conversely, followers of leading global healthcare and retail companies are just 43 and 329 times more influential than the average Twitter user.

Social Connectivity and Influence of Followers by Sector

Social Connectivity and Influence of Followers by Sector

Social Connectivity and Influence of Followers by Sector

“Having a presence on Twitter enables corporations to reach a broad online audience,” said Michael Bassik, Burson-Marsteller’s U.S. digital practice chair. “To effectively attract more influential followers, marketers of all sizes can benefit from following the example of large global technology and automobile companies by focusing on compelling storytelling, responsive engagement and paid media amplification.”

“It is very much worth the effort for a brand to cultivate its social audience,” said Michael Hussey, StatSocial CEO. “For marketing purposes alone it can be a unique goldmine of data—essentially serving as a panel of consumers whose work, schooling, income, likes and dislikes across other brands, activities, interests and TV shows can now be known, and even compared to those of other social audiences’—a competitor’s, for example. We’ve moved beyond a world where Twitter and Facebook are just tools for measuring engagement and performing customer service, and into a world where your social audience is your real-time market research panel.”

Wipro named as a 2014 World’s Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute

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Wipro Ltd. (NYSE:WIT), a leading global information technology, consulting and outsourcing company, announced today that it has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, an independent center of research promoting best practices in corporate ethics and governance, as a 2014 World’s Most Ethical Company.

This is the third time that Wipro has been honored with this award, which recognizes organizations that continue to raise the bar on ethical leadership and corporate behavior. World’s Most Ethical Company honorees understand the correlation between ethics, reputation and daily interactions with their brand and that the award belongs as much to their associates as it does to them. Wipro is one of the two companies from India to be honored this year.

Speaking about this achievement, Anurag Behar, Chief Sustainability Officer, Wipro said, “At Wipro ethics, integrity and responsible citizenship have always been at the core of how we think and act. We are happy to be recognized by Ethisphere for the third time in succession. We see this as a reaffirmation of what we stand for.”

“The entire community of World’s Most Ethical Companies believe that customers, employees, investors and regulators place a high premium on trust and that ethics and good governance are key in earning it,” said Ethisphere’s Chief Executive Officer, Timothy Erblich. “Wipro joins an exclusive community committed to driving performance through leading business practices. We congratulate everyone at Wipro for this extraordinary achievement.”

The World’s Most Ethical Company assessment is based upon the Ethisphere Institute’s Ethics Quotient framework. The Ethics Quotient framework has been developed over years of effort to provide a means to assess an organization’s performance in an objective, consistent and standardized way. The information collected provides a comprehensive sampling of definitive criteria of core competencies, rather than all aspects of corporate governance, risk, sustainability, compliance and ethics. The Ethics Quotient framework and methodology was determined, vetted and refined by the expert advice and insights gleaned from Ethisphere’s network of thought leaders and from the World’s Most Ethical Company Methodology Advisory Panel.

Scores are generated in five key categories: ethics and compliance program (25%), reputation, leadership and innovation (20%), governance (10%), corporate citizenship and responsibility (25%) and culture of ethics (20%).

The full list of the 2014 World’s Most Ethical Companies can be found at

Like water for credit

By admin, 26 marca, 2014, No Comment

A new water metering solution can assist consumers to learn good water habits while helping them improve their credit rating.

Some economists suggest that nearly a third of the credit active population of South Africa show signs of over-indebtedness. Naturally, this means their credit rating is low, making it difficult for these consumers to make any positive changes to their lives. In many instances, consumers are in debt to municipalities for their water and lights bills – in fact, some eight million people are known to be in exactly such a position.

However, says Larry Symington of MyWater, there is a tool available for citizens that can assist them to improve their credit ratings and reduce their water bills.

“The MyWater meter enables consumers to keep track of exactly what their monthly water costs are, while encouraging good water use habits through alarms that warn the user if water has been running for more than 15 minutes at a time. The meter is connected – via the cloud – to both the municipality, which also receives constant updates, reducing its need to send out meter readers, and the user’s cell phone. This means the consumer always knows what is going on with his water account,” he says.

Symington adds that the water account can also be paid via the cell phone. More critically, he says that credit providers have agreed that they will give consumers additional credit rating points for timeous payment in this manner.

“MyWater meters offer a whole lot more than just improved credit ratings, however. These meters can also be of enormous benefit to the municipalities themselves, as they could eliminate the need for a municipality to print out and send invoices every month, which can be an expensive undertaking.”

“Furthermore, since the vast majority of citizens are currently in arrears, these municipalities are losing out on a lot of potential interest. By encouraging citizens to pay their water bill timeously, municipalities would find themselves with more money available to improve services.”

Symington explains that MyWater will lease the metering equipment to customers on a full maintenance contract, for a fixed pricing term. He adds that the company is currently lobbying municipalities to encourage people to invest in the technology by wiping away their existing arrears and offering them a fresh start. In this way, the people are well positioned to remain current with their payments, which will lead directly to improved credit ratings. At the same time, municipalities benefit by receiving timeous payments and earning more interest on these, so it is a true win-win situation.

“Furthermore, there is the potential for large enterprises to get involved in a project of this nature through a social responsibility programme. They could purchase these meters for their employees, or even offer to do this for the broader community in their area.”

In line with the desire to encourage good water habits amongst members of the community, Symington suggests that there is also the opportunity for consumers to become involved in a rewards programme that could trade good water habits for airtime, in much the same way customer loyalty programmes work in the major retail stores.

“Finally, the installation of these meters can serve as a springboard to encourage small business development, as the plan is to use local emerging plumbers to install the MyWater solution.”

“MyWater’s initial brief was to develop a technology that was disruptive in nature and offered consumers the opportunity to positively impact their credit ratings. At the same time, this new solution could not negatively impact on the price of water and it had to remain compliant with municipal bylaws. I believe that with this new meter, that is exactly what we have achieved,” he concludes.

Ruckus takes market lead in service provider Wi-Fi according to latest Dell’Oro Group Report

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Doubles Service Provider Customer Base in 2013 and Grabs Top Share of the Worldwide Service Provider Market in Q4 2013 in Both Revenue and Unit Shipments

Ruckus Wireless, Inc. (NYSE: RKUS) have announced that it has been recognised as the worldwide market share leader in both unit shipments and revenue in the category of enterprise-class and outdoor mesh Wi-Fi access points for Service Providers, according to the latest (4Q13) Wireless LAN (WLAN) Report published by Dell’Oro Group.

According to the Dell’Oro Group Report, Ruckus took the lead in the worldwide Service Provider Wi-Fi market segment in 4Q13 by garnering a 35.8% share of the market relative to unit shipments, and a 25% share of the market relative to manufacturing revenue.

Comparing 4Q13 to the prior quarter, Ruckus was one of the largest revenue share gainers in the Service Provider (SP) Category, posting the strongest quarterly revenue and unit shipment growth among all SP wireless infrastructure vendors with a 28% gain in total worldwide revenue for Service Provider Wi-Fi and over a 33.5% gain in total worldwide Service Provider Wi-Fi unit shipments from 3Q13 to 4Q13. In 2013, Ruckus effectively doubled its customer base of service providers since 2012, finishing the year with over 140 customers.

This growth was fuelled by strong demand for both indoor and outdoor carrier-class Smart Wi-Fi infrastructure solutions to address rising data traffic volumes, driven by more users with more Wi-Fi-embedded devices running more bandwidth munching applications.

According to the Report, the total worldwide market revenues for wireless LANs during 4Q13 grew to nearly $2.2B (USD), equating to 9% growth year over year compared to 4Q12, of which $1.1B (USD) was in the Enterprise-class plus outdoor market category. Overall total WLAN market unit shipments reached nearly 30 million in 4Q13 alone, growing 15% year over year compared to 4Q12. Full year 2013 WLAN market revenues were $8.5 billion, growing nearly 13% year over year compared to 2012, representing nearly 113 million total WLAN market unit shipments.

The Dell’Oro Group report also noted that “in 4Q13, Ruckus saw significant growth across its entire enterprise and service provider customer base, adding 3,100 new customers to bring its total to over 33,000, and has begun taking revenue on its SmartCell Gateway (SCG).” The Ruckus SCG is one of the industry’s only carrier-class WLAN controllers, which is used by Service Providers to manage tens of thousands of Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi access points and enable multi-tenancy capabilities.

CIOs leave their impact on the 5th IT Leaders Africa Summit

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The 5th IT Leaders Africa Summit kicked off last week on the 18th of March 2014. Over one hundred senior executives representing the region’s largest enterprises gathered for the official opening conducted by Minister Yunus Carrim, the Minister of Communications for South Africa. Minister Carrim discussed the rollout of the National Broadband Policy, SA Connect, designed to give broadband access to every SA citizen by 2030 and the significant role that technology will play in educating the next generation, a common theme that emerged during the 2 day summit.

The IT Leaders Africa Summit provided a platform for the region’s IT leaders to interact and event organisers, Kinetic brought together experts from leading organisations to address topical industry challenges. Darryl Thwaits the CIO of Tiger Brands delivered a keynote on Transparent IT Governance and stated that if today’s IT leaders ignore governance; they’re not qualified to run their ‘ship’.

Bringing insight from last month’s Mobile World Congress, Arthur Goldstuck, MD of World Wide Worx stated that FM Radio will be the future communication medium of choice in Africa in a panel discussion that featured award winning blogger, Liron Segev, CIO Consultant, Leonie Groenewald and ICT Manager of Redefine Properties, Vincent Labuschagne. Liron claimed that although phones and tablets are getting cheaper and more affordable devices are on the cards, quality is still important to the African market.

In between keynotes and panel discussions, 6 technology workshops presented by Wipro Technologies, SAP, BT and Airwatch addressed key issues including Moving to the Cloud, Design Thinking and Connecting Business to Africa and the World.

The innovation display area enabled attendees to connect with industry providers and peers andindicated that the real value at this event was in the networking. Innovation provider In4Group launched their latest product ‘DR in a box’ at the event, a solution designed to make disaster planning, recovery and backing up of valuable data easy. Other industry providers including Inobits, Kofax and Informatica demonstrated solutions that covered the central themes on the event agenda: Transparent IT Governance and The Future of Enterprise IT in Africa.

Visit or contact Marcia van Jaarsveld on+27 21 555 0866 or Follow @ITLeadersAfrica and @KineticEventsSA on Twitter for daily updates. #ITLAfrica

TrustaTAG systems revolutionises healthcare with Microsoft TAG technology

By admin, 26 marca, 2014, No Comment

Using a ubiquitous scanning solution, TrustaTAG Systems is changing the face of consumer access to medical information.

Established in 2010, TrustaTAG Systems is currently altering the face of international product labeling and consumer access to information through the use of innovative technologies.

Having recently introduced its patented TrustaTAG and PharmaTAG systems to the medical and pharmacological markets, this homegrown organisation is beginning to attract significant governmental and multi-national corporate attention.

Complying with consumer information legislation on limited product packaging space is a challenge for many businesses – particularly those within the medical industry where lawful expectations are often lengthy and complex.

With cellular handset usage expected to exceed the total global population in 2014, the utilisation of mobile platforms for both consumer information and management is an obvious solution.

Employing Microsoft TAG technology, TrustaTAG Systems has constructed a comprehensive packaging and product management tool –TrustaTAG.

This platform allows consumers to scan a tag image housed on a box or container using any smart or feature phone device. Significantly, TrustaTAG automatically redirects the user to a portal that offers product information in an easily understood format and language.

TrustaTAG Systems Chief Executive Office, Ian Puttergill – a former Microsoft Africa Developer Platform lead, admits that Microsoft’s TAG technology has been absolutely vital to the success of TrustaTAG.

“Microsoft TAG is unique in that it can be applied to any packaging surface, at almost any size and still operate in a superior manner when compared to more traditional QR or DataMatrix code formats”.

“Furthermore, the fact that TAG is feature phone friendly has opened up a whole new world of possibilities. At present, the vast majority of African mobile users own devices of this nature. Giving these individuals the power to access valuable product information via even basic networks such as GPRS is significant. It has also made the management of key medications such as antiretroviral solutions far more comprehensive and reliable”.

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