'Pandemic fundamentally changed the WAN' - Aryaka report

21 January 2022

The Covid-19 pandemic has fundamentally the way enterprise WANs are architected changed how and where people work.

That's according to Aryaka’s sixth-annual State of the WAN report, which surveyed 1,600 global enterprises spanning a broad spectrum of industries ranging from software and technology to manufacturing, retail, and business services. It identified four key trends reshaping the WAN market: remote and hybrid work, a growing appetite for managed services and software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications, increased complexity associated with cloud migrations and other cost-saving measures, as well as network security.

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Dell adds data storage services to its Apex platform

20 January 2022

A Dell laptop

A Dell laptop

US computer giant Dell Technologies added features, upgrades and expanded availability to its cloud-as-a-service (CaaS) platform Apex, to better meet and predict businesses' multi-cloud management needs.

New features include Apex Multi-Cloud Data Services, which give users storage and data protection across clouds and on premises and Apex Backup Services for SaaS data protection.

Dell also expanded availability of existing Apex features including Apex Data Storage Services for block and file storage and the availability of Apex Cloud Services with VMware Cloud Foundation, an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offering.

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Augmented reality becomes actual reality

18 January 2022

Sibongiseni Chili, product offer manager machine solutions at Schneider Electric

Sibongiseni Chili, product offer manager machine solutions at Schneider Electric

Augmented reality (AR) was once the stuff of Hollywood fantasies. Remember Marty McFly’s son in Back to the Future II sporting a head-mounted graphical display at the kitchen table? How about the use of AR-based gesture recognition throughout Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report? Or the helmet-mounted AR display in Iron Man?

Since these films hit the silver screen, augmented reality has become actual reality, finding its way into data centres, critical care facilities, plant operations, and more. According to the IDC (Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa), the global AR/VR (virtual reality) market will see a 77% compound annual growth rate from 2019 to 2023. When you consider the profound impact AR is having on facility operations and maintenance, it’s easy to understand why.

First, a quick definition: AR is an interactive 3D experience that combines a view of the real world with computer-generated elements incorporating real-time data feeds. When applied to electrical power distribution across a wide range of businesses and industries, AR has the potential to greatly increase power availability, electrical safety, and efficiency. Here’s why:

Availability: AR helps organisations optimise operations and maximise continuity for better productivity and profitability
Safety: AR helps to reduce the risk of occupational injuries and fatalities
Efficiency: AR help reduce the total cost of ownership by offering more accessible and effective training

Minimise human error

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CityFibre launches first 800 Gbps backbone ring

10 December 2021

CityFibre, the independent full fibre platform, has announced the successful deployment of its first 800 Gb/s backbone wavelength in partnership with leading network technology solutions vendor, Ciena. The initial 800 Gb/s wavelength serves 23 cities and towns and connects six ‘super core’ sites in 2021, with the first ring connecting Leicester, Peterborough, Cambridge, London, Milton Keynes and Northampton. Swiftly followed with two further rings, providing the same enhanced core capacity between Manchester, Leeds, Leicester, Bristol, Coventry and London. The network will connect CityFibre’s own fibre exchanges and ring-based access networks to leading third party datacentres and points of interconnect.

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