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Darragh Kennedy, head of cloud services at Lonely Planet. 10 Feb 2017 - by Kgaogelo Letsebe Build your products, don't worry about infrastructure
Build your products, don't worry about infrastructure
Darragh Kennedy, head of cloud services at Lonely Planet.

Companies should spend money on creating their own products rather than constructing data centres, says Lonely Planet's cloud strategist.

Individuals with training or savvy with vendor negotiating skills are a must when shifting to the cloud, says Falcorp Technologies' Benjamin Agbalajobi. 10 Feb 2017 - by Regina Pazvakavambwa Vendor negotiating skills critical in digital economy
Vendor negotiating skills critical in digital economy
Individuals with training or savvy with vendor negotiating skills are a must when shifting to the cloud, says Falcorp Technologies' Benjamin Agbalajobi.

IT must shift from valuing hands-on technical work to valuing and being able to execute on-service management, says Falcorp Technologies.

Laws should not stop companies from using the cloud, says Michalsons' John Giles. 10 Feb 2017 - by Regina Pazvakavambwa Cloud adopters must comply with data laws
Cloud adopters must comply with data laws
Laws should not stop companies from using the cloud, says Michalsons' John Giles.

There are different kinds of laws that must be complied with in different jurisdictions, says Michalsons Attorneys.

Businesses should only choose the cheaper storage option once all costs and benefits are captured, says Frost & Sullivan's George Etheredge. 10 Feb 2017 - by Regina Pazvakavambwa Determining the cost of cloud adoption
Determining the cost of cloud adoption
Businesses should only choose the cheaper storage option once all costs and benefits are captured, says Frost & Sullivan's George Etheredge.

While businesses are closer to determining the true cost of cloud adoption, there are still some challenges to be overcome, says Frost & Sullivan.

Open source still faces a significant challenge when it comes to business applications, says Matthew Lee, regional manager for Africa at SUSE. 9 Feb 2017 - by Marilyn de Villiers Business applications: the next hurdle for open source adoption
Business applications: the next hurdle for open source adoption
Open source still faces a significant challenge when it comes to business applications, says Matthew Lee, regional manager for Africa at SUSE.

Is open source finally overcoming the long-held reservations that still persist?

XCNimbus 7 Feb 2017 - by ITWeb XContent's cloud portal, XCNimbus, launches 16 February
XContent's cloud portal, XCNimbus, launches 16 February
XCNimbus

The XContent customer-facing cloud experience portal will take to the Net on 16 February.

6 Feb 2017 - by Kgaogelo Letsebe Red Hat's cloud application platforms boost growth
Red Hat's cloud application platforms boost growth

The open source solutions firm says cloud application platforms are spurring customer demand.

eBook: Managing Containers Easily on Oracle Public Cloud. 6 Feb 2017 - by roanne Why Oracle Container Cloud Service?
Why Oracle Container Cloud Service?
eBook: Managing Containers Easily on Oracle Public Cloud.

Oracle Container Cloud Service can be provisioned in a few clicks.

Andre Schoeman, Head of Product Domain Management at Neotel. 3 Feb 2017 - by Suzanne Franco Cloud adoption creating a snowball effect
Cloud adoption creating a snowball effect
Andre Schoeman, Head of Product Domain Management at Neotel.

In support of cloud services,  network services have also changed, not only from a technology point of view, but also in a commercial sense,  which allows more flexibility and consumption-based models.

2 Feb 2017 - by Nicole Broome This is just the start for cloud
This is just the start for cloud

With the ITWeb Cloud Summit 2017 just days away, ITWeb is ready to welcome Lonely Planet's cloud manager Darragh Kennedy from Melbourne Australia, a veteran speaker and early adopter of all things technology.

30 Jan 2017 - by Nicole Broome Ensuring the right cloud solution fit
Ensuring the right cloud solution fit

Moving your IT to a cloud-based ecosystem and focusing on digital transformation requires a holistic view of all aspects to ensure a solution is the right fit and data is secure.

Andre Schoeman from Neotel explains how cloud enables big data. 25 Jan 2017 - by Nicole Broome Analysing big data to target micro-audiences with cloud
Analysing big data to target micro-audiences with cloud
Andre Schoeman from Neotel explains how cloud enables big data.

Companies can now access and analyse data and move quickly to respond to opportunities to grow audiences, identify key influencers and move people to action with the help of cloud.

25 Jan 2017 - by Nicole Broome Delivering exceptional customer experience with cloud
Delivering exceptional customer experience with cloud

Cloud allows for a dynamic environment by being flexible, scalable and agile.

Tim Galligan, VP SAAS solutions, Sailpoint Technologies. 19 Jan 2017 - by Allyson Towle Cloud adoption, security and governance unravelled
Cloud adoption, security and governance unravelled
Tim Galligan, VP SAAS solutions, Sailpoint Technologies.

Sailpoint Technologies' Tim Galligan explains how cloud adoption, security and governance are inter-linked.

Cloud computing. 19 Jan 2017 - by Nicole Broome Preventing hacking: cloud experts give tips
Preventing hacking: cloud experts give tips
Cloud computing.

Gartner predicts that in 2015, 80% of successful hacks will succeed by using known exploits.

Public cloud data centres and on-premises private cloud environments will drive growth in cloud IT infrastructure spending this year, says the IDC. 16 Jan 2017 - by Staff Writer Cloud IT infrastructure spending to accelerate in 2017
Cloud IT infrastructure spending to accelerate in 2017
Public cloud data centres and on-premises private cloud environments will drive growth in cloud IT infrastructure spending this year, says the IDC.

The IDC expects total global spending on cloud IT infrastructure to reach $44.2 billion this year.

Phillip de Bruyn, Customer Experience Manager at Redstor. 10 Jan 2017 - by Phillip de Bruyn Benefits of cloud backup
Benefits of cloud backup
Phillip de Bruyn, Customer Experience Manager at Redstor.

As more business migrate to the cloud, there will be a renewed focus to the benefits of extending such a rollout into the development of a cloud backup strategy, says Phillip de Bruyn, Customer Experience Manager at Redstor.

Thomas Lee, general manager: cloud services, XON NEC in partnership with Wingu. 9 Jan 2017 - by Allyson Towle Challenges and growth prospects of cloud adoption
Challenges and growth prospects of cloud adoption
Thomas Lee, general manager: cloud services, XON NEC in partnership with Wingu.

Cloud enthusiast Thomas Lee, general manager: cloud services, XON NEC, in partnership with Wingu, tells us more about himself, his experience and his vision for the cloud.

Internet Solutions' Mncedisi Mayekiso: With 16 000m2 of data centre infrastructure, we can host a government cloud quite easily. 9 Jan 2017 - by Simnikiwe Mzekandaba IS wants to host government cloud
IS wants to host government cloud
Internet Solutions' Mncedisi Mayekiso: With 16 000m2 of data centre infrastructure, we can host a government cloud quite easily.

Internet Solutions' public sector business wants to play a central role in hosting a cloud environment for government.

24 Jan 2017 - by Pascal Giraud How cloud is driving the next Industrial Revolution
How cloud is driving the next Industrial Revolution

The true potential of cloud to support the fourth Industrial Revolution can only be realised through the integration of compute services with a cloud platform, says Pascal Giraud, Senior Director IAAS Foundation and Cloud Platform Oracle EMEA.

Itayi WP Mandonga, PAAS Cloud Champion, Oracle (South Africa). 15 Dec 2016 - by Nicole Broome Adapt to cloud or get left behind
Adapt to cloud or get left behind
Itayi WP Mandonga, PAAS Cloud Champion, Oracle (South Africa).

With the cloud, you can ensure your business keeps pace with today's digital disrupters and benefit from paying just for what you use when you need it, says Oracle's Itayi WP Mandonga.

Benjamin Agbalajobi, consultant at Falcorp Technologies. 12 Dec 2016 - by Nicole Broome Skilling up for the cloud
Skilling up for the cloud
Benjamin Agbalajobi, consultant at Falcorp Technologies.

Motivated by cost efficiencies, aggressive time-to-market timelines and flexible architecture that looks to the future, the adoption of cloud models in the IT environment is becoming the standard.

Site-to-Site Testing Example. 12 Dec 2016 - by ITWeb Orchestrated NFV-PM for cloud-based services
Orchestrated NFV-PM for cloud-based services
Site-to-Site Testing Example.

Site-to-Site Testing Example.

Depending on the service deployed and the kind of SLA offered, a provider may choose to test performance either centrally or on a site-to-site basis.

* NFV-PM test packets are generated by SkyLIGHT VCX and sent to an ant Module at one site (a) over an assured tunnel, where a timestamp is added.
* Packets are forwarded to a Nano Smart SFP at another site (b) where timestamps are added and packet reflected back to (a).

Centralized Testing Example.

Accedian has partnered with RIFT.io to bring a scalable network functions virtualisation-based performance monitoring solution to address cloud-based enterprise services.

Andre Schoeman, head of product domains Neotel. 8 Dec 2016 - by Allyson Towle Clarity for SMEs moving to the cloud
Clarity for SMEs moving to the cloud
Andre Schoeman, head of product domains Neotel.

Large enterprises often face the daunting challenge of replacing legacy systems. By contrast SMEs, that are not burdened with complex IT, can benefit greatly from cloud technologies for reasons other than economies of scale.

7 Dec 2016 - by Marilyn de Villiers Making your BPM cloud move a success
Making your BPM cloud move a success

Start the journey with non-critical processes, recommends Dawie de Lange of XContent.

7 Dec 2016 - by Marilyn de Villiers Cloud moving to mainstream for SA municipalities
Cloud moving to mainstream for SA municipalities

XContent proposed the Microsoft Azure Cloud Platform to MICROmega subsidiary Sebata as the best way to deliver services in the most convenient way.

The AWS Snowmobile can hold up to 100PB of data in its 45-foot shipping container pulled by a semi-trailer truck. 6 Dec 2016 - by Paula Gilbert Moving truckloads of data to the cloud
Moving truckloads of data to the cloud
The AWS Snowmobile can hold up to 100PB of data in its 45-foot shipping container pulled by a semi-trailer truck.

Amazon Web Services launches an exabyte-scale data transfer service, but analysts are doubtful many SA companies have the size requirement for its use.

StorageCraft launches Cloud Backup for Office 365. 6 Dec 2016 - by ITWeb StorageCraft launches Cloud Backup for Office 365
StorageCraft launches Cloud Backup for Office 365
StorageCraft launches Cloud Backup for Office 365.

This provides complete protection for Exchange, calendars and contacts, OneDrive, SharePoint and public shared folders.

CEO Andy Jassy is optimistic Amazon Web Services will continue to be a significant leader in the cloud computing space. 1 Dec 2016 - by Paula Gilbert There is space for more cloud players
There is space for more cloud players
CEO Andy Jassy is optimistic Amazon Web Services will continue to be a significant leader in the cloud computing space.

The cloud computing market has capacity for a number of successful players, but Amazon Web Services will continue to be a market leader, says CEO Andy Jassy.

Willie Strydom, IT security problem solver, FNB. 24 Nov 2016 - by Allyson Towle Is the cloud everything it's cracked up to be?
Is the cloud everything it's cracked up to be?
Willie Strydom, IT security problem solver, FNB.

ITWeb events asked Willie Strydom, IT security problem solver at FNB, about how secure the cloud is, and how susceptible it is to theft, corruption or loss.

24 Nov 2016 - by Stuart Hardy Encrypting data in the cloud
Encrypting data in the cloud

Cloud encryption endeavours to make a company's data unreadable to anyone but the company itself.

Matt Kixmoeller, VP of Product, Pure Storage. 23 Nov 2016 - by ITWeb Pure Storage introduces petabyte-scale Flash storage for cloud IT
Pure Storage introduces petabyte-scale Flash storage for cloud IT
Matt Kixmoeller, VP of Product, Pure Storage.

The availability of petabyte-scale storage for mission-critical cloud IT is anchored by the release of the next-generation of FlashArray//m.

23 Nov 2016 - by ITWeb Smollan improves service delivery using customer engagement cloud solution from Interactive Intelligence
Smollan improves service delivery using customer engagement cloud solution from Interactive Intelligence

The company has achieved greater efficiency and an enhanced customer experience by deploying PureCloud Engage.

Organisations need to look at transforming the platforms at the heart of their operations, says IBM South Africa's Maurice Blackwood. 22 Nov 2016 - by Charmaine Shangase IT infrastructure: the lifeblood of Africa's business innovation
IT infrastructure: the lifeblood of Africa's business innovation
Organisations need to look at transforming the platforms at the heart of their operations, says IBM South Africa's Maurice Blackwood.

Cloud innovation is the common denominator for those who want to be innovators.

Dyn will help Oracle's cloud customers improve access and page-load speeds for their Web sites. 22 Nov 2016 - by Reuters Oracle to buy Internet infrastructure provider
Oracle to buy Internet infrastructure provider
Dyn will help Oracle's cloud customers improve access and page-load speeds for their Web sites.

The company plans to acquire Dyn to allow cloud customers to optimise their infrastructure costs and increase Web-driven revenue.

22 Nov 2016 - by ITWeb Access public, private cloud services through a single pane of glass
Access public, private cloud services through a single pane of glass

EOH Cloud Manager offers a single pane of glass through which businesses can access automated selection of the right cloud services whenever they need them.

22 Nov 2016 - by Bernard Ford Embracing the multi-cloud world could increase profits
Embracing the multi-cloud world could increase profits

The cost-effectiveness of the ERP platform as the centre of the multi-cloud world enables the business to put its money where it matters most, says Bernard Ford, CEO of One Channel.

MTN's Val Moodley 21 Nov 2016 - by Ansie Vicente Cloud lowers barriers to entry into Africa
Cloud lowers barriers to entry into Africa
MTN's Val Moodley

As technologies and attitudes have evolved, so has confidence in certain services being hosted on managed infrastructure, says MTN Business.

Each year enterprises continue to encounter downtime, which currently costs an estimated $740 000 (R10.5 million) per outage, says Continuity Software. 16 Nov 2016 - by Regina Pazvakavambwa Downtime, security risks prevalent in private cloud
Downtime, security risks prevalent in private cloud
Each year enterprises continue to encounter downtime, which currently costs an estimated $740 000 (R10.5 million) per outage, says Continuity Software.

Companies running mission-critical systems in the cloud are less successful in meeting their service availability goals, says Continuity Software.

The cloud offers a totally different way of doing things and allows businesses to reach a far wider audience than ever before, says Alexander Mehlhorn, CEO of Exclr8. 16 Nov 2016 - by Marilyn de Villiers Why BPM should be in the cloud, but isn't
Why BPM should be in the cloud, but isn't
The cloud offers a totally different way of doing things and allows businesses to reach a far wider audience than ever before, says Alexander Mehlhorn, CEO of Exclr8.

Despite the clear advantages of cloud technology for BPM solutions, many businesses are not yet ready to make the move.

Huawei believes video should be positioned as a basic service for operators. 16 Nov 2016 - by Paula Gilbert Huawei debuts video cloud platform for Africa
Huawei debuts video cloud platform for Africa
Huawei believes video should be positioned as a basic service for operators.

The new 'Huawei Envision' hybrid video solution is designed to assist carriers in developing video as a fundamental service.

It is hoped the new group will increase Google's market share in the lucrative cloud computing business. 16 Nov 2016 - by Reuters Google forms AI group for Google Cloud
Google forms AI group for Google Cloud
It is hoped the new group will increase Google's market share in the lucrative cloud computing business.

The artificial intelligence group for Google Cloud is Google's latest gambit to increase its market share in the lucrative cloud computing business.

OpenAI is a non-profit artificial intelligence research firm backed by Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk. 16 Nov 2016 - by Reuters Musk-backed start-up, MS sign cloud deal
Musk-backed start-up, MS sign cloud deal
OpenAI is a non-profit artificial intelligence research firm backed by Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk.

The artificial intelligence research firm reaches an agreement to run most of its large-scale experiments on Microsoft's Azure.

Gerrie van Gaalen, director at De Klerk & van Gend Inc. 15 Nov 2016 - by Nicole Broome Ensure compliance before leaping into the cloud
Ensure compliance before leaping into the cloud
Gerrie van Gaalen, director at De Klerk & van Gend Inc.

Accounting for compliance by design will help minimise unnecessary development costs and possible legal issues that may crop up as a result of non-compliance.

The rapid migration to cloud architectures in MEA will result in traffic reaching 328 exabytes per year in 2019, says Cisco. 11 Nov 2016 - by Staff Writer Massive growth for MEA data centre traffic
Massive growth for MEA data centre traffic
The rapid migration to cloud architectures in MEA will result in traffic reaching 328 exabytes per year in 2019, says Cisco.

Cloud data centre traffic in the region will represent 86% of total data centre traffic by 2019, says Cisco.

10 Nov 2016 - by ITWeb Cloud-based asset control solution manages valuable fast moving mobile assets
Cloud-based asset control solution manages valuable fast moving mobile assets

To meet customers' needs in the enterprise mobility industry, MakeMeMobile has developed a cloud-based asset control solution.

Having a research cloud means researchers and universities no longer need to have their own on-site servers, says UCT's Sakkie Janse van Rensburg. 3 Nov 2016 - by Sarah Wild African Research Cloud takes shape
African Research Cloud takes shape
Having a research cloud means researchers and universities no longer need to have their own on-site servers, says UCT's Sakkie Janse van Rensburg.

SA's Inter-University Institute for Data-Intensive Astronomy becomes the first African institute to launch a cloud-based data centre.

3 Nov 2016 - by ITWeb VMware advances Cross-Cloud Architecture with new releases of vSphere, Virtual SAN, vRealize solutions to drive IT, developer productivity
VMware advances Cross-Cloud Architecture with new releases of vSphere, Virtual SAN, vRealize solutions to drive IT, developer productivity

The new releases of VMware vSphere, VMware Virtual SAN and VMware vRealize Automation all introduce support for containers.

2 Nov 2016 - by Nicole Broome Lonely Planet's three-phase journey to cloud
Lonely Planet's three-phase journey to cloud

The company's Darragh Kennedy will  discuss how this has led to a dynamic product pipeline.

2 Nov 2016 - by ITWeb Cloud storage solutions vs cloud-based file archiving: using specialist service provider for archive deployments, migration saves time, money
Cloud storage solutions vs cloud-based file archiving: using specialist service provider for archive deployments, migration saves time, money

Using a specialist service provider for archive deployments and migration saves time and money, says Soarsoft International.

2 Nov 2016 - by ITWeb Bentley Systems and Topcon join forces to advance cloud services for 'constructioneering'
Bentley Systems and Topcon join forces to advance cloud services for 'constructioneering'

Topcon Positioning Group, a world leader in positioning instruments for survey and construction, and Bentley Systems, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, today announced their joint intentions to connect cloud services for constructioneering.

Lydia Kalane of Neotel says cloud pricing models are shifting towards more affordable solutions. Photo: Brian Ngobese. 31 Oct 2016 - by Tamsin Oxford Costing models for the cloud
Costing models for the cloud
Lydia Kalane of Neotel says cloud pricing models are shifting towards more affordable solutions. Photo: Brian Ngobese.

Cloud costs have come down significantly, making it a popular solution for companies that want to optimise budgets and reduce risks, says Neotel.

SITA's ?head of department: financial systems and processes, Maiendra Moodley. 27 Oct 2016 - by Nicole Broome Is the cloud a valid proposition?
Is the cloud a valid proposition?
SITA's ?head of department: financial systems and processes, Maiendra Moodley.

SITA's ‎ Maiendra Moodley, a speaker at ITWeb's Cloud Summit 2017, believes despite the need to obviate the risks, such as the high cost of data, there is a considerable upside to throwing your lot in with the cloud.

Enterprises can make greater use of the public cloud across a number of areas, Gregg Petersen of Veeam says. 24 Oct 2016 - by Ansie Vicente Three business reasons to use the public cloud
Three business reasons to use the public cloud
Enterprises can make greater use of the public cloud across a number of areas, Gregg Petersen of Veeam says.

Despite caution around the public cloud, it can be harnessed in a number of ways to support enterprise operations, says Veeam SA.

Whitepaper: Securing Cloud Applications and Services. 24 Oct 2016 - by roanne Securing cloud applications and services
Securing cloud applications and services
Whitepaper: Securing Cloud Applications and Services.

The influx of personally owned devices, ubiquitous high-speed Internet connectivity and cloud-based applications is redefining the enterprise network.

19 Oct 2016 - by Kirsten Doyle A boost for Cross-Cloud Architecture
A boost for Cross-Cloud Architecture

New releases introduce support for containers, enabling developers to become more productive and IT to easily run containerised applications in production.

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