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ICT infrastructure a barrier to data centre adoption in Africa

To help Africa realise the benefits of the data economy, more data centres in the region are urgently needed. However, building data centres starts with enabling access to the ICT infrastructure and ecosystems, and there are several barriers Africa faces.  “All of the big trends that are shaping economies today, from cloud data centres,  smart […]


A new South African cloud market emerging

Thanks to the arrival of Microsoft Azure data centres in South Africa, it is expected that more born-in-the-cloud organisations will start taking root here. And with smaller companies now finding it easier to migrate to an online environment, Dana Cinman, Product Specialist at Obsidian Systems, says these are exciting times for solution providers. Previously, businesses […]


Datacentrix expert on what organisations should be looking for in an IaaS provider

Mark Chadwick, Head of Cloud Services, Datacentrix, looks at what organisations should be looking for in an IaaS provider. The term ‘Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)’ has become practically synonymous with ‘cloud’. The difference? Cloud can be looked at as a location and on-demand consumption model, while IaaS delivers the actual cloud computing infrastructure, facilitating […]


CommScope expert on determining the locations of data centres

Alastair Waite, Manager Enterprise Fibre Optic, CommScope, discusses the determining factors behind deciding where to locate a data centre for optimum efficiency and success. When it comes to geographical area and a data centre’s physical characteristics, location is everything. It’s worth considering, for example, whether the data centre is located close enough to a customer […]


Talking EDSP: Gaining Insights Into Infrastructure

A discussion of the coolest new way to gain analytics and insights into the modern data centre with APTARE. Generate reports, dashboards, and see the entire on-prem, hybrid, and multi-cloud data centre from a single dynamic view.


Fortinet expert on securely accelerating cloud strategies

Alain Penel, Regional Vice President – Middle East, Fortinet, discusses how organisations can leverage the performance and flexibility of the cloud without compromising visibility or security.  Attacking web applications is the most common tactic used in data breaches, accounting for 52% of compromises. This trend has been true for several years in a row. And due to […]


Deep Dive: Eran Brown, EMEA CTO, Infinidat

We ‘Deep Dive’ with Eran Brown, EMEA CTO, Infinidat, who tells us about life inside and outside the office. What first made you think of a career in technology/data centres? I grew up with dial up modems and BBS and experienced first-hand the evolution of the web from text-only to its interactive, engaged format today. […]


Ensuring distributed enterprises are ‘always-on’ with Edge Computing and hyperconvergence

Alan Conboy, Office of the CTO at Scale Computing, discusses how technologies like HCI and Edge Computing could be the answer to enabling distributed enterprises to achieve a robust cybersecurity strategy and mitigate the risk of costly downtime. IT downtime is terrible news for any business in this increasingly data and technology driven world. Neglecting […]


‘Is SD the WAN we’ve been waiting for?’ – Node4 expert

In an industry which is constantly innovating, there are always new technologies and solutions coming to market. But are they always worth the hype? Glenn Akester, Network Architect at Node4 looks in detail at SD-WAN, one particular technology innovation which he argues offers major benefits for customers and does live up to its reputation. There’s […]


DCA spotlight: Data centre certification – good, bad or ugly?

Due to the confusing landscape of data centre certifications globally, the Data Centre Alliance has, since 2015, provided an independent certification based upon the EN50600 series, the EUCOC and recognised best practices. John Booth, Chairman of the Data Centre Alliance – Energy Efficiency steering committee, explains the status of data centre certification. What is certification? […]


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