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Veeam acquires N2WS to deliver availability and protection for AWS Cloud

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Veeam® Software has announced that it has acquired N2WS, a leading provider of cloud-native enterprise back-up and disaster recovery for Amazon Web Services (AWS), in a deal worth $42.5M. N2WS is a leader in IaaS data protection, providing a cloud-native back-up solution specifically designed for AWS workloads, enabling organisations to back up data and applications as often […]


Siemon launches new Z-PLUG field terminated plug for intelligent buildings

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Siemon, a leading global network infrastructure specialist, has announced its new Z-PLUG™ category 6A field terminated plug for quick, reliable high-performance plug terminations in the field that enable custom-length direct connections to a variety of IP-based and PoE-enabled devices deployed in intelligent buildings. With the proliferation of the Internet of Things (IoT), more devices than […]


BCX and GE partner to bring innovation to farming in Africa

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Collaborative partners BCX, an information and communications technology company, and GE, a worldwide digital industrial enterprise, have developed an integrated agri-tech solution tailored for South African and African agricultures. The Digital Farm, created by BCX and GE, allows stakeholders to manage, predict, and control inputs and outputs across the agricultural supply chain. The solution will […]


McAfee completes Skyhigh Networks acquisition

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McAfee, which operates throughout Africa, has announced the completion of its previously announced acquisition of Skyhigh Networks. With the close of this deal, Skyhigh Networks becomes part of the McAfee Cloud Security Business Unit. Skyhigh is an ideal complement to McAfee’s strategy – one focused on building and optimising mission-critical cybersecurity environments for the future. […]


Egyptian ICT minister meets start-ups participating at Consumer Electronics Show

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ICT minister Yasser ElKady has met with representatives from Egyptian technology start-up companies. The minister received a delegation from the General Division of the Digital Economy and Technology of the Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce. The group included the representatives of nine Egyptian start-ups that are due to participate as exhibitors in the first […]


How the humble printer has become your personal assistant

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Remember that large plastic box that occupied a huge space in the corner of your office? All it did was print documents and nothing more. Now leading vendors offer advanced printing solutions that incorporate state-of-the-art features bringing high-levels of functionality to your fingertips. At one time printers just printed – that’s all they did. Now […]


Canon holds annual conference for partners from Africa

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Canon has hosted a gathering of its regional partners from the Middle East and Africa where they witnessed the latest innovative imaging products and solutions that are to transform and support the growth of their businesses in a fast-paced, technologically-enabled future. Held in Dubai over two days, the Annual Partner Conference aimed at further cementing […]


Fortinet Report reveals cybercriminals are using common exploits and ‘Swarm’ Technology

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Fortinet, a global leader in cybersecurity, has announced the findings of its latest Global Threat Landscape Report. The research reveals high botnet reoccurrence rates and an increase of automated malware demonstrate cybercriminals are leveraging common exploits combined with automated attack methods at an unprecedented scale. “Whether it’s WannaCry in May or Apache Struts in September, long-known […]


A10 Networks makes predictions for cloud computing in 2018

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Just a few years ago, not many predicted cloud computing would reach the heights we’ve seen in recent years. A total of 79% of companies now run workloads in the cloud (split almost evenly between public and private clouds). With the cloud bar constantly being raised, Kamal Anand, VP of the A10 Networks Cloud Business […]


Mimecast expert: Cybercriminals are setting sights on healthcare

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Cybercriminals have set their sights on protected health information. It’s Black Market value is greater than credit card information. By Brandon Bekker, Managing Director at Mimecast, Africa and the Middle East, explains why and how the healthcare sector is under attack.   The Internet of Things has transformed the healthcare sector, allowing practitioners to easily […]


Wireless tech is an integral part of Africa’s telco development

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While Africa is seeing an increase in demand for connectivity in order to bridge the ever-present digital divide between urban and rural areas, the bottlenecks experienced when backhauling data streams by service providers of all types is still a major issue that needs to be addressed. Comprehensive and well-intended rural rollout strategies still remain unaffordable […]


Public cloud: only part of the strategy for MEA organisations

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Article by Yousuf Khan, CIO of Pure Storage For consumers and businesses alike, digital technology has proven disruptive. Consumers can, in theory, embrace or reject the trend as they see fit. But a reluctance to embrace digital technologies can leave organisations falling behind competitors. The good news is that enterprises in the Middle East and […]


Enabling clean and affordable energy in East Africa with the cloud

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M-KOPA Solar is recognised as one of the top 50 companies changing the world. As of May 2017, the company has connected over 500,000 homes to affordable solar power, with 500 new homes added per day, transforming lives in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Worldwide, 1.3 billion people lack access to electricity. People in Africa are […]


Unpacking what the local data centre means for business in Africa

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Article by Amr Kamel, General Manager, Microsoft West, East and Central Africa Cloud is revolutionising the way companies in Africa do business. The announcement that Microsoft is building two new data centres on the continent will further help businesses in Africa connect to opportunities across the globe while taking full advantage of the benefits cloud […]


MTN and Huawei deploy connected driver IoT solution in SA

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MTN Business has launched a connected driver, usage-based insurance (UBI) solution in partnership with Huawei. MTN will be the first mobile operator in South Africa to commercially deploy a connected driver solution, which uses the Internet of Things (IoT) to monitor and assess driver behaviour and motivate better driving. Connected driver solution in car insurance […]


Angola Cables and WACREN expand connectivity for academic institutions

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Angola Cables has announced an agreement with the West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN), the regional research and education network (REN) that facilitates interconnections between national RENs in West and Central Africa. The agreement will support the growing connectivity among academic communities across West and Central Africa, including services that foster collaboration […]


Safaricom enhances customer experience with voice biometrics

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Safaricom has introduced a dynamic voice biometrics system that will enable customers to access services through a quicker and less intrusive vetting process. Safaricom’s Voice Biometrics system, known as Jitambulishe, allows customers to use their voices for authentication before accessing assisted services such as resetting M-PESA PIN, and PUK requests, significantly cutting down the steps […]


MainOne is Nigeria’s Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute connectivity partner

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MainOne, West Africa’s leading communications services company and operator of the premier Tier III data centre, has announced its official listing by Microsoft as an ExpressRoute connectivity provider for Nigeria. The listing follows MainOne’s launch of its Cloud Connect product and successful delivery of the Microsoft ExpressRoute service which connects large enterprises in Nigeria to […]


Control Risks reveal the top five business risks for southern Africa

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Political uncertainty through transitions and instability are among the key risks for businesses in southern Africa in 2018, says specialist global risk consultancy Control Risks in its annual political and security risk forecast RiskMap. Control Risks’ Senior Partner for southern Africa George Nicholls comments: “2018 will see continued uncertainty around political leadership in our southern […]


Huawei and Xpress Money to grow mobile money footprint in Africa

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Xpress Money, one of the world’s most dependable money transfer brands, has joined forces with ICT company Huawei to drive mobile money services to more of the worlds unbanked, especially in Africa. The partnership will give the globally respected remittance firm access to Huawei’s mobile money service platform, which has over 100 million mobile money […]