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Cyber-security: from endpoint to datacentre, where do we begin?

JOHANNESBURG – July 09, 2018 –The cyber-security landscape is ever shifting, with new threats hurtling into vision on a regular basis. To deal withthese threats, organisations need agile and comprehensive security strategies – covering the entire spectrum of endpoints, networks, datacentres, applications and access control.

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Networks Unlimited announces B-BBEE dealand unveils new corporate ID as it continues to expand African offering

JOHANNESBURG –July 04, 2018– Networks Unlimited, an African value-added distributor of converged technology, data centre, networking, and security technology solutions, has announced a 53 percent broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) deal, which has strong educational and community upliftment leanings.

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Tackling the pertinent aspects of GDPR

JOHANNESBURG –June 15, 2018–For businesses around the world, including Africa, theimplementation of the European Union’s (EU)General Data Protection Regulation  (GDPR) is particularly pertinent. This is because the GDPR applies not only to all states in the EU, but more especially to any companies that market goods or services to EU residents.

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EdgeConnect and what it can do for your SD-WAN

JOHANNESBURG – May 21, 2018 - While most SD-WAN (software defined wide area network) solutions promise to save money and improve network agility, it is possible to help customers build a better WAN to deliver higher levels of application performance, business productivity and user experience.

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Global WAF report underscores F5 as key player in web application firewall security

JOHANNESBURG – May 03, 2018 - F5’s position as a dominant player in the Web Application Firewall (WAF) market has been underscored by its participation in ‘Global Web Application Firewall Market Research Report 2017 to 2022’, which presents an in-depth assessment of the WAF market including enabling technologies, key trends, market drivers and challenges.

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Cyber-security in 2018: The Big Five

JOHANNESBURG - 22 March 2018 – Cyber attacks have become something far greater than an embarrassing nuisance. As businesses are increasingly reliant on digital platforms for almost every aspect of their operations, an attack can cause everything from direct financial loss and brand damage, to destroyed consumer trust, supply chain disruption, contract and SLA breaches, and regulatory fines.

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Where WAF fits into the data path

JOHANNESBURG – 15 March 2018 - Web application firewalls (WAFs) are an integral component of application protection. They are excellent at protection against the OWASP (The Open Web Application Security Project) Top 10 and are a go-to solution for addressing zero day vulnerabilities – but where do you put them?

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Cloud computing evolves, becomes enterprise cloud-as-a-service

JOHANNESBURG – January 24, 2018 – Over the past two decades or so, the concept of cloud computing has evolved dramatically, as new data centre and networking technologies came to the fore, and new types of ‘cloud’ emerged.

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Hypergrid offers full-stack cloud solution for containers with pay-as-you-go consumption model

JOHANNESBURG – February 12, 2018 – Containerisation has been the driving force behind efforts to accelerate software development, move to the cloud, and modernise legacy applications. This is according to an article written recently by Amjad Afanah https://hypergrid.com/5-reasons-hypergrid-is-going-to-rock-dockercon-1-a-full-stack-cloud-solution-for-containers-with-no-upfront-costs-and-a-pay-as-you-go-consumption-model/

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SD-WAN will showcase more than just cost-savings in 2018 as value proposition continues to expand

JOHANNESBURG – 07 March 2018 – Software defined wide area networks (SD-WANs) have been generally known for a value proposition that revolves around cost savings on bandwidth. When businesses look to cut the high costs of running a wide area network, SD-WANs can help to save on money by replacing high cost MPLS networks with lower cost broadband internet connections.

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Networks Unlimited Joins Carbon Black Partner Programme as a Solutions Provider Partner

JOHANNESBURG –01 March 2018 – Networks Unlimited, a leading value-added distributor within the Sub-Saharan Africa market, today announced it has joined the Carbon Black partner programme as a Value Added Distributor (VAD). Carbon Black is a leader in next-generation endpoint security.

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Early detection and rapid response critical for targeted attack remediation

JOHANNESBURG – 23 February 2018 – In combatting a targeted attack on your network, early detection and rapid response are both critical. Cyber security experts accept the strong possibility that criminals will be able to enter their network at some or other point, and in this context, the issue becomes less about being able to keep them out, and more about detecting them and taking remedial action as soon as their presence is discovered. This is according to a recent report from global cybersecurity company RSA.

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SD-WAN will showcase more than just cost-savings in 2018 as value proposition continues to expand

JOHANNESBURG – 21 February, 2018 – Software defined wide area networks (SD-WANs) have been generally known for a value proposition that revolves around cost savings on bandwidth. When businesses look to cut the high costs of running a wide area network, SD-WANs can help to save on money by replacing high cost MPLS networks with lower cost broadband internet connections.

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The cloud could be the strongest business weapon yet

JOHANNESBURG – February 20, 2018 – “The snowball effect of cloud computing is the increasing manner in how businesses meet their IT needs,” says Anton Jacobsz, managing director at African value-added distributor, Networks Unlimited.

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Automate application deployments with F5 BIG-IP and Puppet as 2018 gears up for exciting new mobile app trends

JOHANNESBURG – 13 January, 2018 – As businesses adopt digital transformation strategies to venture into new income streams as well as remain competitive, the need for speed remains a major driver in the crucial business differential of delivering great customer experiences quickly.

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Cyber security: The winner takes it all

JOHANNESBURG – February 09, 2018 – It is pretty much a given that the majority of people have their personal information documented somewhere in virtual space. This data has been captured in many forms and bits and bytes through online transactions, social engagement, studies, business and work, shopping, medical treatments, and also through play (such as answering those fun personality quizzes on Facebook, for example, or by gaming). The thing is though, to live, survive and cope in this world, internet users are arguably forced to put their trust into the custodians of their data to keep it safe, accessible at any time from anywhere and, of course, on a multiple of devices and platforms. .

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Deception Technology Comes of Age

JOHANNESBURG, February 07, 2018 – Deception is usually frowned on by most societies and can carry negative connotations. But can deception ever be a positive? Cybersecurity company Attivo Networks believes that it certainly can be.

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Networking and management concerns and solutions as the fourth industrial revolution continues to evolve By Anton Jacobsz, managing director at Networks Unlimited

JOHANNESBURG – January 30, 2018 – The global market for application performance management software is projected to reach USD5 billion by 2020, driven by the growing need to monitor the performance of applications in complex software-defined enterprises. The market is witnessing a phase of invigorated growth, and this is being led by: revolutionary developments in technologies, the growing need to gain better business visibility and improve operational efficiency, a focus on the use of customer-facing applications to enhance customer satisfaction, and innovations in the field of real-time monitoring and analytics.

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User lock-down or education? Just one of today’s cybersecurity issues in a rapidly evolving landscape

JOHANNESBURG – According to the recent PwC report, The Global State of Information Security Survey 2018, companies around the globe are becoming more reliant on cyber capabilities and this means that, in turn, they must also recognise and manage the associated risks, or make themselves vulnerable to large-scale events with significant disruptive consequences.

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South Africa at higher risk of data breaches, says phishing trend report

JOHANNESBURG – January 15, 2018 – The recent release by PhishMe®, the leading provider of human phishing defence solutions, of its South Africa Phishing Response Trends Report shows some startling findings in terms of security incidents stemming from deceptive e-mails. According to the report, some 90 percent of respondents have dealt with security incidents originating from deceptive e-mails, and yet more than half of the respondents do not possess the right tools and processes to effectively mitigate such threats.

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Taking enterprise security to the board

JOHANNESBURG – January 11, 2018 – It’s that time of year, again, with many companies busying themselves in the art of budgeting and forecasting for 2018. In some companies, this means the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) having to communicate the importance of including enterprise security in this planning, using a language that the members of the board will understand.

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Business success and nimbleness accumulated in cloud gets serious

JOHANNESBURG January 05, 2018 The outstanding business value delivered by cloud technology has seen numerous small businesses boom into global giants. Cloud computing is the not-so-secret key to a business success, says Anton Jacobsz, managing director of value-added distributor, Networks Unlimited. For years, the mantra for good business has been to have a brilliant support system in place so that execs can focus on the business at hand and cloud offers an excellent IT core on which to build and grow a business.

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An AI a day…

JOHANNESBURG – December 19, 2017 – One of the greatest benefits of artificial intelligence (AI) to humankind is its influence on the medical field.
“Powered by some of the most sophisticated technology, AI is assisting in improving medical diagnosis,” says Anton Jacobs, managing director at African value-added technology distributor, Networks Unlimited.

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Trend alert: RDMA goes the distance

JOHANNESBURG – December 15, 2017 – It’s that time of year again; a time for reflection over the past 12 months. These days, however, one year can seem like a decade or more considering the speed at which technology is innovating, and in networking it’s been a great year for storage modernisation.

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In the thick of today’s cloud capabilities, Networks Unlimited leads the way

JOHANNESBURG – December 11, 2017 – There’s no question that cloud computing is one of the big movements in IT circles today. The world-wide adoption of cloud services is growing at an almost exponential rate, due to the capability of cloud platforms to enable new, complex business models and orchestrate globally-based integration networks.

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Attivo Networks bolsters security defences across South and Sub-Saharan Africa with Networks Unlimited

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – November 28, 2017 – Attivo Networks®, the leader in deception for cyber security threat detection, today announced a strategic partnership with Networks Unlimited, Africa’s leading value-added distributor. With this distribution partnership, Attivo Networks and Networks Unlimited together aim to extend comprehensive next-generation deception-based cyber security defence to customers across the South and Sub-Saharan region.

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SDN enables today’s business cases

JOHANNESBURG – November 07, 2017 – Computer networks are the heart of modern communication, and Software-Defined Networking (SDN) is considered a revolution in terms of how today’s networks are designed, built and operated.

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Data backup needs to improve a lot, not just a little

JOHANNESBURG – November 15, 2017 – Data lies at the very core of an organisation’s success in the digital economy, spurring the evolution of data backup and recovery technology.

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SDN enables today’s business cases

JOHANNESBURG – November 07, 2017 – Computer networks are the heart of modern communication, and Software-Defined Networking (SDN) is considered a revolution in terms of how today’s networks are designed, built and operated.

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Networks Unlimited partners with SevOne to bolster network monitoring in the Sub-Saharan region

JOHANNESBURG – 01 November 2017 – Value-added distributor, Networks Unlimited, has announced its distribution agreement with SevOne, a leading provider of digital infrastructure management solutions, for the Sub-Saharan region.

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Key considerations in using a web application firewall

JOHANNESBURG – October 30, 2017 – Cyber security specialists are realising more and more the growing danger of application layer threats to a network. While there is no denying the need to remain aware of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, application layer attacks are very difficult to detect and provide little or no advanced warning before attacking your applications. This is according to Simon McCullough, major channel account manager at F5, the specialist in application delivery networking and technology for the delivery of web applications, as well as security and network and cloud resources.

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A buyer’s market in the global economics of DDoS attacks

JOHANNESBURG – October 19, 2017 – It’s a buyer’s market in the local property arena at the moment, according to certain industry experts. This is largely as a result of the slower economy, which has seen a rise in the number of properties for sale. But did you know that globally, it’s a buyer’s market as well when we look at the economics of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks? The second, of course, is an underground market, largely regarded as a criminal one.

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Networks Unlimited offers local clients hottest global tech in cloud computing

JOHANNESBURG – October 25, 2017 – “When it comes to IT innovation, the cloud certainly has shown itself to have the most precious lining,” states Anton Jacobsz, managing director at value-added distributor, Networks Unlimited.

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Ten critical areas to strengthen your security position and risk mitigation strategies

JOHANNESBURG –October 24 , 2017 – The changing face of IT security is seen in such factors of modern life as the pervasiveness of the Internet, the sheer abundance of mobile devices, the rise of social media, and dramatic shifts in web and cloud-based technology. The Internet of Things (IoT) adds another layer of complexity in which applications are at the core of this changing landscape. According to F5 data that tracks the 25 largest security breaches between 2000 and 2015, an astounding 72 percent of today’s attacks target identities and applications, not the network.

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Say what? SD-WAN set to change communication status quo

JOHANNESBURG – October 16, 2017 - As more applications move to the cloud, companies are finding multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) is no longer sufficient to address today’s WAN requirements. In fact, it’s a little like playing “broken telephone”

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Networks Unlimited partners with Uplogix to automate network management across the Sub-Saharan region

JOHANNESBURG – 29 August 2017 – African value-added distributor, Networks Unlimited, has signed a distribution agreement with Uplogix to expand the distribution of its remote network management platform to the Sub-Saharan region.

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Networks Unlimited partners with Thales to accelerate digital transformation in Africa

JOHANNESBURG – 26 September 2017 – African value added distributor, Networks Unlimited, has a signed a partnership agreement with Thales, a leader in critical information systems, cybersecurity and data security, to assist organisations operating on the continent in their digital transformation efforts.

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SD-WAN: An answer to improving network performance

JOHANNESBURG – September 18, 2017 – “The consistent, reliable, low latency and, above all, fast performance of an organisation’s network is a non-negotiable in the era of digitisation,” states Anton Jacobsz, managing director at value-added distributor, Networks Unlimited.

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Mellanox InfiniBand still central to the phased growth plan for South Africa’s CHPC

JOHANNESBURG – September 15, 2017 – Nearly two years have passed since The Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) chose Mellanox FDR InfiniBand to assist it in its goal of providing high-end computing resources to the South African community. Given phased growth planning and the aspirations of both organisations, the interconnect solution from Mellanox Technologies is proving to be just as important today.

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Networks Unlimited establishes ESM business unit to meet high client demand

JOHANNESBURG- 13 September – African value-added distributor, Networks Unlimited, has established a new Enterprise Systems Management (ESM) business unit to meet the technology demands of its customers across the continent. Hannes Rheeder will head up the new unit.

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Service delivery in IT paramount to organisational success

JOHANNESBURG - 11 September 2017 - Improving the efficiency and reliability of IT operations, enhancing security and compliance, a proactive approach to maintenance, return on investment and costs savings, and freeing up IT employees to work on strategic projects, are some of the top factors driving clients to service providers.

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Rubrik’s breakthrough Alta release delivers instant application availability for any app, anywhere

JOHANNESBURG – 05 September 2017 - Rubrik, the Cloud Data Management Company, recently announced the landmark 4.0 Alta release of its Cloud Data Management platform, which provides instant application availability anytime, anywhere regardless of infrastructure.

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Deep learning is changing the way we live

JOHANNESBURG – 29 August, 2017 – Analytics, artificial intelligence (AI) and big data – these conversations are no longer complete without the term “deep learning”, a powerful phrase that is increasingly becoming part of the business vocabulary as it recognises life-changing advantages.

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New study puts Arbor Networks in global first place when it comes to DDoS protection

JOHANNESBURG – The growing size, frequency and complexity of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks presents a serious challenge for any business. A recent study by industry analysts Quadrant Knowledge Solutions has identified Arbor Networks as the global market and technology leader in providing DDoS mitigation solutions.

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Networks Unlimited offers effective security and network solutions to support SA’s evolution of the digital classroom

JOHANNESBURG – August 15, 2017 – The growing threat of ransomware today looms across a number of different industries – healthcare, retail, hospitality, finance and insurance, government, professional services, technology and manufacturing - and education is not immune. However, unlike some of the other aforementioned industries, educational institutions frequently need to solve their IT challenges on very limited budgets.

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The rise of security as a service in the evolving threat landscape

JOHANNESBURG - 10 August 2017 - The constant evolution of the global security threat landscape is playing a part in the rise of cyber ‘security as a service’ offerings. In addition, the evergreen discussion around cost modelling, namely the ‘Capex vs Opex?’ issue, is also a factor in the promotion of this type of service, particularly when it comes to security approaches of enterprises verses smaller businesses.

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Does Wi-Fi network compliance equal corporate data security?

JOHANNESBURG – August 08, 2017 – If a network is compliant with regulations, does that mean it’s secure? Unfortunately for both IT professionals and businesses, it does not.

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7 traits to look for in an SD-WAN provider

JOHANNESBURG – August 4, 2017 – Software-defined Wide Area Networks (WAN) have certainly captured the attention of CIOs across nearly every industry, promising greater control over WAN infrastructure and the application traffic that’s traversing the network.

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The likelihood of being hacked is at an all time high - it’s time to up the security game

JOHANNESBURG – 31 July 2017 – Two significant events happened recently. One positive, the other, cripplingly negative.

First the good: The International Labour Organization recently recognised cybersecurity as a part of World Day for Safety and Health at Work, as being hacked does not just put company’s assets or reputation at risk, but can also affects people’s health.

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Bridge the ‘Gap of Grief’ with RSA

JOHANNESBURG – July 24, 2017 – A Business-Driven Security architecture was recently unveiled by RSA, a Dell Technologies business, offering a new approach to assist enterprises to manage cyber risk and protect what matters most to them, be it their financial records, IP, and more.

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RSA delivers ‘Hunter Packs’, equips RSA NetWitness Suite for threat detection and response

JOHANNESBURG – RSA, a Dell Technologies business, has unveiled updates and enhancements to the RSA NetWitness Suite that gives analysts the industry’s most advanced threat detection and response solution to discover, contain and ultimately eradicate threats.

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Mandela Day 2017: Networks Unlimited lends practical support to church’s goal of creating sustainable vegetable garden

JOHANNESBURG – July 20, 2017 – Networks Unlimited, a value-added distributor within the converged technology, data centre, networking and security landscapes, has supported the fund-raising efforts of one of its partners, EOH, at the Randpark Ridge United Church in Johannesburg, by helping to upgrade the church’s vegetable garden.

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African organisations to benefit from Rubrik’s integration with Pure Storage; solution delivers integrated hybrid cloud functionality, simplicity and performance across all environments

JOHANNESBURG - 17 July 2017 - Rubrik, the Cloud Data Management company, has announced its data protection solution for Pure Storage FlashBlade, along with new integration between Rubrik’s Cloud Data Management Products and Pure Storage’s FlashArray//M. With this new collaboration, customers can achieve simplicity, performance and integrated data management across hybrid cloud environments.

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Networks Unlimited brings Rubrik’s award-winning remote Cloud backup to SA

JOHANNESBURG – July 11, 2017 – Networks Unlimited, an African value-added distributor of converged technology, data centre, networking, and security technology solutions, has announced the availability of Rubrik Edge.

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Getting to grips with the Petya virus as fictional scenario becomes global fact

JOHANNESBURG – June 30, 2017 – Picture the scene: in parts of Africa and Europe, office workers are sitting at their computers when the instruction comes into their office mailboxes: ‘As a precautionary measure, turn off your Windows-based computer and do not use wi-fi – the company is under attack globally from a new virus software’. Elsewhere near Mumbai, a terminal at India’s biggest container port is unable to load or unload because of the attack, as the facility can’t identify which shipment belongs to which company. In Kiev where the attack begins, operations are disabled in government systems, private global companies and the Chernobyl nuclear facility. This all sounds like a scene from Tom Cruise’s latest Mission Impossible, filming right now, but instead it is, unfortunately, fact and not fiction

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Multi-tenancy for the cloud enables economies of scale

JOHANNESBURG – June 30, 2017 –Multi-tenancy is an architecture where a single instance of a software application runs on a server and services multiple customers – referred to, in this case, as tenants.

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The irresistible allure and unstoppable rise of the public cloud

JOHANNESBURG - 29 June 2017 - The International Data Corporation (IDC) forecasts that more than 80 percent of IT organisations will be committed to hybrid cloud architectures by the end of this year, vastly driving the rate and pace of change in organisations. In addition, its analysts predict that by 2018, at least half of IT spending will be cloud based, reaching 60 percent of all IT infrastructure, and 60 to 70 percent of all software, services, and technology spending by 2020. https://www.idc.com/research/viewtoc.jsp?containerId=259840

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Great expectations for new era of enterprise firewalls

JOHANNESBURG – June 28, 2017 – The recent surge in network security preparedness has been driven by threats related to remote access employees - threats that penetrate and persist unnoticed – as well as rapid updates and integrated threat intelligence. This is according to Frost and Sullivan research, published in March 2016.

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True Cloud for carrier-neutral service providers: moving beyond direct connect models

JOHANNESBURG – June 27, 2017 – As adoption and use of public cloud services accelerates, carrier-neutral service providers have moved quickly to create new offerings that benefit hybrid cloud scenarios, says James Thomason, chief technology officer of HyperGrid, the enterprise cloud service company that provides public-cloud services on-premises through HyperCloud.

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Connected Cars: From here to autonomy

JOHANNESBURG – June 14, 2017 – South African consumers’ great love affair with the automobile is set to grow ever more passionate, as an array of new technologies start rapidly entering our cars – reshaping the travel experience for the millions that head out onto our roads every day.

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Making people your best defence against phishing

JOHANNESBURG – June 13, 2017 – The recent launch in South Africa of PhishMe®, an end-to-end phishing mitigation solution, has shown how companies worldwide can make people their best defence against the malicious art of phishing.

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Ten steps for combating DDoS in real time

JOHANNESBURG – June 12, 2017 – To the uninitiated, a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack can be a scary, stressful ordeal. But don’t panic. Follow these steps by David Holmes, senior technical marketing manager: Security, F5 Networks, to successfully fight an attack:

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Mellanox 10/25/40/50/56/100 Gigabit Ethernet converged network adapters: flexible I/O for the dynamic data centre

JOHANNESBURG – June 09, 2017 – Mellanox continues its leadership in providing high-performance networking technologies by delivering superior productivity and scaling in 10/25/40/50/56/100 Gigabit Ethernet Adapters, enabling data centres to do more with less.

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Virtualisation, hyper-convergence and the data explosion

JOHANNESBURG ‐ June 05, 2017 ‐ Data management and ROI value have long been serious IT challenges. Whether you run a small home office or are part of an expansive enterprise, the issues remain the same; we are drowning in data. Not only drowning, but also required to store and safeguard this data for many reasons ranging from security requirements, across legal compliances, disaster recovery in the case of system failure or compromise, right down to pure access to our data for both business use and ever more critical analysis to leverage the information it contains to benefit our businesses.

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Networks Unlimited introduces entire Mellanox Ethernet Switch System family to Africa; supports speeds of 10/25/40/50/56/100GbE

JOHANNESBURG – May 22, 2017 – Networks Unlimited, an African value-added distributor of converged technology, data centre, networking, and security technology solutions, has announced the availability of the entire Mellanox Ethernet Switch System family.

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How Tintri’s enterprise Cloud realises the ‘bi-modal’ vision

JOHANNESBURG – May 18, 2017 – As more and more CIOs look towards a target state that’s popularly, if loosely, defined by terms like ‘bi-modal IT’ or ‘two-speed architecture’, many wonder how to turn that vision into practical reality.

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