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Cloud computing and hosted services are currently taking up a lot of 'airtime' as more and less costly bandwidth becomes accessible and companies begin to recognise the benefits of this mode. Conventional wisdom is to first migrate those services that are not business critical into the cloud,ensuring cost and risk...
Unified communications should only partly be in the cloud for now. For redundancy and availability, choose a hybrid solution, says Bennie Langenhoven, Managing Executive for Tellumat Communications Solutions. Cloud – a compelling story ICT vendors are pushing cloud computing almost without exception these days. And their story is very compelling. For one...
The ever-increasing pace of technology delivers lots of lovely new gadgets for consumers – but spare a thought for the poor third-party software developer. While Microsoft is already offering sneak previews of Windows 8 and Apple is rolling out yet another major release of OS X, we still have clients...
Investment in biometric-based technology to better protect resources is on the rise. Experts in the field of biometric identity management solutions say there is growing interest in the application of fingerprint identification systems, especially within the government sector. Marius Coetzee, COO of Ideco Biometric Security Solutions, says whilst biometric technology...
Until recently, Unified Communications (UC) has been a ‘no fly zone’ in terms of virtualisation. It has been considered just too complex a task to decouple the diverse and fragmented technologies associated with UC from their physical servers. This same complexity drives UC’s hunger for server resources, making...
With the likes of Bing and Google constantly evolving, having an up-to-date SEO strategy is critical to one’s online success. With over 200 factors to consider, this is easier said than done. Therefore, to maximise your time, focus on seven key areas for the remainder of 2011. Relevant content Start with...
While Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) all have at their core the ability to connect remote workers to the corporate network, not all of them are created equal. “VPNs differ vastly in terms of security capabilities, customisability, scalability and robustness. Companies should be aware that they are not comparing apples with...
Since the introduction of the personal computer in the early 1970s, many predicted that paper would soon become obsolete in day-to-day interactions as electronic devices became the chosen medium for all communications and transactions. Contrary to this belief, businesses globally are actually generating more paper than ever before. In particular,...
When it comes to the use of technology, there are two factors that Robert Sussman, Integr8 Group joint CEO underlines as critical – passion and consistency. “We are a technology focused company and it stands to reason that we regularly maintain a very close eye on innovation and global trends....
Virtualisation is widely regarded as a major emerging technology. How does it apply to Africa, and can the continent benefit socially and economically from growth in this sector? The term ‘virtualisation’ is little more than a buzzword for the abstraction of IT capacity from a number of isolated machines to...
Will the real UC please stand up? Unified communications (UC) is increasingly being adopted in companies across the spectrum – from small to large businesses. However, varying ideas are in circulation as to what this rich collective of technologies entails. So what is UC really? It's a tale of two components...
Got an old computer and postponing buying a new one because yours “does everything you need it to”? You may be missing out on more of the modern information-rich world than you think. Laptop and computer technology changes at such a pace that there is something new almost daily. The fact...
“I need more bandwidth, the application is too slow, it must be the network!” These are many of the statements made by users where centralised computing or computing over a wide area network is a reality. Most enterprise users are using some form of virtual private network where they are...
The cursor moves across the screen with speed, clicking on a number of icons as Ahmed Radwan quickly uploads a new post to his yet-to-be published blog. This Egyptian youth spends his days online, reading the most recent technology news coming from Europe, Asia and North America. “I love to...
How eBucks turned a potentially damaging blunder into a marketing win. The digital marketplace offers abundant opportunity for disastrous mistakes. But it is within the power of the website or social page owner to turn those slip-ups around and even benefit from them. It can happen to you Making a content...
“Cellphones will change our lives as much or more than television did” -Alan Knott-Craig, Vodacom Managing Director. In the early 90s it hit our shores – one minute we were talking with it, the next we were sending each other messages with it. Once you had it, you couldn’t live...
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