COVID-19 has been a massively disruptive force—it has caused businesses to close, forced people to work from home, accelerated the rate of technological adoption and pressed organisations to reinvent themselves overnight to remain sustainable and survive.
According to Morgan Stanley, we are entering into a new era where data is driving transformation—and this isn’t data generated in the cloud or a data centre. Billions of IoT (Internet of Things) devices are becoming connected and producing a staggering amount of data at the edge.
HPE GreenLake is a pay-per-use consumption-based model that delivers hardware, software, and expertise on-premises or in the cloud. Businesses pay for only what they use instead of investing in the infrastructure and skills to provide it themselves. HPE GreenLake enables businesses to combine the simplicity, flexibility and pay-per-use economics of the cloud with the security and control on-premises infrastructure offers.
There will always be market and technology disruptions impacting businesses across all sectors. An organisation’s ability to rapidly shift its business model through digital transformation to adapt to change can mean the difference between success and failure.
For years, Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) has been the next big thing in data centres. Promising to get rid of the inefficient, low performance, and extremely expensive legacy SAN infrastructure most companies employ, HCI leverages the CPU and memory resources within a cluster of servers to turn it into a collective storage pool that a business can access, replacing traditional infrastructure with an efficient, high performance, pay as you grow storage and virtualisation set-up.
Enterprise open source infrastructure solution provider, SUSE, has named Aptronics as its first Solution Partner in South Africa for the solution areas of SUSE Enterprise Linux and Storage.
Customer support is perhaps the most important factor for any organisation that relies on third-party software to run its day-to-day operations. And while open source software has many virtues, its unrivalled level of support is where it really shines – supported by a community of thousands of amateurs, professionals and hobbyists.
An organisation may choose to migrate its data centre for any number of reasons. Migrations may be necessitated by a data consolidation after a business merger, the changing needs of a growing business, an end-of-lease situation, a decision to move to the cloud, and many other factors besides.
Enterprises have begun exploring cloud-based infrastructure, but SMEs stand to benefit the most from this transition. In 2014, World Wide Worx found that 22% of SMEs in South Africa were using cloud services, which equates to a 13% increase from two years earlier. More and more Aptronics clients from the SME space are enquiring about the benefits a move to cloud infrastructure could offer their business.
Forget cloud, big data and the internet of things for a second – there’s something just as big that most IT executives and businesses are blissfully unaware of. It’s called software-defined networking (SDN) and it’s the future of networking.