May 19, 2020

Access Power supports Egypt’s renewable energy future

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Access Power supports Egypt’s renewable energy future

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Access Power MEA has entered into an agreement with the Egyptian Government to generate up to 65 MWp of renewable energy for the country’s national grid.

The energy developer signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy (MERE) to develop a 65 MWp solar energy plant in Aswan. In the past, Egypt relied on utilising its hydroelectric capabilities but with upwards of 85 percent of its hydro capacity already developed the North African nation must turn to previously overlooked sources of renewable energy.


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Access Power MEA is involved in every aspect of energy supply, from development to operation, and holds multiple power assets across the Middle East and Africa. The company is also in discussions with MERE over developing a wind project in Zafarana that will generate up to 50MW.

As part of its long term energy strategy, the Egyptian Government will be implementing its Round One Feed-in-Tariff in order to reach its goal of generating 4,300 MW of renewable energy.

Reda El Chaar, Chairman of Access Power MEA, said: “We are delighted to be part of Egypt’s ambitious programme to generate up to 4,300 MW of clean energy. We believe that private sector investment and expertise can play a crucial role in creating additional energy capacity in the country.”

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Dr Mohamed El Sobki, Executive Chairman of Egypt’s New and Renewable Energy Authority, said: “Egypt is determined to fulfil its target energy in the next three years. The MoUs being signed today bring the total private sector investments up to 500 MW, equivalent to $750 million.”

Egypt is one of Africa’s most developed economies and its target to include more renewable energy sources through collaboration with the private sector could very well serve as an example to governments in developing countries across the continent. 

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Jun 18, 2021

GfK and VMware: Innovating together on hybrid cloud

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VMware has been walking GfK along its path through digital transformation to the cloud for over a decade.

GfK has been the global leader in data and analytics for more than 85 years, supplying its clients with optimised decision inputs.  

In its capacity as a strategic and technical partner, VMware has been walking GfK along its digital transformation path for over a decade. 

“We are a demanding and singularly dynamic customer, which is why a close partnership with VMware is integral to the success of everyone involved,” said Joerg Hesselink, Global Head of Infrastructure, GfK IT Services.

Four years ago, the Nuremberg-based researcher expanded its on-premises infrastructure by introducing VMware vRealize Automation. In doing so, it laid a solid foundation, resulting in a self-service hybrid-cloud environment.

By expanding on the basis of VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management, GfK has given itself a secure infrastructure and reliable operations by efficiently operating processes, policies, people and tools in both private and public cloud environments.

One important step for GfK involved migrating from multiple cloud providers to just a single one. The team chose VMware.

“VMware is the market leader for on-premises virtualisation and hybrid-cloud solutions, so it was only logical to tackle the next project for the future together,” says Hesselink.

Migration to the VMware-based environment was integrated into existing hardware simply and smoothly in April 2020. Going forward, GfK’s new hybrid cloud model will establish a harmonised core system complete with VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management and a volume rising from an initial 500 VMs to a total of 4,000 VMs. 

“We are modernising, protecting and scaling our applications with the world’s leading hybrid cloud solution: VMware Cloud on AWS, following VMware on Google Cloud Platform,” adds Hesselink.

The hybrid cloud-based infrastructure also empowers GfK to respond to new and future projects with astonishing agility: Resources can now be shifted quickly and easily from the private to the public cloud – without modifying the nature of interaction with the environment. 

The gfknewron project is a good example – the company’s latest AI-powered product is based exclusively on public cloud technology. The consistency guaranteed by VMware Cloud on AWS eases the burden on both regular staff and the IT team. Better still, since the teams are already familiar with the VMware environment, the learning curve for upskilling is short.

One very important factor for the GfK was that VMware Cloud on AWS constituted an investment in future-proof technology that will stay relevant.

“The new cloud-based infrastructure comprising VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation forges a successful link between on-premises and cloud-based solutions,” says Hesselink. “That in turn enables GfK to efficiently develop its own modern applications and solutions.

“In market research, everything is data-driven. So, we need the best technological basis to efficiently process large volumes of data and consistently distill them into logical insights that genuinely benefit the client. 

“We transform data and information into actionable knowledge that serves as a sustainable driver of business growth. VMware Cloud on AWS is an investment in a platform that helps us be well prepared for whatever the future may hold.”

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