May 19, 2020

Africa awaits Apple iPhone 4S

African Business Review
Apple Cupertino
Apple iPhone
MTN iPhone 4S
Bizclik Editor
2 min
Africa awaits Apple iPhone 4S

Apple made its much anticipated iPhone announcement at its Cupertino headquarters in California yesterday – which it is fair to say has left many disappointed.

 

After months of speculation surrounding the newest version of the smartphone, expected to be the iPhone 5, Apple's new CEO Tim Cook unveiled the iPhone 4S - an upgrade to the current model.

 

With no change in the phone's design, the 4S boasts a faster processor, a better camera (8 megapixel) and improved battery life and connectivity.

 

The phone will be available in the US Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the UK on Friday, October 14. Twenty additional European countries, along with Singapore and Mexico, will have the iPhone4S by the end of the month.

 

 

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Although, as has become common with Apple's mobile phone releases, no date has yet been given for an African country.

 

Apple said that the iPhone 4S will arrive in 70 more countries by the end of 2011, although there is no confirmation of which countries these are.

 

South Africa was the first African state to receive deliveries of the iPhone 4 and iPad/iPad 2, although MTN and Vodacom, which both carried the iPhone 4, say they are not sure when the device will hit South Africa.

 

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Jun 18, 2021

GfK and VMware: Innovating together on hybrid cloud

GfK
VMware
3 min
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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