Eskom and CSIR sign development partnership
Eskom and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have signed a partnership. The two state-owned organisations have collaborated to synergise research capabilities, in support of Eskom’s strategic and operational needs.
Eskom’s Group Chief Executive Brian Molefe said, “The partnership will further strengthen our collaborative relationship and‚ accordingly‚ provide a long term platform to perform scientific and operational research and evaluation tasks and provide scientific decision support towards the realisation of Eskom’s strategic and operational needs.”
The agreement covers the next five years. It has proposed to align and enhance interaction between the organisations in support of national goals. The partnership also hopes to create jobs.
“At a high level, we already have a strategy. As I said it starts with looking at the points of pain right now, looking at Eskom’s own strategies, what are their priorities in terms of keeping the lights on, in terms of operation efficiencies, in terms of delivering on their new build fleet that they are working on right now. That is an overarching framework that we’re looking at, and then saying technically what can we contribute in order to support those imperatives,” added Dr Rachel Chikwamba, Group Executive of the CSIR.
Eskom has identified three imperatives to address its short-term needs: availability and reliability of the existing asset base, safely delivering on the new build programme and capacity management, and finally, financial sustainability.
Eskom and CSIR also plan to establish a joint Centre of Advanced Manufacturing and Repair Technologies and a National Centre of Expertise for non-destructive testing and evaluation.
SOURCE: [Times Live]
GfK and VMware: Innovating together on hybrid cloud
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.”