May 19, 2020

Huawei collaborates with the AU to connect the continent

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Huawei collaborates with the AU to connect the continent

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Chinese multinational ICT solutions provider Huawei has collaborated with the African Union to fast-track better connectivity across the African continent.

Huawei Senior Vice President, Charles Ding met with Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy of the African Union, Elham Ibrahim at the African Union specialised technical committee on Communication and Information Technologies (CCICT) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

During the conference, Ibrahim said: “In January, Huawei signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the African Union to jointly enhance Information and Communication Technology literacy and capability and ICT infrastructure development.

“This would further speed up the realisation of the lofty set goals of Africa’s Agenda 2063 and also we are very grateful of Huawei’s goodwill to offer ICT training for 25 employees of AU in China in the near future. Huawei has also pledged to train up to 1,000 ICT professionals from member states.”

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Ding disclosed Huawei is solidifying efforts over the years with “Our partners on all fronts because we believe that ICT technologies are reshaping Africa and other parts of the world, and leading the next wave of sustainable social development. With our 17 years of experience within Africa’s ICT industry coupled with our extensive industry global network, Huawei is well positioned to share the best practices and latest ICT solutions.

“We hope to support ICT infrastructure deployment and digital transformation practice across the Continent; upgrade labour force qualification and create more jobs through technology hands-on and transference, and provide regulatory policy consultation, including spectrum and licensing policy.

“While strengthening research and development capabilities, we promote people-to-people and technological exchanges, expand investment in the appropriate areas, and consequently to make greater contribution to poverty reduction and regional civilisation.”

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Huawei Ethiopia’s CEO Stone Shi highlighted that the company has released the global connectivity index (GCI), which is granted as the national economy barometer, a strong correlation between a country’s ICT spending and it’s GDP.

Backing up IT infrastructure with expert training will not only ensure that this technology is fully exploited but will also provide a skills stimulus to the countries benefitting from it.

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SOURCE: [The Sun]

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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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