Huawei invests in the future of Zambia’s technology sector
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On a business trip to China, Zambian President Edgar Lungu witnessed the signing of two memoranda of understanding between his country and the Chinese tech giant Huawei, represented by its Senior Vice President Dafeng Li.
Since 2007, when the Zambian government announced its initial ICT Policy for the country, the sector has seen much growth, development, and investment. The introduction of fibre optic broadband, and a significant increase in mobile phone usage are key indicators that technology becoming more widespread across the country.
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Huawei has been established in Zambia for over 12 years, employing roughly 100 staff, the majority of whom are Zambian. The tech company is helping to bridge the digital divide using technological solutions for telecommunications networks, consumer devices, and cloud computing – it was the first company to introduce the high-speed 3G network to Zambia.
Dafeng Li said, "The ICT industry is an important driving force for social and economic development, and Huawei is willing to share our global successful experience in the ICT industry with the Zambian government to promote the social and economic development in Zambia."
Huawei furthered its commitment to supporting Zambia’s tech sector, making a substantial donation to its "Seeds for the Future" programme, which enables the sponsorship up to ten Zambian ICT students.
Zambia and Huawei signed two memorandums of understanding that will focus on improving rural living standards and promoting local economic development through solving electricity and communication issues.
This continued interest on improving living standards in Zambia not only shows that Huawei has a philanthropic outlook – it shows that the tech firm is willing to invest in the long term, in the very structures that will ensure Zambia’s future prosperity.
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.”