May 19, 2020

South Africa's Syntech partners with Micron Technology

South Africa
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Micron Technology
Bizclik Editor
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South Africa's Syntech partners with Micron Technology

Crucial, a global brand of Micron Consumer Products Group and Micron Technology Inc has appointed leading South African IT hardware distributor Syntech as its distribution partner.

Syntech is an IT distribution company, established in 2002. The company sources new products from international manufacturers, distributing a number of brands including OCZ, Patriot, Gainward, G-Tech, Sonnet, ATTO, RaidMax, CP Plus and Qihan. Based in Cape Town, South Africa, it distributes a range of computer related products throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

Micron Technology is one of the largest memory manufacturers in the world and Crucial has more than 15 years of experience, with a product line including award-winning solid state drives and memory for more than 50,000 different laptops, desktops, workstations, servers, and other systems

As a brand of Micron, Crucial is able to work directly with engineers to develop and refine products, with the goal of being industry-leading and high quality.

Syntech will initially deliver the Crucial M500 memory storage range to the market.

The range was awarded 4.5 stars out of 5 by online reviewer TechRadar, which cited the value for money and good performance as plus points for the drive.

 Ryan Martyn, Director of Syntech and the President of EO Cape Town (Entrepreneurs’ Organisation) says: “Crucial is a fantastic addition to our storage offering. We look forward to being the premier storage solutions distributor in South Africa.”

The M500 range also includes a terabyte-class 960GB SSD, with read/write performance and improved command latency.

Crucial researches, manufactures, tests and sells premium memory and storage solutions.

The Crucial range is distributed by Syntech, and is now available for purchase via resellers.

A spokesman for Syntech said: "With nearly instant boot times, top level hardware encryption technology, advanced controller technology and custom firmware, extensive quality and reliability testing, and a three year limited warranty, the Crucial M500 range is a market leader."

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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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