Service • Africa • Ago 2020
Vertiv Announces New Suite of Edge Infrastructure Products and Further Develops Award-Winning Partner Programme in Europe, Middle East and Africa • One year after the successful launch of its partner programme, Vertiv adds new benefits for channel resellers and revamps product offerings
Vertiv has announced key additions to its award-winning Vertiv™ Partner Programme (VPP) along with an enhanced suite of edge-ready products including rack power distribution units (rPDU), uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), rack cooling systems, dedicated software and services for partners and customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Download.
Following the successful launch of the VPP last year, Vertiv has seen a tenfold increase in its channel partner base across EMEA and is continuing to add benefits for new and existing partners. The brand-new partner relationship management (PRM) system and the enhanced partner portal will enable Vertiv partners to take immediate advantage of tailored trainings to match partner requirements; new sales and marketing tools; online trainings and certification; and product selectors and configurators. The new suite of tools has been designed to help partners develop key skills and knowledge and achieve greater differentiation and profitability along with increased business opportunities.
Loot.co.za said: “Our Vertiv partnership has always been smooth and easy. Vertiv are one of our key partners in providing critical power systems to our South African customers; they are constantly improving and innovating, this goes hand in hand with Loot’s goals to always put our customer’s needs first.”
The new suite of products further enhance Vertiv’s comprehensive portfolio of IT technologies and services, tying these into a complete and flexible single-source rack-based solution including:
The new Vertiv™ VRC IT Rack Cooling unit with a self-contained and a split version and Vertiv™ Liebert® CRV Row Cooling unit , designed specifically for critical equipment in small server rooms, network closets and edge computing sites. The systems uniquely deploy load-matching, variable-capacity compressors and fans, making these one of the industry’s highest capacity, most efficient cooling units for IT cabinets. The Vertiv VRC is complemented by a complete service package including installation, start-up response time and preventive maintenance.
Vertiv™ Geist™ Rack rPDU series with a new 2-in-1 combination outlet for flexible plug connectivity and easy cable management. The Geist™ UPDU is the latest addition to the Geist rPDU family, which features an innovative universal input socket that allows various configurations for customers with multiple deployments across the world. The Geist™ rPDU can access all the devices in the rack to remotely monitor and control these via one single point, monitoring that can be upgraded as technology advances and business needs evolve. The Geist UPDU models enable enhanced performance and management of dynamic IT spaces, while simplifying the buying process and accelerating rapid deployments worldwide. Moreover, the Vertiv Geist rPDU series benefits from the Vertiv™ Distribution Assurance (https://bit.ly/30FRf3q) service package.
High-efficiency single-phase UPS solutions, such as the Vertiv™ Liebert® GXT RT+ and the innovative Vertiv™ EDGE line-interactive UPS , which is anticipated to be available on the EMEA channel market by the end of August. In addition, Vertiv’s Lifecycle Power Assurance Services delivers convenient and cost-effective support for power delivery to small IT sites. As edge deployments continue to grow in usage and importance for businesses, Vertiv’s five-year protection plan safeguards small IT sites, providing real-time visibility into critical systems resulting in the early detection of any anomalies.
With an anticipated launch in October, the Vertiv™ Avocent® ACS 8000 advanced console server has cellular capabilities, enabling seamless, integrated remote management of Vertiv and third-party equipment, for more efficient and secure network operations even for remote sites or whenever no wired internet is available. Last year Vertiv was ranked by IHS Markit the No. 1 supplier of remote IT management solutions worldwide, a market worth $720m which is continuing to grow strongly together with edge computing and remote IT services.
All of these offerings enable EMEA resellers to earn more points through the Vertiv™ Incentive Programme (VIP), which allows partners to quickly monetise rewards. From July 2020, an enhanced programme known as VIP+ will bring even more benefits to resellers through the silver, gold and platinum level of membership, including lower entry barriers, additional incentives upon registering and higher returns on certain packages. The additions to the scheme will enable even more partners to take advantage of the programme while developing key skills and knowledge at their own pace.
Murtaza Loka, Finance and Purchasing Head at BurhanTec, said: “Working in partnership with Vertiv was already a no brainer due to their world class market position and global end to end product set. This has been enhanced significantly by the Vertiv Partner Program with a range of benefits which has allowed us to take even greater advantage of what Vertiv can offer”. • 8/20
Service • Security • Sep 2020
Parents have always managed to set geographical boundaries – where their children could go and where they could not – back in time. Nowadays there is another opportunity to monitor the child's whereabouts – to track the location of them using special software. Yet, according to Kaspersky's special survey for parents, not many parents in Nigeria realise this
According to the "Responsible Digital Parenting" survey*, 79% of Nigerian parents do not track the location of their child. The reasons for this vary: 54% have never thought of tracking the location, while 28% do not know how to do it. There is an option to have the software, which lets parents locate their children on a map and set a safe area for them to stay in, installed on their children's devices. However, 38% of parents in Nigeria claim they do not have it installed on any of their devices.
"Modern times offer a wide range of tools which can help in preventing accidents in real or digital life. It is crucial to know how to use them, what their benefits are, and, actually, use them. Tracking your child's location can definitely save you a lot of trouble – its advantages lie also in the fact that it allows to control not only digital, but also real life of the child," commented Andrey Sidenko, Head of Child Safety at Kaspersky Network.
To secure and protect your child both in digital and in real life, Kaspersky strongly recommends following this advice:
* The "Responsible Digital Parenting" survey was implemented in conjunction with Toluna research agency in the end of 2019 – beginning of 2020. 5000 respondents from META region and Baltic states participated in the survey.
Africa • Connectivity • Ago 2020
In line with its focus on accelerating access to affordable broadband connectivity in Africa's underserved populations, and more recently, due to the increased customer demand for connectivity solutions, Tizet, West Africa's pioneer solar-based internet service provider today announced the successful upgrade of its core network infrastructure capacity to 100Gbps.
This upgrade will provide additional capacity to support Tizeti's services as well as future upgrades. It also ensures that its customers continue to enjoy high-quality and reliable internet services which meet the demand for the exponential increase in unlimited internet data consumption due to the surge in the numbers of customers working from home.
The project involved upgrading Tizeti's existing Gigabit fiber connection of its Lagos Points of Presence (POPs) to 10Gbps and relocating from its owned & operated data center to a world-class Tier III data center. With this increased fiber capacity, Tizeti is poised to continue to offer its affordable and unlimited wi-fi internet service to its customers, while expanding its service offering to include enterprise and business customers.
Announcing the upgrade, Tizeti's Chief Executive Officer, Kendall Ananyi, said that the upgrade will increase the reliability of its services by providing multiple routes for network transit to the internet. Ananyi confirmed the 100Gbps upgrade meets wider connectivity requirements, such as low latency as a result of hosting its 4G LTE core servers within its network in Nigeria. This guarantees faster, more reliable connectivity, as well as reduced operational costs.
"Our consistent investment in our core infrastructure shows our dedication to meeting the global challenges of increased data use driven by teleworking, distance learning, remote gaming, video chat, and streaming. We are committed to ensuring that our customers remain ahead of the digital transformation curve with the most resilient internet service. We are committed to reducing the cost of data and accelerating internet connectivity across the continent while maintaining our competitive edge with quality unlimited internet service" Ananyi said.
In his comments, Tizeti's Chief Operations Officer, Ifeanyi Okonkwo, said, "Tizeti has consistently delivered on its mission to provide unlimited internet to our customers and this upgrade will allow our customers enjoy better browsing experience during this time of increased data consumption. We are proud to announce that our customers can do more on our network, from streaming their favorite movies and series to working and staying connected from home".
Tizeti enables millions of Africans to access the internet through its solar-powered towers in Nigeria and provides residences and businesses with unlimited high-speed broadband internet; covering Lagos, Ogun, and Rivers state. Dubbed the "Comcast for Africa", Tizeti has installed over 25,000 public Wifi hotspots within Nigeria with 1,500,000 users and partnered with Facebook to offer Express Wi-Fi, rolling out thousands of new internet hotspots across Nigeria's capital. The company has since expanded its services to Ghana with new consumer-facing brand GhanaWifi.com and its Voice service WifiCall.ng is available for download on Google Playstore and Apple Store. The company also recently launched its 4G services in selected Nigerian cities. • 8/20