Dimension Data, the $5.8 billion global ICT solutions and services provider, has announced independent testing carried out in May 2013 by The Tolly Group reveals that Dimension Data’s Public Compute-as-a-Service (CaaS) cloud servers showed consistently high performance across CPU, memory, storage and networking measures.
The report shows dramatic differences between providers and highlights the importance of performance in determining the true cost of a cloud computing solution.
The Tolly Group has been testing systems and networking infrastructure for over 25 years, and uses industry-standard testing methodologies and tools to benchmark system and networking performance. In this test, commissioned by Dimension Data, the Tolly Group tested the system performance and network throughput of US-based web/app servers running on the public cloud platforms of Dimension Data Public CaaS, IBM Smartcloud, Amazon Web Services and Rackspace Cloud using three different cloud server configurations: small (1 vCPU and 2GB RAM), medium (2 vCPU and 4GB RAM) and large (4 vCPU and 8GB RAM) systems.
The configuration details, test setup and methodology are documented within the report. The testing showed performance benefits of Dimension Data’s cloud solution versus the other solutions tested.
The Tolly Group benchmarked cloud servers using publicly available solutions from each vendor. The report shows that when compared to other cloud vendors, Dimension Data’s Public CaaS provided:
Faster processing: Dimension Data showed consistently high performance across configurations. In particular, when conducting a test on small systems, the market-share leader took 50% longer to complete a series of compute-intensive tests.
Faster memory throughput: When measuring system memory performance on large systems, Dimension Data delivered more than two times the memory performance, as measured in memory operations per second, as the nearest competitor, and over five times the performance of the market leader.
Faster file access speed: When measuring average transactions per second on a local disk using the default file system, Dimension Data delivered 3.6 times the market-share leader on small systems and more than six times one of the solutions tested on large systems.
Greater network throughput: When measuring the bi-directional network throughput between two cloud servers on the same internal data centre network, the report found that Dimension Data was the only provider that delivered true Gigabit Ethernet throughput.
Commenting on the results, Steve Nola, Cloud Business Unit CEO at Dimension Data, said: “Our cloud was built to support more than just testing and development or non-critical applications. Our Public CaaS clients use our cloud for running production web and software-as-a-service applications, as well as enterprise applications like SAP. Our unique network-centric architecture ensures security, reliability and high performance by leveraging best of breed technologies and best practices. The performance of a cloud provider can have a big impact on the quantity and size of cloud servers organisations need to run an application.”
Puneet Pandit, president and CEO, Glassbeam, said: “Our blue chip clients require strong SLAs, backups and expect their systems to be up and running when they need them most. They generate large volumes of data and rely on scalability on demand. Dimension Data’s has provided us with the enterprise-class cloud performance our clients demand.”
An IDC report, titled Dimension Data: A Network-Centric View for Cloud Professional Services by Gard Little (Research Director, IT Consulting) and Leslie Rosenberg (Research Manager, Network Lifecycle Services), said: “IDC believes Dimension Data offers a differentiated network-centric view of cloud and is using its professional service offerings to highlight its position. Strongly rooted in network engineering, Dimension Data has applied this filter on its approach to offer cloud services to its global enterprise customers.”
Said Kevin Tolly, founder of The Tolly Group: “The Tolly Group thoroughly tested the cloud solutions across the parameters that matter most: system performance and network throughput. Across the board, Dimension Data’s solution illustrated significant performance benefits among the solutions tested.”
FG to Boost Artificial Intelligence
Federal government on Tuesday announced that it has developed initiatives for the adoption of Artificial Intelligence technology in Nigeria.
The establishment of a Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in Nigeria (CFAIR) is also expected soon.
The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) said that AI applications enable innovative solutions, improve risk assessment, better planning, and faster knowledge-sharing.
Abdullahi Usman Gambo, director of IT Infrastructure Solution, NITDA, spoke at a workshop in commemoration of International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) organised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
He noted that AI would open up opportunities for access to information and also help to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations (UN) in the 2030 Agenda.
Gambo said: “Artificial Intelligence is poised to revolutionize the way we go about our daily lives – from governance to business, legislation to medicine to defence, etc. We can all agree that AI is humanity’s new frontier.
“We have developed initiatives for adoption of emerging technologies such as AI, strengthen cybersecurity, digital skills for digitally excluded citizens while enhancing the regulatory and market environment to increase access to ICTs, and promote seamless access to information.
“We believe AI and associated emerging technologies will completely enhance the speed, efficiency and effectiveness of information gathering during the exchange of data or the ways of communication,” he said.
Delivering his paper, Yushau Shuaib, publisher of PRNigeria, described access to information as the right of the citizens to accurate, transparent, and timely facts and figures.
The former National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) spokesman stated that governments at all levels have obligations to communicate with people, while the public has the right to know and criticize authorities through constructive engagement.
The media executive, however, appealed to Nigerians not to use social media platforms for fake news dissemination.
“The merits of new media on affordability, accessibility and instant delivery are occasionally marred by the fact that social media is sometimes used to spread fake news”, he said.
Shuaib called for collaboration of stakeholders in ensuring appropriate legislation through public awareness campaigns in order to improve access to universal information.
Samsung Unveils Technologically Advanced 2020 Consumer Products
Samsung Electronics Nigeria has unveiled its 2020 consumer products range. The launch which held in Victoria Island, Lagos showcased the latest in its revolutionary and innovative QLED and Crystal UHD Television Series along with Wind Free Air Conditioners, Side by Side Refrigerators and Drum Washing Machines.
Keeping with its resolve to utilize its transformative ideas and technologies to shape the future and inspire the whole world, Samsung has once again demonstrated its determination to continuously redefine the living space and entertainment of its customers.
According to Mr. Caden Chiyeon Yu, Managing Director, Samsung Electronics Nigeria, “QLED uses exceptional and revolutionary technology which offers an unparalleled visual and auditory adventure from the comfort of your living room. QLED series is available in 4K or 8K and from 58″ to 98”, and was designed with options to fit any space and budget”. For Crystal UHD Television, Mr. Yu said, with cutting-edge Crystal Display, the new Crystal UHD TV will bring high-resolution content to life in a whole new way, delivering a viewing experience like never before in a mainstream UHD TV.
Also showcased at the launch were the new Windfree Air Conditioner, Drum Washing Machines and Side by Side refrigerators. The Windfree Air Conditioner is designed specially with the latest technology to provide coolness in quick time while ensuring that users don’t experience any chills through out its use. It also has an in-built digital inverter which reduces energy consumption by 73 percent. .
The newly introduced drum washing machine of 2020 from Samsung is very efficient and is built with eco bubble technolgy which allows it to provide cleaning of very dirty garments or clothes without the use of water. Futhermore, the new Side by Side Refrigetor was built with Spacemax technology which has enabled Samsung to offer more spacious interior without increasing the external dimentions or compromising energy efficiency.
Also speaking at the event, Mrs. Oluwaremilekun Adesola-Ogunsan, Head, Consumer Electronics, Samsung Nigeria stated that “Samsung understands the economic diffulties currently being experienced in the country and has consistently produced pocket friendly premium consumer products. We are very consistent in our approach as we understand that our customers like the good things of life and we have provided that without compromising our standards”. “So I can say boldy that there is a Samsung for everybody regardless of your income stream” She added.
In 2019, the Samsung consumer range of products received universal praise for its innovative quality and design and numerous pioneering features. This year Samsung has added even more beneficial features which its customers will appreciate in great deal.
CWG Plc Empowers Small Businesses in Nigeria with SME Solution
Pan-African Information and Communications Technology Company, CWG Plc has said the essence of its Enterprise Resource Planning Solution (SMERP) that runs on the cloud is to empower small and medium enterprises in Nigeria and offer them the required tools to manage their entire business.
Mr. Dolapo Orogbemi, Product Manager for SMERP, who disclosed this recently to the media, noted that with SMEs contributing massively to Nigeria’s economy and creating both direct and indirect jobs, SMERP was designed intentionally to help SMEs thrive.
“Since inception, it has been the number one goal for us here at CWG because we have always identified the potential for SMEs once they are provided with the right support.
Thus, SMERP was designed to make available enabling tools for all SMEs across Africa at a relatively affordable price and to also make their business operations lean where they can save more resources to increase profitability,” he said.
Dolapo explained that in support of SMEs, SMERP has provided an effective ERP tailored to the SME market, providing services such as Inventory Management, E-commerce platform, Accounting, Point of Sale and Customer Relationship Management tool.
He argued that one of the major reasons SMEs don’t survive beyond the early stage of their business is due to inadequate funding to scale the business and this has become a default gap in the SME sector.
But with the CWG’s SMERP solution, SMEs can take proper records of their day-to-day business transactions to present to financial institutions as proof of profitability and project business growth for them.
According to him, SMERP’s competitive edge is based on value to the SMEs where they can have access to a complete ERP solution at an affordable price, stressing that the solution enables each SME with special requirements to execute their business needs.
For more information on SMERP kindly visit www.smerp.ng to start a 14-days free trial.
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