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Check Point has announced an expanded collaboration with VMware to extend security to enterprise private cloud environments through a new software-defined data centre offering.

Check Point vSEC virtual network security now integrates with the VMware NSX network virtualisation platform to enable customers to consistently manage and enforce security for all data centre traffic.

Every day, organisations are faced with internal and external threats to their networks. Although recent high profile breaches occurred inside the data centre, security today focuses on perimeter defence. Moving these security controls inside the data centre is complex and costly. Check Point and VMware are addressing this need with a solution that is based on integration between Check Point vSEC virtual network security and VMware NSX.

With VMware NSX, security is delivered as part of the data centre network infrastructure, and micro-segmentation becomes operationally and economically feasible.  VMware NSX transparently inserts and orchestrates Check Point vSEC for advanced traffic inspection. Customers can accelerate security service deployment and get the same level of security for traffic inside their data centres as Check Point provides at the perimeter gateway. This becomes especially important in today’s dynamic cloud environments, where applications must be provisioned on-demand, and be highly portable across the infrastructure. The combined solution enables traffic – whether coming in and out of the data centre, or moving within the data centre between applications – to be fully protected against malware, APTs and zero-day attacks.

Customers will benefit from:

       Fully automated advanced threat protection for east-west traffic inside the data centre

       Dynamic deployment and scale out of Check Point vSEC for software-defined data centre environments

       Comprehensive threat visibility across all data centre traffic

“Today’s dynamic data centre environments require fast deployment of applications. This means that security services must keep pace with compute resources,” said Scott Clinton, senior director, partner product management, networking and security business unit at VMware. “VMware NSX with Check Point vSEC enables our mutual customers to simplify, accelerate and orchestrate Check Point’s advanced security services across the software-defined data centre.”

“Businesses around the globe are increasingly looking to virtualise their environments. When they do that, they need to know that they’ll have access to the best cloud and management infrastructure supporting them,” said Doros Hadjizenonos, Country Manager, Check Point South Africa. “Through our relationship with VMware, we’re able to join their industry-leading virtualisation and cloud offerings with our first-class security solutions to empower organisations to operate without fear of data loss or a breach.”

“The integration of Check Point vSEC with VMware NSX allows us to have the best of both worlds. Highest levels of security and consistent policy for all data centre traffic to protect our client data and scalable micro-segmentation and automated security operations to simplify and accelerate service delivery,” said Thomas Wikel, Network Services Supervisor, Physicians Choice Laboratory Services (PCLS).

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AppDate: Shedding light in our times of darkness

SEAN BACHER’S app roundup highlights two load-shedding apps, along with South AfriCAM, NBA 2K Mobile, Virgin Mobile’s Spot 3.0 and SwiftKey.

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Load Shedding Notifier

With all the uncertainty about when South Africans will next be plunged into darkness by Eskom, the Load Shedding Notifier tries its best to keep up with Eskom’s schedule. The app is very simple to use. Download it, type an area in and click the save button. The app automatically tells you what load shedding stage Eskom is on, the times you can expect to start lighting candles and for how long to burn them.

Multiple areas can be added and one can switch between the different stages to see how each one will affect a certain area.

A grid status is also displayed, showing how strained the country’s electrical network is.

Platform: Android and iOS

Expect to pay: A free download

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device

EskomSePush Load Shedding App

EskomSePush does much the same as the Load Shedding Notifier, but allows multiple cities to be tracked. However, they may just want to rethink the name of the app if they want wider respectability.

Platform: Android and iOS

Expect to pay: A free download

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device

South AfriCAM

South AfriCAM enables users to add branded stickers and frames from popular lifestyle magazine titles to their posts, including Huisgenoot, YOU, Drum, Move!, TRUE LOVE, Women’s Health and Men’s Health. 

In the process, they can earn JETPoints for their social influence: through the app’s built-in JET8 social currency, users are rewarded for their engagement. For every in-app like, comment, and share, users earn JETPoints, which can be used to redeem products online or over the counter across more than 2 500 retail stores in South Africa. Users are additionally awarded JETPoints for cross-posting onto external social media networks.

Platform: Android and iOS

Expect to pay: A free download

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device

Click here to read about console quality graphics on a mobile phone, Virgin Money payments made easier, and an app that redesigns the keyboard.

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Western Cape agritech

Aerobotics is set to change how farmers treat their crops by using drones and machine learning, writes BRYAN TURNER.

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The Western Cape is poised to be a hotbed of innovation in the agritech sector, with drone piloting set to playing a major role in in the tech start-up scene.

This is the view of Tim Willis, chief operating officer of pioneering drone company Aerobotics, a Cape Town drone company recognised as a world leader in agritech.

“Drone piloting is a key skill that feeds into the value chain of the budding 4th Industrial Revolution,” said Willis. “Cape Town and the Western Cape is uniquely positioned to be the melting pot for innovation in the agritech sector, as a leading agricultural exporter and a hub for creative tech start-ups.”

He was speaking at AeroCon, a drone expo organised by Aerobotics and held in Johannesburg this week aimed at providing opportunities for drone pilots to apply their skills in South Africa, and to show how drones are being used to collect data on crops. 

The event was supported by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA), Wesgro, PROMMAC, MicaSense, and Rectron, among other

“We’re starting to sign up farmers across the country,” said Willis. “It’s exciting because farmers are starting to use drone technology on their farms. When a farmer wants a drone flown, they want it flown [now] so it’s important for us to capture that data as quickly as possible to show that drones are fast and effective.”

According to aerobotics, drone technology can help farmers reduce pesticide use on their crops by up to 30%. The result is environmentally friendly farming, reducing stressed crops and a healthier harvest. 

“We use aerial imagery from drones to recreate a 3D model of every single tree on a farmer’s orchard,” said Willis. “We’ve done this for millions of trees and it starts to give the farmers metrics of what they’re doing. We provide them with the health of the trees, the height, the volume, the canopy area, which enable the farms to make decisions on what to do next.”

Click here to read more about AeroCon and what it offers to those wanting to get into the drone industry.

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