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Riverbed events to unravel the impact of SD-WAN

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Two events hosted by Riverbed Technology in Johannesburg next week will offer insights into the transformation that software-defined wide area networks are about to make on businesses.

It may sound like just another acronym, but SD-WAN (software-defined wide area networks) is expected to transform the corporate network in the coming years.

That is one of the messages attendees can expect to hear at two events hosted by Riverbed Technology in Johannesburg on 20 April. Riverbed FORCE and Riverbed Partner Connect, targeted at end-users and the channel respectively, will address the challenges of end-to-end optimisation, visibility and control in hybrid IT networks.

In this context, says Riverbed’s sub-Saharan Africa head Wimpie van Rensburg, SD-WAN is set to be a “game-changer”. It will be introduced and extensively discussed during the event.

“In hybrid enterprises where people, apps and data are everywhere, assuring application performance is critical to business productivity,” he says. “Riverbed FORCE is an exciting opportunity for our customers to gain the tools and knowledge they need to address this complexity. The attendees will also gain valuable insights into SD-WAN which is set to be a game-changer, while also learning how our technology partnership with Microsoft will address their cloud, collaboration, Solution as a Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) ambitions.”

The sessions will follow a common theme of ‘Maximizing application performance’. The day will be split into two segments, with end-user focused sessions in the first half, followed by the partner event. Featuring presentations by local and international experts, the sessions will include a range of talks from top technical Riverbed specialists showcasing the Riverbed platform and its next-generation architecture of Software-defined networking (SDN) solutions. Leading partners will also update attendees on the trends and technologies transforming enterprises in the digital age.

Close to 80 business and technology decision makers, including CXOs, IT Directors and IT Managers, as well as technical professionals like network administrators, storage architects and enterprise architects, are expected to attend Riverbed FORCE, while Riverbed Partner Connect will draw in both new and existing channel partners.

“We remain 100% channel driven, so the enablement and education of our channel through such events is vital to our success,” says Van Rensburg. “By attending the event, resellers and integrators will be rapidly brought up to speed with the Riverbed Application Performance Platform. They will also have the opportunity to gain direct access to key members of our regional team and network with their peers.”

Riverbed FORCE will take place from 09:00 to 13:00, followed by Riverbed Partner Connect from 13:30 to 18:15. Partner Connect will close with an awards presentation for top achieving local partners.

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro matches camera benchmark record

A benchmark by DxOMark sees the triple-cam handset tie with the P20 Pro for best smartphone camera on the market.

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The Huawei Mate 20 Pro has come out top in a camera benchmark test that assesses all aspects of smartphone camera performance.

DxOMark, which conducts rigorous hardware testing and is trusted as an industry standard for image quality measurements, has just released the results of its in-depth analysis of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro smartphone camera. 

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is the Chinese manufacturer’s latest top-end device. Building on the P20 Pro’s camera technology, the Mate 20 Pro comes with a Leica-branded triple-camera setup, but swaps its stable-mate’s monochrome camera for a super-wide-angle module, offering a 35mm-equivalent focal length range from 16 to 80mm—the widest of all current smartphone cameras.

The handset is in direct competition with the Apple iPhone XS Max, the Google Pixel 3 XL, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, among other. How does it fare?

“With a total photo score of 114, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro ties the record-setting score of its cousin, the P20 Pro,” says DxOMark. “The overall Photo score is calculated from sub-scores in tests that examine different aspects of its performance under different lighting conditions.”

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro achieves a photo score of 114 points. In stills mode, the Mate 20 Pro’s triple camera captures images with good target exposure and a wide dynamic range, recording both good highlight and shadow detail even in difficult high-contrast situations. Noise levels are well under control down to low light levels, and the camera’s white balance system and colour rendering settings produce a pleasant colour response in almost all circumstances.

At 97 points, the Mate 20 Pro is very close to the best for video as well, thanks to a fast and smooth autofocus system with good tracking performance, accurate white balance as well as pleasant colour rendering, and low levels of noise, especially in bright shooting conditions. Our testers also liked the exposure system’s ability to adapt quickly and smoothly to changes in illumination.

It was not all good news. DxOMark also had some criticism for the device.

Click here to read about the drawbacks of the Mate 20 Pro camera, and other positives.

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SA car wins
Dakar Rally

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The final stage of Dakar 2019 drew to a close at the bivouac in Pisco, Peru, and saw Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa’s Nasser Al Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel bring home their South African-built Toyota Hilux for an historic victory. Not only was it a first win for Toyota, but it was also the first petrol-powered car to win the Dakar in the South-American era.

The Qatari driver ensured his French navigator, who turned 43 years old on Thursday, 17 January, received a great birthday present, when the pair arrived at the final time control of Dakar 2019 with teammates Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz in close formation. The two Toyota Hilux crews completed the entire stage together, as De Villiers / Von Zitzewitz waited nearly 55 minutes for the leaders to start the stage, in order to shadow them to the finish.

The emotions bubbled over for Team Principal Glyn Hall, who found himself without words as his two crews drove into the media area after the time control. “This victory was long overdue,” he finally managed, before being swamped in a sea of well-wishers.

The winning driver, however, was much more vocal: “We are so happy to win the Dakar – not only for ourselves, but also for Toyota and the entire Toyota Gazoo Racing SA team. Everyone has worked so hard for so long, and really deserve this. Thank you for letting us drive this car.”

Toyota Gazoo Racing SA led Dakar 2019 from the first to the last stage, with Al Attiyah/Baumel drawing first blood, before handing the mantle to De Villiers / Von Zitzewitz during stage 2. But then a disastrous Stage 3 saw the Qatari retake the lead – a lead he didn’t relinquish despite some of the toughest stages yet seen on any South-American Dakar.

“When we first heard that the rally was going to take place only in one country, we were skeptical,” said Hall after regaining composure. “But the organisers made sure that this year’s race will long be remembered as one of the toughest tests in the last decade.”

Al Attiyah / Baumel’s victory at Dakar 2019 means that Toyota Gazoo Racing has now won both of the world’s toughest automotive races – the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the DakarRally.

Click here to read Glyn Hall’s comment on winning the Dakar Rally, as well as the rankings.

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