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Beware hybrid hype

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Everything-as-a-Service is one of the main drivers behind the emerging hybrid cloud. But, ANDREW CRUISE, managing director, Routed, says that true hybrid cloud solutions have not yet been implemented in South Africa.

Offering multiple integration technologies, we enable low touch, low disruption server migration between customer premise and the cloud. This unique approach is in line with the most recent understanding of true hybrid cloud where the primary, on-premises data centres are enhanced with a growing combination of public cloud services such as software-as-a-service (SaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS), and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS),” says Cruise.

He says the migration to hybrid cloud has been fuelled by the massive leaps taken with brands such as Amazon and Microsoft: “We have seen both these companies launching cloud-native products and services across the majority of their regions. With this approach, they are also embracing more diverse infrastructure providers, which is why services and solutions such as Routed’s are critical to the overall success of a cloud strategy.”

Gartner predicts the worldwide public cloud services market will grow 18% in 2017 to $246.8B. While Forbes says that cloud platforms are enabling new, complex business models and orchestrating more globally-based integration networks in 2017. Combined with cloud services adoption increasing in the mid-tier and small & medium businesses (SMB), leading researchers including Forrester are adjusting their forecasts upward according to Forbes.

Cruise says that a hybrid cloud approach makes sense: “If interactions with a private cloud are the same as with a public cloud, by stitching the two together you achieve a consistent user experience with portability across single tenant (private) and multi-tenant (public) infrastructure. The enterprise can choose on-demand, which workloads are acceptable to host in the public cloud and which are restricted to dedicated infrastructure. This can then address adequately compliance, regulatory, security or performance issues.”

He says that this similarly does not yet exist in South Africa, despite several service providers laying claim to these types of solutions because of the global hype around cloud and hybrid solutions: “It is important to note that just because you privately connect a hosting environment to an on premise server room, does not make it hybrid cloud.”

The opportunity is there according to Cruise. The lure into cloud is too strong to ignore for companies not yet there, and for those who have already got larger data centre investments, hybrid is possibly the route to follow.

“Future of Everything’ says that in 10 to 15 years’ cloud will simply be known as computing. The trick to getting there, according to Cruise, is to ensure that from the start your strategy is sound and you have approached the infrastructure component in a way that would eventually make it a commodity and not a barrier to entry.

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CES: So long, and thanks for all the beer!

Last week, the Las Vegas expo showed off its fun side with state-of-the-art technologies for enjoying beer, writes BRYAN TURNER

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From craft beer-making machines to robots that pour beer, CES had more beer than usual in Las Vegas last week. And even free beer if you found the right stand. Stampede’s saloon-style booth offered beer to visitors who tried out its latest drones, virtual reality, and other gaming products. No beer tech, though.

Here are some of the beer technologies that stood out:

LG HomeBrew – Craft beer made at home

LG’s HomeBrew craft beer-making machine,  debuted at CES 2019, brings the brewing process home thanks to single-use capsules,  a self-cleaning feature, and an algorithm optimised for fermentation. 

Like a Nespresso coffee machine, the beer maker uses capsules, which contain malt, yeast, hop oil and flavouring. At the press of a button, LG HomeBrew automates the whole procedure from fermentation and carbonation to ageing. A companion app lets users check HomeBrew’s status at any time during the process, from their handsets.

The beer machine not only offers a simple way to make craft beer, but also enhances the quality of beer it makes. The fermentation algorithm intelligently controls the fermenting process with precise temperature and pressure control. It automatically sanitises itself, using nothing more than hot water, ensuring everything is hygienically clean for the next batch.

Designed with discerning beer lovers in mind, HomeBrew allows for in-home production of batches of more than 4 litres of beer in a variety of styles. The following five distinctive, flavoured beers are available now: 

  • Hoppy American IPA
  • Golden American Pale Ale
  • Full-bodied English Stout
  • Zesty Belgian-style Witbier
  • Dry Czech Pilsner

The only catch? It takes about two weeks to make, depending on the beer type.

“LG HomeBrew is the culmination of years of home appliance and water purification technologies that we’ve developed over the decades,” said Dan Song, president of LG Electronics Home Appliance & Air Solutions Company. “Homebrewing has grown at an explosive pace, but there are still many beer lovers who haven’t taken the jump because of the barriers to entry, like complexity, and these are the consumers we think will be attracted to LG HomeBrew.”

Click here to read about the party speaker that holds beer and robots that pour beer.

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CES: Alienware gets Legend-ary

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At CES in Las Vegas last week, Dell’s Alienware released a family of high-end, thin, light, and affordable machines for both amateur and professional gamers – and a new identity.

Alienware marked CES 2019 as a brand milestone with the debut of a new design identity, Alienware Legend. It aims to set a new bar of excellence for what gamers want most – performance and function. Alienware says it evaluated multiple concepts and chose one that was the biggest and boldest departure from its current look.

Alienware Legend, says the company, stays true to the brand’s core design tenets, taking cues from its deep roots in sci-fi culture and its early industrial designs, to distinguish the brand from the rest of the industry. The new Legend design is optimised with cutting-edge thermal cooling technology to achieve and sustain overclocking power, improved AlienFX lighting, and ultra-thin screen borders. It also unveiled a new “three-knuckle hinge” design that reduces the overall dimension while creating a stronger assembly, all combining to yield a better gaming experience.

“We’re excited to come to this year’s CES with some truly groundbreaking products, next-gen software and strategic partnerships that will bring more people to experience PC gaming and advance the industry,” said Frank Azor, vice president and general manager of Alienware. “The legend design answers the call for more and better from our gaming community, and the new G Series laptops will make PC gaming even more accessible to those looking for high-performance gaming at a cost they can appreciate.”

Click here to read about Alienware Legend in action with the Area-51m and m-series laptops

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