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Checkpoint aligns with VMware

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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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Second-hand smartphone market booms

The worldwide market for used smartphones is forecast to grow to 332.9 million units, with a market value of $67 billion, in 2023, according to IDC

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International Data Corporation (IDC) expects worldwide shipments of used smartphones, inclusive of both officially refurbished and used smartphones, to reach a total of 206.7 million units in 2019. This represents an increase of 17.6% over the 175.8 million units shipped in 2018. A new IDC forecast projects used smartphone shipments will reach 332.9 million units in 2023 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.6% from 2018 to 2023.

This growth can be attributed to an uptick in demand for used smartphones that offer considerable savings compared with new models. Moreover, OEMs have struggled to produce new models that strike a balance between desirable new features and a price that is seen as reasonable. Looking ahead, IDC expects the deployment of 5G networks and smartphones to impact the used market as smartphone owners begin to trade in their 4G smartphones for the promise of high-performing 5G devices.

Anthony Scarsella, research manager with IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, says: “In contrast to the recent declines in the new smartphone market, as well as the forecast for minimal growth in new shipments over the next few years, the used market for smartphones shows no signs of slowing down across all parts of the globe. Refurbished and used devices continue to provide cost-effective alternatives to both consumers and businesses that are looking to save money when purchasing a smartphone. Moreover, the ability for vendors to push more affordable refurbished devices in markets in which they normally would not have a presence is helping these players grow their brand as well as their ecosystem of apps, services, and accessories.”

Worldwide Used Smartphone Shipments (shipments in millions of units)

Region2018
Shipments
2018 Market
Share
2023
Shipments*
2023 Market
Share*
2018-2023
CAGR*
North America39.022.2%87.226.2%17.4%
Rest of World136.877.8%245.773.8%12.4%
Total175.8100.0%332.9100.0%13.6%

Source: IDC, Worldwide Used Smartphone Forecast, 2019–2023, Dec 2019.

Table Notes: Data is subject to change.
* Forecast projections.

Says Will Stofega, program director, Mobile Phones: “Although drivers such as regulatory compliance and environmental initiatives are still positively impacting the growth in the used market, the importance of cost-saving for new devices will continue to drive growth. Overall, we feel that the ability to use a previously owned device to fund the purchase of either a new or used device will play the most crucial role in the growth of the refurbished phone market. Trade-in combined with the increase in financing plans (EIP) will ultimately be the two main drivers of the refurbished phone market moving forward.”

According to IDC’s taxonomy, a refurbished smartphone is a device that has been used and disposed of at a collection point by its owner. Once the device has been examined and classified as suitable for refurbishment, it is sent off to a facility for reconditioning and is eventually sold via a secondary market channel. A refurbished smartphone is not a “hand me down” or gained as the result of a person-to-person sale or trade.

The IDC report, Worldwide Used Smartphone Forecast, 2019–2023 (Doc #US45726219), provides an overview and five-year forecast of the worldwide refurbished phone market and its expansion and growth by 2023. This study also provides a look at key players and the impact they will have on vendors, carriers, and consumers.

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Customers and ‘super apps’ will shape travel in 2020s

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Customers will take far more control of their travel experience in the 2020s, according to a 2020 Trends report released this week by Travelport, a leading technology company serving the global travel industry.

Through independent research with thousands of global travellers – including 500 in South Africa – hundreds of travel professionals and interviews with leaders of some of the world’s biggest travel brands, Travelport uncovered the major forces that will become the technology enablers of travel over the next decade. These include:

Customers in control

Several trends highlight the finding that customers are moving towards self-service options, with 61% of the travellers surveyed in South Africa preferring to hear about travel disruption via digital communications, such as push notifications on an app, mobile chatbots, or instant messaging apps, rather than speaking with a person on the phone. This is especially important when it comes to young travellers under 25, seen as the future business traveler, and managing their high expectations through technology.

Mobile takeover

With the threat of super app domination, online travel agencies must disrupt or risk being disrupted. Contextual messaging across the journey will help. Super app tech giants like WeChat give their users a one-stop shop to communicate, shop online, book travel, bank, find a date, get food delivery, and pay for anything within a single, unified smartphone app. Travel brands that want to deliver holistic mobile customer experiences need to think about how they engage travellers within these super apps as well as in their own mobile channels.

Retail accelerated

In the next year, research shows, we will see an accelerated rate of change in the way travel is retailed and purchased online. This includes wider and more complex multi-content reach, more enriched and comparable offerings, more focus on relevance than magnitude, and an increase in automation that enables customer self-service.

“How customers engage with their travel experience – for instance by interacting with digital ‘bots’ and expecting offers better personalised to their needs – is changing rapidly,” says Adrian Roodt, country manager for Southern Africa at Travelport. “We in the travel industry need to understand and keep pace with these forces to make sure we’re continuing to make the experience of buying and managing travel continually better, for everyone.”

Read the full 2020 Trends report here: 2020 Trends hub.

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