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Dell unveils unified cloud tool

At Dell Technologies World in Las Vegas yesterday, the PC and storage giant announced a massive new cloud initiative

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Dell Technologies yesterday unveiled Dell Technologies Cloud, a new set of cloud infrastructure solutions that unify all aspects of managing multiple cloud deployments across providers.

It combines VMware cloud architecture and Dell EMC storage infrastructure to remove cloud complexity, the company says, to make hybrid cloud environments simpler to deploy and manage. It achieves this “by offering consistent infrastructure and operations for IT resources, across public and private clouds and the edge, regardless of location”.

According to IDC, more than 70% of companies are using multiple cloud environments, and the largest data centre challenge most companies face is developing a successful multi-cloud strategy. Operating in multiple clouds has caused organisations to use many disparate processes, which stifles innovation and adds complexity.

The hybrid cloud approach offers a familiar management interface that extends across clouds for a simplified overall experience. VMware research finds that 83 percent of cloud adopters are seeking consistent infrastructure and operations from the data centre to the cloud, the Dell Technologies Cloud is designed specifically to address this challenge.

“For many organisations, the increasingly diverse cloud landscape is resulting in an enormous amount of IT complexity,” said Jeff Clarke, vice chairman of products and operations at Dell Technologies. “Cloud is not a destination; it’s an operating model. With Dell Technologies Cloud and joint engineering between Dell EMC and VMware, we are offering a unified hybrid cloud experience. This provides consistent infrastructure and operations at every location the cloud resides — from on-premises data centres to public clouds and the emerging edge—allowing our customers to have greater control of their multi-cloud journey.”

Click here for the full details of the Dell Technologies Cloud portfolio.

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AppDate: A security boost for schools

In his latest app round-up, SEAN BACHER features Karri, ChatBack, Charge Running, Bookings Africa and HomeChoice.

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Karri

With large amounts of cash and very little security, schools are now becoming an easy target for criminals. Numerous schools across the country have already been raided, with several serious incidents and even fatalities.

In partnership with Nedbank, Karri has introduced a mobile payment app to address this growing problem. The app enables parents to send money securely to their child’s school. Hundreds of schools countrywide are using Karri, with most now refusing to accept cash payments from parents.

The app offers a simple alternative to children bringing cash to school by allowing parents to make payments via an app on their smartphone. It is free for parents to use and there are no hidden costs or sign-up fees for the school.

Platform: Android and iOS

Expect to pay: A free download

Stockists: Visit Karri here for downloading instructions.

Visit the next page to read more about ChatBack, Charge Running, Bookings Africa and HomeChoice.

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ParkUpp is here to sell your unused parking spot

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Prop-tech startup ParkUpp is helping residents and property owners to make some extra cash from their unused parking. This is proving to be a winner for JanuWorry, the month that often brings financial stress post the December holidays for many individuals and businesses across South Africa.

ParkUpp already has over 4500 listings on its platform, predominantly in Johannesburg and Cape Town. They include The Union Castle building owned by Izandla Properties, Design Quarter on William Nicol Drive, along with other commercial and residential parking facilities.

The app has also been awarded some accolades from property industry incumbents such as the Women’s Property Network (WPN) for Young Achiever’s category and South African Institute of Black Property Professionals (SAIBPP) for Disruptor of the Year. Also headed to Silicon Valley for a two week bootcamp with Kingson Capital, a South African based Venture Capital firm.

This award winning platform not only creates extra income from empty parking spaces, it also decreases drivers’ anxiety of parking in unsafe space and also saves them a buck. In the Cape Town CBD, with over 45% cars parked on-street: paying an average of R18/hour, amounting to R2880 a month, ParkUpp users are able to save up to 50% by renting out a parking for R1500.

ParkUpp co-founder Michael Savvides says home owners or businesses often get frustrated when they find someone illegally parked in their bay. “Instead of being frustrated, list your parking during the times it is unused for people to park in your space legally. No one really wants to knock on someone’s door to ask for parking so our platform is removing that uncomfortable feeling.”

“We create trust between owners and drivers through our vetting processes. We save drivers 50% on parking costs and generate extra income for the owners and we also provide access to spaces that were previously inaccessible,” he explains.

“Our current focus is to increase occupancy rate for the listing parking bays, businesses and individuals who need parking can visit the platform to make a booking or suggest a location where you need parking,” he concludes.

As a driver, should you not find your preferred parking, email the team with suggested locations at hello@parkupp.co.za in order for them to find you safe, secure and affordable parking for you.

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