To address the growing customer trend of hybrid cloud, Lenovo has developed the ThinkAgile CP Series composable cloud platform, a ‘cloud-in-a-box’ that offers the convenience and ease-of-use of a public cloud environment, secured behind the customer’s own data centre firewall. The solution was developed with Cloudistics, a cloud software platform company.
Sal Saglik, director of business development at ICP Corp, said: “ICP had been an early adopter of the Cloudistics cloud platform as well as being a Lenovo reseller. After hearing about these two companies coming together to deliver the Lenovo ThinkAgile CP Series, the entire ICP team jumped at the chance to position the new series to our valued customers. The ease of use, rapid deployment and scalability of ThinkAgile CP will allow us to deliver a cloud-like experience in a complete and secure solution without the costs and complexities of the public cloud.”
Lenovo ThinkAgile CP Series features fully-integrated infrastructure, an application marketplace and end-to-end automation of software-defined networks, compute and storage. It delivers a turnkey cloud experience that can be centrally managed from anywhere with an Internet connection through a software-as-a-service (SaaS) portal.
“Cloudistics’ private cloud computing platform cuts down application deployment cycles by 90%, which translates to faster time to revenue,” said Najaf Husain, Chief Executive Officer of Cloudistics. “We make private clouds as easy to use as the public cloud but with the control and performance enterprise customers want. Our partnership with Lenovo enables us to unleash a next-generation composable cloud platform to the market that is easy to implement, deploy, operate, maintain and support.”
The ThinkAgile CP Series features fully integrated high availability, backup, remote replication, usage metering, live help & support and multilayered, multitenant security all under a single license.
Customers can leverage a curated application marketplace (which they can extend with their own offerings) for rapid deployment and enjoy a plug-and-play scale-out of storage capacity. It allows enterprise customers to take advantage of agile methodologies using a private cloud ecosystem. The platform is ideal for businesses or organisations that want the benefits of the public cloud, without compromising control, data security, application performance, and service delivery.”
“The simplicity of the platform changed our work output significantly,” said Scott Whitehouse, IT Director at Integreon. “We are able to quickly import applications, assign cloud computing resources and launch applications on-demand based on our organisational needs in a fraction of the time it used to take us.”
The Lenovo ThinkAgile CP Series is available through Lenovo and Cloudistics sales representatives and channel partners. Customer trials and proof-of-concept testing started in North America and Europe (UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark) in July 2018.
The second phase took place in December 2018 across the EMEA region, in Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Norway, Finland, Belgium, Luxembourg, South Africa and UAE.
Throughout 2019, there will be a further rollout, which will have then covered a total of 35 countries in the EMEA region.
For more information, please visit http://www.lenovo.com/thinkagilecp
Samsung to release Galaxy Note10 Lite in SA
The Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite, unveiled at CES 2020 two weeks ago, will be released in South Africa next month.
Samsung has unveiled the new Galaxy Note10 Lite at a preview event in Johannesburg. Building on the legacy of the Galaxy Note series, this Lite model brings key premium features like the latest camera technology, signature S Pen, immersive display and a long-lasting battery, at a more accessible price point. The Galaxy Note Lite is positioned between the Galaxy A Series and Samsung’s flagship devices. It will be launched in South Africa in February, with a recommended retail price of R12,999.
What’s different from the Note10?
The Note10 Lite drops support for wireless charging, waterproofing, and a curved screen. Other than that, it’s a very capable device at a far lower price
“The Galaxy Note devices have met consumer demands around the world and has proven to be popular in South Africa,” said Justin Hume, director of integrated mobility at Samsung South Africa. “These devices represent our continuous effort to deliver industry leading innovations, from performance and power to intelligence and services. The Galaxy Note10 Lite will make the experience more accessible to South Africans.”
To read the full breakdown of device specifications, click here.
Sony Xperia 5 scores high
The latest compact flagship from Sony, the Xperia 5, scores a high 95 in DxOMark.
The Sony Xperia 5, announced in September 2019, is the latest compact flagship, intended as a more affordable, pocket-friendly alternative to the full-sized Xperia 1. Key features on the Xperia 5 include a 6.1-inch OLED display, as well as the high-end Snapdragon 855 chipset with 128GB of internal storage and 6GB RAM. Storage is expandable up to 1TB via micro SD.
The main camera boasts the same triple sensor and lens setup as on the Xperia 1. All three sensors offer 12MP resolution, with a large 1/2.55-inch sensor for the main camera, and a smaller 1/3.4-inch sensor for each of the ultra-wide and telephoto modules. The main sensor is coupled to a 26mm-equivalent f/1.6 aperture lens; there’s also a 16mm-equivalent f/2.4-aperture ultra-wide-angle lens, and a 52mm-equivalent f/2.4-aperture lens offering x2 optical zoom shots.
Other features include 5-axis optical image stabilization (OIS) and predictive Dual Pixel PDAF autofocus on the main and telephoto cameras, eye-tracking autofocus, HDR, and LED flash. 4K video is available for 2160p@24/30fps capture on the Xperia 5, but the Sony’s 5-axis gyroscope-enabled OIS only kicks in for HD video recording at 1080p@30fps.
Key camera specifications:
- Primary: 12MP 1/2.55-inch sensor with 1.4µm pixels and 26mm f/1.6-aperture lens
- Ultra-wide: 12MP 1/3.4-inch sensor with 1.0µm pixels and 16mm f/2.4-aperture lens
- Telephoto: 12MP 1/3.4-inch sensor with 1.0µm pixels and 52mm f/2.4-aperture lens
- Predictive Dual Pixel PDAF autofocus & 5-axis OIS (main & telephoto)
- LED flash, HDR, eye-tracking
- 4K 24/30fps video with HDR
- Full HD 1080p@30fps video with 5-axis gyro-EIS
- Although not officially launched in South Africa, it is available from some online outlets.
Click here to see samples of the photography on DxOMark’s website.