Connect with us


Riverbed events to unravel the impact of SD-WAN



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.


SA startups in Visa final

Leading fintech companies from the Sub-Sahara Africa technology startup community have made it to the finals of Visa’s Everywhere Initiative.



Among the 12 chosen, from the 238 total entries, South African startups Howler and FinChatBot will compete against innovators from across Sub Sahara Africa for a chance to secure funding of up to US$50,000 to develop their ideas when the initiative concludes in Johannesburg on July 24. 

Fintechs in Africa are making incredible strides; not only to bring more convenience to consumers, but also to enable people who would not otherwise have access to financial services or even a way to connect to the formal banking system. Venture funding for African startups jumped by 51% to $195 million in 2017 and fintech in Africa is expected to grow exponentially in the next few years as it continues to disrupt the traditional financial sector. With a clear goal of reducing reliance on cash, building digital payment based economies and increasing financial inclusion, Visa is committed to fostering an entrepreneurial spirit and driving innovation in its payments landscape. 

The Sub Saharan Africa edition of the Visa’s Everywhere Initiative challenged local fintech startup to deliver solutions based around three real life business challenges: 

  • How can startups leverage Visa Developer APIs to either:  Enable smaller merchants to accept payments in-store digitally OR Provide a safe and secure solution for online merchants to drive eCommerce and reduce cash on delivery?
  • How can startups use Visa’s APIs to leverage mass reach and social media partner platforms like Facebook to help businesses operating in fast-paced consumer centric environments improve cash flow and receive payments? 
  • How can startups leverage technology to provide services that are functional for illiterate customers to provide them with secure transaction experiences that build and enhance their confidence in the banking system?. 

Entrants were asked to submit ideas to leverage Visa’s network and technologies to resolve against at least one of the challenges. One winner per brief will be selected, with each receiving funding of US$25,000. Winners will be invited to a working meeting with Visa and may be presented with the opportunity to create a prototype. Visa will then select one overall winner to receive an additional US$25,000.

Geraldine Mitchley, Senior Director – Digital Solutions, Sub-Sahara Africa, Visa, said: “We are delighted with the response to our Visa’s Everywhere Initiative and the quality of submissions we received is an indication of the region’s rich talent pool and innovative spirit.”

“Launching this innovation program in the region has been an exciting time for the Visa SSA team, and the takeup reflects Africa’s enthusiasm to develop and pioneer solutions to the continent’s challenge – particularly in the payments technology space. I would like to congratulate the finalists and  wish them luck as they enter the final stretch.  When they come together for the final, they will not only have the chance to turn their ideas into reality, but also potentially help shape the future of payments in the region.”  

Howler which enables cashless transactions and end-to-end ticket handling for consumers and event organisers is competing in the first challenge and FinChatBot, which aims to automate part of customer services for financial service providers through AI-powered conversations is competing in the third challenge. 

The SSA edition of the Visa’s Everywhere Initiative will wrap up on July 24 in Johannesburg, with each finalist having an opportunity to pitch their ideas to a panel of expert judges from Visa and the payments industry. 

Continue Reading


Win a Poster Heater with Gadget and

This winter Gadget and are giving away three Poster Heaters, which look like posters but become heaters when you plug them in.



Three Gadget readers will each win a unit, valued at R550 each. To enter, follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter and tell us on the @GadgetZA account how many Watts the heater consumes.

What’s the big deal about these heaters? Many of us are struggling to keep the balance between soaring electricity costs and the need to keep warm this winter.

However, the recently launched Poster Heater by EasyHeat and distributed in South Africa by is not only one of the most cost effective electric heaters currently on the market, it is also easy to setup and use.

As the name indicates, it is a poster similar to one you would hang on a wall. But, plug it in and it turns into a 300 Watt heater. The Poster Heater isn’t designed to heat hallways or large rooms, but rather smaller ones like a bedroom or a baby’s nursery or a dressing room.

It uses radiant heating, which means that it heats up in a couple of minutes and the heat is directed at the objects or people around it, quickly taking the chill out of the air and providing a comfortable ambient temperature.

The other advantage of radiant heating is that it doesn’t dry out the air like infrared or gas heaters. Users also don’t have to worry about their children or pets getting too close to it because, even though it gets hot, it can be touched.

To enter the competition follow the steps below:

Competition entry details:

1. Follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter. (We will ONLY be accepting entries via Twitter, so please don’t enter through the comments section of this article.)

2. Tell us on Twitter, via @GadgetZA, mentioning @Takealot in your posting, how many Watts the Poster Heater consumes.

cleardot.gif3. The competition closes on 31 July 2018.

4. Winners will be notified via Twitter on 1 August and will be in touch to organise delivery.

5. The competition is only open to South African residents.

Continue Reading


Copyright © 2018 World Wide Worx