Samsung has launched a School-in-a-Box, an educational tool designed around the Samsung Tablet. The solution comprises a Galaxy Tablet, a keyboard cover, microSD card, headphones, screen protector and in some packages, a solar charging panel.
Samsung Electronics South Africa has launch a School-in-a-Box (SIB) solution, an educational tool designed around a Samsung tablet. Bundled packages include the hardware needed to assist students and schools that are transitioning their teaching and learning methods to be more digitally focused.
The SIB includes a Samsung Galaxy Tablet (T116 7” or T561 9.6” or P555 9.7”), a universal keyboard cover, a 16GB microSD card, in-ear earphones, a screen protector and a tablet carry case. Certain limited edition bundles also comprise of a solar panel charger for power on-the-go. The SIB transforms the packaging into a stand for the tablet and stationery. The SIB is lightweight, tough and highly functional and backed by a one-year Tech Insurance Policy, which delivers 12 months accidental damage insurance and one free screen replacement.
“This concept is Samsung’s latest innovation designed to support parents, schools and learners while making the selection and combination of the correct technology simple and enjoyable,” says Paulo Ferreira, Director of Enterprise Mobility at Samsung Electronics South Africa. “Samsung has been investing and supporting individual schools and learning initiatives for many years. The Solar Powered Internet Schools is a Samsung innovation that enables and empowers learners to get the best education possible. It is through this experience that Samsung was able to develop the SIB in order to provide the most effective tools to help bridge the digital education divide,” continues Ferreira.
The Samsung SIB will be available in three different bundle options based on the individual’s or institution’s requirements and budget:
- Essential: A Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite (T116), a Universal Keyboard Cover, 16GB microSD card, in-ear earphones, screen protector, Diamond World Solar Panel and a tablet carry case RRP (R2,999).
- Classic: A Samsung Tab E (T561), a keyboard cover, Samsung 16GB microSD card, Rocka Elite Vanilla in-ear headphones from Danny K, screen protector, Diamond World Solar Panel and tablet carry case RRP (R4,999).
- Advanced: A Samsung Tab A (P555), a keyboard cover, Samsung 16GB microSD card, Rocka Elite Vanilla in-ear headphones from Danny K, screen protector and tablet carry case RRP (R5,999).
“Until now, it has been difficult for schools to make use of standardised tools, since they refer parents to retail stores to purchase tablets for their children. In store, many parents discover that it is not always a simple matter to choose the right tablet and peripherals for effective digital learning. By bundling all the tools into a practical package, we have made it easy for schools to recommend an appropriate bundle and for parents to support their children’s e-learning with a single purchase,” concludes Ferreira.
Samsung’s SIB is now available through Waltons, Glocell, Matrix Warehouse online retailers such as Loot, eBucks, Shop & Ship and Eduloan.
Veeam passes $1bn, prepares for cloud’s ‘Act II’
Leader in cloud-data management reveals how it will harness the next growth phase of the data revolution, writes ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK
Veeam Software, the quiet leader in backup solutions for cloud data management,has announced that it has passed $1-billion in revenues, and is preparing for the next phase of sustained growth in the sector.
Now, it is unveiling what it calls Act II, following five years of rapid growth through modernisation of the data centre. At the VeeamON 2019conferencein Miami this week, company co-founder Ratmir Timashev declared that the opportunities in this new era, focused on managing data for the hybrid cloud, would drive the next phase of growth.
“Veeam created the VMware backup market and has dominated it as the leader for the last decade,” said Timashev, who is also executive vice president for sales and marketing at the organisation. “This was Veeam’s Act I and I am delighted that we have surpassed the $1 billion mark; in 2013 I predicted we’d achieve this in less than six years.
“However, the market is now changing. Backup is still critical, but customers are now building hybrid clouds with AWS, Azure, IBM and Google, and they need more than just backup. To succeed in this changing environment, Veeam has had to adapt. Veeam, with its 60,000-plus channel and service provider partners and the broadest ecosystem of technology partners, including Cisco, HPE, NetApp, Nutanix and Pure Storage, is best positioned to dominate the new cloud data management in our Act II.”
In South Africa, Veeam expects similar growth. Speaking at the Cisco Connect conference in Sun City this week, country manager Kate Mollett told Gadget’s BRYAN TURNER that the company was doing exceptionally well in this market.
“In financial year 2018, we saw double-digit growth, which was really very encouraging if you consider the state of the economy, and not so much customer sentiment, but customers have been more cautious with how they spend their money. We’ve seen a fluctuation in the currency, so we see customers pausing with big decisions and hoping for a recovery in the Rand-Dollar. But despite all of the negatives, we have double digit growth which is really good. We continue to grow our team and hire.
“From a Veeam perspective, last year we were responsible for Veeam Africa South, which consisted of South Africa, SADC countries, and the Indian Ocean Islands. We’ve now been given the responsibility for the whole of Africa. This is really fantastic because we are now able to drive a single strategy for Africa from South Africa.”
Veeam has been the leading provider of backup, recovery and replication solutions for more than a decade, and is growing rapidly at a time when other players in the backup market are struggling to innovate on demand.
“Backup is not sexy and they made a pretty successful company out of something that others seem to be screwing up,” said Roy Illsley, Distinguished Analyst at Ovum, speaking in Miami after the VeeamOn conference. “Others have not invested much in new products and they don’t solve key challenges that most organisations want solved. Theyre resting on their laurels and are stuck in the physical world of backup instead of embracing the cloud.”
Illsley readily buys into the Veeam tagline. “It just works”.
“They are very good at marketing but are also a good engineering comany that does produce the goods. Their big strength, that it just works, is a reliable feature they have built into their product portfolio.”
Veeam said in statement from the event that, while it had initially focused on server virtualisation for VMware environments, in recent years it had expanded this core offering. It was now delivering integration with multiple hypervisors, physical servers and endpoints, along with public and software-as-a-service workloads, while partnering with leading cloud, storage, server, hyperconverged (HCI) and application vendors.
This week, it announced a new “with Veeam”program, which brings in enterprise storage and hyperconverged (HCI) vendors to provide customers with comprehensive secondary storage solutions that combine Veeam software with industry-leading infrastructure systems. Companies like ExaGrid and Nutanix have already announced partnerships.
Timashev said: “From day one, we have focused on partnerships to deliver customer value. Working with our storage and cloud partners, we are delivering choice, flexibility and value to customers of all sizes.”
‘Energy scavenging’ funded
As the drive towards a 5G future gathers momentum, the University of Surrey’s research into technology that could power countless internet enabled devices – including those needed for autonomous cars – has won over £1M from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and industry partners.
Surrey’s Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) has been working on triboelectric nanogenerators (TENG), an energy harvesting technology capable of ‘scavenging’ energy from movements such as human motion, machine vibration, wind and vehicle movements to power small electronic components.
TENG energy harvesting is based on a combination of electrostatic charging and electrostatic induction, providing high output, peak efficiency and low-cost solutions for small scale electronic devices. It’s thought such devices will be vital for the smart sensors needed to enable driverless cars to work safely, wearable electronics, health sensors in ‘smart hospitals’ and robotics in ‘smart factories.’
The ATI will be partnered on this development project with the Georgia Institute of Technology, QinetiQ, MAS Holdings, National Physical Laboratory, Soochow University and Jaguar Land Rover.
Professor Ravi Silva, Director of the ATI and the principal investigator of the TENG project, said: “TENG technology is ideal to power the next generation of electronic devices due to its small footprint and capacity to integrate into systems we use every day. Here at the ATI, we are constantly looking to develop such advanced technologies leading towards our quest to realise worldwide “free energy”.
“TENGs are an ideal candidate to power the autonomous electronic systems for Internet of Things applications and wearable electronic devices. We believe this research grant will allow us to further the design of optimized energy harvesters.”