28 August

RSAWEB Cloud goes Real-Time with Scalability

Having to reboot your virtual server every time you make changes to your RAM, CPU and disk may take only a moment, but even a minute of downtime could cost you a handful of potential customers. Luckily the recent update to RSAWEB’s Cloud solutions mean that reboots are now a nuisance of the past.

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“We’ve made changes to all our Cloud catalogue images that enable customers to resize their newly deployed virtual machine’s RAM, CPU and disk without having to reboot their virtual machine to use the new resources,” says Senior Systems Engineer at RSAWEB, Benjamin Coetzer.

 

Cloud Computing has made life much easier, no question. Instead of downloading tons of software just to get the full benefits of a website or application, companies can set up a virtual server that will allow users to experience excellent online speeds and resources without downloading numerous software.

 

This is where scalability comes in. Scalability means that you can change the size and speeds of your virtual machine (Cloud server) as required without the costly process of upgrading hardware. In the past, however, RSAWEB clients had to reboot their servers for their changes to take effect, but not anymore.

 

“Client are able to now scale both vertically and horizontally with no downtime to applications and services running on their virtual machines,” says Coetzer, “Although this update is only applicable to any newly deployed cloud servers currently, our support team is working on an upgrade plan to get existing virtual machines up to the same functionality level, meaning that soon all clients will be able to resize their existing virtual machines without reboots. We’ve also removed the Ubuntu 13.10 cloud image from our list of deployable images as it has reached its end of life support with canonical.”

 

The Benefits of Cloud Computing

 

  • Flexibility – With a virtual machine in the Cloud, employees have the comfort to work wherever they can get Internet connectivity. This is an ideal way to save fuel for those that can work from home, not to mention saving money on equipment by implementing a ‘bring your own device’ policy.

 

  • Scalability – Last minute capacity upgrades waste time and can make you look unprofessional when your server reaches its maximum operational capacity. With Cloud your virtual machine will increase performance and efficiency as needed, without manual upgrades.

 

  • Affordability – With Cloud Computing you can save thousands on when it comes to setting up technology infrastructure, because you do not need to purchase and maintain expensive hardware on-site, nor do you have to employ an IT specialist for maintenance.

 

  • Security – By investing in a Cloud solution from a trusted ISP you save money in terms of space and power usage, so should your premises be broken into, your virtual machine will be safe and sound in your ISP’s data centre. Data Centres are kitted with various safety sensors to monitor temperature and humidity, and cameras to supervise at all times, protecting your resources.

 

Unless you have the time, money and man power to afford it, maintaining the hardware for your own servers are both a waste of money and space. If you are still uncertain about moving to RSAWEB’s Cloud, then try out the FREE 7-day trial for a test drive.

22 August

Future Tech: Business Benefits of Machine-2-Machine

Ever wished you could live the high-tech lifestyle like The Jetsons? The concept of Machine to Machine (M2M) technology has become ever-more popular, from sensors and software that help direct traffic and manage water treatment facilities, to systems that set off security protocols during a crises. Soon you will be working in ‘smart’ office spaces that will automatically water the plants and open doors for you.

 

M2M technology able to sense when breakfast should be served. | The Jetsons

M2M technology able to sense when breakfast should be served. | The Jetsons

 

“With energy costs continuing to rise and the global economy still on relatively shaky ground, businesses everywhere are looking for ways to streamline operations and be as efficient as technology will allow,” comments Director of Systech Corporation, Robert Lutz.

 

How Machine-to-Machine works?

 

For a M2M setup you will need a device that can receive and send telemetry (the concept of receiving data from remote sensors to be collected for analysis) wirelessly, a wireless network and a computer that is connecter to the Internet. The device (like a sensor) will receive information (such as temperature) that will be sent via a wireless network to a connected computer with the appropriate software installed. This software will analyse the received information and then send out the relevant action (such as increasing or decreasing the temperature).

 

“Imagine if our cities could talk—if they could give us live status updates on traffic patterns, pollution, parking spaces, water, power and light. Imagine how that kind of information could improve the economic and environmental health of the city for residents, merchants, and visitors. Imagine how it could improve working conditions and productivity for the people who maintain the city,” comments the team from Streetline, the dynamic ‘smart city’ management organization.

 

 

So why are we still living ‘stupid’, when we could be living ‘smart’?

 

Let’s be honest. Kitting your home or office with sensors and investing in the appropriate software can be quite costly. These high costs can easily demotivate the average business owner from investing in technology that may currently be viewed as an unnecessary expense. However, if the demand for M2M technology increases, chances are that costs will drop.

 

What are the Benefits of Machine-to-Machine?

 

  • Healthcare:

The simplest example of M2M technology that benefits patients is the pacemaker, which is a device placed near a patient’s heart and monitors heart rhythms, releasing pulses when it senses irregularity in the rhythm. Similar devices can now monitor other vitals and dispense medication when necessary.

 

  • Retail:

With advanced point-of-sale systems that can track and provide personalised data, retailers can provide both a faster and more personal shopping experiences.

 

  • Asset Tracking:

Tracking your vehicles, expensive equipment or products is one of the top benefits of M2M technology that can communicate locations. Not only is this modern tracking method an excellent safety precaution, but it can save you thousands in terms of theft-prevention.

 

  • Resource Management:

Water and electricity are the two basic resources for every business, so monitoring usage is vital to save money where possible. Installing modern sensors and meters can ensure that lights and geysers switch off automatically as needed, and motion detecting lighting will automatically switch off once the last employee leaves the office.

 

You can also get a return on investment (ROI) in terms of cutting time on unnecessary tasks. Installing sensors that monitor conditions and provide notifications on problematic areas will enable your employees to focus on areas that need attention, instead of wasting time on areas that do not.

 

  • Safety and Security:

We’re all familiar with sensors that detect smoke and heat to set off fire alarms and sprinklers. Taking it a step further with grid technology, cameras can now notify you on your mobile to inform you if there is an intruder on your property, or even to notify you that you left a window open.

 

Ease and affordability are the two core focusses of improving our lifestyles, and M2M technology is just the beginning. With enough investment and interest, your next office upgrade could include a built in system that will water your plants and send out newsletters without you lifting a finger.

07 August

Obox & RSAWEB: Startups can Dominate Online in an Instant

Setting up a website for your company used to be a time consuming hassle. Now thanks to our partner Obox, one of the worlds leading WordPress theme and plugin developers, you can set up a beautifully designed website in a few minutes. Adding beauty with speed when setting up your website is what Obox’s new service, ‘Instant’, is all about.

 

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‘Instant’ is Obox’s latest product that enables people to set up a website without the need to know complex coding and back-end development,  uploading and setting your chosen theme to look just like the theme demo they show on their website. To enable Instant they chose to use RSAWEB’s cloud hosting platform that provides ample online storage space and easy setup in mere minutes. It’s all about speed, simplicity and style.

 

“It’s not uncommon that our customers purchase a product from Obox without knowing that they need to setup hosting, install WordPress, and configure their theme,” says Obox co-founder Dave Perel, “With all your information entered, we will setup your new website to look exactly like the theme demo.”

 

It’s important to invest in your company website and even better if it is at a low cost but still provides high value. “Partnering is close to our heart and we are building an ecosystem to enable guys like Obox to use our infrastructure easily through API’s that will take the hassle out of hosting and allows them to focus on what they do best.” says Rob Gilmour, RSAWEB MD.

 

Why Obox Instant?

 

Instant is great for startups who don’t want the hassle  setting up their own web hosting. It takes care of everything from domain name selection and theme installation to hosting and alterations.

 

“Paying [R522,85] per month lets customers get going right away, provides one centralized location for all website support, and makes for a really easy and smooth website launch,” comments SkyVerge Content Manager, Beka Rice, “I also really like that customers aren’t tied into the service…Obox registers the site in the customer’s name so that they can take everything about the site with them if they switch away from Instant.”

 

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Why RSAWEB Cloud?

 

Being in the Cloud is ideal for reducing capital expenditure, especially if you’re a startup. It’s easier and cheaper if you don’t have to spend thousands of Rands on the servers and networking you will need to operate your business. With RSAWEB’s Cloud solution and MyRSAWEB Control Panel you can set up numerous machines at almost a moment’s notice. And the bonus, since resources in the Cloud are elastic, you can scale as needed without any difficulties. Get in touch with us to explore how you can use our infrastructure to enable your business.

 

RSAWEB Free Cloud Trial

 

If Instant sounds like the service for you, contact Obox now for more information. You can also contact RSAWEB to speak to a consultant that can advise you on what internet infrastructure would best benefit your business, or click here to start setting up your Cloud.

07 August

Future Tech: The Influential Power of Dynamic Perspective

Ever tried looking around the edge of a TV screen? You know, trying to see what the camera doesn’t show. Doing so is less silly now that Dynamic Perspective is on the scene via the new Amazon Fire Phone.

 

What is Dynamic Perspective?

 

In simple, Dynamic Perspective is a technology that affects the visual display in response to the way a user holds, moves and views a device. The concept reminds many users of the Oculus Rift, the 3D virtual reality goggles, with the ability to reveal more of a displayed scene by titling the screen or your head.

 

“To achieve this effect,” says renowned technology guru and writer, Adario Strange, “Amazon equipped the phone with special front-facing cameras with a wide 120-degree view. Four cameras handle the head tracking, with two taking on the task at any given time, so no matter how you hold the phone the cameras have a good shot at locking in on your head’s position.”

 

 

The Benefits of Dynamic Perspective:

 

  • It creates a more immersive feel.
  • It enables landmarks on mapping apps to pop.
  • It eases one-handed usage and shortcuts.
  • It improves reading and game-play.

 

Still confused?

Have a look at the overall experience of Dynamic Perspective with the Amazon Fire Phone:

 

 

 

Will it change the industry?

Whether it will change the mobile industry is still unknown according to most tech experts. The Jury is still out.

 

“That kind of seems like our overall feeling of Dynamic Perspective; it’s a neat party trick, but it seems more in the way than anything. You’ll be impressed for all but five minutes, only to wish it would just go away,” says Director of Special Projects at TechnoBuffalo, Brandon Russell ,”Luckily, you can turn the feature off.”

 

However, we may be surprised as more Dynamic Perspective apps fill the mobile market.

 

“The company is also making a Developer Kit for Dynamic Perspective available,” comments Strange, “a decision that could result in a wide array of head-tracking applications eventually coming to the Fire Phone’s ecosystem. That is, assuming developers buy into the Fire Phone as a true platform, rather than merely a money-printing machine for Amazon’s e-commerce storefront.”

 

As a technology that increases immersion, Dynamic Perspective is a very useful tool to entertain viewers. Just like the Oculus Rift has business potential, so does Dynamic Perspective as a more affordable option to create virtual platforms.

11 July

Stuart Marais & The Big 5

Stuart Marais is dominating the men’s category at the Pick ‘n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival Big Five Sport Challenge this year, with a score of 3831 out of 5000 for the first four events. In second place is Andrew Houston with 3528 points, followed by Kent Horner with 3474 points. The final event will take place on Saturday, before the medals and R35 000 in prize money is bestowed at the Award Ceremony.

 

Photo by Jacques Marais: Stuart Marais leading at the Big Five Challenge

Photo by Jacques Marais: Stuart Marais leading at the Big Five Challenge

 

“I come to Knysna every year for the Oyster festival,” says Marais, “It is a great way to get started again with my training after my mid-year break. The competition is often very tough and difficult to call on the longer days. I am happy to be in the lead and look forward to building in it throughout the week.”

 

This is the fifth year of the Big Five Sport Challenge, taking place from the 5th to 13th July, 2014. The Big Five has fast become one of South Africa’s more renowned multi-sport challenges, testing the endurance and skills of all participating athletes.

 

“The festival-long challenge will have you cycling and running on both the road and breath taking trails, as well as paddling or swimming on the Knysna estuary as you prove yourself worthy of the title athlete.” – Magnetic South, the organizers of The Big Five.

 

Photo by Peter Kirk: Stuart Marais cycling at the Big Five Challenge

Photo by Peter Kirk: Stuart Marais cycling at the Big Five Challenge

Mens Podium for the Totalsport XTERRA Event.

Mens Podium for the Totalsport XTERRA Event.

Photo by Peter Kirk: Stuart Marais in the lead.

Photo by Peter Kirk: Stuart Marais in the lead.

 

Marais, aged 29 and sponsored by RSAWEB, did South Africa proud in June 2014 when he took the gold in his first Ironman 70.3 in Pescara, Italy, finishing in an amazing 3:48:49. Having achieved top scores in the first four events of the Big Five, namely the 80km Mountain Bike race, the Dragons Lagoon mile Swim, the 14km Trail Run, and the Totalsports XTERRA, Marais is proving worthy of the winning the Big Five title.

 

“Coming off a win in Europe is very good for my race confidence,” says Marais, “I have been working hard on my bike and run and so the Big Five is a nice way to showcase the work I have been putting in. This is a good build week for me as I start my preparations for 70.3 World Champs, taking place in Canada in early September.”

 

You can stay in the loop of all Big Five results by visiting the Oyster Festival’s Big Five Challenge Results page, or by following Team RSAWEB on Facebook or Twitter.