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Tech ben­e­fits

- By MONIKA SINGH Business · Tech · Software · Technology Industry · Industries · Lenovo · Wikipedia · Fiji · Grand Pacific Hotel

IN­FOR­MA­TION tech­nol­ogy so­lu­tion providers are known to as­sist their clients and po­ten­tial cus­tomers with the best and most ef­fi­cient tech­nol­ogy that they can af­ford.

Ear­lier this week Len­ovo and Vir­tu­alflex held a think sum­mit boot­camp to pro­vide their cus­tomers and part­ners with a tech­nol­ogy up­date.

Vir­tu­alflex chief tech­nol­ogy of­fi­cer Navin Lal said the sum­mit pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity for their clients and busi­ness part­ners to get fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on hy­per con­verged in­fra­struc­ture (HCI) and learn how their busi­ness could ben­e­fit from it.

Hy­per-con­verged in­fra­struc­ture (HCI) is a soft­ware-de­fined IT in­fra­struc­ture that vir­tu­alises all of the el­e­ments of con­ven­tional “hard­ware-de­fined” sys­tems.

Ac­cord­ing to Wikipedia HCI in­cludes, at a min­i­mum, vir­tu­alised com­put­ing (a hy­per­vi­sor), a vir­tual SAN (VSAN) (soft­ware­de­fined stor­age) and vir­tu­alised net­work­ing (soft­ware-de­fined net­work­ing).

HCI typ­i­cally runs on com­mer­cial off-the-shelf (COTS) servers.

Ac­cord­ing to Mr Lal busi­nesses and com­pa­nies have been in­vest­ing a lot of time and money to build data cen­tres to pro­vide stor­age and power to run data­bases, servers and so forth.

He said HCI would help re­duce the cost for busi­nesses and also re­duce the num­ber of peo­ple who were other­wise en­gaged to main­tain or fix the sys­tem.

Ac­cord­ing to Mr Lal with the HCI in­fra­struc­ture a com­pany will not need to have mul­ti­ple peo­ple work­ing on the sys­tem, and in­stead can be de­ployed to other projects which will en­hance the IT sys­tem for the com­pany.

He said there were some very prom­i­nent com­pa­nies us­ing the in­fra­struc­ture and with the ben­e­fits — in­creased power cool­ing, man­age­ment of the sys­tem and ease of us­ing the sys­tem, they ex­pected more com­pa­nies to come on board.

Mean­while Mr Lal said when com­pared with the rest of the

South Pa­cific, Fiji had the most num­ber of HCI cus­tomers with the most HCI de­ploy­ment per capita.

The sum­mit was held at the Grand Pa­cific Ho­tel where par­tic­i­pants and IT pro­fes­sion­als had the op­por­tu­nity to have hand­son lab ses­sions and a show­case of suc­cess­ful case stud­ies that fea­tured the im­ple­men­ta­tion of soft­ware-de­fined in­fra­struc­ture.

 ?? Pic­ture: RAMA ?? Min­istry of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy per­ma­nent sec­re­tary Deb­o­rah Weiss (mid­dle) was chief guest at the Vir­tu­alflex and Len­ovo sum­mit at the Grand Pa­cific Ho­tel.
Pic­ture: RAMA Min­istry of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy per­ma­nent sec­re­tary Deb­o­rah Weiss (mid­dle) was chief guest at the Vir­tu­alflex and Len­ovo sum­mit at the Grand Pa­cific Ho­tel.
 ?? Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED ?? Navin Lal.
Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED Navin Lal.

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