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The world is continually being moulded by small, unseen technologies. We rarely appreciate the massive impact of a new technology, until we can’t consider life without its influence. Imagine the world before screws, string, ink and countless other dark horse game changers. It is simply unfathomable how societies could operate without such innovations.

Today such technologies continue to expand our abilities. The humble USB port connects more devices together. Touch screens have opened the gates of easy interaction with devices. Sensors are making our vehicles and buildings intelligent. Yet one of the modern world’s biggest disruptors continues to go on unseen. Dell EMC says that if they were to nominate the technology MVP of the early 21st century, it would be flash memory and storage.

Flash is all around us. You will find it in your phone and most electronic devices around you. The SD card used in cameras and some phone models is flash memory. Your smartwatch tablet and computer use flash memory, as do those USB thumb drives that seem to be as ubiquitous as change under the sofa cushions. If you ever transitioned to a Solid State Drive (SDD) on your laptop, you have sampled a taste of flash’s transformative power.

“When someone asks me to explain flash memory, I pull out my smartphone,” says Rudi van Rensburg, senior manager for Primary Storage (All Flash) at Dell EMC. “You can run your life off your phone – that’s how powerful a device it is. Flash memory is a big part of what makes that phone so fast and compact all at the same time. That is not possible with spinning drives.”

Flash trumps spinning drives

Flash is fundamentally different from spinning drives aka. hard drives. The latter operates like a high-speed vinyl record, moving a robotic arm across the spinning platter of the drive to locate data. There are physical limitations to how fast this can be done. Hard drive platters are also very sensitive and can be easily damaged. Often a small amount of damage can cascade over time to corrupt the entire drive. Due to the random nature of such damage predicting imminent failure of a hard drive is challenging and rarely accurate.

Having no moving parts is one of flash storage’s big advantages. Instead of spreading data along a platter, the data on flash is written by arranging electrons along grids through tiny power currents. This not only renders much faster data reads and writes, but it is also easier to manipulate and rearrange that data. The result is magnitudes more speed, as well better predictable reliability. Whereas a spinning drive shouldn’t go beyond a five year lifespan, top grade enterprise flash storage has shown longevity of well over a decade.

Flash flexibility

Combine speed and reliability, and you have a lot of flexibility. The impacts of this on a business are manifold, says Van Rensburg:

“I’ll give you a real world example I see all the time. A client wants 100 terabytes of storage for their data. So they have that much in spinning disks, plus extra disks to address failure issues. These are arranged in tiers so they can get the best performance out of the fastest disks. This works, but it is expensive and takes up a lot of space.

“Now, let’s convert that into flash. First, they don’t need the full 100 terabytes, because flash is much, much faster and uses compression technologies not available on traditional spinning disk drives. We’ve seen customers’ performance benchmarks double, quadruple and even go as high as ten times. Second, they don’t need tiers, because you can pool flash as a resource, so you are doing far more with less. Third, the failure rate is much lower and also much easier to predict.”

The high speed and reliability of enterprise flash storage is perfect for modern Tier 1 applications such as ERP systems, says Dell EMC. As Van Rensburg points out, companies that adopt enterprise grade all-flash systems for their core applications are seeing performance jumps that leap off the chart. The larger boon of flash’s flexibility is that it can easily be allocated to other applications in the business.

“When flash started being adopted in enterprises, around 2008, you saw maybe five percent of company workloads being put on flash storage. Today we’re seeing 100 percent utilisation. In none of those cases did the companies feel forced to use flash. They started small, but saw such leaps in performance and reductions in cost of ownership that it just made sense.”

“There is still place in modern companies for spinning drives. But just as wooden wheels made way for vulcanised rubber, the way forward is the speed, agility and reliability of enterprise flash storage.”

Source: bizcommunity

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AI Expo Africa 2019 Starts to Announce Line-Up for Africa’s Largest B2B Trade Focused AI Conference and Expo For Business, Investors & Entrepreneurs

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Cape Town 8th July 2019 –Now in its second year, AI Media Africa Co-founder Dr Nick Bradshaw recently talked to Cape Talk Radio host KienoKammies about AI Expo Africa 2019, the largest B2B focused AI & Data Science community and trade event in the region,that builds upon the phenomenal success of the inaugural 2018 event that was supported by 732 delegates, 275 companies, 69 speakers and 43 sponsors.

Bradshaw explains, “Last week was a super busy week of Radio and TV interviews for us, which coincided with the launch of the SA Governments own 4IRSA initiative which is great news for our region. It’s heartening to hear that President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, sees the Fourth industrial revolution as a catalyst for growth.  This is exactly why we created AI Expo Africa.  This year’s event is happening on 3rd-5th September at the Century City Conference Centre, Cape Town.  We will be welcoming new vendors, start-ups and community members who see the value of a trade focused event that brings buyers and suppliers together under one roof.  It’s all part of our wider vision to create an AI Powered Future for Africa and more locally to make the Western Cape a technology hub for AI innovation and entrepreneurism in South Africa”.

Bradshaw concluded, “We have had over 150 speaking submissions this year, up from the 115 of last year, which shows interest in this event format is growing.  Our own community membership sits at 2700+ membersand has doubled in size in just 6 months.  In response, we have enhanced the programme with a range of new features for sponsors and delegates alike, to make this the biggest and most immersive learning experience for CxOs, Enterprises, investors and start-ups. We have speakers and support from large organisations such as IBM, SAP, PWC, Microsoft, Deloitte, Hitachi Vantara, Persistent Systems, Telkom and CHPC, through to SMBs such Lightblue, Future Fragment, Ocular Technologies, OLSPS, Ecosystem AI, Exacaster, Genii AI, Cortex Logic, Granadilla Insurance, Offerzen, Conversica and Instadeep.  We also welcome new International community members such as the ITU, French Embassy and Business France as well as African community thought leadersfrom Data Science Nigeria and South Africa’s Fliptin– it’s going to be a great event”.

AI Expo Africa 2019 includes the following key elements aimed at showcasing the real-world business opportunities of AI in Africa;

  • VIP Opening & Awards Event withregional product launches &announcements
  • 36x vendor Expo Hall showcasing African AI innovation plus Demo Zone
  • Main show September 4th – 5th September 2019 with evening networking reception
  • Dedicated AI Innovation Cafe showcasing 17 AI start-ups
  • 4x Track speaking programme with 67 talks, keynotes & panels
  • 4x Executive workshops aimed at CxO decision makers & business analysts
  • 4x Skills workshops aimed at young engineers, students & entrepreneurs
  • AI Art Challenge – Africa’s first AI generated music & art competition hosted by Zindi 
  • Innovation Wall – Showcasing10 African academic R&D posters applicable to industry
  • TV Media Hub with dedicated interview suite streaming live from the show
  • The show edition of Synapse Magazine – Africa’s first AI & Data Science Magazine
  • Plus we have expert panel discussions covering ethics, privacy, AI4Good, education, women in AI, adoption models and investment
  • Our chosen charity is again Starting Chance South Africa – Teaching kids and women from disadvantaged communities about ICT in a safe learning environment.

Also Read Lillian Barnard: Tech Enthusiast And First Female Managing Director, Microsoft South Africa

AI Expo Africa Co-founder Roy Bannister concluded, “Our event is one of the highlights of South African Innovation Month and we have stuck to the winning formula of our 2018 format but added a couple of new features that showcase the best of African AI innovation and creativity in the field of AI and Data Science. Feedback from our 2018 show indicated delegates wanted a more hands on experience to better understand the new and emerging technologies that are evolving at a rate that is hard to comprehend.  The 4IR is characterised by phenomenal rates of innovation, one being that use cases not possible even 12 months ago, arepossible today.  This means that new concepts are often hard to communicate as they are so new.  Our new demo zone, AI art & music challenge, executive workshops and innovation wall are all about making the learning experience more rewarding, tangible and stimulating for delegates, we hope you can join us”.

Tickets are still on sale and readers of this article can access a 20% discount off a full delegate pass by using the discount code CAPETALK when you buy online at Quicket

About AI Expo Africa 2019

Curated by AI Media Africa, AI Expo Africa 2019 is focusing on real world applications & trends driving the Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Data Science Economy in Africa.  AI Expo Africa is the largest Business focused AI Community conference and expo on the continent.  With 700+ delegates, 60+ speaker programme, 40+ exhibitor Expo Hall, allied to the unique Innovation Cafe showcasing the latest AI start-ups in the region, we deliver a truly integrated event experience.  Our speaking programme and workshops are aimed at CxOs, analysts and investors with the primary goal of educating business leaders about AI & Data Science applications solving Enterprise challenges TODAY as well as generating real business and learning opportunities for sponsors, speakers, buyers, suppliers & innovators alike.  We also have FREE student / young engineer workshops to foster grass roots job creation & skills development opportunities.  If you would like to join the event as a delegate or would like take up one of the exhibition, Innovation Cafe or speaking opportunities simply visit www.aiexpoafrica.com

Learn more about AI Media Africa here www.aimediagroup.co.za

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CRITAC: A Must Know Scientific Research Center In Africa Founded By This Young African Ghanaian Scientist, Dr. Kester Quist Aphetsi

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The Center for Research, Information, Technology and Advanced Computing founded by the Young African Ghanaian Scientist, Dr. Kester Quist Aphetsi. RANK 1ston Clarivate Analytics in Ghana for its good scientific research.

Over the years,CRITAC has been providing webinars, workshops, seminars and tech-news. They feature distinguished speakers from professional bodies, academia and industry on their programs.

Their research laboratories are led by top research scientists, industrial experts and research studentswith research laboratories in different domains necessary for the execution of the projects they undertake.

Reports and works from CRITACare published withreputable publishers such as ACM, IEEE, Springer, Elsevier, Taylors and Francis, Emerald etc with indexing at Thompson Reuters and Scopus. One can accesstheir current research works and reports with the above-mentioned publishers.

Engaging CRITAC means engaging some of the best minds with the expertise of providing timely solutions to problems leveraging on innovation and ingenuity in delivering results.

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Their Research and Development programs are revolutionary breakthroughs in areas such as cyber security, big data, artificial intelligence, embedded systems, networked systems and software, and the application of such technologies to diverse fields in business, science, engineering, education, government etc.

Amongst the countless Scientific Research Conference organised by CRITAC is the recent ended 2019 ICSIoT Conference at the Ghana Technology University that gathers students, professionals, Researchers, Scientists, Security Organisations, Military Personnel’s, Police and the likes.

http://critacghana.com/critac/

 

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Egypt hosts ‘Seamless North Africa 2019’ to discuss latest trends in Financial Technology

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CAIRO – June 2019: For the second consecutive year, Central Bank of Egypt will host on the 17th and 18th June 2019, the FinTech Conference “Seamless North Africa 2019”, under the auspices of H.E the Prime Minister, Dr. Mostafa Madbouly, and with the participation of the most renowned international and local experts in the field of financial technology, e-payments and e-commerce.

The conference is held in collaboration with the Council of Arab Economic Unity and the League of Arab States, and is co-organized by the Egyptian Banking Institute (EBI).

Partakers will represent influencing and well recognized entities, institutions, banks and international companies, that cover multiple sectors of banking, finance and e-commerce, aiming to discuss and evaluate the role played by new technologies and strategies to cater for improved services to citizens and consumers across the Arab world.

Ms. Lobna Helal, Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Egypt, affirmed that “hosting the conference for the second year in a row reflects the tremendous success achieved by SEAMLESS 2018 in its first edition, emphasizing that “The Central Bank of Egypt’s hosting of the Conference stems from the premise of its pioneering role to communicate with society and address the challenges facing the expansion of innovative financial products and services. The role played by the Central Bank is no longer limited to the regulatory and organizational aspects, but has extended to support and incentivize the society to be less cash dependent and to sustain the transition towards financial inclusion, Under the umbrella of the National Payments Council, which is privileged with the chairmanship of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. ”

Eng. Ayman Hussein, Sub-Governor of the Central Bank for the Payment Systems and Information Technology Sector, has stated that “The conference has attained escalating importance derived from the leading role played by FinTech in providing, efficient, effective and affordable financial and banking services to meet the diverse timely and logistical needs of customers, thus creating an enabling environment and improving accessibility to the general public, appointing financial technology as a key pillar of financial inclusion and a fundamental supporter of economic growth, accordingly, achieving benefits on the individual and state levels”.

The conference will discuss the challenges that face Egypt’s emerging FinTech eco-system, in the areas of microfinance, microcredit, cross-border payments, remittances, data analysis, artificial intelligence for retail banking, cybersecurity and the SME credit score.

He also mentioned that the conference supports innovation in FinTech, whereas it will feature a pitch off competition for Fintech startups, whereas candidates will compete for a grant of USD 50,000 in cash awarded by an international sponsoring company. Competitors will present their new business model or innovative Fintech solution in front of a panel, composed of leading Egyptian and international experts.

Dr. Rasha Negm, General manager Fintech & innovation has added that “The conference will incorporate several panel discussions, interviews, presentations and workshops revolving around the latest trends and innovations in financial technology. An exhibition of more than 50 leading technology and innovative solution providers will be held on the sidelines of the conference, which avails an opportunity to learn about the latest innovations in the Fintech field”.

– EGYPT TODAY

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