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Where legacy operations management comes up short

Digitisation – the ‘power’ of IoT

DS showcased the Powalert sensor at the MyBroadband conference on the 26th October 2017. IoT is the incremental next step into the optimised use of technology that was made prevalent by smart phone technology. The cost efficiencies of smart phone technologies have resulted in the deployment of a number of other generic devices that use low powered network connections as an alternative. These are the class of devices known as IoT, the Internet of Things, which were previously not networked. The PowaINFRA range is a true IoT solution.  Powalert is a product in the PowerINFRA range. This solution expands the digital world to buildings and infrastructure that were previously mostly accessed by requiring physical connections. The Powalert sensor, using IoT technology, provides the ability to determine power related failures within telecommunications. A last mile provider typically has multiple customers using leased lines. When an outage occurs at the customer premises, the…

How IoT is transforming healthcare – 5 new technologies that help make hospitals more human

Top 5 IoT tech your hospital should be using today

Internet of Things (IoT) technologies are now starting to make an impact in healthcare. Central to these technologies are goals to improve patients’ experiences in hospitals, and to make electronic health data and insights more readily available across the care continuum to enable a holistic patient diagnosis.

Read about these technologies here.

Humans make mistakes

Introduction to OPTOSS  Problem: Lack of training, knowledge and expertise at the time and place needed in required quantities contributes to more than 60% chance of complex system breakdowns due to human error or malicious actions. This is number one root cause of all industrial incidents, resulting in huge loss of value, property and in extreme cases loss of human life.
Solution: Not recognising faults in time is not an option for OPTNET! Our product, OPTOSS, closes the gap of human inefficiencies, which are the main contributing factor in incidents and lost revenue in many industries.

Read more about OPTOSS here.

Demonstration of Powalert at MyBroadband conference on 26th October 2017

DS will be demonstrating the new patented Powalert at the MyBroadband conference on Thursday 26th October 2017. 
Poweralert is a groundbreaking IoT technology sensor.

Comparison of Low-Power Wide-Area Network Technologies

IoT range test in Cape Town, South Africa

Joiin us at the MyBroadband confernce on 26th October 2017

It’s more than just reading the temperature

One of the common applications of IoT is temperature probes but the solution is more than just reading the temperature.
Read the full article here.

IoT as a firestorm canary

Firestorms are a worldwide problem where the majority of monitoring and reporting requirements are sourced from either satellite imaging or visual sightings. In some cases, long range terrestrial video surveillance is deployed.
Read the full article here.

Taking the heat - IoT with data centres

DS has updated its Powatherm sensor to include backend portal integration into a heatmap. The Powatherm sensor is a ground breaking IoT based sensor that brings cost effective thermal metrics to the data centre. It facilitates the deployment of hundreds of sensors into a data centre that improves reporting and monitoring of facilities.
Read the full article here.

Powalert IoT sensor to be launched at MyBroadband 2017 conference

Read our press release for the MyBroadband Conference 2017 where we will launch the Powalert here.

The IoT’s impact on storage

The internet of things will have a huge impact on storage – the sheer volume of data, the radically different types of data created, and the storage needed, from flash to object to cloud.  Read about the IoT's impact on storage here.

Understanding Data Centre Temperature Guidelines

Read about understanding data centre temperature guidelines here.

The Hours of WannaCry from the Cisco Umbrella Blog

In the span of just 10 days, two large-scale, wormable attacks grabbed international headlines. First, a phishing campaign posing as a Google Docs sharing request gained access to Google accounts then spread across its victim’s contacts, and now, a ransomware campaign with a bite, named WannaCry, autonomously infected vulnerable systems leveraging an exploit leaked on the internet. In the early minutes of the attack, we worked with our Talos counterparts to analyse the behaviour of WannaCry and protect our customers. We were also particularly proud to see that our Investigate product helped MalwareTech reduce WannaCry’s impact. In this post, we hope to give you a retrospective analysis of what we’ve observed during the first critical hours of the event. 
Read more here.

The #WannaCry Anatomy

Access an infographic of the #WannaCry anatomy here.

How complex systems fail

Read this excellent paper here by Richard Cook on "How complex systems fail."

Looking For Ugly

You’re looking for ugly. You ask your people to look for ugly. A successful safety system acknowledges, recognizes and rewards people for coming forward and saying 'That might be one of your precursors.' William McCabe

Read the article here on #lookingforugly.

How to disable SMB to stop WannaCry Ransomware. Also links to Microsoft Patches for Windows to stop WannaCry Ransomware

Read this article here on how to prevent an attack by the WannaCry Ransomware.


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Observium: Network monitoring with intuition

Observium (which you can access here) is a low-maintenance auto-discovering network monitoring platform supporting a wide range of device types, platforms and operating systems including Cisco, Windows, Linux, HP, Juniper, Dell, FreeBSD, Brocade, Netscaler, NetApp and many more. Observium focuses on providing a beautiful and powerful yet simple and intuitive interface to the health and status of your network.
Professionally developed and maintained by a team of experienced network engineers and systems administrators, Observium is a platform designed and built by its users.
Observium Community is available free to everyone and recieves updates and features twice annually.
Observium Professional adds priority access to daily updates and new features for a small yearly fee.

How to stop hackers? Know your network

Until the perfect network monitoring tool comes along, knowledge of your network is your best defence.  Read this great article here.

Certified Data Centre Professional COURSE SNEAK PEEK

In this short interactive webinar, you will get a sneak peek into the world-class CDCP course.  Find out why the CDCP is the most attended course by data centre professionals from all over the world.  The CDCP is a must-have for anyone working in and around the data centre industry, whether a vendor/supplier, designer/builder, data centre owner/operator, those involved in daily operations of a data centre or a data centre user/customer.  CDCP provides you with the knowledge of all aspects of the data centre and will enable you to talk confidently about the data centre with your colleagues, vendors, customers or your superiors. CDCP certification is a must have for your career in the growing data centre industry. 
Join EPI and check it out here!
Speaker: Otto de Roo Senior Data Centre Consultant & Trainer, EPI Otto has over 25 years of experience in the ICT and mission critical data centre industry. He had the experience managing 13 mission critical data centres in…