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KEMP LoadMaster vs F5 Big-IP: The Right Price for the Cloud

Posted by Nicole Moletsane on 12-Jun-2020 11:54:06

The original concept of load-balancing and application delivery was uncomplicated. In the old architecture, a physical appliance deployed on site served as the central point to all the applications for load balancing, and security services. The networking world consisted of static boundaries and majority of the applications were served by the in-house locations.

However, the approach started to fragment quickly with the birth of cloud and virtualisation. Virtualisation enables many smaller load balancers to move and scale on demand, while the cloud dissolves the static network and security boundaries. Applications have become scattered throughout the cloud’s infrastructure.

Today, a central load balancer, serving all the application locations and types, no longer suffices. There is a high-priority need for a per-app application delivery controller (ADC) model of operation. Besides, the model should be available at the right price for the cloud, yielding customers the best return from their investment. In other words, the smart ADC model should be available at a smart price.

The cloud brings many benefits to organisations. It offers a pre-built global footprint, thereby, abstracting the many complexities of on-site I.T. infrastructure. One of the main benefits of the cloud is agility. However, if the cloud load balancing license model is rigid and lacks flexibility, the benefits of the cloud would be compromised by its price.

The costs of the Cloud

Every major load balancing vendor can satisfy the per-app ADC requirement; however, this is not the point at issue. The real issue is the associated costs, not from the cloud usage perspective but from the load balancer’s license perspective.

Clouds are expensive. Therefore, users are reluctant to overpay for the load balancing license when they are already paying a premium to use the cloud.

There is no magic formula or design configuration that gives the best cost ratio per license. The ideal practice could be to ensure that the consumption model must be understood and available with the vendor upfront. This would allow greater deployment flexibility at a reasonable cost.

License options – Perpetual & Metered (MELA)

Traditionally, KEMP have a perpetual load balancing license. The perpetual license fulfills use cases for both; the cloud and on-site, especially if the application is well understood in terms of usage and capacity.

The standard perpetual license locks the application into certain performance and feature metrics. It is useful in static environments but fails to accommodate growth or spikes such as when an application encounters a peak usage event.

Every network is a unique snowflake, with bespoke configurations, as is the application usage. More often than not application usage is not known and understood. Naturally, when something is not understood, you simply can’t apply a static framework around it and expect an optimal result. A perpetual license will not work with unknown use cases.

To overcome this challenge, KEMP Technologies offers what’s known as a metered license (MELA). A metered license is a month-by-month subscription, similar to that of a mobile phone subscription that includes a defined amount of usage for a fixed price with known costs for any usage beyond this.

For example, let’s say you are unsure and unaware of application peak usage and at times the number of load balancing cloud instances required may increase or decrease. This is a situation that certain users might come across quite often. In this case, users simply buy a 10GB license, covering all the instances and offering higher throughput at a fraction of the cost.

KEMP license structure permits 10GB of traffic and allows the deployment of as many load balancer instances in the cloud as required to satisfy the events of un-predicted or predicted traffic peaks. KEMP calculates the total peak for the entire deployed load balancing instances for that month. If it is less than 10GB, then it’s not a problem. Besides, if you do go over, even then it’s not a problem as there is an agreed surcharge.

The metered license model does not restrict operations. The instances are right-sized all the time regardless of peak usage.

F5’s – Enterprise License Agreement (ELA)

In comparison to KEMPs MELA licensing model; F5, offers what’s known as an Enterprise License Agreement (ELA). It consists of a pool of fixed licenses. Upfront, users pay for a number of licenses, issue them and invoke when required. It’s a simple model but comes with many restrictions.

The licenses are of fixed sizes so choosing a license will always be a balancing act between over-provisioning for normal use and under-provisioning for peak usage. This locks the applications down and has no granularity. Unfortunately, with this model, you will always be overpriced in terms of licensing. F5 ELA does not form the perfect marriage between load balancing, cloud deployments, and the associated licensing cost.

Applications are moving to the cloud. Organisations require a flexible consumption model in terms of licensing. KEMP metered licensing provides the right price for the cloud while retaining all the benefits that cloud and virtualisation have to offer.

•• Original text from Kemp 
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Topics: Interdist Alliances, kemp, Load Balancing

MicroFocus - Backing Up to Cloud Services with Data Protector

Posted by Nicole Moletsane on 11-Jun-2020 08:45:00
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Topics: Distribution, Interdist Alliances, Cloud, Compute, MicroFocus

Think Digital Summit Africa 2020

Posted by Nicole Moletsane on 08-Jun-2020 16:37:26

The global impact of COVID-19 has given rise to unique challenges to businesses in Africa, and we know that finding new ways to adapt your operations and enhance IT resiliency has never been more complex.

But you don’t have to do it alone. Join IBM Think Digital Summit Africa experience, a highly concentrated

collaboration focused on accelerating essential recovery and transformation while providing the deep industry experience you need respond to this new business environment.

Attend Think Digital Summit Africa and learn how you can best protect and enable your organisation, manage risk, optimise costs and maintain customer satisfaction. IBM Think Digital Summit Africa provides a unique opportunity to learn from business across the globe and see how we can apply it in an African context. Here are a few sessions I think you should attend:

• The New Essential Technologies for Business. IBM's General Managers for Africa will engage with local CEOs to reflect on new IBM CEO, Arvind Krishna's, view of the essential platforms that provide businesses with the flexibility, speed, reliability and innovation they need to be successful in times of both crisis and opportunity.

• Scale Innovation at Speed with Hybrid Cloud and AI. Jim Whitehurst, President, IBM and previous CEO of Red Hat, will share the latest about IBM’s leading hybrid cloud and AI capabilities, built with Red Hat run-anywhere technology. Learn how a combined strategy is helping healthcare, financial, and other customers succeed in today’s changing world and prepare for what’s next with Cloud and AI.

• Building a Resilient and Smarter Business to Act at the Speed of Insight. Learn how leading organisations are deftly managing this change under extraordinary circumstances to align trusted information to decision making and building new platforms to redefine competitive advantage and transform their industries. See how you can leverage IBM's investment in IBM Garage methodology and its IX studio across Africa to manage your transformation.

• Learn more about IBM's response to COVID-19 and the solutions we have to help your business in these times and how IBM Research Africa is contributing to apply Tech for good.

This is a unique, unprecedented opportunity to learn together.

Join us and let's get thinking

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Topics: IBM, Interdist Alliances, Think2020

Load Balancing with Interdist Alliances and Kemp

Posted by Nicole Moletsane on 05-Jun-2020 15:49:48

During times of crisis, disaster or pandemic, we are forced to change how we do business. This places new stresses on business functions, applications and networks. We depend on our IT infrastructure and business applications despite these circumstances.

Kemp Load Balancers are proven to deliver the always-on service availability, resiliency and security that your business needs. They maintain an optimal application experience for employee’s, external workers/ contractors, or to the public. Deployed as software, hardware or as cloud instances, the Kemp Load Balancer’s optimise the performance and availability of servers delivering important content to end-users, acting as a traffic-cop to deliver requests to the best network servers as quickly and efficiently as possible.

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Topics: Interdist Alliances, kemp, Load Balancing

IBM 90-Day Offer for IBM Storage Insights Pro

Posted by Nicole Moletsane on 29-May-2020 09:15:00

During this challenging Interdist Alliances and IBM prioritise the need for consistency.

IBM Storage Insights is the cloud-based service that helps you monitor the basic health, status, and performance of storage systems. When problems occur, you can get help to identify and troubleshoot those problems and minimise potential downtime, where and when you need it. 

IBM Storage Insights Pro builds on the AI-infused capability of IBM Storage Insights with vastly more data, more predictive capability, and support for non-IBM storage to enable a holistic view of your data centre storage.

With that in mind, IBM has a special 90-day Storage Insights Pro Offer for ALL IBM Storage users.

  • If you're already using IBM Storage Insights, sign in and click "Unlock the full power of IBM Storage Insights Pro". If you've previously used the IBM Storage Insights Pro trial, the button will be re-enabled. 
  • If you aren't yet using IBM Storage Insights, sign up for free at https://ibm.biz/insightsreg.

After 90 days, you can choose to subscribe to IBM Storage Insights Pro or return to using the free version.

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Topics: IBM, Interdist Alliances, interdistconversations, number1distributor

Join us to discuss the changes announced at Think 2020 in IBM PartnerWorld.

Posted by Nicole Moletsane on 26-May-2020 11:11:50

At Think 2020, IBM announced changes in PartnerWorld which revolved around 4 key pillars – Adapt, Develop, Focus and Shift.

To keep you updated and discuss your feedback, we have organised session with IBM team on 3rd June 2020 at 1:00 PM (GMT+2). In this session, we will discuss the changes announced at Think 2020 in IBM PartnerWorld.

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Topics: IBM, Interdist Alliances, interdistconversations, number1distributor

IBM HW Launch

Posted by Nicole Moletsane on 20-May-2020 17:10:26

Interdist Alliances a leading provider of IBM’s high-performance solutions today announces that we now have authorisation to remarket IBM Systems Hardware. This includes the IBM Storage, Power and Services products in East and Central Africa.

Our expansion into East and Central Africa marks a milestone moment in the growth of Interdist Alliances as we introduce our World-class services to new audiences and pre-existing Business partner and clients.

We will add new services, shipping logistics, technical expertise, industry and regional knowledge, efficiency and effectual skills to our burgeoning roster of offerings that we have acquired for over 30 years as part of the Unidist while handling/managing multiple OEM’s in Africa, Levant  to connect Business Partners and clients in direct markets. We also welcome the opportunity to forge new partnerships with new business partners and IBM internationally as we grow the African market.

Read the full press release to discover our distribution countries.

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Topics: IBM, Interdist Alliances, interdistconversations, number1distributor

IBM FlashSystem 9200

Posted by Nicole Moletsane on 11-May-2020 15:00:00
IBM FlashSystem 9200 combines the performance of flash and end-to-end Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) with the reliability and innovation of IBM FlashCore® technology, the ultra-low latency of Storage Class Memory (SCM), the rich features of IBM Spectrum Virtualize™ and AI predictive storage management and proactive support by Storage Insights™— all in a powerful 2U enterprise-class, blazing fast storage all-flash array.
Providing intensive data driven multicloud storage capacity, FlashSystem 9200 allows you to easily add in the multicloud solutions that best support your most critical demands. Our Systems team are ready to continue this conversation. Contact us to take your business to the next level.
#ibm #Flashsystem9200 #interdistalliances #yournumberonedistributor 
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Topics: IBM, Interdist Alliances, interdistconversations, number1distributor

Oracle Autonomous Database

Posted by Nicole Moletsane on 11-May-2020 14:11:01
Oracle Autonomous Database is self-patching, vigilant, and free from human error. What's more, it uses machine learning to constantly improve. See what it's all about:   oal.lu/123s1
#oracle #cloudcomputing #OAD #interdistalliances #yournumberonedistributor 

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Topics: Interdist Alliances, Oracle, Cloud, number1distributor

Discover why Automation is the Future of Analytics with Oracle and Interdist Alliances

Posted by Nicole Moletsane on 06-May-2020 09:45:00
Discover how automated analytics solutions like Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse are reducing errors and producing better insights:   oal.lu/123s1
#oracle #cloudcomputing #interdistalliances #yournumberonedistributor 

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Topics: Interdist Alliances, Oracle, Cloud, number1distributor

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