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All posts by Gary de Menezes

Gary de Menezes is NetApp's Country Manager Southern Africa. Leading organizations worldwide count on NetApp® for software, systems and services to manage and store their data. Customers value our teamwork, expertise and passion for helping them succeed now and into the future.
  • Four industrial revolutions and an Internet of Things

    2016 is the year of the fourth industrial revolution and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), but is the industry IoT-ready? Industry 4.0 refers to the fourth industrial revolution – the first being manufacturing and mechanisation, the second mass production and the third the digital revolution. The next iteration will be the computerisation of machinery and automation using robotics, as well as the intelligent measurement and analysis of data to improve efficiency, profitability and safety. The fourth industrial revolution will be shaped by a fresh wave of innovation in areas such as driverless cars, smart robotics, materials that are...

  • Preparing for the threat of exponentially expanding data

    At the turn of the previous century, fears ran rampant that PCs would fall victim to the fabled Y2K bug, plunging a very computer dependent world into instant chaos. That may have been a storm in a teacup, but now there is a very real consideration that needs to be addressed - the exponential expansion of data and just how enterprises, organisations and people will cope. Unlike the Y2K threat, this explosion of data is not a phenomenon where we can wait and see with bated breath. For this reason, it has become imperative that storage evolves, and do...

  • The challenges of security requirements in a new age

    We currently live in an age where the world is run by technologies that were partly designed decades ago, when networks and their security requirements were much less complex. In addition, the rise of mobile devices and the Internet of Things has radically extended the data center and consequently increased the need for back-up and recovery of data circulating within the networks. From a CIO’s perspective, this challenge is daunting. For example, will any technology or indeed any financial investment keep a company safe from attacks? Is complete safety possible? How is it possible to determine the right level...

  • Big Data: the reality for smart businesses

    Over the past couple of years Big Data has been part of every single conversation between business leaders, IT decision makers and public stakeholders. But Big Data is much more than a buzzword or the latest technology hype. It is now a reality. Businesses are doing their best to figure out how to harness, understand and most importantly to leverage it. As the volume of data generated by companies, consumers or public services explodes (expectations are that by 2020 we will have 50 times more data than today – source: Cisco IBSG, April 2011), data strategies are being put...