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StorONE is transforming software-defined storage

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StorONE is radically revolutionizing expectations for performance, results, functionality, ease, and affordability in data storage with a new type of software-defined storage (SDS).

In today’s data-intensive environment, analytics are a major enterprise focus; in other words, the main challenge is figuring out what to do with all the data you’ve gathered. It’s a crucial issue to resolve, but without a reliable foundation of effective, long-term data storage, you’ll never succeed. After all, without a place to put the data, you can’t examine it.

Accordingly, StorONE offers solutions to the current largest issues in data storage. These difficulties include ransomware protection, high storage costs, data accessibility in the case of a disaster that disrupts operations, and data protection from any potential changes to stored data.

Storage hardware is able to keep you ahead of these new challenges, but the storage software is lacking. Networking bandwidth has expanded from 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) to 200GbE, and input/output operations per second (IOPS) performance per drive has increased from 20K IOPS to over 800K IOPS in the last ten years, which has led to tremendous breakthroughs in the storage business. Drive densities have increased from four terabytes (TB) to over 30TBs.

With the release of PCIe Gen 4, the trend has continued since 2021 and the maximum bandwidth will increase by more than 24GBs. More performance, capacity, and better data protection should be provided by a modern storage system while taking up less room and costing less money. But nothing is taking place! Why? These days, the storage industry is being held back by storage software, which is like a ball and chain.

StorONE, which has received more than 50 patents in its first seven years of intense technical development, is fundamentally altering how storage is viewed by organizations, moving it away from being seen as an IT cost center and toward becoming a resource that gives them crucial competitive advantages.

As data storage paradigms change today and, in the future, StorONE’s Storage Engine can help your business cut storage expenses. The highly effective Storage Engine can increase the value and data resilience of otherwise standard storage features including snapshots, drive failure protection, High-availability (HA) storage, data integrity, data security, and disaster recovery readiness.

By offering an efficient storage engine that enables you to utilize the full capabilities (performance and capacity) of your storage hardware, StorONE provides better storage by considerably lowering storage total cost of ownership (TCO) for any storage use case. The StorONE Engine offers uncompromised data safety while supporting all protocols and use cases, simplifying the entire storage infrastructure.

Enterprise-class storage software from StorONE offers complete functionality, exceptional performance, and unrivaled data reliability. delivering unmatched data resilience features that shield users against ransomware, human error/mistakes, fires, and floods; successfully stopping any data loss. The technology guarantees data storage efficiency by requiring less hardware to complete the same work than its rivals.

“What we’ve done is to create a very efficient storage software program that takes full advantage of all the hardware innovation but doesn’t force the customer to use any particular hardware. The term we use is “hardware abstraction”. So, you can use whatever hardware makes the most sense for you at that moment in time for that use case,” George A Crump – Chief Product Strategist, StorONE, said in an interview.

“Typically, customers will find that the cost of our solution, even though it’s more resilient and performs better, is somewhere between 50 to 60 percent less expensive than what they’re currently buying.

“We just rewrote the way I/O works to be very, very efficient. We made sure its data has multiple layers of resiliency to protect against all different types of threats, including ransomware or malicious behaviors. Because we can deliver better performance and reliability with less hardware, we can significantly drive down the cost of storage,” Mr. Crump – Chief Product Strategist, StorONE mentioned.

The fundamental difference here is that StorONE collapsed a whole stack of complex layers that are in the usual storage software into a single layer. This ensures that the user’s application has almost direct access to the media, which guarantees about 80 percent of the manufacturer’s rated performance of the drive and 90 percent of its available capacity.

“So not only do we need fewer drives, but we can also use those drives to their full potential. And so, you get this cumulative effect. That signficanlty drives down the cost of storage,” the Chief Product Strategist, StorONE said.

Other systems in the industry offer can only deliver about 10 to 15 percent of the performance of the drive’s hardware-rated performance, and they can only use about 50 percent of the capacity of those drives. For instance, if you bought twenty-five, 20TB drives, you’d only be able to use 250TB to 300TB of the potential 500TB of capacity before experiencing a significant drop in performance.

Jacques Blinbaum – Chief Executive – Africa, StorONE said, “the one thing we’re seeing is that the hardware in many of the data centres in Africa are reaching their end of life. This presents a major challenge. While there is a real need to process and protect data there are competing chaalleges posed by the difficulty in accessing the capital needed to build the needed facilities. So, what happens is everybody’s recognizing that the data has to be protected.
Therefore, one has to maximize every Ghana Cedi is spent was spent to achieve the force maximum benefit.”

“The biggest challenge we have with that is getting the market to understand that this different approach is the best approach. And what we have to do is to really take baby steps with these new customers, so that they come on board with a small project commitment, and then once they feel comfortable with the commitment, then they embrace it fully and add on.”

StorONE is being used by many U.S. companies in the field of finance, media, government, and education. NASA, the U.S. space agency, uses StorONE to manage storage of its images from their space telescopes.

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ICANN Boost Africa Internet Access with New Root Server

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ICANN Boost Africa Internet Access with New Root Server

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a global organization that coordinates the Domain Name System (DNS) on Tuesday launched Africa’s first Managed Root Server (IMRS) cluster that aims to boost internet access and security in the continent.

Goran Marby, ICANN President and CEO told journalists that the IMRS, based in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, will be the fifth globally as North America hosts two, while Europe and Asia host one each.

“The installation of this new IMRS cluster will stimulate internet access as well as reduce the impact of potential cyber-attacks across Africa,” Marby said in Nairobi.

Marby observed that one of the most common types of cyber attacks is the distributed denial-of-service attacks that work by overwhelming servers with a flood of queries or internet traffic.

He revealed that installing the IMRS cluster in Africa ensures that internet queries can be answered within the region, which limits its dependence on networks and servers in other parts of the world.

Eliud Owalo, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry for Information, Communications and the Digital Economy said that the deployment of the IMRS is an important gateway for internet access across Africa. Enditem

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Detect the Scam: 3 Red Flags To Help You Keep Safe On Black Friday season

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Detect the Scam: 3 Red Flags To Help You Keep Safe On Black Friday season

“Ghana hard!” The last thing you want to do is lose your hard-earned money to a scammer. One needs to be extremely careful and alert while making an online purchase to avoid losing money.

Inflation rose to 31.7% in July 2022 from 12.6 percent at the end of 2021. The prices of goods and services have increased dramatically, which may affect online businesses. Most Ghanaians have a problem trusting e-commerce sites due to the increase in scammers and fraudsters. The question is, why should one buy goods online and risk losing their money to scammers in these hard economic times?

Jiji Ghana, the leading online marketplace with over 2 million monthly visits, have taken the lead in ensuring people who do business on their site are safe. We had a quick chat with the Head of PR at Jiji Ghana, Ivy Kufe, and she said:

“We work relentlessly to improve the customer experience on our platform. Our best development is an AI-driven security system that detects suspicious users and ads. To enhance the effectiveness, we have also equipped an in-house moderation team whose sole task is to cross-check suspicious users and block them if needed. Moreover, we encourage users to report suspicious ads — there is a “Report Abuse” button in every ad that allows people to inform us about questionable offers or indecent users. Many scammers were detected and blocked thanks to reports from concerned people, and it indeed shows how we all can impact building a safer community in Ghana”.

Since Jiji pays a lot of their attention to safety, they agreed to share information about common red flags all people should be aware of.

Mandatory prepayment

The desire to get an item could be used against you. And the only way to stay safe is to inspect the product before making any payment. The delivery services would be the best choice, but sometimes it happens that sellers don’t trust them. In this case, you can offer to meet and transact in a public place. If both options are declined, it’s time to consider other vendors.

“Too good to be true” offers

Any seller that promises too much at too low a price is suspicious. Do some research: check what other buyers say about the seller and compare prices from different vendors that offer the same product. The average market price is your safe zone, but sometimes sellers indeed offer attractive discounts. To avoid falling into the trap, request to pay on delivery and inspect the item before payment.

Unreliable history

You can easily differentiate fake profiles on any platform if you know what to pay attention to. Usually, marketplaces offer a reviews section where clients rate their experience with the sellers. If you can’t see any feedback at all or the rates are low – consider offers from other vendors. If possible, check when the seller joined the platform. Of course, a recent registration is not a reason not to trust, but it should be one of the parameters you use to build the whole picture. You can do the same on social media.

Facebook Page Transparency

For example, Facebook offers a “Page Transparency” block showing the page’s whole history. The same goes for Instagram – just tap the three-dot menu in the top right corner of the profile you’d like to check. Select “About this account” from the pop-up, and you’ll see the full information, including the history of usernames. It’s always a red flag if the name has been changed more than once.


Black Friday is the perfect time to shop affordably for everything you’ve wanted throughout the year. Pay attention to the red flags, and you will always get the best out of the offers available without losing your money.

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Cyber Security Authority issues alert over banking fraud

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Cyber Security Authority issues alert over banking fraud

The Cyber Security Authority (CSA) has advised customers of the various financial institutions to desist from sharing their PIN Codes, debit/credit card verification values (CVVs) with people who pose as staff of banks.

CSA warned customers of financial institutions to be wary of SMS supposedly from their banks requesting that they will be assisted by an agent to link their Ghana cards with their accounts and credit/debit (ATM) cards.

This warning follows several reports circulated on various social media platforms regarding online fraudulent schemes targeting customers of various banks.

In a press statement issued by CSA, it said, “once the requested information is provided, the fraudsters undertake several online transactions causing financial loss to victims. Never share personal identifiable information including pin codes, debit/credit cards verification values (CVVs) and OTPs with anyone”.

 

The statement further entreated customers of the various financial institutions to visit or call their nearest bank branches for clarification, if in doubt of unusual requests.

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