New Data Protection Solution Launched by Commvault and Huawei

DUBAI, UAE, Oct. 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — At the Huawei Connect 2022-Dubai, data protection and data management software company, Commvault, and Huawei launched a data solution to provide End to End (E2E), secure, and reliable data protection to enterprise customers.

Nizar Elfarra, the Middle East Regional Channel Director of Commvault

The Commvault and Huawei solution brings a range of advantages.

  • Instant backup and recovery with 3x higher backup and 5x higher recovery bandwidths than similar products in the industry.
  • Optimal security with resilient ransomware protection and E2E encryption.
  • Extreme agility offers data protection for all data types, including physical, virtual, cloud, and Software as a Service (SaaS) data, all with just one system.

Nizar Elfarra, the Middle East, Regional Channel Director Commvault said: “For 10 years, we have cooperated with Huawei in data protection services, and this new solution effectively ensures data security and availability for all workloads in both on-premises and cloud environments for our customers.”

Michael Fan, Director of Huawei Data Storage Solution Sales noted: “A change is going to come, with the shift from Disk-to-Disk-to-Tape (D2D2T) to Flash-to-Flash-to-Anything (F2F2X). Here, Huawei leads the market with its dedicated OceanProtect backup storage products and, together with its partners, will deliver industry leading backup solutions to customers, making it a premium backup storage option for various application workloads.”

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Huawei and IEEE-UAE Section Jointly Release L3.5 Data Center Autonomous Driving Network White Paper

DUBAI, UAE, Oct. 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — At HUAWEI CONNECT 2022 in Dubai, Huawei released the L3.5 Data Center Autonomous Driving Network White Paper together with IEEE-UAE Section and industry forerunners UAE’s Ankabut and Commercial Bank of Kuwait (CBK). This white paper provides deep insight into the architecture, key capabilities, and typical application scenarios of L3.5 autonomous driving networks (ADNs) in data center scenarios, as well as deployment practices for key sectors such as finance, public service, and energy. This white paper serves as an informative point of reference for enterprises and can help take the automation and intelligence of data center networks (DCNs) to new levels.

White Paper Launch Ceremony

According to the white paper, as the digital economy becomes a key driver for global economic growth and enterprise data centers expand rapidly, data center networks urgently need to solve the following challenges:

  • Multi-cloud and multi-DC heterogeneous networks have become the norm for enterprises. As such, enterprise customers need to centrally manage and coordinate multi-cloud DCNs and multi-vendor network devices.
  • The ADN needs to seamlessly integrate into enterprises’ O&M systems and IT processes, which vary significantly between enterprises, to implement intelligent closed-loop management throughout the process.

To address the above challenges, the White Paper proposes the L3.5 data center autonomous driving network, which implements high-level automation and intelligence capabilities such as unified management, flexible orchestration and collaboration, and simulation in multi-cloud and multi-vendor networks, in addition to interconnecting with enterprises’ IT management systems to achieve end-to-end automation.

The White Paper illustrates the key technologies of L3.5 ADNs for data centers:

  • Open programmability platform: centrally manages heterogeneous networks and devices.
  • Intent orchestration platform: helps implement highly automated multi-cloud and multi-vendor heterogeneous networks and provision cross-cloud networks in seconds.
  • APIs published from orchestrated service flows: seamlessly integrates into enterprise O&M systems and IT processes, slashing the number of work orders and reducing the amount of repetitive manual work by more than 70%.

“Huawei’s data center autonomous driving network is the industry’s first to evolve from L3.0 to L3.5. This is the result of our deep insight into real-world service scenarios and pain points of customers across sectors such as finance, public service, and manufacturing, as well as our joint innovations with industry forerunners,” said Arthur Wang, Vice President of Huawei’s Data Center Network Domain. “The White Paper shares best practices across these sectors, to enhance enterprises’ competitiveness by optimizing their network architectures and operating modes and helping them build agile and reliable services while reducing their OPEX and CAPEX.”

To date, Huawei’s Data Center Autonomous Driving Network Solution has been deployed in data centers of more than 10,000 customers across sectors such as finance, public service, manufacturing, and energy.

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HUAWEI CONNECT 2022 in Dubai: Innovative Infrastructure Drives Industrial Digital Transformation

DUBAI, UAE, Oct. 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — HUAWEI CONNECT Dubai was held in the United Arab Emirates, with more than 3,000 industry stakeholders coming together to discuss around the theme of “Innovative Infrastructure to Unleash Digital”. Representatives from Egypt’s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Nigeria’s Galaxy Backbone Limited, Huawei, and other organizations shared their latest digitalization practices, exploring new paths to industrial digital transformation.

Steven Yi, President of Huawei Middle East & Africa Area

Ken Hu, Huawei’s Rotating Chairman, delivered a keynote outlining three ways the ICT ecosystem can help break through common barriers in digital transformation:

  • Boost digital infrastructure, including more robust connectivity and stronger, more diverse computing resources.
  • Help organizations go beyond simple cloud adoption and truly make the most of cloud, focusing on advanced technology services that drive leapfrog development.
  • Build out local digital ecosystems including partner development, strengthening the digital talent pool, and providing more support for SMEs.

Steven Yi, President of Huawei Middle East & Africa Area, gave the opening remark that expressed gratitude to customers and partners for their ongoing trust, and reaffirmed Huawei’s commitment to contributing to local development. He also talked about three key initiatives of Huawei and its customers and partners to unleash digital productivity. Together, they work to build a solid digital foundation for all and reinforce local digital ecosystems to support the future of digital nations.

Innovative, scenario-based technologies enhance digital infrastructure to unleash digital productivity

Bob Chen, Vice President of Huawei Enterprise BG, discussed how multi-tech synergy is critical for finding the right technology for the right scenario. He explained in his keynote speech “Innovative Digital Infrastructure Accelerates Digital Transformation” that “Data is at the core of digital transformation, and data ingestion, transmission, storage, and analysis are key steps. Huawei provides full-stack products and product portfolios to support end-to-end data processing, accelerating customers’ digital transformation.”

In terms of data connectivity, Huawei unveiled NetEngine AR5710, a hyper-converged gateway that is ideal for small and midsize branches, and NetEngine 8000 F8, an ultra-compact universal-service aggregation router. These all-new products are helping lay a solid data foundation to further unleash digital productivity.

In terms of data transmission, Huawei has been exploring how to apply the fifth generation fixed network (F5G) evolution across various industries. In addition, Huawei and a Dubai customer jointly launched a digital pipeline corridor inspection solution based on the optical fiber sensing technology, enabling automatic pipeline corridor inspection.

Regarding data storage, Huawei and Commvault, a data management software company, jointly launched a data protection solution that provides enterprise customers with secure and reliable data protection from end to end. This helps create a reliable and efficient storage foundation, allowing enterprises to maximize the value of data.

Joy Huang, President of Huawei Cloud Strategy & Industry Development, pointed out that Huawei’s approach to digital transformation has three pillars: greener infrastructure, ongoing innovation, and shared experience. Huawei Cloud aims to be the best digitalization partner for customers, and is working with partners and customers to unleash digital with Everything as a Service.

Innovative infrastructure is being deployed in industries to drive industrial digitalization

At the event, customers from various industries in the Middle East and Africa also shared their best practices with Huawei in digital transformation.

Dr. Hesham Farouk Ali, Egypt’s Assistant Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, said that ICT would make education more people-centric and accelerate the transformation of both teaching and learning methods. Huawei’s expertise in education and research networks, cloud, and AI is providing key support and laying groundwork for the digitalization of higher education in Egypt.

Baffajo Beita, CIO of Galaxy Backbone Limited, stated that Galaxy and Huawei have been innovating together to help Nigeria build a unified e-government cloud network, accelerating the government’s digitalization and boosting the country’s digital economy.

Huawei Empower Program: building a thriving digital ecosystem for global partners

At the event, Huawei launched the Huawei Empower Program, which aims to help develop a thriving digital ecosystem for global partners. Through this program, Huawei will conduct joint innovation with its partners via OpenLabs, empower partners with a new framework, a new plan, and an integrated platform, and create a talent pool through the Huawei ICT Academy and Huawei Authorized Learning Partner (HALP) programs. Huawei also announced an investment of US$300 million into this program over the next three years to support its global partners.

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Huawei Showcased Its Oil & Gas Solutions at HUAWEI CONNECT 2022 Dubai

DUBAI, UAE, Oct. 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — At HUAWEI CONNECT 2022 Dubai, Huawei launched two scenario-based oil and gas solutions: Integrated Oil & Gas Field Network and Smart Gas Station.

Integrated Oil & Gas Field Network Solution for All Your Networking Needs    

Oilfield network systems face a range of challenges, such as messy network architectures, multiple network layers, difficult O&M, and low reliability. These issues slow digitalization at oil and gas fields.

Drawing on its wealth of experience in network planning and consulting, Huawei has built an integrated network specifically targeted to oil and gas fields. The solution uses edge computing, AI, hard pipe isolation, and IPv6+. The result is a unified network architecture that can be centrally managed as well as a multi-purpose network with integrated security.

  • Unified architecture: The solution adopts a full-stack combination of network technologies, involving industrial PON, Wi-Fi 6, 5G, and IPv6, creating an integrated network for oil and gas fields. The unified network architecture streamlines the cloud, network, edge, and devices, covering all oil and gas field service scenarios.
  • Centralized management: A single O&M management platform integrates all third-party network devices, centrally manages devices on the entire network, and visualizes the whole network for routine O&M.
  • Multi-purpose network: Huawei’s integrated oil and gas field network solution unifies the architecture, experience, and O&M. It carries multiple services, such as production, video, office, and community on one physical network, reducing enterprise investment.
  • Integrated security: Using advanced hard pipe isolation technologies such as Flex-E and NHP, Huawei’s solution enhances security isolation between service networks without increasing network construction costs.

Smart Gas Station Solution, an All-in-One Experience

Gas stations are a key daily service for oil retail. Digital technologies are opening new opportunities for business and services at gas stations.

As part of this process, Huawei has integrated its full-stack technical capabilities and worked with partners to build the smart gas station solution. The solution features a central digital platform for the entire enterprise. It also establishes video collection specifications, IoT access standards, and unified station-level data models. Then, it integrates isolated service subsystems such as fuel dispensers, liquid level meters, and payment platforms. The result is a comprehensive analysis and display platform that allows the oil retailer to remotely and intelligently manage station data.

In addition to centralized control, Huawei has also launched an intelligently integrated and converged edge platform based on FusionCube for edge intelligent convergence. The platform integrates the existing infrastructure and service systems of gas stations and enables simplified O&M. It also integrates computing, storage, network, and AI algorithms to deliver IoT and sensing for various service requirements.

  • Smart services: For example, customers can refuel without getting out of their cars. As such, it takes just 2 minutes to refuel instead of 6. Users are happier and stations are more efficient.
  • Smart marketing: The system pushes oil price change information and promotions to engage users and increase revenue from main and retail services.
  • Smart management: All operations are visualized, identifying any risky actions, tracing records, and using reliable data to support service decision-making and O&M.

In the future, Huawei will continue to explore oil and gas industry scenarios. Through multi-technology collaboration and scenario-based solution exploration, Huawei will continue to innovate, unleash digital productivity, and fuel the digital transformation of the oil and gas industry.

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Internal Auditors undergo training in Risk-Based Workplan for public institution

Tamale, Oct 13, GNA – Selected staff of Internal Audit Units from the five regions in the north have undergone training in the preparation of the 2023 Annual Risk-Based Internal Audit (RBIA) Workplan for Public Institutions.

The two-day training, organised in Tamale by the Internal Audit Agency (IAA), was aimed at equipping participants with the requisite skills to prepare and submit the 2023 RBIA Workplans on time and in the form and manner that complied with the IAA’s standards.

It was in accordance with Section 83 (4) of the Public Financial Management Act, 2016 (Act 921), which required Internal Auditors to, in consultation with Principal Spending Officers, prepare an annual risk-based audit workplan of activities required to be performed in a financial year.

Dr Eric Oduro Osae, Director-General of IAA, whose speech was read on his behalf during the training by Mr William Offei-Mensah, Deputy Director-General in-charge of Technical and Field Operations at IAA, said the training took cognizance of “The ongoing reforms in Public Sector Internal Audit, which promote practice of risk-based internal auditing to prevent and reduce irregularities associated with the management of public funds.”

He said the IAA had, in line with its mandate, issued Guidelines for the preparation of the 2023 RBIA plans, which include mandatory thrust areas to be considered in addition to those identified through the risk assessment process.

The mandatory thrust areas for consideration in the 2023 RBIA plan included monthly auditing of the Electronic Salary Payment Voucher of covered entities to eliminate ghost names and clean the payroll.

There is also the submission of the audited report to the IAA not later than the 15th of every month, follow-up and validate implementation of recommendations contained in the 2021 Auditor-General’s Report and Management Letter, as well as the ensuring of mainstreaming of Enterprise Risk Management system into the operations of covered entities, among others.

Dr Osae said, “The 2023 RBIA workplans must be completed, received by your Management, approved by both the Audit Committee and Board and submitted to the IAA not later than 31st January 2023.”

He advised them to work with Management to reduce irregularities reported by the Auditor-General and ensure that they aided covered entities to manage public funds efficiently and effectively.

Alhaji Shani Alhassan Saibu, Northern Regional Minister, whose speech was read on his behalf, expressed the Regional Coordinating Council’s appreciation to internal auditors for their role in promoting adherence to the Public Financial Management Act in the region.


Source: Ghana News Agency

Paramount chiefs to play pivotal role in granting mining concessions, licences


Accra, Oct. 13, GNA – President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has directed that henceforth no mining concession or license should be granted to any applicant, unless the paramount chief of the area is formally consulted to seek his input.

Additionally, the regional ministers and metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives (MMDCEs) of that particular jurisdiction should also be formally consulted to bring their views to bear on the granting of mining concessions to any individual or company.

In view of the President’s directive, the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Mr Samuel Abu Jinapor, has issued a Ministerial Fiat to the Minerals Commission to halt all processes leading to the recommendation for granting of mining concessions and licences until the Commission has sought the inputs of the authorities.

Mr Jinapor announced this at a media briefing in Accra on Thursday to update the public on new measures being implemented by the Government to combat illegal small-scale mining, otherwise known as “galamsey”.

The directive had become necessary to ensure the traditional and local authorities  played a central role in the fight against illegal small-scale mining, which had wreaked havoc on the environment and water bodies.

When the President met the National House of Chiefs in Kumasi recently, the chiefs raised concerns about being sidelined in the issuance of mining licences and granting of concessions to individuals.

Therefore, whenever there was illegal mining within their traditional areas, they had no power to stop it because they did not play any meaningful part in the granting of the licences.

Mr Jinapor said with the enforcement of the Ministerial Fiat, traditional rulers and MMDCEs would play a central role in the fight against galamsey.

He highlighted a gamut of measures implemented by the Government to stop the galamsey menace; procurement of speed boats to patrol rivers, training of river guards, forest reserves declared as “red zones” for mining, and distribution of mercury free gold processing machines (gold kachas) to small-scale miners.

Others are collaboration between the Lands Ministry and the Attorney-General’s Office to prosecute illegal miners, both Ghanaians and foreigners; rolling out Community Mining Schemes for local people,  recruitment and engagement of about 80,000 people for alternative livelihood programme, frequent operations by the military (Operation Halt) to mining sites to arrest and burn excavators belonging to illegal miners, and setting up 83 district mining committees to oversee mining at the district level.

Operation Halt II campaign has also been launched, spearheaded by the Military High Commands in the southern, middle and northern belts, which would be sustained until galamsey was brought to the minimal.

The government has, therefore, allocated significant funds and logistics to the new military operation, Mr Jinapor stated, and called for collaboration with stakeholders and a change of attitude by all to help fight the menace.

He said the media should constantly educate the public on the dangerous consequences of galamsey such as kidney diseases and buruli ulcers affecting inhabitants in the mining areas.

Mr Jinapor pledged the unflinching support of the President and the Ministry towards fighing the menace, with integrity and transparency without shielding anyone, irrespective of one’s political affiliation or standing in society.




Source: Ghana News Agency

GRA shuts game outlets, Palace Mall over non-compliance with tax laws

Accra, Oct. 13, GNA – The Ghana Revue Authority (GRA) has shut down game outlets in Accra and the Palace Mall in Tema over non-compliance with its directive to hook their systems onto the Authority’s electronic invoicing system for Value Added Tax (VAT) payment.

On Wednesday, October 12, 2022, the enforcement team visited game outlets in Accra Central, Achimota and the West Hills Mall as well as the Palace Mall in Tema to monitor their operations but had to shut them down for non-compliance.

This exercise is to ensure that all invoices issued by these taxpayers are monitored by the Authority at their offices to ensure genuine VAT issuance and regular payment of tax.

In an interaction with the media, Mr Joseph Annan, Area Enforcement Manager of GRA, Accra Central, said the exercise was a continuation of what it started on Monday.

The outlets are part of the 50 selected taxpayers expected to hook their system onto that of the Authority but failed to do so.

“The system is just to authenticate receipts or invoices produced from machines being used by our taxpayers. It is also to report real time transactions to our system to monitor whatever transactions they are having on their systems at their outlets and capture all sales they make,” he said.

Mr Annan said the Authority was not comfortable closing those shops as they had employed Ghanaians who would be jobless for a period.

“If any of the shops should work on their system to hook onto ours, we will open their shops immediately,” he said.

The Authority engaged taxpayers concerning the issue and gave them two months grace period to hook onto the system, Mr Annan said.



Source: Ghana News Agency

Injury boost for Hearts as Salifu returns for Real Bamako clash

Accra, Oct. 13, GNA – Accra Hearts of Oak playmaker, Salifu Ibrahim, will be available for selection when they face Real Bamako in the second leg of this year’s Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) Confederation Cup second leg encounter.

The 22-year-old has not featured for the Phobians this season, having suffered series of injury setbacks that made him miss some crucial games.

The former Eleven Wonders player returned to training this week and featured in his team’s 6-0 victory over Division Two side GAP Academy.

David Ocloo, the assistant coach for Hearts, said he was elated that the return of Salifu would play a crucial role in Sunday’s clash.

“Salifu is a brilliant player, and he will be involved on Sunday,” Ocloo told pressmen at the team’s training ground in Pobiman.

Salifu has played a crucial role for Hearts in the past seasons, having won numerous titles with the Phobians since joining them from Eleven Wonders in 2021.



Source: Ghana News Agency