Sep 3, 2020

Angola Cables' IP solution reduces lag between gaming nodes

gaming
I.T.
connectivity
Angola Cables
Daisy Slater
2 min
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Angola Cables has developed a new innovative IP transit gaming solution to decrease lag times between international servers.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Angola Cables has developed a new innovative IP transit gaming solution to decrease lag times between international server...

The IT solutions provider have created a new IP transit solution after observing data traffic gaming routes during the global COVID-19 pandemic. The new innovative solution will offer consumers latency reductions through dedicated connections between international gaming servers. For example, gamers located on the African continent and southern hemisphere will expect to see a reduction in lag from anywhere between 20% to 50%. 

They have already experienced serious success during a live simulation between gamers in Africa and South America where they managed a reduction in ping between 70 and 100ms. In recent years, many gamers in Africa have been heavily affected by poor connections resulting in a lot of lag. However, Angola Cables’ new game-altering solution will be received with open arms by these gamers as it will significantly reduce their latency. 

How the solution works

Selecting optimal routes between international gaming nodes and end users, the solution provides consumers with direct hyper connections, better quality, improved ping and less lag. Internet providers who are directly connected to Angola Cables’ own network will be able to offer its consumers zero delays in connectivity, allowing for a more optimal gaming experience. 

The solution also benefits gamers who use international platforms such as Xbox, Blizzard, Sony and many more as they can also take advantage of the better connectivity and improved latencies. 

About Angola Cables

Angola Cables is a multinational IT solutions provider operating in the global ICT market place. The company’s main focus was to develop and provide an innovative, unique and secure gaming solution to tackle the poor latency issues gamers face today, especially with regards to the African continent. António Nunes, CEO of Angola Cables defined the company as “one of the few companies with the capacity to serve this market in a differentiated way – particularly within the southern hemisphere.”

Nunes also stated that “By delivering a tailored solution that will improve gaming connections for the growing number of gaming enthusiasts in Africa - and the evolving cloud gaming market, we can actively stimulate additional income streams for developers, digital influencers and help to build the African gaming ecosystem and expanding esports environment.”

The success of the company thus far has been vital in realising the potential of their solutions, with Nunes saying that, “The good results achieved have given us a strong indication that our engineered solution has the potential to be a sought-after commodity or premium service of considerable value for ISPs and gamers alike.”

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Jun 6, 2021

Unlocking the next chapter of the digital revolution

Dell
servers
IT
Technology
Tim Loake
5 min
Tim Loake, Vice President, Infrastructure Solutions Group, UK at Dell Technologies highlights the importance of often-overlooked digital infrastructure

As the world retreated to a hybrid world in 2020, our reliance on technology took the spotlight. But it was the jazzy new social and video calling platforms that took the encore. Behind the scenes, our servers worked overtime, keeping us connected and maintaining the drumbeat of always-on newly digital services.  Let’s take a moment to pay our respect to the unsung technology heroes of the pandemic – the often-forgotten IT infrastructure keeping us connected come what may. After all, as we look ahead to more resilient futures, they will be playing a central role.

Servers could be likened to our plumbing – vital to well-functioning homes but rarely top of mind so long as it is functioning. Never seen, rarely heard – our servers do all the graft with little praise. But it is essential to reflect on the incremental advances in GPU and CPU power, which have paved the way for new workloads that previously were not possible. Chatbots and native language processing that provide essential customer touchpoints for businesses across the retail and banking sectors rely on powerful servers. They also keep businesses competitive and customers happy in an always-on world. 

Tim Loake, Vice President, Infrastructure Solutions Group, UK at Dell Technologies
Tim Loake, Vice President, Infrastructure Solutions Group, UK at Dell Technologies

Serving workplace transformation

But, as businesses grappled with pandemic disruptions, the focus was largely on adopting connected devices – and awe at the rapid increase in the datasphere.  As they reined in their budgets and attempted to do more with less, one aspect was perhaps overlooked—those hard working servers.

When it came to building resilience into a newly remote workforce, the initial concern was focused on the device endpoints – keeping employees productive.  Many companies did not initially consider whether they had the server infrastructure to enable the entire workforce to log in remotely at the same time. As a result, many experienced a plethora of teething problems: virtual office crashes, long waits to get on servers, and sluggish internet connectivity and application performance, often rendering the shiny new PC frustrating and useless.

Most businesses only had a few outward-facing servers that could authenticate remote workers – a vital gateway as the vector for cyber hacks and attacks increased exponentially. That’s not to mention the fact that many business applications simply weren’t designed to work with the latency required for people working from home. What businesses discovered at that moment was that their plumbing was out of date.  

Business and IT leaders quickly realised that to stay ahead of the curve in the hybrid working world, a renewed focus on building agile, adaptable, and flexible IT infrastructures was critical. More importantly, it accelerated the inevitable digital transformation that would keep them competitive in a data-driven economy. It is now abundantly clear to businesses that they need IT infrastructure to meet the demands of diverse workloads – derive intelligent insights from data, deploy applications effectively, and enhance data management and security.  

Ripe for a digital revolution

Unsurprisingly, IDC noted that there was an increase in purchases of server infrastructure to support changing workloads. However, it also forecasts this uptick will be sustainable and last beyond the pandemic. As the economy begins to reopen, business leaders are looking ahead. IT will continue to play a crucial role in 2021 and beyond – and we have already set the foundations for the digital revolution with next-generation servers. 

As we enter the zettabyte era, new innovative technologies are coming on stream, with 5G turbocharging IoT and putting edge computing to work.  Exciting new services improved day-to-day efficiencies, and the transformation of our digital society will be underpinned by resilient IT infrastructures.  By embracing the technological innovations of our next-generation servers, businesses keep pace with the coming data deluge.

The next generation of server architecture promises more power with less heat, thanks to improved, directed airflow, and direct liquid cooling, resulting in reduced operational costs and environmental impact. As we rebuild post-pandemic, manufacturers and customers alike strive to achieve ever more challenging sustainability goals. With this in mind, a focus on environmentally responsible design is imperative for the servers of tomorrow -  uniquely designed chassis for adaptive cooling and more efficient power consumption will be critical, improving energy efficiency generation over generation.

The most notable evolution is the configuration of these next-gen servers around more specific organisational needs. Unlike clunky and often unstable legacy infrastructure, the infrastructure of tomorrow will be sturdier and more modular. The next iteration is streamlined, and in this modular form, can be more easily tailored to business needs. This equates to essential cost savings as businesses only pay for what they use.  

Resolving the problem of the future, today

Tomorrow's IT challenges will focus on response times and latency as Edge and 5G technologies go mainstream. As businesses develop new and innovative services that utilise supercharged connectivity and real-time analytics, staying on top of these challenges will give them a competitive edge. For example, in the world of retail, automation will power new virtual security guards and even the slightest delay in the data relay could result in financial loss. 

Similarly, in the smart cities of tomorrow, the network must be responsive. With city-centre traffic lights controlled by an AI-powered camera that monitors pedestrians, delays in data transfers could cost the life of an elderly pedestrian who has fallen in the road. The stakes are far higher in a 5G-enabled world. As our reliance on technology deepens, the margins for error narrow, placing greater emphasis on the efficiency of those critical underpinning technologies.

Fully enabling the hybrid work model today is just a stepping-stone towards more fluid, tech-enabled lives. A work Zoom call from an automated vehicle on-route to an intelligent transport hub is a highly probable vision of our future. But it requires incredible amounts of compute and seamless data transfers to make it possible. These glossy snapshots need super servers to come to life, making that IT plumbing glisten with next-gen innovation essential. Without exemplary server architecture, we risk future tech advances and the human progression that it enables. 

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