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Siemon hosts emerging technology seminars across Africa

July 2015 - Global IT infrastructure specialist Siemon, has completed a series of educational events across Africa, to share knowledge and expertise on data centre design and technology, smart buildings and convergence. The 'Emerging Technology Forum' (ETF) seminars attracted an audience that included end users, ISPs and Telcos, interested to learn about the latest advances in networking technology.

Entitled 'Data Centre Solutions and Design Services, Product Ecosystem and ConvergeIT', these technology forums were held in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya and Ethiopia. Explaining the rationale for the series of seminars, Iyer Sivakumar, Siemon sales manager for Africa said, "We understand the huge appetite for education and development amongst industry professionals in Africa. Siemon is ideally placed to share technical expertise and understanding from its work globally with those shaping the future for data centres, co-location facilities and enterprise infrastructure in this region."

The series of technology forums started in Kenya, with a half day seminar at the Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi. Here Siemon partnered with Arista, to showcase a range of its products, including demonstrations of its high density data centre equipment and intelligent infrastructure solution, MapIT®G2. The seminar was introduced by Aunally Malloo, CEO of Mart Networks, and focused on data centre design and technology.

In Nigeria the forum was held at Victoria Crown Plaza in Lagos, where Siemon's discussion of data centre design, technology, its product ecosystem (complete portfolio of copper, fibre, power, cooling and intelligence) and convergence solution - ConvergeIT™, attracted an audience of 85, including end users from a range of industry sectors, those in the channel and representatives from Telcos and the public sector. "This was a highly interactive event, with a very lively question and answer section," commented Iyer Sivakumar, Siemon's business account manager for West Africa. "The IT professionals attending were keen to understand how the latest technology demonstrated could offer specific advantage to them and how it can be deployed to maximum advantage. This kept us engaged in lively debate on a range of subjects including security, unified communication and networking." Speakers included

Iyer Sivakumar of Siemon, Moiz Malloo, managing director of Mart West Africa, Jimi Falaiye, country manager from IT security specialists, CyberoamTechnologies and Babajide Ogunbanjo, Avaya's sales manager for West Africa.

Next in the series of events, was a half day forum in Ghana, held at the Novotel in Accra. As in the other locations, here Siemon presented a wide range of products, including its highest performing category 7/7A TERA® copper cabling, fibre optic solutions such as LightStack™ and Plug and Play cabling, ideal for rapid deployment in the data centre. ConvergeIT was discussed for networking smart buildings, offering the potential to consolidate many services over one infrastructure. Joining Siemon to present at this event were Avaya and Raycom.

Concluding the programme, was a morning seminar in Ethiopia, held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Addis Ababa. At this forum the audience included end users from government, education and banking, plus systems integrators and other industry professionals. Siemon presented alongside its partner, Mart Networks as Iyer Sivakumar explains: "Aunally and Satnam of Mart supported the event and spoke about the synergy that Siemon and Mart bring to the Ethiopian ICT community."

Known for its commitment to educating IT professionals, Siemon regularly offers free seminars and webinars on a range of topics surrounding the subject of network infrastructure. It offers a recognised source for the latest standards information and insight at its 'Standards Informant' site, which collates technical articles, white papers and other resources to inform those interested in understanding how networking can be used as a strategic asset. With more events to come, Sivakumar concludes, "We are now planning further educational events to update IT professionals on the latest international standards, new products and trends in the data centre and convergence markets."

To learn more about Siemon technology, including white papers, webinars and links to its Standards Informant, visit www.siemon.com

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About Siemon
Established in 1903, Siemon is an industry leader specialising in the design and manufacture of high quality, high performance low voltage infrastructure solutions and services for data centres, LANs and intelligent buildings. Headquartered in Connecticut, USA, with global sales, technical and logistics expertise spanning 100 countries, Siemon offers a comprehensive suite of copper and optical fibre cabling systems, cabinets, racks, cable management, data centre power and cooling systems and intelligent infrastructure management solutions.

With more than 400 patents specific to structured cabling, Siemon Labs invests heavily in R&D and the development of industry standards, underlining the company’s long-standing commitment to its customers and the industry. Siemon Interconnect Solutions (SIS) is a Siemon business unit comprised of a team of dedicated technical sales professionals supported by Siemon Labs, mechanical, electrical and signal integrity engineers committed to solving industry and customer driven interconnect challenges. Siemon provides custom network infrastructure solutions to OEMs, leading manufacturers, value-added resellers and system integrators.
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