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UK thumbs-up for Cape Town, SA

first_img1 December 2008Cape Town was chosen as “Best World City” in the 2008 Telegraph Travel Awards, while South Africa secured a place in the top three of the “Best non-European Country” category.Cape Town, best known for Table Mountain, great wines and being a gateway to the Garden Route, fended off competition from major tourist cities like San Francisco and Sydney to claim the top spot.The Telegraph, one of the UK’s leading daily newspapers, polled 40 000 of its readers for the tenth edition of its Travel Awards.“Cape Town is well-placed to receive visitors looking for value for money and an authentic experience,” Cape Town Tourism CEO Mariette du-Toit Helmbold said in a statement this week.“Cape Town has so much more to offer that visitors generally end up coming back to see and do more.”Value for moneySouth African Tourism UK country manager Lebohang Mokhesi pointed out that value for money and the strength of the pound compared with other world currencies appeared to have been a deciding factor for readers when voting.Cape Town was one of the world’s most beautiful cities, Mokhesi said, and to receive such an accolade from consumers themselves was great recognition of the wonderful tourism offering it had developed.She added that word-of-mouth advertising was a key component to spreading the good word about South Africa in the UK.“It is near impossible for anyone to visit and not share their experiences with friends and family on their return,” she said, adding: “During this period of economic downturn, value for money is at the forefront of travellers minds.“South Africa has always offered value for money and, with the current exchange rate as it stands, visitors’ money goes even further.”Global sustainability centreIn October this year, Cape Town was chosen by the Ethisphere Institute as one of the 10 cities in the world that are most likely to become global sustainability centres by 2020.The latest award comes on the back of Cape Town’s already impressive list of accolades, which includes Africa’s best city (US Travel and Leisure Best in the World Awards, July); best travel destination in Africa and the Middle East (US Travel & Leisure magazine, 2004 through 2007); and one of the world’s five “Bluest Sky Destinations” (expedia.co.uk).Cape Town Mayor Helen Zille was recently also honoured being the world’s number one mayor by City Mayors, a global local government think-tank. Zille came tops out of a group of 820 mayors from around the world in the competition, which spanned 18 months.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Hot off the press: Where are we on Intel® Cloud Builder program?

first_img What are some BKMs that I need to follow? Intel announced the Intel Cloud Builder ProgramOpens in a new window, on Oct 29 2009,  to help early cloud adopters who are faced with “Where do I start?” “How do I implement cloud infrastructure? What do I need?”, etc questions.  I have spoken to several customers facing this problem and have collected a myriad of questions that they are looking for answers.Some of these questions include: What hardware configuration should I use? This program has generated outstanding response from the industry and we now have several software vendors (Canonical, Citrix, Microsoft, Parallels, Red Hat, Univa, VMware and open source Xen.org) that have joined the program and many more are in the process of joining. Several experts from Intel including teams that work with end users, software enabling, data center group, cloud strategists – are contributing to this program (Thanks Team!!!). Lots of hard work and we have been burning the mid night oil to put the lab infrastructure in place, working with the ISVs in defining the use cases, requirements and other technical details. In fact, we have a few of the software installed on our Intel labs at several locations worldwide (Dupont, WA, Hillsboro, OR to name a few). We are also in the process of documenting the test results in the form of whitepapers jointly with these ISVs which we are targeting to publish starting in Q1 2010. How do I integrate my management interface with cloud management tools?center_img Cloud computing is still relatively new and I anticipate that the Intel Cloud Builder program help solve some of the aforementioned pain points to cloud service providers, enterprises and hosters.  So far, it has been a great learning experience for me in running this program, working with different stakeholders both internally and externally to help shape the program. I am certainly looking forward for an exciting new year ahead!!!!  I will come back early next year with more details on the program.Stay tuned Enjoy the holidays!!!! How do I move my applications to the cloud? What are the key management tools available?last_img read more