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Half of businesses lack security intelligence against cyber threats

More than two thirds (68%) of organisations lack the internal capabilities to protect against today’s sophisticated cyber-attacks according to research by Symantec and Deloitte. With seven in ten IT decision makers lacking complete confidence in their company’s cyber security policies, organisations in the Middle East are underestimating the risk of cyber threats. Over half (56%) of IT […]


HP to acquire Aruba Networks to create industry leader

HP and Aruba Networks have announced a definitive agreement for HP to acquire Aruba, a provider of next-generation network access solutions for the mobile enterprise, for $24.67 per share in cash. The equity value of the transaction is approximately $3.0 billion, and net of cash and debt approximately $2.7 billion. Both companies’ boards of directors […]


Can Avaya’s fabric-based SDN solutions convince?

Two years ago, Avaya dismissed Software-Defined Networking (SDN). In a May 2013 in-house interview the firm’s chief architect, Paul Unbehagen, described SDN as “not new”, noted that network switches and routers already ran on software, and tried to promote the term “Application-Driven Networking” (ADN) instead. History records that the market did not agree. SDN’s continuing […]


Brocade & EMC deliver industry’s first IP-storage switch

Brocade and EMC have unveiled the industry’s first dedicated IP storage switch. The fabric networking vendor added its VCS Ethernet fabric solutions to EMC’s Connectrix family of network switches in order to create the VDX-6740B. Justifying the need for a dedicated IP storage network, Yarob Sakhnini, Regional Director, MEMA at Brocade said, “While the potential […]


MENA leading the way with prioritising cyber security

Business and government leaders in the Middle East and North Africa are ahead of other parts of the world in setting cyber security as a priority, a new survey of information technology professionals indicates. The survey, commissioned by Raytheon Company and titled, Global Megatrends in Cybersecurity 2015, revealed that more than half of organisational leaders in the […]


Essential evolution

Yarob Sakhnini, Regional Director MEMA at Brocade, explains that the industry-wide trend towards ethernet fabric adoption is paving the way for data centres of the future in the Middle East. Growth in data centre investments driven by the increasing popularity and need for 10 Gigabit and 40 Gigabit ethernet networks is pushing up sales of […]


Red Hat availability of Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 6

Red Hat has announced the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 6, featuring updates designed to serve as the foundation for building OpenStack-powered clouds for enterprise businesses with advanced cloud users, telecommunications companies, Internet service providers (ISPs), and public cloud hosting providers. Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform delivers the foundation for a production-ready […]


Help AG achieves BlueTouch certification

Help AG, an information security services and solutions provider in the Middle East, has announced that it has been approved as a BlueTouch Support Partner by Blue Coat Systems, a market provider of enterprise security. This allows the security specialist to extend 24×7 Level 1 and Level 2 technical support to regional businesses that leverage Blue Coat’s […]


Red Hat launches ‘Enterprise Virtualization 3.5’

Red Hat has announced the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.5, enabling organisations to deploy an IT infrastructure that services traditional virtualisation workloads while creating an enterprise-grade foundation for cloud infrastructure. Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.5 delivers standardised services for mission critical workloads, and offers IT organisations greater visibility into provisioning, configuring and […]


EMC survey: Hybrid cloud packing a punch

EMC Corporation has released the findings of a global study of 10,451 IT business decision-makers across 33 countries, conducted by Vanson Bourne, which gauged global sentiment about IT’s evolving role in organisations today. The survey revealed increasing adoption of cloud computing globally, with the majority of respondents citing hybrid cloud as their preferred option for greater […]


CommVault and Crayon partner for cloud

CommVault has announced that its data management platform would be available via EMEA cloud hosting partners through a new strategic aggregator partnership with Crayon, a global supplier in service provider licensing, management and consultancy. Under the partnership, CommVault’s industry leading data management software platform, Simpana, will be integrated into Crayon’s portfolio of leased software solutions for EMEA-based cloud […]


Bell Labs study reveals integration to ease network capacity

A study by Bell Labs, the industrial research arm of Alcatel-Lucent, has identified that network operators who use converged IP and optical transport technologies can significantly ease the burden being placed on their infrastructure by demands for capacity caused by the explosion of bandwidth-hungry applications. The study, which is published February 12th, looked to determine […]


Red Hat & NEC collaborate for carrier-grade NFV solutions

Red Hat  and NEC Corporation have announced a collaboration to jointly develop network functions virtualisation (NFV) features in OpenStack in order to deliver carrier-grade NFV solutions with Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform. As communication service providers (CSPs) transform their businesses and modernise both their infrastructure and offerings, NFV enables them to deliver customer-facing services […]


Businesses to gain from release of SAP S/4HANA

SAP has announced SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA), the next-generation business suite to help Middle East customers run simple. SAP S/4HANA is a new product fully built on the advanced in-memory platform, SAP HANA, and is designed on the most modern design principles with SAP Fiori user experience (UX) for mobile devices. […]


Brocade to acquire Riverbed Technology’s SteelApp

Brocade is beefing up its software, IP-based, data centre networking infrastructure portfolio by announcing its intent to acquire Riverbed Technology’s SteelApp product line of virtual Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs) in an all-cash asset deal for an undisclosed amount. The deal is expected to close in Brocade’s second quarter of fiscal 2015 and then there will be a […]


A10 Networks collaborates with Cisco

A10 Networks has announced the integration of its Thunder Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs) with Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) fabric. Offering dynamic L4-L7 application networking services, this joint solution enables enterprises to amplify their data centre output by automatically provisioning application delivery and security services with a significant increase in both allocation speed and business agility […]


ESET streamlines partner evaluation

A year after the successful introduction of the ‘ESET Partner Program’ specifically tailored for the Middle East, the security solutions vendor has overhauled this program to ‘streamline partner evaluation’ and drive channel revenues. In addition to giving partners increased visibility into the benefits and requirements of each of the program’s three partner levels, the changes […]


UAE tablet PC market to reach over $1.2b by 2019

Increasing demand for Tablet PCs from education and healthcare sectors coupled with anticipated decline in average selling prices to drive Tablet PC adoption in UAE through 2019, according to a report by TechSci Research “UAE Tablet PC Market Forecast & Opportunities, 2019”. Over the past few years, computing technology has undergone radical changes, globally. This […]


IDC: Domination of MENA EAS

The top three enterprise application software (EAS) vendors hold a dominating market share of 81.8% in the Arab Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, according to the latest insights from International Data Corporation (IDC). Referencing its ‘Arab Middle East and North Africa Enterprise Application Software Market 2014–2018 Forecast and 2013 Vendor Shares’ (IDC # […]


Infoblox Cloud Network Automation

Infoblox has introduced Infoblox Cloud Network Automation, bringing scalable network control to the next generation of private cloud deployments. Enterprises are increasingly turning to private clouds in search of cost savings and greater agility than are possible with traditional client-server architectures and public cloud services. IT departments generally go through several phases as they mature their […]