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MEA Smartphone market rockets

Smartphone shipments to the Middle East and Africa saw unprecedented year-on-year growth of 83% in 2014, according to – Q4 2014 Handsets Tracker released by International Data Corporation (IDC). Spurred by the increased availability of cheaper models and dual-SIM devices, the global advisory and consulting services firm announced that smartphones accounted for 41.9% of all […]


Cisco launches new malware protection

Cisco has unveiled a host of new capabilities and services that give security professionals extensive intelligence and analysis on potential compromises and solutions to protect against, respond to and recover from attacks. Cisco announces the addition of AMP Threat Grid to the Cisco Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) portfolio, which integrates innovation acquired through last year’s acquisition […]


Mayflex recruits Supply Chain Director

Mayflex, the cabling infrastructure, networking and electronic security solutions distributor has appointed Andy Cooper in the position of Supply Chain Director. Andy Cooper joins the business with a wealth of experience gained from over 30 years in executive supply chain and operations roles across a range of manufacturing and distribution sectors, working in Central Eastern […]


Closing the network automation gap

Infoblox has announced that Tolly Group, an independent IT testing firm, has found that automation of core network services—DNS, DHCP and IP addresses (DDI)—can reduce the deployment time for virtual machines in a VMware private cloud environment by 62%. The report is available now for free at www.infoblox.com/tolly-cloud. Private clouds are rapidly emerging as the infrastructure […]


Mobile security risk report reveals high-risk #GenMobile

Aruba Networks is calling for businesses worldwide to take action as a new mobile security risk report reveals that businesses are ill prepared for the high-risk, high-growth mindset of the #GenMobile workforce, creating alarming disparity around security practices in the corporate world. The chasm that is exposed between age, gender, income level, industry and geographic location has […]


GEMEC 2015 to focus on increased attacks

The largest impact of enterprise mobility is the way it transforms business processes including the challenge of accounting for increased internal and external threats such as data leakage and network infringement. As the adoption of enterprise mobility by a growing number of businesses creates a new avenue for sophisticated cyber criminals to launch their attacks, […]


Dell and Red Hat upgrade private-cloud offering

Dell and Red Hat have announced an enhanced edition of the Dell Red Hat Cloud Solution, a co-engineered, enterprise-grade private-cloud solution based on OpenStack. The upgraded solution addresses enterprise customer demand for more flexible, elastic and agile IT services. Designed to help customers build OpenStack-powered, highly-scalable clouds, the updated solution is co-engineered with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and Dell PowerEdge R630 and R730xd […]


Government-led projects to drive IT services spend across Gulf

The combined IT services market of the so-called Other Gulf Cooperation Council (OGCC) countries, comprising Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, and Kuwait, is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.5% over the coming years to total $1.82 billion in 2018, according to the latest forecasts released by International Data Corporation (IDC). The […]


Siemon launches LightHouse

Siemon, a network infrastructure specialist, has announced the launch of its new LightHouse brand in the Middle East; an extended portfolio of advanced fibre cabling solutions for data centres, LANs and intelligent buildings. The LightHouse name aligns the company’s established range of end-to-end fibre cable and connectivity systems with a wide array of new product […]


Unleashing the light in ‘dark data’ with file analysis tools

Nizar Elfarra, Pre Sales Director at CommVault Systems, explains the positive business impact for enterprises from ‘seeing the light’ held within their ‘dark data’, and how the seemingly unfathomable challenge of addressing  it can be managed using new file analysis (FA) tools. Dark data is a relatively new term to the industry, defined by Gartner “as the […]


EMC introduces New Federation Business Data Lake solution

EMC Corporation has announced the Federation Business Data Lake. The fully engineered solution includes leading storage and Big Data analytics technologies from EMC Information Infrastructure, Pivotal, and VMware to help customers leverage the new world of Big Data, thereby clearing the path for new insights and disruptive differentiation. The announcement comes as the incredible potential […]


Managed and data centre services to cross $971 million by 2018

An increasing number of organisations in the UAE are seeking out specialised IT services providers to manage their IT infrastructure, according to the latest insights from International Data Corporation (IDC). According to the recent IDC report titled ‘United Arab Emirates Cloud hosted Managed and Outsourced Services Market 2013 Analysis and 2014-2018 Forecast’, the market for […]


Qatar to host IDC IT Security Roadshow 2015

Qatar’s most influential IT security decision-makers will congregate at the Marriott Marquis City Centre in Doha on April 13, 2015, for the IDC IT Security Roadshow 2015 to discuss the country’s threat landscape, which is becoming increasingly volatile, not just in terms of regular malware, but also due to hacktivist incidents, advanced persistent threats (APTs), […]


IBM to invest $3 billion in ‘Internet of Things’ unit

IBM has announced it will invest $3 billion over the next four years in a new ‘Internet of Things’ unit, aiming to sell its expertise in gathering and making sense of the surge in real-time data. The Armonk, New York-based technology company said its services will be based remotely in the cloud, and offer companies ways […]


VCE introduces new converged infrastructure

VCE, the worldwide provider of converged infrastructure, has announced a major expansion to its converged infrastructure portfolio with a series of new platform and software innovations focused on speeding and simplifying the customer journey to the hybrid cloud. VCE is expanding the scope of converged infrastructure integration from physical hardware elements to include application and cloud infrastructure, […]


UAE mobile users increasingly unaware of cyber threats

Mobile devices are more popular than ever but their owners still underestimate the danger they might encounter. According to a survey conducted by Kaspersky Lab and B2B International, 29% of users know nothing about mobile malware. This ignorance plays into the hands of cybercriminals. A survey conducted in UAE shows that only 51% of Android-based […]


Fortinet leverages Spirent Solutions to validate FortiGate-3810D

Fortinet, a global provider of high-performance cyber security solutions, and Spirent Communications, a provider of testing solutions for networks, devices and services, have announced the results of performance tests conducted on the FortiGate-3810D, the latest Fortinet firewall appliance designed for large enterprises, Communication Service Providers (CSPs) and data centre environments. Consumption of applications and content has dramatically […]


IT decision makers in UAE expect repeat cyber attacks in 2015

The majority of information technology decision makers in the UAE believe that their organisations were victims of cyber attacks in the last 12 months, and almost all of them expect to be targeted again in 2015, a recent survey commissioned by Bit9+Carbon Black, the provider of endpoint threat prevention, detection and response, showed. About 86% of […]


ManageEngine adds cloud control to firewall analytics software

ManageEngine, the real-time IT management company, has announced cloud control capability for Firewall Analyzer, its security log analysis and firewall device management software. Using this new feature, security professionals can identify the shadow IT operating beyond the administrators’ control. The cloud control capability includes new reports that empower security administrators to monitor beyond network app […]


Evolving future success across the Channel

The Middle East channel is evolving. We are seeing some of the Pan-European distributors coming to the Middle East region. We are also seeing some acquisitions taking place, with large distributors from within and outside the region acquiring smaller distributors and this trend is likely to continue. All these changes augur well for the future, […]