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Maximising virtualisation investments

In technology, we often seem seduced into chasing the latest shiny object. Cloud! Containers! Orchestration! IoT! Big Data! These are all well and good and can not only deliver significant value but can enable new classes of applications and revenue streams over time. That said, it’s worthwhile for IT decision-makers to pause to think about […]


Surviving the century of data growth

Dramatic business digital transformation, the Internet of Things (IoT), and everyday digital activities are driving immense data growth worldwide. Research shows that by 2020, the world will generate 44,000 Exabytes (EB) of data in one year alone — 37 times more the 1,200 EB generated in 2010. At an individual company level, by 2020,industry experts […]


This is your father’s storage industry, but not for long

Christian Putz, Director, Emerging Markets, Europe, Middle East & Africa at Pure Storage explains how, between the emergence of cloud and flash, none of the storage solutions designed for mechanical disk and the traditional data centre will make the leap to the solid-state cloud.  Over the past 25 years, mobile phones have been completely rethought, […]


Reinforcing security by reducing privileged access

As I tour the world helping Active Directory administrators, security professionals, and auditors secure their Windows environment, I often get questions about privileged access, states Derek Melber, Technical Evangelist at ManageEngine. The questions usually are about how privileges are granted and how an organisation can know if its privileges are correct. These are great questions […]


SMBs can remain competitive with Managed Services

The number of Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) are growing across the Middle East and bringing along increased competition. According to Sachin Bhardwaj, Director Marketing and Business Development at e-Hosting DataFort, forward thinking SMB owners and managements are strategically embracing technology to streamline processes and restructure their business models for greater profitability. However, continuous changes […]


Public sectors need to start embracing availability

Following the completion of the South African Budget speech in Parliament, it is clear that the government is striving to create an enabling environment for its citizens. Gregg Petersen, Regional Director for the Middle East and Africa and the South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation at Veeam, takes a look at how an Always-On approach […]


The xPaaS revolution and the rise of BizDevOps

Platform-as-a-service, or PaaS, is an increasingly popular cloud offering that enables developers and IT operations professionals to build and maintain applications while avoiding many infrastructure-related challenges and expenses. According to a 2014 IDC report, the global PaaS market is expected to reach $20.3 billion in 2018 as enterprises continue to adopt this new technology, writes Mike […]


Making an efficient CIO

A study published by Forrester and commissioned by us shows that 90% of CIOs admit they cannot detect issues experienced by their end-users and more than 50% of incidents are not reported to support teams, therefore for the most part these issues are never resolved. The immediate impact of this reality is the efficiency of […]


Key Channel Trends for 2016

As IT technologies continue to evolve to support the inevitable Digital Transformation, 2015 has been a year of significant change in the market, driven mainly by customers. Over the past year, the technologies that are fundamentally changing businesses, Cloud, Big Data and Mobility, have begun to mature. This trend will continue in earnest into 2016 […]


The next generation of cyber-security threats

I am sure most of us in the cyber-security community were happy to flip the calendar to 2016 for obvious reasons! Given what we witnessed in 2015, while cloud, mobile and IoT will continue to dominate the discussion in many boardrooms, it is actually security that should be close to the top of the priority […]


Enterprises are going ‘MAD’ for mobile

Mobile phone user base in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) is second only to that in Asia-Pacific, with “just over 606 million people in this region having at least one mobile phone, and the total will pass 789 million in 2019”, according to a report released by eMarketer, the independent market research company, that […]


Can digital rejuvenate bricks-and-mortar retail?

In-store retailing has been under rising pressure from increased costs of doing business, as well as the growth of online shopping. Yet, bricks-and-mortar sales still accounts for the majority of retail spend, writes Jacob Chacko, Business Lead, SMB & Commercial, Middle East & Turkey at Aruba. As per a recent report, according to a new publication […]