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Qatar: Market worries hit smartphone sales

As mobile phone companies go aggressive to grab Qatar’s market share in the new year, the local electronic market is witnessing a perceptible slow down. The sales of electronic gadgets and other items, especially the high-end smartphones, have witnessed a decline over the last few months in Qatar compared to the same period a year […]


Disaster recovery – Critical to the ‘Always-On’ business

In the age of the ‘Always-On’ business, companies are facing new demands from end users including 24/7 access to data and applications and whom have no patience for downtime or data loss, all this while grappling with an exponential data growth of  30-50% per year, writes Gregg Petersen, Regional Director, Middle East and SAARC, Veeam Software. […]


Green networks go deeper than just the energy savings

Over the last few years, there has been a constant focus on carbon reduction around IT systems, both inside and outside the data centre. Most of that attention has been on power, cooling, servers and storage. According to Ian Wilkie, Commercial Director at Brand-Rex, the next phase is to look at the network and the […]


The age-old debate: Copper vs. fibre cabling?

While the age-old debate of copper versus fibre is one that has crept up time and time again over the past two decades, it is an argument that no longer has basis since neither can be considered the better of the two cabling options when we look at networks as a whole—from the desktop to […]


Choosing the right cloud for your enterprise

In the computer animated science fiction comedy “Cloudy with a chance of Meat Balls”, I see a parallel to the widespread dilemma that we face today – that of deciding the approach for the “Right Cloud Solution!”, writes Sanjay Ahuja, VP of Sales – Middle East & Africa at AGC Networks. The Cloud really has lived up to its hype of […]


‘Smart’ living at core of GCC’s $3 trillion construction projects

Digital construction sites and connected homes will be a major showcase at GITEX Technology Week 2015, helping to drive “smart” living, as the GCC’s construction projects pipeline is set to reach USD 3 trillion in 2015, industry experts have announced. In 2015, the GCC’s total pipeline of construction projects both planned and underway is set […]


Arbor Networks announces DDoS defence portfolio

Arbor Networks has announced a portfolio of products and services for DDoS protection, delivering scalability, deployment and cost flexibility to meet the needs of any organisation from the world’s largest service providers to small and mid-sized emerging growth businesses. “This is the strongest, broadest and boldest DDoS portfolio in Arbor’s history, and it will serve as the […]


R&M launches specialist knowledge portal for LAN cabling

R&M, the globally active Swiss developer and provider of cabling systems for high-end, powerful network infrastructures, has announced the launch of its new specialist portal on Local Area Networks (LANs) www.lan.rdm.com. The site provides information regarding the areas and application for local data networks and compiles large quantities of specialist data for network planners and […]


Wireless networks: The culprit applications gobbling up your data

With the days of unlimited data becoming a thing of the past, there has been a growing trend in customers using up mobile data much quicker than what they were doing previously. Is this because user habits didn’t factor in just how data hungry our habits were or is there something else at play, asks Ammar […]


SDN & NFV – Benefits for Middle East mobile network operators

With some analyst firms reporting that SDN-driven backhaul could save carriers up to $9 billion by 2017, mobile network operators (MNOs) are evaluating software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualisation (NFV) because they provide the opportunity to make the transition from appliance-based, proprietary hardware implementations to software-based, open platforms, writes Yarob Sakhnini, Regional Director, MEMA at […]


Managed security services: To be or not to be?

We are getting close to the point (if we aren’t there already!) where we need to acknowledge that trends like Big Data, BYOD, Cloud, Mobile, Social and Virtualisation are no longer ‘emerging’ technologies that enterprises canleverage to gain a competitive advantage. One could argue that these technologies are critical business enablers that all enterprises need […]


Why data centre ‘availability’ is here to stay

The era of the ‘Always-On’ business has emerged, thanks to a rise in improved connectivity and devices that allow easy and affordable access to the internet. Our agile mobile workforce and demanding consumer expectations have created a world where constant access to products and services across time zones is a norm that we take for […]