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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 […]


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 […]


A new era for networks

Benoit de la Tour, Vice President and General Manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Ciena, discusses the evolving network landscape and his insight for 2015. Having been in the technology business for nearly two decades I’ve seen many a trend come and go, however, the pace of change is accelerating, especially as we move […]


No silver bullet for all cyber security

Paladion Networks has highlighted the top 10 cyber security trends that will impact global digital security in 2015 and beyond. These trends can have long-term impact on the enterprises in Middle East. “After rigorous analysing the ever-increasing data flow regionally and globally, we have identified the top 10 cyber security trends that the enterprises in the […]


Three cornerstones of the new IP

According to research analyst International Data Corporation (IDC) the ICT industry is undergoing accelerating transition to the 3rd Platform for innovation and growth. The first platform was the mainframe computer. From there we transitioned to the client/ server era and traditional data centres. Through virtualisation of various aspects of the data centre like desktops, servers etc. […]


Keeping your business continuity plan up-to-date

Gartner predicts that an average cost of downtime for a midsize company is $70,000 per hour. In another research by PWC, it was revealed that 70% of companies that experience a major data loss go out of business within a year. These statistics clearly indicate the necessity of a BCM plan. Tamer Saleh, Director of Operations, […]


Driving thought leadership

The Data Center Alliance (DCA) is a not-for-profit international industry association representing the interests of the data centre infrastructure sector that has recently announced plans to bring its expertise to the Middle East. We talk to the company’s Executive Director, Simon Campbell-Whyte and Operations Director, Steve Hon to delve more into this thought leadership initiative. […]


The impact of IEEE 802.11ac on copper cabling systems

Access points based on 802.11ac Wave 2 will add more users and more bandwidth to the wireless network. Like all legacy Wi-Fi standards, 802.11ac Wave 1 allows access points to send multiple streams to only one client at a time, which means fewer flows on the network, explains Paul Cave, Technical Manager, Excel Networks. The […]


Controlling data risk in the BYOD onslaught

The BYOD era is in full swing, posing a higher level of data security risk to enterprises. CIOs are faced with balancing the needs of workers to be more mobile and have more choice with the needs of the enterprise to protect its data regardless of the delivery channel. Nizar Elfarra, Pre Sales Director, CommVault, explains five […]


Limiting DNS as an attack vector

Cherif Sleiman, General Manager, Middle East at Infoblox explains the increasing importance of DNS as an attack vector and how Middle East businesses can keep it secure.  The Domain Name System, or DNS, is a foundational Internet technology that is used in every non-trivial IP-based transaction and which, if it’s not working properly, can bring […]


Managed services here to stay

Yasser Zeineldin, CEO, eHosting DataFort, lays out the advantages of managed services to in-house oversight and the growing trend of managed services rapidly increasing in the age of cloud. In today’s business environment, organisations need to adopt new technologies in order to expand their operations and improve productivity and customer experience. Even small to mid-size […]


The evolution of BYOD security

Ian Evans, EMEA Managing Director, AirWatch by VMware, discusses strategies for ensuring that BYODs at the workplace are non-intrusive and firmly secured. As enterprises accelerate their mobile initiatives and as the world approaches 1.3 billion mobile devices, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) continues to be a top choice due to the flexibility and ease of […]


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