Cisco announces security service, operations centres venture

Ellen Messmer by Ellen Messmer - April 23rd, 2014

Cisco has announced Managed Threat Defense, a set of security services for the enterprise that it is providing through two new operations centres to remotely support intrusion-detection, incident response and forensics, among other services.

Small cells, big impact

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - April 15th, 2014

Operators and telecom equipment vendors are showing a growing interest in small cells, which aim to give users improved coverage and speeds.

Busting SDN myths

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - April 15th, 2014

Software-defined networking (SDN) is the hottest thing going today, but there is considerable confusion surrounding everything from the definition of the term to the different architectures and technologies suppliers are putting forward.

Kingdom connect

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - April 8th, 2014

Saudi Arabian Airlines have provisioned a $1 billion deal to implement the IT infrastructure for King Abdullah Economic City in Saudi Arabia. James Dartnell reports from the development to find out how the airline’s privatised IT arm aims to inspire the next generation of Saudis.

Cortana, Microsoft’s response to Siri, says ‘Hello world’

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - April 6th, 2014

Microsoft has unveiled Cortana, its response to Apple’s Siri and Google’s Now, as it seeks to make its Windows Phone OS a stronger competitor to iOS and Android.

Safeguarding intellectual property – your crown jewels

Saeed Agha, General Manager, Middle East, Palo Alto Networks by Saeed Agha, General Manager, Middle East, Palo Alto Networks - April 3rd, 2014

Saeed Agha, General Manager, Middle East, Palo Alto Networks, discusses the importance of protecting sensitive information.

Cisco reveals OpenFlow SDN killer

Jim Duffy by Jim Duffy - April 3rd, 2014

Cisco is this week unveiling an alternative to OpenFlow for software-defined networking and proposing it as a standard, while adding it as a vital component of the company’s new programmable architecture.

Microsoft to give Windows away for phones, small tablets

Juan Carlos Perez by Juan Carlos Perez - April 3rd, 2014

Hardware vendors making smartphones and tablets with screens smaller than 9 inches will get Windows for free, the latest aggressive move by Microsoft to increase the use of its OS on those devices.

Amazon counters Google with its own cloud price cuts

Joab Jackson by Joab Jackson - March 27th, 2014

The price war among major cloud providers continues, with Amazon Web Services announcing Wednesday that it is lowering the prices of a number of its cloud services, one day after Google slashed prices.

Dimension Data adds Cisco’s HCS to UC services

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - March 20th, 2014

Dimension Data has announced that it is extending its portfolio of cloud-based Unified Communications (UC) services to include Cisco Hosted Collaboration Solution (HCS).

Google and Cisco partner to bring WebEx to Chromebooks

Juan Carlos Perez by Juan Carlos Perez - March 19th, 2014

Google and Cisco are teaming up in the enterprise collaboration market, bundling WebEx with Chromebooks and integrating the Cisco Web conferencing and online meeting product with Google Apps.

Will Satya Nadella launch Office for iPad next week?

James Niccolai by James Niccolai - March 18th, 2014

Satya Nadella will hold his first press conference as Microsoft’s CEO next week, and reports are emerging that he’ll unveil a version of the Office suite for Apple’s iPad.

Clear and present danger

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - March 5th, 2014

Knowing what is happening on your network is a pre-requisite for security now. A new class of network visibility solutions is emerging to help you spot trouble and address issues.

Cisco Security introduces open source application detection and control

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - February 27th, 2014

Cisco has announced that it is delivering the ability to create and integrate new open source application identification capabilities into its Snort engine through the release of OpenAppID.

Interview: Juniper CEO Shaygan Kheradpir

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - February 25th, 2014

As Shaygan Kheradpir settles into his role as the new CEO of Juniper Networks, the former Barclay’s COO/CTO is looking to the future.

Juniper unveils new operating plan to accelerate growth

Jim Duffy by Jim Duffy - February 23rd, 2014

Juniper Networks has announced a new integrated operating plan (IOP) to refocus the company on high growth segments in the networking industry.

Fresh thinking

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - February 18th, 2014

CNME’s fifth annual CIO 50 awards ceremony not only served as the perfect way to congratulate the region’s IT chiefs, but was also an esteemed forum for five keynote speeches from industry experts.

The ‘mobile first’ approach

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - February 17th, 2014

Will CIOs be forced to take a ‘mobility first’ approach to building networks and is the Middle East really ready to put mobile first?

Ericsson and Ciena join forces on IP and optical networking

Mikael Ricknäs by Mikael Ricknäs - February 16th, 2014

Ericsson and Ciena have signed a global agreement to develop joint transport solutions for converged IP and optical networks that also use SDN (software-defined networking) features.

Cisco profit halved as revenue falls

Stephen Lawson by Stephen Lawson - February 13th, 2014

Cisco Systems reported another tough quarter on Wednesday, saying profits fell by more than half and revenue declined by nearly 8 percent.

Cisco reaches agreement with Innovatio over Wi-Fi patents

John Ribeiro by John Ribeiro - February 9th, 2014

Cisco Systems has come to an agreement with patent firm Innovatio IP Ventures in a dispute over Wi-Fi standards-essential patents that targeted its customers.

India investigates alleged Huawei ‘hacking’ of mobile base station

John Dunn by John Dunn - February 9th, 2014

Huawei is reportedly being investigated by the Indian Government over alleged ‘hacking’ of equipment belonging to state-run telecoms firm Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL).

Cisco: Mobile data traffic to explode 11-fold by 2018

Matt Hamblen by Matt Hamblen - February 6th, 2014

Networking experts are running out of superlatives to describe the coming tidal wave/explosion/cataclysm of mobile data traffic.

Google and Cisco strike patent deal

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - February 5th, 2014

Google has added Cisco to the list of tech companies with which it has struck a long-term patent cross-licensing agreement.

SanDisk announces software-defined storage investment in Nexenta

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - February 4th, 2014

SanDisk has announced an investment in software defined storage firm Nexenta Systems.

What the Internet of Things will mean for CIOs

J.D. Sartain by J.D. Sartain - February 4th, 2014

In a recent blog post, Frost & Sullivan analyst Andrew Milroy predicts that more data will be generated by machines, or things, this year than by human beings.

The ‘mobile first’ approach

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - February 3rd, 2014

IDC recently predicted that CIOs will be forced to take a ‘mobility first’ approach to building networks, whereby mobility solutions and BYOD policies are integrated into infrastructures. How accurate is this prediction, and is the Middle East really ready to put mobile first?

iPhones change the business landscape

Anthony Perridge, EMEA Channel Director, Sourcefire by Anthony Perridge, EMEA Channel Director, Sourcefire - January 30th, 2014

It is difficult to remember the revolution the iPhone caused, says Anthony Perridge, EMEA Channel Director, Sourcefire

Cisco unveils ‘fog computing’ to bridge clouds and the Internet of Things

Stephen Lawson by Stephen Lawson - January 30th, 2014

If the hardest part of the “Internet of Things” is getting to the Things, Cisco Systems claims to be offering a lifeline.

Interview: Juniper Networks’ new CEO, Shaygan Kheradpir

Allan Swann by Allan Swann - January 26th, 2014

New Juniper Networks CEO, Shaygan Kheradpir, seemed to be hitting all the right notes speaking at the company’s RevUp 2014 conference in Las Vegas.

HP envisions the holistic data center

Joab Jackson by Joab Jackson - January 26th, 2014

Hewlett-Packard has launched a set of services designed to help organisations manage their data centres more efficiently, using the principles of DCIM (data center infrastructure management).

Cisco & Intel: IT departments losing control through cloud services

Antony Savvas by Antony Savvas - January 26th, 2014

The cloud offers senior executives the business control they demand, according to international research from Cisco and Intel, meaning IT departments need to “become more collaborative and innovative”.

Software Defined Networks – the future of networking?

Muhammad Rehan Sami, Senior Solution Architect, Business, Etisalat by Muhammad Rehan Sami, Senior Solution Architect, Business, Etisalat - January 23rd, 2014

SDN is a technology that promises to be the next big thing not only for IT organisations and networking vendors, but also for service providers, says Muhammad Rehan Sami, Senior Solution Architect, Business, Etisalat

Gulf Business Machines signs IT infrastructure partnership with Abu Dhabi Police

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - January 22nd, 2014

Gulf Business Machines and Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, reaffirming their commitment to a longstanding strategic relationship.

Brocade exits network adaptor business

Jim Duffy by Jim Duffy - January 22nd, 2014

Brocade has said it has sold its network adapter business to QLogic to better focus on data centre fabrics and software defined networking.

Cisco expands Videoscape TV platform into the cloud

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - January 20th, 2014

Cisco has expanded its Videoscape TV services delivery platform to include a host of new cloud video capabilities, including a Videoscape ‘as-a-service’ offering and open cloud software technologies based on OpenStack.

Cisco: Malicious traffic present on 100 percent of sampled networks

John E Dunn by John E Dunn - January 19th, 2014

Every large multinational firm investigated by Cisco for its latest Security Report showed signs of malicious traffic on their networks, the networking company has revealed.

Different flavours of Ethernet

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - January 13th, 2014

Enterprises, cloud providers and carriers all rely on Ethernet. What’s next for this 40-year-old ubiquitous technology?

Yahoo malvertising attack linked to larger malware scheme

Jeremy Kirk by Jeremy Kirk - January 13th, 2014

A deeper look by Cisco Systems into the cyberattack that infected Yahoo users with malware appears to show a link between the attack and a suspicious affiliate traffic-pushing scheme with roots in Ukraine.

Dell, Cisco, others hit back after being named in NSA spying toolkit

Brian Karlovsky by Brian Karlovsky - January 13th, 2014

The world’s largest networking vendors have hit back at claims their products have been compromised by the National Security Agency after being named in an NSA spying toolkit.

US investment firm tables $3 billion deal to take Riverbed private

Stephen Lawson by Stephen Lawson - January 9th, 2014

Investment company Elliott Management has offered to buy WAN optimisation vendor Riverbed Technology for just over US$3 billion, while giving it a chance to entertain higher bids.

Oracle makes cloud advancement by acquiring SDN firm Corente

Chris Kanaracus by Chris Kanaracus - January 8th, 2014

Oracle is buying Corente, maker of SDN technology for WANs (wide area networks), in a strike against competitors Cisco and IBM. Terms of the deal, which is expected to close early this year, weren’t disclosed on Tuesday.

Samsung Smart Home aims to control household appliciances via single app

James Niccolai by James Niccolai - January 6th, 2014

Samsung is making a play for the “connected home” with a new service that will let people control things like their refrigerator, TV and heating system via a single smartphone app.

5G Wireless: Reality looks to catch up with hype

Jon Gold by Jon Gold - January 5th, 2014

Don’t feel bad if you don’t really know anything about 5G wireless networking – because, by most standards, it doesn’t actually exist yet.

Cisco: Dubai can be global leader of smart cities

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - December 17th, 2013

Cisco used its roundtable event to explore the potential for its Smart+Connected City Wi-Fi and sensor technology, saying Dubai has the power to be a world leader in the technology.

Cloud 360 Roadshow 2014 - Doha, Dubai, Riyadh Cloud 360 Roadshow 2014 - Doha, Dubai, Riyadh
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    They say that good things come in small packages—diamond rings, the crown jewels, keys to an exotic villa. When it comes to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, big is beautiful, writes James Dartnell.

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    The new A1-830 tablet ticks all of the right boxes for people interested in a functional tablet sporting the sub 8-inch form factor. The tablet sports a 7.9-in, 1024×768 resolution screen at a 4:3 screen ratio; ideal for web browsing and reading e-books.

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    Samsung officially unveiled the Galaxy S5 on Monday at a Mobile World Congress presentation in Barcelona, touting a slimmed-down approach to the latest flagship’s feature set and simplified design.

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