Oracle denied $1.3 billion SAP appeals court request

Chris Kanaracus by Chris Kanaracus - August 31st, 2014

Oracle has failed to persuade a federal appeals court to restore US$1.3 billion judgment in its copyright-infringement lawsuit against SAP, but will have the options of taking a lesser amount of money or pursuing a new trial.

Four ways to consolidate a data centre

Bharani Kumar Kulasekaran, Product Marketing Manager, ManageEngine by Bharani Kumar Kulasekaran, Product Marketing Manager, ManageEngine - August 18th, 2014

Bharani Kumar Kulasekaran, Product Marketing Manager, ManageEngine discusses how an enterprise can consolidate its data centre and the rewards it can bring.

Cisco Q4 revenue, profit flat in ‘tough environment’

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - August 14th, 2014

Cisco Systems posted fiscal fourth-quarter revenue and earnings that were roughly flat from a year earlier as the company works through what Chairman and CEO John Chambers called “a tough environment.” The dominant …

Samsung pins its hopes on Galaxy Alpha’s metal frame

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - August 13th, 2014

Samsung has launched its new Galaxy Alpha with a metal frame, in a bid to boost sales after the plastic design of its smartphones has been blamed for the company’s recent struggles. The …

Security vendor Gemalto to acquire SafeNet

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - August 10th, 2014

Gemalto plans to acquire SafeNet for $890 million in a deal that would combine a big vendor of portable secure elements such as payment cards with a provider of enterprise data protection technology. …

Rack to the future

Annie Bricker by Annie Bricker - August 5th, 2014

Data centre technology is rapidly changing. With the advent of virtualisation and increasing speed and agility may come a sense of impending doom for IT staff. However, more efficient centres do not necessarily mean the end of a robust technical department.

Red Hat adds to OpenStack expertise with eNovance buy

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - June 19th, 2014

Red Hat is filling out its OpenStack portfolio by acquiring eNovance, a provider of integration services, for approximately $95 million in cash and stock. Red Hat will use the engineering and integration expertise …

Broadcast the passion

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - June 5th, 2014

Striving to keep up with a high-achieving family, Ali Radhi, Head of IT, MBC, has relied on his relentless passion for technology to find professional success.

China accuses Cisco of supporting US cyberwar efforts

Michael Kan by Michael Kan - May 28th, 2014

China’s state-controlled press is accusing Cisco of helping the U.S. government in cyberespionage, following its governments claims that it would create a “vetting system” for major IT products.

Cisco welcomes Dimension Data to global cloud initiative

Stephen Lawson by Stephen Lawson - May 22nd, 2014

Cisco will sell cloud services using Dimension Data’s Managed Cloud Platform, including IaaS (infrastructure-as-a-service) and SaaS (software-as-a-service) offerings of Microsoft SQL Server and SharePoint.

Interview: Former CIA CISO Robert Bigman

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - May 19th, 2014

As Chief Information Security Officer of the Central Intelligence Agency for 30 years, Robert Bigman was entrusted with protecting the United States’ most sensitive secrets. The President of consultancy firm 2BSecure took time out to talk to CNME about his views on security.

Cisco’s Chambers requests Obama intervention

John Ribeiro by John Ribeiro - May 19th, 2014

Cisco Systems’ CEO John Chambers has written to U.S. President Barack Obama, asking for his intervention so that U.S. technology sales are not affected by a loss in trust as a result of reports of surveillance by the U.S. National Security Agency.

MoFA calling

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - May 15th, 2014

With the security and reputation of the UAE at stake, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ IT department knew it had to implement a secure communications channel for its delegates. A project that began in 2012 now sees 69 UAE foreign embassies connected to a secure WAN, which has made huge operational savings, and ensures sleepless nights for MoFA’s IT team.

Building hybrid clouds

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - May 15th, 2014

Bringing the strengths of public and private cloud together in an optimal fashion can help enterprises keep their core legacy systems and leverage existing investment. However, it takes careful planning to get started on the journey to a hybrid model. We find out what it takes for enterprises to join the hybrid cloud bandwagon.

Cisco’s gloomy financials brighten in Q3

Stephen Lawson by Stephen Lawson - May 15th, 2014

Cisco posted lower sales and profit in the third quarter but beat its own forecast, signalling that the company is continuing to work against economic and industry challenges following two earlier weak performances.

Cisco’s IoT chief resigns

Stephen Lawson by Stephen Lawson - May 11th, 2014

Cisco Systems’ point man on the Internet of Things (IoT) has resigned just as industries start to explore how millions of sensors and devices can be connected over networks.

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.

  • Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    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.

  • Acer takes on the Nexus 7 with 7.9″ Intel tablet

    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.

  • Battle of the fives: Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. Apple iPhone 5S vs. Google Nexus 5

    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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