Dell launches virtual storage accelerator

Jon Gold by Jon Gold - April 23rd, 2014

Dell has released a new virtualised storage accelerator appliance called Fluid Cache for SAN, designed to help customers keep data-intensive applications working quickly under load.

Intel looks to Android for growth in tablets

Agam Shah by Agam Shah - April 17th, 2014

In case it wasn’t clear already, Intel and Microsoft are no longer joined at the hip. Intel is trying desperately to grow its share of the tablet market, and with Windows flunking out on those devices, Android is the flavour of the month.

Virtual networks

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - April 15th, 2014

As a prelude to CNME’s Network World ME Awards 2014, delegates from Dell partnered with CPI to host a roundtable on network virtualisation at Jumeirah Emirates Towers on 24th March.

Lenovo leads world PC market with rapid growth

Brian Karlovsky by Brian Karlovsky - April 13th, 2014

Lenovo is leading the world PC market with solid growth in shipments across the first quarter of the year, according to Gartner.

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.

Dell unveils BYOD product plans

Ellen Messmer by Ellen Messmer - April 2nd, 2014

Dell has unveiled enterprise mobility software for Google Android or Apple iOS that supports BYOD use by selectively applying VPN controls only to the corporate apps on the device, not the employee’s personal apps.

Microsoft launches Office for iPad, iPhone and Android

Chris Martin by Chris Martin - March 30th, 2014

Microsoft has finally released Office for iPad alongside Office Mobile apps for iPhone and Android.

Toshiba Kirabook: Rich and thin, but still falls short

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - March 26th, 2014

Toshiba’s engineers committed a few critical design mistakes that severely undermined their Ultrabook’s claim to luxury status. Thankfully Toshiba has made amends–mostly. The second-gen Kirabook is better, more powerful, and less expensive. But it remains a few features short of being a masterpiece.

CNME hosts fifth annual Network World ME Awards

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - March 25th, 2014

CNME hosted its fifth annual Network World ME awards last night at the Godolphin Ballroom in Jumeirah Emirates Towers.

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.

Intel expects Bay Trail successor in tablets by year end

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - March 3rd, 2014

Intel is expecting its next Atom tablet chip, code-named Cherry Trail, to be in devices by the end of this year, the company said this week. A detailed update on Cherry Trail may …

Why Julie Larson-Green’s ‘demotion’ carries huge pressure at Microsoft

Mark Hachman by Mark Hachman - February 26th, 2014

On Monday night, Julie Larson-Green was given one of the most important roles within Microsoft. You’d never know it from the initial reports, which dubbed it a “demotion.” And it is a demotion, at least from a corporate perspective.

Wall Street Beat: Tech M&A set for strong year after Facebook’s WhatsApp acquisition

Marc Ferranti by Marc Ferranti - February 23rd, 2014

Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp could be one milestone in a strong year for tech mergers and acquisitions.

Dell, Red Hat team up on network virtualisation

Marc Ferranti by Marc Ferranti - February 23rd, 2014

Dell is teaming up with Red Hat to drive its effort to be a force in the burgeoning area of network function virtualization (NFV) technology, aimed at helping carriers reduce costs and quickly roll out new services.

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.

IDC launches Technology Advisory Council before CIO summit

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - February 17th, 2014

IDC today launched its Technology Advisory Council for the Gulf region during a press conference held at Dubai’s Burj Al Arab hotel.

Microsoft sets 31st October as stop date for Windows 7 consumer PC sales

Gregg Keizer by Gregg Keizer - February 16th, 2014

Microsoft has set 31st October as the end of sales of new consumer-grade Windows 7 PCs, but for now has left open the do-not-sell-after-this-date for business machines.

Intel moves deeper into software with server KVM tool

James Niccolai by James Niccolai - February 16th, 2014

Intel has released a new tool for remotely managing servers from multiple hardware vendors, though wary of upsetting partners as it looks to make more money from software.

Acquisitions likely to hit Lenovo’s profits in short term

Michael Kan by Michael Kan - February 13th, 2014

With the proposed acquisitions of Motorola Mobility and IBM’s low-end server unit, Lenovo expects its short-term profits to fall

Bill Gates: I’ll target cloud, Windows and Office in new Microsoft role

Tim Greene by Tim Greene - February 11th, 2014

Bill Gates told a Reddit Ask Me Anything session that he saw potential to get more out of the Windows operating system, cloud services and improving Office.

Satya Nadella: Can a data afficionado solve Microsoft’s consumer puzzle?

Mark Hachman by Mark Hachman - February 5th, 2014

The spider. It sits at the centre of a web, stroking and sensing the minute vibrations that run up the hundreds of strands, analysing their meaning and what they reveal about the external world. Much like Satya Nadella.

10 things you need to know about Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s new CEO

Brad Chacos by Brad Chacos - February 5th, 2014

Unless you’re a committed Microsoft observer, the name Satya Nadella probably doesn’t ring a bell. So who is the man who now becomes Microsoft’s guiding light for the foreseeable future?

Daunting challenges await Nadella as he takes over from Ballmer

Juan Carlos Perez by Juan Carlos Perez - February 5th, 2014

Satya Nadella will face a host of problems upon assuming his mantle as Microsoft CEO

Satya Nadella to succeed Ballmer as Microsoft CEO

Juan Carlos Perez by Juan Carlos Perez - February 5th, 2014

Microsoft has finally concluded its protracted search and chosen its new CEO: Satya Nadella, who as executive vice president of the company’s Cloud and Enterprise group has successfully steered the shift of the company’s back-end server software and tools to the cloud.

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.

RSA hosts Dubai Security Summit

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - February 4th, 2014

RSA, the security division of EMC, yesterday hosted its Security Summit, a one day security conference in Dubai aimed at helping organisations address evolving, complex and sensitive security challenges.

Dell lets managers go ‘off road’ with self-serve analytics

Joab Jackson by Joab Jackson - February 2nd, 2014

Once upon a time within Dell, managers who needed a business analysis report had to put in an IT request, a drawn out process that drove business units to set up their own shadow IT systems to run these numbers instead.

Bloomberg: Satya Nadella to be named Microsoft CEO; Gates out, too

Mark Hachman by Mark Hachman - February 2nd, 2014

Microsoft’s cloud chief, Satya Nadella, will lead the company as its next chief executive officer, according to a report from Bloomberg.

SpyEye bank Trojan creator Aleksandr Panin faces 30 years in jail

John E Dunn by John E Dunn - January 30th, 2014

The creator of the SpyEye Trojan used to attack millions of online bank accounts has pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in an Atlanta court.

Lenovo restructuring to focus on enterprise products, software after IBM deal

Michael Kan by Michael Kan - January 29th, 2014

Lenovo is once again restructuring its operations, this time to create two new business groups devoted to its enterprise products and to developing a software ecosystem.

Lenovo agrees to buy IBM’s server business for $2.3 billion

Michael Kan by Michael Kan - January 26th, 2014

Lenovo Group has agreed to buy IBM’s x86 server hardware business and related maintenance services for US$2.3 billion, it announced Thursday.

IBM’s low-end server business back on sale; Dell, Fujitsu, Lenovo circling

James Niccolai by James Niccolai - January 23rd, 2014

IBM has revived efforts to sell its low-end server business and Dell, Fujitsu and Lenovo are all lining up to take a look, according to reports this week.

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.

HP brings Windows 7 ‘back by popular demand’

Ian Paul by Ian Paul - January 21st, 2014

With Windows 8 bearing a good share of the blame for the declining PC market, HP is falling back on Windows 7 for its latest marketing push.

Dell opens Dubai Solutions Centre, ME GM: ‘Centre belongs to CIOs’

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - January 15th, 2014

Dell has opened its Dubai Solution Centre to help customers in the EMEA Emerging region explore, test and deploy end-to-end solutions.

Google buys smart thermostat maker Nest for $3.2 billion

Zach Miners by Zach Miners - January 14th, 2014

Google has acquired Nest, a company that makes a home thermostat that can be programmed from mobile phones, for US$3.2 billion in cash, Google said on Monday

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?

Lenovo widens lead as PC market decline slows

Mark Hachman by Mark Hachman - January 13th, 2014

Analysts at both Gartner and IDC reported the seventh straight quarter of declining PC shipments, although both firms saw a light at the end of the tunnel.

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.

California lawmakers move to bar state help to NSA

Jaikumar Vijayan by Jaikumar Vijayan - January 8th, 2014

Two California lawmakers this week introduced a bill that would prohibit state agencies and corporations from providing material support to the National Security Agency.

Qualcomm: next ARM server chip producer?

James Niccolai by James Niccolai - January 8th, 2014

Qualcomm’s CEO said his company has the capabilities to build ARM server chips but was careful not to disclose any product plans at the International CES in Las Vegas.

Intel introduces new chips to help PCs see, hear, and feel

Mark Hachman by Mark Hachman - January 8th, 2014

It’s official: The notebook computer can now see as well as take your picture. Meet the Intel RealSense 3D camera.

Ford CEO Mulally on Microsoft role: ‘I only plan to serve Ford.’

By Zach Miners by By Zach Miners - January 8th, 2014

Ford CEO Alan Mulally, seeking to end speculation over a possible move to Microsoft, told the Associated Press on Monday that he will not become the software company’s next CEO.

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.

Dell issues 4 networking trends for 2014

Shabbir Ahmad, Regional Sales Director - Networking, Dell, EMEA Emerging Markets by Shabbir Ahmad, Regional Sales Director - Networking, Dell, EMEA Emerging Markets - January 7th, 2014

2014 is poised to be an even bigger year for networks in the Middle East, perhaps “the year of the network”, says Shabbir Ahmad, Regional Sales Director – Networking, Dell, EMEA Emerging Markets

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