Nadella seeks to axe failing hardware

Brad Chacos by Brad Chacos - July 23rd, 2014

Microsoft’s quarterly financials are out, and they paint a startlingly clear picture of why new CEO Satya Nadella is in such a hurry to scuttle away from the “devices and services” mantra rolled out by former honcho Steve Ballmer just last year.

Building the future

Annie Bricker by Annie Bricker - July 23rd, 2014

An event that spanned the region, with workshops in Dubai, Doha and Riyadh, CNME’s Data Centre Build allowed its partners and expert speakers to shed light on the unique challenges and opportunities for virtualisation in the Middle East.

IBM lines up $3 billion cognitive chip investment

Agam Shah by Agam Shah - July 10th, 2014

IBM will pour $3 billion into computing and chip materials research over the next five years, as it rethinks computer design and looks to a future that may not involve silicon chips.

Top vendors unite for IoT ring

Agam Shah by Agam Shah - July 9th, 2014

Intel, Samsung and Dell are among the founding members to have established the OIC, a new Internet of Things consortium to create standards so that billions of devices can connect to each other.

Microsoft: Kuwait & Algeria malware culprits

Zach Miners by Zach Miners - July 1st, 2014

Microsoft has taken legal action to combat the spread of malware that the company says can be traced to bad actors in Kuwait and Algeria.

Dell introduces mid-size and software-defined storage arrays

Stephen Lawson by Stephen Lawson - June 25th, 2014

Dell plans to expand its storage lineup with a series of mid-sized SAN arrays and a portfolio of software-defined storage systems, furthering two prominent industry trends.

Microsoft releases Surface Pro 3 in UAE

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - June 24th, 2014

Microsoft has announced the availability of Surface Pro 3 for commercial customers in the United Arab Emirates.

The growth of Google

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - June 23rd, 2014

So the word’s out. By the end of May it emerged that Google will invest between $20-30 billion in acquisitions of non-US-based companies, following its 2013 disclosure to the U.S. Securities and Exchanges Commission of the plans.

Paving the path to Big Data

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - June 5th, 2014

CNME organised the second edition of its Big Data Symposium in Dubai last month, defining what you need to know to underscore the success of this exciting new technology in regional enterprises.

What’s really behind the Microsoft-Salesforce deal

Brandon Butler by Brandon Butler - June 1st, 2014

At first glance, it doesn’t seem like there are many ways SalesForce.com and Microsoft should partner; they both offer competing SaaS services. But upon closer inspection, the deal that the leaders of these two companies spoke so highly of during a joint conference call on Thursday afternoon makes a lot of sense not just for these companies, but customers as well.

Iranian hackers create fake news organisation

Jeremy Kirk by Jeremy Kirk - May 29th, 2014

A suspected Iranian hacker group seeded Facebook and LinkedIn with bogus profiles of women and created a fake online news organisation to get digitally closer to more than 2,000 people whom it wanted to spy on.

Microsoft Mobile: Restored glory?

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - May 15th, 2014

Microsoft has finally closed its $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia’s handset business, and now has an added opportunity to impose its ‘Microsoft Everywhere’ approach on technology, writes James Dartnell.

Gartner: Worldwide PC shipments declined 1.7 percent

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - May 1st, 2014

Worldwide PC shipments totalled 76.6 million units in the first quarter of 2014, a 1.7 percent decline from the first quarter of 2013, according to preliminary results by Gartner.

Microsoft completes $7.2B Nokia acquisition

Gregg Keizer by Gregg Keizer - April 27th, 2014

Microsoft has officially closed its $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia’s handset business, welcoming approximately 30,000 new employees to its rolls.

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.

  • 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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