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.

GISEC turns the spotlight on crucial security tactics

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - May 13th, 2014

In the wake of increasing global cybercrimes and cyber-attacks, the importance of information security as the top priority of governments, businesses and security services in the Middle East has prompted significant investments to …

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.

How to simplify your infrastructure

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - December 10th, 2013

It’s a cold, hard fact that enterprises are putting more strain on their networks now than ever before. On top of this, never before has the risk of downtime been more pertinent―businesses simply can’t afford for their networks to be down, even momentarily, meaning the pressure is on CIOs to ensure that all services are up-and-running all of the time.

The worse for malware

Ben Rossi by Ben Rossi - November 19th, 2013

Through the advent of mobility, smartphones and tablets are now more dangerous devices to enterprises than laptops and PCs.
Mobile malware continues to proliferate, and at the same time employees are insisting on bringing their personal devices to work.

Gulf Business Machines highlights mobile solutions at Doha event

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - November 19th, 2013

Gulf Business Machines today used its inaugural Enterprise Mobility event in Doha to highlight how companies and governments can leverage smart phones and tablets.

Taking the cloud public

Ben Rossi by Ben Rossi - November 5th, 2013

No technology has bulldozed its way onto the global scene and promised to revolutionise enterprise IT as much as cloud computing.

Architecting your future

Ben Rossi by Ben Rossi - October 29th, 2013

With new technologies seemingly always on the horizon, data exploding, and multiple solutions required to support all the intricacies of business, keeping a hold over your IT is becoming increasingly complicated. Enterprise architecture (EA) tools have emerged to allow CIOs the complete infrastructure visibility they require.

The calm before the plunge

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - August 20th, 2013

Now, more than ever, it’s advisable to test the waters before diving straight into a big contract.

Security-as-a-Service: IT’s Dark Knight?

Joe Lipscombe by Joe Lipscombe - August 13th, 2013

As hackers and attackers wreak havoc on the industry, businesses have been looking for a watchful protector to secure their assets. Is security-as-a-service the IT industry’s Dark Knight?

GBM: Study reveals Middle East as prime target for cyber criminals

Joe Lipscombe by Joe Lipscombe - July 1st, 2013

  More than 65 percent of IT experts in the GCC say the region is a prime target for cyber criminals, according to GBM, which surveyed over 800 IT professionals from Saudi Arabia, …

Regional expertise

Ben Rossi by Ben Rossi - June 19th, 2013

The Middle East is a strong growth market with a knack to leap-frogging technology and delivering impressive implementations. CIOs have been deploying solutions and applications which are keeping the region relevant, and though most global brands have a presence here, the landscape owes much to locality.

To boldly go…

Joe Lipscombe by Joe Lipscombe - June 4th, 2013

For Star Trek fans, it seems like a long time ago since the Starship Enterprise attempted to boldly go where no man had gone before. However, the enterprise is on the move at …

Centre stage for security

Joe Lipscombe by Joe Lipscombe - May 7th, 2013

With the world on constant alert for cyber attacks, CIOs and IT decision makers flooded to the Habtoor Grand hotel last month to discuss the most recent security trends, concerns and solutions at …

Security Strategist 2013 – speakers announced

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - April 16th, 2013

The speakers have been announced for CNME’s upcoming Security Strategist 2013 event, taking place on April 22 at the Habtoor Grand Hotel, Dubai. The agenda, running from 9.30am to 4.30pm is packed with …

The security guide to BYOD

Ben Rossi by Ben Rossi - April 9th, 2013

There’s no use in trying to resist it – BYOD is here to stay. To help in the transition, CNME rounds up tips from the security industry on how to cope with the …

Whose job is it, anyway?

Ben Rossi by Ben Rossi - April 3rd, 2013

A growing number of Middle East CIOs are hiring specialised service providers to manage their organisation’s infrastructure. Is this the future of IT? With the rise of cloud, everything can now be easily …

Network World Middle East Awards – winners announced

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - March 28th, 2013

Over the years, the Network World Middle East Awards event has become a starring fixture on the region’s technology calendar. As established as the ceremony is, though, no one could have predicted how …

You only live twice

Joe Lipscombe by Joe Lipscombe - March 19th, 2013

With an ever-increasing data volume but by no means an ever-increasing IT budget, businesses are facing a tough task in optimising their storage. Most believe that deduplicating redundant copies was the storage saviour. …

Announcements

CNME Staff by CNME Staff - March 12th, 2013

Visit EMC Isilon at CABSAT 2013 March 12th – 14th at the Dubai World Trade Center Hall 7, Stand E7-32 Broadcast and production storage infrastructure plays a critical role in the ability to manage, store …

Preventing a BYO Disaster

Ben Rossi by Ben Rossi - February 19th, 2013

The use of smartphones has become almost ubiquitous, with tablets not far behind. It is estimated there are two billion smartphones already in use, and that number is set to skyrocket in the …

Losing the battle

Joe Lipscombe by Joe Lipscombe - January 22nd, 2013

Security shot up the priority list of not just CIOs but also higher management in 2012 as the world witnessed the effects of countless breaches on top organisations. As a fresh year presents …

More fireworks

Ben Rossi by Ben Rossi - December 11th, 2012

It’s not just data that’s exploding as storage vendors set off fireworks to celebrate a lucrative year in the Middle East. With cloud and analytics solutions only continuing to draw more demand, the …

The back-up plan

Ben Rossi by Ben Rossi - November 19th, 2012

Deduplication is seen as an important strategy for data recovery, with the idea being if data is reduced, not only does it improve storage utilisation, it also makes it faster and easier to …

Virtually misguided

Ben Rossi by Ben Rossi - November 13th, 2012

Vendors and industry leaders appear to have led the formation of an almost ubiquitous assumption that desktop virtualisation is something all organisations should be implementing across their entire IT environment. CNME investigates to …

Seasons of change

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - October 30th, 2012

A fundamental change in server architecture could be on tap as companies look to cut data centre costs and power consumption. Low-power processors from companies like ARM could be in full use in data …

On the move, on the money

Ben Rossi by Ben Rossi - October 9th, 2012

Mobility has changed the whole landscape of the enterprise. People now want to be able to work from anywhere, at any time and on any device. Studies have shown that people are subsequently …

The dos and don’ts of enterprise pilots

Joe Lipscombe by Joe Lipscombe - September 11th, 2012

Before executing a huge project, enterprises often undertake a pilot which can decide the course of the investment and deployment. Joe Lipscombe looks into the industry and identifies the factors that make for …

A different beat

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - August 27th, 2012

Regional system integrator Gulf Business Machines is transforming its networking business with a focus on four emerging technologies. GBM’s networking business, which was known as Integrated Networking and Site Services, will now be rebranded …

Still going strong

Ben Rossi by Ben Rossi - August 7th, 2012

As storage technologies go through massive changes, some analysts have begun to doubt the role and relevance of storage area networks (SANs) in Middle East organisations. CNME’s Ben Rossi draws on the opinions …

Playing catch-up

Ben Rossi by Ben Rossi - August 1st, 2012

As infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service models gain popularity in the U.S. and Western Europe, adoption amongst Middle East enterprises remains low. Ben Rossi asks why, and analyses the challenges that organisations face with IaaS …

OAB chooses IBM to improve e-business agility

Ben Rossi by Ben Rossi - July 23rd, 2012

Oman Arab Bank (OAB) has chosen IBM technology to improve its e-business agility and increase competitiveness. Working closely with IBM’s regional partner Gulf Business Machines (GBM), the bank said the implementation has enabled …

Adding value

Ben Rossi by Ben Rossi - July 22nd, 2012

CNME looks at third party trainers and how they can contribute to the development of both university students and internal IT staff. Armed with a university degree one might be, but third party …

Choice partner

CNME Staff by CNME Staff - May 16th, 2012

CNME asked CIOs to name and explain the elements that they believed made for a strong partnership. Here’s what they had to say. When choosing a partner, we usually look into the integrator’s …

Making it work

CNME Staff by CNME Staff - April 25th, 2012

Storage systems can prove to be challenging to deploy and use within organisations. Vendors suggest choosing the latest in technologies and implementing select processes to make it easier for enterprises. Deployment challenges plague …

Beyond the hype

Ben Rossi by Ben Rossi - April 25th, 2012

Nobody can seem to stop talking about virtualisation and all the supposedly wonderful benefits it gives enterprises. It has gradually made the transition from buzz word, to key trend, to what now is …

Honouring innovation

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - March 28th, 2012

The recipients of the Network World Middle East’s 3rd annual awards were announced at a gala ceremony in Dubai last evening, with 22 companies being given the top honours for innovation and excellence. …

Virtualisation uptake driven by economic, operational factors: GBM

Ben Rossi by Ben Rossi - March 26th, 2012

Economic and operational factors were the driving forces behind a significant uptake in demand for virtualisation solutions, according to Gulf Business Machines (GBM). It said that a combination of a growing focus on …

Virtualisation will be universal business practise: GBM

Ben Rossi by Ben Rossi - March 15th, 2012

Pappu Rao, director of technology services at Gulf Business Machines, says all of GBM’s 160 completed virtualisation projects have succeeded beyond expectations and believes it will soon transition from a trend into a …

GBM announces 35% growth in virtualisation

Ben Rossi by Ben Rossi - February 21st, 2012

Gulf Business Machines (GBM) today said virtualisation will be a major growth factor for the company in 2012 after announcing a 35% year-on-year growth in its virtualisation business in 2011. GBM successfully completed …

DEWA chooses GBM to augment server infrastructure

Sathya Mithra Ashok by Sathya Mithra Ashok - December 18th, 2011

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has selected Gulf Business Machines (GBM) to augment the utility company’s server infrastructure. As part of the project, GBM installed state-of-the-art servers using IBM Power Systems in …

AUST deploys app acceleration solution

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - September 5th, 2011

Ajman University of Science and Technology (AUST), a private institution of higher education in the United Arab Emirates, has deployed Blue Coat ProxySG and PacketShaper appliances to accelerate the delivery of important content and applications while …

AUST deploys Blue Coat appliances to improve Web experience

Pallavi Sharma by Pallavi Sharma - September 4th, 2011

Blue Coat System, a provider of Web security and WAN optimisation solutions, announced that Ajman University of Science and Technology (AUST), a private institution of higher education in the United Arab Emirates, has …

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