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.

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.

IT spending by UAE businesses to top $4.6 Billion in 2014

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - March 30th, 2014

Business IT spending in the UAE is expected to increase 8.3% year on year in 2014 to total $4.63 billion, according to the latest figures released today by IDC.

The death of Internet privacy

Annie Bricker by Annie Bricker - March 26th, 2014

In the age of constant connection, internet users are sharing more and more sensitive information online. As hackers become more organised and the amount of data stored in the cloud increases, the potential for leaks of sensitive data becomes magnified.

IDG Founder and Chairman Patrick J. McGovern dies at 76

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - March 21st, 2014

International Data Group (IDG)  announced  with great sadness that its Founder and Chairman, Patrick J. McGovern, died March 19, 2014, at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, California. CPI Media Group’s technology division is the …

IDC: Cloud will be $107B industry by 2017

Brandon Butler by Brandon Butler - March 20th, 2014

Cloud computing was an estimated $47.4 billion industry in 2013 and is expected to more than double to $107 billion by 2017, research firm IDC predicts.

IDC: MEA tablet shipment booms in Q4

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - March 17th, 2014

Shipments of PC tablets into the Middle East and Africa expanded 111% year on year in the final quarter of 2013, according to the latest results released by IDC, as the overall MEA tablet market reached a total of 3.45 million units for the quarter.

Bringing it all together

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - March 10th, 2014

Converged storage has transitioned from hype to market reality. Combining compute resources with storage delivery promises to drive efficiency and save money for enterprises reeling under the data deluge.

IDC: Infrastructure and operations to drive MEA IT oil and gas spend

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - March 9th, 2014

IT spending by oil and gas companies across the Middle East and Africa in 2014 will primarily be driven by ambitious infrastructure investment plans, the modernisation of operational processes, and the quest to add more value to the services delivered to end users, according to predictions from IDC.

IDC forecasts deeper declines in PC shipments for 2014

Gregg Keizer by Gregg Keizer - March 6th, 2014

Shipments of new personal computers, most of them equipped with Microsoft Windows, will face greater declines in 2014 than earlier anticipated, IDC said Tuesday.

Microsoft Azure continues enterprise push with private on-ramps

Joab Jackson by Joab Jackson - February 23rd, 2014

Microsoft continues to target the enterprise with the introduction of a private on-ramp for Windows Azure cloud services.

Samsung to replace Android with Tizen on next Gear smartwatch

Matt Hamblen by Matt Hamblen - February 20th, 2014

On Monday Samsung will unveil its second-generation Galaxy Gear smartwatch, this one running the open source Tizen operating system, not the Android software that runs the first-generation model, according to reports.

Ringing in changes

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - February 17th, 2014

Can regional telecommunication providers go beyond vanilla services and offer more value to consumer and business markets alike?

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.

ITS announces Smart Government agreement for GCC nations

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - February 17th, 2014

International Turnkey Systems Group (ITS) has announced a series of agreements to implement Smart Government solutions and provide a range of e-government services for Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

Rakuten to buy Internet messaging app Viber for $900 million

Tim Hornyak by Tim Hornyak - February 16th, 2014

Japan’s Rakuten will acquire instant messaging and calling app developer Viber Media for US$900 million, the e-commerce giant said Friday.

IDC: Smartphone shipments hit 1 billion in 2013

Martyn Williams by Martyn Williams - February 13th, 2014

The world’s love affair with the smartphone continued unabated in 2013 with consumers snapping up more than 1 billion handsets during the year, according to an IDC estimate published on Wednesday.

IDC: Infrastructure, mobility, and security to fuel 2014 ME software spending

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - February 11th, 2014

Middle Eastern software markets are set to show robust growth in 2014, according to the latest insights from global IDC with GCC countries spurring this expansion through the initiation of infrastructure projects and implementation of citizen services.

Sophos acquires security provider Cyberoam Technologies

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - February 11th, 2014

Sophos has announced today the acquisition of network security provider Cyberoam Technologies.

IDC: Leading MEA utility IT spending to top $1 billion in 2014

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - February 11th, 2014

IT spending on utilities in Turkey, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE increased 9.2% year on year in 2013 to total just under $1 billion, according to the latest round of data released by IDC Energy Insights.

State secrets

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - February 9th, 2014

What do Middle East governments need when it comes to security, and are newly formed government entities set to revolutionise the way that states think about security?

IDC: Storage and servers will help boost IT spending

Mikael Ricknäs by Mikael Ricknäs - February 6th, 2014

Worldwide IT spending will grow by 4.6 percent this year, as enterprises look to upgrade storage, servers and networking equipment, according to market research company IDC.

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

Open up

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - February 3rd, 2014

Open-source storage solutions that used to be considered extremely niche have been used for various new applications, and these applications are getting users across the world excited about the possibility of doing things a little differently.

History lesson: Mobile malware

Axelle Apvrille, Senior Mobile Malware Analyst Researcher, Fortinet by Axelle Apvrille, Senior Mobile Malware Analyst Researcher, Fortinet - February 2nd, 2014

2014 marks the 10th anniversary of Cabir, the world’s first mobile phone malware. To mark this occasion, Fortinet’s FortiGuard Labs is taking a stroll down memory lane to examine the evolution and significance of mobile threats during the last 10 years.

EMC & IDC report on EMEA healthcare future

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - January 30th, 2014

EMC and IDC have today issued research on the future of healthcare provision in EMEA which indicates that hospitals will need to look beyond their borders to deliver improved and cost effective patient care, in an environment where long term chronic illness is on the increase.

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.

IDC: Global smartphone shipments topped 1 billion in 2013

Tim Hornyak by Tim Hornyak - January 28th, 2014

New numbers on smartphones suggest they’ve notched a significant milestone. The global market topped 1 billion shipments for the first time in 2013, covering about one-seventh of the world’s population, according to research by IDC.

EMC to lean on VMware for public cloud

Brandon Butler by Brandon Butler - January 26th, 2014

In lieu of launching its own public cloud lineup, storage giant EMC has decided to resell the cloud products of its VMware subsidiary, Network World has learned.

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).

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.

Ethernet fabrics – a network evolution paving the way for Middle East data centres

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - January 21st, 2014

To a large number of organisations, Ethernet fabrics remain a poorly understood concept rather than a platform for innovation, says Samer Ismair, MEMA Network Consultant, Brocade Communications

Saudi IT services market grows 11.3% in 2012

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - January 16th, 2014

Despite experiencing a slower-than-anticipated year, the Saudi Arabian IT services market posted healthy year-on-year growth of 11.3% in 2012, according to the latest insights from IDC.

HP launches voice-enabled tablets in India

John Ribeiro by John Ribeiro - January 16th, 2014

Hewlett-Packard appears set to re-enter the smartphone market with the launch in India Wednesday of two tablets running the Android OS and offering voice-calling capability.

For cybersecurity professionals, is the concept of ‘control’ a pipe dream?

Anthony Perridge, EMEA Channel Director, Sourcefire by Anthony Perridge, EMEA Channel Director, Sourcefire - January 15th, 2014

Anthony Perridge, EMEA Channel Director, Sourcefire asks: Is it realistic to expect you can gain control over threats and outbreaks?

Lenovo launches VIBE smartphones in the UAE

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - January 15th, 2014

Lenovo last night announced that its first LTE smartphone, the Lenovo Vibe Z, will be available in the UAE end of February at all major retailers.

Apple’s Mac ends up in tablet cannibal pot, too

Gregg Keizer by Gregg Keizer - January 14th, 2014

Tablet consumers have taken as big a bite out of Mac growth as they have out of personal computers in general, showing that Apple is not immune to the seismic shift it triggered with the iPad.

Copper Cabling – Still a Viable, Cost-Effective Solution for 10 GbE Networks

Shibu Vahid, Head of Technical Operations, R&M Middle East, Turkey & Africa by Shibu Vahid, Head of Technical Operations, R&M Middle East, Turkey & Africa - January 14th, 2014

Higher performance networks and 10 Gigabit ethernet is rapidly becoming a standard across the Middle East region, says Shibu Vahid, Head of Technical Operations, R&M Middle East, Turkey & Africa

Expo 2020 outlook

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - January 13th, 2014

On 26 November, 2013, Dubai was awarded the opportunity to host the World Expo 2020. And with this, the city has been given a chance to make huge developments.

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.

CNME Q&A: Natalya Kaspersky

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - January 8th, 2014

CNME talks to the InfoWatch CEO

2014: Great risks, greater responsibilities

Art Coviello, Executive Vice President EMC, Executive Chairman RSA. by Art Coviello, Executive Vice President EMC, Executive Chairman RSA. - January 8th, 2014

The need for advanced security is heightened further as we witness the transition to the third platform of computing, says Art Coviello, Executive Vice President EMC, Executive Chairman RSA, The Security Division of EMC.

Healthy fruits

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - January 6th, 2014

BlackBerry’s latest financial results, which were announced mid-December, show that the company has a lot to do before it gets back to any level of solid footing.

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