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How aggressively will the region’s enterprises spend on network development over the coming 12 months, and are they ready to introduce widespread automation into their infrastructure?
As connected smart devices and ‘things’ multiply and organisations move away from physical business models, how are the region’s enterprises equipped to take on 2017?
For the Middle East telecom market, 2017 could be a year of opportunities with the rise of IoT and digital services.
What changes in architecture will be needed to accommodate the Internet of Things, and what types of platform will best deliver IoT services?
With the TRA desperate to get more spectrum by 2020 for the 5G network to power the ‘Smart Future’ of Dubai, how can telecoms providers hope to deal with this surge in demand for mobile data, and what technologies are available to help combat network congestion?
Fog computing provides the capability to derive real-time insights from the vast amounts of data generated by “things” at the edge of the network. Aligning with Dubai’s vision to be the world’s “smartest city” by 2017, how can fog computing contribute to this effort?
Facing pressure to develop new services quickly and to cut operational expenditures, telecommunications service providers are increasingly outsourcing their day-to-day network operations.
How are attitudes towards digital banking in the GCC region changing, and what strategies are needed to ensure maximum customer satisfaction?
A relatively new school of thought in IT, DevOps is accelerating the pace of software development through cultural and technological changes. How can DevOps benefit the quality of networks, and which aspects of networking are most suited to the change?
The increasing use of digital technologies within hospitals is bringing about significant changes to healthcare. How can the industry ensure that these new technologies work to both physicians’ and patients’ best advantage?
With the modular data centre market set to triple by 2021, what is driving this change, and what part can the Middle East play in this growth?
Carrier Ethernet is projected to broaden its penetration in telecom networks as the ubiquitous technology for broadband access, cloud interconnect and wide area medium.
With an increasing number of vendors entering the hyper-converged infrastructure space, end-users are spoiled for choice with the array of appliances now in the market. How big a jump is the shift to a hyper-converged system, and what risks should CIOs consider before opting for the move?
Are networks prepared for the era where tens of billions of connected devices dominate the enterprise?
While it may still be years away, developing an understanding of how 5G will impact your enterprise will be hugely beneficial in the long run.
In a constantly evolving digital world, technology has impacted every aspect of life may it be for socialising, working or other regular day-to-day activities. The digital age has also transformed the way many industries operate and education is no exception.
Video collaboration has the potential to transform the culture of a business, connecting people from afar. How will the latest solutions in the space transform network demands and is the investment worthwhile in a region that values face-to-face meetings?
How ‘digitalised’ are this region’s telecom services and will future demand be dictated by consumers or providers?
Inflexible and complex IT infrastructures can hamper any organisation. These barriers result in slow deployment of critical applications and services, leaving them unable to keep up with growing business demands. Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) can tackle these issues, and bring a whole host of benefits.
The benefits of open source are well known – software that is largely free of charge, constantly updated and prevents vendor lock-in. How trusting are Middle East organisations to open source when it comes to one of the most important parts of an IT strategy – the network?
Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) promises to significantly change the way telecom networks are built and operated. However, there remain several challenges to widespread adoption.
When will 100 GbE become a necessity for the enterprise? Is the Middle East ready for it and will it suffer if it does not opt for the standard in the coming years?
The exponential growth in IP traffic, driven by new devices and applications, has made it imperative for operators to invest in fixed broadband networks. But, with prices stagnating, how quickly can they monetise these high-capacity networks?
No one has the ability to alter history or tell what’s going to happen in the future. But, for businesses who want to succeed and stay ahead of market competition, there is a way to predict the future using data from the past.
As IT systems become more complex, so do the quality of service demands from customers. People are now demanding better performance and speedier response times from enterprises. How can the second wave of virtualisation enhance a company’s business model?
While it may still be years away, understanding how 5G will impact the enterprise now will help you plan accordingly. We bring you five points on how industry players can tap into the benefits of the technology.
John McCarthy, who coined the term, defined Artificial Intelligence as ‘the science and engineering of making intelligent machines.’ Recently, intelligent machines – their creators, specifically – have taken leaps and bounds when it comes to meeting humans as equals in terms of processing power and the ability to make informed decisions.
As Wide Area Network demands increase, the IT department searches for a new solution in software-defined WAN.
The news of the end of sanctions against Iran earlier this year has sent stock markets in the Middle East into a tailspin. As the GCC braces itself for changes to its economic climate, how can enterprise leaders exploit changes to one of the region’s most important emerging industries – technology?
For any enterprise, reducing operational IT expenditures while increasing security and software capabilities is a top priority. With advantages such as cost-savings and ease of use, open source solutions continue to pick up steam across multiple organisations around the world.
Pre-integrated OSS and BSS is said to be crucial for telecom operators to achieve agility and flexibility as they roll out next-generation networks and introduce multi-media services. We look at the value of OSS/BSS in-a-box and what should be considered before making the leap to these solutions.
The face of the telecom customer is changing. Our smartphone obsession has long since transformed our devices from a simple means of communication, to an irreplaceable machine that takes care of our every need.
The influx of data over the past decade has left organisations with more data to manage than ever. The ability to effectively obtain and strategically manage data has since become a competitive differentiator among enterprises.
As the BYOD trend becomes the norm in any office, fresh demands are placed on the enterprise. A range of challenges results for CIOs, chief among them the need to ensure a network is resilient and secure enough to cope with thousands more mobile devices accessing company data.
In the world of mobile broadband, LTE Advanced-Pro is on the tip of everyone’s tongues. Expected to be available this year, the world is waiting eagerly for the next step in the path to 5G. Can 4.5G deliver what most are expecting?
In 2014, Gartner coined the term ‘Web-scale IT’ and predicted that by 2017 it will be an architectural approach found functioning in 50 percent of enterprises globally. With the unprecedented rise of an inevitable data-driven world, this IT approach is expected to help businesses achieve the agility, scalability and business growth that meet rising industry demands.
The software-defined data centre holds huge promise for the enterprise. Being able to provision services at unprecedented speeds can bring huge cost savings and agility to any business, but CIOs must first overcome a range of hurdles to gain backing for such an ambitious project.
As regional CIOs of enterprises and SMBs alike face budgeting and political struggles to gain backing for their desired initiatives, they find themselves spoiled for choice in terms of exciting, disruptive technologies. Which solutions stand the best chance of catching their eye in the coming year?
Commvault has recently launched the next-generation of its product portfolio, which it says, delivers a broad spectrum of innovation to help customers address data management challenges. We caught up the company’s Chairman, President and CEO, Robert Hammer during his maiden visit to Dubai.
When it comes to IT security, the writing has been on the wall for some time. What lessons can be learned from 2015, as even more high profile organisations have fallen victim to cyber-attacks? And what lies in store for the year ahead?
The transition from hardware to software and on-premise to as-a-service models puts unprecedented pressure on the network. What lies in store for the networking industry in 2016? Which technologies will see higher uptake, and which will be phased out?
The state of the region’s telecoms is to an extent polarised. While markets such as the UAE have the world’s highest smartphone penetration rate, other providers are in the midst of catching up with the demand for digital services, and providing greater bandwidth for rural areas. Here’s what the Middle East can expect in 2016.
As voice and SMS streams decline, telecom operators are increasingly looking for revenue through OTT and data services. What revenue sources will emerge in the near future, and which ones will be phased out altogether?
A company’s day-to-day operations rely on its IT function to run smoothly – maintaining a healthy network infrastructure and keeping downtime to a minimum is critical. To date, more and more organisations are turning over certain IT functions to managed service providers, freeing internal IT staff to focus on strategic IT projects.
From SDN to cloud, the transition to any modern technology requires careful management. This all starts in the data centre, where carefully chosen solutions can give the enterprise the best chance of success in terms of security.