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KSA MINISTRY OF JUSTICE SIGNS STRATEGIC DEAL WITH NEXTHINK
he Ministry of Justice of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, have signed a strategic deal with Nexthink at GITEX 2016, DWTC to implement its advanced IT analytics solution to improve IT visibility and security. The very nature of the MOJ’s work requires both real-time and highly secure IT operations. Even with existing backend monitoring tools, the Ministry is faced with critical challenges in key areas such as network
and bandwidth issues, malware, etc., without a clear visibility on the impact of these problems. With Nexthink, the MOJ now has advanced IT analytics, enabling it to strengthen security compliance and make better business decisions. “The Ministry of Justice has a tradition of showcasing new technology, and the IT analytics solution from Nexthink allows us to maintain the highest standards,” said Majed Othman AL Othman, General Manager
of the IT Department at the Ministry of Justice, KSA. “We now have real-time visibility from the end-user perspective to monitor our entire IT infrastructure and ensure a secure and stable environment.” “Nexthink understands the critical and highly sensitive nature of the Ministry of Justice’s work and has thus developed its solution to meet these specific requirements,” said Yousif Hassan, Regional Sales Manager at Nexthink.
Smart Dubai has launched the online portal of DubaiNow, the unified services platform already available as a mobile app, during GITEX Technology Week 2016. The platform is the first to meet the daily needs of Dubai residents with more than 55 smart services available from 24 government and private entities in a single user experience, making city services more seamless and efficient for Dubai residents, and contributing to the vision of Smart Dubai. H.E. Wesam Lootah, CEO of Smart Dubai Government Establishment (SDG), said: “We are keen in SDG on designing smart and innovative services and apps that reflect our shared vision, to make Dubai the happiest city on earth. As the technology arm of Smart Dubai, SDG is supporting the Smart Dubai initiative to connect and enable more efficient, seamless, safe and impactful city experiences, powered by smart technology.
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BUSINESS WITH VALUE RAMKUMAR BALAKRISHNAN
REGIONAL DIRECTOR GULF AND ME, SOUTH AND EAST AFRICA, NEXANS CABLING SOLUTIONS
OENE-WIM STALLINGA MARKETING DIRECTOR, NEXANS CABLING SOLUTIONS
PRESIDENT, REDINGTON VALUE DISTRIBUTION
“The GITEX theme: re-imagining realities fits in very well with what is going on in our organization internally, we are re-imaging our business from being a value-added distributor we are focused on pushing the technologies across for our vendors and engaging in pre-sales, post sales, proof of concepts etc. We are also re-imaging our business by expanding our scope and getting involved much before the whole decision making cycle of end customers and in that regard we have announced a consulting arm called Uniplum, which is going to consult primarily on cloud- cloud transformation, cloud design and cloud delivery and also in areas like big data and IoT. In this sense we are re-imaging our roles for our channel partners whereby we not only become technology associated service providers but also we become their consulting partner and an agent to be relevant in the area of changing consumption which is becoming more on cloud rather on-premises. For 2017 we are primarily looking at upscaling our partners from playing a role of infrastructure service providers to moving into more cloud service providers. Our roadmap is focused on channel enablement, re-engineering the channel go-to market, channel training and also marketing will play a key role in helping the channel becoming relevant in the changing technology landscape.”
Nexans is showcasing its LAN cabling solutions including its latest data centre innovations at GITEX. Nexans also plans to use GITEX as a platform to strengthen its Middle East network by meeting its existing and prospective customers and partners. “We are happy to participate in GITEX Technology Week 2016, which is an ideal platform for us to promote our latest cabling innovations for both office- and data centre environment to a focused audience that is looking for the latest and best technologies at the exhibition. We will also be showcasing our extensive range of LAN cabling solutions including LANmark-7A for 25G, LANmark ENSPACE for scalable fibre solutions, LANactive FTTO to name some. By participating in GITEX, we would like to show our commitment to our customers and partners in terms of our leadership in offering latest and best technologies and our long-term plan to firmly support them in the region” said Tarek Helmy, Regional Director Gulf and Middle East, South & East Africa at Nexans Cabling Solutions. Oene- Wim Stallinga, Marketing Director, Nexans Cabling Solutions, said, “We want to highlight at GITEX is our data centre solutions offering where we have an emphasis on our corporate solutions particularly category 8. One can buy full solution of category 8 from Nexans and category 8 is designed to support very high bandwidth and network speed. We are also showcasing high density fibre solutions for data centre environments. LANmark 8 is available is the biggest announcement we made at GITEX.”
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FOCUS: DATA MANAGEMENT
MENA CHANNEL SALES MANAGER, NETAPP
NetApp is showcasing its latest solutions and services that enable users to seamlessly manage data across different IT platforms, at GITEX Technology Week. Mr. Graham Porter, MENA Channel Sales Manager, NetApp explains that people normally struggle with the question that what exactly can be done with data? A lot of people are looking at cloud, the cloud adoption in the region has been comparatively slow, for NetApp uses hybrid cloud strategy is very important. A lot of people have the perception that storage vendors provide hard disk drives but what we are interested in is data management; a software that enables one to move the data format along with backing it up and compressing it. He said, “We became number two worldwide in Flash last year. The flash is a fraction of a size and we can now get a petabyte of storage in a small rack as small as two pizza boxes. The attractive prices, high performance and it is quicker which makes Flash extremely catchy. We bought a company called SolidFire for $870million dollars in November, which works with telco operators and cloud providers where they have numerous applications and customers running on the same box.” NetApp’s GITEX focus is on flash, cloud, converged infrastructure and software-defined storage and NetApp is excited to connect with new prospects, further developing brand awareness expressed Graham.
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REGIONAL DIRECTOR, CITRIX MENA
“This year we chose to participate with Microsoft because we always had an alliance with Microsoft. Microsoft being an organization leading in innovation in IT, this partnership is second year in a row. Cirtix being a leader in end user computing where we virtualize desktops and application makes it perfect fit when it comes to integrating with the Azure cloud that Microsoft has, so our customer instead of investing on their own infrastructure for desktop management and so on, instead they can host it on the Microsoft Azure cloud and that would save them considerable amount of CAPEX and make the deployment easier and faster which leads to a faster ROI. This why we felt that our GO-TO- MARKET approach for us is to collaborate with Microsoft, as the people are more open to the cloud concept and the public cloud concept.”
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PARTNERING FOR PROGRESS RES has partnered with Midis Group to drive its growth and strengthen its distribution channels in this region and other emerging markets. By partnering with Midis Group, RES will leverage their powerful marketing, sales and operational capabilities to immerse the organization into the market, extend its reach and solidify its presence in the Middle East.
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SYNOLOGY SHOWCASES THE FUTURE OF STORAGE & NETWORKING SOLUTIONS
TRA DISPLAYS ‘ERTEQAA’ INITIATIVE FOR TELECOMS SERVICE CENTERS
elecommunications Regulatory Authority has featured the ‘Erteqaa’ initiative during its participation at GITEX 2016. The initiative aims to improve the telecom service centers in the UAE through a customer survey to help identify that services that increase their satisfaction in all telecom operators’ service centers across the UAE. Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed
Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, the initiative was developed to implement one of the TRA’s strategic goal in achieving happiness for customers, which is part of a comprehensive agenda in response to the UAE Government’s directives to include happiness in its approach, targets and priorities. TRA pointed out that ‘Erteqaa’ is one of the various programs
being implemented by the TRA to achieve customers’ happiness. It falls under the ‘Esaad’ initiative, which include various activities launched earlier by the TRA to help attain people’s happiness, following the directives of our nation’s wise leadership that happiness as not only an image to maintain but an action to be implemented and a national comprehensive plan that touches the core of all sectors.
BULWARK TO BOOST ALL-ROUND IT SECURITY “For Gitex, where we have been showcasing for over a decade now, we employ a two-pronged approach. We not only showcase optimum technologies catching pace in this region, but also introduce newer technologies that are gaining acceleration for their ease of use across the world. Our approach this year has been driven based on a strong demand in the security distribution market.’ Mr. Jose Menacherry, MD of Bulwark Distribution.
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Synology showcased its latest portfolio of network attached storage, IP surveillance solutions, and network equipment at the 36th edition of GITEX Technology Week. Synology’s solutions are committed to transforming the way users manage data, conduct surveillance, and manage network in the cloud era. The Synology booth at GITEX is divided into dedicated sections, which included intelligent networking, home media center, business continuity, hybrid cloud, collaboration, and surveillance station.
IT’S ALL ABOUT DATA FOR STORIT
StorIT will promote its turnkey solutions portfolio including Data Storage, Backup, Data Protection, Information Management and High Performance Computing Solutions from partners such as EMC, Commvault, Tintri, Quantum, QLogic, Mellanox, Unitrends, SAS, ATTO and Supermicro. The company will highlight its value added services such as Business Need Assessment, Architecture and Proof of Design to optimize solutions to customer requirement and its Managed Services. StorIT’s vendors will focus on the latest innovations in the IT space through its presentations.
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FIDELIS’ DEBUT SOLUTIONS
VMWARE TELLS END-TO-END STORY OF THE EMERGING DIGITAL WORKSPACE VMware will showcase its end-to-end solutions for the digital workspace at GITEX
Mware will be using the event as an opportunity to showcase VMware Workspace ONE, a secure enterprise platform that delivers and manages any application on any device, by integrating identity,
application and enterprise mobility management. Ahmed Auda, Managing Director for VMware across MENA said: “Year on year our participation in GITEX increases, as we continue to see the value in being part of the region’s largest
trade show, where we connect with our partners and existing customers, as well as distributors. It’s a great platform for VMware to showcase its leadership in business mobility.”
Fidelis Cybersecurity will demonstrate the latest updates to Fidelis Network and Fidelis Endpoint and invites members of the security community to learn how to improve threat detection accuracy by 30% and recover 50% faster from critical security incidents using integrated network and endpoint solutions from Fidelis. In addition to demonstrating its marketleading solutions, Fidelis will be showcasing its new malware database and freeware tools that the security community can take advantage of to counter attacks and prevent data theft without cost.
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DNATA SELECTS AVAYA TO DRIVE DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION dnata revealed that it has selected Avaya Private Cloud Services to deliver a customer experience transformation solution and create a seamless, personalised experience for dnata customers and partners, across communication platforms. The five-year, multimillion-dollar agreement will see Avaya provide dnata, with a cloud-based contact centre, collaboration, networking and video conferencing solution.
Vic Bageria, CEO, SDS, says, “Our subscription-based platform for business intelligence is an extensive toolset that integrates data from different applications to give visibility in their store operations. It enables companies to take decisions with real time access to business intelligence-related data such as reporting, dashboards, KPIs (key performance indicators), and other related analytics. Armed with the superior intelligence that our platform provides, enterprises can engage in predictive analytics and take smarter decisions to optimize business outcome.”
UNIFY LINKS TECHNOLOGY TO DIGITAL WORKPLACE Unify will showcase ways in which technology can humanize the ondemand working world to strengthen connections and better meet accelerating business demands. Unify
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will demonstrate a range of offerings from its All in one UC platform for Small and Medium enterprisesOpenScape Business. “Unify believes organization culture, employee engagement, user
experience and adoption of the right tools can make the difference between success and failure in an organization’s digital transformation,” said Jon Pritchard, Unify CEO. “This year at Gitex Technology
week we’re pleased to invite customers, partners and industry leaders to meet with us and discover how Unify’s market-leading products can help humanize the digital ondemand working world.”
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Buzinessware has launch their new channel partner program, ‘buzinessin-a-box,’ at GITEX. The new program has been designed to empower the reseller channel with end-to-end infrastructure solutions from Middle East Data Centres. In addition to the launch, the company is set to throw the spotlight on the latest range of next generation cloud solutions— including its broad portfolio of cloud infrastructure products and service offerings across compute, storage & networking business needs on-demand with pay-asyou-go pricing.
BICSI’S STRATEGIC PLANS FOR MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA REGION In Conjunction with GITEX Technology Week, BICSI Opens Regional Office in Dubai
ICSI affirmed its plans to support Middle East and Africa District at the official opening of its new office at Dubai World Trade Centre. “Opening this office in Dubai marks a great milestone in our strategy to support the MEA District,” said BICSI President Ensign.
“We will continue to focus our efforts on MEA and Dubai specifically to meet the everincreasing needs of the ICT community.” The UAE is pioneering initiatives for developing technical advancements in key economic sectors, including in ICT. Opening a BICSI office in Dubai will
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give ICT professionals in the area increased access to BICSI’s best practices-based education, publications, credentialing programs and networking opportunities. The office’s grand opening occurred in conjunction with the 36th GITEX Technology Week in Dubai.
SOTI MOBICONTROL 13.2 STRENGTHENS MOBILE CONTENT MANAGEMENT OFFERINGS
CloudHost has launched userbased cloud platform, which allows users to pay a flat fee for various cloud solutions. The unique structure allows its customers to move away from “CapEx to OpEx” model, taking the service offering to the next level. Nikhil Katara, Co-Founder & Director Operations, says the advantage of its various offerings on a per user-based subscription model allows its clients to keep the cloud deployment cost under control.
SOTI revealed the availability of SOTI MobiControl 13.2. MobiControl provides mobility management across all endpoints, seamlessly managing mobile devices, connected peripherals, applications, content, and security from within a single management console. Version 13.2 of SOTI’s flagship product, MobiControl, has powerful new features, including: SOTI surf, a new secure mobile browser for iOS and Android devices, additional functionality to its SOTI hub mobile content management application, and significant enhancements to further support Android for Work.
FORTINET SECURES HEALTHCARE NETWORK Fortinet revealed that the King Hamad University Hospital (KHUH) has leveraged the Fortinet Security Fabric, including FortiGate enterprise firewalls and FortiMail email security solutions, to
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protect a network of 1,200 employees from email spam and malware. The Fortinet Security Fabric provides KHUH with an integrated and adaptive end-to-end security architecture to protect its entire
distributed network through a single management interface. . We found that only Fortinet provides a comprehensive, end-to-end security solution that is adaptive, extremely easy to manage, and provides
the security features and performance necessary to keep our corporate and patient data safe,” said Major Khalid Al Khalifa, CIO - ICT Department, King Hamad University Hospital.
ZEROTECH’S INNOVATIVE LAUNCH ZEROTECH launched two pocket-size gadgets at GITEX Technology Week 2016 , DOBBY and ROLLCAP. DOBBY, a foldable selfie drone with intelligent features, helps you master aerial photography within five minutes. The waterproof 4K 3-axis gimbal camera, ROLLCAP, enables you to take steady shots and edit them in one go. “The nascent Middle East consumer drone market shows great potential and we are keen to tap into this with the launch of ROLLCAP and DOBBY. We pride ourselves in making our technologies available to everyone, and the pocket-friendly, easy-to-use ROLLCAP and DOBBY are a testament to that,” said Vincent Ma, Vice President of Sales, ZEROTECH.
SUSE TO SHOWCASE SOLUTIONS FOR ZERO-DOWNTIME SUSE is participating at GITEX Technology Week 2016, where they will showcase their four main product offerings for the Software Defined Data Center and Zero Downtime Environments - mission critical Enterprise Linux, private cloud, storage and Linux management. Paul Abi-Chahine, Regional Director, EEMEA said, “The ongoing digital transformation is redefining how enterprises do businesses across the globe and across verticals. If regional organizations are to keep pace with their global compeition it is critical for them to embrace the Software Defined Data Center, a cornerstone of the digitized economy. The SDDCs virtualise all elements of the infrastructure such as networking, storage, security, and processing power and run it as a service.”
INFINET WIRELESS TO UNVEIL CARRIER-GRADE POINT-TOPOINT WIRELESS SOLUTION “GITEX is key to this growth strategy as it not only provides us with a platform to showcase our latest wireless solutions, but also presents us with a golden opportunity to enhance exist-ing relationships and nurture new ones with partners and end customers alike. We hope to contribute significantly to this major event, as we have done for the past nine years! Our innovative product portfolio and flexible business approach have earned us a reputation second-to-none and contributed to our company becoming the de-facto choice for many service providers from all sectors of the industry,” saidKamal Mokrani, Global Vice President of InfiNet Wireless
INJAZAT DATA SYSTEMS’ GITEX PLANS
SPLUNK IT UP MOHAMMED SLIM, REGIONAL SALES MANAGER, KSA, SPLUNK
““Our focus at GITEX is to raise awareness of our brand, improving our brand awareness within the region and forming some strategic alliances with the government organizations and taking away the perception of Splunk being a security solution and allowing our customers or potential clients to realize the full capability of the platform which is much more than a security solution and is actually a platform for machine data and allows them to tap into the value within all of the data generated in their infrastructure.”
Injazat Data Systems will focus on the future by continuing to deliver scalable and flexible enterprise cloud services, as well as its strategy for enabling managed security services for businesses in the region. Injazat will demonstrate how organizations in the region and internationally, can transform their IT services through the adoption of its innovative product portfolio across cloud and security solutions.
‘ARUBA MOBILE-FIRST PLATFORM’ FOR THE DIGITAL WORKPLACE Aruba will be launching its ‘Aruba Mobile-First Platform’ at GITEX. The platform includes a unique set of software solutions and business partnerships, designed to make the enterprise network smarter, while being easier to consume and manage. The Aruba Mobile First Platform, a software layer that uses application programming interfaces (APIs) to provide third-party developers and business leaders network insights to improve applications and services.
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