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Avnet marks 50 Years on NYSE

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Avnet will become one of the only few companies in the history of NYSE to complete 50-years, since its listing on NYSE in December 30, 1960. Ever since, Avnet has worked to create and sustain a culture that centers on profitable growth, operational excellence, people development and shareholder value creation. This has held true even as the company evolved from a diversified conglomerate to a focused technology distributor that is a global leader in its industry. It was not too long ago that Avnet sold decanters and musical instruments, among a wide range of other products.

Iraq to gets its first data centre soon

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Munaf Sabeeh, chief executive officer of Scopesky Communications, has announced that Iraq's first commercial data centre will be ready in mid-December, Meed has reported. Built at Baghdad airport for security reasons, the fibre-optic ISP is connected to two gateways, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, with plans to sign up Jordan soon as the third gateway, he said. Iraqi Telecoms and Post Co will take a 20% to 30% revenue share and has the rights to sell the capacity.

Gartner names Software AG in the Leaders Quadrant for BPM

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Software AG today announced that it has been named by Gartner, Inc., a leading industry analyst firm, in the Leaders Quadrant of the recently released Magic Quadrant for Business Process Management Suites. According to Gartner, Inc., more organizations are adopting Business Process Management (BPM) as a discipline and scaling up their efforts to establish BPM as an enterprise program. The effectiveness of BPM in providing business efficiency was demonstrated by a 15% market growth in BPMS in 2009.

GBM ties-up with Salesforce.com

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Gulf Business Machines (GBM), the region's leading IT solutions and service provider, today announced that it has earned Salesforce.com's Business Partner Status in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region. Salesforce.com is a US based Cloud Computing company which provides on-demand Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solutions globally. GBM already shares a longstanding relationship with Salesforce.com and offers its full range of Cloud-based Business Applications. With this partnership, supported by a highly skilled team, GBM will bring local capabilities and expertise to customers in the region.

Orga Systems goes big on Middle East & Africa

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Orga Systems today announced its plans to strengthen its regional engagement and closeness to customers in the Middle East and Africa region. Orga Systems is a major player and works with over 40 telecom service providers across the world, serving more than 350M subscribers on its highly scalable real-time based convergent platforms. Mobile services in Middle East and Africa have seen tremendous growth during the past decade. This was based on ever increasing mobile market penetration. In light of today's increasing competition, the region is facing a new challenge: sustainability of business. This can only be achieved by retaining and acquiring customers through sophisticated offerings designed to meet customers' lifestyle. Only convergent billing systems can handle this significant volume of all prepaid and post paid subscribers.

CRM, ERP now in Arabic from Sage

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Sage Software, has partnered with LinguaNext Inc., to launch the first Arabic version of its top CRM and ERP solutions for SMBs in the UAE. This includes the Arabic language add-on for ‘Sage CRM', ‘Sage Accpac' and ‘Sage X3', which allows customers to use the same software available internationally in the Arabic language. The move is in line with Sage Software's aims to cater to the needs of Arab users in the UAE, by offering more adaptable software in their vernacular, which is also part of the company's strategy to expand its reach across the region.

New firmware from SonicWALL

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The new firmware released from SonicWALL introduces High Availability and Layer-7 Load Balancing, providing customers’ remote access availability while allowing for flexible, fast growth. While accessible on a broad range of devices, smartphone users running Google Android, Apple iOS 4, Windows Mobile and Symbian operating systems will also benefit via SonicWALL’s reverse proxy and ActiveSync offerings. Available immediately, SonicWALL SSL VPN 5.0 dramatically increases uptime and scalability, reliability and security to a company’s corporate network.

Business Connexion enters Kenya

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South African based Business Connexion (Pty) Limited expects to invest nearly Sh 2 billion in its new venture in partnership with Afrika Kusini Technologies to roll out its services in Kenya. Business Connexion is a leading systems integrator with a large presence in the continent and its kenyan venture will engage predominantly in the establishment of infrastructure and data centre capabilities which will serve as the foundation for the delivery of managed ICT services.

Avnet starts Storage Academy for its HP partners

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Avnet Technology Solutions recently launched its “Storage Academy” in association with HP to educate its channel partners the importance of designing efficient storage solutions and enhancing their skill-sets. With data growing at an explosive rate, storage has become a main component of HP’s Converged Infrastructure model. Avnet took Storage Academy to Kuwait, Riyadh, Beirut, Cairo and was overwhelmed by the large participation of HP Channel Partners everywhere. During the program both Avnet and HP highlighted various techniques that can be used to design an effective storage infrastructure, such as data tiering, thin provisioning, data de-duplication, archiving and backup strategies to protect precious data. Brocade added value to the academy with a presentation about the latest developments in SAN infrastructure. It also covered key topics like cost competitiveness, margins. Another important topic was Storage Virtualization and the advantages of this technology compared to others.

Netgear unveils new range of 'NAS Storage' solutions

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Netgear, a worldwide provider of technologically advanced branded networking and storage products, has announced the launch of its latest line of 'NAS Storage' solutions. The new range includes five new models - 'ReadyNAS ULTRA', 'ReadyNAS NVX Diskless', 'ReadyNAS PRO Diskless', 'ReadyNAS 3100' and 'ReadyNAS 4200', which offer multiple back up layers that can be customised to match the needs of the user.

SonicWALL Honors Top Performing Partners in 2010

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SonicWALL, Inc. a leading provider of intelligent network security and data protection solutions, successfully concluded its Middle East and Africa channel partner event in Dubai, attended by over 100 partners from the region. At the conference, SonicWALL demonstrate its recently launched SonicOS 5.8 for its Next-Generation Firewall product lines. Recognizing the constantly expanding volume, frequency and sophistication of malware threats, SonicWALL’s Next-Generation Firewalls utilize extra-firewall intelligence including the SonicWALL Global Response Intelligent Defense (GRID) Network enabling real-time threat adaptability and mitigation of over 3.7 million and growing threats.

Avnet hosts an memorable evening

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Avnet held an exclusive evening for its partners, vendors and end-users at the Exclusive Armani Club at Armani Hotel, located in the heart of the World’s tallest building Burj Khalifa in Dubai to celebrate its success in the region. Avnet Technology Solutions’ EMEA Senior Management hosted the Cocktail reception which was attended by several key executives from vendors such as HP, Oracle, Hitachi, AMD, Enterasys to Channel Partners to mention a few Raqmiyat, Smartworld, Oxygen, Natcom, Office Pro among many others visiting from different countries in the region.