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APC cautions IT end-users

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Frequent disturbances in mains and power outages can lead to companies incurring high IT service loss and equipment damage, cautions APC by Schneider Electric, a global leader in integrated critical power and cooling services. While the need to reduce data centre power consumption and carbon footprint cannot be taken lightly, some of the approaches being taken to eliminate UPS electrical losses are highly questionable. The comments were made by Shri Karve, Director of Business Development, APC by Schneider Electric, to highlight the fact that UPS which are designed to switch between various modes of operation (i.e., topologies) in order to increase energy efficiency may eventually compromise the protection of the IT equipment. While the need to reduce data centre power consumption and carbon footprint cannot be taken lightly, some of the approaches being taken to eliminate UPS electrical losses are highly questionable.

Etisalat hosts ICT workshop in Ras Al Khaimah

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Etisalat hosted a focused group workshop for organizations in the Ras Al Khaimah, to discuss emerging ICT trends and their application to their respective business environments and industry domains. Sheikh Mohammed bin Kayed Al Qasimi, Vice Chairman of RAK Department for Economic Development, graced the event with his presence. During the workshop, Etisalat provided strategic direction to RAK corporates to showcase how ICT (Information & Communication Technologies) can deliver the required impetus for businesses in the current economic situation and how organizations can leverage the emerging ICT solutions to create a long lasting business value.

Optimus to power Opti-UPS

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Optimus Technology and Telecommunications, announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with Opti-UPS and they will distribute Opti-UPS across the Middle East and Africa region with exclusive distribution rights in Qatar, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain. Opti-UPS has an extensive range of products, which include standby, line-interactive and online UPS products besides stabilizers and surge busters that have gained the trust of worldwide customers.

APC updates its data center software portfolio

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APC, today announced the launch of InfraStruxure™ Management Software Portfolio 6.2, which includes updates to InfraStruxure Central Monitoring Suite and InfraStruxure Operations Suite. It also announced the introduction of an integration with VMware vSphere™ 4.1. The new versions bring further support to an open, vendor-neutral platform that holistically addresses the needs of data center management by enabling IT professionals to design, operate and manage their physical infrastructure while systematically ruling out human error.

Versant Technologies implements Oracle at Zawya Retail

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Versant Technologies recently implemented Oracke retail solution at the supermarket and convenience store chain, Zawya in UAE. Zawya implemented an extensive footprint of Oracle Applications in short space of time of only four months to support its growing business requirements as it spreads its reach across the UAE with 20 new stores by the end of this year. The retailer is using the Oracle applications to ensure high levels of customer service by delivering consistent pricing and promotions throughout its store and home delivery network and by enabling the retailer to localise assortments based on customer demand.

Asus launches silent graphic card

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Asus today announced the release of Asus GT 520, a graphics card that combines great performance with a low profile that is perfectly suited to be used in an HTPC. With an innovative fanless design, the GT 520 efficiently and silently dissipates heat while still offering outstanding graphics performance. 1GB of DDR3 memory and Microsoft DirectX 11 support means the GT 520 displays the latest in multimedia entertainment with ease. Asus GT 520 is based on the NVIDIA GeForce GT 520 GPU and is equipped with an efficiently designed heatsink that passively cools the GT 520 so absolutely no sound is produced while running.

Samsung launches new notebooks

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Samsung today introduced the Samsung Notebook RC Series in United Arab Emirates. With an HD LED display delivering up to 300 nit brightness, the Samsung Notebook RC Series is the ideal choice for anyone who wants to bring their world to life with brighter, sharper and naturally vibrant color. The Samsung Notebook RC series is packed with a choice of the latest Intel Core i5 Processor, genuine Windows 7 Home and a NVIDIA Optimus graphics card, which dynamically allocates resources where they are needed most. So you can enjoy effortless multi-tasking and great family entertainment in style.

Saudi Arabia acknowledges the potential of ICT industry

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Kingdom of Saudi Arabia acknowledged the potential of ICT industry with the Shura Council eyeing to raise the industry's contribution to the level of 20 per cent of national GDP by 2020. Reaffirming the government's robust ICT outlook, recent studies have projected Saudi Arabia's software market to reach a value of USD 675 million during the current year, up from USD 611 million in 2010 and poised to maintain a healthy growth rate in the succeeding years, while the IT services market is expected to reach USD 1.1 billion this year and sustain a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9 per cent during the 2011 – 2015 period.

LG #1 in monitors

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LG Electronics accounted for 18 percent market share of LED LCD globally with the sales of its LED LCD monitors touching 2.92 million mark out of 16.68 million LED LCD monitors sold around the world making LG the number 1 brand in LED LCD monitors. From just 1 percent in 2009, LED monitors' share of the monitor market leaped to 10 percent last year. Having prepared in advance for the shift from LCD to LED LCD monitors, LG was well placed to capitalize as the market took off last year.

Mindware to distribute AMD Radeon

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Mindware, the leading distributor of quality IT products in the MENA region, has signed today a distribution agreement with HIS, the award winning internationally acclaimed graphics cards company with to distribute AMD Radeon products to the Middle East and Africa regions. The deal which takes effect immediately will see to enhance the distribution network of all AMD Radeon products in the region, making use of Mindware’s extensive portfolio of over 2,500 resellers throughout the MEA region.

Epson launches AcuLaser M2400D mono laser

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Epson has announced the Middle East launch of the AcuLaser M2400D, A4 mono laser printer series. This low-maintenance series of printers offer increased functionality alongside flexibility to suit any office environment while also delivering high-quality documents with a professional print resolution of 1200dpi. Built for small-to-medium workgroups, the AcuLaser M2400D series gets the job done fast with a print speed of 35 pages per minute.

Kingston brings Data Traveler 4000 to the region

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Kingston, announced the launch of Data Traveler 4000 - Managed (DT4000-M) USB Flash drive, a fully managed version of the company’s DataTraveler 4000 product. Specifically developed and priced for enterprise deployments, the FIPS 140-2 validated DT4000-M leverages SafeConsole for Kingston server software from BlockMaster to deliver best-in-class USB protection, flexibility and centralised management control at an affordable cost for organizations in the Middle East.