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HP secures off-site disaster recovery for ACT

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HP announced that Jordan based Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT), part of APM Terminals' global terminal network, has virtualised its main data center with HP Converged Infrastructure to guard against loss of critical data and keep services available. The highly available new IT environment with off-site disaster recovery has quadrupled ACT's system performance while reducing costs, and is considered the ideal model for virtualisation. "ACT is always looking to update its secure, reliable IT environment to ensure the highest levels of service. The new HP infrastructure automates previously manual tasks and simplifies management, which means we spend less time on maintenance." said Munther Dweik, IT Manager for Aqaba Container Terminal.

Samsung ropes in ShasTech for Saudi Arabia

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ShasTech announced that it has signed a partnership agreement with Samsung and it has been appointed as the authorized reseller for Samsung products in Saudi Arabia. Eng. Mohamed Ali, CEO, ShasTech, said, “This important step is an extension of ShasTech’s accomplishments as an authorized reseller for many major international brands. The credit should be given to our outstandingly talented sales team backed by our distribution fleet, and our expansion programs that would insure comprehensive distribution for Samsung products throughout the kingdom.”

HP acquires Hiflex to boosts its print solutions

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HP recently acquired Germany based Hiflex Software GmbH, which provides specialised software solutions for web-to-print and management information systems solutions for printing services. With this acquisition HP expects the solutions and technologies from Hiflex stable will enable continued innovation across HP’s imaging and printing offerings and will extend the company’s portfolio of cloud-based technologies and solutions. HP also remains committed to supporting a broad range of partner solutions, giving customers maximum choice and flexibility.

Sharp launches PN-L702B LED display solution in the region

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Sharp Middle East has announced the launch of PN-L702B, the latest interactive LED display solution that makes copying discussion notes a thing of the past using Sharp's new infrared touchscreen technology in the region. From training to brainstorming to business presentation, interactive working is today a proven method for obtaining the best possible results in a minimum of time. The new PN-L702B Touch Monitor makes it simple to exchange knowledge between several people. With a diagonal screen size of 176.6 cm and full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, the display precisely renders every detail.

Emitac enters Saudi Arabia

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Dubai based leading distributor Emitac Distribution announced that it entered Saudi Arabian market by setting up base in Riyadh early this week. This move is part of the stratgy to expand its presence across the GCC and parts of Africa. "We are extremely excited about the Saudi market, and we expect to establish our business there very quickly, based on the support we have received from both the channel and our vendors. The market potential is compelling, both from a size and growth rate perspective, and we are making a substantial investment to develop Emitac's share of the business," said Patrick Mulligan, General Manager of Emitac Distribution.

Egypt's ITIDA clocks $1.1bn in ICT exports

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Egypt's Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) announced that the country's outsourcing industry achieved the ICT export revenue to the tune of $1.1bn and it expects that the next wave of growth would easily help them to achieve the target of $10bn by 2020. The sector has recorded strong and consistent growth this year, with a 12% increase in the number of ICT companies in Egypt, and a nearly 10% increase in the number of people employed in the sector.

Epicor releases human capital management solution

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Epicor today announced the release of its award-winning human capital management (HCM) solution in the Middle East. Epicor HCM is a comprehensive human resource information system (HRIS) designed to assist organizations to find and retain employees, provide visibility across their increasingly global workforce, and meet regulatory employee and workforce reporting requirements. Available as on-demand software as a service (SaaS), hosted, or on-premise license, Epicor HCM integrates with the Epicor next-generation enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, or it can be used as a robust standalone HR management solution.

Genius launches Digital Video Recorder in the region

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Genius Computer Technology (GCT) launched the new range of Genuis brand of Digital video recorder DVR-GPS300D, which is the first GPS vehicle recorder and DVR-HD550, which is a HD recorder in the Middle East region. "The DVR is the first product launch of 2012 and we are very excited about it. With the launch these products, Genius has taken another big step in this market. One of the main features about these products is; DVR-GPS300 allows data transfer between the registrar and cartographic data from Google and DVR-HD550 is the best digital vehicle recorder for anyone who travels a lot and would like to store video of traffic in front of them." said Milad Jabbour, President and CEO of GCT.

HP join hands with Ras Al Khaimah E-Government

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HP Middle East join hands with the Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) E-Government Authority to launch the HP Planet Partners programme, which is expected to improve sustainability and recycling in the emirate. "The Ras Al Khaimah E-Government Authority has always been at the forefront with initiatives that help save the environment by re-using and recycling of thousands of printers throughout the various RAK government departments and ministries, has become the first government department in the emirate to cooperate with HP Middle East in this important environmental programme.

SAP appoints new Country Sales Manager for Kuwait

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SAP MENA announced the appointment of Ghassan Abu Asba to the role of country sales manager for Kuwait. Reporting to Gergi Abboud, Country Manager for SAP Kuwait and Qatar, Abu Asba will be responsible for driving the country's field sales operations and ensuring accelerated momentum across all verticals. Abu Asba is a Middle East IT industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience, including stints as Enterprise System Manager at Kuwait Computer Company and Kuwait Country Manager at HP, where he distinguished himself for overseeing headline-grabbing projects for clients such as Wataniya, Equate, Kuwait Stock Exchange, Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Finance.

Samsung launches Wave 3 smartphone in UAE

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Samsung announced the availability of its flagship Wave 3 smartphone in the UAE market. The new Samsung Wave 3 features the latest bada 2.0 operating system, 4-inch Super AMOLED display and a 1.4 GHz processor packaged in a sleek 9.9mm bushed metal case. Additionally, the advanced smartphone enables access to tens of thousands of localized applications through Samsung Apps, Samsung's dedicated application store.

Fortinet reveals 2012 threat predictions

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Fortinet, a network security provider and the worldwide leader of unified threat management (UTM) solutions - revealed FortiGuard Labs' 2012 threat predictions, highlighting eight threats to watch out for next year. Top 8 Security Predictions for 2012: Ransomware to Take Mobile Devices Hostage, "Ransomware," an infection that holds a device "hostage" until a "ransom" payment is delivered, has been around on PCs for years. Mobile malware that utilize exploits have also been observed, along with social engineering tricks that lead to root access on the infected device. With root access comes more control and elevated privileges, suitable for the likes of ransomware. FortiGuard predicts we'll see the first instances of ransomware on a mobile device in the coming year.