GITEX 2014 Review

Global and regional IT stakeholders from the vendor, distributor, systems integration, solution provider, reseller, service provider and telecoms community turned up for the Middle East’s largest ICT event GITEX Technology Week 2014.

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GITEX 2014 Review
By  Manda Banda Published  November 22, 2014

In the past, GITEX has been used as the platform for announcing ground breaking new products and technologies. As is the norm at the week-long technology fair, which this year saw more than 100,000 ICT professionals from 150 countries visiting GITEX, global brands used the event to ink deals and strategic agreements with both regional governments and private technology companies. Channel Middle East was there and brings you this round-up.

F5 pushes virtualisation

F5 Networks used GITEX Technology Week to lead discussions over how enterprises can move forward with their virtualisation projects.

Throughout the show, the vendor fielded questions from customers over how to consolidate and virtualise on its network security platform, as well as how to build-out more application-aware networks. And while the vendor did not use GITEX to launch any new products, F5’s South EMEA director for Field System Engineering, Vincent Lavergne, said that the exhibition proved useful as a way to find out how its regional customers see their data centre infrastructures progressing over the next 12 to 24 months.

“It’s people who have done the server virtualisation step, it’s done on production on the x86 architecture, and they want to build the data centre from the network security perspective to go to the next step in their virtualisation journey,” he said.

Lavergne added that customers are also asking F5 about the issues that arise as a result of placing some applications in the public cloud, or else taking on some applications through a software-as-a-service model. He said that a common issue that he saw at GITEX 2014 is that IT managers find it difficult to retain full control over third-party applications, despite still being seen as responsible for them by management.

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