Network Middle East Innovation Awards return

For the twelfth year, the leading network awards in the region will honour the best of the best in the regional networking industry, this year at a gala event on the 1st of March.

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Network Middle East Innovation Awards return
By  David Ndichu Published  February 28, 2016

Trends

The last few months have seen continuing of the relentless growth of networking technology, trends we have highlighted continuously in this publication.

After a slow start, Cloud has seen major pickup in the region and can only accelerate in years to come as organisations in the region seek to rationalise their spending in these uncertain economic times.

Virtualisation and SDN continue to transform data centres all over the world and particularly in the region, as the hardware-centric architecture giving way to one that is dynamic, manageable, cost-effective and adaptable. The high-bandwidth, dynamic nature of today’s applications demand nothing less.

No topic has been more prevalent in the region’s IT circles than Internet of Things. With billions of devices expected to connect online in the next few years, potential for IoT is massive. Related to that is Smart Cities where governments in the region have committed to creating connected societies able to deliver services using next-gen technologies. All major IT vendors have taken note and are busy pursuing opportunities in the space. The UAE hosted first ever IoT summit in Dubai while the global IoTX forum, hosted by Cisco, was held at the end of last year for the first time in the region.

Big Data is no longer a buzzword and how to make sense of the enormous amounts of data being generated by the millions of connected devices in the enterprise. Analysing that data has become a major challenge for many enterprises and a major opportunity for innovative service providers.

Threatening all this is cybercrime. Experts have highlighted, in this publication and elsewhere, on the increasing sophistication as well as industrialisation of cybercrime. No longer is cybercrime the forte of lone miscreants operating out of their parents’ basement, this is today a thriving industry with dedicated groups complete with business models and increasing operational sophistication. The security industry has of course responded with a range of security solutions to match, but they have their work cut out.

All these trends will be up for consideration as judges examine nomination materials for the Awards.

The 16 awards this year are divided into two main categories, vendor awards and implementation awards, with a couple of individual awards.

The judges have been selected from the research, training and consulting fields in the region, with expertise in networking and the larger IT industry, as well as impartiality, being the main consideration.

Nominations for the 2016 Awards are ongoing by the time of going to press.

The editorial team at the Network Middle East hopes to see you at the Awards ceremony on March 1st.

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