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Microsoft buys Islraeli security startup Adallom for $320m, plans Israel cybersecurity centre – report

Microsoft has reportedly acquired Adallom for $320m in a cloud security push

Microsoft has apparently added Israeli cloud security startup Adallom to its arsenal, with multiple reports claiming the software company paid nearly $320m for the firm. The reports also suggest Microsoft is planning to open a cyber security centre in the region using some of the local talent it has acquired.

IBM, Mubadala joint venture to bring Watson cloud to MENA

IBM is bringing Watson to the Middle East

IBM is teaming up with Abu Dhabi-based investment firm Mubadala Development Company to create a joint venture based in Abu Dhabi that will deliver IBM’s cloud-based Watson service to customers in the Middle East and Northern Afirca (MENA) region.

Security and SLAs limiting cloud uptake in MENA, IT head says

Cloud uptake in MENA may struggle due to security, SLAs challenges

Despite strong projected growth, cloud services uptake in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) could be hampered by the speed at which local cloud service providers adopt new security controls, Emirates Investment Authority (EIA) IT head Furqan Ahmed Hashmi tells BCN.

Cloud to help Arab Open University provide more support to students and staff, CIO says

Abid Butt, chief information officer, Arab Open University

Arab Open University (AOU), a non-profit, private regional university spanning seven countries is looking to take more of its applications to the cloud in a bid to improve how the organisation supports staff and students in the region, according to the university’s chief information officer Abid Butt.

Kony appoints former SAP cloud, mobile head to lead ME, APAC

Steven Medeiros

Mobile development and management services provider Kony has appointed Steven Medeiros as vice president and general manager of Asia Pacific and Middle East. Medeiros, who formerly led SAP’s cloud and mobile solutions division for APAC, will focus on building out offices and channels for Kony in the region.

Egyptian Government signs MOU to fund local cloud initiatives

Helmy: 'The cloud sector is a strategic priority for Egypt'

The Minister of Communications and Information Technology has signed a memorandum of understanding with TE Data, a subsidiary of Telecom Egypt, and Automation Consultants that will see the parties commit billions over seven years to provide cloud computing application services to the private and public sector organisations in Egypt.

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