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NoSQL – High-performance, non relational databases with flexible data models

April 23rd, 2019
NoSQL - High-performance, nonrelational databases with flexible data models

What are NoSQL databases? NoSQL databases are purpose built for specific data models and have flexible schema for building modern applications. NoSQL databases are widely recognized for their ease of development, functionality, and performance at scale. They use a variety of data models, including document, graph, key-value, in-memory, and search How Does a NoSQL (non relational) Database Work? NoSQL databases use a variety of data models for accessing and managing data, such as document, graph, key-value, in-memory, and search. These types of...Read more 

Leveraging Cloud for Disaster Recovery

March 24th, 2019
Leveraging Cloud for Disaster Recovery

As public cloud infrastructures mature and storage costs decrease, more and more enterprises are looking to the cloud to implement their disaster recovery (DR) plans. Virtually every recent survey of IT trends shows that secondary backup in general and DR in particular are highly compelling cloud use cases, and are often the first forays of an organization into the cloud. In this blog post we discuss cloud disaster recovery benefits and challenges and we will examine the different DR options in public...Read more 

Application Performance Monitoring

March 13th, 2019
Application Performance Monitoring

Why Application Performance Monitoring (APM) is Vital for a Business Of all the tools at an IT department’s disposal, application performance monitoring (APM) can have the most impact on an organization’s bottom line. Why? Because the right APM can proactively identify and address performance issues before they cause response time delays, impact employee productivity and erode customer loyalty. It can also generate a historical database of performance trends, allowing IT teams to identify and narrow down root causes of performance issues. Application...Read more 

Cognitive Security AI Driven Cyber Security

March 5th, 2019

The term Artificial Intelligence (AI) collectively refers to a set of intuitive technologies like natural language processing (NLP), machine learning, and data science. These technologies are capable of performing tasks usually attributed to humans, emulating cognitive abilities like learning from experience and using it to consistently improve performance. With AI constantly evolving and acquiring advanced deep learning capabilities, machines are becoming increasingly adept at learning how to recognize patterns and create models to help them perform a diverse range of tasks. While...Read more 

Introduction to Container Services

February 13th, 2019
Introduction to Container Services – Docker, Kubernetes & Openshift

Containers provide a standard way to package your application's code, configurations, and dependencies into a single object. Containers share an operating system installed on the server and run as resource-isolated processes, ensuring quick, reliable, and consistent deployments, regardless of environment. How they work Why Containers Instead of virtualizing the hardware stack as with the virtual machines approach, containers virtualize at the operating system level, with multiple containers running atop the OS kernel directly. This means that containers are far more lightweight: they...Read more 

Insider Threat Detection

February 7th, 2019
Insider Threat Detection Everything you need to keep insider threat at bay

Malicious insiders can cripple critical systems, copy and sell sensitive customer data, and steal corporate secrets. An insider threat is an employee, former employee, contractor, business associate or other person within an organization who has access to critical data and IT systems and therefore could cause harm to the business. Insider threats can be managed by policies, procedures and technologies that help prevent privilege misuse or reduce the damage it can cause. In many organizations we find a general reluctance to invest...Read more 

Build Secure and Governed Microservices with Kafka Streams

January 29th, 2019

In this post, we shall discuss how Kafka Streams can be used to build microservices application with the help of a use case. What is Apache Kafka? Apache Kafka is a community distributed streaming platform capable of handling trillions of events a day. Initially conceived as a messaging queue, Kafka is based on an abstraction of a distributed commit log. Since being created and open sourced by LinkedIn in 2011, Kafka has quickly evolved from messaging queue to a full-fledged streaming platform....Read more 

Add and Manage photos in Outlook messages and contacts FOR FREE!

January 22nd, 2019

Have you ever met someone after a long email conversation or a Lync or Skype chat and not recognized the person until they confront you with their name? Well, how good is your email signature in Outlook? Do you have to be a Microsoft Exchange expert to customise your information and add photos to your AD? Mindfire Technologies has answer for all these questions. Why would you need to add photos to Active Directory? You may need to add photographs to Active...Read more 

Security on a Budget

January 21st, 2019
Cyber Security on a Budget

Security on a Budget Small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) face myriad challenges when it comes to information security. Yet, a couple of prevailing ones seem to drive all the others. First, many SMBs believe that their data is not as desirable or valuable as that of big businesses. And, second, they convince themselves that investing in adequate protection is a luxury rather than a necessity. However, the simple fact is that these companies are often targeted by malicious players because of their...Read more 

About CodeTwo Email Signatures for Office 365

January 14th, 2019
About CodeTwo Email Signatures for Office 365

CodeTwo Email Signatures for Office 365 is an email signature management solution which allows your company to keep consistent branding in email communication. Thanks to this tool, you can enjoy automatic, professional email signatures and disclaimers regardless of the email client or device used. MS Office 365 message protection and CodeTwo It is an era of security regulations such as GDPR, enterprises are putting a great effort into making email protection technologies more widely available. Lately, Microsoft has introduced significant changes to...Read more 

Googles presence in China

December 23rd, 2018
Google’s presence in China

A tie-up with large Chinese tech firms, like Tencent and Inspur, a major cloud solution and server provider, would give Google powerful allies as it attempts a broader return to mainland China, where it pulled its search engine in 2010 over censorship concerns. in addition to investing more in Chinese companies, Google has started rebuilding its presence in China by building a cloud data center region in Hong Kong this year and opening an artificial intelligence research center in Beijing in January....Read more 

Check Point Software acquires Dome9 to beef up multi-cloud options

December 18th, 2018

The Israel-based cyber security firm Check Point Software acquired compatriot Dome9 with multi-cloud capability which offers a SaaS platform that aims to visualize organizations’ security postures in the public cloud. Companies can have verifiable infrastructure security for every public cloud, including the behemoths of AWS, Azure and Google Cloud Platform. This shall enhance the ability to deliver the benefits of cloud with the critical security that must extend from the networks, endpoints and data centers to the cloud and mobile enterprise-wide. Check...Read more 

Exploring the benefits and challenges of hyper converged and software-defined storage

December 9th, 2018
hyper converged and software-defined storage

Software-defined, hyper converged and cloud storage are the fast becoming the widely accepted norms of the IT space and according to Data Core, while hyper converged is making inroads, organizations are struggling while software-defined storage is seeing a greater number of use cases. Although Data Core's primary business line is through software-defined the study conducted by them polled 400 IT professionals who were using or evaluating software-defined storage, hyper converged and cloud storage, and found plenty of interesting statistics to consider. While...Read more 

Next Generation cloud backup and data protection for Office 365

October 28th, 2018
Next Generation cloud backup and data protection for Office 365

Introducing SolarWinds Backup for Office 365* Most of the customers face risks and potential policy gaps when it comes to data protection. SolarWinds® Backup for Office 365 helps complement and extend the basic data protection offered by Microsoft. SolarWinds Backup for Office 365 offers: Protection and recovery of Office 365 Exchange services Retention for up to seven years Comprehensive and enhanced search tools Easy-to-use dashboard for managing all Office 365 Contact Mindfire Sales team for further discussions and claim a free trial,...Read more 

Backup for Office 365 with Code Two

October 21st, 2018

Solution Overview CodeTwo Backup for Office 365 lets you perform full or granular backups of multiple Office 365 mailboxes and public folders directly to your local drives. Brick-level storage and advanced search options, enables to back up and restore entire mailboxes or selected types of data - from email folders, calendars or contacts to individual items like single messages or attachments. Support for SharePoint and OneDrive is also in the roadmap to be released soon. Key features Back up Office 365 mailboxes...Read more 

Cyberattack

October 14th, 2018
Cyberattacks

With the cyber world dominating our lives, cyberattacks represent a serious concern for organizations worldwide. Damage caused is not just limited to data (both personal and financial) but money, productivity and intellectual property as well. Global organizations worldwide will spend $101.6 billion annually on cyber security software, hardware and services by 2020 compared with spending of $100 billion in the last year, according to research from the International Data Corporation (IDC). Everyone relies on critical infrastructure like power plants, banking, financial services,...Read more 

Email Security

February 2nd, 2019
Email Security

What is email security? Let’s try to keep it simple here. Securing the access and content of an email account/s or service at an individual or an organization level is email security. Email remains one of the top threats to an organization's cyber security. It is a popular medium for the spread of malware, spam, and phishing attacks, using deceptive messages to entice recipients to divulge sensitive information, open attachments or click on hyperlinks that install malware on the victim’s device. It...Read more 

Cisco Issues Security Patch

September 17th, 2018
Cisco Issues Security Patch

Cisco Issues Security Patch Updates for 32 Flaws in its Products Cisco today released thirty security patch advisory to address a total of 32 security vulnerabilities in its products, three of which are rated critical, including the recently disclosed Apache Struts remote code execution vulnerability that is being exploited in the wild. Out of the rest 29 vulnerabilities, fourteen are rated high and 15 medium in severity, addressing security flaws in Cisco Routers, Cisco Webex, Cisco Umbrella, Cisco SD-WAN Solution, Cisco Cloud...Read more 

British Airways Hacked

September 11th, 2018
British-Airways-Hacked-380000-Payment-Cards-Compromised

British Airways Hacked – 380,000 Payment Cards Compromised British Airways, who describes itself as "The World's Favorite Airline," has confirmed a data breach that exposed personal details and credit-card numbers of up to 380,000 customers and lasted for more than two weeks. So who exactly are victims? In a statement released by British Airways on Thursday, customers booking flights on its website (ba.com) and British Airways mobile app between late 21 August and 5 September were compromised. The airline advised customers who...Read more 

AutoML Vision

July 31st, 2018

AutoML Vision...Read more 

Day 2 Keynote: Bringing the Cloud to You

July 31st, 2018

Day 2 Keynote: Bringing the Cloud to You...Read more 

CI/CD in a Serverless World

July 31st, 2018

CI/CD in a Serverless World...Read more 

Keynote Google

July 31st, 2018

Keynote Google...Read more 

Google Cloud Next 2018 in Under 12 Minutes

July 31st, 2018

Google Cloud Next 2018 in Under 12 Minutes...Read more 

UAE Crowned as the most Digital Friendly Country

July 22nd, 2018
UAE Crowned as the most Digital Friendly Country

The United Arab Emirates is renowned as the pathfinders of avant-garde technologies in the world. In a recent report by Euler Hermes titled ‘The Enabling Digitilisation Index: Which countries are digital friendly', UAE occupied the first position in the Middle East region and 24th in the world. According to Mahamoud Islam, the senior economist for Asia of Euler Hermes, the UAE pinnacled the top position because of its “impressive trade infrastructure coupled with a supportive business environment”. The sub-indexes that the UAE...Read more 

Ransomware continues to prey on the UAE

July 18th, 2018
Ransomware continues to prey on the UAE

The latest report by Trend Micro revealed that the GCC countries continue to be the chief targets of cyber-criminals, UAE and Kuwait being the most vulnerable countries prone to attacks. The UAE is the land of boundless possibilities for digital transformation and technological developments. With the great reward and power comes the great trials and responsibilities. Likewise, with the great digital revolution comes the susceptibility to the menace of cyberattacks. In the first quarter of 2018, ransomware attacks were enumerated to be...Read more 

Chrome for all

July 8th, 2018
Google Chrome For All

The real struggle is when you start browsing after getting connected to a free Wi-Fi with a buffering one dot signal strength and loses it when you move an inch. But not anymore! Spotty internet connection will not come on your way of trouble-free browsing. The vanguard of futuristic development and the pioneering tech giant, Google has instigated a striking innovation in the Chrome offline mode for Android users. With this trailblazing initiative, it is possible to browse the web even if...Read more 

Machine Learning for a Future-Facing ZTS Revolution

July 2nd, 2018
Machine Learning for a Future-Facing ZTS Revolution

Zero-Trust Security is a cutting-edge technology that starts with Next-Gen Access and enables user verification and device validation, limited access, and provision to learn and adapt. Machine learning is integral to this spearheading security as it quickly detects anomalies while ensuring superior user experience. A risk-based security strategy, instead of compliance strategy, is the key to machine learning in the context of Zero-Trust Security and it helps to achieve security policy alignment at scale. The algorithms of machine learning detects vulnerabilities and...Read more 

The Dawn of the Cloud

June 23rd, 2018
THE DAWN OF THE CLOUD

The versatile cloud technology has gripped the business world and is on top demand by small and large-scale enterprises. While this emerging digital trend is promising, it calls for a highly flexible and skillful upgradation on the technical side of a company. Public cloud adoption has fledged in the recent years and is expected to reach a whooping sum of £197 billion spending within just three years, as per the report of IDC. However, the fast-paced evolution of cloud platforms demands advanced...Read more 

GDPR

June 5th, 2018
GDPR FOR ENHANCED DATA SECURITY

GDPR for Enhanced Data Security   In a radical move to reform the existing Data Protection Directive that was established in 1995, the new EU regulation, GDPR has been formulated and is prospected to be in action from 25th of May 2018. The ever-evolving media-scape and internet world calls for updated laws and regulations for data privacy and security. The objective of GDPR is to simplify, unify and update the protection of personal data. As a part of the new regulation, the...Read more 

Will Cryptocurrency Replace Conventional Currency

May 3rd, 2018
Types of Cryptocurrency

Will Cryptocurrency Replace Conventional Currency?   Cryptocurrencies have grown in popularity over the last couple of years. It has gained significant interest in the financial sector because it uses cryptography and decentralized processes to improve the security of financial transactions. Bitcoin is the most popular and widely circulated cryptocurrency. It was the first to implement a blockchain-based distributed ledger system back in 2009. Over the years many other digital currencies have emerged in the market. There have been mixed opinions on cryptocurrencies....Read more 

Internet of Thing Under Attack

April 30th, 2018
Internet of Thing (IoT) under attack

2017 was an eventful year in the world of Internet Thing Under Attack, unfortunately not for good reasons. It marked the first time a large scale cyber security attack was carried out in the form of the Mirai Malware, which recruited IoT devices into a network botnet that was used to create large-scale, disruptive denial-of- service attacks all over the world. During Def Con Hacking Conference, a group of researchers successfully demonstrated it was possible to lock an IoT enabled thermometer with...Read more 

Cloud Native Computing Transforming IT Infrastructure

April 24th, 2018
Cloud Native Computing transforming IT Infrastructure

“Cloud Native” is a term you might have across in the recent past and is transforming the IT field as we know it. Cloud Native Computing can be described as any application, architectures, platforms and processes that work toward increasing IT's ability to change and reduce unpredictability. IT sector should embrace cloud computing to achieve efficiency, speed, lower costs and generally better responsiveness to users and business goals. Recently a cloud management platform has collected and analyzed a ton of user data...Read more 

Cyber Security with Artificial Intelligence

April 24th, 2018
Cybersecurity with Artificial Intelligence

The development of Artificial Intelligence and machine learning is creating excitement in the cyber security sector offering potentially huge benefits by supporting information security professionals and enabling the development of automated and intelligent technologies. However, the development of cyber security artificial intelligence and intelligent technologies will also create new risks, threats and challenges around control and security. With the implementation of AI systems into the mix can serve as a real turning point. These systems come with a number of substantial benefits...Read more 

Understanding Cybersecurity at the Corporate level

April 17th, 2018

Cyber Security is evolving to be priority for any organization and the corporate establishment are feeling the heat. Let’s understand who does what in cyber security services at the corporate level. Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) The CISO is responsible for all security programs and policies. More CISOs report to the CEO but its most common for them to report to the CIO. Usually the CISO leads a team that implements and monitors security systems that safeguards the company’s critical data from...Read more 

Cryptojacking on the rise

April 1st, 2018

There is a new kind of malware threat out there. It doesn’t encrypt your files, delete your data, steal your information or even deface your website but it steals your computing power and electricity to make money for your attacker. This is called Cryptojacking. First let’s understand what Cryptocurrency and Cryptocurrency mining is. In simple terms, crypto currency is a digital currency designed to work as a medium of exchange that use cryptography as its underpinning to secure transactions, to control the...Read more 

Google discontinues Google Search Appliance (GSA)

April 24th, 2018

Google discontinues Google Search Appliance, the company’s first business-focused product introduced in 2002, is being phased out. Google Search Appliance (GSA) delivers a flexible, powerful search and analytics capabilities that support various business functions. Google is phasing out the GSA as part of its strategy to move from an on-premise to a cloud-based solution. Google discontinues Google Search Appliance Renewal GSA renewals end in 2018 and support ends in 2019. Once the license expires, your GSA will cease to work. Hence, the...Read more 

Secure cloud entry points with Google Chrome Enterprise

March 27th, 2018

Security is a top priority for enterprises. Employee endpoints like laptops, tablets & smartphones are increasingly becoming the target of these attacks. With hardware, firmware, browsers, apps and networks to protect, admins now face more risks than ever, while managing more devices than ever. To make Chrome Enterprise the most secure endpoint solution for businesses in the cloud Google is adding new enhancements and security features to its business-friendly solution. Manage devices from a single unified management solution For many businesses, managing...Read more 

Cloud Infrastructure to drive UAE Cloud Computing Market

April 24th, 2018

The UAE cloud market is still in early stages of adoption with the implementation of private Infrastructure-as-a-service (laas) viewed by many as a critical first step towards broader cloud adoption. The biggest challenges to cloud adoption are data privacy concerns, compliance, regulatory issues and infrastructure integration problems. Today, many countries in the region have data residency requirements which means that data has to reside in that country. To capture the growing cloud computing market, big players like Oracle, SAP, Amazon among others...Read more 

AI to contribute $320 billion USD to Middle East GDP by 2030

February 27th, 2018

According to a report by PwC Middle East, Artificial Intelligence could contribute US$320 billion to Middle East economy in 2030, equivalent to 11% of GDP. The greatest gains from Artificial Intelligence are likely to be in UAE with contribution of up to 13.6% GDP in 2030. This is followed by Saudi Arabia (12.4 per cent), the other GCC countries (8.2 per cent) and then Egypt (7.7 per cent). Relative to their size, the retail and wholesale trade sector and the public sector...Read more 

Well begun for well being

February 12th, 2018

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) with the Italian scientific institution, University of Udine, targeting on enriching cooperation and development in educational, medical and research domains. Humaid Al Qutami, Chairman of the Board and Director-General of the DHA, and Professor Alberto Felice De Toni, Rector of the University of Udine signed the MoU. It is a radical move which will bring about commendable transformation aiming at prosperity and welfare. The two parties will collaborate to...Read more 

A Spin around the Space

February 12th, 2018

“Apparently, there is a car in orbit around the earth”, this tweet by Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, has set the whole world in a state of awe as the Florida Space Coast witnessed the marvellous launch of Tesla Roadster with the Falcon Heavy rocket, the most powerful rocket in the world. The Tesla Roadster worth $100,000 ridden by a dummy named ‘Starman’ is on wheels around the space, vrooming its way to the Red Planet. The legendary cruise of Tesla...Read more 

Oracle opens first innovation hub with a focus on AI

February 7th, 2018

Oracle has opened it first innovation lab in UAE with focus on Artificial Intelligence solutions. Oracle has named the new facility “Zayed Innovation Hub” and it was inaugurated by Omar Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence. The innovation lab represents Oracle’s commitment to the region’s strive for technical innovation and focuses on the government’s emphasis on emerging technologies like AI, Internet of Things (IoT) and blockchain. According to International Data Corporation, spending on AI in the Middle East and...Read more 

AI to bring a world of opportunities to Dubai

February 7th, 2018

Artificial Intelligence has the potential to assist organisations deliver superior products and services to their customers. However the technology will be largely adopted only when the cost of leveraging AI "approaches zero". AI is fast becoming a necessity in corporate world and organisations are increasingly adopting AI to solve long standing issues within their industry. Having said that, different organisations have different approaches to utilize the power of AI for their business and all organisation don't have to innovate at the same...Read more 

The BitCoin Revolution

January 30th, 2018

Transfiguring finance in the technological era, the Bitcoin crypto currency has made its way into flourishing as a major mode of transaction for investors and new industries. In fact, it has become a burgeoning method of exchange of money in the housing industry. After its foundation as an open source software, BitCoin, went on to become the first ever digital currency in the world. It uses cryptography techniques for carrying out transactions by recording it with the public ledger ‘blockchain’ and without...Read more 

Annihilating to a Green Thought

January 30th, 2018

A bit of Mexican magic can possibly energies the world with the plant power of Prickly Pear Cactus. The green expanse of the thorny Prickly Pear Cactus in Mexico has sparked off the Foundation of a green energy start up named Energy and Environment Sustainability ‘Suema’, with the idea of using a biogas generator to transform the waste of cactus into energy. The biogas generators have been placed at the cactus markets, which churns the organic waste and blends it with a...Read more 

The Intelligent Move

April 24th, 2018

Appraised for the security and performance quality it assures, Intel has become the cynosure of tech eyes after the meltdown and spectre threats. After the disclosure of chip flaws, the cloud providers are counting on utilizing the microchips provided by the market leader’s rivals to live up to the expectations of the customers. The quality of the Intel chips which are capable of backing 98% of data center have to be leveraged in order to ensure compatibility and security.Read more 

Looking Right at the Face of Facebook and Google

January 30th, 2018

As the saying goes, ‘not everything that glitters is gold’, it seems likely that not every social media services that appears free are actually free! The so- called free services of Facebook and Google yielded a whooping sum of $27.6 and $100 billion respectively as revenue in 2016. The business is simple- the users are not the real customers but the companies which seeks for the ad spaces are. Hence, by solely being a virtual ad market, the users are given less...Read more 

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