Sun working towards 'mobility of data with security'

DUBAI - A large number of companies in the Middle East are trying hard to implement cost effective security strategies, which outweigh the actual security investment. In an exclusive interview with Khaleej Times, Mehmet Iyimen, managing director, Sun Microsystems Middle East and North Africa (MENA) reveals that the company is working towards the concept of 'mobility of data with security.'

By Sandhya D'mello

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Published: Thu 3 Feb 2005, 9:41 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 4:22 PM

Q What are some of the technology trends Sun is anticipating for 2005?

A Sun takes a comprehensive approach to security as it is a core component of our 'mobility with security' vision, which enables our customers in the Middle East to 'take their data with them' in a way that's safeguarded from attack. Major security implementations that we're completing in 2005 safeguard a company's data, systems, and physical premises through end-to-end solutions that include a single point of management and self-service options.

Q Storage was a major investment for many Middle East companies in 2004 - what's new for this year?

A Storage virtualisation is set to be a critical consideration for 2005, as companies in the Middle East are looking to simplify storage management, maximise availability, and increase the utilization of their existing resources. New compliance laws being considered around the region add to the push towards virtualisation. These regulations may require regional enterprises to retain data for extended periods of time or potentially indefinitely; however, keeping large amounts of data on expensive storage is not cost-effective. Virtualisation will allow customers to have a true virtualised engine in the front, while actually storing data on storage systems.

Q You mentioned compliance. How will global regulatory issues affect the Middle East this year?

A Our customers are considering the impact that a number of regulations may have on their businesses, including Basel II and Sarbannes-Oxley. Laws around data retention and the legal validity of documentation and communication are shaping up to be key issues, as are general corporate governance regulations around clarity and transparency of financial reporting.

Q What's the buzz word for the IT industry in 2005?

A In the next decade, Sun anticipates that radio frequency identification (RFID) will be a major trend with businesses.

RFID is a technology that incorporates the use of electromagnetic or electrostatic coupling in the radio frequency (RF) portion of the electromagnetic spectrum to uniquely identify an object, animal, or person.

RFID is coming into increasing use in the industry as an alternative to the bar code, and could resonate in the Middle East given this region's status as a global trading and logistics hub.

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