Roundup: Digital classrooms, WatchGuard, IDC, Digicel-Oracle

- Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Roundup: Digital classrooms, WatchGuard, IDC, Digicel-Oracle

Mexico's San Luis Potosí state has launched 20 new public digital classrooms and 43 new WiFi hotspots installed by the Telmex Foundation, the state government said on its website.

The initiative looks to reduce the digital divide in the state.

Overall, the classrooms are equipped with 1,000 computers donated by fixed-line telecoms incumbent Telmex (NYSE: TMX), which are set to benefit children and young people in the state.

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US security solutions provider WatchGuard (Nasdaq: WGRD) has launched its new next-generation firewall solution, designed specifically for large enterprises and data centers, the company said in a statement.

The solution, WatchGuard XTM 2050, offers service providers a high-performance firewall, management and reporting features, application control and intrusion prevention system (IPS) to protect against data theft, malware and security breaches.

WatchGuard has been present in Latin America since its founding in 1996, and maintains offices in Mexico and Brazil. Additionally, the company has a network of distributors that covers most of Latin America, including Chile, Argentina, Honduras, Colombia and Peru.

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Webinars remain one of the most used online tools for finding information about IT products or services, according to a study by international consultancy IDC.

Some 54% of surveyed IT users in Latin America said they had attended and/or recorded webinars related to their profession.

In Latin America, this trend stands out in Venezuela, where 69.1% of IT users attended webinars, followed by Argentina (57.0%), Colombia and Mexico (55.6%), Chile (51.5%) and Brazil (35.6%).

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Haiti's largest mobile operator, Digicel, has implemented Oracle's (Nasdaq: ORCL) Exadata Database Machine to power its data warehouse system, the latter said in a statement.

The Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-2 is expected to help Digicel support its growing subscriber base, and to improve analysis and reporting performance.

Digicel's data warehouse is used to analyze call data records (CDRs) and generate reports for deeper insight into current and potential subscribers.