STC and Cisco to build three data centres in Saudi
By: Mark Sutton
STC and Cisco have announced plans to build three data centres in the Kingdom, to meet growing market requirements.
The data centres, which will be built in Riyadh and Daman, will use Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), which will enable rapid deployment for customers across the board as well as ensure higher availability in a secure environment.
Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) is a data centre and cloud solution which offer full visibility and integrated management of both physical and virtual networked IT resources, all built around the needs of applications. It is a holistic architecture with centralized automation and policy-driven application profiles. It delivers improved operational efficiency, greater productivity, accuracy, and easier scaling as well as improved security for customers. It will help to break down silos and unify all the component parts of its IT infrastructure – networking, storage, compute, network services, applications, security- thereby managing them as a single, dynamic, entity without compromise.
Cisco ACI data centre switching innovations will allow STC’s network to rapidly respond to its application development teams, while delivering up to 75% total cost of ownership savings compared to merchant silicon-based switches and software-only network virtualisation solutions.
Eng. Abdulaziz A. Alsugair, chairman and managing director, STC commented: “As a leading provider of ICT services in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, STC’s goal is to maintain its leadership position by continuously innovating to meet the ever-changing needs of our customers. This pioneering data centre project will ensure that we continue to deliver state-of-the-art network infrastructure to support the tremendous growth and demand from our customers in Saudi Arabia for fixed and mobile broadband bandwidth. The new data centre solutions will allow STC’s IT infrastructure to meet business demands for new applications as well as accelerate application deployment cycles to drive faster business processes and improve our customer offering.”
Eng Mohammed Alabbadi, general manager, Cisco Saudi Arabia added: “We are honoured that STC has chosen to continue to work with Cisco. Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure will help STC to deliver new products and services, manage risk and security threats, empower employees, and drive productivity into their organisation. As billions of new valuable connections form to create an Internet of Everything (IoE) that most of us will experience through applications, the focus on rapid and consistent application deployment today has become even greater. Through this groundbreaking data centre project, STC is demonstrating that it understands the vital importance building a technology infrastructure that will address its customers’ growing and ever changing demands today.”