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STC, Cisco collaborat­e to build data centers


The Saudi Telecom Company (STC) and Cisco have decided to collaborat­e for building three new data centers in response to growing market needs to accelerate and streamline cloud adoption in Saudi Arabia.

The deployment, which will represent the largest Cisco applicatio­n centric infrastruc­ture (ACI) installati­on in the Middle East to date, will help STC to deliver operationa­l efficiency, rapid deployment for customers across the board as well as ensure higher availabili­ty in a secure environmen­t thereby guaranteei­ng increased customer satisfacti­on.

This deployment is a major milestone for both companies already long standing relationsh­ip. Cisco and STC will build the three data centers at the district level in both Riyadh and Dammam.

STC is looking to help customers in all sectors to achieve new level of productiv- ity, agility and cost saving through cloud adoption and Cisco’s ACI is a data center 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 center switching innovation­s will allow STC’s network to rapidly respond to its applicatio­n developmen­t teams, while delivering up to 75 percent total cost of ownership savings compared to merchant silicon-based switches and software-only network virtualiza­tion solutions.

ACI accelerate­s applicatio­n deployment cycles to drive faster business processes and improve bottom line results.

Abdulaziz A. Alsugair, chairman and managing director, STC, said: “As a leading provider of ICT services in the Kingdom, STC’s goal is to maintain its leadership position by continuous­ly innovating to meet the ever-changing needs of our customers.”

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Saudi Telecom Company and Cisco executives at the agreement signing ceremony.

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