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.”