IBM, DUTECH to launch cloud dis­as­ter re­cov­ery ser­vice

Logistics News Middle East - - March 2018 -

IBM and Dubai’s Port, Cus­toms and Free Zone Cor­po­ra­tion (PCFC) and its tech­ni­cal arm, DUTECH, an­nounced an agree­ment to launch a cloud-based dis­as­ter re­cov­ery ser­vice in Dubai.

As part of the agree­ment, IBM will im­ple­ment an IBM cloud-based dis­as­ter re­cov­ery as a ser­vice (DRAAS) so­lu­tion at DUTECH’S data cen­tre. The new ser­vice will pro­vide or­gan­i­sa­tions in Dubai with cloud-based busi­ness con­ti­nu­ity ca­pa­bil­i­ties, faster dis­as­ter re­cov­ery of crit­i­cal IT sys­tems, and the abil­ity to store its data in-coun­try.

The new ser­vice will en­able PCFC en­ti­ties and other gov­ern­ment agen­cies, as well as pri­vate busi­nesses in Dubai, and po­ten­tially, the re­gion, to ben­e­fit from a cloud-based dis­as­ter re­cov­ery as a ser­vice. This will help pro­tect them against data loss from their own servers or from other cloud ser­vices, and can main­tain readi­ness, with­out the need to in­vest in phys­i­cal space or stand-by hard­ware.

PCFC is a lead­ing global trade and lo­gis­tics en­abler and a gov­ern­ment of Dubai cor­po­ra­tion which fa­cil­i­tates the ad­vance­ment of trade and lo­gis­tics in Dubai.

The ser­vice will also pro­vide the repli­ca­tion of crit­i­cal ap­pli­ca­tions, in­fra­struc­ture, data and sys­tems to the IBM cloud­based DRAAS en­vi­ron­ment, en­abling re­cov­ery from an IT out­age within min­utes.

Sul­tan bin Su­layem, DP World group chair­man and CEO and chair­man of PCFC, said: “IT dis­rup­tions are in­evitable, and they can stem from a num­ber of sources. The new ser­vice that we are launch­ing in col­lab­o­ra­tion with IBM can pro­tect or­gan­i­sa­tions from con­sid­er­able fi­nan­cial loss as well as ir­repara­ble dam­age from brand rep­u­ta­tion. It’s very im­por­tant to keep abreast of tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ments in or­der not only to sur­vive but to thrive and stand out in to­day’s mar­ket. We are em­brac­ing this ser­vice to sus­tain and pro­tect the data of our clients and to help other or­gan­i­sa­tions do the same in ful­fil­ment of the UAE lead­ing, and am­bi­tious plans in­clud­ing Dubai 10X and UAE Cen­ten­nial 2071 fol­low­ing the vi­sion of our coun­try’s wise lead­er­ship.”

Ac­cord­ing to Mar­ket­sand­mar­kets, the DRAAS mar­ket size in the Mid­dle East is ex­pected to see huge growth dur­ing the fore­cast pe­riod 2016 to 2021 with a com­pound an­nual growth rate of 44.8%. The Mid­dle East re­gion is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing sig­nif­i­cant adop­tion of DRAAS with in­creas­ing num­ber of cy­ber-at­tacks and threat of data loss. The ma­jor fac­tors driv­ing the adop­tion of DRAAS in Mid­dle East com­prises se­cu­rity breaches, soft­ware fail­ures, hard­ware fail­ures, and power out­age.

“It is im­por­tant for or­gan­i­sa­tions to al­ways stay one step ahead of any po­ten­tial in­ter­nal or ex­ter­nal threats,” said Juma Al Ghaith, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Cus­toms Devel­op­ment Divi­sion at Dubai Cus­toms. “Through the new ser­vice, or­gan­i­sa­tions will ben­e­fit from faster de­tec­tion and re­moval of vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties as well as speed­ier data re­cov­ery and re­duced down­time.”

Amr Re­faat, gen­eral man­ager, IBM Mid­dle East and Pak­istan, said: “In to­day’s “al­ways-on” world, IBM of­fer­ings like DRAAS and Cloud Re­siliency Orches­tra­tion are built to sim­plify and au­to­mate the dis­as­ter re­cov­ery process, in­crease work­flow ef­fi­ciency, and re­duce risk, cost, and sys­tem test­ing time. This new ser­vice un­der­scores IBM’S ex­pand­ing busi­ness con­ti­nu­ity and re­siliency ser­vices port­fo­lio.”

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