KAUST joins forces with Riverbed to de­liver dig­i­tal ser­vices

Part­ner­ship will help el­e­vate dig­i­tal learn­ing and col­lab­o­ra­tion ex­pe­ri­ences for stu­dents and fac­ulty

Network Middle East - - UPDATE / MARCH -

Riverbed has an­nounced that King Ab­dul­lah Univer­sity of Science and Tech­nol­ogy (KAUST), one of Saudi Ara­bia’s pre­mier re­search uni­ver­si­ties, is col­lab­o­rat­ing with Riverbed on a trans­for­ma­tion pro­ject. KAUST is also look­ing to ad­vance its hy­brid cloud strat­egy to take ad­van­tage of the scal­a­bil­ity, flex­i­bil­ity, and cost-ef­fec­tive­ness that this par­a­digm of­fers. The al­liance will en­hance the Univer­sity’s abil­ity to de­liver dig­i­tal ser­vices to fac­ulty, re­searchers and stu­dents, both within the King­dom and be­yond.

Riverbed Net­work Per­for­mance Man­age­ment (NPM) so­lu­tion, Ap­pre­sponse, will give KAUST com­pre­hen­sive vis­i­bil­ity across its en­tire net­work, en­abling rapid trou­bleshoot­ing for bet­ter net­work per­for­mance and vis­i­bil­ity while sig­nif­i­cantly re­duc­ing IT com­plex­ity and man­age­ment over­heads.

Ab­dul­ma­jeed Ser­a­jud­din, direc­tor of IT Op­er­a­tions at KAUST said, “Our part­ner­ship with Riverbed will help us achieve two key ob­jec­tives – giv­ing our staff and stu­dents seam­less ac­cess to the ser­vices, informatio­n and ap­pli­ca­tions they need in this dig­i­tally-driven era and en­abling seam­less real-time col­lab­o­ra­tion with re­search in­sti­tutes across the globe. In this way, the de­ploy­ment will sup­port our mis­sion of es­tab­lish­ing KAUST as an in­cu­ba­tor for tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion and progress in the Mid­dle East.”

Riverbed was se­lected for its es­tab­lished market-lead­er­ship, strong pres­ence in the Mid­dle East and its abil­ity to pro­vide the Univer­sity with a clear longterm so­lu­tion road­map. “Sev­eral mem­bers of our IT team were al­ready aware of and have used Riverbed’s so­lu­tions. This gives us added con­fi­dence, as we have first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence of the rich fea­tures and ca­pa­bil­i­ties of Riverbed’s port­fo­lio,” ex­plained Ab­dul­ma­jeed Ser­a­jud­din.

Riverbed’s so­lu­tions will serve to re­place the com­plex mix of siloed tech­nolo­gies that were lim­it­ing the Univer­sity’s abil­ity to gain full vis­i­bil­ity across its en­tire net­work – a short­com­ing that in­tro­duced com­plex­ity, in­creased li­cens­ing costs and trans­lated to dif­fi­cul­ties in iden­ti­fy­ing the root cause of net­work per­for­mance is­sues. The de­ploy­ment is on track for com­ple­tion in Q1 2020.

“Saudi Ara­bia is an im­por­tant market for Riverbed in the Mid­dle East, and our ob­jec­tives align with the King­dom’s vi­sion. Riverbed will con­tinue to in­vest with en­ter­prise cus­tomers across higher ed­u­ca­tion and other ver­ti­cals to help en­able eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion un­der the Saudi Vi­sion 2030, and to en­able or­gan­i­sa­tions to max­imise per­for­mance and vis­i­bil­ity across net­works and ap­pli­ca­tions. We are proud to sup­port KAUST in their dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion strat­egy and the ad­di­tion of this rep­utable Univer­sity to our cus­tomer-base stands as a tes­ta­ment to the great strides we have been mak­ing in es­tab­lish­ing our­selves as a lead­ing tech­nol­ogy provider to the largest and most pres­ti­gious or­gan­i­sa­tions in the King­dom,” said Moueen Zahred­dine, re­gional sales direc­tor MENA, at Riverbed.

“Our part­ner­ship with Riverbed strongly aligns with this vi­sion as their so­lu­tions ad­dress the po­ten­tial com­plex­ity of the hy­brid cloud and pro­vide a clear path to cloud suc­cess,” con­cludes Ser­a­jud­din.

KAUST aims to ad­vance its hy­brid cloud strat­egy with Riverbed.

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