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STME enhances Agility’s data storage capability with unified solutions

Upgrade attuned to market trends as MEA’s spending on IT products and services set to reach USD32bn.

Agility, the largest logistics company in the Middle East, has partnered with STME, the region’s leading solutions provider and systems integrator, in enhancing the firm’s data storage capacity and modernising its server infrastructure.

Sohiel John D’Silva, IT Manager of Agility, said they have heightened efforts to improve their business continuity programme in line with their business’ rapid international expansion. Agility currently employs over 20,000 people worldwide and generates annual global revenue of over USD4.8 billion.

“Our growth over the years has been phenomenal and with that comes the need to make sure that our data storage solutions are up to speed in order to respond to our data growth requirements,” said Mr. D’Silva.

“Partnering with STME has allowed us to reach this objective. In addition, we have sought their expertise in transitioning to the VMware ESXi virtualisation technology so as to align our IT infrastructure with our organisation’s ever-shifting business strategies,” Sohiel added.

Agility’s IT requirements reflect a growing trend among enterprises not only in the Middle East and Africa (MEA), but globally as well, said Ahmed Hassan, Support and Professional Services Director of STME. “Explosive data growth has prompted the need for larger and more complex storage solutions as old storage architectures reach their performance, availability and capacity limits.”

As a result, companies are increasingly relying on virtualised infrastructure, enterprise storage platforms and private cloud solutions to keep pace with their organisation’s performance demands, Ahmed Hassan said.

Across the MEA region, which is the fastest growing IT market in the world, International Data Corporation (IDC) estimates that spending on IT products and services will likely grow by over 7% to reach USD32 billion in 2014.

In order to meet Agility’s requirements, STME implemented a complete technology refresh, said Ahmed. “We proposed the adoption of NetApp FAS2240 and Data OnTap O/S 8.2.x during the refresh. NetApp FAS2240 is a small and dense, yet highly scalable storage system, while Data OnTap O/S 8.2.x is a storage operating system, which can adapt to Agility’s changing business needs, giving them a clear path should they opt adopt private, public or hybrid cloud in the future.”

STME also deployed the best-fit storage application of SAS for performance and SATA network-attached storage (NAS) for future data growth. The results include complete data migration with minimal downtime, a robust and scalable technology and increased storage capacity to help Agility further grow its operations.

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