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STME Upgrades Wasl Properties’ Data Storage

STME, a leading IT solutions provider, has upgraded the infrastructure and software requirements of Dubai-based wasl properties, a UAE semi-government property development entity, by adopting an efficient storage reclamation approach.

“We understand that organisations today are struggling to accommodate growing volumes of data on a limited, if not declining, budget,” said Ayman Al Bayaa, CEO of STME.

“However, by using a more innovative storage reclamation approach, we were able to increase our client’s storage efficiency, while reducing costs for the organisation.

“Following the infrastructure upgrade, wasl properties is able to reuse their existing fibre channel (FC) disk shelves in the primary site, thus reducing their storage capacity budget,” he added.

The project oversaw the deployment of NetApp FAS3220A with approximately 22 terabytes (TB) of usable storage with new generation SAS Disk Shelves, as well as an additional 26TB usable storage and the adoption of complete software for data management.

Mohammed Al Sharji, general manager, IT, of wasl properties, said: “We were highly satisfied with the project output. Our data storage capacity needed to be upgraded to reflect the rapid growth that our company has been experiencing over the past years.”

“While our main goal was to replace aging NetApp infrastructure with the latest platform, we were also very keen on reusing as much as of the existing infrastructure as possible, which was carried out efficiently by STME.

“wasl properties currently manages a portfolio of over 30,000 residential and commercial properties in Dubai.

“There was also no need to have a forklift or large-scale upgrade as we were able to change the controllers with minimal downtime. In the end, we managed to deliver the project with snapshot backups for Exchange, SQL that is designed for managing data and VMWARE that assists in virtualization and cloud computing, along with replicating critical data to DR NetApp which is high-end backup and recovery technology software,” he added.

Demand for ICT solutions in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region has seen an uptrend in recent years. According to International Data Corporation’s (IDC) latest forecast, regional IT spending will likely increase by 9 per cent, year on year, to reach $270 billion in 2015. – TradeArabia News Service

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