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Sohaib Alabdi

UOB picks Dell EMC to drive ICT transformation

MANAMA, November 20, 2018

University of Bahrain (UOB) has announced the successful implementation of an ICT project with Dell EMC deploying industry leading technology solutions to accelerate their transformation and enable human potential.

With a pivotal role to play in the country’s national transformation agenda, the university deployed Dell EMC’s Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), cloud and Hyper Converged Infrastructure (HCI) solutions to meet the institutional needs for efficiency, performance and scalability. By leveraging these industry leading solutions, the university also aims to become a technology-driven institution that fosters future-ready entrepreneurial minds to shape a sustainable economy, central to the national vision.  

Customer benefits:  
•    Storage Efficiency: With over 70 servers accessed by more than 3,000 internal users, deploying Dell EMC’s VxRail has helped the university optimize application storage by 40 per cent, reduce complexities of a traditional and siloed infrastructure, decrease maintenance costs and provide round the clock availability of mission critical applications.

•    Increased Performance: With the new HCI ecosystem, the university has successfully created a centralized IT environment that facilitates faster, better, and simplified delivery of virtual desktops, business-critical applications and remote office infrastructure.

•    Enhanced Productivity: As collaborative learning and connectivity brings about unprecedented changes in the education sector, with VDI solutions in place, students and faculty can securely access their desktops and applications from their chosen device at all times from within the three library locations located in the UOB campuses.

•    Accelerated Innovation: Since Dell EMC’s HCI solutions are engineered to deliver all the building blocks of IT in a single appliance, they have enabled the university to develop new capabilities, transform and increase its pace of innovation.

•    Agility: Leveraging a blend of cloud, VDI and HCI solutions has allowed the university to streamline and centralize the management of its IT infrastructure through consolidation and automation in order to better handle rapid data growth, which is expected to grow by 40 per cent in the next 18 months, and improve response time for IT requests from faculty and students.

Sohaib Alabdi, head of Information Network and Infrastructure Section at University of Bahrain said: “Innovation, digitization and entrepreneurial spirit is important in shaping a nation’s economy. To this purpose, we at University of Bahrain believe that institutional success means driving innovation at every level, embracing advanced technology and ensuring our students are future-ready.

“Therefore, we were looking for a trusted advisor and have partnered with Dell EMC. Through this partnership, we aim to turn UOB into a future-proof and world-class hub for transformation, enterprise and innovation and chart our path to realize one of the primary objectives of the Bahrain’s Economic Vision 2030 – the creation of a sustainable and knowledge-based economy and society.”

Wael Attiya, director of Information Technology Center, at University of Bahrain, said: “Digital transformation is ushering in an era of unprecedented changes in the business landscape. On this note, it is evident that Digital Transformation isn’t just about technology.”

“It’s about driving human progress by empowering learning in ways never imagined before. In light of this, we wanted to invest in building a strong technology-driven learning environment to ensure workforce readiness, which is key to creating a knowledge and innovation-backed economy.

“Through this partnership we aim to help UOB create a smart campus with people that are well equipped for the digital age. In addition, it will help UOB to achieve its current transformation plan goals that are aligned with the Bahrain’s Economic Vision 2030. And, we are happy to have partnered with Dell EMC on our innovation journey,” he added.

Samer Diya, country manager, Oman & Bahrain at Dell EMC said: “University of Bahrain was on the lookout for a solution that helps the institution increase its pace of innovation and offers its students and faculty the best levels of service.”

“Through our industry-leading VDI and HCI solutions, the university has been able to leverage an integrated infrastructure to create a virtual computing environment that is readily flexible and scalable to meet the demands of tomorrow. We are glad to be part of their transformative journey, as they move a step closer in realizing their digital future, producing the next generation of skilled professionals in Bahrain and furthering human progress,” Diya added. – TradeArabia News Service

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