Sariya talks up enterprise storage solutions

Fast-growing Saudi IT distributor Sariya Company is enthused about promoting its winning Equallogic IP storage technology.

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By  Administrator Published  April 30, 2007

Fast-growing Saudi IT distributor Sariya Company is enthused about promoting its winning Equallogic IP storage technology.

The Equallogic name refers both to an enterprise class storage solution and the firm behind it - it is the latter that last year became the second largest IP networking vendor worldwide, according to research published by IDC.

"We have launched the product in the region already and have quickly signed a couple of big deals," explained James Mathew, Sariya's general manager. "The German University in Qatar for example has brought on board Equallogic products in the form of a reliable and dependable 64 terabyte IP storage solution."

Mathew claims Equallogic, as the second placed IP storage vendor worldwide, is now actually ahead of EMC and Dell. The reason for the solution's popularity is, he added, largely down to the fact that it's both cost-effective to implement and highly scalable.

"A customer can start from just 1.5 terabytes and this is then scalable up to 116 terabytes and all the management software covers the same single box solution," Mathew explained. "The strategy with competitors such as EMC and Netapp is that they divide their products into three categories and the customer chooses the solution that fits their budget and requirements at the time. Say they purchase at the entry-level then the scalability is limited, meaning an upgrade is required when your business grows in the future - a painful and expensive process, which sometimes means a whole lot of failures."

In a recent Equallogic deployment, for Riyadh-based ISP SPS Net, the client deployed two boxes - currently 7.5 terabytes in total.

"We are focused specifically on certain areas of technology," said Mathew. "Ours is therefore quite a different approach to that of most distributors who carry and sell everything. We're focused on three areas: storage - mainly IP storage - security products, both software and hardware-based, and networking kit."

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