ASPGulf establishes data centre in DIC

ASPGulf is aiming to capitalise on the ‘maturing’ Middle East market with establishment of a data centre in Dubai Internet City, leveraging on partnerships with Cisco, Dell, Microsoft and Computer Associates.

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By  Zoe Moleshead Published  March 29, 2001

ASPGulf is aiming to capitalise on the ‘maturing’ Middle East market with establishment of a data centre in Dubai Internet City, leveraging on partnerships with Cisco, Dell, Microsoft and Computer Associates.

“We have set up the first live data centre in the region at DIC in response to an increase in interest and demand in the region for hosted applications,” said Duncan Watson, CEO, ASPGulf. “The data centre includes server farms, networking components, physical security, operation centre (AOC), storage area network, operating system and databases, network management platform and other components required to provision applications and hosting services.”

The project cost AED four million to set up, and ASPGulf are anticipating spending another AED 12 million over the next two years as it scales up the operation.

According to ASPGulf, demand in the regional marketplace for automating business processes and get online as quickly as possible has been the driving force behind the data centre.

“There are lots of people in the region who want to get into e-business, we are providing them with the opportunity,” said Robert Lovelace, COO, ASPGulf.

ASPGulf is targeting small to medium businesses promising economies of scale that will lower costs by at least 30%, and slashing the barrier to entry, represented by software licenses, hardware costs and skilled staff.

“Smaller to midsize companies benefit from reduced costs and risks, the upfront costs are cut, and hosted applications are 30-50% cheaper than managing applications internally,” said Watson.

The server farm is based on Dell PowerEdge servers and Power Vault storage products, supplied and supported by Emirates Computers.

“Computer Associates provides solutions that offer management of the e-infrastructure, including storage, security, networks, Web infrastructure, systems, databases, applications and mobile services, around which service proviers such as ASPGulf can build their business,” said AbdulAziz Al Salloum, managing director, Computer Associates, Middle East.

Commenting on Cisco’s involvement in the project, regional manager, Craig Taylor said, “We like to be involved with companies that are market shapers, and ASPGulf has taken a big initiative in this region.”

“Microsoft sees the ASPGulf data centre as a step in the right direction for increase in Internet adoption in the region. ASPs offer a compelling proposition to companies competing in today’s new economy,” added Yasser Zeineldin, marketing manager, Microsoft, GEM.

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