Egypt's MCIT forges e-government infrastructure with BigIron

The Ministry of Communications & Information Technologies (MCIT) deploys Foundry’s BigIron 8000 as its server farm switch.

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By  Greg Wilson Published  January 2, 2002

Foundry has emerged an earlier winner as Egypt begins to build its e-government infrastructure. The Ministry of Communications & Information Technologies (MCIT) has deployed Foundry’s BigIron 8000 as its server farm switch for its online application servers.

Each server will be connected to Foundry BigIron 8000 via four 10/100 port for maximum aggregation bandwidth.

MCIT’s e-government remit includes ensuring that IT project work across the government “moves in the same direction. We’re coordinating so we can integrate these [systems] into a homogenous environment — rather than ending up with different system standards,” Dr. Ahmed Darwish, professor of computer engineering, Cairo University, and a consultant with MCIT, told ITP.net late last year.

MCIT has already developed a five-track strategy to migrate the government infrastructure to the Web. Project work has so far included a lot of standards documentation, the introduction of limited online services, and the planning for widespread technology deployment of networks and ERP systems across government.

The Foundry project work has completed by local partner Edge Communications.

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