IBM e-hosting centre opened in Dubai

IBM’s e-hosting centre at the Dubai Internet City has been offically opened by His Highness General Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  March 20, 2002

His Highness General Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Defence Minister of the UAE today opened the doors to IBM’s e-hosting centre at the Dubai Internet City.

The facility is part of IBM’s initiative to turn computing into “the fifth utility.” Users will be able to outsource their IT requirements to the company, increasing and decreasing demand as their needs change. IBM hopes this flexibility will encourage companies from the Middle East, Egypt and Pakistan to use the centre either as back up or as a replacement for their own computing hardware.

“This facility is of enormous importance to large and small organisations in the Middle East,” says Farid Metwaly, general manager of IBM Middle East, Egypt and Pakistan.

“Because of the flexibility of outsourcing… organisations can pilot or deploy services as they need them without having to buy physical infrastructure with [its associated] costs.” A further benefit, he added, was that technical issues would “be taken care of by top-notch engineers.”

So far three companies have been signed up. The government job training agency, Tanmia, is already using the centre while the National Commerce Bank of Saudi Arabia and Amautage Global, an automobile trading site, are set to join soon.

IBM will be offering a full range of e-commerce services at the facility, such as content distribution, Internet data & document exchange, managed hosting and managed storage. Companies who don’t have Intel-based systems will also be able to use its servers as Unix support is also part of the package.

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