Dubai IT Academy signs up for massive Unicenter project

The academy plans to streamline its support operation by implementing Computer Associates’ Unicenter management software.

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By  Greg Wilson Published  April 24, 2003

Dubai IT Academy, the administrative body behind the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum IT Education Project, is streamlining the management of its UAE-wide operation. The academy has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Computer Associates Middle East (CA-ME) to deploy its Unicenter enterprise management software.

When deployed, Unicenter Network & Systems Management to centrally monitor the network infrastructure and 100 servers that connect the academy’s 80 sites in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The management framework will also manage the academy’s 1800 desktops.

The remote management and troubleshooting features of Unicenter will enable the academy’s IT support staff become more proactive in addressing issues and reduce the amount of on-site visits that are needed.

“We anticipate expanding our cooperation with CA-ME into other areas, such as jointly providing training and education to students in the latest security, storage, and wireless technologies,” explains Jamal Khalfan Al Howairib, director general of the IT Education Project.

CA-ME will also be addressing the storage needs of Dubai IT Academy, with the implementation of BrightStor Backup & Storage Management. The storage management layer will enable IT staff to reduce operating costs by maximising the use of its existing storage resources and through effective capacity planning.

Dubai IT Academy will also install CA’s eTrust anti-virus software.

Alongside the implementation of the management infrastructure, the academy is planning to install CA CleverPath portal software to create a web-based information distribution system. Both students and staff will logon to educational applications and online information resources through the portal.

“We are very proud to be associated with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed’s vision of building a strong, self dependent work force within the region… We look forward to supporting the ongoing IT educational projects of the Academy through the provision of our globally-proven technology,” says Abdulaziz Al-Salloum, managing director of Computer Associates Middle East.

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