Dubai Refreshements Company upgrades infrastructure with HP

Hewlett-Packard and Emitac have supplied a new IT infrastructure to Dubai Refreshments Company to run its enterprise applications

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By  Mark Sutton Published  June 18, 2003

Dubai Refreshments Company (DRC) has enhanced its back-end infrastructure with the deployment of a new infrastructure based on HP servers. The soft drinks company needed to update its IT infrastructure in order to cope with business growth, and settled on a solution provided by HP and Emitac.

Alan Salem, general manager of DRC said that the company, which is responsible for bottling and distribution of Pepsi, 7UP and Mirinda, has experienced strong growth, and needed to be able to provide better IT services to all its departments.

“Our bottling technology and product range has grown beyond recognition from our first days of production many years ago. With this growth in our business, it has obviously brought more demands on all our departments and fleets from finance to administration, customer service, production and sales and marketing” said Salem.

“In turn we have looked to consolidate our IT systems and enhance our mainframe environment with mission critical technologies, to ensure a continued and constant high level of service on all fronts”, Salem continued.

The new infrastructure comprises a pair of HP RP5470 Unix servers running Oracle 11i E-business Suite, with an additional test and development server and a backup solution based on HP OpenView Data Protector software. The servers, that run Intel Itanium 2 processors, are clustered together to provide a high availability environment in an entry-level package.

“The combination of this HP infrastructure will ensure that DRC can operate its IT applications at optimal levels, ultimately assisting in reducing and managing costs, improving service levels and speeding reaction times as their business needs change” said Samer Karawi, marketing manager, Business Critical Systems of HP. “Finally the HP Infrastructure will allow DRC to be focused on bringer greater return on their IT investment.”

Suhail Issa, CEO of Emitac said: “With HP and Emitac’s help, DRC is able to concentrate on serving its customers and not worry about lost revenues in downtime.”

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