STME enterprise in Egypt alliance

Middle East enterprise storage company STME has signed an agreement with Cairo based solutions provider ECC Solutions, to create a storage-on-demand infrastructure for Egyptian enterprises.

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By  Paul Barthram Published  August 3, 2003

Middle East enterprise storage company STME has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Cairo based solutions provider ECC Solutions, (previously Egypt Cyber Center) to create a storage-on-demand infrastructure for Egyptian enterprises.

Under the new agreement STME will provide EMC Symmetrix-based solutions to its new Egyptian partner, allowing customers in the region—interested in outsourcing their data protection and managagement needs—to benefit from ECC Solutions expanded portfolio. Both companies will share responsibility for promoting the new service and attracting customers.

“By entering this partnership with STME for enterprise storage, we are complementing our existing data center offerings to create a comprehensive outsourcing alternative in the Egyptian market. Being responsible for hosting, monitoring and maintaining our clients’ mission-critical e-commerce platforms and e-business applications means we have to guarantee unfettered access to information, and that’s what we’re delivering through our new joint storage offering,” said Jon Bamford, chief executive officer, ECC Solutions.

ECC Solutions’ data center in Cairo will provide the physical environment necessary to ensure e-business continuity for a number of major enterprises, including the financial services sector. The data center, with more than 25,000 square feet of space, serves customers in Egypt and across the GCC and Levant markets.

“Enterprises in Egypt are increasingly aware that their data, especially customer-related and financial information, is of critical importance. Competitive industries such as banking and telecoms are leading the market in terms of storage awareness and demand. The ECC Solutions and STME partnership is addressing the specific demand for a reliable, secure storage environment without the hassle or expense of implementing and managing this technology in-house,” said Bamford.

Sherif Iskander, STME’s vice-president for sales in Egypt and the Levant, said the increasing needs in the Egyptian market boded well for the two companies new alliance. “A growing number of Egyptian businesses want reliable and secure data storage, but don’t know where to start in creating a strategy. By employing an EMC-based environment, ECC Solutions will be able to branch out even further to attract more clients interested in the business benefits of the outsourcing model,”

The EMC Symmetrix offered by ECC Solutions will provide multiple-host connectivity, uses large cache memory configurations for high performance, and has maximum redundancy for protection against component failure or loss of power.

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