Tejari migrates online platform to Dubai

Tejari.com, the Middle East online marketplace announced today the successful migration of its hosting platform from the U.S to the eHosting Datafort (EHDF) facility at DIC. This could mark the trend for more companies to migrate and host locally in regional datacentres says Tejari.

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By  Maddy Reddy Published  December 9, 2003

Tejari.com, the Middle East online marketplace announced today the successful migration of its hosting platform from the U.S to the eHosting Datafort (EHDF) facility at Dubai Internet City. Joined by partners including EHDF, Sun Microsystems and Oracle, Tejari said that its investment in regional e-business hosting is already making good investment sense for it's online trading community.

The migration from Tejari's initial hosting environment in the U.S, to a local data centre would increase website response time by 25 to 30% and faster application performance say Tejari officials.

"Hosting the Tejari marketplace regionally has been one of our core objectives since Tejari's inception three years ago. To achieve that goal, we've tested and invested in a highly reliable and secure technology environment, including Sun and Oracle, now based at the most IT centric location in the Middle East, DIC," says Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, CEO of Tejari.

The actual migration of Tejari's online platform was done over the recent Eid holiday to cut down on the downtime. Tejari believes that a regionally-based technology platform with local support and services will significantly enhance online procurement adoption by organisations around the Middle East.

"Tejari's migration to a Middle East based hosting environment signals to the larger regional market that we are ready to meet the requirements of this market's most most demanding e-businesses," says Dr.Omar bin Sulaiman, member of the board of directors of EHDF and CEO of Dubai Internet City.

EHDF is providing Tejari access to a 2 M/bits sec pipeline which is scalabale to 4 M/bits sec. Tejari would continue to run on the Oracle Exchange platform on Sun servers to serve more than 2000 regional trading partners who place and transact between 15 to 20 tenders per day.

The company officials did not disclose the pricing issues of hosting and bandwidth involved, which is still considered an expensive commodity in the Middle East or the pricing issue as DIC, EHDF and Tejari are all government initiatives.

"Like Dubai e-government and other regional online initiatives powered by Oracle and Sun, Tejari's migration to Dubai highlights the growing focus on regional e-business initiatives that boost service levels and make a real contribution to organisations's bottom lines," says Ayman Abouseif, senior marketing director, Oracle Middle East.

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