Sakhr Software adopts Windows Server 2003

Microsoft Middle East has announced Sakhr software as an early adopter of its recently launched Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and Visual Studio .NET technologies.

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By  Paul Barthram Published  September 16, 2003

Microsoft Middle East has announced Sakhr software as an early adopter of its recently launched Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and Visual Studio .NET technologies.

The company is now looking forward to seeing the new technologies offer increased performance and enhanced services for its web surfers accessing the company's highly successful Arabic web portal Ajeeb.com.

Ajeeb.com has quickly become one of the world's most popular Arabic web portals, providing services such as news searches, news catalogues, multi-language text translation and web site translation.

Using Microsoft's products and services, it took Ajeeb.com less than a year to assemble the applications and services required for moving from concept and development into the production stage.

"All our products, engines, solutions and services use the Microsoft platform, such as Johaina (www.johaina.info) an outstanding news mining, gathering and categorising service and the most comprehensive Arabic Website Directory on the Internet (www.aldalil.com)," said Salah Malaeb, general manager of Sakhr Software.

"Our developers are highly experienced and professionally qualified to develop complex applications that work on the Microsoft platform. We have found that the combination of Windows Server 2003 with Visual Studio .NET is the most productive and developer-friendly platform to work with," Malaeb added.

The Sakhr development team began its shift from Microsoft Windows NT to Windows Server 2000 recently, and has now started moving to Windows Server 2003 to further enhance performance and stability of its portal.

"Windows Server 2003, has been designed to help enterprises 'do more with less,' and is the ideal platform for developing a new generation of applications that realise the benefits of our .NET vision," said Mohammed Kateeb, regional director of Microsoft Middle East. "In the case of Ajeeb.com the Windows Server 2003 platform has provided Sakhr's developers with the tools they needed to build high performance language services in relatively little time."

"Microsoft has a worldwide commitment to deliver on Arabic requirements, on par with other key world languages. Our business in the Middle East region continues to grow at great pace, and particularly in terms of application development. By empowering developers with the best technologies to develop multi-language enabled applications, with Arabic language support by design, we are reiterating our commitment to the region," added Kateeb.

"We plan to add new server power through the addition of Intel's new 64-bit Itanium 2 processors; and by upgrading Ajeeb.com to the new Windows Server 2003, we look forward to achieving a huge performance gain at a very competitive operational cost," commented Malaeb.

Ajeeb.com serves around 25,000 concurrent users and receives more than four million hits during a day of normal Internet traffic. By combining features of the Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition with hardware-based load-balance, Ajeeb.com is now said to be capable of handling large volumes of user requests with 24-hour availability and high response rates.

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