STME ups the storage ante for 2004

Regional storage provider STME is promising to up its offering of comprehensive solutions for business needs in 2004.

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By  Paul Barthram Published  February 19, 2004

Regional storage provider STME has announced Cisco Systems, Network Appliances, and Hitachi Data Systems as its new line up of partners in the region. The partnerships are designed to meet the demands of more Middle East customers with a comprehensive offering of data management and protection solutions in 2004. Also on offer will be consultancy services including design and implementation for more ‘niche’ markets as well as the emerging mid-market sector, plus ongoing support and training services. STME has formed new partnerships to meet the needs of clients of different sizes across a range of sectors including as energy, media, manufacturing, construction and property management, banking, aviation, and government organisations. The new partners are Network Appliance (NetApp), Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), and Cisco Systems. NetApp is renowned for its data-intensive enterprise storage solutions. Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) will widen STME’s offerings in the SAN and mainframe storage space and Cisco systems will offer its globally recognised products to an already bulging product portfolio. Under a wider relationship deal with StorageTek, STME will also be widely addressing the requirements of the Middle East’s SMB market. As part of the agreement, STME will offer the entire suite of StorageTek’s disk systems, which is the result of an alliance between StorageTek and LSI Logic Storage Systems. STME says the new editions to its product portfolio will complement its existing range of services and enable the company to integrate and design appropriate information infrastructure solutions for clients in the Middle East. “By closely monitoring market trends in the Middle East, we have identified that demand is greater than ever before from the mid-range and entry-level market segments, as well as for the enterprise level and industry-specific storage solutions,” said Trevor Hutson, president & chief operating officer, STME. “STME is committed to offering a greater choice of storage offerings to its customer base, as well as an integrated environment that begins delivering business results immediately. By putting into action a diversification plan for 2004, we are strengthening the portfolio of solutions and services we offer, at different investment levels, all across the region,” he adds.

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