Yemenia logs into thin clients

Tech Access, Sun Microsystems and Yemen Computers have announced that Yemenia, the national airline for Yemen, has deployed the Sun Ray thin clients to cut IT administration costs.

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By  Maddy Reddy Published  March 7, 2004

Tech Access, Sun Microsystems’ channel development provider in the Middle East, and Yemen Computer Co. Ltd., Sun’s partner in Yemen, announced today that Yemenia, the national airline for Yemen, has deployed Sun Microsystems’ Sun Ray appliance technology after testing the desktop computing solution at the company’s iForce Centre in Dubai. According to Tech Access, Yemenia is currently evaluating the deployment of Sun’s thin clients (Sun Ray) by testing them at the iForce Centre in Dubai Internet City (DIC). As part of the airline’s technology upgrade, Yemenia initiated the project by selecting Mercator’s RAPID revenue accounting system, powered by Oracle database. RAPID extracts data from tickets or cargo waybills that airlines need to plan better, react faster to rivals and compete more effectively. “The project has created an IT environment where our employees can enjoy the benefits of Sun technology, including greater performance and productivity, as well as centralized access to informationis helping the region’s aviation providers ensure that they stay ahead in the market,” says Abdullah Al-Hothi, IT manager, Yemenia. Yemenia Airlines which was officially created in 1978, is held 51% by the Yemen government and 49% by the government of Saudi Arabia, with flight operations to more than 30 destinations. Sun Middle East’s partner in Yemen, Yemen Computers will provide the service and support for Yemenia. The Sun Ray thin clients are essentially dumb clients with no storage functionality and minimal hardware (microprocessor, memory and network card) with basic input and output peripherials. The server-based computing model, allows Yemenia employees to operate in a 'hot desk' environment providing them to access their work from any appliance within the workgroup by inserting a smart card. “By implementing Sun Ray, the airline’s centralized server architecture is providing a more secure environment, as well as upgraded virus protection. By not having to manage, administer, or configure its individual desktops, Yemenia is able to reduce the total cost of its desktop ownership,” says Stavros Vougas, channel and marketing manager, Sun Microsystems Middle East and North Africa. “In partnership with Tech Access, Sun Microsystems and Yemen Computers, Yemenia ensured that the Sun Ray solution exactly matched its business requirements before investing any of its budget, delivering greater peace-of-mind for its technology management and senior decision-makers,” says Martyn Molnar, business solutions architect, Tech Access. “Yemenia is one of our top priority customers and we fulfilled all their IT requirements during the last 26 years. We are proud that they selected the most effective solution by opting for Sun Ray technology,” says Abdullah T. Muraisi, sales manager of Yemen Computers. The 50-employee, Sun partner in Yemen has operations in Sana'a, Aden, Hodeidah, Taiz and Mukalla.

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