Al Rostamani to introduce Xeon-based HP IT system

The Al Rostamani Group is overhauling its IT infrastructure, with the consolidation of its IT operations on Intel Xeon processor-based ProLiant blade servers supplied by HP.

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By  Diana Milne Published  September 25, 2005

The Al Rostamani Group is overhauling its IT infrastructure, with the consolidation of its IT operations on Intel Xeon processor-based ProLiant blade servers supplied by HP. The infrastructure will supp- ort an enterprise resource plan- ning (ERP) system, which will be made available initially to two of the group’s largest companies — Arabian Automobiles Company (AAC) and Thomas Cook Al Rostomani Exchange (TCARE). All core business transactions carried out by the two companies will be automated under the new system — allowing for the transparent sharing and validation of data and providing employees with accurate business information. “The Al Rostamani Group is a multi-industry business that spans financial services, automobiles and real estate and we needed a new IT infrastructure that would be dynamic enough to allow for adjustment with market changes,” noted Abdallah El Kadi, group IT manager, Al Rostami Group. “By moving to a consolidated infrastructure powered by Intel-based HP blade servers, we have streamlined the flow of info-rmation and minimised costly, inefficient bottlenecks,” he said. It is hoped the implementation of the new technology will offer potential for growth across the group’s companies and will bring increased cost efficiencies and reduced data centre space. For instance, the financial performance of TCARE is expected to improve as it is being moved from distributed system architecture to an online central system as part of the new infrastructure. The Al Rostamani Group is one of the UAE’s largest conglomerates. For HP and Intel, its willingness to make such a major commitment to their products is seen as a considerable regional coup for both.

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