STME picks up advanced Cisco certification

Regional storage integrator STME has become the first partner in the Middle East to achieve advanced technology provider (ATP) status for MDS SANTap solutions from networking giant Cisco.

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By  Stuart Wilson Published  May 7, 2006

Regional storage integrator STME has become the first partner in the Middle East to achieve advanced technology provider (ATP) status for MDS SANTap solutions from networking giant Cisco. “ATP partners are instrumental in helping Cisco penetrate emerging markets,” said Tarek Ghoul, regional channel manager GCC and Pakistan at Cisco. “ATP partners like STME are handpicked by Cisco to develop the knowledge and skills that enable them to ensure the successful deployment and management of new growth technologies.” With its new ATP status, STME will be able to deliver and support Cisco’s MDS 9000-based SANTap applications, including Cisco MDS 9000 storage service modules and SMARTnet support in the Middle East region. Jocelyn Al Adwani, deputy CEO at STME, commented: “We are pleased to be designated as an advanced technology provider by Cisco Systems. This recognition amply demonstrates STME’s expertise and market credibility, given that the ATP status is accorded only to a select few. We will work in close cooperation with Cisco in tapping new growth opportunities in the fast-growing Middle East storage market.” To gain ATP accreditation from Cisco, STME went through rigorous training and had to meet knowledge validation requirements. Combined with its existing Cisco certification, STME claims that the new ATP designation places it at the forefront of the regional integrator community in terms of its ability to provide the complete lifecycle of storage services. STME now has 14 offices spanning 11 countries in the region. The focused storage integrator represents a range of vendor partners offering its customer base best of breed solutions tailored to their individual business requirements.

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