Foundry switches on Pioneer’s LAN

Foundry Networks will upgrade Egyptian brokerage firm Pioneer's existing LAN infrastructure. The implementation has taken place in Pioneer's 25 offices throughout Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

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By  Sean Robson Published  June 29, 2008

Foundry Networks will upgrade Egyptian brokerage firm Pioneer's existing LAN infrastructure. The implementation has taken place in Pioneer's 25 offices throughout Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

"We selected Foundry because it is the same infrastructure used by CASE, (Cairo and Alexandria Stock Exchange) and allows for seamless interaction between us and them. Salec, who is Foundry's partner in Egypt, and Foundry worked closely with us to design our network infrastructure that is best suited for our needs," Pioneer's IT director, Ahmed Abdel Aziz commented.

The upgrade is in order to improve Pioneer's current interaction with the Cairo and Alexandria Stock Exchange. Pioneer has installed Foundry's FastIron SX Layer 2/3 10 gigabit Ethernet and FastIron Edge Power over Ethernet (PoE) switches for its headquarters in Egypt and in its office in Saudi Arabia, with additional switches deployed in Pioneer's other branches across the region.

"In the financial world, like any other these days, the right information is key to making decisions that could affect investments valued in billions of dollars," said Farook Majeed, regional manager in the Middle East and North Africa for Foundry Networks.

"Communication using an up-to-date LAN infrastructure can make the difference and we understand that. We also understand the needs of our clients and work closely with our partners like Salec to ensure that these requirements are met," concluded Majeed.

Salec's team of engineers and consultants provided Pioneer with design, delivery, installation, support and consultancy services.

Mohamed Shoukry the sales manager for financial Sector at Salec, said, "We have an in-depth knowledge of our customer's environment, enabling us to provide the right solution and an implementation process that needed much organised teamwork for the design of the network, delivery process and installation. The customer choice was based on very detailed criteria and we are glad to have fulfilled all the technical and business requirements."

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