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The region's IT managers on what piece of technology they or their organisation could not live without.

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By  Patrick Elligett Published  November 16, 2008

ACN spoke to a host of the region's best known IT managers to find out what piece of technology they or their organisation could not live without.

UVK Kumar, Head of Information Technology at Doha Bank

Banks cannot operate without a sophisticated core communication setup. Consumers are highly dependent on the internet these days, so this type of facility becomes absolutely critical.

There is no real alternative to our current system. We have a fallback mechanism, but within our infrastructure the communication system is still very important because if we use the fallback, our level of service falters.

In terms of brands, there are plenty we can choose from but we are currently using Cisco products. We could use other brands but we would need to conduct a thorough investigation of their merits.

Our experience suggests Cisco has a more mature product than its rivals and its remote partners are readily available, and have been quite supportive but we are by no means dependent on the one vendor. It is a much more open market nowadays. If its products didn't deliver we could move to Sun or IBM. Communication doesn't make up a large part of our budget now, but it did when we conducted our initial network enhancement.

I think the cost is justified for the service levels it guarantees.

Jihad Obeid, IT Manager of Dalkia

An IT infrastructure environment relies on so many components you can't just pick one. It's a bit like the human body, you can't say I can live without legs or without a heart. You need all those things together to have your body functioning properly.

I can't pick just one thing, it's a complete network. You need the servers, you need the switches, you need the router, you need the PCs and on top of that you need the software, otherwise it's not a network or a true IT environment. We currently run Dell PCs and servers. We selected them because of the good reputation of the brand and we are very happy with their performance.

We need those servers to have our network running but those servers alone will not do anything, so on top of that you need switches to connect the network to, but alone, servers and switches cannot do anything unless you have your PCs, and PCs can't do much without the right software.

Ultimately, all of these basic technologies combined play a key role in any basic IT infrastructure.

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