SWCC builds new datacentre on Sun solutions

Saline Water Conversion Corporation selects Sun enterprise systems to run core datacentre

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By  Mark Sutton Published  December 4, 2008

Saudi Arabia’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) has turned to Sun Microsystems for its new datacentre requirements.

SWCC, the largest desalination company in the world, is in the process of upgrading its IT infrastructure, following an ‘electronic transformation program’ and has deployed a new datacentre to run business applications to manage 30 plants in 17 locations across the Kingdom.

Sun has provided its SPARC M5000 Enterprise Server to run the company’s Oracle ERP, supply chain and asset management solutions. The M5000, which runs Sun’s Solaris 10 operating system, will allow SWCC to run multiple applications in thousands of partitions, to allow isolation and control over each application.

The deployment also includes Sun’s StorageTek SL500 Modular Library System for storage, and Sun will also work with SWCC to roll out dynamic reconfiguration and identity management Solutions.

“Our aim is to develop the organization into the leading utility firm not just in Saudi Arabia, but across the wider region. By offering Saudi citizens, SWCC suppliers, and our business partners the ability to benefit from online services we’ll be pushing the boundaries of customer service and reliability,” said Eng Abdullah Al Khedher, SWCC’s e-TP director.

“We want our employees to use the latest technology and be well trained before privatization to ensure the utmost confidence in our customers and investors. By taking these steps today and by addressing issues such as effective change management we are ensuring that SWCC will remain on a strong footing for decades to come and become a technology leader in both the government space as well as in the private sector,” he added.

Nabeel Al-Olake Al-Shammari, Sales Account Manager, Energy Sector, Sun Microsystems KSA said: “That SWCC has chosen Sun to upgrade its IT infrastructure and prepare for its future growth, is testimony to our systems being state-of-the-art and reliable and capable of handling operations of one of the world’s largest desalinations projects.

“It is important for SWCC to have the right technology to support the growth of their business, which coincides with the privatization of the company. Our SWCC deployment builds on the years of expertise in the Energy sector and our solutions will result in improvements in the supply chain and lead time including minimal stock and inventory. This will lead to higher value of assets for SWCC,” he added.

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