KSA Foreign ministry goes with Juniper

Juniper Networks will build a network infrastructure for KSA Ministry of Foreign affairs

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By  Sean Robson Published  May 19, 2009

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) will together with Juniper Networks set about connecting the ministry’s 104 embassies worldwide through the a high-performance network infrastructure.

The new MOFA network will be designed and deployed to connect its main office in Riyadh with branch locations in Jeddah and Dammam as well as its embassies worldwide. According to the protagonists the network will be used in order to accelerate, deliver and secure online services while also working with critical applications internally.

“As the rate of travel into and out of Saudi Arabia increases, the scope and volume of our online services has increased exponentially, as has the Ministry’s need for uncompromised network security. Our new high-performance network will deliver a responsive and trusted environment for deploying e-services more quickly and cost-effectively,” said Ghassan Kutobi, ICT manager, MOFA.

MOFA will integrate Juniper’s application acceleration, enterprise routing, switching and security devices to create an optimised, secure high-performance network infrastructure

“The growth of e-government online services in the Middle East is creating significant demand for high-performance network infrastructure to ensure the speed, reliability and security of those electronic processes,” said Samer Shaar, regional director for Juniper Networks, Middle East, Central Africa and Pakistan.

“Working with Saudi Arabia’s MOFA to create a dynamic and secure network that extends across the Kingdom and to its missions around the world demonstrates how Juniper’s technology can accelerate and protect internal and external applications in a comprehensive and cost-effective way,” continued Shaar.

The infrastructure will include the Juniper Networks M Series Multiservice Edge Routers which is intended to provide advanced routing with carrier-class reliability, for the high-performance network. The EX Series provides the carrier-class infrastructure to underpin MOFA’s network, while the Juniper Networks J Series Services Routers provide high-performance connectivity to branch office locations.

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