Juniper nets Saudi Ministry

Juniper Networks carries out full high-performance network implementation for the Ministry of Culture and Information in Saudi Arabia

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Juniper nets Saudi Ministry Juniper’s regional VP Gert-Jan Schenk, says the firm has managed to reduce operational expenditure for the Saudi Ministry of Culture and Information after a full network overhaul.
By  Julian Pletts Published  June 16, 2009

Juniper Networks has carried out a full high-performance network implementation for the Ministry of Culture and Information in Saudi Arabia.

The Ministry of Culture and Information — responsible for all information services in Saudi, including television and radio broadcasting — enlisted the vendor to design a fully integrated end-to-end network solution for voice, video and data.

“Rather than upgrade our existing network, we decided to migrate to a more flexible IP network with Juniper that would deliver 55% faster performance and security while lowering operating costs by 35%,” said Abdulaziz Almulhem, chief information and strategy officer at the Ministry of Culture and Information. “Juniper’s best-in-class network infrastructure solutions deliver the high levels of throughput, reliability and quality of service that we require for our sensitive and bandwidth-hungry applications.”

The solution includes switching, routing and security technologies, and has supposedly been designed to provide a fast, reliable and secure infrastructure for the Ministry’s mission-critical network traffic and applications. The vendor claims that it has managed to do this whilst ensuring that the total cost of ownership is kept as low as possible.

Juniper Network’s EX series ethernet switches and M series multiservice edge routers have been deployed in the Ministry’s corporate backbone, along with a switching and routing solution that makes use of the vendor’s single source operating system, Junos, to streamline network operations and improve the availability, performance and security of business applications.

A study commissioned by Juniper makes the claim that the end-user has seen cost savings in the region of 40% thanks to the utilisation of the Junos software.

“Organisations now demand more from their networks, in terms of simplicity, performance and value for money,” said Gert-Jan Schenk, senior vice president of operations EMEA at Juniper Networks. “Juniper Network’s high-performance infrastructure solutions have helped the Ministry of Culture and Information to create an innovative and operationally efficient environment that helps to reduce costs and raise productivity without compromise.”

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