ME firms first to invest in HP converged infrastructure

Senior exec reveals companies in the region were early adopters of the technology worldwide

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ME firms first to invest in HP converged infrastructure Qadan said customers in the Middle East invested in eight of the first eleven worldwide implementations of HP’s Converged Infrastructure Architecture. (ITP Images)
By  Vineetha Menon Published  January 11, 2010

Hewlett-Packard Middle East has revealed that companies in the region were among the first in the world to implement the firm's converged infrastructure architecture that promotes growth in changing business environments.

Dubai Airport in the United Arab Emirates adopted the approach by implementing HP's BladeSystem Matrix, which saw IT becoming a profit generator as they began to charge partners for specific services, a ‘significantly lower' cost of operations and the consolidation of eight data centres into four.  

"When we first announced the BladeSystem Matrix in the middle of last year, customers in the Middle East made investments in eight of the first eleven worldwide implementations. So we were one of the early adopters," commented Fawwaz Qadan, director of enterprise storage and servers at HP Middle East.

Other than Dubai Airport, HP claims to have customers in the region that span different industries including banking & finance, retail and government, and believes that customers here are, in certain instances, ahead of those in developed markets such as Europe and the United States.

"Some of our customers are as competent as any of the customers worldwide. We are a maturing market overall, but if you take specific sectors and specific customers, they are on the leading edge of utilising innovation," Qadan quipped.

HP says that its strategy of converged infrastructure is part of a natural progression; an evolution of what the firm has been doing for many years. And that it's the only vendor that can offer real benefits.

"Given our position from a technology point of view and our position in the market, we have an unbelievable opportunity as HP to be able to put together converged infrastructure as a deliverable. Not only as strategy or long-term vision but something we can deliver today," said Qadan. "There is no other vendor that can put together and converge storage, servers, networking, management and services into something that can be economically and technologically compelling to customers."

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