Cisco unveils plethora of public sector deals

MOU and agreements support economic development in the United Arab Emirates

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Cisco unveils plethora of public sector deals Cisco is helping Abu Dhabi connect 270 schools and 150,000 students.
By  ITP.net Staff Writer Published  October 12, 2011

Cisco announced a raft of multi-million dollar agreements with government departments at GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK yesterday.

The networking giant is working closely with a number of customers in the public sector in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, across projects that encompass many of its different product lines.

The company signed an MOU with the Abu Dhabi Ports Company, (ADPC), to deliver an infrastructure platform for Phase 1 of the port.

The agreement, which builds on an existing strategic agreement, will bring advanced collaboration services, including unified communications and video conferencing, to the new Khalifa Port and Industrial Zone (Kizad), which is due to being operations in Q4 of next year.

Cisco is also providing its Cisco Borderless Network to ADPC, which will provide wired and wireless connection across the whole facility, and will also work to deliver training to the staff of ADPC, first to skill up the IT team, and then to train staff on use of unified communications.

In the education sector, Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) announced that it has also selected the Cisco Borderless Network technology to connect schools in the Abu Dhabi. The network infrastructure will be rolled out to 270 schools across Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Gharbia, serving 150,000 students with an advanced learning environment and improved communications.

Mohammed Younes, ICT Division Manager, ADEC, comments: “This implementation is a key milestone for ADEC to deliver on our vision to raise education standards in Abu Dhabi in order to help students become world class learners, able to fully participate in a knowledge-based economy. Education is at the forefront of Abu Dhabi’s Vision 2030 and has been recognized as a key pillar as Abu Dhabi strives to become a knowledge-based economy.”

To further drive the development of Abu Dhabi, Cisco has also announced that it has provided its VBlock cloud computing solution to Abu Dhabi Executive Affairs Authority (EAA), for its Virtual Infrastructure Project. The VBlock is a single system solution for cloud computing, combining technology from Cisco, EMC and VMware.

Wayne Hull, Director and GM of Cisco UAE, says: “Cisco is very committed strategically to the UAE and, in particular, we have a very significant commitment to Abu Dhabi,” he says.

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