Qatar–based NBK implements HP architecture

New network is based on the HP 10500 switch, designed to provide multimedia communications across all sites

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Qatar–based NBK implements HP architecture HP has announced that Qatar-based family business Nasser Bin Khaled (NBK) has selected HP FlexNetwork architecture to replace its network infrastructure.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  June 27, 2012

HP has announced that Qatar-based family business Nasser Bin Khaled (NBK) has selected HP FlexNetwork architecture to replace its network infrastructure. Based on the HP 10500 switch, the new campus network is designed to provide NBK with cost-effective multimedia communications across all its sites.

NKB manages the sales and distribution in the Qatari market of international brands including Mercedes Benz, Harley Davidson and Michelin. NBK owns other companies in the fields of industry, construction, oil and gas, telecommunications, civil engineering, agriculture, real estate, fashion and hospitality.

“NBK’s business-critical CRM and ERP applications are extremely bandwidth-hungry, and must be always available,” says Waleed Hamad, NBK’s director of Business Information Technology. “Our legacy network infrastructure was unable to keep pace with the developing needs of NBK and the growth of our operations. HP has provided NBK with a resilient virtualised 10GB network infrastructure which not only delivers the highest levels of performance and availability but has the capacity to support 40GB/100GB in the future.” 

HP’s FlexNetwork architecture has transformed NBK’s network and is designed to cost-effectively deliver increased speed, performance and agility. At the network core, a HP 10500 campus switch is designed to deliver ultra-high resiliency and availability for NBK’s CRM and ERP applications. Its three microsecond latency and 40GB performance support the delivery of media-rich applications and provide NBK with a video-ready network. 

At the distribution layer, HP 5800 switches in NBK’s key locations are designed to provide the bandwidth necessary to ensure continuous availability for secure, high-speed communications. At the access layer intelligent HP 5120 switches are designed to eliminate loops in the network for maximum reliability.

NBK’s network infrastructure complexity is reduced by HP’s innovative Intelligent Resilient Framework (IRF) technology, which consolidates the management of multiple switches into a single virtual device.

The entire network can be centrally managed with HP Intelligent Management Centre (IMC) software.

Implemented by HP partner Gulf Business Centre, the entire network infrastructure is supported by HP Care Packs providing a four-hour response, next business day fix service to ensure NBK’s business continuity.

“HP has enabled NBK to unleash the full performance, stability and manageability benefits of their virtualised IT network,” says Eyad Shihabi, managing director, HP Middle East. “With a single operating system and management platform, HP Networking switches allow NBK to meet their current networking needs and provide the flexibility for future expansion.”

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