DWC implements a multi-vendor network

Dubai World Central and Smartworld have installed the region’s first multi telecom vendor, 10 Gigabit core network in an MPLS service provider model.

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DWC implements a multi-vendor network Luai Bahder from Smartworld says that telecoms are a crucial element of DWC.
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By  Georgina Enzer Published  April 20, 2013

Standards
“For the general technology, each vendor has his own standards, we are using best of breed in terms of infrastructure and active equipment. In terms of operation processes we are using the ITL version three in terms of operation infrastructure and as business processes we are following ISO standards,” said Bahder.

Cloud service provider
Smartworld has also invested in a community cloud to provide managed ICT services to customers. This managed ICT services covers servers, storage, unified communications, security, load balancing – where it can reach all customers. Any tenant can get storage over fibre up to what he needs on the cloud. The capacity of the cloud is multi 10 Gig core.

“Today in the region there is a challenge of providing public cloud because of the telecoms services. So any customer is paying back to the telecoms operator to reach the cloud via an internet or telecom link. Here in DWC we provide our cloud services with free access charges because it is our network,” said Bahder.

Any customer that wants storage can buy the service from the cloud and it is provided up to the customer’s premises without the need to buy telecoms services.

“Look to any cloud offering in the region, this is a unique model and it gives attractive offers for the businesses here. If they want to have not only an office or plot, but their entire IT infrastructure provided as well, it can be outsourced and hosted in the cloud with attractive costs because the element of the telecom is removed,” said Hussain.

Overcome environmental challenges
“In all facilities where we host our equipment we have the latest technology. We have in row cooling from APC, in terms of infrastructure. The fibre we have chosen for the infrastructure and the corridors and manholes we have built are all as per international standards in terms of containing the infrastructure.

“The civil infrastructure does play a big role in protecting the technology. Plus here we have a process which we have applied across all developers, where we provide our standards and requirements in terms of facilities that need to be built within the customer facilities in order to provide a proper environment for the infrastructure.

We also manage the design of the facilities within the customer premises. The customer can’t just build what he wants, he has to take permission from us and follow our guidelines and designs,” said Bahder.

Hardware implemented
• Cisco MPLS core
• Huawei access products
• HP servers
• EMC storage
• Corning fibre cabling
• And other best of breed technologies

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