Aqaba Water selects HP for service delivery

Jordanian utility to install end-to-end solution for quota management

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By Staff Writer Published  May 27, 2013

HP announced this week that Jordan's Aqaba Water Company (AWC) has selected an HP private-cloud solution to help manage annual delivery quotas.

The project, co-financed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will provide a high-end computing environment that enables Aqaba Water's engineers to address supply- and demand-related issues. It will also provide a platform for Aqaba Water's SCADA operations, which allow operators to monitor and control remote wells.

A subsidiary of Water Authority of Jordan, AWC is responsible for the planning, construction, operation and maintenance of the public water supply and sewerage services in the province of Aqaba.

"We needed to move our IT operations to the next level in order to address the challenges faced by water utilities," said Naem Saleh, acting CEO, Aqaba Water.

"This latest step is a result of the various achievements and advanced solutions that we have put in place to assist in increasing revenue generation. We selected an integrated HP and Microsoft private cloud solution as the platform of choice to host our software and other IT services due to the rich, secure, advanced features that HP and Microsoft were able to demonstrate.

"We look forward to this project delivering on its pre-set objectives, and believe that this will uniquely position Aqaba Water as a reference model for utilities within the Middle East region."

E-services will be supported by HP and Microsoft technologies including a cloud-ready HP Converged Infrastructure based on HP CloudSystem with HP Matrix Operating Environment, Microsoft  Hyper-V, and Microsoft System Center for Cloud Management as well as a self-service portal that will make IT services available on a pay-per-use basis. Automated failover and built-in lifecycle management will help to ensure uptime.

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