Network Innovation Awards 2013

The winners of the ninth annual Network Middle East Innovation awards

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By  Georgina Enzer Published  July 17, 2013

The ninth annual NMe Award winners have shown future thinking, a commitment to the Middle East networking industry and, for the implementation awards, future-proof implementations utilising best of breed equipment and very innovative solutions.

Data centre project of the year - Abu Dhabi Ports Company

The Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) implemented a virtualisation project on its infrastructure servers and ERP servers, which resulted in a major server cost reduction, as well as significant power savings. The installation was quick, well planned and also resulted in significant performance improvements.

Before the 23rd of February 2013, all ADPC ERP servers were running on a mix of x86, HPUX and Itanium based physical servers. Simply replacing these servers with more physical servers was not a cost effective solution, so ADPC decided to proceed with the virtualisation of all these servers, which were running Oracle solutions. Virtualisation of such a comprehensive stack of Oracle solutions had been done barely a handful of times before and had not been attempted in the region. In the end, ADPC decided to go with VMware, and Dell 12th Generation servers were selected to run the workload. While the design of the implementation was done in-house, VMware provided an expert review of the design. The project moved from 27 physical servers to 44 virtual machines on five physical servers and also included a number of upgrades, including moving from Oracle 10g to 11g, upgrading Oracle databases to new versions and migrating to a new SAN.

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