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Sun wins million dollar Egyptian finance project

The Central Bank of Egypt is undertaking a US$2.85million overhaul of its IT infrastructure in partnership with Sun Microsystems.

The project is part of a wider strategy to modernise the bank’s internal systems, and upgrade its computer network, data centres, integrated applications and security systems.

The bank has chosen servers, data processing systems and specialised services from Sun as part of the project, which will be implemented by the hardware vendor’s local partner Promise. The implementation is expected to improve communications to local and international banks operating in Egypt.

“Choosing Sun Microsystems for this project came after thorough evaluation of the market and accurate testing of the applications and solutions that best met the needs of the bank,” said Tarek Raof, assistant governor deputy for IT systems at the Central Bank of Egypt.

“Sun’s long standing history of expertise and efficiency in projects with Promise further reassured the bank that this was the right team to implement the integrated data centre,” Raof stated, adding there was a huge responsibility on the implementation team because the bank was the centre of work flow for all Egyptian banks.

The project is the largest that has been undertaken so far between Sun and the central bank.

The hardware vendor will provide Sun Fire V890 and V490 servers, Sun Y2000 application servers, UltraSparc processors and its Solaris 10 operating system (OS).

“Sun and Promise will supply and assemble the devices in addition to testing them and training bank employees on usage,” explained Walid Al Hadidy, Sun sales manager for Egypt.

“The bank will also be able to call on technical support through Sun Microsystems’ regional technical support centre, which serves North Africa and Levant,” Al Hadidy added.

The partner will also head up the integration of Sun Microsystems’ hardware with databases from Oracle.

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