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Turkcell soups up storage

One of the largest Middle East mobile telecoms providers is to upgrade its data backup environment to address its growing storage demands, it has been announced.

One of the largest Middle East mobile telecoms providers is to upgrade its data backup environment to address its growing storage demands, it has been announced.

Turkcell, Turkey’s biggest mobile operator, with 27 million customers, has adopted SilkWorm switches, directors and multi-protocol routers from Brocade to handle its growing volume of data.

The new solution, which is based on 4Gbit per second technology, will provide Turkcell with a Storage Attached Network (SAN) infrastructure and will enable it to simplify and consolidate its existing data storage systems.

The new, upgraded SAN infrastructure will also enable Turkcell to implement a disaster recovery solution covering multiple sites in Istanbul and its primary site in Ankara.

Khalid Khalil, Brocade’s sales manager for Greece, Turkey, Middle East and Africa, said: “They are a big customer for us. They have something like 58 switches and they wanted to work on consolidation.”

Turkcell has been investing in its storage infrastructure for some time, he said.
“They were among the first to acquire our 1Gbit/s technology a year and a half ago,” Khalil said. “They ordered from us three months ago 14 52-port switches, all 4Gbit/s.

“Using the upgraded infrastructure, Turkcell can be confident that it is as prepared as possible for future storage networking developments.”

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