Retailer KOJ picks GBM for networking contract
UAE retail giant KOJ has awarded a backbone networking and security contract to IT service provider Gulf Business Machines.
UAE retail giant Kamal Osman Jamjoom (KOJ) has awarded a backbone networking and security contract to IT service provider Gulf Business Machines (GBM), ITP.net can reveal.
GBM is to supply selected Cisco products, including routers, switches and firewalls, to the retailer, which is in the middle of a huge multi-million dollar technology upgrade.
KOJ's group IT manager Thameem Rizvon said KOJ considered two vendors for the approximately 700,000 dirhams ($190,500) contract, one offering a Cisco solution and the other Nortel, but felt that the Cisco offering best met its needs.
"The data communication is going to go through these routers so it is important we have a strong network and backbone through which all the data transfer will take place. Plus the fact that Oracle has got so many security requirements, we felt that after all the technical validations Cisco was the right product," Rizvon explained to ITP.net.
The backbone networking upgrade is part of a massive overhaul that KOJ is doing of its IT infrastructure to support its growing expansion.
The retailer, which represents Early Learning Centre in the Middle East and The Body Shop in the western part of Saudi Arabia, currently has approximately 360 retail outlets spanning Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain, and is looking to double this number over the next two years.
The company has already selected software from Oracle as well as Enabler Wipro as its implementation partner.
It is currently undergoing a hardware sizing exercise with HP, Sun and IBM, and should make a decision on this in July, Rizvon added.