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Sun stalwart STME plots future with IBM

Storage integrator confirms it is now an IBM Business Partner in the Middle East

Sun stalwart STME plots future with IBM
STME is partnering with IBM in a deal that will see it resell its storage solutions.

Storage integrator STME has thrown its weight behind IBM in a move that indicates a shift in focus away from Sun Microsystems in the wake of its integration with Oracle.

Although STME has been known in the market as a staunch Sun player up to now, it is understood that the company has been exploring opportunities with other leading server providers in the market, culminating in the alliance with IBM.

STME has now been confirmed as an IBM Business Partner in six Middle East markets: UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan.

The partnership will give it access to IBM's servers, storage and back-up technologies, which the solutions provider claims will help it realise its vision of becoming the top data centre infrastructure provider in the region.

It believes that by incorporating IBM's product and services capabilities into its existing storage portfolio, it will be able to address entire systems and storage data centre infrastructure requirements of medium and large enterprise customers.

"The partnership with IBM is an important step in line with our commitment to offer the most comprehensive range of enterprise technology solutions in the region," said Salah Abu Shaar, CEO at STME.

"Moreover, being an IBM Business Partner reinforces STME's position as a world-class and quality-oriented organisation. STME will continue to find ways to deliver greater value and enhance the level of satisfaction of its customers in the Middle East," he added.

100-strong STME also works with vendors such as NetApp, Symantec and Hitachi Data Systems. Earlier this year the privately-held outfit was acquired by Saudi Arabia-based investment house MIC.

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