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El Araby Group goes with NEC for new infrastructure

Servers, storage and thin clients selected to meet diverse needs of conglomerate

El Araby Group goes with NEC for new infrastructure
The new infrastructure includes a range of NEC hardware, including Flexpower blade solutions.

Egypt's El Araby Group has selected NEC to provide new hardware to meet the infrastructure needs across the whole group.

The conglomerate, which has seven companies operating in areas including engineering, lighting, cooling industries, home appliances, and health care, along with a charitable non-profit organisation, aimed to replace hardware from a range of vendors, with the aim of deploying a robust and secure IT infrastructure, with high availability and an improved TCO.

El Araby also required infrastructure for a 150 seat call centre, IT for new office buildings and for its El Araby Medical Centre Hospital.

In order to meet the various requirements, El Araby went with four fully loaded Flexpower blade solutions, installed in various locations, and three separate file servers, one for each new location. The company said it selected blade servers for their high level of availability and lower time and implementation costs.

To handle the group's estimated 5TB of data, the company selected three NEC FC SAN storage units and three NEC tape libraries for backup; while the call centre was equipped with NEC thin clients, for durability, low maintenance and high level of security control on the terminals.

"We are excited about this investment and we look forward to the benefits of using NEC Solutions for our IT infrastructure," said Walid Bakr, group IT Manager for El Araby Group. "With solutions from NEC we completed our needs in terms of data security and availability, reducing TCO, flexibility and working efficiency."

"Data security and downtime can cost businesses a lot, which is why we always try to understand how we can support our customers and provide them with IT solutions that significantly reduce TCO, improve business continuity and increase ROI (return on investment)" said Lenia Iacovides, managing director for interFRONTIERS, the NEC ITPS' business development unit for EMEA region. ‘'El Araby is also a major partner of NEC since 2004 and we are pleased to assist them and invest in growing our businesses together."

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