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Al-Nahdi Medical Company completes new network

New network, including Brocade switches, links company's Saudi pharmacies

Al-Nahdi Medical Company completes new network
Al-Nahdi Medical Company's new network infrastructure connects its 497 pharmacies in the Kingdom.

Al-Nahdi Medical Company (NMC) has completed the roll out of a new network infrastructure based on Brocade solutions, to support its pharmacies in Saudi Arabia.

The company, which specialises in the retail and wholesale of cosmetic, medical and pharmaceutical products, has now linked its 497 pharmacies across the Kingdom to a centralised data centre which hosts its tier one applications.

The new infrastructure includes Brocade BigIron RX-16 switches in the core, with Brocade FastIron WS 624 and 648 switches at the edge of network. The network support’s all of NMC’s voice, data and video communications, and is intended to be able to accommodate future growth. The network also supports NMC’s Oracle ERP R12 application, a critical business application for the company, which was deployed once the new network went live.

Local Brocade partner AGIS carried out the deployment, including offline configuration, offline testing, live installation, and monitoring, in just four weeks. AGIS also provided training for NMC’s own engineers.

Sami Alawfi, chief information officer of NMC said that the new infrastructure has delivered a significant increase in overall network performance, and a corresponding decrease in the number of trouble tickets filed.

“NMC is currently undergoing a major business transformation and the company is on a very aggressive growth path. Every month we are opening one or two new pharmacies in the Kingdom and as such we require a robust and scalable network infrastructure across our warehouses and retail outlets that provides scalability and flexibility from a business perspective; cost efficiency, security, reliability and IPv4/ IPv6 compatibility while providing users with 24/7 availability and high application performance,” said Alawfi.

“After a three-month long competitive evaluation process, we found that Brocade scored the highest on all the above mentioned parameters and hence it was a logical choice. I have also had an extremely satisfying experience working with Brocade switches in the past which further validated our decision,” he added.

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