Juniper lands network deal with Saudi ministry
Infrastructure and security solutions to form backbone of department's new data centre
Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) is set to build a high-performance network and data centre infrastructure based on switching, routing and security solutions from Juniper.
MCIT has selected the vendor to create the infrastructure as a platform for the Kingdom's country-wide e-Government project ‘Yesser', which is designed to enable multiple government departments to interact with each other and citizens online.
MCIT is responsible for the deployment and management of IT and network-based services across the Kingdom, including broadcast, digital and telephony activities.
Ahmad Alkhiary, assistant director general for MCIT says the e-Government initiative is designed to raise the productivity and efficiency of the public sector in Saudi Arabia.
"By introducing services through electronic transactions, we can utilise information technology to its best advantage and also control costs," he said. "The Juniper Networks solution for MCIT will reduce the cost and complexity of our data centre network, delivering a dynamic, flexible and automated solution without sacrificing performance."
MCIT has opted for Juniper's EX4200 Series Ethernet switches with virtual chassis fabric technology to provide high availability for its hosting services at the data centre and among its agencies.
J Series services routers will be installed as a branch deployment to standardise service delivery and provide stability and efficiency for all agencies and the central site. Additionally, Juniper's M Series multiservice edge routers will be deployed to provide advanced routing with carrier-class reliability for the high-performance network.
Various network security solutions and gateways will also be used in the deployment, which is set to be carried out by local Juniper partner Mobily.
Andy Ingram, VP product marketing and business development for fabric and switching technologies at Juniper, says the vendor's solutions will help MCIT create an "innovative and operationally efficient network environment."
Juniper has not disclosed the value of the project.