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Telenor completes major EMC infrastructure project

Pakistan Mobile operator rolls out EMC storage solutions

Telenor completes major EMC infrastructure project
The EMC solution will help Telenor manage the data of its growing subscriber base, says Mahakian.

Pakistan mobile operator Telenor has completed a major overhaul of its information infrastructure, to replace legacy storage systems with solutions from EMC.

The new integrated storage project will help Telenor to reduce infrastructure management costs, have more flexibility for growth, provide more robust levels of service and cut energy costs.

EMC Pakistan built the infrastructure project, which includes EMC VMAX Tiered Storage to consolidate the existing different storage units at Telenor's site in Islamabad and EMC Symmetrix VMAX Storage, which will consolidate workloads with much smaller footprints, to give better performance and future scalability

The project also implemented EMC SRDF/A for Disaster Recovery with which Telenor will be able to replicate its mission critical applications from Islamabad to Lahore across a distance of 400km, with a recovery point objective as low as one second, enabling zero data loss in the event of a regional disaster, even over extended distances.

The project also uses the EMC Time Finder Clone Technology for fast data recovery, insuring local storage replication for increased application availability and faster data recovery.

"Telenor is Pakistan's second largest mobile operator; in 2009-10 we grew by adding subscribers at a rate of 14%, the highest in the telecom industry for the year. EMC storage solutions will add efficiency, agility and scalability to our IT infrastructure while allowing us to maintain control and ensure security of our data", said Khaled Shehzad, chief technology officer, Telenor Pakistan.

"After thorough considerations, Telenor selected EMC VMAX as the most reliable solution to meet its business and technology requirements. EMC Team's dedication and commitment enabled us to complete the migration of our servers within a short timeframe," he said.

"To manage and secure the information of this sizeable number of subscribers, Telenor will need a storage infrastructure that is both powerful and smart. We are very proud of the confidence Telenor has placed in EMC's ability to fully consolidate Telenor's storage infrastructure and to be the vendor of choice for one of the largest mobile communications providers in Pakistan." said Habib Mahakian, regional director for North Gulf, Levant & Pakistan Area EMC.

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