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ADEC selects EMC for storage infrastructure

Abu Dhabi Educational Council to deploy EMC solutions to improve data management

ADEC selects EMC for storage infrastructure
EMC's Symmetrix VMAX networked storage array will provide ADEC with better data protection and management.

The Abu Dhabi Educational Council (ADEC) has signed a deal with EMC to upgrade its storage infrastructure to cope with growing demand.

ADEC will deploy an EMC Symmetrix VMAX storage solution, to increase the availability and performance of its data centre infrastructure, and improve quality of service for its end user base.

The organisation is responsible for development initiatives in all of Abu Dhabi's education sectors, including both public and private P-12 education, and higher education, and as Abu Dhabi seeks to revamp its education sector, so ADEC's existing storage system had struggled to cope.

The EMC Symmetrix VMAX solution includes Fully Automated Storage Tiering for Virtual Pools (FAST VP), which will enable ADEC to tier data depending on its importance, and allow its use a mix of storage mediums including tape and enterprise flash as appropriate.

ADEC has also selected EMC Data Domain and EMC Networker, to consolidate all backup into a single platform, to improve data protection and cut the time required for backup tasks. The new solution also gives ADEC ongoing scalability to meet future needs, including a planned e-learning platform project.

Salem Al-Sayari, executive director of the Support Services Sector at Abu Dhabi Education Council said: "We are confident that our new EMC infrastructure will help enhance management performance and increase business agility, which in turn will help achieve ADEC's strategy to enhance ICT infrastructure in public schools across the Emirates. We are standardizing our IT infrastructure on EMC Symmetrix VMAX which will be protected by EMC Data Domain de-duplication storage systems.

"Data Domain eliminates the storage of redundant backup data and ensures rapid, reliable recoveries that meet the most stringent RPO (Recovery Point Objective) and RTO (Recovery Time Objective) requirements. The system also delivers advanced next generation disk-based backup and recovery capabilities."

Mohammad Younis, ADEC's ICT Division Manager added: "To increase our storage performance and utilization, while lowering costs, ADEC will deploy EMC's fully automated storage tiering technology for virtual pools (FAST VP). Doing so, will enable ADEC to automatically optimize the placement of data onto the most efficient tier to improve performance."

"EMC is pleased to collaborate with the Abu Dhabi Educational Council to help it achieve better management and performance, increase business agility, and lower costs as it initiates its journey to the cloud. At EMC we are committed to the educational sector around the world, which is why we create a range of infrastructure technologies and solutions tailored to meet our customer's current and future performance and growth requirements," added Said Akar, South Gulf District Manager, EMC.

During Gitex, ADEC announced a deal with Cisco to connect almost 270 schools with a Cisco Borderless Network solution.

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