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Bank AlJazira selects Siemon for data centre project

Siemon data centre infrastructure solutions used in new data centres for bank

Bank AlJazira selects Siemon for data centre project
The project will use Siemon's high density VersaPOD cabinets.

Saudi's Bank AlJazira has selected Siemon to provide a complete IT infrastructure for its new data centres across the Kingdom.

The bank is developing a data centre and disaster recovery data centre to meet growth plans.

Bank AlJazira has opted for a shielded cabling solution for high performance and security. The infrastructure will include Siemon's high-density VersaPOD cabinets for the patching field, plus V600 racks to house the active equipment.  Cabling will include both MTP plug and play fibre, which supports 10, 40 and 100Gb/s applications, plus Z-MAX copper category 6A F/UTP shielded trunk cables. This shielded solution represents the cutting edge of category 6A cabling, providing the highest margins on all TIA and ISO performance requirements for category 6A/class EA, including critical alien crosstalk parameters. It offers guaranteed link lengths as short as three metres, which is of particular value in the data centre.

Ahmed Al Hassan, Head of IT at Bank AlJazira, said that Siemon was selected after a competitive tendering process: "Siemon presented the most impressive data centre designs for our Jeddah and Riyadh sites and Siemon's proposed solution performed best against the high standard set by our specification."

The bank also recognised Siemon's strong local presence in the region and valued support given by Prem Rodrigues, sales manager for Siemon in the Middle East.

Rodrigues said: "This is the culmination of many months of working together and we are delighted to be able to bring Siemon's global data centre expertise to the advantage of such a prestigious institution. The data centre design work we have done has been of particular significance to this project."

BT Al Saudia will fill systems integrator role for the project.

Commenting on the collaboration with Siemon, Dale Millar of BT Al Saudia added: "With the combined expertise of Siemon and BT Al Saudia and the bank's preference for excellence, it is exciting to be installing a system of such high specification. We certainly look forward to celebrating the performance enhancement it brings to Bank AlJazira and its customers, across Saudi Arabia and beyond."

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