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Fujitsu to provide DRaaS to Ankabut members

Fujitsu signed to provide disaster recovery services to UAE's academic network

Fujitsu to provide DRaaS to Ankabut members
(l-r) Mahmoud Shihadeh, Fujitsu and Dr. Fahem Al Nuaimi, Ankabut at the DRaaS MOU signing ceremony.

Fujitsu has been appointed to provide Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) solutions to members of the UAE's Ankabut network.

Anakbut is the UAE's Advanced National Research and Education Network (NREN), which connects universities and other academic institutions in the UAE, and provides them with technology services.

Under the new agreement, Fujitsu will provide advanced IT disaster recovery and data protection capability for Ankabut members from March next year. The DRaaS solution offered by Fujitsu is compliant with auditory requirements and in line with data confidentiality and sovereignty standards expected of educational institutions.

Through a pay-per-usage model, Fujitsu will provide a secure, resilient, and cost-effective cloud-based DRaaS that enables organisations to safeguard their business-critical data and minimize downtime.

With this DRaaS solution, the physical IT and virtual systems of Ankabut members are replicated to a secure cloud environment hosted in the UAE. This will cover all applications, email, data and network configurations. In the event of any disaster that leads to system crashes and data loss, the DR environment can be quickly activated, taking over from the internal IT systems within minutes. The data and applications will also failback at any time from the cloud to the original location once the disaster is resolved.

Fujitsu said that the DRaaS is easy to set up and maintain, and serves as a low-coast alternative to a hardware-based DR solution. The cost of operation is on an OPEX basis and with flexible subscription solutions and transparent pricing, Ankabut members only pay for the service elements that their business requires.

Dr. Fahem Al Nuaimi CEO of Ankabut, said: "Our vision is to create the opportunity for the UAE to be a global leader in research and education by providing leading edge network infrastructure to the centres of learning and research. One of our core offerings is DRaaS, now being delivered through Fujitsu. This will guarantee performance and consistency for our members, with all their critical computing services remaining available to users during any failures or outages. The pay-per-usage model ensures that every member, even small-sized institutions can benefit from superior disaster recovery capability."

Farid Al-Sabbagh, VP & Managing Director at Fujitsu Middle East, said: "This demonstrates our breadth of expertise in Hybrid IT and Cloud, and supports the vision of Ankabut by offering its members and the wider UAE higher education community with a reliable and cost-effective IT disaster recovery and data protection capability. In an environment of system vulnerabilities that are unprecedented, the solution offers them peace of mind that their data is secure at all times."

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