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University of Bahrain rolls out Dell EMC's VDI and HCI

New desktop and network infrastructure improves efficiency and performance for UoB

UoB is embracing advanced technology and ensuring its students are future-ready, says Alabdi.
UoB is embracing advanced technology and ensuring its students are future-ready, says Alabdi.

The University of Bahrain (UOB) has deployed a virtual desktop infrastructure and Hyper Converged Infrastructure (HCI) solutions to better serve its 30,000 students.

The university has rolled out the solutions from Dell EMC to improve efficiency, performance and scalability.

UOB deployed Dell EMC's VDI solution, VxRail, Dell Switches and Wyse thin clients, to overcome issues from legacy infrastructure that was not flexible and agile to meet future requirements.

The new VxRail infrastructure enabled the university to optimise application storage by 40%, reduce maintenance costs and improve availability. The HCI platform has created a centralised IT environment, which enhances application delivery. The has also been able to streamline and centralize the management of its IT infrastructure through consolidation and automation in order to better handle rapid data growth, which is expected to grow by 40% in the next 18 months, and improve response time for IT requests from faculty and students.

Sohaib Alabdi, Head of Information Network and Infrastructure Section at University of Bahrain, said: "Innovation, digitization and entrepreneurial spirit is important in shaping a nation's economy. To this purpose, we at University of Bahrain believe that institutional success means driving innovation at every level, embracing advanced technology and ensuring our students are future-ready. Therefore, we were looking for a trusted advisor and have partnered with Dell EMC. Through this partnership, we aim to turn UOB into a future-proof and world-class hub for transformation, enterprise and innovation and chart our path to realize one of the primary objectives of the Bahrain's Economic Vision 2030 - the creation of a sustainable and knowledge-based economy and society."  

Wael Attiya, Director of Information Technology Center, at University of Bahrain added: "Digital transformation is ushering in an era of unprecedented changes in the business landscape. On this note, it is evident that Digital Transformation isn't just about technology. It's about driving human progress by empowering learning in ways never imagined before. In light of this, we wanted to invest in building a strong technology-driven learning environment to ensure workforce readiness, which is key to creating a knowledge and innovation-backed economy.

"Through this partnership we aim to help UOB create a smart campus with people that are well equipped for the digital age. In addition, it will help UOB to achieve its current transformation plan goals that are aligned with the Bahrain's Economic Vision 2030. And, we are happy to have partnered with Dell EMC on our innovation journey."

Samer Diya, Country Manager, Oman & Bahrain at Dell EMC, commented: "University of Bahrain was on the lookout for a solution that helps the institution increase its pace of innovation and offers its students and faculty the best levels of service. Through our industry-leading VDI and HCI solutions, the university has been able to leverage an integrated infrastructure to create a virtual computing environment that is readily flexible and scalable to meet the demands of tomorrow. We are glad to be part of their transformative journey, as they move a step closer in realizing their digital future, producing the next generation of skilled professionals in Bahrain and furthering human progress."