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Consulting call made by Microsoft to Oman mobile

Oman Mobile is implementing Microsoft's Windows server platform and management technologies.

The operator said last week it is deploying Windows Server 2003 R2 as well as Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 and Systems Management Service (SMS) 2003.

The implementations come as a result of an examination of the operator's technology needs currently being carried out by Microsoft to better align IT with the company's overall business strategy.

Microsoft Gulf's business group manager Desmond Nair said the first of three phases - an infrastructure assessment - had recently been completed and Microsoft would be moving on to assess Oman Mobile's applications and productivity in phases two and three.

"In the first phase we looked at the management and infrastructure areas. So this was the areas of operating systems and the areas of management, specifically technology that involves change in configuration management as well as operations management," Nair told IT Weekly.

He said the operator was also looking at improving its security and this may result in the deployment of additional firewalls and client security technology.

Nair said the assessment, which uses Microsoft's infrastructure optimisation model (IOM), had resulted in reducing the amount of time, effort and cost associated with managing its IT infrastructure.

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