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Capital investment for finance house

Shuaa Capital has completed the implementation of data storage and replication technology from Network Appliance, the company announced last month.

The investment house deployed NetApp's FAS3020C and FAS2700C systems, based on iSCSI SAN (storage area network) technology, to consolidate the Dubai-based bank's legacy DAS (direct attached storage) infrastructure.

Samer Hamwi, CIO of Shuaa Capital, said using SAN rather than DAS allowed the bank greater flexibility and scalability.

"SAN gives you the ability to scale your computing power by doing clustering. It provides better replication, better data management, better provisioning of data, and so on," he told IT Weekly.

Shuaa is currently expanding its business in the region and Hamwi said the NetApp systems provided a good foundation to manage future infrastructure growth.

"We feel this is a good architecture that we can scale out with," he commented.

Regional integrator STME implemented the systems across three sites to complement existing backup solutions from Symantec and Sun Storagetek the partner had previously installed.

Jocelyn Al Adwani, chief technology officer at STME, said that the consolidation provided cost rationalisation through the sharing of storage assets, replication and data protection.

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