ALKESH SHARMA / EMIRATES BUSINESS
Dubai-based eHostingDataFort (eHDF) has joined hands with IT-giant Cisco, an initiative that would ensure better services to its clients through Application-Centric Infrastructure (ACI).
ACI would unify all the component of IT infrastructure — networking, storage, compute, network services, applications, security —into a single, dynamic entityand facilitate improved operational efficiency, productivity, scalability and improved security.
This collaboration will enable eHDF to offer its services on a shared platform to all types of business customers including managed hosting tenants as well as colocation customers.
“As a leading managed services provider in the region, it is important for eHDF to continuously innovate and deploy the latest technologies to meet the ever-changing needs of our customers. Hence, we opted to deploy Cisco ACI to build a modern and agile software-defined data centre that can accelerate the entire application deployment lifecycle in a simplified policy model,” said Yasser Zeineldin, CEO, eHostingDataFort
“This will offer full visibility and integrated management of both physical and virtual networked IT resources built around application needs,” he pointed out.
eHDF’s customers will be able to subscribe to new services and a generation of distributed
applications in a simplified way, with similar parity for both
virtualized and non-virtualized environments.
eHDF was the pioneer in the region to introduce hosted managed private cloud solutions and were the first in the UAE to launch public cloud services which can be bought from an online storefront.
Very recently, eHDF obtained Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) STAR Certification, becoming the first company in the region to achieve this.
Cisco ACI is a comprehensive SDN (Software Defined Networks) solution, making the application the focal point.
Its application-based policy model offers speed through automation, reducing errors and accelerating application deployment and IT processes from weeks to minutes.
“We are excited to be working with eHostingDataFort as they take steps to change processes and prepare for digital transformation. Customers want a quick and seamless digital experience, and they want it now. Cisco is committed to building the most capable, flexible and configurable networks that have the flexibility to support the needs of service providers – both today and in the future,” said RabihDabboussi, Managing Director, Cisco UAE.
“Cisco ACI will help eHDF through a wide array of services to optimise their networks and deliver business-enabling applications and services,” stated Dabboussi.