Intelligent CIO Middle East Issue 23 - Page 9

NEWS KSA Saudi science community gets cloud backup system The Internet Services Unit (ISU) of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), a government entity that co-ordinates and promotes scientific and technological research in Saudi Arabia, has deployed the Veeam® Availability Suite™. This will provide the science community in Saudi Arabia with 24.7.365 access to critical data for research that fosters innovation and promotes a knowledge-based society. Business continuity plays a key role in fostering technological advancements that will make Saudi Arabia a leader in scientific knowledge and practice. Veeam lets ISU spend less time on backup and recovery and more time supporting scientific research and business continuity among the organisations it serves. By integrating with VMware VRealize Suite, the Availability Suite from Veeam automates Backup as a Service (BaaS) delivered by ISU, so that organisations in the science community can manage their own backup operations, including adding and removing virtual machines from backup jobs and restoring to a specific point in time. The two most important components of science and innovation are people and data. Therefore, KACST created the Internet Services Unit (ISU) to provide people in the science community with 24.7.365 access to data. Without 24.7.365 access, they can’t carry out their collaborative research and develop solutions that improve society. King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) STC increases wifi coverage for pilgrims The Saudi Telecom Company (STC) increased its mobile data coverage to serve pilgrims leaving the holy city of Mecca for Mount Arafat. extended coverage included tunnels, bridges and a number of public utilities in Mina which served pilgrims starting their Tarwiah Day. The company increased its coverage in Makkah and the Holy Sites utilising the latest mobile technologies. Its This year STC faced higher demand for mobile data so it increased its wifi spots around Makkah and Madinah by 206% compared to the previous year. This enabled a high- speed data flow for pilgrims, as well as for those using the service for work, as millions of Muslims began the first day of Hajj Rites. To improve the service levels it offers, STC enhanced its 4G network in and around the central regions of Makkah and Madinah, as well as the Holy Sites, to allow a better flow of mobile data services. Users of the service were also able to take advantage of a special offer from STC. For the first time the company ran a special offer promoting ‘SAWA Ziyara’ SIM cards for this year’s Hajj season. The cards were available from the company, which offers landline, mobile and internet services, from 336 sales outlets around the kingdom. INTELLIGENTCIO 9