From the Wires
Mobily and Virtustream Alliance Brings Hybrid Cloud Solutions to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
By: Business Wire
Jan. 24, 2013 09:06 AM
Virtustream, the leading provider of enterprise class cloud software and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), has partnered with Etihad Etisalat (Mobily), the leading telecommunications company in Saudi Arabia, to provide enterprise cloud services in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). The public and hybrid cloud services will be jointly provided by Mobily and Virtustream and will offer world-class cloud services to enterprises and small-to-medium businesses (SMBs). Mobily has selected Virtustream’s xStream cloud management software to run its public and hybrid clouds.
KSA businesses are now able to move mission-critical applications, both legacy and webscale, to the Mobily/Virtustream cloud, including applications like SAP, Microsoft, Oracle and hundreds of existing applications, without needing to rewrite the software to gain the cloud benefits of dynamic, multi-tenant efficiency, massively scalable and on demand IT.
The Mobily/Virtustream Cloud Service offers enterprise class public and hybrid cloud services delivering businesses greatly improved IT efficiency, application level performance SLAs, consumption based pricing and high levels of enterprise security and compliance. This brings together the best-in-class Virtustream xStream cloud management software with Mobily data centers across KSA inclusive of their state-of the-art, high speed connectivity.
The Mobily/Virtustream alliance will target all enterprises across the region with the mission of enabling world-class IT without the up-front investment. Public cloud IaaS savings can be greater than 50 percent due to the elimination of in-house hardware, maintenance, deployment and staff hours as well as the ease of scalability.
As businesses commence or continue their journey to the cloud, Mobily/Virtustream’s professional services can offer cloud strategy development, migration assistance and even a fully managed service to tailor and maximize the impact of cloud technology for any given organization. A complete portfolio of public and hybrid cloud services are available for all applications – production and test/dev – with extensive backup and disaster recovery, while meeting extremely high and exacting security and compliance standards.
“The Mobily/Virtustream cloud platform provides enterprise-class cloud services in the Middle East,” said Dr. Marwan al Ahmadi, chief business officer at Mobily. “We look forward to working with Virtustream to provide our customers with best-in-class enterprise cloud solutions that are the first of their kind in the KSA market.”
Virtustream was chosen by Mobily as a strategic partner for its enterprise cloud business expertise, for the xStream software and for a broad range of US and EMEA services that will complement the Mobily/Virtustream Cloud. Virtustream’s extensive enterprise customer base of leading Fortune 1000 businesses will help to accelerate success in the KSA.
“We see this as the perfect time for cloud services in the region and the alliance of Mobily and Virtustream in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia presents tremendous opportunities,” said Rodney Rogers, chairman and CEO at Virtustream. “Mobily is a leader in the telecommunications industry, and the best possible partner for Virtustream. The power of Mobily’s fiber and mobile networks and world class data centers behind a proven enterprise class cloud solutions makes this offering truly unique.”
Virtustream is a leading cloud innovator offering enterprise class cloud software and IaaS for enterprises, governments and service providers. Virtustream simplifies moving complex IT to the cloud - whether private, public or hybrid – while delivering the full economic and business benefits of the cloud. Virtustream offers xStream: a secure, high availability, enterprise class hybrid cloud solution, delivering application level SLAs for mission critical applications (SAP, Oracle, Microsoft and thousands more). xStream is available as software for existing data centers and as a managed service from Virtustream's cloud – all backed by professional services to design, migrate, and manage clouds. Virtustream offers xStream worldwide; owns data centers in the U.S. and EMEA; operates an international Cloud Exchange; has offices in San Francisco, New York, London, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Toronto and Dublin and has partners in Asia and China.
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