Siemon rings up data center project for Saudi Bank AlJazira

Jan. 16, 2013
Siemon will supply full IT infrastructure to Bank AlJazira for the bank’s new data centers across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Siemon will supply full IT infrastructure to Bank AlJazira for the bank’s new data centers across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The company says its selection for the project was spurred by the bank’s strategy for growth, and to secure technical advantage in the financial market.

Bank AlJazira has specified a shielded cabling solution utilizing the company's high-density VersaPOD cabinets and plug-and-play fiber infrastructure (which is a growing trend in the Middle Eastern market, claims Siemon). The company says the bank selected the VersaPOD line for its superior performance and security properties; affording the greatest technical lifespan and highest return on investment.

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The fiber infrastructure platform "has been designed for maximum space savings, greatest energy efficiency, highest future-proof performance, speed of installation and operational reliability," said a company spokesperson. Siemon was selected as the supplier of choice in a competitive tender with two other industry-leading manufacturers, according to a company press release.

Ahmed Al Hassan, head of IT at Bank AlJazira, comments, “Siemon presented the most impressive data center designs for our Jeddah and Riyadh sites and Siemon’s proposed solution performed best against the high standard set by our specification.” The bank also recognized Siemon’s strong local presence in the region and valued support given by Prem Rodrigues, sales manager for Siemon in the Middle East.

Extending their global relationship with BT, Siemon suggested international systems integrator, BT Al Saudia and, following consideration, the bank duly appointed this company to deliver the project.

The installation for these new facilities focuses on Bank AlJazira’s main data center and disaster recovery data center, comprising Siemon’s high-density VersaPOD cabinets for the patching field, plus V600 racks to house the active equipment. Cabling will include both MTP plug and play fiber, to support 10, 40 and 100Gb/s applications, plus the company's Z-Max copper category 6A F/UTP shielded trunk cables.

"This shielded solution represents the cutting edge of category 6A cabling, providing the highest margins on all TIA and ISO performance requirements for category 6A/class EA, including critical alien crosstalk parameters," added the company's spokesperson. "It offers guaranteed link lengths as short as three meters, which is of particular value in the data center."

Commenting on this important project for award-winning Bank AlJazira, Siemon's Middle East sales rep Prem Rodrigues said, “This is the culmination of many months of working together and we are delighted to be able to bring Siemon’s global data center expertise to the advantage of such a prestigious institution. The data center design work we have done has been of particular significance to this project.”

Commenting on the collaboration with Siemon, Dale Millar of BT Al Saudia added, “With the combined expertise of Siemon and BT Al Saudia and the bank’s preference for excellence, it is exciting to be installing a system of such high specification. We certainly look forward to celebrating the performance enhancement it brings to Bank AlJazira and its customers, across Saudi Arabia and beyond.”

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