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UAE-based eHosting DataFort to roll out Cisco ACI

Infrastructure services provider is betting on Cisco’s SDN play in one of its Tier 3 datacentres

UAE-based managed services and cloud infrastructure provider eHosting DataFort (eHDF) is planning to deploy Cisco’s Application-Centric Infrastructure (ACI) in one of its Tier 3 datacentres.

Established in 2001, eHDF was one of the first providers of these types of services in the Gulf region, and it now owns and operates multiple Tier 3 datacentres in the UAE.

By upgrading one of its facilities with Cisco’s ACI, eHDF aims to offer its services on a shared platform to customers such as managed hosting tenants and co-location clients.

The company hopes to create full visibility and integrated management of both virtual networked and IT resources built around application needs. Essentially, this will mean smoother operations and improved scalability.

Cisco’s ACI is the supplier’s play in the software-defined networking (SDN) trend, and Cisco said the point is to make the application the focal point of the infrastructure.

It claimed that the solution offers speed through automation, allowing application deployment to be accelerated from weeks to minutes.

Cisco also said ACI can unify all parts of the IT infrastructure, including networking, storage, compute, network services, applications and security, enabling customers to manage them as a single entity.

According to eHDF, the simplicity that ACI purports to deliver was one of the main reasons for deploying it.

“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,” said Yasser Zeineldin, CEO at eHDF.

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“Hence, we opted to deploy Cisco ACI to build a modern and agile software-defined datacentre that can accelerate the entire application deployment lifecycle in a simplified policy model. With this implementation, our customers can overall expect improved operational efficiency, greater productivity, increased scalability and improved security.”

Zeineldin said the deployment will allow customers to subscribe to new services and a generation of distributed applications in a simpler way, with similar parity for both virtualised and non-virtualised environments.

Growth in the region’s managed services and data hosting market has benefited eHDF. However, the company now faces increased competition from other providers who have set up their own hosting facilities.

As a result, eHDF hopes that its investments in next-generation networking technologies will pay off in the form of market differentiation.

“The deal announced here shows how Cisco ACI is helping eHosting DataFort on that journey by enabling a wide array of services to optimise their networks and deliver business-enabling applications and services,” said Rabih Dabboussi, managing director of Cisco UAE

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