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Forbes Middle East selects eHDF to manage new Website

eHosting DataFort (eHDF), a managed IT services provider and a member of TECOM Investments, is providing a secure hosting environment for the newly launched Arabic website of the business publication, Forbes Middle East, the company said. The US-based Forbes magazine provides regional content from its website, eHDF added.

eHDF provides managed hosting services to the publishing house from its secure data centres in terms of a robust and redundant IT infrastructure for hosting the website along with other services including managed security, backup, storage, monitoring and 24/7 technical support, the company said. The business publication relies on eHDF’s IT infrastructure, as well as round-the-clock managed operations to offer latest real time updates to its vast online readership, representatives explained.

Hosting of the website with eHDF has supported Forbes Middle East focus on its core business of content generation, the company said.

Yasser Zeineldin, CEO of eHDF, said, “Availability of up-to-date information at your fingertips is crucial for readers, making it a key performance area for publishers in today’s competitive market scenario. Companies are making investments in new delivery platforms for content as well as enhanced IT infrastructure that supports their growth. As digital media gets popular regionally and globally, continued access to online information becomes even more important. With online readership increasing constantly, it is essential for eHosting DataFort to ensure round-the-clock support and operations of these online systems.”

Forbes Middle East currently has 7,627 unique visitors monthly on its website with single page visits at 47%, it was reported. The average time spent on the website by users is six minutes, the company said. Presently, the business publication’s website has readers from countries including UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, the US and India.

Khuloud Al Omian, Editor-in-chief, Forbes Middle East, said, “The website being hosted by eHosting DataFort, in the highly secure and stable data centre environment, played an important role in the success of the project. The service level agreement (SLA) with eHDF clearly focuses on ensuring very high availability of the website. With the new English website scheduled to be launched in 2012 and the excellent support and quick response time that eHDF offers, we are looking forward to launching high bandwidth content such as video and flash on our website very soon.”

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