Fujitsu has won the contract to offer its cloud-based Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) solution to Ankabut, the UAE’s Advanced National Research and Education Network (NREN) that offers academic institutions connectivity to other educational networks globally.
Due to go live in March 2018, the Fujitsu solution will support Ankabut members and the wider UAE higher education community with IT disaster recovery and data protection capabilities.
The DRaaS solution offered by Fujitsu is compliant with auditory requirements and in line with data confidentiality and sovereignty standards expected of educational institutions.
With this DRaaS solution, the physical IT and virtual systems of Ankabut members are replicated to a cloud environment hosted in the UAE. This will cover all applications, email, data and network configurations. In the event of any disaster that leads to system crashes and data loss, the DR environment can be quickly activated, taking over from the internal IT systems “within minutes”.
The data and applications will also failback at any time from the cloud to the original location once the disaster is resolved.
Ankabut CEO Dr Fahem Al Nuaimi said, “Our vision is to create the opportunity for the UAE to be a global leader in research and education by providing leading edge network infrastructure to the centres of learning and research. One of our core offerings is DRaaS. This will guarantee performance and consistency for our members, with all their critical computing services remaining available to users during any failures or outages. The pay-per-usage model ensures that every member, even small-sized institutions can benefit from superior disaster recovery capability.”
Farid Al-Sabbagh, VP and managing director at Fujitsu Middle East, said, “This demonstrates our breadth of expertise in hybrid IT and cloud, and supports the vision of Ankabut by offering its members and the wider UAE higher education community with a reliable and cost-effective IT disaster recovery and data protection capability. In an environment of system vulnerabilities that are unprecedented, the solution offers them peace of mind that their data is secure at all times.”