Ixtel, a UAE-based digital services company, has announced a resale partnership with NetApp. As part of the agreement, Ixtel will deliver scalable, secure, and efficient Big Data analytics solutions built on technology from NetApp, the data player in hybrid cloud, and Zaloni, providers of enterprise data lake management, governance and self-service data solutions.
Ixtel’s consulting services focus on supporting the digital transformation of Middle Eastern companies in industries including telecommunications, financial services and healthcare and helping them remain competitive. As more enterprises in the middle east region are seeking to deploy data lakes to manage their rapidly growing multisource data, Ixtel, by partnering with both NetApp and Zaloni, can deliver fully integrated top-tier secure, cost efficient and scalable Big Data analytics solutions that address the growing needs of data and manage the data through its lifecycle.
“Ixtel has a great reputation and is a very well-established digital services provider to enterprises and public-sector organisations. As the importance of the data they hold becomes ever more evident, the question is now how they unlock the value within it. Ixtel is delighted to be part of Zaloni and NetApp’s digital transformation vision. Together we look forward to adding strategic value and giving our joint customers a competitive advantage,” said Mehdi Quraishi, chief executive officer, ixtel
The Zaloni Data Lake Management Platform operationalises data lakes by providing end-to-end management, governance and self-service capabilities that accelerate time to value. Its data lifecycle management feature gives organisations the ability to define and execute data lifecycle policies to manage and move data across NetApp storage tiers. Policies can be defined by the age, or the relevancy of data, based on an organisation’s data lake needs. According to Ixtel, it can offer such level of simplification and automation so that enterprises can focus their time and resources on building the insights and analytics that promote their business.
“Major investments in technology infrastructure and technology companies, as well as forward-thinking initiatives like Smart Cities are making the Middle East a leader in building modern data architectures and data lake adoption,” said Ben Sharma, Zaloni’s co-founder and CEO. “Zaloni’s partnership with Ixtel and NetApp creates an industry-leading total package solution to help simplify and speed the data modernization process for many organizations in the Middle East.”
NetApp and Zaloni have partnered to extend NetApp’s Data Fabric vision to include data lifecycle management for the data lake. Through the combined efforts, organizations can define logical data lakes that include Hadoop Distributed File System on NetApp EF-Series or E-Series storage systems and object storage powered by StorageGRID Webscale. This innovative hybrid approach allows data lakes to be defined on and off the premises or a combination of both.
“We hear a lot about Internet of Things, machine learning, Big Data, and Data Lakes. Data is created and collected in a multitude of ways, and the success of any business today correlates directly with the quality of the intelligence derived from it. NetApp’s close alignment with Ixtel and Zaloni brings to market solution offerings that support businesses in uncovering hidden knowledge and drive successful operations. All three parties contribute unique strengths and proven innovation. Together, they assist government agencies, financial institutions and enterprises with adopting best of breed solutions in order to meet their objectives,” said, Fadi Kanafani, regional director, Middle East and Africa, NetApp.