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Driven to deliver a hybrid cloud solution that could help to enhance its global reach, UAE education network Ankabut enlisted Huawei’s expertise


Background

Ankabut is the United Arab Emirates’ Advanced National Research and Education Network (NREN) offering academic institutions connectivity to other education networks around the world. It aims to connect academic institutions to other educational institutions around the world. Ankabut can connect schools and public institutions together across the UAE with an effective cost model. Operating at a GCC, regional, and international level, and one of the only firms in the region of it’s kind; Ankabut is known to represent UAE on global platforms, exhibitions, and forums.

Ankabut as an Educational service provider has three major pillars:

  • Cloud
  • Network & Connectivity
  • Managed Data Centers

In the cloud domain, Ankabut operates and connects to 80 different universities with many more planned in the coming years.

In network and connectivity, Ankabut provides dedicated, unconstrained network connectivity for eligible research and educational institutions throughout the country. As an industry expert, Ankabut facilitates seamless connectivity between countries where classes could be held in UAE and being aired on real time across the world.

In the managed services field, Ankabut provide support to all IT aspects such as network monitoring, security, backup, and disaster recovery service etc.


Challenges/objectives:

Organizations in the region are fast tracking their transition to the cloud, since it is more efficient and cost effective. Ankabut is education cloud industry expert, and they have different cloud infrastructure. Ankabut looking for unified standardization model and hence, integration between data centers was out of reach. Each of their existing clouds centers followed their own standards and operational specifics, enabling resource sharing and remote access difficult.

Additionally, Ankabut intends to provide Cloud services from their premises to universities and schools on the fly and per hour, and simultaneously be able to seamlessly increase cloud capacity when needed.


Solution:

In order to tackle these issues, Huawei recommended the Microsoft Azure Stack Hybrid Cloud Solution. This hybrid cloud service system comprises of a unified system, application architecture, service model, deployment profile, and operations and maintenance that delivers high levels of elasticity, agility, dynamic deployment, and cost-effectiveness. The solution provides a unified development and test system and empowers customers to elastically configure and deploy applications and services in the cloud.

Customer Benefits:

  • Unified Architecture
    • Consistent user experience, seamless migration for applications, cloud resource sharing.
  • Simplified Management
    • Integrated management software, providing full life cycle management with unified interface.
  • Leading Performance
    • High capacity expansion, Huawei-developed SSDs enable the industry’s highest performance.
  • Extend Azure on-premises with Azure Stack
    • Adopt consistent application development
    • Run Azure services on-premises
    • Improved operational excellence with purpose built system
    • Enjoy cloud economics with pay as you use model

The following are the Details of the solution

  • Huawei FusionServer 2288H V5

The HUAWEI FusionServer 2288H V5 is a latest- generation 2U Intel Xeon dual-socket rack server. It provides flexible resource expansion capabilities as well as high computing performance. It is an ideal choice for Virtualization, Internet, big data, cloud computing, high-performance computing (HPC), and enterprise key applications.

  • Huawei Cloud engine ToR switches

Huawei Cloud Engine 6800 series switches are next generation 10G Ethernet switches designed for data center and high end camp us networks. The switches provide high-performance, high-density 10GE ports and low latency. The CE6800 hardware has an advanced architecture design with 40GE uplink ports and the industry highest industry of 10GE access ports.

  • Huawei eSight management and monitoring software

eSight software is a unified network management system that provides a comprehensive view and management of all network and system resources, ensures network stability and improves O&M efficiency, In addition to unified management of devices from various vendors, topology management, fault management, performance management, a smart configuration tool, configuration file management and a simple network management protocol (SNMP) northbound interface, the eSight unified network management allows users to customize third party devices.


Expected Results:

  • Infrastructure as a Service
  • Azure Experience on premise
  • Connectivity to Azure
  • Speed development with consistent processes, DevOps tools, and open-source components
  • Common DevOps—Experience


Customer Testimonial:

“We chose Huawei for a number of reasons. They are the only player in the region who was offering the exact Hybrid Cloud Solution that we needed. As one of the highest spenders in research and development from around the world, Huawei has shown tremendous amount of innovation and creativity in their offerings. They are ahead of the game when it comes to constant upgrade of new technologies. For example, they are one of the few players in the region that supports Identity Defined Networking. It’s not something widely seen in the market just yet. In addition to their timely delivery and execution of projects, what is key is that they have a strong focus on supporting education – which is our core area of business”. – Fahem Al Nuaimi, CEO of Ankabut.


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