Kuwait National Petroleum Corporation (KNPC) and ITS (International Turnkey Systems), have completed the roll out of a virtualized Oracle Enterprise server, which the company says is the largest ever M9000 server deployment in the GCC region.
The server project, which also includes solutions from EMC and Symantec, has streamlined processes, reduced bottom line costs and increased its performance of business critical and inhouse applications by 50%.
The project includes 40 separate Veritas server clusters. The project is the largest deployment of Oracle's SPARC M9000 enterprise server by number of system boards and I/O boards in the GCC.
With the successful completion of the ICT project, KNPC now boasts one of the biggest hardware infrastructures in the region paving the way for similar successes from other enterprises in Kuwait.
By investing in this virtualized ICT solution, KNPC has further strengthened the security of its processes with the introduction of a new disaster recovery protocol, allowing for the business applications and data to be immediately backed-up and transferred to an alternative location in the event that the server is damaged.
Abdulaziz Ahmed Abdulrahman Al-Duaij, Manager Information Technology at KNPC said: "At KNPC we have been working toward a single ICT vision - to align our technology systems under one unified solution, offering resources and benefits to our group of companies. The introduction of this new virtualized Oracle Enterprise server, implemented by partner ITS, gives us the best design to support our databases and Oracle E-Business Suite applications according to our business requirements. As a result our system performance, availability and reliability have all improved tremendously and we are now confident we can scale to develop new key projects such as clean fuel and a new refinery. Due to our strict resource requirements, we needed an ICT provider that had all the appropriate certifications to deploy technology from a wide variety of vendors, ITS was the clear choice to implement this project due to its vast experience in this field and credentials in the market."
The ITS multi-threaded virtual Oracle Enterprise server has opened KNPC's network allowing it to share resources with its other offices across the region, offering Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), which reduces hardware infrastructural and system maintenance costs. This has reduced data centre floor space by nearly 50% and significantly lowered power consumption and cooling requirements, which has reduced costs while helping the company attain environmental goals. SaaS offers KNPC the benefit of improved scalability and flexibility, previously considered a barrier for growth within the company.
Yaqoub Khajah, Acting Line of Business Head - Energy, ITS said: "This deployment was an important project for KNPC and as the company's trusted ICT solution provider we oversaw and managed the implementation process. As consultants, we worked closely with KNPC to review their strategic goals, develop the project plan and identify the technical requirements that would assure the implementation could be conducted at minimum cost within their specific time-frame. The introduction of this high-end virtualized Oracle Enterprise server is only the beginning for KNPC as we work closely with them to fortify and upgrade its entire network infrastructure."