May 18, 2020

Batelco grows its global presence

UAE
Bahrain
Middle East
Telecommunications
Bizclik Editor
2 min
Batelco grows its global presence

Batelco is a telecommunications company in Bahrain. It is a major player in the telecommunications industry in the Middle East and it continues to grow its global presence through its strategic global network expansion projects.

The comprehensive plan supports the requirements of businesses in Bahrain and the Middle East region by enabling them to spread their world-wide reach while also meeting the communication needs of overseas organisations that are looking for communication avenues with their offices and customers in Bahrain, the Middle East region and beyond.

Batelco’s expansion projects expedite the growth of the Company’s global business (while still ensuring network diversity), avoiding single points of failure, providing better country resilience and efficient use of international capacities. As part of the plan, Batelco has deployed a number of new Points-of-Presence (PoPs) across the globe, expanding its global network footprint and providing a more efficient service.

Batelco’s Chief Global Business Officer (Adel Al Daylami) said that Batelco is focused on providing innovative services that are relevant to its diverse range of clients’ businesses, such as provisioning of specific global solutions for multi-national companies including banks and financial organisations to meet their international requirements and enabling their operations to run proficiently.

Partnerships play a very crucial role in the Global telecom industry for Batelco with the company forming strategic alliances with a number of reputable regional and global carriers over recent years. By joining hands with others, Batelco is enabled to offer the most in-demand services to its international partners and clients and secure key projects connecting major organisations in disparate locations across the globe.

“We are geared towards empowering customers to focus on their core operations, while their network is fully managed by Batelco as a single point of contact no matter where they are. Our Global expansion projects allow us to offer a superior customer experience to more businesses around the world, thanks to our key strengths in project management, continuous service monitoring through our advanced tools, pre-and after sales support and a high quality resilient global network,” Al Daylami added.

“Ultimately, our efforts and plans are in line with the Kingdom of Bahrain’s vision to become a Middle East hub for ICT solutions through the expansion of our global network and development of strong partnerships and innovative services.”

Batelco Chief Global Business Officer, Adel Daylami

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Jun 18, 2021

GfK and VMware: Innovating together on hybrid cloud

GfK
VMware
3 min
VMware has been walking GfK along its path through digital transformation to the cloud for over a decade.

GfK has been the global leader in data and analytics for more than 85 years, supplying its clients with optimised decision inputs.  

In its capacity as a strategic and technical partner, VMware has been walking GfK along its digital transformation path for over a decade. 

“We are a demanding and singularly dynamic customer, which is why a close partnership with VMware is integral to the success of everyone involved,” said Joerg Hesselink, Global Head of Infrastructure, GfK IT Services.

Four years ago, the Nuremberg-based researcher expanded its on-premises infrastructure by introducing VMware vRealize Automation. In doing so, it laid a solid foundation, resulting in a self-service hybrid-cloud environment.

By expanding on the basis of VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management, GfK has given itself a secure infrastructure and reliable operations by efficiently operating processes, policies, people and tools in both private and public cloud environments.

One important step for GfK involved migrating from multiple cloud providers to just a single one. The team chose VMware.

“VMware is the market leader for on-premises virtualisation and hybrid-cloud solutions, so it was only logical to tackle the next project for the future together,” says Hesselink.

Migration to the VMware-based environment was integrated into existing hardware simply and smoothly in April 2020. Going forward, GfK’s new hybrid cloud model will establish a harmonised core system complete with VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management and a volume rising from an initial 500 VMs to a total of 4,000 VMs. 

“We are modernising, protecting and scaling our applications with the world’s leading hybrid cloud solution: VMware Cloud on AWS, following VMware on Google Cloud Platform,” adds Hesselink.

The hybrid cloud-based infrastructure also empowers GfK to respond to new and future projects with astonishing agility: Resources can now be shifted quickly and easily from the private to the public cloud – without modifying the nature of interaction with the environment. 

The gfknewron project is a good example – the company’s latest AI-powered product is based exclusively on public cloud technology. The consistency guaranteed by VMware Cloud on AWS eases the burden on both regular staff and the IT team. Better still, since the teams are already familiar with the VMware environment, the learning curve for upskilling is short.

One very important factor for the GfK was that VMware Cloud on AWS constituted an investment in future-proof technology that will stay relevant.

“The new cloud-based infrastructure comprising VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation forges a successful link between on-premises and cloud-based solutions,” says Hesselink. “That in turn enables GfK to efficiently develop its own modern applications and solutions.

“In market research, everything is data-driven. So, we need the best technological basis to efficiently process large volumes of data and consistently distill them into logical insights that genuinely benefit the client. 

“We transform data and information into actionable knowledge that serves as a sustainable driver of business growth. VMware Cloud on AWS is an investment in a platform that helps us be well prepared for whatever the future may hold.”

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