Cisco Recognizes Ankabut for Successful Completion of Data Center Project

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DUBAI, UAE – 2 June 2014 – Cisco has recognized the UAE Advanced Network for Research Education (Ankabut) for the successful completion of the Ankabut Data Center Project, which will enable them to become a Services Provider for Education in the UAE, delivering a vast portfolio of hosted services such as video and collaboration solutions, as well as, infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and Software as a service (SaaS).

At a ceremony held at Ankabut's headquarters in Abu Dhabi recently, Mr. Andy MacDonald, Vice President for Services Sales, Cisco Middle East Africa, Russia & CIS (MEAR) presented Mr. Fahem Al Nuaimi, Chief Executive Officer, Ankabut, with a plaque to acknowledge the organization's achievements.

Ankabut is enjoying rapid growth, and is fast becoming an established Service Provider for Education in UAE. The Ankabut Project is the UAE Advanced Network for Research and Education. It was established in 2009 based on a grant from the ICT Fund and Khalifa University. Ankabut brings the latest solutions and technologies to the education community, and enables the UAE education establishments to become leaders in research and collaboration.

Cisco has been working closely with Ankabut since its inception, and was chosen to deliver an end-to-end Ankabut network infrastructure throughout the UAE. In 2013, Cisco was further appointed to deploy Ankabut's Data Center infrastructure hosting all current and future Ankabut services.

“Cisco supports and applauds Ankabut for the positive efforts it is making to become the IT Advisory Consultant for key educational organizations in the UAE. With the UAE Government's focus also being on advancing education in the Emirates, it is organizations like Ankabut that are helping to drive this goal,” commented Andy MacDonald.

“In an era where the Internet of Everything (IoE), will bring together people, process, data, and things to make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before, Cisco's innovative technology solutions are helping to connect, engage, and empower learners, educators, and leaders to improve learning, which will in turn accelerate economic growth, and strengthen social wellbeing. We are proud to be working with Ankabut in their drive to deliver technology innovation that will further 21st century education in the Emirates,” Andy MacDonald added.

“It is an honor to be recognized by Cisco for achieving the successful completion of the Ankabut Data Center,” said Fahem Al Nuaimi, CEO of Ankabut. “Ankabut provides connectivity and services to nearly 8o educational campuses across the United Arab Emirates, and with universities worldwide. We are committed to providing member institutions the best tools to enhance research, teaching and collaboration. This state of the art data center will help achieve this goal.”

“Cisco and Ankabut have a strong established strategic partnership and we are proud to be working with an organization that is committed to bring technology to the forefront of its business operations. We acknowledge that the UAE government is placing Education at the forefront of its growth plans and strategy and Cisco is committed to helping drive these plans forward,” concluded Rabih Dabboussi, Managing Director, Cisco, UAE.

Photo Caption: Mr. Andy MacDonald, Vice President for Services Sales, Cisco Middle East Africa, Russia & CIS (MEAR) presents a plaque to Mr. Fahem Al Nuaimi, Chief Executive Officer, Ankabut.

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About Ankabut

Ankabut is the United Arab Emirates' Advanced National Research and Education Network offering academic institutions connectivity to other education networks around the world. In addition to connecting universities, Ankabut connects schools and public institutions together across the UAE. Ankabut interconnects with a 10G backbone and 1G access links. Ankabut is jointly funded by the TRA through the ICT Fund and by Khalifa University who also manages the project.

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