Alfa, first to Adopt Cisco ACI in Levant

Alfa, one of the two leading mobile operators in Lebanon, selected Cisco ACI as its software defined data center (SDDC) technology. With this choice, Alfa joins the ranks of Etisalat, STC and Du as the fourth mobile operator in the region to adopt this new technology.

The next generation data center, based on Cisco ACI, will help Alfa improve operational efficiency, offer greater productivity, accuracy, and easier data center scaling. Cisco ACI will also support the rapid deployment for customer cloud services across the board, as well as ensure high availability in a secure environment, thereby guaranteeing increased customer satisfaction.

What is Cisco ACI and SDDC

  • Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) is a Software Defined Network (SDN) solution for the data center and cloud, also known under the appellation SDDC (Software Defined Data Center)  which offers full visibility and integrated management of both physical and virtual networked IT resources, all built around the needs of applications. It is a holistic architecture with centralized automation and policy-driven application profiles.
  • Cisco ACI enables the software-defined data center that delivers an agile, fast IT, improved operational efficiency, greater productivity, and easier scaling, as well as improved security for customers. It will help to break down silos and unify all the component parts of its IT infrastructure – networking, storage, compute, network services, applications, security– thereby managing them as a single, dynamic entity without compromise.
  • Cisco ACI data center switching innovations will allow Alfa's network to rapidly respond to its application development teams, while delivering up to 75 percent total cost of ownership savings compared to merchant silicon-based switches and software-only network virtualization solutions.

Alfa took this leap forward, with its new SDDC to support rapid change on the network through centralized management of hardware, multi-tenancy and most importantly scalability.

How this translates to clients, it will definitely open up the horizon for new products and services, especially in a day and age where our lives will be transformed by technological innovations such as the Internet of Everything (IoE) where billions of new connections are created. End users will experience this transformation through applications. Consequently rapid application deployment will become essential. Alfa is aware of the importance of building a technology infrastructure that can sustain and address this ever growing and changing world we live in.

Data Consult is proud of being part of this transformation, and would like to thank Alfa for believing in innovation, Cisco team in Lebanon for their support and finally, Data Consult team of engineers who made this project a reality.

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