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IBM Builds State-of-the-Art Data Center for Telecom Egypt


Engagement Is Biggest Ever for IBM Global Technology Services in Egypt

Cairo, Egypt - Mar 2008: IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Telecom Egypt today announced the construction of an innovative, state-of-the-art data center for Telecom Egypt that includes the world’s most sophisticated energy-efficient “green” technologies.
Telecom Egypt (TE) is the leading telecommunications provider in Egypt, and the largest provider of fixed-line services in the Middle East with more than 10.4 million customers. Striving to improve customer satisfaction as a key long term success factor, TE chose IBM in 2007 to design and build the most sophisticated and energy-efficient data center in Egypt. Construction was recently completed.

IBM Global Technology Services (GTS) site and facilities division designed the highly resilient data center environment that will be fully equipped to protect TE’s valuable information technology (IT) investments, taking into consideration all factors required for the project such as cabling systems, flooring trenches, switching systems, electromechanical systems and data center layout.

IBM will support TE in managing the operation of the data center that runs mission critical business and operational support systems, in addition to the maintenance of a variety of telecommunications equipment.

Egypt’s economy has been steadily growing over the past several years and Telecom Egypt needed to expand beyond its existing office space. To manage the increased demand on its telecommunications network and other mission-critical operations, TE found it imperative to ensure extremely high levels of reliability and availability. To address the challenge, it required a new state-of-the-art data center capable of housing its current IT solutions, yet flexible enough to support future growth.

“Telecom Egypt was convinced that IBM was the best choice because of IBM’s standards and methodologies and the experience of the IBM team who worked as a trusted consultant,” said Eng. Khaled Marmoush, CIO of Telecom Egypt. “IBM provided not only the information about data centers that Telecom Egypt was looking for, but also the technologies and services that are used in today’s data centers.”

“IBM’s long history and expertise with data center implementations enabled us to create a solution to save energy and ensure efficient server performance for Telecom Egypt,” said Steven Sams, vice president of IBM Global Site and Facilities Services. “IBM’s solution is part of ’Project Big Green’ and provides an efficient, reliable and secure data center that will support Telecom Egypt in achieving their goals in maintaining and improving customer satisfaction, as well as helping them be more energy efficient.”

Announced in May 2007, IBM’s “Project Big Green” is a $1 billion initiative to dramatically reduce energy use by IBM and its clients. The initiative includes new energy efficient IBM products and services and a five step approach to energy efficiency in the data center. If followed, this approach can sharply reduce data center energy consumption, transforming clients’ technology infrastructure into “green” data centers and provide energy savings of up to 42 percent for an average data center. More information about IBM Project Big Green is available at


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