KNPC selects Dell EMC to drive business growth

KNPC selects Dell EMC to drive business growth
Advanced automation capabilities offered by ViPR Suite allows KNPC to easily manage applications and data across multiple storage environments, reducing IT complexities.
Published: 6 April 2017 - 2:22 a.m.
By: Martin Menachery

Dell EMC recently announced that Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) has successfully deployed Dell EMC’s storage solutions to drive an agile and future-ready business.

Through these deployments, KNPC aims to support rapid data growth and create a highly available foundation for round the clock service delivery. KNPC selected Dell EMC’s VMAX3 enterprise storage systems, Vplex Metro and VNX unified storage arrays to create the right storage environment to support data mobility across KNPC’s three data centres.

With an aim to optimise storage efficiencies, KNPC further reinforced this deployment with solutions from Dell EMC’s leading data protection and availability division. With Dell EMC data protection software stack and Data Domain protection storage platforms, KNPC is able to protect the integrity of data and application services, while enabling continuous data protection and disaster avoidance capabilities. Additionally, KNPC deployed EMC’s ViPR controller and ViPR SRM to develop advanced storage automation capabilities to drive cost efficiency and simplify operational management.

Established in 1960, KNPC is largely responsible for maximising the value of hydrocarbons found in Kuwait and is considered the driving force behind boosting the country’s economy. In order to reach new markets, KNPC has pioneered clean fuel projects and plans to multiply its oil refining capacity. In addition, KNPC aimed at establishing a truly connected storage infrastructure to effectively manage its data that can serve as a competitive advantage in this era of massive oil-price fluctuations.

In order to meet this objective, KNPC deployed Dell EMC’s VMAX3, VNX unified storage arrays and Vplex Metro to enhance data storage utilisation and effectively manage traditional and next generation business applications. Supplementing its efforts to create an agile storage environment, KNPC deployed Dell EMC’s NetWorker, Data Domain and Avamar® to create an integrated backup and archiving infrastructure to fuel its data availability and recovery performance. With this deployment, KNPC observed major improvements on shorter back-ups and data compression reduction rates. This has resulted in efficient storage optimisation, providing more room to sustain data growth. This also helps KNPC to sustain its business services availability against unforeseen data loss that can impact customer experience and its overall brand equity. KNPC came full circle with its transformational journey with the deployment of ViPR controller and ViPR SRM that eliminates the need to adopt multiple storage systems, allowing automation of applications and services through centralised management and enabling the company to deliver storage as a service.

Abdulaziz Al Duaij, manager, information technology department, Kuwait National Petroleum Company, said: “The next industrial revolution is ushering in an unprecedented wave of economic changes across the region. Our mandate at Kuwait National Petroleum Company is to develop advanced capabilities to innovate at all levels by building a foundation to manage future storage and application growth while enabling new automation capabilities to optimise costs and the use of resources. And we recognise that having a strong IT foundation is absolutely critical to our ability to sustain and ensure business continuity. Together with Dell EMC, we are able to leverage the powerful combination of world-class technology with industry expertise to achieve the scalability, performance and availability that is critical to our ability to innovate and excel for generations to come.”

Samer Saber, country manager, Kuwait, Dell EMC, said: “As an ICT enabler, we are proud to be working with an innovative organisation such as Kuwait National Petroleum Company and support their ambitious vision to redefine the country’s energy sector. At Dell EMC, we are committed to help organisations remove barriers between their business and data. We look forward to continuing on this exciting journey of growth, as KNPC continues to establish an advanced data protection environment that will further reinforce the consolidated storage environment to enhance back-up and archiving capabilities that remain critical to provide outstanding and completely trusted offerings.”

KNPC has successfully created a truly connected, next generation storage infrastructure that is resilient to support the needs of a rapidly changing economy.

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