IBM to provide world-class data centre for World Cup

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Doha: Doha is the first destination in the Middle East to be equipped with the new-generation data centre system powered by IBM designed specifically for large-scale data centres.

The system, known as POWER10 or 10th generation POWER, is capable of processing more than 2 petabytes of data per day.

The data centre system will be employed in the Qatari telecommunications ministry and the Qatari Petroleum Company. The data centre itself will be integrated by IBM with its other data centres.

Speaking to reporters in Doha, Mr Mohammed Al Ali, General Manager of IBM’s Doha office said: “The Qatari telecommunications ministry is one of the very first customers of this power-based data centre system. The data centre is in its infancy but is already being used by the telecom ministry and its clients. We expect to receive the system this summer.”

The data centre is operated on IBM T-1 platform, which is already deployed in Doha telecom ministry’s premises and the Qatari Petroleum Company, and is equipped with 10 data-centre cabinets. “The data centre is also used by the Ministry of Energy and Water and a number of other organizations. The data centre is being integrated with our other data centres based in Europe and Asia, where the system is being used for computing as well as storage. The company is preparing to put the system online this month,” he said.

The data centre is one of the advanced offerings by IBM that is targeted at the large-scale data centres required by the World Cup organising committee.

IBM, is also providing to organise the data centre for other major occasions in the coming years including London 2012, the Commonwealth Games and other sports events.

IBM CEO, Virginia Rometty said, “World Cup organising committee are obviously extremely serious about providing world-class data centres for the World Cup. We plan to offer our advanced technology to support the event across the event duration, and the World Cup will be no exception.

The event, held in 11 stadiums across 11 cities from June 14 to July 15, 2011, is scheduled to be the most-watched sporting event in the world, with global interest in the event being higher than it has ever been.

World Cup events are expected to generate more than

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