KACST provides Saudi Arabia’s science community 24.7.365 cloud backup with Veeam

The King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) provides hosted services and cloud computing to approximately 30 organizations in the Kingdom’s science community.
Updated 23 August 2017
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KACST provides Saudi Arabia’s science community 24.7.365 cloud backup with Veeam

RIYADH: The Internet Services Unit (ISU) of King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), has deployed Veeam® Availability Suite™ from Veeam Software to provide the science community in Saudi Arabia with 24.7.365 (full time e.g. all-day, all-week, all-year) access to critical data for research that fosters innovation and promotes a knowledge-based society.
The two most important components of science and innovation are people and data. Therefore, KACST created the ISU to provide people in the science community with 24.7.365 access to data. Without this access, they cannot carry out their collaborative research and develop solutions that improve society.
ISU provides hosted services and cloud computing to approximately 30 organizations in the science community, including universities, research centers, laboratories and government agencies. Each organization works toward a common goal — to transform the Kingdom into a leader in science and technology.
“If we fail to deliver their data 24.7.365, we put them at risk for downtime, and we lose their trust,” said Abdulmajeed Al-Osaimi, manager of the systems and development department at the ISU. “Downtime can derail their testing and research, and can cripple their business processes. If they can’t access their data, we have failed them.”
“Our job is to provide high availability to the organizations that conduct scientific research and foster technological innovation,” Al-Osaimi said. “Veeam helps us deliver 24.7.365 availability of the data that becomes the catalyst for discovery, economic development and social prosperity.”
Veeam also helps ISU with monitoring and reporting to avoid downtime, as well as capacity planning to forecast resource and utilization trends. Veeam provides complete visibility into the virtual environment so ISU can detect and resolve issues before they become problems and impact the organizations.
“Non-stop IT operations is the new normal, so we have to make sure our organizations have 24.7.365 availability of their critical data,” said Khalid Al-Foaim, senior system administrator. “We look after IT so they can focus on advancing science and technology through research. Innovation and economic development is everyone’s focus.”


FaceOf: Abdulrahman Al-Harbi, governor of KSA’s General Authority for Foreign Trade

Abdulrahman bin Ahmed bin Hamdan Al-Harbi
Updated 43 min 42 sec ago
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FaceOf: Abdulrahman Al-Harbi, governor of KSA’s General Authority for Foreign Trade

Abdulrahman bin Ahmed bin Hamdan Al-Harbi was appointed the governor of the General Authority for Foreign Trade following a royal decree issued on March 23. 

Previously, he had been the deputy minister of foreign trade since 2016. 

He has held many leadership positions in the financial and private banking sector, the most recent of which was serving as the chief executive officer of Emirates NBD KSA. 

Al-Harbi is a member of several boards of directors as well as local and international committees, including the board of directors of the Saudi Export Development Authority and the General Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises. He is also the chairman of the Investment Committee, and represents the Kingdom on the board of directors of the Islamic Center for Trade Development.

He holds a bachelor of science in management information systems from the business school at the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran. 

The General Authority for Foreign Trade aims to enhance the Kingdom’s international commercial and investment activities. It was established to consolidate Saudi Arabia’s position as a region and global trade hub.

One of the key goals of the authority is to ensure smooth access for Saudi non-oil exports in target markets by removing obstacles.