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

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.”


Saudi Arabia delays May crude prices until after OPEC+ meeting

Updated 05 April 2020

Saudi Arabia delays May crude prices until after OPEC+ meeting

  • OPEC and allies are due to meet on Thursday to discuss a possible new global crude supply cut

DUBAI: Saudi Aramco will delay the release of its crude official selling prices (OSP) for May until April 10 to wait for the outcome of a meeting between OPEC and its allies regarding possible output cuts, a senior Saudi source familiar with the matter said on Sunday.
"It is an unprecedented measure that has not been taken by Aramco before. May OSPs will depend on how the OPEC+ meeting concludes. We are doing what we can to make it successful, including taking this extraordinary step to delay the OSPs," the Saudi source said.
Saudi Aramco typically issues its OSPs by the 5th of each month, setting the trend for Iranian, Kuwaiti and Iraqi prices and affecting more than 12 million barrels of oil per day bound for Asia.
OPEC and allies are due to meet on Thursday to discuss a possible new global crude supply cut to end a price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia which has prompted US President Donald Trump to intervene.
The Saudi source said that Riyadh wants to avoid a repeat of the outcome of a March meeting where oil talks collapsed between OPEC and allies "due to Russia's lack of cooperation with the rest of OPEC+ participants".
Coordinated cuts between OPEC members and others led by Russia expired on March 31 having helped support crude prices since they began in January 2017.
The OPEC+ meeting was initially due for Monday, but was postponed to April 9 "to allow for more time to reach out to all producers including OPEC+ and others," the Saudi source said.