NEC and GBM enter Business Partnership for Storage Solutions in the Middle East

GBM to distribute NEC’s high performant and highly available HYDRAstor technology for backup, data archiving and disaster recovery throughout Gulf region

Hilversum, 24 March 2021 – NEC Enterprise Solutions, global leader in Communications & IT Solutions, and Gulf Business Machines (GBM) of Bahrain, today announced they have entered into a strategic Business Partnership agreement for the distribution of NEC storage solutions in the Middle East. GBM will provide public and private organizations in Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman with NEC’s latest range of advanced storage solutions including the acclaimed HYDRAstor technology.

“We are extremely pleased to have GBM as our partner in the Gulf region”, says Francois-Remy Monnier, Head of IT Sales Development EMEA at NEC Enterprise Solutions. “GBM is a very well-established and highly respected player in the market. Their expertise and knowledge of the needs of organizations in the region and their strong commitment to IT and data storage will help us further promote our powerful NEC range of solutions in this strong growing market. In GBM we have found the best partner to further our ambitions with our advanced HYDRAstor technology as they have the right skills to implement high end solutions in this complex environment."

Addressing strongly growing data storage market
“The specific market we operate in has very special requirements and it is important that we can enable our customers to choose the right platform for their needs. NEC’s HYDRAstor is based on latest technology and an excellent fit to the requirements of our customers and prospects in the region. The strongly growing market for storage solutions offers us significant business opportunities and we are very pleased to now be able to address these with NEC’s superior solutions”, says Pallav Agrawala, Regional Presales Leader Storage at GBM.

GBM is market leader in the region and the single and largest distributor for digital business solutions in The Middle East with unmatched experience in designing, deploying and supporting complete infrastructure solutions.

“We were looking for a technology partner to provide a solution that would allow us to increase our footprint within our customer base as well as acquire new customers among the large organizations. A thorough research learnt that HYDRAstor was the only available solution that supports a mixed backup environment, including IBM’s Spectrum Protect”, Agrawala adds.

Double digit growth
“NEC is firmly committed to the long term continuity and further development of HYDRAstor. With its first generation stemming from 2007, and after having since then launched successfully in the US, Western Europe and Sub-Sahara regions, the Middle East was a key market for us to add to our geographic coverage, particularly as HYDRAstor continues its double digit growth in areas across the globe. We expect the growth to only be further spurred by today’s rapid drive towards Digital Transformation”, Monnier concludes.

NEC’s Award Winning HYDRASTOR
NEC's HYDRAstor technology provides a very high performant, capacity-optimized and highly available storage solution for backup, long-term data archive and Disaster Recovery solutions for all enterprises. HYDRAstor provides high availability and has no single point of failure and an advanced data protection with erasure-coded data resiliency. NEC HYDRAstor can be further expanded and refreshed online with no data migration by incorporating newer generation hardware into the same grid system, maximizing investment protection.

Many organizations perform full backup of all of their data on frequent basis (weekly, monthly, and so on), even though most of it has not changed from previous backup. Optimized backup however reduces backup costs and improves backup and recovery times. By moving inactive data to NEC HYDRAstor, different backup policies can be established taking into account the age of the data. On top, thanks to its inline global deduplication, NEC’s HYDRAstor can also perform daily backup and restore, but in a fraction of the time compared to its competitors. 

The highly modular and linear scalability (from 1 to 165 nodes, ranging from 18TB to 11.88PB) and its inline deduplication of all data across all nodes, reducing storage capacity requirements by 95% or more, are unique in the industry. Supporting multiple generations of nodes/hardware in the same grid system for continuous longevity, furthermore enables online expansion with no data migration or application downtime.


About GBM
With more than 30 years of experience, 7 offices and over 1500 employees across the region - Gulf Business Machines (GBM) is a leading end-to-end digital solutions provider, offering the region’s broadest portfolio, including industry-leading digital infrastructure, digital business solutions, security and services. With on-the ground, readily available expertise, GBM provides round-the-clock support to customers across the region.

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