At VMworld Europe this year, Khatib and Alami, a renowned engineering consultancy and architectural design company based in the Middle East, shared their experiences of cloud adoption. Mohamed Saad, IT Director of Khatib and Alami, describes how they use iland secure cloud services including VMware powered IaaS and DRaaS to scale their business quickly.
With 6,000 employees spread across 15 branches, Khatib and Alami is well known for their contribution to some of the most ambitious and successful engineering projects across the region. As a VMware-based IT house, Khatib and Alami were keen to capitalise on their existing infrastructure as they adopted cloud services. With the support of iland cloud migration services, they've been able to migrate their IT production systems very quickly to the iland cloud to support fast, scalable delivery of innovative services to their clients.
Khatib and Alami hosts all of their production systems in the iland cloud, with London being the main hosting site and Manchester being the DR site. The fast growth curve of the company was the primary driver for moving their mission critical systems to iland’s public cloud. Proximity to the Middle East drove Mr. Saad to seek a VMware-based cloud provider with data centre locations in Europe. Because the company manages complex, high-dollar projects with aggressive deadlines, it is vital for Khatib and Alami to ensure that mission critical systems, such as email and project management tools, are available and meeting performance and SLA targets. The iland Secure DRaaS solution helps them to protect IT systems and ensure business continuity.
Using iland’s secure public cloud gives the company much greater flexibility and agility and relieves the burden of having to maintain their own IT infrastructure. They can scale fast and provision new services quickly to cater to the needs of their diverse clients. The SLAs and support they get from iland are also very important to maintain the availability and flexibility of services.
Overall, Mohamed Saad sees a bright future for VMware and iland cloud at Khatib and Alami, with cloud continuing to be a strategic differentiator that allows them to focus IT efforts on activities that drive their business forward.