Network equipment provider Cisco announced on Tuesday it has opened a new office and data center in Bahrain.
The announcement follows Cisco's recent unveiling of its new data center strategy, which unites compute, network, storage access, and virtualization resources in a single energy efficient system it has labelled Unified Computing System.
Located in the Persian Gulf, Bahrain is an Arabic island microstate with a population of less than one million.
The Middle East region continues to play a critical role in the current global economic landscape, with the region seeing significant growth in business and demand for global connectivity solutions.
In September, India-based telecommunications provider Tata Communications expanded connectivity to the Middle East through a partnership with Bahrain Telecommunications Company.
According to the press release, the company will "work closely with the Bahrain government to improve the Kingdom's global competitiveness in information and communications technology."
Cisco says the new data center is part of its commitment to advancing strategic ICT initiatives for the country, as well as attracting direct foreign investment to boost the country's economic growth.
The data center will act as a regional hub for Cisco's ICT services, supporting the delivery of multiple technologies to different offices in the region.
These technologies include Cisco TelePresence virtual meeting solution which creates a live, face-to-face meeting experience over the network, and the previously mentioned Unified Communications.
Additionally, by establishing an office at the Bahrain Financial Harbor, Cisco is focusing on developing new ICT talent to help address the increasing local and regional opportunities for workers with ICT skills.
The new office to its customers and partners in Bahrain will help develop working dynamics that will help in providing immediate support to the company's growing customer base in the region.
"The opening of this new Internet data Center and office in Bahrain marks a key milestone for Cisco across the region," says Tarek Ghoul, general manager for Cisco Gulf North. "The new facility will provide us with a firm foundation on which to help build and develop ICT based initiatives to support the country's economic growth."
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