New Horizon has become Pakistan's 1st VMware Premier Partner
New Horizon have achieved VMware Premier Partnership through Sales and Pre-Sales services. Premier level partners are VMware's most qualified partners and have earned the highest partner designation by completing advanced sales and technical training while demonstrating over time repeated success in designing, planning, hosting and/or deploying across multiple VMware virtualization solution areas.
NCCPL on the path of virtualization
National Clearing Company of Pakistan Limited (NCCPL) virtualizes the server infrastructure environment. New Horizon having the largest virtualization solution implementations across the country was chosen by NCCPL to provide its services. New Horizon provided HP DL385P Generation 8 Servers and HP P2000 Generation 3 MSA Array as the hardware for this solution whereas to virtualize the infrastructure Citrix XenServer platform was used.
Citrix XenServer is the enterprise-ready, cloud-proven virtualization platform that contains all the capabilities required to create and manage a virtual infrastructure. It is trusted by demanding organizations to run the most mission critical applications and used by the largest clouds.
Cuts energy costs. By reducing the number of physical servers required in the datacenter, NCCPL will now be able to save on their power and cooling costs.
Increases IT agility and efficiency. NCCPL can easily adapt to changing datacenter and computing needs by dynamically flexing capacity, optimizing VM placement, and automating repetitive management tasks.
Improves performance and user productivity. By enabling 'zero downtime' maintenance, automatically recovering from hardware failure, and providing failover capabilities in disaster situations, end users at NCCPL will be ensured access to mission critical application in all scenarios.
New Horizon will also provide couple of trainings to the IT Team at NCCPL. One will be for HP SAN Essentials and the other for Citrix XenServer.
National Clearing Company of Pakistan Limited (NCCPL) is a significant institution of Pakistan's Capital Market providing clearing and settlement services to all three stock exchanges in the country. The Company was incorporated on July 3, 2001 to manage and operate the National Clearing & Settlement System (NCSS) in a fully automated electronic settlement system.
Up-gradation of EMC Storage Solution at HBL
After the successful deployment of EMC VMAX Storage Solution, New Horizon provides up-gradation of EMC VMAX Storage Solution to HBL for their disaster recovery site to support the core banking systems. EMC VMAX Family of enterprise storage solutions are a lineup that offers the world's most comprehensive range of Powerful, Trusted and Smart storage solutions for enterprises of all sizes.
Keeping in view the previous solution and services provided by New Horizon, HBL chose New Horizon to provide solutions that the critical IT requirements to run the operations seamlessly.
HBL the largest domestic branch network with over 1,400 branches and is present in 25 countries, decided to upgrade and enhance the infrastructure to support the strategy of consolidating its information infrastructure. This storage solution provided by New Horizon is highly expandable, scalable on a pay as you grow model, with emphasis on high availability, disaster recovery, on scale capacity and the readiness for cloud infrastructure and virtualization.
Datacenter establishment at Bahria University
New Horizon to establish an end-to-end datacenter at Bahria University. The end-to-end datacenter solution extends from designing to making the datacenter up and running.
As it is an expertise of New Horizon, the datacenter is designed according to the requirements of the University and also keeping in mind of the future expansion plans as well. New Horizon will firstly refurbish the existing datacenter by installing tampered glass replacing brick walls and automatic closing door which will accessible through Access Control System powered by RFID and keypad device. Along with the civil works New Horizon will also provide electric works including the installation of Earth Pit and cabling besides structured grounding and bonding solution and data & electric cable trays.
Following the international standards, New Horizon will install raised flooring, fire suppression system, and access control system. Other than this New Horizon will also provide environmental monitoring system which includes the monitoring of temperature, humidity, USB cameras, GSM modem, voltage, water & digital sensors.
Emerson F-Series Server and communication Racks along with PDUs will also be provided for an organized, secure, controlled environment in a single system for sensitive electronic equipment. Lastly, to combat the power failures, New Horizon will provide Emerson ITA Series UPS for the datacenter.
New Horizon has a broad range of project expertise regarding the Data Centers which are a sheer need of enterprises these days. New Horizon specializes in planning, designing, engineering, constructing, monitoring and maintaining data centers that integrate the best and critical infrastructure technologies. The result is an always available, scalable, redundant, fault-tolerant, manageable, and maintainable data center environment.
Bahria University was established by the Pakistan Navy in 2000, and since then it has slowly and steadily grown into one of the leading higher education institutions in Pakistan. The University is a multi-campus university whose aim is to achieve the highest standards in teaching, learning and research.
MOL Pakistan shifts to EMC Technology
MOL Pakistan shifts to EMC technology for the Storage Solutions. As one the major partners of EMC in the region, New Horizon helped MOL Pakistan to adopt EMC solutions for storage and backup solutions. For this the Oil & Gas Producing Company procured EMC VNX 5300 Storage solution and EMC Connectrix DS-300B Switch.
MOL Pakistan required opting for the best technology for storing their critical business information and having a backup of it too. Through EMC VNX 5300 series deployment by New Horizon, unified storage systems deliver uncompromising scalability and flexibility for the mid-tier while providing market-leading simplicity and efficiency to minimize total cost of ownership of the Insurance Company.
The solution procured by MOL Pakistan will benefit by:
- High Performance
Other than this New Horizon also deployed EMC Connectrix DS-300B SAN Switch which provides a cost-effective, yet flexible foundatvion for SAN infrastructures and is being deployed as an edge switch for core-to-edge configurations at MOL Pakistan. The DS-300B will integrate the hardware and software features that will simplify to deployment, management and integration.
As one of the major partners of EMC, New Horizon has provided multiple solutions of EMC and has numerous successful deployments track record at various clients.
MOL Pakistan presently produces Oil & Gas from TAL Block as the operator of the concession. It also holds concessions for Margala and Margala North Blocks and has recently acquired significant shares in the Karak block as non-operating partner which is considered as another promising prospect for the future discoveries.
State Bank acquires EMC High Available Storage and Allied SAN Solution
State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) acquires EMC High Available Storage and Allied SAN solution for their server infrastructure. This highly available SAN will not only cater the future storage needs of SBP but will also replace the existing installed SAN Storages. New Horizon, one of the EMC Partners in Pakistan, provided the Bank a solution that consists of EMC‘s VNX5500 Storage for Primary and DR site and EMC Connectrix DS5100B SAN Switch which offers best-in-class port density and scalability for midrange enterprise SAN Switches.
The EMC solution provided consists of products and services that will enable SBP to put information at the center of its business, keep it available and secure around the clock, and streamline processes for greater efficiency. Supporting virtualization across the Bank, EMC solutions are designed to help them maximize productivity and minimize their total cost of ownership.
SBP was looking to implement a new storage array to consolidate some databases and applications in a new consolidated storage environment to guarantee better management and performance in a cost effective manner.
Only by following SBP’s RFP with good understanding of their technical requirement, New Horizon proposed EMC storage to cater SBP’s requirement to consolidate existing storages infrastructure, one that fulfills the Bank’s functional and financial needs. By fulfilling not only the technical requirements, New Horizon also won this tender being the lowest bidder.
The solution provided addresses the following pain points of the Bank.
Legacy Storage Consolidation
Consolidation of existing boxes to new storage architecture and to make information more sharable, increase utilization rates, and simplify management.
The system must be able to handle expected and unexpected growth easily, cost-effectively, and with minimal disruption to business activities.
Introduce new technologies and methodologies that delivered thousands of dollars operational savings
- Storage Tiering
- Storage virtualization; that enables seamless data and data migration between tiers
- Data mirroring and point in time copies
- Ready to implement thin provisioning
Real Time Replication Integration
Implement a Replication solution that can actually provide Consistent and Applications aware Replication technology. A Replication solution that can help to take consistent snapshots and Replication of Oracle, VMware and Exchange Server.
Maximize information security and minimize the risks of downtime, data loss/corruption, unauthorized access, and compliance failure.
Optimize storage, power, bandwidth, and human resources across the enterprise to increase revenue and ROI.
Improve storage performance to accelerate data access and speed process execution.
High Data Availability
With a goal of 99.999% uptime, maximize data availability to keep the business operational across the Bank.
The system must be flexible to address a wide range of application and business needs, including both structured data (such as databases) and unstructured data (such as e-mails, documents, and video).
The solution must help SBP implement strategies and technologies to identify current and future power needs, optimize infrastructure for greater energy efficiency, and reduce energy costs.
Ease of Use
Simplify management and to reduce administrator tasks.
Minimize total cost of ownership and leverages current investments.
Better Data Protection
Protect information from viruses, hackers, corruption, site outages, and physical disasters, and achieve both recovery point objectives (defining maximum data loss) and recovery time objectives (defining maximum downtime) for various information types.
To enable the IT Team at SBP on the solution provided, New Horizon will provide Technical Hands-on Training at EMC facility by experienced instructors covering the following:
- VNX Block Storage Deployment and Management
- VNX Block Storage Remote Protection
- SAN Management
New Horizon having EMC Certified Professionals and implementations of similar scale across Pakistan, understood the technical and business requirements of State Bank of Pakistan and provided a solution which demonstrates the depth of New Horizon‘s expertise as a world-class solution provider.
RMI moves to latest Microsoft Technology
New Horizon simplifies the migration from previous to the latest versions of Microsoft technology through its specialized services at Rehman Medical Institute (RMI). By shifting to the latest version of Microsoft, RMI can enjoy the enhanced features as well as also simplify management, increase efficiency and productivity, and reduce operating cost.
Previously New Horizon has deployed complete converge network solution at RMI as well as a reliable and optimized virtualization solution based on Microsoft Hyper V and Citrix XenDesktop technologies.
The migration services provided by New Horizon include the following:
- Installation of Windows Server 2012 and prepare for System Center Configuration Manager.
- Installation and configuration of Microsoft SQL Server 2012.
- Deployment of WSUS server to download Microsoft Updates.
- Installation and configuration of Microsoft SCCM 2012.
- Deployment of SCCM agent and SCEP on client computers.
- Configuration of antivirus updates for all managed System Center Endpoint Protection.
- Configuration of Windows 7 and Windows 8 Updates for all managed workstations.
- Configuration of software inventory for all workstations and servers.
- Configuration of hardware inventory for all workstations and servers.
- Installation of SCDPM and SCVMM on the same server.
- Installation and configuration of Microsoft SQL Server 2012.
- Installation of Windows Server 2012 for SCDPM and SCVMM.
- Installation and configuration of SCDPM 2012 Server.
- Configuration of short term backup on hard drive.
- Configuration long-term backup on tape drive.
- Creating protection groups for Active Directory, Microsoft Exchange Servers, System Center Configuration Manager and System Center Operations Manager.
- Installation and configuration prerequisites for SCVMM 2012.
- Installation of SCVMM 2012 on Windows Server 2012.
- Adding two node Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Cluster and one Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V node.
- Upgrading one Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-v to Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V.
- Upgrading the integration services on guest operating system.
- Installation and preparation of Windows Server 2012 for SCOM 2012.
- Installation and configuration of Microsoft SQL Server 2012.
- Installation and configuration of SCOM 2012.
- Deployment of SCOM Agent of required servers.
- Importing SCOM Management Packs for managed applications.
- Configuration of dashboard for real-time server monitoring.
- Installation of Windows Server 2012 on physical servers.
- Promoting Windows Server 2012 as additional domain controller.
- Configuration of DNS services on same Windows Server 2012 Active Directory Domain Controller.
- Configuration of Global Catalog Window for Windows Server 2012 Active Directory Domain Controller.
- Transferring all FSMOs to Windows Server 2012 Active Directory Domain Controller.
- Configuration of DNS Secondary Zone for rmihope.local.
- Configuration of trust relationship between rmihope.local and rmi.local Forests.
Other than this RMI has also signed a Service Level Agreement with New Horizon for the maintenance of the IT infrastructure deployed at the Institute by New Horizon. New Horizon will provide couple of resident engineers to RMI to comply the agreement.
Located at the gateway of Khyber, Rehman Medical Institute has revolutionized the concept of medical care in the Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa. The management totally believes that IT expenditures are investments, not expenses and it pays off in the long run. This remarkable effort from such an institution has opened a new era of technology in KP, where the people now have the access to healthcare facilities of international standards.
New Horizon deploys a Turnkey Converged Network Infrastructure Solution at The Hunar Foundation
New Horizon deploys a turnkey converged network infrastructure solution at The Hunar Foundation (THF). The solution included the deployment of voice and data networking infrastructure.
The Hunar Foundation (THF) is a non-profit organization that took root with the objective of finding a solution to the problems of livelihood for the youth through quality vocational training of international standards. For this THF is establishing 5 training institutes till date across in Sind and Punjab.
New Horizon provided the turnkey solution for the institute established in Tando Allahyar, Sind namely Hajiani Ashraf Khatoon Technical Institute. In the solution, New Horizon delivered the equipment as well as deployed the solution which included the cabling of Fiber and Copper for the voice and data solution which provided end to end connectivity to the users. New Horizon also installed faceplates and I/Os at the institute facility.
As properly planned, an efficient network infrastructure brings a wide range of benefits to a company, same here Hunar Foundation will also be able to enjoy better communication, improved data sharing and cost savings.
New Horizon signs one of the Largest Microsoft Open Licensing Agreement
New Horizon signs one of the largest Microsoft Open Licensing agreements with TCS. As TCS required upgrading its technology infrastructure, New Horizon provided a solution based on latest editions of Microsoft products. The Microsoft products include the licenses for end user computing, server environment, business intelligence tools and unified communication.
The end user computing products include the latest operating system launched by Microsoft i.e. Windows 8 Professional edition and as for the productivity tool Office 2010 Standard Edition is acquired by TCS. For the server environment and unified communication, TCS upgraded from the previous versions of Windows Server and Exchange to 2012 editions. Other than this to take advantage of the enterprise voice capabilities and the unified client interface for conferencing Lync 2010 is installed at TCS. As for business intelligence tools SQL Server 2012 enterprise edition is deployed at TCS.
Along with the licenses of all Microsoft products, New Horizon is also providing consultancy to the technology team at TCS for the deployment of the following solutions:
TCS provides domestic & international express services to consumers, corporates, SMEs and households alike, with pickups & deliveries crossing over 6 million a month. This it does through a wide network of 155 offices making it the biggest network in the country .TCS operates with over 7,000 Professionals, 24/7 call center, 530 plus conveniently located Express Centers, dedicated chartered aircraft, 2000 on-line & offline locations, 250 plus satellite tracked delivery vehicles and a proficient team of couriers dedicated to providing you the best of service and reliability in the industry.
Tameer Microfinance enhances its Core Infrastructure
Tameer Microfinance Bank enhances its core infrastructure by adding EMC VNX5300 Storage to its datacenter. As the Bank is offering numerous financial products and services, the infrastructure had to be upgraded for the storage of business critical information.
High-performing unified storage with unsurpassed simplicity and efficiency, optimized for virtual applications. With the EMC VNX5300, the Bank will achieve new levels of performance, protection, compliance, and ease of management. The VNX5300 model can hold 125 drives, scalability of up to 240TB and with system memory of up to 8GB at the block level along with the support of FC, iSCSI and FCoE connectivity. VNX5300 is suitable for those wishes to take advantage of enterprise level storage at a lower TCO. VNX5300 is ideal for institutions as Tameer Microfinance Bank.
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