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Central Bank of Egypt overhauls IT systems in modernisation plan

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The Central Bank of Egypt is partnering with Sun Microsystems to carry out a complete overhaul of its IT infrastructure, valued at US$2.85 million.

The project is part of a wider strategy to modernise the bank's internal systems and upgrade its computer network, data centres, integrated applications and security systems.

The bank has chosen servers, data processing systems and specialised services from Sun as part of the project, which will be implemented by the hardware vendor's local partner, Promise. The implementation is expected to improve communications with local and international banks operating in Egypt.

"Choosing Sun Microsystems for this project came after thorough evaluation of the market and accurate testing of the applications and solutions that best met the needs of the bank," said Tarek Raof, assistant governor deputy for IT systems at the Central Bank of Egypt.

"Sun's longstanding history of expertise and efficiency in projects with Promise further reassured the bank that this was the right team to implement the integrated data centre."

The project is the largest that has been undertaken so far between Sun and the central bank.

The hardware vendor will provide Sun Fire V890 and V490 servers, Sun Y2000 application servers, UltraSparc processors and its Solaris 10 operating system.

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