GBI enters cloud connectivity deal with Microsoft

GBI enters cloud connectivity deal with Microsoft

05 November 2019 | Natalie Bannerman

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Gulf Bridge International (GBI) and Microsoft have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enable cloud adoption for key businesses in the region.

[Left to right: Mohamed Mohsen, Channel Manager at Microsoft; Celine Bremaud, MEA VP at Microsoft; Lana Khalaf, Country Manager Qatar at Microsoft; Abdulla Al Rwaili, Managing Director and Executive Director at GBI; H.E. Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Chairman at GBI; and Charles Nahas, Middle East Cluster General Manager at Microsoft]

The strategic partnership will enable organisations to gain faster access to the Microsoft Azure Cloud, delivering high performance, security and compliance to better transform their business operations.

GBI is an existing ExpressRoute connectivity partner, giving its customers access to low latency and private cloud connectivity. In addition, GBI’s Cloud Connectivity solutions are built on SD-WAN  allowing enterprises to control, manage, and monitor their network.

“We are continually exploring new ways to optimise digital experiences for enterprises, and our partnership with Microsoft represents one of the many milestones taken on GBI’s transformation journey,” said Abdulla Al Rwaili, executive director and managing director at GBI. “The partnership will enable organisations of all kinds to make the move to the cloud with confidence and provide a foundation for digital transformation. We look forward to enabling more organisations to benefit from the flexibility and agility of the cloud.”

Microsoft’s Azure ExpressRoute allows companies to create private connections between the Azure Cloud and infrastructure on-premise or in a colocation facility. As these connections do not go over the public Internet, it offers increased reliability, faster speeds, lower latencies, and higher security.

“Our partnership with GBI is another step forward in enhancing connectivity across the country and access to the cloud,” added Lana Khalaf, country manager of Microsoft Qatar. “As Microsoft ExpressRoute partner for Azure, GBI will provide fast and secure connectivity to customers with access to Microsoft cloud and accelerate their digital transformation journeys.”

Earlier this month, Batelco and GBI renewed their long-standing partnership during a meeting at Capacity Europe 2019. During the meet, the two companies boosted their collaboration by committing to deliver accelerated connectivity between Bahrain and Europe for the customers of both companies.