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Building Third-World Countries with Cloud Services


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June 08, 2012

Building Third-World Countries with Cloud Services

By Erin Harrison, Executive Editor, Cloud Computing

In developing countries around the world, there is a significant and dramatic digital divide between developed countries and the third world in terms of access to the Internet.  But as new technologies are slowly adopted, we are posed with a classic chicken and egg scenario. Which comes first: theprogress of a developing country stimulating technology adoption? Or can advanced technology be used to push a nation forward?

For DAI, which has been working on the frontlines of global development since 1970, it’s clearly the latter, according to a recent Cisco (News - Alert) newsletter article.

The DAI has helped more than 150 countries, many of which have struggled to recover from political or military conflict, with the basic building blocks of democracy.  The company offers services that enhance economic growth, municipal governance, resource management, public health, and national stability.

“In 2005, DAI adopted a full suite of Oracle (News - Alert) applications to support the company’s rapid growth and global expansion. The large, mission-critical Oracle footprint facilitates everything from DAI’s enterprise resource planning (ERP), financials, and human resources to local governance, risk mitigation, procurement, and project enablement,” according to the report.

However, the main problem was deploying and maintaining these applications in more than 100 DAI offices around the world, according to Larry Campbell, vice president of information management and technology for DAI.

The answer to this dilemma arrived in the form of managed application services within a private, multi-tenant cloud.

“We are not a technology company,” said Campbell.  “Everything we do needs to be focused on international development, not application and systems administration.”

Today, DAI’s Oracle applications are managed by NaviSite and hosted in the NaviCloud Platform. Built on the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS), which is powered by Intel (News - Alert) Xeon  processors, the  NaviCloud Platform is a robust, virtualized  infrastructure deployed as multiple, secure clouds in NaviSite’s data centers.

For the DAI, allowing someone else to manage its mission-critical applications meant they didn’t have to spend our time babysitting a data center at its headquarters in Maryland, Campbell added.

“Because we have invested in the cloud and refocused our IT staff on customer support, more project revenue stays with DAI and we can apply what we learn in other countries and with other customers. We’re actively building our skills, our knowledge, and our differentiation.”

Edited by Jamie Epstein

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