San Diego, CA — S&T System Integration and Technology Distribution AG, Vienna, a Central and Eastern European market leader in IT system integration, has won a USD 1 million contract to supply BTC, the Bulgarian national operator and provider of international and domestic tele-communication services, with a high-end enterprise storage solution based on the EMC Symmetrix storage system and Celerra File Server.
Winning out over international competition, S&T Bulgaria was successful with a comprehensive and platform independent enterprise storage solution, which has been installed, tested and evaluated as a fully integrated system in the operating environment at the customer site.
The choice of S&T Bulgaria was based on the high quality of its up-to-date solution with excellent functionality proved during an extensive testing period, strong local technical expertise and support and maintenance service capabilities during the design, implementation and evaluation stage of the project.
BTC has about 3 million telephone users at present and is currently in the process of improving and consolidating its infrastructure in order to achieve easier maintenance, better performance of the applications and to provide new and better services to its customers.
With this new addition to it’s installed base, S&T positions itself clearly as the leader in providing Integrated Storage Systems to Telecom Operators in Central and Eastern Europe, having provided similar systems already to Slovenian Telecom, Slovak Telecom, Romanian Telecom as well as the Mobile Operators Telekom, Mobitel, Simobil in Slovenia, Vipnet in Croatia, Mobilrom in Romania, Kievstar in Ukraine and Voxtel in Moldova.
“The market for Storage Systems is growing extremely fast due to the need for large and quickly growing online data volumes in Telecom Operators and Internet related operations and S&T has developed the inhouse knowhow to deploy and maintain such systems in mission critical environments where system downtime is simply not affordable”, says Karl Tantscher, CEO of S&T.
“We expect that 20% of our revenues in 2000 will come from such Storage Systems”.
Today’s two prevailing architectures, SAN (Storage Area Networks) and NAS (Network Attached Storage) are forecasted to grow at a compound rate of 66% through 2003, according to IDC.