Manama, Bahrain – October 15, 2018: Gulf Business Machines (GBM), the region’s number one provider of IT solutions, has announced the successful completion of a record-breaking network infrastructure project for Sinnad, a leading card processing and payment service provider in the region. The network infrastructure project is the first Cisco ACI (software defined network solution) deployment for a financial and private sector organization in Bahrain. The network setup will provide Sinnad with next generation solutions, allowing them to more efficiently manage their corporate network platforms. The infrastructure setup will also help accelerate application and service delivery to customers substantially, with the solution providing a foundation for Sinnad from which to deploy payment and other fintech solutions. “We are happy to have partnered with GBM on a project that we are sure will bring about increased value for our operation and our clients. The development of our alliance with GBM was one of our major accomplishments for 2018. We see the success of our network project as not only a triumph for us at Sinnad, but also a clear indication of the energetic and forward-thinking ICT and business environment we operate in the Kingdom. We have chosen the latest network architecture technology that enhances business agility, automates IT tasks and accelerated data center application deployment”, commented Rana Al Maeeli, General Manager, Sinnad. The solution is estimated to lower operational costs and further investment to Sinnad’s IT network operation. ACI provides open and comprehensive end to end security, open APIs, open standards, and open source elements that enable software flexibility for DevOps teams, and firewall and application delivery controller (ADC) ecosystem partner integration. Apart from network infrastructure, the project is comprised of IP, telephony, wireless, security, and application delivery solutions from international tech giants Cisco and F5 Networks. Commenting on the success of the project, Abdulla Ishaq, General Manager, GBM Bahrain, stated: “We are excited to have had the opportunity to work with Sinnad to bring to life such a groundbreaking project for the company and the Bahrain financial services sector overall. Bahrain is fast becoming the GCC’s growth market for ICT solutions and services, particularly within the financial services fields – this best evidenced by last year’s inauguration of Bahrain FinTech Bay (BFB), the largest dedicated fintech hub in the Middle East and Africa. GBM is proud to be playing a role in the blossoming of this growth sector in the Kingdom, and as a Bahraini company, we look forward to continuing to be the digital partner of choice for our clients for years to come.” Founded in 1990, GBM Bahrain is the original home of GBM in the region and continues today to be a core pillar of the work the company conducts across the region. GBM has been a technology partner for the banking sector for over two decades. The company’s decade-old partnership with Cisco adds considerable value by ensuring professional expertise from industry leaders is combined with the experience of more than 170 specialists across GBM’s nine locations. With a team of over 130 in Bahrain, the office is led by Country General Manager, Abdulla Ishaq.