Orpic Deploys ADVA FSP 3000 for Advanced Data Center Connectivity

Orpic Deploys ADVA FSP 3000 for Advanced Data Center Connectivity

Robust Encryption, Low Latency and Proven Scalability Key Criteria for Success

MARTINSRIED/MUNICH, May 7,  2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)  -- ADVA Optical  Networking 
announced today  that  Orpic (Oman  Oil  Refineries and  Petroleum  Industries 
Company) has deployed the ADVA FSP 3000 to connect its regional data  centers. 
Stretching across 280km of fiber, Orpic's  network will use the ADVA FSP  3000 
to  transport  and  protect   mission-critical  data.  Featuring  the   latest 
encryption and low latency technology, the ADVA FSP 3000 has been specifically
configured to provide the most secure and fastest data transport possible. The
network was installed and will be maintained by systems integrator HTC (Hussam
Technology Company),  a new  channel for  ADVA Optical  Networking within  the 

"We compete  within  one of  the  fiercest  marketplaces, within  one  of  the 
fiercest industries. In  this environment,  every advantage  is a  competitive 
edge," said  Zakariya  Al-Maghdri, information  technology  services  manager, 
Orpic. "That's why  our network  is so  important. It  enables us  to be  more 
efficient, to be more flexible, to be  more dynamic. Over the next four  years 
our company will undergo transformational growth as three major projects  come 
on stream. With the ADVA FSP 3000, our network has a firm foundation, one that
can scale as our  company grows. From 10G  to 100G and beyond  - there are  no 
limits here. The ADVA  FSP 3000 doesn't just  provide scale though, it's  also 
about peace of  mind, about security,  and with its  encryption technology  we 
know our data  is safe  throughout the network.  There are  no weaknesses,  no 
blind spots and this is vital."

In addition to its encryption and low latency capabilities, the ADVA FSP  3000 
was also chosen because of its extensive qualifications within the storage and
data center community,  particularly from  Brocade. Orpic  is primarily  using 
native Fibre Channel (FC) between its  data centers and was intent on  working 
with a partner that has specific experience of transporting FC over  expansive 
distances. This is a skill that  ADVA Optical Networking's team has  developed 
over many years. With over 15,000 enterprise customers, including many of  the 
Fortune 1,000, ADVA Optical Networking  has an intrinsic understanding of  how 
to build and leverage networks to become an enterprise's competitive edge.

"We don't  just  build  technology,  we  build  a  framework  for  success,  a 
foundation  for  the  future,"  commented  Olaf  Schönheit,  senior  director, 
Business Development, ADVA Optical Networking.  "Our team worked closely  with 
Orpic and HTC  to ensure  that our  ADVA FSP  3000 met  every criteria,  every 
requirement necessary. The result  is a network  that exceeds expectations,  a 
network that will grow at the same pace as Orpic's business. This was no small
task. Effectively connecting data centers  over distance requires a team  with 
extensive knowledge of the technology and  the region. This is where our  team 
excels.  What's  more,  our  relationship  with  HTC  provides  a   compelling 
partnership, one  that we're  sure will  lead to  further success  within  the 

"When we build a  network, we're not simply  integrating the best  technology, 
we're  integrating  the  best  team,  the  best  expertise,"  noted   Mohammed 
Al-Abduwani, senior sales  manager, HTC.  "It's this  combined integration  of 
technology, people and knowledge  that ensures our  success; that ensures  our 
customers' success. This is why our relationship with ADVA Optical  Networking 
is so important. We've worked side-by-side with ADVA Optical Networking's team
to develop  a  network that  exceeds  Orpic's expectations.  From  design,  to 
testing, to implementation, we've  taken each step  together. This unity  will 
prove key  in  the future  and  is  a unity  that  will continue  to  grow  in 

Watch   the   latest   ADVA   FSP    3000   video   for   more    information: 

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About ADVA Optical Networking
At ADVA Optical  Networking we're  creating new  opportunities for  tomorrow's 
networks,  a   new   vision   for   a   connected   world.   Our   intelligent 
telecommunications hardware,  software  and  services have  been  deployed  by 
several hundred service providers and thousands of enterprises. Over the  past 
twenty years, our innovative connectivity  solutions have helped to drive  our 
customers' networks forward, helped to drive their businesses to new levels of
success. We forge close working relationships with all our customers. As  your 
trusted partner we ensure  that we're always ready  to exceed your  networking 
expectations. For more information on our products and our team, please  visit 
us at: www.advaoptical.com.

About Orpic (Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company)
Orpic is Oman's national refining and petrochemicals company and provides  100 
per cent of the  nation's fuel. Owned  by the Government  of the Sultanate  of 
Oman, through  the  Ministry  of  Finance, and  Oman  Oil  Company  SAOC,  our 
refineries at Sohar  and Muscat, as  well as our  aromatics and  polypropylene 
production plants  in  the  Sohar  Port Area,  provide  fuels,  chemicals  and 
feedstock to Oman and to international markets. One of Orpic's key  objectives 
is to incrementally retain  the value created by  Oman's crude oil within  the 
country.  Between   now  and   2018  three   transformational  projects,   the 
Muscat-Sohar Product  Pipeline, Sohar  Refinery Improvement  Project and  Liwa 
Plastics Project will capture yet  more of that value,  to the benefit of  the 
nation and its  people, propelling  the company from  its refining  base to  a 
petrochemical future. www.orpic.om

About HTC (Hussam Technology Company)
HTC, an affiliate of AAKGC (Ali & Abdul-Karim Group of Companies) that has  an 
approximate annual turnover of USD $100m, established its operations in  2005. 
HTC with its  portfolio of  ICT products  and solutions  from leading  vendors 
thrives to provide the market with innovative services and solutions that meet
customers evolving needs.  With a team  of extensively trained  professionals, 
HTC has the knowledge and expertise that  enables it to offer a wide range  of 
ICT  solutions.  In  addition  to  the  standard  ICT  offerings  of  routing, 
switching, cabling,  CCTV and  standard  software supply,  HTC excels  in  the 
following domains:  turnkey wireless;  network  monitoring and  service  level 
management; Optical  transmission  and  testing;  and  purpose-built  software 
solutions for radio planning, fiber planning and NMS. HTC's accolades  include 
being the first Oman-TRA approved FSO and MMW contractor in the Sultanate with
the majority market share, the first implementer of SLA solutions for  private 
networks using NIDs,  the first wireless  mesh importer and  installer in  the 
Sultanate of Oman. Among HTC's customer in the Sultanate of Oman, the UAE  and 
Kingdom of Bahrain are: Nawras, Etisalat, Tatweer Petroleum, BankMuscat,  Oxy, 
Orpic, MedcoEnergy, Oman Arab Bank, Bank Dhofar, University of Nizwa, DHL, and
Daman. www.htc.om

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