Private cloud helps Saudi Postal Service cut operating costs in half

21 August 2012 | Yasser Hassan, Government Industry Director, Middle East and Africa

As more people communicate electronically, the marketplace for postal services is rapidly changing. In response to this challenge, today public postal organizations worldwide are increasingly turning to cloud computing and virtualization technologies to operate more sustainably while delivering high-quality services to customers. Saudi Post Corporation is a great example of the savings that can be realized by embracing this cloud/virtualization approach.

Saudi Post is a government-owned enterprise, and is responsible for processing all of Saudi Arabia’s mail across a network of more than 550 primary and branch offices. Before, the organization was struggling with a server-heavy data center that was expensive to operate and maintain, and also demanded a significant time investment from IT staff to manage. In an effort to reduce its infrastructure footprint and boost agility, the Saudi Post underwent a data center transformation project that aimed to consolidate the existing infrastructure under an on-demand private cloud supported by virtualization technology from Microsoft.

By implementing an Infrastructure as a Service private cloud—the first ever in the Saudi public sector—the Saudi Post has reduced its server footprint from around 150 to 32, has dramatically reduced the cost and time associated with managing this infrastructure, and has improved the postal service’s operating efficiency overall. In all, the initiative is expected to reduce Saudi Post’s operating costs by more than 50 percent! If you’d like to learn more, be sure to visit our website to read the full case study.

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Yasser Hassan
Government Industry Director, Middle East and Africa

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Yasser Hassan | Government Industry Director, Middle East and Africa

Yasser is responsible for overseeing Microsoft’s industry business in Middle East and Africa—one of Microsoft’s fastest growing and most diverse markets worldwide. In this role, he leads the company’s business and government sales strategy in the region. Read more