UncategorisedBOC adopts Microsoft Cloud Solution

September 11, 20192

?Microsoft Bahrain announced that it has successfully provided Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) the technology infrastructure for their new online portal (http://www.boc.bh).
The carefully selected Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013, running on Windows Azure Infrastructure Services, offers the Committee high availability and scalability, as well as fast performance and strong security. The Committee now has a cost-effective web solution that will also support its future needs.  
“We have unique, challenging business requirements and we need to have sophisticated technologies to meet them,” said Supreme Council for Youth and Sports chairman and BOC president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.
“Thousands of people around the world will be visiting the site for the latest sports’ news, so round-the-clock availability was mandatory. Windows Azure helps us achieve our goals and stay innovative in our approach to the business.”
Shaikh Nasser expressed satisfaction with the solution, he concluded “This all-new cooperation between Bahrain Olympic Committee and Microsoft shows our ongoing commitment to developing electronic services provided by the Committee either for its affiliates or various sports associations.”
This project comes as part of Bahrain Olympic Committee’s promotional efforts leading up to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, the organization’s IT department needed to develop a new comprehensive website that contained a primary committee site as well as future mini-sites for each of the Kingdom’s 27 sports associations. 
Commenting on this announcement, Regional Country Manager for Microsoft in Bahrain and Oman Tareq Hijazi said “We are thrilled to have been chosen by the Bahrain Olympic Committee as their Cloud solutions provider. Hosting an online portal that caters to all the sports’ lovers in Bahrain and around the world is not only a professional challenge it is also a responsibility as this website’s main objective is to promote the 2016 Summer Olympic Games as well as Bahrain’s sport sector.”
Hijazi reiterated the Company’s commitment to supporting the government and local institutions and providing them with latest available technology to help them achieve their goals and deliver on their promises to the society and the Kingdom.
Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 allows organizations to create beautiful, adaptive and personalized experiences that can span across different device channels and languages. 
Tackling the technical details of this agreement, BOC IT Manager Nawaf Abdulrahman said “We knew that the number of visitors would grow quickly over the next few years, and that they expect fast-loading pages and overall strong performance; we also wanted to add dynamic content including videos.”
He also expressed their concerns about security and the need to find a secure hosting solution to protect against distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) and other attacks. “The technology in Windows Azure makes DDoS attacks very difficult.” 
The Azure-based technology infrastructure provides the BOC a game-changing offering that is more affordable, provides strong security, robust reliability, and includes a deployment model that doesn’t require capital expenditure for traditional on-site servers. 
Abdulrahman added “We looked at many tier 1 hosting solutions, but Microsoft solution offered the best price and the most features. We have already seen excellent performance during the testing period.”


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