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November 2006
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• SFR (France)
French Ministry of Employment and CEA (France)

• STEG (Tunisia)

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Bull modernizes Tunisian Electricity and Gas Company’s IT infrastructure

The Société Tunisienne de l’Electricité et du Gaz (STEG) – which is responsible for electricity and natural gas production, transportation and distribution across the entire country of Tunisia – has chosen Bull - along with its internal IT teams, a consulting firm and two Tunisian IT service firms - to redevelop its information system, as part of the roll out of its new customer management system (Alpha) developed using a J2EE architecture to administer over three million customer accounts.
The new information system is designed according to the latest and most innovative technology standards. It relies on a powerful and secure infrastructure, that is made up of four Bull NovaScale Intensive servers for data management, two NovaScale Universal servers for Web services and applications, and a Bull StoreWay data storage solution featuring two storage bays. The application servers will also be equipped with SafeKit software, the high-availability and loading management solution developed by Bull. Using NovaScale servers equipped with two different types of processors –Intel Itanium® 2 and Xeon® – in the same infrastructure, enables it to respond perfectly to STEG’s demands in terms of performance, reliability, flexibility and cost.

We awarded to a national group of companies – with Bull as a participant - the contract to modernize our information system. Bull was chosen because of their recognized and competitive technical solutions. The excellent understanding of our requirements, and the quality of the technical and support services provided by the Bull teams were decisive factors in the success of our project” said a Director at STEG.

Two identical configurations of the new system will be installed in two locations, Tunis and Sfax, interconnected with a broadband network, enabling to mutually secure the two sites in case of a major technical incident, and guaranteeing service continuity to the thousand users of the system. Bull will also provide various services including assistance with implementation, technical training, system support and on-site maintenance.

We are very proud to be able to include STEG among the list of our major customers,” said Moez El Ghali, Managing Director of Bull Tunisia. “Our information systems architecture expertise enabled us to respond to all the customer’s requirements on this project, and to succeed. We actively contributed to a global approach built around a consultancy approach and our expertise both in infrastructure and systems integration. This approach allowed us to succeed with one of the most important IT modernization projects in the country and at the North Africa regional level.

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