HomeCloud/NFVZain acquisition bolsters AWS and hybrid cloud capabilities  

    Zain acquisition bolsters AWS and hybrid cloud capabilities  


    The telco is ramping up its cloud capabilities having recently become an Azure MSP and signed on with CoreStack

    Middle East and African telco Zain’s digital solution provider ZainTECH has boosted its AWS capabilities after entering a Share Purchase Agreement (SPA) with tech company Redington to acquire its Consulting and Transformation Services arm, Citrus Consulting. 

    Citrus Consulting is a regional Amazon Web Services (AWS) Advanced Consulting Partner, with a strong operational footprint across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). It will add contributes nearly 30 AWS-certified engineers and a robust portfolio of clients to ZainTECH’s cloud operations, which will grow ZainTECH’s ability to offer organisations in the region, and in Saudi Arabia in particular, an opportunity to harness the full potential of AWS cloud solutions.  

    ZainTECH emphasised that depsite being a regional operator, it adherence to each country’s regulatory and data residency requirements, it adheres to each country’s regulatory and data residency requirements. This is achieved through operating in-country datacentres that offer improved flexibility for scaling and costs over third-party facilities. 

    Last month, ZainTECH earned its Microsoft Azure Expert Managed Service Provider (MSP) status. At the time the operator said its proficiency in managing and optimising Azure services would reinforce its commitment to cater for requirements and challenges posed by its customers’ cloud needs. 

    To enhance its hybrid cloud offerings, the service provider also signed an agreement with partnership agreement with global multi-cloud governance provider CoreStack, to provide multi-cloud governance, FinOps, and cost management solutions. 

    By harnessing CoreStack’s AI-driven orchestration and automation capabilities, ZainTECH said it will streamline resource allocation and workload management, leading to significant cost reductions of up to 30%. Additionally, CoreStack’s robust security and compliance features will fortify the multi-cloud environments of ZainTECH’s customers. 

    Centre of Excellence 

    ZainTECH CEO Andrew Hanna said: “By welcoming Citrus Consulting into the ZainTECH ecosystem, we are enriching our ability to deliver comprehensive cloud-based digital solutions that ensure quick and tangible benefits for our clients. This deal is a strategic step towards reinforcing our position as a leader in the cloud services domain, directly aligned with our mission to accelerate the digital transformation journey for businesses across the region.” 

    Citrus Consulting will integrate into ZainTECH’s Cloud Center of Excellence (CCoE) for AWS. This move will further strengthen ZainTECH’s AWS service offerings across a broad spectrum of activities, including advisory, infrastructure and security managed services, application modernization and transformation, as well as data and AI foundations and FinOps. 

    “Together with ZainTECH’s capabilities, Citrus Consulting will be stronger in delivering innovative services that cater to the evolving needs of regional customers and better amplify their cloud transformation journeys,” said Redington MEA CEO Viswanath Pallasena. “This deepens our relationship with ZainTECH and marks a significant milestone for Citrus, offering exciting opportunities for all our stakeholders. We are thrilled about the positive impact this will have on the overall market.” 

    The deal is subject to regulatory and approvals and the fulfilment of some term conditions.  

    Pictured: Andrew Hanna – ZainTECH CEO (2nd from left) stands with AWS and Redington/Citrus Consulting officials.