updated 10:45 am EST, Mon November 20, 2006
Al Jazeera Intl. switches
The English version of Al Jazeera -- a 24-hour news and current affairs channel in the Middle East based in Doha, Qatar -- has announced that it will utilize a range of Apple products for its media organization. The company said it will make use of 41 MacBook Pros with the same number of Final Cut Studio licenses for journalists; a 70TB Apple storage solution with 10 Apple Xserve 7TB XRAID setups as well as 14 Apple Xsan software licenses; 12 PowerMac G5 Quad systems; two Power Mac G5 Dual Core workstations; and 19 23-inch Apple Cinema HD Displays. A subsidiary of Al Jazeera, Al Jazeera International is the world's first English language news channel to be headquartered in the Middle East, according to AME Info, and the channel has more than 30 bureaus alongside dozens of correspondents covering the world.
Ghassan Bendali, Deputy General Manager of Arab Business Machines, who is supplying the technology stated: "Al Jazeera International is definitely a big name in the region today, and is anticipated to become one of the worlds' biggest broadcasters in coming years. We are absolutely delighted that they have chosen to be powered by Apple technology, and we are confident that they will soon reap rich benefits through the implementation of Apple's leading range of solutions from the MacBook Pro to the XSan."