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Conflict Tests Mideast Firms

As the conflict in the Middle East continues, organizations in both Israel and Lebanon are working hard to keep their servers and storage up and running in the face of missile attacks and air strikes.

In the Lebanese capital, Beirut, software development firm Taglogic had already made plans to cope with the current crisis. "It did not affect our IT infrastructure as we had taken all necessary precautions, knowing that we were in a high-risk region," explained Tarek Dajani, the firm's managing partner, in an email to Byte and Switch.

According to Dajani, Taglogic's main servers, which are still operational, are located in Beirut, although the firm also has access to redundant systems in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and application servers hosted in the U.S.

When the conflict started last month, however, Dajani had to relocate some of his staff. "From a people point of view, our main team was in Beirut, but we took the immediate steps of relocating key team members to Riyadh on the first day of the events."

Across the border in Israel, users in the northern city of Haifa, home to much of that country's technology industry, have also had to take extra precautions to keep their IT systems functioning. Raya Lubovitch, the head of computing systems at the University of Haifa, told Byte and Switch in an email that the organization's central servers and network infrastructure are located underground to provide an extra level of protection.

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