UAE-headquartered telecom operator Etisalat is developing two further knowledge facilities – Jebel Ali and Al Ain – in a bid to satisfy the rising demand of digital transformation within the UAE and in preparation for Expo 2020.
Miguel Angel Villalonga, vice-president for cloud and datacenter at Etisalat Digital, solely informed internetMiddle East that the Al Ain campus shall be up and operating within the third quarter of this 12 months.
“The Al Ain campus will have an area of 1,700 square metres. It will be in four rooms and on two floors. The overall IT power will be 4MW while the average density per rack will be 6kW,” he stated.
UAE’s largest knowledge middle
The Jebel Ali campus shall be Etisalat’s largest knowledge middle within the UAE and is anticipated to go dwell by the third quarter of 2020. “It [Jebel Ali campus] will have an initial capacity of 12.4MW of IT power and will be able to cater to the needs of the customers for the next five years,” he stated.
The Jebel Ali campus may have an space of about 4,000 sq. metres of white house and divided into eight completely different knowledge halls whereas the density of the info facilities shall be 6.5 kiloWatt per rack. Villalonga talked about a significant problem is to chill the IT gear which leads to enormous electrical energy invoice on the finish of every month.
Expo 2020 to lift calls for for cloud companies
Huge tech corporations have proven curiosity within the area, particularly within the UAE, to open knowledge facilities. Amazon Net Providers has knowledge facilities in Bahrain and the UAE. Oracle, Microsoft and Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Chinese language e-commerce big Alibaba Group, have additionally invested within the UAE whereas Huawei is ready to open its knowledge middle this 12 months.
With Expo 2020 coming in, an trade knowledgeable predicts that demand for cloud companies goes to be enormous and Etisalat needs to fulfil that by ramping up its infrastructure as it’s the official telecom supplier for Expo 2020.
“We built the data centers initially for government and enterprise customers but what we are seeing is that smaller companies, especially SMEs, are moving to the cloud to cut costs and boost efficiency,” Villalonga stated.
Etisalat has 10 industrial knowledge facilities within the nation, eight owned and two which might be third-party and white-labelled however bought underneath Etisalat identify. Jebel Ali would be the 12th knowledge middle within the nation however the operator can be planning to retire among the older knowledge facilities and transfer clients to the brand new campus within the subsequent two years.