UAE-headquartered telecom operator Etisalat is constructing two further information facilities – Jebel Ali and Al Ain – in a bid to meet the increasing demand of digital transformation in the UAE and in planning for Expo 2020.
Miguel Angel Villalonga, vice-president for cloud and datacenter at Etisalat Electronic, exclusively instructed TechRadar Middle East that the Al Ain campus will be up and operating in the third quarter of this 12 months.
“The Al Ain campus will have an space of 1,700 sq. metres. It will be in 4 rooms and on two floors. The overall IT power will be 4MW although the normal density per rack will be 6kW,” he mentioned.
UAE’s largest details centre
The Jebel Ali campus will be Etisalat’s biggest facts centre in the UAE and is expected to go stay by the 3rd quarter of 2020. “It [Jebel Ali campus] will have an preliminary ability of 12.4MW of IT energy and will be capable to cater to the demands of the shoppers for the following five decades,” he explained.
The Jebel Ali campus will have an spot of about 4,000 square metres of white house and divided into eight distinct information halls though the density of the information centers will be 6.5 kiloWatt for each rack. Villalonga mentioned a significant obstacle is to great the IT gear which outcomes in big electrical energy monthly bill at the conclusion of each and every thirty day period.
Expo 2020 to increase requires for cloud companies
Huge tech providers have demonstrated fascination in the location, specifically in the UAE, to open information facilities. Amazon World wide web Providers has facts centers in Bahrain and the UAE. Oracle, Microsoft and Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Chinese e-commerce huge Alibaba Team, have also invested in the UAE when Huawei is set to open up its info centre this yr.
With Expo 2020 coming in, an field professional predicts that need for cloud products and services is heading to be big and Etisalat wants to fulfil that by ramping up its infrastructure as it is the formal telecom supplier for Expo 2020.
“We created the info facilities originally for govt and company consumers but what we are observing is that scaled-down firms, particularly SMEs, are transferring to the cloud to minimize fees and strengthen performance,” Villalonga stated.
Etisalat has 10 business information centers in the place, eight owned and two that are third-social gathering and white-labelled but sold under Etisalat identify. Jebel Ali will be the 12th data middle in the state but the operator is also organizing to retire some of the older info centers and go shoppers to the new campus in the following two decades.