Du set to open 2 new data centers in Abu Dhabi, Dubai

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company, also known as du, will open two new data centers in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the company said.

The new facilities will be inaugurated in the first quarter of next year, taking the total number of data centers to 12. They will be situated in the Dubai Silicon Oasis and the Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi.

The new centers will help du to support the UAE government and financial organizations “seeking to outsource their data center requirements” through a managed service provider, the company said in a statement.

Du did not disclose the amount it will invest into the new facilities.

“The new data centers in Dubai and Abu Dhabi will maximize our capabilities to serve our customers and help them achieve desired objectives. We are committed to supporting organizations operating in the government and financial sectors our digital infrastructure provides agile, resilient, secure and scalable solutions,” Farid Faraidooni, chief new business and innovation officer at du, said.

The new data centers will deliver the most advanced optical transport network connectivity available, Du said.

They will also help the telecoms operator to support 5G connectivity in the UAE.
The new 5G network demands more computing power, analytics, memory and cloud infrastructure, which are in turn driving investment in data centers.

In September, the second largest telecoms operator in the UAE signed an agreement with the Technology Holding Company to sell its minority stake in Khazna, the UAE’s only commercial wholesale data center provider.

It reached the sales and purchase agreement to sell its 26 percent indirect stake, including its interest in shareholders loans, through its wholly owned subsidiary EITC Investment Holding.

To ensure the continuity of services, the new data centers have been built with full geographical redundancy and robust disaster recovery capabilities, the company said.