Middle East companies invest in data centres
Dubai Outsource Zone says regional enterprises are investing more in technology and infrastructure
Data centre investment is growing as regional enterprises have begun to run large consolidated operations from one location, according to Ammar Al Malik, director of Operations at Dubai Outsource Zone (DOZ).
"Customers across various verticals understand the tangible value of investing in technologies and infrastructure. Many of them are aggressively looking at new solutions but are at the same time keen to ensure that their data sits within their premises at a secure location and environment. At Dubai Outsource Zone, we have noticed this trend as enterprises invest in expanding existing data centre capacity and building new infrastructure. Businesses from different verticals present at the cluster have demonstrated a need for innovative data solutions. Towards this end, we continuously make investments to support their requirement," said Al Malik.
According to DOZ, studies by Datacentre Dynamics have forecast that the Middle East will increase investment in data centre facilities by 46% in 2012 to $2.12 billion. The industry body additionally conducted a survey in 2011 with a sample size of over 5,400 data centre executives around the world. The study revealed that the Middle East's total spending on infrastructure, including upgrading servers, will increase by 18.6% next year to $630 million. New data centres in the region are expected to increase by 6% to 6,400 in 2012.
DOZ is designed to provide comprehensive purpose-built infrastructure to both captive and non-captive companies looking to set up in the region, as well as control costs and gain efficiencies by leveraging talent, technology and expertise in the UAE.
DOZ currently hosts a wide range of companies from a number of verticals including Emirates airline, AXA Insurance, du, Mashreq Bank, Arab Bank, First Data, Cupola, Larsen & Toubro, Infotech Ltd, Al Futtaim Willis, and the Jumeirah Group.