DCE brings new skill set to data centres
Demand for locally-based data centres is rising fast
With the Middle East’s ICT sector growing at a rapid pace, demand for locally-based data centres is rising fast, but the skills and expertise for the end-to-end deployment of data centres is often lacking in the region. This is where UK-based company DCE, which stands for Data City Exchange, is keen to make a difference.
The company designs, builds and manages data centres for its clients. “Everywhere around the globe data centres are fundamental to the cloud and for hosted applications to work properly, but there does seem to be a shortage of very robust data centres in this region,” says Kevin Holland, Director - Service Providers, DCE.
By exhibiting at GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK, the company is keen to win business in the region, particularly as its offering appears to match a specific requirement for greater data centre expertise in the Middle East. “We are now trying to expand our proposition geographically,” Holland says.
“We design the data centres with the customers. If it’s our campus, we find the shell of the building, then have space within that to deploy our evo-PODs, which we design to the customer’s own specifications.
“They can then decide how much power they have in the suite, what type of cooling they have, the layout of the racks and so on. Then we build in 20 weeks to that design,” Holland adds.
“It is a sizable investment for a large organisation but we offer opex models as well. So for what could be a $10 million data centre, we will construct it, operate it and deal with all the commercial aspects of it. It makes it a lot more affordable for our clients,” Holland says.
The company has had some great feedback during GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK and is optimistic about the its potential in the Middle East region.