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Gulf Data Hub prepares to launch operations

Dedicated Dubai-based data centre facility set to launch services in January

Gulf Data Hub prepares to launch operations
Tarek Al-Ashram, founder and CEO of Gulf Data Hub.

Gulf Data Hub (GDH), which is billed as the UAE’s first carrier- and vendor-neutral data centre facility, is set to launch commercially in January 2014.

The purpose-built facility, which is designed to international standards, will provide equipment room space for its customers’ data centre equipment.

GDH is the brainchild of founder and CEO, Tarek Al Ashram, and is part of the UAE-based Al Ashram Group of companies. The hub currently consists of two custom-built buildings which will each have 3000 sq m of data space when construction work is completed. UAE telcos, Etisalat and du, both have points of presence at the facility.

Tarek Al-Ashram confirmed to CommsMEA that the company will have 1000 sq metres of data space ready to host customers’ data centre equipment from January 2014. He added that the company will target companies such as Google, SAP and Dell as customers.

GDH currently has 5 megawats of electricity confirmed from DEWA to power the first of the development’s 1000 sq m halls. GDH also has commitments from DEWA to supply sufficient power for the rest of the facility as and when needed.

In line with international standards, the facility is also equipped with its own diesel generators and fuel tanks, allowing it to continue operations seamlessly in the event of a power outage from the utility supplier.

Himmath Mohammed, project manager, GDH, said: “There isn’t any facility available in the entire Middle East which is of Western standards. There are many data centres here but not up to that mark. Either they are branded or collaborated with the telcos or the vendors. There is isn’t a single data centre that is carrier neutral and vendor neutral, until now.”

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