Huawei to build Tier-III data centres for airports in Dubai

Data centre dubai airportDubai International airport currently handles 230,000 passengers per day, with an estimated throughput of 325,000 by 2023. (Image source: elmar bajora/Flickr)Huawei Technologies will be partnering with Dubai Airports to construct world’s first Tier-III certified modular data centre complex (MDCC) at Dubai International Airport

The data centre will be the first of a pair of planned modular facility that Huawei builds for the Dubai airports. The two data centres will then operate in a mirrored Tier-III configuration interconnected through a dedicated fibre optic link.

The MDCC’s will be the world’s first modular data centres that will be certified by the Uptime Institute to Tier III for design and construction.

Commenting on the project, Huawei Enterprise Middle East managing director Alaa ElShimy said, “Ensuring that mission-critical IT is constantly operational is key in the aviation sector – and even more so for the operator of the world’s busiest international airport. Huawei is working closely with Dubai Airports to design and build one of the most advanced and unique Tier III certified data centres in the world that will ensure highest levels of availability, maintainability, resiliency and seamless business continuity.”

Dubai Airport vice-president of business technology infrastructure and operations Abdel Rahman Alhosani commented that the new arrangement would improve system reliability across Dubai’s airports. “Technology is key to enhancing our ability to grow, innovate and ultimately enhance the customer experience,” he noted.

The deal was signed during Gitex Technology Week, one of the largest annual ICT expos in the country.

The first facility will be constructed at Dubai International Airport during 2017. The timelines for the second data centre are yet to be confirmed.

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