Huawei collaborates with DSI to develop data centres [Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)]
(Gulf News (United Arab Emirates) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Dubai: Huawei and Drake & Scull International PJSC (DSI) have announced the signing of a strategic partnership that will see the two companies work together to assist organisations across the Middle East and North Africa region harness the growing potential of data centre technology through a new jointly-created turnkey solution.
The new agreement was signed by Dong Wu, Vice-President of Huawei Enterprise Middle East, and Khaldoun Tabari, CEO of Drake & Scull International.
"We are living in an era of big data with organisations in the region demanding infrastructure and networks that need to be highly secure, scalable and reliable," said Wu.
"As part of Huawei's commitment to cross-industry collaboration and customer-centric innovation, this latest alliance with DSI will enable Huawei to further apply over a decade of experience in data centre solutions to help customer fully maximise their IT potential for delivering on the bottom line."
According to market intelligence firm International Data Corporation, over 40 per cent of CIOs in the Middle East have reported that they are scoping investments in analytics and big data technologies in 2013, which includes investments in data centre infrastructure.
Research group Gartner recently estimated that global spending on data centres will hit $143 billion (Dh524.8 billion) in 2013 and $149 billion next year, a steady growth trend albeit slower than earlier forecasts.
"Creating a robust and scalable data centre requires a high level of precision not just in core IT hardware, but also in the design and deployment of that technology within a set project to offer 24-hour operational service," said Tabari.
The alliance will see Huawei focus on providing ICT solutions covering IP networking, Unified Communications & Collaborations (UCC) and Data Centre Solutions. DSI will emphasise providing Turnkey EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) Design & Build solutions, and to undertake all aspects of the development of data centres in collaboration with Huawei. The integration of Huawei & DSI services will provide companies with a one-stop turnkey solution to develop large scale data centres across all vertical sectors.
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