Intelligent CIO Middle East Issue 83 - Page 66

INTELLIGENT BRANDS // Data Centres

Khazna and BEEAH Group joint venture to Bring Sharjah its First Tier 3 Data Centre

The new joint venture will focus on addressing the growing demand for digital infrastructure in the Emirate , while aiming for sustainable operations and net-zero emissions by 2050 .

Lhazna Data Centers , one of the largest wholesale data centre providers in the Middle East and North Africa , and BEEAH Digital , BEEAH Group ’ s Digital Transformation and future technology business , have formed a joint venture that will bring to Sharjah its first Tier 3 data centre . Data centres are fast becoming the foundation blocks of smart cities that safeguard business continuity , key operations , and data sovereignty . In response , the joint venture between BEEAH Digital and Khazna Data Centers is advancing the digital infrastructure in Sharjah , starting with an industry-standard Tier 3 data centre .

The newly established joint venture will be called One Data Center SPV Limited and will operate under the name of Khazna Data Centers .
In a signing ceremony recently held at the BEEAH Group Headquarters , Hassan Alnaqbi , CEO of Khazna Data Centers , and Khaled Al Huraimel , Vice Chairman and Group CEO of BEEAH Group , officially formed the joint venture . As the venture ’ s inaugural project , the Tier 3 data centre in Sharjah will support the Sharjah Government ’ s ambitious digital transformation efforts . It will also enable organisations across the UAE to pursue digitally led operations that deliver high-performance services that are scalable , create new jobs and commercial opportunities , as well as foster customer satisfaction .
Once operational , the data centre will have a capacity of 9MW . It will have multiple power and cooling pathways , maximising uptime while minimising the cost of maintenance and power . With solar power , the project will minimise emissions relating to power consumption . Inside , smart LED lighting with motion sensors will also help conserve energy . With a Power Usage Efficiency of 1.5 and below , the data centre will be more energy-efficient compared to the industry average . The data centre will also be designed to reduce water consumption with systems to reuse and recycle wastewater . It is aligned with Khazna ’ s ‘ Future First Strategy ’, which aims to achieve carbonneutrality operations across all its sites by 2050 . The data centre is also aligned with the purpose of BEEAH Digital , which works to accelerate sustainable impact for societies using robust digital solutions . Khazna and BEEAH Digital are committed to exploring renewable energy sources to meet the data centre ’ s power requirements . The facility will also be constructed to achieve green building certifications from Estidama and LEED .
Alnaqbi , CEO , Khazna Data Centers , ( L ) and Khaled Al Huraimel , Vice Chairman & Group CEO , BEEAH Group at the signing ceremony
Alnaqbi stated : “ Data centres are cornerstones in enabling innovation and driving growth for businesses across a variety of sectors . They are also creating digital opportunities and seamless connections as businesses continue to develop and scale their operations . At Khazna Data Centers , we are focused on further investments in building the infrastructure in UAE to enable our existing and new customers in Sharjah , specifically to launch their services closer to their consumers . The data centre will be well-positioned to support businesses in enhancing the experiences of their customers , unlocking the value of technologies , and making headway on their carbon footprint reduction goals .”
Al Huraimel said : “ Keeping communities connected and providing ready access to digital services is essential for a good quality of life . With a Tier 3 data centre , we can enhance the available infrastructure to government entities as well as private companies . The advanced IT infrastructure will help boost investments , attract business and bring world-class services and data sovereignty for the wider public .” p
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