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Dubai Airports to build data centres with Huawei

The first data centre will be constructed at DXB in 2017, with both facilities due to provide a stable environment allowing Dubai Airports to host its private cloud

Two data centres will be built by Dubai Airports and Huawei, it was announced at GITEX 2016. [Representational image of DXB.]
Two data centres will be built by Dubai Airports and Huawei, it was announced at GITEX 2016. [Representational image of DXB.]

Dubai Airports will partner with Huawei to develop two data centres at its premises. 

The companies will design and develop the world's first Tier III-certified modular data centre complex (MDCC) at the Dubai International Airport (DXB). 

A contract to carry out design and construction works was inked at GITEX 2016. 

Up to 230,000 passengers pass through DXB each day, and it is estimated that this number will increase to 325,000 by 2023. 

The DXB data centre will be the first of two planned modular facilities that Huawei will build for Dubai Airports.

The first facility will be constructed at DXB in 2017, but timelines for the other data centre are yet to be confirmed.

Both centres will operate as a pair of mirrored Tier III data centres interconnected through a dedicated fibre optic link that will provide high-level resilience and availability to support Dubai Airports' critical operations. 

According to Dubai Media Office, the data facilities will provide a stable environment for Dubai Airports to host its private cloud.

Remarking on the development, Abdel Rahman Alhosani, VP of business technology infrastructure and operations at Dubai Airports, said the facilities would benefit both aviation hubs that the authority manages – DXB and Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC). 

He added: "Technology is key to enhancing our ability to grow, innovate and ultimately, enhance the customer experience.

"At the same time we will improve system reliability across both airports and cut operational costs." 

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