Hitches & Glitches forecasts surge in demand for data centre cleaning
The company expect greater demand for data centres as businesses in the UAE come adopt new working environments
Dubai-based sustainable and technology-driven home maintenance specialist Hitches & Glitches (H&G), which is a part of facilities management giant Farnek Group, has forecasted that the demand for specialised cleaning for data centres will surge, as world shifts towards online working due to the pandemic.
Speaking about the services, Kelvin Vargheese, director of H&G, said: “We would expect even greater demand for data centres as businesses in the UAE come to terms with their new working environments, which has also been further complicated by increased reliance on the internet due to people working from home and children studying at home too.”
Vargheese added that this has eventually added to the ongoing growth in cloud, big data, and IoT services, as well as network upgrades to support 5G.
Currently, Etisalat, the UAE-based telecommunications services provider, is building two new data centres in Jebel Ali and Al Ain, to meet the growing demand of digital transformation in the UAE. The data centres are scheduled for delivery before the end of September 2020.
Once complete, the Jebel Ali campus will be Etisalat’s biggest data centre in the UAE and will have an initial capacity of 12.4MW of IT power. Meanwhile the Al Ain centre will cover an area of 1,700m2, consisting of four rooms over two floors, with an IT power capacity of 4MW.
According to H&G, contaminants in a long-run could damage circuit boards, corrode metals as well as cause disks and tape drives to fail, which can subsequently result in an outage.
“In the past it was quite ironic that some companies would spend significant amounts of money, keeping IT equipment well maintained, consistently powered and in a cool environment, but relatively little to ensure a high degree of cleanliness and facility maintenance,” added Vargheese.