eHosting DataFort Pre-empts Increasing Data Centre Needs; Invests AED 20 Million in Upgrades
July 2017 by Marc Jacob
eHosting DataFort (eHDF) announced that it invested over AED 20 million in its T3 Data Centre upgrades over the last 12 months. Such investments were strategically implemented to tackle the future demand for Data Centre usage in the Middle East which is witnessing strong growth. The investments will also enhance and widen the portfolio of services offered.
The range of upgrades include the deployment of Cisco Application-Centric Infrastructure (ACI) that will strengthen eHDF’s delivery of a much faster and more agile services while reducing administrative complexity and Infrastructure costs. Simultaneously, laying of overhead cable trays for data cables in two layers - one for copper and another for the fibre optic cable was carried out. The Data Centre, which spans 1000+ sqm white space received a new raised flooring, which was incorporated for better cooling efficiency. To supplement the existing backup power, higher and more effective battery replacements were made with additional run-out testing.
Also, the re-alignment of the hot and cold aisles was carried out under the new raised flooring to meet the new technology upgrade requirements and provide required uniform and un-hindered air flow. With growing need for additional security, eHDF upgraded its access control system and CCTV system with IP encoding of all cameras and email alerts in case of faults with a 1-year video back up for governance and compliance purposes. In keeping with the available technology to ease processes, eHDF also replaced physical logbooks with an electronic visitor management system with dual factor authentication.
The Data Centre facility follows international standards - While eHDF has always focused on providing customers with high quality of service, reliability, availability and assurance of Service Level Agreements (SLAs), the international standards support the company’s ongoing philosophy to follow the highest levels of service standards. Working towards the company’s goals of becoming more environment friendly, investments were also made in a non-hazardous & non-toxic nitrogen based fire suppression technology for the new facility.
eHDF has invested in a Building Management system (BMS) that helps monitoring & maintaining the new Data Centre’s equipment and systems. This would allow the company to effectively manage and measure the power usage, enabling customers to plan their infrastructure based on the same. The upgraded Data Centre will continue to deliver world class solutions in accordance with the Middle Eastern requirements.