Huawei to build two Tier III data centres for Dubai Airports
Tue 18 Oct 2016
Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd will be partnering with Dubai Airports to construct the world’s first Tier III certified Modular Data Centre Complex (MDCC) at Dubai International airport, the company has announced. The Shenzhen-based Chinese multinational will later construct a second data centre so that the two ultimately operate in a mirrored Tier III configuration.
The data centres will be connected by a dedicated fibre-optic link around the airport, which currently handles 230,000 passengers per day, with an estimated throughput of 325,000 by 2023.
Abdel Rahman Alhosani, Dubai Airports’ Vice President of Business Technology Infrastructure and Operations commented that the new arrangement would improve system reliability across Dubai’s airports, adding “Technology is key to enhancing our ability to grow, innovate and ultimately enhance the customer experience.”
The managing director of Huawei Enterprise Middle East, Alaa ElShimy, commented that ensuring uptime for mission-critical IT is ‘key’ in the aviation field, “and even more so for the operator of the world’s busiest international airport.” He continued: “Huawei is working closely with Dubai Airports to design and build one of the most advanced and unique Tier III certified data centres in the world that will ensure highest levels of availability, maintainability, resiliency and seamless business continuity.”
He continued: “Huawei is working closely with Dubai Airports to design and build one of the most advanced and unique Tier III certified data centres in the world that will ensure highest levels of availability, maintainability, resiliency and seamless business continuity.”
The deal with Huawei was signed on Monday during Gitex Technology Week, among the largest of the annual ICT expos.
Innovations in onboard connectivity are bringing international airports to the fore in the gathering and processing of flight-related data, and the redundant array planned for Dubai confirms the commitment necessary for such critical information. At the time of writing the 6th World Passenger Symposium is getting underway at Dubai UAE, discussing topics such as APIs, the Airport of the Future, and what Big Data can do to improve the passenger experience in a climate where concerns about security are regularly refreshed by major news events.
It’s a subject that the British government is currently interested in exploring, as it invites applications for grants of up to £1 million to research the future of aviation security.