eHosting DataFort Pre-empts Increasing Data Centre Needs; Invests AED 20 Million in Upgrades

Yasser Zeineldin, CEO - eHosting DataFort
Yasser Zeineldin, CEO – eHosting DataFort

Dubai, United Arab Emirates: eHosting DataFort (eHDF), the region’s leading Managed Hosting and Cloud infrastructure services provider, today 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.

“Conscious of the increase in the Managed and Data Centre service markets in the UAE which according to IDC indicates an expected annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19.8% between 2013 and 2018 to reach a total of $971.8 million by 2018, eHDF charted out a strong plan to strengthen its Data Centers in Dubai. Our upgrades were systematically planned, procured, installed and tested in alignment with the existing design and needs of our future business. We are confident that our investments will facilitate business transformation and are especially designed to meet the growing demands of our customers,” said Yasser Zeineldin, CEO, eHosting DataFort.

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.

“We are seeing an increased demand from our customers for enterprise-grade Data Centre facilities as they prepare for digital transformation and evolving data needs of a hyper connected world. As an industry leader, eHDF continues to invest and provide best in technology and infrastructure,” added Zeineldin.

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.

About eHosting DataFort:

Established in 2001, eHosting DataFort (eHDF) is amongst the 1st providers of Managed Hosting and Cloud Infrastructure Services in the Gulf region. It owns and operates multiple T3 data centers, delivering managed services through reliable infrastructure, 24/7 support and guaranteed uptime, and is the only services provider in the ME to offer credit based Service Level Agreements.

eHDF was the pioneer in the region to introduce hosted managed private cloud solutions and were the 1st in the UAE to launch public cloud services which can be bought from an online storefront. Very recently, eHDF obtained the PCI-DSS and Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) STAR Certification, becoming the 1st company in the region to achieve this. It also achieved the acclaimed ISO 22301 certification for Business Continuity last year and was amongst the 1st companies to achieve ISO 9001 / 20000/ 27001. eHDF also owns a Cyber Defense Centre based in DIC, delivering advanced security solutions to customers across the region.