Dubai: Global Data Hub partners with KAUST to launch first-of-its-kind data center

Mar 10, 2023 | Posted by MadalineDunn

Dubai-based Global Data Hub (GDH), has announced the launch of a new commercial tier-III data center, in partnership with King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). The facility will span 27,600 sqm and have a minimum capacity of 14.4 MW IT load. Further, the two parties outlined that the facility aims to meet regional data center needs in the Kingdom and provide cloud services.

Speaking about the new development, Tarek Al-Ashram, CEO of GDH, said: “The trend among IT thought leaders is to lease data center space from experts rather than build in-house data centers.” Adding: “As a vendor-neutral facility, the KAUST data center will solve a range of data storage needs while maintaining the flexibility to accommodate a wide range of future research parks and external partners.”

Meanwhile, Jason Roos, CIO of KAUST, expressed excitement about the prospects of opening the new Tier Three Data Center, which he says "has the potential to transform digital innovation and support advanced research at KAUST.”

"With the state-of-the-art facility provided by GDH, we will have the capacity and flexibility to process, store, and analyze vast amounts of data generated by our world-class research programs. This will enable us to accelerate our research initiatives, enhance collaboration across disciplines, and drive innovation in diverse fields ranging from energy and environmental science to artificial intelligence and computational biology," Roos commented.