The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mohamed bin Ali bin Mohamed al-Mannai launched the fourth data centre building of MEEZA’s M-VAULT 4.
The new data centre building hosts Microsoft Cloud data centre region offering cloud services to customers in Qatar, the region and the world, according to a Gulf Times report. M-VAULT 4 was launched during an official ceremony attended by al-Mannai, MEEZA chairman Sheikh Hamad bin Abdulla al-Thani, who is also Vodafone Qatar CEO, and Microsoft Qatar country manager Lana Khalaf, noted a Gulf Times report.
MEEZA, a Qatar Foundation joint venture, delivers end-to-end managed IT and cloud services that are distinguishable by their high levels of availability and capabilities to provide the best technological solutions to customers, facilitate the transformation of products and services and empower companies.
MEEZA owns four globally-rated Tier III certified data centres offering a guaranteed uptime of 99.98 per cent. MEEZA’s data centres are designed with the strictest international standards, enabling companies to benefit from greater efficiency rates, while reducing risk. M-VAULT 2 has been certified as LEED Platinum, while the M-VAULT 3 is LEED Gold certified.
Contribution to Qatar’s digital transformation
The new data centre building will further contribute to the acceleration of Qatar’s digital transformation agenda and support a smarter, more technologically advanced economy. HE Al-Mannai said, “We are pleased to launch the M-VAULT 4 data centre. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to MEEZA for their efforts in bringing this data centre building to completion, which will contribute to providing more cloud hosting services and is considered a new important milestone in Qatar Azure Region journey that we have embarked on in partnership with Microsoft.
“We are pleased to see the tremendous progress since the announcement, and we can confidently say we are in the last mile of execution. Organisations in Qatar and the region will soon be able to benefit from the innovative solutions provided by Qatar Azure cloud region that keeps pace with the development of the era and drive growth.”
He added: “The centre will promote technological development and digital transformation in the State of Qatar and will improve investment opportunities at different local sectors, therefore, contributing to achieving the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030, providing a world-class infrastructural backbone and a knowledge-based economy that contributes to diversifying the national economy.” The building is considered the biggest data centre in Qatar and was built in line with the highest international standards and provides the largest Information Technology (IT) capacity of any data centre building in the country.
Further, it enhances Qatar’s position as a regional and global centre of cloud data and improves the level of IT services in the region and the world. Moreover, the launch of the Microsoft data centre hosted in M-VAULT 4 will play an instrumental role in supporting smart solutions that contribute to supporting the path of transformation and growth for various vital fields and economic sectors, including healthcare, scientific research, artificial intelligence, education, and energy, as well as managing and organising major sporting events, among others.
Engineer Ahmad Abdulla al-Muslemani, MEEZA CEO, said: “We are very pleased to inaugurate the new data centre building M-VAULT 4, the fourth to be introduced on MEEZA’s list of data centres and data centre buildings. An outstanding milestone to be added to our accomplishments, especially in that its implementation and delivery has been achieved as per initial plans despite the great challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic. This building will contribute to strengthening our technological infrastructure that is necessary to enhance the level of cloud services in Qatar and compete with a global market.”
Moreover, this step paves the way towards new promising prospects for the exchange of information, ideas, and technological development, whilst playing a pivotal role in Qatar’s digital transformation. Managing the technological production and boosting the domestic public product through this sector allows us to support the country’s attempts to achieve a knowledge economy in accordance with the fundamental pillars of the Qatar National Vision 2030, added Abdulla al-Muslemani.
Khalaf said, “We’re proud to partner with the State of Qatar and the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology to bring the power of the Microsoft Cloud to customers in Qatar and the surrounding region in the most sustainable way. It’s a further example of Microsoft’s commitment to the economic growth and digital transformation of customers in the region by making Azure more readily available and help position Qatar as a digital hub for years to come.”
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