Cisco has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Data Mount, a leading data centre hosting services company in Oman. Data Mount is planning to establish the largest commercial data centre in the country to date.
Through its partner ecosystem, Cisco will provide data centre technology and help enable Data Mount to design, deploy and secure its next-generation cloud services in data centre in Jebel El Akhdar, Oman.
The MoU establishes a framework for closer collaboration between Cisco and Data Mount, leveraging Cisco’s innovative networking, data centre and security infrastructure solutions, cloud hardware and managed services for cloud and collaboration.
The MoU also outlines a number of potential areas for strategic cooperation, based on Cisco’s expertise and best practices, to deliver a state-of-the-art cloud services in the data centre.
“In line with the Digital Oman Strategy, more businesses are looking at cloud computing as an enabler on their digital transformation journeys. To meet the ever-increasing demand of Omani companies to host their critical IT infrastructure in the cloud, we are planning to build a brand new data centre in Jebel Al Akhdar. From there, we will offer customers the option to store their data securely in the cloud inside the country,” said Abdull hakeem Al-Muslahi, Deputy Chairman, Data Mount.
“Cisco, as a global technology leader and an expert in intelligent data centre technology, is the perfect company to help us in this project. We look forward to working closely with them and leveraging their knowledge, expertise, innovative technologies, best practices and skilled resources. From this new data centre, we plan to offer cloud and disaster recovery services to government organisations and enterprises, with a strong focus on the banking industry.”
The new data centre will be built in Jebel El Akhdar, located at the Al Hajar mountain range. This area offers a safe and secure location with moderate temperatures, so that Data Mount can save on power consumption and protect its data centre equipment from overheating.
Ali Al Lawati, General Manager, Cisco Oman, said: “Oman has been at the forefront of prioritising digital transformation, innovation and the adoption of advanced technologies, with cloud computing leading the charge. We are excited to collaborate with Data Mount and help them establish an innovative and intelligent data centre of the future.
“One of the fundamental principles of the next-generation data centre is the ability to dynamically deliver business critical applications. Massive data volumes, speed to access and the longevity of data are key drivers for the transformation of data centres in the region. Cloud computing is one of the main technologies driving this change. Cisco’s data centre technology captures the intent of users and applications, and it constantly learns, adapts and protects, which will help Data Mount’s new data centre to get smarter every day.”