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    Duqm Data Centre to be ready by year-end

    Oman Data Park’s (ODP) new $2-million data centre in Duqm will become operational by December.
    Maqbool Al Wahaibi, CEO of ODP told Oman Tribune, “We have signed an agreement with Special Economic Zone Authority at Duqm (Sezad) to set up a data centre that will open by December 15. More than $2 million has already been invested and there is operational cost coming up. Sezad will be our first client”.
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    The new facility will be known as Duqm Data Centre and will serve industry, businesses and government in the Duqm area.
    ODP already has a data centre located at Knowledge Oasis Muscat, and has another data park that replicates this one, in Wattayah, securely located on top of a hill. ODP is a joint venture between Omantel and 4Trust, a leading data centre company in Oman. The service it offers, includes, colocation, managed hosting, cloud services, hosted applications and managed services.
    Al Wahaibi said revenues had grown by 20 per cent so far in 2017 when compared to 2016. Currently they have around 480 corporate clients compared to 400 a year ago, and they belong to sectors like banking, oil and gas and critical infrastructure like Haya Water.
    Firms opted for ODP’s services rather than make big investments in data centres and IT to cut their costs.
    Al Wahaibi said enterprises setting up base in Oman preferred to outsource their IT infrastructure and services to ODP. It made more sense for large corporates who could not afford to go below tier-3 and tier-4 data centre classification, because of the criticality of its nature, he said, adding ODP today has tier-3 plus so that is why large corporates are making good use of this facility.

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