International construction consultancy Linesight is leading the way in successfully delivering data centre developments throughout the Middle East, with a current pipeline of on-going projects worth in excess of $400million.
The company notes a 30-40% increase in the number of data centre projects it is overseeing, with several high-profile project works currently ongoing in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Bahrain.
Ciaran McCormack, Linesight’s regional director for the Middle East, suggests this trend is to continue, with the global data centre market expected to increase by $284.4billion between 2019 and 2023, growing at a projected CAGR of more than 17%, according to a recent report by Technavio.
He said: “Increased government support of the digital economy in the Middle East and Africa, combined with the growth in cloud adoption, network upgrades to support 5G and the migration from on-premise infrastructure to co-location and managed services are expected to be the driving forces behind this growth in the MEA region.”
Building on this, increased investments in data centres in the MEA, and indeed globally, can also be attributed to the vast use of advanced technologies such as AI.
According to research and advisory company Gartner, of the data centers that fail to prepare for AI and machine learning, 30% will no longer be operationally or economically viable by 2020.
“AI’s potential in data centres is almost limitless. Not only does it have the potential to reduce operating costs and improve efficiencies, it can also enhance security and improve relationships between facilities and their customers by reducing the chance of outages as well as enabling facilities to continuously meet the most challenging service-level agreements,” said McCormack.
Since opening its Middle East regional office in Dubai in 2008, Linesight has completed data centre projects in the GCC with a capital value in excess of US$1.5bn including providing cost management services on the first modular DC project in the region.
McCormack added: “With an 85% referral rate and strong repeat business within our network, we’ve become the ‘go-to’ experts for the implementation of data centres in the Middle East.
"Working to deliver a seamless and efficient process to clients, we understand the challenges faced when delivering this critical infrastructure and continuously strive to deliver cost savings wherever possible.”