We live in a highly digitized and hyperconnected world, where every interaction results in the generation of massive datasets. The consumption and usage of data requires comprehensive facilities and this, in turn, has led to record demands for data centers in the last few years.
Today’s selection of data center providers ranges from one-size-fits-all hosting services to highly customizable colocation arrangements. But finding the best fit isn’t the easiest decision for businesses. Whether the business is looking to host basic employee applications off-site or deploy the infrastructure to serve millions of consumer transactions originating from around the globe, finding the right partner is critical. Each facility has different standards and services, and businesses need to consider various factors in finding the right data center.
Beyond the general definition of certification as credential that verifies the knowledge and expertise on a specific topic, it is essential that the data center ecosystem is completely certified and attested by leading international accreditation bodies. Certified infrastructure must be made up of certified technologies, tools, systems, and components.
The business case for data center certification primarily is maintaining the availability of data centers through effective data center infrastructure management and following rigorous international standards, capable of validating and measuring its quality of service. The attained credentials will help data centers gain knowledge and expertise covering infrastructure aspects, acquire new skills, and validate data centers’ core elements.
For this reason, knowing what to look for can help you choose the best data center partner for your organization for your current and future needs.
Data Center Design and Construction
Data centers are becoming increasingly complex not only to manage but also to design. Facility owners, while focused on up-time, continually seek to optimize data center operations, and incorporate best practices in cooling, power, and other systems to make facilities more efficient. Modern data center design should deliver improved efficiency, resiliency, flexibility, security, and value - compelling the industry to re-think how we deploy purpose-built data center designs.
Khazna Data Centers (Khazna) is setting up efficient design and delivery, at a quicker pace, halving the time it takes to get the data center operational compared to traditional construction methods. The model adopted for the new data centers addresses enterprise data center requirements by presenting highly secure, ultra-modern wholesale data centers that are fully equipped with the latest technologies. Khazna has achieved the Uptime Institute’s Tier III certification of Design and Constructed Facility for its data centers.
the impact that data centers has on the environment has not gone unnoticed. With more organizations looking to reduce their data center footprints and optimize data center capacity, it is essential to mitigate the industry’s environmental impacts, conserve natural resources and protect ecosystems from destruction.
Achieving sustainability means addressing environmental constraints during design gateway as well as during the build. At Khazna, we have the responsibility to utilize technology to power a more sustainable future. Our ‘Future First Strategy’ focuses on designing, building, and operating the most energy efficient and sustainable data centers across the entire region. Our new design initiatives correspond with the global Science Based Targets initiatives (SBTi).
In September 2022, Khazna and BEEAH Digital formed a joint venture that will bring to Sharjah its first Tier III data center. The data center is designed with sustainability in mind and will be built in line with sustainable credentials implementing renewable energy sources to meet the data center’s power requirements. The new data centers are built and certified to ESTIDAMA Pearl Building Rating (rating of 4 Pearls) and LEED Gold for green building certifications.
Here’s how ISO/IEC 27001 helped us:
Secured information in all forms, including paper-based, cloud-based and digital data
Increased resilience to cyber-attacks
Provided a centrally managed framework that secured all information in one place
Ensured Khazna-wide protection, including against technology-based risks and other threats
We are now responding to evolving security threats
We are able to protect the integrity, confidentiality and availability of data.