UAE Eyes Green Facility Strategies

Although the United Arab Emirates is known as a prosperous, rapidly-developing and seemingly technologically-advanced nation, web hosting-related or data center news isn't something that we come across all too often.

However, building "green" data centers are becoming among the top priorities for chief information officers and technology decision makers in the UAE, according to IT infrastructure provider Fujitsu Siemens Computers (, which along with partners ISIT and Visionaire recently held a one-day event in Dubai to further discuss the merits and suitability of more sustainable, environmentally-friendly IT systems for the Middle East region.

According to the company's most recent announcement, the Dynamic Data Centre Forum took place on Sunday at The Monarch Hotel and experts from Fujitsu Siemens, as well as customers, shared insight on topics ranging from transitioning to a more environmentally-sound computing system and Fujitsu Siemens' Bladeframe, which provides "the edge" in managing physical and virtual servers.

Other topics that were outlined were much the same as the "hot" issues and trends discussed at recent North American industry events like utility and cloud computing models, "green" storage and a "green" IT vision for the next few years.

"In order to drive more 'green IT' adoption, we as vendors are creating a situation where saying 'yes' to environmentally-friendly solutions is an easy decision for customers in the Middle East," says Stephane Rejasse, managing director for the Middle East, Fujitsu Siemens Computers. "As companies face difficulties in managing the actual real estate space, power, and air conditioning demands generated by major data centers, it is becoming possible to build data centers that are both energy-efficient and responsive to regional business needs. By using strategies such as virtualization or resource pooling plus automating more processes, our customers can make 'green' choices that help their businesses by reducing costs as well."

While the effort is being complicated by a lack of standards and information sharing, says Fujitsu Siemens, these kinds of events can hopefully help companies save money by learning how to automate their IT tasks, reduce the complexity of their systems and simplify their technology management.

The event also demonstrated how companies in the Middle East are using technology as a utility similar to water or power through a managed service model, says Fujitsu Siemens.

Fujitsu Siemens says it has placed a strategic focus on next-generation mobility and dynamic data center products, services and solutions and is a "pioneer in providing environmentally conscious technology and processes." The company is a member of the Climate Savers Computing Initiative, The Green Grid and the United Nations Global Compact.

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