Batelco spins up Bahrain's largest enterprise data centre
The Kingdom of Bahrain’s largest telecom operator, Batelco, announced the opening of its third data centre in the country over the weekend.
Located in the small town of Hamala - also home to Batelco’s headquarters - the new data centre has a physical footprint of 12,236 square metres and a total IT capacity of 12.7 MW delivered through 250 cabinets, making it the largest enterprise data centre in the Kingdom to date.
The facility has reportedly obtained Tier III certification from the Uptime Institute.
"The establishment of a reliable and certified data centre is part of the company's efforts to provide world-class facilities and keep up-to-date with the latest developments, especially in the field of data management and security,” said Batelco’s chairman, Shaikh Abdulla bin Khalifa Al Khalifa at the inauguration event.
"I would like to confirm that Batelco is continuously developing the services provided to citizens, residents and the business sector, in line with the Fifth National Telecommunications Plan, and the vision of our wise leadership to achieve Bahrain's Economic Vision 2030, especially in the field of the digital economy.”
Bahrain’s Fifth Telecommunications Plan is an ongoing initiative by the country’s government to deliver on key target metrics in the field of ICT.
The country’s digital economy is rapidly advancing. The launch of Batelco’s new data centre comes hot on the heels of the Kingdom being the first MENA country to , with Batelco’s network covering more than half of the island nation - some dead zones remain in the south, although they’re covered by Batelco’s 4G capabilities.
Bahrain’s more liberal culture - compared with its neighbours in the Gulf, has made it an attractive investment location for western tech firms, who use it as a base of operations in the region.
In 2019, Amazon Web Services opened its first MENA cloud region in Bahrain - although the company had already built an Edge network in the UAE - along with the country’s first hyperscale data centre to support its public cloud needs.
"The telecommunication sector is a key pillar in the success and prosperity of Bahrain’s economy, particularly the digital economy,” commented Bahrain’s Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications, H.E. Engineer Kamal Bin Ahmed Mohammed.
"I am pleased to witness the recent remarkable developments in the telecommunication and Information technology sector, which is reflected in the development of mobile services such as the launch of 5G and broadband services, as well as digital solutions related to cloud computing, the Internet of Things and data centres, and these are all indicators of very positive progress in the Kingdom’s digital economy."
People Moves: John Gould joins nDivision board
This week, IT and automation startup nDivision signed John Gould to its board of directors. It’s an undeniable win for the relatively small Texan tech firm, as Gould brings a degree of pedigree and experience to the small firm, and will undoubtedly open doors to new partnerships and commercial opportunities as a result.
Recently, Gould served as the CMO and member of the executive team at CyrusOne. During his tenure at the leading data centre firm, he is credited with generating market-leading sales growth to the tune of $1bn between 2016 and last year - representing a CAGR of about 20%. He left the company in September of last year, since taking over as the Chief Revenue Officer at Enchanted Rock, an IT and data centre power support and resilliency firm also based in Dallas.
Before joining CyrusOne, Gould worked as the President of Stratasys, a 3D printing firm, as well as the Chief Revenue Officer at ReachLocal, and spent 14 years in various roles at Dell - working largely on the sales side of the tech giant’s managed IT services and digital transformation business.
"We are incredibly excited and honored to have John join the nDivision board. John is an extremely accomplished business executive and respected corporate leader who brings a wealth of experience to nDivision,” commented nDivision’s CEO, Alan Hixon.
“His business savvy as well as his relationships immediately makes him a valuable board member and advocate for nDivision."
nDivision’s business model - using proprietary, AIdriven automation to replace human workers - is a new direction for Gould, but his career in the data centre and cloud industries has already been diverse enough.
In a statement to the press, he commented that, “nDivision has a disruptive IT Managed Services solution due to its high degree of Intelligent Automation technologies, which drives both cost savings and dramatically improved service levels for its customers. I see huge potential for the nDivision platform and am excited to join its board and look forward to working with Alan and the entire nDivision board and management team in driving shareholder value."