HDC opens data storage container center in Hulhumale’

Housing Development Corporation (HDC) has opened a data storage container center in Hulhumale’ Phase II.

This marks the first time a container-based data storage center has been installed in the Maldives. The container data storage center is part of HDC’s “SmartCom” initiative – which is the corporation’s long-term action plan of transforming Hulhumale’ into a digital-centric city.

HDC guarantees a 99.9% annual data uptime from the center and assured uninterrupted open-access network services in Hulhumale’. Moreover, HDC Managing Director Ahmed Athif said that HDC installed a GPON Access Network in Hulhumale’ in 2019 which has amassed 12,500 subscribers already. The container center was installed to enhance services to these subscribers, said Athif.

GPON or G.984 stands for “Gigabit-capable Passive Optical Network” and is a standard PON used to set up fiber-to-the-premises (FTTH) services that connect the outermost link to the customer. It is a point-to-multipoint network technology that delivers broadband access to the end user by fiber optic cables.

Athif said the introduction of the new data storage center was in line with HDC’s efforts to diversify telecom infrastructure in Hulhumale’.

Features of the Data Center

  • Annual downtime/service interruption period is less than 1.6 hours
  • A backup generator of 80 kilowatts to power the center in case of power cuts
  • Redundant cooling system
  • A redundant battery backup system with a 24-hour power output capacity
  • A self-monitoring system with an alert mechanism
  • An environmentally friendly fire extinguishing system
  • Access control and CCTV surveillance system

The container data center requires less land area for installation. HDC added that additional containers can be stacked on top of each other should it require expansion of the infrastructure.

Moreover, the container data center grants mobility which means that it can be easily relocated if HDC required it.

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