8 Solutions win Middle East Contract

March 4, 2010

Based across the UK, 8 Solutions beat stiff international competition to win the two year contract, worth well over six figures. The announcement follows a year long process, in which 8 Solutions’ contamination consultancy services were utilised to establish best practice methodology during the site build.

The Injazat Data Centre, located at Madinat Mohammed bin Zayed in Abu Dhabi, covers a 17,000m2 area, and comprises a two-storey tier IV data centre, a five-storey Injazat headquarters, and an eight-storey parking facility. With 2,000m2 of useable space, the data centre will be large enough to support up to 9,000 servers and all associated infrastructure to provide the highest level of managed IT services in the region.

Co-owned by Hewlett Packard and The Mubadala Development Company, the Injazat Data Centre is part of Injazat Data Systems – an integrated IT and business process services provider. The company offers a broad range of services from IT strategy and consultancy, through systems integration to comprehensive outsourcing of business functions.

Commenting on the announcement, 8 Solutions’ Managing Director, Amit Mehta, remarked: “We’re delighted to be involved in such a prestigious project and I think it really demonstrates the reputation 8 Solutions has built for itself in this industry. The data centre market in the UK has undoubtedly slowed in reaction to the economic downturn but, as a nation, we still lead the field in terms of data centre design and management. It’s therefore not surprising an increasing number of international projects are looking to the UK to get the very best levels of service.” 8 Solutions has been involved with The Injazat Data Centre since the project’s inception and was instrumental during the consultancy phase, advising on every aspect of contamination minimisation and management.

This also involved construction of the facility, with sub floor sealing, raised floor remediation and zinc whisker testing all falling under 8 Solutions’ remit.

Mehta continued: “While general cleaning staff will produce an aesthetically clean room, it’s the contamination at 0.5 and 1 micron that can affect server performance. General cleaners will only disperse this contamination, not remove it. It’s the smallest particles, invisible to the naked eye, that need to be properly managed.

Thankfully, professional, specialist contamination services have now been fully accepted as a vital aspect of data centre management and, with these facilities representing such a huge concentration of technology and assets, it’s not surprising mitigating the risk of contamination has become a key aspect of their management.
Add the issue of warranties being deemed void due to contamination not being removed, and it shows that general cleaning in data centres is thankfully a thing of the past.