Schneider recognised for Smart World, Al Ain university implementation

Mustafa Kaddoura, CEO of Smartworld

Schneider Electric, a specialist in energy management, received two distinctions at the recently held Data Centre Middle East Awards. Schneider Electric was named Best Data Centre Middle East for the facility installed for Smartworld, an airport systems integration and aviation infrastructure services provider. The implementation comprised two Tier 3 data centres at Dubai World Central, an urban aviation community located around Al Maktoum International Airport, Dubai, UAE. The in-row cooling architecture reduced energy costs by 30% while the installation offered support to critical applications and the IT infrastructure for clients of Smartworld.

Commenting on the award, Mustafa Kaddoura, CEO of Smartworld, said: “We have been associated with Schneider Electric for four years, and the facility installed at Dubai World Central is award-winning.”

The Green Award for Sustainability was associated for the UAE University Data Centre project at Al Ain. Visionanire, a solutions and services provider in the intelligent building management domain, designed and built the data centre that has Schneider Electric’s APC Infrastruxure line of products.

Olivier Delepine, Vice President , Gulf Countries IT Business, Schneider Electric, accepted the award

The new data centre was built in response to the university’s increased requirement for a student-base of more than 12,000 enrolments at the new campus. The new UAE University campus houses one of the largest academic networks in the region with more than 350 wiring closets connected to over 25,000 IP ports that offer a link to the UAEU Data Centre via redundant fibre. At the commencement of the project, the University had established a green ICT mandate to follow the environmental sustainable philosophy of 3R’s: reduce, reuse and recycle.

Paul-Francois Cattier, Global Vice-President Data Centre, Schneider Electric, said: “It is always good to be recognised for the successful implementation of solutions. Even more encouraging is the categories in which we have been awarded, reflecting our commitment towards sustainable development while providing technologies that meet individual client needs.”

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