ALEC launches new company in MENA region focused on construction

Dubai MENA region

ALEC has announced the establishment of its newest subsidiary, ALEC Data Centre Solutions, planning to cater to a growing demand for data centres in Middle-East and North Africa (MENA) region with a focus on sustainability, customisability, and cost-effectiveness.

In addition to designing, implementing, and commissioning turn-key data centres that conform to the highest international standards, the company will offer clients prefabricated data centres for quick deployments within the region. It is also set to be the first in the region to specialise in liquid immersion solutions.

Buoyed by the wave of digital transformation, as well as concerns around data sovereignty and security, the UAE, for example, has seen a sharp increase in the demand for local data centres. In fact, the country is one of the largest data centre hubs in the Middle East and is expected to attract investment of over $1 billion dollars of investment by 2026, representing a CAGR of 7.99 per cent between 2021 to 2026. However, apart from a few large organisations, conceptualising, building, and commissioning data centres has been a challenge for most enterprises in the MENA region.

“Until now, cost, expertise, logistics, customisability, and scalability have all presented formidable challenges to regional organisations looking to establish their own data centres, hampering their ability to innovate at pace and scale,” said Kez Taylor, CEO at ALEC. “With our entry into the rapidly advancing data centre space, ALEC is set to fill the void for a single, large-scale specialist organisation that can offer the entire gamut of data centre development services.”

ALEC Data Centre Solutions will focus on three primary lines of business — traditional data centre construction solutions, prefabricated solutions, and modernisation and retrofit solutions. Furthermore, the company will have the ability to offer liquid immersion solutions within all these sectors.

With its prefabricated data centre line, manufactured at its dedicated facility in Dubai, the company says that it will be able to offer rapid, scalable, edge-type deployments across multiple or remote sites in the region. This line of business hopes to provide a future-proof, end-to-end solution for businesses looking to steadily grow their data centre footprints as their computing needs evolve. The wider ALEC Group’s established expertise in logistics, shipping, manufacturing, and on-site installation translates to a unique advantage for ALEC Data Centre Solutions in the prefabricated data centre domain, it says, which is set to redefine the market in years to come.

Furthermore, through its partnership with Submer, a leading innovator in advanced immersion cooling solutions for Cloud and Edge computing, ALEC Data Centre Solutions hopes to set new benchmarks in data centre energy efficiency with solutions that help save 50 per cent on CAPEX building costs, up to 95 per cent on cooling expenses, and more than 90 per cent water usage for cooling purposes.

“ALEC has an established reputation as the leader in precision engineering, design, and construction. ALEC Data Centre Solutions is perfectly positioned to cater to the region’s growing demand for world-class data centres. Building on the strengths of the broader ALEC Group allows us to draw from a vast pool of resources and expertise to deliver the next-generation data centres that will power the digital transformation of enterprises in the region,” said ALEC Data Centre Solutions spokesperson, Bjorn Viedge.

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