ZeroPoint DC hyperscale data centre to support cognitive tech

NEOM Tech & Digital Company – on the back of announcing two products at LEAP  has unveiled the range of services it will offer at the half-billion-dollar hyperscale data centre, ‘ZeroPoint DC’, in partnership with digital infrastructure developer Ezdihar Advanced Company for Information Technology (‘EzdiTek’).  

The ZeroPoint DC suite of services includes co-location, allowing organisations to rent out fully-built data centre space and power, with the option to eventually build and operate their own data centres (subject to NEOM’s guidelines). Facility management, daily data centre operation, fit-out, and smart/remote hands services will also be offered to customers. ZeroPoint DC is also nearing the completion of a cognitive digital platform for customers to browse, compare, select, provision, and monitor multi-cloud services while providing comprehensive financial analyses.

Speaking at Saudi Arabia’s flagship technology event, newly appointed ZeroPoint DC CEO, Fabio Fontana, said: “The region’s first next-generation hyperscale data centre will be instrumental in powering M3LD, NEOM Tech & Digital Company’s groundbreaking, five-layer data-consent management platform, and XVRS, our own take on the metaverse. ZeroPoint DC will support these unique cognitive solutions, and others that follow in their footsteps, by providing fast, effective, high-capacity connectivity, computing power, and data storage.”

ZeroPoint DC is strategically placed to serve the Middle East (including the Levant), Africa, and Eastern Europe, and aims to be operational in the first half of 2022. It is the first step in a planned Cognitive Connectivity Hub strategy that aims to offer global technology giants and cloud, networking, and internet providers an end-to-end gateway to NEOM, Saudi Arabia, and broader GCC markets.

Sultan Fawaz Al Hokair, CEO of Ezdihar Holding, EzdiTek’s parent companysaid: “We are proud to be part of such a bold partnership that reflects a shared belief that data is the key to unleashing sustainable human potential. This venture, enabling us to push boundaries in the innovation of digital infrastructure, will be vital to our goal of contributing to the realisation of the Vision 2030 technology ambitions.”

Joseph Bradley, CEO of NEOM Tech & Digital Company, said: “ZeroPoint DC is crucial to our ability to offer our partners unparalleled access to cutting-edge network capabilities across the region and beyond. The hyperscale data centre will drive wider network opportunities and future partnerships, and is a testament to the innovation at the heart of NEOM.”

ZeroPoint DC will support three data centres with a capacity of 36MW and significant room for further expansion. At the nexus of terrestrial and sub-sea cable connections, the plan is to enable direct access to multiple cables, providing rapid, highly secure, and carrier-neutral connectivity, in addition to a progressive regulatory framework and access to 100 per cent sustainable energy.

ZeroPoint DC earlier announced multinational cloud infrastructure developer, Oracle, as its first tenant. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) will provide customers across Saudi Arabia the capacity to develop high-performance autonomous services, integrated security, and serverless computing power.

The hyperscale data centre joint venture is part of a substantial investment by NEOM Tech & Digital Company – amounting to nearly $1 billion this year alone – in AI-driven products and hyperconnected, autonomous solutions that will provide competitive advantage and enable the next generation of cognitive enterprises and cities.

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