Housing Development Corporation (HDC) has opened a data storage container centre in Hulhumalé phase two.
This is the first time a container data storage centre has been established in the Maldives. It is a part of HDC’s "SmartCom" smart city initiative.
HDC guarantees a 99.9 percent annual data uptime from the centre and assures uninterrupted open access network services in Hulhumalé.
The Managing Director of HDC, Ahmed Athif, said HDC installed a GPON Access Network in Hulhumalé in 2019 and currently has a total of 12,500 subscribers to the service. The container centre was established to enhance services for these subscribers, he added.
GPON, or G.984, stands for Gigabit-capable Passive Optical Network and is a standard passive optical network used to implement the outermost link to the customer of fiber-to-the-premises (FTTH) services. It is a type of point-to-multipoint network technology that delivers broadband access to the end user via fibre optic cables.
"This is also a part of HDC’s effort to diversify the telecom infrastructure," Athif said. "Because of this [container data centre], small to medium enterprises will receive geo-redundancy services at competitive rates."
- Annual downtime or service interruption period will be less than 1.6 hours
- An 80 kilowatts backup generator to power the centre during power outages
- Redundant cooling system
- A redundant battery backup system able to power the storage center for 24 hours
- A self-monitoring system with an alert mechanism
- An environmentally friendly fire extinguishing system
- Access control and CCTV surveillance system
HDC also said that the benefit of a container data centre is that additional containers can be stacked above each other should they require more space to store systems. The container data centre is also mobile and can be moved easily if and when needed, HDC noted.