Zain Jordan Introduces Technically Advanced Data Centre – The Bunker

Zain Jordan's The Bunker gives local, regional and international organisations the opportunity to host IT infrastructure, disaster recovery (DR) offices and enhance their ICT business processes.

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Fahad AlJasim, Zain Jordan
Fahad AlJasim, Zain Jordan

Zain, Jordan-headquartered telecom company, has announced the launch of ‘The Bunker’. The company described The Bunker as a “TIER III UPTIME, with 99.982% availability, state-of-the-art, military grade design and development, highly modernised, fully redundant power, cooling and communications network data centre”, situated at the King Hussein Business Park in Amman Jordan.

The Bunker gives local, regional and international organisations the opportunity to host IT infrastructure, disaster recovery (DR) offices and enhance their ICT business processes. According to the firm, the data centre is the first of its kind in the region and one of very few globally.

The telecom firm said companies that have very crucial computational functions and important data to store can really value such a facility that provides the highest levels of security and sustainability. When a company uses The Bunker as their main data centre or their disaster recovery (backup) location, it is safer than any other conventional building. Its area measures approximately 4300 sq. mts., located 12 mts. below ground level. Built with the same specifications as a military-grade underground facility, The Bunker is constructed to the highest standards of security and redundancy requirements. It has dedicated rooms protected by high security 2-ton iron doors and 2 metres thick reinforced concrete walls, giving it the capability to withstand natural disasters, missiles and fires.

Furthermore, when a disaster strikes, the cooling, power and connectivity systems are redundant and can be sustained for long periods without any outage. The facility has 24/7 onsite security personnel and advanced surveillance cameras security systems (CCTVs).

Fahad AlJasim, Chief Executive Officer, Zain Jordan, said, “We see this as a turning point and a milestone in Zain’s journey to be the most advanced telecom operator, to meet the long-term aspirations of our partners, and to help them with a range of services that are at the core of their business, contributing to their aspirations for further success in their organisation.”

The value proposition of The Bunker is that it provides a colocation space as well as a designed cloud, heavily protected underground and powered by Zain’s resilient network. Companies can avoid large TCOs of building data centres and alternatively adopt an OPEX model through yearly payments. The facility’s location in the heart of Amman is very convenient for IT staff of any company to reach The Bunker where their servers are hosted.

Other than The Bunker’s variety of colocation options, it consists of various DR offices. Customers can rent dedicated or shared offices as well as ‘hot seats’, which can serve as business continuity units in cases of disasters or day to day activities related to their data centre. These spaces span from 20 sq. mts. to 100 sq. mts. and can cater to various customer needs.

The Bunker hosts a NOC (Network Operation Center) to monitor and protect data centre related infrastructure (UPS, generators, firewalls, switches, chillers, etc). It also hosts a SOC (Security Operations Center) to monitor and protect colocation customers and existing cloud infrastructure, cybersecurity threats and other preventive operations.

The facility is Uptime Tier III certified. This certification is only given to data centres that are secure and provide cooling, power and connection redundancy to the users of the facility to ensure continuity of service.

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