DUQM: The Special Economic Zone Authority at Duqm (SEZAD) on Tuesday launched Data and Cloud Services Centre.
The centre was established by Oman Data Park as part of its contribution to the economic growth being witnessed by the zone.
The Data and Cloud Services Centre is the third of its kind implemented by Oman Data Park in the Sultanate.
It aims to provide a wide range of cloud services to government agencies and companies operating in the zone, as well as providing greater reliability, speed and reduced downtime compared with access to cloud services across data centres in the international markets.
It will also contribute to reducing costs of international communication, which was an obstacle to companies to move to the cloud.
The launching ceremony was held under the patronage of Yahya bin Said al Jabri, Chairman of the SEZAD Board of Directors.
He stressed the importance of the centre in facilitating the work of government institutions and companies operating in the zone through offering technical solutions and services.
He said that establishing this centre in the Special Economic Zone in Duqm (SEZD) is the beginning of the era of the cloud services market in the zone.
The centre serves objectives of the authority represented in the dissemination of technical solutions that prepare Duqm to be a smart city.
He hoped governmental institutions and companies operating in the zone would benefit from services provided by the centre.
Sami bin Ahmed al Ghassani, Chairman of Oman Data Park, said: “Through the Data Centre, information managers will ensure that their data is hosted in a local data centre that is fully complied with data protection laws in the Sultanate”.
On his turn, Maqbool bin Salim al Wahibi, CEO of Oman Data Park, said, “Launching the centre comes as part of the company’s launch of the second version of the cloud systems that aim to speed up computer services and availability, in addition to the security of information and data that are characterised by high standards for the preservation of these data in the Sultanate.”
Omar bin Salim al Shanfari, Deputy Chief Executive Officer(CEO) of Information Technology Authority (ITA) for Operations, said, “ITA is working to encourage the private sector to invest in the provision of cloud services as such projects include many services, such as cloud computing”. He hoped that these services would spread in different governorates of the Sultanate, given their multiple benefits.