A cargo vessel loaded with commodities manufactured in China departed from Shenzhen for Dubai, a city on the southeast coast of the Arabian Gulf and an important stop on the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. The commodities were mainly sci-tech products including computers and mobile phones, instead of the silk, chinaware, and tea exported to countries and regions along the ancient Silk Road thousands of years ago. There were also several containers with the Huawei logo loaded on the vessel. They carried Huawei’s prefabricated modular data centre inside.
After a month-and-a-half-long voyage, the vessel arrived at Jebel Ali Port in Dubai, the world’s seventh largest container port. Very early the next morning, the cargoes and containers were unloaded and shipped to the final destination – the data centre construction site near Dubai International (DXB) Terminal 2. Technicians and engineers from Dubai Airports, Huawei, and Huawei’s partner ALEC, had long been expecting the prefabricated modular data centre and had been making preparations over the past four months.
This was, in fact, a very challenging data centre project. In recent years, driven by the rapid business growth, the eternal pursuit of a better passenger experience, as well as the increasing social responsibility of eco-friendliness and energy conservation, data centres have become an important part of Dubai Airports’ digital transformation. Dubai Airports had several data centres, with devices provided by many vendors, complicated management, and limited cooling capacity. A new data centre, therefore, needed to be built to further expand airport services and consolidate services of the legacy data centres.