Verizon has announced that it will utilize the Dubai, UAE, based Datamena- a carrier neutral data center and connectivity platform. Datamena will be Verizon’s new Middle-East regional transit hub to serve its customers in the region.
Verizon has rolled out a private Internet Protocol (IP) node in the Datamena carrier neutral data center facility making it an access point for Verizon’s UAE customers who wants to access the Verizon expansive global network. Verizon will also take advantage of the facility and Verizon’s relationship with major SaaS providers to offer software as a service to Middle East clients.
Verizon customers in the Middle East will have the option to take advantage of the company’s private virtual network (VPN) that runs over a Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) network. Since Verizon’s MPLS network does not share infrastructure or peer with the public Internet, Verizon clients can transmit critical data over a secure network.
Verizon already supports a wide range of customers in the Middle East, from SMEs to multinationals either directly or through partnerships with local entities. Verizon also has a huge presence in the region through its investment in major fiber optic submarine networks including SEA-ME-WE- 3, SEA-ME-WE4 and Europe India Gateway which have landing points in the region’s coasts.
Datamena, established in 2012, is a carrier neutral data center and international traffic transit hub, owned by UAE based telecommunication operator, Du. It provides a connectivity Interchange between large global carriers. In addition to Verizon, at least thirty other networks from major global carriers access the Datamena facility. They include BT, Airtel, Level(3), NTT, TeliaSonera, Telstra and Vodafone.
Datamena offers a wide range of services including colocation, data center connectivity and wide area networking (WAN) solutions. Datamena also hosts the UAE Internet exchange point (IXP), UAE-IX, a public Internet peering exchange that was initiated by the country’s telecommunication regulator – Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA).
Datamena is an important link between the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa. A partnership between Djibouti Data Center and Datamena enables enterprises in Africa to Interconnect with networks in the Middle East and beyond. Middle Eastern businesses can also access African networks through this arrangement.
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