Moro Hub (Data Hub Integrated Solutions LLC), a subsidiary of Digital DEWA, the digital arm of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has appointed NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP), a global cloud-led, data-centric software company, as its platform to power the hub’s application modernization platform offering for businesses in the UAE. Moro Hub hosts the region’s first tier III certified solar-powered Green Data Centre that focuses on sustainable practices to deliver customer-centric innovation.
“Our association with NetApp is the next step in the evolution of data services for our clients. It will not only provide a robust IT architecture for government and enterprise clients, but also help our efforts to tackle security challenges faced by businesses in the country. A key advantage is that NetApp’s unified software-defined platform supports all types of data across the Data Centre and the cloud, whether it’s Storage Area Network (SAN), Network Attached Storage (NAS), or Simple Storage Service (S3), which will help meet customers’ existing requirements while keeping the budgets affordable,” said Eng. Marwan Bin Haidar, Vice Chairman and Group CEO of Digital DEWA.
Moro Hub makes extensive use of container orchestration platforms such as Kubernetes, to provide scalability and flexibility required to modernize the applications and services. Through this collaboration, Moro Hub aims to leverage the underlying technology and enhance the Kubernetes-native integration. This will enable Moro Hub customers to get the most out of their investment by simplifying the deployment of containers throughout the enterprise while protecting and managing data, wherever and whenever it is needed, across the data fabric.
“We are incredibly excited to be a key enabler in supporting Moro Hub’s efforts to provide businesses with sustainable data management offerings,” said Fadi Kanafani, Managing Director – Middle East at NetApp. “Not only does this engagement allow us to work with the first Green Solar-Powered Data Centre, but we also believe that the introduction of NetApp solutions will enrich Moro Hub’s offerings to support their data life cycle management journeys.”
With NetApp’s vast experience in NAS and NFS protocols, along with the solution’s solid integration in containers, NetApp and Moro Hub aim to simplify, integrate and unify the use of container platform as a service.
“NetApp’s roadmap and vision for helping customers to build their data fabrics, coupled with our hyperscaler alliances, allows Moro Hub to have a seamless integration and single data management platform in a hybrid-cloud model, across on-premises and public cloud environments when required,” added Kanafani.
As a Dubai 10X enabler, Moro Hub works in line with the UAE Centennial 2071, to position the country at the forefront of technological innovation. In addition , Moro Hub will leverage this collaboration to host, manage, and secure customers’ data and grow without any disruptions or downtime by scaling up or out according to requirements.
Providing customers with best-of breed-data management is at the core of Moro Hub’s operations, which helps the company associate with leading industry leaders. The collaboration between Moro Hub and NetApp offers a unique contribution to the digital landscape in the UAE, as well as reinforces Moro Hub’s goals in amplifying its application modernization services to businesses that need the power to drive success.