Huawei supports the ICT and business requirements of Digital DEWA

Huawei supports the ICT and business requirements of Digital DEWA

The OptiXtrans DC908 has been essential.

InfraX, the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) arm of the Digital Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), focuses on connecting customers with value-added services from its data centers and cloud services.

DEWA is the exclusive provider of electricity and water services to the residents of Dubai — the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) — and Digital DEWA, the organization's digital arm, was set up in 2017 with the ambition of forging a new digital future for the city. As such, it has played a leading role in the adoption of digital technologies. Indeed, DEWA is the world’s first digital utility, using autonomous systems for renewable energy, storage, expansion into the adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and digital services.

The Challenge

With a clear strategy for Information Technology (IT) cloudification for its electric power operations, Digital DEWA’s infrastructure includes equipment sourced from multiple vendors at the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) layer, with an active-standby relationship between data centers. Such a setup increases bandwidth requirements between data centers and results in heavy traffic after enterprise services migrate to the cloud.

Huawei supports the ICT and business requirements of Digital DEWA

Quite simply, Infrax's smart grid services needed to be upgraded to increase bandwidth, improve overall Operations and Maintenance (O&M) efficiency, reduce costs, boost cost-effectiveness, and be able to meet future service plans.

Digital DEWA was therefore looking to upgrade its Data Center Interconnect (DCI) network to provide access to multiple services, greater bandwidth and reliability, simplified deployment, and visualized O&M across three data centers.

The Solution

Huawei's OptiXtrans DC908 features one-click automatic deployment — in just 8 minutes — and single-fiber bandwidth evolution to 88 Tbit/s, along with high reliability and high security. There were good reasons for Digital DEWA to opt for OptiXtrans DC908.

The Success

The dedicated DCI solution built by Huawei addresses the ICT and business requirements of Digital DEWA, delivering optimized Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and cutting-edge technology that represents extremely good value. The solution fully utilizes existing optical fiber resources and supports service expansion and smooth network evolution. Deploying Huawei’s OptiXtrans DC908, the cost of a self-built network can be recovered within a single year, with automatic commissioning and simplified architecture allowing Digital DEWA’s own IT engineers to deploy it with ease. High capacity per fiber and the high integration of OptiXtrans DC908 save fiber leasing- and space-related costs. And, after the deployment of the InfraX Network Operations Centre (NOC), Huawei continues to support Digital DEWA in providing rapid response and expert service support, as and when required.