Thimphu Techpark – Data Centre partnership formalised

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New Edge & Burland Solutions sign Data Centre Services joint venture
Bhutanese and British Data Centre specialists create new venture to deliver TechPark’s new global standard data centre
Thimphu, October 31, 2011: New Edge Technology of Bhutan and Burland Technology Solutions of the United Kingdom today officially announced an exciting new JV for the future development of data centre industry in the Kingdom of Bhutan.

The Joint Venture company will be known as Data Centre Services (DCS) and has signed a preliminary MOU with the Thimphu TechPark Private Ltd (TTPL) for the set up of the first phase data centre within the Bhutan Innovation & Technology Centre (BITC).

DCS has been created to drive the design, implementation and ongoing operational management of the data centre. It is intended to facilitate the skills transfer to allow capacity building in this important area where Bhutan has the competitive advantage of low cost power. The new company combines the skills and experience of technology infrastructure and IT services from leaders in their respective fields in Bhutan and Europe.

The data centre which will provide a secure, fault tolerant, fully monitored and controlled environment for Bhutanese companies, will allow third party companies to house their mission critical servers providing 99.999% “uptime” whether for primary or back up data use.

Tashi Tsering of New Edge stated, “This great step forward for Bhutan will eliminate the all too frequent failures in IT services in Bhutan which adversely affect the service levels provided to businesses and end user customers. The venture will allow us to continue to train young Bhutanese engineers in the technology space with the mentoring and support from Burland Solutions in the UK.”

Richard Vass of Burland Technology commented, “We will provide a secure data centre for Bhutanese companies, but we will also develop our offering throughout the region. Bhutan, with its abundance of clean, low cost energy combined with the growing number of highly qualified Bhutanese IT graduates makes this a perfect location to develop regional data centres. We will be offering a unique proposition to many of the global companies offering cloud Services. Working in close collaboration with the government, we can create a viable industry providing jobs and revenue to for the country. There are some logistical difficulties in constructing data centres in Bhutan, but these challenges can all be overcome and we are aiming to have our Phase 1 data centre operational by year end.”

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