AFS relocates its UAE data center operations to Equinix Dubai IBX

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Arab Financial Services (AFS), the Middle East and Africa’s digital payment solutions provider and fintech enabler, has relocated its UAE data center operations to Equinix Dubai International Business Exchange (IBX) facilities known as DX1. AFS currently operates data centers in Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.

AFS connects to one of the most important commercial hubs for international business in the MENA region, opening up a plethora of international opportunities for its customers, allowing them to benefit from connections to major international payments companies and cloud providers such as AWS and Microsoft, cementing AFS’s reputation for providing the best opportunities and highest quality payments experience for its customers.

Equinix, the world’s digital infrastructure company, currently operates over 240 data centers around the world, each of which houses rich and vibrant ecosystems that enable network and content providers, cloud and IT service providers, and enterprise customers to exchange critical business data quickly and efficiently. The new Equinix data center connection provides AFS’s regional payments processing business with a secure and powerful global data center platform to scale its operations using next-generation digital infrastructure.

Ghassan Mardini, AFS Chief Operating Officer, commented: “Equinix is the right partner for AFS. As a Company that recognizes digital transformation as a critical business priority, AFS is committed to continuous & evolving innovation across the payments landscape. Establishing a global data center platform helps us further to support our clients and power their digital transaction transformation by providing agile, resilient, secure, and scalable payments solutions. In today’s ongoing and progressive digital transformation, our infrastructure must fuel innovation, not hinder it. AFS’s latest UAE data center will continue to strengthen our position as the leading regional payments, Fintech, and innovation organization.”

Kamel Al Tawil, Managing Director MENA, Equinix stated: “Our agreement with AFS is a testament to Equinix being the trusted global platform that businesses rely on to advance their digital-first strategies and equip their digital transformation journeys. Many IT organizations across a range of sectors including financial services, are busy building infrastructure and hybrid multi-cloud architectures at the edge to deal with rapidly expanding data requirements, putting workloads and data protection close to data sources which is where they work best. Equinix is proud to support established and important businesses such as AFS to accelerate business performance and help the company to accelerate their digital transformation agendas.”

AFS, which is regulated by the Central Bank of Bahrain and is majority-owned by Bank ABC, offers a wide range of innovative end-to-end digital payment services and solutions. Debit, credit, and Islamic card processing, merchant acquiring, fintech, and a suite of cutting-edge value-added services are among them. AFS has offices and data centers in Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Oman, where it provides high-quality payment solutions trusted by businesses. Because of its commitment to innovation, AFS has established itself as a market leader, offering a diverse range of payment solutions such as popular digital mobile wallets, market-leading merchant acquiring services, Bahrain’s leading digital payroll solution, global contact centers, and more.

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