Coker: Rack Centre meeting global standards
By Kokumo Goodie, Lagos, Nigeria
The Managing Director of Rack Centre, Mr. Ayotunde Coker, says Nigerian information technology firms are meeting global standards and will continue to do so.
Coker who was reacting to the firm’s attainment of the Tier III Tier Certification of Constructed Facility (TCCF) from the Uptime Institute, joining the elite data centres in the world to be certified and the first in the West African sub-region, said the firm would continue to strive to be the leader in data center service provider in the country.
He said: “We are delighted that Rack Centre has achieved this certification by such a respected and distinguished global body as the Uptime Institute. We are passionate that we have attained one of the highest standards and achieving the Uptime Institute Tier III TCCF certification validates this, and demonstrates to our existing and future customers, that here in Nigeria, we are meeting the highest standards at the global level. Rack Centre is the most connected Tier III certified and truly carrier neutral data centre in Africa. We are proud of this achievement.”
Uptime Institute, through its Managing Director, EMEA, Mr Phil Collerton, commended Rack Centre for being the first colocation facility to be awarded the Uptime Tier III TCCF certification in Nigeria. He said: “The certification clearly demonstrates Rack Centre’s commitment to its customers and its unwavering focus on not only designing but also building a world class facility that meets the most demanding requirements. This data centre will continue to underpin the region’s economic development as more businesses and people join the digital ecosystem while also strengthening Rack Centre’s position as a highly resilient infrastructure hub for connectivity partners and end customers in the region.”
Rack Centre, the sub-Sahara Africa’s premium data centre and colocation services provider. The TCCF certification was achieved after a thorough forensic assessment of all aspects of Rack Centre’s facilities and operations by Uptime Institute experts team from the US and UK.
Uptime Institute is the global authority for data centre certification through its Tier Certification framework and the standard it sets is recognised as the global benchmark for quality and international best practices in data centre design, construction and operations. This certification therefore demonstrates that Rack Centre facility and all its data centre elements are built as per the original Tier III design and engineering specifications and validates that it is meeting the defined availability of concurrent maintainability.
Rack Centre based in Oregun, Lagos, Nigeria and owned by Jagal, a Nigerian conglomerate holding that operates leading energy businesses and manages a diverse portfolio of investments is a state of the art data centre offering carrier neutral colocation services and provides over 6000 sqm (65,000sqft) of energy efficient and secure centre. A modular scalable data centre, currently with 255 racks and scalable to 3000 racks at completion, with access to all undersea cables serving Nigeria, ensuring all countries on the Atlantic coast of Africa are connected by a wide choice of high speed fibre. Rack Centre has consistently maintained 100 percent uptime since it launched four years ago.
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