Vodacom Business, Rack Centre Africa partner on Nigerian data centre
COMPUTING| Sept. 27, 2012, 4:57 p.m.
By Kokumo Goodie, Lagos, Nigeria
Vodacom Business Nigeria is entrenching is position as a leader in Nigeria’s data hosting and ICT industry by partnering with Rack Centre Africa, a data centre service provider, to provide a carrier neutral data facility in the Nigeria.
Rack Centre Africa will provide Vodacom Business Nigeria with carrier neutral data centre infrastructure enabling the first premium colocation facilities in Nigeria. The Tier 3 colocation data centre will have a fully redundant system, provide 99.995 per cent uptime and 96 hours power outage protection. Rack Centre Africa is a part of the Jagal Group, a leading Nigerian conglomerate with operations across a number of different industries.
According to Vodacom Business Nigeria, a neutral data centre is integral in growing the Nigerian ICT industry. The partnership, which will create a cost effective platform for network operators to interconnect in a neutral facility through collocation, will also encourage competition and diversity in the industry. Vodacom will provide its premium Managed Hosting Services from this facility which will benefit its enterprise customers.
Speaking on the partnership, the Managing Director of Vodacom Business Nigeria, Guy Clarke, said: “As an organisation, we continuously seek out innovations that will impact positively on the industry. By teaming up with Rack Centre Africa to build Nigeria’s first carrier neutral data centre we are recognising the power of shared infrastructure, which is key to supporting the growth of broadband and the adoption of cloud services in Nigeria.”
“This initiative will benefit multiple service providers and operators and I am excited about the advantages our customers in Nigeria and West Africa will experience as a result. Corporate organizations can now take advantage of the opportunity to warehouse their data in a premium facility that guarantees the highest levels of security and connectivity,” Clarke said.
Maher Jarmakani, Group Executive Director of Jagal Group, added: “Vodacom has been instrumental in bringing this great innovation to the Nigerian market and we are pleased to have Vodacom as the anchor tenant in this facility.
He said: “Rack Centre Africa will continuously seek new avenues to enable its customers to gain access to the most sophisticated ICT and data centre service tools for their businesses. Maximum protection, cooling systems, power supply for mission critical systems and ensuring adherence to increasingly stringent policies regarding data protection and environmental impacts are only a few of the ways in which we can help grow our customers business”.
Vodacom Business Nigeria’s existing Managed Hosting Services which includes, dedicated and virtual hosting services, will be migrated to the new Rack Centre Africa data center once fully commissioned in Q1 2013.
Rack Centre is powered by BladeRoom Modular Data Centers, a highly energy efficient modular data centre system, providing a scalable method of quickly developing data centre with an extremely low, proven power usage effectiveness (PUE).
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