Millicom Sen-Connect Data centre awarded first Tier III Design Certification from Uptime Institute
Sen-Connect, a fully owned subsidiary of Millicom International Cellular S.A. in Senegal, has been awarded the first Tier III Certification of Design Documents by Uptime Institute - a globally recognised data centre authority - for its data centre in Senegal. It is the first Tier III designed data centre to be certified by the Uptime Institute within UEMOA (West African Economic and Monetary Union). Uptime Institute created the standard Tier Classification System in 1993 to consistently evaluate data centre facilities in terms of potential site infrastructure performance and uptime.
This data centre is part of the master development plan of Diamniadio, the new urban project located thirty kilometers away from Dakar which is being pioneered by the Senegalese government. The Tier III Concurrently Maintainable Design Certification means that the data centre will not have to be shut down for equipment replacement and maintenance. This is due to redundant delivery paths for power and cooling being added to the redundant critical components, so that each and every component needed to support the IT processing environment can be shut down and maintained without impacting the IT operation.
“Receiving the first Tier III Design Certification in the region from Uptime Institute for our Data Centre in Senegal is a major milestone in our objective of providing the highest quality of infrastructure to support innovation, internet businesses and entrepreneurship in the country. We look forward to working with Uptime Institute again to obtain the Facility Certification for the Data Centre once it is built and operational”, said Mohamed Dabbour, Executive Vice President Millicom Africa.
“We would like to congratulate Millicom on being the first data centre operator to be awarded the Uptime Institute Tier III Design Certification in the region,” said Phil Collerton, Managing Director EMEA, Uptime Institute. He added “Uptime Institute’s Design Certification is an important milestone to achieving Tier III Facility Certifications which when complete clearly demonstrate that the data centre is fit for purpose.”
Millicom commissioned Master Power Technologies to design, manufacture and install the data centre. Their scope also included acquiring the Uptime certification for their design.