By James Ratemo, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kenya Data Networks (KDN) has finally unveiled its state-of-the art eco-friendly data centre which will serve East and Central Africa.
It is expected that the centre will relieve the region from having to seek data back-up services in Europe and America.
“The data centre is a unique facility offering reliability and convenience for corporate clients and financial institutions looking for international standard…The centre offers world class servies while guaranteeing safety of the data stored in it,” said Mr Rikus Matthyser, KDN CEO.
Mr Matthyser said the centre is targeted at a global market focusing mainly to host services to clients in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi and also international Telecoms with need for ‘oint of presence solution’.
KDN Data center Manager Johan Badenhorst said the centre would provide physical space for use by customers with hardware equipment that provide communication and application services to end users.
“The product scope is limited to providing physical space, sufficient dual input power, elaborate security system and sufficient room air conditioning…the data centre is offered as a ready to use server room space with adequate and redundant power cooling, fire suppression to ensure full time operation of communication equipments that run critical services to end-users,” said Mr Badenhorst.
Breaking ground for the over Sh600milliion centre in December 2009 Kenya Prime Minister, Raila Odinga said the Government was keen on making Kenya a green economy by 2020 thus the KDN eco-friendly data centre was complementing that vision
Powered by solar energy, the data centre shall serve Kenya, and other African countries willing to safeguard essential data under a world class, secure environment.
Technology employed in building the centre will ensure the structure can withstand even a bomb attack. The centre is classified at security level seven, which is the highest in the world; similar to that used by United Nations and top intelligence agencies across the world to secure data.
The data centre will cut gas emissions and energy use through an improved architectural design that has adopted use the latest solar-power technology to provide the energy requirements of the facility.
According Mr Badenhorst the data centre is designed for disaster recovery and hosting mission-critical computer systems with fully redundant systems, and compartmentalised security zones.
ICT experts say many companies spend between two to four per cent of their budget on disaster recovery planning.
Completion of the data storage facility is therefore expected to save the companies from losses and damage resulting from interruptions of their infrastructure and data.
Foundation stone for the data centre was laid in December 2009 by Kenya’s Prime Minister, Raila Odinga.
KDN also partnered with Teldor Cables & Systems to supply and deploy a fibre optic network to be used in the new data centre. Teldor Cables works through a local partner, Amiran Communications, a Telecommunications Company.
In this partnership Teldor C&S design, supplied components, supported a Building Management Systems and undertook a fibre optic network layout within the data centre.