Minkels, an affiliate of Legrand, has been selected as data center supplier for West African connectivity and data center solutions company, MainOne. MainOne’s undersea fibre optic cable connects West Africa to Europe and also operates West Africa’s largest commercial Tier III+ Data Center, MDXi.
MainOne observed a strong market demand for a world class, carrier-neutral co-location data center in Nigeria in 2012. According to Ms. Funke Opeke, CEO of MainOne: “The market demand rapidly outstripped the co-location space in our landing station and necessitated the construction of a purpose built Tier III facility with 600 rack capacity. We developed the Lekki data center (MDXi) over 24 months and launched in January 2015 to keep up with customer demand.”
MainOne, in search of best of breed solutions, conducted a global search for a more flexible Cold Aisle Containment System (CAC) to accommodate the various needs of their global customers with racks of varying widths and heights. “We considered manufacturing in China to meet our specifications and also direct purchase from various OEMS. A global evaluation followed: all top industry players, custom CAC vendors and local manufacturers were evaluated to provide racks, Cold Aisle Containment, PDUs and accessories for customers at our data center. Minkels met our requirement to provide a Cold Aisle Containment solution: flexible concerning rack width and height, able to accommodate a free standing 47U solution, and lend itself to caging. In addition, Minkels has the technical ability to understand our requirements and quickly make custom engineering modifications based on experience with many of our global customers.”
MainOne has successfully deployed the Cold Aisle Containment solution and custom support frames to meet the requirements of their international co-location customers who will be deploying their server racks shortly. “As the premier Data Center in West Africa, it is important we lead in innovation, professionalism and delivery of world-class solutions. Our partnership with Minkels ensures our ability to respond to customers with different technical requirements and volumes. Feedback from our customers is that they are impressed with the Minkels CAC and it makes the decision and process of co-locating with us easier. Given the success of this first-of-its-kind custom CAC deployment, we are in early discussions exploring the possibility to partner in the further deployment of Minkels solutions across MainOne’s MDXi data centers to ensure we remain very competitive in a dynamic and growing market.”
Christiaan van Terheijden, CEO of Minkels, is also delighted with the partnership with MainOne: “We are very proud that MainOne has selected Minkels as their data center supplier. We see MainOne as a company that knows how to drive Internet use across the West African region. MainOne invests heavily in growing the broadband ecosystem in West Africa. This benefits both inhabitants as Internet enabled business models across the region. We are more than happy to be part of that development.”
MDXi is a subsidiary of MainOne that focuses on data center and cloud computing services. Following MainOne’s deployment of an open-access submarine cable running down the coast of West Africa in 2010, West Africa has experienced an explosion in ICT usage by businesses and government institutions. Furthermore, these customers are being empowered to colocate their data and servers in remote locations based on improved terrestrial fiber connectivity. MainOne operates the only Tier III certified data center in West Africa with ISO 27001 and PCI DSS certification. MDXi’s infrastructure and solutions are engineered to the highest standards to deliver high availability, optimal security, and competitive costs to its growing number of customers.
Minkels is a knowledge-driven producer and worldwide supplier of high-quality solutions for data center infrastructure. Minkels is part of the brand portfolio of Legrand, a publicly traded company (NYSE Euronext Paris: LR) with worldwide sales in the low voltage installation, data network and data center markets. Legrand operates in more than 180 countries and achieved worldwide revenues of 4.8 billion euros in 2015. Minkels’ products stand out for their innovativeness and flexibility. Customers can always be assured of getting the very latest data center technology, modular solutions that respond to evolving, customer-specific business requirements.