icolo.io, a carrier neutral data center provider, has broken ground for a new data center in Nairobi, Kenya. The site will be built in two phases which will be able to provide 268 cabinets for customer use with up to 800KW of available IT power. The new data center will be a purpose-built facility that spans over 27,000sqft of built up area with redundant power complete with its own back-up generators, precision cooling and pre-cabled inter connect infrastructure. The first phase will be ready in May 2017 and construction on the second phase will start later in the year.
icolo.io’s open access data center will provide colocation services – that is rack space, power, cooling and physical security – and also offer remote hand services and high level technical support to the firm’s customers. The data center will serve major businesses in the East African region ranging from internet service providers, telecom service providers, financial institutions and medical facilities among others. In this way, the connectivity needs of customers will be served directly by the ISPs present within the data centre.
“With the unparalleled growth in the internet and the explosion of digital data in Kenya, we are very excited to build a truly carrier neutral data center in the heart of the African digital economy. With our new data center, we are able to offer redundancy, reliability, choice of connectivity partners and flexibility to our colocation customers” said Ranjith Cherickel, founder and CEO of icolo.io.
Kenya is the largest and most dynamic economy in East Africa and Nairobi is silicon savannah’s busiest business hub. Nairobi has become the African home of choice for multinational companies due to its global connectivity, market potential, location, economic status and expanded infrastructure. icolo.io’s new data center in Nairobi is an important part of the infrastructure to provide scalable and reliable solutions to enterprise and cloud customers planning their next major deployments in Africa.
icolo.io announced last year the construction of their Mombasa One data center (MBA1) which will be customer ready in March 2017. This will be the first carrier neutral data center in the city of Mombasa, making it an attractive location for international carriers to interconnect with the region as new and existing undersea cables connect through to the port city. MBA1 will become the gateway to Africa for all the major internet players and carriers coming to the region.
“With the combination of a carrier neutral facility and the undersea cables, Mombasa will fast become the Gateway to Africa for all the international carriers and cloud players looking to build infrastructure in Africa” said Ranjith Cherickel, founder and CEO of icolo.io.