East Africa Data Centre now Tier III certified by Uptime Institute

East Africa Data Centre (EADC), a subsidiary of Liquid Telecom Kenya, has been issued with a Tier III Certification for its data centre, having established its delivery of 100 per cent uptime in its electricity supply, cooling systems, and IT systems.

The certification, from the global Uptime Institute, provides a guarantee of uninterrupted service for the organisations storing data at EADC, which include Google and Facebook, which hold their regional caches at EADC; the Kenya Internet Exchange Point (KIXP), also housed at EADC, and for the large volume of banking and commercial data stored in the centre.

With the issuance of the Tier III certification, EADCC becomes the first hosting services facility in East and Central Africa to have the Uptime certification.

“This is an important step in data centre guarantees in Kenya and East and Central Africa, as EADC joins the relatively few data centres across the world in gaining the Uptime Institute Tier III Design Certification,” said Dan Kwach, the EADC General Manager.

Uptime Institute Professional Services is the only firm in the world licensed to rate and certify designs, constructed facilities and ongoing operations against its Classification System and Operational Sustainability criteria, to deliver stamps of assurance that the site management and processes are delivering the guarantee of 100 per cent uptime.

“EADC’s certification is a reflection of its dedication to securing excellence in the realm of data and hosting solutions,” said R. Lee Kirby, President, Uptime Institute.

The award follows the investment by EADC in a new Kenya Power substation, which saw it move to one of the highest proportions of green energy in the world. The US $5 million investment has substantially reduced its use of its comprehensive back up power systems, which are diesel powered.

EADC houses 2,000 square metres of secured space for data servers on three floors in the centre, making it the largest data centre in the region, as well as now the most reliable.

EADC, a carrier-neutral data centre in Nairobi, is the largest such facility in East Africa, offers secure and reliable space for dedicated hosting, interconnect services, collocation, disaster recovery, network-based services, applications and cloud services.

The data centre, which houses Kenya’s Internet Exchange Point (KIXP), has been credited by the global Internet Society as a key factor in driving down internet prices in Kenya, to among the lowest in Africa. East Africa Data Centre is an independent company within Liquid Telecom Group.

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