Rack Centre, the best-connected Tier III Carrier and Cloud-neutral data centre in West Africa held a media parley and data centre tour at its head office where it was disclosed that the company is expanding its existing footprint and constructing a 12MW IT data centre at the Ikeja area of Lagos, Nigeria. The new build is part of efforts to expand the company’s capacity ten folds and consolidate its leadership as a major digital infrastructure hub in West Africa.
The new build known as Rack Centre LGS 2 data centre which is in the heart of Ikeja, with easy access to the main commercial areas of Lagos, will be situated on a 20,000 square metres green field site and sits at over 30 meters above sea level. With this expansion, Rack Centre would have a net lettable space of 3240 sqm and IT load of 13.5MW as against the current data centre, LGS1, which has an IT load of 1.5MW and a net lettable space of 1094 sqm.
The Chief Operating Officer, Ezekiel Egboye, stated the company is delighted to be a part of the ongoing digital transformation on the continent, especially as more African businesses need more internet capacity to support their operations, ascertaining the company’s readiness to enable digital infrastructure by hosting a large number of Hyperscalers, content and cloud delivery networks, internet service providers at its facility.
Briefing the journalists, he said, “The Lagos Campus data centre has grown to be the largest carrier and cloud neutral digital infrastructure hub in West Africa, and with this expansion, we intend on further growing our thriving ecosystem’’.
Rack Centre’s rich ecosystem includes 60+ telecommunication carriers, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), global Tier 1 networks, and pan Africa international carriers, including direct interconnections to all five undersea cables serving the South Atlantic Coast of Africa including Equiano and in the foreseeable future 2Africa and every country on the Atlantic coast of Africa.
Rack Centre became the first International Finance Corporation (IFC) EDGE-certified data centre in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Officially making this the first Green Certified Data Centre in Africa and the most connected facility in the region, according to its Peering DB ranking.