Rack Centre, the Nigeria’s Premium Data Centre provider has recently won the 2015 Data Centre Dynamics Award for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region in the Data Centre Impact Award Category area. The Data Centre Dynamics award is well respected in the data centre industry and are considered by analysts to be the most prestigious international awards in the industry today. This was the first time a company in Africa has won the Data Centre Dynamics award for Europe, Middle East and Africa. The Data Centre Impact award rewards companies or projects which had positively impacted its region, community and commerce. Rack Centre was also shortlisted for the second year running for Data Centre Modular Deployment category. The award in the EMEA area category was announced in a well-attended gala night in London’s Royal Lancaster Hotel on December 10, 2015. Commenting on the award, George Rockett, CEO of DatacenterDynamics said: “As an organization DatacenterDynamics has always been at the forefront of industry thinking on all major topics. It is not only important for us to be ahead of the market, we have to be leading it at all levels. Our overhauling of the award categories and the judging process this year were necessary to keep the awards relevant to the pace of change in the industry and to guarantee the continuing relevance of our awards in a changing industry.” The Data Centre Dynamics EMEA Awards are part of unique global services that provide worldwide recognition to outstanding individuals, teams and projects in the Data Centre Industry. According to Data Centre Dynamics, the organiser of the award, “in this complex and competitive market, there comes few greater accolades than to be awarded one of the ‘Oscars’ through the rigorous judging of an independent panel of industry experts…Past winners have included many of the worldwide brands and every shortlisted finalist shares recognition for their exceptional performance and contribution to the market.” The finalists are mostly European Countries, but while Rack Centre was the only African finalist in 2014, in this year, another African Finalist, Djibouti Data Centre also made the list. Data Centre Dynamics also organises other awards for the Latin America, Brazil, Asia, Pacific, US& Canada regions, but the EMEA Award is the most prestigious of them all. Ayotunde Coker, Managing Director of Rack Centre commenting on the award described it as “humbling to be recognised by one’s peers and colleagues in this way” “We made a commitment”, he said, to run Rack Centre as a world class facility, and according to be best standard with creative and innovative solutions supported by the best people that could establish a new industry in West Africa, and as a catalyst for the digital platforms that would benefit all Nigerians. ”We are delighted to have won this well regarded award and also that the emerging African Operators are being recognised by the leaders of the industry in Europe …Last year we were the only finalist from Africa and this year, there is Rack Centre and a very interesting project from Djibouti. It shows that African Data Centre industry is emerging and we are delighted to be at the forefront of it.”
About Rack Centre
Rack Centre is 100% owned by Jagal, a Nigerian conglomerate holding that operates leading energy businesses and manages a diverse portfolio of investments. Rack Centre, is a state-of-the-art, Tier III Design Certified data centre offering carrier-neutral colocation services. The data centre provides over 6,000sqm (65,000sqft) of energy efficient and secure data centre space. The technology invested provides clients guaranteed levels of uptime, power and service availability. Colocating within Rack Centre allows companies to avoid fixed infrastructure investments and to leave the growing complexity of managing power and environmental issues to specialists.