RACK CENTRE, a Jagal Investments Company, has gone live with the first phase of its development of the biggest and most powerful Data Centre in Western Africa offering around 3,000 rack spaces and 6mVA of power. Rack Centre’s Managing Director commented, “there have been a number of announcements recently from companies saying that they will deliver data centre services in the future, but the difference here is that Rack Centre is now live and operating, and I would encourage companies to come and see the future in operation today”. Rack Centre is the first Tier III designed, neutral colocation data centre facility offering services in Nigeria and Western Africa and has set its sights on positioning Nigeria at the centre of the Worldwide growth in disaster recovery, data storage and cloud based data centre services.

The business is built around 3 core principals of Reliability, Manageability and Flexibility, offering World Class Technology with fully redundant, fail-safe guarantees and with a 24/7/365 NOC, on-site support and management, and the ability to accommodate large scale growth. Services are marketed and developed through selected Strategic Channel Partners who themselves are exceptional Managed Services companies. Commenting on the overall marketing strategy, the Managing Director said, “Smart collaboration is good business. That’s why we partner with leading companies to sell the colocation, disaster recovery and other services available with Rack Centre. We value the deep market awareness, solution expertise, and client relationships that our Channel Partners bring”.

The data centre is ideally located in the heart of Ikeja with easy access to the main commercial areas of Lagos and is situated on a 20,000 square metre green field site. Rack Centre took into account the possible hazards of building critical data centre operations on one of the Lagos islands, choosing the site partly because it is over 23 meters above sea level and is one of the highest points in the city. Uncompromised Security is a crucial requirement and Rack Centre is within a private estate secured by manned guards with 8 levels of physical security, and offers comprehensive perimeter and building security with biometric verification and extensive CCTV, all of which is recorded and archived.

Rack Centre offers the lowest Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) in Nigeria, targeting less than 1.5 PUE. This is achieved through the implementation of an advanced air optimizer which is a sophisticated mechanical cooling and building management system. Rack Centre offers guaranteed levels of uptime, power and service availability by delivering power through two independent circuits from a resilient dual bank of UPS’s, plus concurrent maintenance capability. Multiple power generators and back-up power ensure that uptime guarantees are achieved.

Rack Centre is a revolutionary solution to the Region’s data centre requirements with future phases taking its capacity to over 6,000 square metres (65,000sqft) of energy efficient and secure white space. Commenting, the Managing Director said, “Nigeria is the largest country in Africa, and Rack Centre’s revolutionary Data Centre will put Nigeria at the heart of the Global growth in disaster recovery and applications development”.