As part of improving the technology landscape of Lagos, some new data centres are under construction, while others have been completed. Although largely private sector driven, the data centres are positioned to boost localization of data, and help both operators and government agencies cut expenses in data hosting.
Coming from technology firm, 21st Century Technologies (21CTL), and Konet, the firms have announced the commencement of a leading edge, hyper-scale data centre project in the state, precisely Ikeja.
This comes on the heels of 21CTL’s recent completion of two massive data centres in Lekki. The Ikeja data centre is designed above Tier IV standard, and will house DDOS Security scrubbing infrastructure, which will be made available to all customers, boasting features as energy efficiency, green facility and explosive proof surveillance camera.
The facility will have 9 X 6400 sq meters IT Space with 4MW IT load each with flexibility to accommodate more IT capacity depending on customers’ requirements.
The data centre, which is due for completion in 24 months, will become a reference point for data Centre business in Nigeria and beyond. The location offers diverse fibre connectivity owned and operated by 21CTL with full redundant power supply and access to gas.
The Chief Executive Officer, 21st Century Technologies, Wale Ajisebutu, explained that the 36MW hyper-scale campus in Ikeja, is part of its massive phase 2 projects in Nigeria, coming after a successful completion of phase 1 operations.
“As part of the phase 2 projects, 21st CTL has commenced the establishment of 5.4 MW data centre in Apapa and Ikoyi as well as 3 Edge data centre in Victoria Island, Maryland and Ikeja, all of 1.2MW each, sited in Lagos State,” he stated.
Ajisebutu explained that the state-of-the-art digital centres, strategically positioned across Lagos, would see each business district in the state have access to a data centre that would further drive commercial viability and access to seamless information technology.
He said the project will equally facilitate content delivery network, Internet of Things, digital financial services and contents. Other offerings supported included artificial intelligence and machine learning centre, digital entertainment, and innovation lab as well as accelerated co innovation.
He stated further that the innovation would boost the country’s technology profile, which will also draw huge investments to Nigeria. Renowned for building the first ever data centre in Nigeria in 2004, thus simplifying technology operations of both public and private sectors, the organisation has not stopped improving its capacity to align with present digital demands and realities.