02 July 2018
| Jason Mcgee-Abe
MainOne’s data centre subsidiary, MDXI, has received its Tier III Constructed Facility certification (TCCF) from the Uptime Institute.
MDXI says its 600-rack facility in Lekki, Nigeria, is the premier commercial data centre in West Africa, built to meet the rapidly growing demand for colocation, managed hosting and cloud services within the region.
Gbenga Adegbiji, general manager of MDXI, announced that the certification further validates the company’s investment in critical infrastructure to grow West Africa’s Digital Economy, which includes launching a trio of Tier III data centres in consecutive years from Q4 2018.
“With the increased recognition of Africa as home of fast growing economies, it is important that we have the infrastructure required to establish, enhance and sustain effective business performance in today’s global digital economy,” Adegbiji said.
“Outsourcing of data centre services to a reputable provider such as MDXI ensures businesses can adopt more cost effective models of consuming technology to allow increased focus on business development and growth. As we build a data centre ecosystem spanning facilities across West Africa, we plan to launch new Tier III data centres in Sagamu, by Q4 2018, Ghana in 2019 and Cote I’voire in 2020.”
MDXI says that with this new milestone it has become “the leading data centre in West Africa with the top five certifications in the industry”, being: the TCCF, the PCI-DSS certification, which certifies the data centre to process payment card information, the SAP Infrastructure Services licence, which certifies the data centre as ideal for running SAP applications and infrastructure, and ISO 27001 and 9001 certifications.
This TCCF certification is awarded by the Uptime Institute as a performance-based evaluation of a data centre’s concurrently maintainable site infrastructure. Tier Certification of Constructed Facility is a progression from Tier Certification of Design Documents (TCDD) and goes beyond the review of paper designs to rigorous on-site testing to root out discrepancies between the actual installation and design.
The multiple certifications of MainOne’s MDXI demonstrate compliance to globally accepted standards on high availability, commitment towards the security and protection of the information assets of the company and its customers, and provides assurance of the quality of the data centre’s infrastructure and ability to react to disruptions due to unplanned activities.
Commenting on the presentation of the TCCF, Lee Kirby, president of the Uptime Institute, said: “We congratulate MainOne’s data centre company, MDXI, on receiving their Tier III Constructed Facility Certification documents. This is indeed a significant step for the region and we look forward to working with them as they build multiple facilities across West Africa”.
MDXI is West Africa’s largest full scale data centre provider offering colocation, interconnection and cloud services to OTTs and major network, content and financial providers, as well as access to multiple internet exchange points in Nigeria, Ghana, Amsterdam, and London.
The news comes after MainOne received a C1B licence in April allowing it to expand national and international connectivity services in Côte D’Ivoire.