IXAfrica begins constructing hyperscale data centre campus in Nairobi

IXAfrica begins constructing hyperscale data centre campus in Nairobi

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IXAfrica, the new-entrant data centre operator in Kenya, recently announced the start of its investment in Kenya's digital economy, and has begun constructing a data centre campus in Nairobi.

IXAfrica data centres are designed for modern high-load servers and infrastructure for ultra-dense computing in accordance with the latest global standards. The company plans to include several green initiatives as well as energy-efficient solutions.

Guy Willner (pictured), chairman of IXAfrica and ex-president Europe of Equinix Inc said, "I am happy to announce that we have broken ground on a major Internet Infrastructure project in Nairobi.

“We are committed to helping the next generation of tech entrepreneurs in Kenya by providing world-class access to data centres and networks, welcoming the arrival of hypercloud to East Africa, and providing on-campus offices and facilities to allow new tech business to thrive."

Willner added that data sovereignty is also a major issue across the planet and IXAfrica's new hyperscale campus will allow companies to fully comply with privacy and localisation laws while providing low latency access to the countries of the Greater East African Region.

"We believe our ambitious project will allow both enterprises and government to further harness technology to help create a greener future,” he added.

"Our team members each have twenty years of experience in the datacentre industry and this, combined with strong investor support and the trust of our many international clients and partners give us grounds to be confident that we will achieve our main goal - to become the leading datacentre operator in Kenya."

The company plans to build out the campus to 42.5MW of IT load in the coming years, developing on adjacent plots to the 183,000 sqf site.

"Our ambitious build plan reflects the growing need for quality Internet infrastructure in Kenya, and our first phase campus of 4.5acres allows us to start our project,” said Niraj Shah, VP Sales and Business Development at IXAfrica.

“We are already in discussion with several major international Internet companies who have been eyeing the market but who have been frustrated through the lack of credible data centre capacity here. We are all excited to see the site build commence."

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