icolo.io expands its data centre presence to Nairobi

10 July 2019 | Natalie Bannerman

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icolo.io has announced the construction of its second data centre in Kenya, with a completion date set for August 2019.

Named NBO1, the new data centre marks the entrance of icolo.io to the city following the construction of its first data centre in Mombasa. This new site will accommodate IT power of 825kW and host more than 250 racks.

“With the announcement of the build of our second data centre in Kenya, we reaffirm our resolution of making Kenya a major convergence point in data communication in Africa. With this sizeable investment, NBO1 will be Nairobi’s first true carrier and vendor neutral data centre with scale,” said Ranjith Cherickel, founder and CEO of icolo.io.

In addition, NBO1 will offer over 624m2 of rack space with a 99.999% guaranteed power uptime. The architectural design of the data centre sits on a 4,400m2 area ensuring redundant power complete with back-up generators which are DCC certified, N+2 high precision cooling and pre-cabled interconnects. Making the entire infrastructure concurrently maintainable.

Once completed the data centre will serve major businesses in the East African region ranging from internet service providers, financial services institutions, enterprise customers, medical facilities among others.

“NBO1 will be at the centre of Silicon Savannah and it’s a fantastic opportunity for our talented ICT professionals to build scalable infrastructure in and around the region. This places Kenya at the heart of Digital Africa” added Cherickel.

The building will feature two dedicated Meet-Me Rooms that will serve as two diverse entry points for all fibres coming into the building thus providing redundancy for our connectivity partners.

Most major ISPs in the region are already at the NBO1 site providing carrier grade services to customers nearby. Once live in August, there will be over 12 different carriers to choose from with multiple fibre entries that ensure complete redundant connections.