(L-R) Mr James Wilman - Data Centre Consultant at Future-tech (Designer of Raxio DC), James Byaruhanga, Raxio General Manager, Robert Mullins, Lead Partner, Roha Africa (lead investors) and Bernard Geoghegan – of KPL Consult, the (International Consultant for Raxio) address a press conference at Raxio Data Centre’s launch on 4th October 2018 at Kampala Serena Hotel.
ICT Industry

Why Uganda needs a Private Data Centre

Raxio Data Centre Ltd is building and will subsequently operate Uganda’s first enterprise-grade, Tier 3 carrier neutral  Data Centre facility.

This facility, when it opens in mid-2019, will be the first of its kind in Uganda, operating as a carrier-neutral facility, and meeting the international Tier III standards.

According to James Byaruhanga, the Raxio General Manager, upon final phase completion, the Data Centre will able to house around 400 racks and be able to provide 1.5MW of IT power to ensure the equipment housed within it operates optimally, 24/7, in a fully safe, secure and redundant environment.

“Raxio’s Data Centre is being built in the Namanve Industrial and Business Park, ideally located for addressing the both the primary and disaster recovery needs of its customers.

“Being along one of Uganda’s principal fibre routes also ensures optimal connectivity,” Byaruhanga told the media during the launch of the First Tier 3 Carrier Neutral Data Centre at Serena Hotel Kampala.

Raxio Data Centre Ltd is building and will subsequently operate Uganda’s first enterprise-grade, Tier 3 carrier neutral  Data Centre facility.
Raxio Data Centre Ltd is building and will subsequently operate Uganda’s first enterprise-grade, Tier 3 carrier neutral  Data Centre facility.

Raxio was established earlier this year by the Roha, a US greenfield investment company that builds and develops new businesses across Africa.

As the digital transformation of the Ugandan economy continues to accelerate, the Data Centre is being built to address the vast and growing for facilities where data supporting this transformation can be stored and processed securely and optimally, 100% of the time.

He said with the growth in data usage and storage and the broader digital transformation of businesses and the public sector in Uganda, Raxio’s Data Centre will be a centre-piece of infrastructure supporting the growth and digitalisation of the Ugandan economy and the goals set in the MoICT Data Strategy.

Robert Mullins, the Raxio Director and Partner at Roha Africa said they selected Future-tech, from the UK, and Symbion of Uganda, as best-in-class partners for the design and construction of its facility and has assembled a seasoned and experienced management team to operate and run it on commissioning.

The facility is built to offer enterprise-grade services to businesses and government agencies with operational sustainability and resilience, Energy efficiency and sustainability, state of the art ultra-efficient cooling technology and fire detection and control systems.

Mullins says there will be Uptime Institute Tier III – concurrently maintainable with no single points of failure, any item of plant or services can be removed whilst maintaining 100% live services to the critical IT load and capacity at completion for a max. of up to 400 racks will all be offered at the facility.

“45% of the year,  the facility will be in full compressor-free cooling mode and 54% in partial free cooling mode, average cabinet IT loads will range from 4kW to 6kW, High-density racks in excess of 21kW will be accommodated, Racks with lockable front and rear door and Racks will be deployed in private caged areas to support companies,” he said.

Byaruhanga said there will be a concrete floor with power (bus bar) and data (fibre and copper) overhead, hot aisle containment, the security & access control will have closed circuit television system (CCTV), Door Alarm System and 7–Level Access Control System.

BY PAUL TENTENA