icolo Begins Construction on Second Data Center
by Josh Anderson
NAIROBI, KENYA — icolo.io, an African provider of carrier-neutral colocation services, has began construction of a new data center in Nairobi, Kenya. NBO1, as the new facility will be dubbed, will be located in the neighborhood of Karen. This will be icolo.io’s second data center – their first is located in Mombasa, a coastal city in Kenya.
According to their website, icolo.io designs, builds and operates state of the art carrier neutral data centers to serve a broad spectrum of clients – telecom carriers, ISPs and peering points, IT and cloud providers, content providers, enterprise and financial services customers. Their data centers are hyper-connected hubs and provide colocation services which include power, security, network access, redundancy, rack space, and precision cooling to its customers.
“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 Chief Executive Officer of icolo.io, in a privately circulated press release.
“NBO1 will be at the center 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 new data center will boast over 250 racks, covering 624 square meters, and 825 kilowatts of power. The entire facility will cover 4,400 square meters and its redundant, concurrently maintainable power supply will enjoy guarantee 99.99% of uptime. Icolo.io expects that the data center will serve a number of diverse major businesses in East Africa, including internet service providers, financial services institutions, enterprise customers, and medical facilities.
“NBO1 will sit on drilled concrete piles with reinforced concrete columns, beams, and hollow-core concrete slabs, as well as raised floors in the data centre to enhance the flow of cold air in all the white space and technical rooms. The building will have 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,” reports TechTrends.Ke.