MainOne announced in mid-December that its new Nigeria data center will be open in January 2015.
The Lagos data center cost $40 million to build and is the largest facility of its kind in the region. The purpose-built site was originally supposed to be functional in the third quarter of 2014, but construction and landscaping delays caused the opening to be moved back.
MainOne wanted to create a Lagos data center so the multinational corporations with presence in the area would have a facility in Nigeria to host data instead of taking it outside of the country. The company also saw a need for colocation, managed hosting and cloud services in the region. Providing a facility within Lagos enables organizations to do business online without having to invest their scarce resources in building out their own infrastructure, increasing business efficiency and profitability.
"Outsourcing of data center and connectivity services to a reputable provider like MainOne ensures businesses can adopt more cost effective models of consuming technology to allow increased focus of valuable company resources to drive business development and growth," said MainOne CEO Funke Opeke.
The carrier-neutral facility received Tier III certification in early December. The site provides more than 37,600 square feet of available space and will initially offer capacity for 600 racks. MainOne utilizes a submarine cable system, which was created in Nigeria in 2010. The system runs along the coast of West Africa and serves to grow regional and metro terrestrial fiber optic networks.
The company is already planning their next Africa data center which it says will be used as a backup facility for the operations in Lagos.
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