IXAfrica to establish second Nairobi data centre campus

IXAfrica CEO Guy Willner called the establishment of a second Nairobi data centre “reaffirms its commitment to the region” of East Africa

New data centre capacity is set for East Africa as a leading hyperscale operator announces plans for a second campus in Nairobi, Kenya. 

Last year, IXAfrica announced a US$50m investment into its Nairobi campus to accelerate the campus’ development and help cement IXAfrica’s reputation as East Africa’s leading hyperscale data centre provider.

And now, in collaboration with developer Tilisi, the company - which operates East Africa's largest hyper-cloud campus - IXAfrica has purchased 11 acres of land to construct its second data centre campus in the Kenyan capital.

IXAfrica poised to play a pivotal role in East Africa's technology landscape

IXAfrica is a leading developer and operator of hyperscale-ready data centres in the region, and the agreement marks a significant milestone and represents a major leap forward in advancing the data centre infrastructure in East Africa. 

It is not yet known exactly how large the campus is expected to be, but current estimates suggest it could become a 30MW+ facility.

Guy Willner, Chairman of IXAfrica,expressed his excitement of what prospects a second site offers for hyperscalers looking to enter East Africa. "This expansion reaffirms our commitment to the region and our belief in its immense potential for growth and technological advancement,” he said. “With Tilisi's industrial parks, high-quality development, reliable power and water supply, fresh air, and advantageous altitude for free cooling, this new campus will provide an ideal environment for our data centre operations.”

The new data centre campus in East Africa is expected to cater to the increasing demand for cloud computing services, digital transformation, and edge computing applications in the region. By providing state-of-the-art infrastructure, green power availability, advanced security measures, and efficient cooling solutions, IXAfrica is poised to play a pivotal role in bolstering East Africa's technology landscape.

Tilisi CEO Graeme Reid added: “Our collaboration with IXAfrica is a testament to Tilisi's appeal as an investment hub for developers. This partnership bolsters our standing as a premier infrastructure developer in the region.”

At Data Centre LIVE in May, Willner, who is also Chairman of the International Data Centre Group, said: “Not only does Africa as a continent have an enormous number of cities with over a million population, it will also probably double over the next 30 years.

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