Ethiopia to get first Tier III colocation data centre
The Raxio Group, a leading, pan-African data centre developer, is investing in Ethiopia by building the country’s first Uptime Institute-certified, Tier II colocation data centre. The company, which was founded in 2018, is also working on a similar project in Uganda.
The facility, which will be operational by the third quarter of 2021, will be managed by Raxio Ethiopia and will provide customers with an ultramodern, modular data centre with the latest industry technology, security and AC/DC compatibility.
Currently, Ethiopia is Africa's fifth-largest economy and boasts the continent’s second-largest population, making it a prime target for new market entrants. The economy is also predicted to grow by 6.4% in 2021, with digital services at the top of the list of expanding sectors.
Raxio Ethiopia’s operations are predicted to double in capacity over the next few years, and expansion for the Addis Ababa site is already planned.
, President of Raxio Group, explained, “Raxio’s facilities enable companies such as mobile network operators, content delivery networks and financial service providers to run their critical IT systems in a built-for-purpose environment.”
Mullins said that Raxio Ethiopia provides a critical, missing part of the nation's digital infrastructure at an exciting and fast-evolving time in the country’s telecoms industry.
He commented, "We are pleased to be moving forward with developing Ethiopia’s first privately owned data centre and to have collaborated closely with the Ethiopian Investment Commission (EIC), the Industrial Parks Development Corporation (IPDC) and the ICT Park in reaching this important milestone.”
Raxio Group investment plans include establishing a network of data centres across the East and Southern Africa region by 2022.
, CEO of Industrial Parks Development Corporation, said “Following the holistic reform that our nation is undergoing, new mobile operators are expected to be licensed soon. As a result, our internet usage is projected to rapidly grow. It is our belief that Raxio Ethiopia will play a paramount role in strengthening and developing the country’s digital infrastructure capabilities.”
He added, “We consider our corporation’s collaboration with Raxio in the development of the ICT Park a great achievement.”
Equinix: Digital leaders expect changes to working patterns
A global report released by Equinix has revealed that digital leaders expect long-term changes to the way people work.
As part of the report, the data infrastructure company surveyed 2,600 IT decision-makers from several different businesses spanning 26 countries in the Americas, Asia-Pacific and EMEA regions. The study also highlighted the biggest technology trends affecting global businesses and how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted digital infrastructure plans.
Talking about companies’ expansion strategies, Claire Macland, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing at Equinix, said: “Many companies are now investing more in their digital infrastructure to enable them to embrace a hybrid working model and thrive in the new world of work we all find ourselves in.
“Despite headwinds in many sectors, many organizations are continuing to expand physically and virtually into new markets and regions around the world”, she said.
The report drew the following conclusions:
- 64% of the 2,600 digital leaders surveyed believed there will be “long-term changes to both how and where people will work in the future.
- 57% of global companies intend to expand into new regions despite the effects of the pandemic
- 51% of businesses worldwide say they have rearchitected their IT infrastructure so that it can meet the demands of remote and hybrid working. Digital transformation has also been accelerated due to an increase in businesses’ technology budgets.
How might digital transformation be affected post-pandemic?
COVID-19 has demanded that companies make several changes to the way that they operate, including digital transformation. According to the study, 47% of those surveyed reported that they have accelerated their digital transformation plans because of the Coronavirus pandemic. A further 42% of organisations said their budgets have increased to keep up with the growth of digital transformation.
Another change in adapting to the pandemic was to businesses’ IT strategies with six in 10 companies saying that it has been revised in response to the situation. 58% said they are looking to invest in technology to “improve agility’ post-COVID.
When asked about their priorities for their digital strategy, 80% of respondents said that digitising their infrastructure was of utmost importance, while 57% viewed interconnection as a ‘key facilitator’ of digital transformation.
"This increasing focus on digitization and expansion is one of the reasons why Equinix has continued to invest in its own growth. We completed 16 new expansions in 2020—our most active build year ever—and expect to continue to evolve Platform Equinix to support our customers as they continue on their digital transformation journey”, said Claire Macland.
Potential concerns disperse over expansion plans being halted by COVID-19
The study has also revealed that organisations’ previous concerns that the pandemic will negatively affect their business expansion plans have been lessened.
57% of businesses have said that they “still have plans” to expand into new regions and of that percentage, nearly two-thirds (63%) plan to do so virtually instead of investing in physical IT infrastructure.
The full Equinix report can be found here.