New Ethiopian data centre planned by govt.
The new data centre is set to be built by the Ministry of Innovation and Technology and will offer cloud services, making it the first hosted cloud facility nationwide. It will also become the main site and data centre for all the electronic government data processing and storage.
Not only will the new facility provide cloud services, but it will also provide colocation and hosting services in order to deal with the country's business applications and demand. The centre is believed to be located in the outskirts of the country’s capital, Addis Ababa, and on the existing ICT Park which is located close to the Bole Lemi Industrial Park.
The preliminary designs have been completed by the Ministry and bid documents have been prepared with the aim to hire a company for the design-build contract. Ahmedin Mohammed (PhD), state minister for Innovation and Technology stated that the bid document is believed to be announced later in September and the assessment to determine investment for the centre will be carried out soon.
In order to remove and build on the gap in data protection which the country currently faces, the Ministry has drafted a Personal Data Protection Proclamation which has been passed onto the Council of Ministers for their approval.
The construction process
They have estimated that the construction will take place in three parts: the construction of the facility, the deployment of the data centre facility and lastly the deployment of cloud infrastructure. It is there expected that the launch process of the new facility will take up to a year.
The first phase of construction is set to include a disaster recovery site, dormitories, green spaces, a cafeteria and entertainment spaces. Whereas the actual data centre facility itself is set to be equipped with efficient cooling, data centre safety along with physical security, network and security operating cameras, electric power and environment monitoring.
GTR and SEGRO agree first UK data centre facility
SEGRO, a property investment and development company, has announced it has come to an agreement with the European data centre platform, Global Technical Realty (GTR) to construct its first UK-based data centre. SEGRO claims that the facility, which will span a total area of 400,711 sq ft, will be located in Slough and is to become “the largest data centre campus in the UK’s premier data centre and communications hub”.
What will SEGRO’s data centre facility be used for?
Supported by the global investment firm KKR, Global Technical Realty says it will be using the facility’s space on a 25-year term to operate bespoke data centres for high-growth global technology companies. The new facility aims to support the growing demand for third-party data centre provision amid ever-increasing growth in data usage and cloud services adoption.
Franek Sodzawiczny, CEO & Founder of GTR, said: “We are excited to be back in the UK alongside our partner KKR and look forward to working closely with SEGRO to deliver this state-of-the-art data centre campus. The data centre space is a fast-moving one. GTR was established to support its customers in providing a data centre solution wherever in the world there is a demand for it. We are delighted that the UK will become home to our flagship concept”.
James Craddock, Managing Director, Thames Valley at SEGRO, said: “We’re pleased to welcome GTR as the latest data centre operator to our thriving estate and our team of experts look forward to developing a stunning new facility for them and their customers. “Homeworking, data streaming, e-commerce and businesses’ reliance on cloud services have all grown during the pandemic, meaning demand for data centres is unabated.
“Slough Trading Estate is home to Europe’s largest data centre cluster and data centres are increasingly regarded as part of our key national infrastructure given the critical role they play in our daily lives”, he added.
The facility is expected to be delivered in two phases with operations beginning by Q4 of next year. The first phase plans to provide 132,575 sq ft of space phase two will create 268,136 sq ft of space. “Vacant possession of the site delivered to the customer by early 2022”, SEGRO said.
The project is also expected to create around 200 jobs during its construction, and a further 80 permanent roles once completed.