PAIX Data Centres set to expand into Kenya
Pan African Internet Exchange Data Centres (PAIX), broke ground on a new data centre this week in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. The facility will be located inside Britam Tower - the city’s tallest office building - and is scheduled to begin operations in November.
Dubbed the PAIX Nairobi-1, the new carrier-neutral colocation facility will be a according to the company, providing access to all major carriers in East Africa, as well as fibre networks and content providers.
“This highly connected location for PAIX Nairobi-1 is an ideal entry point into the Kenyan data center market, we contribute to the strength of the infrastructure that enables the digital economy in Kenya,” said Wouter van Hulten, CEO of PAIX Data Centres.
"This will allow us to serve a diverse customer community, generating new business opportunities for all connected businesses."
PAIX’s entry into the Kenyan data centre market is being supported by the Dutch Government through the Dutch Good Growth Fund, which is providing the company with long-term financing support.
The data centre industry across Africa is experiencing a boom, driven by a rapid expansion of digital economies in Morocco, Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa, as well as dramatic rises in internet traffic spurred on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, increases in IoT-powered smart agriculture projects and smart city developments are driving connectivity demands across the continent.
The trend recently reached an inflection point and regional data centre revenues are expected to rise by 12% by 2025, meaning market revenue is expected to exceed $3bn in the next five years. According to more than 70% of organisations throughout the region are expected to shift to the cloud by 2025.
NKG1 opens BDx Nanjing data centre campus
Big Data Exchange (BDx), a pan-Asian data centre company has launched its Nanjing data centre campus in China with the opening of its first facility, NKG1. The company said they “celebrated” the launch of the campus, located in the Yangtze River Delta, one of the nation's richest regions and its largest import and export base.
Following its certificate of completion from the Urban and Rural Construction Bureau of Jiangning District in Nanjing City, the NKG1 campus is “now serving customers”. Construction on the Nanjing campus began in February last year.
"We worked through the challenges of completing a major construction project during the peak of the pandemic because customers were anticipating this launch to support an unprecedented surge of growth and capacity requirements”, said Bill Gao, EVP & Chief Executive Officer of BDx Greater China.
"The launch of NKG1 enables BDx to have new world-class data centre infrastructure in China. It also lays a solid foundation for BDx to provide OTTs, financial services institutions, and Fortune 500 MNC customers with high reliability, high redundancy, and low latency solutions”, he added.
What does the NKG1 data centre include?
According to BDx, the NKG1 facility is the first data centre in the city to earn the Uptime Institute Tier III Certification of Design Documents and offers 4MW of IT power for colocation. NKG1 is powered by two separate 10-kilovolt feeders from two substations that aim to provide the NKG campus with 60MVA of total power sanctioned from the grid.
During COVID-19, BDx says that its design and construction team focused on safety to ensure that the project was completed safely and without incident. This enabled the company to add critical capacity to this region and respond to the accelerated shift to digital environments that caused a surge in demand for data center services. “Research shows that demand hasn't dropped as the economy reopens”, BDx said.
The launch of NKG2
Due to rising demand in China’s data centre market, BDx plans to launch the second phase of its Nanjing campus, NKG2, by the end of this year. “NKG2 is designed to be minimally manned and almost lights-out — a reigning philosophy across BDx's data center cluster. In addition, its highly automated features make for a more sustainable data center environment”, the company said.