- January 26, 2017
- Posted by: Adrian Hall
- Category: Networks, Strategy
For some year’s now, governments across Africa have been concerned about national data being housed abroad in Data Centers where foreign governments and international entities can access sensitive information. The answer is clearly to house data on home soil in a National Data Center facility but that is a simple answer to a complex issue. Would the Data Center be owned by government? Does government have the competencies and finances available to own such a facility? Should the facility be outsourced to a private company or consortium or should it be a joint venture with a portion of the Data Center partitioned a private National Data Center facility housing government data whilst offering the remainder for colocation? How can governments and/ or service providers come together to ensure reliable power and connectivity to a national Data Center facility? Are ‘Own Data Centers, offering co-location or cloud services, a viable business development opportunity for service providers who are struggling to generate sustainable revenues through conventional services?
Africa is arguably the biggest growth region for Data Centers and Internet Services Worldwide. The user base is growing exponentially as demand for data requirements and access to data services is becoming the expected norm and low latency with reduced reliance on international bandwidth are key drivers for the growth of the African Data Center market. In 2015, the Cisco Global Cloud Index predicted that the Middle East and Africa region will have the highest cloud traffic growth rate globally through to 2019, with 41 percent Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR). IBM opened its first data center in South Africa in March, promising to deliver low-latency public, private and cloud services, as well as analytics, to the entire continent. The same month, Teraco revealed plans to construct Africa’s largest Data Center by expanding its existing site to seven times its current size. In Djibouti, cloud platform provider ChinaNetCenter partnered with the Djibouti Data Center network to improve end-user experience across the east Africa region. A separate study of the African data center market published in October 2015, titled The African Data Center Rises, found that colocation demand across the continent is increasing two to three times faster than supply.
Etix Everywhere, a European-based Data Center solution provider has developed it’s unique offerings with the African market specifically in mind with Joint Venture approaches and state of the art colocation facilities already developed in Morocco and Senegal and are working with Extensia Bridge to support national development objectives of the private sector and governments across Africa.
The discussion around the viability and the most effective path to the development of National Data Centers is at the heart of the IAD Summit organised by Extensia in partnership with Galaxy Backbone and the Federal Ministry of Communications in Nigeria in March 2017. Through the Extensia Bridge portfolio of preferred solution providers, we are able to support your objectives on the development of in-country Data Centers, from early stage consulting, financing, build and operation of Data Centers through to the development of affordable and sustainable energy solutions and the rollout, expansion and evolution of reliable networks.
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