East Africa Data Center (EADC), a subsidiary of Liquid Telecom Kenya, has won Tier III Certification for its data center. EADC was awarded the certification by Uptime Institute Professional Services having established its delivery of 100 percent uptime in its electricity supply, cooling systems, and IT systems.
Uptime Institute Professional Services, provides a guarantee of uninterrupted service for the organisations storing data at EADC, which include Google and Facebook, which hold their regional caches at EADC; the Kenya Internet Exchange Point (KIXP), also housed at EADC, and for the large volume of banking and commercial data stored in the centre.
“This is an important step in data center guarantees in Kenya and East and Central Africa, as East Africa Data Centerjoins the relatively few data centers across the world in gaining the Uptime Institute Tier III Design Certification,” said Dan Kwach the East Africa Data Centre, General Manager.
The institute is the only firm in the world licensed to rate and certify designs, constructed facilities and ongoing operations against its Classification System and Operational Sustainability criteria, to deliver stamps of assurance that the site management and processes are delivering the guarantee of 100 per cent uptime.
“EADC’s certification is a reflection of its dedication to securing excellence in the realm of data and hosting solutions,” said Uptime Institute President R. Lee Kirby.
The award follows the investment by EADC in a new Kenya Power substation, which saw it move to one of the highest proportions of green energy in the world. The $5m investment has substantially reduced its use of its comprehensive backup power systems, which are diesel powered.
East Africa Data Center houses 2,000 square meters of secured space for data servers on three floors in the center, making it the largest data center in the region, as well as now the most reliable.
The center becomes the first in East and Central Africa to win the uptime certification.