Nigerian mega telecoms operator Globacom has inaugurated its 20,000 square feet Internet Data Centre in Lagos that will serve the function of providing co-location, disaster recovery and hosting dedicated services to clients in Nigeria. It is expected that not less than 20,000 litres of diesel with generators are available at any period of time. The data centre is also backed up in other locations which mean the data is reasonably safe.
And Glo is not stopping its efforts there as it wants to build “Nigeria’s largest Iconic Data Centre” in the FCT, Abuja. It says the new data centre will be able to provide Tier 3 and Tier 4 enterprise data services. It will also provide network based services, applications, equipment and cloud services in a highly safe and secure environment.
Cesar Camara, Globacom Corporate Chief Information Officer (Information Systems) claimed most websites of entities and organizations in Nigeria are hosted market like the UK and the USA due to the hostile business environment in Nigeria like unreliable power supply.
“This is why Globacom is stepping in to become one of the top players in the Managed Services Industry across Nigeria and West Africa. We do this by leveraging our existing telecoms infrastructure, Glo1 Submarine cable, reliable power supply network, experienced manpower and experience in building state-of-the-art technologies for our existing voice and data telephony services,” he told journalists at the Data Centre in Lagos.
“This make our high capacity data centres highly sought after by all categories of businesses including SMEs, Financial Institutions, Oil and Gas, Educationists, Hospitals to telecom service provider,” he continued.
He added that Glo’s data centre has 99.99% uptime for all servers and systems because they are housed in safe, fireproof, and secure environment built to international standards with a 24-hour power supply, internet connectivity with data backup capacity and redundancy for all equipment.
Globacom with this step aims to increase its number of corporate clients in the country. Meanwhile, the Minister of Culture and Tourism, Edem Duke has lauded Globacom as the only Nigerian company that had identified with the aspiration of the ministry in the area of youth engagement and empowerment.
Globacom is the largest telecoms company in Nigeria after MTN with a customer base of about 23 million. It is located in some West African countries as well.