New data centre set to open in Zambia

Paratus 29.09.21Paratus Group will open a brand-new data centre in Lusaka, Zambia, offering colocation services, quality connections for local and multinational businesses, together with a highly sophisticated range of digital and aligned services

With the new centre opening on 1 October, Paratus Zambia is helping local and international businesses in the region to perform at a new and unlimited level. The data centre offers customers colocation services, giving them the option to rent space within the facility for their equipment and servers. Businesses can choose from a range of options, including dedicated, shared, caged, and private suite options.

The benefits of using colocation services include unlimited 24/7 physical access to equipment and the facility and, if a customer is not able to physically make it to the facility, the Paratus Zambia DC team will offer their remote hands service which enables the DC team to perform any immediate functions on the customer’s behalf.

In terms of overall maintenance, the data centre is designed with optimal resilience to allow for concurrent maintainability. It is also fitted with redundant systems ranging from power, cooling and connectivity with each running system on a primary and alternate to achieve this. This essentially means each one works concurrently to ensure maximum availability and that the customer’s systems are constantly online.

If a company loses its connectivity or power to their critical equipment and systems, it can lead to an unfortunate loss of productivity and other far-reaching effects such as loss of business. The benefit of moving offsite and migrating to one of Paratus’ data centres is that the facility guarantees uninterrupted power and connectivity. It runs at a 1-megawatt power capacity with two dedicated generators, and this ensures uninterrupted power.

Each on-site data hall has connectivity resilience, and each cabinet has dual UPS feeds which deliver up to 3.5kVA. It is advantageous to have UPS systems in place as this allows for back-up power to be activated in case there is a utility power outage. However, having a dual UPS feed is more beneficial, as this means that there are two separate sets of these components always operating independently, so if the one cuts out, the other one automatically starts operating.

Although Paratus operates its own resilient 100 gig fiber network that interconnects the data centre to the rest of the world, this facility is carrier neutral. This means that the client has more choice in connectivity options and has the freedom to connect to the facility using a solutions’ partner that works for them.

This data centre was scheduled originally to open in July but was delayed due to regional restrictions and the rise in Covid-infections in the SADC region. The managing director of Paratus Zambia, Marius van Vuuren, commented, “With the slight delay in opening our data centre, we now have the opportunity and time to rigorously test all our systems and give our customers extra assurance that we are providing them with the best hosting environment in the country.

“The opening of the data centre will take place on 1 October 2021. This is a great achievement, not only for Paratus, but for Zambia as well, and we hope that many will be able to join in on the exciting activities on the day.”

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