Kenya Data Networks (KDN) today launched its new data center at the Nairobi based Sameer Business Park. This remote central repository facility will be used to host business information organized around a particular body of knowledge in Kenya.

"The data center has been put up to address customer needs of physical infrastructure, coupled with data recovery services", says Dan Kwach, KDN Product Manager.

The company has partnered with data center management services companies to provide a dynamic information management solutions.

The data center is composed of four floors; each floor carries a capacity of 150 42U server cabinet size. Two uninterrupted power supply (UPS) units are stationed on the west and east side of each floor to feed power to the servers. The data center also contains build in closed controlled air conditioner units on the service corridors, that are more efficient compared to the chillers.

"On the ground floor, clients will only be allowed access up to a limited operation center, where they will be attended to by KDN's team of technical staff and engineers," says Kwach. This floor contains shared hot desks for authorized personnel who will manage the data center and are stationed on location. The facility has comprehensive audit logs on all access and KDN is planning to implement additional policies for private cage customers.

The center is carrier neutral -- a client will be able to choose which telecommunication company to work with as a service provider, the bottom line goal being to provide a client with efficiency in terms of managing their data and a disaster management system. The centre gets its power source from Kenya Power Company (former KPLC), but they also have standby generators in case of power surges.

"This data center is built on Telehouse benchmarks. We expect the facility will enable our clients achieve their business objectives while cutting down on their overheads in telecommunications and data storage infrastructure," says Johan Badenhorst, Data Center Manager. Telehouse is a leading data centre and managed ICT services in Europe.

KDN, is a Kenyan registered communications company that operates one of the largest data and Internet backbone in East Africa. They provide a comprehensive suite of services over the fibre optic network including Internet Protocol (IP) services, broadband transport, infrastructure services and collocation services. With the data center in place, KDN is set to provide end to end data solutions for their clients.