Intelligent CIO Middle East Issue 81 | Page 10


Rack Centre becomes the first IFC EDGE certified data centre in Europe , Middle East and Africa

Rack Centre , an Actis majority-owned data centre and a leading carrier-neutral Tier III data centre in West Africa , has become the first International Finance Corporation ( IFC ) EDGE certified data centre in Europe , Middle East and Africa .

This prestigious green building certification recognises the significant savings the centre will achieve in energy and water use , incorporated as part of the design to expand the facility ’ s IT load from 1.5MW to 13MW . On completion of this expansion , Rack Centre is forecast to achieve 35 % energy savings , which is estimated to avoid carbon emissions totalling approximately 100 tonnes each year .
Actis first partnered with Rack Centre in early 2020 as part of its US $ 250 million African data centre platform investment .
To ensure the data centre could meet the rapid growth in demand for hosting capacity in Africa , while at the same time reducing its environmental impact and operating costs , Actis has spearheaded a programme of green design philosophies and initiatives that will result in the data centre achieving 35 % energy savings , 41 % water savings and deliver a 45 % saving in embodied energy in materials used .

G42 and e & to turn Khazna Data Centers into one of the Middle East ’ s largest data centre providers

Following the binding agreement between e & ( formerly known as Etisalat Group ) and G42 to merge their data centre offering late 2021 , Khazna Data Centers is now operating the 12 new joint data centres network , making it one of the UAE and Middle East ’ s largest data centre providers .

The strategic partnership between G42 and e & makes Khazna a data centre powerhouse effectively delivering services to partners , customers and users alike .
“ We are pleased to see our partnership with e & coming to fruition with the consolidation of our respective data centre assets under Khazna Data Center ,” said Peng Xiao , Group CEO at G42 . “ Over the years , Khazna has become synonymous with deploying and operating the best-in-class data centre infrastructure . We are confident that this next phase in its growth will help attract new global players to the UAE , contributing to the development of the local and regional digital ecosystem and economies .”
“ The completion of the deal with G42 will further enhance our capabilities to design and deliver infrastructure in line with our vision to be a leading digital enabler that transforms enterprises , governments and societies ,” said Salvador Anglada , CEO , e &. “ This new journey will allow us to leverage our investments and expertise to deliver next-generation digital infrastructure that will benefit our customer segments .”
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