MainOne chooses Minkels to enhance position in West-African Data Centre Market

West African connectivity and data centre solutions company MainOne has chosen Minkels as its data centre supplier.

MainOne has been something of a trailblazer in Africa with its undersea fibre optic cable connecting West Africa to Europe, along with the construction of West Africa’s largest commercial Tier III+ Data Centre, MDXi.

The firm noted a strong market demand for a world class, carrier-neutral co-location data centre in Nigeria in 2012. According to Funke Opeke, CEO of MainOne: “The market demand rapidly outstripped the co-location space in our landing station and necessitated the construction of a purpose built Tier III facility with 600 rack capacity. We developed the Lekki data centre (MDXi) over 24 months and launched in January 2015 to keep up with customer demand.”

She adds: “Minkels met our requirement to provide a Cold Aisle Containment solution: flexible concerning rack width and height, able to accommodate a free standing 47U solution, and lend itself to caging. In addition, Minkels has the technical ability to understand our requirements and quickly make custom engineering modifications based on experience with many of our global customers.”

MainOne has successfully deployed the Cold Aisle Containment solution and custom support frames to meet the requirements of their international co-location customers who will be deploying their server racks shortly.

“Our partnership with Minkels ensures our ability to respond to customers with different technical requirements and volumes. Feedback from our customers is that they are impressed with the Minkels CAC and it makes the decision and process of co-locating with us easier”, added Opeke.

Christiaan van Terheijden, CEO of Minkels, said: "MainOne invests heavily in growing the broadband ecosystem in West Africa. This benefits both inhabitants and Internet enabled business models across the region.”

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