Africa Data Centres, part of the Cassava Technologies group and one of the continent’s largest networks of interconnected, carrier- and cloud-neutral data center facilities, has taken a significant step forward in its widescale expansion into Africa by partnering with Nigeria’s primary internet exchange point: IXPN.
“IXPN is without a doubt Nigeria’s leading internet exchange point, and it provides Africa Data Centres with the connectivity it requires to provide customers with market-leading service,” says Dr. Angus Hay, Africa Data Centres’ group executive: IT & partnerships.
“The collaboration will allow Nigerian entities to migrate their systems with complete confidence into a world-class data center, knowing they will have access to a highly available, secure, and connected ecosystem of strategic partners.”
In the digital economy, businesses are migrating to cloud and internet-centric technology, but the costs of running their infrastructure, including backup generators and physical security, are prohibitively expensive. Shared data center resources lower total cost of ownership while increasing availability and connectivity and opening up new opportunities for collaboration and innovation.
“In order to promote greater business agility and scalability, organizations are moving away from on-premises equipment.” To do so, they require a trusted specialist provider to house their systems, as well as a colocation provider who can act as a trusted partner while providing excellent local and international connectivity,” Hay adds.
Effective cloud services cannot be implemented in the absence of stable Internet access and strong, dependable data centers. This is the essence of Africa Data Centres’ partnership with IXPN: they bring internet peering to the table, and the data center provider provides the local ecosystem for customers.
IXPN, Nigeria’s leading internet exchange provider, enables local content and service providers to connect directly for the exchange of local internet traffic, avoiding the need for data to travel long distances. They are accelerating end-user access to online resources by bringing content closer to the customer, resulting in significant improvements in business efficiency.
“We are excited to partner with Africa Data Centres towards providing an additional point of presence to our members within the new Eko Atlantic City,” said IXPN Chief Executive Officer Muhammed Rudman in a statement.
“Our collaboration with Africa Data Centres gives our members access to more peering facilities, especially in Lagos, which will significantly improve connection performance, lower bandwidth costs, and lower latency for Nigerian internet traffic,” he concluded.