Siemon Partners with icolo.io to Deliver a Landmark Co-location Data Center Facility Set to be a New Gateway to Africa
SIEMON
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New Design/Build Data Centre Project of the Year
Entry Description
icolo is Africa's first career neutral co-location data center which had opened itself to national and international customers. East Africa has seen tremendous growth in last few years with more and more customers adopting internet and mobile phones. This has led to huge growth in digital data and the need for data hosting and co-location data centers. For icolo.io it was paramount to work with best-in class partners for this project who can give them high quality products which were reliable, gives them negligible down time and lower working cost.

V600 cabinets was selected and customized features of flexible mounting options was provided to support any range of equipment depths, enhanced side entry for convenient access to installed equipment and high-density perforated doors that offer up to 71% perforation exceeding major IT equipment air flow requirements.
With power consumption remaining a significant working cost in data centers, accounting for 20 to 30 percent of the total cost of ownership, it was in icolo.io’s best interest to keep energy costs to a least while maximizing energy efficiency and Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE). Siemon’s specially designed cold aisle containment solution panels attached to the V600 cabinets could contain cold air for targeted cooling of active equipment’s, allowing higher temperature return air which in turn improved the efficiency of existing cooling systems and cut energy costs while preventing over-provisioning of air conditioning units. The panels also increased capacity by allowing greater heat densities without costly supplemental cooling. A pod of 26 cabinets has been initially deployed and this will grow as tenants move in making it future ready.

For the network cabling infrastructure, pre-terminated copper and fiber trunking assemblies and modular patch panels was specified. These pre-terminated solutions, including high performance category 6A F/UTP copper trunks from Siemon’s Z-MAX line, plug and play fiber assemblies using OM4 multimode cable, and as OS2 singlemode cable, was manufactured and tested in a clean factory environment and offered guaranteed performance levels. Modular patch panels provided flexibility since they can accommodate both singlemode and multimode fiber cassettes, as well as copper connectivity and take up little rack space. The pre-terminated copper and fiber trunks were a real time-saver and compared to field-terminated links, these trunks can help reduce installation time by up to 75 percent.

Icolo.io’s new facility is a success in the region. The new co-location data center has now changed the landscape, enabling customer to bring content closer to their users, and Siemon’s high-performance infrastructure solutions have been fundamental in achieving this. Not only client was able to install latest technologies, the customized solutions in product design and operations proved critical for the client as they could see direct cost saving without compromising on quality of products installed.
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