New energy centre for Vodacom Tanzania

Flexenclosure to provide new power infrastructure for Vodacom's data centre
The new Flexenclosure energy centre will house the power equipment for Vodacom's Dar es Salaam data centre.
The new Flexenclosure energy centre will house the power equipment for Vodacom's Dar es Salaam data centre.

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Vodacom Tanzania has signed a multi-million dollar deal for a new energy centre for its main switching centre in Dar es Salaam.

Flexenclosure will provide the new energy centre, which houses the power equipment for the data centre, to replace infrastructure lost in a fire last August.

The company will design and configure the energy centre for Vodacom Tanzania, which will include fire zones to reduce the spread of fires, and Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) for remote management and monitoring of the facility. Vodacom’s Dar es Salaam data centre is the largest in East Africa.

An energy centre is a vital part of any data centre – this is where the energy equipment is installed that is needed to power the network equipment. The rest of the data centre, the ‘white floor area’, houses the network equipment.

Flexenclosure is providing Vodacom Tanzania with two separate and standalone eCentre energy centre modules. eCentre by Flexenclosure is a custom-designed, prefabricated data centre building that is intended to be fast to deploy, energy efficient and easy to expand.

“This is our first eCentre deployment in Tanzania and our third order from Vodacom in the last 18 months, following two eCentre projects for Vodacom in Mozambique,” said David King, CEO, Flexenclosure. “We are delighted to yet again be trusted with delivering state of the art telecom infrastructure solutions to the Vodacom Group in Africa, and look forward to extending our relationship yet further.”

The energy centre in the Kwale data centre in Dar es-Salaam had been damaged by a battery-related fire in August 2013. In the new and improved facility that Flexenclosure will install for Vodacom Tanzania, the energy centre will be divided into separate rooms and fire zones for increased redundancy, so as to isolate potential single points of failure and thus minimise the risk of any negative impact on business continuity in case of an accident. If there is ever another incident such as the previous fire, Vodacom Tanzania’s customers will not lose their services. To further secure trouble-free operation, a DCIM system will be used for remote management of the energy centre.

”We are committed to providing our customers with world class services,” said Rene Meza, managing director, Vodacom Tanzania. “By installing Flexenclosure’s energy centre solution, we’re confident that we will never again suffer a network outage like the one we had last year.”

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