Vodacom Tanzania installing new data centre after fire damage

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Vodacom Tanzania has ordered an energy centre from Flexenclosure to power its main switching centre in the capital Dar es Salaam, as replacement for the energy centre that was damaged in a fire in August.

The new energy centre will be divided into fire zones to minimise the risk of similar incidents in the future. To further secure trouble-free operation, a DCIM system will be used for remote management of the energy centre.

The energy centre is the area of a data centre where the equipment needed to power the network infrastructure is installed. 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. The company’s eCentre is a custom-designed, prefabricated data centre building that is 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.

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 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.

Vodacom Tanzania is the leading network operator in Tanzania, the largest country in east Africa with a population of close to 50 million. Tanzania still has a relatively low mobile penetration rate of slightly less than 60%.

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