Carrier / Vendor Neutral Data Centres
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Carrier / Vendor Neutral Data Centres

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icolo.io designs, builds and operates state of the art carrier neutral data centers to serve a broad spectrum of clients – telecom carriers, ISPs and peering points, IT and cloud providers, content providers, enterprise and financial services customers. These Data Centers are hyper-connected hubs and provide colocation services  which include power, security, network access, redundancy, rack space, and precision cooling to its customers.

Our Data Centers are carrier neutral, we welcome other carriers into our data centers where our customers need them. 

Clients benefit from lower costs and improved resilience by securely housing their information systems and networking equipment in our purpose built facilities which are operated to global best practices by an expert organisation.

 
 

Colocation

Colocate your business critical equipment in one of icolo.io’s secure, state-of-the-art data centers that connect directly to our wide variety of network carriers. From extensive power backup systems to complete fire detection and suppression plans, each facility is constructed to ensure the safety and security of your equipment. We offer:

  • Premium Colocation for up to 58U rack available
  • Half racks available
  • Metered power
  • Bespoke in rack DC solutions
  • 3 phase power available
  • 1kW to 10kW per rack
  • Customer Suites
  • Private, secured cage available
  • Ability to install biometric security and CCTV cameras
  • Bespoke AC and DC power options available over 1 Megawatt
 
 

Physical Interconnect Services

Our data cabling system allows for the configuration of flexible and scalable interconnections to multiple carriers and upstream service providers in our Data Center. The service also includes direct access to potentially valuable business partners within the Data Center as well as direct connection through to undersea cable providers. cross connects to any icolo.io’s client, carrier or service provider can be installed within 48 hours.

 
 

Co-working Space

As part of providing a holistic solution for our customers, we offer international standard co-working spaces at some of our Data Center locations. We provide a flexible working environment with the quality and comfort associated with having your own offices, coupled with the advantage being next to the Data Center.
What do you get with our Shared Office Space?

  • Desk, chair, lockable storage unit and secure access to your office
  • High speed internet access (included in monthly price*)
  • Full access to business centre facilities including stocked kitchens, breakout areas & meeting rooms
  • Fixed price with no long term commitment on space.
 
 

Remote Hands & Eyes

Sometimes, you just really need to physically get to your servers in a hurry. Why not call us up and we can help you. Our fully trained site engineers are here to help.

Our Remote Hands and Eyes service includes:

  • Onsite/offsite technical assistance and troubleshooting
  • Equipment installations and configurations
  • Ladder racking, pre-wiring of patch panels and equipment
  • Interface card removal, installation and configuration
  • Testing media for continuity and proper signaling
  • Providing visual verifications to assist in remote troubleshooting
  • Inventorying/labelling of equipment
  • Assistance in the conference room and with AV equipment setup
  • Power cycling a router, server and switch and soft-booting a server
  • Adding, removing and verifying a demarcation
  • Moving equipment within your space and cabinets
  • Moving or securing cables
  • Installation Support
  • Remote Hands Support
  • Cross-Connections
  • Delivery Reception
  • Secure Storage Services
  • BMS Access
  • Project Office Space
 
 

Power

Icolo.io’s most critical responsibility to our customers is to ensure that they continuous availability of power. To maintain power availability, our data centres are designed with resilient electrical backedup by powerful UPS systems and high capacity generators

  • All our data center are designed with 2 independent power lines that terminates in each rack in the data center. Power is cascaded to multiple resilient distribution boards that enable the servicing of multiple zones simultaneously
  • We deploy high-capacity generators that guarantee power availability even during metro-wide power outages. Together with substantial on-site diesel stockpiles and short-notice diesel refueling contracts with multiple vendors at each data centre location, our electricity backup capabilities are extensive. This permits us to supply necessary power to organizations that require 24/7 infrastructure availability, such as online retailers and global financial services companies.
  • Multiple uninterruptible power source (UPS) systems in every data center to eliminate fluctuations and to provide clean, continuous power to your critical systems. In addition, all of the systems contained in the data centre are configured to be resilient, allowing us to provide you with consistent infrastructure and security performance. Fully online UPSs ensure frequency, voltage and surge stability.
  • Robust Protection Against Electrical Surges
 
 

Cooling

Our precision cooling systems have been designed specifically to meet the needs of data center heat loads and have concurrent system with a N+1 redundancy design. Our systems also keep in mind the needs of high density computing

  • Ambient temperatures are maintained 22-27 Degrees Celsius
  • Humidity is maintained at less than 60%
 
 

Security

Our world class security concepts have been adapted from the strictest standards of ensuring safety for our customer’s infrastructure. We build advanced, multi-level physical security into every data center facility to ensure that your infrastructure is physically secure. We also provide optional advanced access control and security services that supplement our standard measures.

  • On-premises security guards
  • Comprehensive perimeter and building security, with multiple levels of security
  • Pre-authorisation required for data centre access
  • A visitor’s identity is visually confirmed against a picture on a named user list
  • Additional biometric confirmation through fingerprint imaging
  • Service areas are physically separated from data centre areas
  • Continuous video surveillance of all zones and cabinets
  • Comprehensive audit logs are maintained on all site access
  • Additional bespoke access policies can be implemented for private cage clients
 
 

Peering

We believe great networks are about peering and not raw bandwidth. Our peering solution is a neutral, layer 2 Internet Exchange point located in our Data Centers. It enables exchange of vast troves of data between customer via their services providers via public peering. The network service providers include both local as well as International providers. With our peering solutions customers are able to

  • Reduced costs in local bandwidth by eliminating roundtrips between service providers
  • Reduced latency with simplified routing and direct interconnects
  • Improved performance by bypassing potential traffic bottlenecks
  • Increased resilience by offering convenient multiple network connection options
 
 

Connectivity

As a carrier-neutral facility, competitive and resilient connectivity will be available within the multi-carrier Meet-Me-Rooms in the datacentre. Icolo.io hubs have an ecosystem of submarine cable providers, local terrestrial networks and several other major IP backbones have establish strategic interconnections in our facilities. Customers have the opportunity to leverage network density and the choice of interconnection partners to achieve the network deployment speed and scale you need.

  • Peering
  • Inter-DC Interconnects fibre/ethernet
 
 

Nairobi

Our Nairobi facility is set to open in September 2016. This is a stand alone hyperconnected, Tier-III data center purpose built for Kenya’s colocation market situated in Karen within easy access of Jomo Kenyatta International airport and Nairobi downtown set in a University campus.

  • Single storey purpose built building with a built up area of 4000sqm
  • 4 MVA dual power source with back up power from Generators for each line
  • 1000 sqm of IT space
  • National and International Carriers
  • PCI-DSS and ISO 27001 certification (ongoing)

To see more technical specifications of the facility, take a look at our data sheet:
NBO One Datasheet

 
 

Mombasa

MBA One is a premier hyper-connected Tier-III data center purpose built and situated within easy reach of Mombasa International airport. The port city of Mombasa is also the landing station for many of the undersea cable operators and international network hub for internet traffic in the region. MBA 1 is:

  • Single storey purpose built building with a built up area of 1800 sqm
  • 1.6 MVA dual power source with back up power from Generators for each line
  • 450 sqm of IT space
  • National and International Carriers
  • PCI-DSS and ISO 27001 certification (ongoing)

To see more technical specifications of the facility, take a look at our data sheet: 


MBA One Datasheet

 
 

icolo.io Blog

Node Africa Announces Pop at MBA 1
Posted on 04 Jun 2016 at 11:17:15 by admin

“Relationships Are Valuable”

Phares Kariuki, CEO Node Africa

In 2014, African Business Review rated Phares Kariuki, the second most influential CEO innovating the tech industry in Africa. Fast forward to present day, the 30 year old along with long time associate Brian Muita, CTO Node Africa, haven’t shown any signs of slowing down with January 2016 seeing the incorporation of Node Africa, a VMware managed service provider.

Based in Nairobi, Kenya, the firm to date has a team of 7 of “some of the best developers, some of the best engineers globally”, who’ve driven the company to quickly curve a niche for itself by offering unrivalled expertise to its ever growing client base.

The recently launched company has taken on the role of providing customized cloud solutions to cater to client’s unique needs.  A fete accomplished in part by viewing themselves as a hybrid data management company that creates and integrates unique solutions instead of a cloud and Infrastructure Company.

Phares, himself  a firm believer in social capital models Nodes’ customer relations approach after Rack Space well known for what he calls “Fanatical support”; approachable and readily available when needed.

With regards to choosing VMware as a partner, he explained that the VMware platform once set up set up allows access in between servers thus making migration between servers seamless with no downtime by “extracting back end networking from the infrastructure.”

Their private cloud solutions ensure data security with “ridiculously” low latency. Node Africa recently became vendors of Microsoft Hyper V for storage of disaster Recovery data primarily geared to clients that already have Hyper V installed.

What’s next? Well among other yet to be announced undertakings, Node plans to launch a hardware back up appliance mainly for larger organizations that need their back up aggregated prior to being pushed onto a cloud server.

On Why us “We chose Icolo because you guys know what you’re doing” he says before further citing trust as a consideration while choosing our Miritini, Mombasa data centre. Their growing customer base creates a need for a flexible and scalable data centre partner capable of meeting their customer requirements.

Node Africa is part of the growing Cloud Service provider industry in Kenya. ITV news Africa projects that South Africa along with Kenya will earn 288.0 million USD in revenue by 2018 up from 114.6 million USD in 2013.

 (Cloud computing Set for massive growth in South Africa and Kenya, September 11, 2015, http://bit.ly/1sxovH7)

 
 

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Events

30 Aug 2016
African Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF) 2016
Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
8 Jun 2016
Icolo at the Invest in Data Centre Africa Summit:
Grimaldi forum, Monaco.
27 Aug 2016
Capacity Africa 2016
Speke Resort & Conference Centre
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Delivery Address

  • 66 Muthithi Road, Westlands, Nairobi
  • P. O. Box 1243 – 00100, Kenya
  • +254 702 121 113

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