Raxio Data Centre Receives Uptime Institute Tier III Certification


By Celestine Okorie

Raxio Data Centre is officially the First Tier III Certified Data Centre in Uganda after receiving the Uptime Institute Tier III Certification on 20th October, 2020.

This was achieved after a diligent assessment and evaluation by expert teams from The Uptime Institute in the United States and the United Kingdom to ensure it meets the stringent requirements of Uptime’s Tier III Certification.

With this certification, Raxio Data Centre becomes one of less than fifteen (15) Tier III, privately owned, carrier-neutral data centres in Africa and the second in East Africa. The Uptime Institute’s teams evaluated all aspects of design and equipment, such as power, cooling, and fire suppression and detection.

A Tier III data centre requires no shutdowns for equipment replacement and maintenance. A redundant delivery path for power and cooling is added to the redundant critical components of Tier II (Redundant Capacity) so that each and every component needed to support the IT processing environment can be shut down and maintained without impact on the operation and provision of services to customers.

Concurrent Maintainability across all critical subsystems is actually one of the most important driving design characteristics that many clients look out for when outsourcing their data centre needs as it also ensures full redundancy in the event of unexpected shut downs or failures.

Speaking on the announcement, the Raxio Data Centre General Manager James Byaruhanga described this achievement as a turning point for Uganda and the East African region: “The Tier III Certification by the Uptime Institute demonstrates our ambition to achieve the highest standards, and validation that we meet global standards of modern data centres. This also demonstrates our long-term commitment to existing and future customers as we provide colocation of their data infrastructure.

Raxio Data Centre hosts the Uganda Internet eXchange Point which allows networks to directly interconnect and freely exchange data traffic at a common point – making the Internet cheaper, faster, and more reliable.The Tier III certification by the Uptime Institute is a clear commitment that the Raxio Data Centre will deliver the highest level of service availability for customers who require Colocation Data Centre Services for Disaster Recovery and Cross Connect in the fast-growing ICT sector.

The Certification is of paramount importance to customers with the most demanding needs providing business critical services to customers, such as those in the financial services sector, as well as creating the conditions for international customers looking to bring next-generation services into Uganda.

Raxio Data Centre’s facility also incorporates sustainable features developed using international engineering and operations standards to mitigate rising costs of energy while providing respect for the environment. With this combination, Raxio Data Centre is setting the standard for premium colocation services that organizations consider for disaster recovery and business continuity to mitigate business risk management to their operations.

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