industry news NEW REPORT REVEALS AFRICA AT THE EARLY STAGES OF SIGNIFICANTLY SIZED DATA CENTRE MARKET OPPORTUNITY A new report from BroadGroup, ahead of its ‘Invest in Data Center Africa Summit’ on 8th June, suggests that although Africa has been originally cast as a mobile story, there are signs that the transition to digitalising economies is encouraging the development of carrier neutral facilities, but warns that the journey will be challenging given the relatively low base from which demand in most countries is starting. The new report, Data Center Africa, covers 16 country markets and research has identified 74 players with 91 data centres. The report reviews these country markets to see trends, key players, where they are now and how they are doing in the move to resolve supply issues such as reliable power infrastructure, alternative telecoms infrastructure, a national market for IP Peering, international bandwidth connectivity and an evolving a carrier neutral data center infrastructure. Not everything is bad news. Some African countries actually have a power surplus and are exporting power. There is also growing investment in submarine cables to help with bringing in and distributing power. Even poor supply situations have their upside as enterprise users are forced to choose between investing in their own back up power generating capacity or migration to a more cost effective third party data centre provider. It remains to be seen whether this will contribute sufficient impetus in demand for local third party hosting and content services in some African countries. ‘Change has been slow but there are signs that growth is quickening,’ commented Philip Low, managing director of BroadGroup. ‘A host of factors ranging from connectivity to physical environment to policy can act as barriers to growth, but this new report looks beyond these issues and reveals new data centre operators are discovering innovative solutions to provide services for their customers.’ 10 IN BRIEF The Green Grid vice president, Lance Rütimann, will provide ICTFootprint.eu strategic guidance and feedback on sustainable ICT mechanisms to help organisations understand and improve energy efficiency in their technology estates. Funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 program, ICTFootprint.eu has constructed a 36 month work plan for businesses from ICT sector, containing practical information related to energy efficiency and carbon footprint methodologies and indicators, advisory bodies for green procurement, and one-on-one help desk services. Romonet and its Big Data Predictive Analytics Platform has won the ‘Critical Environment Future Thinking’ Award at the DatacenterDynamics US & Canada Awards 2016. The ‘Critical Environment Future Thinking’ award recognises Romonet’s Analytics Platform’s ability to solve the financial and operational challenges that affect enterprises, data centre service providers, facility operators and those responsible for managing the highly sensitive IT environments businesses are dependent on. Keysource has won a RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Award for the third year in a row. The company received a Gold Award after being applauded for its high health and safety standards during the past 12 months. Schneider Electric has won the Data Centre Power Product of the Year category at the DCS Awards 2016. The company’s portfolio of prefabricated and micro data centre solutions allows the rapid and cost effective deployment of infrastructure in any location, unhindered by challenges of distance, space constraints or remote environments. The European Investment Bank (EIB) has agreed a €7.5m financing deal with Flexenclosure. The EIB loan will support the expansion of Flexenclosure’s R&D activities, enabling it to maintain and extend its position in its key markets of sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and Central and South East Asia. Epsilon has been selected by Daisy Worldwide to deliver its Epsilon Intelligent Network eXchange (eINX) solution. Daisy Worldwide will use eINX to interconnect with its customers and partners in its local regions while ensuring network performance on a global scale. BlueJeans Network has partnered with Equinix and joined the Equinix Cloud Exchange to quickly expand its global reach and provide high performance connectivity to its cloud based video offerings. Equinix’s vast and vendor neutral network of 1,150+ networks and carriers gives BlueJeans enhanced flexibility and choice, with increased safety, speed and reliability.