The Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) – popularly known for power production in Kenya has revealed plans to set up a commercial data centre in Kenya (Tier IV Data Centre) for housing servers, network and storage systems of local and international firms. This will be done at a fee as KenGen looks into ways to boost its revenue generation.
According to latest reports from Business Daily Africa, the firm is seeking services from a consultant familiar with the business to provide a path for the feasibility study, design as well as certification of a commercial Tier IV data centre. Tender documents relating to the matter indicate that KenGen is expected to meet the consultant who would be tasked with engaging stakeholders in choosing a location of the land as well as determining requirements.
“Given the increasingly digital nature of modern businesses and all the emerging possibilities including Cloud, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, IoT and Big Data Analytics; KenGen wants to set up a colocation data centre in Kenya to address this growing need in the market. This would be a world-class hyper-scale facility to provide unrivalled service for the African market,” KenGen says in the tender document. “KenGen plans to build a new Tier IV Data Centre that can host mission-critical systems and provide colocation, business continuity and managed services facilities to local and international organizations; as an additional and diversified revenue stream.”
A Tier IV data centre is an advanced computing and information storage facility with guaranteed availability time of 99.995 per cent uptime time per year. It’s usually a preferred infrastructure for companies with international reach and consistently high web traffic without instances of downtime, errors of shutdowns.
KenGen is also looking into additional revenue streams such as setting up a geothermal drilling detergent manufacturing factory that will see it stop importing the commodity and make savings. Other projects include commercial treatment and bottling of drinking water and the KenGen Calibration Centre.