West African connectivity and colocation services company, MainOne, has chosen Minkels, part of the publicly traded company Legrand (NYSE Euronext Paris: LR), to deliver an integrated set of data center solutions including modular thus flexible Cold Aisle Containment, server racks, PDUs, and accessories. MainOne will offer these solutions to its customers at their flagship data center located in Lagos, Nigeria.
MainOne operates a Tier III certified data center (MDXi) in Lagos, Nigeria with ISO 27001 and PCI DSS certification. MDXi’s infrastructure and solutions are engineered to the highest standards to deliver high availability, optimal security, and competitive costs to its growing number of customers.
MainOne, in search of best of breed solutions, conducted a global search for a more flexible Cold Aisle Containment System (CAC) to accommodate the various needs of their global customers with racks of varying widths and heights.
“We considered manufacturing in China to meet our specifications and also direct purchase from various OEMS,” said Ms. Funke Opeke, CEO of MainOne. “A global evaluation followed: all top industry players, custom CAC vendors and local manufacturers were evaluated to provide racks, Cold Aisle Containment, PDUs and accessories for customers at our data center. Minkels met our requirement to provide a Cold Aisle Containment solution: flexible concerning rack width and height, able to accommodate a free standing 47U solution, and lend itself to caging. In addition, Minkels has the technical ability to understand our requirements and quickly make custom engineering modifications based on experience with many of our global customers.”
MainOne has successfully deployed the Cold Aisle Containment solution and custom support frames to meet the requirements of their international co-location customers who will be deploying their server racks shortly.
“As the premier data center in West Africa, it is important we lead in innovation, professionalism and delivery of world-class solutions,” added Ms. Funke Opeke. “Our partnership with Minkels ensures our ability to respond to customers with different technical requirements and volumes. Feedback from our customers is that they are impressed with the Minkels CAC and it makes the decision and process of co-locating with us easier. Given the success of this first-of-its-kind custom CAC deployment, we are in early discussions exploring the possibility to partner in the further deployment of Minkels solutions across MainOne’s MDXi data centers to ensure we remain very competitive in a dynamic and growing market.”
Minkels is part of the brand portfolio of Legrand, a publicly traded company (NYSE Euronext Paris: LR) with worldwide sales in the low voltage installation, data network and data center markets. Legrand operates in more than 180 countries and achieved worldwide revenues of 4.8 billion euros in 2015.
“We see MainOne as a company that knows how to drive Internet use across the West African region,” said Christiaan van Terheijden, CEO of Minkels. “MainOne invests heavily in growing the broadband ecosystem in West Africa. This benefits both inhabitants as Internet enabled business models across the region. We are more than happy to be part of that development.”