Britain Pledges Effective Business Collaboration with Nigeria


Emma Okonji

The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Paul Arkwright, has assured Nigerians of better business collaboration with Britain.

Arkwright who made the remark in Lagos when he paid a courtesy visit to Rack Centre, also promised to encourage British companies to do more business with their Nigerian counterparts.
Rack Centre is West Africa’s premium Data Centre, located in Lagos, offering Tier 111 colocation data centre services in Nigeria.

Arkwright, who was accompanied by a team from the Trade and Development section of the High Commission, said the visit was a boost to the continued growing trade and investment relations between Nigeria and the United Kingdom as Rack Centre has been a beneficiary of British technology.

The data centre technology at Rack Centre is largely based on British patent technology by Bladeroom, a data centre technology provider based in the United Kingdom.

The Director of Operations, Rack Centre, Mr. Ezekiel Egboye, who conducted the British High Commissioner and his team on a facility tour of Rack Centre, said the relationship with BladeRoom has contributed immensely towards the quality and efficiency of Rack Centre modular and scalable data centre, providing real-time 1.5 average Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE), the lowest in sub-Saharan Africa.

Rack Centre was the first West African data centre to attain Tier lll design certification by the Uptown Institute, according to Egboye, who explained that Rack Centre won the 2015 award from the renowned Data Centre Dynamics in EMEA, making Rack Centre the first African company to achieve that accolade. Rack Centre has been recently and successfully recertified Tier III by the Uptime Institute.

Arkwright expressed his satisfaction with what Rack Centre has achieved in just three years, especially in the situation where it had not had a single downtime since its inception even in the midst of various upgrades.
Rack Centre is wholly owned by Jagal, a Nigerian conglomerate holding, that operates leading energy businesses and manages a diverse portfolio of investments. Rack Centre, is a state-of-the-art, Tier III Design Certified data centre offering carrier-neutral colocation services. The data centre provides over 6,000 square metre of energy efficient and secure data centre space. The technology invested provides clients guaranteed levels of uptime, power and service availability. Co-locating within Rack Centre allows companies to avoid fixed infrastructure investments and to leave the growing complexity of managing power and environmental issues to specialists.