By Emma Okonji
Heficed, a global technology company providing bare metal and cloud services that foster true long-term relationships with its customers across several industries, has announced the hosting of its infrastructure in Rack Centre premises the Lagos. Rack Centre is a Nigeria-based Tier III carrier neutral state of the art data centre offering colocation, content distribution, interconnect and cloud services company.
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Heficed, Mr. Vincentas Grinius, said: “There is huge demand potential in Nigeria for the kind of services we render, with the highest GDP in Africa, accelerating broadband penetration, young population and 45 million SMEs – a full-suite infrastructure platform that enables growing businesses to effortlessly scale through one platform to meet compliance, security concerns, digital transformation need, and achieve business efficiency. The improving ease-of-doing-business is encouraging for success.”
Founded in 2008, Heficed was carefully built to create high value infrastructure solutions and to change the way companies and government organisations order, lease, deploy IP addresses.
According to Grinius, “Launching a new server location in Lagos as another location in our global architecture in a leading carrier neutral data centre is essential to ensure top quality performance and value to the major business areas in Africa and the globe.
“The comprehensive connectivity and geophysical location of Rack Centre enables the provision of our high quality services to realise the market potential not just in Nigeria, but the West African region.”
Rack Centre recently set aside a $100 million, out of the $250 million that Actis, the United Kingdom based equity firm, which took a controlling stake in the data centre, had earmarked for its data centre funding in Africa, for an expansion programme that will significantly increase its capacity and bring an unprecedented and the largest carrier neutral state of the art data centre to West Africa.
Managing Director of Rack Centre, Dr. Ayotunde Coker, who welcomed Heficed to the company’s breadth and depth of qualaity clients, said: “We are confident that Heficed and its customers will continue to enjoy the excellent range of carrier neutral services that Rack Centre offers. We will be providing Heficed Tier III Constructed Facility Certified quality with a direct connection to the Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria, over 40 of the major carriers and ISPs and all five undersea cables serving the South Atlantic coast of Africa. With every country on the Atlantic coast of Africa directly connected, we offer Heficed and its customers, unequalled low latency connectivity and performance in the region. We are cloud neutral and will reinforce Heficed’s success, not compete with it.”
Rack Centre’s carrier neutrality allows customers to manage traffic to get better value, lower latency and higher resilience, and creates an open market for partnerships between customers, networks, cloud and content providers, the Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria and managed service providers.