Medallion Data Centres Limited a Digital Realty company officially unveiled its second data centre (“LOS2”) in Nigeria’s largest city, Lagos on Tuesday, October 24, 2023. This development was a follow-up to the centres’ initial announcement of the new state-of-the-art facility a week ago.
Located on Medallion’s Victoria Island campus, this new facility will offer customers an additional one megawatt of IT capacity and will be interconnected with Medallion’s existing LOS1 datacenter which is currently rated as the most interconnected facility in the West African sub-region and the top peering point for the region.
The datacenter has a rack density of up to 8kW with a PDU model of 230V and dual power supply.
Other key features include;
- Expanding the peering and connectivity capacity currently available in LOS1
- Less than 1km from the hyperscale LOS3 datacenter currently under development
- A redundant fiber connection to LOS1. LOS3, LLK1, LKK2
- Tier 3+ DLR Global operational standard
Speaking on the launch of the new facility, Engr. Ikechukwu Nnamani, Chief Executive Officer of Medallion Datacenters, explained that the newly commissioned data center referred to as LOS2 is a one-megawatt facility
“We are commissioning this new datacenter which will extend the current peering and connectivity with LOS1 and owing to customer demand, there arose the need to extend the center into LOS2 to accommodate more space and capacity.
“We have to do this as an extension, as it is all part of our Lagos infrastructural development, we still have LOS3 coming up and the facilities at Lekki which we are building for African submarine cable as well.”, the CEO posited
The centre was also launched owing to issues with connectivity and the inability of operators to efficiently work with each other.
“There is no bigger facility today in Nigeria that has this kind of marketplace, submarine cables, operators, metro and long-distance fiber. Today you see giant tech companies present at this launch because they align with us as the biggest telecom marketplace in Nigeria.”, the CEO added
Speaking about the new facility’s security outlook, the Engr. Ikechukwu commented that the LOS 2 centre has 5 layers of security level from the entrance to gaining entry to each module, however, the facility also boasts of non-physical or visual security for monitoring.
The centre comes with electrical features which include
- A DX cooling technology
- Having a redundancy of N+1 in all the data rooms
- An electrical IT system topology in 2N configuration
- Power room consisting of 2600kW UPS system with VRLA batteries offering 5 min EOL at 1200 kW per side
- 2x2650kVA generators
Also speaking at the official launch, Mike Hollands, Vice President of Market Development at Digital Realty expressed his delight, “This is an extraordinary moment for Medallion, especially Engr. Ikechukwu Nnamani has built tremendous value in the West Africa regional data centre. We saw the internet exchange of Nigeria is doing well from this facility and it is incredible that we are able to build and expand on that”
According to Mike, the launch of LOS2 was warranted by a tremendous amount of demand from Medallion’s existing customers to expand.
“All the metrics in Nigeria as the economy grows, as mobile penetration and social media usage increase, there is a huge demand for expansion and this is what the new LOS2 will facilitate”, he concluded.
On Friday, October 27, 2023, Medallion will formally rebrand its services and facilities to Digital Realty, one of the largest global provider of carrier-neutral data centre, colocation, and interconnection solutions, at an event taking place at Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.
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