Affordable cloud email and hosting provider, Cloudoon announced its plans to build the largest data center in Kenya.
According to Kenya’s People daily, the hosting provider has bagged 6 billion Kenyan shillings or $51.1M for the data center construction project.
Cloudoon’s largest data center in Kenya, MAS101 Data Center, will be built on a 10-acre campus proximal to one of the 7 Forks Hydropower stations in Kenya.
On completion of the MAS101 data center, it will offer 10MW computing power, floor space of 200,000 square feet or 18,580 square meters, and gives rack space to house more than 2.5K racks.
David Murimi, the founder of Cloudoon, said that the new data center in Kenya would be powered by a renewable energy combination, i.e., hydroelectricity and solar energy generated from a 10MW solar power plant spread across 50 acres of land.
Murimi, while offering the details of the MAS101 data center, said; that their largest data center in Kenya can currently house 1000 racks. However, the new data center within the region will house 2500 racks.
He added that the project would be financed by investors like the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the US-based Speed Data Centre, among others.
At the moment, Cloudoon is awaiting approval from National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) and Water Resource Management Authority (WARMA), and other government agencies as they are looking to buy additional hydropower from Kengen.
While the company didn’t provide exact details of the site location, its map suggests that Cloudoon will construct a data center on the land near Kamburu Power Station and Kamburu Dam.
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