Global technology giant Huawei has been supporting efforts by the government of Ghana to modernize the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and maximize its benefits to the country.
The ICT firm is leading the country’s efforts to replace its existing data center with the construction of a new state-of-the- art facility.
The first phase of the new data center financed by China EXIM Bank at 20 million U.S. dollars is almost complete and will enable businesses, store their data, host websites, protect data and perform active directory and other data related activities in a safe and advanced environment.
Senah Ocloo-Sewor, a data center engineer with the National Information Technology Agency (NITA), a state institution which runs the data center, told journalists visiting the center that the old data center lacks the capacity to take the country where it wants to reach and can reach.
The center has already established four modules with 44 racks each into which clients can install their equipment. But this capacity will be expanded by creating more space for more models, more racks: more space for people to come and install their servers, their storage equipment and their network equipment.
The center has also been fitted with network security to enable businesses concentrate on their core activities while hosting or keeping their data at the center.
The network room has actual equipment providing the core network; the core switches, the core routers, core security equipment on the network level as well, the firewalls with an intrusion prevention equipment, which also have enough back-ups.
“Currently the main contractor that we have working for us is Huawei Technology. They are providing the installation for the entire infrastructure and the support infrastructure. So the data center module, what we call the IDS 2000 is a Huawei Data Center solution,” the data center engineer stated.
With all these, Huawei has also built a back-up station using IDS 1000 equipment for the West African country in Kumasi, 270 km north of the capital. Enditem