New Association for African Data Centers to be formed at Marrakech Summit




A new industry association for African Data Centers is to be formed at the Datacloud Africa Summit – a new forum focused on investing, powering, connecting, and deploying data centers across the continent – which takes place in Marrakech on 28 September.

As the digital economy is all about data, Africa will need to develop its own Data Center Network to ensure Data sovereignty, bandwidth and latency time, and bring back the IT Load across the continent.

The Data Center Industry will be one of the pillars of future African economic development and several companies have already decided to join forces to create a Pan-African professional and sustainable association for the Data center industry providing a collective voice on the market to organize interactions with African Governments on regulation and policies.

Companies including Groupement Orange Services, ITA, NSIA Technologies, MTN, PAIX Datacenter, Rack Centre, Schneider Electric are launching together the Africa Data Center Association (ADCA) on the 28th of September in Marrakech.

This Association, a non-profit organization, will allow existing and future members, to benefit of a platform to contribute to the establishment of best practices, education, industry leadership and technical standards to which the data center industry adheres. It will foster the development of the Data Center Industry in Africa and create a strong industry body on the continent as well as internationally.

Membership of the Association will be open to both operating companies in Africa, as well as those engaged in the data center sector internationally. Contact information about joining the association can be found at http://africadatacenters.org.

“Africa data centers confront a series of challenges not least in deploying and powering new facilities, commented Paul-François Cattier, Vice-Président Economic Development, Africa & Middle East, Off Grid energy, Water Grid, Data center, Multi Lateral Organisations, Schneider Electric. “The new association to be launched during Datacloud Africa and will provide the first organizational body for African operators, a valuable resource supporting industry best practice, an outstanding networking platform for the exchange of information and ideas.”

“The Association is a very exciting development in the continuing growth of data center businesses in Africa,” commented Wouter van Hulten, CEO and founder, PAIX Data Centres. “The formation of the ADCA is an important step for an industry that plays an important role in the digital transformation of Africa’s economy, enabling economic expansion.

We are thrilled to be contributing to the growth of computing and networking on the continent, building and operating hubs at the heart of Africa’s digital economy with our local teams complemented by our European experts.”

“We warmly welcome new and prospective members of the Association to Datacloud Africa,” said Philip Low, chairman of BroadGroup, the organizers and producers of the event. “The Summit is taking place at an important moment in the evolution of the data center industry in Africa, and we are delighted to host the new Association at the event.”

Datacloud Africa is the premier networking and deal making event for data center, cloud IaaS and Edge leaders, their customers, investors and senior executives. In this inaugural the event aims to provide a range of benefits, structured networking and the opportunity for business deals.