Sunday, October 22, 2017

Tanzania wants public sector to stop wasting money building data centres

Minister for Works, Transport and Communications wants a single data centre as the sole data bank for all government entities.

Tanzania’s public sector has been told by the government to scrap their plans to build independent data centres and use a government-owned facility instead.

The guideline has been issued by the Minister for Works, Transport and Communications, Professor Makame Mbarawa, according to All Africa.

Mbarawa is reportedly seeking to make the national data centre as the only facility available to the country’s public sector.

The 3,050 sqm Tier III data centre in Kinondoni, Dar es Salaam, claimed to be the largest in the country, is run by the Tanzania Telecommunication Company Limited (TTCL).

Mbarawa said: “I am going to officially communicate this to the government so that the institutions stop such plans [to move to other providers or build their data centres].

“I see no reason why other institutions should have their own data centres while the government has invested enough money to construct this facility.”

He justified saying that there is no reason for organisations to spend public funds on private data centre projects when the government provides enough capacity to answer current IT needs.

“I am sure that when the institutions decide to set up their own data base they would end up having Tier One or Two type of data centre which are not safe like Tier Three,” he said.

Mbarawa was told during a visit to the data centre that the hub has secured 13 customers, with 40 others in the pipeline.

As a quick measure to help TTCL run its operations, Mbarawa told the provider 15% of the National ICT Broadband Backbone will be given to the company.

He said: “I am delighted to see TTCL doing quite well in the area of marketing as I have seen many advertisements on the streets, on television, in newspapers and social networks.

“This indicates there is now a plan to revive the company to further attract more customers.”