KENET Sets Up New Data Centre

KENET has been offering data centre and community cloud services since 2011 when its two data centres at the University of Nairobi (UoN) and United States International University- Africa (USIU- Africa) were commissioned. The data centre services include Server(s)/Rack colocation in the data centres for hosting of institutional systems, web applications, and disaster recovery sites among others. In such cases, KENET provisions high-speed dedicated Layer 2 links (100 Mb/s and above) between the primary sites and the off-site systems colocated at any of the three KENET data centres at Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), UoN, or USIU-Africa.

Most of KENET member institutions subscribe to community cloud services by leasing virtual machines and/or storage. This is the typical Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) that includes Storage as a Service. For instance, in 2018, over 80-member institutions are hosting their institutional websites with KENET on a shared platform, while about ten (10) of the institutions host their websites on dedicated virtual machines. Web hosting for up to 20 GB storage is a FREE membership service for members. Other members lease virtual machines and off-site backup storage.

A new data centre at CUEA

KENET completed the setup of a new data centre at CUEA in September 2018. The new Tier 3 data centre can accommodate up to 10 server cabinets for colocation of member institutions equipment. The data centers are equipped with redundant power supply, air conditioning and uninterruptible power source (UPS) with 20 cabinets.