The African Union Commission has inaugurated a new Data Centre at its headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to lift its Information Technology (IT) offerings.
The AU data centre is was implemented by its Management and Information System (MIS) Unit.
During the launching ceremony Mr Erastus Mwencha, Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission, called upon the Management Information System (MIS) team to continue to work hard to update the internal information system of the AU.
According to him, this is because ICT is an important sector that needs to constantly be updated to meet global standards.
He encouraged MIS to work in close collaboration with the Department of Infrastructure and Energy as well as the Department of Human Resources Science and Technology of the AUC in order to achieve the best results.
In his remarks, Mr Amine Idriss, Director for Administration and Human Resource Management of the AUC said that the new IT data centre would be very useful for the African Union as this new equipment is able to host all websites, servers and data in a new model.
It will also enable the AU staff to be provided with standardised computers, software and tools to facilitate their work.
Also speaking at the ceremony. Mr. Tatek Shewandagne, VSAT and Network Administrator, said that the AU data centre project started a few years ago to address the ever increasing demand of a hosting service for the business of the organisation.
MIS used to serve not more than 400 users in the past but now has grown to have more than 2500 users in over 30 regional offices, with the addition of automated services, like the SAP, Shewandagne added.
The new data centre, which is based on international standards, is expected to provide efficient use of resources, Green IT that saves over 40% of power compared to the traditional types, the AU said.
The data centre’s centralised management also gives clear visibility of the system for proactive support, scalable solutions to host future demands of the organisation and the Organs of the AU, and more space to end users to save data and hence, retain information for the organisation, according to the Commission.