GTBank’s purpose-built Data Centre, the first in the African financial services industry, is also the first commercial bank in Nigeria to receive the coveted Uptime Institute Tier III Design Certification. GTBank accomplished this with technical and professional support from West Africa’s foremost information technology company, Resourcery Plc.

Resourcery worked with the bank, its architects and structural engineers to design and implemented the technologies within the stand-alone Data Centre. It also worked with the bank to achieve the Uptime Tier III Certification. The certification is based on set criteria covering mechanical, electrical, structural and site elements that ensure appropriate maintenance and seamless, continuous operations. The rigorous certification process included production and presentation of hundreds of design documents in special formats, multiple reviews, amendments and validations that ultimately led to the issuance of the respected Tier III Design Award.

Uptime Institute is the global data center authority, the most trusted and adopted standard for design, build and operation of data centers, the backbone of the digital economy. The CBN stipulates that all Data Centre infrastructure and facilities for financial institutions shall satisfy the requirements for Uptime Institute Tier III design and construction. This directive requires that all commercial banks design, implement and manage a Tier III Data Center infrastructure to enhance the capacity, cost-effectiveness and efficiency of banking services in line with best global practices.

L-R: The Resourcery Plc team led by the Managing Director, Tani Fafunwa presenting the prestigious Uptime Institute Tier III Design Certification to Olusina Ayegbusi, the Group Head, Technology Division GT Bank (both at the middle) recently in Lagos.

The Uptime Institute Tier III Design Certification bagged by GTBank confirms them to own and manage a concurrently sustainable Data Center infrastructure that may be operated and maintained without impediments.

The Solutions Manager, Network Infrastructure for Resourcery Plc, Tunde Eso, in his remark stated that “Resourcery as a leading system integration company in Nigeria and West Africa, have always offered cutting edge IT solutions that optimize productivity and performance of business organizations. Indeed, we are glad to have provided GT Bank with the Uptime Institute Tier III Design Award and the technical support required to achieve certification of their data centre facility.”

Speaking further on the significance of the Tier III Design certification at the presentation ceremony in Lagos recently, Angela Chike-Dike, the Head, Sales & Business for Resourcery Plc added “Resourcery Plc is delighted with the milestone achievement of GTBank as the first Nigerian commercial bank to privately own an Uptime Institute Certified Tier III Design Data Center facility. This certification reaffirms our commitment to GTBank in the areas of critical data security, storage and retrieval which are germane to the delivery of world-class banking services. We are convinced that our continued support and partnership will enable GTBank to complete the journey of attaining a full Tier III status.”

“We are pleased to work with Resourcery PLC on the Uptime Institute Tier III Design Certification,” said Mustapha Louni, Managing Director, Middle East and Africa for Uptime Institute. “It is important to realize the growth in the financial services industry in Nigeria, as it is imperative in mission-critical markets like this.”

Founded in 1985, Resourcery provides end-to-end business solutions to its customers across the West African market. The company offers business solutions that cut across Enterprise Network Infrastructure, Business Voice & Video Solutions, Data Security and Business Intelligence Solutions amongst others.

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