The data center market in South Africa is growing rapidly as industry players build larger and more advanced data centers.
The list of companies with facilities in the country continues to grow after Teraco launched the carrier-neutral data center revolution in South Africa, and Microsoft and Huawei launched a presence in the cloud in the country.
Companies like Africa Data Centres, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) through Dimension Data, Vantage Data Centres, WIOCC and Oracle have all invested in local data centers.
These companies have invested billions of rands in their facilities.
Among the most significant recent investments is Vantage Data Centers R15 billion Waterfall City facility, completed in July 2022.
Vantage Data Centers said it was completed more than ten months ahead of schedule.
Some of the most recent and significant developments in the country’s data center market are summarized below.
Africa Data Center Samrand and Midrand Data Centers
Africa Data Centers acquired the Samrand data center from Standard Bank in May 2020, having started the process a month earlier.
The company said the facility has sufficient power – worth 30 MW – and space for significant expansion.
MyBroadband spoke with Africa Data Centers Group CEO Angus Hays who said the Samrand facility is one of the few Level 4 certified facilities on the African continent.
“Level 4 is at the top of the list. It’s essentially the gold standard for redundancy and availability,” he said.
“A Tier 4 facility has a fully redundant infrastructure, which ensures maximum uptime and performance.”
He added that the data center has 6,000 square meters of white space spread over four data rooms, each of which can accommodate up to 600 server racks.
The company’s Midrand facility comprises 9,000 square meters of white space spread across eight data rooms.
Africa Data Centers plans to expand its Midrand plant by constructing four additional data rooms providing 20 MW of additional critical IT load.
Teraco completes phase 1 of its multi-billion rand data center in Cape Town
Teraco has completed construction of the first phase of its multi-billion rand data center in Brackenfell (CT2) in Cape Town in October 2021.
The facility is the largest data center in the province, with 18 MW of critical IT power load across 8,000 square meters of data room space.
The Brackenfell facility is linked to all other Teraco-owned data systems through a network of network operators making up the “Teraco Platform”.
Teraco CEO Jan Hnizdo said the company plans to build CT3 within the next five years.
Acronis launches cloud installations in South Africa
Acronis has announced that its Cyber Cloud data center in Johannesburg — its first in South Africa — has been operational in January 2022.
“A local presence is a necessity for modern cloud businesses, and we are proud to provide the Acronis Cyber Cloud data center in South Africa,” said Peter French, Acronis Regional General Manager for the Middle East. East and Africa.
The Johannesburg facility is one of 111 facilities deployed by Acronis and offers its service provider partners access to cyber protection services that they can use to build new products.
Oracle Launches Johannesburg Cloud Region
Cloud service provider Oracle’s first African and by extension South African cloud region went live in January 2022.
“The Johannesburg region is built on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), which enables customers to easily migrate IT workloads and data platforms to the cloud or build new cloud-native applications,” Oracle said. .
Companies expected to benefit from the new region include Airports Company South Africa, Government Pensions Administrative Agency and Telkom.
NTT and Dimension Data’s Johannesburg 1 installation nears completion
An NTT spokesperson said in June that the company’s Johannesburg 1 data center was nearing completion and expected to open before the end of 2022.
Dimension Data and Growthpoint Properties, owned by NTT, are developing the facility.
The Johannesburg 1 data center is located in the Centralpoint Innovation District in Midrand, and it will comprise 6,000 square meters of hall space and provide 12 MW of critical computing load.
Vantage Data Centers opens first African data center
Vantage Data Centers opened its Johannesburg data center (JNB1) — its first in Africa — in July 2022. Construction began last year.
The facility currently offers 16 MW of critical computing capacity across 12,000 square meters of hall space, and Vantage said the campus will include 80 MW of computing capacity across 60,000 square meters when fully developed.
The campus is located in Waterfall City, Midrand.
Vantage said it was designed with its commitment to sustainability in mind, and the company signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with SolarAfrica in June.