Africa’s largest data centre built in Johannesburg

JohannesburgTeraco, Africa’s vendor neutral data centre, is adding to its existing co-location facility to create Africa’s largest data centre in Johannesburg.

Gys Geyser, Teraco Head of Operations says the 17,500sqm build is not just an extension of services and white space, but a milestone for Teraco and the African data centre industry.

“In this expansion of our footprint, we are achieving what few companies have; building the largest data centre in Africa in accordance with modern international standards,” he said.

Geyser says that the build brings the total size of the Isando facility to 9,000sqm of white space and 18,500sqm of utility space. The volume of data centre space is directly related to the power feed negotiated with the local council: “We now have a total of 16MVA of power, which will ensure that we can adequately power the all the data centres, as well as ensure that they are properly cooled and maintained.”

Teraco was launched seven years ago and has quickly become the leader in terms of data centre operations in Africa and seen an increase in demand based on the number of local and international cloud, content and network providers coming into Africa, as well as from existing clients.

With an estimated 18-month build time, Geyser says Teraco’s new site should be operational towards the end of 2016.