Africa Data Centres opens Johannesburg data centre
Africa Data Centres has completed its new Johannesburg hyperscale data centre, based at its Midrand Campus which is one of the largest in Africa.
The Tier 4 facility will add 20MW of power capacity. The completion of the facility comes after Africa Data Centres’ announcement of plans to build ten additional data centres in new countries, and to significantly expand its data centre footprint by more than twice its current capacity across Africa.
The company has employed a water-free policy for its new builds, where non-potable water is used for all cooling and solar power is installed to limit reliance on the grid.
Existing data centres, said the firm, have been fast-tracked for green technology upgrades, and the long-term goal is to migrate fully to renewable energy and become independent of the grid.
Certain parts of the new Johannesburg build have been completed on-site, while others, like the critical plant room, were prefabricated off-site and integrated during construction.
These modules were built in factories abroad, where they could be tested before being shipped to South Africa and “plugged” into the building.
CEO of Africa Data Centres Stephane Duproz said: “We have delivered to our existing and future customers the most modern data centre in Johannesburg. We are happy to be a partner in our customers’ growth by delivering capacity in this facility immediately.
“This investment demonstrates Africa Data Centres' confidence in the South African economy and digital development.”